Tuesday, June 25, 2019

REPARATIONS IS A GREAT IDEA

Here's How We Can Make Sure That Everyone Pays For The Sins Of Their Ancestors

By Matt Walsh

Daily Wire
June 20, 2019

Daily Wire Editor's Note: Because the internet is filled with foolish and utterly dishonest people, the editors of The Daily Wire wish to note that this column utilizes a literary device called sarcasm.

Yesterday [June 19], House Democrats held a hearing to discuss reparations. Actually, it was a hearing to discuss forming a commission to conduct a study to examine reparations. We may be far away from anything like a reparations system actually being enacted in this country, but we're closer than we were even a few years ago, when the leader of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama, came out against the idea. Now, most mainstream Democrats, including presidential candidates like Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), favor it. As a noted progressive myself, I, too, support the policy. And I think I know how to make it work.

At the most basic level, reparations would involve the payment of a certain sum of cash to people whose ancestors six generations ago were slaves. It seems most reasonable to take this money from those whose ancestors six generations ago were slaveholders. Wealthy Hollywood actor Danny Glover was at the hearing because his great-great-great-grandmother was a slave. The fact that Glover is worth $40 million, and that most of the slaveholder descendants today are likely quite a bit poorer than him, does not matter. As it turns out, sometimes it's okay to take from the poor and give to the rich.

Now, a few questions must be addressed: Namely, how do we know who is descended from slaves and who is descended from slaveholders? Surely, a black person whose family arrived on these shores in 1970 can't claim any historical entitlement to slavery reparations. And a white person whose family came here after abolition — perhaps as Irish indentured servants — cannot be said to carry any guilt for North American slavery in his blood. It seems odd to think that anyone could carry the guilt for slavery in their blood, but that is the premise we must accept in order to get this ball rolling.

How can we sort this all out? Well, it seems that we would need mandatory DNA testing. Perhaps Ancestry.com can be contracted by the government to help in the effort. We simply need to force 327 million people to send in samples of their DNA so that we can trace their bloodlines and figure out who owes and who receives. This would probably be unconstitutional, but never mind that.

What about non-whites who owned slaves? There were a few black slaveholders. There were also Native American slaveholders. Obviously they would need to pay, rather than receive, reparations. But then what if someone is descended from both slaveholders and slaveowners? Consider a Native American whose family was enslaved 300 years ago but owned slaves 200 years ago. Or consider a person whose great-great-great-great-grandfather was a slave owner and great-great-great-great-grandmother a slave. What to do about them? We'll come back to that.

It seems that if we are rectifying historical wrongs, we should not limit ourselves to the borders of this country — borders that, we must recall, are arbitrary and meaningless. Besides, if we're reaching back 150 years anyway, to a time when everyone who was alive is long dead, then why not expand our search even more? It would be absurd to expect a Jewish person whose grandparents were murdered in the Holocaust to pay reparations. Indeed, they are owed reparations from anyone of German descent. Indigenous people in our hemisphere practiced slavery (and human sacrifice) on a massive scale. They were also enslaved by Europeans. They owe but are also owed. North Africans enslaved whites on the Barbary coast. There are many people alive today descended from those who were persecuted by the Japanese. And there are many Japanese alive today descended from those who were persecuted because they were Japanese. What about the descendants of Genghis Kahn (all 16 million of them)? Surely they must pay for the suffering visited upon the innocent by their great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, who likely kidnapped and raped their great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother. But who pays who here? We'll circle back.

The Romans subjugated and enslaved many people. So did the Ottomans and the Chinese and the Egyptians and the Mayans and every other empire you can name. The descendants of these oppressors should finally pay the piper so that the distant relatives of their victims can be made whole. And we haven't yet dealt with those black people who are descended from the African tribal chieftains who sold other Africans to white slave traders. Clearly, they must answer for their ancestors' roles in this evil. The only problem is that there are probably a lot of people descended from both slaves and slavers.

If we we look at this on a global scale, we discover that everyone in the world is the progeny of the persecutors and the persecuted. Everyone carries guilt and victimhood in their blood. Once you open this can of worms, you find that there are a whole lot more worms than you ever expected. Is this a reason to give up on the whole enterprise? Not at all.

Here's what we should do: All of the people in every town and city in America should, on the appointed day, meet at a designated location. We will then form giant circles so that everyone in the circle has someone standing to the left and right of them. Next, we will all pull 100 dollars out of our pockets and hand it to the person to our left. Thus we have all paid for the sins of our ancestors and have also been paid for the suffering of our ancestors. Everything is put into balance. All accounts are settled. Utopia awaits.

TRUMP THREATENS TO NUKE IRAN

America’s liberals and the Europeans must be pissing in their pants because Trump has warned Iran of obliteration

Sunday, during an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, Trump warned Iran by saying:

“I'm not looking for war, and if there is, it'll be obliteration like you’ve never seen before.”

The only way to obliterate Iran is to nuke it. A massive conventional strike won’t do it.

An empty warning? Trump called back a strike on Iran because 150 innocent people could have gotten killed. But he’s willing to kill hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of innocent Iranians … I don’t think so!

I think America’s liberals and the Europeans can change out of their piss-soaked clothes and just rest at ease.

IF YOU WANT IT REALLY FUCKED UP, TAKE IT TO THE DMV

by Bob Walsh

The CA DMV has had an awful time of late. Seems like they can't do anything right. They thought they MAYBE had it right with the REAL ID but they didn't, but maybe they did, sort-of. I know when I went in to get my REAL ID earlier this year (necessary to buy firearms now, and maybe ammo in CA as of July 1) I had all the right paperwork, and I THINK they got it recorded right, and two different people looked it all over and verified it looked all right. Then I got a form letter from DMV that said "Sorry, we screwed the pooch" and that they buggered up my second address verification. They also said that the letter they sent me could serve as the second address verification, and all I had to do was check the right box, sign it, and send it back in the enclosed self-addressed and stamped letter and it would all be good. And maybe it is, for me anyway.

That being said DMV is shutting down ALL of it's offices a half day on July 24 so they can train their staff in how to un-fuck themselves. It might work. And the sun might rise in the West tomorrow morning.

Maybe if they quit spending all their time registering illegal aliens to vote they could perform their core functions correctly.

