Sunday, December 10, 2017


I am going to burn in hell, and it’s not because my momma told me so. It’s because Alabama's U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore told me so.

The other day, Roy said that those who do not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will burn in hell.

Now ole Roy, being the good Christian family values guy he is, ought to know. And for teaching all those teenage girls about the birds and bees when he was in his 30s, there must be a special place for him.

Shit, it must be awfully damn crowded down in hell, what with millions of us Jews, billions of Muslims, millions of Buddhists and countless other non-Christians there.

On the other hand, the Heaven I’ll never see must be awfully spacious.


Pennsylvania Suspect Falls Through Ceiling During Escape Attempt

By Joseph Kohut

The Scranton Times-Tribune
December 8, 2017

SCRANTON, Pennsylvania -- A 29-year-old Scranton man on the run for assault tried to get away from officers Sunday by fleeing through a crawl space in his girlfriend’s home, only to plunge through the kitchen ceiling into police custody, city police said.

Justin Thompson, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., faces a felony count of endangering the welfare of children because his fall through the ceiling came within a few feet of children, according to a criminal complaint filed by Patrolman Joseph Janczak. Thompson also is charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and recklessly endangering another person.

City police also charged Thompson’s 26-year-old girlfriend, Shaolin Miller, same address, with a felony count of hindering apprehension, according to a separate complaint.

Officers wanted Thompson on a warrant filed Wednesday for aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment for an incident in September, according to a court docket.

Their search for Thompson led police to the Bryn Mawr Street home Sunday. Miller allowed them to search her home, and Sgt. Joseph Dombroski found a crawl space on the third floor with a footprint in the dust.

There, they found Thompson. Police tried to arrest him and grabbed his shirt. He backed out of his shirt and moved deeper into the crawl space.

In the kitchen with Miller, Patrolman Steven Lavin heard noise above him. Thompson fell through the ceiling right in front of him.

Magisterial District Judge Sean P. McGraw arraigned Thompson on both sets of charges and set bail at $20,000. Preliminary hearings on the charges are scheduled for Monday.

McGraw released Miller on $5,000 unsecured bail and set a preliminary hearing date for Monday as well.


Trump's Jerusalem Declaration: Anything But Obvious

By Tsvi Sadan

Israel Today
December 7, 2017

Wednesday evening, the United States of America under the presidency of Donald Trump finally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Though some may shrug their shoulders and say that he only stated the obvious (Trump himself said as much), the fact that for 70 years the US has refused to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital proves that Trump's bold decision was anything but obvious.

That most nations refuse to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a testimony to the fact that Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land is still a bitter pill for most to swallow.

Through concealed behind the smokescreen of "occupation," the fact is that Jerusalem has served as Israel's de facto capital since 1948. That the Czech Republic so quickly followed in Trump's footsteps demonstrates that they had long wanted to recognize this reality. Czech only recognized Israel's sovereignty over western Jerusalem, but European powers like France, Britain and Germany continue to deny Israel even that much. Many nations remain resolute in their refusal to acknowledge full Jewish sovereignty, even within the 1949 armistice lines.

In this light, the nations' hostility toward Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land, demonstrated by their refusal to acknowledge any capital city for Israel, let alone Jerusalem, can't be rationally explained. Not surprisingly, Trump himself revealed the reason: The religious status of the city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam is that which sets her apart from any other capital city. This is why the Holy See resents Trump's decision, why Muslim countries resent it and why Europe resents it.

But the irrational sentiments regarding Jerusalem are well masqueraded. Instead of religion, the West speaks in the name of peace. For too long now it has deceived itself that somehow the infamous 1947 Partition Plan that destined Jerusalem to be a separated entity, an international city, is still a good idea. This despite the fact that history has proved beyond any doubt that such a notion produces only war. And Trump was wise enough to address this point as well.

"After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians," he said. "It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result."

"Fools repeat their folly," according to Provers 26:11, and this is exactly what the president was trying to tell the world Wednesday.

With all the praise Trump deserves for his historic decision, we would be remiss to ignore that of all the Temple Mount compound, he left only the Western Wall to the Jews. This is sad because if Jerusalem is the heart of Israel, as Trump has now recognized, the Temple is the heart of Jerusalem. Of all the world's leaders, he should know that if Israel is the body, and Jerusalem is its heart, the blocking of its coronary arteries will leave the patient seriously ill. Even more serious, transplanting the heart to a different body, a Palestinian state, as Europe demands, is to sign Israel's death certificate.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This puts France, Britain and Germany in league with North Korea. You know that Trump was right in declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when the North Korean foreign ministry calls the declaration “a reckless, wicket act” and described the President as a “mentally deranged dotard.”


Mother's outrage after three cops are charged with misdemeanors in death of her unarmed son who was restrained after calling 911 for help

Associated Press and Snejana Farberov

Daily Mail
December 8, 2017

Three Dallas police officers have been indicted by a grand jury following the death last year of a man they had arrested, handcuffed and pinned down for more than 10 minutes.

The Dallas Police Department says Sgt. Kevin Mansell, 48, officer Danny Vasquez, 32, and a third officer known only as 'John Doe' were indicted on misdemeanor charges of deadly conduct, which means putting someone in imminent danger of physical harm.

The counts stem from the arrest of 32-year-old Anthony 'Tony' Timpa on August 10, 2016, due to erratic behavior.

Police say the Rockwell man, who had called 911 saying he was suffering from anxiety and schizophrenia, was combative and aggressive and subjected to physical restraint. He later died at a hospital.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide and said he died of cardiac arrest caused by the toxic effects of cocaine and stress from physical restraint.

Upon learning of the officers’ indictments, Vicki Timpa, Tony's mother, expressed surprise that each of the cops was charged with a misdemeanor count carrying a sentence of up to a year in county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

‘They need to go to jail,’ she said. ‘I want them to smell the rust on the bars.’

The incident began unfolding after Timpa, who was high on cocaine, summoned police and ran out of an adult film store and into traffic on Mockinbird Lane in Dallas at around 10.30pm.

Two private security guards from local businesses restrained the barefoot and panic-stricken man for his own safety and waited for the arrival of police, according to a Custodial Death Report.

When five Dallas police officers responded to the scene, they placed Timpa in their own handcuffs.

According to documents obtained by the Dallas Morning News and NBC5, an officer pinned his knee on Timpa's back and kept him restrained for 14 minutes while he repeatedly pleaded with them, ‘Don’t hurt me.’

When the 32-year-old man became unresponsive, the cops allegedly poked fun at him and waited for several minutes before performing CPR. Less than an hour after he was placed in handcuffs, Timpa was dead.

Mrs Timpa and her lawyers have been pressuring the police department to release the body camera footage from the night of the incident, but officials have declined to make the video public, citing an ongoing investigation.

According to his obituary, Tony Timpa worked as a director of operations for two companies owned by his family and is survived by a young son.


Argentina judge orders arrest of ex-president Cristina Kirchner for 'covering up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center that left 85 people dead'

By Charlie Moore

Daily Mail
December 7, 2017

A judge in Argentina yesterday ordered the arrest of former president Cristina Kirchner on charges of 'treason against the fatherland.'

She is accused of covering up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that left 85 people dead.

No culprits have ever been found for the country's worst terror attack.

Kirchner allegedly offered immunity to Iranian suspects in exchange for Iranian oil.

The alleged deal is said to have allowed the suspects to be interviewed by Argentine magistrates in Tehran rather than in Buenos Aires.

Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman filed a criminal claim accusing Kirchner in January 2015.

A day before he was due to give evidence to congress he was found dead at home with a bullet in his head.

Kirchner has previously called the case an 'absurdity' and part of a campaign to undermine her presidency.

Her aide said today that she first heard of the arrest order when reading the papers.

Kirchner, 64, who had two four-year terms in office from 2007-2015, is due to take her seat in the Senate next week after her election victory in October crowned a political comeback and granted her immunity from imprisonment in several corruption cases.

The Senate will now have to vote on lifting her immunity at the judge's request, for which a two-thirds majority is needed.

Argentine newspaper Clarin reported that this was unlikely, meaning she won't be arrested.

Kirchner's leftist alliance in the Senate has a total of 32 seats with around a dozen senators are in the Kirchner camp.

The center-right Cambiemos alliance of President Mauricio Macri has 25 seats in the upper house.

Judge Carlos Bonadio also ordered the arrest of former foreign minister Hector Timerman and several other former officials in the Kirchner governments.

The ex-head of the Federal Intelligence Agency, Oscar Parrilli, was ordered not to leave the country.

Bonadio took over the case after prosecutor Alberto Nisman, which was filed four days before his mysterious death on January 18, 2016.

The Jewish center bombing case is the most serious before Kirchner, who is facing trial in several other cases involving corruption and money-laundering stemming from her years as president.

Several prominent members of her former government have been detained on corruption charges in recent weeks, including ex-public works minister Julio De Vido and Amado Boudou, Kirchner's vice-president from 2011-2015.

Saturday, December 09, 2017


Miami-Dade cop shot multiple times, gunman killed in Walmart parking lot

By Curt Anderson

Associated Press
December 7, 2017

MIAMI — An apparent shoplifting incident at a Miami store parking lot Wednesday left a police officer with a gunshot wound and a second person dead, authorities said.

