Sunday, March 2, 2008

MISS-LEADING - THE TRUTH ABOUT GALS' SERIAL FIBBING

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Check out #7. Click image to enlarge. Watch the video at the end!!! Amazing what people will do for money!!

03/02/2008

Deceit, thy name is woman.

Most females lie "more cleverly and successfully than men" about everything from infidelity and facelifts to barhopping and shopping binges, according to a new book.

"Women lie as a survival technique, but also to get what they want," said Susan Shapiro Barash, author of "Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets: The Truth About Why Women Lie," published by St. Martin's Press this week.

Barish said a Rockland County woman stripped of her secrets on Fox TV's reality show "Moment of Truth" last week proves her research true.

Lauren Cleri, 26, admitted on air she had cheated on her NYPD cop husband and preferred an ex-boyfriend. But she failed a polygraph, and lost $200,000, by answering "yes" when asked if she believed she was a good person.

"It supports my thesis that women are talented at lying - but perhaps not enough to pass a lie-detector test," Barash said.

Barash interviewed 500 women nationwide who answered her Craigslist ads seeking females to confide what they fib about. Among her findings:

  • 75 percent lie about how much money they spend. For instance, they sneak purchases inside their homes after shopping or hide the price tags.
  • 50 percent harbor "mixed feelings about mothering." One told Barash, "I look at these children and I crave sleep and free time. They wear me out and make me jealous of working women who have no children, no husbands."
  • More than 60 percent cheated on their husbands. A 32-year-old mother conducted her trysts while telling her trusting husband she was working late. Even in asking for a divorce, she withheld the truth: "I didn't say I had fallen for another man. He was better off with my lies."

Many women use the "betterment lie," as Barash calls it, as a means to an end.

A 30-year-old model romanced a middle-aged married man for the money. After snagging him, she faked her affections: "I say 'I love you,' and don't mean it."

Some lie to cover up childhood incest or domestic abuse, or taboo behavior like drinking, gambling or Internet-porn addiction.

More than 80 percent believe in "beneficial lying." A New Jersey mom doesn't tell her well-behaved daughter about her own wild teen years of marijuana and partying.

Urban women favor the "competitive lie," Barash said. "You lie about money and cosmetic surgery. Your out-of-work husband is a 'consultant.' You embellish your kids' accomplishments, or downplay their SAT tutoring."

In the "lying to yourself" category, the book mentions Hillary Rodham Clinton, who as first lady went on TV to blast the Monica Lewinsky scandal as a political attack against her husband. She later acknowledged Bill's cheating.

Others lie because "there's too much to lose," Barash said. Rudy Giuliani's wife, Judith, guarded a secret that she was married twice, and not once, previously. The truth, which Rudy apparently knew, hit the front pages when he ran for president.

She ruined her marriage for a chance to win $500,000, which she still did not win, because she lied in the end...


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MS - Survey: 13,000 Claims of Abuse Reported in U.S. Juvenile Centers 2004 through 2007

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It's not just youth facilities. The system is corrupt from the inside out, and needs to be investigated, IMO. These people need to check out "The Lucifer Effect!"

Here is a lot more corruption for you. Check out all the perverted cops we have in this country, who get slaps on the wrists because of who they are, part of the "Good Ole' Boys Club!"

03/02/2008

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Training School — pleasant on the outside, austere on the inside — has been home to 37 of the most troubled young women in Mississippi.

These are harsh and disturbing charges — and, in the end, they were among the reasons why state officials announced in February that they will close Columbia. But they aren't uncommon.

Across the country, in state after state, child advocates have deplored the conditions under which young offenders are housed — conditions that include sexual and physical abuse and even deaths in restraints. The U.S. Justice Department has filed lawsuits against facilities in 11 states for supervision that is either abusive or harmfully lax and shoddy.

Still, a lack of oversight and nationally accepted standards of tracking abuse make it difficult to know exactly how many youngsters have been assaulted or neglected.

The Associated Press contacted each state agency that oversees juvenile correction centers and asked for information on the number of deaths as well as the number of allegations and confirmed cases of physical, sexual and emotional abuse by staff members since Jan. 1, 2004.

