Tuesday, August 7, 2018

GEO Group, which gives money to Ron and Lauren Book, threatens to drag protesters to court

I've already established that Lauren Book doesn't care about children behind bars. Now it appears she cares just as little about children of immigrant families. Lauren Book continues to ramble on social media about her stupid vanity car tags and about Brock Turner, thousands of immigrants, including children, have been reporting sexual abuse in ICE detention centers run by GEO Group, one of the the Book Crime Family's biggest clients. 

I have yet to see Lauren the bimbo even acknowledge that GEO Group private prisons are grounds for rampant sexual abuse. 

In fact, I would not be surprised if the Book Crime Family suggested GEO Group sued their detractors, since the Books tried the same to one of those helping tun this blog. 


ICE's Biggest Private-Prison Contractor Threatens to Sue Florida Civil-Rights Activists
JERRY IANNELLI, TIM ELFRINK | AUGUST 6, 2018 | 8:00AM

Boca Raton's GEO Group is Immigration and Customs Enforcement's single biggest contractor, with more than $400 million worth of deals to run private prisons, including the Broward Transitional Center, a site housing "low-priority" detainees. As the Trump administration has ripped families apart and jailed immigrants with no criminal records, GEO has come under heavy fire for making huge profits from those policies.

Now, GEO has a new strategy to combat that criticism: threatening to sue the civil-rights activists mounting the protests.

On Friday, GEO sent a cease-and-desist letter to Dream Defenders, a Florida group that has organized statewide protests against GEO and, in July, convinced the Florida Democratic Party to stop taking any donations from private-prison companies like GEO. In the letter, GEO claims that Dream Defenders are using "false information" to incite violence against GEO facilities.

"It is clear that Dream Defenders published knowingly false statements regarding GEO in an attempt to incite others to engage in potentially violent and harmful behavior directed at GEO facilities," reads the letter sent from Philadelphia-based attorney Carolyn P. Short of the Holland & Knight firm.

In a scathing response, the group hit back this morning with a point-by-point dissection of the supposedly "false" claims it had made against GEO Group and offering evidence that each criticism — including allegations that GEO is "caging children" and jailing poor black, Latino, and white people — is, in fact, accurate.

"You had the audacity to allege that the Dream Defenders, a group of young people of color who are advocating for our basic human rights, are exhibiting 'threatening and violent behavior toward GEO,'" the group says in its response letter. "We are advocating the end to your harmful and violent carceral behavior, which countless news reports, lawsuits, and government investigations have already established."

Dream Defenders, which was founded in 2012, has regularly protested GEO Group's private prison work, including in a new video series launched in July called "Dream Killers." The series uses a child actor to talk about GEO's political influence. The Defenders are also planning nationwide GEO protests tomorrow.

In its cease-and-desist letter, GEO claims those protests amount to an "intentional campaign to not only defame GEO's business reputation, but incite disruption at GEO's facilities around the country." By encouraging national protests, Dream Defenders' "proposed actions go well beyond the parameters of protected free speech (by) encouraging threatening and violent behavior toward GEO and its employees."

What's more, Short claims in her letter, Dream Defenders have incited that blowback with "false statements." Specifically, GEO singles out claims that the for-profit prison company "separates families," that the company "cages" children, that GEO "puts Black, Latino, and poor White people into jail," and that the company exerts "improper influence over the United States political system."

GEO also claims that Dream Defenders published an "incorrect" list of politicians who have taken cash from the firm, including Florida's Rick Scott, Adam Putnam, and Lauren Book, plus New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Those donations, of course, are a matter of public record and have been well-documented in the press.)

In its response this morning, Dream Defenders tackle those allegedly false claims one by one.

The claim that GEO is "caging children"?

"You hold children behind bars, fences, and/or in locked facilities," Dream Defenders note. "GEO’s own website details facilities across the country used to detain children for federal and state governments. Your own promotional materials refer to 'standard GTI security equipment such as steel cages' in your transportation fleet. Just this week, conditions in your Karnes County, TX facility have forced hundreds of children and fathers into a strike to protest what they describe as 'being treated like animals.'"

What about the claim the company separates families?

"GEO’s CEO has highlighted the business opportunities that come with the Trump administration’s immigration policies in calls with analysts," Dream Defenders write. "GEO not only maintains the physical walls separating inmates and detained immigrants from their families, but has even profited off of the few moments of connection detainees have over the phone."

