Thursday, January 18, 2018

ACCUSATIONS THAT TRUMP IS A RACIST DO NOT RING TRUE

Trump may be racially ignorant and racially uninformed, but he is not a racist … a bigot, yes

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
January 18, 2018

“I now want to bring forth a friend — well, he is deceptive in that his social style is of such, one can miss his seriousness and commitment to success, which is beyond argument. When we opened this Wall Street project . . . He gave us space at 40 Wall Street, which was to make a statement about our having a presence there.” (1998)

“We need your building skills, your gusto . . . for the people on Wall Street to represent diversity.” (1999)


Thus Jesse Jackson praised Donald Trump at the 1998 and 1999 Rainbow Push Coalition conventions for giving Jackson’s coalition a headquarters building on Wall Street.

In the wake of the media shithole frenzy, the four-flushing phony Jackson is now calling Trump a racist.

On Friday, Isaac Newton Farris Jr., MLK's nephew, told CNN that Trump is not a racist … well sort of. Here is what he said:

“I don't think the President Trump is a racist in the traditional sense as we know in this country. I think President Trump is racially ignorant and racially uninformed. But I don't think he is a racist in the traditional sense.”

Alveda King, MLK’s niece, appeared Monday on ‘Fox and Friends’ and defended Trump in the ‘shithole’ controversy. She praised Trump for his policies from which “African-Americans are benefitting.” She said:.

“Our jobs are going up; our unemployment is going down. Companies are saying they’re gonna raise minimum wage and do bonuses because of the tax cuts, so the president is helping the African-American community, and I don’t believe President Donald John Trump is a racist.”

The Democrats and the mainstream media are hanging onto every word spoken by the president, hoping for an opportunity to destroy his presidency. Unfortunately, Trump’s uncontrollable mouth has given them that opportunity numerous times.

As for the shithole controversy, Haiti and some African countries are shitholes where the masses live in abject poverty while their rulers and their rulers’ associates are rolling in wealth obtained through out-and-out corruption.

I believe that Trump made the shithole remark, but I also believe he is not a racist, in any sense of the word. Trump is a bigot, but then so are the rest of us.

YES, POT IS GOOD ..... NO, POT IS BAD.

by Bob Walsh

Calaveras County is one of the so-called Cow Counties of California. Famous mostly for the famous Jumping Frog contest at the county fair every year, made famous by Mark Twain.

They seated a new County Board of Supervisors recently. The new board reversed the previous county ordinance allowing commercial pot growing in the county. The semi-legal pot farmers at now out their $5,000 license fee plus have only 30 days to dispose of their inventory. They are grumpy and threatening legal action.

That is the problem when your business is, on it's face, of dubious legality. You can find the semi-legal rug you were standing on pulled out from under you with very thin protection.

CALIFORNIA DAMN DAM LAWSUIT

by Bob Walsh

The City of Oroville is suing the Dept. of Water Resources for unspecified damages related to the debacle at the Oroville Dam a year ago. One of the more interesting items in the news report today alleges that maintenance supplies for the dam were routinely diverted to a garage in Oroville and then sold, with the profits going to who knows where.

Could be interesting to see how this, and the no-doubt others to follow, will pan out.

HERE IS WHERE THE WORLD CHANGED

by Bob Walsh

Every now and again it is possible to point to a specific spot in time and say HERE. THIS is where it happened. This is where the way in which the world works was changed. I have been witness two a couple of them.

One of them was November 22, 1963. Up until that time most Americans got their main dose of news from print media. Any decent size city had a daily newspaper. Large cities often had two, a morning paper and an evening paper. A few very large cities had several. Large papers had international bureaus in places like London or Paris. Decent size papers had a D.C. bureau. People read news weekly publications like Time or Newsweek.

Then JFK was assassinated. At that time it was just beginning to be technically possible to do live news broadcasts from the field. It wasn't one reporter and a guy with a handicam. It was a truck with generators, cables and about six support staff hooked into a camera that one strong man could lift onto a tripod that took one strong man to carry. But it worked. That one day in history began a shift from print media to broadcast media and has led to the disintegration and near destruction of print news. Few cities now have more than one daily newspaper. Some large cities have no print media at all.

Another one was January 17, 1998. One that day a news amalgamator on the internet named Drudge and his one employee, Breitbart, ran a story about Monica Lewinski and William Jefferson Clinton. Two major print outlets had already spiked the story (including Newsweek.) From that day 20 years ago we have now gone into a 24 hour news cycle where many people get ALL of their news from Yahoo or Google. Walter Cronkite and Huntley-Brinkley are dim memories of a forgotten history. Getting it FAST is often (though not always) more important than getting it right. Drudge started a chain of events that led directly to the impeachment of a President.

I am not sure if this change is for the better or worse. I still like and read newspapers. I still watch mainstream media broadcast news. Maybe I am a dinosaur. But I can't deny the world has changed. And I do, from time to time, look at Yahoo News and Drudge.

CAPE TOWN IS ABOUT TO BE IN DEEP SHIT...LITERALLY

by Bob Walsh

Cape Town, South Africa, is the tenth largest city in Africa, the second largest in South Africa and the legislative seat of the country. They are also about to run out of water. They have maybe 90 days of water left after a years-long drought.

Once the reservoirs get down to about 13.5%, now anticipated to happen around April 22, the water will be turned off except for critical public infrastructure, like hospitals. There will then be public water stations around the city, under armed guard, where you can show up and get 6.6 gallon of water per person per day.

Cape Town has about 3.7 million people. It will be the first major city in the world to run out of water. Barring some miracle (remember it is the dry season in the southern hemisphere) things are about to get real interesting down there.

I admit that somehow I can't quite see the wife of members of their parliament driving down to one of 200 public water stations to draw their 6.6 gallons every day, presumably with some sort of ration book. I wonder how long it will take for bootleg water suppliers to set up business? I also expect that rental chemical toilets will become very popular very soon. Or it might just become like San Francisco where people just shit in the street and let somebody else worry about cleaning it up.

YET ANOTHER COST JUMP IN JERRY'S TOY TRAIN

by Bob Walsh

The projected cost for Jerry's Toy Train, the pseudo-high-speed train from LA to SF, has jumped again by about 1/3.

The first phase of this massive boondoggle is now pegged at about $10.6 billion, up from about $7.8 billion. This would be for one section in the Central Valley, going from Nowhere to South Nowhere. This pushes the projected cost for the whole project from the initial $40 billion to $67 billion.

The current problem seems to stem from the High Speed Rail Authority letting contracts for construction before they actually owned the right-of-way. This was at least allegedly made necessary due to a drop-dead date on $2.5 billion in federal money.

The initial project was supposed to run from SF to LA in less than three hours by 2029, and eventually expand to Sacramento and San Diego. It is now conceed that the three hour figure is pie-in-the-sky. which is awkward as the performance requirements were written into the bond. Any sort of reasonable legal review of the project in its current state would conclude that the current status of the project is in violation of law.

That review is, of course, unlikely to happen with Democrats in charge of both houses of the legislature and all state constitutional offices.

MASSIVE SURPRISE...OVERSIGHT BIAS

by Bob Walsh

Yes, I am saddened to report it is true. There appears to be good reason to believe that the State Water Resources Control Board has been meeting for a couple of years on the DL with the Dept. of Water Resources, presumably in order to grease the skids for Jerry's water theft tunnel.

The Water Board does not deny that the meetings have taken place, but does deny that they were illegal. (The formerly great state of California has some very stringent laws regarding private meeting and public business.) They are, however, admitting to violating of the "ex-parte" rules.

Various opponents to the tunnel ripoff project are asserting that this whole process has hopelessly compromised proceedings and therefore believe that they have no confidence in the process.

It would be pretty much impossible to actually build the damn tunnel, or tunnels, without the Water Board's say-so. They need to issue a permit in order to actually build.

These meetings apparently involved staff and not members of the actual board, and (according to the Board's lawyers) involved discussions of the EIR and not the hearings about the construction of the tunnel itself. This may be a distinction without a difference, depending on who you ask.

With any sort of luck this little revelation will end up rolling things back so far that the project will die a natural death before it sucks up any more money, time or energy.

ой дерьмо (OH SHIT IN RUSSIAN)

Woman goes to hospital after nightclub assault... only to discover her doctor is the man 'who attacked her' - and he starts beating her AGAIN

By Will Stewart

Daily Mail
January 17, 2018

MOSCOW -- A young woman was violently attacked at a nightclub and later went to hospital to be treated for her injuries - only to be stunned to discover the doctor was the same man who she alleged had assaulted her.

The medic is seen in a shocking video battering Anastasia Dmitrieva for a second time in the treatment room of the hospital in Neryungri, eastern Russia.

The first attack happened late at night in the club and she went to hospital for treatment the next day, when she encountered the doctor for a second time.

In the footage the doctor can be heard saying: 'Many witnesses will prove that you were the first to attack me.'

He threatened her that she faced 'jail' if she pursued a complaint against him.

A bespectacled middle-aged nurse appears to be embarrassed by his violent behaviour yet tries unsuccessfully to block the camera shooting the horrific incident.

The senior doctor named as Vladimir Naumov has been fired for his violent attacks by the regional health ministry.

Ms Dmitrieva, believed to be aged 20, went to the hospital so that her injuries could be registered, allowing her to make a complaint to police over the nightclub incident, as well as to get treatment for her wounds.

Health chiefs rejected the doctor's explanation that at the nightclub he had been defending a midwife who was attacked by a gang of women.

Naumov said: 'I couldn't stand there and watch this massacre. Any man would have tried to stop such a fight.'

He admitted that at the hospital he had been 'angry and full of adrenaline' seeing the woman again but a decision was made too fire him over his behaviour.

