Saturday, June 25, 2016

MARILYN MOSBY’S RUSH TO JUDGEMENT OF SIX BALTIMORE COPS FAILS FOR THIRD TIME

Officer Caesar Goodson, the driver of the paddy wagon in which Freddie Gray died, is acquitted of all charges, including “depraved heart” murder

By Juliet Linderman

Associated Press
June 23, 2016

BALTIMORE -- A judge acquitted a police driver of all charges on Thursday in the death of 25-year-old arrestee Freddie Gray, whose broken neck on the way to the station set off Baltimore's worst riots in decades.

Six officers were charged in Gray's death, but only Officer Caesar Goodson was accused of "depraved heart" murder. Gray was fatally injured after officers bound his hands and feet and Goodson left him unprotected by a seat belt that prosecutors say would have kept him from slamming into the van's metal walls.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams also found Goodson not guilty of manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment after five days of testimony in the non-jury trial.

Williams said the state failed to show that Goodson knew he'd harm Gray by leaving him unbuckled, or that he was aware of the injury.

"The state failed to prove the defendant knew or should have known that Mr. Gray needed medical care," the judge said.

"Unlike in a shooting or a stabbing, or a car accident, this injury manifests itself internally," Williams said, citing conflicting testimony from medical experts. "If the doctors weren't clear, how would a person without medical training know?"

The judge also said the state failed to prove Goodson gave Gray a "rough ride."

"The state had a duty to show the defendant corruptly failed in his duty, not just that he made a mistake," the judge said.

Outside the courthouse, a small group of protesters chanted: "We can't stop. We won't stop, till killer cops are in cell blocks."

Protests and rioting after Gray's death on April 19, 2015 set the city on fire, forcing Maryland to bring in the National Guard. The unrest forced the city's mayor to abandon her re-election campaign, and the Department of Justice opened an investigation into allegations of widespread police abuse.

The Democratic nominee to become Baltimore's next mayor, State Sen. Catherine Pugh, issued a statement pleading for patience.

"Protests are a vital part of democracy, but to destroy the homes and businesses many people have worked very hard to build is unacceptable. Although people may disagree with the verdict, it is important to respect each other and to respect our neighborhoods and our communities," Pugh said.

Prosecutors said Goodson was criminally negligent when he failed to buckle Gray into a seat belt or call for medical aid after Gray indicated that he wanted to go to a hospital. But Goodson wouldn't talk to investigators or take the stand at trial, leaving the state with slim evidence of intent to harm.

The acquittal of Goodson, 46, is perhaps the most significant blow to State Attorney Marilyn Mosby's efforts to hold police accountable for Gray's death.

Last month, the same judge acquitted Officer Edward Nero of misdemeanor charges, and in December, he declared a mistrial after a jury failed to agree on manslaughter and other charges against Officer William Porter.

Porter faces a retrial in September, and three other officers have yet to be tried.

Gray was arrested April 12 after running from an officer on bike patrol outside a public housing project not far from the Western District station house. A neighbor's video showed him handcuffed behind his back and hoisted into Goodson's van.

The van made a total of six stops that day, and Gray was unresponsive on arrival at the station house 45 minutes later. Prosecutors said Goodson was there throughout and checked on Gray during the third and fourth stops, so he should have known Gray was in distress. They said his failure to call a medic amounts to murder.

A prosecution expert testified that Gray could not possibly have broken his own neck. Prosecutors said the injury happened somewhere between the second and fourth stops, when Goodson and Porter lifted Gray off the floor.

Porter testified that Gray was lethargic, but could breathe and speak, and didn't seem injured. Prosecutors countered that the initial injury became critical as the trip continued.

Second-degree "depraved heart" murder, which carries up to 30 years in jail, would mean that Goodson was so negligent in his inaction that he cast aside any consideration for Gray's life.

During opening statements, prosecutors for the first time accused Goodson of giving Gray a "rough ride," intentionally leaving him unbuckled "to bounce him around in the back of the van."

But by closing arguments, they all but abandoned the theory, saying Goodson's failure to belt Gray in under the circumstances was sufficient to prove the intent necessary for a murder conviction.

"Officer Goodson never calls a medic, he never takes Freddie Gray to the hospital," said Deputy State's Attorney Jan Bledsoe. "He has breached his duty, and because of that breach Freddie Gray's life was shortened."

The judge seemed skeptical, peppering prosecutors with questions and asking what evidence they had supporting the "rough ride" theory. What if Gray had emerged from the van unhurt, despite being unbuckled, and was found to be falsely claiming injury in order to avoid jail?

Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow said the failure to belt him in would still be a crime, although a difficult one to prosecute.

Goodson's attorney Matthew Fraling fiercely rejected the allegations, telling the judge that Goodson was a "gentle" officer who didn't buckle him in because Gray was exhibiting "violent and erratic" behavior, citing witness testimony that he was making the wagon shake back and forth by kicking and flailing inside.

Fraling also said Gray said yes when Porter asked if he wanted to go to a hospital only because Gray hoped to avoid jail.

"They have failed to cobble together any type of case with reasonable inferences, let alone evidence," he said. "The mere fact that harm resulted doesn't mean the Officer Goodson's conduct is the cause of that harm."

Goodson's acquittal may impact the remaining cases. Officer Garrett Miller and Lt. Brian Rice are scheduled to stand trial in July on charges of assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office; Rice also faces a manslaughter charge.

All the officers but Goodson have filed defamation lawsuits against Mosby and Maj. Sam Cogen of the sheriff's office, who signed the charging documents. The officers claim the criminal charges amounted to false and damaging information.

CALIFORNIA AMMO BAN MAKES IT TO NOVEMBER BALLOT

By Bob Walsh

Gavin Newsome is the Lt. Governor of the formerly great state of California. He is also an anti-gun psychopath. He has managed to get an initiative onto the California ballot that would, if it passes and gets past court challenges, make it difficult to impossible to obtain small-arms ammunition in the state (among other things).

The ballot initiative would do the following:

Ban all “high capacity” ammunition magazines (in actuality they are standard capacity magazines) even those which you purchased legally and have owned legally for many, many years. Those in your possession would have to be destroyed, removed from the state or turned in to the local Gestapo.

Require that all ammunition purchases in the state be made face-to-face in a licensed retail store. (This would outlaw both internet sales and would make it illegal to self-purchase ammo out of state and bring it back into the state with you.)

It would impose stringent new operating restriction that would drive most retail ammunition dealers out of business.

Require that ammunition purchasers have a “license” from the DOJ to buy ammo. The license would have a substantial fee attached.

Mandate a new government data base to track all ammunition sales in the state.


Welcome to the Brave New World.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kookfornia!

If the ammo ban is approved, wgat will come next? One round-only magazines?

WEIRD MURDER MISTRIAL: DEFENSE SAYS DEATH ON PURPOSE, PROSECUTOR SAYS ACCIDENT

Jose Espidion threatened Jose Alfredo Favela, “pushed him into the store at machete point” and forced the gun into his hands, the defense lawyer told jurors

By Hoa Quach

MyNewsLA.com
June 23, 2016

Prosecutors may try it again starting next week after another jury deadlocked in a bizarre murder trial in which the defense argued the killer shot his victim with an assault rifle on purpose, while the prosecution said the killing was an accident.

In a reversal of roles usually expected in a murder case, the defense said the killer shot his accomplice in a convenience store holdup, and the shooting was justified because the defendant was forced into the robbery by the dead man.

Prosecutors argued the defendant knew full well what he was doing in the robbery and shot the victim, his accomplice, by accident when unsuccessfully targeting the convenience store owner.

It was the second jury to be deadlocked in the trial of the killer charged with murdering his alleged accomplice during a botched convenience store heist nearly two years ago in the El Sereno area.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Richman declared a mistrial Thursday after jurors said they could not reach a unanimous verdict on the murder count against Jose Alfredo Favela, 24, one day after the panel found him guilty of attempted robbery.

It marked the second time a jury had deadlocked on the murder count against Favela in connection with the July 18, 2014, death of his alleged accomplice, Jose Espidion, who was armed with a machete. The first jury to hear the case against him in March could not reach a verdict, either.

Favela was arrested the day of the shooting and has remained jailed without bail since then.

He is due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom next Tuesday for a pretrial hearing.

Deputy District Attorney Fernanda Barreto told jurors in Favela’s retrial that Favela — armed with a knockoff AK-47 assault rifle — was the one in charge when he and Espidion entered the store.

The prosecutor noted that the owner of the Meadow Maid Market testified that be bent down to block Espidion’s access to the cash register and that Favela then aimed at him, but the bullet struck Espidion instead.

“Even if the killing was unintentional, accidental or negligent” and even if Espidion was not the intended victim of the robbery, “the defendant is guilty of felony murder,” the prosecutor said.

Defense attorney Lori Harris countered that Favela thought he was going with Espidion to pick up a load and be paid $70 and that Favela had objected while on the road when Espidion told him, “We’re going to do a robbery. We’re going to do a hold-up.”

Espidion threatened Favela, “pushed him into the store at machete point” and forced the gun into his hands, the defense lawyer told jurors.

Favela’s attorney said her client saw the storeowner struggling with Espidion and realized he had put his life in the hands of “a high, crazy, crazed, agitated stranger.” Frightened that Espidion was about to lose control, Facela “raised the gun up over Mr. Chun and fired directly at Mr. Espidion,” she said, maintaining that the shooting was “justified.”

RICHARD ROSARIO, WRONGFULLY CONVICTED OF 1996 SHOOTING DEATH, REJECTS DISMISSAL OF MURDER CHARGE IN QUEST TO PROVE INNOCENCE

NYPD investigators ignored 13 alibi witnesses who would have testified that Rosario was in Florida at the time of the shooting in the Bronx

By Shirley Chan

WPIX
June 24, 2016

THE BRONX -- After spending 20 years in jail for a crime he says he didn't commit, a Bronx man took an unusual move in court today.