It's clear that GEO does incarcerate thousands of poor black, Latino, and white people, the group writes, adding that "just because GEO is not directly responsible for sentencing or deciding which families to incarcerate, detain or deport does not absolve the company of participating in a racist system of mass incarceration that has its roots in slavery and Jim Crow laws."

Dream Defenders also note that GEO has given millions to political action committees and writes that "'lawfully' influencing our politicians with donations is not the same as exercising it morally or properly." The group links to recent news stories that watchdogs are suing over GEO's donations to Trump's SuperPAC and another story that GEO recently moved its annual conference to Trump's golf resort in Doral.

GEO's cease-and-desist letter demands that the Dream Defenders delete their old social media posts and quit spreading "intentionally false and defamatory statements" about GEO.

Dream Defenders say there's no chance they'll do so.

"Threatening us with lawsuits won’t stop us from exposing the truth about what the GEO Group and other Dream Killers are doing to our communities," the group writes in its response letter. "Groups around the country are gearing up to stand against you this week. You’ll need more than flimsy legal maneuvers to stop us."

Monday, July 30, 2018

State Senator Lauren Book DOES NOT CARE about juvenile sexual assault behind bars, PASS IT ON

I've established in a previous article that Senator Lauren Book does not care about sexual assault when it involves troubled youth (see her connections to GEO Group, which has a terrible track record on sexual abuse at juvenile detention centers).

Thus, it is not surprising to see Lauren the bimbo mum on this latest disgusting episode of juveniles sexually assaulted behind bars. What has she focused on instead? A fringe candidate running for office in another state and Brock Turner. Oh, and squeezing more money out of poor Floridiots to make more money for her multimillion dollar victim scam.

There's not a single mention of this story on her social media accounts anywhere. And I know she reads the Herald, presumably for stories about her. I wonder if this detention center is connected in any way to Correct Care Solutions, which contributed to Lauren's latest senate run. What about the Surety Corp of America, which provides insurance to bail bondsmen?

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article215160910.html

After sexually assaulting boy, 15, youth ‘high-fived’ juvenile justice staffer, records say
BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER

cmarbin@miamiherald.com

July 19, 2018 07:37 PM

Updated July 20, 2018 03:09 PM

Youth worker Antoine Davis saw it all, authorities say, when four detainees sexually assaulted a peer with a shampoo bottle at a Panhandle mental health treatment center. What he did afterward helps explain why he, too, was charged with lewd and lascivious battery: He exchanged a celebratory “high five” with one of the attackers.

Details of the alleged sexual assault earlier this month at the Walton Academy for Growth and Change are contained in a batch of records released to the Miami Herald Thursday by state juvenile justice administrators, in addition to other records produced by Walton County detectives earlier. The reports say Davis appears to have set the assault in motion, encouraged the attackers, and later dismissed the incident as mere horseplay.

Much of the attack — though not all — was recorded on surveillance video, which administrators have declined to publicly release.

According to the records, Davis wasn’t done tormenting the victim of the sex assault, who at 15 was younger than all his attackers. Thirteen minutes after the abortive sexual assault concluded, the staffer slammed the boy onto a table in what has been termed a separate instance of excessive force.

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The July 5 incident at the mental health and substance abuse treatment center is the most recent case in which a Florida detention officer or youth worker was implicated in a scheme to recruit juvenile offenders to rough up other teens. In April, an officer at the Miami lockup was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of violating the civil rights of a 17-year-old, who was beaten to death by a mob after he mouthed off to the officer, Antwan Johnson.


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The Miami Herald reported in October that such practices had flourished throughout the state for perhaps a decade. The series, called Fight Club, detailed how detention center officers and youth workers offered honey buns, fast food hamburgers, Chinese takeout and even sneakers as rewards to enforcers willing to dispense discipline on behalf of workers who were afraid of getting their hands dirty. Department of Juvenile Justice administrators told the Herald they condemned the practice, but denied they were aware it was occurring — though agency records often documented it.

Davis, 27, was charged by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office on July 12 with lewd and lascivious battery, false imprisonment and battery. He remains at the Walton County Jail.

