Sunday, June 25, 2017


Limpopo man to be forced to ‘marry’ the donkey he raped

Capricorn Voice
June 22, 2017

LIMPOPO, SOUTH AFRICA -- After the recent incident at Roadhouse village, the owner of the donkey insists the man must make the donkey his wife, by marrying the animal.

The matter came to the attention of locals after the owner reported the matter to the local headman that a local resident was “found raping a donkey”. It is believed that it was not the first time the man had been involved in such an incident.

The owner of the donkey said he wants the man to take the donkey as his wife.

“When I went to him he said he was sorry about it but I’m not satisfied as it was not for the first time that he committed the same act,” said the owner.

The alleged perpetrator was summoned by the community structures but he refused to appear.

Acting Headman Daniel Ngobeni confirmed the incident.

“Because of the man’s absence we have transferred the matter to the Shigalo Tribal Authority Council,” he added.

The Secretary of the Shigalo Tribal Authority Council, Thompson Ntlamu, also confirmed the matter. “We summoned the man and he will appear to answer to charges against him,” he said.


by Bob Walsh

Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane are under investigation by the FBI for bank fraud.

Saunders was trying to get $10 mill for Burlington College back in 2010. He was president of this fine institution of higher learning at the time. It has since been closed down.

Mrs Sanders is alleged to have fudged the numbers on donor information. Bernie is alleged to have used his political position to pressure the bank into approving the loan.

Bernie claims he is being targeted by Trump fanatics. He didn't claim the basic assertions were false. I somehow have a sneaking hunch the FBI would not be investigating if there was not at least some minimal evidence to support an investigation.

Both Bernie and Jane have lawyered up. That's what guilty people do.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Whoa there, Bob, not so fast! Does that mean Trump is guilty of that Russian thing he's been denying? He's hired a top notch criminal attorney to represent him.


Feds explain sweet deal for billionaire sex offender Epstein

by Jane Musgrave

Palm Beach Post
June 23, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. -- Federal prosecutors went on the offensive this month, denying allegations that they bowed to pressure from billionaire Palm Beach resident Jeffrey Epstein and his high-priced lawyers at the expense of dozens of teenage girls he sexually abused.

In their first public comment since 2007 — when they negotiated a deal that allowed Epstein to escape federal charges — prosecutors filed hundreds of pages of documents in U.S. District Court, explaining what led to the now infamous non-prosecution agreement that has been decried as “a sweetheart deal.”

Contrary to claims by attorneys representing two of Epstein’s victims in a lawsuit against the federal government, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie Villafana said she and her superiors were trying to help the traumatized young women when they agreed to let Epstein plead guilty to state prostitution charges.

The now-64-year-old money manager, who spends most of his time on his estate in the Virgin Islands, served 13 months of an 18-month sentence in the Palm Beach County Stockade. He was allowed to leave each day to go to work.

Hoping to persuade U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra to throw out the lawsuit that accuses the government of violating the federal Crime Victims Rights Act, Villafana said she tried to keep Epstein’s victims informed about the investigation and the eventual plea deal. But, she said, negotiations were sensitive and neither Epstein, his victims nor their attorneys made it easy.

For instance, she said, most of the young women were extremely reluctant — or simply refused — to testify against Epstein, who had paid them to give him sexually-charged massages at his mansion.

One of the women who is now suing the government insisted Epstein never abused her, Villafana wrote in a sworn affidavit.

“I hope Jeffrey, nothing happens to Jeffrey because he’s an awesome man and it would really be a shame,” the woman, identified only as Jane Doe 2, told FBI agents in 2007.

While Villafana said she didn’t believe her, she also understood the young woman’s suffering. Further, she knew she couldn’t force her or Epstein’s more than two dozen other victims to testify against him.

Jane Doe 1, who is also suing the government, agreed to testify. But Villafana said one victim wouldn’t have been enough to convict Epstein.

Rather than let Epstein use his considerable influence to evade prosecution, she and top officials at the U.S. Justice Department crafted the plea deal.

In exchange for pleading guilty to charges of solicitation of prostitution and soliciting minors to engage in prostitution in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Epstein was not charged with any federal counts. As part of the agreement, Epstein had to register as a sex offender and agree to settle civil lawsuits that his roughly 30 victims filed against him.

Getting Epstein to agree to pay restitution to his victims and register as a sex offender were key, Villafana wrote. Prosecutors wanted to assure his victims that they would be compensated and that “other minors throughout the country” would be protected, she wrote.

But shortly after Epstein signed the agreement on Sept. 24, 2007, he began fighting it, she said. He and his legal team, including former U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr, whose investigation led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, contacted high-level justice department officials. They challenged the terms of the non-prosecution agreement.

Fearing it was falling apart, Villafana said her office and the FBI resumed the investigation and informed the victims of that by letter in January 2008.

In their lawsuit, the victims’ attorneys, Bradley Edwards and Paul Cassell, say the letter is evidence of their claim that prosecutors lied to the victims. They also claim that prosecutors never told Epstein’s victims about the plea deal.

Villafana said she didn’t tell the young women about the terms of the agreement, fearing Epstein’s attorneys would use it to crush them if federal charges were filed and the case went to trial. Savvy attorneys would argue that the women were testifying against Epstein because federal prosecutors told them they would get paid restitution if they did, she said.

When she learned Epstein planned to plead guilty to the two charges in circuit court on June 30, 2008, Villafana said she immediately notified Edwards. She said she told him to alert his clients so they could attend the hearing. None did.

Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah, shrugged off the government’s new claims, calling them “meritless.” A written response will be filed at the end of July, he said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Flight logs show that Clinton flew at least 26 times together with Epstein on his private jet, the “Lolita Express”, and that Trump had been a frequent flier too. The plane – also dubbed the “Mile High Club” – was outfitted with a bed on which Epstein and his buddies would have group sex with underage girls.

Both Clintons, Bill and Hillary, have been Epstein’s guests at his estate on Little St. James, his private 72-acre island – also dubbed “Orgy Island” - in the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Dallas officer charged with assault in the shooting death of pregnant woman whose family was 'hoping for a murder charge'

By Associated Press and Jessica Finn

Daily Mail
June 23, 2017

A grand jury has recommended an aggravated assault charge against a Dallas police officer who shot and killed a pregnant woman in a January confrontation involving a stolen car.

The Dallas County district attorney announced Friday that Dallas Police Officer Christopher Hess was indicted on the charge of aggravated assault in the shooting death of a pregnant 21-year-old Genevive Dawes.

Hess shot and killed a pregnant Dawes in a January confrontation involving a stolen car. It is the first time in 43 years that a Dallas Police officer has been indicted for an officer-involved shooting that resulted in death.

Daryl Washington, a civil rights attorney representing Dawes' family, said they were hoping for a murder charge to be brought against the officer. Washington also said the family was hoping a second charge would be brought because of the passenger, Virgilio Rosales, Dawes' boyfriend, who was also shot at during the incident.

He said Dawes was five months pregnant when she died after being struck by at least four bullets.

Hess and another officer, Senior Corporal Jason Kimpel, who the grand jury did not recommend charges against, had responded to a suspicious persons call, according to police accounts.

Dawes and Rosales allegedly ignored commands to get out of the car, reversed the car into a police cruiser, rammed a wooden fence and were reversing away from the fence when police fired, killing Dawes and injuring Rosales.

Washington said that account is flawed. He said the couple was sleeping about 5 a.m. in the car when police arrived. He said from the evidence he has seen, Dawes never drove the car toward the officers or tried to hit them. He also said Dawes did not know the car was stolen.

Washington said the officers fired 14 times into the car, and that he believed Hess had fired 13 of the shots.

'There were a total of 14 shots at a vehicle that was going five miles per hour,' Washington said. 'I can 100 per cent stand behind the fact that no officers were in danger. No officer at the time that those shots were fired, were behind that vehicle. And I feel comfortable saying that the statements given by the Dallas police officers were inaccurate.'

Authorities say Hess, a 10-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, will be placed on administrative leave pending a review by Internal Affairs investigators.

If convicted, Hess faces between 5 and 99 years in prison. It was unclear from court documents if Hess had an attorney.

The Dallas County district attorney's office was scheduled to hold a news conference Friday afternoon to discuss the charges.

Dawes' family members, who gathered to make a statement about the indictment Friday, said she was a goofy and loving woman who would make everyone laugh, once adopted a stray duck and was devoted to her two daughters, Krystinah Rosales, 2, and Cerenity Rosales, 1.

'I feel like they tried to make my sister look like a criminal, to sweep it under the table to not even try to get justice for her,' said Alisha Garcia, Dawes' 26-year-old sister. 'She was my only sister. They took her life.'


'Cannibal killer' frat boy accused of murdering and eating two random Florida homeowners said he just wants to be a 'normal kid again' in tearful phone calls home to his parents as police release their conversations

By Mary Kekatos

Daily Mail
June 24, 2017

Hundreds of phone calls made from jail between so-called 'Cannibal Killer' Austin Harrouff and his family have been released, in which he says he just wants to 'be a normal kid again'.

More than 10 hours of recordings were made public by the State Attorney's Office in Martin Country where the 20-year-old former Florida State University student details his boredom, his want for mental help, and how he misses home.

