Sunday, September 24, 2017


When it was reported that Trump had withdrawn an invitation for the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House because the Warriors’ Stephen Curry said he would not go, basketball super star LeBron James piped up and tweeted:

“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

Donna Edwards, a retired black Democratic congresswoman from Maryland tweeted:

“On Sunday, I hope every @NFL player takes a knee in solidarity w [Colin Kaepernick] against the white supremacist who squats in our White House.”

Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka tweeted:

“I can’t take anything our Celebrity in Chief says seriously. He’s a real life clown/troll.”

GQ correspondent Keith Olbermann said:


And the list goes on and on and on.

Of course, Trump should not have called the players sons of bitches, even though that’s what they are.

These personal attacks on Trump are absolutely disgusting. LeBron James calling the President a bum. Why, if he were not such an outstanding basketball player, he would be nothing more than a real bum.

There are better and more decent ways to criticize the President, but these people have no decency or are too stupid to do so.


by Bob Walsh

James Junior Nice, 45, is not a nice man. His cell partner, Glenn Arthur Cox, is, or at least was, a drunk doing 8 years for DUI. He was two years into his sentence and was eligible for parole consideration. He is now a dead guy. Staff at the Idaho State slammer found Cow unresponsive in their cell. The men were the only occupants of the cell when the body was found.

Nice was doing three life sentences for murdering his three children, six-year old twins and a 2-year old girl, more than ten years ago. A fourth child died earlier under suspicious circumstances.

Nice is being moved to a more secure facility. I wonder if he will get another cellie?


by Bob Walsh

Regular readers will recall that I have opined a time or two about the very active referendum action in the People's Republic of California. It does however have a kink or two. The ballot DESCRIPTION, which is often the only thing voters read, is authored by the Attorney General, who is a constitutional officer in a partisan office. This has occasionally led to blatantly misleading descriptions designed specifically to push voters in one direction or the other.

Enter Sacramento County Judge Timothy Frawley. On Friday he said that the description authored by the A. G., Xavier Becerra, a hard-core socialist-Democrap, was misleading and would mislead voters. The A. G.'s description focuses on the loss of transportation funding and does not focus on the repeal of a very unpopular tax increase, which is the ACTUAL focus of the ballot initiative.

The title and summary will appear both on the petitions to get the item on the ballot and on the ballot itself assuming enough signatures are gathered to do the job. The Republicans in the People's Republic of California hold considerable hope for this initiative. Even if it doesn't pass (and it probably would as the tax is immensely unpopular) it will have a strong tendency to drive conservative traffic to the ballot box in 2018. The Republicans want very much to break up the Democrap super-majority currently in both houses of the legislature.

IN any event the judge is going to write the title and description himself. Way to go dude.


Friday, during a campaign rally for GOP Senate candidate Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama, President Trump stomped Colin Kaepernick and the other NFL players who refuse to stand while the National Anthem is played.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired, he’s fired. Total disrespect of our heritage, a total disrespect of everything that we stand for.”

President Trump is spot on about those sons of bitches! NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, are you listening?

Well the asshole did. Goodell responded by releasing a statement which said: “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

What a schmuck! What’s really divisive, Goodell, is your fucking players disrespecting our flag.

Trump also got a shitload full of flack from NFL players and players of other leagues. But on Saturday he fired back with this tweet:

“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag and should stand for the national anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

Go get the sons of bitches, Donald, I’m totally with you!


If you watch NBC TV, I’m sure you’ve seen the ads for Meet the Press in which host Chuck Todd says, “….. if it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press.”

In Houston there is a mattress store chain called Mattresses for Less.

While I was watching the Today show yesterday, NBC broke for the Chuck Todd commercial. But local Channel 2 cut in with the mattress commercial so that the conjoined ads said:

“If it’s Sunday, it’s mattresses for less.”

Way to go, Channel 2.


Israel's advanced air defenses will thwart most of Hezbollah's threats to strategic infrastructure

By Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror

Israel Hayom
September 20, 2017

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah 2017, it seems there are three main regional and global factors that Israel must consider as it forges ahead: The first is an unstable world, which apparently no longer has agreed-upon tools with which to deal with issues that arise between states.

The second is an ambiguous system of world order, in which the United States has withdrawn from its role as the world's policeman; Russia uses its military power to promote its interests in the Middle East while breaking familiar rules; and China, which is gaining economic power, is flexing its muscles and all but ignoring the U.S.

The third is a dynamic Middle East that is undergoing one of the most violent transition processes in its history. In this Middle East, Iran plays an active role and is the main beneficiary of the events of the past seven years, mostly over its support – alongside Russia – of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

The combination of these conditions presents Israel with both an improved strategic situation and several real challenges. On the one hand, these changes have resulted in the fact that none of Israel's neighbors enjoy a true alliance with a superpower, as Israel has with the U.S. Russia may have spared no effort to save Assad, but it did so to demonstrate its power more than out of any sense of deep friendship, and Moscow's relations with Tehran are nothing more than a marriage of convenience.

The alliance between Israel and the United States has a different meaning, both under the current administration and under the previous one, which toward the end of its term signed a $38 billion, 10-year defense aid deal with Israel. But the U.S. is taking a step back from most parts of the world, and it is facing significant challenges with regard to North Korea and China, which demands its attention almost completely. So Israel will have to resolve the issues it faces in the region without active American involvement.

Given the events of the past few years in the Middle East, Israel is not facing the threat of regular armies near its borders. Defense theories on an "eastern front" that included the Iraqi army as well as the Syrian one, or a "worst-case scenario" detailing a simultaneous war with Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan, are a thing of the past, at least for the foreseeable future.

The majority of regular armies have either faded into Middle Eastern oblivion, lost in battle or are preoccupied with burning domestic issues. Perhaps in the future a threat may manifest in a different constellation, and we must constantly think about how to prepare for it, but on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, this is not a top concern for Israel's defense officials.

The threat of Islamic State terrorism emanating from Sinai or Syria is no cause for concern. It can sting, irritate and perhaps place some Israelis here or around the world in harm's way, but at the end of the day, Israel can contain such events, as their effect on its development is minor. Even Palestinian terrorism, be it via rocket fire, terror tunnels from Gaza, stabbing or ramming attacks or even armed terrorist cells in Judea and Samaria, is not an acute problem, even if it gets slightly worse.

Israel must spare no effort to fight Palestinian and Islamic State terrorism, but it also has to keep things in the right proportion, as in most cases, it is only an annoying factor.

The two most significant threats Israel faces stem from the same thing: Iran's extreme, mainly religious, animosity that has turned into open hostility between the two nations.

One threat is potential, but existential if it is realized, namely, if Iran develops military nuclear capability. The second threat is very real as Hezbollah, Iran's proxy in Lebanon has an estimated 120,000 projectiles trained on Israel.

These threats are closely linked. Iran formed Hezbollah with the explicit goal of threatening and deterring Israel, so that Israeli decision-makers would hesitate to act against Iran when the time comes. Later, when it has a nuclear umbrella, Iran will allow the Shiite terrorist group greater freedom in its operations against Israel, based on the understanding that no one would want to confront a nuclear Iran that supports Hezbollah.

That is why Iran retains practical control over important decisions by the Shiite terrorist group, including whether it embarks on a major operation against Israel. Hezbollah is an Iranian tool, not an independent organization. In 2006, when Hezbollah independently launched the abduction of two Israeli soldiers, it led to a war that significantly crippled it, prompting Iran to greatly tighten the reins.

In dealing with each of these threats, Israel must consider both. In other words, any action against the Iranian nuclear program must see Israel brace for retaliation from Hezbollah's direction, all while preparing for the (less likely) possibility that Tehran would try to directly aid Hezbollah if the group is targeted by Israel, and may even mount a direct response against Israel.

These threats require Israel to prepare for two kinds of conflicts: one that could develop over the efforts to eliminate Iran's nuclear facilities, and one that aims to deal a debilitating blow to Hezbollah's operational capabilities and infrastructure.

The first type of confrontation will take place thousands of miles away from Israel, and the Israeli Air Force will bear the brunt of it. Its objectives will be very specific and the damage it inflicts will seek mainly to destroy Iran's nuclear capabilities, but also to underscore the price of fighting Israel. The Iranians have greatly improved their air defense capability – with Russian assistance – but Israel has also made progress in this field, thanks in part to its new F-35 fighter jets. Although the latter ability is still in its early stages, given some time it will become very significant.

The second type of confrontation will involve Hezbollah and spells a far more difficult war that will inflict great damage. Thousands of missiles will hit Israel, especially its population centers, but Israel's advanced air defenses will succeed in thwarting most of the organization's attempts to damage strategic Israeli infrastructure.

Lebanon will sustain thousands of casualties as most of Hezbollah's weapons are stored in densely populated areas. The IDF's ground forces will face a complex challenge, but they have the ability to seize southern Lebanon and critically damage Hezbollah's infrastructure. This will be a mass casualty war and we must ensure that it ends in a clear Israeli victory.

In addition, Israel must also monitor the stability of the neighboring Sunni states and Turkey's conduct, but we must keep our eye on Iran and its allies.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Kim Jong-Un responded to Trump’s UN speech with an unprecedented public address to the North Korean people

The Rocket Man, as Trump described him, said he would definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.

Here from the Mirror is the North Korean leader's statement in full:

The speech made by the US President in his maiden address on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern.

