Monday, December 7, 2009

10 Rules for Dealing with Police

Pre-order your DVD copy at 10RulesMovie.com.

Available Jan. 25, 2010, the 40-minute educational drama is the most sophisticated and entertaining film of its kind. Narrated by the legendary trial lawyer William "Billy" Murphy, Jr. (from HBOs The Wire), 10 Rules depicts innocent people dealing with heavy-handed policing tactics used every day in the United States.

Topics Include...

  • Dealing with a traffic stop
  • Dealing with police on the street
  • Dealing with police at your door
  • How to maintain your cool and protect your rights
  • How to avoid common police tricks
  • How to file a complaint that gets results

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CBS' 'Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman' Ad Riles Critics

Original Article

12/07/2009

By Joshua Rhett Miller

A video advertisement on CBS's Web site that "mashes" material from the iconic "Frosty the Snowman" Christmastime cartoon with two of the network's comedy series is offensive and should be pulled, media analysts told FoxNews.com.

A video advertisement on CBS's Web site that "mashes" material from the iconic "Frosty the Snowman" Christmastime cartoon with two of the network's comedy series is offensive and should be pulled, media analysts told FoxNews.com.

The video ad, "Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman," takes authentic dialogue from CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" and "Two and a Half Men" and dubs it on top of the cartoon classic, changing well-known "Frosty" scenes to contain suggestions that the snowman and his friends visit a "strip club."

The mash-up also discusses Frosty's "porn collection" and contains repeated mentions of prior sexual conquests.

The ad is intended to promote the network's upcoming broadcasts of "Frosty the Snowman" and "Frosty Returns."

OPINION: CBS' dirty "Frosty" is a disgrace.

Colleen Raezler, a research assistant for the Culture and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center, said the spot is "highly inappropriate," and improperly uses a Christmas special to promote an adult-oriented comedy.

"The ad introduces children to the idea of strippers and pornography," Raezler told FoxNews.com. "The people in charge obviously thought this was funny, but the question they should ask themselves is if this is appropriate, not if it's funny."

Raezler said the advertisement is another example of popular culture "pushing the envelope" on everything.

"It's sexing up Frosty," she said. "It really drives home the idea that nothing is sacred anymore."

CBS did not reply to messages seeking comment.

But television blogs characterized the video as "hilarious."

"You'll never look at 'Frosty the Snowman' the same way again," read a post on tvshark.com.

A post on NYMag.com said the magazine doesn't take "any issue" with CBS' decision to create the mash-up video.

"Sure, it's a little bit on the dirty side and definitely not for the kiddies, but in our eyes, ['How I Met Your Mother' star Neil Patrick Harris] and Rankin/Bass [Productions] are two great tastes that definitely taste great together," the post read.

Not so, says Bob Peters, president of Morality in Media, adding that officials at the Federal Trade Commission should be concerned about the promotion.

"CBS is doing much the same thing that alcohol and tobacco companies have done in the past -- namely, using imagery in advertising that would naturally attract children in order to market an adult product," Peters said in a statement to FoxNews.com. "Legal matters aside, it should go without saying that CBS TV ought to be ashamed of itself -- using an animated Christmas season setting, complete with young children, to chat about strippers, whores, pornography, sadomasochism, sexual promiscuity, and more."

Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, a watchdog group based in Los Angeles, said the advertisement was reprehensible.

"It's either ignorance or arrogance, but I can't imagine the folks at the once-Tiffany network should think this is OK," he told FoxNews.com. "Someone had to write it and someone had to approve it. It speaks to the decisions that are being made at CBS these days."

Winter also called for the advertisement to be pulled, characterizing it as the outcome of the network attempting to do "everything they can to be offensive rather than creative."

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FL - Sex Offender Facebook Law

They are being tossed off simply due to a label, not due to the commission of a new crime, or doing anything wrong, which, if the Constitution actually meant anything, would be considered unconstitutional.

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FL - Former Riviera Beach officer begins trial

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12/07/2009

WEST PALM BEACH - Former Riviera Beach K 9 cop Maurice Morris is accused of sexual misconduct and bribery.

The former office was arrested last year by West Palm Beach Police.

