Because The VA And The Justice Department Have Nothing Better To Do.

Flags in VA fence.

We have written many times about the dysfunctional Veterans Administration which has problems with bad employees, bad management, lack of accountability, and even abuse of the very men and women they are charged to serve, America’s veterans.

The Justice Department often seems just as bad, choosing not to prosecute certain lawbreakers while going after those that at best, have broken minor offenses.

With all those issues – the VA being an enclave and poster child for incompetence and the Justice Department acting like a political advocate rather than seeking justice – we are still stunned at the depth of the stupidity in the VA and Justice Department going after elderly Army veteran Robert Rosebrock.

Rosebrock and his friends have for years gathered weekly at the Great Lawn Gate entrance to Veterans Park in Los Angeles. They gathered to protest in their own way the treatment of vets and homeless vets by the VA. One of Rosebrock’s complaints is that the VA complex in question has a large green area where homeless vets could potentially camp and get off the streets where they were in danger. The VA is not allowing them to camp on the grounds.

In 2010, Rosebrock was arrested for the “crime” of hanging an American flag with the union (the blue field and stars) facing down. Displaying the flag that way is considered a distress symbol and Rosebrock was trying to make the statement that the veterans were in distress because of the VA.

However, there is a law against posting “placards or materials” on VA property. (38 CFR 1.218)

(Apparently it is not permitted to say the VA is incompetent on VA property.)

The twist in the case came when others were allowed to post flags with the union up. Those folks were not arrested but Rosebrock was.

Holder Admits “Biggest Failure.”

Eric_Holder_official_portrait smallEric Holder’s tenure at the Department of Justice has been characterized by scandals, charges of scandals and a feeling in many circles that the country’s number one cop not only did not enforce the law, but felt he was above it.

Some of the scandals include:

Holder being held in contempt of Congress – the only Attorney General to be so charged.
Fort Hood – the DOJ labeled the 2009 shooting as “workplace violence” despite connections to Islamic terrorism.
Spying on the Associated Press.
Spying on FoxNews reported James Rosen.
Black Panther voter intimidation case.
Voter fraud.
Buying the Justice Department.

Lying to Congress concerning the Fast and Furious operation.
The “Knockout Game.” Despite overwhelming evidence attacks on people were on the basis of race, the DOJ refused to prosecute any person for a hate crime.
Spying on Americans.
California’s “Moonlight Fire.”

One would think that Holder himself would look at these scandals and others and pick one of them as his “biggest failure.”

Yet in a televised interview this past Sunday, Holder chose none of those things as his “biggest failure.”

What did he claim was his “single biggest failure?”

The College Sexual Assault Data.

Rapist-Target-ROHEDITOR’S NOTE: Before we start this post, we want to make clear that we believe those who sexually assault others are scum of the earth. There are crimes such as theft or robbery that take one’s property. There are crimes such as assault and battery that take one’s health. There are crimes such as murder that take one’s life. To us, below only crimes of murder lies the crime of rape as rape (and sexual assault) takes one’s health and intimacy. Rapists are scum.

We have previously written about the change on college campuses concerning accusations of rape and sexual assault. The Federal Department of Education and Department of Justice are trying to force colleges to accept a lower standard of proof when if comes to claims of rape and sexual assault. On most campuses the previous standard was that the rape / assault “more likely than not” happened, a standard which is just below “beyond reasonable doubt.” The standard the government wants is a “preponderance of the evidence,” which is a much lower standard.

Much of this change was driven on the idea that 1 out of 5 female students will be sexually assaulted on campus. The figure has been challenged and some would say “debunked,” but that has not stopped President Obama and others from using the figure as a hammer in the political arena.

A new study entitled Rape and Sexual Assault Among College-age Females, 1995-2013 is now available and this one is authored by the US Department of Justice.

The study does not agree with the “1 in 5” women being sexually assaulted.

The full study, which was published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division within DOJ, found that rather than one in five female college students becoming victims of sexual assault, the actual rate is 6.1 per 1,000 students, or 0.61 percent (instead of 1-in-5, the real number is 0.03-in-5). For non-students, the rate of sexual assault is 7.6 per 1,000 people.

