|ASAHI INDIA GLASS LTD ANNOUNCES UNAUDITED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER ENDED 30TH JUNE, 2017|
by Shrutee K/DNS
New Delhi â AIS (Asahi India Glass Ltd.), Indiaâs leading integrated glass Company announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended 30th June, 2017 at its Board Meeting.
The consolidated financial performance highlights for the quarter ended 30th June, 2017 are as follows -
Sales (inclusive of Excise Duty) at Rs. 670.98 crores, reflected an increase of 8.60% over the previous period (Rs. 617.84 crores).
Operating EBIDTA i.e. Operating Earnings before Interest, Depreciation, Taxes and Amortisation was recorded at Rs. 109.85 crores registering an increase of 7.89% over the corresponding figure of Rs. 101.82 crores for the previous period.
Cash profit increased by 19.94% from Rs. 66.65 crores in Q4 FY 2016 to Rs. 79.94 crores in Q4 FY 2017.
PBT increased by 25.67% from Rs. 46.08 crores in Q1 FY2017 to Rs. 57.91 crores in Q1 FY2018.
PAT increased by 38.33% from Rs. 28.33 crores in Q1 FY2017 to Rs. 39.19 crores in Q1 FY2018.
The table below gives the details of the financial performance both on standalone and consolidated basis â
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sanjay Labroo, MD & C.E.O., AIS said â âCurrent macro environment has been largely positive on glass industry mainly due to strong foreign inflows, a good monsoon leading to pick up in rural demand, introduction of GST and massive improvement of credit available to good borrowers. There is strong demand of glass from automotive and construction segment and AIS has continued its momentum this quarter. Our operating margins remained under pressure from some cost increases. However, we managed to offset the same through better operations. A stable rupee also helped us.
We have also implemented some operational upgrades in our float glass plant at Roorkee leading to productivity increases from the next quarter. We also welcome the new regulations & standards from the government for architectural glass which shall be beneficial to everyone in the long term. As required by law, we have migrated to the new IndAS method of accounting and therefore, our results have been restated this quarter with minor upside on PAT coming from positives in depreciation. Overall, we continue to look forward to consistent growth in auto and architectural segments as well as a stable macro environment.â
Asahi India Glass Ltd. (AIS) is a joint venture between the Labroo family, Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. of Japan, and Maruti Suzuki India Limited. AIS began operations in 1987.
AIS, today, is a leading integrated glass company in India, manufacturing a wide range of international quality automotive safety glass, float glass and architectural processed and value added glass. AIS operates under three strategic business units (SBUs), namely, Auto Glass, Architectural Glass and Consumer Glass.
Auto Glass is India's largest manufacturer of world class automotive safety glass and is, in fact, one of the largest in the field in Asia. It is the sole supplier to almost all the OEMs and has a market share of approx. 77 per cent in the Indian passenger car industry.
Architectural Glass is formed as a result of management merger of Float & Glass Solutions (Processed Glass) SBUs. This SBU manufactures quality float glass and deploys an extensive network of 4 zonal offices and over 1000 distributors. It also markets a wide range of AGC products in India as its distribution partner.
Consumer Glass SBU is Companyâs interface with end users for its range of automotive and architectural glass offerings. Impeccable, customized and consumer centric solutions is the key differentiator of Consumer Glass SBU. It includes GlasXperts â a retail initiative in the Architectural Glass segment and Windshield Experts which is Indiaâs only automotive glass repair & replacement specialist.
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Update February 11, 2017: 'In an interview on Monday with E&E News, Dr. Bates appeared to distance himself from some of what he wrote in the blog post, and from the way his criticisms were portrayed in the Mail on Sunday article.
Update February 09, 2017: 'Dr Batesâ main complaint is that Dr Karl and his co-authors did not follow strict procedures required for NOAAâs âoperationalâ data. It is not yet clear whether Dr Karl should have subjected his research data to the same procedures. Dr Karl, who retired from NOAA in August 2016, has not yet had the opportunity to respond fully to Dr Batesâ allegations.'
'..a failure to observe proper ethical standards..'
'Dr John Batesâs disclosures about the manipulation of data behind the âPausebusterâ paper is the biggest scientific scandal since âClimategateâ in 2009 when, as this paper reported, thousands of leaked emails revealed scientists were trying to block access to data, and using a âtrickâ to conceal embarrassing flaws in their claims about global warming.
'Whatever takes its place, said Dr Bates, âthere needs to be a fundamental change to the way NOAA deals with data so that people can check and validate scientific results. Iâm hoping that this will be a wake-up call to the climate science community â a signal that we have to put in place processes to make sure this kind of crap doesnât happen again.
Dr Bates said: âHow ironic it is that there is now this idea that Trump is going to trash climate data, when key decisions were earlier taken by someone whose responsibility it was to maintain its integrity â and failed.â '
'Dr Bates retired from NOAA at the end of last year after a 40-year career in meteorology and climate science. As recently as 2014, the Obama administration awarded him a special gold medal for his work in setting new, supposedly binding standards âto produce and preserve climate data recordsâ.
Context '..conduct more meetings on ethics .. Respectful discussion of different points of view should be encouraged.' - John Bates
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|RENUNGKANLAH SAUDARAKU...!||Abdul Karim Germanus, Legenda Muslim Hungaria |
|WAKTU-WAKTU TERKABULNYA DO'A||Waktu-Waktu Terkabulnya Do'a |
Sungguh berbeda Allah Subhanahu Wa Taâala dengan makhluk-Nya. Dia Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Penyayang. Lihatlah manusia, ketika ada orang meminta sesuatu darinya ia merasa kesal dan berat hati. Sedangkan Allah Taâala mencintai hamba yang meminta kepada-Nya. Sebagaimana perkataan seorang penyair:
Ø§ÙÙÙ ÙØºØ¶Ø¨ Ø¥Ù ØªØ±ÙØª Ø³Ø¤Ø§ÙÙ ÙØ¨ÙÙ Ø¢Ø¯Ù ØÙÙ ÙØ³Ø£Ù ÙØºØ¶Ø¨
âAllah murka pada orang yang enggan meminta kepada-Nya, sedangkan manusia ketika diminta ia marahâ
Ya, Allah mencintai hamba yang berdoa kepada-Nya, bahkan karena cinta-Nya Allah memberi âbonusâ berupa ampunan dosa kepada hamba-Nya yang berdoa. Allah Taâala berfirman dalam sebuah hadits qudsi:
ÙØ§ Ø§Ø¨Ù Ø¢Ø¯Ù Ø¥ÙÙ Ù Ø§ Ø¯Ø¹ÙØªÙÙ ÙØ±Ø¬ÙØªÙÙ ØºÙØ±Øª ÙÙØ¹ÙÙ Ù Ø§ ÙØ§Ù Ù ÙÙ ÙÙØ§ Ø£Ø¨Ø§ÙÙ
âWahai manusia, selagi engkau berdoa dan berharap kepada-Ku, aku mengampuni dosamu dan tidak aku pedulikan lagi dosamuâ (HR. At Tirmidzi, ia berkata: âHadits hasan shahihâ)
Sungguh Allah memahami keadaan manusia yang lemah dan senantiasa membutuhkan akan Rahmat-Nya. Manusia tidak pernah lepas dari keinginan, yang baik maupun yang buruk. Bahkan jika seseorang menuliskan segala keinginannya dikertas, entah berapa lembar akan terpakai. Maka kita tidak perlu heran jika Allah Taâala melaknat orang yang enggan berdoa kepada-Nya. Orang yang demikian oleh Allah âAzza Wa Jalla disebut sebagai hamba yang sombong dan diancam dengan neraka Jahannam. Allah Taâala berfirman:
Ø§Ø¯ÙØ¹ÙÙÙÙÙ Ø£ÙØ³ÙØªÙØ¬ÙØ¨Ù ÙÙÙÙÙ Ù Ø¥ÙÙÙÙØ§ÙÙÙØ°ÙÙÙÙ ÙÙØ³ÙØªÙÙÙØ¨ÙØ±ÙÙÙÙ Ø¹ÙÙÙ Ø¹ÙØ¨ÙØ§Ø¯ÙØªÙÙ Ø³ÙÙÙØ¯ÙØ®ÙÙÙÙÙÙ Ø¬ÙÙÙÙÙÙÙ Ù Ø¯ÙØ§Ø®ÙØ±ÙÙÙÙ
âBerdoalah kepadaKu, Aku akan kabulkan doa kalian. Sungguh orang-orang yang menyombongkan diri karena enggan beribadah kepada-Ku, akan dimasukkan ke dalam neraka Jahannam dalam keadaan hina dinaâ (QS. Ghafir: 60)
Ayat ini juga menunjukkan bahwa Allah Maha Pemurah terhadap hamba-Nya,karena hamba-Nya diperintahkan berdoa secara langsung kepada Allah tanpa melalui perantara dan dijamin akan dikabulkan.
BerdoaDi Waktu Yang Tepat
Diantara usaha yang bisa kita upayakan agar doa kita dikabulkan oleh Allah Taâala adalah dengan memanfaatkan waktu-waktu tertentu yang dijanjikan oleh Allah bahwa doa ketika waktu-waktu tersebut dikabulkan. Diantara waktu-waktu tersebut adalah:
1. Sepertiga Malam.
Rasulullah saw. bersabda: âKeadaan yang paling dekat antara Tuhan dan hambanya adalah di waktu tengah malam akhir. Jika kamu mampu menjadi bagian yang berdzikir kepada Allah, maka kerjakanlah pada waktu itu.â Dari Jabir berkata, Rasulullah saw. bersabda: âSesungguhnya bagian dari malam ada waktu yang apabila seorang hamba muslim meminta kebaikan kepada Allah dan sesuai dengan waktu itu, pasti Allah mengabulkannya.â Imam Ahmad menambah:âItu terjadi di setiap malam.â
Allah Taâala mencintai hamba-Nya yang berdoa disepertiga malam yang terakhir.
Allah Taâala berfirman tentang ciri-ciri orang yang bertaqwa, salah satunya:
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âKetika waktu sahur(akhir-akhir malam), mereka berdoa memohon ampunanâ
(QS. Adz Dzariyat: 18)
Sepertiga malam yang paling akhir adalah waktu yang penuh berkah, sebab pada saat itu Rabb kita Subhanahu Wa Taâala turun ke langit dunia dan mengabulkan setiap doa hamba-Nya yang berdoa ketika itu. Rasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam:
ÙÙØ²Ù Ø±Ø¨ÙØ§ ØªØ¨Ø§Ø±Ù ÙØªØ¹Ø§ÙÙ ÙÙ ÙÙÙØ© Ø¥ÙÙ Ø§ÙØ³Ù Ø§Ø¡ Ø§ÙØ¯ÙÙØ§ Ø ØÙÙ ÙØ¨ÙÙ Ø«ÙØ« Ø§ÙÙÙÙØ§ÙØ¢Ø®Ø±Ø ÙÙÙÙ : Ù Ù ÙØ¯Ø¹ÙÙÙ ÙØ£Ø³ØªØ¬ÙØ¨ ÙÙ Ø Ù Ù ÙØ³Ø£ÙÙÙ ÙØ£Ø¹Ø·ÙÙ Ø Ù Ù ÙØ³ØªØºÙØ±ÙÙ ÙØ£ØºÙØ± ÙÙ
âRabb kita turun kelangit dunia pada sepertiga malam yang akhir pada setiap malamnya. Kemudian berfirman: âOrang yang berdoa kepada-Ku akan Ku kabulkan, orang yang meminta sesuatu kepada-Ku akan Kuberikan, orang yang meminta ampunan dari-Ku akan Kuampuniââ
(HR. Bukhari no.1145,Muslim no. 758)
Namun perlu dicatat,sifat âturunâ dalam hadits ini jangan sampai membuat kita membayangkan Allah Taâala turun sebagaimana manusia turun dari suatu tempat ke tempat lain. Karena tentu berbeda. Yang penting kita mengimani bahwaAllah Taâala turun ke langit dunia, karena yang berkata demikian adalah Rasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam diberijulukan Ash shadiqul Mashduq (orang jujur yang diotentikasi kebenarannya oleh Allah), tanpa perlu mempertanyakan dan membayangkan bagaimana caranya. Dari hadits ini jelas bahwa sepertiga malam yang akhir adalah waktu yang dianjurkan untuk memperbanyak berdoa.
2. Saat Sujud.
Rasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam bersabda:
Ø£ÙØ±Ø¨ Ù Ø§ ÙÙÙÙ Ø§ÙØ¹Ø¨Ø¯ Ù ÙØ±Ø¨Ù ÙÙÙ Ø³Ø§Ø¬Ø¯ . ÙØ£ÙØ«Ø±ÙØ§ Ø§ÙØ¯Ø¹Ø§
âSeorang hamba berada paling dekat dengan Rabb-nya ialah ketika ia sedang bersujud. Maka perbanyaklah berdoa ketika ituâ (HR. Muslim, no.482)
3. Ketika Adzan Berkumandang.
Selain dianjurkan untuk menjawab adzan dengan lafazh yang sama, saat adzan dikumandangkan pun termasuk waktu yang mustajab untuk berdoa.
Rasulullah ShallallahuâalaihiWasallam bersabda:
Ø«ÙØªØ§Ù ÙØ§ ØªØ±Ø¯Ø§Ù Ø£Ù ÙÙÙ Ø§ ØªØ±Ø¯Ø§Ù Ø§ÙØ¯Ø¹Ø§Ø¡ Ø¹ÙØ¯ Ø§ÙÙØ¯Ø§Ø¡ ÙØ¹ÙØ¯ Ø§ÙØ¨Ø£Ø³ ØÙÙ ÙÙØÙ Ø¨Ø¹Ø¶ÙÙ Ø¨Ø¹Ø¶Ø§
âDoa tidak tertolak pada dua waktu, atau minimal kecil kemungkinan tertolaknya. Yaitu ketika adzan berkumandang dan saat perang berkecamuk, ketika kedua kubu saling menyerangâ
(HR. Abu Daud, 2540,Ibnu Hajar Al Asqalani dalam Nata-ijul Afkar, 1/369, berkata:âHasan Shahihâ)
4. Antara Adzan dan Iqamat.
Waktu jeda antara adzan dan iqamah adalah juga merupakan waktu yang dianjurkan untuk berdoa, berdasarkan sabda Rasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam:
Ø§ÙØ¯Ø¹Ø§Ø¡ ÙØ§ ÙØ±Ø¯ Ø¨ÙÙ Ø§ÙØ£Ø°Ø§Ù ÙØ§ÙØ¥ÙØ§Ù Ø©
âDoa di antara adzan dan iqamah tidak tertolakâ (HR. Tirmidzi, 212, ia berkata: âHasan Shahihâ)
Dengan demikian jelaslah bahwa amalan yang dianjurkan antara adzan dan iqamah adalah berdoa, bukan shalawatan, atau membaca murattal dengan suara keras, misalnya dengan menggunakan mikrofon. Selain tidak pernah dicontohkan oleh Rasulullah ShallallahuâalaihiWasallam, amalan-amalan tersebut dapat mengganggu orang yang berdzikir atau sedang shalat sunnah. Padahal Rasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam bersabda,
ÙØ§ Ø¥Ù ÙÙÙÙ Ù ÙØ§Ø¬ Ø±Ø¨Ù ÙÙØ§ ÙØ¤Ø°ÙÙ Ø¨Ø¹Ø¶ÙÙ Ø¨Ø¹Ø¶Ø§ ÙÙØ§ ÙØ±ÙØ¹ Ø¨Ø¹Ø¶ÙÙ Ø¹ÙÙ Ø¨Ø¹Ø¶ ÙÙ Ø§ÙÙØ±Ø§Ø¡Ø©Ø£Ù ÙØ§Ù ÙÙ Ø§ÙØµÙØ§Ø©
âKetahuilah, kalian semua sedang bermunajat kepada Allah, maka janganlah saling mengganggu satu sama lain. Janganlah kalian mengeraskan suara dalam membaca Al Qurâan,â atau beliau berkata, âDalam shalatâ,â (HR. Abu Daud no.1332, Ahmad, 430, dishahihkan oleh Ibnu Hajar Al Asqalani di Nata-ijul Afkar, 2/16).
Selain itu, orangyang shalawatan atau membaca Al Qurâan dengan suara keras diwaktu jeda ini, telah meninggalkan amalan yang di anjurkan olehRasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam, yaitu berdoa. Padahal ini adalah kesempatan yang bagus untuk memohon kepada Allah segala sesuatu yang ia inginkan. Sungguh merugi jika ia melewatkannya.
5. Ketika Bertemu Musuh.
Salah satu keutamaan pergi ke medan perang dalam rangka berjihad di jalan Allah adalah doa dari orang yang berperang di jalan Allah ketika perang sedang berkecamuk, diijabah olehAllah Taâala. Dalilnya adalah hadits berikut:
Ø«ÙØªØ§Ù ÙØ§ ØªØ±Ø¯Ø§Ù Ø£Ù ÙÙÙ Ø§ ØªØ±Ø¯Ø§Ù Ø§ÙØ¯Ø¹Ø§Ø¡ Ø¹ÙØ¯ Ø§ÙÙØ¯Ø§Ø¡ ÙØ¹ÙØ¯ Ø§ÙØ¨Ø£Ø³ ØÙÙ ÙÙØÙ Ø¨Ø¹Ø¶ÙÙ Ø¨Ø¹Ø¶Ø§
âDoa tidak tertolak pada dua waktu, atau minimal kecil kemungkinan tertolaknya. Yaitu ketika adzan berkumandang dan saat perang berkecamuk, ketika kedua kubu saling menyerangâ (HR. Abu Daud, 2540, Ibnu Hajar Al Asqalani dalam Nata-ijul Afkar,1/369, berkata: âHasan Shahihâ)
6. Ketika Hujan Turun.
Hujan adalah nikmat Allah Taâala. Oleh karena itu tidak boleh mencelanya. Sebagian orang merasa jengkel dengan turunnya hujan, padahal yang menurunkan hujan tidak lain adalah Allah Taâala. Oleh karena itu, daripada tenggelam dalam rasa jengkel lebih baik memanfaatkan waktu hujan untuk berdoa memohon apa yang diinginkan kepada AllahTaâala:
Ø«ÙØªØ§Ù Ù Ø§ ØªØ±Ø¯Ø§Ù : Ø§ÙØ¯Ø¹Ø§Ø¡ Ø¹ÙØ¯ Ø§ÙÙØ¯Ø§Ø¡ Ø Ù ØªØØª Ø§ÙÙ Ø·Ø±
âDoa tidak tertolakpada 2 waktu, yaitu ketika adzan berkumandang dan ketika hujan turunâ
(HR Al Hakim, 2534,dishahihkan Al Albani di Shahih Al Jamiâ, 3078)
7. Potongan Waktu Akhirdi Hari Jumâat.
Rasulullah ShallallahuâalaihiWasallam bersabda,
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âRasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam menyebutkan tentang hari Jumat kemudian beliau bersabda: âDi dalamnya terdapat waktu. Jika seorang muslim berdoa ketika itu, pasti diberikan apa yang ia mintaâ. Lalu beliau mengisyaratkan dengan tangannya tentang sebentarnya waktu tersebutâ (HR. Bukhari 935, Muslim 852dari sahabat Abu HurairahRadhiallahuâanhu)
Ibnu Hajar Al Asqalani dalam Fathul Baari ketika menjelaskan hadits ini beliau menyebutkan 42 pendapat ulama tentang waktu yang dimaksud. Namun secara umum terdapat 4 pendapat yang kuat.
Pendapat pertama, yaitu waktu sejak imam naik mimbar sampai selesai shalat Jumâat, berdasarkan hadits:
ÙÙ Ù Ø§ Ø¨ÙÙ Ø£Ù ÙØ¬ÙØ³ Ø§ÙØ¥Ù Ø§Ù Ø¥ÙÙ Ø£Ù ØªÙØ¶Ù Ø§ÙØµÙØ§Ø©
âWaktu tersebut adalah ketika imam naik mimbar sampai shalat Jumâat selesaiâ (HR. Muslim,853 dari sahabat Abu Musa Al Asyâari Radhiallahuâanhu).
Pendapat ini dipilih oleh Imam Muslim, An Nawawi, Al Qurthubi, Ibnul Arabi dan Al Baihaqi.
Pendapat kedua, yaitu setelah ashar sampai terbenamnya matahari. Berdasarkan hadits:
ÙÙÙ Ø§ÙØ¬Ù Ø¹Ø© Ø«ÙØªØ§ Ø¹Ø´Ø±Ø© ÙØ±ÙØ¯ Ø³Ø§Ø¹Ø© ÙØ§ ÙÙØ¬Ø¯ Ù Ø³ÙÙ ÙØ³Ø£Ù Ø§ÙÙÙ Ø¹Ø² ÙØ¬Ù Ø´ÙØ¦Ø§ Ø¥ÙØ§ Ø£ØªØ§ÙØ§ÙÙÙ Ø¹Ø² ÙØ¬Ù ÙØ§ÙØªÙ Ø³ÙÙØ§ Ø¢Ø®Ø± Ø³Ø§Ø¹Ø© Ø¨Ø¹Ø¯ Ø§ÙØ¹ØµØ±
âDalam 12 jam hariJumâat ada satu waktu, jika seorang muslim meminta sesuatu kepada Allah Azza WaJalla pasti akan dikabulkan. Carilah waktu itu di waktu setelah asharâ (HR.Abu Daud, no.1048 dari sahabat Jabir bin AbdillahRadhiallahuâanhu. Dishahihkan Al Albani di Shahih Abi Daud). Pendapat ini dipilih oleh At Tirmidzi, dan Ibnu Qayyim Al Jauziyyah. Pendapat ini yang lebih masyhur dikalangan para ulama.
Pendapat ketiga, yaitu setelah ashar, namun diakhir-akhir hari Jumâat. Pendapat ini didasari oleh riwayat dari Abi Salamah. Ishaq bin Rahawaih, At Thurthusi, Ibnul Zamlakani menguatkan pendapat ini.
Pendapat keempat, yang juga dikuatkan oleh Ibnu Hajar sendiri, yaitu menggabungkan semua pendapat yang ada. IbnuâAbdil Barr berkata: âDianjurkan untuk bersungguh-sungguh dalam berdoa pada dua waktu yang disebutkanâ. Dengan demikian seseorang akan lebih memperbanyak doanya di hari Jumâat tidak pada beberapa waktu tertentu saja. Pendapat ini dipilih oleh Imam Ahmad bin Hambal, Ibnu âAbdil Barr.