It was a stunning day in court as Richard Rosario asked the judge for a stay of dismissal, keeping the murder indictment against him.

An open homicide case still hangs over Rosario's head. He says it's worth it because he wants to keep the case alive and continue the investigation, to prove his innocence.

"We want the court to stay the dismissal," said defense attorney Glenn Garber, of the Exoneration Initiative. Garber spoke before a packed courtroom.

The 40-year-old Rosario was freed from prison in March. His sentence was vacated after spending 20 years in jail for a crime he says he didn't commit -- the 1996 shooting death of 17-year-old George Collazo on a Bronx street.

Today was supposed to be the formal dismissal of his conviction. Outside court, he explained his stunning request.

Being free is not enough -- he wants his name cleared.

"I took this unusual step of stopping them from dismissing their indictment until the complete truth is out there, everyone knows I'm innocent," said Rosario.

But the Collazo family says they aren't buying it.

"He goes around saying he's innocent he's lying to you and to the public," said the victim's father, also named George Collazo, as he spoke before a throng of reporters.

From the very beginning, Rosario has maintained his innocence.

He claims he was in Florida when the murder was committed. Thirteen alibi witnesses backed him up. His court-appointed attorney only reached out to two of the 13 alibis. Police reportedly did not check out any of the alibis.

Rosario was convicted when two eyewitnesses picked him out of a lineup. He was sentenced to 25 years-to life.

Over the years, he has tried to get the sentence vacated. Several years ago, attorneys from the Exoneration Initiative, looked into his case and began to represent him.

The case was renewed when new Bronx DA Darcel Clark came into office in January.

The prosecution conceded Rosario was denied his right to effective counsel.

Now, Rosario wants access to a file that allegedly went missing until recently. He claims the DA's office has reneged on agreeing to give him access.

"All I'm asking for is transparency," said Rosario.

Inspired by Rosario's case, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is proposing legislation to fix a system he calls broken.

In a news release from his office: "According to reports, people in poverty account for more than 80 percent of individuals prosecuted. These criminal defendants plead guilty approximately 90 percent of the time. In many cases, overworked lawyers entered pleas for defendants without spending substantial time on these cases, interviewing witnesses, or filing pre-trial motions."

Judge Robert E. Torres asked both sides for written arguments on the stay by Aug. 30. The prosecution is objecting to the stay, arguing they are already committed to fully investigating the case.

EX-FIANCEE CLAIMS SHE HAS RIGHT TO $5 MILLION ARSENAL MAN’S FAMILY WANTS TO DESTROY

Catherine Nebron, the ex-fiancee of Jeffrey Lash, claims she should have the right to sell the weapons he purchased, but his estranged cousins claim they are the rightful heirs to his estate and they aim to send a gun control message to lawmakers by having the 891 guns and 8 tons of ammunition dumped into the ocean or melted down

By Miriam Hernandez

KABC-TV Los Angeles
June 22, 2016

PACIFIC PALISADES, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The saga of the late Jeffrey Lash unfolded like a psychological thriller spurring a debate over gun control.

According to his ex-fiancee, Lash was a hoarder of weapons and a conman.

Over the course of 17 years, he bought so many firearms, they were stacked to the ceiling of Catherine Nebron's Pacific Palisades townhouse.

Nebron said Lash forced her to live in a downstairs bathroom and convinced her he was an ultra-secret agent.

"He had worked for an intelligence agency, now he was on his own, he was independent," Nebron said.

Nebron alleged Lash manipulated her with stories about his power.

In court documents, she said Lash stated he thwarted two-thirds of the bomb and terrorist threats in the U.S. after the Sept. 11 attacks, stating they were incidents the public didn't know about.

Nebron said he dropped names like Ronald and Nancy Reagan, the Bushes, and Condoleezza Rice.

She said Lash would hit her, reduced her to a robot, and convinced her and other women to bankroll his cash purchases for firearms and more than a dozen vehicles.

Nebron said it was all in the name of national security.

"We didn't want people to die or cities to explode. It was very real for us. We thought we were doing a good thing," Nebron said.

Yet, estranged cousins of Lash claim they are the rightful heirs to his estate and they aimed to take action to send a message to lawmakers.

They want the 891 guns and 8 tons of ammunition dumped into the ocean or melted down.

"We want them destroyed rather than have them returned back into commerce, gun dealers, auctions gun shows," their lawyer Daniel Brookman said.

According to Brookman, Lash's stockpile was worth an estimated $5 million.

A year after an autopsy said Lash died at 60 years old from natural causes, Los Angeles police said he legally purchased the firearms.

Nebron's lawyer claims now they were hers to sell.

"They can be sold through the Department of Justice and may be sold to police departments, but there is no point in destroying them," Nebron's lawyer Harland Braun said.

Lash's stockpile never raised a red flag, according to Nebron.

"People saw them but not really. Again, it was the way this man spoke. He was so good at what he did," says Nebron.

The case is headed to probate court in July.

Friday, June 24, 2016

I WATCHED AN HONEST-TO-GOD BLOODBATH ON LIVE TV LAST NIGHT

By Bob Walsh

It was like watching an unfolding train wreck. All of the “experts” and talking heads and most of the politicians assured the voters in the U.K. that they were morons if they even considered leaving the massive benefits of membership in the E.U. Well, the peasants and unwashed masses told them to go fuck themselves.

The vote tally started with a mild advantage to the LEAVE side. Then it got bigger. And bigger. And bigger. It ended up with a 4% majority.

The Japanese stock index started dropping like a rock, and they suspended trading. There has been speculation that the stock market will NOT open in London and N.Y. today (06-24). The Down Jones futures (an educated guess as to how the stock market will go) is indicating down over 500 for this morning. At one time it was over 700. The New York stock market will be very volatile for about a week or so I expect. Both the British Pound and the Euro dropped like poleaxed steers in comparison to the U.S. Dollar.

The British P.M. announced he is leaving and that there will be a new P.M. in October to see the country thru the British exit from the E.U., which will take about two years to accomplish fully.

There is wide speculation that this will trigger a huge shift in how the E.U. operates and that other members will change their status so that they are part of the economic union but not subject to the governmental controls and edicts from unelected bureaucrats in Belgium. It is even possible that the E.U. will totally crash and burn.

There are already comparisons of this “up yours” attitude with the campaign of Donald Trump. Hell, the talking heads may even be right on that one.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Now there are calls in France and Italy for a vote on exiting the E.U. And the Scots, who voted overwhelmingly to remain in the E.U., are calling for a vote on seceding from the U.K.

The 52-48 percent vote margin was not only a mortal blow to Prime Minister David Cameron, but it was also a blow to his buddy Barack Obama who traveled to Britain to campaign for the U.K. to remain a part of the E.U.

SOMETIMES TIERE IS A WIN

SCOTUS kicks Barry in the ass

By Bob Walsh

Today (06-23) Barry’s illegal administrative immigration amnesty plan was shot down in flames by a tie vote of SCOTUS.

The justices issued a one-sentenced opinion this morning that had the practical effect of killing the plan for the balance of the term of the God-King, Barack I, (unless of course he suspends the election and declares himself President for Life).

The ruling leaves intact the ruling by the federal appeals court in New Orleans. This court said that Barry does not have the authority to unilaterally and arbitrarily shield 4 million illegal aliens from being deported just because they have an anchor baby. He also cannot issue them work permits without congressional approval, which he is not going to get.

EDITOR’S NOTE: SCOTUS didn’t exactly kick Barry in the ass. The vote was split 4-4, with the Conservative justices voting to overturn Obama’s immigration initiative and the liberal justices voting to uphold it. The tie vote is not definitive, thus not really a kick in the President’s ass. Obama is now howling because he hasn’t been able to fill the void with another liberal justice, complaining that this decision “takes us further from the country that we aspire to be.”

FBI WARNED CHICAGO COPS OF AMBUSH THREAT OVER LAQUAN MCDONALD VIDEO

Informant said gang members intended to wait for cops to exit and walk toward their cars — a time when they would be vulnerable because they likely wouldn’t be wearing protective gear

By Stacy St. Clair, Todd Lighty and David Heinzmann

Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2016

CHICAGO -- The FBI warned the Chicago Police Department that officers’ lives could be in danger with the release of the Laquan McDonald video, according to documents released by the city.

In a Nov. 24 email sent just hours before the city made public the video of a white police officer shooting and killing the black 17-year-old, an FBI agent said that a confidential informant — who had provided reliable information in the past — reported plans to ambush officers in retaliation for the teen’s death.

“Violent rhetoric is high,” the FBI wrote. “Due to the recent media spotlight on officer-involved deaths of minorities, there is a lot of anger in the neighborhood served by the Chicago Police Department.”

According to the informant, gang members planned to set up outside the 14th District Headquarters on the West Side and the Homan Square Building, a police facility that has served as the setting for numerous police misconduct allegations in recent years. The informant said gang members intend to wait for police employees to exit and walk toward their cars — a time when the officers would be considered vulnerable because they likely wouldn’t be wearing protective gear or bullet-proof vests.

“In addition to being unarmed and unprotected, these employees will likely be in either small groups or by themselves, which would make them targets of opportunity,” the FBI said. “(Confidential human source) states that shooters may lay in wait, and then conduct an ambush.”

FBI spokesman Garrett Croon on Tuesday said the bureau notified city police about the source’s information. He declined further comment and referred questions to the Police Department, which did not have an immediate response.

There were no known attacks on police officers following the video’s release.

The FBI warning was included in more than 20,000 pages of emails released by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration at 11:57 p.m. Monday. Faced with a court order to turn over all emails sent or received by former police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in December, the city also released McCarthy’s emails from November.

Emanuel fired McCarthy on Dec. 1 as the city was roiled by the release of a dashcam video showing Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald. Despite his ouster, McCarthy had access to his department email for the rest of the month.

Some emails that flooded McCarthy’s inbox were not unlike those any office worker might receive: spam, an invitation to a party and a joke. Others emails collected daily news clippings, crime statistics and department news releases.

