Category Archives: Fail!

Interim MSU President John Engler Says Larry Nassar’s Victims Are Having A Blast In The “Spotlight”

The Detroit Metro Times highlighted Engler’s comment today, noting that when he was governor “Engler fought hard against a lawsuit brought by dozens of female inmates who had been raped by state corrections officers. Despite Engler’s efforts, it ended in what at the time was the largest payout in state history.” The chairwoman of the MSU Board of Trustees, Dianne Byrum, distanced the board from Engler’s statement in a statement to the Chronicle of Higher Education: “His remarks were ill advised and not helpful to the healing process, survivors, or the university.” In his interview with the Detroit News last week, Engler mentioned all the work that he has done so that the hypothetical next president of the university can take over the job and look ahead. Whether or not that’s even true—MSU has repeatedly bungled its handling of the Nassar investigation and ensuing fallout—it raises the question of why Engler, who was named interim president last February and has shown himself to be unfit as the university president time and again, has been allowed to remain at the helm for nearly a year.

Source: Interim MSU President John Engler Says Larry Nassar’s Victims Are Having A Blast In The “Spotlight”

Inoreader – Admitting he didn’t commit a crime, IDF puts teen in admin. detention for Facebook post

The army prosecutor readily admitted to the judge that the photos Makhtoob published on Facebook did not constitute a crime, but that secret evidence handed over to the judge — which neither Makhtoob nor his lawyer were allowed to see — justified keeping him behind bars. Zaher demanded that the court bring charges against Makhtoob rather than hold him indefinitely without trial. The judge, however, accepted the prosecution’s argument that the secret evidence was enough to keep him behind bars for the time being, and extended his remand by another three days. On January 7, a senior Israeli army officer ordered Makhtoob be held in administrative detention for six months. He has not been accused of committing a crime.

Source: Inoreader – Admitting he didn’t commit a crime, IDF puts teen in admin. detention for Facebook post

Bremen police release video of attack on AfD lawmaker Frank Magnitz | News | DW | 11.01.2019

Magnitz said he was attacked from behind by three men with a piece of wood around 5:30 p.m. on Monday. He said the attackers continued to kick him once he had fallen down, before he blacked out. The police video, however, shows one man hitting Magnitz from behind with his elbows after which two other people run past Magnitz. Prosecutors cast doubt on the version of events put forth by AfD politicians when they said video footage of the attack appeared to show that while the politician was attacked, most of his injuries were sustained when he hit the ground.

Source: Bremen police release video of attack on AfD lawmaker Frank Magnitz | News | DW | 11.01.2019

The West LA VA Is Trying To Evict A Jewish Veterans Group: LAist

Post 118 commander Millen, an Army veteran, said he used email to book the room at the VA every year, but admits he was remiss in getting updated license paperwork for the use of the conference room. He thinks the VA has an obligation to work with congressionally chartered veteran organizations, however, instead of booting groups like the Jewish War Veterans from campus. “Basically, the VA dropped the ball,” he said. “[The OIG] report recommended the VA establish new agreements compliant with the leasing act. It didn’t say they had to be canceled.” DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS RESPONDS The larger organizations that rent space on the VA don’t appear to be going anywhere. Big swaths of land highlighted in by the OIG are still being used for non-VA purposes. In response to a KPCC/LAist inquiry, the VA declined to say if there were any changes to the 11 major leases involving dozens of acres of valuable West L.A. property to ensure they complied with the OIG’s findings. On the use of the meeting space for Jewish War Veterans Post 118, the VA said it is working within the letter of the law, which reserves the use of VA buildings by VSOs “for purposes of assisting claimants in the

Source: The West LA VA Is Trying To Evict A Jewish Veterans Group: LAist

William Barr: Roe v. Wade Was ‘Wrongly Decided and Should Be Overruled’

The Justice Department finally rid itself of Jeff Sessions, but Donald Trump’s nominee to replace him, William Barr, is of course also a bad man, just of a different type. An example: Barr, who previously served as attorney general under the first Bush administration, believes that abortion should not be a constitutionally protected right.

Source: William Barr: Roe v. Wade Was ‘Wrongly Decided and Should Be Overruled’

Trump administration downgrades EU’s status in US, without informing Brussels | US news | The Guardian

“This is a gratuitous and entirely unreasonable swipe at the EU by the Trump administration,” said Nicholas Burns, who was under secretary of state for political affairs in the George W Bush administration. “It coincides with Trump’s campaign to depict the EU as a competitor, and not a partner, of the US It continues the administration’s delegitimization of international organizations and the supranational organization that is the EU. “Americans should remember that the EU is our largest trade partner and largest investor in our economy,” Burns added. “Trump’s entire policy toward the EU continues to be misguided and ineffective.”

Source: Trump administration downgrades EU’s status in US, without informing Brussels | US news | The Guardian