8. Doa Seseorang UntukSaudaranya Tanpa Sepengetahuan Saudaranya.
Dalam riwayat Imam Muslim dari Abu Dardaâ berkata: âRasulullah saw. bersabda: âTiada seorang muslim yang berdoa bagi saudaranya tanpa sepengetahuan saudaranya itu, kecuali Malaikat berkata, bagimu seperti apa yang kamu doakan untuk saudaramu.â Dalam kesempatan yang lain Rasulullah saw. bersabda: âDoa seorang al-akh bagi saudaranya tanpa sepengetahuan dirinya tidak tertolak.â
9. Hendaknya KetikaTidur Dalam Kondisi Dzikir, Kemudian Ketika Bangun Malam Berdoa.
Dari Muadz bin Jabaldari Nabi saw. bersabda: âTiada seorang muslim yang tidur dalam keadaan dzikir dan bersuci, kemudian ketika ia bangun di tengah malam, ia meminta kepada Allah suatu kebaikan dunia dan akhirat, kecuali Allah pasti mengabulkannya.â
10. Ketika berbuka puasa
Waktu berbuka puasa pun merupakan waktu yang penuh keberkahan, karena diwaktu ini manusia merasakan salah satu kebahagiaan ibadah puasa, yaitu diperbolehkannya makan dan minum setelah seharian menahannya, sebagaimana hadits:
ÙÙØµØ§Ø¦Ù ÙØ±ØØªØ§Ù : ÙØ±ØØ© Ø¹ÙØ¯ ÙØ·Ø±Ù Ù ÙØ±ØØ© Ø¹ÙØ¯ÙÙØ§Ø¡ Ø±Ø¨Ù
âOrang yang berpuasa memiliki 2 kebahagiaan: kebahagiaan ketika berbuka puasa dan kebahagiaan ketika bertemu dengan Rabb-Nya kelakâ (HR. Muslim,no.1151)
Keberkahan lain diwaktu berbuka puasa adalah dikabulkannya doa orang yang telah berpuasa,sebagaimana sabda Rasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam:
Ø«ÙØ§Ø« ÙØ§ ØªØ±Ø¯ Ø¯Ø¹ÙØªÙÙ Ø§ÙØµØ§Ø¦Ù ØØªÙ ÙÙØ·Ø±ÙØ§ÙØ¥Ù Ø§Ù Ø§ÙØ¹Ø§Ø¯Ù Ù Ø§ÙÙ Ø¸ÙÙÙ
ââAda tiga doa yang tidak tertolak. Doanya orang yang berpuasa ketika berbuka, doanya pemimpin yang adil dan doanya orang yang terzhalimiâ (HR. Tirmidzi no.2528,Ibnu Majah no.1752, Ibnu Hibban no.2405, dishahihkan Al Albani di Shahih At Tirmidzi)
Oleh karena itu,jangan lewatkan kesempatan baik ini untuk memohon apa saja yang termasuk kebaikan dunia dan kebaikan akhirat. Namun perlu diketahui, terdapat doa yang dianjurkan untuk diucapkan ketika berbuka puasa, yaitu doa berbuka puasa. Sebagaimana hadits
ÙØ§Ù Ø±Ø³ÙÙ Ø§ÙÙÙ ØµÙÙ Ø§ÙÙÙ Ø¹ÙÙÙ ÙØ³ÙÙ Ø¥Ø°Ø§Ø£ÙØ·Ø± ÙØ§Ù Ø°ÙØ¨ Ø§ÙØ¸Ù Ø£ ÙØ§Ø¨ØªÙØª Ø§ÙØ¹Ø±ÙÙ ÙØ«Ø¨Øª Ø§ÙØ£Ø¬Ø± Ø¥Ù Ø´Ø§Ø¡ Ø§ÙÙÙ
âBiasanya Rasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam ketika berbuka puasa membaca doa:
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/Dzahabaz zhamaa-u wabtalatil âuruqu wa tsabatal ajru insyaa Allah/
(âRasa haus telah hilang, kerongkongan telah basah, semoga pahala didapatkan. Insya Allahâ)â (HR. Abu Daud no.2357, Ad Daruquthni 2/401,dihasankan oleh Ibnu Hajar Al Asqalani di Hidayatur Ruwah, 2/232)
Adapun doa yang tersebar di masyarakat dengan lafazh berikut:
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adalah hadits palsu, atau dengan kata lain, ini bukanlah hadits. Tidak terdapat di kitab hadits manapun. Sehingga kita tidak boleh meyakini doa inisebagai hadits Nabi Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam.
Oleh karena itu, doa dengan lafazh ini dihukumi sama seperti ucapan orang biasa. Sama kedudukannya seperti kita berdoa dengan kata-kata sendiri. Sehingga doa ini tidak boleh dipopulerkan apalagi dipatenkan sebagai doa berbuka puasa.
Memang ada hadits tentang doa berbuka puasa dengan lafazh yang mirip dengan doa tersebut, semisal:
ÙØ§Ù Ø±Ø³ÙÙ Ø§ÙÙÙ ØµÙÙ Ø§ÙÙÙ Ø¹ÙÙÙ ÙØ³ÙÙ Ø¥Ø°Ø§Ø£ÙØ·Ø± ÙØ§Ù : Ø§ÙÙÙÙ ÙÙ ØµÙ Øª ÙØ¹ÙÙ Ø±Ø²ÙÙ Ø£ÙØ·Ø±Øª ÙØªÙØ¨Ù Ù ÙÙ Ø¥ÙÙ Ø£ÙØª Ø§ÙØ³Ù ÙØ¹ Ø§ÙØ¹ÙÙÙ
âBiasanya RasulullahShallallahuâalaihi Wasallam ketika berbuka membaca doa: Allahumma laka shumtu wa âalaa rizqika afthartu fataqabbal minni,innaka antas samiiâul âaliimâ
Dalam Al Futuhat Ar Rabbaniyyah (4/341), dinukil perkataan Ibnu Hajar Al Asqalani: âHadits ini gharib, dan sanadnya lemah sekaliâ. Hadits ini juga di-dhaif-kan oleh Al Albani di Dhaif Al Jamiâ (4350). Atau doa-doa yang lafazh-nya semisal hadits ini semuanya berkisar antara hadits dhaif atau munkar.
11. Ketika malam lailatul qadar
Malam lailatul qadar adalah malam diturunkannya Al Qurâan.Malam ini lebih utama dari 1000 bulan. Sebagaimana firman Allah Taâala:
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âMalam Lailatul Qadr lebih baik dari 1000 bulanâ (QS. Al Qadr: 3)
Pada malam ini dianjurkan memperbanyak ibadah termasuk memperbanyak doa. Sebagaimana yang diceritakan oleh Ummul Muâminin Aisyah Radhiallahuâanha:
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âAku bertanya kepada Rasulullah: Wahai Rasulullah, menurutmu apa yang sebaiknya aku ucapkan jika aku menemukan malam Lailatul Qadar? Beliau bersabda: Berdoalah:
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Allahumma innakaâafuwwun tuhibbul âafwa faâfu âanni ['Ya Allah, sesungguhnyaengkau Maha Pengampun dan menyukai sifat pemaaf, maka ampunilah aku'']â(HR. Tirmidzi,3513, Ibnu Majah, 3119, At Tirmidzi berkata: âHasan Shahihâ)
Pada hadits ini Ummul Muâminin âAisyah Radhiallahuâanha meminta diajarkan ucapan yang sebaiknya diamalkan ketika malam Lailatul Qadar. Namun ternyata Rasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam mengajarkan lafadz doa. Ini menunjukkan bahwa pada malam Lailatul Qadar dianjurkan memperbanyak doa, terutama dengan lafadz yang diajarkan tersebut.
12. Ketika sebelum salam pada shalat wajib
Rasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam bersabda:
ÙÙÙ ÙØ§ Ø±Ø³ÙÙ Ø§ÙÙÙ ØµÙÙ Ø§ÙÙÙ Ø¹ÙÙÙ ÙØ³ÙÙ Ø£ÙØ§ÙØ¯Ø¹Ø§Ø¡ Ø£Ø³Ù Ø¹ ÙØ§Ù Ø¬ÙÙ Ø§ÙÙÙÙ Ø§ÙØ¢Ø®Ø± ÙØ¯Ø¨Ø± Ø§ÙØµÙÙØ§Øª Ø§ÙÙ ÙØªÙØ¨Ø§Øª
âAda yang bertanya: Wahai Rasulullah, kapan doa kita didengar oleh Allah?Beliau bersabda: âDiakhir malam dan diakhir shalat wajibâ (HR. Tirmidzi, 3499)
Ibnu Qayyim Al Jauziyyah dalam Zaadul Maâad (1/305) menjelaskan bahwa yang dimaksud âakhir shalat wajibâ adalah sebelum salam. Dan tidak terdapat riwayat bahwa Nabi Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam dan para sahabat merutinkan berdoa meminta sesuatu setelah salam pada shalat wajib. Ahli fiqih masa kini, Syaikh Ibnu Utsaimin Rahimahullah berkata: âApakah berdoa setelah shalat itu disyariatkan atau tidak? Jawabannya: tidakdisyariatkan. Karena Allah Taâala berfirman:
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âJika engkau selesai shalat, berdzikirlahâ (QS. An Nisa: 103). Allah berfirmanâberdzikirlahâ, bukan âberdoalahâ. Maka setelah shalat bukanlah waktu untuk berdoa, melainkan sebelum salamâ (Fatawa Ibnu Utsaimin, 15/216).
Namun sungguh disayangkan kebanyakan kaum muslimin merutinkan berdoa meminta sesuatu setelah salam pada shalat wajib yang sebenarnya tidak disyariatkan, kemudian justru meninggalkan waktu-waktu mustajab yang disyariatkan yaitu diantara adzan dan iqamah, ketika adzan, ketika sujud dan sebelum salam.
13. Hari Rabu antara Dzuhur dan Ashar
Sunnah ini belum diketahui oleh kebanyakan kaum muslimin, yaitu dikabulkannya doa diantara shalat Zhuhur dan Ashar dihari Rabu. Ini diceritakan oleh Jabir bin Abdillah Radhiallahuâanhu:
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âNabi shalallahu âalaihi wasalam berdoa di Masjid Al Fath 3 kali,yaitu hari Senin, Selasa dan Rabu. Pada hari Rabu lah doanya dikabulkan, yaitu diantara dua shalat. Ini diketahui dari kegembiraan di wajah beliau. Berkata Jabir : âTidaklah suatu perkara penting yang berat pada saya kecuali saya memilih waktu ini untuk berdoa,dan saya mendapati dikabulkannya doa sayaââ
Dalam riwayat lain:
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âPada hari Rabu lah doanya dikabulkan, yaitu di antara shalat Zhuhur dan Asharâ (HR. Ahmad, no. 14603, Al Haitsami dalam Majma Az Zawaid, 4/15, berkata: âSemua perawinya tsiqahâ, juga dishahihkan Al Albani di Shahih At Targhib, 1185)
14. Ketika Hari Arafah
Hari Arafah adalah hari ketika para jamaâah haji melakukan wukuf di Arafah,yaitu tanggal 9 Dzulhijjah. Pada hari tersebut dianjurkan memperbanyak doa,baik bagi jamaâah haji maupun bagi seluruh kaum muslimin yang tidak sedang menunaikan ibadah haji. Sebab Rasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam bersabda:
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âDoa yang terbaik adalah doa ketika hari Arafahâ (HR. At Tirmidzi,3585. Di shahihkan Al Albani dalam Shahih AtTirmidzi)
15. Ketika Meminum Air Zam-zam
Rasulullah Shallallahuâalaihi Wasallam bersabda:
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âKhasiat Air Zam-zam itu sesuai niat peminumnyaâ (HR. Ibnu Majah,2/1018. Dishahihkan Al Albani dalam Shahih IbniMajah, 2502)
Demikian uraian mengenai waktu-waktu yang paling dianjurkan untuk berdoa.Mudah-mudahan Allah Taâala mengabulkan doa-doa kita dan menerima amal ibadah kita.
|SBY MENYERAHKAN KALPATARU 2011|
Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono menyerahkan penghargaan Kalpataru dan Adipura pada peringatan Hari Lingkungan Hidup Sedunia 2011 di Istana Negara Jakarta, Selasa (7/6).
Penghargaan yang diserahkan rutin setiap tahun itu terbagi atas empat kategori untuk Adipura yang diberikan kepada perorangan dan kelompok, serta empat kategori Adipura untuk kota metropolitan, kota besar, kota sedang, dan kota kecil.
Penghargaan juga diberikan kepada kepala daerah tingkat provinsi dan kabupaten/kota untuk penyusun Status Lingkungan Hidup Daerah (LHSD) 2012 terbaik.
Kalpataru kategori perintis lingkungan diberikan kepada Sugiarto dari Desa Cowek, Kecamatan Purwodadi, Kabupaten Pasuruan, Jawa Timur, Marmis Asid dari Nagari Sinurui, Kecamatan Talamau, Kabupaten Pasaman Barat, Sumatera Barat, serta Lulut Sri Yuliani dari Kelurahan Baruk, Kecamatan Rungkut, Kota Surabaya, Jawa Timur.
Kalpataru Pengabdi Lingkungan diberikan kepada Soleman Nugroho dari Desa Tematana, Kecamatan Wamena Timur, Kabupaten Sumba Barat Daya, Provinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur, Surjadi SP dari Kelurahan Bebalang, Kecamatan Bangli, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali, serta Sudarli dari Desa Purwodadi, Kecamatan Tepus, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Provinsi Yogyakarta.
Kategori Penyelamat Lingkungan diberikan kepada Kelompok nelayan pesisir Karya Segara Serangan, Tukad Semanik, Desa Serangan, Kecamatan Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali, Pondok Pesantren Nurul Hakim, Desa Kediri, Kecamatan Kediri, Kabupaten Lombok Barat, Provinsi Nusa Tenggara Barat, dan Yayasan Pelopor Sehati dari Desa Padang Mutung, Kecamatan Kampar, Kabupaten Kampar, Provinsi Riau.
Sedangkan kategori pembina lingkungan diberikan kepada Aang Hamidi Suganda dari Kabupaten Kuningan, Jawa Barat dan Krido Suprayitno dari Kabupaten Sleman, Provinsi Yogyakarta.
Penghargaan Adipura kategori Kota Metropolitan diberikan untuk Kota Surabaya, Provinsi Jawa Timur, yang diterima oleh Walikota Surabaya dan Kota Palembang, Provinsi Sumatera Selatan, yang diterima oleh Walikota Palembang.
Adipura untuk kota besar diberikan untuk Kota Yogyakarta, Provinsi DI Yogyakarta, yang diterima oleh Walikota Yogyakarta dan Kota Pekanbaru, Provinsi Riau, yang diterima oleh Walikota Pekanbaru.
Sedangkan Adipura kategori kota sedang diberikan kepada 32 kota antara lain Kota Jepara, Kabupaten Jepara, Provinsi Jawa Tengah, Kota Pare Pare, Provinsi Sulawesi Selatan, Kota Kendari, Provinsi Sulawesi Tenggara, Kota Gresik, Provinsi Jawa Timur, Kota Probolinggo, Provinsi Jawa Timur.
Adipura kategori kota kecil diberikan kepada 42 kota antara lain Kota Pangkajene, Kabupaten Pangkep, Sulawesi Selatan, Kota Pangkalan Bun, Kabupaten Kotawaringin Barat, Provinsi Kalimantan Tengah, Kota Pati, Kabupaten Pati, Provinsi Jawa Tengah, Kota Mojosari, Kabupaten Mojokerto, Provinsi Jawa Timur dan Kota Kolaka, Kabupaten Kolaka, Provinsi Sulawesi Tenggara.
Untuk penghargaan Adiwiyata Mandiri diberikan kepada 21 sekolah yang tersebar di Indonesia, di antaranya SDN P 12 Benhil, Bendungan Hilir, Jakarta Pusat, SMPN 1 Merakurak Tuban, Jawa Timur, dan SMAN 1 Bandar Bener Meuriah, Provinsi Aceh.
Sedangkan penyusun Status Lingkungan Hidup Daerah (SLHD) 2010 terbaik diberikan kepada Provinsi Sumatera Barat diterima oleh Gubernur Sumatera Barat, Provinsi DKI Jakarta diterima oleh Gubernur DKI Jakarta, Provinsi Jawa Timur diterima oleh Gubernur Jawa Timur, Kabupaten Pesisir Selatan, Provinsi Sumatera Barat diterima oleh Bupati Pesisir Selatan, Kota Padang, Provinsi Sumatera Barat diterima oleh Walikota Padang, dan Kota Tangerang, Provinsi Banten diterima oleh Walikota Tangerang. (*/abi)
|Miras Bebas, Maksiat dan Kejahatan Makin Bablas|
Bebas, Maksiat dan Kejahatan Makin Bablas
[Al Islam 589] Bukannya mencegah kemaksiatan, pemerintah malah memberikan jalan bagi suburnya kemaksiatan dan kerusakan di tengah masyarakat. Lihatlah, pemerintah justru mencabut perda yang melarang miras (minuman keras).
Setidaknya ada sembilan perda miras yang diminta untuk dicabut oleh kemendagri. Diantaranya, Perda Kota Tangerang No. 7/2005 tentang Pelarangan, Pengedaran, dan Penjualan Minuman Beralkohol; Perda Kota Bandung No. 11/2010 tentang Pelarangan, Pengawasan, dan Pengendalian Minuman Beralkohol; dan Perda Kabupaten Indramayu No. 15/2006 tentang Larangan Minuman Beralkohol.
Keputusan itu memicu protes dan penolakan dari banyak pihak. Keputusan pencabutan itu dianggap kontraproduktif terhadap upaya mengatasi kerusakan moralitas dan maraknya kejahatan di tengah masyarakat. Protes keras juga datang dari sejumlah Pemda yang telah mengeluarkan perda miras.
Melawan Hukum Lebih Tinggi?
Kemendagri beralasan pencabutan perda-perda miras itu karena menyalahi aturan yang lebih tinggi, yaitu Keppres No. 3 Tahun 1997 tentang Pengawasan dan Pengendalian Minuman Beralkohol. Sejak perda dinyatakan batal maka dalam waktu paling lama 15 hari harus dicabut dan tak diberlakukan. Seperti diberitakan pikiran-rakyat.com (31/11/11), melalui surat nomor: 188.34/4561/SJ tertanggal 16 November 2011, Mendagri meminta perda miras kabupaten Indramayu segera dicabut dalam waktu 15 hari sejak 16 November.
Alasan bertentangan dengan Keppres No. 3 Tahun 1997 itu terkesan dipaksakan. Keppres itu dikeluarkan pada era orde baru yang sarat masalah. Mestinya Keppres bermasalah itu yang harus dicabut. Sebab Keppres itulah yang justru menjadi biang kerok maraknya peredaran miras di tengah masyarakat. Apalagi adanya Keppres ini berarti menghalalkan perkara yang jelas-jelas diharamkan Allah SWT. Lebih tinggi mana hukum Allah SWT dibanding keputusan presiden? Mana yang lebih baik, hukum Allah SWT atau hukum jahiliyah yang bersumber dari hawa nafsu manusia yang rakus?
Motif Bisnis Haram
Aroma kuatnya pengaruh bisnis miras pun menyeruak. Sudah lama para pengusaha miras mengeluhkan kesulitan memasarkan produk mereka karena adanya perda pelarangan miras dan menambah jumlah produksi miras akibat pembatasan produksi. Padahal Indonesia dianggap pangsa pasar miras potensial. Menurut catatan Gabungan Industri Minuman Malt Indonesia (GIMMI) orang Indonesia mengkonsumsi 100 juta liter bir pertahun. Jumlah konsumen minuman keras domestik terus meningkat 3-4 % pertahun, belum lagi dengan bertambahnya kunjungan wisatawan asing. Maka pengusaha miras ingin agar pembatasan miras dilonggarkan dan kuota produksinya ditambah.
Keputusan kontroversial Kemendagri ini menjadi jalan bagi mulusnya bisnis miras itu. Selama ini yang pertama-tama menentang perda larangan miras adalah pengusaha miras. Perda miras kabupaten Indramayu misalnya, sempat digugat oleh kalangan pengusaha minuman beralkohol dan miras. Namun gugatan tersebut ditolak oleh MA.
Pencabutan perda miras ini menambah keberpihakan pemerintah pada bisnis haram ini. Dua tahun silam pemerintah sudah menetapkan miras terbebas dari Pajak Pertambahan Nilai dan Pajak Penjualan atas Barang Mewah (PPN dan PPnBM). Hal ini menunjukkan lagi-lagi pemerintah lebih memikirkan kepentingan segelintir pengusaha bejad yang hanya memikirkan uang, dibanding keselamatan dan moralitas masyarakat. Padahal semuanya sudah tahu dan terbukti, miras pangkal berbagai macam kejahatan. Baru-baru ini, seorang ibu diperkosa di sebuah angkot di Depok, dan pelakunya diberitakan dalam keadaan mabuk. Kejahatan seperti ini sering terjadi. Polres Minahasa Utara mencatat, dari 969 kasus kejahatan dan KDRT sepanjang 2011 di wilayahnya dipicu oleh minuman keras (TRIBUNMANADO.CO.ID, 5/1/2012).
Polda Sulawesi Utara juga melaporkan sekitar 70 % tindak kriminalitas umum di Sulawesi Utara terjadi akibat mabuk setelah mengonsumsi miras. Kabid Humas Polda Sulut Ajun Komisaris Besar Benny Bela di Manado mengatakan, masih tingginya tindak kriminalitas di daerah itu disebabkan oleh minuman keras. Diperkirakan 65-70 % tindak kriminalitas umum di daerah itu akibat mabuk minuman keras. Selain itu sekitar 15 persen kecelakaan lalu lintas juga akibat pengaruh minuman keras. (lihat, kompas.com, 21/1/2011).
Miras juga menjadi pemicu beberapa tawuran massal seperti yang pernah terjadi di beberapa daerah dan hingga menyebabkan sejumlah korban tewas. Begitu juga tak sedikit orang yang tewas setelah menenggak miras.
Maka sungguh aneh bila pemerintah justru mencabut perda miras yang sebenarnya masih terlalu longgar itu. Padahal fakta yang ada sejak perda miras diberlakukan terjadi penurunan angka kriminalitas, bahkan sampai 80 % seperti di Bulukumba. Di Indramayu dan Tangerang penerapan perda miras berhasil mengurangi angka kriminalitas secara nyata.