There also were several messages of support following McCarthy’s abrupt firing, including one from the commander who initially cleared the officer in the McDonald shooting.

The emails also include McCarthy’s termination letter sent Dec. 17. McCarthy forwarded it to his wife, Kristin, noting that Emanuel’s chief of staff Eileen Mitchell — and not the mayor — had signed the letter.

“He didn’t even have the balls to sign it himself,” McCarthy wrote.

Emanuel’s spokesman Adam Collins said Tuesday that it’s common for the chief of staff to sign termination letters. And he called the focus on the issue “nonsense.”

“First, the mayor met with Garry to inform him of the decision personally on Dec. 1. Then he stood before press to explain his decision and the city’s need to move forward,” Collins said.

The city had failed to include that email in the roughly 1,500 it released last week under a court order. The Chicago Tribune — which had successfully sued the city for the records — was able to identify at least 17 emails that were not included in those documents.

City officials said the department re-ran a search for McCarthy’s emails after the Tribune pointed out the missing records. The department did not purposely withhold them, police spokesman Frank Giancamilli said.

The emails, in part, showed broad community and department support for McCarthy after Emanuel fired him.

The November emails demonstrate the build-up to the video’s release, though with little direct commentary from McCarthy. The records show, among other things, that he canceled travel plans a week before the video became public and he monitored the department’s plans to police the protests.

In an email to the entire department, McCarthy directed his officers to treat protesters respectfully and allow them the opportunity to voice their opinions.

“Professionalism is paramount during situations that may test your fortitude,” he wrote on Nov. 20. “If incidents do arise, I am confident you will maintain the composure and character necessary to safeguard the welfare of our communities. Take great care not to let the circumstances surrounding such an event dictate and undermine your response, but instead rely on your experience, skill and tactical patience to achieve an effective resolution.”

As protesters took to the streets in largely peaceful demonstrations, a local pastor emailed McCarthy on Thanksgiving Day to ask if they should cancel an upcoming community police event at the church.
McCarthy wanted to keep the commitment, which was scheduled for Dec. 2.

“I believe in moving forward,” McCarthy wrote. “We have too many projects in motion.”

Three days later, the pastor canceled the event.

“Definitely have to wait,” Pastor Christopher Harris of Bright Star Church in Bronzeville wrote. “The purpose of our meeting will be lost in the shuffle of very high emotions and participation will likely be extremely low from my community.”

HIGH COURT DECLINES TO HEAR ‘ANGOLA 5’ APPEAL

David Brown's death sentence for the killing of a prison guard during a 1999 escape attempt was overturned by a judge before it was reinstated in February by the Louisiana Supreme Court

By John Simerman

The Baton Rouge Advocate
June 21, 2016

ANGOLA, Louisiana -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case of David Brown, the “Angola 5” member whose death sentence for the killing of a prison guard during a 1999 escape attempt was overturned by a state judge, then reinstated in February by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The denial marked a victory for Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office.

Defense advocates had hoped the case would prompt the high court to scold Louisiana over what they describe as a persistent failure to adhere to Brady v. Maryland. That landmark 1963 Supreme Court ruling requires prosecutors to turn over to the defense all evidence favorable to a defendant, and Brown’s attorneys argued that his case was strikingly similar to Brady’s.

Brown had joined a group of prisoners in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in the escape attempt, but he claimed he wasn’t there when Capt. David Knapps was killed inside a bathroom.

Brown had helped drag Knapps there and got the victim’s blood on his prison uniform, but he said he had left before other inmates killed Knapps. He said murder wasn’t part of the plan.

The state never accused Brown, who at the time was serving a life sentence for a different murder, of striking Knapps. But it argued that he was guilty of first-degree murder for joining in a plot with the specific intent to kill, and a jury agreed.

At issue in his legal challenge was a statement from another state inmate, David Domingue, claiming that another man accused in the murder, Barry Edge, confessed that he and fellow inmate Jeffery Clark alone had decided to kill the guard. That statement never found its way to Brown’s attorneys before his conviction and death sentence for the guard’s slaying.

Retired Criminal District Court Judge Jerome Winsberg overturned Brown’s death sentence, but not his conviction, in 2014, finding that “there is a reasonable probability that the jury’s verdict would have been different had the evidence not been suppressed.”

An appeals court reversed Winsberg’s ruling, and in February the Louisiana Supreme Court agreed to keep Brown’s death sentence in place. The justices ruled that Domingue’s statement “provides no additional evidence as to who actually killed Capt. Knapps” and “simply does not exculpate Brown.”

Connick’s office argued that Brown jumped the gun in going to the U.S. Supreme Court when he can still ask the Louisiana Supreme Court to rehear the case.

Connick’s office, which handled the prosecution after a series of recusals by other agencies, also argued that Domingue’s statement wouldn’t have been admissible at Brown’s trial, and that even if it were, it was “neither favorable nor material” to his cause.

Prosecutors described Domingue’s statement as “wholly extraneous” to their argument for a death sentence for Brown, which they said “focused on the fact that a life sentence would be the equivalent of no punishment at all because David Brown was already serving a life sentence at the time of the murder.”

Brown’s case was up for a decision Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court justices on whether to hear it. The court does not explain why it declines to hear cases.

Brown’s attorneys say the fight to spare him a death sentence isn’t over. They plan to ask the Louisiana Supreme Court to rehear the case and, failing that, to try again with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Connick’s office declined to comment on the decision, citing a policy of not commenting on open cases.

HOUSTON ATTORNEY SUES STARBUCKS OVER ALLEGED COFFEE BURNS

By Craig Malisow

Houston Press
June 21, 2016

A Houston woman is suing Starbucks over an alleged scalding-hot coffee mishap that seared her skin and left her in excruciating pain.

Katherine Mize is also suing the barista who allegedly spilled the 20-ouncer on Mize as she was buying coffee for herself and some colleagues at the java giant's 445 North Loop West location in July 2014. The barista, identified only as "Brie," allegedly squeezed a cup of coffee as she handed it to Mize, "causing it to collapse and for the top to come off. Extremely hot coffee covered [Mize], severely burning multiple parts of her body."

Mize filed the suit last week in Harris County District Court and is seeking $200,000-$1 million, claiming she suffered "physical disfigurement." The suit doesn't get into details, but her attorney, Brian Humphrey, told Texas Lawyer, "She didn't have to have skin grafts, but she had to have treatment....It resulted in scarring."

The suit alleges that Mize, who is also an attorney, was "unable to eat, sit, walk, work, or function normally for an extended period of time after the accident." To add insult to injury, the suit also alleges that neither the mysterious Brie nor any of her co-workers "event attempted to assist" Mize.

As Texas Lawyer noted, the suit is similar to a widely publicized McDonald's hot-coffee case from 1994, in which a New Mexico woman was awarded $2.9 million for damages after she suffered third-degree burns and spent eight days in the hospital.

Similarly to the McDonald's case, the Houston suit alleges that Starbucks negligently served coffee that was "at an unreasonably dangerous temperature."

A Starbucks spokesperson told us in an email, "The health and safety of our customers and partners (employees) is always our top priority. We are evaluating the customer's claims and are determining the appropriate next steps."

EDITOR’S NOTE: Looks like a Houston shyster is trying to fleece Starbuck’s deep pockets. And poor old Brie … how much could she possibly be making as a barista?

If Mize was as seriously injured as she claims, why did she wait two years to file the lawsuit?

THE CASE FOR AND AGAINST THE U.K. LEAVING THE E.U.

The Onion
June 23, 2015

British voters will decide Thursday whether the U.K. should remain a member of the European Union. Here are the leading arguments for and against the U.K. leaving the E.U.:

FOR

First step in returning Britain to its pre-1970s glory as an economically languishing failed colonial empire

In the face of a resurgent Russia and increased threats from ISIS, leaving E.U. would be the best strategy for letting someone else deal with that shit

Britons could once again refocus their hatred on internal class divisions

One less goddamn flag everyone has to hang up

Won’t have to take part in awkward process of denying Bosnia and Herzegovina’s E.U. membership request

Throughout its history, Britain has always been a valiant defender of the right of smaller territories to separate from larger, oppressive governments

Pretty airtight way for citizens to mask racism as concern for national autonomy

AGAINST

Could lead to a chain reaction in which other member states consider leaving and then realize their economy would collapse if they did so

Abandonment of E.U. would significantly delay transition to single totalitarian world government

Could possibly make things awkward when bumping into Denmark or Malta at United Nations summits

The windswept Swiss Alps! The stunning Sagrada Familia! The radiant vineyards of Tuscany!

Never a good idea to find yourself on Luxembourg’s bad side

Free trade agreements keep price of imported wiener würstchen low

Fewer people for David Cameron to order around

EDITOR’S NOTE: At press time the results of the BREXIT votes had not come in.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

CHICAGO’S NEW NORMAL: FIVE PEOPLE KILLED AND 12 WOUNDED BY GUNFIRE OVERNIGHT FRIDAY

40 people have been shot and killed since the beginning of this month – and 192 people shot and wounded

By Tess Owen

VICE News
June 18, 2016

Chicago's violent streak of shootings continued, as five people were killed and at least 12 others wounded by shootings between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, police said, bringing the week's total number of fatal shootings to 18 so far, with another 81 wounded.

Shortly after 9:00pm on Friday, a 16-year old was killed while sitting in the front passenger seat of a car. Not even two hours after, around 10:30pm, a 22-year-old man died after being shot in the neck. At 1:30am, one man was killed when he and another man were shot as they sat in a minivan on Chicago's west side. Around 3:40am on Saturday, police reported that another three men had been shot – one fatally – in the University Village neighborhood on the near west side of Chicago. About 6:30am on Saturday, a 23-year-old man was shot and killed on Chicago's westside.

The youngest victim of the day was a six-year-old girl who was injured after a bullet struck and shattered a restaurant window.

