Monday, February 18, 2019


by Bob Walsh

The pseudo-teachers in the Oakland, CA Unified School District are going to strike later this week over wages (primarily). They have not had a contract in two years and want a 12% raise. The district is offering 5%. A non-binding arbiter appointed by the PERB asserted that the teachers should get 3% retroactive for each of the last two years and new negotiations for the current year. Each 1% salary raise costs the district not quite $2 million.

The real pisser is that the Oakland School District is a joke. You graduate if you do not commit a violent felony in school and get caught at it. Being able to read or do basic math is not necessary. Showing up for school is optional. The students who actually WANT to get an education, all 17 of them, would be better off hanging at the public library or a local book store (if there is still one in Oakland) rather than getting mugged on the way to school or risk getting raped or beaten up in a bathroom.

California schools used to be the envy of the world. Now they beat out the schools in Macedonia, sometimes, if the wind is in the right direction.

For all I care they should put a fence around Oakland and use it as one huge penal colony. It is pretty much that now anyway. Instead of paying a toll at the bay bridge drivers could be required to throw cans of pork and beans out of their cars into the city for the prisoners to eat.

(Yeah, I'm prejudiced. I was born there. It was a decent, blue-collar working class city back then. That was then. This is now. Liberal policies and liberal idiots have killed it, like they killed Detroit, Chicago and Baltimore.)


by Bob Walsh

A rather interesting lawsuit was just filed in the crime-ridden and gang-infested shithole sanctuary city of Oakland, CA.

Andrea Jones was a neighbor of Jesse Enjaian. I say was because Enjaian is dead, shot to death by the local constabulary two years ago. The basis of the suit is that (allegedly) the Oakland P D had a bunch of opportunities to deal with Enjaian prior to the gun battle on 02-17-17 but declined to do so because he was White.

The lawsuit alleges that Enjaian did, on at least three occasions in the week prior to his death, shoot up the neighborhood. Ms. Jones asserts that on at least two occasions after shooting into the neighborhood she personally talked with and complained to the cops. On neither occasion did they take him into custody. They attempted to question him, but he refused to talk with the cops.

At one time Enjaian shot up a parked car with a homeless black man sleeping in it.

Jones went to the HQ of the Oakland P D on Feb 15 2017 to complain about the lack of action. She was (allegedly) assured that an arrest was imminent.

Finally, on 02-17-17, Enjaian started shooting up Ms. Jones' house. The cops eventually arrived and after 40 minutes of incoming rounds they shot Enjaian to death.

Anne Kirkpatrick, the Chief of Police, has admitted that the OPD dropped the ball in this matter.

The civil suit names the Oakland P D, Officer Castro (who was at the 02-15 meeting) and the city in general for 14th Amendment violations, asserting that the cops did not act because Jones is Black and Enjaian was White.

I would not care to bet against Ms. Jones in this matter.


by Bob Walsh

Just in case you are interested, the national debt went over $22 TRILLION dollars this weekend. At some point it will have to be paid for.

Just so you youngsters know. Free shit has a way of not being free once the bottom line is reached.


Empire star Jussie Smollett 'REHEARSED hoax attack with two Nigerian brothers who he paid $3,500 to assault him with bleach and a noose while yelling racial and homophobic slurs'

Daily Mail
February 17, 2019

Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who are cooperating with police investigating the alleged hoax attack, reportedly told detectives that they did a practice run days before it happened.

Smollett had claimed that the assailants 'yelled out racial and homophobic slurs' as they tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown substance that he suspected was bleach on him.

Sources say that the brothers told authorities they had bought the items used in the attack at Jussie's direction.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, furiously denied claims that he orchestrated the assault.

EDITOR’S NOTE: If the Nigerian brothers told the cops they were paid by Smollett to beat him up, K believe they are telling the truth and it looks as though the Chicago PD believes them too ….. finally!

The question now is will black Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx have the balls to prosecute Smollett? Making a false report to the police is a felony in Illinois and carries a prison sentence of up to 3 years.

But here’s a kicker. While Chicago PD says the Nigerian brothers are no longer suspects, it says at the same time that Smollett is not a suspect either. If this dickhead is not a suspect, then the tooth fairy must have done it.


NYPD commander being investigated for threatening rapper 50 Cent's life — police sources

By Thomas Tracy

New York Daily News
February 17, 2019

He wanted his cops to “Get the strap” — and take out 50 Cent.

A Brooklyn precinct commander is being investigated by the NYPD for allegedly threatening the celebrity’s life — telling his officers at a roll call to “shoot him on sight,” the Daily News has learned.

Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez, the commanding officer of the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park, allegedly made the threat last June 7, when the actor and “In Da Club” rapper was expected to attend an NYPD sanctioned boxing match in the Bronx.

During a roll call inside the 72nd Precinct stationhouse, Gonzalez told his officers if they saw 50 Cent at the boxing match, known as a smoker, they should “shoot him on sight,” a source with knowledge of the case said.

“The inspector just said that at roll call,” the source said. “I’m like WTF.”

No one recorded the incident, and Gonzalez tried to pass off the bizarre order as a joke. But the matter made its way to police headquarters, which launched a probe.

“The incident is under internal review,” a department spokesman said.

A source said the Internal Affairs Bureau’s Group 1 — which handles police corruption cases for captains and above — is investigating.

Gonzalez, who will be celebrating his 30th anniversary with the department later this year, remains on active duty, officials said.

Adding weight to the IAB investigation is that the alleged threat came at a time Gonzalez had an ongoing beef with the rapper, whose given name is Curtis Jackson.

A month before the roll call, Gonzalez filed an aggravated harassment complaint, claiming 50 Cent threatened him on Instagram.

The entertainer was commenting on a lawsuit first reported in the Daily News accusing Gonzalez of shaking down the owner of the Sunset Park club Love and Lust — one of 50 Cent’s favorite haunts — when he wrote “Get the strap,” a slang term for “get a gun.”

In the complaint he filed in the department, Gonzalez said several of 50 Cent’s 18 million followers responded with their own threats against the precinct leader, including “Fuck this commander” and “Blast this fool,” leaving him “in fear of his safety.”

The rapper ultimately took down the Instagram post. The department investigated Gonzalez’s complaint, but no charges were filed.

A rep for 50 Cent said the Grammy winner had just heard about Gonzalez’s “shoot on sight” comment.

“Mr. Jackson takes this threat very seriously and is consulting with his legal counsel regarding his options going forward,” the rep said. “He is concerned that he was not previously advised of this threat by the NYPD and even more concerned that Gonzalez continues to carry a badge and a gun.”

Gonzalez is being sued by Love & Lust owner Imran (Star) Jairam for demanding 11 “free” round-trip tickets to Puerto Rico and a generator for a doctor after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

When Jairam denied Gonzalez’s request, the precinct hammered the club with violations. As a result, Love & Lust lost its liquor licence and shut down, the owner claimed in court papers.

When reached Saturday, Jairam said Gonzalez “should be stripped of his badge.”

“This just shows his personality,” Jairam said. “This is a guy who should be protecting us,” he continued.

If proven true, Gonzalez’s alleged order had the complete opposite effect, sources with knowledge of the case said.

Instead of harming 50 Cent, spectators cheered him on, yelling “Get the Strap” as he sat next to Jairam’s attorney Eric Sanders at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx. He was even asked to come up and comment on the matches.

“I always knew that a flea has more integrity than Gonzalez,” Sanders said when asked about the investigation into the alleged threat. “Now we can add ‘unhinged’ to this clown’s horrible reputation.”

“When is the PC [police commissioner] going to finally clip his wings?” Sanders asked.

Attempts to reach Gonzalez were unsuccessful. Roy Richter, the president of the Captain’s Benevolent Association, did not return a request for comment.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Gonzalez would be wise to wrap up his 30 years before IA completes its investigation so he can retire with full pension benefits.


Mother Upset After 11-Year-Old Son Kicked Out of Class Over Refusal To Stand For Pledge of Allegiance

By Stephanie Claytor

Bay News 9
February 15, 2019

LAKELAND, Fla. — An 11-year-old Polk County student refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and after explaining his reasons, he was kicked out of class and eventually arrested for being disruptive and disobeying commands to calm down and leave the classroom.

He was also suspended for three days.

The incident happened at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland on February 4. The sixth-grader was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center, charged with disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence.

The student's mother, Dhakira Talbot, said her son is in gifted classes and has been bullied at the school in the past.

"I'm upset, I'm angry. I'm hurt," she said. "More so for my son. My son has never been through anything like this. I feel like this should've been handled differently. If any disciplinary action should've been taken, it should've been with the school. He shouldn’t have been arrested."

The incident started when a substitute teacher asked the student to stand up for the pledge.

The student reportedly told the substitute teacher He was also suspended for three days.

The incident happened at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland on February 4. The sixth-grader was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center, charged with disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence.

The student's mother, Dhakira Talbot, said her son is in gifted classes and has been bullied at the school in the past.

"I'm upset, I'm angry. I'm hurt," she said. "More so for my son. My son has never been through anything like this. I feel like this should've been handled differently. If any disciplinary action should've been taken, it should've been with the school. He shouldn’t have been arrested."

The incident started when a substitute teacher asked the student to stand up for the pledge.

The student reportedly told the substitute teacher the flag was racist and the national anthem was offensive to black people.

In a statement to the district, the substitute teacher reported telling the 11-year-old boy "Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live." She said he then said, "they brought me here."

She said she replied by saying, "Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I'm not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live."

She wrote, "Then I had to call the office because I did not want to continue dealing with him."

Dhakira Talbot said the teacher was wrong.