Harrouff is accused of stabbing John Stevens III, 59, and Michelle Mishcon, 53, to death at their home on Southeast Kokomo Lane on August 15. He was found biting Stevens' face, making accusers think he was on drugs such as bath salts or flakka.

The teenager has been at the sports bar Duffy's West with his father when he complained that the food was taking too long and left.

Harrouff apparently walked to his mother's house nearby, where she said she found him about to drink cooking oil. She said she told him to stop but said she soon found him eating a bowl of cooking oil mixed with cheese before taking her son back to the restaurant.

He left again and apparently walked the four miles to the victims' home, which was near his father's house.

It is unknown how the encounter began, but Stevens and Mishcon were known to sit in their garage with the door open, watching television and chatting with passers-by.

Harrouff told deputies that he had no drugs in his system that night, though court documents show he told paramedics that he smoked marijuana and drank alcohol.

Toxicology reports showed he had neither common drugs nor designer drugs in his system.

Harrouff's attorney have argued that their client is 'struggling with severe mental illness and the judicial process will bear all of this out in due time'.

Calls from the Martin County Jail, where he was brought on October 3, show a dramatic change in Harrouff from when he first arrived.

In early recordings, he cries constantly, complains about how bored he is and says that he wants to be home.

'It just sucks. I just want to be a normal kid again,' Harrouff is heard saying.

He asks for books, magazines and things to write and draw with. He also cries to his parents, saying he needed a therapist

In later recordings, he speaks in a monotone voice, answers with one word or repeats a word over and over. He laughs briefly and at awkward points in conversations.

He's also heard making strange, unintelligible sounds more than once.

It's unclear if Harrouff is on any medication at this time, but at the beginning of his stay, he told his parents the jail gave him anti-depressants and something to help him sleep.

His next court hearing is scheduled on July 25.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hmmm, so he’s bored. To overcome his boredom, I suggest he be moved in with an experienced group of jailbirds. That might make his stay in jail exciting.

I’d also recommend that he have a supply of Vaseline on hand to keep from getting the red ass.


Drug kingpins are behind bars but violence and corruption go unchecked. Cartel violence in Tamaulipas state has claimed 254 lives in the first three months of this year, but has largely gone unreported in the press

By Jo Tuckman

Borderland Beat from The Guardian
June 23, 2017

MEXICO CITY -- When Carlos Ulivarri heard that a body had been dumped by the side of a road just outside his hometown of Rio Bravo, a few miles south of McAllen, Texas, he knew he had to act fast.

But he did not even consider contacting the authorities.

Hours earlier, Ulivarri’s son, Luís Carlos, 23, had been shot in a bar, and then dragged into the night after an altercation with a group of men presumed to be members of a local drug cartel.

At first, Ulivarri held out hope his son might be alive. But at 10am the next morning, a friend called to say that a corpse had been spotted on a road outside town which marks the frontline between two warring cartel factions.

Ulivarri, the president of the Rio Bravo chamber of commerce, knew that the body might disappear for good if he did not move quickly, but he did not want to risk a confrontation with either gang, who are both known to monitor the road.

So instead of calling the police and waiting for an escort, he drove alone to the site, bundled his son’s body into his car, and brought him home for the last time.

“We are on our own,” Ulivarri said in a phone interview from his office in Rio Bravo, just six miles from the Donna international bridge into Texas.

“Everybody is frightened here, there is lots of danger and you can’t trust anybody. Lots of people are sending their children away to the United States but that is not the solution.”

Rio Bravo sits on the northern edge of Tamaulipas, a state which is currently gripped by a patchwork of conflicts between rival factions of the Gulf cartel.

It is a war which according to official figures has claimed 254 lives in the first three months of this year, but has largely gone unreported in the Mexican and international press.

Earlier this month, the US state department warned against all but essential travel to Tamaulipas. “Violent conflicts between rival criminal elements and/or the Mexican military can occur in all parts of the region and at all times of the day,” it said.

And if the public circumstances of Luís Carlos Ulivarra’s murder illustrate the brazen quality of cartel violence, his father’s reaction reflects the pervasive distrust many locals feel towards the official response.

Locals describe a regime of constant terror, and widespread exasperation with a government security strategy which concentrates on the pursuit of cartel kingpins but has failed to establish a semblance of law and order in the state.

“The bullet-for-bullet strategy is failing. It gets rid of one cartel and another comes and everything remains the same,” Ulivarri said. “I am not a soldier and I don’t know what the strategy should be, but it is important to send the message that we are not the enemy.”

Years of government abandon allowed the Gulf cartel – and their notoriously bloodthirsty enforces, the Zetas – to consolidate their hold on Tamaulipas in the early, mid and late 2000s with a mixture of intimidation, exploitation and the infiltration of local authorities.

This changed when the Zetas turned on their former masters in 2010, unleashing a period of intense conflict and prompting the government to flood Tamaulipas with soldiers and marines. The strategy brought a temporary respite to the most dramatic violence, but did little to dismantle the subtler holds the cartels retained over communities and local politics.

The government’s “kingpin” strategy resulted in the death or capture of a string of bosses, leaving both the Zetas and the Gulf cartel much weaker – but splinter groups continued to terrorize the civilian populations.

And when rivalries between these second-generation cartels erupted into fresh violence last year, the government once again responded with new deployments of federal forces, and more detentions of local leaders.

National security commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido admitted last month that Tamaulipas remains one of Mexico’s most conflict-riven states, but argued that the strategy was working. “The small groups left do not have anything like the capacity of the old organizations had before their leaders were captured or neutralized,” he told Radio Formula.

But many in Tamaulipas question the official claims that the federal offensive has reined in the violence.

A spokesman for the office of President Enrique Peña Nieto said that the government is also working to improve security by strengthening local police forces and the judicial system.

“We still face important challenges and each episode of violence is an offence to society that we cannot allow to happen,” the spokesman said in a written answer. He said that in 2014 there were 38% fewer homicides in Tamaulipas than in 2012. “The government will not give up on this effort.”

But the official figures for the first quarter of 2015 show a 20% increase in homicides from the same period in 2014, and many locals say that murders are consistently under-reported.

Nancy Hernández, who heads a group of citizens seeking to help victims of violence, said the situation has been exacerbated by the cartels’ deep penetration of local authorities.

“In Tamaulipas the authorities became so closely allied with the narcos they lost control,” Hernández told La Jornada newspaper. “If you let the bandits into your house, there comes a time when they take over.”

Hernández said that despite the high-profile arrests, a daily litany of kidnappings, disappearances and extortion continues.

Little of this is reported in the local press which – as in other drug war zones – is subject to constant pressure and intimidation.

For years local reporters tended to ignore the violence completely, but today’s patchwork of territorial control has brought with it more complicated rules transmitted to reporters and editors via cartel press attachés.

“I have given up trying to understand why you are allowed to publish some things and some not,” said Enrique Juárez, who until February was the director of the newspaper El Mañana in the city of Matamoros. “But the controls are always there.”

Torres fled Matamoros, just over the border from Brownsville, Texas, after being abducted and beaten on the day his paper published a minimalist account of three days of open gun-battles in the city.

He now feels relatively safe in a different city controlled by a different criminal faction, but he knows that could change if the balance of power shifts.

Juárez takes little comfort in the government’s protection programme for journalists under threat. Officials who had travelled to Matamoros to interview him about his case, abandoned the mission when they heard they would have to drive along a cartel-controlled road to interview him.

“What kind of protection do I have if the Mexican authorities themselves can’t come to where I am?” Juárez said, with a laugh.

The limitations on the media lead many to rely on Facebook, blogs and Twitter for real-time citizen reports of blockades, shootouts and cartel checkpoints.

The most active contributors always use anonymous addresses. Even so, several have ended up dead, with cartel warnings left by their corpses.

A man with the Twitter handle @MrCruzStar is one of the founders of the much-used #ReynosaFollow hashtag. He has never told his family of his online activities, in order both to protect them and reduce the risk they might unwittingly reveal his identity to a cartel informer. But he said he could not imagine giving up.

“When something happens I know there are people depending on me to let them know,” he said.

@MrCruzStar sees his responsibilities as including vigorously retweeting information he judges to be genuine, as well as downplaying posts he suspects are cartel propaganda, or efforts to manipulate public opinion from military intelligence.

“This war is taking place on social media as well,” he said.

Saturday, June 24, 2017


Only a Third of Gun Owners Think Gun Violence Is a Serious Issue

By Jennifer Mascia

The Trace
June 22, 2017

A sweeping study of gun ownership by the Pew Research Center reveals a stark divide in opinion about the role of guns in society, the extent to which gun violence is a serious problem that needs to be addressed, and whether firearms should be more strictly regulated.

The Pew survey found that attitudes around gun policy and ownership break down largely along partisan lines, but overall, the majority of Americans favor universal background checks and gun prohibitions for terror suspects and the mentally ill.

Nearly a third of Americans own guns, the study found, and a disproportionate amount of gun owners are white, male, Republican, middle-aged, and living in rural areas. The number of gun owners who say they own a firearm for protection is nearly twice the number of those who have one for hunting.

Nearly half of the survey’s respondents said they knew someone who has been shot, and 3 percent reported having been shot themselves.

