Friday, April 28, 2017

Asst. School Principal Loses it With Anti-Abortion Kids

Hat tip The College Fix

Like me, I'm sure you remember your high school  vice principal. Ours was a guy named Mr. Wilson. We called him Willy. This was when I  was a 14-year-old punk at Webster Jr. High School in W Los Angeles. Me and my dopey friends all thought it was cool to smoke. According to the school rules, we couldn't smoke until after we had arrived home after school in the afternoon. Most of our parents didn't know we were smoking, so we preferred to light up while walking home. Mr Wilson would drive all around the neighborhood in his VW trying to nail us smoking. When he did, it meant a trip the principal's office the next day, a call to our shocked parents, and a paddling on the butt with wooden board. That was the old days.

Now we have people like Zach Ruff, asst. principal at the Downingtown STEM school in Pennsylvania. Last week, when Mr Ruff saw a group of Christian teens standing on the corner of his school with anti-abortion posters, he jumped into action-and made a total fool of himself. The video is worth all 18 minutes as he makes a spectacle of himself cursing at the kids and trying to drown out what the kids are saying by singing to passing motorists. At one point, a motorist gets out of his car and gets in Mr Ruff's grille in defense of the kids. It's all good fun.

"Free Speech" at Berkeley?

This article first appeared in  New English Review.

It seems like a century ago that a young man named Mario Savio launched something called the "Free Speech Movement" at the University of California at Berkeley. Ever since, the university has prided itself as the birthplace of free speech, which might draw a hoot from our founding fathers.

To be sure, controversial speakers from Louis Farrakhan to Vicente Fox to radical Oakland-based imam Amir Abdel Malik Ali have found a friendly environment at Berkeley, but for conservative speakers, the idea that they too might enjoy the right to speak without a riot ensuing has proved far more elusive.

In fact just this year, three speakers from the right have learned the hard way that they have no free speech rights at UCB.

Take Milo Yiannopoulos, for example. His February speech was cancelled at the last minute when students and other anarchists rioted at the site of the venue. People were beaten and $100,000 of property damage resulted while campus police posed as potted plants. Only one arrest took place. The unlucky chap seems to have gotten in the way of a local campus gendarme who was probably writing a parking ticket.

Then there was David Horowitz, scheduled to speak April 12. The university administration put so many barriers in his way (like moving the venue to some undisclosed broom closet a mile off campus) that he figured there was no use speaking to two or three homeless people who might stumble in by mistake.

Now comes Ann Coulter (who, like Horowitz, has spoken at UC Irvine without incident). She was scheduled to speak this week at "The Home of the Free Speech Movement." When the little rascals threatened to give her the Yiannopoulus treatment, the university panicked. The campus police were afraid there would be violence. The school tried to reschedule the event to September (probably during school break). They said they had no room available. Just like Horowitz, they put up condition after condition-which she agreed to- before her sponsors threw in the towel.

Understandably, the College Republicans and Young Americas Foundation at UCB, who attempted to sponsor these events, are frustrated and convinced they cannot get fair treatment from a feckless administration that hides under its collective desk at the first sign of trouble. (Believe it or not, UCB's outgoing  chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, was found to have had an escape hatch built into his office in case protesters got too close.)

If student and community thugs try to shut down an event, that's what the cops are there for-at least in the good old days when I was in law enforcement. Campus cops, of course, are under the direct control of the university administrators. The result is that riots go unpunished and the heckler's veto is king.

As illustrated above, universities all over the country are learning that putting administrative roadblocks in the way of conservative speakers is a good way to shut down an event and avoid disruptions altogether. Forcing conservative groups like the College Republicans to post inordinately high security insurance fees, or hold their events in the daylight hours during classes at off-site locations or in halls too small to accommodate large crowds are methods increasingly being used as tools to keep conservative speakers off campus. It belies the very purpose of universities, which is to expose students to a wide variety of viewpoints on controversial issues. The result is one huge echo chamber.

Contrary to what some think, the quick fix is not to demand that the universities hire more conservative professors. This is a culture that has been building since the 1960s. It will not change overnight. In addition, few conservatives are interested in making a career in  a university setting. Who wants to put up with that aggravation?