HOW ABOUT REPARATIONS FOR EVERY MEMBER OF A GROUP THAT HAS BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST? ….. OOPS, THAT WOULD BE ALMOST EVERYBODY

Elizabeth Warren Wants Reparations For Same-Sex Couples

By Virginia Kruta

Daily Caller
June 23, 2019

Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has added “gay and lesbian couples” to the growing list of groups for whom she would support reparations.

Citing a tax code that was “discriminatory” against non-heterosexual married couples, Warren tweeted Saturday, “It wasn’t until marriage equality became law that gay & lesbian couples could jointly file tax returns—so they paid more in taxes. Our government owes them more than $50M for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out. We must right these wrongs.”

Warren’s Refund Equality Act, introduced June 20, would retroactively apply “married-filing jointly” status — along with refunding the amount overpaid — to same sex couples who were married in states where such unions were recognized prior to the federal government doing so in 2013.

“The federal government forced legally married same-sex couples in Massachusetts to file as individuals and pay more in taxes for almost a decade,” Warren explained. “We need to call out that discrimination and to make it right — Congress should pass the Refund Equality Act immediately.”

According to NBC News, such reparations could run up a tab of $57 million or higher.

MAYOR PETE’S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN HAS STUMBLED OVER BODY OF BLACK MAN SHOT BY HIS COPS

Buttigieg faces shout-downs, heckles, profanity at testy town hall after fatal police shooting of black man

By Josh Lederman and Allan Smith

NBC News
June 23, 2019

SOUTH BEND, Indiana — South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg was peppered with tough questions Sunday as he sat alongside the city's police chief at a town hall event following a white police officer shooting a black man to death one week prior.

Buttigieg was repeatedly shouted down and met with profanities and heckles as he spoke during the extremely tense and emotional town hall meeting at a local high school about last weekend's shooting.

The shooting took place when South Bend police responded to a report of a suspicious person going through cars at an apartment complex. When South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O’Neill, engaged with the suspect, 53-year-old Eric Jack Logan, Logan allegedly approached the officer with a knife. The officer then fired at Logan, who was taken to a hospital and soon after was pronounced dead. The officer was treated for minor injuries.

It was later revealed that O'Neill's body camera was not running during the encounter and O’Neill failed to turn it on at any point. The incident is now under investigation by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, and O'Neill has been placed on administrative leave.

Buttigieg and South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski took questions for nearly two hours, with attendees pointedly asking about the failures of the police officer's body camera.

Buttigieg acknowledged that two of his initiatives — implementing body cameras for officers and diversifying the police force — have not yet been successful.

Asked about the failure of the body cameras, he said, "If anybody is trying to figure out who to hold responsible, the administration bought the technology, hired the officer and wrote the policy."

"So at the end of the day, I'm responsible," Buttigieg said.

But he also said, "I can't accept the suggestion that we haven't done anything."

Buttigieg also made news in announcing he will write to the Justice Department to say he agrees that a civil rights division review of the shooting should occur, adding that he can’t promise that DOJ will do one.

The town hall quickly descended into chaos, with attendees shouting in each other’s faces and at the local NAACP chapter president, who tried in vain to calm the crowd by imploring them to “walk in love one to another."

“You are lying,” one attendee shouted at Buttigieg. “We don’t trust you,” said another.

Buttigieg displayed a few flashes of frustration as he was repeatedly interrupted, admonishing crowd to let him finish speaking and return to their seats.

After the meeting broke up, a visibly emotional Buttigieg told reporters that it was difficult to see “people I’ve known for years anguished,” angry at the city and at him, adding, “and I’m angry, too.”

“Right now, I’m not really thinking about the politics of it,” Buttigieg said. “I hope people can see what it’s like for a city to face up to the demons that racism has unleashed.”

The incident comes amid already-high tensions in South Bend over policing. Earlier in Buttigieg's term, he demoted the city's first black police chief, Darryl Boykins, who had ordered the taping of phone calls of senior police officers he alleged made racist comments about him. Buttigieg said he demoted Boykins because he failed to disclose that the FBI was investigating him for allegedly inappropriately wiretapping subordinates. The demotion sparked a wave of criticism from the city's black community, and Boykins' name was brought up multiple times during the town hall.

Boykins sued the city after his 2012 demotion, alleging racial discrimination and saying the taping scandal was used as a pretext for his ouster. Meanwhile, the South Bend Common Council has pushed to make public the secretly recorded tapes of police officers allegedly making racist comments.

EDITOR’S NOTES: I think Mayor Pete just lost what little black support he may have had.

He’s not going to get the cop vote either if Sgt. Ryan O’Neill is hung out to dry. Asking the DOJ for a civil rights division review of the shooting isn’t going to go over well with the cops either.

FIRST NYPD WOULD HAVE TO STOP CLASSIFYING RAPE AS ILLEGAL ENTRY

De Blasio Promises NYPD Will Investigate Trump If A ‘Complaint’ Is Made In New Rape Allegation

By Scott Morefield

Daily Caller
June 23, 2019

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Saturday that the NYPD would investigate recently revealed allegations against President Donald Trump and “find out the truth” if a “complaint” is made.

Elle advice columnist E. Jean Carroll accused the then-businessman of raping her inside the dressing room of a Manhattan Bergdorf Goodman in 1995 or 1996, but said she decided not to press charges because it would be “disrespectful to the women who are down on the border who are being raped around the clock down there without any protection.”

A senior White House official disputed Carroll’s claim as a “completely false and unrealistic story” that was “created simply to make the president look bad.” President Trump himself later responded to the allegations via a statement that claimed “zero evidence” for the charge.

“No pictures?” the statement read. “No surveillance? No video? No reports? No sales attendants around?? I would like to thank Bergdorf Goodman for confirming they have no video footage of any such incident, because it never happened. False accusations diminish the severity of real assault. All should condemn false accusations and any actual assault in the strongest possible terms.”

De Blasio called the charges “serious” in a statement.

“Now this is the most serious of all the charges,” de Blasio said. “The moment we in New York City with our police department have a complaint, we will investigate immediately, and we will find out the truth.”

However, former SDNY federal prosecutor and current NBC legal analyst Mimi Rocah, who’s no fan of the president, pointed out a critical legal fact — that the five-year statue of limitations for first-degree rape, repealed in 2006, would still apply to anything that allegedly occurred prior to that.

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN L.A.

Famed Snowboarding Daredevil Randomly Killed On L.A. Street

LAPPL News Watch
June 24, 2019

Dmitry Koltsov spent most of his life with two feet planted on a board. His ability to pull off precise tricks and flips while vaulting through the air on a snowboard earned him a place on the podium at Russian championship meets and international competitions.

