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A 7 year old girl was attacked New Year’s Day in women’s room at the Palisades Mall while her father waited outside. No  one knew the guy was already on the bathroom. Police have released surveillance video of the man, and it can be seen here. The alleged molester is still at large.

“I mean this guy’s sick. Everybody’s who’s seen the video, it’s just heartbreaking,” said Det. Stephen Cole-Hatchard of Clarkstown Police.

Reading about this in the City or Long Island is disturbing enough; Rockland County is 15 minutes away. We shop at this mall on occasion. Watch your kids, folks.


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A driver in Colorado caused gridlock for the past 2 1/2 years by using a device only made for emergency vehicles that changes traffic lights green automatically.

The radar detector-sized gadget works by flashing an infra-red strobe light at traffic lights equipped with a special receiver.

The system, which is not in use in New York City, is designed to be used only by fire trucks and ambulances – not late-for-work motorists.

"I drive a lot, and getting through city traffic it definitely helped out there," said Niccum, adding that the device changed red lights to green in four or five seconds. "In hindsight, I’m kind of glad it got taken away."

He was nabbed after Longmont traffic engineers set up a video camera at the intersection after receiving complaints about gridlock. The camera recorded Niccum’s white Ford pickup going through the intersection whenever the light inexplicably changed.

"People think it’s comical, but the amount of people caught waiting during red lights created a long backup," traffic engineer Joe Olson told the Rocky Mountain News. "He was getting to work at the expense of thousands of others."

He was fined $50. For 2 1/2 years of inhibiting the commerce and productivity of others, to say nothing of the additional stress.  Gridlock has a domino effect that can cause people to go from being 5 minutes early to 5 minutes late, or worse. People could have lost jobs because of this troglodyte. He should have been guillotined.

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No, It Doesn’t

Does Megan’s Law apply to a 12 year old caught playing doctor with his 6 year old half brother?
The justices heard arguments Tuesday in the case of an 18-year-old identified only as T.T. He was 12 when he was caught giving himself and his 6-year-old half-brother an enema.

An appeals court ruled the boy’s motivation was not sexual, and he did not need to register as a sex offender under Megan’s law.

Warren County prosecutors argued the appeals panel wrongly focused on the boy’s motivation instead of his aggravated sexual assault conviction.

How is that aggravated sexual assault? This is aggravated sexual assault. I am not so naive as to suggest that the 12 year old ought not be watched closely, but without some additional context, it appears insane to me to brand a child that age a sex offender.

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Jill Carroll has issued a statement that retracts her words from the immediate aftermath of her release from terrorists in Iraq.

During my last night of captivity, my captors forced me to participate in a propaganda video. They told me I would be released if I cooperated. I was living in a threatening environment, under their control, and I wanted to go home alive. So I agreed.

Things that I was forced to say while captive are now being taken by some as an accurate reflection of my personal views. They are not. The people who kidnapped me and murdered Alan Enwiya are criminals, at best. They robbed Alan of his life and devastated his family. They put me, my family and my friends – all those around the world – who have prayed so fervently for my release – through a horrific experience. I was, and remain, deeply angry with the people who did this.

I also gave a TV interview to the Iraqi Islamic Party shortly after my release. The party had promised me the interview would never be broadcast or aired on television, and they broke their word. At any rate, fearing retribution from my captors, I did not speak freely. Out of fear I said I wasn’t threatened. In fact, I was threatened many times.

Also, at least two false statements about me have been widely aired: One, that I refused to travel and cooperate with the U.S. military and two, that I refused to discuss my captivity with U.S. officials. Again, neither statement is true.

So, she wasn’t brainwashed or a Stockholm syndrome case. I’m glad for her. I am, however, disturbed that so few in the media viewed her initial quotes as peculiar. These people do not have their eye on the ball.

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It is probably unfair to judge a person from just one news story, but the quote attributed to Jill Carroll after her release by her abductors in Iraq has me scratching my head.
Jill Carroll, the American reporter who was kidnapped in Baghdad nearly three months ago, was released today.

Ms. Carroll, whose abduction generated international attention, said in an interview shown on Baghdad television that her captors "never hit me and never even threatened to hit me."

Asked what message she wanted to send to the United States, she said firmly, "I was treated very well, it’s important for people to know that.

Wearing gray Arabic robes, tucking her hair up under a gray and green headdress, Ms. Carroll said that she was told this morning that she was going to be free "and that is what happened."

