Monday, July 21, 2014

This Is What A Child Molester Should Look Like: Raymond Frolander Gets His Just Desserts After Being Caught In The Act

And this is what 18-year-old Raymond Frolander looks like after 35-year-old Jason Browning walked in and saw him with his pants down sodomizing 11-year-old son.

Screenshot of Volusia County Jail photo

The incident occurred in Daytona Beach, Florida on Friday July 18th, 2014. Jason Browning had left his home around 1am to pick up some food and when he returned, heard a strange noise coming from the bedroom. He pushed open the door and allegedly found Frolander with his pants down performing a sex act on the child. The 11-year-old boy told police that Frolander asked him to sit in his lap and then took him to a back room, where he pulled the boy’s pants down and started sexually battering him. Upon seeing this spectacle, the outraged father, who himself was molested as a child, immediately beat the hell out of Frolander, leaving him with swollen lips and eyes, bruising and lacerations around the face and the neck. Browning then phoned 911 and told the dispatcher to send an ambulance. Frolander was taken to Halifax Heath Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.

Adding insult to injury is that the 11-year-old boy says that Frolander has been molesting him for three years and told him that terrible things would happen if he reported the abuse. Frolander, who lived next door to the Brownings, had frequently visited the Browning home to play video games with the 11-year-old son, and was treated like family -- and this is how he repaid their hospitality.

Since this story first broke, media sources identified the father as Jason Browning and are reporting that Browning was prepared to kill Frolander, except his 11-year-old son stopped him from doing so. After beating Frolander comatose, Browning says he went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife, intending to kill Frolander, but Browning's son stepped in front of his father and stopped him.

Police say Frolander admitted the abuse, and he is now charged with with sexual battery on a child under 12 and is being held without bail. The good news: Police also say Jason Browning WILL NOT BE CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME. Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood told WFTS "Dad was acting like a dad. I don't see anything we should charge the dad with. You have an 18-year-old who has clearly picked his target, groomed his target and had sex with the victim multiple times". But Chief Chitwood subsequently expressed disappointment in learning that Browning put his son’s picture on social media, starting a Facebook page entitled "Help Restore My Son’s Innocence", and soliciting donations. It appears he was looking for funds to help pay for his sons anticipated psychological counseling. Nevertheless, the latter has also attracted some criticism on the Mixed Martial Arts Forum.

Even more details have been published by the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Frolander also told detectives that he, too, had been sexually abused when he was a child at a foster home in California. In an interesting twist, Frolander was rooming with the rape victim’s biological mother. Additionally, Frolander’s stepmother is engaged to the rape victim’s father, and the stepmother was married at one time to Frolander’s biological father. And Frolander’s biological father, Mariano Estrella of California, said Monday July 21st that Frolander has had behavioral issues since he was a child.

Despite the controversy over the fund solicitation, Jason Browning is a hero and acted like a real father!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hellenthal Probes Alaskan Opinion On Four 2014 Alaska Ballot Measures; Passage Of Minimum Wage Increase Could Be A Slam Dunk

Although there has been much publicity, both partisan and non-partisan, on four statewide ballot measures Alaskan voters will be weighing in on this year, there's been little feedback from pollsters upon the effects of the publicity so far. The one recent exception is a poll commissioned by Hellenthal from June 17-28 which got little media publicity. During that period, Hellenthal interviewed 392 Alaskan voters, 46.2 percent with cellular phones and 53.8 percent with landlines. Hellenthal asked numerous questions about the various candidate races, but they also quizzed voters on their attitude towards the four ballot measures.

The raw results are posted on an 11-page PDF, but are jumbled and difficult to read, so I will re-publish the results for the ballot measures below. Click on the paragraph headings to read specific ballot language:

Ballot Measure #1 - (13SB21) An Act Relating to the Oil and Gas Production Tax, Interest Rates on Overdue Taxes, and Tax Credit. A Yes vote will repeal SB21. This is the only ballot measure on the ballot for the August 19th Primary Election:

-- Strongly Favor: 21.6 percent
-- Somewhat Favor: 15.9 percent
-- Neutral/Don't Know: 26.7 percent
-- Somewhat Oppose: 12.9 percent
-- Strongly Oppose: 22.9 percent

Analysis: A two-point spread between positive and negative makes this a toss-up. Despite the voluminous publicity, over a quarter of voters are still undecided. What could push them into the No camp is the reminder that if Ballot Measure 1 passes, it would result in the fourth different oil tax scheme in a six-year period. Imagine if you were a business owner, and business taxes changed four times in six years. How could you plan future investments and expenditures with reasonable confidence?

