Driving While Female

In Saudi Arabia, it’s a crime, punishable by torture straight from the 7th century.

Saudi woman sentenced to 10 lashes for driving car, as religious establishment toughens stance

A Saudi woman was sentenced Tuesday to be lashed 10 times with a whip for defying the kingdom’s prohibition on female drivers, the first time a legal punishment has been handed down for a violation of the longtime ban in the ultraconservative Muslim nation.

Normally, police just stop female drivers, question them and let them go after they sign a pledge not to drive again. But dozens of women have continued to take to the roads since June in a campaign to break the taboo.

See also:
Saudi Woman Faces 10 Lashes for Defying Driving Ban [REPORT]
Saudi woman faces flogging for driving
Saudi Woman Sentenced to 10 Lashes for Driving Car
Saudi Woman Sentenced To Lashes After Defying Driving Ban
Saudi woman sentenced to 10 lashes for driving car
Female Driver Reportedly Sentenced to Lashing in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Woman Driver Sentenced to 10 Lashes After King Grants Vote
Saudi woman to get 10 lashes for driving a car
Saudi Woman To Be Lashed For Driving Car
Saudi woman driver vows to appeal flogging sentence
Saudi woman sentenced to 10 lashes with whip for driving car

It’s bad enough that the Saudi oil ticks are so backward that they make their women wear bags in public, but now they’re going to flog a woman, for driving? How barbaric is that? Where’s the outcry from the feminists and human rights activists? If this was happening in Israel, there’d already be a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning it.

/the whole Lefty world was in a prolonged uproar, screaming torture and war crimes, because the United States waterboarded three scum of the Earth terrorists, which resulted in no permanent physical or psychological harm, can you just imagine if we had subjected them to lashing?

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Life And Death Fun And Games In Iran

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is free!

Iranian woman facing death ‘freed’

Photographs of an Iranian woman sentenced to death for adultery, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, have been released, but without any official confirmation of a report that she has been freed.

The images, released on Thursday by the Iranian state-controlled Press TV, show Ashtiani while on home leave last week.

The International Committee Against Stoning (ICAS), a German-based campaign group, says the photographs suggest Ashtiani has been freed.

Patty Debonitas, a spokesperson for the committee, one of the main groups which campaigned on behalf of Ashtiani, hailed the reported release a “historic” victory in an interview with Al Jazeera on Thursday.

“It’s a historical success because the international outcry worked,” Debonitas said.

Um, no she’s not.

Iran state television denies reports of woman sentenced to stoning’s release

State television in Iran denied reports that a mother of two sentenced to death by stoning had been released.

Earlier rumours that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose case sparked a massive international outcry and calls from celebrities that she be released or her sentence commuted, would be freed prompted jubilation around the world.

. . .

Early Friday local time, government-owned Press TV released a statement saying Ms. Ashtiani had been taken home to film a special in which she would confess to murdering her husband and show the scene of the crime for a TV special.

“Contrary to a vast publicity campaign by Western media that confessed murderer Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been released, a team of broadcast production team with the Iran-based Press TV has arranged with Iran’s judicial authorities to follow Ashtiani to her house to produce a visual recount of the crime at the murder scene,” the broadcaster wrote.

The “Iran Today” program, said it would broadcast its report on Ms. Ashtiani’s case Friday evening and over the weekend.

See also:
Iranian TV to air interview with woman sentenced to death by stoning
Fate Remains Unclear Of Iranian Woman Setenced To Stoning
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani: a timeline from sentencing to ‘release’
Iran denies freeing woman sentenced to death
Ashtiani recounts murder on Press TV
Canadian advocates hail ‘astounding’ release of Iranian woman
Sakineh photos emerge in Iran without release confirmation
Hopes Grow For Iranian Stoning Woman
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani ‘at home’ pictures trigger confusion over her fate
Iranian woman sentenced to death reported free after global outcry
No official reaction by Iran yet on release of death row woman
Iranians Must Get Stoned

Is or will Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani be free? Who knows? Knowing how cruel and diabolical the Iranian government is, I doubt it. It’s evil enough that the Iranian government sentenced a women to death by stoning, for adultery, but what kind of sadistic government forces the condemned to confess and reenact the crime, which may or may not be coerced, on State TV? What manner of barbaric voyeurism is that?