Why is that important? It obfuscates that others remain missing or worse, whose plight is not covered as closely by the media (if at all) because they aren’t 28-year old female members of the press like Carroll is. The extremists either arbitrarily choose who to spare and who not to spare, or make their choices based on Islamo-fascist guidelines. The guy she was with when she was abducted, Allan Enwiyah, was shot dead on the spot. He was 32. If you want to know what is important, it is that if anyone is spared by terrorists, it is the result of whim or manipulation of the media, not mercy. This woman was almost certainly brainwashed. She needs to be debriefed and deprogrammed.

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A 7 year old "poet" has caused a stir locally with her reading of a poem with racially-charged references. The little girl is not a skinhead, white supremacist, or neo Nazi, but black.
Some call Autum Ashante a prodigy, a 7-year-old girl who has traveled the world and received accolades for her socially conscious poetry. Others, particularly some parents and students in Peekskill who said a racially charged poem the girl recited sparked a mini-furor, wondered if she was being misguided.

Autum, who lives in Mount Vernon with her father, Batin Ashante, is in the center of a firestorm after performing a controversial recitation at a Black History Month event at Peekskill’s middle and high schools. She read an original poem, entitled "White Nationalism Put U In Bondage," that describes Christopher Columbus and Charles Darwin as "pirates" and "vampires" for robbing black people of their culture, identity and wealth.

In the piece, Autum, writes: "Black lands taken from your hands, by vampires with no remorse. They took the gold, the wisdom and all of the storytellers. They took the black women, with the black man weak. Made to watch as they changed the paradigm of our village."

Before her Feb. 28 performances at the schools, which lasted about 20 minutes, students say Autum asked white students to remain seated while black students stood and recited the The Black Children’s Pledge, an oath of responsibility and black pride made popular by the Black Panther Party during the 1960s. She then went on to recite the white nationalism poem.

In reading the story, it is clear that the apple has not fallen far from the tree.

"When you throw a brick in a pack of dogs, the only one that yells out is the one that got hit," Ashante, 40, a member of the Nation of Islam, said quoting the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X. "When you hit them with truth, brother, you’re naturally going to get this reaction."

Calling district officials "racist crackers," he said his daughter is not prejudiced and was only trying to promote unity among black youths by teaching them about their history.


The older Ashante, who is also a poet, said his daughter’s strong language is her own and denies that he wrote the poems for her or is teaching her hatred. He said he introduced her to black history and poetry, but that much of her writing is influenced by current events, including what some see as the poor treatment of blacks and poor after Hurricane Katrina.

"My daughter is not racist," he said. "She’s too little to be one. She knows her history. She knows the truth."

The little girl, who is home schooled, has appeared on TV, on Showtime At The Apollo and Def Poetry Jam on HBO. She is producing a poetry album as well, not coincidentally produced by the Peekskill music teacher who invited her to the event.

The idea that she’d ask the white kids to remain seated while the black ones recited an oath is understandably unsettling. While the father denies it, it is clear to me that she is, at the very least, parroting what she hears from him at home. He’s probably doing more than influencing her-dictating is more like it-but why be alarmed? Are we surprised that there are racists and bigots among us? When did racism and bigotry become synonymous with white people?

White Nationalism Put U In Bondage

White nationalism is what put you in bondage

Pirate and vampires like Columbus, Morgan, and Darwin

Drank the blood of the sheep, trampled all over them with

Steel, tricks and deceit.

Nothing has changed take a look in our streets

The mis-education of she and Hegro – leaves you on your knee2grow

Black lands taken from your hands, by vampires with no remorse

They took the gold, the wisdom and all of the storytellers

They took the black women, with the black man weak

Made to watch as they changed the paradigm

Of our village

They killed the blind, they killed the lazy, they went

So far as to kill the unborn baby

Yeah White nationalism is what put you in bondage

Pirates and vampires like Columbus, Morgan, and Darwin

They drank the blood of the sheep, trampled all over them with

Steel laden feet, throw in the tricks alcohol and deceit.

Nothing has changed take a look at our streets

— Autum Ashante

The school district has since apologized, but isn’t this still a set up? When this child gets out into the world and has a tough time adopting to the inconsistency between reality and her father’s view of things, do they not already have the built in excuse of racism to fall back on?

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