"She was wrong. She was way out of place," Talbot said. "If she felt like there was an issue with my son not standing for the flag, she should've resolved that in a way different manner than she did," Talbot said.

According to the arrest affidavit, the student was arrested by the school resource officer because he refused to follow multiple commands, repeatedly called school leaders racist and was disruptive. They said he threatened to get the school resource officer and principal fired and to beat the teacher.

The student, who was with his mother when she was interviewed, told Spectrum Bay News 9 he didn’t threaten to beat the teacher.

Talbot is working with the Poor and Minority Justice Association to get some help with the matter.

"I want the charges dropped and I want the school to be held accountable for what happened because it shouldn’t have been handled the way it was handled," Talbot said.

A spokeswoman with the school district said students aren't required to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance, but the substitute teacher wasn't aware of this. The spokeswoman said the substitute teacher will no longer be able to work at any of the district's schools and the district is still looking into the matter.

In a statement to the district, the substitute teacher reported telling the 11-year-old boy "Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live." She said he then said, "they brought me here."

She said she replied by saying, "Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I'm not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live."

She wrote, "Then I had to call the office because I did not want to continue dealing with him."

Dhakira Talbot said the teacher was wrong.

"She was wrong. She was way out of place," Talbot said. "If she felt like there was an issue with my son not standing for the flag, she should've resolved that in a way different manner than she did," Talbot said.

According to the arrest affidavit, the student was arrested by the school resource officer because he refused to follow multiple commands, repeatedly called school leaders racist and was disruptive. They said he threatened to get the school resource officer and principal fired and to beat the teacher.

The student, who was with his mother when she was interviewed, told Spectrum Bay News 9 he didn’t threaten to beat the teacher.

Talbot is working with the Poor and Minority Justice Association to get some help with the matter.

"I want the charges dropped and I want the school to be held accountable for what happened because it shouldn’t have been handled the way it was handled," Talbot said.

A spokeswoman with the school district said students aren't required to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance, but the substitute teacher wasn't aware of this. The spokeswoman said the substitute teacher will no longer be able to work at any of the district's schools and the district is still looking into the matter.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Instead of being upset with the school district, the mother ought to find out where her 11-year- old son got that shit about the flag was racist and the national anthem was offensive to black people, that is if he didn’t get it from her.

And instead of getting a commendation and pay raise, the substitute teacher got fired.

You can’t MAGA with this kind of shit!

Sunday, February 17, 2019



Reports from HPD’s internal investigation reveal that officer Gerald Goines lied in composing the search warrant affidavit that led to the deaths of two innocent homeowners

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
February 16, 2019

In my February 12 BJT article Acevedo Should Be Fired For His Reckless Comments On The Tragic Houston Drug Raid I asked, “Was the search warrant in the Houston raid based on a careless worded or worse, fabricated affidavit?” That question has now been answered and unfortunately the answer is the affidavit was fabricated.

It appears that narcotics officer Gerald Goines, who is still hospitalized, lied about a confidential informant having bought heroin at 7815 Harding Street and that officer Steven Bryant, who has been relieved of duty, likely colluded in the fabrication of the affidavit.

Officers from HPD’s special investigation unit obtained the identity of all informants who ever worked for Goines and each of them denied ever buying any drugs at 7815 Harding Street or from Dennis Tuttle and his wife Rhogena Nicholas, the couple that was killed in a shootout with Goines’ team.

Now Houston police chief Art Acevedo acknowledges that a crime was committed in obtaining the search warrant and says, “We know for a fact that, more than likely, the investigating officer will be charged with a serious crime at some point.” He asked that HPD not be painted with a ‘broad brush’ and said, “The community will absolutely know the good, the bad and the ugly.”

Ugly this is. It’s beyond bad! A lowdown lying officer caused the deaths of two innocent homeowners and almost cost the lives of himself and his fellow officers.

Goines and Bryant, if he colluded in fabricating the affidavit, must be punished to the full extent of the law. Two counts of murder for Goins and probably two counts of murder for Bryant appear to be appropriate. If any additional officers participated in the fabrication, the same for them.

HPD has been given a black eye that will linger for some time to come. Acevedo finally got it right when he asked that HPD not be painted with a broad brush. The actions of Goins and Bryant should not reflect on the dedicated officers of the Houston Police Department who risk their lives every day while protecting the citizens of this great city.

As for Acevedo, now that he knows the ugly truth, he’s saying all the right things. But he’s a day late and a dollar short. Acevedo should still be fired for the reckless misstatements he made during several press briefings on this tragic case. The city of Houston and its cops deserve better than a leader who discredits HPD by shooting his mouth off without knowing the facts.


by Bob Walsh

A priest is ALWAYS a priest until the day he dies, UNLESS he is defrocked, which takes an action by the Pope to accomplish. It is rare.

Theodore McCarrick was at one time a big deal. He was the Cardinal and Archbishop of Washington, D.C. He was also a rump ranger and liked little boys as well as young seminary students.

He was ratted out more than once during his tenure with the church. None of those complaints were ever acted on or even properly investigated apparently. Perhaps the Popes involved did not want to know the answers.

A book just released by well-known gay authori Fredereic Martel titled IN THE CLOSET OF THE VATICAN asserts that there is a MASSIVE gay subculture within the walls of the Vatican. The book is based on 1.500 interviews including 41 Cardinals, 51 Bishops and 45 assorted diplomats. The book runs 555 pages and is being published simultaneously in eight languages in 20 countries.

McCarrick is very nearly 90 and "served" the church for 60 years. He is not going to be prosecuted for any of his misdeeds.


by Bob Walsh

I am wondering, following the mess in Aurora, Illinois, if it will now become common for there to be an armed police or private security presence at bad news exit interviews. I have heard of it being done on occasion. I wonder if it will now become common.


by Bob Walsh

The Supremes have agreed to the question of whether or not the notorious "ARE YOU FUCKING HERE LEGALLY" question on the U. S. Census in 2020.

This is a big deal as it has not been on the census in 70 years and, if it is answered honestly, or if those who are not here legally refuse to respond, it could end up with both California and New York taking a serious hit on the number of congressional seats they have.

A total of 18 states and numerous smaller jurisdictions have sued to keep this question off the census.


by Bob Walsh

Gavin Newsom, Supreme Leader of the formerly great state of California, announced on Saturday that he is backing Kamala Harris for the nomination for the Demcorap Party for President of the United States.

You never know, if she actually makes it (small chance) she might need a more-or-less straight white man to round out her ticket.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Small chancd? Oh no. You're thinking like the old farts we are. Camel will be liked by the millennials and they're going to make up a big chunk of the 2020 vote.


After declaring a national emergency, Trump said “I didn’t need to do this”

When congress only gave him $1.375 billion for the wall, much less than the $5.7 billion he wanted, Trump declared a national emergency Friday to obtain what he wants by shifting funds from other programs such as military construction funds.

Trump’s declaration is meant to bypass congress for the funds he wants. The declaration is sure to be challenged in the courts and will likely reach the Supreme court before a final ruling comes down, probably not until sometime next year.

During a press conference in the Rose Garden on Friday, Trump said: “I want to do it faster. I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn't need to do this.”

Ouch! Talk about kneecapping himself. That remark – I didn’t need to do this - just about makes the case for his court challengers.

Just goes to show Trump still has a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease.


The conservative firebrand reacts to Trump saying she’s “off the reservation”

During a press conference at the White House on Friday, Trump was asked about conservative firebrand Ann Coulter. He said he did not know her but that she was “off the reservation.”

That really pissed Ann off. During a radio interview later Friday, she said:

“Thank God he’s relieved me of any responsibility for what he’s been doing. That was the biggest favor anyone could do [for] me today. It was one thing, the promise he made every single day at every single speech. Forget the fact that he's digging his own grave. The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot.”

Coulter was one of Trump’s staunchest supporter when he ran for president and predicted his election victory. She even authored a book entitled, “In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!” But in December 2018 she told The Daily Caller that without his promised wall, Trump will …

“… just have been a joke presidency who scammed the American people, amused the populist for a while, but he’ll have no legacy whatsoever.”

When Trump agreed to sign the three-week spending bill that halted the government shutdown, Coulter said:

“Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.”

And earlier this month, Ann told Yahoo News:

“We put this lunatic in the White House for one reason, we wanted a wall.”

When asked by Yahoo News if Trump was a fraud on the border wall, Coulter replied:

“He is lazy and incompetent. I don’t think he is a fraud yet. We will see.”

Let’s see now … idiot, lunatic, lazy, incompetent, wimp – how would you like to have that on your resume?

I like Ann Coulter …. Well actually, it’s her legs that I like.


What We Know About a Portland Cop's Friendly Texts with a Far-Right Leader

by Allie Conti

February 15, 2019

Hundreds of texts published Thursday by Willamette Week showed that a high-level member of the Portland Police Department had a "friendly rapport" with local far-right activist Joey Gibson, whose group, Patriot Prayer, has a history of violence in the area. As you might expect, left-wing and anarchist activists have quickly gone apeshit.

What the paper revealed through a public records request was not on its face all that shocking: Cops communicate with bad guys—which is to say people of a wide variety of ideologies—on the regular. But in the Portland case, the paper honed in on a police officer in charge of managing protests appeared to try to help Tusitala "Tiny" Toese—a man described as Gibson's right-hand man—avoid arrest on an open warrant. In December of 2017, the cop in question, Portland Police Lieutenant Jeff Niiya, suggested that he would not arrest Toese unless he committed a new offense, and alluded to cops having avoided booking the man in the past.