According to the survey, more than 13,000 claims of abuse were identified in juvenile correction centers around the country from 2004 through 2007 — a remarkable total, given that the total population of detainees was about 46,000 at the time the states were surveyed in 2007.

Just 1,343 of those claims of abuse identified by the AP were confirmed by various authorities. Of 1,140 claims of sexual abuse, 143 were confirmed by investigators.

Experts say only a fraction of the allegations are ever confirmed. These are some of the most troubled young people in the country and some will make up stories. But in other cases, the youth are pressured not to report abuse; often, no one believes them anyway.

Undoubtedly, juvenile correction facilities and their programs benefit many of the youth who experience them by offering substance abuse programs, educational courses and mental health counseling. And for many troubled youth, the facilities are the last hope to straighten out problems that could eventually lead them to suicide, prison or other institutions.

Still, advocates for the detainees contend that abuse by guards remains a major problem and that authorities aren't doing enough to address the situation.

In 2004, the U.S. Justice Department uncovered 2,821 allegations of sexual abuse by juvenile correction staffers. The government study included 194 private facilities, which likely accounts for the higher numbers than the AP found.

But some experts say the true number of sexual incidents is likely even higher. Some youth view sexual relationships with staff members as consensual, not as adults in positions of authority abusing their power.

Sue Burrell, an attorney for the Youth Law Center in San Francisco, recalls investigating sexual encounters between female staff and male inmates at a juvenile facility in Florida. "One of the boys I interviewed said he didn't think it was fair that his roommate had a relationship with one of the staffers and he didn't."

Other abuse is physical, and often sadistic.

For boys at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, authority came in the person of 50-year-old Gilbert Hicks, and he wielded that authority emphatically.

Hicks was convicted of sexual assault in October 2005 after he "grabbed, squeezed and twisted" a boy's testicles, according to a federal lawsuit.

When the boy sought medical attention 10 days later because of pain and swelling, Hicks, who had worked at the facility for 24 years, taunted him by asking: "What, you want me to squeeze your (genitals) again?"

Hicks allegedly abused two other boys the same way.

His sentence? Five years probation and 90 days in jail to be served on weekends.

What sets the case apart from many others is the successful conviction. Often such cases come down to the word of a guard against that of a teenager with a long criminal record, the primary reason that so few charges of abuse are confirmed and prosecuted, child advocates say.
- It's because it's your word against a police or guard, and we all know who they will believe!

While it is likely that incarcerated youth make false allegations of mistreatment against their guards, there are cases of abuse not being reported because "many children are afraid of what would happen if they snitch on staff," said Mark Soler, executive director of the Center for Children's Law and Policy in Washington D.C.

The worst physical confrontations can end in death. At least five juveniles died after being forcibly placed in restraints in facilities run by state agencies or private facilities with government contracts since Jan. 1, 2004.

The use of restraint techniques and devices and their too-aggressive application have long been controversial and came under intense scrutiny last year after the death of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson.

A grainy video taken at a Florida boot camp in January 2006 shows several guards striking the teen while restraining him. Six guards and a nurse were acquitted Oct. 12 of manslaughter charges after defense attorneys argued that the guards used acceptable tactics.

In Maryland, 17-year-old Isaiah Simmons lost consciousness and died after he was held to the floor face down at a privately owned facility that was contracted by the state. Prosecutors say the staff waited 41 minutes after the boy was unresponsive to call for help.

Scott Rolle, an attorney for one of the counselors, had said the men were only trying to prevent Simmons from hurting himself or someone else.
- Yeah, right. They need to put cameras every where, and then they'd have it all on tape, and anybody found tampering with a camera, would be put into prison.

A judge dismissed misdemeanor charges against five counselors; the state has appealed.

Other restraint-related deaths were three boys — 17, 15 and 13 — in facilities in Tennessee, New York and Georgia, respectively. At least 24 others in juvenile correction centers died since 2004 from suicide and natural causes or preexisting medical conditions.
- I guess the "if it saves one child" is good for sex offenders, but not here??? Hypocrites! And yes, even if they passed laws for this, it would not prevent other people from being abused.

Supervision does not have to be abusive to be problematic. The absence of supervision creates its own misery.