Manuel Gonzalez was working an off-duty detail in uniform to provide security at a Walmart when he confronted the shoplifting suspect, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said at a news conference. Gonzalez and David Facen exchanged shots at close range and the officer was struck multiple times, Perez said.

The 54-year-old Facen was killed by the officer. Television news reports showed a body covered in a yellow plastic sheet between two cars in the parking lot. TV reports also showed the 31-year-old officer walking with assistance into the emergency room of a local hospital.

"Our officer is going to be OK. Right now, he's in good spirits despite being shot multiple times," Perez said. "God was with him today. I can't emphasize that enough."

No one else was injured although the store and parking lot were crowded with holiday shoppers.

Gonzalez is a seven-year veteran and is married with two children, Perez said. Perez added that Miami-Dade officers frequently work off-duty security details at stores and malls to make extra money during the holidays, and to deter shoplifting, car break-ins and other crimes.

"He was just trying to do his job," Perez said. "The dangers are always out there."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the case, as it does for all shootings involving Miami-Dade police.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Every time I hear criminologists and social engineers whine about “nonviolent offenders” being locked up, it makes me want to puke. They seem to be clueless about the fact that you really cannot know whether a criminal is violent or not until he is confronted committing a crime, even when that crime is classified as nonviolent. This shooting of a Miami-Dade cop by a nonviolent shoplifter is a good example.

Here is another example. Some years ago, a man with a record of writing hot checks was in a Houston grocery store. When he tried to pay for his purchases with a check, the checkout clerk contacted Telechecks to make sure the check was good. At that point the man pulled out a gun and shot the poor woman to death. Just another nonviolent hot check writer.


by Bob Walsh

John Bernard Felt is 85 years old and used to be a priest. He left the priesthood in 1970 to marry. Among other things on his CV was a stint in priest rehab. He later became in charge of assigning priests to specific parishes and helped cover up the abuses of Father James Porter, who was sentenced to prison after molesting more than 100 victims.

Felt's victim, Irene Garza, 27, was a former beauty queen and school teacher in Felt's parish. She had been beaten unconscious, raped, then suffocated.

He had been found guilty of another assault and fined $500 shortly before Ms. Garza's death. The Hidalgo County, Texas, jury took four hours to bring in a verdict.


by Bob Walsh

Matt Dababneh is/was a member of the legislature of the formerly great state of California. The Democrap from L.A. announced that he will resign effective the end of this year following two accusations of sexual harassment and outright sexual assault.

Dababneh denies all the allegations and says he is leaving office in order to focus on clearing his name. He added that he just does not have the passion for public service that he once did.

He is accused, among other things, of pushing a female lobbyist into a hotel bathroom last year and then choking his chicken for her viewing pleasure. I guess she didn't dig it that much.

Allegedly other victims have gotten in touch with the first victims, and they may (or may not) come forward. One of the victims has suggested he donated the $1.1 million he has raised for his 2018 campaign to a rape crisis center.

The chicken choker first came to the legislature in a 2013 special election. He has, over the past several weeks, been a BIG supporter of the #MeToo campaign. I wonder if he is rethinking his position on that?


by Bob Walsh

A large number of current CA civil service employees will now have to undergo a criminal background check in order to maintain their employment, much to the chagrin of some of the unions whose members are involved.

These background checks will take place at the Franchise Tax Board, the Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration, Dept. of Technology, Employment Development Department, Dept. of Child Support Services, Dept. of Social Services, Covered California (Obamacare), the Board of Equalization and the State Controller.

The net is, at least in the beginning, being cast widely. For instance, absolutely every employee at the E.D.D. will be background checked, from warehouse workers to exempt appointments.

This requirement is kicking in due to the I.R.S., which now demands background checks for any employee who might conceivably have access to federal taxpayer information.

In addition, many of the employees of the Office of Emergency Services now require background checks due to Homeland Security regulations.

They still have not figured out what sort of criminal convictions will disqualify people from exactly which jobs. Any such separations from state service would be considered non-punitive.


by Bob Walsh

A very interesting detail came out on Friday about the Roy Moore senate election. The young woman who asserts that Moore molested her last century when he was 32 and she was 14 admitted that the "evidence" she presented to professional firebrand Gloria Allred is in fact a forgery. Which is probably why Allred refused to allow a legitimate forensic examination of the yearbook.

I have a tad of experience in similar things from when I was the Chief Job Steward at DVI, a prison facility in CA. If you bring charges against someone and it is later PROVEN that the charges were false, the people bringing the charges KNEW they were false and went ahead with the case anyway it pretty much makes the victim of this misrepresentation bulletproof in the future, even if they are the biggest dump truck that ever came down the pike.

Don't get me wrong. I strongly suspect that Moore is guilty as sin. There is, however, no actual PROOF of his guilt as far as I know and now the only alleged proof available is not only known to be fake but admitted to be fake. It is my understanding that Moore is slightly ahead in the polls, just a tad outside of the margin for error. The election is this Tuesday. This could push Moore over the top.

Outright lies are dangerous. If you get caught at it it does not make your position better, or even neutral. It makes it worse, sometimes immeasurably worse. And it will make it very hard for the senate to try to deny Moore his seat if he is elected as his alleged transgression took place many, many years before his (probable) election to the Senate.

That is why political derangement is so dangerous. You become so focused on " I must do ANYTHING to stop this person/program/position" that YOU become the problem. When you gaze into the abyss the abyss is gazing back at you. Sometimes you blink first.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sorry Bob, but it was not the woman who was 14 at the time. It was another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, who has admitted she inserted her own words by adding the date and location under Moore's signature in the yearbook. The woman who was sexually assaulted by Moore when she was only 14 and he was 32 remains credible.


Tomi Lahren slams Beyoncé, Colin Kaepernick for hating police after the two appeared at awards ceremony

By Jessica Chia

New York Daily News
December 6, 2017

There goes Becky with the bad attitude.

Tomi Lahren insulted Beyoncé hours after the singer presented Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammed Ali Legacy Award at the Barclays Center on Tuesday night.

“Police-hating Beyoncé presents police and America-hating Kappy with a 'legacy' award. This is how far we’ve fallen. Wow,” Lahren tweeted.

The Fox News contributor, who has made a career of courting controversy, has repeatedly railed against both Beyoncé and Kaepernick.

Lahren repeatedly slammed Kaepernick as “disrespectful” when the former San Francisco 49er decided to take a knee during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality.

Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract with the 49ers only to remain unsigned, has become a formidable activist as his future with the NFL looks increasingly unlikely.

“With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people, because my platform is the people,” he said during his acceptance speech Tuesday night.

Lahren has also sparked the ire of Beyoncé’s fanbase with her repeated attacks on the singer’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2016, which she called a “way to politicize and advance the notion that black lives matter more."

Lahren has also attacked the “Formation" singer for everything from her stance on climate change to her husband Jay Z, who included a clip of the 25-year-old’s rant in one of his tracks with Pusha T.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We have really fallen far when Sports Illustrated gives Kaepernick any kind of award. And who is more befitting than Black Panther loving, cop hating Beyonce to make the presentation?


'What's the point of having a gun if it's not loaded,' 84-year old homeowner said after shooting intruder to death

By Karen Kane

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 8, 2017

An 84-year-old man who sleeps with a loaded semi-automatic pistol under his pillow shot to death one of two intruders who broke into his house early Friday in Lawrence County.

"It was a me-or-them" situation, said Don Lutz of Ellport.

"I wasn't scared at all. I had my gun. I'm an expert with guns. You do what you have to do," Mr. Lutz said Friday afternoon.

Ellwood City police Lt. David Kingston said Mr. Lutz shot the intruder at "point-blank range in the chest."

The man died on Mr. Lutz's kitchen floor, and the second intruder fled.

There is no description of the second man because the house was "pitch black at the time," the lieutenant said.

The home invasion happened at 1:10 a.m.

"I couldn't tell them anything about the guy (who fled)," Mr. Lutz said.

After consulting with the local district attorney, Lt. Kingston said Mr. Lutz will not be charged with a crime. "He was defending himself," the lieutenant said.

Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa said two legal theories protect Mr. Lutz: self-defense; and the state’s Castle Doctrine, which allows a homeowner to use deadly force to protect life, family or house against an intruder.

“Based upon the circumstances that led up to the shooting, the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office has no intention of filing charges against Mr. Lutz,” Mr. Lamancusa said. “There is no duty to retreat in your home. He was authorized to use deadly force under these circumstances.”

Police do not know the dead intruder’s identity.

Lt. Kingston said the man appears to be 35 to 45 years old. Mr. Lutz added that the man weighed close to 300 pounds and was white. Mr. Lamancusa said no weapon was found on the dead man, who was wearing rubber gloves.

The elderly veteran said he owns several weapons and has made it a longtime habit to sleep with a loaded pistol.

"What's the point of having a gun if it's not loaded?" he said.

Mr. Lutz said he became comfortable with weapons when he served during the Korean War, spending some 16 months on the front lines.

Friday's incident began with Mr. Lutz asleep in his bed until he was startled by the sound of breaking glass.

"They broke the glass and pushed in the door," he said.

Carrying his .380 semi-automatic, he went down the hallway and, as he got to its edge, he confronted the two men, one of whom grabbed him.