What is needed is a drying up of funds from donors and tax payers-to say nothing about students deciding to go elsewhere. Just ask the University of Missouri after the Black Lives Matters protests drove prospective students to other schools. Mizzou is hurting big time in the pocket book due to a lack of students.

Another thing that needs to change now is having campus cops stand down when events are being disrupted or shut down by violence. Instead, arrests should be made and prosecution and expulsion must ensue. Would be disruptors must know that campus police and administrators will take whatever measures to ensure that freedom of speech applies to all. The purpose of campus police is to keep order on campus and protect people and property. They seem to have forgotten that at UC Berkeley.

In one respect, however, justice has been served. Milo Yiannopoulos, David Horowitz and Ann Coulter have brought national attention to UC Berkeley and universities in general. Public awareness is the first step to bringing change where change is badly needed.

Tufts University and BDS: Unfair Treatment

Below is a letter sent by my friends in the AMCHA Initiative to Tufts University regarding a BDS vote held recently on the eve of Passover (when many Jewish students would be unable to participate in the hearings and vote). It is a common tactic used by pro-Palestinian forces on campuses across the country.

"A student group, Students for Justice in Palestine, made a calculated decision to place an anti-Israel divestment resolution on the Senate agenda on the evening before the Jewish holiday of Passover, at a time when many Jewish students would be unable to attend the student government meeting.  Despite widespread outrage within the Tufts Jewish community and the fact that more than 50 students had emailed their senators, pleading with them to postpone the vote until after the Jewish holiday, the Tuft's Community Union Senate ignored their request, went ahead with the vote, and thereby concurred in the targeted and deliberate exclusion of Jewish students."  

Dear Friends,

One of the newest tactics of SJP groups as they promote their BDS resolutions in student senates across the country is to manipulate senate procedure in order to exclude from the debate as many Jewish and pro-Israel voices as possible.  We’ve recently seen this tactic in action at Tufts University in a divestment vote that was scheduled on the eve of Passover, and at Pitzer College in a boycott vote that was scheduled on Easter Sunday and Passover.  Both of these cases resulted in pro-Israel Jewish and Christian students being denied their freedom of speech and the right to full participation in campus life.

In the letter below, 45 groups call on the Tufts University President to take substantive steps to protect the freedom of expression of Jewish and pro-Israel students on his campus.

Best regards,


Begin forwarded message:

From: Tammi Rossman-Benjamin 
Subject: Serious concerns about suppression of Jewish student expression at Tufts
Date: April 27, 2017 at 9:02:24 AM EDT

Dear President Monaco,

We are 45 Jewish, Christian, education and civil rights organizations gravely concerned about the recent student government process that deliberately excluded many Jewish students, depriving them of their freedom of expression and the right to full participation in campus life.  A student group, Students for Justice in Palestine, made a calculated decision to place an anti-Israel divestment resolution on the Senate agenda on the evening before the Jewish holiday of Passover, at a time when many Jewish students would be unable to attend the student government meeting.  Despite widespread outrage within the Tufts Jewish community and the fact that more than 50 students had emailed their senators, pleading with them to postpone the vote until after the Jewish holiday, the Tuft's Community Union Senate ignored their request, went ahead with the vote, and thereby concurred in the targeted and deliberate exclusion of Jewish students.  This is simply unacceptable. 

It is not surprising that what triggered this display of flagrantly intolerant behavior was an anti-Israel divestment resolution.  As you may know, resolutions like this one, which have been introduced into dozens of student senates across the country by members of SJP and similar groups, are part of a much larger anti-Zionist campaign known as BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), whose goal is to isolate and ultimately eliminate the Jewish state through economic, academic and cultural boycotts.  Studies have shown that BDS activity on college campuses nationally, especially the promotion of anti-Israel divestment resolutions, is strongly associated with acts that target Jewish and pro-Israel students for harm. These have included the shutting down or disrupting of pro-Israel events; the vilification and harassment of Jewish and pro-Israel students in order to delegitimize their Zionist perspective or cause them to be too afraid or uncomfortable to express it; and, as recently occurred at Tufts and even more recently at Pitzer College in California, the malevolent manipulation of student government procedure in order to eliminate pro-Israel voices from debates about BDS.