Advocates say sex among detainees is also a major problem in some facilities, a claim backed by government findings. A U.S. Department of Justice report described sex at the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility in Indiana as "rampant."
- So what is "Big Brother" going to do about this?

And sometimes suicidal youth or those who want to harm themselves in other ways don't get the personal attention they need.
- I agree, anybody in these places, prison or jail, are treated like animals. If you treat people like animals, they will act like animals. You treat them with love, respect and caring, then they change. Check out this blog item, which is proof.

Mississippi's juvenile correction centers have been under the supervision of a court-appointed monitor since 2005 as part of the settlement to end the lawsuit filed by the federal government.

But a 15-year-old girl on suicide watch at Columbia Training School used a toe nail and the sharpened cap off a tube of toothpaste to carve the words "HATE ME" backward in her forearm. The girl also said she was shackled 12 hours a day, and forced to wear leg restraints to classes, meals and other activities.
- Is this a way to treat any human being???

Another 15-year-old girl who spent time in Columbia told the AP she was twice groped by a male guard. She said she reported the abuse.

"They told me I was lying," she said with tears streaming down her face. "They told me that I was wrong for reporting it, that I shouldn't have brought it up."

Columbia sits atop a 2,200-acre campus with a manicured lawn that stretches out beneath the shade of oak trees. From a distance, the red-brick buildings and pastoral grounds could pass for those of a boarding school. Indeed, administrators pointed proudly to the fact that 90 percent of the girls got their general education diploma.

"We are giving them skills that they will take well into adulthood," insisted Richard Harris, a deputy administrator with the Mississippi Department of Human Services — a few weeks before the state announced it was closing Columbia "due to issues ranging from adequate staffing to quality of care, and the desire to most efficiently spend taxpayer dollars."

While officials in many states complain that funding can be a major challenge — salaries for guards in Mississippi's juvenile facilities start at $18,000 a year — it will take more than cash to fix the problems.

"What could be done to minimize or reduce these problems?" asked Melissa Sickmund, with the Pittsburgh-based National Center for Juvenile Justice. "Training. Oversight."

Columbia had about 120 staff members and a $5.8 million budget and at times housed only a few dozen girls. At that rate, it costs about $598 a day to house a girl, according to a study by Timothy J. Roche, an expert consultant hired by the state.
- And I bet most of that "budget" money went into staff's pockets. Why in the world does it cost this much per day to house someone? They could live in the Motel-6 for less than $50 a day, not including meals. It's called corruption and extortion, IMO.

There are success stories.
- Yeah, but why aren't all success stories? Sounds like you have lowered your standards.

Nancy Molever, an Arizona Juvenile Department of Corrections spokeswoman, said it would have been difficult to improve conditions there — or meet recommendations made by the federal government — without a willingness "to change the culture of the agency" that oversees the juvenile facilities.

Arizona recently emerged from a lawsuit the Justice Department filed after three youngsters committed suicide. Arizona invested $8 million to $10 million in facility improvements and increased the starting annual salary of youth correctional officers to over $30,000, Molever said. The state has also been weeding out employees slow to conform to the new rules, Molever said, but the downside is more employee turnover, which is already a problem nationwide.

Officials in Missouri, which has one of the most highly regarded juvenile correction systems in the country, agree that it takes more than money to run a safe facility.

"It's just a different approach that we take. It's a treatment approach," said Ana Margarita Compain-Romero, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Social Services. "In other states, they take a more punitive approach, more like corrections."
- Sound familiar? These sex offender laws, they say, are restrictive and not punitive, which is a load of BS. This punishment is why these laws are not working, IMO. We should be working on treatment and fixing the REAL problem, not just punishing people for committing an act. Why did they commit that act in the first place? Work on figuring that out....


UT - Senate OKs bill to correct child abuse laws

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03/02/2008

A bill to unfix a fix made a year ago to the state's child abuse laws in order to comply with a new federal child protection act received final legislative approval in the Senate on Friday.

HB36 was in the works shortly after the language it replaces was put in state code. It reinstates emergency kinship placement of abused kids taken into state foster care. Kinship placement was prohibited, state child welfare officials said, because under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, all potential adoptive families or adult guardians — including relatives — must have completed an FBI criminal background check prior to a placement.