Shaping the general idea of what he would say, I expected he would make stereotyped, prepared remarks a little from what he used to utter in his office on the spur of the moment as he had to speak on the world's biggest official diplomatic stage.

But, far from making any remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful in diffusion tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense no one has ever heard from any of his predecessors.

A frightened dog barks louder.

I'd like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world.

The mentally deranged behaviour of the US President openly expressing on the UN arena the unethical will to "totally destroy" a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats and regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure.

His remarks remind me of such words as "political layman" and "political heretic" which were in vogue in reference to Trump during his presidential election campaign.

After taking office Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world. He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.

His remarks which described the US option through straightforward expression of his will have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.

Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of war in history that he would destroy the DPRK, we will consider with seriousness exercising a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.

Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say.

As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.

This is not a rhetorical expression loved by Trump.

I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue.

Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation.

I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.


Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before! (Tweet)

We can’t have madmen out there, shooting rockets all over the place. And by the way, rocket man should have been handled a long time ago. This shouldn’t be handled now, but I’m going to handle it, because we have to handle it. Little rocket man. (Rally Friday in Alabama)

EDITOR’S NOTE: A dotard? I had to look it up. A dotard is an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.

Now I most certainly disagree that Trump is either weak or senile. But by following his many tweets, I think Kim got one thing right … Trump is deranged.

Rocket Man … Mentally Deranged Dotard … Madman. The war of words between Trump and Kim is akin to a couple of schoolyard brats yapping at each other until, if left unchecked, it escalates into fisticuffs that may leave them with some fat lips or black eyes. But the war of words between the two grownup brats, if it continues, is liable to result in a shooting war with countless people killed and wounded.


by Bob Walsh

FREE SPEECH WEEK starts Sunday in the People's Republic of Berkeley. I wonder how much police presence will be there, how much free speech will actually be there and how much damage to property will occur?

I will keep you posted in case it is too small to make the national news.


by Bob Walsh

Acting a day or two ago the Ohio Supreme Court set an execution date for Percy Hutton, sentenced to die for the 1985 murder of Derek Mitchell. They were fighting over a sewing machine. Must have been one hell of a sewing machine.

The scheduled execution date is June 22, 2022. I will make sure to put that into my day timer.


Outrage as former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson re-tweets anti-Semitic article alleging that 'America's Jews are driving America's wars'

By Ariel Zilber

Daily Mail
September 21, 2017

A former undercover CIA agent who was outed in a major scandal during the George W. Bush administration re-tweeted an anti-Semitic article on Thursday alleging a Jewish conspiracy was pushing the United States into war with Iran.

Valerie Plame Wilson posted a tweet Thursday to a link to an article titled ‘America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.’

Wilson’s tweet did not include any explanation as to whether she endorsed the views expressed in the article, though the reaction from social media was unequivocal.

The article was written by a blogger, Philip Giraldi, who writes for a web site called The Unz Review.

It included a photograph of Bill Kristol, editor at large of The Weekly Standard.

Kristol, who is Jewish, is also one of America’s most prominent neoconservatives.

He has expressed support in the past for American military interventions in Bosnia and Iraq.

Kristol, who served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, is also a foreign policy hawk who opposed the nuclear agreement signed by President Barack Obama and Western allies with Iran.

In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has indicated he may pull the US out of the nuclear deal, which some critics say could lead to war with Iran.

Neoconservatives, many of whom are Jewish, are also fiercely supportive of Israel, leading some to suspect that their advocating for US military action abroad is done out of loyalty to a foreign country.

‘We all know it’s American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,’ Giraldi, a former CIA case officer, writes.

‘Jewish groups and deep pocket individual donors not only control the politicians, they own and run the media and entertainment industries, meaning that no one will hear about or from the offending party ever again.’

Giraldi’s other blog postings on the site include articles titled ‘Cheerleading for Israel,’ ‘Why I Still Dislike Israel,’ and ‘The Dancing Israelis.’

Wilson later expressed regret for the retweet, saying that she merely wanted to get across her opposition to another war in the Middle East.

‘I made a mistake and should not have retweeted that article,’ Wilson told Business Insider.

‘I sincerely apologized. I was just so focused on the neocons’ lust for war: “If you liked the Iraq war, you’ll love an Iranian one”.'

In the face of a Twitter backlash over the tweet, Wilson tried to explain herself.

‘First of all, calm down. Re-tweets don't imply endorsement,’ she tweeted.

‘Yes, very provocative, but thoughtful. Many neocon hawks ARE Jewish.’

‘Just FYI, I am of Jewish decent. I am not in favor of war with Iran, or getting out of the Iran nuclear treaty. There are simply too many who are so ready to go to war. Haven't we had enough for awhile?’

Wilson then encourages Twitter users to ‘read the entire article and try, just for a moment, to put aside your biases and think clearly.’

She then acknowledged that she failed to appreciate ‘gross undercurrents to this article.’

Wilson ‘didn’t do my homework on the platform this piece came from,’ she tweeted. ‘Now that I see it, it’s obvious.’

‘Apologies all. There is so much there that’s problematic AF and I should have recognized it sooner. Thank you for pushing me to look again,’ she tweeted.

I’m not perfect and make mistakes. This was a doozy. All I can do is admit them, try to be better, and read more thoroughly next time. Ugh.’

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is my understanding that Plame Wilson had a desk job with the CIA and never actually served as an undercover agent.

She did not make a mistake. She knew exactly what she was doing. Valarie Plame, like George Soros, is simply just a Jew-hating Jew.


Illegal immigrant, 32, 'breaks into New Jersey home and sexually assaults six-year-old girl in her bed'

By Regina F. Graham

Daily Mail
September 21, 2017

A 32-year-old undocumented immigrant was charged with sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl after her father found the stranger in bed with her in the middle of the night, police say.

Edgar Mendoza, a citizen of Guatemala, allegedly broke into a home early Tuesday morning on Bayard Street in the Chambersburg section of Trenton, New Jersey, The Trentonian reported.

Police say in the affidavit that the child's father noticed that a light had been turned off upstairs and went to investigate.

The concerned father walked into his daughter's room to find Mendoza in her bed, authorities say.

Mendoza leaped up and then jumped from a second-floor window and fled on foot into the neighborhood, police say.

Police officers who responded to a 1.30am 911 call from the father searched the area and arrested Mendoza a short time later.

Mendoza has been charged three counts of aggravated sex assault, endangering the welfare of a child and burglary.

The child was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office will seek to detain Mendoza pending trial.

Records show that Mendoza is currently the subject of a detainer from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Mercer County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Casey DeBlasio confirmed that Mendoza is in the U.S. illegally.

Last year, Trenton police charged Mendoza for peeping into a home, but the status of that case is unknown.


Doctor indicted over fatal shooting that happened after political argument

by Nolan Clay

The Oklahoman
September 21, 2017

A physician from Cordell was indicted Thursday over a fatal shooting that happened after an argument over politics last year.

Dr. Jerry Hernandez, 56, was charged with first-degree manslaughter.

The state's multicounty grand jury accused Hernandez in the felony indictment of fatally shooting Roy Lee Weeaks "in the heat of passion" on Dec. 7.

Weeaks, 78, of Colorado, was visiting his daughter, Stacey Weeaks, and Hernandez at their home in Cordell.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported in December that the elder Weeaks was shot just outside the house.

"Special agents have learned Weeaks got into a verbal altercation with another person inside the house. Weeaks was told to leave the property," the OSBI reported. "Both Weeaks and the shooter produced firearms. The shooter fired one shot, killing Weeaks."

"It was over politics," an OSBI spokeswoman told The Oklahoman at the time.

Hernandez could not be reached for comment, and his attorney did not immediately return a phone call left at a law office. Stacey Weeaks, who is listed on the indictment as a witness, declined to comment.

Hernandez was expected to surrender in Washita County on Friday.

The grand jury returned the indictment in Oklahoma City, where it met three days this month. Grand jurors next meet Oct. 17-19.

Friday, September 22, 2017


Don't Worry, NASA Says — Armageddon Will Not Begin on Saturday

By Dianna Wray

Houston Press
September 21, 2017

Some people are fairly possibly certain that the world is going to reach the beginning of the end this Saturday.

Why? Because of a four-minute video by the evangelical Christian publication Unsealed that is making the rounds. In the viral video, "September 23, 2017: You Need to See This," one David Meade claims the Rapture will start on Saturday, owing to a clutch of verses and numerical codes he claims he has found in the Bible, when the planet Nibiru smacks into Earth.

However, before y'all put that R.E.M. song on repeat and start stocking up on canned goods, bunker books and cuddly blankets you'll undoubtedly need for the end-of-the-world event, it might be helpful to consider the fact that the planet Nibiru does not exist.

Meade came up with his prediction based on evidence that's even less scientifically sound than Armageddon, the asteroid movie that was so scientifically incorrect that legend has it NASA officials have made employees watch it and note all the inaccuracies as a test, according to the Washington Post. Basically, Meade looked at the Bible, noting that Jesus lived for 33 years and that the Hebrew name for God, "Elohim," was mentioned 33 times in the Bible.

