Monday, May 02, 2016

TRUMP BY THE LARGEST LANDSLIDE VICTORY EVER

A black South Carolina high school student refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance because “Trump is going to send us back to Africa”

Suppose Donald Trump would actually promise to send all the blacks back to Africa, how would that affect the vote?

Whites are sick and tired of the constant racial conflicts confronting our society. They secretly wish there were no blacks in this country. So if Trump promised to send them back to Africa, he would get almost all of the white vote, including that of the women he’s pissed off.

There has never been any love lost between Latinos and blacks. Both groups compete for the same jobs. Latinos resent the advantage given to blacks in job placement by affirmative action. So with that promise, all of the Latinos would vote for him, even those who are pissed off at Trump for his stand on immigration.

Hillary would be left only with the black vote and the vote of diehard white uber-liberal women.

So if Trump promised to send all the blacks back to Africa, he’d be a sure winner in November with the largest landslide victory ever. Never mind that his promise would be unconstitutional.

HOLLYWOOD SLIMEBALLS OR NOT?

The last few days I’ve heard a lot of blistering criticism about a Hollywood production company planning to make a movie starring Will Ferreell as President Reagan and poking fun at Reagan’s Alzheimer’s disease. That infuriated me because my dear departed wife suffered from Alzheimer’s the last four years of her life and, believe me, dementia is no disease to be making fun of! I didn’t think Hollywood’s slimeballs could sink any lower.

After Will Ferrell was blistered by Reagan daughter Patti Davis, Reagan son Michael and the Alzheimer’s Association, the comic-actor decided to make a quick exit from the production.

I’ve just read a piece from The Daily Beast on the planned production that puts a somewhat different light on that movie. Nevertheless, I do not think it is appropriate to produce a movie which exhibits dementia as the brunt of a joke.

WAS WILL FERRELL’S REAGAN COMEDY REALLY MOCKING ALZHEIMER’S?
This week the outrage mounted over a new comedy about the Reagan White House, but it isn’t clear it merited the venom


by Asawin Suebsaeng

The Daily Beast
April 29, 2016

America’s leading Reagan loyalists declared war on Will Ferrell, and won.

On Wednesday, Variety reported that the Hillary Clinton-supporting funnyman—and part-time Democratic donor—was attached to play the role of President Ronald Reagan in a comedy crisply titled, “Reagan.” (Ferrell was set to produce the satirical biopic along with Gary Sanchez Productions.)

The script, penned by Mike Rosolio, kicks off at the start of Reagan’s second term when he “falls into dementia and an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie,” according to Variety.

That brief description of the comedy set off a near-instantaneous backlash, earning swift condemnation from the Reagan Foundation, the Reagan family, the Alzheimer’s Association, and a raft of Reagan loyalists and vanguards of the conservative icon’s legacy.

“Blissfully, America does not look to Hollywood for history lessons,” Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told The Daily Beast. “At least, not anymore. Will Ferrell should stick to puerile man-child movies and leave the manly leadership to Ronald Reagan.”

“Perhaps you would like to explain to them how this disease is suitable material for a comedy,” Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis wrote in an open letter to Ferrell.

And the outrage worked.

On Friday, Page Six broke the news that Ferrell had pulled out of the Reagan project.

“Reagan” has been painted by detractors—the vast majority of whom have not seen or read the script—as an “Alzheimer’s comedy” offensive to the late president and those suffering from the disease. A small number of people actually know what is in the script, and what kind of comedy it would be.

However, a table-read of “Reagan” was mounted by Black List Live! at Montalban Theater in Hollywood last month featuring John Cho (as the fictional intern), James Brolin (Reagan, reprising the role), Dennis Haysbert, and Nathan Fillion. (Lena Dunham was slated to read as Reagan-era speechwriter Peggy Noonan, but ultimately was unable to attend.)

Several of those who attended the event argue that the screenplay has been unfairly judged and mischaracterized—again, by people who haven’t read a word of it.

“Reagan actually comes of as sweet—and he’s really a background character,” producer Bob Schooley, who was at the table-read, told The Daily Beast. “And the lead character’s father is suffering from dementia, so they play parallel scenes, which shows the real toll that [disease] can take on a family…You certainly didn’t walk out of the thing hating Reagan.”

Rosolio’s manager did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment. But on a recent episode of the podcast “The Black List Table Reads,” the screenwriter describes why he wrote “Reagan.” And one of the reasons is intensely personal.

“I always wanted to write something about politics,” he said, explaining how he wanted to take something “expected and making it a little weird” and that he was “fascinated by all the dementia stuff.”

“It’s a very important subject to me personally and to my family personally,” he continued.

Patrick McIlhone, a writer and Bernie Sanders fan, also scored a ticket to the table read, and loved what he saw.

“The satire is intended to nod towards the corruption within the Reagan administration, which is fair game, but it does not use Reagan’s disease as a tool for that,” he told The Daily Beast. “There is a wholly invented White House staffer who takes on the persona of Frank Capra and directs Reagan like an actor, giving nods towards his Hollywood past.”

McIlhone specifically commended Brolin’s performance, and emphasized that he didn’t believe “Reagan” was executed “in poor taste.”

“If we can have movies like Inglourious Basterds [that] poke fun at aspects of World War II, and countless movies that are dark comedies about cancer, we can certainly do this,” he said. “If Reagan had not been an actor, then this movie would not be funny.”

In the script, when the administration needs the unwell Reagan to go on live television, the fake Frank Capra is called in to direct him. Reagan refers to the intern as “Mr. Capra” for most of the film. Most of the humor and tension is derived from Reagan’s closest advisers scrambling to cover-up his ailment, and attempting to manipulate the commander in chief.

“John Cho’s character is basically ordered to continue doing this by various higher-ups at the White House,” McIlhone recalls. “He is not totally comfortable with it. However, over the course of the story, he becomes fond of Reagan and while at the same time maintaining a conscience about what he is doing. This ends up making the [intern] a witting actor in policy decisions, along with Peggy Noonan. Those two are kind of the moral pulse of the film … At the start of the film, he’s sort of a bright-eyed bushy tailed Reagan devotee who thinks he can make a difference, and through this very strange series of events, he does.”

(Major historical events that “Reagan” covers include the bombing of Libya and the Iran-Contra scandal.)

Of course, not every attendee of the table read walked away with a favorable impression of the work.

Amy Lutz, who serves as the Young America’s Foundation’s program officer at the Reagan Ranch Center, attended the March event with her colleague.

“It had its moments, I thought there were some funny lines…and some of the characters were very well done, and the actors did a very good job,” she said. “But my issue was a lot of the punchlines had to do with dementia…and that it dealt with it flippantly, and made fun of it.”

“[The script] doesn’t portray Reagan himself as evil… but again a lot of the punchiness do have to do with him forgetting things and not knowing what’s going on.” (According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ailing character of Reagan at one point thinks Mikhail Gorbachev is actor Ernest Borgnine, for instance.)

Before this week’s controversy erupted, “Reagan” was considered one of Hollywood’s hottest unmade scripts, Ferrell was attached to star in the title role, and the project was on the hunt for a director and a movie studio. In a matter of days, the satire found itself in the middle of a torrent of negative publicity, and branded a toxic property with an at-best uncertain future.

Ferrell’s representative did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

Although well intended, this Homeland Security slogan leads to some ugly consequences

The website of Homeland Security displays this heading: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

That slogan was designed to prevent terrorist attacks by getting citizens to report any suspicious behavior or any suspicious objects.

Unfortunately that slogan has led to some ugly consequences. Frightened citizens have turned in innocent people based solely on their appearance or because they were speaking a foreign language.

Here is the example of a Sikh who, because of his turban and long beard, was detained for 30 hours during which time he was given the third degree by the FBI.

SIKH MAN DETAINED ON GREYHOUND BUS AFTER BEING FALSELY ACCUSED OF TERROR BOMB THREAT
'The only crime I committed was wearing a turban, having a beard, and speaking in a different language'


By Andrew Buncombe

Independent
May 1, 2016

A Sikh man who was pulled off a bus and detained for 30 hours after being heard speaking in Punjabi, is demanding officials bring charges against the fellow passengers who falsely accused him of making a terror bomb threat.

Daljeet Singh, who is originally from India and was recently granted asylum in the US, was taking a Greyhound bus from Phoenix, Arizona, to Indianapolis, Indiana.

On the bus, Mr Singh, who, as an observant member of the Sikh religion was wearing a beard and a turban, began talking with another passenger who also spoke Punjabi. It later transpired the man, Mohammed Chotri, was was an immigrant from eastern Pakistan, where Punjabi is commonly spoken.

According to a complaint filed by Mr Singh and the Sikh Coalition, a woman on the bus reported to police that the two men were “acting weird,” speaking Arabic, and discussing a bomb. In Amarillo, Texas, two other passengers detained Mr Singh and Mr Chotri in their seats until police came and arrested them at gunpoint.

Police also removed Ms Singh's turban and distributed mug shots of him without his turban to local media. He was detained for around 30 hours. After being interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation through a Punjabi language interpreter, both men were cleared of all allegations of wrongdoing, and no charges were filed.

“The only crime I committed was wearing a turban, having a beard, and speaking in a different language to another brown man on a bus,” Mr Singh, who speaks little English, said in a statement. “I still cannot believe that this happened to me in America.”

The Sikh Coalition, an activist group, has helped Mr Singh file a lawsuit demanding charges be brought against the woman who alerted police, and the two men who detained him in his seat.

“Whether it's a Sikh man on a Greyhound bus, or an Arabic speaker on a Southwest airplane, the xenophobic fear and bigotry in our country is out of control,” said Gurjot Kaur, a senior lawyer at the Sikh Coalition.

“By filing this complaint, we hope to bring attention to the crisis facing minority communities today. The list of things brown people can’t do on public transportation is growing — we cant get a can of Diet Coke, we can’t switch seats on a bus or a plane, we can't speak in a language other than English, really we can't be human beings.”

Potter county attorney Scott Brumley told local media he had received a copy of the complaint from the Sikh coalition and the investigation into the passenger who made the complaint was ongoing.

He said it was a difficult case to prosecute because of the need to show proof the passenger knowingly filed a false police report.

Sikh campaigners have pointed to an apparent increase in attacks on members of the Sikh faith.