'I was provoked for the sake of filming this video,' he claimed.

'I have been working here for one and a half years.

'During that time, I saved many people and now everything I did is ruined by this video.'

His unnamed chief doctor is facing an investigation over employing a man unsuited to be a doctor.

NEW JERSEY WOMAN COULD NOT FACE LIFE OUTSIDE OF JAIL

Inmate's death ruled a suicide after nail clipper, other objects found in stomach

By Caitlin Mota

The Jersey Journal
January 17, 2018

KEARNY, N.J. -- The death of a 48-year-old woman at the medical ward inside Hudson County jail has been ruled a suicide after an "abundant amount of foreign material" was found inside her stomach, her autopsy report revealed.

Jennifer Towle was serving a six-month sentence for DWI when she died on July 14. She spent her entire stay at the jail on suicide watch because of her diagnosis of depression and was two days away from being released from custody, according to medical records from the Office of the Attorney General.

The release of records surrounding Towle's death came just two days after a 38-year-old woman was found hanging, but still alive, at the jail and when a 41-year-old man awaiting sentencing collapsed and died.

The 38-year-old has been in extremely critical condition since the attempted suicide, sources say.

According to the Medical Examiner Investigative Data Sheet, a nurse found Towle unresponsive on the floor of her cell. She stayed in an isolated cell because she often refused to leave, the report says. Because she was on suicide watch, Towle was not wearing any clothes, according to the report that was obtained through an open public records request.

Towle's body was brought for an autopsy, where medical examiners found more than three liters of inedible material and a "minimal" amount of food in her stomach, the reports indicate. The average capacity of a human stomach is about one liter.

Items found inside her stomach included a nail clipper, an examination glove, Styrofoam, plastic, condiment packages, milk cartons, drink cartons, paper, a band-aid, a plastic bag and a cookie wrapper, the reports say. Doctors also found a non-food item stuck inside her esophagus.

The initial report, dated Sept. 19, did not determine a cause or manner of death, but later that day an amended report was filed ruling Towle's death a suicide. The cause was related to a perforated ulcer in her stomach from ingesting non-food items, the report states.

A county spokesman told The Jersey Journal in September that Towle was first being monitored every minute of the day until being "stepped down" by a mental health professional's orders, saying her constant observation was more harmful than good.

She was then housed in a room with a glass window where she could be seen by the nursing staff.

Because of her mental health diagnosis, Towle was evaluated to determine if she should be moved to a mental health care facility, which was not recommended by doctors from Jersey City Medical Center, the county said in the fall.

The medical staff at the jail - which is contracted through CFG Health Systems - believed they were providing Towle "the care she needed," county spokesman Jim Kennelly said in September. The county said it planned to review whether she did in fact receive the care she needed.

Asked for comment on the state's report, Kennelly declined to comment other than to say the findings "confirmed what was anticipated" to be a death by suicide.

The jail has faced heightened scrutiny, particularly surrounding its health services. Rolando Meza Espinoza, an immigrant detainee, was sent from the jail to Jersey City Medical Center after he experienced "gastrointestinal bleeding" and died two days later. His family only learned of his death when they called to check on him, a lawyer for the family previously said.

A medical review board was established by the county in response to the deaths of Meza Espinoza and Towle. Hudson County Freeholder Bill O'Dea, who sits on the board, said in September he felt Towle likely should not have remained at the jail. Officials were "taking very seriously" the investigation into the mental health services provided at the jail, he said.

Reach by phone, O'Dea said the board has not seen the autopsy result yet, but said the county is in the process of improving the mental health ward for female inmates. Officials are expected to ask questions about last weekend's jail death and attempted suicide at a public safety meeting on Tuesday.

LOOSING THEIR HEADS IN VERACRUZ

The bloody battle for the Veracruz Plaza

By Noe Zavaleta

Proceso (translated on Borderland Beat)
January 16, 2018

XALAPA, Ver. -- In the first 12 days of January, a dozen human heads were abandoned in the insides of four vehicles, with the advertisement that a " criminal cleaning" was going on in the southern zone of the State.

The dismembered corpses of the victims, alleged criminals, according to the governor Miguel Angel Yunes Lineares - were left in black garbage bags, the same were found inside of cars in Tlacotalpan, with five bodies, Sayula de Aleman with four bodies, Minatitlan two bodies, and Cosoleacaque with one. The macabre photos from the scenes were circulated in national and international media.

The capital saw a night of terror this past Saturday the 13th, when alleged sicarios of Z-35 ( old school zetas) left nine dismembered corpses in the inside of a minivan, as well as three cartulinas threatening the Secretary of Public Security, Jaime Tellez, and his Director of Operations, Gerardo Guzman, whom were responsible for "not respecting our agreement".

"More united than ever, the people respect", was the phrase that they left in the three messages. In the morning a man had been kidnapped in the Laureles colonia and executed with 14 bullets in front of the Judicial power base of the State.

In the last trimester of 2017, the CJNG left hundreds executed in the towns of Tuxpan, Tierra Blanca, Martinez de La Torre, Chacaltianguis, Tlacotalpan, Sayula de Aleman and Cosoleacaque, as well as in the principal urban areas of Xalapa and the port of Veracruz. In the capital, human remains were abandoned near the historic center and one block from a public security checkpoint and in the vicinity of the bus station.

IN Coatzacoalcos, the place where the Zetas were settled, violence intensified following the arrest in Cardenas, Tabasco of regional boss Hernan Martinez Zavaleta, El Commandante H, and the taking down of Bernardo Cruz Mota, El Nino Sicario, and of Elias Aguirre Sanchez, El Metro. His subordinates maintaining an internal fight for control of the plaza, with the consequent executions of various members.

While in the south of the State, the CJNG warns that it will take control of the plaza and annihilate, Los Zetas, kidnappers, assailants and extortionists. In the north of the State, in the Huastec region, Grupo Sombre of the CdG have been trying to win a hearts and minds of the population with various festivals in public places.

On social networks, a video was circulating with sicarios from Grupo Sombra distributing toys in La Concordia Park, in the municipality of Panuco, while giving toys and other items to children, youths and mothers dressed in tactical vests with FEGS (Fuerzas Especiales de Grupo Sombra) shouting Arriba el Grupo Sombra, while the recipients replied with Arriba viva la Sombra.

In Veracruz, the headache for Miguel Angel Yunes Linares in his first 13 months of government has been security, which in his campaign he promised to sort out in 6 months.

According to statistics from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, in this period there have been 2414 murders and 178 kidnappings. In this regard, Yunes has assured that 70% of those crimes involve organized criminals and their associates.

The SESNSP does not include the alleged criminals killed by State or Federal Police forces, as these are not counted as homicides.

Last June, in a frank declaration of the battle against organized crime, Yunes Linares assured that the SSP and the FGE, in coordination with Federal Forces had 300 criminal specific objectives, but to date they have given no figures for those arrested or killed on the list.

Through communications it is known that Ricardo Pachecho Tello, El Quino, head of the CJNG in the Gulf of Mexico was killed. However, several of his subordinates continue to commit crimes in Veracruz and have expanded to the Sotavento region, Papaloapan Basin, south zone and in points bordering Oaxaca and urban areas of the State of Puebla, according to an intelligence report from the Attorney Generals office.

Zeta decline

Commandante H was arrested in Cardenas, Tabasco, but the Los Zetas leaders and subordinates in the southern zone of Veracruz, some of foreign origin, continue to fight for control of illicit activities, according to an intelligence report called "Coatzacoalcos Criminal Structure", carried out by the SSP which states that there are still 17 targets in that town among narcotics distributors, Piso bosses and head of halcones.

In the presidency of Javier Duarte the criminal gangs of Gente Nueva, Mata Zetas, Los Zetas and CJNG predominated, and with Yunes Linares there is a maelstrom of adjustment of accounts between Los Zetas cells, CJNG, Antrax, Sinaloa Cartel, Grupo Sombra, Cartel del Golfo and the independent groups of huachicoleros.

Members of Morena, like the legislator Amado Cruz and the state leader of the party, Manuel Huerta, have insisted that Veracruz urgently needs a federal commissioner in matters of security, as Michoacan had in the past, in order to stop the criminals.

But the PAN legislator Maria Josefina Gamboa Torales assures that there are advances in terms of security, because today with Yunes, she says, they are not hiding those killed, as happened in the sexenio of Javier Duarte.

"I do not despise the security issue, there are challenges to be achieved. When we arrived we only had 180 patrols, in a few months we will have 600, but I believe that before the government deceived the SESNSP, and only reported 3 homicides even if it was a 100, and that has been reflected in the fosas that are being discovered today, those bodies were not killed yesterday, they have been in there for years", he said.

Gamboa Torales assures that crimes against humanity were present with Duarte, and a clear example are the massive demonstrations and uprising of young people of Xalapa, Veracruz Port, Ursulo Galvan and Coatzacoalcos, to mention a few.

The new governors are blaming the past but that is nothing new, and PAN responds, " you arrive at a destroyed house, in which there are leaks, in which the pipeline does not supply, there are holes in the floor, and there is a demand to instantly fix it, but we have to first put the foundations back in place, before we can move forward, you can not start from a lie, and in telling the truth, the institutions have been destroyed."

In a meeting of the Coordination Group of Veracruz, held in recent days, Yunes Linares stressed that recently there was a capture of 400 kilos of cocaine in the Port of Veracruz and 90 kilos more in the Federal Police station in Papaloapan basin, and he insisted that, after analysis of the five regions of the state, the security situation is much better already.

He also stressed that he wanted to make it clear that the police are not there to care for criminals, if criminals engage in criminal activities, they they have to accept those risks. In addition and on repeated occasions he has insisted that he is only concerned about the safety of "good people".