Apalagi, perda-perda itu sebelumnya sudah dikonsultasikan ke tingkat provinsi dan bahkan ke Kemendagri dan dinilai tidak masalah. Perda anti miras itu didukung dan diterima oleh masyarakat. Perda itu juga dihasilkan melalui proses demokratis dan disetujui oleh DPRD setempat. Sekali lagi, pencabutan perda miras ini makin menunjukkan keanehan demokrasi. Kalau benar-benar memperhatikan suara rakyat seharusnya perda miras yang dihasilkan secara demokratis itu diterima. Kenapa malah ditolak dan dianggap tidak demokratis?
Aroma anti syariah Islam pun muncul dibalik ini . Mengingat selama ini, perda-perda seperti ini kerap digugat kelompok sekuler liberal karena dianggap kental dengan syariah Islam. Mereka menuding syariah Islam mengancam negara. Tudingan yang tidak masuk akal. Bagaimana mungkin syariah Islam yang bersumber dari Allah SWT yang Maha Pengasih lagi Maha Penyayang disebut membahayakan masyarakat? Bagaimana mungkin aturan Allah SWT yang melarang miras yang menjadi salah satu sumber kejahatan dianggap membahayakan masyarakat ?
Syariah Islam Membabat Miras, Menyelamatkan Umat
Islam dengan tegas mengharamkan khamr. Allah SWT berfirman:
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Hai orang-orang yang beriman, sesungguhnya (meminum) khamar, berjudi, berkorban untuk berhala, mengundi nasib dengan panah, adalah termasuk perbuatan syaitan. Maka jauhilah perbuatan-perbuatan itu agar kamu mendapat keberuntungan. (QS. al-Maidah : 90)
Syaikh Ali ash-Shabuniy di dalam Tafsir ayat al-ahkam (I/562) menyatakan bahwa ayat berikutnya menyebutkan berbagai keburukan untuk mengisyaratkan bahaya yang besar dan kejahatan materi dari kriminalitas perjudian dan meminum khamr. Allah berfirman (yang artinya): Sesungguhnya syaitan itu bermaksud hendak menimbulkan permusuhan dan kebencian di antara kamu lantaran (meminum) khamar dan berjudi itu, dan menghalangi kamu dari mengingat Allah dan shalat; maka berhentilah kamu (TQS al-Maidah :91)
Rasul saw. juga sudah memperingatkan:
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Jauhilah khamr, karena sesungguhnya ia adalah kunci semua keburukan (HR. al-Hakim dan al-Baihaqi)
Islam memandang, meminum khamr merupakan kemaksiyatan besar dan pelakunya harus dijatuhi sanksi had. Had meminum khamr adalah dijilid empat puluh kali dan bisa ditambah. Ali bin Abi Thalib mengatakan:
Â« Ø¬ÙÙÙØ¯Ù Ø§ÙÙÙÙØ¨ÙÙÙÙ Ø£ÙØ±ÙØ¨ÙØ¹ÙÙÙÙ ÙÙØ¬ÙÙÙØ¯Ù Ø£ÙØ¨ÙÙ Ø¨ÙÙÙØ±Ù Ø£ÙØ±ÙØ¨ÙØ¹ÙÙÙÙ ÙÙØ¹ÙÙ ÙØ±Ù Ø«ÙÙ ÙØ§ÙÙÙÙÙ ÙÙÙÙÙÙÙ Ø³ÙÙÙÙØ©Ù Â»
Nabi saw menjilid (orang yang meminum khamr) 40 kali, Abu Bakar menjilidnya 40 kali dan Umar menjilidnya 80 kali, dan semua adalah sunnah (HR Muslim)
Islam juga mengharamkan semua hal yang terkait dengan khamr (miras), termasuk produksi, penjualan, kedai dan hasil darinya, dsb. Rasul saw bersabda:
Â« ÙÙØ¹ÙÙÙ Ø§ÙÙÙÙÙÙ Ø§ÙÙØ®ÙÙ ÙØ±Ù ÙÙÙÙØ¹ÙÙÙ Ø´ÙØ§Ø±ÙØ¨ÙÙÙØ§ ÙÙØ³ÙØ§ÙÙÙÙÙÙØ§ ÙÙØ¹ÙØ§ØµÙØ±ÙÙÙØ§ ÙÙÙ ÙØ¹ÙØªÙØµÙØ±ÙÙÙØ§ ÙÙØ¨ÙØ§Ø¦ÙØ¹ÙÙÙØ§ ÙÙÙ ÙØ¨ÙØªÙØ§Ø¹ÙÙÙØ§ ÙÙØÙØ§Ù ÙÙÙÙÙØ§ ÙÙØ§ÙÙÙ ÙØÙÙ ÙÙÙÙØ©Ù Ø¥ÙÙÙÙÙÙÙ ÙÙØ¢ÙÙÙÙ Ø«ÙÙ ÙÙÙÙÙ Â»
Allah melaknat khamr dan melaknat orang yang meminumnya, yang menuangkannya, yang memerasnya, yang minta diperaskan, yang membelinya, yang menjualnya, yang membawakannya, yang minta dibawakan, yang makan harganya (HR. Ahmad).
Karena itu sistem Islam akan melarang produksi khamr (miras), penjualannya, tempat-tempat yang menjualnya, peredarannya dsb. Orang yang melanggarnya berarti melakukan tindakan kriminal dan dia harus dikenai sanksi taâzir.
Dengan semua itu, syariah Islam menghilangkan pasar miras, membabat produksi miras, penjualan, peredarannya dan tempat penjualannya di tengah masyarakat. Dengan itu Islam menutup salah satu pintu semua keburukan. Islam menyelamatkan masyarakat dari semua bahaya yang mungkin timbul karena khamr.
Wahai Kaum Muslim
Pencabutan perda miras ini menunjukkan kebobrokan pemerintah. Pemerintah justru telah memberikan jalan bagi maraknya kejahatan dan kemaksiatan di tengah masyarakat. Sekaligus semakin membuktikan bahwa masyarakat yang bebas dari bahaya khamr (miras) tidak akan terwujud dengan sistem kapitalisme demokrasi. Sistem Kapitalis-Demokrasi hanya memikirkan pemilik modal, hanya memikirkan perut dan materi segelintir pengusaha rakus. Sistem ini tidak akan memberikan kebaikan sedikitpun kepada manusia.
Bahaya khamr dan semua keburukan akibat khamr hanya akan bisa dihilangkan dari masyarakat dengan penerapan syariah Islam secara utuh. Karena itu impian kita akan masyarakat yang tenteram, bersih, bermartabat dan bermoral tinggi, hendaknya mendorong kita melipatgandakan perjuangan untuk menerapkan syariah Islam dalam bingkai Sistem Politik yang telah ditetapkan oleh Islam yaitu Khilafah âala minhaj an-nubuwwah. WallÃ¢h aâlam bi ash-shawÃ¢b. 
Komentar Al Islam:
BURT DPR: Proyek Toilet DPR Rp 2 M Bisa Dibatalkan (detik.com, 9/1/2012).
1. Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun, sampai urusan buang kotoran pun anggota parlemen masih juga mau bermewah-mewah, padahal di Indonesia masih ada tunawisma sebanyak 25.662 orang dan pengemis 175.478 orang.
2. Rencana itu menunjukkan sifat asli rakus kemewahan. Bila diributkan baru merasa malu, tapi bila tidak maka maju terus pantang mundur. Itulah produk sistem politik demokrasikapitalisme.
3. Politisi dan penguasa yang sederhana dan peduli kepentingan rakyat hanya bisa diwujudkan oleh sistem politik mengutamakan pemeliharaan urusan rakyat, itulah Sistem Islam
Hasil survei Lembaga Survei Indonesia (LSI) yang menempatkan kinerja lembaga penegakan hukum kurun waktu 2011 jeblok hingga 44 persen (inilah.com, 9/1/2012).
1. Hukum buatan manusia memang tidak pernah berpihak pada keadilan, melainkan kepada yang membayar.
2. Hanya hukum Islam yang menjamin keadilan sempurna bagi setiap manusia tanpa pandang bulu dan agama.
SERANGAN DDoS, CYBERMOSLEM.NET MAMPU BERTAHAN
Muhibbuddin Al Insaniyah
| 14 Agustus 2010 | 11:48
Belum ada chart.
Sejak dirilis pada tanggal 1 Agusus 2010,Cybermoslem.net sudah dibanjiri dengan register-register baru yang semakin hari semakin melimpah. Dari banyaknya pengguna baru yang berbondong-bondong masuk, ternyata disinyalir oleh admin cybermoslem sendiri, ada sebuah âserangan rudalâ dari âpesawat tak berawakâ yang dikendalikan dari luar negeri, yang sengaja atau tidak memang hendak membuat rusuh suasana aksesing terhadap cybermoslem.
ââ¦akhirnya CMnet lumpuh selama hampir semalaman (jumâat, 13 Agustus 2010). Setelah seharian di serang secara bertubi dengan sistem serangan ddos yang membuat jaringan kami menjadi sangat sibukâ, demikian menurut admin cybermoslem dalam blognya.
Serangan DoS (Denial of Service) adalah jenis serangan terhadap sebuah komputer atau server di dalam suatu jaringan internet dengan cara menghabiskan sumber (resource) yang dimiliki oleh komputer tersebut sampai komputer tersebut tidak dapat menjalankan fungsinya dengan benar sehingga secara tidak langsung mencegah pengguna lain untuk memperoleh akses layanan dari komputer yang diserang tersebut. Serangan DoS ini berlangsung satu lawan satu, satu penyerang melawan satu akun pengguna yang valid dan aktif, dengan penyerangnya menggunakan peralatan komputer yang canggih, serta dukungan host yang handal, sehingga target sasaran bisa kacau aksesingnya. Serangan DDoS ( Distribution DoS) merupakan serangan DoS yang âdiselenggarakanâ secara ârombonganâ dan konspiratif menggunakan banyak komputer handal dan kuat, menyerang server sasaran, sehingga server âdipaksaâ untuk tidak dapat memberikan pelayanan akses bagi pengguna.
Kondisi awal downtime sebenarnya sudah penulis rasakan dan terdeteksi oleh penulis pada sekitar lebih kurang jam 16.00 WIB, hari Jumat tanggal 13 Agutus 2010 kemarin, dan penulis seketika itu langsung memberikan sinyal âhatiâhatiâ ke pihak admin bahwa ada âkemungkinanâ upaya penyerangan oleh hacker ke server cybermoslem. Jawaban admin sangat sederhana, âAllah yang akan menolongnyaâ.
Situasi server lumpuh total terjadi semalaman dari mulai lebih kurang jam 19.30 WIB. Setelah sholat tarawih, penulis menutup akun di cybermoslem beberapa jam kemudian. Sebenarnya, pada Jumâat, 13 Agustus 2010, dari pagi sampai sore, akses ke cybermoslem.net masih stabil. Tetapi mulai malam sekitar jam 19.30 WIB lebih, pada saat pengguna dan saat sebagian besar member CMnet sedang sholat Tarawih. dan akses ke cybermoslem.net mulai ada kendala dan beberapa waktu kemudian lumpuh total.
Cybermoslem masih mampu tegak bertahan, tidak terjadi kehancuran dan kematian total, sehingga pada tanggal 14 Agustus 2010 sudah bisa normal kembali. Diperkirakan serangan akan berulang-ulang, tetapi Insya Allah, serangan DDoS dan serangan bentuk lainnya teramat berat dan kecil kemungkinan membunuh cybermoslem.
Memperhatikan berita di atas, penulis teringat serangan terhadap www.millatfacebook.com (jejaring sosial di Pakistan), yang sampai sekarang akhirnya web tersebut mengalami kelumpuhan dan tidak dapat diakses. Gambar di bawah ini adalah kondisi âbangkaiâ terakhir pada Sabtu, 14 Agutus 2010.
Millatfacebook.com diciptakan oleh pemuda Pakistan, pada akhir Mei 2010 yang lalu, khusus untuk memberi alternatif bagi jejaring sosial mania di Pakistan dan penduduk dunia lainnya, setelah terjadinya âgempa bumi Facebookâ yang menggemparkan dunia dengan munculnya halaman propaganda âEverybody Draw Mohammed Dayâ.
Terlepas dari alasan apapun pendiriannya, seharusnya netter tidak menganggap bahwa hadirnya jejaring baru sebagai ancaman sehingga melakukan serangan-serangan terhadap server ataupun apapun yang berafiliasi ke jejaring tersebut. Melihat gambar millatfcebook di atas, sepertinya admin millatfacebook asalnya menggunakan server di wilayah Amerika Serikat. Letak server inilah yang akan memberikan kemudahan lalu lintas bagi penyerang.
Perbedaan dengan millatfacebook, cybermoslem memiliki server yang berada di Indonesia. Sehingga serangan-serangan apapun bisa diketahui sejak dini, kemudian menyiapkan pertahanan dan benteng yang handal dan kuat, agar serangan semacam DDoS tidak terulang kembali. Serangan apapun terhadap jejaring, bentengpertama dalam pertahanan di garda server. Jika servernya kuat dan handal, insya Allah semuanya lancar-lancar.
Serangan susulan bisa saja dan akan terjadi, tetapi dengan server berada di Indonesia, serangan tersebut tidak akan sampai melumpuhkan cybermoslem, sehingga bernasib sama seperti millatfacebook.com.
Penulis tidak akan membuat andaian siapa yang menyerang. Tetapi yang jelas, adalah pihak yang dirugikan atau yang akan dirugikan. Siapa pihak yang dirugikan dengan adanya cybermoslem, penulis memberikan âgambaran kemungkinanâ ciri-cirinya, sebagai berikut :
Penulis tidak menyebut bahwa penyerang adalah âmusuh Islamâ walaupun semua jejaring yang diserang adalah didirikan dan terutama untuk umat Islam. Mereka lebih cenderung sebagai uji coba ketahanan dan reaksi atas hadirnya cybermoslem yang menggemuruh.
Bagi kita orang Indonesia, kita wajib berbangga dengan kerja saudara kita Dola Indra Putra Agam, yng sudah sedemikian hebat membuat jejaring sosial sendiri, untuk dipersembahkan bagi bumi pertiwi Indonesia dan umat Islam dunia. Jejaring yang berkode Joomla ini bebas dipergunakan oleh siapapun.
Mempertimbangkan akan adanya serangan-serangan berikutnya, harapan penulis, melalui tulisan ini, nantinya ada tokoh nasional Indonesia, baik dari kalangan pemerintahan, maupun Non Government Organisation (NGO) bisa segera memberikan dukungan moral dan material bagi kelangsungan cybermoslem, jejaring kebanggaan Indonesia, sehingga cybermoslem bisa menjadi number one di Indonesia, mengalahkan jejaring produk import luar negeri.
|Pesticide-Free Spaces: Lessons in Communication, Community and Change|
The Center for Energy and Environmental Eduation and students in the Department of Communication Studies are working together to reduce the amount of lawn pesticides used in Iowa. The meeting is open to the public.
Wesley Foundation (Treehouse)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 7:00 pm
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|Cedar Falls Practical Backyard Tour|
Sponsored by UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education and Green Iowa AmeriCorps, theÂ Practical Backyard Tour highlights several backyards around Cedar Falls where practical and effective methods have been utilized.Â From composting to solar and rain barrels to gardening, the tour features backyards that work!
Beginning at 2 p.m., participants are welcome to arrive at any of theÂ backyards listed below where tickets will be available (one ticket gainsÂ participant access to all five backyards). After 5 p.m., participants are encouraged to visit Beck's on The Hill afterwards for dinner, a prize drawing, and open discussion on practical uses for backyards.
Tickets ($5, does not include dinner) will be available the day of the event at each of the backyards. Proceeds from the event will support Green Iowa AmeriCorps work in the Cedar Valley. Please direct any questions to Green Iowa AmeriCorps. We hope to see you there!
The five backyards featured during the tour include:
1. Cedar Falls Community Garden, 600 Block Lincoln Street, Cedar Falls âTaking Back, Giving
Backâ this garden is flood-reclaimed land and features a sitting area, water collection
system, and composting [from Cup of Joe]. With 50 of the 80 available plots rented and four
organizations actively growing food to be donated to the Cedar Valley Food Bank and other
charities, this location is full of vast and diversified garden delightsÂ growing for a great cause.
2. Dave Gibson, 524 West Lone Tree Road, Cedar Falls âTwin Cedars, a GatedÂ Communityâ this
wonderful stop in North Cedar will feature fruit trees, vegetable garden, hens, passive solar
kitchen, solar electric system, and 140 recently planted trees.
3. Kamyar Enshayan, 1703 Washington Street, Cedar Falls âLawn & Orderâ featuring backyard
hens, easy-going compost, native prairie pollinator heaven, local woodÂ shed, solar hot water,
linear evaporative drying system (clothes lines), 20 years of pesticide-free lawn, vegetable
4. Jack & Carole Yates, 519 Chateau Ct, Cedar Falls âPerfectly Practicalâ both the front and back
yard features beds with native Iowa prairie plants, two vegetable gardens and an orchard with
apple, pear, Asian pear, cherry, peach and plum trees. Visitors can also see their two active solar
systems, a wood burning stove, clothes line and additions like a fire ring, patio and other places
that make it a great backyard to spend time in.
5. Ann Duncan, W 13th Street at the alley between Franklin and Tremont, âSmoke Stack Twin
Gardensâ Featuring gardening for large and small spaces, a wide variety of vegetables,
raspberries, tiered garden, strawberry pyramid, rain barrels, compost bin, clothes line.
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Sunday, June 10, 2012 -
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
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|A nonprofit's guide to online security: So you want to learn the lingo?|
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web becoming publicly available. For many of us, this is a reminder of just how much the Internet has transformed our daily lives. This rings true for nonprofits too: The Internet has revolutionized the way that nonprofits communicate, fundraise, and recruit volunteers. It has enabled nonprofits like yours to share their mission with a global audience. To raise awareness. And to change the world.Â
But the power of the Internet also comes with great responsibility -- namely the need to keep information safe and secure.Â As a nonprofit, it can be difficult to keep up with online security, especially when terminology seems complicated. Yes, you might have heard of terms like âphishingâ or âcookies,â but what do they mean?
Today, you can find the answers to your questions with our quick & easy to guide to online security terminology. In less than five minutes, youâll be well on the way to helping keep your nonprofit safe on the Internet.Â
Letâs get started! Hereâs a quick guide to familiarize yourself with common lingo and learn how to distinguish terms that are friends vs foes in the online security realm.Â
THE BAD GUYS: MALICIOUS ACTIONS/TERMS
THE GOOD GUYS: ONLINE SAFETY TERMS
Thatâs a wrap for now! Pass on these tips to your nonprofit partners to stay safe and secure online, so you can focus on what matters most: changing the world.Â
To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more at no charge. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofitâs story. Learn more and enroll here.
|Broadway Unlocked shares five lessons learned from hosting a livestream benefit|
Each year, one in six people in the U.S. will be victims of violent crimes. Two years ago, we became part of the effort to change that, when we began work with Broadway Unlocked.Â
Two years ago, we metÂ Jessica RyanÂ â a woman whose mission is rooted in two seemingly unique spheres: celebrating live theatre and helping survivors of interpersonal violence. Jessica founded the Â Broadway UnlockedÂ #giveback concert, a livestream, interactive benefit concert aimed at connecting the two communities and helping raise awareness and donations for theÂ Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC). The CVTC, New York Stateâs largest and most comprehensive hospital-based victim assistance program, provides therapy and services to survivors of assault, abuse and violence. All treatments at CVTC are free.
In an effort to reach a larger audience and expand the nonprofitâs donor base, Broadway Unlocked collaborated with Google for Nonprofits to broadcast the show and spread the message globally in 2016. On February 22, Google for Nonprofits helped bringÂ Broadway to YouTubeÂ for the second year in a row with one night of song and social responsibility through the concert. To bring the show beyond NYC, Google Fiber hosted a watch party at the Fiber space with local Kansas City theatre groups and community members.Â
This was a Broadway show unlike any other. This was Broadway with a variety of star performers, including Kyle Dean Massey, Carolee Carmello, Ali Stroker, Natalie Weiss, and Collabro. This was Broadway hosted by Google Fiber. Streamed via Google Hangouts on Air. And fueled in part by fundraising through donation cards on YouTube. This was Broadway on the internet -- crowdfunded and broadcast for one night only.
How did Broadway Unlocked make their globally livestreamed and crowdfunded event a success? Weâre turning the mic towards Broadway Unlocked to hear what they learned.
5 Lessons Learned from Hosting a Livestream Benefit
If you are a U.S. nonprofit looking to add donation cards to your YouTube videos, learn more here.
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|Here I go||Hello all. Since I had to give up my Mac when I switched jobs, I haven't been blogging at all and that has made me so sad! I decided to re-enter the world of creepy diaries on the interwebz mostly because I want to chronicle a very new and important part of my life. My boy and I are getting a dog! This is a surprising, scary and exciting turn of events and I want to make sure I capture every minute of it.|
Surprising, you say? Don't most people plan ahead and know that a dog is coming to them? Wouldn't it be the responsible thing to do to research a responsible breeder or apply to the humane society? How can one be "surprised" by dog ownership. Well it turns out the answer is simple.
Step 1) You get a new place where there is a fenced in backyard and they allow pets.
Step 2) Your boyfriend mentions to his mother that you are thinking about getting a dog and have started researching what it takes to acquire one from the local animal shelter.
Step 3) Your boyfriend and you have a discussion about waiting at least a couple months to get settled in both physically and financially before you get a cute fuzzy friend.
Step 4) Your hopefully-someday-mother-in-law calls her son and tells him that she just rescued a 3 and 1/2 month old puppy of unknown breed or origin from certain death at the kill shelter known as her local pound and is gifting it to you and your beloved.
*Important* This must all be done within a time frame of 3-6 days. We did in 3 just to be on the safe side.
So there you have it. Surprising yourself with a dog in 4 easy steps.