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Four juveniles from the Walton Academy for Growth and Change in Florida’s DeFuniak Springs were arrested and charged on July 6, 2018, with lewd and lascivious battery to a victim 12 to 16 years old and false imprisonment. An employee at the facility, Antoine Davis, was arrested on July 12, charged in the assault. Pictured, from left: Berkley Bell, 17; Brian Burton, 17; DeQuan Myers, 17; and Walter Harvey, 16.
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Administrators at DJJ, which contracts with a private company, Rite of Passage, to operate the DeFuniak Springs treatment center, declined to discuss the incident, saying it is under investigation by the agency’s Inspector General. The agency issued a brief statement.


DJJ’s “top priority is the safety and well-being of the youth in our care,” Secretary Christina K. Daly said. “DJJ has zero tolerance for sexual assault or abuse, and the actions taken by this former contracted staff person are reprehensible and will not be tolerated by any staff person entrusted with caring for the youth in our programs.”

Daly said IG investigators are looking into the reported sexual assault, as well as “any contributing factors related to the incident.”

When agency investigators arrived at the Walton Academy to look into the attack, they learned that the unit where the youth was assaulted had been understaffed at the time. Davis, records show, was overseeing 10 detainees in what is called the “Wildcat/Bulldog” dayroom. He should not have been responsible for more than eight youths.

Davis had been hired by the Walton Academy on May 24, a DJJ spokeswoman said, and his agency record includes only the July 5 incident. State law enforcement records show Davis had been arrested in October 2011 by the Crestview Police Department on charges of selling cocaine. The charges later were dropped, and therefore would not have automatically disqualified him from working with juvenile offenders.

Davis was fired after the July incident was reported.

Records released to the Herald by DJJ Thursday shed little light on what may have precipitated the attempted sexual assault at about 12:20 p.m. on July 5. Police reports also offer no clues.

Davis’ arrest report by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office said the assault began when Davis unlocked a cell door and then walked away, leaving the room open and unsupervised, in violation of policy. Video shows Davis walking over to a separate hallway to use a restroom.

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July 13, 2018
The 15-year-old was sitting on a couch in a common area watching television, the police report said, when two youths picked him up and “forcefully” carried him into the empty cell. There, all four assailants — three 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old —“forced the victim onto a bed, face down, and proceeded to try to penetrate” the youth with a travel-size bottle of Pert shampoo.

“Mr. Davis can be seen standing in the doorway of the cells watching as the incident unfolds,” the police report said. “Mr. Davis stands in the doorway for roughly one-to-two minutes talking with other juveniles and even appears to be laughing while the victim is being assaulted inside the cell.” The 15-year-old freed himself from the four assailants, and was seen on video pulling his pants up as he walked out of the cell.

A witness who came forward later told police he heard Davis tell the attackers to “stick something up his a--,” as the 15-year-old was pinned to a bed.

The victim became upset after the assault, police said, and began throwing things around the program’s common area. Davis sat down at a card table and began writing a report on the teen for misbehavior. The teen then snatched the discipline report from Davis, who then was captured on video shoving the teen onto a nearby table. Video showed one of the alleged attackers “shaking [Davis’] hand as if approving of the incident.”

DJJ’s incident report said Davis “used an improper technique to place youth [on] a table top.” The report doesn’t specify in what way the takedown was improper, though DJJ described it as a case of “excessive force.”

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Andrew Ostrovsky went for a drive in his father's car without permission. A detention officer at the Broward lockup beat him up and broke his nose. The kid was locked up. The grown-up went home.

Davis told police he did not witness any sexual assault and that the four attackers “were just horse playing.” When confronted with surveillance video, Davis said he “could not recall why he was laughing while the victim was in the cell with the co-defendants,” the police report said.

Four juveniles and one employee have been arrested following a sexual assault at a contracted Department of Juvenile Justice Facility in Walton County.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Deja Vu: Lauren Book is spending (and receiving) big bucks on her uncontested swamp land district

I've covered this subject before, but Lauren Book

You can look at Lauren Book's campaign contributors at: http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/candidates/CanDetail.asp?account=69300

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/265993-book-may-800000

Lauren Book spends big in May, with nearly $800K still on-hand

RYAN NICOL
2 days ago
Incumbent state Sen. Lauren Book had another month of big spending. After shelling out more than $40,000 in April, she followed it up by topping more than $50,000 in May spending.