How does that make Saturday the end of the world? Well, Saturday marks 33 days since the total solar eclipse, which Meade counts as a portent of doom. From there, he says that based on the Book of Revelation, a woman "clothed with the sun, with the moon at her feet and a crown of 12 stars" will give birth to a boy who will "rule all the nations with an iron scepter" while a seven-headed dragon threatens her. Eventually, she'll be swallowed up by Earth and sprout the wings of an eagle, not necessarily in that order.

Mainstream Christians of many denominations have rebuked Meade's theories.

Somehow, Meade and others take the trippy, always-difficult-to-understand Book of Revelation and make an extra leap, applying the statement in the Bible to mean that the constellation Virgo will line up so that Jupiter passes out of Virgo, giving metaphorical birth to the planet.

There's still no explanation on how this movement summons Nibiru, the planet that is supposed to kick off the End Times by colliding with us, but that's either because of the mysterious workings of the heavens — or because using numerology to make sweeping astronomical predictions is really not the best way for anyone to spend his or her time.

For one thing, because this isn't the first time this crew has claimed that the previously undetected planet was coming for us. Earlier predictions said the End Times were supposed to commence in both May 2003 and December 2012, and yet the world has continued to spin.

But if even this hasn't soothed your nerves, take heart in the fact that NASA has already shot this armageddon theory down. NASA scientist David Morrison actually went through and categorically debunked and dismissed this apocalyptic theory years ago, advising people to just "get over it." Now it has been once again reiterated by NASA. The total eclipse was not a sign that the end of days was upon us — it was just the moon, sitting in front of the sun for a few minutes, allowing those in the path of totality to see something pretty friggin' cool.

And Saturday will be fine even if it isn't the end of the world. After all, it's still a Saturday.


by Bob Walsh

Joshua Stam, 26, had just been in court in Decatur County, Ohio. He was being transported back to prison by what seems to have been a solo deputy in an uncaged car. Stam managed to slip his cuffs and attacked the deputy, attempting to strangle him and seize his weapon.

A passer-by noticed the incident developing and summoned two near-by officers who dealt with the situation. Stam is now facing charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, attempted escape and battery resulting in bodily injury to an officer. He had just been sentenced to two years after copping to resisting an officer with a weapon.

I thought only Mayberry still did crap like this. Solo transport of convicted felons and uncaged cars is stupid and dangerous. It should not be happening in this day and age.


by Bob Walsh

Jerry Moonbeam Brown, maximum leader of the formerly great state of California, exercised his authority to put a stop to the parole of Hau Chan, doing life as a guest of the state for the 1984 murder of a LAPD officer.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.


Couple who had sex at the counter of a Domino's pizza shop face PRISON after court sees 18-minute CCTV footage of their 'obscene and disgusting act'

By Charlie Moore and Anthony Joseph

Daily Mail
September 21, 2017

A couple who had sex in Domino's face prison after a video of their 'obscene and disgusting' was shown in court.

CCTV footage of Daniella Hirst and Craig Smith having sex on the counter while waiting for a 12inch pepperoni pizza with stuffed crust was shown at Scarborough Magistrates Court today.

Hirst, 29, sat at the back of the court with her hands over her eyes in shame through the more explicit parts of the 18-minute clip.

The prosecutor said: 'We view this offence as so serious that it passes the custody threshold.'

The video showed the couple ordering food and messing around with a yellow cleaning cone before Hirst performs oral sex on Smith, 31.

The pair then have sex leaning on the counter close to the till.

Staff can be seen working in the kitchen as deliverymen come and go throughout.

Hirst pleaded guilty to 'committing an act outraging public decency by behaving in an indecent manner'.

Smith, who was not in court because he was on remand in prison, was found guilty in his absence.

He was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and two counts of assault in November 2015 after a fight outside a pub.

Hirst described her behaviour as 'horrendous' and told the court she 'cringed' when watching the CCTV footage back during police interview.

As she left the court having changed out of her pink dungarees she said she was 'fuming'.

North Yorkshire Police were made aware of the footage by the local media after it was posted on Twitter by a member of the Domino's staff.

The couple, from Bridlington, East Yorkshire, had spent the weekend drinking and celebrating Smith's birthday when they got the train to Scarborough on February 25 2016.

Prosecuting, Neil Holdsworth said: 'This charge is committing an act outraging public decency by behaving in an indecent manner.

'This case is about an occasion where the two defendants engaged in sexual activity in a Domino's pizza outlet which was open to the public, with members of staff present.'

Defending, Scott McLaughlin attempted to have the CCTV footage thrown out but magistrates rejected his request.

In mitigation, he said: 'This case speaks for itself. Clearly, they were in drink and let their exuberant spirits get the better of them.

'There is nothing sinister in relation to the acts themselves, they are quite guarded. They have not been brazen in their actions.

He added: 'Miss Hirst's dirty laundry has been aired in public.'

Magistrate Angela Beardshall said: 'The prosecution has not obtained this footage illegally although it may well be it was distributed improperly.

'In coming to our decision we do take note Mr Smith has not attended but do deem him present via his solicitor.

'We have watched the footage and it's not disputed the male in the footage is Mr Smith.

'A great deal of the acts were lude, obscene and disgusting.

'Members of staff were present and the defendants could not be sure that members of the public would not enter the premises.

'The offence was in a public place. Members of the public were present and so were staff.

'Members of the public should not have to put up with this disgusting behaviour.'

Both Hirst and Smith will be sentenced on October 17 at Scarborough Magistrates Court.

Speaking after the video went viral in February, Hirst said: 'I'm very opened-minded about sex and public places – I love the thrill you may get caught.

'But obviously I never thought we'd get caught like this and end up all over the internet.'

EDITOR’S NOTE: Daniella Hirst and Craig Smith should come to America and live in San Francisco where couples, both heterosexual and homosexual, fuck in public every day with apparent impunity.


Girl, 4, shoots herself dead after reaching into her grandmother's purse for some candy and instead triggering gun inside

By Snejana Farberov

Daily Mail
September 21, 2017

A week ago, four-year-old Yanelly Zoller was staying at her grandparents' home in Florida when she reached into her grandmother's purse looking for a sweet treat, but instead found a gun.

Yanelly, known to her family as 'Nelly,' accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting herself to death.

The toddler was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest on September 14 at the Tampa residence of her paternal grandparents, Michael and Christie Zoller.

Her 22-year-old father Shane Zoller told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday that he was on his way to pick up Nelly to take her to the local splash pads when he saw police vehicles with their lights flashing outside his parents' home.

'She just wanted some damn candy,' Zoller said of his late daughter's motivation to reach into her grandmother's bag.

Tampa police told the newspaper they are investigating the case, but have no reason to doubt Zoller's version of events.

Speaking to on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department would not confirm that the firearm found inside Christie Zoller's purse belonged to her and would not comment on whether the woman had a gun permit.

He added that the shooting appears to be a 'tragic accident' and that he does not think any charges will be filed, although police are still investigating the incident.

Shane Zoller was still in high school when he became a father, and if his parents had not helped with Nelly, he would have had to drop out of school.

He says Nelly was 'attached to her nana's hip" and loved staying at her grandparents' house.

Zoller shared custody with the girl's mother. He now has one surviving child, a son, and another on the way.

According to her obituary, Nelly Zoller loved playing with her puppy, watching the animated series Shimmer and Shine, jumping on the couch and doing her makeup.

Family members have launched fundraisers on the sites and to help Nelly's parents with her funeral expenses.

As of Thursday morning, just under $1,700 has been raised from both campaigns.

'Our little angel's life was short-lived, however her beauty and magic will linger forever,' the description of the YouCaring campaign read. 'In her 4 years of life, she touched so many lives as an Angel from God would, a little Angel sent to us from Heaven. Now she is back in God's arms'


Key hearing in Robert Durst murder case postponed until April
By Marisa Gerber

Los Angeles Times
September 20, 2017

A Los Angeles County judge on Wednesday delayed Robert Durst’s preliminary hearing, which means the New York real estate scion won’t know until next year whether the judge believes there’s enough evidence for him to face trial on a murder charge.

Durst, who is charged with murdering his best friend in 2000, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in mid-October. But Superior Court Judge Mark E. Windham said the postponement was necessary to accommodate Durst’s defense team — some of whom live in Houston and sustained damage to their homes and offices during Hurricane Harvey. The hearing, which is expected to take two weeks, is slated to begin April 16.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Windham asked Durst if he agreed to the delay. The defendant responded in his distinctive gravely tone: “Yeah, I’m good with it, sir.”

Prosecutors have argued that the eccentric multimillionaire shot his friend, Susan Berman, inside her Benedict Canyon home in late 2000 to silence her because she knew incriminating information about the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathleen. At a hearing this year, Nick Chavin — Durst’s longtime friend — said the millionaire once confessed to killing Berman.

“I had to. It was her or me,” Durst said, according to Chavin. “I had no choice.”

Durst has pleaded not guilty.

Chavin was one of several older prosecution witnesses who have taken the stand early to preserve their testimony, as the case is unlikely to go to trial until at least 2018. During the week of Oct. 16, prosecutors plan to take early testimony from at least four more witnesses, including a retired New York state trooper, a retired Beverly Hills assistant police chief and Berman’s onetime neighbor.

Durst, 74, was arrested in connection with Berman’s slaying on March 14, 2015. He had been staying at a hotel in New Orleans, and authorities there found guns, stacks of cash, a fake ID and an old-man mask.