The Chicago Tribune listed the deaths on Saturday morning in a crime-blotter like article that topped its homepage, in addition to a litany of other shootings that took place overnight but did not injure or kill anyone.

Unfortunately, the last 24-hours were nothing unusual for Chicago, a city whose name is often synonymous with gun violence. "Shooting in Chicago is like cancer," Charles Parker, 46, told the New York Times recently. Parker said that gun violence has been spreading from known hotbeds of unrest to blocks that had long been considered safe.

Shootings have spiked by 50 percent this year in the Windy City, placing it at the heart of the nation's raging debate over gun control. But using Chicago to make the case for gun control has its own set of problems. The city has some of the toughest firearm laws in the country, yet continues to be plagued by shootings and gun crime. Lawmakers who oppose gun control often tout the city as an example for why gun control doesn't work.

But gun control advocates say that its too easy to traffic guns between states that have tough gun regulation, and those which have very little regulation.

Philip Cook, a Duke public policy professor and economist who works with the University of Chicago Crime Lab, told Bloomberg that about 60 percent of guns which were recovered in Illinois in connection with an arrest were from out of state — over a third of which came from neighboring Indiana, which "isn't regulated at all." Gang activity was mostly to blame for the availability of guns in Chicago, Cook said.

According to a site which compiles shooting and homicide data in Chicago from analyzing local news stories, gun violence watchdogs and official data, gunshots have accounted for more than 89 percent of homicides since the start of 2016 – claiming 254 victims in total. It also found that 40 people have been shot and killed since the beginning of this month – and 192 people shot and wounded.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Most of the shootings are gang related. Most of the gang membership is black. So, most of those shot are black. Black Lives Matter, where are you? Oh, I forgot that BLM is only concerned about white cops killing blacks.

ANOTHER CROOKED DEMOCRAT SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES

By Bob Walsh

United State Congressman Chaka Fattah, (D. Pa.) was convicted yesterday of widespread corruption and racketeering charges. He was stealing money every time he turned around. Some of it came from charities he sponsored, some of it came from campaign contributions, some of it was stolen from federal grant money under his control.

He has not yet decided whether or not to resign from congress. He could continue to draw his salary and benefits while in prison unless he is expelled from Congress, though his term runs out at the end of this year. He is scheduled to be actually sentenced October 4. Several of his associates are facing similar criminal problems.

FEDS BACK OFF SOMEWHAT ON NOLA JAIL

By Bob Walsh

The feds have backed off, at least somewhat, on an almost takeover of the operations of the New Orleans county jail.

The Sheriff will retain control, sort of. He must appoint a “compliance director” from a list of people submitted to him from the outside. That director will have broad power over things such as budget allocation and operational and management policy.

It isn’t wonderful, but it is certainly better than having a federal judge and a “special master” in your hip pocket constantly.

THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD SNIVEL

By Bob Walsh

Lee Baca, 74, was formerly the Sheriff of Los Angeles County. He was recently convicted of federal charges of lying to the feds during a probe of operations at the L.A. County Slammer.

According to documents filed in federal court on Monday Baca has early-onset Alzheimer’s. The diagnosis was made less than one month before he was scheduled to be sentenced. His plea deal gives him a maximum of six months in federal custody.

There have now been 21 members of the S. O. that have been convicted of various charges attached to jail operations and alleged misconduct.

Baca’s lawyer is asking for probation, alleging (probably correctly) that going to prison would further deteriorate Baca’s condition, which at the moment is classified as mild.

EDITOR’S NOTE: My pet name for Baca was Pepe LePew.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING MISSOURI PATROL CAR

Since the deputy sheriff’s car contained a gun, Stevi Renee Zinn was also charged with being a felon in possession of the firearm

By Katy Bergen

The Kansas City Star
June 21, 2016

Prosecutors accused a 28-year-old woman Monday of stealing a patrol car after a Johnson County's Sheriff's Office deputy gave her a ride to a hospital.

They also charged Stevi Renee Zinn, of Kansas City, Kan., with being a felon in possession of the firearm, which was inside the patrol car she allegedly took.

According to the sheriff's office, the incident began early Monday morning in De Soto when someone reported a "distraught" woman standing on a street corner.

When the deputy spoke with the woman, she asked to be taken to Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

He allowed her to sit in the front seat during the ride. But after they arrived, as the deputy walked around the vehicle to let the woman out, she slid into the driver's seat and made off with the Ford Crown Victoria, according to the sheriff's office.

The vehicle was recovered five minutes later at 9100 W. 70th St.,, and Zinn was arrested shortly after that at 71st Terrace and Frontage Road.

Zinn has a prior felony conviction for attempted aggravated escape, according to court records.

A judge set her bond at $100,000. She was scheduled to make her first appearance in Johnson County District Court Monday afternoon.

THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND GOD (ARABIC) BE PRAISED

By Debra J. Saunders

Townhall
June 21, 2016

"I pledge allegiance to (omitted) may God protect him (Arabic), on behalf of (omitted)," said the man who killed 49 innocent people in an Orlando gay bar on June 12. Or so reported a redacted transcript of phone conversations between the shooter and police. The transcript airbrushed all reference to Islam and the Islamic State. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told ABC's "This Week" that her department was releasing a partial transcript "because we're not going to be, for example, broadcasting his pledges of allegiance. We are trying not to revictimize those who went through that horror."

After House Speaker Paul Ryan chided the administration for its "preposterous" selective editing, the Department of Justice realized its error and released a transcript that included the words "Islamic State." It was no surprise. The shooter had paid homage to the Islamic State and Allah when he posted on Facebook during his killing spree. Did "Allah" make an appearance in the less edited transcript? Not quite. I got no answer when I asked the Justice Department if the killer said "Allah" in what the 2.0 version transcript recorded as "God [Arabic]."

I can see why the feds chose not to release audio of the calls -- why feed other would-be Islamic terrorists' dreams of jihad fame and glory?

But I don't believe the attorney general's rationale for editing the partial transcripts for a New York minute. President Obama frequently chides political opponents for seeing any correlation between Islam and radical Islamist extremism. The president is not content to note that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are not jihadis; he takes the extra step of pronouncing any link between Islam and terrorism as specious.

The administration's editing bespeaks a pattern of willful deception. This isn't the first time the administration has tried to steer public outrage away from radical Islamic terrorism. Weeks before the 2012 presidential election, as the administration wanted to shift blame from its Libya policy. National Security Adviser Susan Rice disingenuously credited an American-made video for sparking the Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead.

In May, Fox News correspondent James Rosen noticed the State Department had removed from its official website a video of a 2013 exchange between Rosen and spokeswoman Jen Psaki. At a news conference, Rosen asked Psaki if it was State Department policy to lie to achieve its goals. Psaki answered, "I think there are times when diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress." (The administration's animus toward Fox News is hardly secret. Lynch's predecessor, Eric Holder, approved a search warrant on Rosen, whom he called a possible criminal co-conspirator in a leak investigation.)

The Obama administration seeks to blame lax gun laws for an Islamic State-inspired attack. That is, this administration would rather target supporters of gun rights than the allure of the Islamic State. Lynch actually went on the Sunday shows to tout the release of partial transcripts -- as proof of transparency. The administration planned this. Methinks the administration expected the media to play along.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In Islam there are 99 names of God. The Quran refers to the names of God as God's "most beautiful Names" (al-ʾasmāʾ al-ḥusná). They are traditionally enumerated as 99 in number to which is added as the highest Name (al-ism al-ʾaʿẓam), the Supreme Name of God is Allāh.

When the Justice Department referred to the name of God in Arabic, what it refused to name in English was probably Allah.

GUNS, DEMOCRATS AND TERROR

When the NYPD successfully took on guns and terror, liberals howled

By William McGurn

The Wall Street Jurnsl
June 20, 2016

That didn’t take long. Right after Orlando, President Obama promised he would “spare no effort to determine what—if any—inspiration or association” had sent Omar Mateen on his murderous spree.

Now, just one week later, his attorney general, Loretta Lynch, tried to have the Islamist “inspirations” and “associations” Mateen invoked scrubbed from the transcripts of the 911 calls released to the public—before being forced to back down on Monday. No one should be surprised. The impulse to edit out anything that confirms acts of terror are acts of war is fully consistent with standard operating procedure these past eight years.

And if Hillary Clinton is elected in November, it will be the same for the next four.

Like the president, Mrs. Clinton has used Orlando to relaunch the liberal offensive on the “gun lobby.” She promises “to do everything” to take “weapons of war off our streets.” She further calls for an “intelligence surge.”

Tough stuff, right? Unfortunately, the moment any of these efforts run up against political correctness, they will almost certainly collapse under liberal pressure. How do we know? There is no better example than the post-9/11 experience of New York under Police Commissioner Ray
Kelly.

Mr. Kelly began his second stint as New York’s top cop on Jan. 1, 2002, when the city was still clearing debris from the Twin Towers. His charge looked impossible: Prevent another terror attack, and maintain the progress against gun violence begun under MayorRudolph Giuliani.

Over the next 12 years the finest police force in America did just that. In so doing, Mr. Kelly pulled off what President Obama and Hillary Clinton now claim are their post-Orlando priorities —a full-fledged assault on gun violence, and “smarter” policies to identify terrorists before they strike.

Here’s the rub. The secret to New York’s success wasn’t just Mr. Kelly. It was also Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mr. Bloomberg was a liberal rarity, a pol who would not throw his cops under the bus when successful policies produced politically inconvenient results.

Start with guns. Under Mr. Kelly, police expanded a tactic known as stop-and-frisk. Here’s a better way to think about it: gun control for bad guys.

Cops would be proactive. When they spotted someone behaving suspiciously, he would be stopped, questioned and sometimes frisked. Often police found an illegal weapon.

The gun control was not limited to the thousands of guns taken off the streets this way. Because the bad guys knew they might be frisked, they started leaving their guns at home. New York became America’s safest big city.