Last September, a Sikh taxi driver in Chicago was beaten to a pulp by a teenager who accused him of being “Osama bin Laden”.

In January, three Muslim men and a Sikh man, filed a lawsuit alleging they were removed from a plane bound for New York from Toronto because of their appearance.

In February, an American Sikh actor said he was not allowed to board a flight from Mexico City to New York because he was wearing a turban.

In January, three Muslim men and a Sikh man, filed a lawsuit alleging they were removed from a plane bound for New York from Toronto because of their appearance.

In February, an American Sikh actor said he was not allowed to board a flight from Mexico City to New York because he was wearing a turban.

FLORIDA SICKO FUCKED DECOMPOSING CORPSE OF TOURIST HE KILLED

Sheriff says Timothy Johnson returned to have sex with decomposing corpse of Judith Therianos

By Jacqueline Ingles

WFTS Tampa Bay
April 29, 2016

PASCO COUNTY, Fla -- Sheriff Chris Nocco says a man accused of killing a Maine tourist had sex with the woman's corpse.

The body of 52-year-old Judith Therianos of Maine was found in a wooded area near 6633 U.S. Highway 19 on April 7.

Therianos had not been seen since March 14.

Timothy Johnson, 25, is now facing premeditated murder charges.

According to the Sheriff, Johnson and Therianos met outside of a liquor store, purchased alcohol together and then made there way to the wooded area.

At some point, they began engaging in sexual intercourse and deputies believe during that time, Therianos likely told Johnson to stop and Johnson refused.

Deputies say Therianos was killed either during sex or immediately after. Cause of death has been determined as homicidal violence, an arrest affidavit states.

According to an arrest affidavit, Johnson stole a credit card from Therianos and went to Waffle House and ate. Deputies say he returned and had sex with the decomposing corpse.

"This is sick individual," said Nocco.

Deputies say the woman's body was posed with her breasts and genitals exposed.

TED CRUZ NAMES THIS FUCKIN’ LADY - REMEMBER HER? - AS VP PICK

The Onion
April 28, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS—In an effort to regain momentum after a disappointing showing in Tuesday’s primaries, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz announced at a rally Wednesday that his choice for vice president would be this fuckin’ lady—remember her?

“I’ve prayed about this decision for a long time, and I wholeheartedly believe that she is the right person to fight for the future of our country,” said Cruz of that woman from before, you know, the one who got fired from the computer company for doing a shitty job and sucked so bad at running for president that she quit after just two primaries. “She has proven herself to be an impressive business leader and defender of American values. I have complete confidence in [this goddamn woman again] as my running mate.”

At press time, sources were speculating that Donald Trump would likely soon select that huge fucking asshole who’s always hanging around him as his running mate.

EDITOR’S NOTE: By “that huge fucking asshole,” The Onion must be referring to Chris Christie.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

DALLAS POLICE OFFICERS TO RECEIVE 'SPONGE GUNS’

By Tasha Tsiaperas

The Dallas Morning News
April 29, 2013

Some Dallas police officers will soon be toting “sponge guns,” weapons aimed at reducing the chances of a deadly officer-involved shooting.

Police booster group Safer Dallas Better Dallas announced Thursday that it plans to raise $250,000 to help pay for more than 100 launchers that shoot sponge pellets. The “less lethal” weapons are meant to disarm and incapacitate someone from up to 100 feet away, police officials said.

Being hit with one of the sponge-tipped bullets is much like being pinged with a baseball or hockey puck. The guns are designed to cause enough pain on impact to force a person to drop a weapon or to the ground without breaking the skin, making it safer for police officers to approach.

“If they get hit in a soft spot, they go down,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Cotner, who oversees the police academy.

The launchers, which will be bright yellow, would be dispersed among patrol officers throughout the city to help respond to incidents involving volatile or mentally ill people. The yellow coloring shows other officers and people in the community that police are trying to use less-lethal force.

The Dallas Police Department is planning to buy more than 100 sponge pellet launchers like this one. (Tasha Tsiaperas/Staff)

The goal is to put as much space as possible between responding officers and a suspect who might be holding a weapon, such as a knife or screwdriver. Other less-lethal weapons, like Tasers, require that officers be within 21 feet of a person, making it more likely that an officer might have to use a gun.

“As a Dallas police officer, we all value the preservation of life,” Cotner said.

The last fatal police shooting in Dallas was in September. Two officers shot and killed 24-year-old Gerardo Ramirez, who was armed with a semi-automatic gun. Officials said Ramirez was high on drugs and appeared to be trying to “commit suicide by cop.”

The launchers cost about $800 apiece and could be in the city by late summer. The department expects to start out with more than 100 of the weapons before considering adding more, Cotner said.

About 20 other police departments in the U.S. and Canada already are testing the weapons in some form. Many of those departments just provide them to their SWAT units but Dallas officials decided that patrol officers should get them first.

Critics of the launchers in other parts of the country have said that the weapons could still be fatal if fired at certain parts of the body, such as the head. And, they say, use of the weapons still doesn’t do anything to eradicate what they say is often a dangerous “shoot first” mentality on the part of law enforcement officials.

Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston said the launchers will be a good tool for officers, though it is still unclear how the weapons will be dispersed in the department. Officers also will need to be trained on using the launchers.

“You need to have more less-lethal options available to officers,” Pinkston said.

Safer Dallas Better Dallas board member Spencer Michlin said he believes the community will quickly fund the $225,000 effort. He said the launchers give officers an alternative to using their guns.

“It makes it less likely that an officer will have to kill somebody,” he said.

EDITOR’S MOTE: What’s next? Hmm, how about string guns to envelop the perp in silly string? And Dallas could hire SpongeBob as police chief.

SOUTH CAROLINA PARENT SAYS REACHER TOLD SON ‘GO BACK TO AFRICA’

The alleged comment came after the Battery Creek High freshman wouldn’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, telling a friend standing doesn’t matter, “Trump is going to send us back to Africa”

By Rebecca Lurye

The Beaufort Gazette
April 28, 2016

A Battery Creek High School science teacher allegedly made what one mother considers an offensive, racial comment this week after her 14-year-old son refused to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Nicole Whitmore says her son, a freshman, was sitting when the morning pledge began Tuesday and was among about half the students in the room who remained sitting when their teacher told them to stand up. When her son told a friend it didn’t matter because “Donald Trump is going to send us back to Africa,” the teacher allegedly interjected, saying he should go back.

School administrators and the Beaufort County School District human resources staff are looking into the incident, but spokesman Jim Foster declined to name the teacher in question or provide additional details. Complaints made against specific teachers are considered personnel matters, Foster said.

He did say that the complaint has prompted the district to remind teachers and staff that students are allowed to sit during the pledge. State law requires only that schools make time each day for reciting the pledge, but allows students to remain seated, leave their classroom or express their non-participation in any way that doesn’t infringe on others or disrupt school activities.

Whitmore says she she is still angry about the comment, made by a white teacher, and is waiting for news of the district’s investigation.

“I didn’t take kindly to it, and my son didn’t take kindly to it,” she said. “... You don’t tell my son to go back to Africa knowing you’re a different color than he is. I’m Puerto Rican and black, I know what I went through. I don’t want my son going through anything discriminative.”

The teacher, assistant principal Gilbert Sanchez and principal Edmond Burnes did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday.

Whitmore said she was not surprised her son did not want to stand for the pledge. He told her he hasn’t done so since seventh grade, and that he gets upset with what he reads in the news, from South Carolina’s debate over flying the Confederate flag last year to comments about blacks and other minorities by Republican presidential candidate Trump.

Her son’s statement Tuesday was likely inspired by Trump supporters’ shouts of “Go back to Africa!” at rallies in Chicago and Cleveland in March. Trump has also made comments about reducing food stamps, which Whitmore receives, even though she works full time at Burger King.

Recently, as the woman twisted her son’s dreadlocks, her son was reading about Trump again, saying to her, “Mom, look what this says, look what this says, this is someone trying to be the president of the United States.”

“These children are not dumb,” Whitmore added. “They can read and they see all of this going on and for (a teacher) to tell him to go back to Africa, of course he’s going to feel some type of way.”

Adding to the mother’s frustration, Whitmore says her son had to spend his first period in the media center Wednesday. Foster said he cannot comment on individual students’ discipline, and cannot say whether a teacher has the authority to send a student to another location for class or whether that would qualify as an in-school suspension.

The district’s Code of Conduct says in-school suspensions are a possible punishment for low-level offenses like disrespecting a school employee.

Whitmore says it’s the teacher who should face consequences instead.

“A teacher should never stoop to a child’s level,” she said. “My son is 14 years old, a freshman at Battery Creek. This teacher is supposed to be an educator. He’s supposed to teach him better.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: If Donald Trump promised to send all the blacks back to Africa, he would get almost all of the white vote, including that of the women he’s pissed off. All of the Latinos would vote for him, even those who are pissed off at him for his stand on immigration. Hillary would be left only with the black vote and the vote of a few diehard white uber-liberal women. And that would make Trump a sure winner with the largest landslide victory ever in November.

MEXICAN GENERAL GETS 52 YEARS FOR TORTURING, KILLING MAN

By Mark Stevenson

Associated Press
April 28, 2015

MEXICO CITY -- A judge has sentenced a general in the Mexican army to 52½ years in prison for ordering the torture of a suspect, then having his body burned, Mexico's federal judiciary council said Thursday.

The sentence was among the longest ever against a senior army officer.

The council said the conviction came in a 2008 case in the northern state of Chihuahua. The judge also ordered the army to publicly apologize, clear the victim's name and pay his family damages.

The judge in the case did not release the general's name in the public case record. But the case number on the docket was the same as one linked in local media reports to Gen. Manuel Moreno Avina, who formerly commanded an army unit in the town of Ojinaga, across the border from Presidio, Texas.

Troops under the general's command detained a suspect in a soldier's death and tortured him for hours with electric shocks until he died. They then took the man's body to a ranch and burned it.

The man was detained by soldiers just after midnight July 25, 2008. According to the council, the court found that soldiers "tied him up and watered him down in order to apply electric shocks on his body, in order to obtain information about the death of a soldier."

"They prolonged the torture until 9 a.m. that day, which caused the man to die despite attempts to revive him, quite possibly as a result of ventricular fibrillation and a heart attack brought on as an effect of the electric shocks," the council said.