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

TRUMP MAKING DACA APPEAL DIRECTLY TO SCOTUS

by Bob Walsh

On Tuesday the Trump administration announced that they are appealing directly to SCOTUS in an attempt to get the Ninth Circuit off their back in regards to the DACA issue.

Obama's unilateral presidential directive in the DACA matter is clearly illegal. He said so himself. That fact does not really bother the morons on the Ninth Circuit, the most overturned court in the land.

With luck SCOTUS will agree to hear the case and shut the morons down.

JERRY'S TOY TUNNEL SHRINKING

by Bob Walsh

Jerry Brown, governor of the formerly great state of California. likes to think BIG. His favorite project, his toy train, is still moving, or maybe staggering, forward despite clear legal problems with funding and planning. However, in the next few years, you will be able to take a sort-of high-speed train between Buttcrack and South Buttcrack in the Central Valley. Isn't that special?

Jerry also wants to build two HUGE tunnels to steal water from the Delta in NorCal and ship it to SoCal so his buddies can keep their lawns and golf courses green. Trouble is, the way the law is written, this new project, a VERY EXPENSIVE project, is required to be paid for by the users. Many of who see it for the white elephant it is and want nothing to do with it. And have said so.

So now Jerry is scaling back. He is now pimping for a much smaller single-bore tunnel to steal dramatically less water. Jerry is hoping to get some farm districts to sign on. So far NOT ONE Central Valley irritation district has signed up for the project. Not one. The Central Valley people are part of a federal structure and they can therefore give the finger to Jerry with a certain degree of impunity.

Right now the Dept. of Water Resources is trying to decide on whether or not to push the one tunnel project. I guess they are doing that when they aren't out shopping for asbestos shorts to keep from getting their butts cooked over the Oroville debacle.

Within the next four weeks they are, at least in theory, supposed to make a sort-of final decision on which plan they will push for and see what they can get. Hopefully they get a tunnel bore shoved up their ass, but that's just me.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

by Bob Walsh

A U. S. Army K-9 has just received a well-deserved but obviously posthumous medal for conspicuous bravery during WW II.

Chips was a German Shepherd-Husky mix who hit the beach with attacking forces in Sicily in 1943. He attacked and Italian machine gun emplacement, killed one Italian soldier and dismounted the machine gun in the process. The pooch survived not only the battle but the war and was returned to his previous owner in Pleasantville, N.Y. He had been donated to the U. S,. Army to support the war effort in 1942.

Chips received the Dicken Medal, the highest award available to animals in Britain. It was accepted by John Wren, 76, whose father donated the dog initially. The British honor was apparently connected to a veterinary charity in the U.K.

SOME THOUGHTS ON GETTING YOUR SHIT TOGETHER

by Bob Walsh

The People's Republic of San Francisco is an odd place with strange priorities. They are constantly poor-mouthing about needing to suck more tax money from people stupid enough to live there but they can spend $5 million for city paid legal representation for criminal illegal aliens to fight deportation.

S. F. has a major homeless problem. At times I find that odd at the climate is not conducive to living on the street about nine or ten months a year. But the political climate is HIGHLY favorable to homelessness. A case in point.

Shit happens. For most people shit happens once or twice a day. The city is unable or unwilling to convince their large homeless population that shitting on the street is, all things considered, undesirable.

There is now computer accessible map that shows you where in San Francisco you are likely to find large piles of human waste and thereby why you are also likely to encounter somebody shitting on the sidewalk where and when you are trying to walk by, maybe with your parents or children.

Check HUMAN WASTELAND for further information.

THE LORD HATH DEALT BOUNTIFULLY WITH THEM ….. UNFORTUNATELY!

13 captive siblings, some chained to beds, rescued from Perris house; parents arrested

By Brian Rokos and Shane Newell

The Press-Enterprise
January 16, 2018

In a discovery that has stunned both authorities and neighbors in a suburban Riverside County neighborhood, 13 brothers and sisters who appeared to have been held captive by their parents in a Perris house were found early Sunday, Jan. 14, after one of them escaped and called 911.

Some of them were chained and padlocked to their beds inside the dark and foul-smelling house in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

“The parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner,” sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

The victims appeared dirty and malnourished, the release said, and were so emaciated that deputies were shocked to discover that while all looked like children, they actually ranged in age from 2 to 29; six of them were minors and seven were 18 or older.

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were each arrested on suspicion of nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment, online jail records show. Bail was set at $9 million each. Neither suspect has a documented criminal record in Riverside County, Superior Court records show.

In a bankruptcy filing from 2011, when the couple lived in Murrieta, records state that David Turpin was an engineer at Northrop Grumman and that his wife was a homemaker.

David Turpin also was listed in California Department of Education records as principal of a private school with the same address as their house. While it’s not clear that the school’s six enrolled students as of last year were the Turpins’ own children, parents who intend to homeschool their children are required to file a Private School Affidavit, according to the state Department of Education website.

Neighbors Zinzi and Ricardo Ross expressed disbelief Monday afternoon at the situation on Muir Woods Road. The couple has lived nearby for more than two years.

“It’s very shocking,” Ricardo Ross said. “Very devastating.”

Zinzi Ross agreed. “It’s crazy. I can’t believe this is going on,” she said.

An escape and plea for help

Early Sunday, a 17-year-old girl — who investigators said looked like she was only about 10 — managed to escape from the home with a cellphone that she used to 911, the sheriff’s news release said. She said her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive.

Deputies went to the home, where they found the other victims along with the parents, David and Louise Turpin.

The victims, who “claimed to be starving,” were fed and admitted to local hospitals, the release said. Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services assisted in the investigation.

There was no answer at Child Protective Services’ main offices on Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. A supervisor at the child abuse hotline said he could not provide any information.

It wasn’t clear how long authorities believe the children may have been kept in those conditions. The Sheriff’s Department made no further information available Monday beyond the news release but scheduled a rare news conference for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Investigators asked that anyone with information on the case contact Master Investigator Tom Salisbury at the Perris station at 951-210-1000 or PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org.

‘Mommy loves me’

The horrible allegations against the Turpin parents contrast sharply with the impression given by their joint Facebook page. Several dozen photographs, posted publicly, show a smiling family having fun in places such as Disneyland and Las Vegas.

David and Louise Turpin appear to have had marriage-renewal ceremonies at least three times, in 2011, 2013 and 2015, at the Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas.

The couple posted photos from the Halloween 2015 ceremony on their Facebook page throughout spring 2016. Louise wears a white wedding gown and David wears a tuxedo; Elvis is in a gold jacket. There’s a baby in a frilly pink dress and nine other girls in matching pink and purple plaid dresses, while three boys have on black suits and magenta ties, their hair cut in mop-tops like David’s.

Other pictures show the family in matching outfits on other group outings. And there are lots of pictures of the baby, including one in which she wears a “Mommy loves me” T-shirt.

Many of the children appear thin in the photos but not obviously unhealthy. And like the sheriff’s deputies who found the victims Sunday, someone seeing the pictures may be surprised any of the children were in their 20s.

Attempts to reach relatives of the Turpins were unsuccessful Monday.

A comment on one of the family photos indicates the couple moved to California around 2009. They purchased their current house in Perris — a four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,388-square-foot home that was built in 2013 — in August 2014 for $351,000, county property records show.

That house at 160 Muir Woods Road is also the address of Sandcastle Day School, a private school founded in the 2014-15 school year, according to state records.

In the 2016-17 school year, it had an enrollment of six: one student in each of the fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th grades.

The school is within the boundaries of the Perris Union High School District, said Candace Reines, the district’s deputy superintendent for business services. However, as a private school, Reines said, Sandcastle has no association with the public district.

“Private schools, they don’t have to get any approvals from the local school district,” she said.

Instead, their operators — including a parent who wants to run a private homeschool — file a Private School Affidavit with the state Department of Education.

‘No idea this was going on’

The Turpins’ middle-class neighborhood — where their frequently unkempt lawn was one of the things neighbors had noticed most about it — was abuzz Monday afternoon as news spread of what had authorities found inside.

More than two dozen people gathered in groups on the sidewalk, and motorists drove by the house, some slowing down and pulling out their cellphones to capture the scene. A helicopter flew overhead and news reporters poured in to try to gain insight on the family, but few of the people who were outside had had much interaction with the Turpins.

Andrew Santillan, who lives around the corner, heard about the case from a friend.

“I had no idea this was going on,” he said as he stood in a nearby driveway and watched the scene. “I didn’t know there were kids in the house.”

Neighbor Andria Valdez said she first saw four cop cars outside the Turpins’ house about 8:15 a.m. Sunday. She said officials stayed all day — one deputy was there until 10 p.m., and a truck with a camper shell that said “Riverside Services” stayed overnight, she said.

Valdez said her family had previously joked the family at that house reminded them of the fictional Cullen family from the “Twilight” book and film series.

“They only came out at night,” she said. “They were really, really pale.”

Jonte McLaurin also saw about four or five sheriff’s cars Sunday morning.

He said he used to mow lawns in the neighborhood, and several years ago he tried knocking on the door to offer his lawn services, but the family declined.

“They were all weird about it,” he said

He said he noticed they at one point let their grass die and then put bales of hay in the front yard.

A few years ago, Robert Perkins said he and his mom saw a few family members constructing a Nativity scene in the Turpins’ front yard. Perkins said he complimented them on it.

“They didn’t say a word,” he said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: According to the New York Post, Louise Turpin kept smirking and spitting during her arrest. Coughing and spitting are used in exorcism rites of some Pentecostal traditions, according to several books on the movement.

Perris was a sleepy little town when I worked in law enforcement. I remember investigating a couple of narcotic cases there.

According to the Post, the Turpins, who practice Pentecostal Christianity, felt “called by God” to sire the 13 children. Amen!

