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    On this date, June 26, 1947, a Female Nazi SS Supervisor, Ruth Neudeck, was executed by hanging. I will post the information about this Female Nazi War Criminal from Wikipedia. 


    Ruth Closius-Neudeck (July 5, 1920 – July 29, 1948) was an SS supervisor at a Nazi death camp complex from December 1944 until March 1945.

    Early life

    Ruth Closius was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland). She later married and was known as Ruth Neudeck.

    Camp work

    In July 1944, she arrived at the Ravensbrück concentration camp to begin her training to be a camp guard. Neudeck soon began impressing her superiors with her unbending brutality towards the women prisoners, so she was promoted to the rank of Blockführerin (Barrack Overseer) in late July 1944. In the Ravensbrück camp, she was known as one of the worst female guards. Former French prisoner Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz commented after the war that she had seen wardress Neudeck "cut the throat of an inmate with the sharp edge of her shovel". In December 1944, she was promoted to the rank of Oberaufseherin and moved to the Uckermark extermination complex down the road from Ravensbrück. There she involved herself in the selection and execution of over 5,000 women and children. The prisoners were also mistreated by Neudeck or her fellow SS Aufseherinnen. In March 1945, Neudeck became head of the Barth subcamp.

    Capture and execution

    In late April 1945, she fled from the camp, was later captured and detained in prison while the British Army investigated the allegations against her. In April 1948, she stood accused at the third Ravensbrück Trial, along with other SS women. The 28 year old former SS supervisor pleaded guilty to the accusations of murder and maltreatment made against her.

    The British court found her guilty of war crimes and sentenced her to death by hanging. On July 29 1948, Neudeck was executed by British executioner Albert Pierrepoint on the gallows at Hamelin Prison.

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                In loving memory of William Wilberforce, who died on this date, July 29, 1833. I will post two Pro-Life articles to remember him. 


    William Wilberforce’s famous quote [PHOTO SOURCE: http://izquotes.com/quote/278082]

    William Wilberforce’s Great Grandson Says if Alive Today Wilberforce Would Fight Abortion

    Editor’s Note:  The following letter by Fr Gerard Wilberforce, a Catholic priest in Exeter, who is the great grandson of the famed William Wilberforce is reproduced with the permission of Independent Catholic News.

    By Fr. Gerard Wilberforce

    March 31, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - I am writing as the great great grandson of William Wilberforce, who campaigned vigorously for the ending of the transatlantic slave trade in 1807, which ultimately paved the way for the abolition of slavery itself throughout the entire British Empire in 1833.

    I am often asked what would be the campaigns Wilberforce would be fighting if he were alive in 21st century Britain. I believe that there would be a number of different issues among them human trafficking and the scourge of drugs. But almost certainly at the top of the list, would be the issue of abortion.

    As the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill comes before Parliament over the next few weeks, the opportunity presents itself to amend the abortion Act. With the number of abortions having reached 200,000 per year in the UK alone, the time is right to tighten up the law that was designed to protect women by ending illegal abortion, but never to allow such a high degree of deprived life.

    There are great similarities between the status of the foetus and the status of African slaves two centuries ago. Slaves were considered a commodity to do with whatever the vested interests of the day decided. Today, in our desire to play God in our embryology experimentation, with all its’ unfulfilled promises of miracle cures, and our decision to abort unwanted children, we are no better that those slave traders who put their interests and world view higher than they placed the sanctity and value of human life.

    Most people at the time didn’t believe the evil of slavery could ever be defeated, as so much of the economy at the time was dependent on the trade. It’s easy for us to think that is the case today with abortion, but I believe William Wilberforce would not take such a view.

    Whilst our hearts go out to those who have chosen abortion, there should now be much greater emphasis on the alternatives that exist. Many of us would like to see far more support to those who have made such a significant and difficult decision but whilst we recognise the trauma many women have gone through, we also have a duty to ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves’ (Proverbs 31).

    The Psalmist says ‘My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.’
    With abortions in the UK reaching 600 a day, it seems to me that the ‘secret place’, is one of the most dangerous places to be in modern day Britain.

    As with my great ancestor, the battle took many years, even decades. But now, with the passage of time we look back in horror at how we devalued human life. I truly believe we will look back in years to come, repent and ask forgiveness for what we let happen to the unborn child.

    There is something deeply depressing about a society in which abortion is so easy, yet alternatives such as adoption are made to appear so difficult.

    NOTICE: The following article is written by the author itself and not by me, I am not trying to violate their copyright. I will give some information on them.