"It was pitch black. I met one face-on, and he reached out and grabbed at me. I shot him," Mr. Lutz recounted.

Though mortally wounded, the intruder tussled with Mr. Lutz with assistance from the second intruder. The three scuffled on the kitchen floor when the wounded intruder "rolled over dead." The second intruder ran out the front door.

Mr. Lutz called police.

"The police couldn't find the bullet. It went clean through him," Mr. Lutz said. "I hope the police find the other guy."

Lt. Kingston described Mr. Lutz's Jamison Street home as part of a residential neighborhood not known for having problems with crime.

“Their motive is unknown to us. We don’t know if this was a random targeting, if there was something more to this,” said Mr. Lamancusa, who added that there was nothing to suggest a relationship between Mr. Lutz and the intruders.

Mr. Lutz, who lives alone, has been married three times. He has no children. He retired at 60 from the now-closed Armstrong World in Beaver Falls where he labored as a machinist, carpenter, and sheet metal worker. He also was a union officer, he said.


SFPD releases body cam footage of rookie cop 4 days on the job fatally shooting unarmed black carjacking suspect

December 8, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO - Police on Thursday showed the body-worn camera footage of a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred last week in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood to an emotional crowd during a town hall meeting at a church. What the crowd learned: The officer who shot California state Lottery carjacking suspect Keita O'Neil was unarmed when the rookie officer - four days on the job - pulled out his gun and killed him.

The meeting, which took place at 6 p.m. at the True Hope Church at 950 Gilman Ave., was to inform community members about the Dec. 1 shooting by police that claimed the life of O'Neil. The 42-year-old was suspected of carjacking a California State Lottery van on the morning of the shooting.

Police revealed that a rookie office was sitting in the passenger's seat of a patrol car shot when he shot at an unarmed O'Neil through the car's window, striking O'Neil once. Although police released footage from that officer's body-worn camera, police did not reveal the officer's name. The officer had been riding with a training officer on his fourth day at work.

A crowd of at least 50 people at the meeting responded to the body worn footage with gasps, cries and angry shouts.

Activist Phelicia Jones, a member of the group Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community - Justice 4 Mario Woods, said that in light of several officer-involved shootings in recent years, racist texting scandals and the hiring of police Chief William Scott earlier this year, she felt the department continues to struggle with racism.

"OK so we have a black police chief, that's good but what changed? For us, nothing has changed." Jones said.

The fact that no weapon was found at the scene drew shouts and cries from the crowd, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

"They hate us! They hate us," shouted Gwendolyn Woods, the mother of Mario Woods, who was killed by San Francisco police on Dec. 2, 2015. "How can you do this?" she shouted on the video streamed onto the Examiner's Facebook page.

Last week's shooting began around 10:30 a.m., when officers responded to a report of a robbery and carjacking on the 1800 block of 23rd Street.

There, O'Neil allegedly assaulted a Lottery employee and stole her white Lottery van, police said.

Another vehicle, described as a gold or tan SUV, was at the crime scene and police believe it was also involved in the robbery. The two vehicles then drove down the street together before splitting up.

One group of the officers stopped the SUV in the vicinity of Gilman Avenue and Ingalls Street. The officers then detained four people in the SUV, according to police.

Other officers pursued the Lottery van, which was being driven by O'Neil, near Fitzgerald Avenue and Griffith Street.

There, O'Neil allegedly got out of the van while it was still running. As the van rolled down a hill, O'Neil ran towards the patrol car.

That's when the officer sitting in the passenger's seat shot at him. Another officer who was outside of the patrol car did not fire their weapon and although they had a body-worn camera, it was not activated, police said.

O'Neil was transported by ambulance to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center where he was ultimately pronounced dead.


The Women Drug Mules of Heroin

by Luis Carlos Sainz

Borderland Beat (translated from Zeta)
December 5, 2017

Mothers of families, often poor, become "human mail carriers", traffickers of the derivative of opium, ie heroin. They are arrested with the drug in double bottoms of suitcases, attached to the body, in their footwear, or in the vagina. About 70 percent of the secured heroin and criminal cases against "chiva" traffickers on commercial flights in the country are registered in Baja California. Women heroin transporters get, on average, 10-year prison sentences. Three sisters imprisoned at the end of 2015 were strangely acquitted.

As soon as she got off the plane, she was greeted by the icy January wind on the border. She went to
get her suitcase from the baggage area and hurried to the exit. The slim, white-skinned lady -like her name- drew attention for her wide striped skirt in black and gray tones, her black scarf and her multicolored suitcase, but above all, for her peculiar way of walking. She took short, wide steps.

A federal surveillance policeman in the air terminal flanked her front and informed the woman that he wanted to ask her some questions. She lowered her eyes, and dodged, tried to continue her march as if she had not heard the agent. The uniformed officer repeated his direction and the woman agreed. Although nervous, the lady was cooperative and talkative. He identified himself with his Issstecali credential.

"What is your name? How old are you? Where are you going ? Where do you come from? How much did your ticket cost you? ", the officer asked. "I am 42 years old, I live in San Luis Río Colorado and I come from Mexico City. I went to a friend's wake. Her husband called me and came to the airport for me, "said Dona Blanca. "What is the name of your friend's husband? How did he contact you? What did you pick up in that city? " The officer's chain of questioning continued.

The woman stumbled. "Well, I actually found out that my friend died, through Facebook. Had cancer. I don't remember the name of the widower. A friend sent another friend of his for me, and he took me to the hotel." She could not continue with his answer.

Her throat closed. Her eyes reddened and were wet. She was visibly trembling, and her voice broke when she said: "Help me Sir, I am in a very difficult economic and sentimental situation. My two youngest children are in school and I do not have a job. "

"Do you bring any illicit substances ?" The agent asked with the same reasonable suspicion that had motivated the interception. "Yes. I bring drugs hidden under my clothes, between my legs, "the woman replied collapsing. With the classic "follow us" and reading the woman the card of rights, the police took her to the agency of the Federal Public Ministry to resolve her situation.

In the PGR facilities of Mexicali, female staff accompanied the woman to the bathroom, where she extracted, from between her panties and lycra shorts, a package wrapped in cinnamon tape, and deposited it in a yellow envelope that had been provided. The package contained one kilo 500 grams of a pasty substance of dark brown color, with the characteristics of heroin. An expert in forensic chemistry confirmed that it was the enervant.

Because of these events, Blanca has been deprived of her liberty in a state prison for nine months, at the disposal of the judicial authorities of the New Criminal Justice System. First, a Control Judge issued a writ of attachment to the trial, and then the magistrate of a Unitary Court confirmed the ruling. She is on remand for her probable responsibility in crimes against health, in the mode of transport of diacetyl morphine hydrochloride, better known as heroin.

If she does not prove her innocence, the woman will face a minimum sentence of 10 years, or maximum of up to 25 years in prison, in addition: one hundred to 500 days fine. It is what establishes the sanctions of the Federal Penal Code for those who produce, transport, traffic, trade, supply or prescribe any of the narcotics listed in a catalog, including heroin, prohibited by the Mexican General Health Law.

70% of cases in BC

Blanca is just one of the so-called "mules," used by drug traffickers to transport drugs aboard commercial flights, from one geographical point to another. There are, moving marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, codeine and of course the popular heroin, a drug that is wreaking havoc on the health of Americans, according to the authorities of that country.

There are dozens of men and women who, during the last decade, have been discovered transporting the opiate through the air terminals of Baja California, near the border with the US, the International Airport "Abelardo L. Rodríguez" in Tijuana and the "Roberto Sánchez Taboada", in Mexicali. They also arrive in private planes with clandestine landings in Ensenada and Tecate.

Many other "mules", usually male, transport the drug via land, hidden in the huge tires or double bottoms conditioned trucks with cargo trailers. In the fuel tank or the engine parts of other types of vehicles. In passenger buses, or by sea in lanchas rapidas, ie speedboats, or deep-sea vessels island hopping through the Sea of Cortez.

In the case of women, such as Blanca, it is common for the authorities to discover their role as "mules" on commercial flights that arrive at this border. They are also discovered, less frequently, at the Chihuahua airport, and even more rarely at the Sonora and Sinaloa terminals. Strange the lack of assurances of this drug in Tamaulipas and Coahuila, where there will be one or two processes.

ZETA had access to 95 cases or criminal cases filed in federal courts in the country against people linked to various criminal modalities related to heroin. The result is impressive. In 66 of the cases, they know courts of the Fifteenth Circuit of the Council of the Federal Judicature (CJF), with residence in Baja California, which includes bordering municipalities in the State of Sonora, such as San Luis Río Colorado.

The investigation was reduced to the mode of transport, and even more, it focused on passengers of both sexes who arrive at the two airports mentioned, with emphasis on the situation of women.

Profile of traffickers

The "aeromulas" are indistinctly men and women. The figures are very even, there are 51% women heroin traffickers on airplanes, and 49% are men. This is clear from the data obtained by Zeta in ten final judgments and in fourteen other cases, even under active criminal proceedings, because they are events that occurred in the last year. In nine cases the sentences were condemnatory. And in one, acquittal for three accused in a single criminal case.

