Friday, October 12, 2012

Texas College Race Quotas, Supreme Court

When are government sanctioned racial preferences going to end?

The whole concept of affirmative action was an afterbirth of the struggle for equal rights, mainly by black folk in Southern States.

OK fine, we been doing that experiment, affirmative action for what, 50 years?

To me,  two full generations are enough to continue screwing young folk for injustices committed well before their birth.

Supreme Court skeptical of University of Texas affirmative action

Conservative justices hint they will throw out the school's admissions policy, but it's unclear whether they will reverse the court's 2003 ruling on the issue.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's conservative justices signaled Wednesday they were likely to strike down a University of Texas affirmative action policy, but did not make clear how far they might go in outlawing the use of race in admissions at colleges and universities.

From his opening question, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said he was troubled by having students "check a box" to designate race or ethnicity and by allowing officials to decide who is admitted based on this factor.

"Should someone who is one-quarter Hispanic check the Hispanic box?" he asked. When the lawyer for the university said it was up to the student to decide, Roberts tried again: "What about one-eighth?"

The case, brought by a white student who was rejected, could lead to a ruling requiring top colleges and universities to use "race neutral" policies to achieve campus diversity. Texas, for example, has required its universities, including the Austin campus where the case originated, to admit students who graduate at the top of their high school class, without regard to race or ethnicity.

Los Angeles Times

When a Bribe is not big enough for conviction!

When was a bribe not enough to be illegal? I mean really. One cannot even give a cop a free donut without some pedestrian claiming foul. Appearance of impropriety.

So we learn that  Chicago, Illinois is a place which Rod Serling wrote about, The Twight Zone.

Court: Bribes not high enough for conviction

An appeals court has reversed the bribery conviction of a Chicago zoning inspector on grounds the value of two $600 payoffs he received weren't high enough.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued the ruling Thursday.

Dominick Owens was arrested in 2009 for allegedly accepting $1,200 to issue certificates permitting owners to occupy their homes after construction. He allegedly issued them without inspections.

His 2011 conviction stemmed from an investigation of inspectors dubbed “Operation Crooked Code.” It led to more than a dozen arrests.

An FBI affidavit said Owens accepted thousands of dollars from a cooperating witness.

But the court found prosecutors failed to prove the value of the bribes was $5,000 or more as required under the law used to convict Owens.

Chicago Tribune

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Iran/Hezbollah drone shot down over Israel

Should not come as any surprise, Iran gives their puppet terrorists, Hezbollah an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

Oh well, got some target practice for the Israel Air Force.

Downed drone: Iran testing Israel's capabilities

Unmanned aircraft shot down by F-16 jets in south Israel was apparently launched from Lebanon by Hezbollah, or perhaps even by the Iranians themselves; IDF looking into possibility aircraft was supposed to photograph Dimona reactor

IDF choppers in area where drone was
 intercepted (Photo: Haim Horenstein)

A few hours after two fighter jets shot down a small unmanned aircraft that penetrated Israeli airspace in the south Saturday morning, it is safe to say that an element operating in Lebanon under the auspices of Iran and with its support, apparently Hezbollah, activated the drone. The drone itself, which was downed in the south Mount Hebron area, was apparently made in Iran.

Operating a drone by remote control from such a long distance requires advanced capabilities, which Israel was not aware Hezbollah had acquired.

Hezbollah's drones have infiltrated Israeli airspace in the past, from the north, but their activation did not require any navigation system. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that infiltrated Israel on Saturday did require such a system. The incident showed that the Air Force has the ability to detect and intercept drones at any stage of their flight.

Ynet News