/I’d like to believe she’s free, she’s already been through tortuous, life threatening hell in an Iranian prison, but I won’t believe it until she appears on TV in a Western country

It’s No Longer Illegal To Be A Lying Lowlife Scumbag

You still can’t legally yell fire in a crowded theater, but thanks to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, it’s now your Constitutional right to pretend that you’re a member of the military and fraudulently wear fake medals in public.

Court again strikes down Stolen Valor Act

A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that people have a right to lie about receiving military medals, the second federal court decision in a month to go against the Stolen Valor Act.

Xavier Alvarez, who falsely claimed in 2007 to have received the Medal of Honor, challenged the law on appeal after he was charged with violating the act, which makes it a crime to falsely claim to have won a military medal.

Alvarez said the act is a violation of free-speech rights.

A panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Alvarez in a 2-1 decision.

The majority said there was no evidence that such lies harm anybody, and there is no compelling reason for the government to ban such lies.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said it is deciding whether to appeal the ruling.

See also:
Appeals court: Stolen Valor Act unconstitutional
Court: Lying about Medal of Honor is no crime
9th Circuit finds a right to lie
Ninth Circuit Declares Stolen Valor Act Unconstitutional
Public Law 109–437
Stolen Valor Act of 2005

No evidence that such lies harm anybody, how about the psychological harm to all the real veterans who actually served and were awarded real medals for their real sacrifices and real wounds? And what about the pain felt by the families of those medal recipients who gave the ultimate sacrifice?

/this ruling is such bull[expletive deleted], why does it not surprise me that it came out of California and the 9th Circus?

You Have The Right To Remain Silent . . . For Two Weeks

Score one for the police.

Supreme Court puts expiration date on ‘right to remain silent’

A crime suspect who invokes his “right to remain silent” under the famous Miranda decision can be questioned again after 14 days, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. And if he freely agrees to talk then, his incriminatory statements can be used against him.

In a 9-0 decision in a Maryland child-abuse case, the high court overturned a rule set in 1981 that barred the police from questioning a suspect once he had asked to remain silent and to speak with a lawyer.

Known as the “Edwards rule,” it was intended to prevent investigators from “badgering” a suspect who was held in jail after he had invoked his Miranda rights. In some cases, police had awakened a suspect in the middle of the night and asked him again to waive his rights and to admit to a crime.

In recent years, the rule has been understood to prevent police from ever requestioning a freed suspect, even for other crimes in other places. The justices said Wednesday that although the rule made sense for suspects who were held in jail, it did not make sense for suspects who had gone free.

“In a country that harbors a large number of repeat offenders, the consequence [of this no-further-questioning rule] is disastrous,” Justice Antonin Scalia said.

If there has been a “break in custody” and the suspect has gone free, Scalia said, the police should be allowed to speak with him after some period of time.

“It seems to us that period is 14 days,” he said. “That provides plenty of time for the suspect to get reacclimated to his normal life [and] to consult with friends and counsel.”

Then, if the suspect waives his rights and agrees to talk, any statement he makes can be used against him, the court said.

The ruling in Maryland vs. Shatzer reinstates a child-abuse conviction against a Maryland man who made incriminatory statements to a state investigator 2 1/2 years after he had first been questioned by police.

See also:
Maryland v. Shatzer
Maryland v. Shatzer
‘Miranda’ dealt one-two punch by high court
Court says inmate’s lawyer request no longer valid
Supreme Court rules that request for lawyer in questioning has expiration
Supreme Court hands police another victory in Miranda cases
High Court Sets Time Limit on Lawyer Request
Court Says Miranda Rights Don’t Bar Requestioning
Supreme Court eases rules for questioning suspects
Supreme Court: Police can question suspect after release
Miranda Rights Last for 14 Days, High Court Says
High court overturns Maryland child molestation decision
Edwards v. Arizona

Hooray for the Supreme Court, and it was a unanimous decision no less! Good deal, Miranda could use a good pruning. Ever since the uber liberal Warren Court pulled the Miranda warning scheme out of thin air, criminals have had way too much of an advantage over law enforcement when it comes to questioning.