"Under direct orders from the guilty party, the victim's body was loaded aboard a vehicle and taken to a ranch where it was secretly burned," it added.

Moreno Avina and more than 20 soldiers who were under his command had been charged with torture, homicide, drug trafficking and other crimes. It is unclear how many have been sentenced.

Mexican army officers have been sentenced before for corruption or aiding drug traffickers, but seldom for torture and seldom for such long sentences.

In 1997, Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo was arrested after being appointed the country's top anti-drug official. He was later convicted of drug trafficking, racketeering and corruption and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The army has been stung in recent years by allegations of torture, abuse and executions.

This week, judges ordered two soldiers and three federal police officers to stand trial in connection with the torture of a young woman that was caught on video. The video circulated on social and traditional media in recent days shows a female soldier interrogating the woman, pulling her hair and putting the muzzle of a rifle against her head. Later, a female police officer suffocates the woman by putting a plastic bag over her head until she nearly passes out.

In Mexico's highest profile criminal investigation — the disappearance of 43 college students in 2014 — some of the suspects claim that marines tortured them into confessing to killing the students.

Three soldiers face homicide charges in civilian courts in the killing of suspects at a grain warehouse in 2014. Investigations have alleged that 12 to 15 suspects were executed after they surrendered.

Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos apologized two weeks ago for the behavior of soldiers who appeared in a video in which a woman was being tortured in Guerrero last year. The apology was reported to be unprecedented. Seems apologies by the military are trending right now.

ACTIVISTS CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF PINELLAS DEPUTIES AFTER THREE FLORIDA BLACK TEENS DIE IN POND CRASH

The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement called for criminal charges against the deputies on the scene, "reparations" for the girls' families and the resignation of the sheriff

By Tony Marrero

Tampa Bay Times
April 28, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG — A coalition of activists called Thursday for an outside investigation of the events leading up to the deaths last month of three teenage girls who drowned while fleeing from Pinellas sheriff's deputies.

The Bay Area Dream Defenders believe the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office was negligent in its actions and "misreported" how Dominique Battle, 16, and 15-year-olds Ashaunti Butler and LaNiya Miller died March 31, when the stolen car they were riding in plunged into a pond.

"We're a community right now that is struggling," said Defenders president Ashley Greene. "We're a community right now that is constantly seeing our young people taken away from us far too soon."

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has said his deputies tried to pull the girls over but were not pursuing them when their car hit the water in the pre-dawn darkness. The sheriff also has defended his deputies from criticism that they didn't do enough to rescue the trapped girls from the sinking car.

Activists want the girls' deaths to spark a broader conversation about the role of the community — teachers, judges and law enforcement — in helping steer young people onto the right path. They're calling for a "community crisis and trauma resolution center" to help with that effort.

• • •

The call for an independent investigation was joined by a longtime and often inflammatory critic of law enforcement: the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement.

In a news conference Thursday that included the Nation of Islam, Uhuru chairman Omali Yeshitela called for criminal charges against the deputies on the scene, "reparations" for the girls' families and the resignation of the sheriff.

"We are convinced that the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department killed those children," he said. "They killed them. They murdered them."

An Uhurus' press release said Black Lives Matter also was a part of Thursday's event. However, BLM later contacted the Tampa Bay Times to say it did not take part. The local NAACP, also mentioned in the press release, did not attend either and is not associated with the Uhurus. The group said it will release a statement expressing its views on the girls' deaths in the next few days.

Standing next to a large photo of the Honda Accord the girls died in, Yeshitela pointed to damage on the rear bumper. He said it is evidence that a deputy used his car to strike the back of the Honda with his patrol cruiser, causing the Honda to veer into the pond.

"(Cops) kill the children and they're the heroes and the people who are dead, they're the villains. That's what Gualtieri told the world," Yeshitela said. "We don't buy that."

Gualtieri, who has repeatedly defended his agency's handling of the incident, called the Uhuru claims "fantasy."

"My overall reaction is sadness that we've come to this, that they have to flat-out lie and cast this situation as something it's not," he said. "They're being irresponsible and harming the community by spreading this nonsense."

As for the idea of an independent investigation, the sheriff said: "We didn't do anything wrong, and there's nothing to investigate."

• • •

Gualtieri has summarized the timeline of the incident this way:

The girls got a ride from a man to Childs Park in St. Petersburg on March 30. He stopped at a Walmart on the way and the girls drove off.

About 3:30 a.m. the next morning, a sheriff's sergeant spotted the Honda with its headlights off in Clearwater. The sergeant turned on his emergency lights. The Honda then ran a red light.

Five miles away, another sergeant spotted the car, looked up the tag number and confirmed the car was stolen. He followed at a distance. Under the sheriff's policy, deputies cannot pursue stolen cars. The Honda ran another red light and headed toward Royal Palm North Cemetery off Gandy Boulevard, a dead end. It navigated the narrow roads of the cemetery. At a sharp bend in the road, the car stayed on a straight course and drove into a pond.

Deputies waded in to save whoever was inside, Gualtieri said, but the mud was too thick. Within five minutes, the Honda was submerged in about 15 feet of water.

The Sheriff's Office has released reports and video from dashboard cameras. Critics have focused on a segment of footage that includes audio of deputies talking about the submerged car as they stood a few feet from the pond.

"They're done. They're done," one deputy said. "They are Sig 7, dude."

"Sig 7" refers to signal 7, an emergency radio code for "dead person."

That footage does not show rescue attempts or capture any conversations about rescue efforts. But it does show some deputies, without uniforms or belts on, heading to and from the water.

"(Activists) are alluding that this is a race issue," Gualtieri said Thursday. "But nobody knew until that car was pulled from the bottom of that pond who was in that car."

He insisted his deputies never pursued the car.

Yeshitela said the dangling bumper of the Honda is consistent with damage inflicted by a law enforcement driving technique called the precision immobilization technique — or "PIT" maneuver — which can be used to knock a fleeing vehicle off the road.

The sheriff called that theory "ridiculous."

"It didn't happen," he said.

• • •

What was caught on video: The Honda didn't stop when the sergeant activated his lights.

When asked by a Times reporter about the driver failing to stop, Yeshitela compared the girls to "slaves running from slavemasters."

He said his group will file records requests with the Sheriff's Office to conduct "a black people's grand jury." Butler's mother and aunt attended the news conference but did not speak because of possible litigation against the Sheriff's Office, Uhuru leaders said.

Michele Whitfield, a Clearwater lawyer representing Miller's family, also has filed records requests and is conducting her own inquiry. Whitfield said Thursday she is not affiliated with the Uhuru movement and its claims.

The girls' families also are upset that, after their deaths, the Sheriff's Office disclosed their criminal records, which include arrests for stealing cars.

Yeshitela called that "slander."

Gualtieri countered that the criminal records raise questions about the guardians now leveling accusations against his agency.

"The police aren't responsible for raising their kids," he said. "Law enforcement is unfortunately tasked with dealing with the consequences of their incompetent, ineffective parenting. Where are the families? Where are the parents? Why did these kids, collectively among them within the last year, have seven auto theft arrests?"

During the news conference, the room erupted with anger when a Times reporter asked if the teens' guardians bear any responsibility for their deaths.

"We hold (Gualtieri's) momma responsible," Yeshitela said, "and we hold the parents of the (deputies) who were responsible for these deaths responsible."

Saturday, April 30, 2016

11-YEAR-OLD ALABAMA BOY SHOOTS HOME INVADER

Chris Gaither said the burglar cried like a baby after he shot him in the leg

If you like stories with a happy ending here’s a really good one.

11-year-okd Chris Gaither was home alone in Talladega, Alabama on Wednesday morning when he heard a noise and discovered a burglar inside his home.

Chris grabbed his stepfather’s .9mm pistol and confronted the culprit who was taking off with a clothes hamper. The burglar threatened to kill him as he exited the house. Undaunted, Chris ran after the hamper thief and emptied the gun at him. With his 12th and final shot he hit the burglar in the leg as he was about to jump a fence. Chris said:

“I shot through the hamper he was carrying, it was a full-metal jacket bullet. It went straight through the back of his leg. He started crying like a little baby. When I pulled the gun out on him, I guess he didn't think it was a real gun, because he didn't worry about it he just kept on walking.”

Chris added, “I hope you learn your lesson coming to this house trying to steal stuff.”

The boy’s mother told the cops that the same man had burglarized their home before.

The Talladega police plan to file charges against the burglar when he is released from the hospital.

I am sure that the minute he gets out of jail, that dipshit will strike the Gaither home off of his ‘houses to be burglarized’ list.

STRICT CALIFORNIA GUN-CONTROL MEASURE CLOSE TO MAKING NOVEMBER BALLOT

One part of the initiative requires the confiscation of rifles with magazines that can carry more than 10 cartridges

By Bob Egelko

San Francisco Chronicle
April 28, 2016

Californians will vote in November on far-reaching new restrictions on firearms, including the nation’s first requirement of background checks for buyers of ammunition, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

Declaring a “historic opportunity to recapture our leadership nationwide on this issue,” Newsom said supporters will submit 600,000 signatures on petitions to qualify an initiative that would strengthen California’s gun-control laws, already some of the strictest in the nation. They need 365,880 signatures of registered voters to make the ballot.

Besides the checks for ammunition purchases — like those already in place for guns — the measure would ban possession of large-capacity rifle magazines, require gun owners to notify police when their weapons are lost or stolen, and enact rules for courts to confiscate guns from criminals who are prohibited from possessing them. Other provisions would reclassify possession of a stolen gun as a felony and require California to share its background check information with the FBI.

“We have a chance to vote on the most comprehensive and significant gun-safety measure in decades,” said Newsom, who is sponsoring the initiative while preparing to run for governor in 2018.

The last gun-control measure on the California ballot, a 1982 initiative that would have tightly limited the purchase of new handguns, was defeated by more than a 3-2 majority after an intense and well-funded opposition campaign by the National Rifle Association.

Asked about Newsom’s new initiative, NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter said Thursday that none of the measure’s provisions would promote public safety.

“We will do everything in our power to put an end to this,” Hunter said. But she wouldn’t say whether the organization plans to spend large sums on the campaign.

“Newsom would like to see guns confiscated in California,” Hunter said.