This clearly indicates that the narrative that college campuses are hotbeds of sexual assault and rape to be false. That is not to say that we should accept that any number of women should be assaulted or raped, but rather to fight the problem we must know the depth of the problem. Steps such as changing the burden of proof or denying accused people protections of due process will not help reduce the number of assaults. Instead what will happen, and what appears to be happening, is that more and more people are being falsely “convicted” in college tribunals of assault because of the lower standards. With the cost to both the alleged victim and the accused being so high, we must strive to maintain a system that protects both people.

Not only is the rate of assault lower, since 1997 the number of sexual assaults has been trending downward. It is still not where it should be as rape and sexual assault is a horrific crime. The only truly acceptable number of rapes and assaults is zero, but the downward trend is a good thing.

What is not a good thing is the number of unreported sexual assaults.

Targeting Legal Businesses Through Financial Institutions.

Squashed-bills-ROHYou may not be aware of a Department of Justice program called “Operation Choke Point.”

The program began as all programs do with the best of intentions – at least that is what was advertised.

The DOJ sought to cripple the so called “payday lending” companies by telling banks that dealing with such companies might put the banks at risk for more scrutiny, attention and audits.

As the Washington Times writes:

In meetings with bank officials, the feds made it clear that

the bankers have every right to provide services to such businesses, but warned them that doing so might put them at risk, too, and could almost certainly trigger more extensive audits than would be required of banks that don’t service such customers. Bankers depend for their very survival on those who regulate them and know a threat when they hear one. Many decided it would be wiser to quietly get rid of customers in such high-risk businesses.

As a result, customers of long-standing around the country had their lines of credit called and their accounts closed. The affected businesses were never officially told why, because the government made it clear to the banks that they would face criminal charges if they talked. Even as the feds were briefing bankers on the program and their need to protect themselves by choking off high-risk businesses, the Justice Department was refusing to brief Congress on what was going on.

We can argue whether payday loan companies are good or bad, but the fact of the matter is that they are legal in many states. In telling financial institutions to stop dealing with the payday loan companies, the DOJ was essentially taking an end run around the Congress and other agencies.

After achieving some success with the payday lending companies, the DOJ widened their net to other businesses.

A Couple Of Updates!

Update-Keyboard-ROHA few days ago we posted how a court had struck down handgun laws in Washington, D.C. because they effectively banned weapons and therefore were contrary to the Second Amendment and previous Supreme Court rulings.

After the ruling, the City sought a 180 day stay of the decision which would allow them to craft new regulations on weapons in D.C. The lawyers for the opposing party agreed to a 90 day stay and eventually, that is what a judge agreed to as well.

So for now, the old, un-Constitutional rules are still in effect until the DC City Council can figure out what they can do next to try and deprive citizens of their rights.

As lawmakers get to work, D.C. police returned to past arrest practices. Ten minutes after the judge granted the reprieve at 1:20 p.m., Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier rescinded orders hurriedly issued Sunday night and told 4,000 officers that “all laws related to firearms regulations and crimes remain in effect.”

But the chief also reminded officers to handle firearms cases “with caution,” noting that the public may not be aware that the old gun laws are at least temporarily back in force.

Yesterday we posted how the Department of Justice was suing the Pennsylvania State Police over the physical testing standards used to applicants to the Police.

After a little more research, we found a website where the Pennsylvania State Police give the standards in more detail than the DOJ’s complaint.

Here are the standards for applicants:

Department Of Justice Sues Pennsylvania State Police.

DOJ-v-PA-State-Police-ROHWith nothing else on its plate to look into, the Department of Justice announced that it was suing the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) over the use of base physical standards as criteria to be selected for training as a Pennsylvania State Trooper.

In a press release, the DOJ says:

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, alleges that the physical fitness tests used by the state police between 2003 and the present excluded qualified women from consideration for hire as entry-level state troopers by

testing for physical skills that are not required to perform the job. The department also alleges that, during the relevant time period, the defendants’ use of physical fitness tests as part of a multi-step employment selection process disproportionately screened out female applicants, resulting in a disparate impact against those applicants.