The “Declaration on Freedom of Expression at Tufts,” approved by your Board of Trustees in 2009, recognizes that freedom of expression and inquiry are “fundamental to the academic enterprise,” and that the University bears an ethical obligation to ensure that “all community members, regardless of background, are free from behavior that interferes with their ability to study, grow, and attain their full potential.”  The Declaration further obligates University leaders to “hold accountable those who do not respect these values,” as well as “to support and empower [Tufts community] members whose rights are violated.”  The actions of the TCU Senate and promoters of the anti-Israel divestment resolution have demonstrated a clear disdain for the most fundamental values of the University and resulted in a serious violation of Jewish students’ rights.    

In fulfillment of the ethical obligations articulated by the Tufts Trustees, we urge you to take the following steps to ensure that Jewish students, and all Tufts students, are free to express their opinions, beliefs and identities and to fully participate in campus life, now and in the future:

  1. Direct the TCU Senate to nullify the divestment resolution vote and schedule a re-vote for a time when the resolution can be fairly discussed and debated, and when all students – but especially those who are personally affected by the resolution -- have an opportunity to express their opinions and equitably participate in the student government process; 
  2. Review, update and diligently enforce campus policies and procedures to guarantee that all members of the campus community, irrespective of their opinions, beliefs or identity, are equitably and adequately protected from intolerant behavior that infringes on their freedom of expression and denies them equal rights. 
  3. Ensure that prompt and appropriate disciplinary measures are taken when any individual or group engages in behavior that suppresses the freedom of expression or civil rights of others. To be a credible deterrent against campus abuses, “appropriate disciplinary measures” must include rigorous penalties such as suspension and expulsion.
  4. Develop protocols for vetting the establishment and yearly renewal of university-approved student groups, to determine whether a group is likely to, or has already engaged in the suppression of others’ freedom of speech or civil rights.  Any group whose stated mission is to engage in such intolerant behavior, or whose members have repeatedly engaged in such behavior, should not be given university approval.  
  5. Develop educational and training programs that can: 
  • Help members of the campus community to recognize and avoid intolerant behavior that suppresses others’ freedom of expression or denies them equal rights, and to be aware of all campus policies and procedures regarding such behavior;
  • Teach and encourage the expression of a wide range of views in a productive and respectful manner; 
  • Inculcate an understanding of and appreciation for the First Amendment and Tufts' own “Declaration on Freedom of Expression” and their critical role in supporting the academic mission of the university.
To address the recent wave of increased polarization on campuses across the country, we have been meeting with college and university leaders to discuss many of the above strategies for promoting tolerance and protecting free speech for all students. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss these recommendations and how they might be successfully implemented at Tufts. 
Thank you for your leadership and defense of the freedoms and rights of all Tufts students. 
Academic Council for Israel
Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi)
Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) - National
ACF - Tufts
AMCHA Initiative
American Institute for Jewish Research
Americans for Peace and Tolerance
American Truth Project
BEAR: Bias Education, Advocacy & Resources
Christians and Jews United for Israel
Club Z
Coalition for Jewish Values
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)
Davis Faculty for Israel
Eagles Wings
Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)
Fuel For Truth
HaLev Israel
Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel
Iranian American Jewish Federation
Israeli-American Coalition for Action 
IAC Israeli American Council - Boston
Israel Peace Initiative (IPI)
Jerusalem U
Jewish Israel Cafe
Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA)
Middle East Forum
Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN)
National Conference on Jewish Affairs
National Council of Young Israel
Proclaiming Justice to the Nations   
Russian Jewish Community Foundation
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East
Simon Wiesenthal Center  
Stop BDS on Campus
Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism
Students Supporting Israel
Students Supporting Israel at UCLA
The Israel Christian Nexus
The Israel Group
Training and Education About the Middle East (T.E.A.M.)
Zionist Organization of America

Cc:  Peter Dolan, Chairman of the Tufts Board of Trustees
       David Harris, Provost and Senior Vice President 
       Mary Patricia McMahon, Dean of Student Affairs 
       Michael Baenen, Chief of Staff       
       Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Executive Director of Tufts Hillel
       Rabbi Tzvi Brackman, Director of Chabad at Tufts

Thursday, April 27, 2017

More Details on the FGM Case in Michigan

Hat tip Breitbart and Vlad Tepes

The below article from the Detroit Free Press provides additional details on the female genital mutilation case in Michigan in which three people, two of them doctors, have been charged. The details are disturbing and graphic.