BLACK WOMAN DENIED USE OF PIZZA PARLOR PISSER

Pizza shop manager recorded in assault told police that woman was 'loud and disruptive'

By Elizabeth Behrman

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 14, 2018

A woman who was assaulted and thrown out of an Uptown pizza restaurant Friday night told Pittsburgh police she stopped there to use the restroom on her way home from a nearby bar.

Jade Martin, 34, told police she was drinking with a friend at Ace’s Deuce’s Lounge a few doors down from Pizza Milano on Fifth Avenue with a friend before leaving to catch a bus home around 7:30 p.m., according to a police report. When she missed the bus, she decided to stop in the pizza restaurant and was stopped by the manager.

The manager, Mahmut Yilmaz, 41, has since been charged with aggravated assault and simple assault after a video was posted online showing him telling Ms. Martin to leave, arguing with her and later tackling her and bashing her head on the floor. Ms. Martin will be arrested via summons, the report states, and charged with defiant trespass and disorderly conduct.

The video — which by Monday morning had been viewed more than 800,000 times — drew a small crowd of protesters to the restaurant Saturday outraged at the treatment of Ms. Martin.

According to the criminal complaint, Pittsburgh police officers were called to the restaurant Friday night after getting reports of a woman who refused to leave the restaurant. They spoke with Ms. Martin outside Pizza Milano shortly after the incident occurred and noted that she appeared disheveled, but unhurt. Investigators said she didn’t mention a physical altercation, and went home.

Mr. Yilmaz told police that he asked Ms. Martin to leave because she was bothering customers with “loud and disruptive” behavior, according to the report. Neither he nor other customers at the restaurant mentioned an altercation, either, the report states.

Officers were called several hours later to Mercy Hospital, where Ms. Martin was being treated for a headache following the incident with Mr. Yilmaz. She told police she was diagnosed with a concussion, the report shows, and didn’t remember much about the incident because she had been “very foggy” since then. Investigators said they referred her to a magistrate.

Later Saturday, police said they spoke with Ms. Martin via telephone and arranged for her to meet with detectives again to give a written statement about what happened at the restaurant Friday night, but she never showed up for the appointment. They left multiple voicemail messages for her, and while they waited for her to call back, police said they saw the video posted online.

The cell phone footage was posted to Facebook by Bria Janae, and captures the entire altercation from inside the restaurant.

In the video, Mr. Yilmaz confronts Ms. Martin. “Listen, you gotta go,” he said. He pushed her, and she can be heard saying repeatedly, “Push me again.” She dropped something, and bent over to pick it up. Ms. Martin then attempted to walk by Mr. Yilmaz, who grabbed her arm and pulled her back toward the door, shouting, “I said please!” He appears to headbutt her before pushing her to the ground and slamming her head against the floor repeatedly as he continues to shout, “I said please!” Ms. Martin was silent during the incident.

The video also captured customers’ protests, with kitchen staff running into the dining room to help remove Ms. Martin from the establishment.

Mr. Yilmaz also was called to the police station Saturday afternoon to provide an official account of what happened, the police report states.

He told police again that he was trying to prevent Ms. Martin from bothering customers. He had a mark on his forehead from the altercation, police said, and he told them he slipped causing him to lunge forward and hit his head as he was attempting to steer Ms. Martin out of the restaurant. Mr. Yilmaz said he could not remember whether he hit his head on the doorway or Ms. Martin’s face.

He also told investigators that he grabbed her hair and shook her head to get her attention while trying to stop the altercation, according to the report. Mr. Yilmaz told police he didn’t realize her head was hitting the floor each time.

Mr. Yilmaz’s bail was set at $5,000, court records show.

INSTEAD OF BIG OIL, THEY SHOULD SUE THE DRIVERS FOR FOSSIL FUEL EMISSIONS

L.A. lawmakers look to sue big oil companies over climate change — and the costs that stem from it

By David Zahniser

Los Angeles Times
January 13, 2018

Two members of the Los Angeles City Council called Friday for legal action against an array of petroleum companies, saying fossil fuel emissions have contributed to natural disasters and “abnormally intense weather patterns” that are proving costly for taxpayers.

The push for financial reimbursement comes as Southern California communities continue to deal with the aftermath of an especially intense wildfire season and, in recent days, devastating mudslides caused by a recent storm.

In their written proposal, Councilmen Mike Bonin and Paul Koretz said oil and gas companies knew they were contributing to climate change and did “nothing to stop their destructive ways.” The result, they said, has been expensive repairs to streets and other public facilities.

“We’re getting rising sea levels, wildfires, mudslides — that’s the implication of climate change right there,” Bonin said in an interview. “That does damage to our infrastructure. It just has some wide-ranging and comprehensive implications.”

The proposal, which was also signed by Councilmen Jose Huizar and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, seeks a closed-door meeting with City Atty. Mike Feuer on potential legal claims against corporations that profit from the production and sale of fossil fuels. It also calls for the city to file an amicus, or friend of the court, brief to assist New York City with a lawsuit against Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell and other companies.

In that case, filed Tuesday, lawyers said New York City had suffered extensive damage from climate change, including “inundation, erosion and regular tidal flooding of its property.”

“In this litigation, the city seeks to shift the costs of protecting the city from climate change impacts back onto the companies that have done nearly all they could to create this existential threat,” the lawsuit states.

A spokesman for Shell Oil Co. declined to discuss the proposal in Los Angeles, saying a lawsuit had not yet been filed.

Asked about the case in New York City, he said climate change “should be addressed through sound government policy and cultural change to drive low-carbon choices for businesses and consumers, not by the courts.”

San Francisco and Oakland have filed their own climate change lawsuits, saying oil and gas companies should pay for the ongoing cost of protecting Bay Area cities from rising sea levels. Lawyers for San Francisco said $5 billion would be needed just to complete long-term upgrades to that city’s seawall, which covers three miles of waterfront.

Chevron, one of the companies sued by San Francisco, said last fall that the Bay Area lawsuits would not help address climate change. "Should this litigation proceed, it will only serve special interests at the expense of broader policy, regulatory, and economic priorities,” Melissa Ritchie said in a statement.

Representatives of Chevron did not respond to a request for comment on the Los Angeles proposal.

Bonin, who represents coastal neighborhoods stretching from Westchester to Pacific Palisades, said he expects that parts of his district will be underwater in the next 50 years. As part of its climate change lawsuit, the city should seek both financial reimbursement and policy changes from the petroleum industry, he said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: These two clowns are declaring war on Texas.

THE SHORT AND FAT ROCKET MAN MAY NOT BE JUST ALL BLUSTER

US scientist who inspected North Korea’s nuclear facility warns they have up to 60 bombs as fellow expert says Trump is underestimating Kim Jong-un

By Gareth Davies

Daily Mail
January 15, 2018

An American scientist who has seen the North Korean nuclear secrets claims Kim Jong-un is not bluffing and that the White House should be concerned.

Dr Sig Hecker, who was once in charge of designing nuclear weapons for the US, was shown around the hermit kingdom seven times and each time was given access to confidential information.

The doctor, who the North Koreans knew would feed the information back to his bosses in America, held plutonium extracted at a secret complex in Yongbyon.

Combined with the country's massive stock of uranium, it is estimated Kim Jong-un's army has between 30 and 60 nuclear weapons at its disposal, according to Hecker.

Experts now believe Pyongyang has a better understanding of Washington than the other way around, which could be a stumbling block for Donald Trump.

Although Kim Jong-un's workers would have known the information gathered by the American doctor would have found its way back to the Pentagon and the White House, it was still an unexpected level of exposure.

Hecker told CBS: 'I was immensely surprised by how much they showed me and with the openness with which they showed and explained that to me.'

He had been director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory - more commonly known as the birthplace of the American atomic bomb - for 11 years.

In 2004, he was invited for his first tour of Yongbyon, and he has returned six times since.

It was here he was given North Korean plutonium to hold - a heavy, radioactive metal encased in a glass jar.

The moment Hecker physically testified to the isolated nation's nuclear might, the balance in Washington shifted.

'It changed from one of "we don't know exactly what they have, if they have enough to make anything" to the fact that they actually could have four to six bombs,' he said.

The complex continues to be monitored by satellites orbiting above the country, and 14 years later it is thought the number of weapons has increased by at least five-fold.

Expert Robert Carlin, who has been studying North Korea for four decades, told CBS: 'I think they understand us better than we understand them. We're still weighed down with a lot of stereotypes and they're going to trip us up.'

When Hecker returned in 2010, he was invited into a different part of the nuclear base where 2,000 modern centrifuges were lined up.

It is thought they were manifesting uranium, ready to be used for another type of chemical bomb.

By now, the building which Hecker was given access to has doubled in size meaning it could be holding up to 10,000 centrifuges, according to director of the Institute for Science and International Security David Albright.

Given the rate of development, he estimates North Korea has 13 to 30 nuclear weapons.

Hecker believes this figure could be as high as 60, and that more worrying was the fact that they could be built as small disco-ball-type bombs, capable of being fitted to a missile.

Although the technology isn't yet there to merge the two, the expert doesn't think the hermit kingdom is too far away .

He told CBS: 'They're going to get there, you know, that's, that's one thing you can count on.

'We've tried to sanction them into submission. They've not submitted. They just keep testing and keep evolving.'

‘911, WHAT IS YOUR EMERGENCY? … YOU SAW A WHAT?!’

Pet kangaroo breaks loose in Texas, hops down Highway 69 chased by cops for more than an hour

KBMT
January 14, 2018

LUMBERTON, Texas - Cindy Kaut White said she almost hit a kangaroo driving down Highway 69 in Lumberton, Sunday, and she's not the only one.