The women involved are usually between 22 and 45 years old, although most are around 40 years of age. They belong to a medium-low socioeconomic level, with petty income, an average level of secondary education and a work activity as employees or traders. In some cases unemployed. Many of them claimed to be heads of family, with children still dependent on them.
Although in the majority of cases they do not accept their responsibility of committing crimes, when they do, the women do not give up their contractors. They do not even know what criminal organization they serve. National and North American authorities primarily suspect the Sinaloa Cartel. Today prisoners became "human couriers" in exchange for money, transporting heroin in four primary ways:

- Adhered in strips or pretending to be part of your body.
- In the insoles, sole or heel of your footwear.
- Backpacks or suitcases conditioned with double bottom or lining.
- Inside the vagina.

The Federal Police and the Mexican Army, and occasionally private security elements of the airports, unmask the traffickers when they manifest nervousness. They also have take into consideration the city or region of origin and the planes that land from those places.

Based on the repetition of actions, it is known that the cities that pose a risk for the transfer of heroin in this modality are: Acapulco, Guerrero; Morelia and Uruapan, Michoacán; Guadalajara, Jalisco; Tepic, Nayarit; Culiacán and Los Mochis, Sinaloa. And stellarly, Mexico City.

The security techniques most used by law enforcement officers in the Tijuana and Mexicali air terminals are:

- Emotional profile of the passenger.
- X-rays.
- Pitazo (anonymous report).
- Dog trained in the detection of drugs and explosives.

Pretexts and sentences

Before the Public Prosecutor's Office, 99% of the detainees said they were not aware of the incidents. The list of excuses of men and women apprehended with heroin within their scope of action is extensive.

María Luisa "N" arrived in Tijuana on a Volaris flight from Guerrero. As she passed her suitcase through the X-ray machine, the screen marked an orange box. It was discovered a secret compartment where there were 2 kilos, 140 grams of drugs. It was heroin and codeine. In her defense, the woman told her captors: "The suitcase is not mine, they lent it to me in Acapulco to travel here." Her crime corresponds the highest penalty, because of the sentance for transporting two different drugs, she was sentenced to 15 years in prison. All in all, others condemned in recent times received the minimum sanction of 10 years in prison.

Two women and two men were arrested in the air terminal "Abelardo L. Rodríguez" for having drugs attached to their bellies, inside socks; packages containing seven kilograms of heroin. The women said they were surprised because they were offered a tip in their native Uruapan to take money to a "comadre" in the United States. "I thought it was money, I never imagined it was 'chiva'", expressed Alicia "N".

Gloria "N" is a 44-year-old passenger who arrived with her daughter at the Mexicali airport on an Aeroméxico flight from Mexico City, with a stopover in Guadalajara. A sergeant and a cavalry soldier intercepted her for questioning. Because of the fright, she forgot or intentionally denied her address.

She was transferred to an office, where, voluntarily, she delivered a package wrapped with yellow latex that she carried in her vagina. There were 550 grams of heroin in the bundle. The lady said that when leaving the capital of the country, during the stopover in the "Pearl Tapatia", two women who sat on both sides of the plane got on the plane. At one point "one of them said she felt bad and asked me to go to the bathroom with her. There she forced me to put the package in my vagina, threatening that she would hurt my daughter if I refused her and that they would be watching me. "

Another passenger who was carrying diacetyl morphine in a significant amount inside her genital cavity denied possession of the substance. "They locked me in a private room of the Federal Police where I was examined and they told me I was bringing drugs, which is not true. They took my cell phone and threatened to take my children away, torturing me psychologically, "she says.

The detained men also offered arguments

Joel, who carried 739 grams of heroin in the insoles of his shoes, said: "These tennis shoes were given to me at the airport in Uruapan. I felt strange, but I did not check them. " Raymundo, with two kilograms of the same enervant hidden in a backpack: "I did not bring the drug. I would have been detected at the airport in Guadalajara. " While Edgardo argued that in Culiacan, some subjects assured him that he was a "maña" and, if he did not transport the 402 grams of heroin that were found in his shoes, they would kill him or one of his relatives. And Sidronio, coming from Mexico City, declared: "I bought the suitcase at the capital's airport, but I did not know that I was bringing drugs."

Mysterious liberation

On December 13, 2015, an unprecedented case occurred. Three sisters of Guerreroian origin landed in Tijuana on board a Volaris plane . They had left from the Acapulco airport. Very determined, the three placed packages wrapped with heroin, inside condoms, inside their genitals and allowed to come to the border. Two kilos of the opiate well distributed.

It was 10:20 am when the federal agents assigned to random checks in the Baggage Claim area saw the three brunettes arrive. One of them was gesticulating and flexing with abdominal pain. One of the policemen asked her if she needed medical help. One of the women answered for the afflicted, "it hurts between her hip and her belly." The mannerisms alerted the officer on duty and he commented on the situation to his colleagues.

They supported the woman to the corporation's office in the airport unit. Her discomforts were increasing. Before a series of questions, one of the girls confessed that the three of them were carrying wrapped drugs in their vaginas and, mortified, she interceded for her sister, because "she feared for her health and her life".

In a private room, a noncommissioned female officer supervised the extraction of the packages of each one of the implicated women, which they complied with voluntarily.

The protocol that is followed regularly by the feds ended with the delivery of the confiscated drugs and the chain of custody belongs to the Public Ministry of the Federation. The women were admitted to the Tijuana Women's Social Reintegration Center, where a District Judge prosecuted them for crimes against health, in the form of heroin transportation, on December 20, 2015. The order was confirmed on appeal by a Unitary Court.

The three sisters had private defenders and promoted an indirect amparo trial against the resolution that kept them deprived of their liberty.

On May 31, 2016, the circuit magistrate granted them the protection of federal justice and ordered the responsible court and judge: Leave the act unclaimed (order of formal imprisonment). Issue a new resolution in which they revoke the order of good prisoners issued to the complainants, and instead, decree an order of liberty for lack of evidence to process without the reservations of Law. Dictate their immediate and absolute freedom.

What happened? The amparista magistrate argued that the officers of the Federal Police did not comply with the formalities of the procedure: "in order to safeguard the physical integrity and life of the incriminated, at the moment of the extraction of the evidence, for which the authorities " say" they brought in their vaginas."

"In fact, it was overlooked that any bodily intervention is prohibited, unless you have the consent of the affected party and, in the case of ordering that practice, you must take care of danger to the health of the alleged, in addition, such corporal intervention must have been practiced by a specialized expert (doctor) and research personnel, respecting the dignity and privacy of the person; and in the presence of a medical emergency team in a health center or nearby hospital that guarantees the least risk to the health of those involved. It has only been assumed that the defendants brought the drugs in their vaginas. "

The magistrate consulted Google and added to his sentence of amparo the transcript of an article published on June 13, 2014, in the digital version of the newspaper La Nación , of Argentina, which is entitled "How to handle the process by which drug- mules expel the drugs " ; located in this hyperlink: the-drug.

The policewoman denied having assisted in the extraction of the drugs from the private parts of the accused. News publications did not report it either. The case seemed to be exactly similar to other detainees in similar cases, with similar investigative methods, most are still in prison, some condemned, others prosecuted.

The three Acapulco sisters were released, during the court proceedings they testified : "The officer of the Federal Police made us undress, put on some gloves and checked our vagina without finding anything."

Now they can boast that they are the only "aeromulas" exonerated in very strange circumstances.

Friday, December 08, 2017


In announcing his coming resignation from the Senate, Al Franken took parting shots at Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s support of Roy Moore

As you know from my post DEFENDING AL FRANKEN (BGB 12-5-17, Big Jolly Times 12-4-17), I did not believe Franken should resign from the Senate. I was convinced that unlike other politicians and celebrities, he was not seeking sexual gratification when he engaged in sexual misconduct with women during photo-ops well before he became a U.S. Senator.

I still believe he was just being a comedic smartass. Newt Gingrich agreed that he should not resign, saying Franken was a comedian “and comedians do strange things.”

However, Franken threw in the towel after 13 Democratic women senators and minority leader Chuck Schumer called for his resignation. Another 18 Democratic male senators joined in the chorus.

Franken announced Thursday he will be resigning in the coming weeks. Speaking from the floor of the Senate, Franken took parting shots at Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s support of Roy Moore, saying:

“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has preyed on underage girls is running for the Senate with the full support of his party”

Ouch, both shots were on target!

In 2005, Trump was getting off an Access Hollywood bus with Billy Bush. Not knowing a mike was hot, he said:

“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. I just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Trump now claims the audio was faked, but Bush told The New York Times it was genuine.

It is also ironic that even though more than a dozen women accused Trump of sexual misconduct as he was campaigning for president, there was an absence of calls for him to drop out of the race.

As for Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore, the scumbag has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, including one who was only 14-years old when he was a 32-year old assistant district attorney. He belongs in jail, not in the senate.

Although Moore claims the women are all liars, his accusers appear to be credible. Where he denies ever knowing some of his victims, they have notes from him bearing his signature. Despite that, Moore has the support of Trump and the Republican Party. It’s all about the party preserving its majority in the Senate.

Franken may be departing, but he is not slinking off into the dark.


by Bob Walsh

Things had been really tense between Michael DeMarco, a Palm Beach County FL. Sheriff's Deputy and his ex-GF, Yuly Solano. It got so bad the young lady's lawyer was threatening to sue the S.O. for not controlling DeMarco, and was also threatening to sue the condo board where they had previously lived.