The arrest took place the day before the finale of a six-part HBO documentary, “The Jinx,” focused on Durst’s life. In the final episode, the real estate magnate mutters, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

To some, his comments appeared to be a confession to three killings: those of his long-vanished wife, Berman and a neighbor in Texas. In the 2001 Galveston, Texas, case, Durst admitted to shooting his neighbor, Morris Black, saying he acted in self-defense during a struggle over a gun. Durst, who admitted to chopping up Black’s body and dumping the parts in Galveston Bay, was acquitted of murder.

After his arrest on suspicion of murdering Berman, he pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge and was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison. He was transferred to Los Angeles in November 2016.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


By Brian Barrett Security

September 19, 2017

On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump gave a bombastic speech to the assembled delegates of the United Nations. Pay special attention to how he addressed North Korea and its looming nuclear threat. Unlike most of what Trump said otherwise, its implications are as wide-ranging as they are grim.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” said Trump. “‘Rocket Man’ is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

“Rocket Man,” you rightly guessed, refers to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The rockets in question include intercontinental-range ballistic missiles, potentially capable of reaching United States territory. Soon, experts agree, North Korea should be able to pair those rockets with a miniaturized nuclear warhead. And while Trump has made similar provocations before, either in impromptu remarks or ill-advised tweets, his UN taunting worsens an already alarmingly combustible situation—while also making it harder to defuse.

Sound and Fury

There are two very important things to understand about North Korea in this context. First, as Evan Osnos explored in depth in the New Yorker recently, no one in the US—including Donald Trump—has perfect insight into what Kim Jong-un thinks about Trump’s various conflagrations. The country comes by its “Hermit Kingdom” moniker honestly.

But the international community does know at least one fundamental detail about the North Korean state.

“My perception, based on 30 years of work on this, is that North Korea is paranoid that the United States is going to eliminate them,” says Jon Wolfsthal, a member of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation’s Szilard Advisory Board, and former special advisor to Joe Biden on nuclear security.

One can trace that paranoia back to the Korean War. In 1950, then-US president Harry Truman said that he was prepared to authorize the use of nuclear weapons to end the conflict. Ever since, North Korea has “lived under US threat perception,” says Jenny Town, managing editor of North Korea watchdog 38 North and assistant director of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

“They point to several different actions and signals along the way, and they use this as a justification for why they need nuclear weapons, in order to deter the United States from any preemptive attack,” says Town. “They’ve seen this happen in the past, with Iraq, with Lybia. Early in the Trump administration they saw the bombing of Syria and Afghanistan. They’re trying to prevent this from happening to them.”

Those two ingredients combine into one bitter stew. Trump has once again threatened and provoked a country knowing not what specific reaction he might inspire, but with the general understanding that the rhetoric can only strengthen North Korea’s nuclear resolve. And while cheap nicknames worked for Trump on the campaign trail, “Little Marco” and “Lying Ted” didn’t have an arsenal capable of destruction on a global scale.

“In North Korea, Kim Jong-un is basically the state. If you’re threatening Kim Jong-un, or denigrating him, these are things Kim Jong-un takes as not only a personal attack but an attack against the state,” says Town. That attack burns even more when delivered in front of the United Nations.

In fairness, Trump’s remarks may have been precisely calculated, a four-dimensional chess move designed to bring about a political outcome, rather than barreling toward a disastrous use of force.

“I am convinced there is a solid strategy that is indeed mixing defense and deterrence on one hand with diplomacy and engagement,” says Patrick Cronin, a senior advisor, focused on Asia, at the bipartisan Center for a New American Security. “The president now has to balance the pressure part of the strategy with the diplomacy part of the strategy.”

Yes, Trump’s UN remarks could have served as a carefully calculated stick with some yet unseen carrot to follow. (By way of counterpoint, Wolfsthal asserts that Trump “has no clear strategy” and is “all id,” certainly plausible given the weight of evidence.) But even if so, bringing his vitriol to the UN does little to spur those diplomatic efforts. In fact, it likely hinders them.

A Little Help From Our Friends

As others have noted, there are no good options in North Korea. But any plausible solution that doesn’t end in nuclear catastrophe will almost certainly require a cooperative effort with Japan, South Korea, and China—not unilateral action from the US. Trump’s display today did nothing to further the goal of cooperation.

“It’s clear that the tone President Trump used at the UN is going to make it harder for us to get broader international cooperation,” says Wolfsthal. His performance may play well to his base, but to world leaders, it comes across as unsettling at best. That’s especially true for those in close proximity to North Korea, who have repeatedly urged Trump to knock it off. Instead, Trump has once again ratcheted things up.

“The way that most people are interpreting these messages is that the US is goading on war,” says Town. “The more they make these kinds of statements, the more they match bombastic rhetoric with bombastic rhetoric, the rest of the world gets very anxious.”

Trump defenders often point to the incendiary talk that Kim Jong-un uses, and has used for years, as justification for Trump’s similarly loaded rhetoric. Aside from the obvious absurdity of introducing I know you are but what am I to a potential nuclear conflict, the US risks more than just self-respect by wading in Kim Jong-un’s gutter.

Wolfsthal says that the Obama administration’s Iran deal, which limited that country’s nuclear pursuits, illustrates the benefits of the high road.

“We were able to get effective international cooperation by showing we were prepared to negotiate, that we were reasonable, and that it was Iran that was being unreasonable,” says Wolfsthal. “In this case, President Trump is making it seem to countries around the world that we’re the ones that are just as unreasonable as North Korea.”

Sticks and Stones

If you’re looking for some modestly good news, most analysts agree that rhetoric alone won’t provoke a military exchange. “Words are pretty cheap when it comes to North Korea,” says Cronin.

And indeed, Kim Jong-un and Trump simply rattling sabres makes for a fine best-case scenario. Given the stakes, though, that seems like a poor bet, especially given that each exchange increases the chance that either side makes a strategic miscalculation. Remember: We don’t know what North Korea thinks, other than a decades-old certainty that the US represents an existential threat.

“When does someone overplay their hand,” says Town. “The red lines have been blurred so much over the years, and with each one of these new statements, we just don’t know right now where that threshold is.”

“Language is the dry kindling. You still need a spark,” says Wolfsthal. “The problem is, a spark can come from almost anywhere, and we don’t have a monopoly on the ability to control that.”

In isolation, Trump’s bluster may amount to only that. Taken in combination with an unexplained power outage in North Korea, or a fishing vessel that strays too far, or one of dozens of other potential scenarios, it could help burn down the region.

The US could still pursue diplomacy. Tensions could still gradually ease. On stage at the UN Tuesday, Trump took his best opportunity yet to kick off that process, and in a few short lines, reduced it to rubble.


by Bob Walsh

The People's Republic of San Francisco recently ordered that advertising for soda must contained a conspicuous warning tells potential consumers how fucking stupid they are for drinking the stuff and how horrible it is for them and how grotesque and stupid they must be to even consider consuming soda.

The federal court just said that the city ordinance is unenforceable and unconstitutional as it steps on the free speech rights of the advertisers. In an uncharacteristic act of sanity the Ninth Circuit said that unless the warnings are clearly factual advertisers have a right to reject them.


by Bob Walsh

The Sheriff's Office of the People's Republic of San Francisco is getting downright rude with employees who violate policy and the law concerning firearms in vehicles.

An unidentified Deputy Sheriff, who has unfortunately for him been on the job less than one year, was stupid enough to leave his issue weapon unattended in his vehicle over the weekend. This is a violation of department police and is in fact illegal now in CA unless the weapon is secured in a gun vault which is secured to the vehicle in order to prevent casual theft.

The unidentified deputy is now unemployed.

A veteran SFPD officer is currently under investigation for a similar incident in which a personally owned weapon was stolen and used in several crimes, including a homicide.


by Bob Walsh

There was a very nasty DUI collision in Stockton a few days ago. It shut down the major street in Stockton for hours and killed a well-liked local high school football player.

The suspected drunk driver had the right of way but was allegedly traveling WAY too fast when the T-boned the car the kid was ridding in. The suspect, Anthony Calderon, 31, was in jail against a $1 million bail. The judge just raised it to $2 million.

Calderon has no criminal priors except for one recent citation for doing 100+ph on Hwy 99 near Stockton, for which he was fined $508 dollars.

EDITOR'S NOTE: While I am glad to see the puke remain jailed, I think the Judge violated his right against excessive bail.


by Bob Walsh

Governor Moonbeam, Maximum Leader of the formerly great state of California, has two major pet projects. One of the sort-of use-to-be kinda-sorta High Speed Rail, otherwise known as Jerry's Toy Train. The other is the so-called California Water Fix, sometimes known as the California Water Fuck-Up.

The idea of plan two is to drill two massive tunnels under the delta in the vicinity of Stockton to allow SoCal to steal mega-zillion gallons of water from the North to keep their lawns and golf courses green. In theory the $16 billion plan (sure to be way over budget if it ever goes ahead) is to be paid by the water districts who buy into it.

THE BIGGEST district on the planet, the Westlands Water District which operates near the teeming metropolis of Fresno, has said HELL NO to the plan. They say they did this (by a vote of 7-1) because they can't afford the $4 billion it would cost them to buy in and it has no guarantee that it would get them any benefit beyond the existing system.

The district's general manager urged them to support the project IF the government would guarantee to spread the costs around more.

The plan has already consumed $200 million in planning, environmental and legal costs.