Ballot Measure #2 (13PSUM) - An Act to Tax and Regulate the Production, Sale and Use of Marijuana. Rights of employers to restrict marijuana use by employees and rights of property owners to restrict marijuana use on their premises are protected. A Yes vote will permit the regulation and sale of recreational marijuana in Alaska. This ballot measure will not appear during the Primary Election, but only during the November 4th General Election.

-- Strongly Favor: 29.0 percent
-- Somewhat Favor: 19.2 percent
-- Neutral: 4.8 percent
-- Somewhat Oppose: 12.8 percent
-- Strongly Oppose: 34.2 percent

Analysis: This one's also a virtual tossup (48-47 in favor), but few are undecided. The strength of the opposition is surprising, and can be attributable to some unlikely players coming out in opposition, most notably former Alaska State Democratic Party Chair Deborah Williams.

Ballot Measure #3 (13MINW) - An Act to Increase Alaska’s Minimum Wage. A Yes vote would raise Alaska’s minimum wage from $7.75 per hour to $8.75 per hour as of January 1, 2015, and again to $9.75 per hour as of January 1, 2016. The bill would also adjust the minimum wage each year for inflation after 2016. This ballot measure will not appear during the Primary Election, but only during the November 4th General Election.

-- Strongly Favor: 50.0 percent
-- Somewhat Favor: 25.1 percent
-- Neutral: 3.7 percent
-- Somewhat Oppose: 8.6 percent
-- Strongly Oppose: 12.5 percent

Analysis: This looks like a slam dunk for passage with a 75-21 lead, and much of the blame can be attributed to the national Republican Party's failure to confront and combat the excesses of plutocracy and the growing income gap. Many national Republicans have also signed on to amnesty for illegal immigrants, who take jobs Americans could do. The only prominent Republican to have consistently condemned crony capitalism is Sarah Palin. I could support this measure if it was limited to a single wage hike and then inflation indexing thereafter; having two one-dollar jumps in two years will hinder hiring efforts by small business.

Ballot Measure #4 (12BBAY) - An Act Providing for Protection of Bristol Bay Wild Salmon and Waters Within or Flowing Into the Existing 1972 Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve. A Yes vote would require the legislature to approve future large-scale metallic sulfide mines in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve (BBFR) by passing a law. The law would have to find that any proposed mine would not endanger the BBFR fishery. The approval would be in addition to any other required permits or authorizations. This ballot measure will not appear during the Primary Election, but only during the November 4th General Election.

-- Strongly Favor: 32.8 percent
-- Somewhat Favor: 13.1 percent
-- Neutral: 13.2 percent
-- Somewhat Oppose: 14.4 percent
-- Strongly Oppose: 26.5 percent

Analysis: Close, but passage seems likely. This measure primarily asks the state legislature to exercise stronger oversight over the prospective Pebble Mine.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

If David Brat Can Beat Eric Cantor In Virginia, Joe Miller Can Win The Republican U.S. Senate Nomination In Alaska

Supporters of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller may be a bit discouraged by a recent Dittman poll which showed him third with 12 percent of the vote behind "DNR" Dan Sullivan (37 percent) and Mead Treadwell (35 percent) for the Republican nomination. Furthermore, the same poll showed Treadwell with a 74 percent favorable approval rating, Sullivan with a 62 percent, and Miller with only a 35 percent favorable rating.

A similar situation existed in the Republican race for Virginia's U.S. House District 7. An internal poll taken in May 2014 by McLaughlin & Associates showed incumbent Rep. Eric Cantor with a 62 percent to 28 percent lead over more conservative challenger David Brat, an economics professor running to Cantor's right, while 11 percent were undecided. McLaughlin & Associates has a history of blowing calls on critical political races. Yet another poll conducted by Vox Populi on June 2nd also showed Cantor leading Brat, but by only 52-41 percent, with 9 percent undecided. To add insult to injury, Cantor outspent Brat 20-1 during the primary campaign.