"Just make sure he doesn't do anything which may draw our attention," Niiya texted Gibson of Toese. "If he still has the warrant in the system (I don't run you guys so I don't personally know) the officers could arrest him. I don't see a need to arrest on the warrant unless there is a reason."

Niiya also wished Gibson well on a 2018 US Senate run that failed badly.

The city's mayor, Ted Wheeler, has since called for an investigation of the saga, though whether it would be conducted within the Portland Police Bureau or not was a sticking point, given the initial defense offered by cops.

"It is not uncommon for officers to provide guidance for someone to turn themselves in on a warrant if the subject is not present," Lt. Tina Jones told Willamette Week in a statement, adding, "In crowd management situations, it may not be safe or prudent to arrest a person right at that time, so the arrest may be delayed or followed up on later. There is no way of knowing how often this happens, as it is not something we track."

If nothing else, the revelation quickly enraged left-wing and anarchist leaders who have long suspected cops were way too cozy with the far-right. “American police forces were founded to protect white supremacy and the ruling class that enforces it,” Olivia Smith, co-chair of Portland’s Democratic Socialists of America, told the Daily Beast. “This was sort of a given for us, but now we have actual concrete evidence supporting what we already know."

Indeed, there's a somewhat disturbing level of good will that characterizes the dialogue between Niiya and Gibson given the larger national context. As the New York Times reported in November, cops under Trump have struggled with how to address the threat of emboldened white supremacists; the lead-up to the deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, right-wing planners discussed the seemingly widely-held perception that cops were on their side.

But an argument could be made that these kinds of communications, however unnerving, actually serve to prevent street brawls, or as the WW put it, at the very least, to "collect intelligence from right-wing organizers." I attended the second Unite the Right protest last year in Washington, DC, for instance, where police were criticized for seeming to essentially give far-right protestors their own subway car as they moved to rally on the National Mall. That might be enraging on its face but could well have prevented a fist-fight or worse.

Still, the fodder for left-wing police critics was ample. When WW asked Gibson for comment on his ties to Niiya, his response over text was simply: "Sweet."


Portage County deputy set on fire while serving warrant on suspect

By Cliff Pinckard
February 15, 2019

ROOTSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A deputy serving felony warrants was seriously injured Thursday night when the suspect threw a flammable liquid on the officer and then set him on fire.

According to the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, the unidentified deputy was taken to the burn unit at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital. His condition was not available early Friday morning.

Deputies arrived at the suspect’s residence on the 3900 block of Ohio 44 in Rootstown at about 6:43 p.m.

As the deputy approached, the male suspect threw a container with flammable liquid at the deputy and quickly ignited it, according to the sheriff’s office.

Officers on the scene rushed to help the deputy, while other officers were able to grab the suspect.

The residence also caught on fire and was heavily damage, the sheriff’s office reports. Several other deputies had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The sheriff’s department says it will release more information on the incident at a later time.

Saturday, February 16, 2019


by Bob Walsh

Gary Martin, 45, was a 5-year employee at the Henry Platt Company in Aurora, Illinois yesterday. He was about to become a former employee, and he was aware of it. About half way thru his shift on Friday he whipped out a pistol, complete with laser sight, and began shooting his fellow workers, killing five of them.

The cops showed up in four minutes, which is actually a pretty good response time. He managed to wound five of the officers, none critically, and a sixth was injured other than by gunfire. Other responding cops terminally rehabilitated Martin.

All I can say is that it is a very good thing nobody at the plant had a gun or somebody might have gotten hurt.


Beto O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' tear down Trump's wall, along with 600 miles of existing barriers at the US-Mexico border

By Megan Sheets

Daily Mail
February 15, 2019

Beto O'Rourke said that he would take down existing walls and fences along the US-Mexico border if given the opportunity.

The former congressman from El Paso made the declaration in an MSNBC interview Thursday after the House and Senate passed a spending bill allocating $1.4billion for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

The White House said Thursday that Trump intends to sign the spending measure but will declare a national emergency 'to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border'.

After the bill was passed by both chambers, Texas Rep Dan Crenshaw asked O'Rourke on Twitter: 'If you could snap your fingers and make El Paso's border wall disappear, would you?'

O'Rourke responded: 'Absolutely, I'd take the wall down.'

O'Rourke went on to explain that barriers along the border have not improved American security, saying: 'Here’s what we know: after the Secure Fence Act, we have built 600 miles of wall and fencing on a 2,000 mile border. What that has done is not in any demonstrable way made us safer.'

'It's cost us tens of billions of dollars to build and maintain. And it's pushed migrants and asylum seekers and refugees to the most inhospitable, the most hostile stretches of the US-Mexico border, ensuring their suffering and death.

'More than 4,000 human beings, little kids, women and children, have died. They're not in cages, they're not locked up, they're not separated -- they're dead, over the last 10 years.

'We have walled off their opportunity to legally petition for asylum, to cross in urban centers like El Paso, to be with family, to work jobs, to do what any human being should have a right to be able to do, what we would do if faced with the same circumstances they were.'

The 600 miles of fencing currently in place at the border was erected under the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was supported by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats, including then-Sens Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

O'Rourke had made similar remarks during a rally in El Paso earlier this week, which he held less than a mile away from a rally where President Trump sought to bolster public support for his proposed border wall.

'Walls do not save lives. Walls end lives,' the possible presidential candidate told his cheering crowd that rallied a mere two hundreds yards away from Trump's gathering.

'We are making a stance for the truth, against lies, against hate, against ignorance, against intolerance,' he said as supporters yelled 'Beto, Beto, Beto.'

As O'Rourke spoke, behind him, in the distance, Trump filled a giant big screen set up outside his event for the overflow crowd and the president addressed his supporters from a stage flanked by two huge signs reading 'Finish the wall.'

EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t sell O'Rourke short. He’s an outstanding campaigner and his good looks will attract a lot of women voters. He lost to Ted Cruz by a whisker in an election Cruz should have won by a country mile.


AOC is first out of the gates with move to stop Trump’s ‘national emergency’ dead in its tracks

Daily Mail
February 15, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she and a Texas Democrat ‘aren't going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight.’

She and Rep. Joaqin Castro intend to introduce a resolution to overturn Trump's use of an emergency designation to try to obtain a total of $8 billion in funds for a border wall. She said Trump is ‘faking a crisis.’

If both chambers pass such a resolution, the designation would be overturned – though Trump could veto it.


Bernie Sanders telephoned Ilhan Omar to offer his support after she was roundly criticized for anti-Semitic remarks

I have long maintained that Bernie Sanders is an anti-Semitic Jew. He has often voted against the interests of Israel and expressed his support for the Palestinians. And now he has proven that I was absolutely right.

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Muslim, has repeatedly made ant-Semitic statements. I n 2012she said: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” She is a supporter of the BDS movement which is designed to destroy Israel. Omar’s latest statement got the ire of the House when she suggested members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so. When asked who was paying congress, she said AIPAC. The House reacted by passing a resolution condemning anti-Semitism.

To the rescue comes Bernie Sanders in support of Omar. He told Arab American Institute founder and antisemite James Zogby, “I talked to Ilhan last night to give her my personal support. We will stand by our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

Sanders appears to be ashamed of his Jewishness. While I am not a religious Jew, I am proud of my Jewishness and I am thoroughly disgusted with and ashamed of Sanders.


Two Nigerian actor brothers are in custody over Jussie Smollett attack, as it's revealed they are friends with the Empire star, amid claims the assault was staged to save his career

Daily Mail
February 15, 2019

The two brothers being questioned over the Jussie Smollett attack are actors Abimbola 'Abel' and Olabinjo 'Ola' Osundairo, can exclusively reveal.

The pair were picked up by police at Chicago O'Hare Airport on Wednesday as they arrived back in America after visiting family in Nigeria to be questioned over the January 29 attack involving the star. Family say they went to Africa on January 29, hours after the Smollett attack.

Ola appeared on Empire in 2015 and both brothers have had minor roles on Chicago PD.

Smollett, who has been accused of staging the attack to save his job on the Fox show, follows their joint Instagram account and, according to their lawyer, sometimes goes to the gym with them. In his reports to the police, Smollett has said that he could not distinguish any features about his attackers' appearance.

The brothers' names are also included on a list of evidence that was left at their home after Chicago PD officers ransacked it on Thursday and the pair are listed in public records as the tenants of that house.

Before returning to the US on Wednesday, they shared photographs and videos on Instagram of their time in Nigeria. Neither has been charged and Chicago Police Department has until 5.45pm on Friday to arrest them or release them.

Jussie Smollett hires Michael Cohen's criminal defense attorney as the two Nigerian Empire extras held in his attack are released suddenly without charges after police discover 'new information' during interrogation

Daily Mail
February 16, 2019

Attorney Michael Monico, a former federal prosecutor in the Northern District of Illinois, revealed in a radio interview on Thursday in Chicago that he is representing Smollett. Monico, speaking on WGN's The Roe Conn Show , did not reveal how long he has been representing Smollet or in what capacity.

It came as police in Chicago suddenly released two Nigerian extras on Smollett's show, who had previously been described as suspects in the attack, saying that 'new evidence' had emerged in their interrogations that requires further detective work.

Brothers Olabinjo 'Ola' Osundairo, 27, and Abimbola 'Abel' Osundairo, 25, were cut loose from police custody late on Friday.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fox Entertainment says “The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off of Empire is patently ridiculous. He remains a core player on this very successful series and we continue to stand behind him.” And the Chicago PD denies it is investigating the attack as a hoax.

But if you look at the facts so far – Smollett unable to describe his attackers, no surveillance video showing any sign of an attack, talking on the phone at 2 am with his manager, refusal to turn complete phone records to police and two Nigerian friends of the ‘victim’ throwing racial slurs at Smollett – and you have all the makings of a staged attack.