    PAGE TITLE:http://www.epm.org/
    ARTICLE TITLE: You May Choose to Look the Other Way, But…
    DATE: July 1, 2013
    AUTHOR: Randy Alcorn
    AUTHOR INFORMATION: Randy Alcorn (born 1954) is an American Protestant author and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to teaching an eternal viewpoint and helping the needy of the world. He has written several novels, including Deadline, Dominion, and Deception. He received a Gold Medallion Book Award in 2003 for his novel Safely Home.He has also written a number of non-fiction books, including Heaven, The Purity Principle, and The Treasure Principle. Eternal Perspective Ministries owns the royalties to his books and 100 percent of them are given away to support missions, famine relief, pro-life work, and other ministries. He and his wife, Nanci, have two grown up and married daughters, Karina and Angela, who assisted him in writing the novel The Ishbane Conspiracy in 2001. Randy and Nanci have four grandsons. They live in Gresham, Oregon. He wrote a book similar to The Screwtape Letters called Lord Foulgrin's Letters. In Alcorn's book, references are made to demons, known only as "ST" and "WW" (for it had become a crime in Hell to even speak their real names), who had their letters found by a human and were punished by Beelzebub for their incompetence. He has also written a sequel to Lord Foulgrin's Letters entitled The Ishbane Conspiracy in which Lord Foulgrin from the first book is put on probation and is receiving letters from a senior demon named Prince Ishbane. In between the letters actual scenes from the humans lives unfold. In November 2009, Alcorn signed an ecumenical statement known as the Manhattan Declaration calling on Evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox not to comply with rules and laws permitting abortion, same-sex marriage and other matters that go against their religious consciences.


    Randy Alcorn
    In this video interview with Julia Stager, EPM staff, she quotes William Wilberforce who said, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know”, and asks what that quote means to me.

    In the following video and transcript, I share some thoughts:

    Historically, William Wilberforce was an abolitionist in England. He was a committed Christian who wanted to free all the slaves and abolish the slave trade. He was ultimately successful. His story is told in many places, including in the popular movie Amazing Grace. He had a relationship with John Newton (who wrote the song Amazing Grace) and Newton had a great influence on him.

    But I think Wilberforce was saying here that when you see the realities of the slave trade, you can never go back. He used to stand up in Parliament, and would keep slave chains under his seat and pull them out and drape them around himself as he was speaking. He was sounpopular. Everybody was against him. Hardly anyone was in favor of abolishing the slave trade when he first spoke against it. But then, over time, he was successful. Literally just a few days before he died, slavery was abolished in England.

    So how can we apply that quote today? How do you see that as still relevant?

    When you see something evil, you see the reality of it. There’s no going back or denying it.

    That’s the way it shouldbe anyway. I would apply that to something like sex trafficking. You read about it and watch a film of some of the things that are happening. You see it devastating the lives of children who are being used in such horrific ways. There should be no turning back.

    The same is true when you see children who are dying of hunger and diseases that are treatable, or kids that need clean water. Once you see that, there should be no denying it.

    And, of course, the big overlooked area today is abortion. I encourage everyone to look online at pictures of aborted children. It’s horrific. (A wonderful ministry called Abort 73.com has produced a simple two minute video showing the objective truth about abortion.) 

    But from that point forward when you see the truth, you should never go back. We should always speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

    William Wilberforce’s famous quote [PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.epm.org/blog/2013/Jul/1/look-other-way]


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    On this date, July 30, 1943, August Hirt had 79 Jewish men, 30 Jewish women, 2 Poles, and 4 "Asians" selected among the inmates at Auschwitz. These people were sent to Natzweiler-Struthof on July 30, 1943. Here they were gassed, by Josef Kramer, on August 17 and August 19, 1943. Their bodies were returned to Hirt at the anatomical laboratory of the Reich University in Strasbourg for preparation as an anthropological display, where they were re-discovered after the liberation.

    I will post information from Wikipedia about The Jewish Skeleton Collection.

    Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp entrance (behind, the Monument to the Departed)
    The Jewish skeleton collection was an attempt by the Nazis to create an anthropological display to showcase the alleged racial inferiority of the "Jewish race" and to emphasize the Jews' status as Untermenschen ("sub-humans"), in contrast to the German race which the Nazis considered to be Aryan Übermenschen. The collection was to be housed at the Anatomy Institute at the Reich University of Strasbourg in the annexed region of Alsace, where the initial preparation of the corpses was performed.

    The collection was sanctioned by Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler, and under the direction of August Hirt with Rudolf Brandt and Wolfram Sievers, general manager of the Ahnenerbe, being responsible for procuring and preparing the corpses.


    Beger conducting anthropometric studies in Sikkim, India.
    Selection

    Originally the "specimens" to be used in the collection were to be Jewish commisars in the Red Army captured on the Eastern front by the Wehrmacht. The individuals ultimately chosen for the collection were obtained from among a pool of 115 Jewish inmates at Auschwitz concentration camp in Occupied Poland. They were chosen for their perceived stereotypical racial characteristics. The initial selections and preparations were carried out by SS-Hauptsturmführer Dr. Bruno Beger and Dr. Hans Fleischhacker(whose name literally translates to "butcher"), who arrived in Auschwitz in the first half of 1943 and finished the preliminary work by June 15, 1943.

    Due to a typhus epidemic at Auschwitz, the candidates chosen for the skeleton collection were quarantined in order to prevent them from becoming ill and ruining their value as anatomical specimens. An excerpt from a letter written by Sievers in June 1943 reports on the preparation and the typhus epidemic: "Altogether 115 persons were worked on, 79 were Jews, 30 were Jewesses, 2 were Poles, and 4 were Asiatics. At the present time these prisoners are segregated by sex and are under quarantine in the two hospital buildings of Auschwitz."