The findings on gun ownership largely jibe with a 2016 study conducted by Harvard and Northeastern universities, which revealed a cultural shift in American gun ownership patterns since the last comprehensive study had been conducted two decades earlier.

Two-thirds of gun owners have more than one gun, and of those, 29 percent report owning five or more. For gun owners who possess a single firearm, that gun is most likely a pistol. For more than a third of gun owners, a firearm is often close at hand: 38 percent said they keep a firearm loaded and easily accessible in their homes, while a quarter of handgun owners say they often carry a firearm outside their home.

Non-gun owners are more likely than gun owners to say that safe gun storage and gun safety courses and training are essential. And not all the gun owners who believe safe storage is important are practicing it themselves: While 63 percent say keeping guns secured is “essential,” that same percentage report at least one unlocked gun in their home.

More than half of all respondents said gun laws should be stricter. The survey found some areas of policy agreement among gun owners and non-gun-owners: Majorities of both groups favor background checks for private sales and at gun shows, as well as limiting access to guns for people with mental illnesses and those on no-fly or terror-watch lists. But while more than three-quarters of people without guns favor the creation of a federal database to track gun sales, only about half of gun owners do.

Owning a gun appears to affect how Americans view the scope of gun violence in the United States. Half of all adults say American gun violence is a “very big problem” — but only 33 percent of gun owners do. An overwhelming majority of both gun owners and non-gun-owners believe that the ease with which people can access illegal guns contributes to gun violence, but far more non-owners also blame access to legal guns, 67 percent, compared to 44 percent of gun owners.

More than 100,000 people are struck by a bullet each year in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This pervasiveness turns up among the Pew poll’s respondents. Forty-four percent of adults said they know someone who’s been shot, while blacks are more likely than whites to be acquainted with a gunshot victim (57 percent vs. 43 percent), and the odds of knowing someone who’s been shot appear to decrease with the level of education attained (49 percent of those with high school degrees vs. 37 percent of those with bachelor’s degrees) and increase depending on gun ownership (51 percent of gun owners vs. 40 percent of non-owners). Three times as many gun owners (6 percent) than non-owners (2 percent) say they’ve been shot themselves.

Pew derived the data from a telephone poll of 3,930 respondents conducted over two weeks in March and April.


Trump Energy Dept. appointee called Obama a 'Kenyan creampuff,' mocked Megyn Kelly as 'MegOBgyn' and dismissed Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg as a 'self-hating Jew'

By David Martosko

Daily Mail
June 23, 2017

An appointee to a key position in the Department of Energy apologized on Thursday for a history of incendiary remarks on Twitter – including calling former president Barack Obama a 'Kenyan creampuff.'

William 'Brute' Bradford runs the DOE's Office of Indian Energy, but his social media past is coming back to haunt him.

Bradford's other targets included Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, whom he called a 'self-hating Jew,' and NBC host Megyn Kelly – whom he referred to as '“MegOBgyn Kelly' as a slam on her feminist advocacy.

The Washington Post exposed the sensational messages, posted to his since-deleted Twitter account.

Bradford's controversial tweets all came before he joined the Trump administration, but they will still give the White House a new headache at a time when it is slowly filling hundreds of key administration vacancies.

'As a minority and member of the Jewish faith, I sincerely apologize for my disrespectful and offensive comments,' he told the Post.

'These comments are inexcusable and I do not stand by them. Now, as a public servant, I hold myself to a higher standard, and I will work every day to better the lives of all Americans.'

Bradford's comment about Obama came in December, and included an accusation that the former president 'was given his mission in Tehran [a] long time ago, and it suits him just fine.'

'How else can a Kenyan creampuff get ahead?' he asked.

Bradford also tweeted the suggestion that Americans might have to stagte a coup to remove Obama from office if he refused to vacate the White House at the end of his term.

'If Obama won't leave office in January 2017, what will we do? Is a military coup the only answer? Need to think NOW,' he wrote.

That tweet linked to an essay Bradford had written in November 2015 titled: 'Remove Obama: ISIS and the President’s dereliction of duty.'

Bradford wrote that '[i]t is not hyperbolic to suggest that Obama is the single most important figure in the rise of radical Islam and the spread of the Caliphate since the Prophet Muhammad himself.'

He argued that Obama should be impeached, saying that the then-presidnet would likely not lift a finger if 'one million Americans were immolated in a suitcase nuclear attack on New York City.'

Bradford's digital body-slam of Zuckerberg was no less incendiary, following the Facebook guru's plea for Americans to vote against Donald Trump.

'Who is this little arrogant self-hating Jew to tell anyone for whom to vote?' he tweeted.

He offended Japanese-Americans, too, in a February 2015 tweet celebrating the anniversary of the creation of internment camps for that group's citizens during World War II.

'It was necessary,' Bradford tweeted.

He also referred to Kelly, then of Fox News, as 'MegOBgyn,' claiming that he coined the moniker.

And Bradford also weighed in on the trend toward allowing women to serve in U.S. military combat roles, conflating it with the larger issue of women serving in the armed forces.

'Women have no business in combat. Period,' he tweeted.

'Republicans [are] pandering on this issue. Disgusting. I'll shoot anyone who comes for my daughters.'

Bradford is a former faculty member at the U.S. Military Academy, the National Defense University, the Coast Guard Academy and the United Arab Emirates National Defense College.

He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University, law degrees from the University of Miami and Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Florida.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A Ph.D., two law degrees, and an M.B.A.? Just another uber-educated idiot.


The great Muslim civil war — and us

By Charles Krauthammer

The Washington Post
June 22, 2017

The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on?

It might appear a mindless mess, but the outlines are clear. The great Muslim civil war, centered in Syria, is approaching its post-Islamic State phase. It’s the end of the beginning. The parties are maneuvering to shape what comes next.

It’s Europe, 1945, when the war was still raging against Nazi Germany, but everyone already knew the outcome. The maneuvering was largely between the approaching victors — the Soviet Union and the Western democracies — to determine postwar boundaries and spheres of influence.

So it is today in Syria. Everyone knows that the Islamic State is finished. Not that it will disappear as an ideology, insurgency and source of continuing terrorism both in the region and the West. But it will disappear as an independent, organized, territorial entity in the heart of the Middle East.

It is being squeezed out of existence. Its hold on Mosul, its last major redoubt in Iraq, is nearly gone. Raqqa, its stronghold in Syria and de facto capital, is next. When it falls — it is already surrounded on three sides — the caliphate dies.

Much of the fighting today is about who inherits. Take the Syrian jet the U.S. shot down. It had been attacking a pro-Western Kurdish and Arab force (the Syrian Democratic Forces) not far from Islamic State territory.

Why? Because the Bashar Assad regime, backed by Iran, Hezbollah and Russia, having gained the upper hand on the non-jihadist rebels in the Syrian heartland (most notably in Aleppo), feels secure enough to set its sights on eastern Syria. If it hopes to restore its authority over the whole country, it will need to control Raqqa and surrounding Islamic State areas. But the forces near Raqqa are pro-Western and anti-regime. Hence the Syrian fighter-bomber attack.

Hence the U.S. shoot-down. We are protecting our friends. Hence the Russian threats to now target U.S. planes. The Russians are protecting their friends.

On the same day as the shoot-down, Iran launched six surface-to-surface missiles into Syrian territory controlled by the Islamic State. Why? Ostensibly to punish the jihadists for terrorist attacks two weeks ago inside Iran.

Perhaps. But one obvious objective was to demonstrate to Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni Arabs the considerable reach of both Iran’s arms and territorial ambitions.

For Iran, Syria is the key, the central theater of a Shiite-Sunni war for regional hegemony. Iran (which is non-Arab) leads the Shiite side, attended by its Arab auxiliaries — Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Shiite militias in Iraq and the highly penetrated government of Iraq, and Assad’s Alawite regime. (Alawites being a non-Sunni sect, often associated with Shiism.)

Taken together, they comprise a vast arc — the Shiite Crescent — stretching from Iran through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean. If consolidated, it gives the Persians a Mediterranean reach they have not had in 2,300 years.

This alliance operates under the patronage and protection of Russia, which supplies the Iranian-allied side with cash, weapons and, since 2015, air cover from its new bases in Syria.

Arrayed on the other side of the great Muslim civil war are the Sunnis, moderate and Western-allied, led by Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, Egypt and Jordan — with their Great Power patron, the United States, now (post-Obama) back in action.

At stake is consolidation of the Shiite Crescent. It’s already under way. As the Islamic State is driven out of Mosul, Iranian-controlled militias are taking over crucial roads and other strategic assets in western Iraq. Next target: eastern Syria (Raqqa and environs).

Imagine the scenario: a unified Syria under Assad, the ever more pliant client of Iran and Russia; Hezbollah, tip of the Iranian spear, dominant in Lebanon; Iran, the regional arbiter; and Russia, with its Syrian bases, the outside hegemon.

Our preferred outcome is radically different: a loosely federated Syria, partitioned and cantonized, in which Assad might be left in charge of an Alawite rump.

The Iranian-Russian strategy is a nightmare for the entire Sunni Middle East. And for us too. The Pentagon seems bent on preventing it. Hence the Tomahawk attack for crossing the chemical red line. Hence the recent fighter-bomber shoot-down.