Newsom called that assertion “fictional.”

One part of the initiative, however, would take away one type of firearm, rifles with magazines that can carry more than 10 cartridges, from people who now can legally possess them in most parts of the state. California bans the sale of such weapons but not their possession, though some cities, including San Francisco and Oakland, prohibit possession as well. Federal courts have upheld the local ordinances.

“I don’t know a legitimate hunter who needs a 15-round clip,” said Newsom, who noted that such weapons are often used in mass shootings.

He said the proposed background-check requirement for ammunition purchases was “potentially a game-changer in the gun-safety debate.”

Newsom said a convicted felon who had illegally obtained a gun now “could go down and purchase an unlimited amount of ammunition” from “anyone with a business license,” with no questions asked. He said the initiative would require dealers to be licensed, forbid sales of ammunition to those with histories of serious crimes or mental illness, and — as with guns — require all sales to be face-to-face.

The initiative has been endorsed by the California Democratic Party, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Mayors Ed Lee of San Francisco, Libby Schaaf of Oakland and Sam Liccardo of San Jose. Newsom said supporters had spent more than $3 million for signature-gathering and are prepared to raise whatever they need to win in November.

EDITOR’S NOTE: That’s why I call it Kookfornia. This measure will not keep criminals from possessing guns, it will not prevent mass murders and it will not make Kookfornians any safer. All it will do is make them feel good by giving them a false sense of security.

WESTERN WEED IS TAKING OVER THE POT MARKET IN FLORIDA

By Francisco Alvarado

VICE News
April 27, 2016

In early April, a couple months after Eladio Hernandez Ponce purchased a two-bedroom ranch-style house south of Pueblo, Colorado, deputies with the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office narcotics special investigation unit executed a search warrant on his new abode. Inside, investigators found nearly 200 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, along with numerous supplies and construction materials they believe were to be used to expand the operation, according to a sheriff's bulletin.

Ponce and fellow residents Anaili Garcia Toledo and Elio Hernandez Delgado told the deputies they were medical-marijuana growers, but they were unable to provide any proof they could legitimately grow pot for patients, the sheriff's office says. A week later, on April 13, deputies arrested the three Cubans, who had recently relocated from Miami, Florida, charging them with felony marijuana cultivation.

It was a familiar scenario for 35-year-old Ponce. Exactly a year ago, he was arrested in Homestead, Florida, on felony charges of manufacturing cannabis with intent to sell and residing in a home used for drug trafficking. But he's not the only former Floridian to get nabbed for illegally growing weed in the legal pot state of Colorado.

Sergeant Jeremy Bacor, who until recently was head of Pueblo's narcotics special investigation unit, tells me 12 people who previously resided in Florida have been arrested in seven separate illegal marijuana grow operations in the county since the end of March. Five of the alleged illegal growers are of Cuban descent, including Ponce and his two cohorts.

"We get people from a lot of states coming to Colorado since marijuana was fully legalized," Bacor explains. "Some are people looking to skew the lines and are growing for the black market. The recent trend has been individuals from Florida."

The influx of illegal pot growers from Florida to places like Pueblo augurs a shift in the black market for indoor, high-grade marijuana in the Sunshine State. The hodgepodge of pot laws nationwide—four states allow regulated access to recreational marijuana, while 23 states, plus Washington, DC, now permit some form of medical marijuana—has offered some old-school pot peddlers like Ponce new opportunities. And despite the pro-legalization argument that easing off prohibition might put shady dealers out of business, the reality is looking a bit more complicated than that.

Marc Kleiman, professor emeritus of public policy for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, says black-market marijuana will continue to thrive until the federal government legalizes the drug. "If there was national legalization, then the illicit market would go away like it did for alcohol," Kleiman tells me. "There's not much moonshining left."

In Florida, where only a non-psychoactive form of cannabis is currently legal for medical use, a new ballot initiative is in the works to legalize more potent marijuana for very sick people. But Kleiman believes a legal medical-marijuana market would only eliminate a fraction of the black-market clientele, and that ending prohibition in piecemeal fashion leaves the door open for growers to take their cannabis across state lines and sell it in black markets up the East Coast. "There is still a black market in Georgia and New York," he explains. "If most of the marijuana grown in Florida is going to New York, legalization won't change anything."

The renewed effort to make Florida the next medical-marijuana state comes at a time when police departments across the peninsula are launching search-and-destroy missions for illegal grow houses, which may just be encouraging importation from other states.

In March, 22 Cubans were arrested on racketeering charges for their involvement in an indoor marijuana-cultivation network that operated ten grow houses across Hillsborough and two neighboring counties in central Florida. During a week's worth of raids, narcotics investigators seized 591 plants weighing 872 pounds and 46 pounds of packaged marijuana worth an estimated $2.3 million on the street.

At a press conference announcing the arrests, Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee said the wholesale prices for a pound of Florida grown indoor weed go between $2,000 to $2,500. "Do the math," he instructed assembled reporters. "There is a tremendous amount of dirty money to be made in this business. It is incredible how big these operations are, especially in Florida."

In a phone interview, Captain Frank Losat, head of Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office special investigations division, tells me Cuban growers have been running well-organized indoor grow houses for several years now. "We have to address a multitude of crimes these grow houses bring to the community," he says. "We've had a series of home invasions where grow houses were targeted. You don't know who your neighbors are until the violence occurs."

During the yearlong investigation dubbed "Operation Hydro Hustlers," detectives were able to gather evidence showing the 22 Cubans were involved in a marijuana ring, according to Losat, "We started to link people together," he says. "You would see them at various houses together conducting business."

Detectives tailed the suspects traveling to Garden Hydro Empire, a hydroponic-equipment store owned by Jorge Tellez, one of the Cubans arrested in the racketeering probe, and also watched unload indoor marijuana-growing equipment, including lighting systems and circuit boards used to bypass electric company meters, into the ten houses, Losat says.

"They ran it like a business," the captain adds. "They got up by six or seven in the morning to tend to the houses, making sure the plants were growing, and running errands around town to buy various supplies. They were very well organized."

Mark Santiago, a Miami-based investor and instructor for Cannabis Career Institute, an online and seminar school that teaches pot-industry aspirants how to do business in states that have legalized medical marijuana, says the heat from Florida law enforcement has definitely cut into the state's illegal grow house industry.

"Five years ago, almost all the illicit marijuana in Florida was homegrown," Santiago says. "Nowadays, only thirty to forty percent is Florida bud. Most of it is being brought in from Colorado and California."

The Cubans who continue to operate grow houses in Florida are typically those who have only been in the US for a couple of years, he believes.

According to annual domestic-eradication reports by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), indoor marijuana production in Florida declined between 2012 and 2014. The agency eradicated 382 indoor operations and a combined 20,762 plants in 2014 compared to 540 indoor grow houses and 31,499 plants in 2012.

One former Miami grower who's now active out West bolsters Santiago's claims. A Cuban who arrived in south Florida in the mid 1980s, the man says he grew illegal marijuana in various houses in Miami-Dade from late 2004 through 2012, when one of his buddies was busted tending plants inside one of their homes. "We had a good run while it lasted," he recalls. "We would only grow twenty-five plants at a time, enough for five pounds. We emphasized quality over quantity."

Since his friend was a first-time offender, the guy pleaded no contest and had to serve two years probation, according to the former grower. Meanwhile the self-avowed cannabis connoisseur made connections in Northern California in an area known as the Emerald Triangle, where an abundance of high-grade marijuana is produced. For the past five years, he's been importing pot to south Florida.

As you might expect, he declines to go into detail about how he transports the weed, but it seems to be resonating back home.

"Most of the stuff we are getting on our front doorstep is West Coast bud," he says. "It has displaced local growing."

EDITOR’S NOTE: Even if the federal government were to legalize marijuana, the black market would still flourish because pot users would want to avoid paying the taxes that come with the legal sale of pot.

LA SHERIFF’S CHIEF OF STAFF UNDER FIRE FOR OFFENSIVE EMAILS

City News Service
April 28, 2016

A top Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department official forwarded emails with jokes containing derogatory stereotypes of Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others from his work account during his previous job with the Burbank Police Department, it was reported Wednesday.

Tom Angel, Sheriff Jim McDonnell's chief of staff, sent the emails in 2012 and 2013 when he was the No. 2 police official in Burbank, hired to reform a department reeling from allegations of police brutality, racism and sexual harassment, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing city records.

"I took my Biology exam last Friday," said one of the forwarded emails obtained under the state's public records law, according to the newspaper. "I was asked to name two things commonly found in cells. Apparently 'Blacks' and 'Mexicans' were NOT the correct answers."

Another email listed 20 reasons "Muslim Terrorists are so quick to commit suicide," including "Towels for hats," "Constant wailing from some idiot in a tower" and "You can't wash off the smell of donkey."

Angel told The Times he did not mean to demean anyone and said it was unfortunate his work emails could be obtained under the state's records laws.
Asked about the "Biology exam" email making light of high incarceration rates
in some minority communities, he described himself as Mexican.

"I apologize if I offended anybody, but the intent was not for the public to have seen these jokes," he told the newspaper.

McDonnell told The Times he was disappointed by the emails but he had no immediate plans to discipline Angel even though "it's a shame the whole
thing happened at all."

After viewing the emails at the request of The Times, local Muslim civil rights advocates criticized Angel, saying the messages perpetuate dangerous biases that all Muslims are terrorists.

In a meeting with McDonnell and Angel on Monday, Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, sought assurances that sheriff's officials are not unfairly targeting Muslim communities. Angel should be disciplined and the Sheriff's Department should meet with community groups and hold cultural awareness seminars for its staff, Al-Marayati said, according to The Times.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I suspect Sheriff McDonnel, instead of being disappointed by Angel’s emails, was mostly pissed off because the media had released them to the public.

SHIPBOARD ROMANCE

James and Nancy met on a cruise ship.....

When they discovered they lived in the same city only a few miles apart James was ecstatic. He immediately started asking her out when they got home.

Within a couple of weeks, James had taken Nancy to dance clubs, restaurants, concerts, movies, and museums. James became convinced that Nancy was indeed his soul mate and true love. Every date seemed better than the last.