    In February 1942, Sievers submitted to Himmler, through Rudolf Brandt, a report from which the following is an extract read at the Nuremberg Doctors Trial by General Telford Taylor, Chief Counsel for the prosecution at Nuremberg:

    "We have a nearly complete collection of skulls of all races and peoples at our disposal. Only very few specimens of skulls of the Jewish race, however, are available with the result that it is impossible to arrive at precise conclusions from examining them. The war in the East now presents us with the opportunity to overcome this deficiency. By procuring the skulls of the Jewish-Bolshevik Commissars, who represent the prototype of the repulsive, but characteristic subhuman, we have the chance now to obtain a palpable, scientific document.

    "The best, practical method for obtaining and collecting this skull material could be handled by directing the Wehrmacht to turn over alive all captured Jewish-Bolshevik Commissars to the Field Police. They in turn are to be given special directives to inform a certain office at regular intervals of the number and place of detention of these captured Jews and to give them special close attention and care until a special delegate arrives. This special delegate, who will be in charge of securing the 'material' has the job of taking a series of previously established photographs, anthropological measurements, and in addition has to determine, as far as possible, the background, date of birth, and other personal data of the prisoner. Following the subsequently induced death of the Jew, whose head should not be damaged, the delegate will separate the head from the body and will forward it to its proper point of destination in a hermetically sealed tin can especially produced for this purpose and filled with a conserving fluid.

    "Having arrived at the laboratory, the comparison tests and anatomical research on the skull, as well as determination of the race membership of pathological features of the skull form, the form and size of the brain, etc., can proceed. The basis of these studies will be the photos, measurements, and other data supplied on the head, and finally the tests of the skull itself."


    The cadaver of Berlin dairy merchant Menachem Taffel. He was deported to Auschwitz in March 1943 along with his wife and child, who were gassed upon arrival. He was chosen to be an anatomical specimen. He was shipped to Natzweiler-Struthof and murdered in the gas chamber in August 1943.
     

    Portrait of Rudolf Brandt as a defendant in the Medical Case Trial at Nuremberg. [Photograph ##07335], Porträt von Rudolf Brandt als Angeklagter im Nürnberger Ärzteprozess. [Fotografie#07335]


    Mugshot of Wolfram Sievers, taken by American authorities after his arrest


    Preparation

    Ultimately 87 of the inmates were shipped to Natzweiler-Struthof, 46 of these individuals were originally from Thessaloniki, Greece. The deaths of 86 of these inmates were, in the words of Hirt, "induced" in an improvised gassing facility at Natzweiler-Struthof and their corpses, 57 men and 29 women, were sent to Strasbourg. One male victim was shot as he fought to keep from being gassed. Josef Kramer, acting commandant of Natzweiler-Struthof (who would become the commandant at Auschwitz and the last commandant of Bergen Belsen) personally carried out the gassing of 80 of these 86 victims.

    The first part of the process for this "collection" was to make anatomical casts of the bodies prior to reducing them to skeletons. In 1944, with the approach of the allies, there was concern over the possibility that the corpses, which had still not been defleshed, could be discovered. In September 1944 Sievers telegrammed Brandt: "The collection can be defleshed and rendered unrecognizable. This, however, would mean that the whole work had been done for nothing-at least in part-and that this singular collection would be lost to science, since it would be impossible to make plaster casts afterwards."


    Elizabeth Klein, murdered at the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp.
    Her mother, Elizabeth Klein, was born in Thalheim on 29 May 1878. While in Vienna she married a Hungarian merchant Koloman Klein from Kisnána, with whom she had a daughter, Elizabeth Klein. The family emigrated to Belgium in 1938. Elizabeth was arrested during a raid in February 1943. On 19 April 1943 she was deported to Auschwitz from the Mechelen internment camp. There she was selected for the Jewish skeleton collection directed by August Hirt. She was one of 86 people murdered in the Natzweiler-Struthof camp whose bodies were shipped to Reich University of Strasbourg in the Alsace region of Occupied France, where the initial preparation of the corpses was performed.
    Aftermath

    Brandt and Sievers were indicted, tried and convicted in the Doctors' Trial in Nuremberg and both were hanged in Landsberg Prison on June 2, 1948. Hirt committed suicide in Schönenbach, Austria, on June 2, 1945 with a gunshot to the head. Josef Kramer was convicted of war crimes and hanged in Hamelin prison by noted British executioner Albert Pierrepoint on December 13, 1945. In 1974 Bruno Beger was convicted by a West German court as an accessory to 86 murders for his role in procuring the victims of the Jewish skeleton collection. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment, the minimum sentence, but did not serve any time in prison. According to his family, Beger died in Königstein im Taunus on October 12, 2009.

