Wednesday, February 04, 2015
More of Britain's delightful multiculturalists
And as Muslims they didn't even have the excuse of drunkenness
A group of men who threw 40 kicks and punches at an American student during an 'unprovoked' attack which left him with post-traumatic stress disorder have been jailed for more than 15 years.
U.S. student Francesco Hounye, 23, had only been in Britain for three days when he was left permanently scarred after being attacked by the gang as he walked home following a night out in Shadwell, east London.
Mr Hounye suffered a fractured eye socket and was left needing 23 stitches after being kicked repeatedly in the head by the five men, who also grabbed a bottle of Jagermeister liquor from his hand and smashed it over his head.
According to police, Mr Hounye was assaulted simply because he was 'obviously not local'.
The court heard how the gang landed up to 40 kicks and punches in just 30 seconds during the brutal attack on Mr Hounye on June 17, 2013.
CCTV footage showed Mr Hounye being kicked mercilessly as he lay crouched in the road.
He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the incident and dropped out of college where he had been training to be a commercial pilot, the court heard.
He has since been left too terrified to go out in London and plans to return to his hometown in Florida, U.S.
In a victim impact statement, Mr Hounye said: 'Prior to this incident I was a confident, 'happy-go-lucky guy'. Never did I think that something like this would happen to me.
'As a direct result of this incident, I am now scared to go out on my own, particularly at night, and have become a much quieter and withdrawn person.
'I remain a visitor to the UK, but this incident has made me reassess my future plans.
'I was intending to remain in the UK and attend interviews as a personal trainer to fund my studies; however I could not attend job interviews when my face looked like it did.
'I felt very emotional about the whole situation at the time, and I am continuing to attend regular counselling sessions with a psycho-therapist, which began in January 2014.
'I have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and now take regular medication to help me sleep. .'
The gang included a man who had dreams of enrolling at medical school and a youngster who played an 'instrumental' role in preventing further disruption during the London riots, the court heard.
Sentencing the five men, Judge Alistair Hammerton, said: 'Mr Hounye has suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.
'He has been left with permanent scarring, and the attack had adverse effects on his college studies.
'He was pursued by all five defendants, and they submitted him to an attack that included kicks, knee strikes, and punches.
'The prosecution submitted there were at least 40 punches or kicks given during this short attack.'
He added: 'Shaleem Uddin was one of the principal protagonists in this attack on Mr Hounye and that is clear from the CCTV.'
Judge Hammerton also told the defendants that he was 'quite satisfied' that the victim 'did not provoke this attack in anyway.'
'The aggravating features are that this was a group attack and the offence was committed at night.'
Ringleaders Shaleem Uddin and Samad Uddin, both of Whitechapel, east London, were jailed for six years and five-and-a-half years respectively for causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Samad Uddin is already currently serving a 32-month sentence for possession with intent to supply and money laundering, which he was jailed for in January. The judge told him the GBH sentence would run concurrently.
Kamrul Hussain, also of Whitechapel, was jailed for 27 months while Shahdat Hussain, of Canning Town, east London, was given 22 months. Both were jailed for grievous bodily harm but are likely to be released in due course after serving the terms while on remand.
Masoom Rahman, who threw three punches at Mr Hounye, escaped with an 18-month sentence suspended for two years. The 22-year-old, also of Whitechapel, was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work, pay £1,000 compensation, and an additional £800 in costs.
Describing the incident, prosecution barrister Paul Casey, previously told the court: 'At just after midnight on June 17, 2013 Mr Hounye was walking home from the Whitechapel area along North Road toward Commercial Road after a night out.
'They passed a group of men which Mr Hounye described them - by their behaviour and body language - as threatening and aggressive.
'They continued on their way and they were followed by a group of five males and they were surrounded by the group.
'Mr Hounye was grabbed by the shoulder. Four of the men surrounded him and Shaleem Uddin tried to wrestle the bottle out of his hand.