Several other major players, including the SoCal Metropolitan Water District, are scheduled to vote in the near future on their participation in the project.


by Bob Walsh

The production people for the GAME OF THRONES have announced that they intend to script and shoot fake alternate endings to discourage hacking into their system and attempting to hold them up for ransom.

I have no idea how expensive that might be but it sounds to me like it might be a clever idea indeed.


Boxing legend Jake LaMotta who was played by Robert De Niro in the movie Raging Bull has died aged 95

By Hannah Parry

Daily Mail
September 20, 2017

Boxing legend Jake LaMotta who was played Robert De Niro in the movie Raging Bull has died.

LaMotta passed away in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia on Tuesday aged 95.

His wife Denise, 65, told TMZ: 'I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with a great sense of humor, with eyes that danced.'

The Bronx fighter had an incredible career, spanning 106 pro fights and winning a world middleweight championship, after he was rejected from serving in the military due to a medical issue in 1941.

The Bronx native earned the nickname 'The Raging Bull' for his rough style in the ring as a middleweight fighter.

But he's most famously remembered for his six-fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson although he only won one match. His brother Joey LaMotta was his manager.

LaMotta retired from boxing in 1954 and published his memoir, Raging Bull: My Story in 1970. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

It was later turned into a movie in 1980, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring De Niro as the troubled boxing champion - a role which saw him gain 50 pounds to portray the older, heavier LaMotta, and netted him an Academy Award for best actor.

The movie captured LaMotta's life, which was just as turbulent outside as inside the ring. He was married seven times and even admitted to once throwing a game for the mob, for a change at the middleweight championship.

The film portrays a self-destructive and rage driven fighter whose ambition and fury eventually destroyed his relationship with his wife and family.

LaMotta was born in the Bronx in 1922 to his American mother and Italian immigrant father.

He began boxing at a young age after his father forced him to fight other neighborhood kids for his and his friends and neighbors' entertainment.

Crowds would throw pennies and dimes into the ring after they fought, which LaMotta's father would use to help pay the rent.

After a stint in reform school, he applied to join the military in 1941, during the Second World War, but was rejected because of a mastoid operation on one of his ears.

Aged 19, he turned to the world of pro boxing.

The following year, came his first clash with boxing legend Robinson.

They met in New York where Robinson earned a 10-round decision.

In 1943, the fought twice with three weeks in Detroit where LaMotta defeated Robinson - his first loss in 41 pro fights. That was the only time LaMotta claimed a victory against Robinson in their six matches, and Robinson same back to beat him within a few weeks.

LaMotta also clashed with many other top-ranked competitors of his time, including Fritzie Zivic and Tony Janiro.

On June 16, 1949 he finally got his chance at a middleweight title when he challenged champion Marcel Cerdan and won via a 10th-round TKO.

Of the claim that Cerdan had to quit because of a shoulder injury, LaMotta said in 1970: 'Something's bound to happen to you in a tough fight, cut eye, broken nose or broken hand or something like that. So you could make excuses out of anything, you know, but you got to keep on going if you're a champ or you're a contender.'

Renowned for his strong chin, and the punishment he could take, and dish out, LaMotta was knocked down only once - in a 1952 loss to light-heavyweight Danny Nardico - in his 106 fights.

LaMotta's first defense was supposed to be a rematch with Cerdan, but the Frenchman was killed when a plane en route to the United States crashed in the Azores in 1949.

So in his first defense, LaMotta outpointed Tiberio Mitri on July 12, 1950, in New York, then on Sept. 13, he rallied to knock out Dauthuille at Detroit.

LaMotta saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille in 1950, before his the sixth and final meeting with Robinson the following year in Chicago.

Trailing badly on all three scorecards, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left in the fight.

LaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before the Kefauver Committee, a U.S. Senate committee investigating organized crime in 1960.

'I purposely lost a fight to Billy Fox because they promised me that I would get a shot to fight for the title if I did,' LaMotta said in 1970 interview printed in Peter Heller's 1973 book 'In This Corner: 40 World Champions Tell Their Stories.'

LaMotta was 'stopped' by Fox in the fourth round on Nov. 14, 1947, in Madison Square Garden. He didn't get a title shot until 10 fights later.

He finally lost his title in 1951 in his last bout with Robinson - a fight that became known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

LaMotta, a boxer adept at rolling with the punches, gave as good as he got in the early rounds, then took tremendous punishment. He would not go down. A referee finally stopped the match in the 13th round.

He retired from boxing a few years later in 1954.

LaMotta would later own a nightclub for a time in Miami, and dabbled in show business and commercials. He also made personal appearances and for a while in the 1970s he was a host at a topless nightclub in New York.

The boxing champ leaves behind four daughters and his seventh wife, Denise Baker.

Tragically, in 1998, he lost both of his sons. Jake LaMotta Jr., 51, died from cancer in February. Joe LaMotta, 49, was killed in plane crash off Nova Scotia in September.

A funeral in Miami and a memorial service in New York City are being planned, Baker said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I knew Jake because he and my buddy Rocky Graziano were close friends from childhood on.


Report: Houston Fire Department has inadequate equipment to handle floods

By Joel Eisenbaum

September 19, 2017

HOUSTON - A City of Houston Hurricane Harvey Preparation Plan, obtained by Channel 2 Investigates, shows the Houston Fire Department has shockingly little flood rescue equipment, and it appears to have contributed to millions of dollars in losses for the city in totaled fire trucks.

“The reason I think we sank six engine companies is (that) they’re not built for a high-water environment,” said Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena.

The Houston Fire Department lost 28 pieces of equipment during the storm, including six engines, which cost about $500,000 each to replace. Four “boosters," smaller trucks with on-board water supplies, are also total losses.

In a city of 2.3 million people that floods regularly, the Houston Fire Department only owns one high-water vehicle.

“The one high-water vehicle that the department maintains was not operational when it was delivered to the station," said Patrick Lancton, president of the Houston Firefighters Association. "There were mechanical problems with it."

An enterprising assistant chief was able to hand-deliver a specialized mechanic to get the truck running so that it was available just before the brunt of the storm hit.

Rescue boats, or a lack thereof, present another major problem.

The Houston Fire Department owned only six rescue boats going into Harvey -- and that number is now five, because one was lost in the storm.

“We don’t even have enough specialized equipment for the expected floods,” Pena said.

Pena said he is unable to position rescue boats in the normally expected flooded areas of Houston, because there are simply not enough to go around.

He surmised that 16 rescue boats would be adequate for that job; that's 11 more than the department currently has.

These issues come on the heels of an earlier Channel 2 Investigates report that shows Houston Fire Department fire trucks and ambulances have broken down on the way to emergencies, and not functioned properly when they’re needed most.

Just before the storm, a 15-year-old boy died a day after a Fire Department ambulance broke down two blocks from Texas Children’s Hospital.

Paramedics were forced to rush the teen, who had a pre-existing heart condition, to the hospital on foot.

It is unclear if the delay played a role in Roynal Gallow’s death. His family and friends have started a GoFund Me effort.

“That’s a situation we don’t want to find ourselves in,” Pena said.


Harvey Did a Big Favor for 600 Heat-Sensitive Prisoners

By Meagan Flynn

Houston Press
September19, 2017

Since inundating the Texas coast at the end of August, Hurricane Harvey has done virtually nothing good for anyone — but there's at least one group of people who are an exception: approximately 600 heat-sensitive prison inmates who, thanks to Harvey, are about to get some air conditioning.

Here's how that happened: According to Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark, three prisons located near the overflowing Brazos River — the Terrell, Ramsey and Stringfellow units — were at risk of severe flooding as Harvey pounded the area. So the prisoners — about 4,500 of them — were evacuated to facilities on higher ground. One such location was the Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota — which is currently under federal court oversight after a judge found that its extreme heat violates the right of prisoners to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison ruled in July that heat-sensitive inmates in the Pack Unit could not be subjected to temperatures higher than 88 degrees, and therefore would have to be kept in air conditioning or transferred to other units where there is a/c. About 75 percent of prison units don't have it — including the notoriously sweltering Pack Unit, which can often see temperatures upwards of 100 degrees during the summertime and which Ellison said poses "substantial risk of serious injury or death as a result of overheating." Plaintiffs in the class action cited 23 heat-related deaths since 1998.

Now, because TDCJ even temporarily housed just over 1,000 inmates from Stringfellow at the Pack Unit, Ellison ruled that the estimated 600 heat-sensitive inmates from that group automatically qualified for the relief under the class action.

Lawyers for TDCJ argued they should be allowed to "temporarily suspend" Ellison's order given that the inmates from Stringfellow weren't supposed to be staying at the prison long, and given that with all the chaos caused by Harvey, prison officials were unable to avoid bringing the heat-sensitive inmates to the un-air-conditioned prison. But Ellison denied that request, saying, "The risk of harm to these individuals when they are housed in dangerously hot areas has not changed."

Clark said TDCJ is now in the process of determining the exact number of heat-sensitive inmates brought to the Pack Unit from Stringfellow. They will then be brought to air-conditioned beds.

Even though the waters have receded, Clark said these inmates have been unable to return to Stringfellow. The reason TDCJ had to bring them to the Pack Unit in the first place, Clark said, is that "the alternative was for buses to pass [the Pack Unit] and continue on dangerous roadways and place those offenders in another facility’s gymnasium," thus facing the risk of flooding the bus.

