Jailhouse Rock

from: James Daniel at the UK Daily Mail

Tennessee prisoners post Facebook pics and videos of drugs, cash and parties  from behind bars

Whilst the idea of prison is to curtail ones  freedom, it seems that tens of inmates in Tennessee are living life to the max,  behind bars.

Videos and pictures posted to around 100  prisoners personal Facebook pages show the convicts are surrounded by drugs,  money and even get to party, despite being in jail.

Inmates aren’t supposed to have even have  internet access, let alone have their own cell phones which are forbidden in  prisons.

 

 
This is the life! Inmates in West Tennessee jail post photos of themselves having fun whilst in the slammer
This is the life! Inmates in West Tennessee jail post  photos of themselves having fun whilst in the slammer

 

 
Hoarders: He may be banged up, but that doesn't mean this inmate can't enjoy a snack or two, or three...
Hoarders: He may be banged up, but that doesn’t mean  this inmate can’t enjoy a snack or two, or three…

 

A district attorney from West Tennessee says  a change in the law has to occur to prevent postings like this from  happening.

Mike Dunavant has one federal prison, three  state prisons, and five county jails in his district.

He told WAFB that  the prisoners are getting around a loophole in the law.

For although it is illegal to bring a cell  phone into prison, it is not  illegal to posses one once inside.  He says  that law needs to be  changed.

‘It’s certainly  offensive to victims of  crime and to citizens of this state who really  expect inmates will not have  access to the Internet, not have the  luxuries of Facebook as we have,’ Dunavant  said.

He believes the prisoners behaviour to be  disturbing, offensive and dangerous.

One inmate revels in being in the slammed:  ‘Between me and you, this s*** ain’t half bad,’

Burning down the house: It seems the prisoners can get away with virtually anything - here they burn a t-shirt in a cell

Burning down the house: It seems the prisoners can get  away with virtually anything – here they burn a t-shirt in a cell

 
Contraband: Cellphones are not allowed to be brought into jail, but once they are behind bars it's not illegal to own one
Contraband: Cellphones are not allowed to be brought  into jail, but once they are behind bars it’s not illegal to own one

 

The videos show the prisoners taking drugs,  smoking, hoarding snacks, giving each other tattoos, and in one  photograph,  burning clothes inside a cell.

On one video, a convicted murderer, Rivera  Peoples, posted pictures and  video, showing off his contraband iPhone he  somehow got in prison to  operate his Facebook page.

In another, an inmate asks Peoples how much  money has collected while in  prison. Peoples responds, ‘I’m a thousand,  definitely a thousand.’

Other inmates show pictures of large amounts  of cash as well.

One picture shows an inmate showing off $200  while in prison and another shares the photo on his Facebook wall.

Other Facebook videos show inmates watching  TV, singing and rapping.

A convicted burglar Martez Wright posted  videos of his exploits while in jail in Memphis.

He is seen showing off what he claims is  marijuana and then shows off  various junk food and snacks he and his fellow  inmates have managed to  hoard.

Mo money, mo problems: One convict is making a fortune from selling other contraband goods including drugs

Mo money, mo problems: One convict is making a fortune  from selling other contraband goods including drugs

 

 
No dope: A prisoner shows off his marijuana in a Facebook post from behind bars
No dope: A prisoner shows off his marijuana in a  Facebook post from behind bars

‘We’re hungry. About to eat a mother f******  feast. We’ve got scrumptious items we eat on a daily basis,’ Wright  said.

Dunavant proposes stricter security screening  for visitors and a cell signal blocking device inside prisons.

He hopes to have a proposal in place for law  makers to consider when they reconvene in January.

‘Anyone who sees those videos, they’re going  to be sickened by it. They’re  going to be angry,’ said Verna Wyatt, executive  director of Tennessee  Voices for Victims, an advocacy group for crime  victims.

The Channel 4  Newsteam which conducted the original  investigation found inmates using  Facebook not only to communicate instantly  with family and friends, but  also to talk to inmates in other  prisons.

The fear is that despite being off the  streets, the criminals can still organize drug crimes and violent  crimes.

 
Lighting up: A prisoner lights a blunt in the comfort of his cell
Lighting up: A prisoner lights a blunt in the comfort of  his cell

 

On one occasion two inmates at different  prisons contact one another by posting their phone numbers on each others  wall.

Many of the families of the criminals’  victims have said they are outraged at the freedom the inmates are  experiencing.

The victims’ families said when the criminals  were sentenced to prison,  they never imagined them posting photos of themselves  to Facebook  watching TV or burying themselves in junk food.