Friends said his daredevil nature also made him a hero at skate parks in Southern California. He’d even taken his talents to the ocean, working as a surf instructor in Bali and later Los Angeles.

Friends said Koltsov was hopping off a board in downtown Los Angeles on June 10 with a group of other skaters when a Kia Sorrento drove toward them. Neither Koltsov nor his friends knew the man approaching them. Koltsov didn’t know the skate session he’d just completed would be his last.

Prosecutors say the man in the car, Rhett Nelson of Utah, shot Koltsov in the head without provocation.

It was the latest in a string of senseless, violent crimes that authorities say culminated an hour later when Nelson walked into a Jack in the Box restaurant in Alhambra and fatally shot veteran Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Solano.

Nelson has been charged with two counts of murder and other crimes.

SIGHTS TO SEE NEAR GUADALAJARA

Jalisco: 15 trash bags with remains of 12 women and men

By Chivis Martinez

Borderland Beat
June 23, 2019

Tlaquepaque, Jal. - Around fifteen blackplastic bags containing human remains was located five bundles in the colony El tajo in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco.

The bags contained the remains of 8 women, 2 men and 2 undetermined because of decomposition.

This finding occurs just a few hours after the confrontation occurred in the Jardin de Eden colony, after the murder of a police investigator from the to the State Attorney office, as well as the murder of another officer, murdered in the Colonia Villas de San Martín, both sites located in Tlajomulco.

IS THE NEW US PEACE PLAN GOING TO WORK?

The White House peace plan has been criticized for relying on what has been tried before, but some say its a good start. “Chances of it getting implemented are there," says Palestinian economist. Under plan, Gulf states will help Palestinians upgrade their economy by investing $50 billion in projects

Reuters and Israel Hayom
June 24, 2019

Several major projects in U.S. President Donald Trump’s $50 billion economic blueprint for Israeli-Palestinian peace mirror previous proposals stalled by conflict, analysts said on Sunday.

The plan, spearheaded by Trump's son-in-law and Senior Strategic Adviser Jared Kushner, calls for the creation of a global investment fund to boost the Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies with some 179 infrastructure and business projects.

Shaul Arieli, a former Israeli peace negotiator, said many were not new.

“Most of the plans have already been presented under the Obama administration,” said Arieli, now an analyst at the Economic Cooperation Foundation think-tank that advocates for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In an interview with Reuters, Kushner said the plan’s authors had studied why previous peace efforts had failed in formulating a fresh initiative.

“We tried to take the good things they did and then come up with a new approach to try to bring this forward,” he said.

The plan, presented in a slick 40-page document, aims to cut the Palestinian poverty rate in half and double the amount of drinkable water in the Palestinian territories but some of the ideas require Israeli agreement and have been knocking around for decades.

The Trump administration’s decision to release the economic portion of its peace plan without any discussion of political solutions has prompted a mixture of derision and exasperation among Arab politicians and commentators.

However, Mohammad Abu Jayyab, a Palestinian economist in Gaza, said the plan might still work.

“Chances of it getting implemented are there: the Gulf money and the influential American policy and the regional satisfaction to achieve common interests,” he said.

Gaza-west bank corridor, via Israel

Proposed projects include:

Under the plan, a proposed $5 billion transportation corridor would be built between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, crossing Israel.

Gaza and the West Bank are around 35km apart at their closest point. However, they are divided not just by geography but by long-standing and bitter divisions between President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority (PA), whose power base is in the West Bank, and the PA’s Islamist rival, Hamas, which controls Gaza

A 47km long “safe passage” through Israel between Gaza and the Hebron in the West Bank was envisaged by interim peace deals in the 1990s. Proposals included railroads, tunnels, elevated roads and a monorail.

The plan also entails upgrading facilities at key crossing points along Gaza’s border, including with Egypt. Citing security concerns, Egypt has often kept its Rafah crossing closed, cutting off Gaza’s main gateway to the world.

Power plants

The plan proposes a $590 million upgrade to Gaza’s sole power plant. The enclave has suffered for years from unreliable electrical supply, with daily, prolonged blackouts the norm. Within a year of the project’s implementation, Palestinians in Gaza would receive at least 16 hours of electricity per day.

Before the proposal’s publication, Qatar was already in talks with Israeli officials about building a new power line from Israel to Gaza, which the Gulf nation would help to fund. The new line would provide 100 megawatts to Gaza, which currently gets a total of 120 megawatts from Israel, short of the 500 megawatts to 600 megawatts that Palestinians say the blockaded enclave needs.

The plan also includes $1.2 billion in loans and private sector financing for gas-fired power plants in Hebron and Jenin in the West Bank.

The Palestine Investment Fund (PIF), which is the PA’s sovereign fund, is the lead investor in an ongoing initiative to build a power plant in Jenin. PIF says the power plant requires $600 million in capital, which matches the figure quoted in the Trump team’s proposal.

A cornerstone was laid for the project in late 2016 and PIF and its partners have issued bids for the plant’s construction. According to documents reviewed by Reuters, project shareholders will finance $180 million, with “$420 million from international development and finance institutions”.

Even if the project is fully financed and built, it cannot be operated without a gas supply, which requires Israeli approval, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

Gaza desalination plant

The US plan calls for channeling “significant investments” into infrastructure to increase water supply in Gaza, including desalination facilities aiming to double the amount of potable water available to Palestinians, per capita, within five years.

The Palestinian Water Authority, in partnership with international institutions including the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Islamic Development Bank and World Bank, has already prepared a comprehensive and integrated investment program for the Gaza central desalination plant.

In 2018, the EU said it had received €456 million in international financial support for the project.

Work still has not been carried out, but the EC noted in April “substantial progress” in ongoing discussions between the PA and Israel on the entry of building materials to Gaza.

The Trump team’s proposals include $1 billion in grants, loans and private sector financing for the development of a natural gas field offshore of Gaza. The gas field is currently fully-owned by the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF).

PIF estimates the field’s development would cost $1 billion, which matches the figure quoted in the Trump team’s proposal.

Plans to develop the field have been put off several times over the past decade due to Palestinian political disputes and conflict with Israel, as well as economic factors, analysts say.