/seriously, if a criminal is too stupid to know that they don’t have to confess to the police, they deserve to go to prison anyway, just for being that dumb

Powered By Microsoft Windows

With Bill Gates and crew protecting our ATMs with Windows, just thank God your bank accounts are insured by the FDIC up to $250,000.

ATM Vendor Halts Researcher’s Talk on Vulnerability

An ATM vendor has succeeded in getting a security talk pulled from the upcoming Black Hat conference after a researcher announced he would demonstrate a vulnerability in the system.

Barnaby Jack, a researcher with Juniper Networks, was to present a demonstration showing how he could “jackpot” a popular ATM brand by exploiting a vulnerability in its software.

Jack was scheduled to present his talk at the upcoming Black Hat security conference being held in Las Vegas at the end of July.

But on Monday evening, his employer released a statement saying it was canceling the talk due to the vendor’s intervention.

“Juniper believes that Jack’s research is important to be presented in a public forum in order to advance the state of security,” the statement read. “However, the affected ATM vendor has expressed to us concern about publicly disclosing the research findings before its constituents were fully protected. Considering the scope and possible exposure of this issue on other vendors, Juniper decided to postpone Jack’s presentation until all affected vendors have sufficiently addressed the issues found in his research.”

In the description of his talk on the conference web site, Jack wrote that, “The most prevalent attacks on Automated Teller Machines typically involve the use of card skimmers, or the physical theft of the machines themselves. Rarely do we see any targeted attacks on the underlying software. This presentation will retrace the steps I took to interface with, analyze, and find a vulnerability in a line of popular new model ATM’s. The presentation will explore both local and remote attack vectors, and finish with a live demonstration of an attack on an unmodified, stock ATM.”

Jack did not disclose the ATM brand or discuss whether the vulnerability was found in the ATM’s own software or in its underlying operating system. Diebold ATMs, one of the most popular brands, runs on a Windows operating system, as do some other brands of ATMs.

Diebold did not respond to a call for comment.

Earlier this year, Diebold released an urgent alert (.pdf) announcing that Russian hackers had installed malicious software on several of its Opteva model ATMs in Russia and Ukraine. A security researcher at SophosLabs uncovered three examples of Trojan horse programs designed to infect the ATMs and wrote a brief analysis of them. Last month another security research lab, Trustwave’s SpiderLabs, provided more in-depth analysis of malware used to attack 20 ATMs in Russia and Ukraine of various brands.

According to SpiderLabs, the attack required an insider, such as an ATM technician or anyone else with a key to the machine, to place the malware on the ATM. Once that was done, attackers could insert a control card into the machine’s card reader to trigger the malware and give them control of the machine through a custom interface and the ATM’s keypad.

The malware captured account numbers and PINs from the machine’s transaction application and then delivered it to the thief on a receipt printed from the machine in an encrypted format or to a storage device inserted in the card reader. A thief could also instruct the machine to eject whatever cash is inside the machine. A fully loaded ATM can hold up to $600,000.

It’s unclear if the talk Jack was scheduled to give addresses the same vulnerability and malware or a new kind of attack.

See also:
Juniper Nixes ATM Security Talk
ATM vendor gets security talk pulled from conferences
Researcher barred from demoing ATM security vuln
Jackpotting ATM Machines courtesy of the Jolly Roger
Barnaby Jack
Barnaby Jack
Embedded Problems
Exploiting Embedded Systems, Blackhat 2006 (Barnaby Jack)
Black Hat ® : The World’s Premier Technical Security Conference
Black Hat ® Technical Security Conference: USA 2009
Juniper Networks
SophosLabs
SpiderLabs — About Us — Trustwave
Diebold

Jackpotting ATMs, kind of like playing a slot machine where you win first time, every time and it pays out in twenties.