“Poles cooperated with the Nazis. I know the history, and I don't whitewash it. I bring it up,” Netanyahu said in Warsaw

On Thursday, while attending a conference in Warsaw on Middle East security, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Poles cooperated with the Nazis. I know the history, and I don't whitewash it. I bring it up.”

To say that his statement pissed off the Polish government is an understatement. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki threatened to cancel the Visegrád conference, to be held next week in Beersheba and attended by the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Morawiecki said: “If the comments attributed to Netanyahu are correct., Israel is not a good place to hold the conference.” Apparently, he and Netanyahu straightened their differences out because Morawiecki later said, “We have received clarifications from Israel and the crisis is over.”

Poland has a law that makes it illegal to blame the Polish nation for Holocaust crimes. Israel sees that law as an attempt by Poland to suppress discussion of the killing of Jews by Poles during the WW2 Nazi occupation.

Netanyahu may have pissed off the Poles, but his statement was spot on. Poland has a long history of virulent anti-Semitism and pogroms against the Jews. During the Nazi occupation, many Poles eagerly helped the SS round up Jews for deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau and other Nazi death camps in Poland. And today, Poland is still rife with anti-Semitism.

I don’t know what clarification the Polish government received, but as far as I’m concerned … fuck Poland!

Friday, February 15, 2019


Pelosi warns that if Trump declares a border emergency to build his wall, the next Democratic president could use the same tactic to impose gun control

White House sources say Trump will sign the compromise spending bill in order to avert another government shutdown. However, he will also declare a border emergency to pay for his border wall.

Nancy Pelosi then fired a shot across the president’s bow. She warned that if he declared a border emergency to build his wall, the next Democratic president could declare a national emergency to stop gun violence and enact sweeping gun controls.

If Trump declares a border emergency he will be challenged in the courts. While the lower courts may block his declaration, I believe he will have a good chance to prevail in the Supreme court. But by then he could already be out of office.

A Democratic president’s declaration of a national emergency to control guns would probably be shot down by the courts because it would run head on into the Second Amendment.

But one can never be sure. While the courts would probably uphold background checks for all private gun sales, they would probably rule against an order banning the sales or ownership of assault rifles. However, a few more mass school shootings might get even a conservative-majority Supreme Court to reinterpret the Second Amendment.


by Bob Walsh

The punditocracy is now asserting that Joe Bite-me (aka Joe Biden), former Vice-President, is pretty much almost 100% sure maybe-probably gong to throw his pork-pie chapeau in the dumpster fire known as the 2020 Democrap nomination race.

Right now the polls are saying that he might have a serious chance of knocking Trump off, at least compared to the rest of the congenital idiots running.

God, the next two years are going to be fun. Scary fun, but fun.


by Bob Walsh

I needed some reading material today while I was waiting for a pair of glasses to be repaired so I picked up a magazine. In it was a very interesting article about the Marine Corp during the 1920s. It seems that, due to an increasing number of successful and violent postal robberies during that time the Marines were assigned to provide armed guards, often in armored postal trucks, for the mail. At that time it was common to mail currency, bearer bonds and other high-value negotiable documents.

Some of these robberies netted big dollars and got postal workers shot and killed.

Once the Marines started their work none of the shipments under their guardianship was robbed. Stands to reason, those guys were packing BARs and Thompsons as well as trench guns in addition to hand guns and Springfields. At the same time postal workers who worked outside of the offices were also armed.

Just as an aside, thru the late 1960s when first-class mail was carried on passenger airliners post office regulations required that the pilot of the aircraft be armed. Guess what. Nobody gave a shit. It was a nothingburger.


by Bob Walsh

An unnamed Bridezilla associated with the facebook group Vegan Revolution has uninvited all of the "murderers" (meat eaters) that might otherwise attend her upcoming wedding. She said specifically, "...we don't want to host murderers at our wedding..."

I wonder if she will accept wedding presents from "murderers." If I can find out who she is maybe I will send her a box of Omaha Steaks.

'We don't want to host murderers at our wedding': Strict vegan bride BANS meat-eating family members from attending her ceremony

by Emilia Mazza

Daily Mail
February 12, 2019

A vegan bride-to-be has taken her lifestyle choice a step further by making it clear that meat-eating family members won't be invited to be part of her special day.

Details of the bride's decision to ban guests were revealed on Reddit where she wrote she was being 'guilt-tripped' into inviting some 'omnivores' to her 'fully vegan wedding'.

'Just for some context, some family members were told they are not invited to my wedding because we don't want to host murderers at our wedding which is supposed to be one of the happiest days of our lives,' she wrote.

The post which has been shared on Facebook has sent social media into a frenzy with many - including vegans - saying how outraged they were by the woman's stance.

One commenter said as a vegan herself, she didn't see why there should be a problem inviting non-vegans to a wedding.

'You can still invite non-vegans if you're having a vegan wedding. If they are not eating meat there, what difference does it make?,' she posted.

'Does she refuse to ever see them because they are murderers? If not, why pick her wedding day to be the day she "refuses to host murderers".'

Others sharing their thoughts on the thread were quick to offer a definition of omnivore in order to explain how it was possible to host a vegan wedding without having to ban attendees.

'Silly vegan,' someone wrote.

'Being an omnivore doesn't make one unable to eat vegan food. That attitude tho [sic] would keep me from attending.'

A second commenter added: 'By definition, an omnivore eats all kinds of food, that includes vegetables.

'They can go the day without meat or dairy products. And most of them would be happy to do so, if you just didn't call them murderers.'

There were also many who remarked the bride's stance reflected badly on vegans as a whole.

One woman wrote: 'Unless they are planning on showing up with bucket-loads of KFC, this person is batsh*t crazy.

'Does she really not associate at all with people who aren't vegan? Because that's at least 95 per cent of the world's population.'

Another chimed in saying: 'Christ I hate vegans that do sh*t like this. Being vegan isn't a personality trait.'


by Bob Walsh

According to talk radio today (02-14) in the afternoon one of the more interesting poison pills in the legislation Trump is considering signing is a legal prohibition against deporting ANYBODY who is or COULD BECOME a sponsor for an unaccompanied minor undocumented Democrap.

So, if an MS-13 member wants to ensure they can not be deported all they have to do is sponsor, or be in a position to potentially sponsor, their second cousin twice removed from Honduras.

I wonder what other horseshit is burried in that bill. Hopefully Trump will have it CAREFULLY read (all 1,000 plus pages) BEFORE he freaking signs it.


San Diego nightclub shooter has ties to Tijuana cartel, police say

By Wendy Fry

San Diego Union-Tribune
February 11, 2019

San Diego police are searching for a man who fired gunshots into a downtown nightclub last month and multiple law enforcement sources said the shooter is alleged to have ties to the Arellano Felix cartel, a Mexican drug cartel based in Tijuana.

The shooting occurred at about 2 a.m. Jan. 28 at Sidebar on Market Street, and police have identified the suspect as 29-year-old Abel Gomez, who they said fired five to six gunshots before fleeing.

“He is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon,” said San Diego police Capt. Mike Holden. “We have been unable to locate him.”

"A police bulletin said ‘the preliminary investigation revealed Gomez is connected to organized crime organizations in Mexico,’” according to a police source.

The man fired at the ground of the nightclub after a scuffle involving a woman, witnesses said. Surveillance video captured almost the entire incident, according to police and a representative of the club.

Police said Gomez fled, but shell casings were left from the gunfire.

A representative of Sidebar, located near Market and Sixth Avenue, said the nightclub was already closing for the night when the shooting occurred. A few people were still at the business, the lights were on and the music had been turned off, she said.

A witness said Gomez slapped a woman on the behind, and another man stepped in to stop Gomez from touching the woman or grabbing her again. Then Gomez pulled out a firearm and fired off the rounds, the person said.

Holden declined to release the suspect’s picture. “We don’t think he’s a threat to the public,” he said.

Several people said it did not appear that Gomez was trying to shoot anyone but rather scare away the few remaining club patrons. Security guards stepped in to restrain Gomez, but when they called police, he got away, the bar’s representative said.

One person said Gomez pointed the firearm at the crotch of a security guard.

“Several people were running outside and several people were outside the club when the call came into us,” Holden said.

One of Tijuana’s leading experts on narco-traffic, Victor Clark Alfaro, said he wasn’t surprised by the incident.

“Members of the drug cartels move between the two borders, including families of drug traffickers who occupy an important place in the structure of their organizations, live in the best residential areas of San Diego.” said Alfaro, who teaches Latin American studies at San Diego State.

However, Alfaro said he did not expect to see more such episodes.

“The incident is an isolated incident. I doubt that those events will repeat more frequently, which would put at risk their own criminal activities, attracting the attention of the authorities or the media,” he said.

The Arellano Felix cartel has been severely crippled since 2006 when it essentially lost a war with the Sinaloa cartel of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, now on trial in New York. Federal law enforcement officers on both sides of the border have been giving news conferences declaring the Arellano Felix cartel has been finished since 2002, but some believe it remains active.


EXCLUSIVE: Bestiality investigation leads to Houston man's arrest in Rice Village

By Mario Diaz

February 14, 2019

HOUSTON - An early-morning Valentine’s Day arrest and search warrant, run by the Houston Police Department's Major Offenders Livestock and Animal Cruelty Unit in the Rice Village area as part of a bestiality investigation, resulted in a man's arrest.