Monday, June 24, 2019

THE BABY THAT RECEIVED EVERY MILITARY COMBAT AWARD FOR VALOR THE US CAN BESTOW ON A SOLDIER

Audie Murphy said: “No soldier ever really survives a war.”

I like to watch the Grit channel on TV because it is a Western channel. Lately Grit has been showing a lot of Audie Murphy movies. I enjoy his movies and I think he turned out to be a fairly good actor. I have always admired Murphy for the awesome hero he was in WW2. The little Texan received the Medal of Honor for holding off an entire company of German soldiers for an hour all by himself at the Colmar Pocket in France in January 1945, then leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition.

Terry Kettler, a former FBI agent who took my place at College of the Mainland when I retired in 1993, just sent me an article about the life of Audie Murphy.

Here is that article about a hero the likes of which will probably never be seen again.

Remembering “Baby”: The Life of Audie Leon Murphy

By David E. Petzal

Field & Stream
May 24, 2019

He was a Texan, and a child of the Great Depression. Born in 1925, he was one of seven children. His father deserted his family when he was a boy, and his mother died when he was sixteen. He dropped out of school in the fifth grade to chop cotton, and he kept his brothers and sisters from starving by shooting rabbits and squirrels.

When World War II began, he tried to enlist in the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Army paratroops, but they beheld his 5-foot, 5-inch, 110-pound frame and said there was not enough there to work with. He tried the Army Infantry and, with an affidavit from his sister that falsified his age, was accepted.

He showed so little promise at first that his unit tried to make him a cook. He fainted after his first round of injections. His fellow soldiers nicknamed him “Baby,” and his commanding officers did their best to keep him from seeing combat, because they thought he had no chance at all. But he persevered, and his true nature emerged.

He was a born soldier. He was an expert shot, and fearless. He had that quality that the Army calls “command presence.” Men would follow him willingly in a fight. He walked with a stooped, hunched-over gait, sniffing for German cigarette smoke. When it led him to Germans, he killed them.

He was assigned to Company B, First Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. With this unit, he would go on to fight in Sicily, Italy, France, and Belgium. He was promoted to corporal, then to sergeant, and ultimately to second lieutenant. He was awarded every medal that the United States Army can bestow for bravery, including the Medal of Honor.

He survived the war and, at the urging of the actor James Cagney, auditioned for the movies. He succeeded, and insisted that he was able to do so only because his directors protected him from situations where he would really have to act, as Gary Cooper did in High Noon, or John Wayne in The Searchers, or Alan Ladd in Shane.

Part of his film success came from the audience’s awareness that the slender, handsome actor on the screen was in real life a killer, and a braver man than any character he ever played.

His movie career lasted from 1948 to 1969. Almost all of his films were westerns. One exception is the 1955 film version of his book, To Hell and Back, his experiences in World War II. The movie was an enormous success, and he described making it as "…watching my friends get killed all over again."

He carried the war with him. He was addicted at times to pills and alcohol, slept—badly—with a pistol under his pillow, and wept for the German orphans he’d created. He said: “No soldier ever really survives a war.”

On May 28, 1971, the weather did what the Germans could not. A small plane in which he was a passenger ran into a thunderstorm and crashed near Catawba, Virginia. Everyone on board was killed. At age 46, he would have no more nightmares.

He is buried at Arlington. Medal of Honor recipients who are interred there are entitled to headstones decorated with gold leaf, but he insisted that his marker be left plain, and so it was.

The only Arlington gravesite to receive more visitors than that of Audie Leon Murphy is that of John F. Kennedy.

IS FAUXCAHONTAS WARREN ABOUT TO CLIMB OVER UNCLE JOE AND CRAZY BERNIE?

by Bob Walsh

Some of the Sunday show talking heads are now openly speculating that, at least for the nonce, Elizabeth Fauxcahontas Warren may be about to make a strong move against the large lead of Joe Biden and the microscopic lead of Bernie Sanders, at least if she can make a credible showing in the upcoming Democrap "I'm More Of A Commie Than You Are" pseudo-debates.

The general speculation is that Crazy Bernie is unelectable and that Joe Biden is about to crash and burn due to the weight of all the bullshit he is carrying around. Plus they are both ancient White men where Warren is a female pseudo-AMI. (At least she has the good taste to WANT to be a minority and to pretend for years to be one.)

Her actual positions are no more stupid than most of the rest of the 743 people running for the Democrap nomination and she has managed to articlulate some actual positions other than "Donald Trump Is The Anti-Christ."

Personally I would hope that "the system" would eventually reject a person who lied about her basic background for over 20 years for personal gain, but I am not sure I would bet on that actually happening. How about an Elizabeth Warren and Pete Bootiejudge ticket? Damn, would that be fun or what?

Of course this far out such speculation is just that, speculation. Rank speculation at that. But it sure is fun. I may even watch some of the pseudo-debates, just to see if anybody crashes and burns, or says anything so outrageous the liberal pimp moderators piss themselves.

THE RETURN OF THE GIANT GIRAFFE.... MAYBE KIND-OF SORT-OF

by Bob Walsh

TOYS R US may be baking a come-back, after a fashion, prior to the Christmas season. You may be able to look forward to Geoffrey the Giraffe enticing your kiddies again.

Richard Berry, formerly the head of Toys R Us, is attempting a relaunch at probably six brick-and-mortar locations, with a significant internet presence, calling the operation Tru Kids Inc..

The new stores will be only about 10,000 square feet and will have a play area as well as a retail space. He is hoping to cut down substantially on initial costs by getting the suppliers to front the merchandise, essentially selling on consignment.

It will be a tough road. Amazon is going to offer a print toy catalog this year, and both Walmart and Target are offering a major holiday presence in the toy field.

The old chain had about 700 retail locations in the US and sold about $7 billion per year.

KIM FOXX SHOULD BE TARRED AND FEATHERED AND RUN OUT OF CHICAGO ON A RAIL!

Ex-ethics officer calls Kim Foxx a liar in blast over Smollett case

By Gabrielle Fonrouge

New York Post’s Page Six
June 21, 2019

Hours after State’s Attorney Kim Foxx deflected blame to her former chief ethics officer for her decision to not appoint a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case, that former staffer called Foxx’s assertions lies.

April Perry, who served as Foxx’s chief ethics officer until May, sent an email to reporters Friday that contradicted statements Foxx made shortly after a Chicago judge slammed her handling of the Smollett case and appointed a special prosecutor Friday.