Book’s impressive fundraising totals made those expenditures possible. She still sits on nearly $800,000 between her campaign and committee accounts.

Most of May’s spending went toward campaign petition mailers. About $40,000 went toward those mailers, with most of the remaining expenditures going to state and local Democratic Party groups.

Still, Book was able to offset those costs, bringing in nearly $75,000 to her committee, Leadership for Florida. Book’s campaign account also raised about $18,000.

The first-term senator is running unopposed in the race for Senate District 32. That would be a repeat of her previous election, as she went unchallenged in 2016 as well.

With Book bringing in big money, it’s not clear anyone will step up to the plate to contest her re-election. Book is also serving on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, established following the shooting that killed 17 people back in February.

SD 32 covers portions of Broward County including Weston, Davie, and Cooper City.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Camel's Nose: Now that Miami-Dade excluded registrants from the Pottinger Agreement, now they're trying to eliminate the Pottinger Agreement altogether

Miami-Dade has been trying to undo the Pottinger Agreement for years after it was made. They used Predator Panic to achieve that goal. It was the old adage about the camel's nose in the tent. Now that the rights of some of Miami-Dade's homeless have been excluded from the Pottinger Agreement, the assault on the Pottinger Agreement itself can commence.

THIS is why everyone should fight for the rights of all Americans, even those unpopular ones.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article212189034.html

A decree bars police from harassing homeless people. Miami has moved to terminate it.
BY JOEY FLECHAS

jflechas@miamiherald.com

May 30, 2018 02:27 PM

Miami has asked a federal judge to terminate a 20-year-old legal agreement that protects the city's homeless from undue police harassment — a change that would allow the police to arrest the homeless for loitering.


The city on Wednesday filed a motion in U.S. District Court to terminate the Pottinger agreement, a 1998 consent decree that prevents police from arresting homeless people for "life-sustaining" activities such as sleeping on the sidewalk, starting a cooking fire or urinating in public. The agreement stems from a landmark lawsuit brought against the city in the early 1990s by 5,000 homeless people and the American Civil Liberties Union to stop the police practice of arresting the homeless for loitering, saying it was unconstitutional.

For two decades, the Pottinger agreement — named for one of the plaintiffs, Michael Pottinger — has governed how police can interact with the homeless. In April, city commissioners unanimously passed a resolution instructing the city attorney to takes steps toward ending or amending the agreement. That resolution was sponsored by Mayor Francis Suarez and commissioners Joe Carollo and Manolo Reyes.

Wednesday's motion solidifies the city's stance that the agreement's additional protections for the homeless are no longer needed in Miami because the city can humanely steer people on the street toward an expanded range of services that were not available in 1998.

“The circumstances have changed, and today Pottinger restricts the city from acting in the best interest of homeless persons and residents in general,” said City Manager Emilio González, in a statement. “Without the constraints of Pottinger we can better provide services for the homeless with dignity and compassion.”

The ACLU and advocates for the homeless disagree, pointing to a recent rash of incidents when they say the police violated the agreement and harassed the homeless.

"It's simply not true that the city's treatment of the homeless bears no resemblance to the way the police treated the homeless in the years leading up to the lawsuit," said Benjamin Waxman, the volunteer ACLU attorney handling the case.

Waxman cited the city's biweekly "cleanups" conducted by its Homeless Assistance Program, the team of city employees who are supposed to work with people living on the streets. Homeless people have claimed harassment, telling the Miami New Times that city workers have tried to kick them out of certain areas and destroy their property — violations of the Pottinger agreement.

In one case, a woman arrested for obstructing the sidewalk later died in custody, which activists say was because she did not receive proper medical attention while under arrest.

"They’re simply making a crime of the fact that people do not have houses,” said David Peery, an advocate who is another plaintiff in the federal settlement.

Peery recently told the Miami Herald he believes that if the woman, Tabitha Bass, had been taken to a shelter and offered services, she would have received the medical attention she needed. Footage from the body camera worn by the officer who made the arrest, Carla Gonzalez, shows the officer did not give Bass a warning or offer her shelter before arresting her. This was a violation of the Pottinger agreement, Peery said, that he feels contributed to her ill health.

"I think everyone can agree this does not help someone who is fragile from a medical condition," he said.