A reasonable U.S. strategy, given the alternatives. But not without risk. Which is why we need a national debate before we commit too deeply. Perhaps we might squeeze one in amid the national obsession with every James Comey memo-to-self?

EDITOR’S NOTE: I’m beginning to see WW3 on the horizon.


Team Trump should commit to providing inmates an education

By Jim Farrin

The Wall Street Journal
June 21, 2017

Amy Lopez isn’t the highest-profile official to be fired by the Trump administration, but she
deserves some attention. The Obama administration had tapped Ms. Lopez after last November’s
election to build a semiautonomous school district within the Bureau of Prisons. Her program
was to offer literacy training, high-school diplomas, postsecondary classes, and more options for
prisoners with learning disabilities.

Last month Attorney General Jeff Sessions terminated her, suggesting the Justice Department is
poised to abandon correctional education reform. It’s a mistake. This type of prison reform
benefits not only prisoners but public finances and public safety.

Every dollar spent on correctional education yields $4 to $5 in eventual savings, according to a
2013 Rand Corp. report, “How Effective is Correctional Education?” The study also found that
prisoner education reduces recidivism by as much as 43%.

That’s why I made a later-in-life transition from marketing for multinational corporations to
founding the nonprofit Petey Greene Program, which trains college students to enter correctional
facilities and tutor inmates preparing to take the high-school equivalency exam.

But as powerful as education is, often it’s outmatched by discrimination against people with
criminal records. Very few people leaving correctional custody find employment on their first try.

The Urban Institute found that only half of formerly incarcerated people were employed eight
months after release. It can take more than a year for a returning citizen to find a job—which
means that something in addition to knowledge distinguishes a successful person, postprison:

That tenacity comes from correctional education. More than two-thirds of prisoners lack a high-
school diploma. When they earn one, it’s one of the first accomplishments they can remember.

They learn that while success is never easy and may be delayed, it is still attainable if you work
hard enough.

It’s easy to underestimate how powerful this message is to people who have been conditioned to
think that they’re failures. Their pride in succeeding, and their self-confidence—feelings that
have eluded them for so long—carry them through the considerable challenges every returning
citizen faces in getting a job.

The federal prison system accounts for only about 10% of incarcerated people in the U.S., so
there’s plenty of room for innovation at the state level. But it’s a shame to lose Washington’s

Prominent conservatives like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the American
Conservative Union’s Pat Nolan have reminded us of our moral obligation to rehabilitate
incarcerated people. This shouldn’t be an issue that divides left from right.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The state of Texas has a school district – the Windham School District – that was established in 1969 and now operates in 89 prison sites. According to WSD, he typical Windham student functions at the sixth grade level. WSD provides a variety of academic classes and Career and Technical Education (CTE) to offenders incarcerated in the TDCJ, along with behavioral change programs.

Windham is also in charge of an Associate Degree program with instructors from nearly 20 community colleges. Four-year degree courses are also available. Inmates are supposed to repay the state for the courses they took once they have been released from prison, but almost all of them have failed to do so.

Some Republican lawmakers want to shut the college program down because law abiding citizens do not get a free education. They also want to cut the budget for the Windham School District.

Friday, June 23, 2017


Early experience with traffic crashes in Colorado, Oregon and Washington should give other states eyeing legalization pause

Yes, legalization of marijuana does have its rewards.

1. A bonanza of tax funds for the state and local jurisdictions.
2. A bonanza for the drug cartels through sales to those who do not want to pay those taxes.
3. More traffic accidents, including fatal crashes.
4. Higher auto insurance rates for everyone because of the increase in traffic crashes.

Here is a CBS report on the increase in marijuana related traffic crashes.


By Ed Leefeldt

CBS Money Watch
June 22, 2017

Does driving while high have any impact on auto accident rates? Legalized recreational marijuana use in Colorado, Oregon and Washington correlates to about a 3 percent increase in auto collision claim frequencies compared to states without such legislation, according to a new Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) study. It's the first one the group has conducted since the drug went on sale legally.

"More drivers admit to using marijuana, and it is showing up more frequently among people involved in crashes," the study said.

The HLDI is affiliated with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit research organization that usually focuses on figuring out which cars are safest. The group is funded by auto insurance companies, which have a vested interest in not having to pay claims and -- of course -- hold a bias against impaired driving of any kind.

According to the HLDI, past researchers haven't been able to "definitively connect marijuana use with real-world crashes," and even a federal study failed to find such a link. "Studies on the effects of legalizing marijuana for medical use have also been inconclusive," said the HLDI.

Instead, the group focused on three states -- Colorado, where legal marijuana retail sales started in 2014, as well as Oregon and Washington, where sales began in 2015 -- and compared them to the collision claims in neighboring states such as Nevada and Utah, parts of which now allow only medical marijuana. It also factored in statistics regarding the three states where recreational use is now legal from before it became available to the general public.

Colorado saw the largest estimated increase in claim frequency -- 14 percent more than its bordering states, while Washington state was 6 percent greater and Oregon had a 4 percent increase. Allowing for the total control group, "the combined effect for the three states was a smaller, but still significant at 3 percent," said HLDI Vice President Matt Moore.

The group used collision claims because they are the most frequent kind insurers receive. Drivers file these claims for damage to their vehicle in a crash with an object or with another vehicle, generally when the driver is at fault, the HLDI said.

The HLDI said it's preparing for more of these studies and has already begun a "large-scale case-control study" in Oregon to find out if usage could be causing automotive injuries.

But the auto insurance industry's position on legalized marijuana is already crystal clear. "Worries that legalized marijuana is increasing crash rates aren't misplaced," said David Zuby, chief research officer of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "The HLDI's findings on the early experience in Colorado, Oregon and Washington should give other states eyeing legalization pause."


by Bob Walsh

A group of professional assholes held a "die-in", blocking an intersection in the People's Republic of San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon. At some point a motorcyclist turned around and drove the wrong way on the one-way street, appearing to drive at the "protesters." The motorcyclist was detained by the police. He did in fact NOT strike any of the protestors.

The motorcyclist is White, so he is obviously guilty of something.


Sophisticated bank burglary crew stole millions of dollars, decades of heists finally end

By Toni McAllister
June 21, 2017

he fifth and final member of an Inland Empire bank burglary crew that stole millions of dollars by using power tools to cut though building roofs to gain access to cement bank vaults was sentenced Wednesday in Los Angeles to about four years behind bars.

Lucian Gabriel Isaia of Beaumont, 36, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer to pay a share of $12 million in restitution and serve three years of supervised release following his 51-month federal prison sentence.

The five men linked to the crimes were arrested in April 2013, following a year-long investigation that involved a surveillance operation by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, who were on hand when the suspects tried to rob a Citibank branch in Diamond Bar.

Recovered evidence included a portion of the bank’s roof, roofing material, two-way radios, tools, gloves and ski masks.

The leader of the crew, Alceu Johnny Andreis of Banning, was sentenced in March to 20 years behind bars after a jury convicted him of bank burglary charges.

Wearing the same-size shoes and identical clothing, the robbers developed a coded language to use on walkie-talkies, making several dry runs before cutting and sealing holes in bank rooftops and returning later.

Andreis, 48, had special knowledge of how to break into bank vaults through the roof, a method perfected during nearly two decades of cutting holes in roofs and burglarizing businesses, including a branch of the Department of Motor Vehicles and a church.

The men “knew how to select a bank with a penetrable roof; locate the vault from overhead using a sonar device; cut a hole in the roof and install braces to keep the removed section in place until their subsequent return,” a prosecutor wrote.

The burglary crew scouted banks to determine optimal conditions, including prime lookout spots, easy getaway routes and secluded rooftops; purchased all necessary construction equipment, later wiping it down for fingerprints and DNA; and trained together and conducted surveillance.

In a brief statement to the court, Isaia apologized to the victims and pledged to repay his share of their losses, although Fischer indicated he had no means to do so.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joanna M. Curtis commended Isaia for his “extraordinary” cooperation in the government’s investigation.

In interviews with prosecutors, Isaia was able to recall “with precision” where and when heists took place and how much was taken, Curtis said.

Isaia pleaded guilty to involvement in the robbery of an East West Bank branch in Rowland Heights in 2011 in which $1 million in cash was stolen and safety deposit boxes containing $14 million in valuables were emptied.

A Preferred Bank location in Diamond Bar was hit a few months later, but the job was abandoned, prosecutors said. In September 2012, thieves broke into the vault of the BBCN Bank branch in Diamond Bar, taking $2.43 million in valuables.

As part of his plea agreement, Isaia forfeited to the government several luxury vehicles, a boat and a motorcycle.

The other members of the crew have been sentenced to federal prison terms. Daniel Soto of Riverside, 40, is serving nearly four years after pleading guilty and cooperating with authorities. Laurentiu Penescu of Yucaipa, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and attempted bank burglary and was sentenced to a three-year term for the failed Diamond Bar heist. Dean “Dino” Muniz of Fontana, 49, is serving 10 years after pleading guilty to bank burglary.

Andreis, Isaia and Penescu were convicted a decade ago of several Riverside County rooftop thefts. In those heists, more than $3.5 million in cash and gems were stolen from jewelers and other businesses in Palm Springs and Temecula.