Lumberton PD Police Chief Danny Sullins said they got calls from several people about the kangaroo hopping down the highway.

Harding County Deputies and Lumberton Police were chasing after the animal for over an hour before the owner was able to tranquilize the kangaroo and bring it home safely.

The kangaroo is a pet that lives off Deer Park Lane near Wheeler Road in a fenced area, from which it escaped, and the animal was able to hop from Lumberton to Kountze.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The distance from Lumberton to Kountze.is 10 miles. Lumberton is about 15 miles north of Beaumont, Texas.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

TEXTING IS OFTEN HURTFUL

MEN NOW AT RISK FOR TAKING SECOND LOOK AT A WOMAN

Sexual Harassment allegations are now running amok

Cocaine fueled Rose McGowan has taken it on herself to lead the charge against sexual harassment and no man is safe from her sharp pica, not even Bill Clinton.

Friday was the 20th anniversary of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and McGowan took the occasion to prick Bill Clinton about history’s most famous blow job. She tweeted:

“What we owe Monica Lewinsky is historical and vast. Globally slut shamed by the world. Dems & Reps attacked her because a President abused his power. Get real people, see the truth. She was a kid. Biggest power imbalance ever. THE SCARLET LETTER IS HIS.”

While McGowan, who refers to her supporters as the ‘Rose Army’, is right in the Clinton-Lewinsky case, sexual harassment allegations are now running amok. Men are now even at risk for taking a second look at a woman.

Just about every red blooded man is guilty of sexual harassment the way McGowan and the #metoo movement see it. Who among us men has not made unwanted advances toward women at one time or another … and another, and another?

Of course this is not to say that women are not subjected to what is truly sexual harassments and, beyond that, to sexual assaults.

LAPD is now investigating a number of Hollywood celebrities for rape. Among them is Steven Seagal, one of my favorite action stars. At least a dozen women have accused Seagal of sexual misconduct. One of them, actress Regina Simons, accused him of raping her at his home in 1993. At the time she was an 18-years-old extra on the set of Seagal’s film “Deadly Ground”. Another woman, Faviola Dadis, claims that when she went to his hotel room for a ‘private audition’ in 2002, Seeagal fondled her breasts and grabbed her pussy.

Am I going to stop watching reruns of Segal’s movies? No siree! Just because I enjoy his movies doesn’t mean I approve of Seagal’s sexual misconduct .

With sexual harassment allegations are flying all over the place, one has to wonder which ones are true and which ones are just publicity stunts?

In any event, let me warn you men that from now on you refrain from giving a woman a second look, because if you do, she could belong to the Rose Army and sue the supreme shit out of you for sexual harassment.

CONDOLEEZZA RICE URGES CAUTION ON #METOO MOVEMENT

‘Let’s not turn women into snowflakes’

By Ben Wolfgang

The Washington Times
January 14, 2018

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over the weekend said the #MeToo movement shouldn’t “infantilize women” or turn them into “snowflakes,” urging Americans not to use the growing focus on sexual misconduct as an excuse to push women to the sidelines.

In an interview on former Obama adviser David Axelrod’s podcast, Ms. Rice said the #MeToo movement is a positive thing for the country.

But she also said there’s the risk of unintended consequences for women.

“Let’s not turn women into snowflakes. Let’s not infantilize women,” she said on “The Axe Files.”

She went to say that there’s a danger that the U.S. could “get to a place that men start to think, ‘Well, maybe it’s just better not to have women around.’ I’ve heard a little bit of that. And it worries me.”

The #MeToo movement sprung up after widespread allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. In the months since, it has spread through politics, media, business, and other corners of American life.

Ms. Rice, the first African-American woman to serve as secretary of state, said she had her own personal experiences with inappropriate behavior.

“I’ve certainly had people suggest that maybe we should just go out, and you know, and situations in which it was somebody more senior than I,” she said.

WANT TO BUY A CONDO IN SAN FRANCISCO?....CHEAP

by Bob Walsh

Regular readers will remember I have written a time or three about the Millennium Tower, a high-rise residential tower in the Peoples Republic of San Francisco. It has now sunk about 17 inches below where it was supposed to settle. It is, so the experts say, going to sink at least another ten inches. It is also now significantly out of plumb. Prices have dropped precipitously for units in the 58 story tower.

Well, the place now has a new problem. A separation between the curtain wall and the interior structure of the building which makes for a chimney effect. Right now it is only conveying really nasty smells thru the building. However, in the event of a fire, it could (depending on how extensive the separation is) end up allowing a fire to spread upwards thru the building at a terrifying rate. (Remember the disaster flick THE TOWERING INFERNO?)

Last month some of the face panels on the building were removed to allow experts and the fire department access to the inner structure of the building. Various geologists and architects have asserted that this separation will continue to get worse as the building continues to settle more and tilt more, placing an increasing strain on the curtain wall.

Pretty much everybody involved is suing pretty much everybody else involved. Who knew building codes could be so much fun??

DUMB ASS POLITICIANS MAKE LAWYERS RICH

by Bob Walsh

Oakland, CA. is a shithole. I don't hate Oakland. I was born there. I lived in the projects there when I was a rug rat. It wasn't so bad there while growing up with Wally and the Beaver. It has, however, turned into a shithole. You could damn near put a fence around the whole place and turn it into a prison as almost half of the adult population is on probation or parole. Most of the blue collar jobs are civil service. There used to be an auto assembly plant, a large Coke bottling plant and any number of large retail stores where people could work, buy stuff and not get robbed or shot in the parking lot. That was then. This is now.

Oakland decided a while back, for feel-good liberal purposes, to ban the transport of coal thru the city. There is a very large port in Oakland which has a fair number of blue collar jobs attached to it. Right now the city has spent close to $1.5 million in legal fees fighting over the issue. A major developer, Phil Tagami, asserts that Oakland reneged on their deal for a bulk coal transshipment terminal at the old Oakland Army Base.

Back n 2013 Tagami (who is a road dog of Jerry Brown) got permission to build the terminal with the promise that he would NOT be shipping coal. He spent $250 million on the set-up and has now decided he wants to ship up to 10 million tons of coal a year thru there. The coal would come in by rail, get loaded onto ships and sent overseas. The social justice and green groups went bat-shit crazy. Tagami says his deal did NOT include an agreement to not ship coal.

He is suing for breach of contract and interference with interstate commerce. The trial starts in federal court next week.

MICROCHIP LEADS TO HAPPY REUNION

Found in Omaha, St. Bernard missing for two years is back with Texas owner

By Michael O’Connor

Omaha World-Herald
January 14, 2018

A St. Bernard missing for two years has been reunited with his Texas owner after being found in Omaha.

The Nebraska Humane Society said the dog went missing in the Austin area and was traced to his owner there through a microchip.

Pam Wiese, spokeswoman for the Humane Society, said the owner, Robin Delgado, drove to Omaha and picked up her dog Thursday.

“She was ecstatic," Wiese said.

So how did the big guy named Bowser get 850 miles from Austin to Omaha?

An Omaha woman who used to live in Texas said she bought the dog there from an online seller a couple of years ago. Alexa Mosqueda said the dog came to Omaha when the family moved here last year.

Mosqueda said the dog got loose from the family’s backyard in west Omaha last week. She said her family searched for the dog but had no luck.

Mosqueda called the Humane Society and learned it had picked up the dog Monday in her neighborhood.

Wiese said the dog was healthy and had been well cared for.

Wiese said sometimes dogs, particularly purebreds like Bowser, are stolen or found and then sold to unsuspecting buyers.

Wiese said the case involving the St. Bernard is a reminder that people buying dogs from private sellers must be cautious and make sure they know where the animal came from. It also shows the importance of getting dogs microchipped, she said.

Mosqueda said her family loved the dog, and it’s been hard explaining to her young children that he would not be coming back to their house. But she said she’s glad the dog has been reunited with Delgado, the original owner, who also has kids. It was the right thing to do, she said.

Delgado could not be reached for comment.

“She had to live for two years not knowing," Mosqueda said. “I know he’s going to a great home that loved him."

CALIFORNIA PIZZA JOINT BECOMES MIXED MARTIAL ARTS RING FOR TWO DOZEN COMBATANTS

Brawl Breaks Out at Newark Pizza Place Over Missing Cellphone That Was Actually in Lost and Found

NBC Bay Area
January 14, 2018

A squabble over a supposedly missing cellphone broke out into an all-out brawl at a pizza place in Newark Saturday night before it was discovered that the phone had actually been turned in to the restaurant's lost and found hours earlier, according to police.

The fight involving two large groups erupted at John's Incredible Pizza Company inside the NewPark Mall, according to police. Footage from the scene captured people exchanging blows and shouting.

When Newark police officers arrived, they called in reinforcements from the Fremont Police Department due to the size of the scuffle.

Officers were eventually able to gain control of the chaos, according to police. Only minor injuries were reported, and no one was arrested.

As officers worked on their investigation, the manager of the restaurant came up with the cellphone, according to police. The phone had been turned into lost and found several hours before the brawl.

The mother of the girl who lost the phone said her family was attacked simply for asking a group if they saw the girl's phone.

"Next thing you know, there's just a massive brawl and people throwing fists, and it was quite crazy," restaurant worker Drake Lynn said.

He said he saw two young women arguing about a phone, and then it got physical.

"Their boyfriends, or males who they were with, backed them up, and then they started throwing punches, and then their friends started throwing punches, and they started throwing punches at other parties that were there," Lynn said.

The Find My iPhone app led the girl to that location, but the phone actually was a floor above them in a lost and found.

"We would have definitely found the cellphone, if they would have just given us a little bit of time and let us do our jobs instead of throwing punches," Lynn said.