How was this success greeted? The cops found themselves denounced as racists, because the stops of black men were disproportionate to their percentage of the general population (but not disproportionate to suspect descriptions). The activists sued; an anti-cop federal judge egged them on; and Bill de Blasio made “racial profiling” by police a key campaign point in his successful run for mayor in 2013.

Never mind that as a result of the NYPD’s approach, thousands of young black and Hispanic lives were saved.

Alas, it’s the same sad story for the cause of better intelligence. Under Mr. Kelly, police set up a demographics unit. The Associated Press would win a Pulitzer for a sensationalist series of stories falsely implying it was about blanket spying on Muslims. In fact, the unit was about getting smart—learning where, for example, terrorists such as the Tsarnaev brothers might look for shelter had they made it to New York (as they’d planned) after bombing the Boston marathon.

Or what about the 2007 NYPD report called “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat”? Here’s a sentence from the first paragraph of the executive summary: “Rather than being directed from al-Qaeda abroad, these plots have been conceptualized and planned by ‘unremarkable’ local residents/citizens who sought to attack their country of residence, utilizing al-Qaeda as their inspiration and ideological reference point.”

Substitute “ISIS” for “al-Qaeda” and these words today look prophetic.

So how did the liberal world react to this effort to smarten up? In January, the de Blasio administration agreed to pull the report from the NYPD website as part of a settlement with
Muslim groups who had sued. Two years earlier the NYPD had disbanded the demographics unit, also after much litigation and pressure.

Remember: All this came in a New York that, under Mr. Kelly, had suffered no terror attack after 9/11 and had seen its shootings and murders driven down to historic lows.

The larger point of New York’s record here is that it’s not enough to have smart and effective policies if the goal is to bring down gun violence and stop terrorists. The other critical factor is a leader like Mr. Bloomberg, willing to buck political correctness and back his law enforcement team.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SEEING EYE HUMANS FOR SMART PHONE USERS

TRUMP MUST TAKE US ALL FOR FOOLS

The way Trump backtracked on his remarks about armed patrons in the Pulse nightclub is just one more reason Hillary will be our next president

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, Donald Trump made a number of speeches in which included remarks similar to the following one he made on CNN:

“If you had some guns in that club the night that this took place, if you had guns on the other side, you wouldn’t have had the tragedy that you had. If people in that room had guns with the bullets flying in the opposite direction right at him... right at his head, you wouldn’t have had the same tragedy that you ended up having.”

Or as he said at a Texas rally:

“If some of those wonderful people had gun strapped right here—right to their waist or right to their ankle—and one of the people in that room happened to have it and goes ‘boom, boom,’ you know that would have been a beautiful, beautiful sight, folks.”

However, on Sunday’s ABC This Week, Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, responded to Trump’s remarks by saying:

“No one thinks that people should go into a nightclub drinking and carrying firearms. That defies common sense. It also defies the law.”

And NRA head Wayne LaPierre agreed, telling CBS Face the Nation, “I don’t think you should have firearms where people are drinking.”

Trump then quickly backtracked by tweeting:

“When I said that if, within the Orlando club, you had some people with guns, I was obviously talking about additional guards or employees.”

Yeah right! Anyone with the brain of an earthworm knows exactly that when Trump mentioned “those wonderful people,” he was obviously referring to the nightclub patrons being armed, and not to guards or employees.

What a schmuck! Trump must take us all for fools. His backtracking whopper is just one more reason the Hildebeast will be our next president.

MICHAEL JACKSON EXPOSED AS A SEX CRAZED PREDATOR

A 2013 sheriff’s raid on the King of Pop’s home uncovered an extensive collection of photos featuring naked teenage boys, as well as disgusting and downright shocking images of child torture, adult and child nudity, and sadomasochism

By Chris Spargo

Daily Mail
June 21, 2016

A new video has been released of the November 2003 raid of Michael Jackson's home by 70 members of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Department which uncovered his collection of pornography and photos featuring young boys naked.

The video shows almost all of Jackson's home, from the arcade room to his bedroom and the many life-size mannequins he had throughout his Neverland Ranch.

Many of these mannequins were superheroes like Superman and Lara Croft.

This raid also revealed for the first time the King of Pop's secret closet, hidden in the back of his bedroom and kept closed with three deadlocks.

It was in here that he kept memorabilia like a signed photograph of Macaulay Culkin, stuffed animals and games, and naked photos.

Culkin signed his photo with the message: 'Don't leave me alone in the house.'

There were also racing cars, Disney merchandise and a shocking number of dolls.

Many of these books and videos found in the raid were also detailed in court papers from the time, submitted after a young boy came forward claiming that he had been sexually abused and assaulted by the singer on multiple occasions.

The police report claims that in Jackson's bedroom and bathroom alone there were at least seven collections of work found by investigators that show boys in their teenage years - and in some cases younger - fully nude or partially clothed.

One of the collections, Taormina Wilhelm Von Gloeden, is described in court papers as: 'Nude photos of teenage boys from late 1800s.'

An arrest warrant had been issued at that time as well, and Jackson later turned himself into police when he returned to California.

Radar Online first obtained the police report and court papers, and an investigator on the case told them: 'The documents exposed Jackson as a manipulative, drug-and-sex-crazed predator who used blood, gore, sexually explicit images of animal sacrifice and perverse adult sex acts to bend children to his will.'

The source added: 'He also had disgusting and downright shocking images of child torture, adult and child nudity, female bondage and sadomasochism.'

The report states that many of the materials featuring naked men and women in the home could be used for the purpose of trying to attract young men.

After the descriptions for many of the materials, the investigator notes: 'Based on my training, this type of material can be used as part of the "grooming" process, by which people (those seeking to molest children) lower the inhibitions of their intended victims and facilitate the molestation of said victims.'

These materials include 'a book depicting nude children' found in the singer's 'arcade room'; 'a book which contained nude photographs of men' in the 'master bathroom'; and multiple books found in the 'master bedroom' that included one with 'naked and semi-naked gay men' and another with 'pre-teen or early teenage individuals' who in some cases were 'nude or semi-nude.'

Radar spoke with Santa Barbara Senior Assistant District Attorney Ron Zonen about the case as he was part of the prosecution team that took on Jackson in court.

'A lot of this stuff was used to desensitize the children, and Michael admitted taking one child after another into bed with him for long periods of time,' said Zonen.

'We identified five different boys, who all made allegations of sexual abuse. There’s not much question in my mind that Michael was guilty of child molestation.'

Jackson was ultimately acquitted in 2005 after being charged with seven felony counts of child molestation and two felony counts of providing an intoxicant to a minor under the age of 14 when Gavin Arvizo came forward claiming that he had been sexually assaulted by the singer.

Gavin was a 13-year-old cancer survivor at the time of the alleged incidents.

The claims made by Gavin were similar to the ones made a decade earlier when another 13-year-old boy, Jordan Chandler, came forward to say he had been molested by Jackson.

No charges were ever filed against the singer however after police discovered the Chandler's father may have been attempting to extort Jackson and the young boy's mother claimed Jackson never touched her son.

Jordan however was able to perfectly describe Jackson's buttocks, pubic hair, and distinctive marks on both his testicles and penis.

The mark on the penis could only be seen if it was lifted and was otherwise not visible.

In the end, Jackson settled with the Chandler family for $22million and no charges were ever filed against him in court.

Once the trial was over Jackson - who had been facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges - left the country, moving to the island nation of Bahrain, located in the Persian Sea.

He eventually returned to the United States and had been preparing for his comeback tour in 2009 when he was found unresponsive inside his Holmby Hills home.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and were unable to revive the singer, who they declared dead at the age of 48 while still at his residence.

The cause of death was later ruled to be acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication caused by drugs that were being prescribed to him by Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and charged with the singer's death.

He was released in November 2013 after serving roughly half of his four year sentence.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jackson’s acquittal is reminiscent of OJ’s acquittal. Morally guilty, legally innocent.

Jackson has to be one of history’s sorriest pieces of shit, yet millions of his fans continue to idolize him.

THE LIE THAT IS HILLARY: A LIST OF HER ‘ACCOMPLISHMENTS’ REVEALS A SUSPECT PATTERN

By Daniel Gallington

The Washington Times
June 20, 2016

Many of us remember the classic line from the "Seinfeld" show, that "it's not a lie if you believe it." Applying that theme to the evolution of Hillary Rodham, then Hillary Rodham Clinton, and now just plain Hillary Clinton, here are the notable accomplishments of her "public service" career:

• Flunked the D.C. Bar Exam.

• Was removed from her House Judiciary Committee staffer job because of incompetence and lying.

• The Whitewater scandal.

• Married a serial liar and cheater, who occasionally had sexual encounters with nonconsenting partners.

• Lied about "sniper fire" in an attempt to simulate exposure to danger in a war zone.

• The subject of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" that led to the impeachment and disbarment of her husband

• Took crockery, furniture, artwork and other items from the White House - had to return and/or pay for them.

• Said "what difference, at this point, does it make" about four brave people killed in Libya as a direct result of her failure to protect them on the anniversary of 9/11.

• Totally ignored the structure and rules for the handling of sensitive national security information.

• Amassed a personal fortune with "speaking fees" and payments from private sector political donors and foreign governments into transparent "foundations" in obvious exchange for future political favor.

Two conclusions emerge from this nefarious list of "accomplishments":

First, Hillary's brief solo "professional" career [without Bill] was a total failure, and of her own doing. This despite high-level political sponsorship to get her a key "entry level" job as a legal staffer on the Nixon Impeachment investigation in the early 1970s. But she flunked the D.C. Bar Exam [perhaps the easiest in those days] and got fired from her staff job.

Second, she is identified today in friendly media solely by her "career" post-marriage to Bubba. This is the part that Barack Obama recently described as making her "probably the best qualified person ever to run for president." This is both laughable and ironic, as she is better qualified than was Mr. Obama, arguably the most unqualified person ever elected president. And, as presidential aspirants go, they had one professional "qualification" in common: Neither had ever worked in a "real job."

