Child prisoners raped by prisoners AND staff on an ongoing basis in Michigan, according to lawsuit.

Michigan prison officials actually claim they are not responsible for rape, murder, or violence against child prisoners mixed with the adult prisoner population. The courts don’t seem to see it their way, including a $100 million judgment against the state for allowing prison staff to sexually assault and harass hundreds of female prisoners…

Inmates under 18 were forced to engage in sex acts with adult prisoners and staff, according to the lawsuit, with some abuse “open and obvious.” The Corrections Department disputes the allegations, and state attorneys have argued that employees shouldn’t be held liable.

But after more than a year of litigation, the inmates have some important victories.

Associated Press via The Seattle Post-Intelligencer:  Michigan fighting claims of sexual abuse by teens in prison

 

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Carly Fiorina, destroyer of corporations and Cali senate race loser, eyes the White House

She almost destroyed Hewlett Packard as CEO — it lost half its value and she was fired. She ran for US Senator from California and was trounced, losing 42% to Barbara Boxer’s 52% — and now — OF COURSE — she’s running for president.

Can the GOP get any nuttier at all?

Bloomberg Politics: 

Carly Fiorina Gets Into the Picture

Time Magazine:

Here’s Why Carly Fiorina Thinks She Can Best Criticize Hillary Clinton

NOT a witch… more like a Satanist

Christine O’Donnell was not a witch…

From her descriptions of her experiences, it’s clear to me that O’Donnell was not a witch. But I’m not at all sure she even knows what a witch is.

I’m not a Wiccan, but I’ve known some Wiccans and know more than a bit about the philosophies which guide Wiccan witchcraft: respect for nature and all life and a disavowal of using special knowledge for personal gain.

When O’Donnell talked about being on a “Satanic altar” where there were signs of blood, she would appear to be describing a very different — even diametrically opposed — form of practice.

Satanism, in the few of many, is not so much rooted in ancient practice but is, rather, a defiant perversion and twisting of Christian monotheism, upending Jesus’ teachings of charity and compassion — teachings in concordance with many of the principles of Wicca — and replacing them with an exaltation of selfishness and greed. “Greed is good,” Satanists will tell you.

Just like some other folks…

Just how nutty are Tea Party leaders?

How about nutty enough to claim — as Tea Party darling Christine O’Donnell did on Fox News in 2007 — that “American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains”?

That’s a real live quote from the real live GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate in Delaware, the most notable rising star in the Tea Party movement.

Obviously, these are people who cannot absorb and retain simple facts, cannot deal logically with basic arguments, and who subscribe to elaborate conspiracy theories that defy any sort of reasonable credulity, such as the notion, widely held among Tea Party types, that there is a nation-wide conspiracy reaching back to the early 1960s in order to promote the supposedly false idea that President Obama was born in Hawaii, and not in Kenya or Indonesia, as several competing conspiracy theories favored by Tea Party partisans suggest.