The man, identified by Houston police as 31-year-old Juan Pablo Tschen, did not have anything to say as Channel 2 Investigates asked him questions while he was being led away in handcuffs from his parents' home in the 2200 block of Southgate near Rice Village.

Sgt. Jason Aldrete, the supervisor who oversees the unit, said the suspect is accused of offering his pets up for a sexual relationship with one of the unit's female officers.

"He approached an undercover officer and offered his animals, his dogs, up for sexual relations with an undercover officer and himself," Aldrete told Channel 2 Investigates' Mario Diaz.

Officers also searched Tschen's house in the 2700 block of Amherst in West University Place. They arrested Tschen at one of the properties.

The second property was under renovation, and investigators tell KPRC2 Tschen lived at that home.

Officers said one of the dogs that he offered to the undercover officer for a sexual relationship via text and in person was a German shepherd.

BARC confirmed three dogs belonging to the family were confiscated:

__Bo, a male, black and fawn German shepherd, who is around 4 years old

__Sayhass, a male, tricolor Jack Russell terrior mix, who is around 3 years old

__Mozzie, a male, brindle and white Australian shepherd mix, who is around 2 years old

A family spokesperson told KPRC2, "Juan Pablo is a loving brother and son. We believe the facts will show that there has been a big mistake and that the allegations against him are completely false."

Investigators told KPRC2 Tschen is not cooperating.

The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation, according to Aldrete.

“It’s an ultra-underground scene, so we don’t know how deep this goes,” he said.

However, he and his team told KPRC2 there are many more people involved.

"We're conducting a similar investigation involving bestiality with another couple of people," Aldrete said. "We believe there is a large group of people in the Houston area and the state and the country that are involved in bestiality."

Although treated as animal abuse in the past, bestiality only became a criminal act in recent years.

Tschen is facing three counts of bestiality, according to Aldrete.

“It’s a very demented crime," he said. "It’s really sad, and I really hope that the man can get the help he needs.”

Neighbors are shocked by the disturbing allegations, but not so much over where it happened.

"Oh geez. That's unbelievable," said one neighbor. "I'm not surprised. It occurs anywhere."

HPD investigators echo those thoughts

"These are people from everyday walks of life. Seemingly normal people, many of them well-educated and they are involved in this," Aldrete said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: How low can you get? Pimping for pet dogs. No class! He should have used sheep or pigs as his hoes.


Saudis Tell Israelis: Don't Believe Netanyahu!

Israel Today
February 14, 2019

A senior member of the Saudi royal family granted an unprecedented interview to Israeli media this week in order to convey a simple message to all Israelis: Don't believe Netanyahu!

Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, the former Saudi intelligence chief and ex-ambassador to the US and UK, was interviewed by Israel Channel 13's Barak Ravid in London.

He told Ravid that Israelis need to know that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is exaggerating the extent to which Israeli-Arab ties have warmed in recent years. Prince Turki said Netanyahu is no doubt doing so in order to make himself look good ahead of the upcoming election in Israel: "He’s a man who runs for election on platforms of ‘look what I have done for you. I have brought you this. I have brought you that.’ Like all politicians."

Prince Turki explained that the reality of the situation is that Saudi Arabia, and possibly other Gulf states, are never going to fully normalize ties with Israel until the conflict with the Palestinians is solved.

"Israeli public opinion should not be deceived into believing that the Palestinian issue is a dead issue," said the Saudi prince. "From the Israeli point of view, Mr. Netanyahu would like us to have a relationship, and then we can fix the Palestinian issue. From the Saudi point of view, it’s the other way around."

Netanyahu has suggested on several occasions of late that the wider Arab world was tiring of the Palestinian cause, and was eager to cooperate with Israel on a range of issues regardless of the situation in the "West Bank." Those suggestions have been supported by remarks from Arab capitals in recent years, where Arab leaders and media have indeed sounded a weary tone in regards to Palestinian nationalism.

Prince Turki was not at all disparaging toward Israel, but did accuse Jerusalem of failing to take seriously Arab peace offers. He, like other Saudi leaders of late, indicated that he was looking forward to a future in which Israel and the Arab world work together: "With Israeli money and Saudi brains, we can go far."

Prince Turki insisted that he was doing the interview in a personal capacity and did not represent the Saudi government in his remarks. However, he did admit to letting Riyadh know about the interview beforehand, and Ravid revealed that the prince had met with Saudi King Salman only days prior to speaking to the Israeli press. According to Ravid, Prince Turki was clearly conveying a message direct from Riyadh to the Israeli public.

Ironically, at the very same time Prince Turki was claiming that Netanyahu's portrayal of warming ties with the Arab world was a deception, the Israeli leader was in Warsaw, Poland having what appeared to be a very friendly chat with the foreign minister of Oman, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Netanyahu, much like Trump, has an investigation hanging around his neck and it’s a criminal one. His opponents want him to be indicted before the election. Even without that investigation he is not a sure bet to get reelected in April, given Israel’s crazy election system. Woe to the Jewish state if a left-wing coalition gets control of the government.

Thursday, February 14, 2019


Sen. Ted Cruz reintroduces his ‘EL CHAPO’ act to pay for Trump’s wall

In 2017, Sen. Ted Cruz introduced ‘Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order’ act, better known as the ‘EL CHAPO’ act which would seize the money of drug lords and use it for border security. The bill failed to get out of congress.

On Tuesday, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, was convicted on ten counts, including conspiracy to commit murder. He will be sentenced in June and is expected to spend the rest of his life in the federal ‘Super Max’ prison in Colorado.

El Chapo is believed to be worth $14 billion. Cruz reintroduced his bill Tuesday because he wants the feds to seize El Chapo’s dough and use it to build Trump’s border wall. Trump said, “Anything Ted does is interesting. So that's certainly an interesting one,”

I don’t know whether El Chapo is worth $14 billion or just $14. Where is his money stashed? Nice try Ted, but finding El Chapo’s ill begotten money may be harder than prying the funds for Trump’s wall out of congress.


by Bob Walsh

Christine Alyce Slayman, 28, has copped to filming 18 different porn videos showing her engaging in sex with a six-year old boy. Allegedly the woman's boyfriend pressured her into doing it. She then sent the videos to the BF, who copied them to a thumb drive and used them to blackmail her (allegedly) into further aberrant sexual behavior .

She has just been sentenced to 40 years as a guest of the people by the Middle District Court in Florida. The actual abuse took place in Virginia but the couple later moved to Florida.


by Bob Walsh

Gavin Newsome, new supreme leader of the formerly great state of California, is hoping that by completing a small portion of the Semi-High-Speed-Rail system, aka Jerry's Toy Train, but not most of it, he will be a hit to both sides and get to keep all the money.

Donald Trump, the guy with the wet, smelly shoes, disagrees. He wants the $3.5 biliion back the feds have already kicked in.

Since the state has 47 recent of current lawsuits filed against the Trump administration, and the A. G. is very proud of that fact by the way, I suspect it is likely that Trump will do more than ask for his money if push comes to shove.


‘Absolutely tragic’: NYPD detective killed by friendly fire while responding to robbery

By Tina Moore, Larry Celona and Joe Marino

New York Post
February 12, 2019

An NYPD detective was killed and a fellow officer wounded by friendly fire as they responded to the scene of a robbery in Queens on Tuesday night, cops said.

Detective Brian Simonsen, 42, a 19-year veteran, was fatally shot by a fellow officer in a ¬T-Mobile store at Atlantic Avenue and 121st Street in Richmond Hill at about 6 p.m.

Sgt. Matthew Gorman was struck in the leg, cops said.

The suspected robber, Christopher Ransom, 27, was brandishing an imitation firearm and was shot by police.

“At this hour, I will tell you that this appears to be an absolutely tragic case of friendly fire,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at a press conference.

“Make no mistake about it, friendly fire aside, it is because of the actions of the suspect that Detective Simonsen is dead.”
Ransom, who has a lengthy rap sheet, had been suspected in a series of area robberies, sources said.

He was in serious condition Tuesday night at NewYork Presbyterian/Queens hospital.

Simonsen and Gorman entered the store and saw Ransom in the back pointing what turned out to be a fake gun at them, O’Neill said.

As the cops turned to retreat to safety, they were shot by other responding officers.

A police source said eight officers fired a total of 40 rounds.

Simonsen was hit in the chest and was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in an NYPD squad car, O’Neill said.

A civilian driver pulled over when he saw what was going on and rushed Gorman to the same hospital.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said both he and O’Neill had met with Simonsen’s wife and mother.

“This is a very difficult and painful night for our city. We lost a very good man,” de Blasio said.

“Commissioner O’Neill and I just spent time with Detective Simonsen’s family. And it was heartbreaking, just heartbreaking. The shock that they’re feeling is so painful to see.

“And we told the Simonsen family that the New York City Police Department will be with them. New York City will be with them. As long as they live, we will support them. And it’s some small comfort to them in this moment of agony.

Robbery Suspect Held On Murder Charge After Police Officer Killed By Friendly Fire

LAPPL News Watch
February 14, 2019

A man accused of attempting to rob a New York cell phone store where a police detective was killed in a friendly fire incident will face a second-degree murder charge, police said Wednesday night.

Christopher Ransom, 27, is accused of murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, assault, second-degree aggravated manslaughter and menacing, according to an update from the New York Police Department's press information group.

Ransom was wounded in the shooting Tuesday night and an "imitation pistol" was recovered, police said. Police said he is in custody, but didn't say whether he was still hospitalized.

An investigation will determine who shot the detective, but authorities earlier put the blame on Ransom for putting officers in jeopardy.