After she and Bill left the White House [along with the furniture, crockery and art work they took with them] she simply punched her ticket with two more political gigs that were handed to her. Neither of which identify her as anything but an opportunist, saying and doing whatever necessary to perpetuate her "new" political career, this while biding her time until she could run for president - twice.

Her time as a senator from New York was purely a block-checking exercise to stay "relevant." Best illustrating this is the question: Why didn't they go back to Arkansas? Easy, returning to Arkansas would have been the political - and financial - end for them and they knew it. It's the same reason the Obamas are not returning to Chicago. And in this context, look for an "Obama Foundation" that rakes in money and a series of Hillary-style political appointments for Michelle - after all, she flunked the Bar Exam too.

More than anything else, Hillary's campaign is counting on the "newer" American voters to simply not remember her and Bill's checkered political and legal past. Accordingly, we can expect a Republican campaign replay of the 1990s: Bill's Impeachment, the Star investigation, Bill's disbarment for lying, her Rose Law Firm partner going to jail - and on and on and on - as supplemented by her latest scandals: Benghazi, "speaking" fees and classified emails.

So, is Hillary "really" qualified to be president, or is it just a lie she believes after so many years with "slick Willy" and a series of political jobs?

Sadly, her flakey "qualifications" may not matter at all - because if she wins, it will likely be a repeat of the 1992 election debacle: Remember that Bill would never have been elected had it not been for the third party "spoiler" candidacy of H. Ross Perot, who took 20 million votes away from George H.W. Bush - literally giving the election away and beginning the Clinton protracted political soap opera we are still dealing with.

Will it happen again? Will the latest rupture in the Republican Party work to elect "crooked Hillary," the other half of the Clinton sleaze team? Will horny old Bill - again - be on "intern patrol" in the White House and "feeling our pain"?

These are the "truthful" parts of the lie that have most of us saying: "is this really the best we can do?".

MUHAMMAD ALI WAS NOT THE GREATEST BOXER OF ALL TIME

A boxing fan by the name of recently Samuel Mobley recently described Rocky Marciano as the greatest boxer of all time in a post on Facebook. While Marciano is without question one of the greatest boxers ever and would have flattened Muhammad Ali, I believe there were several fighters who deserved the title better.

There was Jersey Joe Walcott whom I consider to be the greatest heavyweight in modern boxing history. Jersey Joe was so good that he could not get fights with any of the leading contenders. When the 37-year-old Walcott finally won the heavyweight championship, he was already well past his prime. Ali wouldn’t have lasted more than eight rounds, if that many, with Jersey Joe in his prime.

Pound-for-pound, welterweight and middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson was probably the greatest fighter of all time.

In the pre-modern day era there was middleweight champion Stanley Ketchel. The “Michigan Assassin” is rated by many boxing historians as the best middleweight ever to put on the gloves. He threw devastating knockout punches from any angle with either hand. Ketchel was fearless, even taking on heavyweights, including the great heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. In the 12th round of their fight, Ketchel actually floored Johnson. The heavyweight champ got up and KO’d the Michigan Assassin with his next punch, leaving two of Ketchel’s teeth embedded in his glove.

Had they fought in the same time period, Ketchel would have challenged Ali to a match. He probably would have lost, but you gotta remember that Ketchel was only a middleweight.

Who was the greatest boxer of all time? Pick from Jersey Joe Walcott, Sugar Ray Robinson or Stanley Ketchel and you can’t go wrong.

As for Ali, former heavyweight champions Joe Louis, Jersey Joe Walcott, Rocky Marciano, Mike Tyson, and a heroin-free Sonny Liston would have made mincemeat out of Muhammad Ali. That “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” style would not have worked against those great fighters.

Here is Mobley’s Facebook post:

THE “GREATEST BOXER OF ALL TIME”

By Samuel Mobley

A lot of people have this title confused.

The Greatest Boxer of All Time didn't die recently...he died 47 years ago.

He didn't have 5 losses, he had 0.

He didn't have 37 Knock Outs he had 43 (88%).

He didn't dodge the draft.

He wasn't a race baiter and didn't convert to islam.

He was a local kid named Rocky Marciano aka The Brockton Blockbuster (49-0).

Don't let mainstream media idolize false prophets.

When he was asked on tv if he could've knocked out Ali in his prime his response was oh so classical!!

"I’d be conceited if i said i could've, but I'd be a liar if i said i couldn't"

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SCOTUS HAS JUST LEFT THE SECOND AMMENDMENT TEETERING ON THE BRINK OF BECOMING MEANINGLESS

The Supreme Court in effect upheld Connecticut’s ban on 180 semiautomatic guns, including AR-15s and AK-47s, and high-capacity magazines

The Supreme Court refused Monday to take up a challenge to gun bans enacted in Connecticut and New York. The Connecticut bans were passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and cover semi-automatic guns, including Ar-15s and AK-47s, as well as high capacity magazines. The Connecticut law names more than 180 weapons that cannot be sold.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld the Connecticut ban and a similar ban in New York. SCOTUS refused to review either case, thus leaving the bans in effect.

Monday’s decision is really nothing new. SCOTUS in the past has refused to review gun bans enacted in Maryland, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and New, Jersey. Many cities and towns have similar bans, all of which have been upheld by lower courts.

Gun rights advocates argued to no avail that the bans violate the the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which said individuals have a right to gun ownership for self-protection.

And here we are worried about Hillary Clinton becoming President and appointing liberal justices who will repeal the Second Amendment. The Supreme Court’s refusal to stop the Connecticut and New York gun bans, and the bans that have been upheld in other states, as well as in cities and towns, have left the Second Amendment teetering on the brink of becoming meaningless.

Apparently, as it stands now, states and local jurisdictions can limit gun ownership to revolvers, single-shot hunting rifles and shotguns without violating Heller. Thank God I live in gun happy Texas where there will be no gun ban nonsense.

BREXIT VOTE FAST APPROACHING

By Bob Walsh

The question will be decided in a vote this coming Thursday. A pall has been cast over the whole process with the assassination of a new but prominent M.P. last week. Jo Cox was murdered by a neo-Nazi in her constituency near Leeds last week. She was a staunch believer in the notion that the U.K. should continue to be a member of the E.U.

Financial analysts are asserting that one year after a U.K. exit the British economy would be about 1% smaller than it is now. Many denizens of the U.K. would be happy to trade that for increased political sovereignty, especially in the face of the wave of Islamic refugees flooding much of Europe right now.

A lot of the polling on this question was discontinued after the assassination of Mrs. Cox. The last numbers I saw indicated the question was breaking pretty much evenly. It will be very interesting to see what happens.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The assassination of Jo Cox could tilt the vote toward keeping the Brits in the E.U.

FORMER AGENT CLAIMES OJ CONFESSED MURDERING EX-WIFE

Mike Gilbert claimed that OJ told him he had not planned to kill his wife when he went to her home on June 12, 1994, but he is convinced Simpson went to Nicole's home with the intention of murdering her

By Chris Spargo

Daily Mail
June 19, 2016

OJ Simpson admitted to killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown months after being acquitted of her murder claims the football star's former agent.

In the final installment of the ESPN documentary OJ: Made In America, Mike Gilbert claimed that Simpson told him he had not planned to kill his wife when he went to her home on June 12, 1994, and that she might still be alive if she had not answered the door with a knife in her hand.

Gilbert later said he did not even believe this, and is convinced Simpson went to Nicole's home with the intention of murdering her over the fact that she had left him and was seeing his friend and protege Marcus Allen.

Marcus Allen's rep has refused to respond to multiple requests for comment from DailyMail.com.

It was also revealed by Nicole's sister Tanya Brown during the documentary's finale that Simpson had the children removed from the custody of Nicole's grandparents on Christmas Eve.

'That was devastating,' said Tanya.

Gilbert said Simpson then discouraged the children from seeing their grandparents and told his daughter Sydney: 'They don't want you. They want you for the money. They want you for the child support. That why they want you.'

Gilbert said he and Simpson were drinking Rolling Rock beers and the football star was smoking pot the night they talked about Nicole's murder while hanging out his Rockingham home.

'He was looking around the backyard, reliving all the different events that happened there. And I just asked him: "What happened June 12th [the day Nicole was murdered]?' said Gilbert.

'And he asked me what I thought happened. And I said: "I always thought you probably did it."

I said: "I know what you told AC [Al Cowlings], that you went there but you just went to see what was going on, you didn't take a knife."'

That is when Gilbert claims Simpson made his confession.

'He shook his head and he said: "Yeah." And he said: " If she wouldn't have opened the door with a knife she'd probably still be alive."'

Gilbert then said that over time he found even that story to be unbelievable, and now believes Simpson planned to commit the murder all along.

'I believed that for the longest time and then I ... He went there to kill her.

'He went there to kill her because of how she made him feel ... rejected ... like she didn't need him.

'And then of course the Marcus thing. He was seeing Marcus was him, but 15 years younger.

'And I guess the part that bothers me about it is that he left the kids upstairs to ... they could've walked out and seen their mom like that.

'If I died tomorrow I would know without doubt that he did it not even a slight maybe that he didn't."

Gilbert said on the third episode of the documentary that shortly after Nicole Brown ended a brief attempt at a reconciliation between herself and Simpson and told him they were done for good, the football star said to his ex-wife: ‘You ever see Marcus again and I will kill you.’

Nicole and Marcus had been rumored to be having a relationship but he later denied those claims while giving a deposition in Simpson’s 1996 civil trial.

He was also married at the time to his wife Kathryn, who later divorced him and starred on the past season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

One person who does not deny the rumors however is Nicole, with diary entries she wrote at the time talking about how much she likes Marcus and the way he treats her and how she feels bad about the impact her actions might have on Kathryn.

Gilbert said that in all his time knowing Simpson, and the problems he and Nicole had in their relationship, nothing dealt a more difficult blow to the football star than learning that his ex was seeing Allen, who he had mentored over the years and considered a close friend.