"The department strongly disagrees with [the] judge’s ruling," Clark said. "We stand by our decision to keep offenders out of harm’s way."

And apparently to keep them in stifling temperatures.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I once went to the Arizona state prison near Florence to pick up an inmate in order to take him back to Riverside to stand trial for a burglary. The prison sits in the middle of the desert. It was old and was surrounded by a high stone wall. I strongly suspect they have modernized the prison, but back then it was blazing hot in there.


Man shoots two Texas deputies, rams patrol cars after threatening firefighters trying to save his burning home

By Snejana Farberov

Daily Mail
September 20, 2017

A Northeast Texas man was arrested Sunday after investigators say he shot two deputies who responded to reports that he had threatened firefighters who were trying to extinguish the flames ravaging his home.

Bowie County Chief Deputy Jeff Neal says deputies Westin Fannin and Eric McMillian responded to reports of a house fire in the 4600 block of Farm to Market 44 East in DeKalb at around 12.30am Sunday.

The owner of the burning home, 48-year-old Bryan Lee Batchelor, informed the volunteer firefighters he did not want them to put out the blaze, pointed a gun at them, then jumped in his truck and drove into a pasture to elude deputies as they arrived on the scene.

While McMillian and Fannin were searching for Batchelor, their patrol unit got stuck in a field, at which point Batchelor allegedly rammed the deputies' vehicle and fired several rounds at them.

The deputies returned fire and were wounded in the exchange, but not critically, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Batchelor sped off from the scene and was spotted on County Road 4241 by another deputy, who saw that the suspect intended to ram his patrol unit, according to the news release.

Deputy Clint Freeman tried to get out of the way to avoid a collision, but Batchelor allegedly slammed into his patrol vehicle, rendering it unusable, and again fled.

Batchelor was later spotted driving along County Road 4236, where he crashed into a third patrol unit carrying two other deputies, according to the sheriff’s office.

A second gun battle ensued, which concluded with Batchelor' arrest. The 48-year-old man was transported to a hospital to be treated for injuries.

Deputies Fannin and McMillian, who were wounded in the initial gunfire exchange with the suspect, were treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital the same day.

‘This is truly a bad situation, that only by the grace of God nobody was killed!’ wrote Bowie County Sheriff James Prince wrote on his Facebook page.

Batchelor has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and one count of evading arrest with a vehicle. He is currently being held on bonds totaling more than $3million, as the station KLTV reported.

In the days leading up to his arrest, Batchelor' had written a series of increasingly vitriolic and foul-mouth posts on Facebook accusing his wife of being unfaithful to him and trying to take away his home and land.

In a status update dated September 13, Batchelor wrote that he had stolen all of the guns from his brother's home and was headed to his own house.

‘You mother fuckers think that y'all can make me sell my house and land because my wife wants to be a bitch and spread her legs I will be there about 7:30 come get it you motherfuclers [sic].’

Batchelor’s house burned to the ground in Sunday’s fire.


Armed Robber Plans to Sue Good Samaritan for Stopping Him From Robbing Starbucks

By Connie Tran

September 18, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. - A Good Samaritan stepped in to do what police say was the right thing, but now, that man could find himself in legal troubles.

Back in July, Fresno Police say 30-year old Ryan Flores used a gun and tried to rob the Starbucks near Herndon Avenue and Highway 99. 58-year old Cregg Jerri stepped in to stop the crime, and the two got into a fight. Both men were hurt, but the Flores family said their son plans on suing Jerri for excessive force.

Flores remains in jail, and faces a felony attempted robbery charge. His mother, Pamela Chimienti, said the family does not condone what he allegedly did, but she said Flores should not have been attacked back the way he was.

The surveillance video went viral. In the video, you can see Jerry enjoying his drink at Starbucks. Suddenly, a man wearing a Transformers mask pulls out a gun, a knife, and a bag, and demands money from the barista. Investigators have identify the suspect as Flores. In the video, Jerri is seen hitting Flores with a chair, and a violent fight ensues. Investigators said Jerri was stabbed in the neck during the struggle, but managed to wrestle away the knife and stab Flores several times.

Chief Jerry Dyer calls Jerri a hero. But Chimienti said her son is a victim too.

"He has 17 total stab wounds, lacerations, and defensive wounds," stated Chimienti.

Chimienti said Jerri used excessive force when trying to stop her son from allegedly robbing the Starbucks.

She said, "The guy, in my opinion, went from a Good Samaritan to a vigilante. Stabbing somebody that many times, it doesn't take that many stab wounds to get somebody to succumb to you."

Now, Chimienti said her son plans on filing a lawsuit against Jerri for that alleged excessive force.

Dyer stated, "To say that Cregg Jerri is going to be sued for intervening in an armed robbery and being stabbed in the neck. That is ludicrous!"

Dyer says Jerri feared for his life, and said that's apparent in the video. Jerri does not face any criminal charges.

Legal analyst Charles Magill said Jerri shouldn't worry about any litigation.

Magill said, "Good luck finding an attorney that wants to represent a young robber who's going to be convicted of robbery. That's not going to sell very well to the jury."

Flores is being held on a $155,000 dollars bail, and is expected back in court next month.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


In a message to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini, PM warns: Those who threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril

By Gideon Allon, Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff

Israel Hayom
September 20, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took aim at Iran on Tuesday in a powerful address before the United Nations General Assembly that also saw him praise Israel's improved international standing.

Netanyahu started his speech on a positive note, saying Israel is in the midst of "a great revolution – a revolution in Israel's standing among the nations." He said this was happening because "so many countries around the world have finally woken up to what Israel can do for them" as a leader in innovation, technology, and were recognizing its "exceptional capabilities in fighting terrorism."

He said that in recent years, "Israel has provided intelligence that has prevented dozens of major terrorist attacks around the world. We have saved countless lives. You may not know this, but your governments do, and they are working closely together with Israel to keep your countries safe and your citizens safe."

Netanyahu then went on to criticize the U.N. and its agencies for unfairly singling out Israel.

"Syria has barrel bombed, starved, gassed and murdered hundreds of thousands of its own citizens and wounded millions more, while Israel has provided lifesaving medical care to thousands of Syrian victims of that very same carnage. Yet who does the World Health Organization criticize? Israel. So is there no limit to the UN's absurdities when it comes to Israel? Well, apparently not, because in July, UNESCO declared the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage site. That's worse than fake news – that's fake history," he said.

"Mind you, it's true that Abraham, the father of both Ishmael and Isaac, is buried there, but so too are Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca ... and Leah, who just happen to be patriarchs and matriarchs of the Jewish people. You won't read about that in the latest UNESCO report. But if you want to, you can read about that in a somewhat weightier publication – it's called the Bible. I highly recommend it."

Netanyahu noted that "despite the absurdities, despite the repetition of these farcical events," there have been signs of slow change at the U.N., an institution he said has for years been "the epicenter of global anti-Semitism." He then thanked U.N. Secretary General António Guterres for his statement that denying Israel's right to exist was equivalent to anti-Semitism.

"We must also speak the truth about Iran, as [U.S.] President [Donald] Trump did so powerfully this morning," Netanyahu said. "President Trump rightly called the nuclear deal with Iran … an embarrassment. Well, I couldn't agree with him more. And here's why: Iran vows to destroy my country every day, including by its chief of staff the other day. Iran is conducting a campaign of conquest across the Middle East and Iran is developing ballistic missiles to threaten the entire world.

"Two years ago, I stood here and explained why the Iranian nuclear deal not only doesn't block Iran's path to the bomb, Iran's nuclear program has what's called a sunset clause. … And I warned that when that sunset comes, a dark shadow will be cast over the entire Middle East and the world because Iran will then be free to enrich uranium on an industrial scale, placing it on the threshold of a massive arsenal of nuclear weapons.

"I know there are those who still defend the dangerous deal with Iran, arguing that it will block Iran's path to the bomb. Ladies and gentlemen, that's exactly what they said about the nuclear deal with North Korea, and we all know how that turned out. Unfortunately, if nothing changes, this deal will turn out exactly the same way.

"That's why Israel's policy regarding the nuclear deal with Iran is very simple: Change it or cancel it, fix it or nix it. Nixing the deal means restoring massive pressure on Iran, including crippling sanctions, until Iran fully dismantles its nuclear weapons capability. Fixing the deal requires many things, among them inspecting military and any other site that is suspect, and penalizing Iran for every violation. But above all, fixing the deal means getting rid of the sunset clause.

"We must also stop Iran's development of ballistic missiles and roll back its growing aggression in the region," he continued. "Many supporters of the nuclear deal naively believed that it would moderate Iran. It would make it a responsible member, so they said, of the international community.

"Well, as you know, I strongly disagreed. I warned that when the sanctions on Iran would be removed, Iran would behave like a hungry tiger unleashed, not joining the community of nations, but devouring nations, one after the other. And that's precisely what Iran is doing today. From the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, from Tehran to Tartus [in Syria], an Iranian curtain is descending across the Middle East. Iran spreads this curtain of tyranny and terror over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere, and it pledges to extinguish the light of Israel.

Netanyahu also had a message for Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: "The light of Israel will never be extinguished. ... Those who threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril."