'He was punched in the face and Shaleem Uddin used a bottle to strike Mr Hounye over the head, causing him severe cuts to the side of his head.'
The court also heard how Mr Hounye tried to cross to the other side of the road to get away from the gang, but was followed before they set on him - punching him and kicking him to the floor. Samad Uddin then kicked Mr Hounye in the head while he was on the ground.
'The Crown says this was an unprovoked attack and to say anything else would be speculation.'
Stitch-up hospital report riddled with 200 errors: NHS watchdog behaved like used car dealer run by lynch mob, says MP
An inspection report which failed the first privately-run NHS hospital made at least 200 errors, the watchdog has admitted.
The Care Quality Commission last month declared Hinchingbrooke, Cambridgeshire, was inadequate, with the lowest ever patient care score. That same day, Circle, the private firm running the exemplary hospital, pulled out of its contract.
But there are growing suspicions the inspection was a stitch-up, heavily influenced by Labour figures and other individuals who oppose privatisation.
They include an inspector who was a member of Keep Our NHS Public and another who had warned of the dangers of private firms’ involvement in the NHS.
Yesterday, CQC chief David Behan admitted to the Public Accounts Committee that the report contained about 200 inaccuracies, from false allegations against staff, and mistakes in data about care, to basic but sloppy typing errors.
Committee member Stewart Jackson, Tory MP for Peterborough, described the CQC as a ‘lynch mob’. He asked Mr Behan: ‘What is it, a used car salesmanship? It is supposed to be a proper regulatory body. This is why one of your own staff admitted it was a lynch mob … you should be ashamed of yourself.’
He added: ‘Are you fit for purpose for judging an organisation which in May 2014 was winning awards … whereas within four or five months your report, based on anecdotes, some might say tittle-tattle, rates it as inadequate and one of the worst inspections the CQC has ever undertaken?’
The MPs were told some of the report’s most serious allegations were in fact misunderstandings by the watchdog.
In one instance, an inspector claimed to have heard an A&E doctor shouting abusively at a patient. It later transpired the doctor was speaking loudly to the man because he was profoundly deaf.
A student nurse criticised by the CQC for telling a patient ‘you know what happens when you misbehave’, was found to have been sharing a joke with him to make him feel more comfortable so he would eat.
Senior Circle managers told MPs they had found 300 inaccuracies in the report. The CQC has since admitted to about two thirds of these but has refused to change the ‘inadequate’ rating.
Hisham Abdel-Rahman, chief executive of Hinchingbrooke, said he had asked the CQC to provide written notes to back up its allegations but it has so far failed to do so.
The hospital will now be put back in the hands of the NHS. But it is deemed unprofitable and there are fears it will be closed or taken over by a larger hospital.
It has also emerged a senior NHS manager who oversaw the flawed contract for Circle’s takeover walked away with a £400,000 pay-off. Sir Neil McKay was chief of the Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority when the deal was signed in 2011.
But in 2012 when the authority was abolished he received £465,000 in redundancy pay with a pension pot valued at £2million. MPs heard he is still being paid by the NHS as he has set up a consultancy advising organisations in the Midlands.
Following Circle’s takeover in February 2012, Hinchingbrooke’s A&E waiting times and those for cancer patients were among the lowest in the NHS. Patient satisfaction scores went up and in May last year it was rated the top hospital in the country by healthcare data monitors CHKS.
But an investigation by this newspaper last month revealed the deal may have been doomed from the start as members of the local NHS body opposed privatisation. The Clinical Commissioning Group slashed the hospital’s finances and imposed arbitrary fines. Two members are Labour activists, including chairman Maureen Donnelly, formerly a senior TUC member.
There are concerns the report was heavily influenced by the opinions of anti-privatisation inspectors – including Dr Jonathan Fielden, previously a senior member of doctors’ union the British Medical Association, who had warned of the dangers of privatisation.
Another inspector, Dr Nigel Sturrock, had been a signed-up supporter of Keep Our NHS Public since its launch in 2005.