‘When he found out about Marcus that was a real issue,’ said Gilbert.

‘I think she always festered a crush for Marcus,’ said Nicole’s close friend Robin Greer.

‘He was the only person in her life that was as famous and as strong as OJ.’

Marcus was in many ways just like Simpson Greer pointed out, only a ‘younger’ version. And 'bigger' according to Greer.

Nicole wrote in one of her diary entries that she feels 'beautiful and sexy and smart' when she is with Marcus, as opposed to feeling 'jabs' when she is with Simpson.

She also writes Marcus and 'other guys adore me and make me feel special.'

Greer was part of Simpson's close group of female friends - which also included Kris Jenner and Faye Resnick - and she spoke in the documentary about how amazing it was when Nicole finally left the relationship.

‘When she left him for good, she called me up and said: “Yep, this is it Robin, I’m done.

‘She goes, “I have no feeling for him whatsoever. it's just over.”

‘She was free and she was happy without him and I think he knew it was really over.’

Simpson however could not accept that according to almost all those interviewed for the documentary, who spoke about his temper.

‘He was truly the most jealous person I ever met in my life,’ said friend Thomas McCollum III.

Greer did not know - or perhaps would not say - whether or not Nicole did see

Marcus after she left Simpson that final time.

She did however reveal why she would have reignited that relationship.

‘If she did it, it was more for her own personal rebellion,’ said Greer

‘It was more for her saying to herself: I’m going to date who I want. I’m going to go where I want. I’m going to be friends with who I want. I’m free.

'You have lost me OJ. Watch me run'

EDITOR’S NOTE: Gilbert has also revealed that the reason the glove did not fit OJ’s hand during the trial was not because it had shrunk or was the wrong glove, but rather because Simpson had stopped taking his arthritis medicine for two weeks knowing his hands would swell and his joints become stiff.

TEXAS PREPARES TO PREVENT ISLAMIC TERRORISTS FROM ACQUIRING GUNS

BY Harry Dunne

The State Legislature is voting on the Bacon Bill that is designed to prevent Islamic terrorists from acquiring guns.

The Bacon Bill, which was sent to the legislature by staunch conservative Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, requires that each licensed gun dealer in the State of Texas must keep a pork product on the gun display case. It also requires that each gun purchaser must sample the pork before being allowed to purchase a firearm.

The State will participate in the new law by raising hogs at the prisons for the pork products.

It will also be a class A misdemeanor if a gun dealer attempts to serve turkey bacon instead of real pig products.

Although the Democrats are opposed, the bill is expected to pass easily with all Republican legislators voting for the new law. Gov. Greg Abbott has announced he will sign the Bacon Bill into law.

U.N. WARNS TRUMP MAY BE 7 MONTHS AWAY FROM ACQUIRING NUCLEAR WEAPONS

The Onion
June 14, 2016

NEW YORK—According to an alarming new global risk report published Tuesday by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump may be just seven months away from acquiring nuclear weapons.

“A year ago, the threat didn’t seem great enough to warrant serious concern, but at this moment, a nuclear-capable Trump is now a very real and very imminent possibility,” said UNODA high representative Kim Won-soo, adding that the agency’s current projections showed Trump potentially procuring nuclear weapons, as well as advanced ballistic missile technology, as early as January of next year. “The longer we wait to act, the closer he comes to obtaining a nuclear arsenal. The final red line for preventing him from acquiring this devastating capability comes in early November. If he is not properly dealt with before then, there will be no way to stop him from going nuclear.”

While U.N. officials said the international community should prepare for the destabilizing effects of Trump acquiring such weapons, they still held out hope that citizens of his nation might yet rise up against him and topple the extremist before he posed a global existential threat.

Monday, June 20, 2016

GROAN: SOME DAY A MILLENNIAL WILL BECOME PRESIDENT

PALESTINIAN PRIME MINISTER SAYS ISRAEL HAS NO RIGHT TO COUNTER TERRORISM

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah suggests international law gives Arabs the right to murder Jews

Israel Today
June 16, 2016

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah this week issued a statement condemning Israel’s response to last week’s deadly Tel Aviv terrorist shooting, and insisting that Muslims be given free rein in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Following the shooting at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, Israel learned that the shooters had come from the Hebron-area Palestinian village of Yatta. As expected, Israeli forces sealed off the area and conducted investigations in and around the village for several days, before largely lifting the restrictions this week.

According to Hamdallah, this mode of operation is unacceptable.

Misrepresenting international law, Hamdallah was adamant that as a “nation under occupation” (even though ‘Palestine’ has never been a nation) the Palestinian Arabs have the right to combat Israel by any means deemed necessary.

Apparently, in the thinking of the Palestinian leadership, that also includes murdering unarmed civilians sitting down to dinner.

The statement went on to demand that Israel withdraw its boosted police forces that were deployed to Jerusalem’s Old City during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when an increased number of Palestinian and Israeli Arabs are visiting the mosques that occupy the Temple Mount.

These are the people with whom Israel is expected to find an equitable diplomatic solution to the conflict.

EDITOR’S NOTE: If Israel has to live in eternal conflict with the Palestinians, that is still better than a peace agreement that will lead to the eventual obliteration of the Jewish state. Lest we forget, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian Authority leaders have repeatedly vowed, “There will be only one state from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea and that will be a Palestinian state.” And they have also made it clear that the Palestinian state will be Judenrein.

(Judenrein - From which Jews are excluded.)

HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION FORCES RESIDENTS TO TAKE DOWN LAW ENFORCEMENT FLAGS

Residents in a neighborhood in Fort Worth are infuriated after their Home Owners Association began cracking down on flags flown to honor law enforcement

Officer.com News
June 19, 2016

Residents in a neighborhood in Fort Worth, Texas are infuriated after their Home Owners Association began cracking down on flags flown to honor law enforcement.

The HOA in Seventeen Lakes only allows three types of flags to be flown including the Texas state flag, military flags and the American flag, according to WFAA-TV.

This spring, more residents began flying the blue and black American flags in honor of injured Fort Worth Police Officer Matthew Pearce -- and the HOA noticed.

"I got a letter of non-compliance," resident Marvin Faulkenburry told the news station. "I was given 30 days to get it down or face $100 a day fine until I did take it down."

Others in the neighborhood reported that they received citations as well.

"The fact the HOA takes exception to (the law enforcement flag) is insulting, in my opinion," Faulkenburry said.

Some in the neighborhood are split on what to do and one resident told the news station that he'll take his chances and leave it up.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Those flags will not affect property values. Fuck that HOA!

NEWLY FOUND BLOOD VIALS ALLOW FOR FUNERAL OF BATALLION FIRE CHIEF KILLED 15 YEARS AGO IN COLLAPSE OF TWIN TOWERS

No trace of NYFD Battalion Chief Lawrence Stack’s body was found in the rubble of the World Trade Center

BY Frank Eltman

Associated Press
June 17, 2016

Thousands of firefighters in their dress blues stood at attention and saluted Friday as a flag-draped casket passed carrying two tiny vials of blood, the only known remains of a comrade who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.

For 15 years, the family of Fire Department of New York Battalion Chief Lawrence Stack was unable to put him to rest with a Roman Catholic funeral Mass because no trace of his body was found in the rubble of the World Trade Center. But the way was finally cleared when the family recently discovered the blood, which the 58-year-old Stack had donated as part of a bone marrow drive for a child with cancer before the 2001 attacks.

"He gives blood for a young cancer kid — that's just Larry," said Rich Brandt, a chief with the Long Beach, California, fire department, who began his career as a member of the FDNY and learned under Stack when Stack was a captain in a Manhattan fire house.

Brandt showed off a bracelet with Stack's name on it that he said he has worn since 2001.

"He was kind of a dad to me," Brandt said.

Stack's two sons, both New York firefighters, stood watch on the back of a ceremonial firetruck bearing the flag-draped casket with the vials of blood as it passed by firefighters and dignitaries standing at attention. The New York City Emerald Society Pipe Band led the procession, playing "Amazing Grace" as the casket was led into Saints Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, in St. James, on eastern Long Island.

Lt. Michael Stack said during the funeral that his father, who was a safety expert, had been working in his office preparing a report on the deaths of three firefighters killed 15 years ago Friday, on June 17, 2001. When he learned that planes had flown into the World Trade Center, he raced to the scene and began helping people flee the burning towers. He was last seen assisting a man who had injured his leg when the south tower collapsed with him on the ground below.

Brandt said his friend could always be counted on to help others.

"Not only did he help people that day, but his entire career and his entire life was about helping people," Brandt said.

Theresa Stack, marking what would have been her 49th wedding anniversary to the fallen firefighter on Friday, said last week that she had never given up hope that his remains would be found. About a year ago, her family reached out to the New York Blood Bank after recalling both had donated blood weeks before Sept. 11. When vials of his blood were located, plans were made for a funeral.

Theresa Stack, who was presented with her husband's helmet as she left the church, said the family wanted to hold a public funeral "so people don't forget" Sept. 11.

Retired firefighter Ray Pfeiffer, who has cancer, attended the funeral in a wheelchair.

"Larry was killed by a terrorist," he said. "Whether it was done 15 years ago or whether it was done yesterday, he deserves a line-of-duty funeral, and he's going to get that respect. Larry was a good man."

HOME OF EL CHAPO’S MOTHER LOOTED BY GUNMEN AS LOCALS FLEE DRUG LORD’S HOMETOWN

Around 150 heavily armed men raided the remote village, cutting telephone connections and pillaging the home of Joaquín Guzmán’s 86-year old mother

By David Agren

The Guardian
June 16, 2016

MEXICO CITY -- Scores of gunmen have looted the house of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s mother, forcing residents to flee the cartel kingpin’s hometown in the mountains of Mexico’s western state of Sinaloa, according to local media reports.