Canadian elite special forces sniper makes record-breaking kill shot in Iraq

By Robert Fife

The Globe and Mail
June 22, 2017

A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 metres.

Sources say a member of Joint Task Force 2 killed an Islamic State insurgent with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle while firing from a high-rise during an operation that took place within the last month in Iraq. It took under 10 seconds to hit the target.

“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces,” said a military source, who stressed the operation fell within the strictures of the government’s advise and assist mission. “Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening.”

The kill was independently verified by video camera and other data, The Globe and Mail has learned.

“Hard data on this. It isn’t an opinion. It isn’t an approximation. There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was,” another military source said.

A military insider told The Globe: “This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equalled.”

The world record was previously held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban gunner with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle from 2,475 metres away in 2009.

Previously, Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong had set the world record in 2002 at 2,430 metres when he gunned down an Afghan insurgent carrying an RPK machine gun during Operation Anaconda.

Weeks before, Canadian Master Cpl. Arron Perry briefly held the world’s best sniper record after he fatally shot an insurgent at 2,310 metres during the same operation. Both soldiers were members of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

JTF2 special forces are primarily tasked with counterterrorism, sniper operations and hostage rescue. Much of the information about this elite organization is classified and not commented on by the government. The unit’s snipers and members of Canadian Special Operations Regiment, who are carrying out the main task of training Kurdish forces, have been operating in tough conditions in Iraq.

The Trudeau government pulled CF-18 fighter jets out of Iraq in 2016 but expanded the military mission, which will see the number of Canadian special forces trainers climb to 207 from 69 in an assist, train and advise mission. Canadian commandos are not supposed to be involved in direct combat, but are authorized to go up to the front lines on training missions with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and to paint targets for coalition air strikes.

For operational security reasons, sources would not reveal the names of the elite Canadian sniper and his partner, nor the location where the action took place.

A sniper and his observer partner are often sent to remote and dangerous locations to hunt down insurgents while having to carry heavy equipment. Once they have located the target, snipers follow the same methodical approach before each shot. Breathe in, out, in, out, find a natural pause and then squeeze the trigger.

Canada has a reputation among Western military forces for the quality of its snipers, despite the small size of the Canadian Armed Forces compared to the United States and Britain.

“Canada has a world-class sniper system. It is not just a sniper. They work in pairs. There is an observer,” a military source said. “This is a skill set that only a very few people have.”

The skill of the JTF2 sniper in taking down an insurgent at 3,540 metres required math skills, great eyesight, precision of ammunition and firearms, and superb training.

“It is at the distance where you have to account not just for the ballistics of the round, which change over time and distance, you have to adjust for wind, and the wind would be swirling,” said a source with expertise in training Canadian special forces.

“You have to adjust for him firing from a higher location downward and as the round drops you have to account for that. And from that distance you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth.”

U.S. Sergeant Bryan Kremer has the longest confirmed sniper kill shot by a U.S. soldier. He killed an Iraqi insurgent with his Barrett M82A1 rifle at 2,300 metres in 2004.


2 Cosby holdouts prevented guilty verdict, juror says

By Chris Francescani and Jessica Puckett

ABC News
June 21, 2017

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, a juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case said that after dozens of hours of grueling deliberations in a tiny room, 10 of the 12 jurors agreed he was guilty on two counts. On a third count, only one of the jurors believed he was guilty.

The final, intractable votes on the first of the three counts was 10 to two to find Cosby guilty of digitally penetrating accuser Andrea Constand without her consent, the juror said. On the second count, that she was unconscious or unaware during the incident, the juror said the vote was 11 to one to acquit. On the third count, that the alleged assault occurred after Cosby gave Constand drugs or intoxicants without her knowledge, substantially impairing her for the purpose of preventing her resistance, the jury was deadlocked at 10 to two, in favor of a guilty verdict, according to the juror.

On counts one and three, the two holdouts against finding Cosby guilty were “not moving, no matter what,” said the juror, who agreed to speak to ABC News only on the condition of anonymity.

Other jurors contacted by ABC News declined to comment.

Cosby, 79, had been charged in 2015 with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident involving Constand at his home in Pennsylvania. Constand testified during the six-day trial that the comedian gave her a drug that rendered her incapable of stopping his alleged assault, though she said she tried. Though Cosby did not take the stand, he said in a decade-old deposition that he gave Benadryl to Constand to "relax" her, and then the two had a consensual sexual encounter. He pleaded not guilty to the felony charge, and denied wrongdoing in other accusations made against him.

The juror said that accusations by dozens of other women against Cosby were not factored into the deliberations at all, and when someone tried to discuss anything outside the boundaries of the trial testimony and evidence, the others would swiftly end the discussion.

“We never brought anything outside in,” the juror explained. “Never. Not once. If somebody would mention something, we would cut them off.”

The jurors initially voted overwhelmingly, in a non-binding poll, to find the entertainer not guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault, the juror told ABC News on Monday.

Deliberations effectively ended after the jury first deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberations, but the jury pressed on for 22 more hours before giving up hope of unanimous resolutions on any of the three counts.

“There was no budging” after the first deadlock, the juror told ABC News, “and there was none from there on out.”

Though the jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the counts, District Attorney Kevin Steele has said that he plans to retry the case.

Dan Abrams, ABC News’ chief legal affairs anchor, found it "astonishing" that the juror said so many of the jurors changed their vote from innocent to guilty, and said he's never heard of a similar situation in such a high-profile case. However, he added, taking an initial vote is merely part of the deliberation process.

"A verdict is reached only when the jurors send back the completed verdict form and inform the judge they have reached a verdict. That did not happen here," he said.

The juror, who declined to identify the holdouts or specify how any individual juror voted, told ABC News that tensions inside the deliberation room were exacerbated by the size of the room, after the 12 had to be moved from a larger conference room after sheriff’s deputies realized that reporters could see into the room through the window.

“People couldn’t even pace” in the smaller room, the juror said. “They were just literally walking in circles where they were standing because they were losing their minds. People would just start crying out of nowhere, we wouldn’t even be talking about [the case] -- and people would just start crying.”

Tensions reached a fever pitch at one point when a male juror punched the concrete wall of the jury room, according to the juror who spoke to ABC News.

“I think he broke his pinky knuckle,” the juror said.

“If we kept going, there was definitely going to be a fight. They had five sheriff’s deputies at the door and they could hear us and they kept coming in because they thought we were already fighting.”

Abrams believes that the conditions in which the jurors deliberated could allow the defense to file a motion seeking to avoid a retrial.

"The defense could argue, for example, that if the jurors had not been forced into a different, small cramped room, they could have come back with a not-guilty verdict. But that motion would almost certainly fail," he said.

"Appellate courts are loath to start second guessing what jurors could have, or might have done."

While declining to detail the other jurors’ internal jury room discussions, the juror expressed a purely personal belief that while Constand may not have known precisely what Cosby was giving her “she did take them, and he didn’t force them on her.”

The juror also thinks that Cosby didn’t act with premeditation, but took advantage of the situation.

“I think that he gave [the pills] to her, and then later when he saw what was up, maybe he figured, ‘Maybe I’ll do something.’”

Despite the extraordinary pressure inside the jury room, the juror said, the experience ultimately brought the group of seven men and five women closer together -- and that most jurors now speak to each other by text and phone regularly.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Video footage shows Minnesota traffic stop that ended with Philando Castile’s death

By Mark Berman and Wesley Lowery

The Washington Post
June 20, 2017

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year fired a volley of bullets within seconds of learning the driver was armed, according to a video recording released publicly Tuesday.

When the traffic stop began, the two men interacted calmly. Officer Jeronimo Yanez, a police officer in the Twin Cities suburbs, greeted Castile and examined his insurance card.

“Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me,” Castile said 30 seconds after they began speaking.

“Okay,” Yanez interrupted, his voice remaining steady as he shifted his right hand onto the holster of his gun.

Yanez told Castile not to reach for the gun or pull it out. Castile said he was not, which was echoed by Diamond Reynolds, his girlfriend, sitting in the Oldsmobile’s passenger seat.

“I’m not pulling it out,” Castile responded. Yanez again yelled: “Don’t pull it out!” He then unholstered his gun and pushed it into the car.

“Don’t pull it out!” Yanez yelled. “I’m not!” Castile said as Yanez, seven seconds after being informed of the gun, began firing into the car.

The moments after quickly made their way around the world, as Reynolds began streaming live on Facebook, pleading with Castile to “stay with me” while blood soaked into his T-shirt. Castile died not long after. Spurred by Reynolds’s video, that fatal shooting in July 2016 became part of the country’s roiling debate about how police officers use deadly force.

A jury acquitted Yanez of manslaughter last week, a decision that set off protests in the St. Paul area. The same day, St. Anthony officials said Yanez would not be returning to their police department. Yanez also was acquitted on two felony charges of endangering Reynolds — who was sitting in the passenger seat — and her 4-year-old daughter, who was sitting behind her in a car seat.

Castile was among 963 people fatally shot by police officers last year, according to a Washington Post database tracking such shootings. While Reynolds’s footage pushed the encounter into the headlines, making it one of the most widely known police shootings in recent years, it was not the only recording captured that night.