    For many years only a single victim, Menachem Taffel (prisoner no. 107969), a Polish born Jew who had been living in Berlin, was positively identified through the efforts of Serge and Beate Klarsfeld. In 2003 Dr. Hans-Joachim Lang, a German professor at the University of Tübingen succeeded in identifying all the victims, by comparing a list of inmate numbers of the 86 corpses at Strasbourg, surreptitiously recorded by Hirts' French assistant Henri Henrypierre, with a list of numbers of inmates vaccinated at Auschwitz. The names and biographical information of the murder victims were published in the book Die Namen der Nummern (The Names of the Numbers). In 1951 the remains of the 86 victims were reinterred in one location in the Cronenbourg-Strasbourg Jewish Cemetery. On December 11, 2005, memorial stones engraved with the names of the 86 victims were placed at the cemetery. One is at the site of the mass grave, the other along the wall of the cemetery. Another plaque honoring the victims was placed outside the Anatomy Institute at Strasbourg's University Hospital.


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                On this date, 31 July 1945, one of Adolf Hitler’s Reich Bishop, Ludwig Müller, committed suicide. I will post information about this False Prophet from Wikipedia.


    Ludwig Müller(23 June 1883 – 31 July 1945) was a German theologian and leading member of the "German Christians" (German: Deutsche Christen) faith movement. In 1933 he was imposed by the Nazi government as Reichsbischof (Reich Bishop) of the German Evangelical Church (German: Deutsche Evangelische Kirche).


    Reichsbischof Ludwig Müller
    Life

    Müller was born in Gütersloh, in the Prussianprovince of Westphalia, where he attended the Pietist Evangelical Gymnasium. He went on to study Protestant theology at the universities of Halleand Bonn. Having finished his studies, he worked as a school inspector in his hometown, from 1905 also as a vicar and assistant preacher in Herford and Wanne. In 1908 he became parish priest in Rödinghausen. At the outbreak of World War I, he served as a Navychaplain in Wilhelmshaven.

    After the war, Müller joined the Stahlhelmparamilitary organization and continued his career as a military chaplain, from 1926 at the Königsberg garrison. He had been associated with Nazism since the 1920s, supporting a revisionist view of "Christ the Aryan" (or a "heroic Jesus") as well as a plan of purifying Christianity of what he deemed "Jewish corruption," including purging large parts of the Old Testament.

    Müller had little real political experience and, as his actions would demonstrate to Adolf Hitler, little if any political aptitude. In the 1920s and early 1930s, before Hitler's assumption of the German chancellorship on 30 January 1933, he was a little-known pastor and a regional leader of the German Christians in East Prussia. However, he was an "old fighter" with Hitler (German: Alter Kämpfer) since 1931, when he joined the Nazi Party, and had a burning desire to assume more power. In 1932, Müller introduced Hitler to Reichswehr General Werner von Blombergwhen Müller was chaplain of the East Prussian Military District and Blomberg was the district's commander.


    Reichsbischof Ludwig Müller on 27 September 1933
     

    Reichsbischof Ludwig Müller giving a speech (23 September 1934)
    As part of the Gleichschaltungprocess, the Nazi regime's plan was to "coordinate" all 28 separate Protestant regional church bodies into a single and unitary Reich Church (Reichskirche). Müller wanted to serve as leading Reich Bishop of this newly formed entity. His first attempt to achieve his post ended in a miserable and embarrassing failure, when the German Evangelical Church Confederation and the Prussian Union of churches designated Friedrich von Bodelschwingh on 27 May 1933. Eventually, however, after the Nazis had enforced Bodelschwingh's resignation, Müller was appointed regional bishop (Landesbischof) of the Prussian Union on 4 August, and on 27 September finally was elected Reich Bishop by a national synod through political machinations.

    Müller's advancement angered many Protestant pastors and congregations, who deemed his selection to be politically motivated and intrinsically anti-Christian. Still regional bishop, he handed over more powers to the Reich Bishop—himself—as an example of imitation, to the discontent of other regional bishops like Theophil Wurm (Württemberg). On the other hand, Müller's support by the "German Christians" within the Protestant Church decreased, as he was not able to wield explicit authority. The radical Nazi faction wanted to get rid of the Old Testament and create a German National Religion divorced from Jewish influenced ideas. They supported the introduction of the Aryan Paragraphinto the Church. This controversy led to schism and the foundation of the competing Confessing Church, a situation that frustrated Hitler and led to the end of Müller's power.


    Reichsbischof Ludwig Müller shook hands with Adolf Hitler [PHOTO SOURCE: http://randalrauser.com/2014/06/christianity-on-trial-a-review/]
    Many of the German Protestant clergy supported the Confessing Church movement, which resisted the imposition of the state into Church affairs. Hitler's interest in the group had waned by 1937, when the party took up a more aggressive attitude toward the resistant Christian clergy, so Müller tried to revive his support by allowing the Gestapo to monitor churches and the Christian youth groups to consolidate with the Hitler Youth.

    He remained committed to Nazism to the end. He committed suicide in Berlin in 1945, soon after the Nazi defeat.


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    On this date, August 4, 2005, a Cop Killer, George Everette Sibley Jr.  was executed by lethal injection in Alabama for the October 4, 1993 murder of Sergeant Roger Lamar Motley. His partner-in-crime, Lynda Lyon Block was executed by the electric chair in that State on May 10, 2002. It was Double Justice for the Fallen Cop’s families! 