On the other side of the debate, downtown residents have urged the city to ask the court to end Pottinger. Some have complained that the public defecation presents a public health issue and say police should not be hampered by additional rules when interacting with the homeless. Several told commissioners they believe the homeless who remain on the street are largely there because they want to be there.

In a prepared statement, the city argued that the decree hurts the city's ability to assist people living on the street.

"The Pottinger consent decree restricts the city from taking actions in situations such as the observation of a homeless person obstructing a sidewalk, or a homeless person urinating or defecating in public," reads the statement. "It also restricts the city from offering shelter beds that are available outside of the city of Miami. No other South Florida municipality faces such restrictions."

In the motion, Miami's city attorneys emphasize the demographic changes in downtown, suggesting that the arrival of new businesses, increase in tourist traffic and growth in residential and hotel developments are reasons the consent decree should be terminated.

The city attorneys also bring up the Sept. 11 attacks and the Boston Marathon bombing, arguing that the homeless protections could threaten public safety.

"Because of the Pottinger consent decree, however, the city police department's ability to carry out security-related investigations of what may or may not be homeless property is extremely limited, endangering the public at large," reads the motion.

If the judge doesn't agree to strike down the consent decree, the city is asking for some key changes. The proposed amendments would allow the city to take homeless who accept shelter to any available bed in Miami-Dade County — currently, Miami police are restricted to taking people only to shelters within city limits. Another proposed change would allow the city to classify some homeless people as "chronically homeless" and exempt them from Pottinger's protections.

"By remaining on the streets, there is a greater likelihood that chronically homeless individuals (particularly those who suffer from serious mental illness, substance abuse, or both) may engage in aggressive panhandling, theft or violent crimes," Miami attorneys wrote.

Peery said the issues of mental illness and drug addiction are concerns that are best addressed under the decree's rules, because the decree should force police to steer homeless individuals to health programs where they can get the help they need.

After the city filed its motion Wednesday, Waxman said he would file a motion to enforce the decree. The competing motions will force a federal judge to hear both sides before ruling on the matter, likely within a few weeks.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

This list, while incomplete, shows just how much Ron Book collects from FL government agencies

The Miami Herald recently reported that the state had attempted to make contracts between lobbyists and state officials public, but there has been little enforcement of this law. Still, this is helpful to understand the reach of this corrupt lobbyist, as he has his hands in a lot of pockets.


https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/LD/PublicEntityContractDisclosure.aspx

Bal Harbour Village Ronald L. Book $60,000 per year
Brevard County Ronald L. Book $5,000 per month
Broward County Ronald L. Book $53,000
City of Aventura Ronald L. Book $52,500 per year
City of Cooper City Ronald L. Book $48,000 per year
City of Dania Beach Ronald L. Book $50,000 per year
City of Doral Ronald L. Book not to exceed $90,000 per year
City of Fort Lauderdale Ronald L. Book $97,500
City of Hallandale Beach Ronald L. Book $52,500
City of Marathon Ronald L. Book $60,000 per year
City of Marco Island Ronald L. Book not exceeding $60,000 per year
City of Miramar Ronald L. Book $60,000 per year
City of North Miami Ronald L. Book $6,666 per month
City of North Miami Beach Ronald L. Book $60,000 per year
City of Palm Bay Ronald L. Book $60,000 per year
City of Pinellas Park Ronald L. Book $62,000 per year
City of Sunny Isles Beach Ronald L. Book $65,000 per year
City of Sunrise Ronald L. Book $4,166.67 per month
City of Tallahassee Ronald L. Book $90,000 per year
City of Tamarac Ronald L. Book not exceeding $59,400
Miami-Dade County Ronald L. Book $120,000 per year
Miami-Dade County School Board Ronald L. Book not exceeding $240,000 for 36 months
North Broward Hospital District Ronald L. Book $50,000 per year
Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County Ronald L. Book not to exceed $190,000
South Broward Hospital District Ronald L. Book $8,333.33 per month
Town of Davie Ronald L. Book not exceeding $28,000 per year
Village of Palmetto Bay Ronald L. Book $4,000 per month
Village of Royal Palm Beach Ronald L. Book $50,000 per year

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Bookville Countywide tour continues

Apparently, the "solution" to the homeless registrant crisis is to force them to move constantly.