Plenty of possessions: This inmates cell looks more like the inside of a student's dorm room with books, clothes and food all on display

Plenty of possessions: This inmates cell looks more like  the inside of a student’s dorm room with books, clothes and food all on  display

 

 
Living it up: A prisoner shows the marijuana bags he has for sale behind the prison walls
Living it up: A prisoner shows the marijuana bags he has  for sale behind the prison walls

Convicted murderer Brandon White, who killed  Ryan Wright, posted pictures of his phone and holding $200 cash.

Ryan’s mother, Linda Wright told Channel 4:  ‘That’s not punishment. That’s not any kind of punishment. It’s just like being  out on the outside. It’s still freedom for them. We can never communicate again.  And he [Brandon White] has access to be able to communicate with the outside  world.’

The Department of Correction says every  correctional facility struggles with contraband.

Some of the prisoners who have made postings  online are now being investigated, especially those who are seen to be flaunting  drugs.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections says  70 inmates at 14 prisons across the state have been disciplined and their  offending Facebook pictures have now been removed.

 

Jobs for the Disabled

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I don’t often listen to Sean Hannity, but a couple of days ago, for whatever reason I did.

He brought up a fascinating topic. He spoke of the rich Manhattan liberals who go to Disney World for vacation. No, that’s not the fascinating part.

Now anyone who has been to Disney knows of the interminably long lines at every ride and attraction.

These rich 1 percenters have evidently found a way around this problem. According to a report by Tara Palmeri of the New York Post, the rich Manhattanites found a “Black Market Disney guide” service. The service charges $130 an hour, or $1040 for an eight-hour day.

Okay, that’s pretty pricey. What does one get for that?

The $130 an hour will get you and up to five other family members to the front of any and every line. If one has the resources, that’s a great deal.

This achievement is virtually guaranteed through the services of the handicapped.

The family hires a handicapped person through a covert service to be a member of the family for an hour or several and voilà, front of the line.

Palmeri quoted one proud mother: “My daughter waited 1 min. to get on ‘It’s a Small World ’ – the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours.”

The disabled “family member” was hired through Dream Tours, Florida.

She added: “This is how the 1% does Disney”

The family, mom, dad, a one-year-old son and five-year-old daughter were ushered through the entire park on a motorized scooter sporting a handicapped sign.

Disney does offer a VIP package, a fast pass, but it can run between $310-$380 an hour.

Now the knee-jerk reaction is outrage and horror. I get that but this is the free market at work. You see a need and fill it.

On the surface it just seems so wrong, so exploitive. But let’s look at this from a practical standpoint. Unless these disabled people are indentured servants, which I’m sure they are not, they are being paid for their service.

And what service are they “forced” to perform? They accompany a rich family on vacation in the world’s most popular theme park. Man, what a crappy job.

Now consider the unemployment rate of the disabled. The published unemployment rate of the disabled is around 13%. So, I guarantee it’s much higher, and certainly a great deal more than that of the “abled”.

So I ask you? If you are disabled and unemployed and someone offers to pay you to accompany a family to a theme park or the mall or wherever the disabled are afforded an advantage, what do you do?

Do you reject the offer because you would be “exploited”? Oh, they’re taking advantage of the poor disabled person.

No, you take it. A job is a job. You are in fact providing a service someone is willing to pay for. No laws are being broken. I say the heck with the people who fail to really consider the situation. Would they rather have the disabled person unemployed, on welfare and food stamps, etc.?

Frankly, I think it’s genius.

The Squishy Kimberley Strassel

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

As far as conservative newspapers go, there are very few. The most recognizable being IBD, the Washington Times, the New York Post (at times) and of course, the Wall Street Journal.

While I agree for the most part, I challenge those who trust the Wall Street Journal to be conservative. In my opinion it only masquerades as a conservative newspaper.

Case in point: A recent article penned on May 2 by Kimberly Strassel entitled, “About Those Conservative ‘Squishes’”. In it she tows the typical Republican line. You know, the faux-conservative Karl Rove, Bill Kristol republican line.

She began the article with: “Texas Sen. Ted Cruz recently gave a speech to some FreedomWorks activists, delivering a fascinating retelling of the Senate-it gun control fight. After taking credit for killing the bill with his filibuster threat, Mr. Cruz went on to divide the Republican caucus between those who have ‘principles’ and those who are a bunch of ‘squishes’.”

FreedomWorks activists eh? Not a group of FreedomWorks patriots; no, activists. I also enjoyed the implication that Ted Cruz is nothing but a glory hound.

She continued with: “… The GOP is split between those who insist on making a point, and those who want to make some progress.”

Although I am not, I could stop here as she reveals her hand in one word: “progress”. The watchword of both Republican and Democrat big government Statists.

She claimed that Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee screwed up the perfect storm of Obama’s failed gun control bill. She, of course, was all about the Republican win. No mention of preserving the Second Amendment. It’s all about the party.