In all seriousness, I am very excited to meet the little pup. I hope to have more information, news and pictures soon.
|OMG, WATCH: Darren Aronofsky returns with trailer for the terrifying, Jennifer Lawrence starring âMother!â|
The cast of âMother!â includes Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, Javier Bardem, Domhnall Gleeson, Kristen Wiig and Ed Harris! — Kirsten Wiig! Holy Shit! Check it out...
|Ah, Fandom. We Are a Fickle Bunch||Ah, Fandom. We Are a Fickle Bunch Fresh off of my Man of Steel viewing, I enjoyed a mix of emotions as Hans Zimmerâs score played over the credits (which were totally worth watching despite no post-credits-Marvel-style tease scene. Boo!): -Relief that the movie wasnât a Green Lantern level of horrible. In fact, while flawed, … |
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|Interview With Sports & Entertainment Attorney: Jaia Thomas||Jaia Thomas is a Los Angeles, CA based sports and entertainment attorney. Ms. Thomas is a graduate of Colgate UniversityÂ and The George Washington University Law School. She also holds a Certificate in Television, Film and New Media Production from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Thomas is an instructor...|
|Analysis: How C4 plans to 'mix it up'||When Channel 4 took over the BBC's Formula 1 contract, it knew it had a big challenge on its hands. LAWRENCE BARRETTO examines its bid to 'mix it up'|
|Business in Buffalo|| |
Allot was accomplished while back in Buffalo over break. Some of it was already mentioned on facebook but this is where I can do some less official ranting.
So what I want to talk about is doing business in Buffalo. Iâm sure allot of people have heard horror stories about working with in the city limits. I know for years people donât me, donât even bother if youâre not in the old boys club you canât get anywhere in the city. My experience was completely the opposite.
We had narrowed our search into the Black Rock area. I think itâs really an area on the up and up. The people there are really passionate about the neighborhood and eager for business to come back. The success of the black rock bar and kitchen and delish are sort of the test beds. As Chippewa seems to be kicking out the college crowd there is going to need to be somewhere for all those older college students to go. Iâm not saying Black Rock should open clubs and go crazy, just that older crowd is going to be looking for somewhere new to go and that could be black rock without a problem. Elmwood can be a bit âhigh endâ and Buff State is right across the river. Honestly Amherst is going to be where itâs at.
Iâve had the pleasure to bounce around the country for the last couple of years. My position in the Air Force requires allot of traveling form base to base, and Iâve found the same formula in all the âup and comingâ urban places is the same.
Provide a service or good thatâs 100% better at 50% more cost. Itâs what Craft Beer is all about, but itâs also what the whole urban movement seems to be able. When I visit other cities and find something I think could be a knock-out in Buffalo I write it down or grab a menu. Sadly for all the great ideas there is only so much money, but the formal is the same.
Chefâs in Manhattan KS is one of the business restaurants Iâve ever been in. It costs about 50% more then Dennyâs but when you get Salmon Eggs Benedict, the $5 extra over a grand slam seems like nothing. Iâm not saying Iâve stumbled upon the Holy Grail or anything. Iâm just finding that it seems to be true across the whole of the United States. It might the âEuropeanizationâ of America. Thatâs a different topic so Iâll get back to Buffalo.
Where I wanted to get was armed with this formal and some really impressive growth numbers from Craft Beer the Councilmen Joe Golombek was willing to sit down for almost 2 hours with us, from that we got an audience with the City Office of Strategic Planning, Department of Labor, Tonawanda BOA, NYSBDC, SBA, ECIDC, NYSIDC. Iâm missing once person from that list so I apologize. Point being they weâre great to sit down with, tell them what we want to do, and offer some suggestions on how to go about it. I didnât run into some brick wall or have to cow tow to anyone to get this. I grew up 25 miles outside of the city, I went to School in Rochester. While Buffalo is my city, its not like I have a network. No Doubt Iâm developing one, and the other companies we work with have been paramount to that.
Allot of reasons and things like the $1,000,000,000 that state is talking about I honestly donât think is going to have nearly the effect it could have if it was $1 thousand million dollar grants or 10,000 $100,000 grants. The things about doing business in NYS being hard then other states. Thatâs absolutely true, the taxes are terrible, the bureaucracy is enormous, and the law suits plentiful. Despite all that Government workers are really trying to work around it and with it to get Buffalo back on top.
Point being is Buffalo wants to grow, and the real growth is going to be by small business making an investment in the city, living here working here making that lifelong commitment to the area. There isnât going to be a hand out from the government to get you started. Itâs going to be with the help of people in Buffalo and on your own labors. I encourage anyone whoâs thinking about starting to do
|Side-Talk: Butterscotch Cafe|
Today I am going to blog about my dining experience at Butterscotch Cafe. I have seen photos of dishes from this cafe. The food looks visually appetizing. But it is a little out of the way. When I heard my friend's office is near this cafe, we decided to have our long overdue meet up here. It is located at Bukit Merah area. It is about 10 mins walk from Redhill MRT station. Fortunately, my friend and I did not get lost even when it is out first time and it was at night. When we reached there, both us agreed that it was an unexpected place to find a cafe. The place was much more 'ulu' than I expected haha.
You will need to wait once you reach there if the cafe is crowded. You can also leave your number and they will contact you once there are available seats. Since the indoor seating were full, we had to seat outside. It wasn't too bad because there were ceiling fans and there weren't many passerbys in the area.
I bought myself Bandung Soda Float (S$6.50) and Chilli Crab Cake Burger (S$14). While my friend bought herself Chicken Chop with Eggs ($16) and Iced Matcha Green Tea (S$6.50). You opt for Chicken chop without egg which will cost S$2 cheaper.
I tasted my friend's chicken chop and it was really good. This might not make sense because it was so good that it tasted like steak. The meat was juicy too. It is different from your typical hawker centre chicken chop. It was worth the buy. I didn't taste my friend's Iced Matcha Green Tea but according to her it was pleasantly unique.
We were too full once we were done with our meals and hence did not order any dessert like what we initially planned. But the desserts were pretty pricey, they cost at least S$12.
Overall, I find that cafe serves pretty good food. Will definitely come back again because I just found out that it sells korean bingsu as well!! Have been craving for bingsu ever since I came back from korea and it definitely difficult to get halal bingsu in Singapore. I hope someone would open a halal bingsu store soon. Oh and lastly I apologize for the lousy photos in this post haha.
|The FWA Podcast: Friday 10 March||Guardian journalist and author of the book 'Invincible', which details Arsenal's remarkable 2003/04 season, Amy Lawrence, joins William Hill's Dave Kelner on this edition of the podcast.
Amy is perfectly placed to discuss Arsene Wenger's future and talks about the FA Cup matches this weekend, as well.
#FWAPodcast #betting #Wenger #ArsenalFC |
|Sprint Called Out For Cramming Customer Accounts|
Oops. Sprint has been busted for charging tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party messaging charges to customer bills.
Moreover, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is about to issue a fine in the amount of $105 million for the carrier's dubious charges, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Interestingly, the amount of the fine is the same as the one AT&T paid to the FCC earlier this year in a case that is similar.
The fine is not official yet -- the FCC is still waiting for the commissioner to approve it. However, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is not wasting any moment -- on behalf of the carrier's disgruntled subscribers, the CFPB is filing a lawsuit against Sprint.
According to the CFPB, Sprint should have made it a priority to protect its subscribers from third-party billing scams. But unfortunately for its customers, the carrier had let suspicious fees for unauthorized premium text messages show up on the customers' billing statements.
The CFPB further alleges that Sprint is choosing to ignore the tens of thousands of complaints and refund requests from disgusted subscribers due to the incorrect billing. The bureau also believes that with the carrier keeping about 40 percent of all the revenue generated from bills crammed with third-party fees, it is a lot easier for Sprint to turn a blind eye.
Even though the major wireless carriers in the United States have agreed to cease billing their subscribers for premium third-party services, the practice of cramming customer bills has always been frequently done by service providers for years. By doing so, they can generate some extra income out of unsuspecting wireless subscribers.
Last October this year, AT&T agreed to settle with the FCC over cramming complaints from its subscribers. Even T-Mobile had to deal with its own cramming lawsuit back in July of this year. Out of the $105 million fine paid by AT&T, the FCC took $80 million to be refunded to subscribers who were affected. For sure, the FCC will work to achieve the same result with its lawsuit against Sprint.Â
For its part, Sprint is denying the allegations. The carrier claims that it took certain steps to protect its subscribers from unauthorized third-party billing practices.Â
If the $105 million fine does go through, it will mark the first time that the FCC and the CFPB have joined forces together in taking action against a major wireless provider.
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|Gideon's Trumpet: How One Man, a Poor Prisoner, Took His Case to the Supreme Court-and Changed the Law of the United States||
author: Anthony Lewis
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book published: 1964
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|iOS Update Quashes Dangerous SSL Bug|
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If you haven't gotten the iOS 7.0.6 update, you need to stop what you're doing and get it now. There's a dangerous SSL bug that can hurt you in numerous ways if you don't take care of it right away by updating your Apple operating system. Even if you have an older version, you're going to want to make sure you're protected and have the latest OS available for your particular mobile device.
Back in February of this year, it came out that not updating could lead to bad people being able to read and modify encrypted communications whether people were using iPhones, iPads or other iOS devices. As you might imagine, this upset a lot of people. The good news is that Apple was pretty quick at making sure an update was available for people who downloaded it.
And yet that's part of the problem - not everyone updates their operating system on their own, especially on their phone or mobile device. Some people have claimed that it wasn't a flaw and was built-in iOS as a means for people - like the NSA perhaps - to be able to spy on people easier. Apple denied the claims, of course, but if you Google around, you're going to find some interesting speculation about the "flaw" found in iOS.
According to Ars Technica, the problem may have gone beyond iOS mobile devices and actually affected Mac OS X users - even if they had all the current patches and updates installed! According to them, "[The] vulnerability has been confirmed in iOS versions 6.1.5, 7.0.4, and 7.0.5, and OS X 10.9.0 and 10.9.1." That's quite a wide vulnerability. And while Apple seemed to be working fast to squash the bug last month, there's a good chance that a lot of people still don't have it patched.
In order to make sure you stay safe, here are some specific tips you should follow.
While there's no guarantee your mobile devices are going to be safe and secure, you want to make sure you take whatever steps you can to guarantee that you're as safe as possible. If you have any thoughts or opinions about the latest iOS update that killed some major security flaws, feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you're thinking.
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|Say No to Legging!|
Comelnye legging2 kt dlm gmbr nie.. Klau nk sgt nmpk cute, pakailah legging nie.
P/s : Only babies look good in legging okayh..
Salam.. tajuk entry kali ni, mcm yg trtulis kt atas lah ye.. Say No to Legging! :)
Legging ni dh jadi satu trend yg tk sihat dlm masyrakat kite. Betul tk? Hmm, risau sbenarnya. Pegi mane2 pun skrng nampak perempuan seagama dgn kite mengenakan legging. Tk kiralah yg bertudung mahu pun tidak bertudung. Mengapa begitu ya muslimat? mmm....Tk perlulah rasanya kite mengikut trend artis2 sekarang.. Kalau omputeh nk pakai, biaq pi la depa.. Depa tu mmg dedah sana dedah cnie...Aigoo..Sbenarnye...Mengapa org minat sgt nk pakai2 legging ni ek?
1. Cantikkah legging?
- 'Cantik' sbb nmpk bentuk betis : ada yg kurus ade yg TAK kurus. =='
2. Kenape pakai legging?
-'Alah, tk boleh ke? Pakai legging kn same je ngn jeans. Sluar jeans pun nmpk bentuk kaki jgk. 'Oh ye ke? sape suruh pakai jeans yg same ketat ngn legging? =='
Okay, cukup dgn dua soalan ni. Haha.. skrng nk cite experience nia dgn legging. Nia tk penah pakai legging kt public nih. Mane boleh, kn kite tahu pakai legging dosa sbb nmpk aurat. So nk dijadikan cerita, nia mmg beli legging, kononnya nk try pakai dlm rumah dgn t shirt labuh......Maka pada hari pertama memakainya di bilik......jeng jeng jeng...... Then try nk tido.. MasyaAllah. Masa tido tu, duk mengeluh kesakitan. tk dpt tido, like seyesly... Im finding punca kenape ni rase lenguh2 kaki, sumpah tk dpt tido. Akhirnya dpt detect punca tk dpt tido. LEGGING rupanya! I immediately removed that legging, baru dpt tido.
Oooooooo, jadi rupanya legging ni mengganggu sistem peredaran darah kite lah wahai kwn2 sekalian...
Habis sakit bdn nia. Isy2,.... rase nk buang dlm tong smpah je legging tu, Wasting my money for buying it. Jadi apa yg seronok sgt legging ni? Dosa pun dpt...sakit pn dpt. Nia yg bdn kecik ni pun sakit bile pakai legging. Tk tahu lah mcm mne budak2 ni yg saiz besar sikit deal ngn bende alah nie.
Hmm, so kesimpulannya kt cnie.. Tk perlulah rasanya kot kite nk teruskan legasi legging ni dlm masyarakat Islam terutamanya.. Kalau rasa susah nk beli seluar longgar2, beli kain je lah senang. Selamat dh aurat korang. Ramai lelaki yg tk stuju ngn tindakan kaum2 hawa yg memilih legging utk dipakai ke mana2 je. Wahai kaum adam, nasihatilah teman2 kamu yg perempuan tu..manelah tahu lembut hati dye bile trkene teguran dari kaum berlawanan jantina, ye dak?
Advice : Usahlah kita menjadi tayangan percuma bagi lelaki2 bukan muhrim. Save urselves for ur husbands my dear. :)
|Forty summers ago â July 5, 1977 â grand jury began hearing testimony, piercing, slightly, the ongoing Showalter hit-run cover-up in New London, CT|
Editorâs Note: The Showalter grand jury is noteworthy in that forces for justice â Judge Joseph Dannehy, Special Prosecutor Austin McGuigan and as many as 17 Connecticut State Police detectives â could only knock down some of the walls protecting New London Police, Stateâs Attorney C. Robert Satti, Asst. Stateâs Attorney Harold Dean, Judge Angelo Santaniello, former Mayor Harvey Mallove and others who escaped complete discovery. The cover-up continues to this day, highlighted by the suppression and disappearance of the grand jury transcripts.
The foundation for investigative reporting in this case was developed by John Peterson, who was managing editor of The Norwich Bulletin during the grand jury. The grand jury began hearing testimony on July 5, 1977.
Special Prosecutor McGuigan became Chief Stateâs Attorney, then was fired after convicting appointees of the governor and many other public officials.
Chronology, Grand Juror Report, Follow-up Columns
Law And Justice In Everyday Life, CT Law Tribune
F. Lee Bailey on Law and Justice in Everyday Life and the Showalter case:
THE SHOWALTER CHRONOLOGY â A FOUR YEAR SEARCH FOR JUSTICE
New London, Ct.
Approximately 11:10 to 11:20 p.m. Kevin B. Showalter is killed. Car leaves scene. Only taillights observed by a neighbor.
There is much confusion. Mr. Showalter had been changing a tire on his companionâs car. His companion Debra Emilyta, was sitting about six feet away from the car on a stone wall.
Ms. Emilyta told police she heard a thud, but did not see the car which struck Mr. Showalter. She said she ran across the road, a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue near Plant Street, before seeing Mr. Showalterâs body.
Mr. Showalterâs body was thrown 22 feet from the believed point of impact, onto a sidewalk near a large tree. The police report prepared that night noted the deceasedâs shoes were found 110 feet apart. Part of a leg bone was found 75 feet away.
Michael Buscetto of Mikeâs Auto Body gives police body putty, apparently from the car which struck Mr. Showalter. The putty never made it to the police station. Det. Lt. Konstanty T. Bucko later denies its existence.
Autopsy performed. No trace of alcohol or drugs found. Cause of death listed as lacerated liver and broken neck.
In efforts to console Mrs. Showalter, friends, neighbors, witnesses and officials volunteer information about the accident. She quietly listens for about six weeks, taking it for granted that police are acting on the same information. December 26
New London police begin full-scale search for red car.
FBI report describes paint particles on Mr. Showalterâs clothing as âracing greenâ or âforest greenâ used on 1968 Chrysler products.
Mrs. Showalter notes she had the impression local police were not actively pursuing the case. She began interviewing those persons who came to her voluntarily and made a written record of her findings.
During the next three weeks, Mrs. Showalter spends much of her time making telephone calls and knocking on doors. She and her youngest son Craig, then 14, visited a number of local auto dealers and garages. She said in most cases they were told police had not made any inquiries of them.
New London police conduct first interview with Harvey N. Mallove, the downtown merchant and former mayor and city councilor. Mallove stated he drove by Pequot Avenue near Plant Street shortly before 11:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve 1973. Seven people near the accident scene contradict what he said he saw.
Mrs. Showalter writes to Stateâs Atty. Edmund J. OâBrien, requesting a one-man grand jury investigation into her sonâs death. OâBrien never responds.
On the same day, Atty. Thomas Bishop, representing Mrs. Showalter as the administratix of Mr. Showalterâs estate, asks Atty. Joseph Moukawsher to conduct a coronerâs inquest of the hit-run death.
Moukawsher agrees to conduct inquest but must confer with New London police before setting date.
Mrs. Showalter writes to New London Police Chief John J. Crowley, asking for a progress report on the investigation by his force. Crowley neither acknowledges receipt of letter nor responds. Copies of letter were sent to City Manager C. Francis Driscoll, and Abraham Kirshenbaum, then chairman of the City Councilâs Public Safety Committee.
Mrs. Showalter asks Superior Court Judge Angelo Santaniello to call for a grand jury investigation.
Santaniello notes Moukawsher has agreed to conduct coronerâs inquest. He tells Mrs. Showalter, âIf it appears that during any stage of this proceeding that any further intercession is necessary, appropriate action will be taken at that time.â
Mrs. Showalter writes to City Manager C. Francis Driscoll, asking for a report from his office assessing the police departmentâs handling of the case. She also asks for a reply to her June 4 letter to Police Chief Crowley.
Driscoll tells Crowley to prepare a complete report for Mrs. Showalter.
Bucko completes report on fatal accident.
Driscoll sends Mrs. Showalter Buckoâs report. The report said Mr. Showalterâs body was in the road, but the ambulance crew which took Mr. Showalter to Lawrence Memorial Hospital said they found him on the sidewalk several feet away. No police officer ever saw the body at the scene since the first officer arrived as the body was being placed in the ambulance.
Bucko says paint particles from a 1968 Plymouth at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton are similar to those found on Mr. Showalterâs clothing, but the same paint is used on any 1968 Chrysler product.
Bucko also says a piece of metal Mrs. Showalter found near the accident scene is in the detective bureau. When Mrs. Showalter first offered the metal to police, they refused to sign a receipt for it.
Mrs. Showalter writes to Driscoll regarding Buckoâs report. She lists six pages of comments on allegedly âserious omissionsâ and âstrictly opinion judgmentsâ by Bucko.
Mrs. Showalter also writes to Chief Stateâs Atty. Joseph Gormley, asking him to send a representative to the coronerâs inquest. She includes copies of correspondence with local officials and Buckoâs report.
Mrs. Showalter requests a meeting with the City Councilâs Public Safety Committee.
Bucko updates report, at request of city manager Driscoll.
Bucko said of the body location, âthe position he (Mr. Showalter) was found in at the scene of the accident, in my opinion, would not help in solving this matter.â Erroneous on the report is the position of the car jack which is shown on the front bumper. The car Mr. Showalter was working on, a Ford Pinto, had to be jacked from the side of the vehicle.
Omitted from the report is the location of a car mat seen to the rear of the car and the spare tire Mr. Showalter never got to put on the car.
Gormley writes to Mrs. Showalter, telling her the local police investigation âhas proceeded smoothly,â and there is âno reason for this office to initiate its own investigation.â
The Public Safety Committee of the New London City Council meets in closed session for one hour to discuss the hit-run death. Chief Crowley requested the closed session. He said there is evidence that could jeopardize future action.
Mrs. Showalter submitted a 12-page statement for the meeting, but did not attend.
Crowley said the case is not closed and it appears an arrest may be made.
Mallove submits official statement to New London police.
After being postponed several times, the coronerâs inquest hears testimony from 50 persons. No findings issued.
A state police detective participating in the federal grand jury probe of the city police department has told one of its patrolmen they identified the driver of the car which struck and killed Mr. Showalter on Christmas Eve, 1973.
âWe know who killed the Showalter kid, how come you donât?â the detective was quoted in The Norwich Bulletin as saying.
The Bulletin, in a four-part series, shows:
- Eyewitnesses and what New London police called ânear witnessesâ drastically differed in their accounts of the accident.
- Microscopic paint particles found on Mr. Showalterâs clothing on which police based their search may not have been left by the vehicle which struck him.
- Evidence entrusted to police officers at the scene has never been seen since.
- A claim by police that it would cost as much as $1,200 to trace vehicles possible involved in the mishap was declared false by the state Motor Vehicle Department.
The Bulletin, when preparing the series of articles, made repeated efforts to discuss the case with police officials but Lt. K.T. Bucko, who headed the case, on the advice of then Police Chief John Crowley, would not.
April 3 State police conduct an extensive door-to-door inquiry in the Pequot Avenue region. State police have been looking into the case as part of a federal grand jury investigation into alleged corruption within the city force.
The state of Connecticut offers a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the hit-run death of Mr. Showalter. A total of $3,000 is now being offered. Classmates and friends of Mr. Showalterâs have already collected $1,000.
A community effort by friends and classmates raises the reward to $5,000.
The transcript of the coronerâs inquest of the hit-run death conducted nearly a year ago has yet to be typed, Coroner Joseph Moukawsher confirms. He said he wants to review the transcript even though he believes his six-day long inquest did not establish any guilt in the case. He said he has not spoken with the court reporter assigned to the case since the early summer.
Mrs. Showalter writes to Stateâs Atty. C. Robert Satti, requesting a one-man grand jury investigation. No response.
Satti refuses to confirm or deny the existence of Mrs. Showalterâs request. Mrs. Showalter has also asked Sattiâs office to ascertain the location of recorded tapes made during the coronerâs inquest.
Mrs. Showalter sends a special delivery letter to Satti asking for a response to the December 10 request. No response.
In a feature article, also carried statewide by the Associated Press, The Bulletin profiles Mrs. Showalter on page one.
Some public officials regard her as a persistent nuisance, someone to be ignored and sidestepped, but Mrs. Lucille M. Showalter will not breathe easily until they tell her who killed her son, Bulletin reporter Fred Vollono wrote.
âThe official comment seems to be there is nothing to it,â Mrs. Showalter said. âIt is just the ramblings of a grief-stricken mother. But there are many people who urge me to go on. They say, âLucille, if you stop, then nothing will ever be done.ââ
Mrs. Showalter receives a letter of confession from an inmate at Somers state prison. The inmate said he was plagued by news accounts of the death. Every time he seems to forget the accident, the inmate said, he reads another news story.