Morris, according to investigators, was working off duty at a rally for then presidential candidate Barack Obama at Palm Beach Community College.

Investigators say that Morris had given a woman a number of tickets.

The former officer then offered to take away the tickets in exchange for sex.

Morris has denied the allegations made against him.

Jury selection is now underway in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.

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CANADA - Internet luring now includes non-sexual chats

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12/03/2009

A Supreme Court of Canada ruling has expanded the definition of Internet luring to include anyone having an inappropriate conversation with a child -- even if the chats aren't sexual in nature and the accused never intended to meet the alleged victim.

Justice Morris Fish, writing for the Supreme Court, said physical contact is not necessary for Internet luring because some seemingly innocent chats open the door towards a child being victimized.

"Those who use their computers to lure children for sexual purposes often groom them online by first gaining their trust through conversations about their home life, their personal interests or other innocuous topics," he said.

He said the law "makes it a crime to communicate by computer with underage children or adolescents for the purpose of facilitating the commission of the offences."

But he said the word "facilitating" could be interpreted to mean anything that would make it easier or more probable for a young person to be taken advantage of.

This includes anything that would reduce their inhibitions or exploits a child's "curiosity, immaturity or precocious sexuality."

Fish said the conversations don't need to be sexually explicit to fit these criteria.

He said the new Internet luring law "criminalizes conduct that precedes the commission of the sexual offences."

"This is in keeping with Parliament's objective to close the cyberspace door before the predator gets in to prey."

The decision was part of an Alberta man's case who admitted to online sexual chats with a 12-year-old girl in 2003.

At a 2006 trial on two sexual luring counts, the judge called _____'s actions "despicable and repugnant," but said that since he had no intention of ever meeting the child, there was no crime. _____ was acquitted.

The Supreme Court said the judge from the first trial applied the law too constrictively, leading to the acquittal. Thursday, the Supreme Court ordered _____ to face a new trial under the new criteria.

The Alberta Court of Appeal had previously overturned _____'s acquittal. The Supreme Court, in its 7-0 ruling, agreed with the appeal judges.

_____ admitted to posing as a 17-year-old in his chats with the girl. He was 32 at the time. She claimed to be 13, but was actually 12, according to court documents.

_____ admitted to the sexual chats and to phoning the girl at home. However, he said he had no intention of meeting her and no sexual activity happened.

Mark Hecht, of Beyond Borders, an organization that lobbies against child exploitation said the Supreme Court decision will protect more children.

"There's been a very clear message that in fact this is something that is an offence, and as a result, I would think that there will now be more arrests and prosecutions of adults committing these kind of crimes," he told CTV News Channel.

"If you're an adult and if you're having conversations with a child on the Internet, be warned because even if your conversations aren't sexual and even if your conversations are not for the purpose of meeting a child and committing an offence against a child, what you're doing is potentially a crime," he said.


CA - Sex-offender ordinance goes before Claremont City Council

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More proof the sex offender laws are punishment, it's in the title.

12/06/2009

By Wes Woods II

CLAREMONT - A sex-offender restriction ordinance and a $150,000 grant request for Casa Moreno Grill will be determined Tuesday at the Claremont City Council meeting.

The sex-offender ordinance will establish residency restrictions for registered sex offenders.

These restrictions go further than the Sexual Predator Punishment and Control Act, referred to as Jessica's Law, which protects children from sex offenders.

This ordinance will include day-care facilities under the Jessica's Law ordinance and regulate the number of sex offenders that can live in a single residential facility.

Claremont will join Pomona, Walnut, El Monte, West Covina, Los Angeles and Palmdale if the ordinance passes.

The grant request will allow the city manager to enter into an agreement with Casa Moreno Grill, Inc. for $150,000 in grant funds allocated from a new Community Development Block Grant job creation and business incentive fund.

The funds will be used to purchase equipment to build and occupy the restaurant anchor space adjacent to the public plaza, according to a city report.

In exchange for these funds, Casa Moreno will create and maintain six full-time equivalent jobs.

The city's loan committee has conducted a review of the application package and recommends approval of the agenda item.

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 225 Second St.