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/content/printView/10376656

Police Now Shuffling Tent City Sex Offenders Around Miami-Dade
JESSICA LIPSCOMB | MAY 24, 2018 | 9:00AM

In 2009, California artist Scott Gairdner made the "Sex Offender Shuffle," a viral video parodying Miami-Dade's treatment of sex offenders. With a catchy beat and '80s-style cinematography, the four-minute spoof of the 1985 Chicago Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle" mocked the way sex offenders are shuffled from one location to another under the guise of public safety.

Nine years later, the sex offender shuffle is playing out in real life in Miami-Dade. After being forced to leave a longtime encampment near Hialeah, a group of homeless sex offenders was kicked out of its new location near the airport over the weekend.

"There's no solution," says Frank Diaz, a pastor who ministers to the affected offenders. "They're just sweeping them from one place to another."

The evictions date back to March, when the county gave notice to about 100 homeless sex offenders living at an encampment alongside railroad tracks near Hialeah that they had until May 6 to vacate the area. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Legal Services of Greater Miami filed a lawsuit challenging the county's overnight camping ordinances but lost their first court hearing. The residents of "Tent City" were forced to leave in early May.

After the hearing, the offenders' lawyer, Jeffrey Hearne, accurately predicted the decision would simply create new encampments of homeless sex offenders.

"They'll most likely be relocating to another street corner," Hearne told the Miami Herald .

So in mid-May, a group of former Tent City residents moved to a location off NW 37th Avenue just northeast of Miami International Airport. But last weekend, Diaz says, police stationed themselves in the area and informed the offenders they couldn't stay there either.

"When I ask [the offenders] where they're going, they say, 'We don't know,'" Diaz tells New Times. "They've been split up as the Tent City that we saw, and now there's like four different locations where they're residing."

Many critics, including the ACLU, say the county's restrictive residency requirements are to blame. The Lauren Book Child Safety Ordinance — championed by Florida Sen. Lauren Book's father: Homeless Trust chair and mega-lobbyist Ron Book — prevents child sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of places where children congregate, such as schools and parks. (The rule is far more restrictive than the more standard statewide law requiring them to live 1,000 feet away.)

In a contentious interview earlier this month with CBS's Jim DeFede, Ron Book shifted the blame to the offenders by arguing they "shouldn't be homeless."

He told DeFede: "They need to work to find places to live."

Book later added he'd "be happy to encourage" life imprisonment for child sex offenders as an alternative to the current housing debacle.

Until a long-term solution is found, Tent City residents will continue to do the sex offender shuffle.

"They're in that limbo, and they keep being brushed away," Diaz says. "I'm not condoning their crimes, but we're humans. We've got to have a little bit of compassion. Let's find a place and put them in housing so they can have some kind of hope to return to society."

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lauren Book's paranoia about a silly kid's movie once again proves she is just too unstable to be a state senator

Lauren Book has been reduced to reading silly conspiracy theories online. Next, she'll be claiming PizzaGate is a real thing.

http://orlando-rising.com/lauren-book-controversial-show-dogs-sends-disturbing-message-kids-skip-box-office

Lauren Book: Controversial ‘Show Dogs’ sends disturbing message to kids — skip this at the box office
 Guest Author  05/22/2018  Latest Opinion, Opinions

Recent controversy surrounding the soon-to-be-released movie “Show Dogs” makes it clear that sexualized content — made worse under the guise of humor — has no place in children’s movies.

I am extremely alarmed by reports that a character in the movie was instructed to essentially tolerate having their private parts touched, sending a disturbing message to young moviegoers.

Bloggers who attended an advance screening rightly called out Hollywood for the inappropriate content in a movie targeting children. [Editor's note: Read-- Paranoid soccer moms who listen to braindead idiots like Lauren Book]

Show Dogs is about a police dog who goes undercover in a dog show to find a missing panda. Variety describes it as “’Miss Congeniality’ for dogs,” where the hero prepares to compete in a dog show by learning how to prance, show, and even stay completely still while his private parts are being inspected and touched — something he is alarmed about and does not wish to do.

The trainer explains this a natural part of showing dogs (and it is) and to go against his instincts by finding a “Zen place” as a distraction from the groping.

This has no place in a movie for children and parents should avoid taking their child to see it unless the scene is removed before its Friday release.

