Aaron McNamara, an auxiliary officer at the Fairview Park police department in Ohio, has resigned after the Cleveland Scene revealed some of his posts on social sites. McNamara dreamed of becoming a federal agent, but that aspiration was dashed out by his own views which were made public.
At first, McNamara denied the posts were made by him, telling the Cleveland Scene that they were not his accounts. Immediately after, those same accounts were deleted. On his letter of resignation, he claims those comments were made in his “youth,” which means he was a youngster in February of this year.
McNamara refers to blacks as “spooks,” “N[word]” and “jungle monkeys” but he insists in his letter of resignation that he’s not “prejudice” [sic].
A few examples via the Cleveland Scene:
On Feb. 28 of this year, McNamara comments on a video called “Hood fight”:
“Abolishing slavery was the worst thing we could have done. These people should be exterminated.. Unbelievable.”
On a video called “State park fight”:
“I wish I could go back to their age and beat the living shit out of that [N-word] with the tapout shirt.”
On a video called “Cameras capture brutal cop taking down agent Derrick while bicycling home”:
“THE COPS WERE DOING THEIR JOBS!
YOU WANTED TO BE MR. FUNNY GUY AND NOT STOP!
AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE FUCKING PATHETIC AND IGNORANT FOR ASKING THE SAME QUESTION OVER AND OVER ‘WHY IS HE BEING ARRESTED?!’ BECAUSE THE FEMININE F*GGOT WAS ELUDING THE POLICE AND FAILING TO STOP! DUMB ASS GENERATION!”
On a video called “Seattle Police: ‘You are going to die’”
“YOU CAN TAKE THE SPOOK OUT OF THE HOOD BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE THE HOOD OUT OF THE SPOOK. BY SPOOK I MEAN THAT TALL [N-WORD] IN THE WHITE TEE WHO LOST HIS GANG BANGING BROTHER WHO OBVIOUSLY DID SOME SHIT TO GET HIS BITCH ASS SHOT UP.”
On Ferguson protesters, he wrote, “You’ll burn the American flag but you’re quick to cash that Obama check! Parasites.”
He has many more tweets of that caliber, according to the Scene.
McNamara’s letter of resignation via NewsNet5:
I, Aaron McNamara was recently informed of the racial remarks I posted on youtube.com in my juvenile years. The comments I made in those particular videos were a product of my youth and immaturity; by no means am I a prejudice individual. I am an advocate for equality, and I am highly disappointed in myself for the statements I had previously made. I cannot recollect of the most recent comment I was accused of making in February, 2014, but I am not denying the claim.
By no means do the comments I had previously made represent the beliefs of the Fairview Park Police Dept. I have striven to the best of my capabilities to support the city of Fairview Park, and help better community relations with all individuals, from all walks of life.
At my current age of (20), I am ashamed of myself for making those particular remarks, and I am extremely regretful of it. if there was any way possible I could retract those statements, I would be glad to do so.
All prejudice remarks were strictly on youtube.com. I have a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and I have never made a racial slur on any of those networks.
I am also confirming that I am resigning from the Fairview Park Police Auxiliary Unit.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that the man stopped his car around 3 a.m. near a booth on the Ambassador Bridge, which goes between Detroit and the Canadian city of Windsor.
As he walked toward them, the officers ordered him to drop the weapon, the statement said. Then he pointed the gun in their direction, and they opened fire.
Authorities have not released the identity of the man, who they described as a Canadian citizen. He was treated for his injuries and then taken into custody, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Kris Grogan said.
Citing Windsor police, CNN partner CTV said the man has had previous encounters with Canadian law enforcement and confronted police officers minutes before the shooting on the bridge.
What an unmitigated turd the ex-mayor has turned into as he fades away. I can’t square this Rudy with the Rudy whose presidential campaign I contributed to, is it alzheimer’s affecting him, or just too much partisan bile?
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attributed the execution-style assassination of two police officers on Saturday afternoon to the protests that broke out across the city following a grand jury’s failure to indict a police officer for killing Eric Garner.
“We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News on Sunday. “The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion. The police are bad, the police are racist. That is completely wrong.”
Giuliani then argued that most of the city’s violence is centered in the black community through so-called “black against black” crime and heralded the police for keeping African Americans safe. “Actually, the people who do the most for the black community in America are the police,” he explained.
I learned about the execution style killing of two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, in Brooklyn while at a family gathering, and it is heartbreaking to learn under any circumstances.
These officers were doing their jobs, trying to reduce crime in a high-crime area of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn they weren’t even from the local precinct but rather called in from other parts of the city to help. The man who killed them had an agenda that had nothing to do with protests or protesters; he had a lengthy criminal record and had shot and nearly killed his girlfriend before coming up to NYC to engage in more mayhem.
But NYPD supporters who ignore all that ails the Department and that there are bad officers in their midst, will try everything to link the killer to the protests. The PBA’s Pat Lynch and others will try and blame the Mayor for the killings, claiming that the Mayor doesn’t support the officers wholeheartedly and without reservations.