Mrs. Showalter submits a third written request to Satti for a grand-jury probe. No response.
Common Pleas court Prosecutor Harold Dean quashes the only lead in the two and a half year old investigation, The Norwich Bulletin reports. The lead was the letter of confession written by the inmate at Somers Prison. State police arrested the inmate for harassment of the victimâs mother, Mrs. Showalter, to whom the letter was sent. Dean nolled the case and allowed it to be dismissed despite a prior meeting with state police when the significance of the arrest was discussed.
State police did not believe the letter writer was responsible for the hit-run death, but they thought the letter contained possibly significant information. Dean said he was certain the accused had no knowledge of the case, because he was incarcerated when Mr. Showalter was killed.
August 7 The day following the Bulletinâs report of Dean quashing the lead, Chief Stateâs Atty. Joseph Gormley says he had âno ideaâ why the lead âwhich very well could have led to something,â resulted in a dead end. Two state police officers had met with Gormley to discuss the letter of confession.
State police list the investigation into the killing of Mr. Showalter as âclosed pending further development.â That classification came 31 days after Dean threw the harassment case out of court.
Mrs. Showalter again asks Superior Court Judge Angelo Santaniello to call for a one-man grand jury probe.
Mrs. Showalter publicly renews her efforts to have a one-man grand jury reopen the investigation into the hit-run killing of her son. In a statement sent to 22 media outlets, Mrs. Showalter says she made the appeal in an August 30 letter to Superior Court Judge Angelo Santaniello. She says she was asking the judge to âmake good on a promiseâ he made to her in June 1974. Santaniello wrote in a June 24, 1974 letter, Superior Court intercession would be possible if the investigation required it.
Santaniello said, âprobably the proper personâ to approach would be Stateâs Atty. C. Robert Satti. But Mrs. Showalter said she is ignoring Satti because he failed to respond to her December 1975 letter asking for the grand jury.
Stateâs Atty. C. Robert Satti says he needs another three weeks to review information on the killing of Mr. Showalter before deciding whether the investigation should be reopened or shelved.
Satti says he had hoped to have the matter resolved by today, but the sinking of his 35-foot cabin cruiser two weeks ago, an unexpected report of crimes by New London police, and a new trial forced him behind schedule.
Mrs. Showalter turns to Governor Ella T. Grasso for help.
âI cannot endure this loss of a beloved son in the midst of a governmental system that appears to neither act nor care,â Mrs. Showalter says in a letter to the governor.
Mrs. Showalter says she is skeptical the New London County Stateâs Attorneyâs review of the case will result in the one-man grand jury she has requested. Satti today said he is still reviewing transcripts of the Coronerâs Inquest and refused further comment.
Just three days before the third anniversary of the killing of Kevin B. Showalter, the stateâs chief court administrator orders the cityâs only unsolved hit-and-run case reopened.
John P. Cotter signs an order creating a one-man jury to probe the death, renewing hopes that allegations of police bungling and mishandling of the case will be settled.
âI canât yet believe it,â says Mrs. Showalter, calling the action a âliteral miracle.â
Cotter, a justice on the state Supreme Court, selects retired Superior Court Judge Raymond J. Devlin to head the one-man grand jury.
An attorney representing Mrs. Lucille M. Showalter also files a $600,000 lawsuit against the unnamed person(s) responsible for the killing of her son. Atty. Averum J. Sprecher of East Haddam says the suit is aimed at protecting Mrs. Showalterâs rights.
âThe action as I have filed it will definitively preserve her rights when the investigative bodies finally determine who killed the boy,â he said. The suit is aimed at heading off fears the stateâs statute of limitations might preclude Mrs. Showalter from pursuing civil action if the killer is found.
Superior Court Judge Joseph F. Dannehy is ordered to replace State Referee Raymond J. Devlin as the one-man grand juror investigating Mr. Showalterâs death. Chief Court Administrator John P. Cotter says Judge Devlin had asked to be taken off the case because he was too busy with other duties, and would be unable to commute from his New Haven office.
Austin J. McGuigan, the special prosecutor assigned to the one-man grand jury probing the hit-run death of Mr. Showalter promises to pull âall the stopsâ in his investigation but says he needs help from the public to succeed.
McGuigan has worked for the state for two years as the top investigator of organized crime. He appeals to anyone with information to call him confidentially.
State Police Commissioner Edward P. Leonard, as part of a last-resort effort, makes a personal appeal to area residents for information about the killing of Mr. Showalter. In a letter to the people who live near the Pequot Avenue site where Mr. Showalter died, Leonard asks for facts â âNo matter how insignificant they may appearâ â which might shed light on the car, the driver or the accident scene.
Special Prosecutor McGuigan says police âhad no suspects.â However, he says if a suspect is found police believe there is sufficient evidence to tie the person to the case.
Investigators say they feel confident the Showalter case will be solved.
The new optimism comes after a public appeal netted more than 300 leads, new laboratory analysis of existing evidence, and an accounting of each of the more than 10,000 green Chrysler products registered in Eastern Connecticut when Mr. Showalter was killed.
The new evidence means âthere is a significant possibility the vehicle in question was not a green Chrysler,â Special Prosecutor Austin McGuigan says. While the investigators will not say what other color the car might have been, the evidence apparently opens new avenues for the investigation. Previously, other theories on who drove the death car, theories which have had some substantiation, were locked into the green Chrysler theory, police acknowledge.
State police investigators spend two and a half hours recreating and filming the Pequot Avenue death scene where Mr. Showalter was the victim of the hit and run.
State police again film and re-create death scene.
The Bulletin reports that one of the most intensive investigations in state police history, the probe into Mr. Showalterâs hit-run death, will be given to a one-man grand jury July 5 in Windham county Superior Court.
Judge Joseph F. Dannehy, the grand juror, imposes a gag order on all investigators assigned to the case. Special Prosecutor McGuigan and 17 state police detectives had gathered evidence for the grand jury.
More than 50 persons will be subpoenaed and the scope of the probe will be expanded to include subsequent actions connected with the accident, The Bulletin reports.
Eleven New London police officers, including the top detective involved in the first of three investigations of the hit-run death, have been subpoenaed, The Bulletin reports.
The grand jury begins behind closed doors with testimony by New London Det. Lt. Konstanty T. Bucko.
Outside, a television camera crew drips with sweat under the glare of a hot summer sun.
Inside it is quiet and cool â almost like any other day. The state police detectives and reporters talk about golf, baseball and other summertime activities. Because of the gag order imposed by Judge Dannehy, they canât talk about what is most on their minds, what has brought them all together â the unsolved hit-run death of Kevin B. Showalter.
The session lasts about five hours and also includes testimony by Mrs. Showalter and Debra Emilyta, Mr. Showalterâs companion the night he died.
Ms. Emilyta has been sitting on a wall about 6 feet from Mr. Showalter when he was killed. She told police she only heard the 20-year-old Mitchell College student struck, and did not see the car which struck him.
Witnesses include Michael Buscetto of Mikeâs Arco in New London. What he identified as body putty, apparently from the car that struck and killed Mr. Showalter, has never been seen since police officers placed it in an envelope that night, according to sources.
Ms. Emilyta concludes testimony.
Also testifying are Dr. Robert Weller, members of his family, and a friend, who while returning home from church drove past Mr. Showalter as he was changing the tire. They were among the last persons to see Mr. Showalter alive.
Other witnesses include Mrs. Ruth P. Hendel and Mrs. Charles (Shirley Pope) Alloway, her daughter.
On Christmas Eve, 1973, Mrs. Hendel had just turned away from the window of her home on Pequot Avenue where she had been watching Mr. Showalter work on the Emilyta car. She heard the noise of the car striking Mr. Showalter and turning back quickly she caught a glimpse of the taillights. Her first impression of the fleeing southbound car was that it was bright-colored, possibly red.
Mrs. Hendel continued to watch the accident scene as she telephoned Mrs. Alloway, the wife of a New London police officer.
Arthur Adams of New London, a Mitchell College security guard and former state policeman, also testifies. Aside from Ms. Emilyta and the hit-run driver, Adams may have been one of the last persons to see Mr. Showalter alive.
Adams saw Mr. Showalter working on the car and Ms. Emilyta sitting on the stone wall, swinging her legs. He observed the girl with a coat collar wrapped around her head, in conversation with Mr. Showalter, after the Weller party had driven by.
Adams continued on his rounds towards the Montauk Avenue side of the campus. Sometime after 11 p.m., he saw an ambulance heading for the hospital and two police cars heading down Plant Street.
Some of the last persons who saw Mr. Showalter alive and one of the first who saw him dead testify.
Six members of the Sitty family, who were celebrating Christmas Eve and occasionally watching Mr. Showalter change a tire from inside a house on Pequot Avenue, tell the grand jury what they knew about the case, Edmond Sitty had brought out a blanket and a corduroy coat to put over Mr. Showalterâs body after he had been struck and killed.
A New London High School classmate of Mr. Showalter, Arthur Petrini, was a passenger in a car that passed the accident scene sometime after Mr. Showalter was killed and before the ambulance and police arrived. He also testified.
Witnesses included two firemen and a dispatcher, two nurses and an orderly, the New London County Medical Examiner, the first man to officially identify Mr. Showalter, and a woman who lives near the accident scene.
Larry Grimes, a security guard who knew Mr. Showalter from Mitchell College, had made the preliminary identification at Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals, where he also worked. Mrs. Dorothy Bryson of Pequot Avenue, who came upon the accident scene, also testifies.
New London police officers pack the waiting room of the Windham County Courthouse. Of the 11 who were subpoenaed last month, at least seven are present.
The 11 include Patrolmen Vincent McGrath, Steven Colonis, Thomas P. Bowes Jr., and Cpl. Joseph Chiapponne, all of whom were involved in the initial investigation. With the change of shift, Sgt. Joseph Jullarine, Patrolmen Richard West and Glenn Davis and Det. Sgt. Konstanty T. Bucko joined the probe. Bucko was off duty at the time.
McGrath filed the motor vehicle report of the accident and the sketch on the report was by Bowes. Bucko took photographs of the scene and gathered evidence. His photographs may be the only ones taken. Bucko also went to the hospital and got the victimâs clothing, according to sources.
Colonis, the first officer on the scene, apparently arrived as Mr. Showalter was being placed in the ambulance. He interviewed Ms. Emilyta and took her to the station to file a 13-sentence statement.
There is some confusion of whether Colonis drove an unmarked police car that night. Sources say police made conflicting statements on that question.
Thomas Wainwright, who played tennis with Kevin Showalter at New London High, saw his lifeless body on a sidewalk on Pequot Avenue before an ambulance or police arrived, and is among those testifying today. Arthur Petrini, who testified last week, was a passenger in Wainwrightâs car.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wainwright, who were stopped by police after circling the scene in another auto, also testify.
At least seven New London police officers are at the courthouse, but it is not known how many are testifying.
The grand jury shifts beyond reconstructions by ânear witnesses,â as Sgt. Joseph Jullarine, now retired, testifies. He was the squad leader who reportedly conducted âan intensive investigationâ for a red car during the 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. shift on Christmas Day 1973.
The grand jury investigators spend much of the day alone reviewing physical evidence and testimony. Only three witnesses â New London police who have already appeared during the proceedings â are present.
Det. Bucko appears for at least the fourth time in the nine days the grand jury has convened. The session begins at 10 a.m. and ends about 5:45 p.m., with his departure.
A nurseâs aide who knelt by Mr. Showalterâs body, feeling for a pulse, also testifies, Sue Costello, who heard the report of an accident as she was leaving Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals in New London from her shift, had arrived on the scene before ambulance personnel and police.
The scope of the grand jury probe goes beyond Mr. Showlaterâs death and runs smack into a crucial area of dispute with the appearance of New London police detective Walter Petchark.
On Christmas Day 1973, with evidence already missing and news of Mr. Showalterâs death on the radio, Petchark reportedly received a call from former mayor Harvey N. Mallove. Mallove later told The Bulletin there was no truth to the report. But he allegedly told Petchark he thought he saw the accident the night before.
Three city police detectives â Bucko, Petchark, and Carmello Fazzina â were present at the inquiry. They were followed by laboratory technicians from the FBI, who lent their expertise in the analysis of headlight glass possibly belonging to the death vehicle.
The former counsel for the estate of Mr. Showalter testifies. Atty. Thomas Bishop confirms his representation of the estate was severed in June 1974.
Thomas and Donald Wainwright return for further testimony.
Witnesses include Mrs. S.F. Zimet of Ledyard. Mallove said he was visiting at her home on Christmas Eve 1973, left about 10:45 p.m., and was home in New London about half an hour later.
Mrs. Zimet is accompanied by her attorney, L. Patrick Gray. Gray, like Bishop, is a member of the New London law firm Suissman, Shapiro, Wool, and Brennan.
Other witnesses include New London city Manager C. Francis Driscoll and Elise Mallove, Malloveâs daughter. Miss Mallove was home for her Christmas vacation in 1973.
The grand jury begins a four-week recess. More than 50 persons were called during the first 12 days of the inquiry.
New London police investigators and a newspaper editor who has followed their unsolved hit-run death case for three years are among the witnesses.
Retired Police Chief John Crowley and Det. Lt. K.T. Bucko, who refused repeated pleas by The Bulletin in March of 1975 to discuss the death of Kevin B. Showalter, gives testimony â as did the paperâs managing editor, John C. Peterson.
Peterson testifies for three hours.
The attorney who conducted a coronerâs inquest into Mr. Showalterâs death, the results of which have never met public scrutiny, is the first witness today. Atty. Joseph Moukwasher, who heard testimony from 50 witnesses during six days in September and November of 1974, is one of the few persons familiar with the substance of that investigation.
It took more than two years for the transcripts of the hearings to be typed and submitted to Stateâs Atty. C. Robert Satti.
State Police Sgt. Donald Crouch, who in 1974 and 1975 worked for the federal grand jury investigating alleged corruption in the New London force, also testifies. Other witnesses included Rosemary Benson and Carol James.
Physical exhibits appear to outnumber witnesses in the 15th day of proceedings. Two state police technicians from the crime lab in Bethany carry satchels concealing evidence into the closed courtroom. One exhibit is a light colored automobile fender, which was dented and streaked.
Det. Edward Pickett of the New London County Stateâs Attorneyâs office, who helped administer a lie detector test to Ms. Emilyta, testifies. Ms. Emilyta passed the test.
Another detective, private investigator Joe Harris, is also called. A former Waterford police sergeant, he worked on the case for a brief time, on his own.
Other witnesses in a short session include State Police Sgt. Charles Trotter, a principal investigator in the federal grand jury probe of the New London city police.
Two persons who saw Mr. Showalter on Christmas Eve 1973, hours before he was killed testify.
Ramona Ricci, a coworker of Mr. Showalterâs at a Waterford discotheque, attended one of two parties Mr. Showalter had planned to go to after work that night. Nancy Wicksham, who also testified, had joined friends that holiday evening at the club.
Mallove says his status as a suspect in the case is ânothing new.â During testimony in a New Jersey courtroom, Connecticut State Police revealed Mallove is a prime suspect in the hit-run case. The testimony concerned refusal by two New Jersey men to comply with a subpoena issued by the one-man grand jury. Trooper Charles Wargat also testified he was told the two men repaired Malloveâs car on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day 1973.
Mallove tells The Bulletin he did not know the men and never had a car repaired at their shop on Reed Street in New London. He says he didnât kill Mr. Showalter and doesnât know anything about anybody who did.
One of the two men who testified with immunity today has said in a published account he has no knowledge of the case and denied any car was repaired in his New London shop on Christmas Eve 1973.
Walter String Jr. made those comments in the New Jersey Courier Post. He and his son, Walter String III, had been ordered to appear today by a New Jersey judge, after refusing to comply with a subpoena.
Among the dozen or so witnesses are New London city police Sgt. Donald Sloan and Cpl. Charles Alloway. They took the first full statement from Ms. Emilyta, five days after the accident.
Darlene Barnes, a friend of Mr. Showalter who patronized the Waterford discotheque where he worked, is among the witnesses today. Ms. Barnes was also one of the 50 witnesses during the coronerâs inquest of 1974.
Larry Grimes testifies again. The Mitchell College security guard who made the first identification of Mr. Showalter at Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals, was also at the courthouse on July 12, and Sept. 26.
The grand jury will be in recess until October 17. It has convened 20 times since July 5 and heard about 90 witnesses.
Judge Dannehy says published reports that Mallove is a prime suspect in the case âcouldnât bother me in the least.â
âThey (the newspapers) are free to speculate if they wish,â Dannehy says. âI am not concerned with their claimed right to freedom of expression.
I think that sometimes their attitude is to publish and be damned, but they donât bother me.â
âWhy donât you waitâ for the grand jury report? Dannehy asked.
The sales manager of a New London auto firm who said he has sold a number of cars to the family of a suspect in the hit-run case testifies.
In 1970, Peter Emmanuel Sr. of New London Motors sold a Lincoln Continental to Harvey N. Mallove, whom state police have identified as a suspect in the Christmas Eve, 1973 death. A compact car was among the other autos the New London firm sold to Mallove.
State police were looking for a green Chrysler product when they first questioned New London motors personnel, Emmanuel said before he testified. But the firm didnât sell Mallove such a vehicle, which police had believed was the death car, he added.
The grand jury does not convene today because the investigators were not ready to proceed, Judge Dannehy said. He said he plans to conduct several more sessions before adjourning to write the final report, but did not specify.
The grand jury meets for its first regular session since October 17 and hears one witness. The witness, Gary Jordan of New London, said he was dating Elise Mallove on Christmas Eve 1973.
Sources say the grand jury conducted at least one special session since October 17, but it was not known who testified.
State police continue working long and irregular hours probing Mr. Showalterâs death as they re-create the hit-run scene on Pequot Avenue near Plant Street for at least the third time.
The man whom state police have said they consider a prime suspect in New Londonâs only unsolved hit-run death has his day in court.
Harvey N. Mallove testifies for about four hours before the secret grand jury probing Mr. Showalterâs death. Atty. Leo J. McNamara accompanies Mallove to the Windham County Courthouse.
Mallove says he was one of a number of persons who drove by the accident scene shortly before or after Mr. Showalter was killed. But a four-part series by The Bulletin in March of 1975 showed Mallove saw a scene that seven other persons said could not have taken place.
Mallove passed the accident scene within a minute or two after an ambulance call was logged. His statement to New London police â dated eight months later â conflicts with accounts of seven persons at the scene or looking out their windows seconds after Mr. Showalter was struck.
Mr. Showalter was struck by a car as he changed a tire on a friendâs parked Ford Pinto, on a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue near Plant Street.
In his statement, Mallove said he saw an automobile parked at an angle in front of the Pinto. None of the seven persons saw any car stopped at the scene immediately after the victim was hit according to the July 10, 1974 report by New London Det. Lt. Konstanty T. Bucko.
Malloveâs vivid description of a middle-aged man talking with a girl near the car also conflicts with statements by the seven persons.
In his statement, Mallove said he assumed the man was a member of the police department. But Bucko claims in the July 10 report that Mallove told him the talking to the girl was âNOTâ a policeman.
Buckoâs report also claims Mallove learned on Christmas Day 1974 that âa man had been killed and he remarked to some people that he saw the body.â But Bucko continued to report that after Mallove viewed photographs of the scene he realized what he mistook for a body was a floor mat. In his statement, Mallove said he saw a âflat object which I assumed was a blanket or a mat.â
In his August 31, 1974 statement, Mallove said, âSeeing no trouble, accident, or any evidence of anything out of placeâ¦I continued on my way home.â
In the July 10, 1974 report, Bucko claims; âMr. Mallove stated he was going to stop because he realized there had been an accident.â
Mallove has told The Bulletin that Bucko misquoted him.
The calling of witnesses ends with Malloveâs second appearance.
The proceedings included a film screening, apparently of the death scene as re-created by state police.
After the 35 minute screening, Special Prosecutor McGuigan and Judge Dannehy questioned Mallove for about 40 minutes. That was the bulk of the afternoon session.
The question of whether indictments should be handed down in New Londonâs only unsolved hit-run death now rests with Judge Dannehy.
After 24 sessions and more than 100 witnesses, Dannehy said the next step for the grand jury is the final report on who killed Kevin B. Saltwater.
Feb. 17 Report filed.
Report made public.
SHOWALTER COVERUP COLUMNS
Law and Justice in Everyday Life
Cover-Up In New London
Hit-And-Run Continues To Mock Justice
Sept. 4, 2000
If Connecticut Chief Stateâs Attorney John Bailey wants to bring closure to cold cases, hereâs one from New London that should top the list: The Showalter hit-and-run cover-up is a dark chapter in Connecticut history, a tale more appropriate for a Third World country.
And yet, only one thing bothers former New London County Stateâs Attorney C. Robert Satti about the Showalter case: that it was investigated at all.
Satti, now retired, made the point again and again, most recently this year. Sattiâs complaint, made during the wake of the late state police Detective George Ryalls, was that Ryallsâ obituary mentioned the suspect the prosecutor refused to pursue in the Showalter probe.
Kevin B. Showalter, a 20-year-old Mitchell College student, was killed at 11:12 p.m. on Christmas Eve 1973. He was changing a tire on a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue on the New London shoreline when he was struck and killed. His girlfriend, sitting only 6 feet away on a stone wall, claims she saw nothing.
Auto body putty from the death car disappeared after a tow truck driver gave it to New London police. The evidence file that was supposed to contain the putty was stuffed with bathroom tiles. The file that was supposed to contain headlight glass from the death car instead contained glass from three different headlights. State police and others suspected that, in order to throw legitimate investigators off the trail, the late young man's clothing was pounded on a different-colored car than the one that killed him.
The victim's mother, Lucille M. Showalter, tried to get a grand jury investigation of the cover-up. She was rebuffed repeatedly by the presiding judge, Angelo Santaniello who, it later became clear, was best friends with the leading suspect. Santaniello then referred Showalter to prosecutor Satti, who happened to be his former law partner. Satti refused to acknowledge registered letters from Mrs. Showalter pleading for a grand jury probe.
Satti did finally meet with Mrs. Showalter in 1978, after Judge Joseph Dannehy of Willimantic, acting as a one-man grand jury, named former New London Mayor Harvey N. Mallove as the probable driver of the hit-run vehicle. Satti called the three-hour meeting, in which he repeatedly told Mrs. Showalter that there never should have been a grand jury investigation under Dannehy.