From Prison, Convicted Sex Offender Bill Cosby Says He's a Political Prisoner for 'Trying to Humanize All Races'

By Vince Lattanzio and Erin Coleman

NBC 10
February 13, 2019

Convicted sex offender and former comedian Bill Cosby said his attempts to showcase equality on television led to his 3-to-10-year prison sentence and fall from grace as "America's Dad."

In his first message from prison, the 81-year-old, who was declared a sexually violent predator by a Pennsylvania judge, told NBC10's Erin Coleman that he is a victim of "entrapment" carried out by a "low-life District Attorney" and "corrupt Judge."

Cosby shared his comments with his wife, Camille, after NBC10 aired a two-part interview Monday and Tuesday with his spokesman Andrew Wyatt about Cosby's life at Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution Phoenix in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. In that interview, Wyatt shared how Cosby washed his meals before eating them and wakes up at 3:30 a.m. to do calisthenics in his cell.

Cosby was convicted in April 2018 of drugging Andrea Constand and sexually assaulting her inside his Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, home in 2004. The judgment came after years of public and private statements by dozens of women who claimed they were abused by the actor best known as the patriarch of the Huxtable family on NBC's "The Cosby Show." More than 60 women accused Cosby of assaulting them over five decades.

Constand, a former women's basketball coach at Temple University, went to police a year after the assault, but the Montgomery County District Attorney declined to file charges. A decade later, the case was reopened and Cosby was arrested and charged.

Constand said the conviction allowed her to make peace with the assault.

"He needs help and he needs to repent for what he did, not only to me but for a lot of women," she told NBC News' Kate Snow after the trial. "He's a convicted sex assaulter, but I forgive him for what he did to me."

Cosby's conviction was hailed as a victory for sexual assault survivors. Several of Cosby's accusers attended the trial, which gripped the nation's attention for several weeks, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

"It's also a victory for all sexual assault survivors, female and male. It's a victory for womanhood," Lily Bernard, one of his accusers, said at the time.

Despite the conviction and sentencing of 3 to 10 years behind bars, Cosby said in his message to NBC10 that he will "never have remorse."

"My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing, a room made of steel and iron," the message, passed along to NBC10 from Cosby through Wyatt, read in part.

Cosby has maintained that his encounter with Constand was consensual. He recently settled a civil lawsuit brought by Constand for nearly $3.4 million. He considers himself among "some of the Greatest Political Prisoners" including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

"I stand upright as a Political Prisoner and I Smile. The Truth is Strong!"

Here's the message in full:

I heard about Ms. Coleman’s (NBC 10) interview from the residents here. Here’s why I, [Mr. Cosby] have “no” remorse and will never have remorse. I was given a deal; I settled out of court for $3.8 million dollars; I waived my 5th amendment rights; I was declared Not Guilty in 2005 by the Commonwealth - never charged. However, a low-life District Attorney and a corrupt Judge needed me Guilty now. Not for justice, but for their political aspirations. They say, Mr. Cosby you must attend these classes. Why? One word. Entrapment! My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing, a room made of steel and iron. So, I now have a temporary residence that resembles the quarters of some of the Greatest Political Prisoners - Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Randal Robinson, and Dr. Benjamin Chavis. I stand upright as a Political Prisoner and I Smile. The Truth is Strong!”

Bill Cosby

EDITOR’S NOTE: I do not exactly understand how raping women equates to humanizing all races. Oh now I get it … America’s Dad – now America’s Gandhi - raped both white and black women.


Colorado store closing after removing Nike merchandise over Kaepernick ad

By Aris Folley

The Hill
February 13, 2019

A store in Colorado will be closing down after more than 20 years in business after its decision to stop selling Nike merchandise.

The store, Prime Time Sports, first made headlines in September when it announced it would pull Nike merchandise to protest the company's decision to feature former NFL player Colin Kaepernick as the face of its ad campaign.

Stephen Martin, Prime Time's owner, told a local NBC station that he made the decision to close the store permanently on Sunday night, saying he “can’t keep the doors open anymore.”

“Being a sports store without Nike is kind of like being a milk store without milk or a gas station without gas. How do you do it? They have a monopoly on jerseys,” Martin told the station.

Martin said he realized last year that he could go out of business over the decision to remove Nike merchandise, given that a sizable chunk of his inventory was NFL jerseys that are exclusive to Nike.

Martin, at the time, called the brand was "the mother of all harlots." Martin added that although Kaepernick "sacrificed a salary," nothing "compared to what every soul on our 'Honor the Flag' memorial wall that was built a few years ago has suffered and died for. "

He told KOAA News 5 this week that he canceled an autograph session at his store with former Denver Broncos player Brandon Marshall in 2016 to protest the athlete’s decision to take a knee during the national anthem.

“As much as I hate to admit this, perhaps there are more Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick supporters out there than I realized,” he added.

Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, first sparked controversy in 2016 when he began on-field demonstrations during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice.

The former NFL player, who has remained unsigned for two years, has been targeted frequently by President Trump and his base for protesting during the national anthem.

Nike unveiled its ad featuring Kaepernick last year with the slogan "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything."

EDITOR’S NOTE: And another patriot bites the dust. What a shame!


Canada gave us the modern form of a sport that has been played for centuries around the world

By Amanda Foreman

The Wall Street Journal
February 7, 2019

Canadians like to say—and print on mugs and T-shirts—that “Canada is Hockey.” No fewer than five Canadian cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of ice hockey, including Windsor, Nova Scotia, which has an entire museum dedicated to the sport. Canada’s annual Hockey Day, which falls on February 9 this year, features a TV marathon of hockey games. Such is the country’s love for the game that last year’s broadcast was watched by more than 1 in 4 Canadians.

But as with many of humanity’s great advances, no single country or person can take the credit for inventing ice hockey. Stick-and-ball games are as old as civilization itself. The ancient Egyptians were playing a form of field hockey as early as the 21st century B.C., if a mural on a tomb at Beni Hasan, a Middle Kingdom burial site about 120 miles south of Cairo, is anything to go by. The ancient Greeks also played a version of the game, as did the early Christian Ethiopians, the Mesoamerican Teotihuacanos in the Valley of Mexico, and the Daur tribes of Inner Mongolia. And the Scottish and Irish versions of field hockey, known as shinty and hurling respectively, have strong similarities with the modern game.

Taking a ball and stick onto the ice was therefore a fairly obvious innovation, at least in places with snowy winters. The figures may be tiny, but three villagers playing an ice hockey-type game can be seen in the background of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s 1565 painting “Hunters in the Snow.” There is no such pictorial evidence to show when the Mi’kmaq Indians of Nova Scotia first started hitting a ball on ice, but linguistic clues suggest that their hockey tradition existed before the arrival of European traders in the 16th century. The two cultures then proceeded to influence each other, with the Mi’kmaqs becoming the foremost maker of hockey sticks in the 19th century.

The earliest known use of the word hockey appears in a book, “Juvenile Sports and Pastimes,” written by Richard Johnson in London in 1776. Recently, Charles Darwin became an unlikely contributor to ice hockey history after researchers found a letter in which he reminisced about playing the game as a boy in the 1820s: “I used to be very fond of playing Hocky [sic] on the ice in skates.” On January 8, 1864, the future King Edward VII played ice hockey at Windsor Castle while awaiting the birth of his first child.

As for Canada, apart from really liking the game, what has been its real contribution to ice hockey? The answer is that it created the game we know today, from the official rulebook to the size and shape of the rink to the establishment of the Stanley Cup championship in 1894. The first indoor ice hockey game was played in Montreal in 1875, thereby solving the perennial problem of pucks getting lost. (The rink was natural ice, with Canada’s cold winter supplying the refrigeration.) The game involved two teams of nine players, each with a set position—three more than teams field today—a wooden puck, and a list of rules for fouls and scoring.

In addition to being the first properly organized game, the Montreal match also initiated ice hockey’s other famous tradition: brawling on the ice. In this case, the fighting erupted between the players, spectators and skaters who wanted the ice rink back for free skating. Go Canada!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ice Hockey is my favorite sport. My son was an outstanding youth and amateur adult hockey defenseman.


A 91-year-old was ordered by his doctor to bring in a sperm sample as part of a health check. He was given the jar and was told to bring the semen sample the next day.

The old man returned the next day, but he brought an empty jar and his doctor asked him why. This was his response:

“Well, doc, it’s like this – first I tried with my right hand, but nothing. Then I tried with my left hand, but still nothing. Then I asked my wife for help. She tried with her right hand, then with her left, still nothing. She tried with her mouth, first with the teeth in, then with her teeth out, still nothing. We even called up Arleen – the lady next door – and she tried too, first with both hands, then an armpit, and she even tried squeezin’ it between her knees, but still nothing.”

The doctor looked shocked, he said to the old man “you asked your neighbor????!!!”

The old man responded with a massive smile, “Yep, none of us could get the jar open!”


A doctor that had been seeing an 80-year-old woman for most of her life finally retired. At her next checkup, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all the medicines that had been prescribed for her. As the doctor was looking through these his eyes grew wide as he realized Grandma had a prescription for birth control pills.

"Mrs. Smith, do you realize these are birth control pills?"

"Yes, they help me sleep at night."

"Mrs. Smith, I assure you there is absolutely nothing in these that that could possibly help you sleep!"

She reached out and patted the young doctor's knee and said, "Yes, dear, I know that. But every morning, I grind one up and mix it in the glass of orange juice that my 16-year-old Granddaughter drinks. And believe me, it definitely helps me sleep at night."

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


The police chief’s press briefing remarks, where he misstated the facts, have led to a flurry of inflammatory conspiracy theories

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
February 12, 2019

The January 28th drug raid at 7815 Harding Street turned out badly with two drug suspects killed in a shootout with the cops, four of whom were hit by the suspect’s gunfire.