The problem is that there’s no truth to the matter asserted. The Mayor does support the police. He also doesn’t want anyone to tolerate criminal behavior by the police. He wants justice applied evenly and fairly. He has to warn his son (who is black) that police might not respect him or treat him properly because of the color of his skin, even if he does nothing wrong. That’s not disrespecting the police; that’s stating an objective fact. Police in NYC, and nationally, do engage in racial profiling and they do stop blacks far more often than whites when adjusting for per capita.
Justice. Only Justice Shall Thou Pursue. It’s originally found in the Old Testament. It’s a call for justice and to follow the law.
It’s not just an empty slogan.
I’ve been referring to this belief quite frequently in the past several months, if only because it’s become abundantly clear that there are some people who don’t think that justice applies to everyone.
Some people believe that law enforcement is immune from being responsible for their actions that result in the death of unarmed people and particularly unarmed black men and children. This belief extends to the police and prosecutors who are supposed to uphold the law.
When the police and prosecutors fail to do their jobs properly, that harms everyone - it’s a breach of the social compact that the police have with us. And they have to be responsible for their actions as well.
It’s pitiful that the police boosters are trying to pin blame on people like Al Sharpton or Mayor DeBlasio for the shooting of the two cops; we don’t hear these same voices blaming right wingers like Rush or Hannity when white supremacists and sovereign citizens use the same rhetoric and vitriol in stalking and targeting law enforcement. There, those people are categorized as lone wolfs and not representative of everyone else.
It cuts both ways. It is ultimately the responsibility of the shooters and criminals who carry out these acts. It is also the responsibility for everyone to call out those who use extreme rhetoric.
Justice demands it.
The need to seek justice for those who are killed at the hands of police is not mutually exclusive with the need respect or to mourn their losses in such horrible circumstances. The NYPD has done heroic things, such as running into the burning WTC before it came crashing down on 9/11, and they’ve killed unarmed black men including Sean Bell, Eric Garner, and Amadou Diallo. They’ve sodomized Abner Louima, and the fight for justice continues. Good cops shouldn’t stand to see their ranks sullied by those who violate the social compact, and yet that’s exactly the message we get from their union leadership who blames the assassination on the mayor who represents an entire city, and not just a police union.
Justice demands it.
If you are not familiar with NTP, here’s the Linux man page for NTPD. Needless to say you should update to the latest version of NTPD, or failing that mitigate the vulnerability through other means.
The remote-code execution bugs reside in versions of the network time protocol prior to 4.2.8, according to an advisory issued Friday by the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team. In many cases, the vulnerabilities can be exploited remotely by hackers with only a low level of skill.
“Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the [network time protocol daemon] process,” the advisory warned. Exploit code that targets the vulnerabilities is publicly available. It’s not clear exactly what privileges NTP processes get on the typical server, but a handful of knowledgeable people said they believed it usually involved unfettered root access. Even if the rights are limited, it’s not uncommon for hackers to combine exploits with privilege elevation attacks, which increase the system resources a targeted app has the ability to control.
Never-before-seen technique abused the Network Time Protocol to worsen effects.
In January, researchers uncovered evidence NTP was being exploited to wage crippling denial-of-service attacks on gaming sites. Attackers were using the widely used service to amplify the amount of bandwidth available to them, a technique that saturated targets with as much as 100 gigabits of data per second.
Tensions between Google and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood exploded into public view this week, as Google filed court papers seeking to halt a broad subpoena Hood sent to the company.
The Hood subpoena, delivered in late October, didn’t come out of nowhere. Hood’s investigation got revved up after at least a year of intense lobbying by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). E-mails that hackers acquired from Sony Pictures executives and then dumped publicly now show the inner workings of how that lobbying advanced—and just how extensive it was. Attorneys at Sony were on a short list of top Hollywood lawyers frequently updated about the MPAA’s “Attorney General Project,” along with those at Disney, Warner Brothers, 21st Century Fox, NBC Universal, and Paramount.
The e-mails show a staggering level of access to, and influence over, elected officials. The MPAA’s single-minded obsession: altering search results and other products (such as “autocompleted” search queries) from Google, a company the movie studios began referring to as “Goliath” in around February 2014. The studios’ goal was to quickly get pirated content off the Web; unhappy about the state of Google’s voluntary compliance with their demands and frustrated in their efforts at passing new federal law such as SOPA and PIPA, the MPAA has turned instead to state law enforcement.
The most controversial elements of SOPA/PIPA would have let content owners effectively shut down websites they said were infringing their copyrights or trademarks. This already happens—think of various peer-to-peer sites that no longer exist—but it usually involves drawn-out litigation. SOPA promised a faster-moving process that would have essentially made rights holders a website’s judge, jury, and executioner.
But I assume this means we can blame Bill O’Reilly for his 28 episodes of invective against “Tiller the Baby Killer” that eventually ended in the murder of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder. We can blame conservative talk radio for fueling the anti-government hysteria that led Timothy McVeigh to bomb a federal building in Oklahoma City. We can blame the relentless xenophobia of Fox News for the bombing of an Islamic Center in Joplin or the massacre of Sikh worshippers by a white supremacist in Wisconsin. We can blame the NRA for the mass shootings in Newtown and Aurora.