A police dashboard camera was also filming, and that recording was played during Yanez’s trial but was not publicly released until Tuesday afternoon. Details from the recording were revealed in court documents and during the trial, but they were not publicly visible in the same way as Reynolds’s viral Facebook footage. The dash-cam video does not clearly show Castile’s movements inside the car.

“Based upon the release of the dashcam video today, it is clear that Officer Jeronimo Yanez was not in control, was nervous and acted in a reckless, willful and wanton fashion,” Larry R. Rogers Jr., an attorney for Reynolds, said in a statement Tuesday. “We are exploring our next steps in light of the compelling evidence of Officer Yanez’s wrongdoing that led to this tragedy.”

Yanez told investigators he feared for his life, and he said the same thing during his testimony earlier this month. According to the officer, he thought Castile was grabbing a gun, which Reynolds had disputed.

“I know he had an object and it was dark,” Yanez told investigators, according to the criminal complaint filed by prosecutors last year. “And he was pulling it out with his right hand. And as he was pulling it out I, a million things started going through my head. And I thought I was gonna die.”

The police car dash-cam video was part of evidence released Tuesday afternoon by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The collection included documents and other recordings that were part of the state’s investigation into the shooting. The documents and recordings were being made “available to the public, as they were presented in court, but without the context that we were able to provide at trial,” according to a spokesman for Ramsey County Attorney John J. Choi, who prosecuted the case.

An attorney representing Yanez did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Experts caution that video footage of police shootings can remain incomplete and, even if capturing an entire incident, might not definitively answer what an officer saw at that moment.

“The officer’s judged by what he or she reasonably sees or perceives,” said David J. MacMain, a former Pennsylvania state trooper and attorney who represents law enforcement officers in civil cases.

MacMain also said that when videos are released publicly, the encounters are dissected in a different way than officers perceive them while they unfold.

“We all get to look at it 20 times over and replay and zoom in and zoom out,” MacMain said. “Officers have to make split-second decisions, and we all get to critique it over the next four, five, six, seven months.”

Recordings are inevitably incomplete, said David A. Harris, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh and an expert in police uses of force.

“Video doesn’t always capture the whole sequence of events,” Harris said. “This case was an example of that. We have a situation in which the Facebook Live stream only begins after the shooting itself. And it’s horrible. I don’t know how anybody could see that and not be affected by it. But it doesn’t show the actual shooting.”

Harris said that even if a recording showed Castile grabbing his wallet or grabbing a gearshift, that might not necessarily have swayed the trial’s outcome.

“Even if you had that on video, the question is could the officer have seen that,” Harris said, noting that the standard remains: “What could a reasonable officer have seen from his or her point of view?”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Yanez told investigators that when he pulled Castile over he was “hit with an odor of burning marijuana” and “I thought, I was gonna die and I thought if he’s, if he has the, the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the five-year-old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he give about me.”

What a load of absolute crap! Until I I heard that lame excuse, I tended to side with Yanez.

Since Castile repeatedly told Yanez he was not going to pull out his gun and there is apparently nothing in the video that shows otherwise, it looks as though the cop simply panicked and began firing his gun.

The jury may have heard evidence that would mitigate the shooting. Or they may have wanted to give Yanez the benefit of the doubt.


The new police commission that oversees the disciplining of Oakland, California cops is open to felons as well as law abiding citizens.

Last November, Oakland, California voters approved a measure that would establish a nine-member police commission which would oversee the disciplining of the city’s cops and hire or fire its police chief. The measure specified that members of the community who’ve had frequent contact with police be included on the commission. Conversely, former or current police officers are banned from serving on the commission.

The city is now taking applications with ads saying, “formerly incarcerated individuals encouraged to apply.” There will be no background checks conducted in order not to discourage persons with criminal records from applying.

The Oakland Police Officers’ Association is understandably far from overjoyed.

The police “should be welcoming the viewpoint and participation of all members of the city of Oakland,” says Tal Klement, one of eight panelists who will select the commission members, “and that includes people with criminal backgrounds. That’s the population that has had the most contact with police.”

This is not exactly new. Back in the ’70s, Riverside County Sheriff Ben Cark set up a police advisory committee which included a couple of the county’s worst ex-cons because he believed their viewpoints were important too. But that was only an advisory body with no powers over the sheriff’s department.

If Oakland wants to have a commission to hire or fire the police chief, that’s fine. But to give the commission power to oversee the disciplining of the city’s cops, even if the commission were to consist only of sterling citizens, well ….. that’s why I call it Kookfornia!


by Bob Walsh

The crime-ridden, gang-infested PC haven shithole known as Oakland, CA is now actively encouraging ex-felons to join the police oversight commission there.

The nine member commission was approved overwhelmingly by voters last November. It did NOT sate that ex-felons would be allowed to sign up (thought it did not specify that they would not be allowed to either). Current or former members of the Oakland police department are specifically barred from serving on the commission.

Tai Klement, one of the people who will be picking the nine members of the commission, said that they were encouraging ex-felons to apply because they were the citizens who had the most contact with the police. There will be no background checks of any kind done for members of the commission so it could contain drug dealers, child molesters, Democrats, Christians and all sorts of undesirable people when all is said and done.

If I remember correctly this commission will have the specific authority to fire the Chief of Police, though not to take personnel actions against other officers in the department. They are primarily supposed to be an oversight-intimidation and harassment-PC feel good body. I wonder how long it will be before the first one of them is arrested?


by Bob Walsh

A knife-wielding jihadi goat fucker (redundancy in terminology there) stabbed a cop in the back and the neck at the airport in Buttcrack (also known as Flint), Michigan early on Wednesday. The cops is in stable condition in a local hospital. The goat fucker was arrested at the scene. The attack occurred in the non-secure area of the airport. The goat fucker went into a restroom with some luggage, took a small goat out of the luggage and fucked it in the restroom, then came out with a knife, yelled ALLAHU AKBAR and stabbed the cop.

To my pleasant surprise the FBI pretty much immediately announced that it was being investigated as a terrorist incident.

It isn't completely clear why the goat fucker didn't attack a cop on the Canadian side, but maybe he couldn't buy a knife or a small goat on the Canadian side. Fortunately he survived being arrested so it is possible we will find out, though he might be so brain-fried that we will never know.

(I actually made up the part about him fucking the goat in the restroom. Probably. Maybe.)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Reports say that he came to the U.S. to avenge the killing of Jihadists in Iraq and Afghanistan.


by Bob Walsh

That iconic American motorcycle producer, Harley-Davidson, is believes to have plans to acquire Ducati motorcycles, currently owned by VW. They are not the only suitor in a deal that could go as high as $1.7 billion.

Shares of H-D climbed 1.6% after the Reuters report, which Harley has refused to confirm. Harley has faced a decreasing market in the U. S. with strong competition from Indian and buying Ducati would give them a better entry into the European market, where the Ducati performance racing bikes are very popular. .


Those that are still sane believe that schools are essentially "victim zones" in the United States

by Bob Walsh

It is my understanding that many parts of Colorado are populated by people who are basically reasonable, normal people. That's a good thing, and I'll bet it driver the PC California transplants crazy.

On Tuesday the state launched a 3-day training course for teachers in Weld County. This course, when completed, will allow teachers to carry firearms in their classrooms in order to protect their students. (A fair number do already on the basis of CCW permits.) There are 17 staff members who have signed up for the first class.

The course was set up by parents, law enforcement personnel and emergency medical experts who believe that schools are essentially "victim zones" in the United States.

An anti-gun psycho group known as Safe Campus Colorado is screaming like a pack of mashed cats. Fuck them.

The class consists of firearms training and emergency medical training to allow the staff members to reasonably function as first responders in the event of a school shooting. Many areas of Colorado outside of major metropolitan areas have longer response times than the parents, students and administrators are comfortable with.


Alabama couple partied with infant at Indiana bar, police say

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June 16, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- A mom and dad from Alabama were arrested after allegedly taking their infant daughter to party at an Indiana bar — as witnesses said the mother drank and smoked while breastfeeding her child.

Michael Trosclair, 45 and Shari Tremba, 42, were taken into custody and charged with neglect of a dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent. They were also hit with a public intoxication charge.

"Partying was more important than their child," a detective wrote in an affidavit. The suspects reportedly were in town for a work conference.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were dispatched to the Wild Beaver Saloon early Friday morning following reports of a woman asking customers for beer, according to the probable cause affidavit obtained by

Police confronted Tremba while she was standing near a stroller. When police asked her who the baby belonged to she said the baby girl was hers. Police said that Tremba’s “breath and person” smelled like alcohol. She allegedly had to be asked several times who she was and where she was from.

A witness at the bar told the officer that Tremba had been offering sex to individuals who would go inside the establishment and get her a beer. The witness also told police that he had watched Tremba drink while simultaneously breastfeeding. Other witnesses told police that Tremba had previously chained the stroller – with the baby still in it – to a chain outside the bar and went inside to buy a drink.

Tremba allegedly informed police that she was with her husband and friends from his job.

Her Breath Alcohol Content at the time of her arrest was .193.

Trosclair allegedly became angry after Tremba was confronted by police. "Mr. Trosclair became belligerent and started demanding to talk to a lawyer and telling us we weren’t going to do anything,” according to the affidavit. "It was at this time, due to Mr. Trosclair’s behavior, I put him in cuffs for fear he may fight us with the baby right there."