At any rate on October 12 Deputy DeMarco drove his unmarked department vehicle onto condo property and briefly talking with Ms. Solano. He then shot her three times and killed himself by shooting himself in the head. There is both audio and video recording of the incident.

Ms. Solano survived the shooting.. .


by Bob Walsh

The Thomas fire in Ventura County, getting really very horrid. It has consumed more than 140 square miles and, as I write this on Thurday morning, is less than 10% . Fire fighters are defending individual structures at times, but it is essentially uncontrolled. They have, from time to time, closed major freeways due to smoke and to give fire equipment access. The winds are high and the humidity is very, very low. They are at the point where the fire is creating its own wind effects.

Typically one does not think of December as being a big fire month. One would be wrong, especially after 5-7 years of drought. Everything is like a tinder box and if you fart wrong you could generate a new fire. It ain't good and there are a lot of people in SoCal who are going to have a really crappy Christmas.


by Bob Walsh

I just finish3e listening to Al Franken resign....sort-of. If I heard it right what he ACTUALLY said was that he was going to resign at some unspecified time in the future. I seem to recall another member of congress, a representative if I remember correctly, doing that then dragging it out and dragging it out and back-peddling. He finally got pushed out by his own people.

I am kind of wondering if good old Al is going to try to stall this in hopes that an anti-Trump bomb drops and Al drops off the front pages and can hang around, chasing women and having his ass kissed by power seekers.

I could easily be wrong. But I could easily be right.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I think Franken is just wanting to leave on his own terms as opposed to being kicked out.


North Korea says going to war with the US is 'an established fact' and 'the only question is when will it break out'

By Charlie Moore

Daily Mail
December 7, 2017

A nuclear war with the US is an established fact and the only question is when it will break out, a North Korean spokesman said last night.

In response to a huge US military exercise over South Korea, the rogue state said: 'We will make the US dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force.'

North Korea also claimed that 'bellicose remarks' from high-ranking US officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, make war inevitable.

Pompeo said Saturday that US intelligence agencies believe North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doesn't understand how tenuous his situation is domestically and internationally.

The North's spokesman said Pompeo provoked the country by 'impudently criticizing our supreme leadership which is the heart of our people.'

The comments were published by the official Korean Central News Agency late Wednesday, hours after the United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea as part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes.

The unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman said: 'The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the US in succession are creating touch-and-go situation on the Korean peninsula and series of violent war remarks coming from the U.S. high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact. The remaining question now is: when will the war break out.

'We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the US miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the U.S. dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened.'

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said last night's drills simulated land strikes at a military field near South Korea's eastern coast during a drill with US and South Korean fighter jets.

'Through the drill, the South Korean and US air forces displayed the allies' strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles,' the South Korean military said in a statement.

B-1Bs flyovers have become an increasingly familiar show of force to North Korea, which after three intercontinental ballistic missile tests has clearly moved closer toward building a nuclear arsenal that could viably target the US mainland.

The five-day drills that began Monday involve more than 200 aircraft, including six U.S. F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters.

North Korea hates such displays of American military might at close range and typically uses strong language to condemn them as invasion rehearsals.

It has been particularly sensitive about B-1B bombers, describing them as 'nuclear strategic' although the planes were switched to conventional weaponry in the mid-1990s.


Burglar steals AR-15, ammo, Taser and other gear from marked police car

By Tonya Alanez

Sun Sentinel
December 6, 2017

A car burglar is now a well-armed thief after breaking into an Opa-locka police car in a Pembroke Pines neighborhood and stealing an assault rifle, fully loaded magazines and other gear.

The break-in happened about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday in the Sunswept neighborhood near Taft Street and 86th Avenue, police said.

“This is a very brazen burglar to have targeted a marked police vehicle,” said Capt. Al Xiques, of the Pembroke Pines Police Department.

Images of the lanky, tattooed suspect were caught on a surveillance recording and police believe he is responsible for other car burglaries in the same vicinity on the same night.

“We don’t believe this burglar acted alone,” Xiques said.

Aside from the AR-15 assault rifle and three fully loaded magazines, the culprit also stole a Taser, cartridges, a tactical vest with police markings and a 16-round .45-caliber magazine.

The suspect was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed about 160 pounds. He had a full-sleeve tattoo covering his right arm.

Investigators urge anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about the burglary to call 911.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The description failed to mention one itty bitty detail … the suspect is black.


White South Carolina cop who shot and killed unarmed black man Walter Scott as he ran away is found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison

Associated Press
December 7, 2017

A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Attorneys for ex-North Charleston Officer Michael Slager said he shot 50-year-old Walter Scott in self-defense after the two fought and Scott grabbed Slager's stun gun. They said race didn't play a role in the shooting and Slager never had any 'racial animus' toward minorities.

Still, Slager pleaded guilty in federal court to violating Scott's civil rights. As part of the plea agreement reached in May, prosecutors dropped state murder charges. A year ago, a state judge declared a mistrial when jurors deadlocked in that case.

'This is a tragedy that shouldn't have happened,' U.S. District Judge David Norton said.

A bystander recorded the shooting on a cellphone, and it was shared around the world, setting off protests across the U.S. as demonstrators said it was another egregious example of police officers mistreating African-Americans.

Scott's family testified before the sentence was handed down and said they had forgiven Slager.

'I'm not angry at you, Michael. Michael, I forgive you, and Michael, I do pray for you now and for your family, because we've gone through a traumatic time,' he said.

The shooting angered local African-Americans who complained for years that North Charleston police harassed blacks, pulling them over or questioning them unnecessarily as they cracked down on crime. But after the shooting, the Scott family successfully pleaded for calm, asking everyone to let the justice system run its course.

Two months after the shooting, a young white man killed nine black church members in a racially motivated attacked during a Bible study in Charleston. The family members of those victims struck a similar forgiveness tone after that attack.

Before the sentence was handed down, the judge had to decide whether the shooting amounted to second-degree murder or manslaughter. Norton found that it was murder.

'No matter what sentence I give, neither the Scott family nor the Slager family is going to think that it's right,' the judge said.

The bystander's video started after the struggle between Slager and Scott and showed Scott running away and the officer firing eight times. Scott was hit in the back five times.

After the shooting, Slager picked up his stun gun and placed it next to Scott. Slager contends he was securing the weapon. Prosecutors think he put it there to bolster his self-defense story.

An emotional Slager told the Scott family that he was grateful for their forgiveness.

'This tragic event that occurred in seconds has changed the lives of everyone involved,' he said. 'With my actions that day, Walter Scott is no longer with his family, and I am responsible for that.'

The judge also found that Slager, 36, obstructed justice when he made statements to state police after the shooting.

A pre-sentencing report for Slager found that he committed manslaughter and recommended 10 to nearly 13 years in prison. But the judge was not bound by that review.

If Slager had faced another state trial and been convicted of murder, he could have been sentenced to anywhere from 30 years to life in prison.

Convictions in police officer shootings are uncommon in the U.S. and prison time is even rarer.

South Carolina has been aggressive in charging white officers who shoot unarmed black people. Four have pleaded guilty in state or federal court in the past six years. But only Slager and former state trooper Sean Groubert, who shot a man as he tried to get his wallet during a seat belt violation check, will have been sent to prison. Groubert was sentenced to five years behind bars.

Thursday, December 07, 2017


Green forced a vote on an impeachment resolution against Trump that was soundly rejected by the House

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
December 6, 2017

Sheila Jackson Lee with her perpetual motion mouth has long been truly embarrassing to the city of Houston. Jackson Lee has now been joined by her congressional colleague Al Green..

On several occasions since last spring, Green has called on the House to impeach President Trump, calling him “unfit” for office. Recently he cited that the president’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey constituted an obstruction of justice.

But on Wednesday he forced the House to vote on two articles of impeachment against the president. Green did not accuse Trump of obstruction of justice or of collusion with the Russians. Instead he accused Trump of high misdemeanors for associating with “White Nationalism, Neo-Nazism and Hate” and for “Inciting Hatred and Hostility.”

“Friends, whether we like it or not,” wrote Green, “we now have a bigot in the White House who incites hatred and hostility.”

The House immediately and overwhelmingly rejected Green’s resolution with 364 votes to table it and 58 Democrats supporting it.

When Green calls for Trump’s impeachment, he is not speaking for a majority of Houstonians. He may not even be speaking for a majority of his congressional district constituents who keep reelecting him to office. But he’s getting the attention he’s been lacking while in the shadow of Jackson lee. It’s too bad we cannot impeach Green!

I wonder how people in other parts of the country are judging us when we repeatedly elect two such clowns – Jackson Lee and Green – to represent us in the U.S. Congress.


by Bob Walsh

First the good news. The house has passed HR 38 on to the senate. This is the national concealed carry reciprocity bill. If it passes into law you will be able to carry your gat in New York or Illinois while traveling thru if you have a permit from elsewhere, or if you live in a state that does not require a permit to carry. Another good thing the Republicans have done recently.