Maybe it would be a good idea to ask prospective immigrants from countries where this barbaric practice is carried out whether they practice this within their families. Of course, they could lie, but that would be grounds to revoke whatever immigration status they obtain.

Remember Rasmieh Odeh, the convicted Palestinian murder/terrorist from Israel, who covered that up in her immigration applications. She is now facing deportation.

ESPN Doesn't Know Poetry

ESPN needs to stick to sports and leave the poetry alone. A poem honoring a fugitive cop-killer was originally selected as part of some production honoring "the new feminism".

This is ESPN's biggest mistake since Keith Olberman.

More Junk Mail From Dianne Feinstein

Sometime in the past I signed one of those online petition letters to our California senators asking them not to support admittance of Syrian "refugees" into the US. Today, I received a "response" (no doubt in the same words as every response to similar letters). Here is what the octogenarian senator had to say. Note- In the letter are several links where I can follow her activities in Congress. I deleted them rather than go to the trouble of making them operable on the blog by retyping them from my email account.

I take issue with her on a couple of points (other than she is not going to oppose the admittance of these refugees). First of all, how can they be the most thoroughly vetted of all when we don't have access to Syrian records on these people? Does she really think we have access to Syrian police records or Syrian government intelligence records on these people? Ridiculous.

Secondly, this idea of making people from visa waiver countries go through the visa process if they have traveled to Iraq or Syria in the past 5 years is absurd. Are they going to tell us? Will they be carrying genuine passports with Syrian or Iraqi border stamps in them? What stupidity.

Dear Mr. Fouse:

Thank you for contacting me to share your opposition to the resettlement of refugees in the United States.  I welcome the opportunity to respond.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), there are currently more than 60 million registered refugees in the world.  Over 4 million of those refugees are Syrian refugees seeking assistance after fleeing more than six years of conflict in Syria.  The Syrian conflict has led to the world’s worst ongoing humanitarian crisis and the worst refugee crisis since World War II.  

I understand that you oppose admitting refugees to the U.S. because you believe they pose a threat to our national security.  You may be interested to know that refugees are the most thoroughly vetted foreign nationals of all foreigners admitted to the U.S.  All U.S. refugee applicants, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, or religion, are required to meet strict criteria, including security checks through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Intelligence Community, and the U.S. Department of State, in order to qualify for admission.  Additionally, refugees from certain countries must go through additional clearance checks.  For example, biometric information, such as fingerprints and photographs, are collected from refugees and compared to the vast biometric holdings that the U.S. government has on foreign nationals.  Unlike most foreign nationals traveling to the U.S., it can take up to 24 months before a refugee is admitted.  This is in addition to vetting that is conducted by international organizations before a refugee is sent to the U.S. refugee agency abroad for processing. 

That said, please know that protecting the safety of Americans is my top priority as a United States Senator.  As Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I have long believed that our nation’s intelligence and law enforcement capabilities serve as our best defense against terrorism.  I believe now, more than ever, that we need to remain vigilant.  

As you may know, the 2015 terrorist attack in Paris was perpetrated by individuals who were citizens of France and Belgium, meaning they could have come to the U.S. without needing a visa, through a program called the “Visa Waiver Program.”  That is why I introduced bipartisan legislation known as the “Visa Waiver Program Security Enhancement Act” (S. 2337), which had 25 cosponsors and would have required travelers from Visa Waiver countries to use the standard visa application process if they have traveled to either Iraq or Syria within the last five years.   I am pleased to share that provisions from the “Visa Waiver Program Security Enhancement Act” were included in the Fiscal Year 2016 Federal Appropriations law (Public Law 114-113), which was signed into law on December 18, 2015.