The baby would be checked out by medics, officers told Tremba. They also called Child Protective Services and a child abuse investigator to the location at the time of the incident.

Trosclair and Tremba have since been released from Marion County Jail 1 in Indianapolis.


Sex tape of deeply religious married father of two and his assistant at Southern University is leaked onto a popular porn website after it was 'stolen by hackers'

By Darren Boyle

Daily Mail
June 21, 2017

A sex tape allegedly featuring a senior member of staff at Southern University and one of his assistants has been leaked onto the internet.

The college, based in Baton Rouge, claimed the 'private video' may have been uploaded onto the internet to a popular porn site as a result of 'cyber crime'.

One of those involved in the tape thought to be a a married father who describes himself as deeply religious.

The woman is believed to be a former student at the college working in the same department as the married man.

The college has released a statement concerning the tape late last night. It claimed:

Southern University has received reports regarding a private video posted and shared online allegedly involving a university employee and/or student.

Because of implications that a cyber-crime may have occurred, we take matters like this very seriously. It is our aim to provide a positive environment that is conducive to learning for our students and one that is supportive of faculty and staff in carrying out the University's mission.

To that end, we advise and caution our students and employees on the importance of data security as well as the ramifications of their conduct on social media.

We will continue to take every measure to ensure that our students and staff understand that we want to ensure their safety and well being both on campus and online.

One source told that a high-profile member of the Southern University staff is filmed on the tape. A University spokesman refused to confirm the names of those involved claiming they have 'no comment on personnel matters because of privacy'.

MailOnline has approached the University for comment.

The tape has since been removed from the porn site.


Texas Daycare Operators Found "Actually Innocent" of Satanic Child Abuse After 25 Years

By Craig Malisow

Houston Press
June 21, 2017

Twenty-five years ago, Austin daycare operators Dan and Fran Keller were convicted of sexually abusing three children as part of satanic rituals.

On Tuesday, two years after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the couples' convictions, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore announced that she was finding them "actually innocent" of the allegations.

The Kellers, who operated a daycare out of their home, were convicted toward the tail end of the Satanic Panic craze, where seemingly no accusation — no matter how preposterous or coached — was accepted without question. They were sentenced to 48 years in prison.

Among other bizarre allegations, the Kellers supposedly flew a plane full of children from the daycare to Mexico, where they were raped by soldiers, and then flown back the same day, in time for their parents to pick them up. They supposedly dragged kids to a cemetery and forced them to participate in the ritual chainsawing of a body thrown into an open grave by a cop. All this, after the kids were allegedly forced to drink blood-laced Kool-Aid.

Keith Hampton, the attorney for the Kellers — who's worked pro bono, as hist clients say they're destitute — sought an "actual innocence" finding in 2013, after a physician who testified for the state at trial recanted his finding that a girl under the care of the Kellers showed signs of sexual abuse.

The Kellers were subsequently released on bond, but it wasn't until 2015 that the appeals court overturned the convictions. However, the high court denied the motion for a finding of actual innocence, citing an "independent review of the record."

That record, by the way, included testimony from state expert Randy Noblitt, who Hampton described in the 2015 motion as a "self-professed ritual abuse 'expert'...[who] has long enlisted himself in the exposure of an alien Jewish/demonic interplanetary plot to conduct thousands of human sacrifices and enslave humanity through various government agencies."

Apparently, Moore, the Travis County DA, found this and other so-called evidence insufficient for a retrial, so she filed a motion to dismiss the charges and find the Kellers actually innocent. In a press release Tuesday, Moore said:

"In making this very difficult decision, I personally read the trial and post-conviction transcripts and viewed the evidence introduced at trial. I take seriously my responsibility under Texas law to see that justice is done. Given the current state of law on actual innocence and the evidence remaining in this case, I believe this to be a just outcome."

According to the Austin American-Statesman, the Kellers are each eligible "to apply for $80,000 for every year mistakenly spent in prison."

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Kellers spent more than 21 years in prison. At $80,000 per year that comes to $1.68 million for each of the Kellers.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Despite the opposition of federal prosecutors and FBI agents in New York, the DOJ Civil Rights Division is determined to prosecute Daniel Pantaleo

When a grand jury refused to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for murder in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, Al Sharpton screamed bloody murder, demanding justice for Garner. Now, three years later, the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department apparently wants to make Sharpton happy.

Despite the opposition of federal prosecutors and FBI agents in New York, the Civil Rights Division is determined to prosecute Daniel Pantaleo for depriving Garner of his rights through the use of excessive force and for a possible hate crime.

From Tuesday's Daily Mail:

Washington-based federal prosecutors revealed last October they planned to pursue charges against him, as their investigators examine whether Pantaleo was guilty of using excessive force and if the choke hold he used was within the scope of his training.

The probe will examine whether Garner's civil rights were breached and whether or not Pantaleo's conduct amount to a 'hate crime'.

The federal case has been delayed by a dispute because federal prosecutors and FBI officials in New York opposed bringing charges, while the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department in Washington argued there was evidence to proceed.

New York FBI agents who were investigating the case have been replaced with agents from outside the state while Brooklyn prosecutors have been taken off the case.

However, it could still be months before the investigation concludes.

What the fuck is going on here? The Feds closest to where the Garner arrest occurred do not believe Pantaleo committed a criminal act. So, in order to lynch a white cop for killing a black crook, the lefties in the DOJ – probably Obama-Holder appointees - bring in a bunch of out-of-towners to make sure Al Sharpton and his ilk will be happy. What kind of justice is that? It’s an injustice, that’s what it is!

I thought the Trump administration was going to put an end to the Obama-Holder persecution of police officers. Apparently not.

Pantaleo was just trying to subdue an arrest-resisting giant of a man when he applied a choke hold on Garner. He had no intention of inflicting a serious injury on Garner. And Pantaleo most certainly did not apply that choke hold because Garner was black!

A hate crime? The Civil Rights Division is catering to the out-for-blood lust of Sharpton and militant members of the black community. It’s the DOJ that’s committing a hate crime, not Pantaleo.

Sharpton, as usual, trumps justice.


by Bob Walsh

Yes, it's true. It rained in the area where the Georgia 6th Congressional District was held on Tuesday. Even though there were almost 150,000 advanced votes cast this is clear proof that Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump conspired with God to rig the election to keep those evil, soul-sucking bastards in the Republican Party in power, crushing the spirit of Hillary Clinton and all good, honest and true liberal idiots.

There was roughly $200 spent for every vote cast in this election, making it easily the most expensive congressional district vote since dinosaurs became extinct.

This now makes six special elections held since Donald Trump became supreme leader of the United States. The Democraps have lost all six of them. Every one of them was claimed by the Democraps to be a referendum on Donald Trump, and maybe they in fact were. It is just barely possible that the Democrap party is STILL completely befuddled as to why their message isn't resonating with people. I guess they have not yet figured out that most Americans outside of New York and California are not hard-core liberal assholes.

By the way the Democrap candidate, Jon Ossoff, got less than 1,000 donations from within the district. He got over 7,000 donations from outside of his district, mostly from CA and NYC. Maybe the GA 6th just doesn't like carpetbagger asshole pajama-boys.

With slightly over 80% of the vote counted the Republican is ahead by about 52-48. It isn't a landslide, but it is definitely a win.

(I wouldn't bet that God is a Republican, but I sure as hell am sure he isn't a Democdrap. Of course maybe God sat this one out and Freyer stuck his nose in. Have you ever seen an episode of American Gods? Maybe the old gods are still dicking with us, just for their own amusement.).

EDITOR'S NOTE: The final count was also 52-48 percent. Kellyanne Conway tweeted "Laughing my #Ossoff."


LAPD Chief Beck Supports ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill Hailed as ‘Constitutional’ by Eric Holder

June 20, 2017

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck for the first time offered his full support for a bill that would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from carrying out immigration laws, calling it an important proposal that protects the trust between his department and the neighborhoods it polices.

“This is not a soft-on-crime bill,” Beck said Monday at a Los Angeles news conference, with former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. “This is not an anti-law enforcement bill. This is a bill that displays courage. The courage of Californians, the courage of Angelenos to understand that when we stand together we are much more effective than when we stand apart.”

The endorsement is a boon for De León (D-Los Angeles), who authored Senate Bill 54 and has grappled with opposition from law enforcement groups over claims that it could weaken their ability to detain dangerous or repeat criminals. It came as Holder unveiled a letter to U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions arguing that the legislation “is constitutional and not preempted by federal law.”

Holder was temporarily hired by the Senate and Assembly to serve as outside counsel to offer advice on the state’s legal strategy against the incoming administration. He and his firm, Covington & Burling, analyzed the legislation as part of that contract and concluded “states have the power over the health and safety of their residents and allocation of state resources.”


Ninety-seven pounds of Fentanyl that is strong enough to kill 14 MILLION people is seized in San Diego

Associated Press
June 20, 2017

Federal authorities in San Diego say they have seized one of the largest loads ever in the U.S. of the potent synthetic opiate Fentanyl.

An indictment unsealed Monday says federal drug agents seized over 97 pounds of the drug, most of it from a house in San Diego.