On the one-month anniversary of their first dinner on the cruise ship, James took Nancy to a fine restaurant. While having cocktails and waiting for their salad, James said, "I guess you can tell I'm very much in love with you. I'd like a little serious talk before our relationship continues to the next stage. So, before I get a box out of my jacket and ask you a life changing question, it's only fair to warn you, I'm a total golf nut. I play golf, I read about golf, I watch golf on TV. In short, I eat, sleep, and breathe golf. If that's going to be a problem for us, you'd better say so now!"

Nancy took a deep breath and responded, "James, that certainly won't be a problem. I love you as you are and I love golf too; but, since we're being totally honest with each other, you need to know that for the last five years I've been a hooker."

"Oh wow! I see," James replied. He looked down at the table, was quiet for a moment. Deep in serious thought then he added, "You know, it's probably because you're not keeping your wrists straight when you hit the ball."

Friday, April 29, 2016

PERILS OF USING A PORTA-POTTY

A spider bit an Australian man on his fucking cock while he was taking a crap

Dorina Lisson, my dear Aussie friend, sent me this report. Dorina noted in a previous BGB post that I could not remember my prom. She wrote, “I'm pretty sure you would remember very well if something bit you on your penis !!!”

For darling Dorina’s edification, I do seem to remember a few ladies nibbling my dick … or maybe that’s just a desperate attempt at memory recall. Shit, it’s a bitch to get old! The golden years can kiss my ass!!

As for that Aussie spider bite victim, redbacks must be a species of cocksucker spiders.

REDBACK BITES SYDNEY MAN’S PENIS IN PORTALOO

By Tyron Butson

The Daily Telegraph
April 27, 2016

SYDNEY, Australia -- A TRADIE has been taken to hospital after being bitten on the penis by a redback spider, while sitting on the toilet in Sydney’s south.

The man, known only as Jordan, was using a Portaloo on a building site on Civic Ave, Kogarah, when the spider bit him on his genitalia about 8.45am.

Paramedics were initially called to the scene, but a NSW Ambulance spokesman said the bitten man managed to make his own way to hospital for treatment.

“He’s somehow managed to get alternative transport to hospital,” he said.

St George Hospital confirmed a 21-year-old man arrived at the emergency department a short time later.

The injured man remains in a stable condition and is expected to be discharged later today.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In case you haven’t already figured it out, ‘tradie’ is Aussie slang for construction worker.

IT WASN’T THE TOOTH FAIRY, IT WAS THE CHEWING GUM

Jet Blue pilot blames high breathalyzer reading on gum he was chewing

A Jet Blue pilot is no longer a Jet Blue pilot because he flew a couple of flights while pickeled. When he blew two breathalyzer tests, he blamed the high reading on the gum he was chewing.

Nice try, but he might just as well have blamed it on the tooth fairy.

The former airline pilot checked himself into rehab and now works as a substitute school teacher earning $900 a month.

JET BLUE PILOT CHARGED WITH DRUNKEN FLYING ON TRIP FROM FLORIDA TO JFK AIRPORT

By John Marzulli

New York Daily News
April 27, 2016

It was cocktails in the cockpit for a JetBlue pilot busted for flying under the influence of alcohol after taking a planeload of passengers from Florida to Kennedy Airport, authorities said Wednesday.

Dennis Murphy, Jr., was selected for a random alcohol test on April 21, 2015, after his flight No. 584 from Orlando touched down with 151 passengers on board.

Murphy blew a .11 for blood-alcohol content on a breath testing device, according to the criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

The 44-year-old pilot from Ramsey, N.J., was administered a second test 15 minutes later and registered a .091 reading, which is not a crime. To face criminal charges under federal law, a commercial pilot has to have blood-alcohol content of 0.10% or higher.

A separate FAA regulation limits pilots’ blood alcohol content to .04.

“During the walk to the onsite testing office at JFK Airport, Murphy’s face was red and he was chewing gum rapidly,” according to the complaint.

After Murphy was informed of the damning test results, he claimed the reading was caused by the gum, the complaint states.

Oddly, he also asked the tester why he was being checked for alcohol and not drugs.

Earlier the same day, Murphy had piloted Flight 583 from JFK to Orlando with 119 passengers on board.

The co-pilot who flew with Murphy that day told the agent the he observed him “drinking an unknown beverage from a cup before and during” both flights, the complaint says.

Murphy, who has been flying for JetBlue since January 2015, was grounded from flying immediately after flunking the breath test. He resigned from JetBlue before he was scheduled to face a disciplinary meeting last May.

A spokeswoman for the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office declined to say why prosecutors waited one year to bust Murphy.

“These are very serious charges,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Haggans said in court, adding that Murphy faces a maximum of 15 years in prison if he’s convicted.

Murphy was released on a $50,000 bond.

Airline spokesman Morgan Johnston said in a statement: “JetBlue has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy.”

FAA regulations prohibit pilots from flying within eight hours of drinking alcohol or if they have a blood alcohol level of .04 to .09, but the feds do not require sanctions against the pilot. That decision is made by the airline, according to an FAA spokesman.


HOW THE DEMOGRAPHIC REVOLUTION HAS CREATED A NEW AMERICAN MAJORITY

Each day, the United States population increases by more than 8,000 people, and nearly 90 percent of that growth consists of people of color

Excerpted from the book “Brown is the New White”
By Steve Phillips

"People of color now comprise more than 37 percent of the U.S. population, greater than triple the 12 percent in 1965. The two fastest-growing groups have been Latinos and Asian Americans. In 1965 there were fewer than 9 million Latinos in the United States; by 2013 that number had soared to 54 million. During that same forty¬-eight-year span, the Asian American population has grown from 2 mil-lion to more than 18 million people. ...

"The country's demographic revolution over the past fifty years has given birth to a New American Majority. Progressive people of color now comprise 23 percent of all the eligible voters in America, and progressive Whites account for 28 percent of all eligible voters. Together, these constituencies make up 51 percent of the country's citizen voting age population, and that majority is getting bigger every single day. ...

"The New American Majority is growing larger every single day (every minute, actually). Each day, the size of the U.S. population increases by more than 8,000 people, and nearly 90 percent of that growth consists of people of color. To understand this startling reality, one must look at the rate of births and deaths, and the rise in immigration.

"In terms of births, as of 2011 the majority of babies born in America (50.4 percent) are now people of color. A baby is born every seven seconds, resulting in 12,343 births per day. At the other end of the age spectrum, the racial composition of the over-65 segment of the popula¬tion is quite different. Because of centuries of racially exclusionary im¬migration policies (see Chapter 3), the total U.S. population was nearly 90 percent White as recently as 1950. As a result, the current over-65 population is 78 percent White. Using that figure to estimate the ra¬cial breakdown of the country's deaths -- which occur at a rate of 6,646 per day (once every thirteen seconds) -- it's clear that while a majority of births are people of color, deaths are overwhelmingly White.

"What this means for net population growth, then, is that the White birth number of 6,048 new babies each day (49 percent of the babies born every day) are largely canceled out by the 5,204 White deaths ev¬ery day. For people of color, the 6,295 daily births (51 percent of all births) are only reduced by 1,442 deaths, leaving a net increase of 4,853 people of color every day.

"And then there are the immigration numbers. Implied, feared, but unstated in America's heated immigration debate is a remarkable pop¬ulation statistic -- more than 90 percent of all immigrants to America are people of color. In terms of legal immigration alone, 2,618 people are added to the U.S. population each day, nearly all of them people of color (reflecting the reality that most of the people outside of the United States are people of color). When those numbers are added to the net increase from births and deaths for people of color, the bottom line is that each and every day, 7,261 people of color are added to the U.S. population, in contrast to the White growth of 1,053 people."

EDITOR'S NOTE: It looks as though it won't be too long before whites will know what it is to be a minority.

BEYONCE’S BEEHIVE OF BOMBASTIC BUFFOONS

By Michelle Malkin

Townhall
April 27, 2016

Question: Why aren't liberal celebrities ever held accountable for stoking their unhinged fans' violent threats and stupidity — the same way Republican candidates are called on to disavow every last remote and random act of bad behavior of their supporters?

The double standards are as glaring as a glittering diva's Harry Winston diamonds.

I'm looking at you, Beyonce.

The singer dropped a highly incendiary album over the weekend titled "Lemonade" on her husband Jay-Z's failing music streaming service, Tidal. When last we heard from booty-shaking Beyonce, she was growling and cursing her way half-naked through her Black Panther anthem, "Formation," at the Super Bowl.

But Queen Bey ain't just settling for twerk-punctuated, fist-clenching, cop-bashing radical chic. The Black Lives Matters message is incidental this time to her real beef: cheating hubby Jay Z and his mistress(es?).

"Middle fingers up, put them hands high/ Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye," she rants before jeering that her adulterous partner "better call Becky with the good hair." Wielding a baseball bat, the designer gown-swathed star sashays down the street in a music video obliterating car windows and fire hydrants.

In case she isn't clear enough, she threatens: "Ashes to ashes, dust to side chicks." Whack! Thwack! Bam!

Cue the pop star's bloodthirsty mob. Beyonce didn't just toot a dog whistle. She sounded the alarm for her wolf pack. So far, the rabid fans have virtually mauled two women and one teenager in their online witch hunt on Beyonce's behalf.

When fashion designer Rachel Roy took to Instagram to joke about her good hair after "Lemonade's" release, Beyonce's spittle-flecked fans, who call themselves the "Beehive," swarmed onto Roy's social media accounts. They littered Roy's Instagram comments with lemon and bumblebee emojis, for starters. Then, they quickly escalated to nasty death threats calling the ex-wife of entertainment mogul Damon Dash (Jay Z's former business partner) a "b—-h" and a "hoe" who is going to "get f—-ed up."

Stay classy, kids!

Roy was forced to turn her social media accounts private. But that didn't provide any protection for two other innocent bystanders in the Beehive's hysterical onslaught.

Rachel Roy's 16-year-old daughter, Ava, has also been subjected to blistering harassment online. A photo she posted on Instagram with her mom was littered with nasty insults calling her a "whore" and other unprintable vulgarities.

"R.I.P. to your mom," one menace jeered. "Tell your basic mutt face Mother to keep her legs closed to [a] married man," another lashed out (accompanied by 8 lemon emojis, of course).