Now the bad news, another tragic and stupid accidental death. A five-year old in Anchorage found a loaded gun in a night stand and managed to kill himself with it in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. There was no evidence of drugs or drunk parents, just ordinary stupidity and carelessness. I don't know what, if any, laws Alaska has about gun storage and rugrats but it is still a tragedy no matter what way you slice it..


by Bob Walsh

There are right now three major fires burning in SoCal. One of them is HUGE and is now burning into the high-end (VERY high end) residential area of Brentwood. Rich people have mansions there. Some of them have burnt down. Rupert Murdoch's place, valued at $30 million plus, is now a smoldering ruin. He isn't alone. A combination of high nighttime winds (50 mph and up) and less than 10% relative humidity is combining to spread embers and therefore flames with uncontrollable speed. Tuesday night the fires were eating up more than one acre per SECOND.

This one could be very, very nasty and very, very expensive before it is all over. The biggest of the three fires is now over 60,000 acres.


by Bob Walsh

There is now a respectable line of national Democrap names telling Al Franken he needs to go. By the time you read this he may have given his formal statement to the press, which was announced on Wednesday. Whether he will pull the pin, tell his detractors to piss off, or announce that he will not seek re-election is not known at this time.

Typically Democraps line up to support their liberal brethren, regardless of their misdeeds, because to a liberal how you FEEL about something is all-important. What you actually DO is meaningless.

Does this mean the Democraps are trying to clean up their own house prior to a major assault on Trump, or do they merely see that they are looking bad and need to show meaningful support for one of their principle minority base blocks (women)?

Damned if I know, but it sure is fun to watch..


A high school diploma in CA only means that you weren't in prison for the final exam and you tested at the 8th grade level for a 12-year diploma

by Bob Walsh

A public advocacy law firm has filed suit against the formerly great state of California, asserting (accurately) that fewer than 50% of CA students are reading at grade level. They state that 11 of the 26 crappiest school districts in the country are in California.

It should be noted however that CA state law requires that students be taught about the contributions of LBGT persons to the wonderfulness that is CA, so they probably have that down good.

The plaintiffs want to create a system to monitor literacy levels within the CA school system.

Personally I don't see the need. The system is turning out under-educated students. A high school diploma in CA only means that you weren't in prison for the final exam and you tested at the 8th grade level for a 12-year diploma, mostly, kinda-sorta. Everybody knows it. Nobody cares that has any juice to do anything about it. The schools are politically correct, and hand out free condoms. Everything else is secondary.


by Bob Walsh

Carri Webber is a police captain with the Plainfield, Indiana P.D. During a more or less polite conversation with another cop, which was off-camera but had sound picked up, an officer responded to an alleged statistic. The statistic was given out during a training session. It was that transgender people are three times more likely to experience police violence than others are. The white male cop responded, "...I don't get where that statistic comes from." Captain Webber responded, "...because of your white male privilege."

The white male cop responded, "Chief, are you going to let her get away..." with the comment, which the officer described as "extremely offensive."

The white male officer went on to file a complaint on November 10, saying he was "racially and sexistly slurred"

Captain Webber is now on leave by action of the Plainfield Board of Commissioners. She also got her butt in a crack back in August for sucking up some brews at a golf outing and then driving away in a police vehicle. When she was stopped she had several beer cans in the vehicle. She got two weeks on the beach for that.

It is not clear from the article I read whether or not the recording was part of the training session or served some other purpose. It seems likely that she was aware the recording was being made.

Personally it seems to me like her remark was fair and reasonable given the setting in which it was made. That doesn't mean she was RIGHT, just that in that setting the comment was not out of bounds IMHO.


In White House speech, Trump recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel in reversal of longtime U.S. policy

By David Nakamura

The Washington Post
December 6, 2017

President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, defying warnings from other Mideast countries and some U.S. allies in a politically risky move that he insisted would not derail his administration’s efforts to broker a peace deal.

In a midday speech at the White House, Trump defended his decision as “long overdue” and argued that a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians has remained elusive for more than two decades even as his predecessors declined to recognize the contested city as Israel’s capital.

“Some say they lacked courage, but they made the best judgment based on the facts as they understood them,” Trump said, speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room. “Nevertheless, the record is in. After more than two decades, we’re no closer to a lasting peace agreement.”

Trump added that “it’s folly to assume that repeating the exactly the same formula will produce a different or better result.”

The announcement came a day after senior White House aides previewed Trump’s decision, and the president also ordered the State Department to begin planning to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a process that administration officials said would take years.

Trump emphasized that despite his decision he remained fully committed to helping broker a peace agreement. The White House is working on a peace plan to be unveiled sometime next year.

“The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides,’ Trump said. “I intend to do everything in my power to forge such an agreement.”

Trump’s decision was hailed in Israel. The Jerusalem municipality announced ahead of Trump’s speech that it would illuminate the ancient walls of Jerusalem Old City with an Israeli and an American flag, “as a token of appreciation to President Trump for his recognition of Jerusalem.” The city said that American flags would be hung on the streets surrounding the U.S. consulate.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that “the expected announcement by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a historic declaration that sends a clear message to the entire world that the U.S. stands with the Jewish people, the State of Israel and Jerusalem.”

“As a gesture and expression of the courageous friendship between the American people and the people of Israel, we decided to project the American and Israeli flags onto the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, the ultimate symbol of the strength of the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem for over 3,000 years.”

Yet other Mideast nations and some U.S. allies condemned the decision ahead of Trump’s speech, suggesting the shift in policy would inflame regional tensions and make the process of brokering a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians more difficult.

“We think it’s an unwise step and a counterproductive step. If we want to solve at some moment the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis, we need a two-state solution, and a one-sided step is not going to help,” Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra said Wednesday.

“I don’t think we can use another conflict in this very explosive region,” Zijlstra said, adding that he had conveyed his concerns to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Brussels, during a NATO meeting.

But Tillerson insisted such concerns were misguided. Attending the meeting in Brussels, Tillerson said: “We continue to believe there is a very good opportunity for peace to be achieved.” He urged people to listen to Trump’s full speech and its context before passing judgment.

“The president is very committed to the Middle East peace process,” Tillerson said. “He has a team he put into place. That team has been working very diligently.”

White House aides emphasized that Trump’s decision would make clear to Mideast countries that the president, who campaigned on promises to move the embassy to Jerusalem, keeps his word. Senior adviser Jared Kushner and other top administration officials are working on a proposed peace plan for the region, but aides said that it is not imminent and the team would have time to factor in public reaction to Trump’s speech.

One administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the Palestinians would likely threaten to reject peace talks. But this person said the White House recognized that peace deals often are not linear in how they are negotiated and that often such deals are presumed dead more than once before they reach the finish line.

“Trump remains committed to a lasting peace agreement,” said another administration official, who was not authorized to speak on the record.

EDITOR’S NOTE; Contrary to the State Department spokesman’s statement that moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would take years, Jerusalem’s mayor said it can be done immediately. All that has to be done is to change the sign on the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem.

And in a joint statement, the Palestinian "national and Islamic forces" called for three days of rage (rioting) that would begin Wednesday and end on Friday. "We call on all our people in Israel and around the world to gather in city centers and Israeli embassies and consulates, with the aim of bringing about general popular anger," the statement said.


House passes legislation to restrict US aid to Palestinians

Israel Hayom
December 6, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to sharply reduce the annual $300 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it takes steps to stop making what lawmakers described as payments that reward violent crime.

The House backed by voice vote the Taylor Force Act, named after a 29-year-old American military veteran fatally stabbed by a Palestinian while visiting Israel last year.

The measure is intended to stop the Palestinians from paying stipends, referred to as "martyr payments," to the families of militants killed or imprisoned by Israeli authorities. The payments can reach $3,500 per month.

"This perverse 'pay-to-slay' system uses a sliding scale. The longer the jail sentence, the greater the reward. The highest payments go to those serving life sentences – to those who prove most brutal," Republican Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said before the vote.

The committee's top Democrat, Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, said the so-called martyr payments are "downright disgusting" and undermine the potential for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Force's attacker was killed by Israeli security forces, and his killer's family receives such a monthly payment.

To become law, the measure must also be passed by the U.S. Senate and signed by President Donald Trump. Similar legislation has been passed by two Senate committees, but there was no immediate word on when the Senate might take up the bill.

Palestinian officials have said they intend to continue the payments, which they see as support for relatives of those imprisoned by Israel for fighting against occupation or who have died in connection with that cause.

The measures moving through Congress now are not as severe as had been proposed. The legislation passed by the House had been amended to allow exceptions such as continued funding for water projects and children's vaccinations.


Crash leads to shootout, 2 injured in west Houston, police say

By Aaron Barker

December 6, 2017

HOUSTON - A minor crash Wednesday was followed by a shootout and two people being injured in west Houston, according to police.

The shooting was reported at 2:41 p.m. at the intersection Kirkwood and Westheimer roads.

Houston police said there was a argument after the crash and guns were pulled. They said two men began shooting at each other.

"And then you heard it again…pop pop pop pop pop. Yeah we were afraid. People were running. We didn’t know if it was a terrorist attack or what…cause that’s how many shots it was. He was just losing it -- pop pop pop. People were running all into the stores," witness Alex Clark said. "I’m pretty sure the old guy reloaded -- because there was a silence for about 30 seconds and then he started again…started letting loose again."