Monday, January 15, 2018

KIM JONG-UN SEES NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS AS HIS ONLY PROTECTION FROM AMERICAN REGIME CHANGE

Hawaiian congresswoman calls for direct talks between President Trump and Kim Jong-un

Here is an exchange between host George Stephanopoulos and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) who appeared as a guest Sunday on ABC’s This Week to talk about the false missile attack warning which created a panic in Hawaii.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you believe that President Trump should be speaking directly to the leader of North Korea?

GABBARD: Absolutely and immediately. This is something that I’ve been calling for for a long time. I’ve been talking about the seriousness of this threat posed to the people of Hawaii and this country, coming from North Korea. The people of Hawaii are paying the price now for decades of failed leadership in this country, of failure to directly negotiate, to prevent us from getting to this point where we’re dealing with this threat today, setting unrealistic preconditions.

And I’ve been calling for President Trump to sit across the table from Kim Jong-un without preconditions, work out the differences, figure out a way to build this pathway towards denuclearization. Because there is so much at stake. The people of Hawaii recognized this yesterday, experienced it personally. So the leaders of this country need to experience that same visceral understanding of how lives are at stake.

STEPHANOPOULOS: North Korea Kim Jong-un says he’s not going to give up his nuclear arsenal. Perhaps they could lead to (ph) talks of some kind of a freeze. But given that, do you think that we need to bolster the defenses of Hawaii?

GABBARD: We absolutely need to bolster our -- our ballistic missile defense system specifically for Hawaii and for this country. That’s something on the Armed Services Committee that I have been and continue to work on doing. But I think it’s also important, as we talk about how important it is that Trump directly negotiates with North Korea, we’ve got to understand why Kim Jong-un is saying he’s not going to give up his nuclear weapons.

Our country's history of regime change wars has led countries like North Korea to develop and hold onto these nuclear weapons, because they see it as their only deterrent against regime change. And this is what's important for President Trump to recognize. It is critical that we end our policies of regime change wars to provide that credible guarantee that the United States is not going to go in and topple the North Korean regime, so that these conversations can begin toward denuclearization.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Just to be clear, you're saying that Kim Jong-un's nuclear arsenal is our fault?

GABBARD: What I'm saying is that Democrat and Republican administrations for decades, going back over 20 years, failed to recognize the seriousness of this threat, failed to remove it. And we know that North Korea has these nuclear weapons because they see how the United States, in Libya for example, guaranteed Gaddafi, we're not going to go after you; you should get rid of your nuclear weapons. He did, then we went and led an attack that toppled Gaddafi, launching Libya into chaos that we are still seeing the results of today.

North Korea sees what we did in Iraq, with Saddam Hussein, with those false reports of weapons of mass destruction. And now seeing in Iran how President Trump is decertifying a nuclear deal that prevented Iran from developing their nuclear weapons, threatening the very existence and the agreement that was made.

So yes, we've got to understand North Korea is holding on to these nuclear weapons because they think it is their only protection from the United States coming in and doing to them what the United States has done to so many countries throughout history.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I am inclined to agree with Gabbard that Kim Jong-un believes his nuclear weapons are protecting him from American regime change. However, I believe pigs will fly before there will be any direct talks between ‘old lunatic’ Trump and ‘short and fat’ Kim.

FAMILY VALUES

by Bob Walsh

The local constabulary in Stockton, CA responded to an assault complaint on Saturday. It seems that a 17-year old boy had beat the crap out of his pregnant sister. The cops showed up. The suspect was uncooperative and kicked one of the cops in the crotch. It went downhill from there.

As they cops dragged the suspect from the house "numerous" family members came from the house, not unlike a plague of locust, and attempted to forcibly remove the young man from police custody. That, boys and girls, is the legal definition of lynching in the formerly great state of California. The cops went into defensive mode and backup arrived. The little bastard was hauled away and charged. The investigation into the actions of the family is ongoing.

I can't imagine where the little bastard learned that it is OK to beat up your pregnant sister. Then again, maybe I can. Talk about shallow end of the gene pool. That must be a very broad, shallow gene pool.

FLORIDA MURDER CASE SOLVED BECAUSE WRONG VICTIM’S ATM CARD WAS USED

3 arrested in Florida murder-for-hire plot in which wrong woman was killed

Fox News
January 13, 2018

The mother of teenage boy was abducted and killed in Florida after a hitman and his girlfriend mistook her for the intended victim, according to reports.

Authorities late Friday announced three arrests in the death of 42-year-old Janice Zengotita-Torres, of Kissimmee. Her body was found Tuesday.

They said Ishnar Lopez-Ramos, 35, wanted to kill a woman who was in a relationship with a man she loved, Fox 35 Orlando reported. That woman, who was never harmed, and Zengotita-Torres, who was married and the mother of a 14-year-old boy, were co-workers.

Lopez-Ramos then hired Alexis Ramos-Rivera and Glorianmarie Quinones Montes to carry out the murder, the station reported.

According to the station, the pair, both 22, kidnapped Zengotita-Torres after she left work Sunday and drove home.

Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said they eventually realized Zengotita-Torres was the wrong woman, but they killed her anyway.

"The suspects continued with their plan of murder and tied the victim with zip ties, and then her head in duct tape and garbage bags," he said, according to the station.

He said when Zengotita-Torres tried to fight back she was beaten unconscious.

Her killers drove 80 miles and dumped her body in Volusia County, the station reported.

Investigators arrested Lopez-Ramos after she used Zengotita-Torres’ ATM card, the station reported. She led investigators to the other two suspects in the case. They have been charged with murder and jailed.

“All three confirmed that this was a murder-for-hire and that the victim was mistakenly targeted and murdered," Gibson said.

One station reported that Gibson choked up as he announced the arrests.

"I get emotional because it just touches me so deeply that one of our citizens was killed in such a manner over a mistaken identification, and in the end it appears to be a lovers' triangle," he said, according to WFTV. "Wow."

TRUMP JOINS GOVERNORS IN BACKING PRISON REFORM

For inmates about to be released, “mentoring is critical” says Kansas Gov. Sam Broenback. “We’ve matched 7,500 prisoners who came out with a mentor on the outside.”

By Fred Lucas

The Daily Signal
January11, 2018

President Donald Trump has dedicated his administration to “law and order.” Perhaps keeping that in mind, ahead of his meeting with the president, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said prison reform isn’t soft on crime, but “smart on crime.”

Numerous states have enacted criminal justice laws to lighten penalties for nonviolent offenders and help ex-prisoners transition into society to reduce recidivism. At the encouragement of White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump is taking a national look at the matter.

Brownback, a Republican, said his state can offer a national example for what the country wants to do with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, talking about two things that worked in Kansas.

“One is mentoring. Mentoring is critical. We’ve matched 7,500 prisoners who came out with a mentor on the outside. They’ve got to be matched,” Brownback told The Daily Signal outside the White House before the meeting with Trump and other governors Thursday about prison reform.

Brownback joined the Trump meeting in the Roosevelt Room with fellow Republican governors Matt Bevin of Kentucky and Nathan Deal of Georgia. Both enacted similar policies to shift the focus to better integrate former prisoners for re-entry to become productive and not return to crime.

“The second is to really engage their inside, their hopes, their dreams, their soul, that you can be better,” Brownback continued. “We have a lot of people [who] are generally faith-based that become involved in these programs. They mentor, but they also engage the person’s soul. Everything is voluntary. We’ve dropped the recidivism rate in half with mentoring and really engaging the soul.”

Reforming the justice system to help focus on job training and rehabilitation for inmates about to be released has bipartisan support. Many conservatives back it, asserting fiscal success at the state level, while effectively reducing crime and recidivism. Also, liberals have long opposed overcrowded prisons and mandatory sentencing.

In Texas, crime dropped by 31 percent over the last decade, while incarceration has decreased by 21 percent over that time, with eight prisons closing even as the state’s population has sharply increased, noted Brooke Rollins, president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, which founded the Right on Crime initiative.

“This is a big opportunity for the country,” Rollins told The Daily Signal before the meeting.

“Texas has closed eight prisons even while our population has exploded. These people are all nonviolent offenders,” Rollins continued. “We’ve done this through drug courts, mental health treatment, and probation to keep people out of prison and put people back to work.”

Trump told the gathering that the administration “is committed to helping inmates become productive law-abiding members of society” through job-training programs, mentoring, and drug addiction treatment.

“We’ll be discussing a number of opportunities to improve our prison system and promote public safety,” Trump said. “We can help break this vicious cycle.”

Trump added that rehabilitation and re-entry initiatives could be “a ladder of opportunity for the future.”

The policy is not at all contrary to law and order, said John Malcolm, head of the Institute for Constitutional Government at The Heritage Foundation.

“If you focus on the population that is going to be released from prison and is re-entering society, you should want to reduce the risk they will go back to a life of crime,” Malcolm told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the No. 1 topic at the meeting was reducing former inmates returning to crime. She also confirmed that Kushner is leading the effort.

“He’s hoping to lead that conversation and put stakeholders together from a number of different areas that have expertise on this matter,” Sanders said during the press briefing Thursday.

Bevin made an economic case.

“The workforce in America demands this, is begging for this,” Bevin said during the meeting. “There are millions of jobs that need to be filled. … We need them to become a functional part of our economic society.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has made tough action a hallmark of the Justice Department, welcomed the ideas.

“Frankly, we got a report late last year that the money isn’t being spent well,” Sessions said, speaking of the federal prison system.

ONLY 196 OUT OF 928 ESCAPE ATTEMPTS FROM AUSCHWITZ SUCCEEDED

Incredible story of the 196 courageous prisoners who got away from the notorious death camp. But how on earth DID they do it?