If that weren't bad enough, Beyonce's low-information buffoons also confused cooking star Rachael Ray for Rachel Roy. Misplaced misogyny and bullying ensued. The chef's pretty Instagram pictures of spring vegetable soup and steak salad were inundated with f-bombs and body-shaming. The Beehivers took to Twitter to label Ray a "30-minute meal hoe" among other diatribes, which continue despite the attackers being told of the mistaken identity.

Ray, Roy. What difference does it make? Watch out, all you Rachel Reys and Rachel Ruys out there. You're next.

The bitter bees show no signs of letting up — and Beyonce's silence about the vicious vendetta of her swarm speaks volumes. Her own personal army of Bernard Goetzes now suspects British singer and former Jay-Z protege Rita Ora of being the other other woman. "Rita Ora must die" and "Rita Ora, I hope you die" are among the sweeter sentiments now clogging her social media accounts.

Twitter recently vowed to improve its policing of hate speech recently. But its commitment is as full of holes as a honeycomb. Loud-mouthed rapper Azaelia Banks got a pass just a few weeks ago after tweeting that former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin should be gang-raped. That tells you all you need to know about whether the politically correct micro-messaging platform will filter out The Queen's filthy minions.

So, the next time sanctimonious Hollywood lefties and social justice warriors in Silicon Valley blame the right for uncivil rhetoric and out-of-control online mobs, point them to Beyonce's raging beehive and tell 'em:

Buzz off.

GIVE ME YOUR HEIGHT AND POSITION

A blonde was flying in a two-seater airplane with her boyfriend. Suddenly her boyfriend, the pilot, has a heart attack and dies. The blonde, frantic, grabs the mike and calls out a May Day.

“May Day! May Day! Help me! Help me! The pilot had a heart attack and is dead and I don't know how to fly. Someone help me! Please help me!”

She then hears a voice on the radio saying: “This is Air Traffic Control and I hear you loud and clear. I will talk you through this and get you back on the ground. I've had a lot of experience with this kind of problem. Now, just take a deep breath, stay calm and everything will be fine! Now give me your height and position.”

She then says, “I'm 5'4" and I support Hillary.”

“Huh? Hmm, now that changes everything,” says the voice on the radio. “Listen carefully and repeat after me: Our Father who art in heaven …..”

Thursday, April 28, 2016

DESPERATELY SCRAPING THE BOTTOM OF THE CANDIDATE BARREL

Ted Cruz chooses Carly Fiorina as his running mate

Talk about scraping the bottom of the candidate barrel, Ted Cruz announced Wednesday that he has chosen Carly Fiorina to be his running mate.

After getting swamped by Trump in Tuesday’s primaries, the selection of Fiorina appears to be a last minute desperate move by Cruz to win over the crucial women’s vote.

Fiorina was a failed political candidate in California. She was a failed Republican candidate for President this primary go-around. Cruz has clearly scraped the bottom of the barrel. The only thing that can be said for Fiorina is that she is two or three times as smart as Sarah Palin, Senator McCain’s former running mate.

Palin didn’t work for John McCain and Fiorina won’t work for Ted Cruz, even though she is much smarter than Palin.

Now you can add ‘Desperate Ted’ to Lying Ted.

YOU KNOW THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS IN DEEP SHIT WHEN CHARLES KOCH OF THE KOCH BROTHERS SAYS HILLARY CLINTON COULD BE A BETTER PRESIDENT THAN DONALD TRUMP OR TED CRUZ

Charles Koch lambasts both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, saying they’re both terrible role models and that he doesn’t know how he and his brother could support either one of them

The multibillionaire Koch Brothers, Charles and David, and their firm Koch Industries, have been longtime supporters of and donors to Republican political causes and candidates. Ah, but not in this election cycle. They are thoroughly disgusted with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Charles Koch even went so far as to say that Hillary Clinton could be a better president than Trump or Cruz.

When ABC news correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Charles Koch whether Hillary would be a better president than another Republican this time around, he replied, “It’s possible.”

When Karl asked, “You couldn't see yourself supporting Hillary Clinton, could you?,” Koch replied, “Well, I -- that -- her -- we would have to believe her actions will be quite different than her rhetoric, let me put it that way.”

Here are some of the other things Koch said during the interview by Karl:

[On Trump’s proposal to put a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States] Well, obviously that's antithetical to our approach, but what was worse was this we'll have them all register. I mean, this isn't Nazi Germany. I mean, that's monstrous as I said at the time. So, obviously we totally oppose that.

[On Cruz’s proposal to defeat ISIS by making the sand glow and carpet bombing] Well, that's gotta be hyperbole, but I mean that a candidate, whether they believe it or not, would think that appeals to the American people. This is frightening.

[Why he probably won't back the GOP nominee] Well, I'll tell you why. We said here are the issues. You've got to be like Ronald Reagan and compete on making the country better rather than tearing down your opponents. And right off the bat, they didn't do it. More of these personal attacks and pitting one person against the other, that's the message you're sending the country. That's the way you should -- you're role models and you're terrible role models. So how -- I don't know how we could support him.

We read-- I read, oh, we've given millions to this one, millions to that one, and millions to oppose Trump. We've done none of that. We haven't put a penny in any of these campaigns, pro or con.


When Charles Koch says such things, you know the Republican Party is in deep shit. In my opinion, Trump and Cruz have destroyed the Republican Party and it will take years for the GOP to recover, that is if it ever does.

SEXUAL EMERGENCY GETS IRAQI ASYLUM SEEKER AT LEAST 10 YEARS IN AUSTRIAN PRISON

Married migrant who raped a ten-year-old boy at a swimming pool because he had not had sex for four months and it was 'a sexual emergency' pleads guilty in Austrian court

By Corey Charlton

Daily Mail
April 27, 2016

An Iraqi asylum seeker has admitted to raping a 10-year-old boy at a public swimming pool because he was having a 'sexual emergency' after being separated from his wife for four months.

The 20-year-old, who has a child of his own, reportedly grabbed the youngster and dragged him into a changing cabin before assaulting him at the pools in Vienna.

Afterwards, the man identified only by his first name and initial, Amir A, had carried on with his swim and was practising on the diving board as if nothing had happened when police arrived.

The badly injured youngster however had raised the alarm with a lifeguard, who had in turn called the police and the boy's mother.

After he was arrested, he initially claimed that the teenager who had been acting as a translator for him had encouraged him to have sex with the boy and had told him it was okay.

He also claimed not to know how old his victim really was, Kurier reported.

He reportedly faces 10 years in jail, but the court case was adjourned after it was revealed that the schoolboy was suffering serious psychological problems.

The psychiatric report is now being prepared, and if the serious psychological consequences are confirmed, then the possible jail sentence could be increased to 15 years on a charge of aggravated GBH.

During the court hearing the man said that he still wanted to bring his young wife and child to Austria, even though he was now facing jail and his asylum application had not been granted.

Asked why he had come to Vienna, he admitted it was because he wanted to improve his economic situation.

When the case reopens after the reports have been prepared, it will take place behind closed doors after a request from both the prosecution and the defence.

Prosecutors said they wanted to spare details being revealed that might embarrass the victim, while the defence said they wanted to avoid a public debate over their client’s sexual orientation.

Since his arrest, Amir A. has been held in solitary confinement and under tight security in Vienna’s Josefstadt jail, so as to protect him from other prisoners.

Local media have also reported police looked into his asylum claim and discovered he was the son of a wealthy businessman who had come to Europe because he had heard there was a better life in Sweden.

However, he was unable to get any further than Munich, and after deciding that the conditions in Austria were better, he returned and applied for asylum once he arrived in Vienna.

The court heard his father had booked him a flight from Baghdad to Istanbul, and he had then boarded a ship from Turkey to Greece.

Upon arriving, he had taken a taxi to a refugee centre and then followed the masses heading northwards into Europe.

He said that on the entire journey to Austria he had not been stopped or checked once, even on the Austrian Hungarian border.

He told the court: 'I wanted to build a future for my family. I decided for one week to the next that I would go.

EDITOR’S NOTE: He should have stuck to fucking goats.

SEX-STARVED OHIO MOM FACING UP TO 3.5 YEARS IN PRISON

Mother, 47, pleads guilty to sending nude photos and videos to her daughter's 14-year-old ex-boyfriend and asking him to have sex with her

By Ollie Gillman

Daily Mail
April 27, 2016

A mother has pleaded guilty to sending nude photos and videos of herself to her daughter's 14-year-old ex-boyfriend.

Dodi Wade, 47, admitted sending the lewd messages to the boy's cellphone and asking him to reply with naked pictures of himself.

She also asked the teenager to have sex with her several times during the explicit text message conversations.

Wade, from Akron, Ohio, sent the graphic videos to the boy between November 22 and December 25 last year.

The teenager's mother trawled through the boy's old phone on January 5 and found the sexually explicit messages and videos.

She reported the texts and footage to the police and gave the cell phone to investigators.

Wade was arrested in January and yesterday pleaded guilty to four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and one count of importuning, Cleveland.com reported.

She will be sentenced on May 31 and could face up to three-and-a-half years in prison.

Wade will have to register as Tier I sex offender, which means she will have to annually report her address to a county sheriff for the next 15 years.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I wonder if the little fart got to diddle Dodi’s daughter?

AMERICA IS SO FUCKED IT CAN’T EVEN NAME A SCHOOL WITHOUT AN ONLINE FIRESTORM

After the Austin, Texas school board wanted to rename the Robert E. Lee Elementary school, 45 people wanted to name the school after Donald Trump, 34 wanted to keep the original name, and eight wanted to call it the "Adolf Hitler School for Friendship and Tolerance"

By Harry Cheadle

VICE News
April 26, 2016

I think about the ancient Romans sometimes. I wonder when they knew they were fucked. I picture some togaed stereotype waking up in his marbled villa, looking out at the Roman road, the Colosseum squatting in the distance, thinking about the evening's party, whether it will become a wine-lubricated orgy or just sort of peter out into a long political argument over roasted boar. Did our imaginary Roman feel, as he took his customary morning piss into a pot, that things were in decline, that time and fate would grind everything that he sees into dust, and did he think that maybe that was all right because all of it—the bread, the circuses, the intricately decorated vases that, come to think of it, seem rather derivative of last season's intricately decorated vases—was sort of crappy? That maybe Rome had had some good ideas back in the day (the aqueduct, for instance) but now most Romans just sort of lay around arguing about Greek plays or watching slaves from far-off locales getting devoured by lions, and what was the point of it all?