One of the men was injured and taken to Ben Taub Hospital for treatment, police said. They said the ear of a woman, who was a bystander, was grazed by one of the shots.

Police said the other man was taken into custody.


Wong Chow, an immigrant from China, calls into work and says, “I no come work today, I really sick. Got headache, stomach ache and legs hurt, I no come work”.

The boss says, “You know something, Wong Chow, I really need you today. When I feel sick like you do, I go to my wife and tell her to give me sex. That makes everything better and I go to work... You try that”.

Two hours later Wong Chow calls again. “I do what you say and I feel great... I be at work soon... You got nice house”.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017


Canadian border guards arrested a man who accidentally crossed the border because he had a pistol in his motorhome

I have a close friend who had a terrible experience some time ago because his GPS led him into Canada when he had no intention of entering that country.

When Dave and his wife left Buffalo in their motorhome, he programmed his GPS for the return trip to his home near Houston. They were driving west on a road as directed by his GPS when suddenly they found themselves at a Canadian border post. He told the Canadian border guards that he accidentally crossed the border and had no intention to enter Canada. However, they ignored his plea to just let them turn around so he could return to the U.S.

The border guards asked him if he had any firearms in his motorhome. Dave volunteered that he had a pistol inside the motorhome, a pistol he was licensed to carry by the state of Texas. The guards entered the motorhome and upon finding the pistol, placed Dave under arrest for smuggling a firearm into Canada. His pistol was confiscated and the motorhome was impounded. He was carted off to a Canadian jail.

Fortunately for Dave, his wife was there to do everything that had to be done to get him out of jail and back home. To make a long story short, it cost my friend around $11,000 counting the cost of an attorney, bail money, the impound fees for his motorhome and the cost of an expensive pistol that was not returned to him.

Thanks to that fucking GPS, Dave spent several days in jail. Although the charges were eventually dropped, this fine upstanding American citizen now has an arrest record.

As for those Canadian border guards, what a bunch of sorry assholes. That was a chickenshit arrest if there ever was one. They must have had a slow day. Any decent cop would have let Dave turn around and be on his way back home.

The moral of this story is, never trust that damn woman inside your GPS.


by Bob Walsh

San Joaquin County, California, isn't exactly a small town (population about 800,000 total) but neither is it huge. A very interesting pissing contest just developed within the Sheriff's Office.

Like most counties of that size in CA the elected Sheriff is also the Coroner, at least legally, though he is clearly not a medical examiner. That fact has led to some in-fighting in the ranks. Specifically the Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Bennet Omalu and a forensic pathologist, Dr. Susan Parson, believe that Sheriff Steve Moore is interfering with their job. They said so, in a 113 page memorandum just released to the public.

Essentially Moore has the final say-so on what the "official manner" of death is in cases under his office's jurisdiction. This can be a fine line. Moore can not change the CAUSE OF DEATH (say for instance "gunshot wound" or "blunt force trauma" but he can change the MANNER of death (i.e. homicide, suicide, accidental or undetermined).

Dr. Omalu (who was the gun in the CONCUSSION movie played by Will Smith) ruled an August 21 death from a traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury to be a homicide. Moore changed it to accidental. Allegedly the reason was that a cop was involved in the death. This is not the only such case that has recently occurred.

Dr. Parson has recently left county employment, citing meddling by the Sheriff as the cause.

The District Attorney is looking into the matter.


That works for me.

by Bob Walsh

Roy Moore, candidate for the U. S. Senate in next weeks special election, may or may not have been a seriously sleazy and skeezy asshole in his (comparative) youth. There is some debate about that. The little bit of hard evidence that may be against him, a notation in a high-school, year book, has been made unavailable for honest forensic examination. There is real evidence to believe that the entry is a forgery.

I admit to being uncomfortable with the "he might be a sleazy asshole but if he is he is a Republican sleazy asshole" defense. Fortunately it isn't my call. The voters of the fair state of Alabama will make that decision themselves next week.

I find I can live with that very easily.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Regardless of what the people decide, this piece of shit belongs behind bars.


by Bob Walsh

Representative John Conyers, the most senior sleazy toad in congress, is pulling the pin. He could no longer pretend to be a decent human being (not really a requirement to be a member of congress) after it became known he used government funds to pay hush money to women he had molested.

In a roughly similar vein former representative Corrine Brown (also a Democrat, a fact omitted from most news stories) was sentenced on Monday to five years as a guest of the people for fraud for using a "charity" she ran as a personal slush fund. The 71-year old will also have a modest term of probation after she gets out of the crossbar hotel, assuming she lives that long.


Trump White House handed plan for PRIVATE spy network because CIA boss doesn't trust his own agents - and it would be run by Erik Prince and Oliver North

By Francesca Chambers

Daily Mail
December 5, 2017

The White House is said to be considering a proposal developed by a private contracting firm to build a global spy network that would operate separately from U.S. intelligence agencies.

Blackwater founder Erik Prince reportedly developed the proposals with the help of Oliver North for the Trump administration.

In a story on Tuesday, The Intercept revealed the plan and its purpose, which is, according to sources, to work around 'deep state' actors trying to undercut President Donald Trump within in the U.S. intelligence agencies.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she was 'not aware' of anything like what was described this afternoon.

She denied that a new spy network was under discussion - although she admittedly had not had a conversation with the president about it.

A spokesman for Prince told that the allegations 'are completely false' and claimed that the Intercept knew that when it put the article to bed.

According to the Intercept, Prince, a retired CIA officer, and North, a former marine, pitched the plan to keep enemies of the administration from interfering with the White House's covert operations.

The operation would see spies with no official cover deployed to 'denied areas' that government workers are prohibited from entering such as Iran and North Korea.

Referring to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, one source told the Intercept: 'Pompeo can’t trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him.

'It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books,' the source said. 'The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly.

North's role in the operation was the sell the proposal to the White House, the publication said.

A noted historian and author, North was a member of the National Security Council in the Ronald Reagan administration during Iran-Contra, an illegal arms selling scheme. He was convicted of crimes in association with the scandal in 1980s but they were vacated and dismissed by 1991.

Contributors to the effort are said to have met with Trump donors asking them to help fund the operation.

Spokespersons for the White House, the CIA and Prince have said the story is untrue.

'I can find no evidence that this ever came to the attention of anyone at the NSC or [White House] at all,' said Michael Anton, a spokesperson for the National Security Council. 'The White House does not and would not support such a proposal.

Sanders said during her daily briefing with reporters that she also is 'not aware of any plans for something of that definition or anything similar to that at this time.'

According to the Intercept, Pompeo himself lobbied the White House to adopt the plan.

A CIA official told the publication, however, that its sources were wrong. 'You have been provided wildly inaccurate information by people peddling an agenda.'

Prince's spokesperson likewise said in an email: 'The allegations made in Intercept’s latest article about Erik are completely false and this was made clear to them before the article was published.

'The Intercept has, once again, targeted Erik using his high profile as click-bait to promote its own website and indulge the fantasies of its reporters with no care or regard for the facts,' the statment said,

Prince is said to have been enlisted by Trump to help with numerous ventures since he took office, including a plan to use private contractors in Afghanistan.

His spokesman said in an email to that 'any meetings' Prince 'did have with members of the intelligence community, current or former, focused on his well-publicised plan for saving the US taxpayer $42bn in Afghanistan.'

Prince is the founder of Blackwater, a since overhauled government security firm that had top-dollar contracts with the State Department and the CIA.

Blackwater has a checkered past, with three guards being convicted of manslaughter or murder in 2014 in response to an incident in Iraq seven years earlier where they opened fire and killed 17 people and wounded 20 more.

In 2009 Prince resigned as CEO. The next year he fully unsaddled himself and moved to Abu Dhabi to work for the crown prince.

His sister, Betsy DeVos, is the education secretary. Prince manages Frontier Resource Group, a private equity firm, and has residences in Virginia and the UAE.

He was seen in Washington at the end of last month on Capitol Hill as he testified before a closed-door session of the House Intelligence Committee.


5 big numbers tell the story of LA’s cash bail system

By Frank Stoltze

December 4, 2017

A new report released Monday provides a first-of-its-kind glimpse at L.A.’s bail system – and a sense of what’s at stake in the coming debate over whether it's fair for the criminal justice system to demand bail from low level offenders.

Governor Brown and Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye have pledged to reform the system next year, joining efforts already under way by State Senator Robert Hertzberg of the San Fernando Valley and others.

The report, issued by UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, tallies LAPD arrests over a five-year period from 2012 through 2016. It looks at how the bail system worked for arrestees – or against them – in the days before their arraignment. Arraignment typically occurs within 48 hours of an arrest – not including weekends.

The numbers get at the heart of a key question in the debate over cash bail: should people who present no threat to the community and are not a flight risk nonetheless be required to pay to get out of jail?

The study includes some interesting numbers. Here are five of them.

$19.4 Billion

That's the total bail set for more than 374,000 people arrested by the LAPD for misdemeanors and felonies from 2012 to 2016. It does not reflect bail changes made later by judges. It also does not include people arrested by the sheriff’s department and more than 45 other smaller police agencies in L.A. County. Authors of the study say they plan to issue a report on the bail generated by sheriff’s arrests next year and predict it will be at least as much.