Once again, thank you for writing. Should you have any other questions or comments, please call my Washington office. (deleted)

You can also follow me online at (deleted)

Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

  Dianne Feinstein
         United States Senator

Austrians Comply With Van der Bellen's Order

Hat tip Gates of Vienna and Egri Nok.

This is hilarious. Some Austrians are "complying" with President Alexander Van der Bellen's suggestion that all Austrians wear the hijab in solidarity with Muslim women. Click the below link to see the video.

Austrian President Suggests All Women Wear Hijabs in Solidaritry

Hat tip Vlad Tepes

If this year's elections were supposed to be the turning point for Europe, Austria has already failed the test (along with the Netherlands). They elected a liberal named Alexander Von der Bellen, and he has now suggested that all women in Austria don the hijab in solidarity with Muslim women in light of "manifestly rampant Islamophobia".

"Yee gads!"

Von der Bellen might also suggest that all Austrians don the swastika in solidarity with the much-maligned Nazis.

Oh  wait! They already did that, didn't they?

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Hitler speaks in Vienna on the occasion of the Anschluss.

Germany's Diplomatic Screwup

This article first appeared in Eagle Rising.

This week, the German foreign minister is visiting Israel in observance of Israel’s observance of the Holocaust. It is entirely proper that he do so for obvious reasons. Ever since the creation of Israel, Germany has had a “special relationship” with the Jewish state, both during the West German Bundesrepublik era and since reunification.

Unfortunately, however, Germany’s current foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, doesn’t understand this relationship. When he announced his intention to meet with Israeli opposition groups who are aligned with those seeking to destroy the Jewish state, Prime Minister Netanyahu decided to cancel his scheduled meeting with Gabriel. The response of the German foreign minister was that it was no catastrophe. He added that it was perfectly normal to meet with opposition groups when visiting a foreign country.

Maybe for the foreign minister of Bolivia when visiting Israel, but not the foreign minister of Germany.

Of course, Germany is hardly the only European country that has strained relations with Israel-thanks to Europe’s cowardly bowing to Palestinian/Arab/Muslim interests. Sweden is probably the worst with more NGOs opposing Israel than any other European country. But Sweden doesn’t share Germany’s history other than sitting out World War II and allowing the German military to transit their country to supply occupied Norway. Germany generally understands its history and acts accordingly. In this case, however, Gabriel has caused a diplomatic incident by placing more importance on meeting with pro-Palestinian Israelis than the Israeli prime minister and making a careless statement to defend it.

Mr. Gabriel would be well advised to worry more about the mess in his own country thanks to Angela Merkel’s welcome mat for over one million migrants, refugees, and fortune seekers of whom a large percentage are criminals, rapists, murderers and jihadists. Merkel has brought her country and, indeed, Europe to the brink of collapse by this insane immigration policy, which ironically, is driving the remaining Jews out of the continent for fear of another Holocaust.

I say all this as one who spent three years in Germany, has returned several times, and loves the country. It pains me to see what is happening to Germany and the rest of Europe. But I also support Israel, and in this case, Gabriel’s actions and words have been careless to put it politely. He was there to observe the Holocaust-not to offend his hosts and give legitimacy to those who wish to destroy the Jewish state.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My Exchange With UC Irvine Re: "Standing Rock Is Everywhere" Event

Below is a response to my letter of today to UC Irvine regarding the "Standing Rock Is Everywhere" event. It comes from Dr. Thomas Parham, UCI's vice chancellor for student affairs, who originated the New Narratives program, which sponsored the event.

Mr. Fouse: 
Thank you for your note and for attending the New Narratives forum. Reviews on 
that program were very positive even as we understand that attendees and even 
panelists may agree or disagree with the assertions being advanced and opinions 
being offered by the various speakers. 
The purpose of the New Narratives series when I developed it was to create a 
forum where issues of race, gender, identity, oppression, social justice, etc. 
could become topics of critical discourse and analysis. That is what we intend 
to deliver in those NN forums. Also, while I do take occasional license to 
suggest a speaker, the speakers are primarily invited by a committee of students 
and staff from across the university. In light of your recommendations, I will 
make sure that those are forwarded to the committee for their consideration. 
Thank you again for your message. 
Dr. Parham 
Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D 
Vice Chancellor Student Affairs 
University of California Irvine 
Irvine, California. 92697 