Maybe you feel like that Roman sometimes. Not the bit about the piss-pot, but the sense that things are wrong and can't be fixed, not really, without the aid of some barbarians at the gate. I know I felt like that when I read about Austin's Robert E. Lee Elementary school.

So here's the deal: A school board in Austin decided that it was not a great idea that a place where children gathered was named after a general who fought his own country's military to defend the right to own slaves. This sort of renaming is called "political correctness" and many people are against it, for whatever reason. Anyway, the school board asked for recommendations on a new name, at which point the whole thing just sort of went to hell. Forty-five people wanted to name the school after Donald Trump. Thirty-four wanted to keep the original name. Eight were in favor of calling it the "Adolf Hitler School for Friendship and Tolerance," "Barack Hussein Obama Elementary School" got three votes, and single-vote suggestions included "Bee Movie," "Bleeding Heart Liberal," "Ayn Rand Elementary," "Boaty McBoatface Elementary," "Schoolie McSchoolface," "Schooly McSchoolerson," "Dwayne Johnson Elementary," "Flava-Flave Elementary," "IGNORANCE IS BLISS ELEMENTARY," "Politically Correct Elementary #1," "Adam Lanza's School of Fun," "Keep Austin Weird," and the list goes on.

The board is going to ignore all of this, of course—they can call it whatever they want, and they'll probably pick a good, middle-of-the-road name because naming a school is not all that difficult. Just call it Abraham Lincoln Elementary, or if there's already an Abraham Lincoln school in town, go with George Washington, Ben Franklin, Frederick Douglas, Dwight Eisenhower, Harriet Tubman, or some shit like that. Or just number the schools to strip them of all potential controversy. But it's 2016, so everything has to be a goddamn argument, complete with contentious community meetings and, according to the local NBC affiliate, increased security at the school. Because of course it's always possible that someone will be so incensed over a school name that they will harm children.

Then of course there's the internet, which turns every local happening of note into sharable content. The short news stories from Austin outlets spawned derivatives with optimized-but-also-wrong-in-some-way headlines ranging from "YUGE backfire? Effort to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary going awry" to "Texans vote to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary after Donald Trump, Hitler and Adam Lanza" to "After School Drops 'Robert E. Lee' Nickname, Voters Pick 'Donald J. Trump' Instead" to "Boaty McBoatface, meet Donald J. Trump, er, or Adolf Hitler Elementary School."

My question is, doesn't this sort of thing wear us all down after a while? The pointless online bickering, the aggregation, the noise that greets us every time we glance at our news feeds. Is there any empty text box that isn't taken as an invitation to spew hate and lame jokes? Is there any debate that is resolved quietly and privately, without the participation of literally every single person in the entire world? Can we just stop broadcasting our every thought about every subject and shut the fuck up for a single second? No?

EDITOR’S NOTE: When it comes to Austin, the Berkeley of Texas, the "Adolf Hitler School for Friendship and Tolerance" works for me.

The school board in Houston has gone hog wild in erasing any vestige of the Confederacy. Board member Yolanda Jones says:

I stand with the majority of HISD Trustees who voted to re-name all schools in the district tied to the Confederate legacy. ….. As an African American, I’m just as offended by the people these schools are named after as the Confederate flag itself. Moving forward, I would stand up and vote to change the names of these schools again and again because it is the moral and just thing to do.

Jones also says that those who oppose the name changes “expose the ugly racial divide that exists in our country and our community.”

Thus a small minority – African-Americans – are revising American history and, according to Jones, any one opposed is an ugly racist.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

POLITICALLY CORRECT RUSH TO OBLIVION

President Andrew Jackson will disappear from our currency in 2020 rather than in 2030

When it was first announced that President Andrew Jackson would be replaced by a woman on the face of the $20 bill, it was revealed that the new bills would not go into circulation until 2030.

Now it turns out that the new $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman on its face, the new $10 bill featuring Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul on its back, and the new $5 bill featuring Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. on its back will go into circulation in 2020 rather than in 2030.

While the engraving for all three bills may not be completed four years from now, you can bet the new Twenty with Harriet Tubman will be ready by then in time for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Never mind that slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman had absolutely nothing to do with the women's suffrage movement.

Andrew Jackson has long been the target of the political correct crowd because he ran the Indians off their lands and because he was a slave owner. If owning slaves is grounds for wiping presidents off of our currency then take a look at this: George Washington owned 317 slaves, while Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson each owned 200 slaves.

If slave ownership is a reason to wipe presidents off of the face of our currency, then why leave Washington on the $1 bill and Jefferson on the $2 bill?

Initially, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew wanted to replace Alexander Hamilton with a woman on the $10 bill. Ironically, Hamilton never owned any slaves. He did however marry Elizabeth Schuyler, the member of a prominent New York slaveholding family. I suppose that made him guilty by association. But I think his real reason to get rid of Hamilton was that there are more $10 bills in circulation than Twenties.

In order to justify the changes to our currency, Lew said, “America’s currency makes a statement about who we are and what we stand for as a nation.”

Now I never knew that. I always thought our currency honored prominent Americans like our first president, our first Treasury Secretary (Hamilton) and a great scientist, inventor and statesman (Benjamin Franklin), and not a depiction of who we are and what we stand for as a nation.

It appears to me as though Lew is rushing Andrew Jackson to oblivion because by having the new Harriet Tubman $20 bill ready for circulation in four years instead of 14 years, it reduces the chances for Congress to reverse this politically correct nonsense.

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST FORMER FORT WORTH OFFICER

By Mitch Mitchell

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
April 22, 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Tarrant County district attorney's office has dropped charges against a former Fort Worth police officer who was accused of sexually assaulting prostitutes in 2013.

Douglas V. Campbell, 36, of Fort Worth found out Wednesday that prosecutors will not pursue the case, said Jim Lane, Campbell's attorney.

"He was relieved to find out that the cases had been dropped," Lane said. "His reputation had been smeared and now the system has cleared him. He told everyone from the beginning that he did not do this crime and the criminal justice system has agreed."

Campbell was accused of sexually assaulting a prostitute, threatening another that he would take her to jail if she did not engage in sexual activity, and stealing $2 from an abandoned vehicle.

Campbell, who joined the department in 2007, was fired by then-Chief Jeff Halstead in January 2014.

"Prosecutors determined current evidentiary issues in this case do not support the decision to proceed with these charges at this time," said Eric Nickols, a Tarrant County prosecutor.

Campbell did plead guilty to theft of property under $50 by a public servant/elderly, court records show, and was sentenced to a year of deferred adjudication probation. If he completes the terms of his probation, the theft charge will not appear on his record.

In the theft case, investigators were conducting surveillance on Campbell as he was dispatched to a stranded vehicle blocking traffic.

They saw him talk with a woman who drove up to the scene and then take $2 from the stranded vehicle and give it to her, an arrest warrant affidavit stated. Police said Campbell told investigators he was sexually involved with the woman.

"He was man enough to say, 'Yeah, I took the $2,' " Lane said. "He gave the money to a woman who had a carload of kids with her so that she could take them to McDonald's. Had he not been in uniform, it would have been like getting a traffic ticket."

Lane said the state's case against Campbell rested on the accusations made by the two prostitutes police interviewed. According to court records, two fellow officers alerted the special investigations unit in August 2013 that an officer was rumored to be having sex with prostitutes in and around the 2100 block of South Riverside Drive.

Investigators began conducting surveillance on Campbell and interviewing women with whom he had contact.

Two women who accused Campbell were not consistent with their stories, Lane said.

"I think the prosecutor realized that he could not prove this case," Lane said. "It became pretty apparent that if something happened to these two women, it was not Douglas Campbell who did it."

Campbell will try to get his job back, Lane said.

"I'm sorry it took more than two years for Campbell to get his name cleared," Lane said.

THE ‘NINJA BURGLAR’ IS HEADED TO PRISON AFTER A CAREER OF RAPE AND ROBBERY

By Allie Conti

VICE News
April 22, 2016

Robert Costanzo worked at night. He dressed in all black, covering everything except for his eyes, and slipped into upscale homes with the aid of a ladder. Often, he robbed people as they slept, tip-toeing into their bedrooms and pocketing their valuables with a deftness that earned him a nickname: the "Ninja Burglar."

This month, the 46-year-old confessed to more than 100 burglaries around the tri-state area to the tune of $4 million. And while Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon took care to point out his"reign of terror" was finally over, what the prosecutor revealed about Costanzo during a Wednesday press conference was far more terrifying than mere thievery. Apparently, the man who's been lurking in people's houses since 2007, and has now struck a plea deal with authorities, is a real-life boogeyman and serial rapist.

"This is not the case of Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief," McMahon said in a press conference Wednesday.

Costanzo's first known crime was sexual assault. More specifically, when he was 19, he attacked a Staten Island grandmother at knifepoint before fleeing with her valuables. After that, he got a job near Orlando, Florida, as a Toyota salesman. During his flirtation with legitimate employment, which lasted about a year, he raped four more women during burglaries, the DA said. In one instance, he left enough physical evidence that a cop called his job asking questions, and he fled again––this time to New York.

He didn't exactly clean up his act there, according to the Daily Beast. In 1991, during a drug deal gone wrong, Costanzo got into a shootout with police. That's how he was busted for the rapes, although he was only convicted of one, because the confession he made was deemed largely inadmissible. He got lucky again when he was sentenced to a maximum of 19 years in prison but managed parole after just 12.

It was in 2007 that Constanzo started the streak that earned him his moniker. The man was suspected of 14 robberies before he met Phil Chiolo, the Staten Island resident who made him famous. The two had a confrontation mid-break-in, and Constanzo hit the man with nunchucks. The frightened homeowner struck back with a steak knife and lived to tell the tale. "The remarkable thing was that he did not display any physical pain," he told the Staten Island Register. "And the handle [of the knife] went all the way down."

From then on, residents of the wealthy enclaves of New York's outer borough were on edge, to say the least. Community meetings were held, security patrols set up, and cameras recorded cars going in and out of neighborhoods. Investigators in New York and New Jersey started to piece together the possibility that seemingly separate spates of crimes in their respective jurisdictions were the work of the same criminal.