By Guy Walters

Daily Mail
January 12, 2018

With its powerful 2.3-litre engine, the Steyr 220 was by far the fastest car in Auschwitz. As a result, it was often used by the camp’s feared commandant, SS-Lieu tenant Colonel Rudolf Hoess, to whisk him to Berlin for meetings.

However, one Saturday afternoon in the middle of June 1942, the sedan had been commandeered from the motor pool by a relatively lowly SS-Second Lieutenant, who was accompanied by three SS NCOs. As the car approached the main gate of the death camp, the four men grew increasingly anxious. One of them was so nervous that his face was ashen-white, and his brow covered in sweat.

Had the men really been members of the SS, of course, they would not have worried about the ever-nearing checkpoint, which was manned by their fellow members of the notoriously murderous unit. But the men’s uniforms belied their true identities. They were in fact Polish prisoners, who had not only appropriated the uniforms from a storeroom, but also stolen the car. Each man knew all too well what fate they would all suffer if their attempt to escape from Auschwitz was rumbled.

The Steyr stopped in front of the barrier and, for a moment, the men dared not move.

The man dressed in the officer’s uniform was Kazimierz Piechowski, 22, who had been incarcerated in the camp exactly two years before because of his membership of the Polish boy scouts. After what seemed an age, he felt one of his fellow escapees tapping his shoulder, and urging him to ‘do something’.

‘This was the most dramatic moment,’ Piechowski recalled in an interview many decades later. ‘I started shouting.’

‘Wake up you buggers!’ the phoney SS-officer shouted at the guards. ‘Open up, or I’ll open you up!’

If Piechowski had any worries about his acting ability, they were soon dispelled by the sight of a trembling guard raising the barrier and snapping his heels together to attention. The driver edged the car forward, and slowly accelerated away.

Suspecting the alarm would soon be raised, the prisoners stuck to obscure forest roads as they headed 20 miles south-east towards the town of Wadowice, where they abandoned the car.

Almost miraculously, none of the escapers would be recaptured, and all four would survive the war. Piechowski would live to a grand age of 98, and he died shortly before Christmas, after a career as an engineer and a long retirement spent visiting some 60 countries around the world.

It would be tempting to suppose that Piechowski’s story is somehow exceptional, perhaps even unbelievable. However, he was just one of an astonishing 196 prisoners who did manage to flee successfully from the camp, of whom a majority also survived the war. In total, 928 men, women and children attempted to escape, which means that just over a fifth of all efforts were successful.

When one compares that ratio to one at a prisoner-of-war camp such as Colditz, from where only some 30 men managed to escape out of many hundreds of attempts, it becomes apparent that those who fled from Auschwitz were both extremely resourceful — and fortunate.

Yet the stories of these inmates who — unlike Allied prisoners-of-war — were literally fleeing for their lives, are not well known.

How many today have heard, for example, of Tadeusz Wiejowski, the first person to escape from Auschwitz?

A cobbler, Wiejowski was among the earliest inmates of the camp, and had arrived on the first transport of prisoners on June 14, 1940. Whatever ‘crime’ he had committed is now unclear, but what is certain is that he was desperate to escape.

Shortly after his arrival, the 26-year-old befriended a group of Polish civilians who worked as electricians for a nearby German firm. Fortunately for him, they were members of a secret resistance organisation called the Union of Unarmed Combat, and were keen to help Wiejowski get away.

Just a few weeks later, on July 6, dressed as an electrician, Wiejowski simply walked out of the camp along with the Poles, who provided him with food and money.

At a nearby goods yard, Wiejowski surreptitiously boarded a freight train and made good his escape. The retribution by the camp’s SS authorities was predictably brutal. When Wiejowski’s absence was discovered during the evening roll call, precisely 1,311 inmates were made to stay standing for 20 hours. A Polish Jew called Dawid Wongczewski, who had been suffering from tuberculosis, died, and became the first person to lose their life in Auschwitz.

The five Polish electricians who assisted Wiejowski were soon arrested, savagely beaten, and imprisoned in the camp. Only one would survive.

Sadly, Wiejowski himself was not to outlive the war. After a year in hiding with his family in his hometown, he was arrested in the autumn of 1941 and, later that year, he was shot.

But Wiejowski would not be the only prisoner from that first transport to escape from Auschwitz.

Another was a young painter called Jan Komski, who had graduated from the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts shortly before the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939.

Imprisoned in the camp after being arrested for carrying false identity papers as he attempted to join the incipient Free Polish Army in France, Komski mounted his escape on December 29, 1942, after enduring two-and-a-half years in Auschwitz.

As with Piechowski’s escape earlier that year, Komski’s attempt required a huge amount of bluffing. That morning, he and three comrades started to walk towards the camp’s main gate accompanied by a horse-drawn cart. Three of the men, including Komski, were dressed as inmates, but the fourth man — Boleslaw Kuczbara — was disguised as an SS NCO, and even had a forged pass.

Both the uniform and the document passed muster as the four men walked out of the camp. They made it to a nearby village where a female member of the resistance supplied them with civilian clothes.

For the next 16 days, Komski remained free, until he was arrested in a spot-check on a train bound for Warsaw. However, Komski’s forged identity papers now bore a different name, which meant he was not identified as an Auschwitz escapee. And although he would spend the rest of the war in the concentration camp system —including at, of all places, Auschwitz — the Nazis would never know his real name. Had they done so, he would have been executed.

After the war, Komski emigrated to the U.S., where he worked for the Washington Post as an illustrator. He died in 2002 aged 87.

Like Komski, August Kowalczyk was another young Pole of artistic bent, who had been arrested and sent to Auschwitz for trying to join the Free Polish Army. A keen actor, Kowalczyk had been sent to the camp in December 1940, and he worked on various construction sites until he was transferred to a penal unit in May 1942 as a punishment for fraternising with locals.

Knowing that life expectancy in the unit was even more parlous than that of an ordinary prisoner, Kowalczyk mounted a brazen escape on June 10, 1942, when he and some 50 other inmates simply bolted from the field where they were digging a drainage ditch.

Rifle and machine-gun fire killed more than 40 of the fleeing men, but Kowalczyk was one of the lucky nine. For a while, he lay low among some crops until a local woman stumbled across him, gave him some female clothes as a disguise, and helped him hide in an attic.

After hiding for seven weeks, he joined a unit of the underground Polish Home Army, for which he fought until the end of the war.

After 1945, Kowalczyk became an actor and director of renown, and in later years, he founded a hospice in the town of Auschwitz — now called Oswiecim — to thank the local population for all they had done to help the prisoners. His wish was to die in the hospice, which was granted in July 2012, when he passed away at 90.

But it was not just men who escaped from Auschwitz. On July 21, 1944, the guards manning the main gate allowed an SS man and a female inmate to pass through.

What they did not know was that the man was in fact a Pole called Jerzy Bielecki, who had been arrested in 1940 for attempting to join the Polish Army.

During his incarceration, Bielecki had been forced to work in a grain warehouse, where he met a young woman called Cyla Cybulska. Although male and female inmates were forbidden to talk, Bielecki and Cybulska managed to snatch a few words, and after a while, they fell in love. Cyla was adamant she would not survive Auschwitz. Her entire family had been murdered by Nazis, but Bielecki insisted she would live. He was good to his word, and after managing to cobble together an SS uniform, the couple made their audacious escape. After they left the camp, Bielecki and Cybulska walked through the countryside for ten days, until they eventually found refuge with Bielecki’s uncle.

Towards the end of the war, the couple decided to part ways in order to lessen their chances of being recaptured, and they promised they would get back together when the fighting ceased.

Unfortunately, in the chaotic aftermath of the war, the couple could not find each other, and Cyla was informed Bielecki had been killed. It would not be until May 1983, when she was living in New York, that Cyla was told by her cleaning lady she had just watched a documentary featuring their incredible story, and that Bielecki was alive and living in Poland.

The couple met the following month. She implored him to leave his wife and children, but he refused. After several meetings, Cyla returned to New York, and vowed never to see him again. She died in 2005, and he passed away six years later.

While these stories of derring-do prove that the Auschwitz guards could be outwitted by a combination of cunning, chutzpah and courage, some escapes would prove to be of historical importance.

Among these were those of Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, two Czechoslovak Jews who escaped in April 1944 after hiding in a hollowed-out wood pile on a construction site in the camp.

A fortnight after they escaped, Vrba and Wetzler made contact with the Slovakian underground Working Group, and they were urged to write down their experiences in Auschwitz.

The two men produced a highly detailed account that would soon become known as the Vrba-Wetzler Report. It contained sketches of the gas chambers, as well as a full description of transports to the camp and how inmates were killed. Realising its importance, the Working Group managed to smuggle the report not only to the Red Cross and the Vatican, but also to the Allied governments.

The document was widely reported in the press and the evidence led to the Allies bombing several buildings in Hungary, in an attempt to kill the Nazi officials who were masterminding the ‘evacuation’ of Jews to Auschwitz.

The deportations soon ceased, and some historians estimate that some 120,000 lives were saved.

‘No other single act in the Second World War saved so many Jews from the fate that Hitler had determined for them,’ observed the late historian, Sir Martin Gilbert.

For that we should be truly thankful. But we should not forget the stories of those whose escapes have faded into obscurity. For every one reminds us that even in the darkest of places, the human spirit continues to burn brightly.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

OMG RUN FOR YOUR LIVES, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES

Whoops. Somebody fucked up!

by Bob Walsh

Yes, due to at least three human errors and probably one systems failure the honest to go THIS IS NOT A DRILL...INCOMING ..message went out in Hawaii. It went out over TV and text messages. Also some, but not all, of the emergency alert sirens went off.

I don't know how many casualties were caused by this whoops but I saw news footage of people stuffing their kids into storm drains.

Somehow I expect there is going to be an EXTENSIVE review of procedures and physical infrastructure.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Reports say an employee pushed a wrong button at the end of his work shift.