And not a word regarding the left’s ultimate strategy, assuming she even knows it. What was supposed to happen was the Bill was to sail through the “squishy” Senate and get soundly defeated in the Republican-controlled House, giving Obama and his minions the issue they can hammer into 2014. The strategy was, that if the bill was approved, it would further their gun confiscation agenda. If it was defeated, they have an issue for 2014.

Strassel said the Cruz “faction” wanted to make a point that the GOP believed in the Constitution. He’s right and what’s sad is that there seems to be but a few senators standing up for the document.

She went on to describe how the House was on the verge of scoring a political victory over the Democrats on some minor funding for Obamacare insurance exchanges. (Yes I know, it’s $5 billion, but that’s minor for Obamacare.) Wow, the Republicans would force the Dems to choose between sick people and some money. Big win!

She then explained that if not for the Cruz “absolutionists” the reasonable Republicans could’ve force the Dems to kill off a tiny portion of Obamacare. Cruz and his buddies, she claims, insist on full repeal or nothing. Oh the nerve of them.

Does Ms. Strassel fail to realize that trimming around the edges of Obamacare is utter futility? Sen. Cruz and his few allies along with Heritage and the Club for Growth seem to be the only ones in Washington that know or care of the devastation that is Obamacare.

She then points out that, “the majority of Republicans are ardent supporters of the second amendment, passionate about repealing Obamacare, in favor of lower taxes.” Tells you a lot that she has to point it out!

“Yet”, she states, “disagree with Mr. Cruz on his filibuster strategy and you are a ‘squish’.”

Well, Ms. Strassel, Ted Cruz is the upstart you make him out to be. He and a few other relative newcomers have so far been uncorrupted by the DC moderate “Squishes”, and the big government Republicans don’t know how to contain them and that, no doubt, is quite frustrating.

So since the moderates can contain these rebels, they run to the so-called conservative press to do their dirty work.

It appears to me at least that the inside the Beltway Republicans think, as do the leftists, that these conservative rabble-rousers are the biggest threat to our country and certainly to their power. Bigger than joblessness, the debt, taxes, Obamacare and terrorism.

If they could just get rid of, or turn, those uncompromising conservatives, Washington would run like the well oiled machine we all know it to be. (Kinda choked on that one).

We Love Comprehensive Immigration Reform

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

We’ve heard the arguments by both Republican and Democrat alike regarding immigration. We must have comprehensive reform, nothing less will suffice.

There was even a new national survey conducted recently to tell us so. The survey was conducted by the Winston group, and commissioned by “Americans for Tax Reform (ATR)”.Ahhh… ATR… The Grover Norquist group. Grover Norquist; friend of the Muslim brotherhood. Love that guy!

The survey found that 85% of Republicans either “strongly support” or “somewhat support” the requirement that “illegal immigrants in the U.S. register for legal status, pay fines, learn English, pay taxes and wait in the back of the line to apply for citizenship, until every person who is currently in line to legally enter the U.S. gets in.”

Well, if that’s true, we have more low information citizens than I thought.

The main problem with these polls is they don’t give people enough time to think about what they are being asked and they lump too much information into one question.

I’ve always supported the back of the line bit and learning English. However, most of the illegals aren’t sneaking in with a job waiting for them. So how would they pay the fine? Almost none of the illegals would make enough to even pay taxes, so if they file a return they would end up getting money back due to earned income, child credits, etc. So it would be another net loss for our country.

Yet many Republican lawmakers still support “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”.

As an aside, whenever you see or hear the word comprehensive, it’s code for –  we’re hiding a bunch of crap in here we don’t want you to find.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R – Iowa) said on April 19: “given the events of this week, it’s important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system.” Gaps and loopholes? If we actually followed current immigration law, there would be no gaps or loopholes. The gaps and loopholes are created by not following the law.

Our old buddy Sen. John McCain said a new computer that tracks visa and passport information would actually keep better care of who is entering and leaving our country. Surprisingly, I agree with Johnny, but it has nothing to do with sealing the border and legalizing the gazillion illegals. And a new computer and fancy technology is only as good as the as those operating it. Garbage in – garbage out.

Then there’s Lindsey Graham (Gramnesty) who chimed in with his usual pearls of wisdom: “You’ll never convince me leaving them in the shadows, some who may be here for terrorist purposes, is smart national security” Graham said: “We can’t shut America off… I think what we are doing is going to make situations like Boston less likely to happen.”

He went on to explain that having 11 million people hiding in the shadows in America is less safe than bringing them out and registering them as registered aliens and eventual citizens.

And there is the new buzz phrase, “hiding in the shadows”. No doubt it was focus group tested.

They are not hiding in the shadows. They’re right out in the open. They even have rallies in American cities. There aren’t enough shadows to hide 22 million illegals. What… 22 million? I thought Sen. Graham said it was 11 million.