So it triggered a major political earthquake when in the Virginia Republican Primary election on June 10th, 2013, David Brat staged a huge upset over Eric Cantor, defeating him by a 56 percent to 44 percent margin. But there were some warning signs on the horizon. Cantor became more of a deal-maker in the House, angering some constitutional conservatives with his support for a clean debt ceiling increase and his move to circumvent a committee chairman to hammer out a deal on flood insurance legislation earlier this year. In the closing days of the race, conservative radio stars Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin jumped in to boost Brat, condemning Cantor for being weak on immigration. Cantor supported a Republican version of the DREAM Act, created to give legal status to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, and Brat repeatedly called Cantor’s stance "amnesty". As a matter of fact, the flood of Mexican children inundating our border states may have catapulted immigration to the top in this campaign. However, unlike elections in Mississippi and Kentucky, major conservative and Tea Party groups did not flood Cantor’s district with money and rallies. For those unfamiliar with David Brat, the Washington Post published a useful backgrounder.

The bottom line: If the polls could get it so wrong in Virginia, what's to say the polls here in Alaska couldn't also get it wrong, although Dittman Research has a better reputation than Vox Populi. Consequently, Joe Miller could be stronger at present than the polls lead us to believe. One important difference is that while Virginia's Republican primary was an open primary, offering the opportunity for Democrats and others to cross over and vote for Brat to set up an easier victory for the Democratic opponent in November, Alaska's August 19th Republican primary is a closed primary, limited to Republicans, non-partisans, and undeclared. Nevertheless, Joe Miller still has a steep uphill struggle.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Alaska U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Miller Gains Momentum, Wins Straw Polls At Two Successive Campaign Events

Concerns about previous high negative ratings for U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller may be abating. At two recent campaign events, Joe Miller won two polls taken either during or after the event. This makes Miller a fully viable candidate that, if former DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan and current Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell split the "RINO" vote, could propel him to victory in the Alaska Primary Election on August 19th, 2014. People's Pundit Daily opines that there's possibility that a “reverse vote-splitting phenomena” could sink Sullivan and Treadwell, leaving an energized grassroots support base strong enough to earn Miller the win.

The first event was the Alaska Republican Assembly (ARA) convention held in Wasilla on May 24th. In addition to Miller, featured speakers included Rev. Rafael Cruz (father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz), Sharron Angle (current president of NFRA), Willes Lee (NW Vice President of the National Federal of Republican Assemblies) and Sheriff and author Richard Mack. Miller called upon delegates to resist the temptation to water down the traditional Party platform, especially with regards to traditional cultural values. And his message rang true as the straw poll taken during the event showed Miller to be an overwhelming choice over Mead Treadwell for the Senate; even left-of-center blogger Amanda Coyne grudgingly admitted that Miller got the most shoutouts. Other candidates winning straw polls for their respective seats included Sean Parnell for Governor, Ted Cruz by a lesser margin over Rand Paul for President, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan for Lt. Gov., and John Cox over Congressman Don Young for U.S. House. Despite the straw poll results, the ARA will wait until later to award its endorsements.

Skeptics undoubtedly will claim that the deck was stacked and that Joe Miller was playing before a home crowd in Wasilla. But less than a week later, at the at the Wilda Marston Theatre in Anchorage on May 28th, Miller flexed his political muscle before a less partisan crowd. The event was an actual debate organized by the Conservative Patriots Group and United for Liberty; participating was Joe Miller, Mead Treadwell, and Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Mark Fish. Neither "DNR" Dan Sullivan nor Democratic incumbent Mark Begich attended, although Sullivan had a conflict and Begich wasn't given enough lead time. The candidates took questions from the audience and quizzed one another. Although Treadwell appeared to have the most campaign volunteers at this event, Miller stole the show as the campaign reports he won the exit poll of the 200 people in attendance. Again, left-of-center blogger Amanda Coyne grudgingly conceded that Miller won most of the applause lines for the night, but a number of people gave props to Treadwell for a credible performance. Coyne revealed the specific numbers for the straw poll; Joe Miller 221, Mead Treadwell 207, and Mark Fish 115.