Around 150 heavily armed men raided the remote village of La Tuna on Saturday, cutting telephone connections and pillaging the home of the capo’s 86-year old mother, Consuelo Loera de Guzmán. Several vehicles were taken from the house.

Two other communities were targeted in the attack, which left at least three people dead, according to the well-connected Sinaloa news organizations Ríodoce.

The newspaper Noroeste, citing sources in the Badiraguato municipal government, which is responsible for La Tuna, reported up to 350 families had fled three communities, fearing future attacks.

State governor Mario López Váldez confirmed to reporters that an armed group had entered La Tuna but said it appeared to be a family conflict, not a settling of scores by criminal organisations. He said there were no reports of shootouts or deaths due to the incursion.

Although he is not thought to have lived there for years, Badiraguato was long considered the symbolic capital of El Chapo’s kingdom, where he was celebrated for his criminal exploits, multiple prison escapes and role as a benefactor.

Loera de Guzmán is not thought to have been harmed, but the attack on her home suggests that Mexico’s best-known kingpin may rapidly be losing influence even in a state where for years his word was law.

“If this is true, then I’d interpret it as a sign that El Chapo’s days as king capo are over,” said Malcolm Beith, author of a biography on El Chapo. “I can’t imagine anyone doing this while he was active.”

Sources told Ríodoce the assailants belonged to the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, which splintered from the Sinaloa Cartel and – though weakened – is still engaged in a bitter conflict with its former allies.

“If it’s true that Chapo’s mother was actually targeted, then it bodes terribly for security in coming months,” Beith said.

Long after her son rose to head one of the world’s most powerful criminal syndicates, Loera continued living in La Tuna in a relatively modest home he had built for her.

Her son now awaits extradition to the United States after his recapture earlier this year. He was initially returned to the same prison near Mexico City from where he had escaped but was transferred to a correctional facility in the border city of Ciudad Juárez.

A soldier guarding the Cefereso No 9 prison in Ciudad Juárez was found dead earlier this week with signs of torture. On Thursday the army deployed an additional 300 soldiers to the prison to prevent a possible third escape attempt.

The Mexican government last month gave the green light to extraditing El Chapo to the United States, where he is wanted on a range of organized crime, money laundering and murder charges.

NEW MOUNTAIN DEW VOWS TO KILL 99.9% OF STOMACH BACTERIA

The Onion
June 16, 2016

PURCHASE, NY—Touting the beverage’s refreshing citrus taste, tongue-tingling carbonation, and prescription-strength antimicrobial properties, PepsiCo officials announced Wednesday that their newest product, Mountain Dew Code White, kills 99.9 percent of consumers’ stomach bacteria.

“If you like Mountain Dew, you’re going to love Code White. All it takes is one sip and you’ll start feeling the rush of your gut flora being systematically exterminated,” said Mountain Dew product manager Mark Aldag, boasting that extensive lab tests had proved the drink’s lethality to nearly all of the stomach’s bacterial phyla, including Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria, and Proteobacteria. “Whether you need a little extra boost in the middle of the workday or to eradicate an unwanted strain of H. pylori embedded in the mucus lining of your stomach, just grab a Code White and you’re sure to be satisfied!”

PepsiCo officials went on to urge consumers to exercise caution, as any bacteria that survived the new beverage could be highly resistant to all forms of antibiotics.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

POLICE INVESTIGATORS, PROSECUTORS CLASH

Baltimore prosecutors charge that police investigators are trying to sabotage the Freddie Gray case

By Kevin Rector and Justin Fenton

The Baltimore Sun
June 16, 2016

BALTIMORE -- Tensions between police investigators and prosecutors in Baltimore erupted in a downtown courtroom Thursday, with a top state prosecutor accusing a lead detective of trying to sabotage the state's case against six officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow also suggested that Det. Dawnyell Taylor, the lead detective in the police department's investigation of Gray's death, and other top police officials had tried to persuade assistant medical examiner Dr. Carol Allan to rule Gray's death an accident rather than a homicide.

Taylor, in turn, suggested Deputy State's Attorney Janice Bledsoe, with whom she had fallen out during the investigation, lacked integrity.

The clashes came as Taylor took the stand for the defense in the second-degree murder trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., the driver of the van in which Gray suffered fatal spinal injuries last year.

The trial's sixth day began with Judge Barry G. Williams denying a defense motion to acquit Goodson.

Taylor testified that Allan had said during a meeting in the days after Gray's death that it was a "freakish accident, and that no human hands can cause this."

Allan eventually ruled Gray's death a homicide, and testified that she never considered it an accident.

Taylor was allowed to testify about Allan's alleged statements, which would normally be considered hearsay, as part of a "remedy" ordered by Williams for the state having violated discovery rules in the case by failing to provide certain evidence to the defense. Williams ordered Taylor's testimony admissible earlier this week.

On cross examination, Schatzow immediately asked Taylor about her falling out with Bledsoe during the investigation. He also suggested Taylor didn't like him because he had asked her to be removed from the investigation because he felt she was "sabotaging" it.

Taylor said she was never removed, but agreed to stop having communications with the State's Attorney's Office.

There was an extended discussion of why she hadn't turned over to the prosecution her notes that referenced Allan's comments about Gray's death being an accident.

She said Bledsoe had opportunities to see her notes, but that Bledsoe repeatedly had "tantrums" during their meetings.

The exchange came as defense began calling witnesses Thursday.

First was Det. Corey Alston, also an investigator with the Baltimore Police Department. He testified that he met twice with Allan and that they discussed Gray's manner of death. He said he was unable to disclose what was discussed.

Taylor took the stand after Alston.

The prosecution concluded its case Wednesday after calling a police expert witness who testified about so-called rough rides but couldn't say whether Goodson gave such a ride to Gray.

The state called a total of 21 witnesses over five days. The court has not said how long the defense expects to take in presenting its case.

Goodson is the third Baltimore police officer of the six charged in the case to go to trial. The first, of Officer William Porter, was declared a mistrial in December after a 12-member jury could not reach a consensus on any of the charges against him. He is scheduled to be retried in September.

The second, of Officer Edward Nero, ended with Williams acquitting Nero of all charges in a bench trial last month.

Goodson has also elected to have Williams decide his fate, rather than a jury.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I think the officers in the Freddie Gray case are the victims of a political persecution. But that would not be happening if they had only restrained Gray when they placed him in the paddy wagon.

THIS IS JUST GETTING RIDICULOUS

By Bob Walsh

The mayor of Oakland, California has just discarded the city’s third Chief of Police in slightly more than one week.

Mayor Libby Schaaf said that Acting Chief Paul Figueroa stepped down after two days as the top cop in the city. At the same time she denounced loudly the department’s “macho culture” vowed to root out the department’s “bad apples” and stated she was running a police department and not a frat party.

The mayor has not appointed a new interim chief. The department command staff are reporting to City Administrator Sabrina Landreth who will be directly responsible for personnel and disciplinary decisions. (I didn’t even know that a modern P.D. could legally function without a chief of some sort, even if in name only.)

The mayor is also quoted as saying yesterday, “This is the appropriate time to install civilian oversight in this police department. I want to assure the citizens of Oakland that we are hell bent on rooting out this disgusting culture.” The department is already under federal oversight.

Allegedly the mayor is looking for a new chief from outside the department with the following MQs for the gig:

A non-white asexual transgender with at least 20 years of experience as a police officer, at least seven years in an administrative or command position who has never had an excessive use-of-force complaint made against them, has never actually shot anybody and preferably has never fired a firearm in the line of duty.

Being a non-English speaking undocumented alien would appear to be a definite plus. With those qualifications, Mayor Libby Schaaf could rest assured that the applicant had never served on one of Mexico’s crooked, ass-kicking police departments.

Figueroa is now on a Leave of Absence. He has asked to return to the department as a Captain, not his previous rank of Assistant Chief. I am confident that there will be lots of applications to sort thru, or maybe not so many.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Shit, and here I always thought that a police department and a frat party were supposed to be one and the same.

GUN SALES SURGE AMONG GAYS, LESBIANS AFTER ORLANDO SHOOTING

The Pink Pistols, a national gun club for gays and lesbians, saw its membership soar from about 1,500 members on Saturday to 3,500 on Monday

BY Keagan Harsha

Fox31 Denver
June 16, 2016

DENVER -- Gun sales are surging in the wake of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. The tragedy is generating new debate over gun control reform and the right to bear arms.

Gun shops typically see a spike in customers after mass shootings. But this time, many are seeing shoppers they’ve never really seen before: More gays and lesbians.

George Horne, the owner of The Gun Room, Denver’s oldest firearms dealer, said Tuesday business is booming at his store.

"For this time of year I’d say its three to four times what we normally have," he said.

Background checks that once took minutes can now take hours. It's a sales surge similar to what happened after Sandy Hook and the Aurora theater shootings.

“We’re not surprised by it,” Horne said.

However, what’s different this time around is the clientele. Mike Smith, a firearms instructor in Colorado Springs, is one of many closely tracking the sudden surge in gays and lesbians buying weapons.

“I think right now because of what happened, people are looking for answers,” he said. “You walk into a gun shop and you expect to see people, frankly, who look like me. I think we forget we’re a country of all people, not just people who fit that predetermined mold.”

The Pink Pistols is a national gun club for gays and lesbians. It saw its membership soar from about 1,500 members on Saturday to 3,500 on Monday.

Dozens of new chapters are springing up, including one Smith is creating in Colorado Springs. He said it’s something he feels compelled to do, even though he’s heterosexual.

“I look at it as a disenfranchised minority that needs someone who’s willing to say I’m a resource who’s here and willing to help,” he said.

Another chapter also appears to be forming in the Denver area. The Pink Pistols typically meet on a regular basis at firing ranges to practice shooting.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A surge in gun sales is being reported all over the country. I don’t know about Gays and Lesbians, but heterosexuals are rushing to buy guns not because they are afraid of another mass shooting, but because they fear the Orlando shootings will lead to stricter gun controls in the near future.