A U.S. attorney's statement says the drug is so powerful that the amount represents millions of lethal doses.

Drug traffickers use it to strengthen heroin or make counterfeit painkiller pills.

Three people, Jonathan Ibarra, 45, Hector Fernando Garcia, 46, and Anna Baker, 30, were indicted for possession of the drug with intent to distribute.

Court papers say the defendants discussed having Baker smuggle the drugs on three separate trips.

In November, agents stopped Baker's rented vehicle and found about 33 pounds of Fentanyl, then discovered 66 more pounds of the drug during a search of her house.

On the streets, Fentanyl is sold alone as powder, added to heroin or made into counterfeit painkiller pills.

The drug has been overrunning cities throughout America largely due to trafficking by Mexican cartels.

Authorities have said Mexican drug cartels produce the drug in labs using precursor chemicals from China.


Maybe an Infection or Blood Clot

By Maggie Fox

NBC News
June 20, 2017

Pneumonia, a blood clot, kidney failure or sepsis could have killed Otto Warmbier, but he almost certainly never had a chance of recovering, neurologists said Monday.

Warmbier’s family said he died Monday afternoon, just days after he was returned unconscious and unresponsive from North Korea.

North Korean officials said he had been in a coma for more than a year — right after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in prison for allegedly having taken a propaganda poster off a wall. North Korean authorities said the strapping, 21-year-old college student had taken a sleeping pill after he fought a bout of botulism.

Doctors who examined Warmbier said they found no evidence of botulism, a kind of food poisoning that can be deadly but that usually does not cause brain damage. Warmbier’s father Fred said he didn’t believe that’s what happened to his son.

What doctors at the University of Cincinnati hospital did find was extensive brain damage that looked like it could have been caused by a long period of oxygen deprivation – the kind caused when something stops someone’s heart.

"His neurological condition can be best described as a state of unresponsive wakefulness," Dr. Daniel Kanter, director of the hospital’s neurocritical care program, told a news conference last week.

There’s not much hope for someone after that, neurologists agreed.

“If they are in that state from a lack of oxygen to the brain ... and it has been more than three months ... the chance of anyone having a meaningful recovery — I don’t know if any of us have ever seen it happen,” said Dr. Lori Shutter, professor of critical care medicine, neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

A "state of unresponsive wakefulness" is the more modern way of describing a persistent vegetative state — when the brain stem keeps people breathing, waking and sleeping, but there’s no conscious brain function, Shutter said.

“Patients who are in a persistent vegetative state after a cardiac arrest have a very low rate of recovery,” added Dr. Andrew Naidech, neurocritical care physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Warmbier’s quick death suggested something happened to change his apparently stable condition, Naidech and Shutter agreed, although his doctors in Cincinnati said Thursday he showed no signs of any infection when he arrived.

Doctors also agreed it was unlikely his family decided to withhold food and water — a perfectly valid decision for someone with such a poor prognosis, but they said it takes patients more than just a few days to die from dehydration.

“The fact that he died so quickly suggests he was getting some sort of medical treatment that could be withheld,” Naidech told NBC News.

“If this young man was in this state for an extended time period, once the family heard everything, they may have started to focus on quality of life,” Shutter speculated.

If he developed pneumonia, a urinary tract infection or a bloodstream infection, the family may have decided to withhold antibiotics. Pneumonia is possible because people in unwakeful states can easily aspirate saliva into the lungs, where it can cause infection. Urinary infections can be caused by prolonged use of a catheter, and they can become serious.

“They may have felt that this quality of life would not be of the type that they would feel Otto would have wanted,” Shutter said. “They may have ‘let’s make him comfortable’.”

But Dr. Daniel Laskowitz, a professor of neurology at Duke University, said something sudden could have happened — such as a pulmonary embolism.

“Why would you die suddenly after 15 months in a persistent vegetative state?” Laskowitz asked. There are usually two reasons why you pass away in that setting. One is infection,” he said.

The second would be a blood clot.

“If you are in a persistent vegetative state and you are just immobile for a prolonged period of time, you have a propensity to form a clot,” he said. “That can be catastrophic and precipitous.”

The long flight from North Korea to Ohio could have made a blood clot even more likely to form or break off and travel to the lungs, Laskowitz said.

No matter what it was, Warmbier’s state almost certainly resulted from poor care in North Korea, Laskowitz said. He said it’s somewhat feasible that Warmbier could have suffered from botulism and that if he was given a sleeping pill while already paralyzed from the botulinum toxin, that could have caused him to stop breathing and his heart to stop, leading to brain damage.

Shutter, who trained several members of Warmbier’s medical team when she was at the Cincinnati medical center, said he would have been given the best care possible at the Ohio facility.

“I do feel for this family,” she said. “But I do feel they had one of the best teams in the country to help them with that.”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Marchers in the annual Al-Quads Day parade blame the low-income high rise apartment fire in London on the ‘Zionists’

I could have told you so. Whenever something bad happens, the Jews get blamed. That’s the way it is with the tragic fire in London of the low-income high rise apartment building, known as the Grenfell Tower.

The annual Al-Quads Day parade was held Sunday in London. Using a bullhorn, a leader of the march shouted, ”Zionists are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell.”

The parade participants marched with Palestinian and Hezbollah flags and chanted, “Zionists/ISIS are the same. Only difference is the name.” Oh goodie, now the Jews are blamed for ISIS.

Al-Quds is he Muslim name for Jerusalem. The annual march is a call for the extermination of Israel.

Just think, if Hitler would have been able to exterminate all of the world’s Jews, there would have been no Grenfell Tower blaze, there would be no ISIS, there would be peace in the Middle East, Kim Jong-un would petition the U.S. for North Korea to become the 51st state, no more illegal immigrants would cross the Mexican border, there would be no income inequality, the KKK would call for intermarriage between blacks and whites … and the list goes on and on.

Oh, and if there were no damn Jews, Donald Trump would resign and ask Congress to elect Hillary Clinton president. Hillary is then chosen president with every Republican voting aye.

Damn those dirty Jews! Oh shit, I just remembered, I’m a Jew.


by Bob Walsh

The crime-ridden and gang-infested shithole that Chicago has become hit 300 homicides so far this year over the Father's Day weekend. Isn't that special?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Strict gun controls at work!


by Bob Walsh

An as-yet unnamed teenage boy was participating in a trail race in Alaska on Sunday when the 16-year old boy was attacked and killed by a 250 pound bear. Searchers managed to track his cell phone but could not approach him because the bear was still in the area. Eventually somebody shot the bear in the face and it beat feet. It was later shot to death. The young man contacted relatives by phone earlier to tell them he was being chased by the bear but he was unable to elude it or get help in time. .


by Bob Walsh

Acting Monday SCOTUS ruled that the patent office can NOT refuse to issue a trademark merely because somebody might find the trademark to be offensive. The original lawsuit was filed by an Asian-American rock band called THE SLANTS. The unanimous ruling will have a broad impact elsewhere, including the Washington Redskins football team.

Simon Tam tried to trademark the band name in 2011, but the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office refused. The office also cancelled the Washington Redskins trademark in 2014, asserting they could do so as it was offensive to native Americans.

The trademark office has been remarkably inconsistent in their past administrative rulings, stating that DAGO SWAG clothing was OK, as was BAKED BY A NEGRO bakery products.

I guess that means I can go ahead with my new logo for my church, THE UNRECONSTRUCTED AND UNREPENTANT INTERNATIONAL CHURCH OF MOHAMMED SUCKS DONKEY DICK. The G was giving me some shit about that.


by Bob Walsh

There is a congressional election today to fill the seat left vacant by Republican Tom Price. Under normal circumstances this would be considered a reasonably safe Republican seat however things are not normal.

The Democrap candidate, Jon Osoff, is a serious carpetbagger. He doesn't even live in the district. There were about 150 Republicans going for the seat in the primary. The final candidate from their side is Karen Handel. As one might expect the Democraps are touting this as an anti-Trump referendum (like the last two special elections since Trump was inaugurated, both of which were won by Republicans). There has been a LOT of outside money and liberal idiot participation in this election.

There were about 140,000 early votes cast in this election. This is about three times that of the normal elections. Various polls are currently showing the Democrap with a slight lead, within the margin of error.

Clearly I hope the Republicans win, if nothing else because the Democraps will be unsufferable (more so than usual) if they do.


by Bob Walsh

Charleena Lyles, 30, used to live in Seattle. She doesn't live anywhere any more because she is dead.

She called the Seattle P D about 10:00 a.m. on Sunday to report a burglary. The PD sent two officers instead of just one as she was known to be a problematic individual. She had gotten out of jail less than a week before on charges of harassing and obstructing a police officer. She was knocked up with her fifth child and three of her other crumb snatchers were home with her when the situation went sideways.

The woman brandished a knife at the responding cops. Her relatives acknowledge this is true. They believe that because she is a small woman and is also a 5150 that the cops should not have shot her to death but rather should have attempted to wrestle the knife away from her or did something else dangerous to them and generally stupid.

Anyway the woman (who is black) is dead and the cops (who are white) at not sliced up.

Her sister said, "Why couldn't they have just Tased her? They could have taken her down. I could have taken her down." Of course she wasn't there at the time to do it.

Both cops fired. The shooting is, as one might expect, under review.