Well, as with anything the government is involved in, feel comfortable in at least doubling whatever figure they toss out and you’ll be in the ballpark.

So the “Gang of Eight” trotted out its 844-page monstrosity entitled “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744).

I have a better idea. Courtesy of Mark Levin; here is the official true conservative illegal immigration bill:

 

“Close the Border and Get Back to Us”

Eight words and it’s done.

Politics is Sales

by: the Common Constitutionalist

As with most companies that employ outside salesman, mine is no different. We have territories that each man (or woman) confines himself to.

For the longest time there was one territory the consistently lagged behind the others. Salesman after salesman failed, all saying the same thing: “You just can’t make a living in this territory.” There were not enough customers, too much competition, etc. We literally went through eight salesmen in a row, telling us the same thing. Yet we knew there was great-untapped potential there.

Along came a relatively unassuming and introverted man. He was the opposite of the stereotypical salesman. You know, type A, extrovert, a little loud, a little arrogant. All indicators pointed to his failure, but we took a shot anyway.

Well, this quiet man (who looked exactly like the singer James Taylor) became our number one salesman, month in, month out, year in, year out.

How did he do it? Well, simple. He was real. He was the embodiment of every successful cliché on the books. He said what he meant and meant what he said. He talked the talk and walked the walk, and all the rest of those sayings.

The bottom line is people, his customers, liked and trusted him. He was humble, but not a doormat. He stood up for himself and didn’t compromise just to make a sale. In other words, he didn’t prostitute himself.

He prided himself on knowing his product better than anyone but was not afraid to tell a customer he didn’t know the answer. He would find the answer and inform the customer… every time.

Upon his retirement, after just eight years, something unusual occurred. I’ve never seen or heard anything like it before, or since.

He was so loved and respected that when his customers found out of his impending retirement, huge orders just started appearing. Customers were calling in purchases for a full year or more on one order, just so he would receive the commission. It was their way of thanking him for years of unwavering service. It was truly epic.

Nice story you say, but what the heck does it have to do with anything?

Well, because politics is just sales. It’s as simple as that. Instead of a product, you are simply selling yourself, your ideas and your values.

Now, most of us have not dealt directly with politicians, but have with salesman, and it’s always the same, isn’t it.

Unfortunately, politics and sales attract some of the same types. Smarmy glad handers that flash a fake smile and make hollow promises.

People, more often than not, buy from whom they like and whom they feel they can trust. There will be some ill-informed customers that believe any line of crap handed to them, as long as it is what they wish to hear. Thankfully, they are in the minority. They vote the same way. But that only works when there is a dearth of competent competition.

The salesman I spoke of could be compared to Ronald Reagan and those before him, a bunch of Bob Doles, John McCains or Mitt Romneys.

People trusted Reagan. He was the real deal. He, like our outstanding salesman, set himself apart. He wasn’t just one of many. He didn’t just say, like so many politicians and salesman: “Yeah, I can do that too.” For an informed customer or voter that isn’t a reason to switch salesmen or candidates.

Now more than ever, we need those who have the courage to care more about their country than the next election. They must be honest, bold but humble and not compromising of their core beliefs under any circumstances. They must know their topics and sell their vision.

Whether in sales or public service, those who speak the truth and are knowledgeable need no Teleprompter.

No Freemarket Healthcare

When Will Republicans Understand Free Market Healthcare?

 

Healthcare is one of the most complex policy issues.  The lack of free market healthcare, engendered by endless government interventions (and secondary interventions to fix the original interventions), has made policy solutions even more cumbersome.  But the overarching principle of any reform must begin with the understanding that federal intervention in the healthcare industry has inexorably driven up the cost of healthcare and health insurance.  As such, no healthcare policy panacea can begin with growing government and further distorting the already grossly-altered healthcare market.

Instead of proposing more free market solutions, Republicans are offering pale-pastel versions of Democrat government intervention as solutions.  Here are two examples.

Last week, Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-IN) introduced the Orwellian-named “Truth in Healthcare Marketing Act of 2013” (HR 1427) – a bill that forces optometrists to disclose all their licensing and qualifications in all advertising.  It grants wide latitude to the Federal Trade Commission to regulate and penalize offenders.  The bill is heavily backed by special interest hustlers like the AMA and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).  The ophthalmologist lobby doesn’t want competition from cheaper healthcare providers (optometrists), and they want to use the boot of the federal government to ensnare them in red tape.

It is this sort of anti-free market special interest legislating that has crowded out choice and competition from the marketplace.  The reality is that there are already strict laws in most states to punish those optometrists who step outside of their scope of service beyond their qualifications. There is no reason, beyond special interest politicking, for the federal government to get involved.  The bill was introduced on April 9, a day before the AAOs national meetings in DC commenced.

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