The New York Times published an article November 9th, 2014 that highlights police misuse of civil forfeiture laws. Originally intended to seize guns, cars, cash, and other fruits of criminal activity, civil forfeitures around the country are being used aggressively by law enforcement as nothing more than a shopping list for police departments to obtain items they want, and items that can be sold quickly for cash to fund the departments. This phenomenon has been well-known by criminal defense attorneys for years, but the video in the article is priceless. The seminar video is of a city attorney essentially boasting that his civil forfeiture techniques can get departments whatever they want. This article from the Lost Coast Outpost is interesting because it appears to be an example of someone actually fighting back. Most people would be satisfied with the return of 90% of their unlawfully-seized money, but these two men appear to be fighting the good fight to protect their civil liberties: they are demanding 100% of the return of their seized money, and suing the police for damages.
Nazi Sympathizer Mark Kruger As if the Portland Police Bureau doesn't have enough problems, Captain Mark Kruger's past just keeps coming back to tarnish the entire department and City of Portland. That Portland-- or any American city-- would hire, train, and keep employed a police captain with Nazi sympathies is simply shocking. Mark Kruger has a history of dressing up as a Nazi, erecting monuments to Nazi soldiers in Portland public spaces, collecting Nazi weapons & memorabilia, and-- in his official capacity with the Portland Police Bureau-- using excessive force during an anti-war protest in the city's downtown. Maxine Bernstein from The Oregonian has done a wonderful job covering this story, and the history of Portland's anti-Semitic cop. She reports that the city recently settled a tort claim filed by Kruger against the city after the Portland Police Performance Review Board disciplined Kruger for bringing “discredit and disgrace upon the Bureau and the City” by building a public tribute to five Nazi-era German soldiers at a city park while employed by the police bureau. The tort claim settlement dismissed the past discipline against Kruger and paid him $5,000. Mayor Charlie Hales has publicly apologized for signing the binding settlement agreement, but defends his actions. Please take a moment to let Mayor Charlie Hales know on his Facebook wall or Twitter feed that Portland has zero sympathy for Nazi sympathizers, and that the Mayor needs to do everything he can to discharge this fascist cop from the Portland police force. Maybe Argentina will welcome Kruger?
Washington Post writer Amy Joyce has written articles on teaching children to be empathetic and teaching children to be kind. Her latest article contains recommendations based on the work of Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, who runs the Making Caring Common project. The Making Caring Common project contains resources for parents and educators on how to raise children who are caring, respectful, and responsible toward others and their communities. Their latest research report-- The Children We Mean to Raise-- highlights the problem of children prioritizing individual achievement and personal happiness over concern for others. The report is based in part on information analyzed from a diverse cross-section of youth from across the nation-- including a survey of 10,000 middle and high school students from 33 schools and on hundreds of conversations with and observations of youth, parents, and teachers over the last 10 years. Richard Weissbourd's book titled "The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development" can be purchased on Amazon.com.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Patrol Sergeant Charlie Eipper of the Wichita Falls Police Department believes that God, Jesus Christ, and the Scriptures support his use of a rifle and sniper scope to kill anyone he finds threatening, and he's written a book called "Jesus Christ on Killing." Eipper is quoted as saying, “When Jesus comes back, he will be the man of war. When he comes back, there will be a whole lot of killing going on. Scripture says that (Jesus) is going to be the one doing it. Our Savior will be going to battle. Finally, Israel will see their national salvation occurring.”
Marriages in the United States producing firstborn daughters are more likely to end in divorce than those producing firstborn sons. It's been generally assumed that this is evidence of fathers’ preference for a son. Scientists have recently published a study in the journal Demography that challenges the conventional belief. The study-- co-authored by Duke University economist Amar Hamoudi and University of Wisconsin-Madison sociologist Jenna Nobles-- suggests that female embryos are actually hardier in the womb, and therefore more likely to reach full term if the expectant mother is in a stressful relationship. 'Girls may well be surviving stressful pregnancies that boys can't survive,' Hamoudi said in a press release. 'Thus, girls are more likely to be born into marriages that were already strained.' The researchers based their research on longitudinal data from a nationally representative sample of U.S. residents from 1979 to 2010-- the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79).
From the City Club of Portland website: "4th Dimension is a place for recovery in the real world. It is an alternative social club that is dedicated to bettering the lives of those who inhabit it. Their mission is simple: to provide a safe and fun environment for the recovery community. The 4th Dimension is a recovery and entertainment hang-out for teens and young adults who are recovering from addiction problems. Many of these people still want a social life, but where can they go that doesn't serve alcohol? 4th Dimension is the answer. We will have a tour of the facility and then a discussion with a panel including their Executive Director Winston Murray; Eric Martin, Executive Director of Addiction Counselor Certification Board; Erin DeVet, De Paul Youth Director of inpatient treatment; and people who's lives have been impacted by the program." Advanced M&D 2410 N Mississippi Ave Portland, OR 97227 July 16, 2014 Time: 6:00 PM PST - 7:30 PM PST
In October of 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) for patients with pain that requires daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment that cannot be treated with other drugs. The active ingredient in Zohydro is the opioid hydrocodone. However, unlike Vicodin, Zohydro can be taken without the threat of severe liver damage, which can occur with medications that combine hydrocodone and acetaminophen. The drug has reportedly been approved in large part on the claim from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a report titled "Relieving Pain in America, A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research" that "100 million people suffer from chronic pain." However, Forbes, MedPage Today, and the Wall Street Journal have all questioned whether that number is accurate, or whether it's exaggerated and misleading. Approximately half of the experts on the IOM panel that produced that report had connections to companies that manufacture narcotic painkillers. From a DUI standpoint, central nervous system depressants like opioids present a problem when the effects of the drugs prevent a driver from being able to operate a vehicle safely. Symptoms or side effects such as drowsiness, respiratory depression, nodding off, and slower reaction times can all increase the risk of an accident, serious physical injury, or even death. From a criminal defense standpoint, this new drug also presents a very high risk for abuse. It's been described as "heroin in a pill." Unlike other prescription opiates, it does not contain safeguards or countermeasures designed to prevent users from crushing the pills for snorting or injecting in a liquid solution. It's unfortunately quite common for some patients addicted to prescription opiates to turn to non-prescription opiates (namely heroin) when either the prescription opiate no longer provides relief (due to tolerance or increased pain), or the [...]
If you're wondering where a particular event took place in Oregon, or where your case is going to be heard, a good rule of thumb is to find the county seat on an Oregon map. Here are some excellent maps of the State of Oregon: Map of Oregon counties with county seats from Geology.com Map of Oregon counties without county seats but with "clickable" county details from Oregon Blue Book Oregon Official State Highway Map (front) from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Oregon Official State Highway Map (back) from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) For several more Oregon maps, visit the Trans Dev / Transportation Data page of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), or for detailed driving directions or "Street Views," visit Google Maps.
How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain from The Atlantic, June 26. 2014.
Is it possible to use marijuana and be ambitious? Successful? Happy? Reason Magazine recently ran a story listing 10 Really Successful Pot Smokers. Not only is the list quite diverse, but their #1 successful pot smoker will make you sing.