As parents, we know the influence media has on children. Our kids pick up behaviors and understandings from movies, YouTube videos and TV shows. Their minds constantly absorb the content with little to no understanding of the context. [Editor's note: This same principle applies to adults who blindly listen to people like Lauren Book and her ilk.]

In this case, it’s OK if someone touches your private parts because it’s part of the “show” and it’s just silly fun.

But it’s actually called grooming and is a frequent tactic used by predators to keep victims quiet, questioning their fear.

Child sexual abuse is a trauma experienced by an estimated 42 million people in the U.S. and the number grows daily. [Editor's Note: These estimates came from feminist sources from the late 1970s and are of questionable integrity]

One in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18, and 90 percent of these cases will be committed by a person the child — and their parents — know, love and trust.

Bravo to these self-described mama bear bloggers for sounding the alarm. From one mama to another, thank you.

I myself have not seen Show Dogs, but have read multiple reviews that clearly state this content in the movie.

Show Dogs releases Friday — don’t go.

If you were thinking about it, wait for additional information after opening weekend and make an educated decision about what is best for your children and family to help them stay safe. And if you do choose to take your children, use the opportunity to have a real and important conversation about listening to your guiding voice and speaking up when a touch or situation doesn’t feel right.

Reinforce that it’s ALWAYS OK to tell and seek help from a trusted adult.

Your kids have a voice — teach them to use it.

I know the Book Crime Family reads this blog religiously, so I'll just leave this here (Trigger warning, if you're a pansy, don't click the link. Pansy.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTb_MWZGHMk

Monday, May 21, 2018

Ron and Lauren Book: Unplugged and Unhinged

Ron and Lauren Book: Unplugged and Unhinged

A collection of clips about Ron and Lauren Book from various sources, put together, exposes Ron and Lauren Book as vindictive monsters abusing the law to cause harm to registered citizens in Miami.

Check out this video from LiveLeak:

https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=uDwrL_1526695160




Sunday, May 20, 2018

We figured Bovo the Clown had bigger political aspirations when he took Pepe Diaz's prime ass kissing spot


Wow what a shock, Esteban Bovo is trying to climb the political ladder. Looks like Pepe Le Pew Diaz needs to step up his game.

http://www.politicalcortadito.com/2018/05/02/double-agent-lobbyist-ron-book-gets-county-reprieve-mayoral-wannabe/

‘Double agent’ lobbyist Ron Book gets county reprieve from mayoral wannabe
By Ladra on May 2, 2018

Lobbyist Ron Book, who secretly worked against the Miami-Dade Commission during the last session in Tallahassee — even though we pay him to work for us — by sneaking puppy mill language into not one but two failed legislative bills, could have lost his juicy contract Tuesday to lobby for the county in Tallahassee because he didn’t request a waiver as required. See? Lobbyists are allowed to work against taxpayers on an issue, as long as they get a waiver from the county first.

Even if that did make any sense at all, it seems like Book would rather pedir perdon que pedir permiso. He did not seek a waiver when he worked for the Petland chain of stores this past session and against any municipality’s ability to regulate the sale of puppies from puppy mill breeders that put profits before the animals’ welfare and needs. Aventura, Margate and Hollywood all have local ordinances banning puppy mill sales that would immediately be null and void. Miami-Dade doesn’t have one — yet, because Ladra was told that one of the commissioners is writing an ordinance as you read this.

Read related: Animal activists beat Ron Book, squash 2 puppy mill bills in Tallahassee

A rule is a rule. And other lobbyists have been let go because of conflicting interests, most recently Ballard Partners because of their representation of Uber in Tallahassee while the ride sharing company was still hammering out regulation details in the 305. Several speakers urged the commission to deny Book a waiver after the fact.

“Mr. Book has acted as some sort of double agent getting money from both sides of an issue. Usually double agents work in secret with opposing sides,” said Michael Rosenberg, co-founder of the Pets’ Trust Miami, an initiative that passed a non-binding referendum in 2012 to fund a massive low-cost spay and neuter operation throughout the county.

“Mr. Book found a willing legislator to insert a few sentences hidden in a bill of over a hundred pages, whereby tangible property sold in stores would be beyond the control of the county. The tangible property was really describing dogs and cats because the client Mr. Book represents was also paying him to make sure Dade County commissioners and commissioners across the state could not restrict animal sales in retail stores in their communities,” Rosenberg said, adding that Book should not only NOT be given a waiver but should also have to make up for his lapse in judgement by working on pro-puppy legislation.