    George Everette Sibley Jr. 


    Roger Lamar Motley


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    On this date, August 5, 2008, Jose Ernesto Medellinwas the second of the three convicted killers of Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena on June 24, 1993 to be executed by lethal injection in Texas. Sean O’Brien was the first one and Peter Cantu was the third person to die by lethal injection. I wish there was a Joint Enterprise Law and all six of them would have been executed.  


    José Ernesto Medellín


    Elizabeth Pena and Jennifer Ertman


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                On this date, August 5, 2004, James Barney Hubbard (March 7, 1930 – August 5, 2004) was sentenced to death by the state of Alabama in 1977 for the murder of Lillian Montgomery, with whom he was living after having been released from prison. Hubbard had served a 20-year sentence for murder and called police to report a shooting on January 10, 1977. He said Lillian had shot herself at her home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She died as the result of three gunshot wounds, one to the face, one to the head, and one to the shoulder. He was executed by lethal injection 27 years after the murder. At age 74, he was the oldest American to be executed in decades.

    He was another example of a recidivist murderer that had committed murder and was released more than 15 years later only to murder again. 


    James Hubbard

     

    James Hubbard



    Please go to this previous blog post to learn more about this recidivist killer.

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                I will post information about one of my favorite Attorneys from California, Michael A. Ramos from Wikipedia and other links.

    Michael A. Ramos
    INTERNET SOURCE:

    Michael Ramos is the San Bernardino County District Attorney - On January 4, 2011, Michael A. Ramos was sworn in as District Attorney of the County of San Bernardino for a third term. In his address, he noted the importance of continuing his mission to fight violent crime and corruption and make victims’ rights a priority. In June 2014, Ramos was reelected to his fourth term which officially begins in January 2015.

    No stranger to the local area, District Attorney Ramos was born and raised in Redlands, California. He has been married to his wife Gretchen for 30 years.  He has two grown children, Michele and Michael and a grandson, Christian.

    After attending local schools in Redlands and graduating from Redlands High School in 1976, Ramos earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California in Riverside in 1980 and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Citrus Belt Law School in Riverside in 1988.

    Ramos’ government service began in 1980, where he started as a group counselor with the Probation Department and then later became a Probation Officer. He started his career with the District Attorney’s Office in June 1989, as a Deputy District Attorney. 

    In addition to his work in general prosecution and the narcotics unit, he served with the Major Crimes Unit for four years, until 2002, when he was elected District Attorney for San Bernardino County.

    His civic services have included serving as a school board member from 1995 – 2002; member of the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board; and President of the California District Attorney AssociationBoard Member, to name a few.

    Recently, Ramos was elected to represent the State of California on the National District Attorney’s Association Board of Directors and serve as co-chair of the NDAA’s committee for corrections and prison re-entry.

    “Because of my work as president of the CDAA with Governor Brown on AB 109 this past year, I have been noticed as an expert in this area,” said Ramos. “Having this opportunity will give me the chance to highlight the successes and models of our office with my colleagues across the country. Ultimately, though, this will allow me to be a leader on all issues that affect public safety and victims of crime.”

    A firm believer in serving his community, Ramos has been recognized with such awards as the Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards recipient for Influential Latino of the Year (2005); the Victim Service Award San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Assistance Program (2000); and M.A.D.D. Prosecutor of the Year Award (1998).

    During his tenure, he has added a Public Integrity Unit to handle political corruption and a Lifer Parole Hearing Unit to ensure that violent prisoners serve their maximum prison terms. He has also expanded Gang Units to all three of his major offices, as well as Fontana.

    Since 2005, when the Gang Unit was created, there have been 3,902 state prison commitments secured for a total of 25,840 years plus 108 life terms in state prison.

    “The rise of criminal street gangs in this county is a real threat to our communities, but I refuse to allow these local terrorists to determine how we live our daily lives,” said Ramos. “I’ve said it before and I will continue to say that coming down hard on gang crime and keeping our communities safe will always be an important mission of this office.”

    To further combat gangs, in 2007, Ramos implemented a Gang Injunction Unit, which targets gangs in unincorporated areas of the county and uses civil abatement methods to assist in ridding the county of gangs. The most recent gang injunction was filed in July 2011 against a criminal street gang in the City of Rialto. The injunction will serve to disrupt the gang's activities and make it harder for them to intimidate community members by prohibiting members from congregating and loitering in an area designated as the Safety Zone. 

    Ramos has also expanded the Cold Case Unit to deal with the increase in cold cases that are being solved due to new technology, such as DNA. “These are important cases, said Ramos, “because to a victim or a victim’s family, a case is never ‘cold.’”

    Ramos has also established an Identity Theft Unit with attorneys in his three major offices, as well as the Victim Services Unit, which provides assistance to victims as they make their way through the criminal justice system. Additionally, he has expanded the Family Violence Unit with attorneys who are cross-trained in elder abuse, domestic violence and crimes against children.

    “Ultimately, our job is to represent the people in the criminal justice system for the County of San Bernardino,” said Ramos. “As long as I am district attorney, I will continue to ensure that we do just that in a manner that is consistent with our mission and the ethical responsibilities that we are sworn to uphold as prosecutors.”