According to the actual complaint, the DOJ says that there were two fitness tests administered to applicants. One test was administered from 2003 to 2009, and another test with more elements was administered between 2009 until 2012.

For the 2003 – 2009 test:

The 2003 PFT consisted of five events: (1) a 300-meter run; (2) sit-ups; (3) push-ups; (4) a vertical jump; and (5) a 1.5-mile run.

Male and female applicants were given different standard of performance to pass but more women failed the test percentage wise than men.

Under the theory of “disparate impact,” the DOJ now asserts that because women failed the test more than men, the test itself must discriminate against women.

Stupid Letter To The Editor – Vote Early! Vote Often!

Praise the Lord!

A day without posting about the City of Satellite Beach!

(But the day is young and tonight is a City Council Meeting…..)

Yesterday the Florida Today newspaper published a letter to the editor from John Cielukowski of Cocoa Beach concerning the State of Florida’s cleansing of voter rolls prior to the upcoming election. Mr. Cielukowski’s letter is full of partisanship, often lacking in facts, and devoid of logical thinking.

Here is what he had to say:

Scott’s ‘witch-hunt’ voter purge blasted

Gov. Rick Scott is at it again. He is locked in a battle with the U.S. Justice Department regarding his witch-hunt to purge supposedly illegal voters from Florida’s voter lists.

To make matters worse, über conservative U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-West Miami, is marching in step with our governor. The irony here is his complicity in this matter is removing many legally registered Hispanics from the voter lists.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney must be giddy about the work his Florida henchmen are doing to ensure a victory in our state.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Orlando, is correct in stating this purge is similar to the 2000 Florida election debacle. I guess our governor is trying to repeat the infamous voter purge by former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, taking more than 1,000 eligible voters off the voter rolls weeks before an election that was decided by 537 votes.

Voter fraud is an exaggerated and even nonexistent issue in Florida. The 48-hour turnaround rule to register also is unrealistic and just another big bump in the road for those who are newly registering to vote. Many are middle-class full-time employees who need much more time than 48 hours to fill out and submit their voter registration paperwork.

I believe we would not be revisiting this voter list injustice if the conservative sheep in this state had not elected a shady governor who was involved in Medicare fraud.

Mr. Cielukowski seems to think that ad hominem attacks adds to the credibility of his argument concerning this issue. It does not. It simply shows his partisanship on an issue upon which we all should agree – the desire to have fair elections.

Mr. Cielukowski makes the claim:

Bill Nelson Proves He Is A Partisan Hack.

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) stood up on the floor of the Congress and gave a speech concerning the State of Florida’s attempt to purge voter rolls of those who are not allowed to vote.

Later in the week, Nelson sent a copy of the speech to newspapers around the state:

Mr. President,

As I was heading to the Capitol this (Tuesday) morning, I couldn’t help but think about the jolting news from my state: the Justice Department will sue Florida over its purge of voting rolls.

Being a native Floridian whose family came to Florida 183 years ago, and having served the people of my state for years, I simply cannot believe the state of Florida would deliberately make it more difficult for lawful citizens to vote.

But the governor did sign the new law last summer to reduce early voting days and blunt voter registration drives.

Then he launched this massive purge of the voter rolls — hunting for suspected noncitizens. And in so doing, he’s now defying federal authorities who say you cannot conduct a purge of voter rolls so close to an election.

The governor and his administration should ensure the credibility of our voter rolls. It should have a program to suppress fraud.

But above all else, the state must ensure that every lawful citizen who has the right to vote can do so without impediment.

It was a long time ago, but something Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said about voting rights seems appropriate again. Dr. King said, “The denial of this sacred right is a tragic betrayal of the highest mandates of our democratic traditions. It is democracy turned upside down.”

I hope the governor will heed those words.

Mr. President, I yield the floor.

Let us say it here: Nelson is a partisan hack who doesn’t care one iota about the right to vote. Nelson only cares about Democrats winning elections by any means necessary.

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