To me one of the most hypocritical aspects of some gun control meansures and their proponents has been how non gun yet still effective tools of self defense are also proscribed almost anywhere but the home. Often with more severe penalties like guns.
For instance if I got caught carrying a pistol absent any confrontation or other law violation I would face a misdemeanor. However if I’m out walking with a good strong cane and a policeman asks me why I carry the cane it’s a trap. If I say “bad knees” I’m fine. If I say bad neighborhood I just incriminated myself with a felony weapon possession charge and likely conviction.
Hat tip to gunssavelives.net for publishing the following important decion that quite logically concludes the second amendment is not just about firearms. It’s about arming oneself against a criminal attacker. “Bear arms” means defensive weapons of various kinds.
That site is a CCW/2nd Amendment advocacy site and may have little some of you would agree with. It might even anger you. Apologies in advance.
Stipulated this might not be a source you like but this particular nugget of legal thinking is worth the effort. So maybe skip those guys and just read the decision.
This widespread acceptance of batons within the law enforcement community also supports the conclusion that they are not so dangerous or unusual as to fall outside the purview of the second amendment. To this end, the fact that police batons are inherently less lethal, and therefore less dangerous and less intrinsically harmful, than handguns, which clearly constitute “arms” within the meaning of the second amendment, provides further reason to conclude that they are entitled to constitutional protection. Cf. People v. Yanna, supra, 297 Mich. App. 145 (“[T]he prosecution also argues that Tasers and stun guns are so dangerous that they are not protected by the [s]econd [a]mendment.
However, it is difficult to see how this is so since Heller concluded that handguns are not sufficiently dangerous to be banned. Tasers and stun guns, while plainly dangerous, are substantially less dangerous than handguns. Therefore, [T]asers and stun guns do not constitute dangerous weapons for purposes of [s]econd [a]mendment inquiries.”); D. Kopel et al., supra, 47 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 184 (“[K]nives are far less dangerous than guns. Any public safety justification for knife regulation is necessarily less persuasive than the public safety justification for firearms regulation.”).
Indeed, expandable batons are intermediate force devices that, when used as intended, are unlikely to cause death or permanent bodily injury. For these reasons, we are persuaded that the police baton that the defendant had in his vehicle is the kind of weapon traditionally used by the state for public safety purposes and is neither so dangerous nor so unusual as to fall outside the purview of the second amendment’s right to keep and bear arms.
[T]he prohibition against transporting a dirk knife and a police baton to a new home constitutes a significant restriction on the right to possess those weapons in that new home. Indeed, aside from an outright ban on possessing those weapons, it is difficult to conceive of a greater abridgement of that right than a restriction that bars the use of a vehicle to transport either of those weapons from one home to another.
Moreover, under § 29-38, it is unlawful for an ordinary citizen, like the defendant, to transport those weapons from the place of purchase to the purchaser’s home. As a consequence, the statute’s complete proscription against using a vehicle to transport the two protected weapons deprives their owner of any realistic opportunity either to bring them home after they have been purchased or to move them from one home to another. In fact, at oral argument before this court, the state acknowledged that, in light of that statutory prohibition, there may be no lawful means of doing either….
When a retired Chinese general with impeccable Communist Party credentials recently wrote a scathing account of North Korea as a recalcitrant ally headed for collapse and unworthy of support, he exposed a roiling debate in China about how to deal with the country’s young leader, Kim Jong-un.
For decades China has stood by North Korea, and though at times the relationship has soured, it has rarely reached such a low point, Chinese analysts say. The fact that the commentary by Lt. Gen. Wang Hongguang, a former deputy commander of an important military region, was published in a state-run newspaper this month and then posted on an official People’s Liberation Army website attested to how much the relationship had deteriorated, the analysts say.
“China has cleaned up the D.P.R.K.’s mess too many times,” General Wang wrote in The Global Times, using the initials of North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “But it doesn’t have to do that in the future.”
Earlier this year, a piece in The Atlantic disclosed the names of the geniuses behind a series of massively-popular Twitter accounts, including Earth Pics and History In Pics — each with over a million followers. Were they former journalists, or staffers at a science magazine? No. They were teenagers. To be specific, 17-year-old Xavier Di Petta from Australia and 19-year-old Kyle Cameron from Hawaii, with the help of an older friend, 30-year-old Eric Damier.
At the time, the three were making close to $1 million a month from advertising on sites that they directed their huge traffic firehoses to. Di Petta and Cameron were both still in school, and their Twitter accounts were less than a year old.
After seeing how much interest — and revenue — they could generate from those accounts and related pages on Facebook and Instagram, Di Petta and Cameron decided to get serious and turn their hobby into a company. That company, which eventually became known as All Day Media, went through the 500 Startups accelerator and last week closed a $2-million seed round of financing, including Mark Suster’s Upfront Ventures.