/all I can say is that I’m sure glad Barnaby Jack is one of the good guys

Knock Knock . . . Who’s There?

It’s ACORN!!

Acorn Breaks into Home

Some community activists could face criminal charges after breaking into a home in Southeast Baltimore.

Police were at the home Thursday night looking for fingerprints and other evidence.

The activists who staged the break-in belong to the Association of Community Organizations For Reform Now or ACORN.

After snapping a lock with bolt cutters, ACORN member Louis Beverly told supporters “this is our house now.”

ACORN staged the demonstration to protest the foreclosure crisis sweeping the nation.

The home in the 300 block of Ellwood Avenue used to be owned by Donna Hanks. She lost this home in September, after owning it since 2001. When things got tough she struggled to make her payments. Her mortgage? $1995 a month. Her income? $2200. Donna’s story is one that ACORN is taking a stand against.

See also:
Porkapalooza Paying For ACORN To Break The Law (Again)
ACORN Trains Citizens To Protest Home Foreclosures
“This is our house now:” ACORN mob begins breaking into homes
How stimulus plan creates nation of squatters

I’m sorry, we’re supposed to have sympathy for someone who takes out a a $1995 a month mortgage on $2200 in income? Gee, think that’s maybe a little too much house there? Is home ownership some sort of Obama given entitlement now? And just how is AcORN trespassing and squatting going to pay the mortgage?

And who pays for ACORN? You do.

Stimulus Includes $2 Billion in Neighborhood Stabilization Fund

Those advocates will be happy to learn that the final compromise bill includes $2 billion for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. That’s less than the $4.2 billion passed by the House, but surely better than nothing. After all, it was the housing crisis at the root of this recession.

Is anyone stupid enough to believe that a sizable chunk of that $2 billion won’t go to ACORN? That’ll pay for a whole lot more illegal break ins, trespassing, and squatters.

/your tax dollars at work, the Obama way

Criminals For Obama

Artist of famed Obama poster arrested in Boston

A street artist famous for his red, white and blue “Hope” posters of President Obama has been arrested in Boston on two outstanding warrants.

Shepard Fairey was in Boston on Friday night for an event kicking off his exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Police said they had warrants on Fairey from last month after he allegedly tagged property in Boston with graffitti based on his Andre the Giant street art campaign.

See also:
Obama ‘Hope’ poster artist Shepard Fairey arrested
Controversial street artist faces graffiti charges
Obama ‘Hope’ poster artist arrested in Boston

But wait, there’s more! Fairey is also a plagiarist.

Obey Plagiarist Shepard Fairey

Most well known for his “Obey Giant” street posters, Shepard Fairey has carefully nurtured a reputation as a heroic guerilla street artist waging a one man campaign against the corporate powers-that-be. Infantile posturing aside, Fairey’s art is problematic for another, more troubling reason – that of plagiarism.

Lincoln Cushing, Josh MacPhee, and Favianna Rodriguez, worked closely with me on researching this article, having initially brought Fairey’s plagiarism to my attention. Cushing is an art historian and author of Revolución: Cuban Poster Art, Visions of Peace & Justice, and Chinese Posters: Art from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Josh MacPhee is an artist, activist and author of Stencil Pirates: A Global Survey of the Street Stencil, and Favianna Rodriguez is an artist, activist and Chicana print maker. Their invaluable research and documentation provides the foundation for most of what appears in this article.

What initially disturbed me about the art of Shepard Fairey is that it displays none of the line, modeling and other idiosyncrasies that reveal an artist’s unique personal style. His imagery appears as though it’s xeroxed or run through some computer graphics program; that is to say, it is machine art that any second-rate art student could produce.

In fact, I’ve never seen any evidence indicating Fairey can draw at all. Even the art of Andy Warhol, reliant as it was upon photography and mass commercial imagery, displayed passages of gestural drawing and flamboyant brushstrokes.