Foxx said she was just following “the advice and counsel of my then Chief Ethics Officer” when she opted out of ordering a special prosecutor — but Perry said the opposite to be true.

“My advice was that First Assistant Joseph Magats seek the court’s approval and request a Special State’s Attorney appointment in this matter. I prepared a motion and order to that effect, and e-mailed it to the First Assistant on February 20. Shortly after sending that email, the First Assistant advised me that State’s Attorney Foxx determined that the motion and order should not be filed,” Perry wrote in an email.

Records of Perry’s emails were obtained by The Post in April and back up her claims. A special prosecutor order was never filed in the case, according to court records.

“It is a Chief Ethics Officer’s job to provide the best advice and guidance possible based upon the facts given to her at the time,” Perry said Friday.

“Sometimes that advice is followed, sometimes it is not.”

Perry resigned from Foxx’s office in April.

Earlier Friday, a Chicago judge slammed Foxx’s handling of the case and said her office’s entire prosecution of Smollett was invalid because Magats never had the authority to act in her place.

Foxx’s office did not return emails or phone calls about Perry’s claims.

TRAILER TRASH IS EXACTLY WHAT THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX IS

'I'll cut you, Kate': Outrage as Meghan Markle is portrayed as 'trailer trash' who threatens to knife her sister-in-law in a new animated comedy show called Tonight with Vladimir Putin

By William Cole

Daily Mail
June 23, 2019

Meghan Markle will be portrayed as a 'trailer trash' in a new British show which will air tonight in the UK, in which a cartoon of the Duchess threatens to stab Kate Middleton.

The spoof comedy called Tonight With Vladimir Putin has already drawn huge criticism from viewers.

The show's two pilot episodes will lampoon well known public figures using 3D digital technology in front of a live audience.

One segment titled ‘Meghan Markle’s Royal Sparkle’ sees a version of the actress-turned-royal take questions from people in the studio in order to 'get to know you, the United British of Kingdom people'.

The outlandish version of Duchess of Sussex develops a violent rage towards her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.

'What makes you angry?' an audience member asks the Duchess, voiced by actress and writer Gbemisola Ikunelo.

She replies by talking about how Kate asked to borrow her hairbrush.

'I say no because that’s gross and then I leave my room and come back and I can tell she’s used my hairbrush anyway because it’s covered in skanky hair that’s going grey and I say, "Stay the fuck out of my trailer or I’ll cut you, Kate",' she shouts back according to the Sun.

Meghan's relationship with her father Thomas Markle is also openly mocked.

'I’d just like to know, how’s your dad?,' says another questioner.

The character bluntly replies 'Great question, next!'

EDITOR’S NOTE: I’ll say one thing for the British … They can come up with some great humor.
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SHE’S FOUND THE GOLD SHE SOUGHT ….. MAKE THAT DIAMONDS
Duchess of Dazzle: Meghan's new $5,550 eternity ring means she's worn a total of $765,000 worth of jewelry in the past 18 months


Daily Mail
June 23, 2019

When Meghan wore an eternity ring at Trooping the Colour in London this month, during her first public appearance after the birth of baby Archie, it was clear it had a special significance. Not only is the £4,350 diamond band believed to have been created by Harry Collins, the Queen's personal jeweller, but it was given to her by her husband to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

The ring is the latest in an extraordinary collection of jewellery that Meghan has amassed in the past year, which has now been valued at a staggering £600,000. It includes Princess Diana's £75,000 aquamarine ring that Meghan wore on her wedding day, £60,000 Cartier drop earrings, and a set of £4,275 pearl and diamond earrings which were a gift from the Queen.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The gold digger struck the mother lode. When that piece of trailer trash and Harry get divorced, she’ll be set for life.

ISRAEL SHOWS OFF FIRST ELECTRIC-POWERED PASSENGER PLANE

Israeli startup Eviation's 'Alice' – the first electrically-powered passenger plane – wows crowd at Paris Air Show

Israel Hayom
June 23, 2019



Israeli aviation startup Eviation rolled out the first-ever passenger plane that runs on electricity alone at last week's Paris Air Show. The advanced aircraft – Alice – is capable of flying up to 650 miles (1,050 km) at the 276 mph (445 kmp), presenting a greener approach to aviation. Not only is the craft cheaper to produce, it reportedly produces zero emissions.

The aircraft is around 50% cheaper to produce than airplanes of traditional size, as well as quieter. The plane is able to transport two pilots and up to nine passengers. As for the tech specs, the plane is made up of lightweight materials and have a low drag coefficient that allows the craft to simultaneously operate at top speeds while using less fuel. Alice features three MagniX engines at the end of each wing, as well as a main engine at the rear to propel it to higher speeds. The cabin has ample space and includes an area to charge mobile phones and rotating seats.

Measuring 12 meters long (39 feet), with its wings at 16 meters (53 feet) long, its total weight is around 6.4 tons (5,800 kg) and the craft holds a 900-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery. Around 1.25 tons (1,100 kg) of the plane's total weight is devoted to the passengers, pilots, and baggage.

Although incapable of long-haul international flights, Alice can fly shorter distances, such as from Israel to Cyprus or from Paris to Toulouse. Eviation expects its main customers to be American aviation companies, which can service short-haul lines within the continental US like the New York-Boston route.

At the Paris Air Show, Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohai noted that fuel costs for Alice would be significantly lower and flight costs would amount to some $200, half that of a traditional passenger aircraft. Most of the savings comes due to reduced fuel costs.

Alice is expected to undergo test flights in the US in the following months and be approved by the US Aviation Administration by 2022. Production for Alice will take place in Prescott, Arizona.

Eviation is also planning to present an unmanned cargo aircraft, the Orca. Currently, the company has taken several orders for its new aircraft, which carry a price tag of around $4 million each.

Eviation is run by Chairman Aviv Tzidon and CEO Omer Bar-Yohai and based in the Kadima-Zoran Industrial zone. The startup has so far raised $200 million.

THE SCHOOL OF TERROR

Inside a Jalisco Cartel Training Camp in Mexico

by Aldo Meza*

InSight Crime
June 13, 2019

On the first day of training to become a hitman for the Jalisco Cartel New Generation, Francisco learned that the only way to escape from the camp was to leave “in a body bag.” In three months he’d learn much more: how to handle short and long weapons, ambush enemies, respect the rules, not be a gossiper and how to kill.

“You see how they kill people, taste human flesh, you live in terror,” he says.