Background checks were conducted as fast as possible, and most children could be placed with relatives in a matter of a day or two, DCFS reports. There were at least eight families who said they waited five to six weeks, and two said they waited three months. They accused the state of doing more harm than good by compounding the emotional trauma an abused child faces by forcing children involved to live in unfamiliar surroundings immediately after they were removed from parents' care.

Passage of this legislation results in a $49,000 loss in federal funding in the 2008 fiscal year, and $147,000 in 2009 because the state is violating the federal law. The state will make up the difference. Other states have said they kept emergency placements with relatives and are following an unofficial "ask for forgiveness, not permission" policy.

Rep. Wayne Harper (Email), R-West Jordan and sponsor of HB36, said abuse caseworkers with a good feel for a situation can make a judgment about a relative in 10 or 15 minutes. The choice was multiple emergency placements with relatives or in a shelter. "We can do without the funding while the background checks are done."


NY - Cops investigate man parked near Dix Hills middle school

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Talk about panic!! This is what the media and politicians have done with scaring the crap out of people. Now every time they "think" they see something suspecious, they call the cops and it gets blown out of proportion, just like this.. More evidence the public cannot handle the sex offender information. These people are scared of their own shadows!

02/29/2008

Responding to a flurry of warnings among PTA members and superintendents in several Huntington Town school districts, the Suffolk police this week investigated -- and debunked -- reports that a suspected sex offender was seen repeatedly sitting in his car at a school bus stop not far from a Dix Hills middle school.

The Half Hollow Hills school district did the right thing when it reported the man's presence, said Det. Lt. Tom O'Heir, the Second Squad commander.
- So what, should we report all people sitting in their cars now?

But after a thorough background check investigators concluded, O'Heir said, that "he is not a sex offender."

The man is wanted by Massachusetts officials on a very low-level arrest warrant that is not serious enough to merit extradition, O'Heir said.

Dix Hills residents were concerned because the man's car, a green Mustang, was registered to an East Northport address, but was often parked in Dix Hills near the Candlewood Middle School on Carll's Straight Path.

Detectives found out that the man has recently been parking his car in Dix Hills because he moved there from East Northport, the police said.

As of Friday morning, "stranger alert" warnings were still posted on the Half Hollow Hills, Commack and Northport-East Northport school district Web sites.

A detailed e-mail message about the man has also circulated to PTA members and school volunteers in the Commack and Harborfields school districts.

"I am alerting you as a member of our school community, that a suspicious individual has been seen in the area of Thornwood Drive," Sheldon Karnilow, the Half Hollow Hills superintendent, said in his Web site warning.

"As there is no record of him through the Megan's Law registry, we are limited in the type and amount of information we can share. The suspicious individual is in his late 20s and drives a dark, late model car."

The Half Hollow Hills superintendent updated his warning on Feb. 26. "Our head of security drove around the area this morning and spotted the unoccupied car and alerted the police. The individual supposedly lives in an apartment close to Thornwood and parks his car on Thornwood," Karnilow said. "The police are aware of his presence and are conducting an investigation."

The Commack school district gave several further details on its Web site. "It has come to our attention that a white male driving a dark green 1995 Ford Mustang has been observed parked near school bus stops in the area," the Commack message says.

"This matter has already been reported to the police, and they are aware of this individual and his actions. To our knowledge, he has not yet spoken to or approached any student."

The e-mail message to PTA members said the man sits in his car on Thornwood Drive beginning at 2 p.m. and remaining there for several hours as children are dropped off by schoolbuses.

"I finally called the police on Friday and they responded and handcuffed him. After about an hour, they removed the handcuffs and released him" because Massachusetts authorities don't want him extradited, the e-mail message said.

The man told the officer that he sits in his car when he wants to smoke cigarettes, because he is not allowed to smoke in his apartment, the e-mail said.

"The officer then had to release him because he did not commit any crime here in New York," the message said.

"I made flyers and put them in the mailboxes of everyone on Thornwood Drive and in the court as there are a lot of children in the area."

Though in this case the man who raised suspicions has no past sex offender history, Lt. O'Heir said, the Suffolk County Police Department encourages residents to keep an eye on their neighborhoods and to report their concerns.