Mallove held a good hand; he had the best legal muscle in New London County on his side. New London police would not question him for more than seven months, and then only in a perfunctory manner. They would say they inspected his cars, but they did not. Significantly, Malloveâs Lincoln had been repaired, but it wasnât until state police took over the case four years after the accident that the fender was finally seized.
Santaniello would arrange for a coronerâs inquest and put his niece in charge of typing the transcript. Only after two years of intense public pressure would the transcript be typed. But the inquest never issued a finding.
Santaniello tipped off Mallove that he was a suspect. The judge was also aware of what local police knew about the case. Mrs. Showalter memorialized the admissions in tape-recorded telephone conversations.
âI did talk to Harvey,â Santaniello told Mrs. Showalter on Oct. 17, 1975, âand I said, `Youâre suspected.â As a matter of fact, at that time a police officer came to him on the same day or the next day, and told him you were making accusations about him and that he was a prime suspect.â The day before, Mallove told Mrs. Showalter, âJudge Santaniello is of the opinion that you fingered me.â
It was not until 1977 that state police, who took over the case at the behest of former Gov. Ella Grasso, formally named Mallove a suspect. Next week, I'll propose a means to solve the Showalter cover-up.
Showalter Cover-Up Is New London's Shame
Sept. 11, 2000
New London, where I grew up and began working in the 1960s and â70s, was a dirty little city with character.
It had a restaurant called the Hygienic that was everything but. There were at least a couple bars where the cops couldn't do anything, except maybe a little business.
The top pimp in town never went to jail until he was about 60 and a certain court official retired.
New London will always be the city that tried to cover up the Christmas Eve 1973 hit-and-run death of Kevin B. Showalter. It's been doing a pretty good job for nearly 27 years, but the onion is beginning to peel.
The local daily newspaper admitted -- in its official history published this year -- that it did a shoddy job on the Showalter case. Specifically, The Day admitted its failure to explore the relationship between a former mayor and a top judge, and their influence on the course of the criminal investigation. Thatâs a beginning.
Political and police corruption goes back a couple generations in New London. By the 1970s, New London police were widely known to be involved in the selling of women, dope and refrigerators, among other things. A federal grand jury took note. But as with the Showalter case, there were these little problems with the evidence.
A jewelry store owner and former city mayor multi-millionaire Harvey Mallove was the prime suspect in the hit-and-run death of Showalter, a student at Mitchell College. Showalterâs date that night, Christmas Eve 1973, said she saw nothing from her vantage point six feet away, sitting on a stone wall under a streetlight on a residential street as a young man changed the tire of her car.
Harvey was everybodyâs pal. He would take kids to the Super Bowl, then, down the road, get them jobs as cops. He was friends with bums in the street and bums in high political office. He was wired. The standing joke among reporters became: Harvey's a great guy to have a beer with, just don't change your tire if he's driving by.
âI didn't kill the kid in any way, shape or form,â Harvey told me many times. As mayor, Harvey helped hire a few police chiefs. His best friend was the administrative judge for the county; that was the judge who controlled the early stages of the investigation, specifically a coronerâs inquest that never issued a finding.
State police followed up a report that Malloveâs best friend, County Administrative Judge Angelo G. Santaniello, was with Mallove on Christmas Eve 1973. Santaniello reportedly was No. 11 on a guest list for a party at the home of his political mentor, the late state Sen. Peter Mariani. The Mariani party was one of two Mallove attended that night.
Santaniello told reporters he never went out on Christmas Eve.
Another state judge, Joseph F. Dannehy, conducted two grand jury investigations. In 1978, Dannehy named Mallove as the probable driver of the hit-run vehicle, but said evidence that might have ensured conviction was either mishandled or destroyed.
Mallove died a few years ago with this legacy. Others still have time to come clean and tell the truth about the cover-up. Mrs. Showalter tried unsuccessfully to have Satti, Santaniello and others prosecuted for hindrance of prosecution (CGS Section 53a-166) warning of impending discovery, providing means of avoiding discovery, preventing discovery by deception. Because a conspiracy to hinder prosecution is an ongoing crime, those with information could tell Chief State's Attorney John Bailey, who has begun an initiative to solve some of the state's cold homicide cases.
Isnât it time? No one kept the system honest when it counted, though some tried. Most stood by as the system that was supposed to protect the victim and his family betrayed them all.
Where is the conscience of the community?
Cold Case On Ice Forever
Nov. 6, 2000
One way to deflect attention from a suspect is to get investigators involved in meaningless, time-consuming tasks. Another way is to create a bogus suspect who is then exposed as such, causing a belief that the case is just too hazy to pursue.
Both of these devices were used repeatedly in the cover-up of the Showalter hit-run case in New London. Whether this was happenstance, indifference, incompetence or malfeasance, the result was the same. The system failed.
And now, it seems, the truth will remain buried forever.
Judge Joseph F. Dannehy, the grand juror who investigated the case, wrote in his finding of fact: âAfter December 25, 1973, the New London Police Department did virtually nothing to solve the hit-run death of Kevin B. Showalter.â The accident occurred the night before.
Local police and court officials, however, were pro-active in another sense. Their actions served to protect the assailant.
For example, New London police claimed it would cost as much as $1,200 to trace vehicles using data from the state Motor Vehicle Department. The motor vehicle department declared there was no such charge.
Nevertheless, New London police spent their time hand-sorting local motor vehicle cards. They looked for a green Chrysler. That was likely a false lead; state police said paint particles found on the victim's clothing did not come from the car that killed him.
Former Mayor Harvey Mallove began meeting informally with police and court officials as early as Dec. 25, 1973. Mallove wanted to know what the police knew.
The only lead after two and a half years was quashed by then New London Common Pleas Court Prosecutor Harold Dean in May 1976. The lead was a letter of confession written by a Somers prison inmate to the victimâs mother, Lucille Showalter.
âI told Harold how important that was to me,â Mallove, the prime suspect, confided to an associate. He also acknowledged discussing the purported confession with his best friend, the presiding judge for the county, Angelo Santaniello.
The author of the letter was known to be connected with âfences,â or purveyors of stolen goods in the New London area. State police arrested him for harassment of Mrs. Showalter. Two state troopers met with Dean for an hour. They told him the letter contained possibly significant information. State police also believed they could connect the dots in New London between the letter writer and the powers-that-be. Did he owe some favors? Was he paid? Police knew the author had no liability for the accident; he was actually in Florida at the time of the hit-run.
Dean nolled and dismissed the case without telling the troopers or Mallove. Soon thereafter, state police listed the killing of Showalter as âclosed pending further development.â Upon learning of Dean's action, Chief State's Attorney Joseph Gormley remarked he had âno ideaâ why the lead, âwhich very well could have led to something,â resulted in a dead end. The case would remain closed for six months, until Gov. Ella Grasso brought the matter to Justice John Cotter.
Was there criminal activity connected with the Showalter cover-up? It appears we will never know for certain. Dannehy named Mallove as the probable driver, noting that evidence which might have ensured conviction was destroyed. The Chief Stateâs Attorneyâs Office reviewed aspects of the case this fall after a series of columns appeared in The Law Tribune. However, the statute of limitations for the most likely potential charge, conspiracy to hinder prosecution of motor vehicle misconduct, has expired. This shameful case, it appears, is destined to stay on ice forever.
Olympic Gold for Missing Evidence
November 28, 2005
Judge Ellen Gordon was in way over her head with what she tried pass off as a ruling in Day Publishing v. State's Attorney.
Clueless Gordon was handed a hot one, a case no one has ever wanted in the so-called New London Judicial District. Every single time this case has come to court, begging for justice, The Robes, the prosecutors and their minions have either desecrated their oaths or looked the other way. Clueless Gordon, fairly new to the scene, has managed to join the list of those who are both ostriches and failures.
The Day newspaper asked Gordon this year to release the grand jury testimony regarding the cover-up of the 1973 hit-run death of Kevin Showalter. Before Gordon probably ever heard of Showalter, five New London County judges recused themselves from a John Doe civil suit against the driver because they were friends with the prime suspect, Harvey Mallove. Mallove -- the late mayor of New London and multimillionaire jeweler who picked police chiefs, planned to run for Congress and starred in the social scene -- was prone to say, "I never killed the kid -- in any way, shape or form."
It's not like we could expect a New London judge to show guts or brains in this case. Compelling testimony from the first of two grand juries implicated local law enforcement and court officials in a widespread cover-up.
On Christmas Eve 1973 at 11:12 p.m., as the call came in, a high-ranking New London officer, said, "F--k him, he's dead," and then left to go home. Showalter, a 20-year-old Mitchell College student, lay dead on a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue by the shoreline. His body was thrown 22 feet from the point of impact. His shoes were found 110 feet apart. A leg bone was 75 feet away.
A tow truck driver gave police auto body putty from the death car. The putty was never seen again. New London police mixed headlight glass from at least three different cars in what they called the evidence file. Replacing the auto body putty was bathroom tile. A local coroner's inquest never issued a finding. State police, who took over the case at the behest of Gov. Ella Grasso, were bewildered and angry when they could not find the transcript of the coroner's inquest. Mallove's best friend -- the presiding judge for the county, Angelo G. Santaniello -- had put his niece in charge of typing that transcript. Santaniello also tipped off Mallove to his status as a suspect.
Now, Clueless Gordon can't find the 3,000-page transcript of the first grand jury. Does she care? Court clerks allegedly performed a diligent search. Would any reasonable person believe or accept any of this?
Among the last persons known to possess the grand jury report was the late State's Attorney, C. Robert Satti. Satti, who refused to investigate the case before a special prosecutor was appointed, claimed he returned a copy to the grand juror, then Willimantic Superior Court Judge (later Supreme Court Justice) Joseph Dannehy. Both Dannehy and Satti are dead. Did "Do Nothing Bob" -- Mallove's moniker for Satti -- take it with him? We might as well ask Harvey, also dead, or Kevin.
Gordon's pathetic decision, dated Nov. 7, went on for about a sentence before its first fatal error. It might sound like a technical error, but it's much, much more than that. She actually said New London police investigated the case.
Before this, I thought it might take generations to remove the stench from the New London courthouse. Alas, for New London, the stench of this cover-up is forever.
Find & Open
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State Reports Only 14 Arrests & Four Convictions in Past Seven Years
Statute of Limitations Just One Year for This Misdemeanor
By Andy Thibault
The Cool Justice Report
June 4, 2017
Editor's Note: This column may be reprinted or re-posted courtesy of The Cool Justice Report http://cooljustice.blogspot.com.
Connecticut has been a very safe place to avoid arrest and prosecution for failing to report sexual abuse -- especially if you're a teacher or administrator at a prep school.
That's just part of the picture.
Suppose you lose your teaching job after being accused of rape. Just don't put that job on your resume. You'll be fine for perhaps a decade or more. It also helps to amend your full name on the resume. Supposed background checks will fail to detect resume gaps and irregularities.
But what about that mandatory reporting law compelling teachers and administrators to report suspected abuse to the state? No problem. It hasn't been enforced with any great enthusiasm at the preps: No report, no warning for future employers or victims.
The revelations come after a series of articles by The Boston Globe Spotlight Team and an investigation by the powerhouse law firm Covington & Burling for Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford. The Globe found that abuse victims routinely suffered retaliation at private schools in New England. The schools in turn covered up the abuse. Choate, for example, failed to report abuse incidents prior to 2010.
A spokeswoman for Connecticut courts told The Cool Justice Report there were just 14 arrests in the state for failing to report sexual abuse from January 2010 through late April 2017. During the same time, there were only four convictions, according to the data provided via the state Judicial Department. One of the convictions was of a day care operator. No additional data was available immediately.
There is only a one-year statute of limitations for failure to report sexual abuse claims, and that crime is a misdemeanor. Connecticut Deputy Chief State's Attorney Len Boyle said in a statement there are no plans to try to change that, but he noted there is a five-year statute of limitations for a felony charge if prosecutors are able to cite willfulness or other aggravating factors. Willfulness, like intent, carries with it a significant burden of proof.
"The one-year statute of limitations," Boyle said, "is largely consistent with the limitations periods for all crimes (i.e.: one year for a misdemeanor and five years for a felony). We have not sought to lengthen it. The more egregious cases of failure to report (willfulness, gross negligence, etc.) are felonies and provide a five year limitations period."
Boyle's office is investigating whether anyone at Choate broke the law by failing to report suspected abuse, The Hartford Courant reported in April.
This teacher / administrator, Jaime E. Rivera, aka Jaime Rivera-Murillo, resigned as principal of Wamogo High School in Litchfield in April. Before that, he was a teacher and assistant principal at Newtown High School for about 11 years. The first teaching job listed on his resume was at Henry Abbot Technical High School in Danbury, beginning in 2001. That leaves a seven-year gap following his graduation from St. Michael's College in Vermont, where he reported earning a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language.
The Covington & Burling report says Rivera-Murillo was fired after being accused of anally raping one student and grabbing the breast of another during a Choate field trip to Costa Rica in 1999. Rivera, a faculty leader for the trip, denied engaging in sexual misconduct but admitting drinking alcohol including beer with students and "local moonshine" with others.
Choate did not report the alleged assaults at the time as required by law. The alleged rape victim told the Covington & Burling team that a female administrator admonished students not to discuss what happened.
The process for vetting resumes at Connecticut public schools like Wamogo and Newtown high schools and Abbot Tech seems to be check the boxes and wave the guy through with barely a pretense of scrutiny. This abysmal failure of diligence and critical thinking should be alarming to students, parents and all taxpayers.
"He didn't list Choate as a former employer when he applied," Christine Chinni, the lawyer for Regional District 6 which includes Wamogo, told The Boston Globe.
Drapp's response sounds like the result of bad coaching from an inept lawyer. The assertion that there are no documents regarding the review committee is not credible. Are we to believe the review committee never had a meeting?
The Globe reported in April that the sexual misconduct at Choate occurred from 1963 to 2010 and ranged from intimate kissing to groping and sexual intercourse. The Covington & Burling report cites 12 teachers. Other Globe stories cited more than 100 private schools in New England with more than 300 former students saying they faced sexual abuse or harassment.
Just last month, The Kent School was sued and accused of failing to report a 49-year-old teacher who had sex with a 15-year-old student in the late 1980s.
Kent School, founded in 1906, charges more than $60,000 annually for tuition, board and fees.
Rev. Richardson Schell, the headmaster, said in a statement: "We do not know why [the student] has elected to pursue a lawsuit at this time."
Schell opened the statement by saying he had reviewed the complaint: " ... I am deeply sorry for the wrongful actions of the former Kent teacher who engaged in an inappropriate relationship with this former student ... as the Headmaster of the school then, I responded immediately and to the best of my ability."
The statement does not address the school's duty to report the alleged abuse in a timely manner.
Notably, Schell undertook a massive letter writing campaign some years later when he was annoyed by what he called a TV sitcom's "obnoxious, objectionable content." His letter writing campaign netted responses from 17 companies and he also reached out to publications including Advertising Age and Media Week to generate publicity regarding his concerns about popular culture, The New York Times reported.
Finally, on the national front, The Associated Press reported that a former president of Penn State and two other former university administrators were each sentenced Friday to at least two months in jail for failing to alert authorities to a 2001 allegation against ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a decision that enabled the now-convicted serial predator to continue molesting boys.
Thibault, a private investigator for the Hartford office of Integrated Security Services http://www.intesecurity.com/, is the author of a second collection of newspaper columns, âmore COOL JUSTICEâ http://morecooljustice.com/, credited with helping to free a woman unjustly convicted of first degree murder. His public service includes four years on a local board of education. Follow him on Twitter @cooljustice.
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2. Tk semestinye perlu pakai tudung awning tuh. Tudung awning kebanyakannye singkat sikit.. So, pakai la shawl yg besar2 ke, pashmina lawa2 utk kawen.. pastu hias ngn lace.. waa comelnye >_<
3. Aurat kaki jgn lupe tutup.. >_<
|Reprise: Ongoing Cover-Up in Badaracco Homicide, Dog Killers, RFK 2nd Shooter & Many Other Matters in the Public Interest|
'Therefore whatever you have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which you have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed on the housetops.'
- Luke 12:3
CT SPJ Contest, 2016
Partial List of Finalists
Hartford wonât indemnify cops in killing of childâs dog; Officersâ personal assets attached; CTNewsJunkie; Andy Thibault
Crime levels are surging in Plainfield; Norwich Bulletin; John Penney
'Problem pockets' worry residents; Stamford Advocate; Nelson Oliveira, John Nickerson
Lawyers have personal, professional reasons to help Community Speaks Out fight opioid crisis; The Day; Karen Florin
Bones, tissue, teeth: Small details help investigators identify remains; The Day; Lindsay Boyle
Andy Thibault Cool Justice: Pretend investigations the norm in Badaracco homicide for 32 years; Litchfield County Times; Andy Thibault
Andy Thibault Cool Justice: Important questions about a homicide are ignored or deflected; Litchfield County Times;
Cool Justice: How judges and prosecutors circle the wagons to shaft public, protect themselves; Litchfield County Times;
Rabbi a man for all seasons, all people; News-Times; Brian Koonz
Why would women vote for a misogynist? ; News-Times; Jacqueline Smith
High noon in the wild west town of Bethel; News-Times; Jeff Gewert
Police drug testing not a routine thing; Norwich Bulletin; Brendan Cox
MPD secrecy standard procedure; Record-Journal; Eric Cotton
Judgeâs ruling says state must re-invent town-by-town system of schools; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter
Weâve just made the wrong person president; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter
Football is great, but is it worth the health risks? ; Record-Journal; Jeffery Kurz
Coping with President Trump; Stamford Advocate; Jeff Gewert
Biggest little fan meets Moriah; The Chronicle; Jennifer Lemanski
The Coast Guard museum has no parking plan; The Day; David Collins
Why was seizure-prone Sen. Maynard driving? ; The Day; David Collins
No place to play in western Greenwich; Greenwich Time; Emilie Munson
Cool Justice: RFK Jr. points to forensic evidence of second gunman in his fatherâs assassination; Litchfield County Times; Andy Thibault
Year after Nina Coeâs disappearance from Middletown, family pleads for answers; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day
Plight of low-wage workers worsens; News-Times; Rob Ryser
Hihchey, Bilda went on $340,000 trip; Norwich Bulletin; Ryan Blessing
Over decade, many NPU salaries jump 40%; Norwich Bulletin; Ryan Blessing
Family devastated by loss of âheroâ mom killed in Meriden hit-and-run; Record-Journal; Leigh Tauss
Pedestrians, bicyclists prohibited from accessing new trail through Wallingford condo complex; Record-Journal; Leigh Tauss
Man who shot at Meriden mosque comes full circle as prison term approaches; Record-Journal; Mike Savino
We were children, I wasn't the only victim; Stamford Advocate; Amanda Cuda
Stamford's surging development demolishes old homes; Stamford Advocate; Liz Skalka
Damning report details DCF failure in near-starvation of Groton toddler; The Day; Deborah Straszheim
Navy gets under sailorsâ skin; The Day; Julia Bergman
Norwalk works to keep Millennials coming; The Hour; Kaitlyn Krasselt, Robert Koch
|Pimpinlah si dia|
Assalamualaikum kawan2 :) Dh lame sgt nia tk update blog ni.. So skrng tgh boring asyk mengadap buku je berhari2..nk release tensyen kejap. Emm, tajuk hari ni is Pimpinlah si dia.. Actually nia nk ckp psl fenomena yg melanda suami isteri dlm berumahtangga skrng. Isteri2 seringkali merungut ttg suami mereka. Jom kite kupas sikit ...kite explore apekah rungutan2 isteri2 nie.. aisy ...
" Ala, suami ni...mase mula2 kawin je die pegang tgn kite time jalan2, lepas tu bile dh dpt anak... die sygkn anak tu lebih dr sygkn bini sendiri. "
" Masa awal2 kawin panggil sayang, bile dh lame2 hilang la perkataan tue... tk romantik langsung."
" Masa dpt anak first, suami masih romantik. Bila dh dpt anak kedua, ketiga....romantiknya entah ke mana.. Smuenye jadi tawar. "
" Kahwin? Ala... masa muda2 mmg la smue org excited nk kawin. Tapi bile dh kawin, tk de seronok2 pun lah. Byk masalah ade lah.. Ingt snang ke nk jaga hati suami? Hari2 berendam air mata je lah.. "
Isy...... Mengapa smpai sebegitu rupa feedback yg nia terime dari para ibu yg sudah lame mendirikan rumah tangga? Mengapa sbegitu dahsyat gmbrn yg diberikan? Terkesima jgk mula2... Betul ke kahwin ni tk seronok yg digembar gemburkan? Kenape?? Kenape boleh jdi mcm ni.... :(
Wahai kaum adam...dn kaum hawa... Sememangnye, utk kite yg masih bujang ...kite masih boleh berbuat sesuatu utk bahagiakan rumahtangga kite kelak.
Buat kaum adam :
1. Panggillah isterimu dgn panggilan manja, krn kamu tahu bahawa kata2mu itu adalah senjata yg boleh mencairkan hati isterimu.. Maka mengapa harus disimpan ayat2 yg indah itu... Kamu tidak rugi hanya dgn menggembirakan hatinya yg juga akn kelak membahagiakanmu..
2. Pimpinlah tgn si dia ke mana pn kamu pergi.. Kaum hawa mmg begini.. Mereka dahagakan kasih syg...dn inginkan perlindungn... Saat kamu memegang tgn isterimu..isterimu akn berasa begitu selamat dn rasa bangga kerana dpt memiliki pahlawan segagahmu..Maka peganglah erat tgnnya... Tgnmu tidak akn lemas olehnya.. percayalah.
3. Nasihatilah isterimu sekiranya dia buntu.. Dia akan sentiasa mendengar nasihatmu... Namun jgnlah kamu menggunakan kekerasan dlm nadamu...kerana isterimu itu sgtlah lembut hatinya.. Dia mudah tersentuh dn mudah terguris.. maka lembutkanlah suaramu agar dia terus menghormatimu wahai suami..
4. Sayangilah isterimu tanpa membeza2kan dia dn anak2mu.. Meskipun kamu terlalu kasih terhadap anakmu..jgn terlalu menzahirkan di hadapan isterimu sehingga dia rasa terabai. Bersikap adil lah dlm menyayangi keluargamu.. Luangkanlah masa utk isterimu...biarpun sebentar.. itu sudah memadai.