Francisco — the name he has given to protect his identity — told Telemundo that he spent three months in a Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) training camp. His testimony, the only one to date, could not be corroborated by other witnesses, but his story coincides with the tactics described by former Mexican and US security agents. He says he had to endure physical and psychological resistance tests, as well as loyalty tests.

During the interview, Francisco asks to check the video camera to make sure that he is really being visited by a team of reporters. He checks his cell phone every 15 minutes. His hands and feet shake every time he recalls the crudest moments of his past. He only allows us to say that he is 34 years old, has a son, and that in a previous life he worked in a cookie factory.

According to his story, the terror began by chance in April 2018. At a bar in a southern Mexican state he does not identify, he says a stranger approached him and told him that he had run out of money and needed a ride. Francisco took him to his car. When he arrived at the destination, the stranger took money from an ATM machine and asked for his cell phone number.

“I’m going to call you. I liked you,” the man told him.

Francisco still did not know who this stranger was. He would later find out that he was one of the children of CJNG leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho.” As promised, the man contacted Francisco soon thereafter. He wanted to offer him a job as a private security guard in Villahermosa, the capital of Tabasco state. It would pay 3,500 pesos per week (around $180), in addition to covering a daily allowance and expenses. Even the four weeks of training would be paid for. Francisco accepted. They asked for his birth certificate and a bank account number to deposit his earnings.

The next day he was summoned to a bus station. “I saw a lot of people coming. There were 19 men in their 20s and 30s. There were masons, carpenters, mechanics, security guards, graduates and accountants.”

They were transferred to Mexico City where they were placed in a hotel with a spa. At 6 p.m., the person who led the expedition said “let’s go,” and they left for the Pacific coast city of Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco state. On two occasions, those in charge asked the men if they wanted to continue. “For those who get on the bus, there is no turning back.” The youngest ones said, “I’ll go. I want to work.” The others followed. When they arrived, they were put into a house where another man approached them.

“Well, you are going to be training in the mountains of Guadalajara to be security guards, right?” one of the men in charge said.

“Yes,” they all agreed.

“Well, you’re not going to be a security guard, you’re going to work for the CJNG.”

“But nobody ever told me that,” one of the men protested.

“If you want to go, fine, get out of here. The only way out of here is in a body bag. Whoever wants to go with him better speak up now. We’re not here to play.”

“Then I understood, and we all understood, that we were in big trouble. You don’t know what’s going to happen next, but you have to stay quiet and very serious because they could take any movement the wrong way,” Francisco recalls.

For years, videos of dismembered bodies, shootings, decapitated heads and all types of violence attributed to the CJNG ran through his mind. “I thought a lot about my son,” Francisco says. He ultimately decided to stay.

A Powerful Cartel

The CJNG has grown to become one of the most powerful cartels in Mexico, according to analysts and security forces. The Attorney General’s Office estimates that the cartel maintains a presence in 28 of the country’s 32 states, according to local media reports. The cartel has also established alliances with local criminal groups in the states of Durango, Campeche, Coahuila and Zacatecas.

The CJNG has also expanded abroad, “with a significant presence not only in the United States and Mexico, but also in Europe, Asia and Australia,” according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The genesis of this criminal organization, according to Sam Houston State University professor Nathan P. Jones, dates back to the July 2010 death of Sinaloa Cartel boss Ignacio Coronel Villarreal, alias “Nacho Coronel.” He specialized in methamphetamine production in the region around Jalisco. When Mexican authorities killed him, his operations fragmented into several groups. One of them was led by El Mencho. He was able to take advantage of Jalisco’s geographical location near Mexico’s Pacific ports. This allowed him to increase the volume of his business thanks to the sale of methamphetamine in markets in Europe and Asia, and the sale of fentanyl in the United States. Control of the ports was key to the CJNG being able to obtain the resources that allowed them to expand territorially, to corrupt Mexican government officials and to train their assassins as an elite force.

The Training

Francisco’s training camp was in Talpa de Allende, a municipality of just over 15,000 people in western Jalisco. A group of men armed with assault rifles and portable missile launchers loaded the 19 men into luxury trucks and drove them on dirt roads out to a hidden place in the Sierra de Talpa. The first truck stopped, then someone pulled a gun out the window and shot three times, which automatically opened a gate. They all passed and, again, another three shots were fired to signal the gate to close.

Once inside, the armed men took their cell phones and stripped them. “They had some car batteries. They got us wet and made us grab the terminals. So, if you had a GPS [Global Positioning System device] hidden inside you, it would burn. The shock was so strong that I practically peed,” Francisco explained.

The local boss was a young man about 28 years old, according to Francisco. He chose a nickname to address each of them. Then the training began with instructions on how to handle short and long weapons: handguns, AK-47 rifles and rocket launchers similar to the one the CJNG used to shoot down a Mexican Army helicopter in an attack that killed seven soldiers in May 2015.

The instructors let the men know all of the cartel’s rules imposed by El Mencho. They started with those related to firearms.

“Rule number one: Your finger should always be away from the trigger. Otherwise, in front of a cartel leader or high-ranking commander, you could be considered a threat and they could kill you.”

“Rule number two: Always check the safety.”

“Rule number three: Know how to hand over a weapon. Always pass it with the butt of the gun and not the barrel.”

The instructors imposed strict discipline. One mistake could be fatal. As was the case for one of the 19 recruits who nervously failed to put together a gun.

“In the blink of an eye, he killed him. He told us that he wasn’t useful because in a real confrontation, he would panic and put us all in danger,” Francisco said. Then began what the cartel called “the christening.” They all approached the corpse of their recently murdered companion.

“What is the first rule?” the plaza boss asked.

“If there isn’t a body, there isn’t a crime to pursue,” two of the commanders responded.

“Ok, Shaggy, come here. Cut off his hand. You don’t want to do it? Just tell me you don’t want to,” one commander said.

“You knew that if you said no, they were going to kill you,” Francisco recalls. Trembling, he began to cut off the dead man’s hand. Francisco touched his forearm. “I had to do it, you have no choice. I remember the fear, the blood.”

They were going one by one. The commanders saved the most timid group of recruits for the most difficult task: to decapitate the dead man and crush his head with a stone. When the body was severed, they were forced to eat some parts of it.

“There was one recruit who couldn’t eat it and vomited, but they picked up the piece of flesh from the dirt and forced him to eat it.”