The CQC has since said it will force inspectors to disclose links to organisations which may distort their opinions.
Disneyland, measles and madness: the latest vaccine lunacy
A few years back, an acerbic friend of mine told me that she itched to write a satirical novel with the following narrative:
A group of wealthy, educated people who deliberately didn't vaccinate their children subsequently take them on a "poor-ism" trip to a developing country. The goal is to make them wiser and more sensitive to suffering in the world. While being sensitised, the kids catch diseases that they could have been inoculated against. Some of them die.
As a plot, it lacks subtlety (and compassion). But as a parable, it's crystal clear. You can be so privileged that you're underprivileged, so blessed with choices that you choose to be a fool, so "informed" that you're misinformed.
Which brings us to Disneyland, measles and the astonishing fact that a scourge once essentially eliminated in this country is back.
You've probably heard or read about the recent outbreak traced to the theme park. But there's a chance that you're unaware, because it hasn't received nearly the coverage that, say, Ebola did, even though some of the dynamics at work here are scarier.
It started in mid-December and is now believed to be responsible for more than 100 cases in seven states and Mexico; more ttan half of those are in California, which of course is where the park is - in Orange County, to be more specific.
As it happens, there are affluent pockets of that county where the fraction of schoolchildren whose parents have cited a "personal belief" to exempt them from vaccinations is higher than the statewide average of 2.5 per cent. That's also true of some affluent pockets of the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas.
It used to be that unvaccinated children in America were clustered in impoverished neighbourhoods; now they're often clustered among sophisticates in gilded postcodes where a certain strain of health faddishness reigns. According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter last year, the parents of 57 per cent of the children at a Beverly Hills preschool and of 68 per cent at one in Santa Monica had filed personal-belief exemptions from having their kids vaccinated.
Why? Many of them buy into a discredited theory that there's a link between the MMR (mumps-measles-rubella) vaccine and autism. They're encouraged by a cadre of brash alarmists who have gained attention by pushing that thinking.
Other parents have separate or additional worries about vaccines, which can indeed have side effects. But they're weighing that downside against what they deem to be a virtually nonexistent risk of exposure to the diseases in question. And that degree of risk depends entirely on a vast majority of children getting vaccines. If too many forgo them, we surrender what's known as "herd immunity" and the risk rises. That's precisely what health officials see happening now.
In 2004, there were just 37 reported cases of measles in the United States. In 2014, there were 644. And while none of those patients died, measles can kill. Before vaccines for it became widespread in 1963, millions of Americans were infected annually, and 400 to 500 died each year.
"I don't think its fatality rate has decreased," said Daniel Salmon, a vaccine expert at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "We just haven't had enough cases for someone to die."
An estimated 90 per cent of unvaccinated people who are exposed to the measles virus become infected, and they themselves can be infectious four days before they develop a telltale rash.
But what's in play is more than one affliction's resurgence. The size and sway of the anti-vaccine movement reflect a chilling disregard for science - or at least a pick-and-choose approach to it - that's also evident, for example, in many Americans' refusal to recognise climate change. We're a curious species, and sometimes a sad one, chasing knowledge only to deny it, making progress only to turn away from its benefits.
The movement underscores the robust market for pure conjecture - not just about vaccines, but about all sorts of ostensible threats and putative remedies - and the number of merchants willing to traffic in it. Look at Dr Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon now drawing millions of viewers daily as a television host peddling weight-loss tricks. The British Medical Journal recently analyzed dozens of his shows and determined that more than half of the suggestions he doled out didn't have sound scientific backing.
The Internet makes it easier for people to do their own "research" and can lead them to trustworthy and untrustworthy sites in equal measure.
"It can be difficult to know what to believe," said Kristen Feemster, a infectious diseases specialist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "So many people can be an expert, because there are platforms for so many voices."
Salmon noted that the sheer variety and saturation of media today amplify crackpot hypotheses to a point where they seem misleadingly worthy of consideration.