5. Berikanlah isterimu barang keperluannya....barang yg disukainya..wlaupun tidak dipinta, dn walaupun ditolak olehnya.. Krn sbenarnya itulah caranya utk menunjukkan betapa kamu syg dn menghargai dirinya.. Pasti mereka akn terus tertawan oleh kehalusan budimu.
Buat kaum hawa...
1. Jgnlah kamu meninggikan suara dgn suamimu.. Sekalipun ada perselisihan di situ, jgnlah kamu bermasam muka yg berlebih2 kerana itu pastinya akn menyakiti hati suamimu kelak.. Tegurlah suamimu dgn sebaiknya.. Sekiranya dia enggan mendengar, maka biarkan dia..
2. Sambutlah suamimu di muka pintu dgn bermanis muka... Bukannya sambil memuncungkan bibir kerana merajuk dn sebagainya.. Suamimu itu penat bekerja, maka hidangkanlah dirimu sebagai perhiasan yang paling indah untuknya agar dia bisa tersenyum saat pulang ke rumah.
3. Jgnlah kamu meleteri suamimu. Lelaki sgt tidak gemar mendengar leteran perempuan. Cubalah kamu mengawal dirimu daripada berbuat sesuatu yang tidak digemari suami. Cubalah berkongsi perasaan dgnnya dn jgn pernah biarkan suami berasa bosan dgn sikap kamu.
4. Jadilah isteri yang tidak terlalu meminta-minta melebihi kemampuan suami.. Kdg2 suami tidak smpai hati nk menolak permintaan isteri.. Cubalah memahami hati suami.
5. Jgn terlalu mengada-ngada dgn suami kamu.... Itu tk mahu, ini tk mahu... Sehingga menyusahkan hati suami. Lama-kelamaan suami akn menyampah dn mulalah dia bersikap kasar lalu menengking kamu.
Okay fine, dh siap . haha jgn gelakkan nia sbb post psl bende2 kawin nie..ini cumalah reminder utk kite smue yg belum lagi masuk alam ni.. Bile dh masuk nnti, applylah bende2 ni smue ye.
ADVICE FOR TODAY : Jadilah suami yang sentiasa melindungi isteri, dn jadilah isteri yang menyejukkan hati suami.
|#Stalking & Critical Thinking on Law & Justice; Erin Moriarty Presents at University of St. Joseph â BOB THIESFIELD Photo Gallery|
OK To Reprint, Repost
w/ Credit to Bob Thiesfield, The Cool Justice Report
USJ President Rhona Free w/ CBS '48 Hours' Correspondent Erin Moriarty
Warm Welcome From Crowd at the University's Crystal Room, Mercy Hall
Moriarty Noted Connecticut's Stalking Law - Relying on Demonstration of Reckless Behavior - Is More Effective Than Those of Other States Which Require Proof of Intent by Often-Disturbed Stalkers
The Interactive Event Featured Dialogue w/ Students
'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Shared Her Stalking Torment and Supported Others in '48 Hours' Broadcast Earlier This Year
Before the Event, Moriarty Met w/ Students Including Erin Castaldi (left), a Veteran Who Is Studying To Be a Social Worker
|See & Hear All About It! May 1 @USJCT - Erin Moriarty's Chilling, Blockbuster Report on Stalking @48hours|
To ensure seating, please R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org
Before the event please review the links below.
Erin Moriarty has been a correspondent for "48 Hours" since 1990. She has covered the death of Princess Diana, the JonBenet Ramsey investigation, the murder of financier Edmund Safra, and the war in Iraq.
Drawing on her training as an attorney, Moriarty has examined some of the most important social and legal issues of the day, including DNA testing of evidence in death-row cases, the abortion controversy and battered women's syndrome. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine High School shootings and the 9/11 investigation, overseas. Her exclusive behind-the-scenes report on the defense of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was broadcast on "60 Minutes" in 1997.
Moriarty has received numerous honors, including nine national Emmy Awards.
"48 Hours" investigates the horrors of stalking
and how CBS' "NCIS" star Pauley Perrette
is fighting to change the laws to protect victims
Victims in sustained fear
as police responses vary
including 'victim shaming'
Also of interest
|Beckham Saleh :p|
MasyaAllah...subhanallah... Hensemnyerrrr.. Haha.. sorry2, nia mmg kemaruk ngn si beckham sorang ni... Tk tahu lah cmne klau dh si beck ni ade dpn mata.. Haih, silap2 boleh tolak victoria masuk longkang. keh keh.. Mmm... tk de la, hari ni nk brckp psl mat saleh dn minah saleh. :) Kiteorg kt rumah stiap kali tgk movie cite omputeh, mesti akn mengucap.. " haih kenape omputeh ni lawa2 belaka ek?" Rata2 bangsa die smue nye lawa. Kdg2 muka diorg tk brape nk hensem, tapi sebab body yg tough, maka mereka nmpk begitu awesome boley tk? haha.. yg perempuannye pulak, klau muka tk cantik pun, tapi mata warna warni, rambut warna warni... tu yg jadi lawa tu. My dad once said, nk kawin ngn bangsa lain abah tk benarkan, tapi klau nk kawin ngn org puteh abah bg, sbb nnti cucu comel. Haha.. apekah? But i always replied... emm, tanak lah abah. Nk org melayu je, baru lah perasaan sejiwa sebangsa tu wujud dlm family. hehe.. Wlau ape pun, my family sentiasa merestui pilihan anak2nye asalkan bakal menantu tu ada agama dn kerjaya yg baik. insyaAllah... (amin....) haha. Emm, k lah, patutnye nk sentuh psl issue Beckham saleh ni.. ohoo,asal mat saleh makin tua pun tetap hensem eh.. nmpk lg tough lg la.. Nia bg contoh James Bond la kt cnie.. bukn james bond yg latest tu ek.. yg Pierce Brosnan tu la.. :) Pelik kan? Subhanallah.. Dh dijadikan bangsa diorg lawa2 hensem2, ape nk buat.... cuci mata sudah. Haha..bukn nk buat suami pun.. sy nk suami sy org melayu... dh ade dh pun calon. :p semoga bahagia dunia akhirat.. amin... sekian wassalam.
ADVICE FOR TODAY: err... advice ape ek? emm kesimpulannye kawinlah dgn bangsa anda sendiri. hahaha...
|#Hartford Private Eye @JBprivateeye @HuntedCBS Featured @betterct @WFSBnews & @hartfordcourant|
We talked to the crew of the show "Hunted" a few weeks ago, now we're chatting with Jacquie Bainer, one of the "hunters" on the show!
"On 'Hunted,' people are working in real time the way law enforcement does. I'm used to tracking people down and people hiding from me who don't want to talk about the case I'm investigating, but doing this in real time was just thrilling for me."
Cool Justice Editorâs Note: By way of disclosure, Cool Justice is an occasional denizen of Integratedâs Hartford office and once in a while even does a little work â¦
|12-yr-old: I Yelled at Him, Please, No, Donât Shoot My Dog! Finally, Hartford Pays for Trespass, Unjustified Fatal Shooting|
Via AP: The $885,000 settlement, approved by the city council on Monday night [2-27-17], includes damages and legal costs. The Hartford Courant reports it also indemnifies the officers.
BACKGROUND, 11 years of stonewalling and despicable maneuvers ...
Dog killer, found liable, empties most of bank account - court filing
Hartford police officer JohnMichael O'Hare -- found liable for violating the Fourth Amendment, trespassing and fatally shooting the pet dog of a 12-year-old Hartford girl -- has removed most of the cash from a savings account that had been attached by a federal court, according to a filing in Hartford's U.S. District Court.
The court filing by the girl's attorney on Nov. 21, 2016 stated U.S. Magistrate Donna Martinez had ordered O'Hare and fellow officer Anthony Pia not to transfer assets. Attorney Jon Schoenhorn asserted in the filing that O'Hare's account shrunk from $23,508.06 to $1,383.40 this fall. Prior to that, a jury awarded a total of more than $200,000, including $32,000 in punitive damages for this Fourth Amendment case. Litigation costs and attorney fees are also to be awarded after eight years of litigation and are anticipated to exceed $700,000.
The Associated Press has reported that the city of Hartford reversed its position to indemnify the officers. At the same time, according to the filing, the city continues to pay attorney's fees and defense costs.
Attorneys for the police officers and the union did not respond to messages left Tuesday.
Statement from Glenn Harris, 2-27-17:
The law and the civil rights of the community should not be interpreted differently because of where a family chooses to live or their ethnicity. If it had not been for Attorney Schoenhornâs perseverance and refusal to sit idly by as injustice sought to prevail, my family may have never gotten even the smallest sliver of justice. Our families in this city need to be treated with the dignity and respect that we deserve. Itâs better for everyone who works and lives here to just treat people better. We are sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers. We deserve better than to be simply treated as an afterthought, suspects, or insignificant.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
|Which smile matches u well?|
Hai there! Assalamualaikum... mm, let's talk about smile for today :) Actually, for me, senyuman memainkan peranan yg sgt penting dlm menghasilkan imej seseorang. Everyone can afford a wonderful smile. Trust me. You just have to choose which smile matches u well. So klau nk pilih senyuman mana yg paling sesuai, kene duduk betul2 berdiri dpn cermin. Amati wajah anda dgn memimikkan pelbagai jenis senyuman till u find the right one! hehe..... Mase nia sekolah rendah dlu, suke sgt senyum tutup mulut, cuz im embarrassed with my own smile. Smpai kwn2 membebel, sbb stiap kali amik gmbr, my picture spoilt em all. Haih, terase la jgk kn kwn2 ckp cmtu. Then, bernekad nk ubah senyuman, demi kemaslahatan smue. Haha, so melekatlah depan cermin besar...N now i found the right one. Klau korang nk kate senyum tu natural, nothing can change it. You're lying! we can definitely change it...haha.. anda, ape lg? Jom amati senyuman2 kt bwh ni, let me help u find the right one!
SENYUMAN MENAMPAKKAN DUA BARIS GIGI
Nmpk mcm lawa kn prmpuan ni senyum cmni? Mcm riang je.. Emm, tapi..tk smue org sesuai senyum cmni. Dn tk smue occasion sesuai utk applykan senyuman ni. Klau gigi cantik, putih berseri, nk senyum cmni pun senyum la.. It would be fine kot. Tapi klau gigi tk lawa sgt, better hide it well in ur mouth. Pastu klau nk senyum cmni, jgn lebar sgt... trkoyak mulut kang. haha. Go to the next smile jom!
SENYUMAN KECIK2 AJE!
Haa...Hwang tae kyung! huu..tgk die senyum. Snyum sikit2 je, tapi dh sweet. Why? cuz this is the right smile for him. Die tk yh work hard to get such sweet smile. emm, mcm sesetengah org, die cume perlu gerakkan bibir sikit pn dh nmpk mcm senyum. Comel je! :) Anda tk sesuai senyuman ni? Okay jom next!
Okay, ni Emma watson ya. Ni org panggil senyum gembira. :D Menampakkan ruang antara gigi atas dn gigi bwh. Again, tk smue org cantik dgn senyuman ni. Kdg2 agak annoying tgk senyum yg seolah2 ternganga. Mybe cuz it makes da person looks dumb sumtimes. So, match it well ya! Next smile -------->
Haha..bukn snang nk jumpe org dgn senyuman ketat. Tk tahulah kenape, dh mmg senyuman die cmtu kan. Senyuman ketat cam jarang dpt ubah kot. Maybe bleh ubah dgn senyuman yg mcm Hwang tae kyung kt atas tu je~ hee.. jgn putus asa. Teruskn senyum yaa..
Huhu...remember, kesedihan tkkn dpt disorok for most people. Ia akn trpancar jgk, kalau tk melalui mata, mesti melalui senyuman. Senyuman mcm ni, senyuman yg tk bermaya. Klau korang yg tk sedih pn tapi senyum jgk mcm ni, haih, mmg menyedihkan lah... :p
ADVICE FOR TODAY: Go in front of the mirror and smile as much as u can ! haha...but dun make ur frens think ur crazy doing this. bye2 for today :ppppp
|#TrueCrime All Sides of the Law #moreCOOLJUSTICE Signed Copy #HolidayGift|
In the halls of justice,
the only justice is in the halls
more COOL JUSTICE is a second collection of hard-hitting essays credited with helping to free a woman unjustly convicted of first degree murder.
Wally Lamb says: âThibault is a junkyard dog for justice who bares his teeth at pomposity and institutional unfairness and only bites the truly deserving.â
more COOL JUSTICE includes controversial essays on topics including the Woody Allen sex assault case, the national assault on freedom of information and a 42-year-old cold case in New Orleans. A chapter entitled âPersons known & unknown blew up justice in Badaracco caseâ examines the politics permeating the investigation and points to the judiciaryâs complicity in the failure to solve the Mary Badaracco homicide in northwest Connecticut.
Thibault was honored by the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information in 2014 with the Stephen Collins Award for his âmany contributions to the cause of open and accountable government and a free and vigorous press.â Thibault was one of the few reporters to cover the Boston Marathon bombing trial gavel to gavel. His reports for the NBC News Investigative Unit can be found at
His first collection, Law and Justice in Everyday Life, was published in 2002, featuring an introduction by Howard Zinn and foreword by F. Lee Bailey.
Thibault has taught at Western Connecticut State University, the University of Hartford and Northwestern Connecticut Community College. He is an investigator for Integrated Security Services of Hartford and Manhattan.
He is expected to appear in one of a series of true crime documentaries in 2017, filmed in late 2016 by a Canadian production company. Also in 2017, he expects to implement an âAlternative Speakers Seriesâ at a university in Connecticut.
Also available via your favorite local bookstore, including:
|Resistance at Standing Rock: Dispatches from the Front Lines|
Oceti Sakowin encampment on Oct. 6, 2016. The proper name for the people commonly known as the Sioux is Oceti Sakowin, (Och-et-eeshak-oh-win) meaning Seven Council Fires.
Story and Photos by John Briggs
Cool Justice Editor's Note: OK to repost, courtesy of John Briggs and The Cool Justice Report.
Corporate â Government Alliance Versus the American People
Native Americans from tribes across the country have gathered on the windswept plains of North Dakota to pray with Mother Earth to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from pumping 500,000 gallons of oil a day beneath the Missouri River. The natives know the pipeline will most certainly leak or break, as have most U.S. pipelines, fouling the water for the Great Sioux Nation and 18 million non-Natives downstream.
The standoff -- which began in April -- continues as a new U.S. administration ascends to power with a president-elect who campaigned denying human-caused climate change and threatening the Paris Climate accords. This remains the overriding reality despite a mini walk back by Donald Trump pledging an open mind to The New York Times this week.
Standing Rock illuminates the brazen alliance that has developed between corporate and government interests. Viewed from the front lines, the law has been turned into a fig leaf for repression and suppression. Only the discipline and spiritual clarity of the water protectors and the native elders has kept people from being killed or seriously injured since April when the movement began.
The fused police-DAPL force is doing everything it can to incite a violent reaction from the resisters so as to crack down, clear the camps, imprison, or even gun down the natives. More than one commentator has found the atmosphere at Standing Rock similar to what led to the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890 when 300 Sioux were murdered by government troops who mistook their prayerful Ghost Dance for a war dance.
A great deal is at issue at Standing Rock. The Sioux and their numerous native and non-native allies face a militarized force whose composition tells us something dark about the complex faÃ§ade that U.S. democracy has become and suggests the proto-fascist zombi lurking beneath. More deeply, Standing Rock also emblemizes a struggle that is taking place at this moment in human history between two distinct modes of human consciousness.
Distinct from this anthropocentric mind-set is a second, ancient and spiritual mode of awareness that understands that the earth and its landscapes are not objects; they are relationships, including the tangle of relationships that gave us birth. This ancient mode of consciousness is potential in everyone, but for most it has been buried beneath the piles of conceptual objects that we have come to believe constitute our reality.
The Indigenous Peoples gathered at Standing Rock are guided by this ancient, holistic, earth-mind consciousness, and so they understand that humans are not the most valuable living objects on the planet: we are not in control of the planet; it is not our job to manage nature; rather, our sacred task is to work with Mother Earth and other beings as members of Earthâs family. If we donât, Mother Earth will make us face this spiritual truth one way or another.
Guided by their ancient, earth-mind awareness, Native Americans have taken up a role as âwater protectors.â âMni Wiconi, Water is Lifeâ is the slogan of the Standing Rock movement.
There the protectors sing and pray in the face of physical harassment and arrests by heavily armed police fused with a corporate security force.
DAPL and their overlord company, Energy Transfer Partners, have lavished campaign contributions on politicians in North Dakota and the U.S. Congress so that they could use the stateâs eminent domain powers to force purchase of land for the pipeline all across North Dakota, beginning in the Bakken fields in the northwest corner of the state where the fracked crude oil is extracted. Similar eminent domain arrangements were achieved in other states through which the 1,200-mile line traverses before reaching a river port in Illinois. The company promised Congress and the public that the pipeline would carry oil for 100 percent domestic use only, but it is clear from reporting done by the website The Intercept that the oil will be sold on international markets.
The DAPL line, now virtually complete except for permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to fill in the link that crosses under the Missouri River, passes just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The DAPL construction runs through sacred burial and archeological grounds that the Lakota people were given free access to by treaties with the U.S. Government in the 19th Century. In mounting their resistance to the pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux have been turned into âtrespassers on their own land.â
In recent live-stream videos from the front lines, DAPL-police snipers can be seen perched on top of a sacred mound called Turtle Island, their high-powered rifle crosshairs trained on the water protectors who are standing in prayer in the frigid lake below.
North Dakota wants the federal government to pick up the tab for the massive expenditures required to keep the Native Americans under their guns. Alternatively, the CEO of Energy Transfers, Kelcy Warren, has offered to pick up the millions-of-dollars tab.
Native media have documented that DAPL has already been supplying military-style equipment, drones, armored vehicles, riot gear, water canons, concussion grenades and other armaments. The tax-payer-funded and corporate-sponsored front lines phalanx is led by the Morton County Sheriffâs Department, which has local jurisdiction, reinforced by North Dakota State Troopers, North Dakota National Guard units, sheriffs and police from six nearby statesâall interpenetrated by DAPL security (while the FBI lurks in the background). A contingent of Hennepin County, Minnesota, Sheriffsâ Deputies were recalled following protests back home. Residents in the state of Ohio are writing letters and calling legislators to express their distress that their law enforcement has been enlisted into this repressive force.
Native mediaâs live stream videos show DAPL security teams in mirror-visor helmets and black ops body armor with no identification, mingling with the police, sometimes directing them when and who to mace or pepper spray. They point out media making video for arrest. The big fossil fuel company evidently has plenty of experience dealing with protestors around the world. In their blank, reflecting visors we can see the soulless Darth Vader face of the government-corporate proto-fascist state the U.S. is becoming.
The provocations the water protectors endure take many forms. There is the psychological pressure of constant surveillance: the heavy police presence on the roads around tribal and reservation lands, the DPLA helicopter and a small plane that circle constantly above the encampments; there is the Bureau of Indian Affairs station set up on a knoll to suck out data from the cell phones of anyone in the area. There is the pepper spraying and tasing of water protectors who are praying. There is the more recent blasting of the protectors with freezing water canons in sub zero weather. There is the constant threat of weapons pointed at them. One twitching trigger finger could set off a slaughter.
The water protectors are unarmed. The resistance movement does not allow guns in the encampments. One day, at one of the front line actions, an armed man showed up with a pistol and began firing. Possibly he was paid by DAPL to create an incident. The Natives are aware of paid provocateurs or agitators passing through the camps, pulling dirty tricks, looking to start something. Antimedia reported about the man with the gun: âAccording to an official statement from the tribe, the man fired several shots from his gun before being peacefully apprehended by tribal police. Witnesses at the scene say he pointed his gun at several protesters. The man was clearly trying to provoke violence that could later be used to demonize protesters who have so far remained peaceful.â
The news site added, âThe Morton County Sheriffâs Department circulated a false report claiming the man was shot, presumably by protestersâ¦ [As images show], the man was not harmed. The Sheriffâs Department has since retracted that report. Anti-Mediaâs attempts to obtain clarifying comments from Morton County Sheriffs were ignored.â
On a hill overlooking Oceti Sakowin, the largest of the Standing Rock encampments, an old army tent houses the field office of the rotating teams of lawyers who come to Standing Rock to help out. They use donations made to the resistance to bail out protectors who have been arrested; they try to negotiate with the police so the protectors can be allowed to pray. The constant arrests on trumped-up charges are an ongoing harassmentâpeople maced or beaten, violently thrown to the ground and zip-tied. Often activists are charged with trespass and âriotâ on the Morton County Sheriffâs novel legal theory that if several people are arrested for trespass that must signify that they were engaged in a riot.
All this naturally requires court time and money to defend, incarceration in usually unpleasant conditions, including dog kennels. (Though the white allies who are arrested seem to get better treatment.)
Arrests are to be expected as a consequence of civil disobedience. But some arrests are directed at chilling speech. One lawyer who came to Standing Rock from the Oregon-based Civil Liberties Defense Center, an activist defense nonprofit primarily involved in climate protests, https://cldc.org/ told Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network that often after the dayâs action was over, police would stop the last cars in the caravan. They would then make âsnatch and grabâ arrests, impounding the cars of people who had come to support the water protectors but had no expectation that theyâd be arrested when the action was over and the police told them to leave. They have to pay heavy fines ($900) to get their cars back. She said the arrests and impoundment fines for their cars are unlawful. âThe intention with those types of actions is to scare out-of-towners from being comfortable coming to these actions. So theyâre trying to chill the rights of others to come and participate in these protests.â
The authorities regularly characterize the natives as terrorists, and local radio spreads false rumors of farm animals being slaughtered and stolen, reported vandalismâthe kind of thing you would expect from psychologically projected homesteader fears about savage Indians of earlier centuries.
Yes, Magazine on Oct. 31 reported: âThe county sheriff is claiming the water protectors were violent and that police were stopping a riot. But hours of live video feed from people caught in the confrontation showed instead a military-style assault on unarmed people: police beating people with batons, police with assault rifles, chemical mace, guns firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds, tasers.â
The UN has sent human rights observers. According to Salon, Nov. 16, 2016: âThe U.N. special rapporteur said that American law enforcement officials, private security firms and the North Dakota National Guard have used unjustified force against protesters.
â âThis is a troubling response to people who are taking action to protect natural resources and ancestral territory in the face of profit-seeking activity,â [Maina] Kiai [U.N. special rapporteur] said in his statement, which was issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and was endorsed by several other U.N. experts.