These cannibalistic practices described by Francisco coincide with what a group of cartel hitmen arrested last June revealed. They said they did it to become insensitive. The Attorney General’s Office in Jalisco has discovered at least five camps that the cartel used as clandestine training centers and narco-laboratories. Two more have been dismantled in Veracruz and Tabasco.

For Francisco, this was only the first part of a three-month stay in captivity. What would come next would be the worst part of his training.

*This article was originally published by Sin Embargo via Telemundo It was translated, edited for clarity and reprinted with permission, but does not necessarily reflect the views of InSight Crime.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

FORGIVE ME, BUT I HAVE TO DEFEND AOC ….. THOSE DETENTION CENTERS ARE CONCENTRATION CAMPS, BUT NOT NAZI-LIKE CONCENTRATION CAMPS

Holocaust commemoration group invites Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez on 'educational tour' of Auschwitz with a survivor after she said Trump is building 'concentration camps' on the Mexican border

By Maxine Shen and Emily Goodin

Daily Mail
June 22, 2019

A Holocaust commemoration group has invited Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to tour Auschwitz in the wake of backlash she's facing for calling the Trump administration's border migrant detention centers 'concentration camps.'

From the Depths posted an open letter on its Facebook page Friday, inviting Ocasio-Cortez to go on an educational tour of Nazi German's Holocaust concentration camps this summer, which would be led by organization president and Holocaust survivor, Edward Mosberg, 93.

The 'educational tour' was 'specifically built for legislators' and would include visits to Mauthausen, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek concentration camps, among other historic sites.

From the Depths wrote that 'over 100 international parliamentarians from across the political spectrum' have gone on the tour thus far, including more than 20 members of Congress from both the GOP and Democrat parties.

The invite comes just days after Ocasio-Cortez made headlines for a saying and tweeting that the Trump administration's migrant detention facilities were 'concentration camps.'

'This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying. This is not hyperbole. It is the conclusion of expert analysis,' the freshman congresswoman from New York wrote on Twitter Tuesday, linking to an article from Esquire on the subject.

Republicans were quick to pounce on Ocasio-Cortez for her use of the 'concentration camp' term in this context.

'Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history,' tweeted Republican Liz Cheney, the party's third most senior member of the House. '6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this.'

'People like @AOC -- who are not lifting a finger to solve the problem -- comparing the men and women serving our country to concentration camp guards do the Congress and country a great disservice,' Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted.

On Wednesday, Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House minority leader, told press that she should apologize 'not only to the nation but to the world' for what she tweeted.

'She does not understand what is going on at the border at the same time. There is no comparison. To actually say that is embarrassing,' McCarthy said.

'To take somewhere in history where millions of Jews died, and equate that to somewhere that's happening on the border, she owes this nation an apology.'


Despite the backlash, Ocasio-Cortez, defended her word choice.

Reacting to his demand, she tweeted Wednesday: 'DHS ripped 1000s of children from their parents & put them in cages w inhumane conditions.

'They call their cells "dog pounds" & "freezers." I will never apologize for calling these camps what they are. If that makes you uncomfortable, fight the camps - not the nomenclature.'

She went on to defend herself by arguing concentration camps were different from Nazi death camps or extermination camps, where more than 3million were estimated to have been killed during World War II.

'And for the shrieking Republicans who don't know the difference: And that's exactly what this administration is doing,' she wrote on Twitter.

'Concentration camps are considered by experts as "the mass detention of civilians without trial." And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.'

She also tweeted that 'The US ran concentration camps before, when we rounded up Japanese people during WWII. It is such a shameful history that we largely ignore it. These camps occur throughout history. Many refuse to learn from that shame, but here we are today. We have an obligation to end them.'

In its open letter, attributed to the group's founder, Jonny Daniels, From the Depths noted the backlash Ocasio-Cortez faced.

'We firmly believe that this was not your intention, this was not done out of spite or ill faith, rather a misguided comment, due to a lack of proper education on the Holocaust, a significant issue of our generation,' the letter read.

The group pointed out that it is 'entirely run by millennials,' the same generation that 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez belongs to, and that going on the proffered tour 'would be great opportunity for you to learn more about this horrendous past, and understand how it impacts lives and education until today.'

Ocasio-Cortez has not yet publicly responded to From the Depths' invitation.

She previously came under fire from conservatives in November 2018, after using the Holocaust analogy to point out that applying for refugee status should not in itself be considered a crime.

'Asking to be considered a refugee and applying for status isn't a crime,' Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. 'It wasn't for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn't for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn't for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn't for those fleeing violence in Central America.'

According to NBC, as of early June, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was detaining more than 52,500 immigrants every day in a network of more than 200 detention centers. The outlets reports that 24 immigrants have died in ICE custody during the Trump administration, while at least four others died shortly after being released.

That number also does not include those, including five children, who died in the custody of other federal agencies.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Both sets of my grandparents died in the Nazi concentration camps. I do not believe AOC demeaned the memory of those who died in the Nazi slave labor and extermination camps, nor do I believe she intended to.

The Holocaust should not be demeaned. The term ‘concentration camps’ in and of itself should not be offensive to Jews. It’s when you prefix the term with ‘Nazi’ that Jews have a right to be outraged.

I am most certainly not a fan of AOC. Had she said “This administration has established Nazi-like concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants,” I would have jumped on her ass in a New York minute. But she didn’t say that! That’s why I have to defend her.

A visit to Auschwitz, however, might keep AOC from defending fellow congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib when those two Jew-hating Muslims are criticized for making their anti-Semitic pronouncements.

THE HIGH COST OF A MALICIOUS PC DOGPILE

by Bob Walsh

Gibson's Bakery is a fourth or fifth generation family bakery in Oberlin, Ohio. That's where Oberlin College is located. It did a pretty good business with students from Oberlin and the university itself, until November 2016.

On November 9 of that year a student attempted to shoplift two bottles of wine. No doubt he did it. He had two bottles stuffed in his shirt. The employees detained him, the cops arrested him. He later plead guilty, there is no question. The trouble is, he and two other students he was with are Black.

The very next day hundreds of people showed up in front of the bakery to protest. They called for a boycott. The owners were called racists and White Supremacists. The arrest was claimed to be the result of racial profiling. (Nobody ever claimed the arrest was bogus.)