    Michael A. Ramos
    35th San Bernardino County District Attorney
    Incumbent
    Assumed office
    January 4, 2002
    Personal details
    Born
    August 5, 1957 (age 56)
    Redlands, California, U.S.
    Political party
    Republican
    Residence
    Redlands, California
    Alma mater
    University of California in Riverside
    Citrus Belt Law School
    Website

    Michael A. Ramos(born August 5, 1957) is an American attorney. He is the 35th and current District Attorney of San Bernardino County following the 2010 countywide elections. He was first elected in 2002, defeating incumbent District Attorney Dennis L. Stout, and he was reelected in 2007. He has been a prosecutor for 24 years. Ramos is the first Hispanic district attorney in San Bernardino County.

    Early Life and Education

    The second of two children, Ramos was born at Redlands Community Hospital in Redlands, California, in 1957. Ramos attended Redlands High School. After graduating from high school in 1976, Ramos earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California in Riverside in 1980 and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Citrus Belt Law School in Riverside in 1988. He was admitted to the California bar in 1989. Ramos’ government service began in 1980, where he started as a group counselor with the Probation Department and then later became a Probation Officer. He started his career with the District Attorney’s Office in June 1989, as a Deputy District Attorney in the Major Crimes Unit.

    San Bernardino County District Attorney

    Ramos was elected to his first term as District Attorney in 2002 by defeating incumbent Dennis Stout and was reelected when he ran unopposed in 2006. In 2010, Ramos was reelected to his third term when he defeated Frank H. Guzman and Bob Conaway. He has served as president of the California District Attorneys Association and is currently the chair of the Corrections and Reentry Committee for the National District Attorneys Association.

    Family

    Ramos has been married to his wife Gretchen for 30 years. He has two grown children, Michael and Michele, and a grandson, Christian.

    Issues

    Death Penalty

    Ramos is in favor of capital punishment, citing that the decision to pursue the death penalty is perhaps the single most difficult decision he has to make. He has long noted that he has nothing but respect for the entire process, and just as much respect for the victims and their families who didn’t have a choice. In November 2012, Ramos campaigned heavily against Proposition 34, also known as the SAFE California Act. Proposition 34 sought to replace California’s death penalty with a life sentence with no chance of parole as the maximum punishment for murder. The initiative to repeal the death penalty failed by a narrow margin of 52.8% to 47.2%.

    Ramos has expressed it takes far too long for convicted criminals to move through the justice system, but the very people who are now crying foul, are the same individuals who have bogged down the system for years with frivolous appeals. He believes that rather than repealing the death penalty we need to enact measures that would mend the current system and prevent countless motions and appeals by the ACLU and its supporters from clogging up our justice system. One solution to speeding up the process is to move forward with the single-drug protocol for lethal injections that would replace the three-drug concoction that federal courts have blocked. In an effort to continue his fight for victims and their families, Ramos met with California Governor Jerry Brown in May 2013 to voice his concern. Ramos noted that despite their philosophical differences regarding the death penalty, the governor understands the vote of our citizens.

    Victims' Rights

    Victims and their families have always been a priority for Ramos. "Preserving the dignity of victims and their families" is a part of the official mission statement of the District Attorney’s Office in San Bernardino County. Ramos was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve on the Governor's Victim Compensation and Government Claims Boardon January 23, 2004. After being elected to his first term one of the first actions that Ramos took was placing the supervisor in charge of victim services on his executive staff, elevating the position to the role of a chief, and creating the Bureau of Victim Services Unit. Ramos sees his role as lead prosecutor one in which he is charged with the responsibility of representing “the people" in the criminal justice system and those who fall victim to crime and we take that charge seriously. In 2013, during Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Ramos announced that his office had contracted with One Call, an automated phone system, in an effort to reach crime victims and give them information about their rights and possible compensation. Crime victims who provide law enforcement with a land line phone number will get the recorded message that tells them they have rights under the state’s 2008 Victims’ Bill of Rights Act, passed by voters as Proposition 9. It is most often referred to as Marsy’s Law. By utilizing this automated technology, Ramos noted that his office can better serve all victims not only because his office is obligated to do so under Marsy’s Law, but because “it’s the right thing to do.” When Ramos was sworn in to his third term he continued to highlight his commitment to victims’ rights by stating that fighting for victims is “what drives me every day.”


    Michael Ramos with the Three Musketeers of California. [[PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.sbcountyda.org/AboutDARamos/AboutDistrictAttorneyMichaelRamos.aspx]
    Public Corruption

    In April 2003, months after being elected to office, Ramos formed the Public Integrity Unit to address the problem of public corruption in San Bernardino County. In 2011, Ramos and then-Attorney General Jerry Brown jointly announced that a criminal grand jury had indicted four men on 29 counts of crimes tied to a $102 million bribery scandal involving Paul Biane, a former 2nd District supervisor; Jim Erwin, former chief of staff for 3rd District Supervisor Neil Derry; Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for 4th District Supervisor Gary Ovitt; and Jeff Burum, general partner with Colonies Partners LP. Brown called this case “one of the most appalling corruption cases ever seen in California.”