HAITI IS A SHITHOLE!

By Trey Rusk

Running Code 3
January 12, 2018

There is no doubt in my mind that President Donald Trump called Haiti a Shithole. Trump called them what they are. I wish President Trump were a little more statesman like, but he isn't. I think that's one of the reasons he was elected. He has a gruff manner but he gets things accomplished.

The U.S. has sent money, troops, doctors and infrastructure builders to Haiti on many occasions. Earth quakes, hurricanes and political insurrection by the citizens has seen billions of U.S. dollars go to Haiti with nothing to show for it. The Clintons said they sent a lot of money to Haiti after the earthquake to rebuild the country. What happened to it?

Haiti has always been a corrupt country. Most of the aid it has received winds up in the pockets of whatever dictator is in charge. It has always been a major drug hub to the U.S. and is run by gangs. It's infant mortality rate is among the worst in the world and the Haitians live in their own garbage which is thrown in rivers to be swept out to sea.

One of the main reasons I'm against the immigration of Haitians is that the people don't even try to make their own country a better place to live.

When I see the people of Haiti really trying to help themselves, I might have a change of heart.

DE BLASIO FLASHES HIS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE COLORS

Mayor orders probe of NYPD conduct amid protest against deportation of immigration activist

By Jillian Jorgensen and Nancy Dillon

New York Daily News
January 12, 2018

Immigration rights leader Ravi Ragbir was held at an ICE detention center in Florida on Friday as Mayor de Blasio said the city will investigate the NYPD's handling of the massive protest over his deportation.

"We are definitely going to investigate what happened with our police officers because I am concerned to know exactly what happened, why it happened and if anything happened that was not appropriate in the handling of the protesters, that needs to be acted on," de Blasio said during his weekly appearance on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show.

Ragbir, 53, was arrested at a routine check-in with ICE officials in Manhattan Thursday and set for removal to Trinidad and Tobago after 27 years in the U.S.

As he was transported out of the Javits Federal Building in an ambulance Thursday morning, hundreds of supporters filled the street and chanted his name as many clashed with police.

Eighteen people — including two City Council members who tried to block the vehicle — were arrested.

A police source said the ambulance drove Ragbir to Bellevue Hospital, but it was not immediately clear if he received any treatment.

Either way, officials quickly loaded Ragbir onto a plane bound for Florida despite an emergency petition filed by his lawyer in federal court in Manhattan, a well-placed source told The News.

A judge ultimately signed a temporary order blocking Ragbir's transfer away from the New York region, but ICE officials claimed his plane was already in the air when they received the ruling, the source said.

A follow-up hearing has been set for next week. If immigration officials deport Ragbir in the meantime, they could be held in contempt, the source said.

Arrested Thursday for allegedly obstructing the ambulance, Councilman Jumaane Williams praised Ragbir as a beloved community leader Friday and said the emergency vehicle was uses as a "ploy."

"There were no sirens, there were no lights. That's not an emergency vehicle, that's a van with passengers," Williams told The News. "There's a picture of Ravi inside the van and he wasn't sick."

He said police were too rough with protesters.

"The fact of the matter is there was an immoral deportation taking place, there was nonviolent resistance to that and there was overwhelming force in response to that resistance," Williams said.

In his radio interview, de Blasio blamed federal officials for ratcheting up the tensions Thursday, insisting the "original sin" came when ICE detained Ragbir despite his history of non-violence and ongoing court cases.

"What happened yesterday was troubling on a number of levels starting with the activities of the federal agents who, I think in a very provocative way, took someone who was a leading advocate, highly respected individual, and in manner I think that might have been meant to be provocative, acted to suddenly deport him," de Blasio said.

"That was done by federal authorities. That was not done by New York City officials or New York City police officers in any way shape or form. I think that started a chain of events into place," he said.

Video of Williams' arrest shot by Buzzfeed showed him being bent over the hood of a car and grimacing in pain. He was later handcuffed and hauled away with a big tear down the back of his suit jacket.

Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez was also arrested Thursday, and his Twitter account quickly posted a photo showing an officer with both arms around Rodríguez's neck. The caption likened the maneuver to a chokehold.

"I will always unapologetically stand for the rights of Ravi, his family, and that of many immigrants like him who have to live in shadows, whose voices are silenced, and their dignity violated," Rodríguez said in a statement to The News. "Let us reflect on the anguish almost 13 million undocumented immigrants experience every day. This is a moment of reckoning. Let us find the courage to do better so we can be better."

Lieutenants Benevolent Association head Lou Turco said the mayor should be looking into why the councilmen chose to block an ambulance, not the actions of the NYPD.

"I just don't understand how the mayor is not conducting an investigation into how two city councilman think it's appropriate to stand in front of an ambulance going to the hospital," he said.

De Blasio, who has been arrested in decidedly calmer, more choreographed situations at past protests, said he believed the council members were engaging in "a conscious act of civil disobedience," but that it had not gone the way civil disobedience usually had in his experience.

"I've been involved in plenty of civil disobedience in my day, and typically that is pre-negotiated with the police and everyone understands," he said.

He said he believed the sudden nature of Ragbir's detention was part of the problem.

"I think people understandably reacted with real passion to what they thought was an unjust situation and I think did spontaneous civil disobedience," de Blasio said. "And I think that added to the confusion. But from everything I understand, it was a purposeful act of civil disobedience."

Ragbir is executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City. He was granted permanent residency in 1994, but it was revoked after he was convicted of wire fraud in 2000. He served a 30-month prison term but later asked the court to revise the original judgment, citing faulty jury instructions and poor legal representation.

In a statement late Thursday, an ICE spokeswoman said Ragbir had "exhausted" his petitions and appeals and would be deported.

EDITOR'S NOTE: "He said police were too rough with protesters." Shit, the cops should have strummed some heads.

DEMOCRATS LAUD SAN ANTONIO POLICE CHIEF FOR RELEASING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

San Antonio police chief being investigated under Texas' sanctuary cities ban, AG's office says

By James Barragán

The Dallas Morning News
January 12, 2018

AUSTIN — Texas has launched its first investigation under the state's sanctuary cities law, the attorney general's office said Thursday.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus is being investigated after several citizens complained to the state about his handling of a human smuggling case in December.

"Our office has received multiple complaints alleging that the San Antonio police chief violated Senate Bill 4, the Texas law prohibiting sanctuary city policies that the attorney general has authority to enforce," Marc Rylander, communications director for Attorney General Ken Paxton, said in a prepared statement to The Dallas Morning News. "We have begun our investigation and demanded that the San Antonio Police Department preserve all of its records relating to the incident."

Late Wednesday, the attorney general's office sent San Antonio city officials a letter notifying them of the investigation and asking for the records preservation. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said at a news conference Thursday that the city will cooperate with any lawful investigation.

On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked Paxton to look into whether San Antonio's police chief violated the state law in handling the case, in which he charged a truck driver under the state's human smuggling law but released the 12 immigrants who appeared to have been smuggled in the truck. Critics say the immigrants should have been held for federal authorities.

"Such action could be in direct violation of the recently passed Senate Bill 4 and threatens the safety of citizens and law enforcement," Patrick wrote in a letter to Paxton. "Should your office receive a citizen complaint as required by Senate Bill 4, I encourage you to act swiftly to ensure San Antonio Police Department is in compliance with the law."

It's unclear whether Patrick's letter spurred the complaints. A spokesman for him did not respond to a request for comment.

Mike Helle, the president of the San Antonio Police Officers Association, told Breitbart Texas that he and some of his officers traveled to Austin on Wednesday to meet with the staffs of Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott. Helle has criticized how McManus handled the case.

"We finally have a higher authority looking into the chief's conduct," Helle told the website. "That is a good thing."

As of Thursday afternoon, the attorney general's office had received six formal complaints against the city of San Antonio — the first filed under the state's sanctuary cities law. A spokeswoman for the attorney general said the office could not confirm whether all related to the police chief's handling of a human smuggling case.

McManus could not be reached for comment Thursday. In the past, he has said police didn't have the authority to hold the immigrants because they weren't being charged criminally, according to the San Antonio Express-News. He has also said immigration agents were notified of the incident and were not prevented from being involved in the case.

Nirenberg defended his police chief at the news conference Thursday, saying agents from Homeland Security were at the scene of the Dec. 23 incident and given "unfettered access" before they passed on taking the immigrants into custody.

"The attacks on Chief McManus are nothing more than political theater based on a fictitious narrative," Nirenberg said.

The Texas Democratic Party also jumped to McManus' aid, saying the investigation was "un-American" and insulted Texas values.

"Let's be clear about what happened here: a suspected human smuggler was arrested. Twelve human trafficking victims, who went through hell, were placed in the safety and security of Catholic Charities," Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said in a prepared statement. "Public safety was strengthened because our local law enforcement followed best practices and valued building trust with their community. Now, Texas Republicans want to lock up Chief McManus for doing his job."

"Our elected officials and local law enforcement will not be intimidated by this unprecedented overreach," Hinojosa continued.

The letters from Patrick and the attorney general do not indicate which provisions of the sanctuary cities ban allegedly have been violated.

While the investigation is underway, the sanctuary cities ban remains tied up in legal battles. In August, a federal district judge temporarily blocked significant portions of the law. But an appeals court ruled in September that several provisions of the law could temporarily go into effect — including one requiring jail officials to comply with requests from immigration officials in most cases, and another allowing police to ask about a person's immigration status during a routine stop.

The ruling also allowed the state to start taking complaints against local jurisdictions that violate the law. Before this week, the attorney general's office had not received any official sanctuary city complaints.

The appeals court heard arguments in the case in November but has not ruled on whether the ban can remain in place.