"People say things enough times, there must be some truth to it," he said. "Look at the proportion of people who question where our president was born, or his religion."
And we in the traditional media don't always help, covering the news in an on-one-hand, on-the-other-hand fashion that sometimes gives nearly equal time to people citing facts and people weaving fiction.
I'm not entirely baffled by the fear of vaccines, which arises in part from a mistrust of drug companies and a medical establishment that have made past mistakes.
But this subject has been studied and studied and studied, and it's abundantly clear that we're best served by vaccinating all of those children who can be, so that the ones who can't be - for medical reasons such as a compromised immune system - are protected.
Right now, Salmon said, only two states, Mississippi and West Virginia, limit vaccine exemptions to such children. If the anti-vaccination crowd grows, other states may have to move in that direction.
There's a balance to be struck between personal freedom and public safety, and I'm not at all sure that our current one is correct.
We rightly govern what people can and can't do with guns, seat belts, drugs and so much more, all in the interest not just of their welfare but of everybody's. Are we being dangerously remiss when it comes to making them wear the necessary armour against illnesses that belong in history books?
What exactly does the race industry want from white America?
By Patricia L. Dickson
Nothing frustrates me more than for someone to rant on and on about something while never really specifying the desired outcome that he or she is seeking. Or for someone to imply that I somehow owe him something without specifically telling me what it is. This tactic of never specifying or articulating an actual wrong or debt is used so that the accused will be forever indebted to the accuser. The race industry and their cohorts in the Democratic Party have been ranting and raving about black injustice ever since the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and have yet to articulate exactly what the injustices are or what can be done to correct them.
With the constant attempts to find racism under every rock and behind every door, I actually believe that the race-baiters left over from the Civil Rights movement have a nostalgia for the days when there was real racism and discrimination in America. Why else would they continue to act as though the Civil Rights Act was never signed into law?
In fact, all Civil Rights leaders should celebrate July 2, the day President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill into law in 1964. Has anyone ever heard Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson mention that date? That day should be celebrated as a national holiday. Instead, the American people are bombarded with trumped up charges of racism (some turn out to be complete hoaxes) to the point that we have developed race fatigue.
The latest race hoax comes from Charles Blow, a black New York Times columnist. He claimed that a racist campus police held his son at gunpoint at Yale University. Apparently, Blow’s son met the description of a campus burglar. However, he failed to mention a few details. The officer is black. In fact, Yale’s police chief is also black. This hoax comes fresh off the movie Selma’s Oscar snub (used as proof that America is still a racist country) coupled with the Department of Justice’s decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting.
With the constant claims of racism 24/7, I wonder: what exactly does the race industry want from white America? What will it take to satisfy the debt? To my knowledge, I have never heard the answer. The American government has spent billions of dollars on social programs for poor blacks and other minorities. We have affirmative action, free education grants, free housing, food, and medical care. America has black CEOs, tenured college professors, journalists, mayors, governors, state representatives, senators, attorneys general, and the president of the United States. If any one of us were to walk into any large corporation, we would see a diverse workforce. So, I am still asking, what do the race-baiters really want? More importantly, how do they plan to go about getting it?
Since the latest attempts (Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and the movie Selma) have failed to convince America of her inherent racism, black liberals have turned their wrath on black conservatives or any black person who speaks out against black culture. Bill Cosby’s reputation has been destroyed by 30-year-old claims because black liberals did not like him speaking the truth about black culture, therefore they had to silence him.
I, along with other black conservative writers, am being targeted for pointing out the truth about our race. Black liberals claim that black conservative writers are guilty of portraying black people in a negative light. This claim is an attempt to shame us into silence. Black conservatives speaking the truth about the state of the black community are not to blame for how the rest of America views the black race (people are intelligent enough to discern the truth by themselves).
It is the constant lies coming from race-baiters and the behavior displayed by uneducated blacks in poor communities (Ferguson) that is responsible for cemented negative stereotypes of blacks.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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