The raid came after a reliable confidential informant purchased some black tar heroin at that alleged address. He informed his handler that inside the house there were a bunch of plastic baggies containing black tar heroin. The officers found no heroin. All they found was 18 grams of marijuana and 1.5 grams of cocaine. The couple who occupied the house, disabled Navy veteran Dennis Tuttle,59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, his wife of 21-years had no criminal record except for an old hot check charge against Nicholas which had been dismissed.

Houston’s police chief, Art Acevedo, held several press briefings on the raid. He implied the Harding Street house had a sophisticated surveillance system which should have alerted the occupants about the police. The house did not have any security cameras on the outside. Acevedo also said Tuttle should have known it was cops busting in his door because the police turned on the siren and flashing lights of a cop car parked outside. Since this was a ‘no knock’ raid, that seems highly unlikely. He claimed that Tuttle’s neighbors thanked him for getting rid of the drug house. But the Houston Chronicle interviewed every one of the neighbors, each describing Tuttle and his wife as good citizens. As for it being a drug house, they said, "They never had company" and "There was never traffic at that house. Never" and "They never noticed suspicious activity." Several times Acevedo said the raid took place at 7815 Hardy Street, instead of 7815 Harding Street.

The raided house, as described in the search warrant affidavit, was a well-kept one-story cottage. A reporter did check out the 7815 Hardy Street address where he observed a dilapidated two-story house with its upstairs windows broken. The house was surrounded by a wrought iron fence and it had a number of high-tech security cameras on the outside. To the reporter that looked like a drug house. He thought the cops hit the wrong house.

I’ve been on many narcotic raids and not one of them led to a shootout, even though in most cases the suspects had firearms. On one raid we did have to shoot a pit bull that was about to take some bites out of one officer. It all boils down to meticulous planning, pre-raid orientation of all participants and careful execution of the raid. On every occasion we found a large quantity of narcotics, and usually a substantial amount of cash at the place we raided. In one raid we found a large bag of meth tied to the suspect’s penis. In other words, when raiding a drug house one would expect to find evidence of it actually being a place where narcotics are sold.

Search warrant affidavits are only as good as the integrity of the officer(s) composing that document and the prosecutor who assisted in its composition. Was the search warrant in the Houston raid based on a careless worded or worse, fabricated affidavit? I certainly hope not.

As for Acevedo, he was damaged goods when Mayor ‘Slyvestor’ Turner hired him. Reports from Austin indicate he was about to be canned over a rape kit scandal – the kits were piling up untested and the head of the sex crimes unit was punished for not lying about it. Allegedly, Acevedo removed the sergeant of Austin PD’s sex crimes unit for refusing his order to say rapes were going unsolved because the victims refused to testify, a blatant lie. Instead she told the truth, that rapes were not being solved because the rape kits were not being tested. And quicker than you can say Art Acevedo, she was out as head of the sex crimes unit.

Now Acevedo has embarrassed HPD and the city of Houston. His press briefing remarks, where he misstated the facts, have led to a flurry of inflammatory conspiracy theories, many of which accuse the Houston cops of murdering two innocent people.

You do not need to defend what’s right and you cannot defend what’s wrong. That seems to be a lesson Acevedo either ignored or never learned, as evidenced by the reckless way he responded to questions thrown at him by reporters.

Acevedo should be fired regardless of how the investigation into the Harding Street drug raid falls out.


by Bob Walsh

Pacific Gas and Electric has announced that one half of its board members will NOT be running for reelection this coming may. Possibly even more than that will bail.

PG&E has potential liability of as much as $30 billion for the wild fires that destroyed much of the formerly great state of California over the last few years.

There stock, which had recently been circling the junk drain, is now up to $14.33.


by Bob Walsh

Stanislaus County (think Modesto, California) may (or may not) be ready to approve a couple of large, commercial weed farms just outside of the city near the Shiloh School. One of the properties being considered is owned by a member of the County Planning Commission (a detail which he has disclosed) Board of Supervisors In addition on the members of the Board of Supervisors, whose regular job is an accountant, has a professional relationship with the family of another owner of a potential grow site. That has also been disclosed and the member has said he will NOT vote on this issue.

The "final" hearing and vote will be next month.


by Bob Walsh

Gavin Newsom, the new Supreme Leader of the formerly great state of California, stuck a steak in the gut (if not the heart) of Jerry's Toy Train, AKA the California High Speed Rail Authority.

He is going to permit the train to run between South Buttcrack and North Buttcrack (Merced and Bakersfield) just because they have already started it, but the rest of it is dead and stinking. In fact the state will have to repay the feds $3 billion on the deal.

Sounds like a net gain to me. I only wish I could hope that Newsom would KEEP his head out of his ass the rest of his term.


by Bob Walsh

James Truell, 34, is a guest of the people of NY at Riker's Island. He also does not love his mommie. She wouldn't go his bail, so he made repeated fake phone calls trying to bring the cops down on his mother. He called 311 repeatedly and urged the operator there to switch him to 911, then made the fake emergency calls.

He is now facing 31 counts of reckless endangerment. He is awaiting trial on multiple armed robbery beefs. He also is alleged to have some mental health issues. Or maybe he is just a dick.


by Bob Walsh

Transportation of prisoners around the country is an interesting business. Except for certain high-profile cases or large departments with relatively deep pockets much of this work i done by private operators with armed security guards whose training, equipment and procedures may be lacking in the extreme.

Witness Cedric Marks, a trained MMA fighter. He refused to take a TB test which would have allowed him to take air transport so instead he was transported by ground transport. En route from Michigan to Texas to face two murder charges in the deaths of his ex and her current BF.

He managed to escape from a van with nine other prisoners and two guards. The transport company, Texas Prisoner Transport Services, is closing down in the wake of this escape.

In my experience with this sort of operation (that experience is not huge but neither is it inconsequential) some of them seem to be very competent and some of them are bubba operations. I have no idea which end of the spectrum this one is / was.


by Bob Walsh

The formerly great state of California has developed a plan to deal with Nutria, large beaver-size rodents that are beginning to infest the delta area in serious numbers. They eat voraciously and are very hard on levees. There is serious worry that the damn things will seriously impact the delta. The state is now spending about $2 million to try to control the things. Most of the problem occurs on private property so access for wildlife officials can be an issue.

If it were me I would just put a bounty on the damn things, but I guess they just want to get rid of them, not actually kill them. Maybe give them plane tickets to Honduras.


Kamala Harris calls for marijuana legalization: 'I think it gives a lot of people joy'

By Katie Galioto

February 11, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris called for the legalization of marijuana at a federal level in a Monday morning interview, making her the latest 2020 contender to weigh in on an issue that has become front-and-center as the presidential campaign season begins.

“Half my family’s from Jamaica,” the California Democrat said, laughing when asked to respond to those who think she’s opposed to legalizing recreational use of the drug. “Are you kidding me?”

Appearing on “The Breakfast Club,” a New York City-based radio show, Harris also said she smoked a joint in college.

“And I inhaled,” she added, joking in reference to President Bill Clinton’s comments on the campaign trail in 1992 that he smoked marijuana but “didn’t inhale it.”

When asked whether she would smoke again if the federal government were to legalize the recreational use of the drug, Harris laughed and replied: “Listen, I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy.”

The former San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general said legalization would have to come with some caveats, emphasizing a need for research on the effects of marijuana on the developing brain and a means for regulating use of the drug while driving.

Harris' calls follow the lead of multiple others seeking the White House. Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat and one of Harris’ top opponents for the party’s nomination, introduced a bill in 2017 that would legalize marijuana use at a federal level and encourage states to legalize it locally through incentives. By attaching the issue to himself early on, Booker — one of the early top prospects for the Democrats in 2020 — all but forced contenders to take a stance on the legalization of marijuana.

Harris also touched on race and mass incarceration in relation to marijuana use, leading to broader discussions of her agenda for African-Americans. When asked, the senator said she is in favor of some form of reparations.

“We have got to recognize, back to that earlier point, people aren’t starting out on the same base in terms of their ability to succeed,” she said. “So we have got to recognize that and give people a lift up.”

As she outlined her agenda — highlighting plans for historically black colleges and universities, tax proposals to address poverty and criminal justice reforms — Harris defended President Barack Obama when asked about African-Americans who say the former president didn’t do enough for the black population.

“None of us can do enough. And we all know that,” Harris said. “If you are a parent raising a child, you know we can never do enough. As leaders, we can never do enough. It’s important to acknowledge that. But let’s also give people credit for what they have accomplished.”


Torpy at Large: Fulton’s courts, the Buckhead bad guys’ best friend

By Bill Torpy

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 11, 2019

If this sounds like déjà vu all over again, you’re not mistaken.

Recently, a frustrated Atlanta police commander sent out an email to Buckhead residents with a “good news/bad news update” concerning a wave of burglaries, car thefts and general mayhem besetting that area.

The good news? The cops keep catching the bad guys. The bad news? The courts keep letting them out.

Zone 2 Commander Maj. Barry Shaw was writing about a rash of burglaries and car thefts the night of Jan. 30. Some brazen and enterprising young men broke into several cars and garages, stealing what they could.

Now, these weren’t the peaceful, sneaky type of crooks; these were the just-don’t-give-a-damn variety.

After breaking into garages, “They crashed vehicles through the garage doors at two different homes,” Shaw wrote.

And this is Buckhead, so you’re not seeing Chevys and Buicks crashing through doors. According to police reports, these were Acuras, Land Rovers and Mercedes-Benzes. Buckhead residents have nice stuff and the thieves want it. And folks in Buckhead often make it easier for criminals by leaving keys in vehicles parked in their garages.