Here is my response:

Dr. Parham 
Thank you for your response. Since the purpose of New Narratives is to treat 
these issues with critical discourse and analysis, it seems that having 
conservative speakers would be essential in order to provide the students with 
balance enabling them to come up with their own conclusions. How can there be 
critical discourse and analysis when only one side of an issue is presented? 
I would be grateful if you could advise me as to the committee's decision on 
inviting Dr Sowell or Mr. Elder to speak at UCI. 
Thank you again for your response. 
Gary Fouse 

The Latest Conspiracy Theory From Maxine Waters

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"There are those who think they he has some connection to what is going on in Ukraine and perhaps Russia and .........,."

I would have thought that Chris Hayes and MSNBC would have learned their lesson when Maxine Waters (D-CA) went off and called Trump's team a "bunch of scumbags" on the air. Not so. Not only did Chris bring Maxine back today, she unloaded her latest black helicopter theory pertaining to retiring Republican lawmaker Jason Chafettz.

It looks like Chris cut the interview short, which is always a great idea when having Maxine Waters on your show. Then again, MSNBC should have learned their lesson before when she made the scumbags comment. Let's face it: She is a perfect fit for MSNBC.

Iraqi Asylum-Seeker in Sweden Goes to Prison for Multiple Assaults Against Women

Hat tip Fria Tider

Here is the latest horror story out of Sweden. An Iraqi asylum seeker convicted of assaulting three older women in the same day. He is getting 8-1/2 years in prison and deportation. I guess they are getting a little bit tougher in Sweden.

I have translated the article from the Swedish in Fria Tider.

Strangled 70-year-old until passed out: "She is a racist"

Iraqi asylum seeker living in the asylum accommodation Dala Horse Camping and Cabins. He was identified in connection with his selfies (top right in picture) compared with a pair of bloody aviator glasses found at one of the crime scenes.

DOMESTIC. A 39-year-old Arab asylum seeker brutally attacked several women outdoors in Avesta - one of which was left bloody and unconscious to die in a ditch. Now he is sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for attempted murder, among other things.
- "She is a racist," said the asylum seeker in the interrogation about another woman he choked until she was unconscious.

It was September 7 last year that the man attacked several women in Avesta in southern Dalarna.

One of the victims, who is in her 50s, was on her way home from the pharmacy along a bicycle and walking trail when the asylum seeker attacked and brutally beat her by force to the head. The Arab then dragged the bloodied unconscious woman into a ditch and stole her earrings and cash. There, she was found during the wee hours of the night, next to a pine tree that was smeared with blood, and was then, according to the (medical) judgment, in a medical life-threatening condition with a traumatic brain injury.

Another woman, who is in her 70s, had, the same day, cycled to the recycling station with newspapers and advertisements when the asylum seeker jumped her at a dumpster and pushed her. When she tried to ride away, he ran after her and pushed her down on the ground. In connection with the fall, she struck the arm of a concrete foundation, with the result that the arm was unusable. After that, the  Arab took her  around her arm and pulled her around four meters towards the forest. As she lay flat, he stood crouching behind her and took a grip around her neck and pressed until her eyes went black  and she fell unconscious.

The Asylum Seeker denied  both assaults in interviews but said he knew the older woman. He explained that she was "racist" and that he "hated" her.

A third woman was attacked by the 39-year-old at the recycling station the same afternoon. He contented himself by pawing at her chest and buttocks.

A pair of bloody aviator glasses which were found by the first woman in the ditch were compared by police with selfies the  39-year-old had in his cell phone. And after a search of the asylum seeker's home more evidence against him was found.

The man, who came to Sweden from Iraq during the asylum turmoil in autumn 2015, has been living bin asylum accommodation at Dala Horse Camping and Cabins in Avesta.

He was sentenced yesterday by Falu District Court for attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault, theft and abuse in court (because in  the hearings, he threatened to kill the older woman he strangled).

The punishment was imprisonment of eight years and six months and expulsion for life.