But the Ninja Burglar never felt behind a single fingerprint or footprint that might help prove that theory. And typically, when the ever-cautious Costanzo saw a safe inside someone's house, he would come back later with the tools to open it. That is, until one night in April 2014, when he roused a 66-year-old Connecticut woman from her sleep and tried to get her to open a vault containing $75,000 worth of jewelry. At some point during the 20-minute ordeal, he made a crucial error in the form of a phone call. Police later checked nearby cell towers and tracked down a getaway driver who picked Costanzo up––and eventually gave him up to cops.

About six months later, police brought the burglar in on an unrelated charge of assaulting a police officer. They took his DNA sample and matched it to some evidence he'd left behind when robbing the Connecticut woman's safe. From there, Costanzo was turned over to authorities in New York, and the confessions started rolling out.

Just as he did with the rapes, Costanzo got lucky again. Despite his so-called reign of terror, he was charged with a mere three counts of second-degree burglary on Wednesday as part of a plea deal (and because of statutes of limitations).

At the time of his arrest, the man with a prolific history of raping and robbing was living the domestic high life on Staten Island with a woman and a kid. "I love you," Costanzo mouthed to three women and a man as he was leaving the courtroom after pleading guilty Thursday. He'll be sentenced on June 14 and faces 25 years in prison with five years of supervised release.

MARINE INFAMOUS FOR URINATING ON TALIBAN CORPSES HELPS FOIL GIRLFRIEND’S ALLEGED HIT-MAN PLOT

By Travis M. Andrews

The Washington Post
April 25, 2016

In 2012, a Marine Corps staff sergeant was court-martialed for being among a group of snipers who urinated on the fresh corpses of Taliban soldiers. In 2016, police in Tennessee say he saved a three-year-old from being fatherless.

What might seem like the redemption plot from a Hollywood drama is the story of Joseph Chamblin, the former Marine who worked with the Tennessee police to foil an alleged attempted murder.

The story is complicated. It involves an attractive young woman trying to get custody of her son, her alleged search for a hit man and a staged death.

Chamblin's career had been going well in 2011, the Military Times reported. He was chosen by the leaders of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines to be the scout sniper platoon commander in Afghanistan. The next January, it seemed likely he would be promoted to gunnery sergeant. Then, a video surfaced. In it, he and three other scout snipers stand over corpses of Taliban soldiers, and they're urinating on the bodies.

The footage sparked outrage around the world. The Atlantic suggested that "The Afghan video is of particular concern because it has the possibility of becoming one of the dominant images of the war."

"This act by American soldiers is simply inhuman and condemnable in the strongest possible terms," former Afghan president Hamid Karzai told the New York Times.

In an interview with WSOC, Chamblin said he did it as a means of psychological warfare, implying that they defiled the carcasses so the soldiers wouldn't reap any rewards of the afterlife.

"Because of their cultural belief that if an infidel touches the bodies, they're not going to Mecca or going to paradise," Chamblin said. "So now these insurgents see what happens when they mess with us."

When asked if he would do it again, he didn't pause.

"Yep."

The Marine Corps said Chamblin pleaded guilty to wrongful desecration, failure to properly supervise junior Marines and posing for photos with battlefield casualties. Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, who oversaw the Chamblin case, agreed before the court-martial to limit his punishment to the loss of $500 in pay and reduction in rank by one grade.

Seven other Marines faced similar ramifications. According to the blog of Sharyl Attkisson, former CBS and CNN correspondent and author of the bestselling "Stonewalled," former Staff Sgt. Edward Deptola pleaded guilty of taking photos of the desecration and was reduced in rank. Former Sgt. Derek Mages pleaded guilty to urinating on human remains and received a less than honorable discharge. Capt. James Clement, who was manning the radio thus not present for the video recording, received an honorable discharge. Former Cpl. Matthew Bostrom was reduced in rank. Former Sgt. Jacob Pope pled guilty to urinating on human remains and received a letter of reprimand. Several days after the video was recorded, he lost his leg, which allowed him to medically retire.

One, former Sgt. Robert Richards, pleaded guilty and was demoted to corporal before being granted a medical retirement with an honorable discharge. In 2014, he was found dead in his house in Jacksonville, N.C., the New York Times reported. He was 28. The cause of death was an accidental overdose on Opana, which caused oxymorphone toxicity, the Marine Corps Times reported. After being court-martialed, Chamblin left the Marines and co-authored a book titled "Into Infamy: A Marine Sniper's War" with fellow former Marine Milo Afong about both his experience in the war and with the video.

Following the media firestorms over the video and his book, meeting Laura Buckingham must have felt like a fresh start, a breath of air. Buckingham was attractive, educated and ran her own bakery. Her customers and her town loved her. After all, she was something of a local celebrity in New Albany, Ind. -- just last fall, she was on the cover of Southern Indiana Living with her son. She was also a veteran who could understand Chamblin's experiences. The two fell for each other, and soon Buckingham was pregnant again.

Chamblin must have felt like a fresh start for Buckingham, too. In July 2013, she had finally opened bakery named Bread and Breakfast in downtown New Albany, after years of selling baked goods at farmers' markets and from roadside stands. Six hundred people attended the grand opening, and she wrote on the bakery's Facebook page, "The bread has been flying directly out of the oven, our gluten free crowd is expanding and the word is out about our bacon cinnamon rolls. We have a dream team here at the bakery."

But that same month, she ended her relationship with Bradley Sutherland, her son's father, the Military Times reported. It had been a rocky relationship, and a rocky time in Buckingham's life. She allegedly hit Sutherland, giving him a black eye. The two became engaged anyway.

Much like her bakery, Chamblin felt like a calm patch on a rough sea. Even Sutherland, then removed from the relationship, liked him.

"She told me, 'I've been dating this guy for a little while now and I want to introduce him to [our son],'" Sutherland told the Daily Beast. "From the get-go, I liked him . . . I trusted him."

So, with them together, she focused on her work and shared custody of her son.

After returning from her second tour in Iraq in 2008 -- earning a Good Conduct Medal and an Iraq Campaign Medal -- kneading dough became an outlet, a relief. She baked it for family members while working on her second degree, this one in anthropology, from the University of Louisville. When she became pregnant with her son, she baked even more.

"When I was pregnant with my son I had an insane nesting instinct," she told the Courier-Journal. "I was baking, cooking and cleaning every minute. It never went away. I have obsessively baked ever since."

Then, when preparing to move her bakery into a bigger space, she vanished. "When she closed the doors, she didn't tell her employees," Brittany Enoch, the owner of Classic Cuts barber shop, a neighboring business, told WLKY. "They just heard from a text message, and she was gone."

She had gone off to Tennessee with Chamblin, leaving everything at home, including her three-year-old son, the Daily Beast reported. While she still made weekly trips to see the boy, she was scared of losing custody. The trips, which took hours each way, were wearing on her anyhow, the Military Times reported.

While she wasn't baking fresh loaves of bread, she was busy -- busy allegedly trying to find someone to murder Sutherland.

The first person she allegedly turned to was Chamblin.

At first, when she allegedly asked him at the beginning of the year to make Sutherland "go away," Chamblin thought she was kidding. A dark joke, no doubt, but a joke nonetheless. Slowly, though, her requests allegedly grew more detailed as she wondered aloud about the specifics -- Where would it happen? How could Sutherland be killed? -- and he began secretly recording their conversations, the Military Times reported.

Asking Chamblin might have seemed sensible, given his background in the military. In fact, Roane County Deputy Sheriff Tim Phillips told the Daily Beast, "She knew he'd been in the military in the past, that he was a Marine Corps sniper, and she felt that maybe he had friends that he had served with and would make [Sutherland] disappear."

Chamblin brought those recordings to the Louisville police, who had a plan in mind.

Days later, Buckingham sat with a stranger and allegedly haggled over the price of murdering her ex-boyfriend.

"I want him gone," she said, according to the Daily Beast, quoting the tapes. "I want him out of the picture."

Was she sure? Yes. Did she want it look like an accident, because that's going to cost a little more? Yes. Was she sure she was sure? Yes, she allegedly said.

Her alleged mistake was a grave one -- the man she spoke with wasn't a hit man, but an undercover agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The police immediately contacted Sutherland.

"When they brought me down to the police station and told me about this, the first thing I said is, "I'm being punked,'" Sutherland told the Daily Beast.

Beyond the simple fact that his wife wanted to kill him, what she was willing to pay stuck a nerve. (Most outlets report that price at $3,000, though the Courier-Journal reports it as $30,000.)

"My life's only worth $3,000?" he told the Daily Beast in an interview. "It's like a (expletive) used car lot. Like bring us your tax check and we'll get you a car -- only this is more like bring us your tax check, and we'll assassinate your ex-fiancee."

But that isn't what hurt the most.

The police decided to stage Sutherland's death, fooling Buckingham into thinking the plan had gone off without a hitch, so she would pay the remainder of the fee.

"When the guy went to show the photos of my dead body -- my son's right there," Sutherland said. "The fact that she would let a hired killer into the house while my son is there hurts me more than taking an attempt on my life."

On Feb. 24, Buckingham was arrested and brought to jail in Roane County, Tenn., which is about 40 miles west of Knoxville. She was charged with criminal intent to commit first-degree murder, and her bail was set at $150,000, according to a press release from the sheriff's office and the local prosecutor.

Sutherland claims his ex-girlfriend and alleged would-be killer suffered from PTSD, from her time in the battlefield. He said one time he received a call from Buckingham's mother, Debra, who told him that Buckingham had destroyed the apartment, "and there was a shotgun and chairs everywhere," according to the Daily Beast. He also told Military Times that she was "dealing with some demons" after her time in the Marines.

Because of Chamblin's actions, his former girlfriend, Laura Buckingham, is due in court for a preliminary hearing on May 2.

Her son remains in New Albany with Sutherland.

"I would like her to be in jail for a while for my personal comfort," Sutherland said. "I haven't slept much."

EDITOR’S NOTE: Looks like Sutherland, the intended victim, is trying to get Buckingham off by claiming she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

As for pissing on the Taliban corpses, Chamblin’s biggest mistake was letting the incident be videotaped. During WW2, Japanese corpses were often defiled by pissed off GIs. Those incidents were just not recorded and no one was punished for it.

As for this story, it seems like a great plot for a Hollywood or TV movie.