I don’t want to start victim-blaming here. You just don’t expect to have someone break into your garage and then crash the family cruiser through your bay doors.

Until now.

Shaw wrote that Michael Hill and Jaquantay Campbell were arrested and charged with burglary, entering autos, theft by receiving, etc. In fact, police ended up loading more charges on Hill, only to discover that “MICHAEL HILL WAS GIVEN A SIGNATURE BOND.” (Those are Shaw’s capital letters. He was irked.)

That means Hill got out of jail without having to pay one red cent.

“This is a perfect example of what is broken in Fulton County,” Shaw wrote. “Hopefully, unified voices demanding answers for things like this will eventually make a difference. Our officers continue to make great arrests of criminals terrorizing Atlanta neighborhoods repeatedly and this is the result. They don’t fear being arrested in Fulton County the way they do in other jurisdictions and this needs to change.”

Like I said, déjà vu.

I typed the terms “Fulton courts”and “revolving door” into the AJC’s computerized story morgue and found dozens of hits through the years going back to the early 1980s, which is as far back as it goes.

“We need to put the judges in the spotlight,” Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier told me. “We’re the ones on the front lines. People think we have the solutions. But we’re just one piece of the puzzle. They have continued to fail at what they need to do.”

And, he added, “They are not held accountable.”

Glazier noted that cops have cameras showing them in gritty detail concerning all they do. Sometimes it’s not pretty, like when officers go extracurricular on a suspect. But that’s how it is these days. There’s increased accountability for law enforcement and that’s a good thing.

But cops grumble that judges get to hide behind their robes.

“They never make statements on the low bonds,” Glazier said.

In fact, judges rarely talk on the record. They have ethical considerations that restrict discussion of pending cases, but they seem to use that prohibition as a blanket to halt ALL discussion.

I called both Fulton County’s Magistrate Court (whose judges issue bonds) and Superior Court (whose judges later adjudicate the cases), and neither called back.

I went to the courthouse to look up the two suspects who caught Maj. Shaw’s ire.

First, Michael Hill: Aside from the Jan. 30 spree, Shaw noted that Hill had been charged previously with a couple of burglary/car thefts, including one where the homeowner was struck by the vehicle as the thieves fled the scene.

Other than that, I can’t find anything on him. You see, Hill turned 17 just two months ago. So if he did anything else, those records are largely hidden in the juvenile system. We, as a society, like to give youths second chances. I suppose the magistrate gazed down at Hill’s youthful visage and said, “We ought not give up on him just yet.”

And then let him out.

A decade ago, Jaquantay Campbell was Michael Hill, a teen at a crossroad.

In November 2009, 17-year-old Campbell stood before Judge Walter Lovett on charges of fighting with cops who were investigating a break-in. He had at least three prior burglary arrests and the judge gave him three years’ probation, warning him that if he should re-offend, he could go away for up to 10 years.

Judges have complained there are few programs to help wayards such as Campbell, so sometimes they figure a stern warning might work.

In March 2010, Campbell blew out 18 candles on his birthday cake and then broke into the southwest Atlanta home owned by a woman who toils to keep a hair salon in business. The prosecutor told that same judge, Walter Lovett, a magistrate then filling in at Superior Court, that he wanted to send Campbell to prison for six years and give him 20 years’ probation.

“It sounds extremely lengthy for a defendant the age of Mr. Campbell,” the prosecutor acknowledged. But he argued that the young mister was already proving himself to be a menace.

Campbell got 10 years, but only 18 months to serve in prison, with the balance on probation.

Well, you can guess the rest.

In 2011, he got caught burglarizing a nearby apartment. He served five months.

In 2013, he was a felon in possession of a gun and got six months’ incarceration.

In 2014, he had his probation yanked and served three months.

In 2015, he was caught with stolen goods from a burglary and got 12 months’ probation. (It appears sentences of probation are layered upon more sentences of probation.) The defense attorney suggested he be banned from “south Fulton County,” which was explained as “south of I-20.”

Campbell was not worried. He knew they have better stuff to steal north of I-20.

In 2016, he was pinched for trying to break into a car and spent nine months in jail, exiting the following March.

Now, he’s back again for judicial consideration.

Surely, by now, this fellow has learned his lesson. … Right?


Sorry George, but Meghan’s no Princess Diana and it’s not the media that’s vilifying her - it’s her own family who she abandoned for celebrities like you

By Piers Morgan

Daily Mail
February 12, 2019

I was recently told a rather sad story about Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle.

It came from someone who knows the couple well and involved the lavish party they threw after the televised nuptials, for just 250 handpicked guests at Frogmore House near Windsor Castle.

Three of Harry’s closest male friends weren’t invited.

These guys aren’t just casual mates, they go back a very long way with him.

The lack of invitation was apparently wounding enough to them.

But their dismay at the snub was somewhat exacerbated when they saw who HAD got the Willy Wonka lucky tickets instead – a load of celebrities like the Beckhams, Elton John, James Corden, Idris Elba, Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, and George and Amal Clooney.

‘We’ve been ditched for people more famous than us,’ they observed, ruefully.

This was a sentiment shared by Meghan’s entire family, none of whom – with the exception of her parents – was invited to either the wedding or the party.

In the end, Meghan’s father Thomas didn’t make the trip for ‘health reasons’ after being caught posing for paparazzi pictures, meaning her mother Doria Ragland was the ONLY member of her family in a huge guest-list of 600 people.

The Markle seats in church were taken by stars like Oprah Winfrey, a somewhat mystifying spectacle for anyone who believes weddings are supposed to be about family.

I wasn’t entirely surprised though given my own bizarre ‘ghosting’ experience with Ms Markle that suggested to me she’s a ruthless social climber.

No wonder then that her family feel less than enamoured towards the newly ennobled Duchess: she’s dumped them all like a sack of rancid potatoes, lest they poison her perfect new privileged royal well.

I thought of this today when I read George Clooney’s impassioned defence of Meghan over recent negative headlines.

He attacked the media: ‘They’re just chasing Meghan Markle, she’s being pursued and vilified.’

Then he directly compared her to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana: ‘She is being pursued and hunted and chased in the same way that Diana was, and it’s history repeating itself.’

He ended with a chilling warning: ‘And we’ve seen how that ends. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to see that.’


There is a certain irony in Clooney saying all this just days after Meghan directed five of her best friends to speak to People magazine and knife her poor father in the back.

Just as there was when Diana harangued the media for intrusion, but would repeatedly collude with newspaper journalists (I know, I was one of the people she colluded with!) to get herself positive press coverage and settle scores with people she didn’t like.

Clooney at least is consistent; he furiously blamed the media entirely for Diana’s death.

To him, there is no correlation between using the press to promote or spin your brand, and then being scrutinised by the same press, sometimes critically.

To me, there is.

When she met Harry, Meghan wasn’t some naïve young 19-year-old virgin like Diana. She was a 35-year-old divorcee with a successful acting career who knew exactly what she was doing.

She landed her handsome, much younger Prince, and now enjoys the spectacularly opulent lifestyle of palaces and servants that comes with marrying into the British royal family.

She has milked all the global fame and attention that’s subsequently come her way with obvious glee.

And honestly, if this is the life Meghan’s always dreamed of, then good luck to her.

But there is absolutely no comparison between the amount of media attention she gets and the amount Diana experienced.

Diana was the biggest star on the planet; Meghan isn’t even in the top three biggest stars currently living at Kensington Palace.

And Clooney is not just wrong about that.

He’s also wrong to blame the media for negative headlines driven largely by Meghan’s own family.

They are the ones vilifying her because she has disowned them all, and they understandably feel hurt about that.

Meghan’s letter to her father, that he only disclosed this week after the People magazine cover story came out, was a template in the modern scourge of celebrity victimhood.

It was all about HER feelings, HER marriage, HER life, HER pain.

But what about her dad’s feelings - HIS life, HIS pain?

I’ve interviewed Thomas Markle twice, and get the impression he’s a decent guy who hasn’t had a clue how to handle the enormous media scrutiny that came when his daughter married a prince.

Yes, he’s made mistakes, like posing for staged photos with the paparazzi, and he’s admitted to them.

But he’s also lost his little girl, the one he helped bring up, educate, nurture and succeed. The one who posted a touching Father’s Day card on Instagram just weeks before she met Prince Harry, telling Thomas how much she loved him.

Meghan can try to pin all the blame on her dad for this mess, as she’s now doing, but has she really been as blameless as she would have us all believe?

It’s staggering to me that Harry still hasn’t met the man whose daughter he married.

It’s staggering to me that neither Meghan nor Harry has bothered to go see Thomas, even after he suffered a heart attack.

It’s staggering to me that Meghan thinks the way to resolve this bitter dispute is to unleash her friends to attack her dad in People magazine.

And it’s staggering to me that George Clooney now believes it’s a good idea to blame the media for everything, and compare Meghan to Diana.

Clooney is a smart guy.

He must have sat in the church at the big wedding and secretly shared everyone else’s view that it was very odd to see just one person from the bride’s entire family there amid a sea of celebrities.

The problem here isn’t the media, which has largely given Meghan a very positive ride.

The problem is Meghan’s incredibly toxic relationship with her family that shows no sign of abating and in fact, gets worse by the day.

A real friend would tell her to get on a plane with her husband, and make peace with her ailing, flailing father – before it’s too late.

But is George Clooney a REAL friend, or just another famous person Meghan’s latched onto at the expense of those who until recently, she professed to care about most?

The biggest problem here may lie in the answer to that question.