Truth is, the mercenary, er, I mean lobbyist clearly crossed the conflict of interests line.

But Book was given an 11th hour reprieve Tuesday when the item was deferred at the request of Commission Chairman Esteban Bovo, who said he wanted Book to be present to defend himself before any action was taken. There’s no hurry, he said, because Book — who skipped the meeting to be with another client even though he knew he was on the agenda — can’t stab them in the back again until next year, at the earliest.

Maybe the other client Book was meeting with was Petland, you know, to plan their 2019 strategy.

But the real reason that Bovo gave him a reprieve is because the chairman is running for mayor in 2020 and Book is known as a prolific fundraiser who was able to get his own daughter elected to Senate. Surely, Bovo will hold this out as long as he can so that he can squeeze Book for as much mayoral matrix moolah as he can.

Lucky for us, we have Commissioner Rebeca Sosa holding Book’s feet to the fire. She said she wants him back before the commission sooner rather than later to resolve this. Hopefully, she will put it on the agenda for the very next meeting.

“They were already working in Tallahassee this year without asking this commission for a waiver. I have a big problem with that,” Sosa said. “Either they work for the county, or they work for someone else.

“They are not here today. Why? When they knew this was on the agenda?”

Because Book is used to getting his way, even when he is not in chambers. Because there’s always someone who wants to be mayor.

  Esteban Bovo, Pet’s Trust, Ron Book

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ron Book won't be allowed to kick puppies in Miasma-Dade but he'll still be allowed to kick humans around

This hasn't been a good week for Ronnie. Not only did he get embarrassed on TV, he was unanimously shut down by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. If there was ever any more needed proof Miasma-Dade's registrants are treated worse than animals, this is it.

http://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article211179839.html

Lobbyist Ron Book tends to get his way in Miami-Dade, but this time it's a No.
BY DOUGLAS HANKS
May 15, 2018 11:58 PM

dhanks@miamiherald.com

Miami-Dade commissioners unanimously rejected county lobbyist Ron Book's request for a waiver to represent pet stores that had pushed state lawmakers to block local regulations of puppy sales.

The 12 to 0 vote represented a rare rejection for Book before the commission, which has consistently waived term-limit and residency requirements to allow the powerful lobbyist to remain the volunteer head of the county's homeless board. Book represents dozens of local governments in Tallahassee, including Miami-Dade, as well as private-sector clients.

Near the end of the 2018 legislative session, he requested a waiver for him and two lobbyists to represent a group tied to the Petland pet-store chain while also being paid by Miami-Dade County. The waiver came as Petland sought state legislation that would have blocked local governments like Miami-Dade from regulating puppy sales, pursuing the kind of preemption of county lawmaking that Miami-Dade commissioners routinely fume about when discussing Tallahassee.

"I'm not going to cede any power to the state," Commissioner Dennis Moss said Tuesday before voting to follow the recommendation of the county's Ethics Commission and reject Book's wavier request.

The commission was set to vote on the waiver at its last meeting, but Chairman Esteban "Steve" Bovo postponed the decision because Book wasn't there to defend himself in person. Book also did not attend Tuesday's meeting. The commission voted to deny the waiver for him and two county lobbyists Book hired for the pet-store matter, Nelson Diaz and Sean Pittman.

"We love our animals and we set our rules," said Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, who sponsored the item denying the waiver. In a text message, Book said he can still represent the pet-store industry in Tallahassee, as long as he doesn't advocate for any legislation that would preempt local laws. Book, based in Aventura, earned $120,000 last year on his county lobbying contract.

Activists for local laws banning most sales of puppies and kittens seized on Book's representation of Florida Pet Retailers as a slap in the face to Miami-Dade's efforts to boost adoption of shelter animals.

"I hope the county's unanimous vote will be the standard for all local governments who hire state lobbyists like Mr. Book," said Michele Lazarow, the vice mayor of Hallandale Beach and president of the Animal Defense Coalition, which lobbied against the state bill and helped pass local puppy-sale bans across Florida. "Lobbyists shouldn't be able to profit from both sides."