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December 11, 2013

A 16-year-old avoided spending time in prison for killing four people in a car accident in June after the judge bought his lawyers’ argument that he was the victim of wealth.

CBSDFW reports that Ethan Couch was sentenced in a Fort Worth, Tex. juvenile court to 10 years probation for the drunk driving crash that ended the lives of youth pastor, Brian Jennings; Hollie and Shelby Boyles; and Breanna Mitchell.

Prosecutors asked that Couch serve 20 years in prison. His blood alcohol level was .24, three times the legal limit for an adult.

Psychologist G. Dick Miller testified for the defense that Couch suffered from “affluenza,” a condition in which “his family felt that wealth bought privilege and there was no rational link between behavior and consequences,” KHOU reported.

Miller said Couch’s parents never punished him for his behavior, even when, in a separate incident, cops found him passed out in a car with a naked 14-year-old girl.

As part of his sentence, Couch will be sent to a private counseling center that costs $450,000, which will be paid for by his father.

Money and privilege has helped defendants avoid serious prison time for violent crimes before.

In a particularly clear example, cited by journalist Glenn Greenwald, hedge fund manager Martin Joel Erzinger served just 90 days in jail after driving the car that seriously injured a bicyclist and fled the scene of the accident in 2010.

The district attorney in the case charged Erzlinger with two misdemeanors instead of a felony, noting that “felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger’s profession.”

Money talks and the judge was clearly listening. The judge probably thinks she did the right thing, but she did NOT. I don’t understand what he is going to counseling for? Treatment for being a spoiled brat? Sending him to counseling is not teaching him a lesson at all. The beer was stolen from Wal-Mart so he knew exactly what he was doing when he took that beer. The fact that his license was not even revoked is also confusing. I don’t blame his lawyers because that’s what they get paid to do, keep people out of jail but the judge, she won’t live this one down at all. 


If I ever have kids, this is the kind of punishment (for similar “crimes”) that I will employ. None of this grounding or “expert advice” bullshit. The real lesson comes from falling from their supposed position of power over others.

This is simply too perfect. 

The main site in the article is Tumblr and of course I went and did a hashtag search for FreeJahar… I know I shouldn’t be surprised because hell even Charles Manson still has supporters but yeah

A lot has changed in the decade since the United States first invaded Iraq. Dubbed “shock and awe,” the United States officially declared war on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq on March 20, 2003. What has followed has been ten years of violence, countless deaths in the region and the hemorrhaging of funds to support the war effort. The conflict has left over 4,400 Americans dead and over 30,000 wounded since March 2003.


OKINAWA, JAPAN - Charges of sexual harassment have been brought against the base obstacle course this week, after a female Marine from 7th Communications Battalion reported that “she felt extremely uncomfortable doing physical training on or around the object.”

The Marine, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims the O-course behaved in an inappropriate manner during a unit physical training session.

“I have never felt so ashamed and violated in my life. The course was all over my lady parts, then, it [the o-course] made me do terrible things,” she said.

Soon after the female Marine’s meritorious promotion to Corporal, her Battalion commander released a statement.

“I currently have an investigation underway, but right now, we are concerned for this Marine’s welfare,” said Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas J. Lourian. “I will order a Battalion safety stand down as soon as we have some answers so that this incident doesn’t happen again.”

This isn’t the first case at Camp Hansen. Some female Marines have complained about the abbreviation for portable radio component (PRC), which is pronounced “prick” by many male Marines. Others say they’ve endured a barrage of sexual harassment at the enlisted club, with male Marines “inappropriately buying them drinks.”

“Even at the PX I’m getting treated like a piece of meat,” said one female Marine who wished to remain anonymous. “Sometimes when I get in line, there will be a couple of men ahead, saying that I can cut them and go ahead, trying to act nice. I may be a woman but I have every right to stand in the PX line just like the men.”

Most male Marines were unsure of how to take the news.

“This is bullshit! Do you know how long it takes me to get anything done so I don’t hurt anyone’s overly-sensitive feelings?,” said Sergeant James Simpson. “I am calling my monitor and getting out of this shit sandwich.”

Marine Commandant General James Mattis ignored repeated requests for interview on the matter, but after considerable pressure, sent a fax to The Duffel Blog which only read:

Harden The Fuck Up.

Very Respectfully Submitted with Titty Sprinkles,


Lt.Col. Lourian reports that his emergency ethics stand-down for the battalion has been a great success.

“Sgt. Simpson gave multiple classes on professionalism, suicide prevention, and sexual harassment — which were really great and I think helped the Marines quite a bit.”

According to witnesses at the brief, Lt.Col. Lourian sat quietly behind his Battalion, stroking and whispering to a set of Colonel insignia that he keeps in his cover.


I am in the 47% of Americans that Mitt Romney’s job is to not care about.

I’m a Sergeant in the United States Army.

I am a combat veteran, have been awarded the Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Service Cross, and I make so little money that I pay no income tax.

“There are 47 percent of the people who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement… These are people who pay no income tax… [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

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Photo: Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. June 2, 2012. A Marine removes a bandolier of ammo from his neck during a shooting lesson for Afghan Uniformed Police. Adek Berry/AFP/Getty. Check out the rest of The Atlantic’s collection of photography from the month of June in Afghanistan

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