See also:
Obama artist a phony?
Shepard Fairey Talks Obama, Plagiarism and Capitalism at ICA

And we’re not done yet! Fairey is also accused of copyright infringement.

AP alleges copyright infringement of Obama image

On buttons, posters and Web sites, the image was everywhere during last year’s presidential campaign: A pensive Barack Obama looking upward, as if to the future, splashed in a Warholesque red, white and blue and underlined with the caption HOPE.

Designed by Shepard Fairey, a Los-Angeles based street artist, the image has led to sales of hundreds of thousands of posters and stickers, has become so much in demand that copies signed by Fairey have been purchased for thousands of dollars on eBay.

The image, Fairey has acknowledged, is based on an Associated Press photograph, taken in April 2006 by Manny Garcia on assignment for the AP at the National Press Club in Washington.

The AP says it owns the copyright, and wants credit and compensation. Fairey disagrees.

“The Associated Press has determined that the photograph used in the poster is an AP photo and that its use required permission,” the AP’s director of media relations, Paul Colford, said in a statement.

“AP safeguards its assets and looks at these events on a case-by-case basis. We have reached out to Mr. Fairey’s attorney and are in discussions. We hope for an amicable solution.”

See also:
Copyright Infringement And Obama’s Iconic Campaign Poster
The politics of copyright infringement

Of course, it’s no secret that the Democrats actively court the criminal demographic, whether or not they’re actually eligible to vote.

Push to register felons to vote could aid Obama

Undaunted by the heat, James Bailey spent his late-summer afternoons walking Virginia’s bleakest neighborhoods on the hunt for ex-cons — each a potential voter who might cast the decisive ballot in this hotly contested state.

Finding them isn’t the hard part. It’s getting them to admit that a past mistake has kept them from the ballot box.

“People are really, really reluctant to say, ‘I lost my rights to vote,'” Bailey said of his quest, which continued in the run-up to Monday’s registration deadline in Virginia for the November election.

Nationally, there are roughly 4 million released felons whose convictions have cost them the right to vote at least temporarily, if not permanently. To return to the ballot box, felons must negotiate suffrage laws that vary from state to state, in many cases working with election officials who can be both unfamiliar with the law and hostile to former convicts seeking to register.

See also:
Liberals Register Felons for Obama, WaPo Can’t Locate Any Critics

Did I mention that ACORN, the “nonpartisan” voter registration organization endorsed Obama?

Or mention that the Obama campaign paid ACORN $800,000 to “get-out-the-vote”?

ACORN Watch, Pt II: Obama hid $800,000 payment to ACORN through “Citizen Services, Inc.”

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign paid more than $800,000 to an offshoot of the liberal Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now for services the Democrat’s campaign says it mistakenly misrepresented in federal reports.

An Obama spokesman said Federal Election Commission reports would be amended to show Citizens Services Inc. — a subsidiary of ACORN — worked in “get-out-the-vote” projects, instead of activities such as polling, advance work and staging major events as stated in FEC finance reports filed during the primary.

Or mention that ACORN is under investigation for voter fraud in at least 14 States?

The Complete Guide to ACORN Voter Fraud

This year’s election is shaping up to be one of the most controversial in history. Just this week, a federal judge ordered Ohio’s top elections official to verify the identity of newly registered voters by matching them with other government documents. The very next day a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set aside the federal judge’s order on verifying registrations.

Further igniting the voter fraud/voter registration debate was the news that a national community organizing group is being investigated in at least 14 states and several swing states for massive irregularities. This news would make headlines anyway, but what made it worse was that Barack Obama was a key player in this organization, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, in the past. Obama trained its local leaders, represented the organization in court, and worked to funnel funds to the organization. The Obama campaign also donated $800,000 this year to an ACORN affiliate.

/or mention that the Obama White House has taken control of the 2010 Census so they can redraw congressional districts to their party’s ultimate benefit?