    Human Trafficking

    In 2009, Ramos responded to this problem of human trafficking in San Bernardino County and created the county’s Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation(C.A.S.E.). C.A.S.E. brought together a partnership of county departments including the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, Probation Department, County Superintendent of Schools, Department of Children and Family Services, Public Defender, and Department of Behavioral Health, to raise awareness of this issue, and to provide enhanced county and community resources to victims. Since that time, he campaigned heavily in favor of Proposition 35 which voters overwhelmingly passed in 2012 and created a Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. Formation of the unit was announced at the premier of a short 45-minute documentary entitled Teenage $ex 4 $ale: Human Trafficking in San Bernardino County. In an effort to reduce the demand for victims of human trafficking, Ramos started the Stop the John Project in 2013 and began releasing the names and photographs of those defendants convicted of solicitation in San Bernardino County.

    Gangs

    With help from the Board of Supervisors, the District Attorney’s office was able to double the size of its gang unit in 2005. It is a vertical prosecution unit composed of 13 deputy district attorneys spread out across the county. These specially trained prosecutors seek gang-enhanced charges whenever possible, which increases the penalty against the offenders and keeps them off the street for a longer period of time. By closely monitoring gang offenders’ performance on probation, gang prosecutors ensure that repeat offenders go to state prison. Gang deputies also work closely with gang officers in the affected communities. They attend monthly meetings to share information with law enforcement, probation, corrections and other agencies that deal in the area of gang crime. Since the office’s Gang Program began in July 2005, 7,673 gang-related gang cases have been filed. Two of those charged are now on California’s Death Row. There have been 4,583 state prison sentences adding up to 31,893 years, plus 153 life terms.

    Despite the increasing number of filed cases, the number of gangs doubled to 719 in San Bernardino County in early 2008 from estimated 360 in 2005. Active gang member numbers also rose to 16,193 from about 13,000 in the same time frame. In October 2011, San Bernardino County had the third highest gang population of any county in America, according to a report released by the FBI.

    Prevention and Intervention

    Early on in his career Ramos recognized that if he only focusses on adult offenders, the crime problem will never be fully addressed. He realized that most criminals started by getting into trouble as juveniles and eventually dropped out of school. As a result, Ramos has made prevention and intervention programs a cornerstone to the way he effectively addresses crime in San Bernardino County.

    Thanks to the state’s Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA), his office implemented the “Let’s End Truancy” (L.E.T.) Project, which works to improve school attendance for previously truant students, discourage future truancy and helps to make education a priority for at-risk youth. In 2008, Ramos, along with the then-District Attorney Kamala D. Harris and Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel, testified before the California Senate Public Safety Committee to discuss the public safety threat from truancy, which has been linked to dropping out of school. One step that Ramos has taken to address the problem of truancy is arresting parents for failure to address the issue.

    Ramos also has various other programs such as Camp Good Grief and the Gang Resistance Intervention Partnership (GRIP) which are both making significant strides with our children.

    Camp Good Grief is a three-day grief camp for children and teens whose lives have been shattered due to an act of murder or suicide.

    San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, offers this unique three day camp that provides a relaxed, supportive and safe environment for children to enjoy the typical activities of a summer camp, as well as to have opportunities to work with professionals to share their feelings related to their loss, learn new ways to cope, and interact with other children and teens in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.

    The Gang Resistance Intervention Partnership (GRIP) is a program designed to provide second- and fifth-graders strategies for steering clear from gangs and drugs over a period of several weeks.

    Animal Cruelty

    Ramos is regarded as an advocate for animal rights by local and national Animal Rights groups. The National District Attorneys Association praised his aggressive efforts to prosecute those who participate in cockfighting and raise awareness. In 2011, in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States and Fontana Animal Services, Ramos released a short film to increase awareness about the dangers of cockfighting. To better focus on animal abuse, in 2012, Ramos created the San Bernardino County Illegal Animal Fighting and Abuse Task Force, a multi-disciplinary collaboration designed to promote community awareness, education and prosecution of animal fighting and abuse in San Bernardino County.

    One of the most significant animal abuse cases in the history of San Bernardino County took place in 2008. As a result of undercover video footage captured by the Humane Society of the United States, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges. In the video, workers at the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. of Chino are seen ramming “downed” cows that are too sick to walk with the blades of a forklift. At one point, a worker can be seen jabbing a cow in the eye with a baton, while another worker blasts water up the nose of another cow with a powerful hose—all in an attempt to force the injured animals back onto their feet and off to the slaughter.

    As a result of the footage, the USDA ordered the largest beef recall in U.S. History—143.4 million pounds—and said the meat had been used in school lunches and food assistance programs.

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    PLEASE GO TO THIS PREVIOUS BLOG POST TO HEAR HIS QUOTES.

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                On this date, 7 August 1947, Lieutenant General Masao Baba, was executed by hanging. He was charged with command responsibility for the Sandakan Death Marches, during which over 2200 Australian prisoners of war perished. This doctrine was similar to the Yamashita Standard.