$194 Million

That’s the non-refundable total paid to bail agents by about 60,000 of the arrestees to get themselves out of jail. Agents typically charge eight to ten percent of the total bail and cover the rest with a bond backed by major insurance companies.* People never get this money back – even if they show up to every court date, even if the prosecutor drops charges, even if they’re found not-guilty.

“It is a permanent re-allocation of your resources away from your family, yourself and your community,” said UCLA Professor Kelly Lytle-Hernandez, one of the authors of the study.

Bond agents argue they provide an important service, helping people to get out of jail who otherwise could not afford to do so. They’ve lobbied legislators in Sacramento to keep the current system in place, arguing the real problem is higher and higher bail amounts set by presiding judges in California’s 58 counties. The showdown in California mirrors debates across the country. This Houston Chronicle headline earlier this year typifies how battle lines are drawn:

“Lawmakers, judges square off against bail bondsman in push to end cash bail for nonviolent offenders”

$17.6 Million

In California, an estimated 97 percent of people who make bail do so by paying a bail agent. But a small number pay the full bail in cash to the court. That’s what this number represents. Unlike bail agents, courts return this money after defendants make all required court appearances – even if they are found guilty.

$16.9 Million

The study found low income areas with high unemployment rates were hit hardest by the cash bail system. It found people in four South L.A. zip codes paid nearly $17 million in non-refundable fees to bond agents over the five-year period.

Critics say this is needlessly sapping poor communities of much needed resources because most of the people arrested are not a threat or flight risk. One proposal under consideration in the state legislature would allow counties to develop a “risk-assessment tool” to evaluate two things: what threat a defendant might pose if released and how likely they would be to return to court.

It should be noted communities outside of South L.A. are impacted by the system as well. For example, residents of Arleta paid $3,106,637 in non-refundable fees to bail agents over the five-year period, the study found.

$40.7 Million

As with almost everything having to do with the criminal justice system in the United States, African Americans are disproportionately affected by the bail system. In the city of Los Angeles, over the five-year period studied by UCLA, black people paid $40.7 million in non-refundable fees to bond agents. That’s 21 percent of the total – an overrepresentation in terms of the percent of the population (8 percent), which is also seen in the number of African Americans shot by police and the number incarcerated in state prisons.

Latinos paid $92.1 million and whites paid $37.9 million. Numbers were not available for Asian Americans, according to the authors.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A good report, but in the last part, the authors failed to mention that African-Americans also commit a disproportionate amount of crime.


Shocking dashcam footage at center of a three-year lawsuit is released showing a K-9 savaging a female suspect, 60, for 30 seconds after New Jersey cop already had her in custody

Daily Mail
December 5, 2017

A shocking video has emerged from a police dash-cam of a woman being savagely mauled by a K-9 as she was arrested in New Jersey.

The footage which is three years old has only just been made public in the last few days as the woman involved in the attack, Wendy Tucker, 60, launched a lawsuit against the cops and police departments who were handling the animal in her arrest.

The video, which was taken in January 2014 shows a Barnegat, New Jersey police officer in the parking lot of police headquarters, screaming at Tucker to get out of her car following a police pursuit.

He and another officer then dragged Tucker out of her car, causing her to fall face-down on the pavement as Tuckerton police officer Justin Cherry ran toward them with his K-9 partner, Gunner.

Cherry released his K-9 partner onto Tucker despite her clearly being in police custody.

The officer has been suspended without pay since the attack almost four years ago.

According to Cherry and another officer had been called to a Tuckerton home where Tucker was said to be unwelcome.

Cops then found out that that she had a suspended licence.

Despite telling police she would take the bus back home, officer Cherry saw her driving her car away from the area.

The officer attempted to stop Tucker's vehicle, but she did not stop and so they began to follow her and even got officers from the neighboring township involved in an effort to bring her to a halt.

Police then yelled at Tucker to get out of her car and two police officers pulled her out of the vehicle.

She then fell onto the ground as the K-9, Gunner, ran towards her.

The German Shepherd held its mouth onto Tucker for almost 30 seconds as officer Cherry yelled at her to place both of her hands round her back.

Almost half-a-minute later, Gunner the dog was finally pulled off Tucker.

The was released under New Jersey's Open Public Records Act after a prolonged court battle and is a key piece of evidence in a criminal prosecution of Cherry.

Officer Cherry has already been indicted twice in connection with the incident but both indictments were later dropped.

Ocean County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Weatherstone said he plans to bring the matter to another grand jury for another indictment attempt.

Tucker, who subsequently pleaded guilty to eluding police, has a civil lawsuit pending against Cherry and the Tuckerton and Barnegat police departments.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017



by Bob Walsh

Acting on Monday SCOTUS said that the Trump administration can enforce all aspects of it's travel and immigration ban from six mostly Muslim countries.

This is not a FINAL ruling as various actions are moving thru the lower courts. It does, however, tend to indicate that once the whole program gets to SCOTUS they will give it a thumbs up.

Two bleeding heart liberals on the court, Gingsburg and Sotomayor, made their objections known.

The so-called family exceptions are not noted in the courts statement, indicating that Trump is winning on his definition of family also.

Both the 9th Circuit and the 4th Circuit are suppose to hear appeals on matters related to the immigration and travel ban next week. It is possible that SCOTUS could issue a final ruling on the matter before the current term wraps up in June if the lower courts don't slow-drag their cases.

I guess American goats are safe, at least from Jihadi Johnny, for a while.


Grabbing butts and boobs were the acts of a comedic smartass and separates Franken from those who were seeking sexual gratification

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
December 4, 2017

To begin with let me make it quite clear that I do not in any way, shape or form condone the sexual misconduct allegedly perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Bill Cosby, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, senate candidate Roy Moore, Congressman John Conyers, maestro James Levine and others. If the accusations are true, all these men were seeking sexual gratification.

Women and men – yes, and men - should not be subjected to any kind of sexual harassment in the work place or any other place for that matter.

Feminists and politically correct psychologists say that rape and other forms of sexual misconduct are actually an exercise of power over women and have nothing to do with sex. The jerks listed above may very well have exercised power over their accusers, but they sure did it for sexual gratification. Many of them masturbated in front of their victims … and that’s a form of sexual gratification in case feminists and psychologists don’t know it.

I also want to make it clear that politically I am most certainly not a supporter of uber-liberal Senator Al Franken.

Franken was a comedian before he got elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008. Recently several women have come forward and accused Franken of groping their butts and boobs when they had their pictures taken with him. All of these alleged acts took place before he was elected to the Senate.

I am convinced that unlike the other celebrities and politicians, Franken was not seeking sexual gratification by grabbing those butts and boobs. Rather they were the acts of a comedic smartass.

Of course, Franken was wrong in groping his accusers, but there is a whale of a difference between a man raping a woman or engaging in other acts of sexual misconduct for the purpose of sexual gratification, and some comedian being a smartass.

That’s my opinion. What’s yours?


Suspect in Texas trooper killing was given plea deal in 2015 attack on a sheriff’s deputy

Associated Press
December 1, 2017

DALLAS — The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Texas state trooper during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day had previously beaten a deputy and tried to take his gun, but had the charges dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor in a plea deal.

Police camera footage obtained by WFAA-TV from the 2015 incident in Smith County, about 95 miles east of Dallas, shows Dabrett Black beating a sheriff's deputy. The deputy, identified as Wesley Dean in court documents, no longer works at the department. The court documents say he suffered black eyes, a broken nose and lacerations above his eyes that required stitches to close. The footage also shows him talking to the in-car camera saying to imagine if he had had a weapon and talking about his belief that law enforcement officers target minorities.

A plea agreement filed in March 2016 shows a Smith County prosecutor recommended a one-year jail sentence on a misdemeanor charge in lieu of the two felony charges of assault against a public servant and trying to take an officer's weapon. A spokesman for the district attorney's office told WFAA that the deputy prosecutor who worked on the plea deal did not ask for permission from District Attorney Matt Bingham or his top assistant when the recommendation for reduced charges was made, which is a violation of the office's policy.

It was unclear from court records whether Black had an attorney as of Wednesday.

The district attorney's office did not immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press seeking additional comment.

An arrest warrant in Thursday's fatal shooting of Texas Trooper Damon Allen said Allen initiated the traffic stop and after getting Black's driver's license and information went back to his patrol unit. The filing said troopers believe Allen had gotten back in his car when police allege Black stepped out of his vehicle, took out a rifle and began shooting at the patrol car.

The affidavit said Allen died on scene from at least one gunshot wound and that his gun was holstered. It said he appeared to try to exit the vehicle and Black's license was found under his body.

Black was being held by the Freestone County Sheriff's Office in the nearby Limestone County jail on a charge of capital murder of a police officer. A judge has denied setting bond on that charge.

When the shooting occurred, Black was free on $15,500 bail in another Smith County incident where he was charged with assault on an officer and evading arrest after a police chase this summer ended with Black allegedly ramming a patrol car.

Probation officers had told staff to be careful of Black in internal emails after the 2015 attack, according to the material obtained by WFAA. In a July 2015 email, a probation officer told staff he believed Black was trying to provoke them into responding and encouraged them to be vigilant both inside and outside the office because he believed Black was the kind of guy who would ambush someone.