âAt least 400 activists have been detained and often have been held in âinhuman and degrading conditions in detention,â Kiai added. Some indigenous protesters have said they were treated like animals and even held in dog kennels.
â âMarking people with numbers and detaining them in overcrowded cages, on the bare concrete floor, without being provided with medical care, amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment,â the U.N. expert said.
â âThe excessive use of State security apparatus to suppress protest against corporate activities that are alleged to violate human rights is wrong,â he continued, noting that it violates U.N. guidelines on business and human rights.
âAmnesty International USA, which has repeatedly criticized authorities for not respecting the rights of protesters, issued another statement on Tuesday noting that U.S. authorities had put up roadblocks to prevent journalists and human rights observers from documenting the protests and the official response.â
Living on Earth reporter Sandy Tolan reflected: âYou know, at times I felt I was back reporting in the West Bank, and not the Northern Plainsâ¦â
The Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians
Compare the government response at Standing Rock with the response occasioned by Ammon Bundy and his gang of armed militants when they occupied Oregonâs Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for over a month in January 2016. Imagine if the Bundy gang had been pepper sprayed, beaten, hit with water cannon, tased. But the Bundy crew were taking over the refuge to proclaim their belief that public lands should be given free to the profit-making private ranching business. In other words, the Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians.
The mainstream corporate media has largely ignored the stand-off at Standing Rock. Rallies have taken place around the world at places like Tokyo, Stockholm, and Auckland, but the sad truth is many foreigners have heard more about Standing Rock than Americans have. Not surprising. The news editors, working for corporate media conglomerates, choose what they believe we should know and what fits the larger corporate agenda, and so they devote massively more play to Brad Pitt, to the gossipy politics of whoâs-on-first, and to whatever the latest glittering consumer thing is than they do to climate change and issues highlighted by the poor and the powerless, like Standing Rock. What coverage that does exist is usually cursory and misleading.
Fortunately, alternative media have been on the scene and active at Standing Rock. As someone who taught journalism for more nearly 20 years, it has been refreshing for me to see what the alternative press is accomplishing.
Amy Goodman of the webcast Democracy Now brought the prayer-resistance movement to national attention over the summer. She was arrested and charged with riot in absentia for her live reports of water protectors being set upon by dogs. The charge was later dismissed in court.
Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network has done searching interviews and incisive commentary from the scene.
But my absolute favorite news source at Standing Rock is Myron Deweyâs Digital Smoke Signals. Dewey does updates every day, which he posts on Facebook. I highly recommend anyone who has a Facebook account to âfollowâ him. I went to Standing Rock on Oct. 4-11 with two friends and I have since been able to keep up with developments on the ground through Deweyâs Facebook broadcasts. He posts live stream unedited clips that constitute what he calls an ongoing âdocumentationâ of what is happening day-to-day at the movement.
Here is Dewey at night standing on a hillside next to the Oceti Sakowin encampment. His face appears in the glow of his screen. Then heâs panning and zooming in on a large grassfire as heâs telling us about it. His finger appears in the screen and points out where the fire started. He says the helicopter which constantly circulates over the camp suddenly disappeared 20 minutes before they saw the first flames. He zooms to the area where he and the person he is with first spotted the fire. He says, âIt looked like someone using a drip torch.â He says they called 911, but itâs been over an hour and the Morton County Fire Department hasnât shown up. He tells the people in the camp, his audience, not to worry, though. It looks like the fire was started by DAPL employees to scare them or hurt them. But the Oceti Sakowin is full of Indians who supplement their income by wild-land firefighting, work that also benefits Mother Earth; he mentions that he is himself a âhotshotâ firefighter [one of the elite crews]. He and his fellow firefighters can tell by the wind direction that the fire wonât harm the camp.
Now hereâs Dewey on a bright morning walking along the road by Oceti Sakowin. A young man appears on screen, and Dewey asks him who he is and why heâs here. Heâs from the Paiute nation. âIâm here to protect the water,â he says. Dewey asks him to sing a Paiute song. The young man closes his eyes and sings.
In another nighttime broadcast find we ourselves looking through a car windshield, headlights illuminating the highway, centerlines whizzing by. We hear voices talking in the backseat. The car drives on and on. Weâre just watching the road. Then ahead is a police roadblock. The police van looms. Dewey gets out with his camera and calls over to the officers, asks them where theyâre from, inquires about where the road blocks are, what are the open routes. At one level itâs a mundane exchange between a citizen and police, but you experience the edginess of the situation. More deeply, you feel the riskiness and pathos that is involved any human interaction. Dewey firmly exercises his right to have these protect-and-serve police respond to him civilly; he is cordial and respectful in a way that reinforces to them and to his viewers that he is after all not their enemy but a fellow human being. Dewey asks more questions and the lead officer says he doesnât want to be filmed; Dewey offers to turn his camera away from them and onto himself. The distant officers disappear from the screen and Deweyâs face fills it. The contact officer walks nearer; we can hear his voice. Dewey canât resist a joke, though. He asks the officer if heâs sure he doesnât want to become famous by putting his face on Deweyâs screen? You realize these are just guys doing their job. Dewey understands that, but he also wants to educate them about the water protectorsâ mission. He never misses an opportunity to educate his adversary, as well as his own people about the larger dimensions of the Standing Rock resistance. When he gets back in the car, someone in the back seat says âLetâs get out of here; this is enemy territory.â Dewey laughs, turning the car around, âItâs not enemy territory.â
I believe you learn more about Standing Rock by watching Deweyâs unedited video than you ever could from watching any number of dramatically produced, commercially constricted reports on CNN, complete with the drumb-drumb latest crisis theme music.
Dewey explains to his viewers that what theyâre seeing is a âdocumentationâ thatâs not edited. âItâs not scripted. Itâs not acted out.â
After a month of watching Deweyâs daily reports I realize more fully than I ever have before how ghastly and vacuous mainstream news reporting is: a production where facts have been emptied of the humanity of real encounters, replaced by the shallow performances of reporters and news sources, slick, clichÃ©d phrasing, behavior slotted into ready made categories, events analyzed and even predigested. The news about reality comes to us compartmentalized in trays like tasteless microwave dinners. Rarely is the reader or viewer allowed to simply experience the event unfolding through the reporterâs eyes or camera. The stories are crafted and slickly packaged. Their very polish and stimulating presentation sabotages their meaning and replaces it with a meaningless, artificial understanding.
Note that I am not saying that the news these days is politically biased. Some obviously is, but the left or right bias charge is a serious red herring, a mis-direction. In fact, in mainstream mediaâs very effort to appear neutral and unbiased means events are chopped up and pieced together to fit the templates of a few hackneyed forms of storytelling: the winner-loser story, the conflict story, the individual overcoming obstacles story, the facing bad choices stories, he-said, she-said stories, scandal stories, hypocrisy stories. Youâve seen them all, repeatedly.
Most of these templates come plated with a cynicism, skepticism, superiority, or sentimentality that grabs our attention by adding a dash of disgust. The current journalistic manner of telling stories reduces and dismisses the story in a way that sometimes makes the commercials and pop-up ads come as a relief. None of the common journalistic templates or attitude has much to do with real life as itâs lived in the moment. Itâs not what people really experience in their lives. Instead, itâs how theyâve been conditioned to wrap up experience afterward in a dramatized way that leaches out the nuance, that leaves out the moment-to-moment uncertainty, or as the Lakota call it, the Wakan, the deep mystery of relationships that permeates every event. And thatâs what Deweyâs broadcasts have in abundance. You get to see him interacting with the people who show up on his screen. You get to feel his humanity and the mystery of everyday relationships taking place at Standing Rock that he brings to light. Itâs certainly not dramatic or melodramatic. Itâs not interesting or stimulating in the usual way. It does seem really important.
This points to a major difference between anthropocentric prayer as most of us know it and earth-mind prayer. In the prayer that most people are familiar with, an individual seeks intercession for human needs with a transcendent being. The Native prayer is about healing not getting. The prayer is a community ceremony or song or ritual to maintain or restore the balance between and among beings, both animate and inanimate. Prayer is to all my relatives, all my relations, the birds, the water, the wind, the buffalo, my family, even those who oppose me as enemies. Mitakuye Oyasin is an important Lakota phrase that means âall my relations.â When youâre watching a Dewey update from Standing Rock youâre experiencing Mitakuye Oyasin in action. Itâs newscasting as a kind of prayer, in the earth-mind sense. Whether heâs engaging in laughter or educating about the spiritual importance of water, you can see that what heâs getting at is healing relationships. Watching and listening, you get to be part of that healing.
What Dewey does goes way beyond advocacy journalism.
Our traveling companion for our visit to Standing Rock, Lakota elder Tiokasin Ghosthorse, also provides a good way to keep up with developments through the interviews he conducts for his weekly syndicated broadcast from WPKN in Bridgeport Conn. and WBAI in New York City. On Oct. 31, 2016, Tiokasin interviewed a young man who was seized on Oct. 27 when a frontline camp was destroyed by police. Trenton Joseph Castillas Bakeberg, in the bloodline of Crazy Horse, was praying in a sweat lodge when the militarized police swept through the camp. They yanked him out of the sweat lodge and arrested him. The young water protector told Tiokasin:
âI pray that weâll be able to keep a state of prayer and peace, as we have beenâ¦ Although thereâs some people on our side are more likely to tend toward violence. But thereâs also people on our side to stop them. Donât start a fight. Thatâs what itâs all about, keeping it peaceful because the elders told us in the beginning that all it takes is one single act of violence, one person attacking a police officer and theyâll unleash the fear on all of us. This wrath that we have with our military overseas, weâre beginning to see it now in the heart of our own country. All for the greed and the corporate interests of this government. They say weâre a democracy but itâs not showing anymore. The people didnât want this pipeline, but this foreign entity that they call a corporation, Energy Transfers, is saying, we donât care. We want this money. We need this for economic stability of the country and that somehow trumps the interests of our communities and our nation as a wholeâ¦.Weâre standing up to this corporate machine with prayer and love.â
Against a heavily armed, corporatized democracy designed to ensure that only powerful business and political elites rule the land and possess the wealth of its objects, the Native-American people at Standing Rock stand in defense of Mother Earth armed with songs, prayers, and an understanding that Earthâs objects are us, and we are them. They are our relatives. It seems better armament than most of us Wasiâshu possess. Webster defines fascism as âa political system headed by a dictator in which the government controls business and labor and opposition is not permitted.â Itâs an incendiary word, and readers might think ill of me for introducing it here. Certainly we are not a fascist state yet. But for the prayer-resistance at Standing Rock, the clear alliance between corporate and government interests to quell their opposition under color of the law has a fascist flavor.
It should not surprise anyone that the new US president reportedly holds stocks that directly fund the Dakota Access Pipeline and that the DAPL CEO Kelcy Warren gave the Trump campaign a substantial donation.
This is how the proto-fascism works. Ironically (or perhaps absurdly), Trump may have been elected by people hoping he would somehow counter the tightening grip of multinational corporations on their lives. One might wish for that to happen.
At a deep level, Standing Rock may suggest that such absurdities as a Trump presidency occur because our mode of consciousness is impaired or inadequate to the situation it has created on our planet at this historical time. Too many of us have gone dead to the natural world we come from. Our obsessive anthropocentric mode of consciousness has reduced nature and reality at large to a bunch of things we have names forâthings that feed our greed. Fortunately, many Indigenous people have retained an acute and ancient consciousness that we are those rocks and trees and clouds, and birds and water that we see outside our windows, and that restoring our relationships with them is incumbent on us.
John Briggs is emeritus distinguished Professor of Writing and Aesthetics from Western Connecticut State University. He was the English Departmentâs journalism coordinator for 18 years and was one of the founders of Westernâs Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process. He is the author of several well-known books on chaos theory, fractals and creativity. He lives in the hilltown of Granville, Mass., where served as a Selectman for five years and as reserve police officer for 10 years.
When people at Standing Rock talk about the black snake they mean the pipeline, referring to an old Sioux legend about a black snake that will threaten the end of the world. The Lakota prophet Black Elk said that in the seventh generation, the Sioux tribes would unite to save the world.
Media covering the Standing Rock resistance movement:
|678 pilgrims leave for Amarnath Yatra|
Jammu: A fresh batch of 678 pilgrims left here on Tuesday to perform the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, an official said.
Over 2.50 lakh pilgrims have so far performed the yatra which started on June 29.
"Another batch of 678 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in an escorted convoy of 20 vehicles at 2.55 a.m.," the official said.
The pilgrims use the Jammu-Srinagar national highway to reach the Valley and all vehicles carrying pilgrims have to cross the Jawahar Tunnel before 3.30 p.m.
This has been done as a precautionary measure to ensure that pilgrims reach the two base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal before sunset.
Over 35,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order.
So far, 48 pilgrims have died.Â
Of these, 17 died in a road accident in Ramban district of Jammu region on July 16; eight were killed in a terror attack in Anantnag district on July 10; and 23 pilgrims have died of natural causes.
The Yatra will conclude after completing 40 days with the arrival of the `Chari Mubarak` at the cave shrine on August 7.
Situated 3,888 metres above sea-level, the cave houses an ice stalagmite structure that waxes and wanes with the size of the visible moon.Â
Devotees believe the ice stalagmite structure symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva.
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In the World of CIA Fronts, Partners, Proprietaries & Contractors
The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors
By WAYNE MADSEN
Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].
From the Introduction
One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate â all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agencyâs payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.
An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIAâs use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:
âI think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence AgencyâCIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.
"I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.â
The 21st centuryâs CIAâs partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIAâs top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.
As this book went to press, the smart phone game application PokÃ©mon Go fad was sweeping the planet. Unbeknownst to many of the on-line gameâs avid fanâs was the connection of the gameâs developers to the CIAâs venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL. All users saw their geo-location and other smart phone data being swept up by a CIA partner firm.
Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazonâs CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.
American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.
American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the instituteâs director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.
AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the âfirst inâ at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.
Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym âFletcher M. Knight,â among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a âsecret armâ of the CIA, Bechtelâs executives included those who would join President Reaganâs Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.
Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.
Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in Kingâs Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.
Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.
Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.
Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.
DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.
Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran âWild Billâ Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.
Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIAâs MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.
Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enronâs payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIAâs Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.
Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.
In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.
General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.
General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIAâs Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.
Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford Universityâs Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the âgoogle project.â
Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC âconnectedâ law firm.
Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banisterâs own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.
Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIAâs New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIAâs Independence and Brown Foundations.
Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the worldâs largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.
Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.
Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Husseinâs missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.
Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowltonâs numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.
Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.
Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.
Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.
Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Krollâs Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John OâNeill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.
Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.
Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.
Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Blackâs Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsantoâs agri-business operations worldwide.
National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloidâs founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIAâs psychological warfare unit and the agencyâs Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.
Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweekâs stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.
Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.
Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called âDC Madam.â During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfreyâs request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.
Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazineâs co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.
Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.
Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.
Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that âthe Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.â
Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUEâs board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.
Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Haroldâs Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIAâs Glomar Explorer project.
Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdingsâs intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.
Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his fatherâs presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.
Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.
The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughesâs Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.
United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIAâs training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.
U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.
Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIAâs coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhutâs outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.
Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.
Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agencyâs media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nationâs capital.
W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.
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Brief highlights of Caporino case:
Did Gabe Caporino just disappear or were hidden forces at play? AT
Gabe Caporino, a 40-year-old corporate executive from Westchester, NY, never returned to his wife and two teenage daughters after a business trip in 1974. The night he disappeared, Gabe Caporino spoke with his wife and daughters, asking about a school parents' night and confirming a dinner date with friends for the weekend.
There isnât much of a trail for Gabe Caporino, but we know a good bit of what police did and did not do in the crucial days following his disappearance on Thursday, March 7, 1974. We also know some of what his employer, the General Foods corporation, did and did not do.
Under pressure from Gabe Caporinoâs wife, Grace, now a retired teacher and recognized Holocaust scholar, General Foods sent a team to New Orleans over the weekend. One of them, Bill Bevans of the personnel department, snatched Gabe Caporinoâs briefcase from his hotel room. The other GF team members were security director Jack Edward Ison, who had been an FBI agent for nine years; and White Plains, NY police detective James Lynch.
âOur chief of security Jack Ison will ... take over this investigation,â GF personnel director Frank Dorito told Grace Caporino.
Indeed, he did.
On Sunday, March 10, 1974, Ison and his colleagues met privately with New Orleans police, barring members of the Caporino family. This crucial meeting presaged, if it did not predestine, the shocking and abysmal refusal of the New Orleans Police Department to follow up on basic and compelling leads, including the forgery of Gabe Caporino's credit card four days after he was reported missing. This forgery was ultimately documented by the FBI crime lab. Significantly, a Sears employee who witnessed three individuals using Gabeâs credit card recanted after a visit by New Orleans police ...
... Officer Roma Kent, who went on to work as a federal public defender, got the clerk to change his story ...
CBS producer Barbara Gordon, on assignment in 1974, put it this way: âThe New Orleans Police Department is holding hands with General Foods and there is a cover-up down here.â
The Gabe Caporino case was the subject of a CBS documentary produced by Gordon and reported by Chris Borgen, a retired New York City narcotics detective. The program aired beginning in May 1974 on the show Eye On New York. It was rebroadcast in New York and several times throughout the country on local affiliates â but not in New Orleans.
As the air date neared, Borgen told Grace Caporino the reporting team received threats that GF might pull advertising from CBS. Borgen recounted the phone call from a GF public relations staffer: âThis documentary is not in our best interests. We have a significant advertising budget with CBS.â
New Orleans police ... reported the discovery of Gabe Caporinoâs rental car in a way that could not have occurred.
âIt is certainly not the kind of place where a new car would sit for a week with the keys in the door,â said Gabe Caporinoâs nephew Anthony Emma, who made two trips to New Orleans in 1974. âCertainly not the kind of place a new car would sit even locked up without being disturbed for a week ... I always found that hard to believe.â
As time went on and the Caporino family struggled to survive, General Foods appealed the awarding of benefits to the widow and children multiple times. At one of the hearings, Jack Edward Ison admitted he was the source of the smears about Gabe Caporino in law enforcement files.
A hearing officer asked Ison: âHow do you know this about Mr. Caporino?â
âJust things you hear people say,â Ison responded. He was not pressed to elaborate.
In a particularly disturbing incident on March 16, 1974 â the day that would have been Gabe Caporinoâs 41st birthday â family, friends and neighbors gathered at the home in Yorktown Heights. Ison called Grace Caporino. She told Ison family and friends did not want her to be alone on that day. Ison paused and said: âWell, if Gabe has any heart, surely he'll call you on his birthday. Bye, Iâve got to go.â
October, 2011. NEW ORLEANS, LA â Thirty seven years ago â with several police officers crowding her â Grace Caporino briefly touched and read a number of pages in a 3-inch-high stack of reports about her missing husband. After a few minutes, they forced her to leave. Today, the New Orleans Police Department still doesnât want to know or hear anything about the Gabe Caporino case â or the reports ... *
The current New Orleans police superintendent, Ronal Serpas, ignored two certified letters she sent him last year ...
The New Orleans Police Department â notorious as perhaps the most corrupt and incompetent in U.S. history â has routinely engaged in public executions of civilians. The coroner tends to call these homicides slips and falls or accidents, even when someoneâs face and teeth are kicked in and various body parts have hemorrhaged. Officers have worked as cocaine dealers on the job, hired hitmen to kill civilians, stolen from car dealers and held up liquor stores in uniform. Officers have been heard on police scanners saying: âIs he dead yet? No. Kill him now. String him up by the balls.â
A short list of recent convictions includes two officers who beat and kicked a local man to death, then covered it up. In the infamous Danzgier bridge trial, also this year, five current and former officers were found guilty of shooting six civilians â killing two of them â and covering it up. Those local citizens were walking to a grocery store.
Civilians filming police assaulting civilians are routinely charged with inciting a riot. After police shot and killed unarmed trombone player Joe Williams, returning from a jazz funeral in 2004, officers broke up a memorial service for the popular member of the Hot 8 Brass Band. Local attorney Mary Howell told the PBS show Frontline police advised her that âmerely having a video camera or camera in a situation like this where the police are interacting with the community was considered to be inciting a riot.â
After Hurricane Kartina, the National Rifle Associaton sued New Orleans Police for stripping law-abiding citizens of their ability to defend themselves. âThey just stole peopleâs guns and weapons,â Howell said.
The unofficial body count from Hurriance Katrina is upwards of 1,500. âWe do not have a clear understanding of how many people were shot and killed by the New Orleans Police Department,â Howell told Frontline.
Of course, there are also many officers who keep their oath to protect and serve no matter what the risk from criminals and buffoons in the streets or among their ranks and supervisors ...
... the New Orleans Police Department actually admitted it had failed to comply with the Louisiana public records law. This happened through a series of depositions of detectives and other personnel [in a Freedom of Information lawsuit in Parish Court] ... âNobody has gone digging through those files specifically looking for a file relative to the disappearance of Gabe Caporino, have they?â The question was posed by ... attorney, Brett Prendergast.
âNo, sir,â Detective Gwen Guggenheim responded.
... A supervised search of the NOPD âstorage areaâ [revealed the following from] ... a dimly-lit and musty room on the second floor by the NOPD parking garage.
Most of the boxes of files were covered with layers of grime and old insulation. He had to move evidence including sections of a chain-link fence to get at the boxes.
The files dated from 1890 to the present. Besides homicide cases, there were also files for juvenile offenses and sex crimes.
There was not a single missing persons file in storage ...
... As recently as 1995, then-Police Superintendent Richard Pennington had a detective review the Caporino case and all the reports and documents. Now, the official word is, the file does not exist â just as missing persons don't officially exist ...
Retired General Foods investigator Emil Monda, reached ... on the West Coast, said about the Caporino case: âWe always thought there was foul play, but never came up with anything.â
Monda said he did not know why the New Orleans Police failed to follow leads including the forgery of Caporinoâs credit card ...
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Special thanks to Sprague (CT) Public Library Director Chris Kolar, staffers and volunteers, who hosted a lively discussion on judicial and political corruption Sept. 22 ...
Here is a 2014 interview with Kolar regarding her service and the library's renovation, via The Norwich Bulletin:
Kolar said more than 80 library patrons and guests participated in the Sept. 22 event, which focused on patterns of suspects having their hooks into cops, judges and prosecutors.
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Kolar opened the evening with a few short videos:
Also, the beginning of this video via Huffington Post:
Then, Kolar said, "Our guest speaker wandered in off the street tonight and needed someone to talk to ... "