He said Israel would defend itself "with the full force of our arms and the full power of our convictions. We will act to prevent Iran from establishing permanent military bases in Syria for its air, sea and ground forces. We will act to prevent Iran from producing deadly weapons in Syria or in Lebanon for use against us. And we will act to prevent Iran from opening new terror fronts against Israel along our northern border."

Netanyahu warned that "as long as Iran's regime seeks the destruction of Israel, Iran will face no fiercer enemy than Israel."

But he also had a simple message for the Iranian people, which he delivered in both English and Farsi: "You are not our enemy; you are our friends.

"One day, my Iranian friends, you will be free from the evil regime that terrorizes you, hangs gays, jails journalists, tortures political prisoners, and shoots innocent women. … And when that day of liberation finally comes, the friendship between our two ancient peoples will surely flourish once again."

Israel, the prime minister stressed, "is committed to achieving peace with all our Arab neighbors, including the Palestinians. Yesterday President Trump and I discussed this, all of this, at great length. I appreciate President Trump's leadership, his commitment to stand by Israel's side, his commitment to advance a peaceful future for all. Together we can seize the opportunities for peace and together we can confront the great dangers of Iran.

"Tomorrow evening, Jews around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashana, the beginning of our new year. It is time of reflection, and we look back with wonder at the miraculous rebirth of our nation, and we look ahead with pride to the remarkable contributions Israel will continue to make to all nations.

"As the Prophet Isaiah said: 'I have made you a light unto the nations, bringing salvation to the ends of the earth.' Today, 2,700 years after Isaiah spoke those prophetic words, Israel is becoming a rising power among the nations. And at long last, its light is shining across the continents, bringing hope and salvation to the ends of the earth.

"Happy new year, shanah tovah from Israel. Thank you."

Among those present for Netanyahu's speech were Sara Netanyahu, Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat and representatives from the Prime Minister's Office. Israel's Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon, who was appointed vice president of the General Assembly last week, presided over Tuesday's assembly.


پس از انتشار گزارش «آمدنیوز»، «صادق لاریجانی» رئیس قوه قضائیه برای جلوگیری از عدم درز اطلاعات بیشتر این پرونده، در تاریخ چهارشنبه پانزدهم شهریورماه ۱۳۹۶، جلسهای را با حضور حجتالاسلام اسماعیل خطیب رئیس حفاظت اطلاعات این قوه، «پور زارع» و «نوروزی» دو تن از معاونان خطیب برگزار کرد و تصمیم گرفت که «صداقت» مسئول این پرونده فوق سری و معاون کل کاشف سازمان حفاظت اطلاعات را به عنوان مأمور به شرکت نفت انتقال دهدt

Filthy Zionist pig, may the curse of Allah be on you and that Yankee pig Trump. Once we are ready, we will turn the Zionist entity into a glowing wasteland. Then, when the vultures have finished feasting on the incinerated filthy Jews, there will be only a Palestinian state from the river to the sea. Allah be praised, you miserable son of monkeys.

(Of course, I made that up.)


“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

Here from the Daily Mail are the remarks about North Korea that Trump made in his speech to the UN on Tuesday:

Just as the founders of this body intended, we must work together and confront together those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil, and terror.

A small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based.

They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries.

If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.

No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. it is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans.

And for the imprisonment, torture, killing and oppression of countless more. We were all witness to the regime's deadly abuse when an innocent American college student Otto Warmbier was returned to America only to die a few days later.

We saw it in the assassination of the dictator's brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport.

We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea's spies.

Now their reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.

It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.

No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.

The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That's what the United Nations is all about.

That's what the United Nations is for. Let's see how they do. It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future.

The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved.

But we must do much more. It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior.


경애하는 최고령도자동지께서 최금춘선생에게 은정어린 생일상을 보내주신것은 위대한 수령님들과 우리 당을 받들어 한생을 변함없이 충정의 한길을 걸어온 선생의 한생에 대한 값높은 평가이며 앞으로도 건강한 몸으로 후대교육사업과 과학연구사업에 적극 이바지할것을 바라시는 커다란.

Yankee dog! We will turn Los Angeles and San Francisco into sink holes. We will reduce New York into dust and ashes. We will blow that stupid looking toupee right of off your brainless head, you Yankee dog of a swine!

(Of course, I made that up.)


by Bob Walsh

It seems that there will be a new Star Trek series on CBS this fall. The ship will be the DISCOVERY and will be about a10-year pre-quell to the original Star Trek series. The Captain and First Officer are both women. The Science Officer is a gay white male.

I am guessing it will be dripping with political correctness. I am hoping that it will also be interesting, or at least amusing, to watch.


by Bob Walsh

One would hope that the public safety people at Georgia Tech would be competent and that this is just one of those AW SHIT moments. Thena gain, depending on who you ask, the cops reacted completely appropriately.

Scout Schultz, 21, was a student at Georgia Tech and is never going to make it to 22. He called the campus cops Saturday night to report an armed and suspicious person and when they showed up they shot him instead. He died. The shooting led to the now-expected violent protest which ended up in at least three arrests.

When the cops showed up Schultz approached them with a multi-purpose tool in his hands. The cops said it was a knife. The school is saying that it wasn't, and the knife blade was NOT extended on the tool. Why he would walk towards the cops with the tool in his hand and refuse multiple orders to drop it is so far a mystery. They found three suicide notes in the kids dorm room. Damn, mystery solved.

Schultz was the president of the Gay Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech and described himself as a non-binary intersexual as well as a bisexual. (Must be rough growing up in Georgia in that situation.)

The family lawyer is screaming at the school for not providing officers with "stun guns." It should be known that contact weapons such as stun guns are NOT used against armed individuals. You don't try to shock somebody who has a knife in his hands. .


by Bob Walsh

On Monday Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11. That means they are restructuring their debt and are going to try to stay operational. Of course they make about 65% of their income in the last ten weeks of the year, so there is no danger they will actually close down I n the near future but it just goes to show you, brick and mortar retail can be a bitch.


by Bob Walsh

Mexico City was largely flattened by a 7.1 earthquake just before noon on Tuesday.

I wonder if that means the 11 million illegal aliens here from Mexico will go back down to help them rebuild? What do you mean NO?


by Bob Walsh

Avery Brooks, 61, and Terry Hayse, 57, both worked for CalTrans in Humbolt County. They NEVER got along according to Terry Hayse's widow, Terri Lee Hayse. They constantly filed grievances against each other. The situation turned to shit on april 24 when Terry Hayse shot Avery Brooks to death at the CalTrans maintenance yard where they both worked. He then reloaded and killed himself.

The situation prompted a "wave" of workplace training in Caltrans offices in NorCal, security audits and Active Shooter Training in Humbotl County.

None of which does any good if a bad guy shows up with a gun, unless you have a good guy with a gun nearby. The programs will, however, make some people feel better and will allow the bureaucracy to say, and pretend, that they are doing something positive.


by Bob Walsh

Nancy Peolosi is a solid, left-wing, Socialist-Democrat and former Speaker of the House. She is still the head of the democrap now-minority in the house. She was shouted down at a reception in Sacramento a couple of days ago by a group of illegal alien activists who were pissed that she was sucking air in the same room as Donald Trump. She didn't seem to like it very much in the next clips I saw.

Fuck her, and the illegal alien caballo she rode in on.


by Bob Walsh

Donald Trump was laughed at when he said the Trump Tower was being wiretapped by the Obama administration. Turns out it was. Seems that there was an occasionally valid FAISA warrant on Paul Manafort, a Trump campaign official who had offices at the Trump tower. The info came out now that it was sort-of announced (leaked by loud assholes from DOJ talking at dinner in a public restaurant) that Manafort is likely to be indicted.

Since most of the investigators into the alleged Trump-Russia collusion are significant Hillary campaign donors I would have been surprised if that didn't happen.


A paradigm shift in illegal border crossings-those aren’t Latinos coming across

by Chivis Martinez

Borderland Beat
September 18, 2017

Illegal Chinese immigrants have taken the lead in border apprehension numbers.

At around 1 a.m on Saturday August 26, California Border Patrol agents made a surprising discovery; a crudely constructed tunnel that was being facilitated to smuggle illegal immigrants in to the United States.

And the overwhelming majority of the immigrant group were not Mexican, or even Latino, 23 of the group of 30 were Chinese. There were 21 Chinese males and 2 females. There exists a new human smuggling trend that is setting records, as it did in 2016, when the number of undocumented Chinese migrants, surpassed the number of Mexicans. The steep price tag that Chinese migrants must pay to be smuggled into the U.S. is 50 to 75 thousand USD, making it a very lucrative industry.

Far apart from the sophisticated drug tunnels of El Chapo, the newly discovered tunnel is a simplistic, rudimentary, system that utilized a ladder in place of an elevator, found in many Mexican Cartel tunnels.

Using tunnels to transport migrants into the U.S., is not new or unheard of, but it is atypical and the tunnels used are the throw away tunnels, tunnel projects abandoned for whatever reason. What is new is who they are finding using the tunnels.

Unfinished tunnel projects can present problems. An example is a few years ago when a migrant got stuck in a narrow passage, trapping himself and four others behind him. They were rescued by BP.

At around 1 a.m on Saturday August 26, California Border Patrol agents made a surprising discovery; a crudely constructed tunnel that was being facilitated to smuggle illegal immigrants in to the United States.