The three big issues surfaced by the audience during the debate were the Law Of The Sea Treaty (LOST), requiring voters to show ID at the polls, and amnesty for illegal aliens. Here were the candidates' responses to each:

(1). Mead Treadwell: Supports LOST, but wants some changes; opposes requiring voter ID; supports conditional amnesty for illegal aliens. There may be justification for restoring the old "bracero program" for foreign agricultural workers, but to grant amnesty to illegal aliens would be rewarding unlawful behavior.

(2). Joe Miller and Mark Fish: Oppose LOST, support voter ID, oppose any amnesty for illegal aliens. The similarities between Miller and Fish are understandable since Fish worked as a volunteer for the Miller campaign in 2010; Fish decided to run as a Libertarian this time because he's less socially conservative than Miller, and also so Libertarians can have a viable candidate to vote for in an open primary. But Fish may be about to get serious intraparty competition in the person of Scott Kohlhaas.

The candidates also discussed climate change, with Treadwell reaffirming his belief that human activities contribute to it. Miller rejects this notion.

For those who are interested, the Conservative Patriots Group recorded a video of the entire Anchorage debate:

Mead Treadwell's Reaction: One of the reasons Treadwell got respect from the crowd was because he spent very little time criticizing Miller and much more time taking Dan Sullivan and Mark Begich, the two candidates who appear to have collected the most money from Outside special interests, to task for not being present. When Joe Miller asked Treadwell to justify past support, financially and otherwise, of left-leaning Republicans and liberal Democrats like Lisa Murkowski, Matt Claman and Sheila Selkregg over conservative challengers, Treadwell claimed personal friendship was the reason he chose to support candidates who work against his stated values. But Miller believes that principle must trump party and even friendship, otherwise the pressures in Washington could turn campaign rhetoric into false promises. Therein lies the downside of a Dan Sullivan victory; while Sullivan is an honorable man, what will happen when the Beltway Boys hand him the bill for all that Outside money they've dumped into his campaign?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Alaska Senator Mark Begich Reaps Strong Negative Backlash After Signing Senatorial Letter Demanding The Washington Redskins Change Their Nickname

A total of 50 U.S. Senators have signed letters to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell demanding that the Washington Redskins change their nickname. The senators believe the term "Redskins" is a racial slur and are playing the tribal sovereignty card, although they do not specify how any American Indians or Alaska Natives would benefit economically from a name change.

-- PDF copy of U.S. Senate letter

The effort was actually organized by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA). A total of 49 senators signed the letter organized by Cantwell, all Democrats except for Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, who are officially "Independent" but who caucus with the Democrats. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) expressed similar sentiments in his own separate letter to the NFL. The only five Democrats who chose not to sign the letter were Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. Cantwell said she did not ask any Republicans to sign the letter.

This means that our very own Boy Wonder, Mark Begich, signed Cantwell's letter. Of course, Begich is undoubtedly playing to the sizable Alaska Native constituency in Alaska, although I do not recall that the Washington Redskins were an item of major concern at any recent Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) convention. In fact, many Alaska Natives are more concerned about getting more jobs in Bush Alaska, reducing alcohol abuse and domestic violence in Bush villages, and firming up police protection by getting authority to arm village public safety officers. Begich did not address his decision on his official U.S. Senate website, but he did post the following explanation on his Facebook page:

Today I joined my Senate colleagues asking NFL Commissioner Goodell to respect the request of the Native American Tribes (and people across the nation) who want to change the name of the Washington Redskins. We should be honoring our nation’s First Peoples, not using racial slurs.

In response to the letter, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy politely rejected the request, noting that the intent of the team’s name has always been to present a strong, positive and respectful image, and that the name is not used by the team or the NFL in any other context. Although Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder declined comment, he has previously vowed not to change the team's nickname, saying that lawmakers should focus on real-life issues and needs. Nevertheless, Redskins' President Bruce Allen sent a letter addressed to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) inviting him to attend one of their home games, where he would witness first-hand that the Washington Redskins are a positive, unifying force for our community in a city and region that is divided on so many levels

-- Read Allen's letter

Surveys nationwide indicate anywhere from 80 to 90 percent of respondents oppose forcing the Washington Redskins to change their nickname, and much of that backlash was proportionally reflected on Begich's Facebook page. Some of the comments (after the jump):