     

    Lieutenant-General Masao Baba [PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.generals.dk/general/Baba/Masao/Japan.html]

    Born
    7 January 1892
    Kumamoto prefecture, Japan
    Died
    7 August 1947 (aged 55)
    Rabaul, Territory of New Guinea
    Allegiance
    Empire of Japan
    Service/branch
    Imperial Japanese Army
    Years of service
    1909–1945
    Rank
    Lieutenant General
    Commands held
    Battles/wars
    Second Sino-Japanese War
    World War II

    Masao Baba(馬場正郎Baba Masao, 7 January 1892 – 7 August 1947) was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army, commanding the Japanese ground forces of the Borneo Campaignof 1945 in the closing months of the war.


    LABUAN ISLAND, NORTH BORNEO. 1945-09-10. SUPREME JAPANESE COMMANDER IN BORNEO, LIEUTENANT GENERAL MASAO BABA, SEATED IN A JEEP AT LABUAN AIRSTRIP ON HIS WAY TO SIGN THE OFFICIAL SURRENDER DOCUMENT AT 9TH DIVISION HEADQUARTERS.

    Biography

    Baba was born in Kumamoto prefecture, as the son of Lieutenant Baba Masayuki, a career officer in the Imperial Japanese Army, and his wife. He attended military preparatory schools from childhood, starting with the Army Cadet School in Hiroshima, whose curriculum was based on Prussian models. He graduated from the 24th class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in December 1912, specializing in cavalry. As a second lieutenant, he was assigned to the IJA 5th Cavalry Regiment.

    Baba studied as part of the 33rd class of the Army War College, graduating in November 1921. He remained in the cavalry throughout his career, and was attached to the Inspectorate of Cavalry from 1933-1935, where he served as an instructor at the cavalry school. In 1935, Baba was promoted to colonel and subsequently given command of the IJA 2nd Cavalry Regiment from 1935 to 1938.

    In July 1938, Baba was promoted to major general, and served as commanding officer of the IJA 3rd Cavalry Brigade to 1939. From 1939 to 1940, he served as a staff officer with the Inspectorate of Cavalry. He became the commander-in-chief of all cavalry operations from 2 December 1940 to 1 October 1941. During the Second Sino-Japanese war, he was assigned to Inner Mongolia to develop cavalry operations. In August 1941, Baba was promoted to lieutenant general.

    With the start of World War II, Baba was assigned command of the IJA 53rd Division, a post which he held to 25 September 1943, when he was appointed commander of the IJA 4th Division in Sumatra. He subsequently became commander in chief of the IJA 37th Army based in Borneo.

    While in Borneo, Baba organized anti-guerrilla operation in the interior of the island. He was also military governor of Sabah from 26 December 1944 until 10 September 1945. The Allied reconquest of Borneo began on 1 May 1945 with the landing of the Australian Army at Tarakan, and with landings at Brunei and Labuan on 10 June. Japanese forces surrendered on 9 September, with General Baba formally turning over his sword to Major General George Wootten of the Australian 9th Division at Labuan on 10 September. Baba was officially discharged from the Imperial Japanese Army in April 1946.

    Baba was arrested in January 1947 on suspicion of involvement in war crimes and brought to Rabaul for trial. Baba was charged with command responsibility for the Sandakan Death Marches, during which over 2200 Australian prisoners of war perished. Evidence was presented at the trial that Baba was aware of the weakened condition of the prisoners, yet gave direct orders for the second march. The trial began on 28 May 1947 and was concluded eight days later on 5 June 1947 with a death sentence. Baba was executed by hanging on 7 August 1947.

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    Charles Edward Rice
    QUOTE:“Any 'pro-life' effort that temporizes on contraception will be ultimately futile. Legalized abortions in the United States are usually estimated at about 1.5 million a year. This figure, however, does not include early abortions caused by the intrauterine device and some so-called contraceptive pills. Such early abortions have been estimated at between 6.4 and 8.8 million each year in this country."
    [No Exception: A Pro-Life Imperative, by Charles E. Rice, p. 46]

    AUTHOR: Charles Edward Rice (born August 7, 1931) is an American legal scholar, Catholic apologist, and author of several books. He is best known for his career at the Notre Dame Law School at Notre Dame, Indiana. He began teaching there in 1969, and in 2000 earned Professor Emeritus status. He still teaches an elective course called "Morality and the Law" each spring.

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    On this date, 8 August 2006, a Satanist Killer, Darrell Wayne Ferguson was executed by lethal injection in Ohio. He was convicted of stabbing to death 3 people between December 25 to 26, 2001. He showed no remorse and requested for a suicide assist. Good radiance that he is gone to end his reign of terror. I bet no abolitionists can even rehabilitate him. 


    Darrell Wayne Ferguson




    Please go to this previous Blog Post to learn more about this killer.

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    On this date, August 8, 2012, Daniel Wayne Cook was executed by lethal injection in Arizona for the July 20, 1987 murders of 16-year-old Kevin Swaney and his friend, Carlos Froyan Cruz-Ramos


    Daniel Wayne Cook


    Kevin Swaney


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