And the overwhelming majority of the immigrant group were not Mexican, or even Latino, 23 of the group of 30 were Chinese. There were 21 Chinese males and 2 females. There exists a new human smuggling trend that is setting records, as it did in 2016, when the number of undocumented Chinese migrants, surpassed the number of Mexicans. The steep price tag that Chinese migrants must pay to be smuggled into the U.S. is 50 to 75 thousand USD, making it a very lucrative industry.

Far apart from the sophisticated drug tunnels of El Chapo, the newly discovered tunnel is a simplistic, rudimentary, system that utilized a ladder in place of an elevator, found in many Mexican Cartel tunnels.

Using tunnels to transport migrants into the U.S., is not new or unheard of, but it is atypical and the tunnels used are the throw away tunnels, tunnel projects abandoned for whatever reason. What is new is who they are finding using the tunnels.

Unfinished tunnel projects can present problems. An example is a few years ago when a migrant got stuck in a narrow passage, trapping himself and four others behind him. They were rescued by BP.

In 2016, a total of 192,696 Mexicans were apprehended in illegal border crossings opposed to 222,847 non-Mexicans.

On the Mexican side of the southern border, some Chinese nationals are electing to stay in Mexico, resulting in a whole different set of issues, mostly social.


California lawmakers pass resolution to oppose anti-Semitism, other forms of discrimination

By Mina Corpuz

Los Angeles Times
September 14, 2017

California lawmakers passed a resolution Thursday to take a stand against anti-Semitism and other types of discrimination.

“History is going to judge us,” said Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine), who supported the resolution. “Let’s not be on the wrong side.”

The resolution came in response to a rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the country, lawmakers said. Verbal discrimination, cemetery desecrations and targeted assaults are among the actions it opposes.

Resolutions that touch on current events with national interest are generally less common in the California Legislature.

Several senators who supported the resolution shared their experiences with anti-Semitism.

Sen. Jeff Stone (R-Temecula) said his great-grandmother escaped Poland during World War II while the rest of her family died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who is Jewish, recalled being called discriminatory names as a child.

It has been frustrating to see anti-Semitism persist, she said.

“There was a period of time I thought we were bridging that gap in our country,” Jackson said on the Senate floor.


No infiltrations from the Sinai Peninsula were recorded over the past 12 months as southern barrier proves 100% effective

By Yori Yalon

Israel Hayom
September 18, 2017

Not a single infiltration from the Sinai Peninsula into Israel was recorded over the past 12 months, the Population and Immigration Authority said on Sunday.

Officials credit this surprising statistic to the fence Israel built along its border with Egypt several years ago.

In 2016, only 18 people managed to cross into Israel from Egypt illegally while in 2015 the number of such infiltrators stood at 220.

Meanwhile, authorities said that over the past 12 months, Israel deported 2,431 people who crossed into its territory illegally, including 2,245 Eritreans and 186 of Sudanese individuals.

According to Population and Immigration Authority data, some 38,000 African migrants live in Israel illegally.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Instead of wasting several million dollars on testing a number of designs, Trump should build his wall kike the Israelis have along its borders with Egypt, Gaza and the West Bank.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


NYPD cop claims she failed her random drug test because a strand from her WEAVE was tested instead of her own hair

By Shawn Cohen

New York Post
September 17, 2017

An NYPD sergeant who once worked in First Lady Chirlane McCray’s personal security detail has coiffed-up quite an excuse after testing positive for marijuana — she’s claiming the department mistakenly tested a strand from her human-hair weave.

The hair-brained claim is the latest bid by Sgt. Tracy Gittens to keep her job after a random drug test came up positive for pot and she was pulled from overseeing security at Gracie Mansion, sources tell The Post.

The 13-year department veteran — who has been on paid desk duty in Queens since this winter and is awaiting a departmental trial — insists that when she was tested, technicians unknowingly collected strands of human hair from her weave.

They snipped from the back of her head, where she couldn’t see, sources said she is claiming — and had they tested her actual hair, it would have been clean of drugs.

“She doesn’t smoke marijuana and she’s unaware how it may have gotten into her system,” one police source told The Post. “That’s why she’s thinking it may have been the weave.”

Other colleagues say it’s tuft to believe.

“Oh stop; it doesn’t even pass the laugh test,” scoffed one police source. “That’s one of the lamest excuses I’ve ever heard. What people will do to save their jobs is pathetic.”

Another cop said the sergeant should have said she was wearing a weave at the test site, if she was concerned.

“She should have said upfront that is not my real hair so they could take the hair from somewhere else. I’ve heard every excuse, but those tests are 100 percent accurate and I tend not to believe her story.”

Gittens did not respond to requests to interview; her lawyer, John D’Alessandro, also declined to comment.

She’s not the first cop to attempt a crazy-sounding dodge after testing positive for pot. In 2006, an anti-terror detective, Anthony Chiofalo, claimed his wife had laced his meatballs with marijuana without telling him in hopes that a positive drug test would force him into retirement.

The “spacey meatball” defense failed utterly. Chiofalo was fired; two years later, he lost a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit that claimed the firing was “arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable and unconstitutional.”


Army Ranger turned bank robber blames the elite force's hellish training for his transformation into a criminal and a 'testosterone-driven 'prick who was unable to value human life'

By Keith Griffith

Daily Mail
September 17, 2017

An Army Ranger who made a shocking turn to participate in an armed bank robbery has spoken out, blaming the elite force's notoriously tough training for his descent into crime.

In the new book Ranger Games: A Story Of Soldiers, Family And An Inexplicable Crime, author Ben Blum delves deeply into what prompted his own cousin Alex Blum to participate in the 2006 robbery in Tacoma, Washington.

'Before I joined the Army, I was vibrant, funny, easygoing, loving and independent,' Alex told his cousin.

'When I got my tan beret, I was a shell. I was an angry, testosterone-driven prick... I was unable to value human life.'

Alex was born in 1987 and grew up in Colorado. Ben remembers him as a 'squeaky-clean, patriotic, rule-respecting kid'.

Obsessed with the Army from an early age, Alex enlisted shortly after graduation from high school and set his sights on becoming an Army Ranger, the elite special forces unit.

Alex describes the brutal training regimen of the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP) at length, recalling a time when a drill sergeant forced a recruit to eat a box of ice cream sandwiches and then run until he vomited.

Forced to stay awake for some 30 hours straight preforming grueling physical tasks, Alex says he resorted to using hot sauce as eye drops and cutting himself to stay awake.

In April 2006, Alex reported to the 75th Ranger Regiment, 2nd Battalion, stationed at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, where he fell under the spell of Specialist Luke Elliot Sommer.

The older soldier with combat experience led Alex's fire team, obsessively drilling them on building infiltration tactics.

'At nights and on weekends, they ventured into Tacoma with new eyes,' Ben writes.

'Every door was a potential breach point, every bar counter a red zone concealing hidden gunmen, every Denny's dining room partitioned into lines of fire.'

Sommer also liked to play a sick game called 'suicide check' with the green privates.

The older soldier would toss a pistol to one of the junior soldiers. 'The requirement then was to point it at your head and pull the trigger. To examine the chamber first was an insult, forbidden,' Ben writes.

On August 3, 2006, Alex gave Sommer a ride to a Bank of America branch in Tacoma, and then through of something to impress the older soldier.

'[Alex] charted out on a napkin how a Ranger team would hit the place, trying his best to impress the specialist with his tactical acuity,' Ben writes.

The next day, Sommer knocked on his door and told Alex he needed a ride to the bank with three other men: a private named Chad Palmer and two friends, Tigra Robinson and Nathan Dunmall.

They piled into Alex's Audi A4 and began strapping on body armor as he drove.

Though he later claimed he thought it was just a training exercise, Alex has now come clean about his role in what happened next.

'[The] truth is this. I had full knowledge of the robbery before it happened,' Alex said. 'I did help plan some of it, and I knew what we were doing.'

The robbery went off with military precision, with two men watching the door wielding AK-47s.

Sommer, the ringleader, vaulted over the counter with a laser-sighted Glock 19 and barked commands at the tellers, demanding high denomination bills with no dye packs or bait money.

In just over two minutes, the robbers made off with over $54,000.

Alex had remained in the car, driving around the area and later claiming he planned to abandon the plan, but returned to pick up the four bank robbers.

It didn't take cops long to track down the would-be criminal masterminds.

Although they'd taken the rear license plate off of Alex's car, they forgot to remove the front plate, and a witness jotted down the number.

Sommer fled to Canada, where he lived in his mother's basement while facing extradition, and claimed that he'd intended to get caught in order to draw attention to alleged war crimes by US troops he'd witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Those claims were dismissed as unfounded by Pentagon investigators, and Sommer was extradited, convicted, and sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Alex served 16 months and was released on time served. Both soldiers were dishonorably discharged.

The new book has garnered critical praise as a novelistic, well-written true crime tale, but at least one reviewer has called Alex's description of the Rangers into question.

'The Ranger Indoctrination Program is undoubtedly brutal, desensitizing infantrymen to the realities of violence,' writes Jennifer Senior for the New York Times.

'But Blum also suggests, through extensive quotes from Alex, that it drains its graduates of their individuality and moral reasoning, and he never directly investigates the worst of Alex’s claims.'

EDITOR’S NOTE: I can see how training for an elite unit like the Army Rangers, the Navy SEALS or even a police SWAT team can turn a nice guy into a prick, but a bank robber? No way Jose!