Oberlin College cut off it's 100 year business relationship with the bakery. Even after the shoplifter confessed and stated up front that the arrest had no racial component the racist accusations kept coming not only from students but from employees of the college and the college itself. College officials passed out fliers accusing the bakery owners of being racist. College funds were used to support the protest.

The owners sued the college. The claim was for libel, intentional infliction of distress and tortious interference with business relationships. The verdict just came in. The jury awarded Gibson's $11 MILLION in compensatory damages and $33 MILLION in punitive damages. That verdict is likely to be reduced somewhat due to Ohio's tort damage limits, but it is still a noteworthy win. The college is almost certainly not responsible for the actions of it's students, but when their employees and officers commit libel and slander, and provide aid, including financial aid to the students, know they are incorrect but go with it anyway they are laying themselves open for major financial exposure.

I wonder if their insurance will cover this? Is it possible to buy "We were stupid" insurance? I don't know what their funding situation is but I doubt that can take this out of petty cash.

SMART MOVE OR LOSING NERVE ??

by Bob Walsh

On Saturday afternoon President Trump announced a two-week delay in the much-touted move by ICE to round up and deport aliens who already had deportation orders on file. He says it is because he is giving congress one last chance to get their collective shit together and do something about the border specifically and our demented immigration policy and ineffective immigration law in general.

Is that the truth? I don't know, but I suspect maybe it is.

Will it work? Depends on what you believe the question means. Will it result in the congress getting their shit together? NO, IMHO it won't. Will it mean that Trump can point and say, "See, I tried one last time to do it the easy way, but these fools just could not do it." I think maybe it will. I suspect Trump is playing a bit at brinkmanship, and seeing if it will work for him. I hope it does. Whichever way you define working.

JUST DROPPING IN FOR LUNCH

by Bob Walsh

A Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in L.A. closed own for repairs after a live rat fell from the ceiling onto a menu being perused by a customer.

The diner, Alisha Norma, was actually worried that the rat may have been injured in the fall. It was.

The building was undergoing reconstruction and they speculate that this may have disturbed the rat's usual haunts.

The management picked up the customer's check. I don't know if they paid the rat's vet bills or not. (They didn't. It died. It went to rat heaven, which is actually L.A. anyway so it would have been a very short trip.)

ICE SAYS ITS 4 REELZ

by Bob Walsh

Three separate "US officials who have knowledge of the plans" have said that "the family op" is going to start rolling in ten cities, including seven sanctuary cities, probably before you read this on Sunday morning.

There are apparently / allegedly about 2,000 family groups targeted. They have all exhausted their legal appeals and have a valid deportation order against them. Some of them were going thru the appeals system and had a government supplied lawyer but cut and ran instead of going thru the process.

Allegedly the pre-dawn at-home raids are deliberately intended to NOT separate families. Work-place hits or daytime sweeps might get parents but miss children who are out and about.

ICE is planning on renting blocks of hotel rooms as temporary holding facilities for the family groups until the families can be fully assembled and shipped out.

They also expect they will snag up a few illegals without deportation orders, who will be tagged with ankle monitors and then released. (I like the exploding collars from that old Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, but that's just me.)

By Sunday evening we should have some idea how effective this looks like it's going to be, and how much of a shit storm will accompany the move.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Wishful thinking there, Bob. On Saturday Trump called it off like he called off the strike on Iran.

GRAB THEM BY THE PUSSY TRUMP ….. ACCUSER NO. 16 POPS UP

Trump denies accusation of '90s sexual assault, suggests Democrats are behind it

By Veronica Stracqualursi and Caroline Kelly

CNN
June 22, 2019

President Donald Trump on Friday responded to allegations of sexual assault after magazine advice columnist E. Jean Carroll alleged he had attacked her at a New York luxury department store in the late 1990s.

Carroll details the allegations in her forthcoming book, "What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal," excerpts of which were published earlier Friday in New York Magazine. While Carroll does not appear to name Trump in the printed excerpt of the first-person account, he is named in the headline, which reads: "Hideous Men Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago. But he's not alone on the list of awful men in my life."

Trump denied the allegations in a statement Friday, saying he had "never met this person." He accused Carroll of sharing her account to raise book sales, comparing her to women who "falsely accused" Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his contentious confirmation hearings. The article published Friday includes a photo of Trump and Carroll talking in a group.

"Shame on those who make up false stories of assault to try to get publicity for themselves, or sell a book, or carry out a political agenda -- like Julie Swetnick who falsely accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh," Trump said. "It's just as bad for people to believe it, particularly when there is zero evidence. Worse still for a dying publication to try to prop itself up by peddling fake news -- it's an epidemic."

Carroll claims that she encountered Trump in the fall of 1995 or spring 1996 at the Bergdorf Goodman department store, where she says he attacked her in one of the dressing rooms.

According to Carroll's account, Trump sought her advice in buying a gift, and the two had met previously.

Carroll, who was 52 at the time, claims that while gift shopping, Trump pressured her to try on lingerie and grabbed her arm to pull her toward the dressing room.

"The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips," Carroll alleges. "I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again. He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights."

Carroll continues, "I am astonished by what I'm about to write: I keep laughing. The next moment, still wearing correct business attire, shirt, tie, suit jacket, overcoat, he opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway -- or completely, I'm not certain -- inside me."

Trump, in his denial Friday, also implied that Democrats could be involved in Carroll's "false accusations" but did not offer any details as to how.

"If anyone has information that the Democratic Party is working with Ms. Carroll or New York Magazine, please notify us as soon as possible," Trump said in the statement. "The world should know what's really going on. It is a disgrace and people should pay dearly for such false accusations."

Carroll says in the New York Magazine excerpt published Friday that she did not report the alleged incident to the police, but confided in two close friends. The two friends confirmed their accounts to the magazine, New York Magazine reports.

The department store confirmed to Carroll that it no longer has security footage from the time she claims the incident occurred.

Carroll has been an advice columnist for Elle magazine for 26 years. She posed for the New York magazine cover wearing a coatdress she claims she wore when she was attacked by Trump.

At least 15 other women have come forward with a range of accusations against Trump, ranging from sexual harassment and assault to lewd behavior, from before he was President.

The flood of accusations against Trump came during the 2016 campaign when a 2005 "Access Hollywood" video surfaced that showed him saying he was able to grab women "by the pussy" because he was famous.

He apologized and dismissed his remarks on the "Access Hollywood" video as nothing more than "locker room" talk.

Trump also vehemently denied all of the womens' allegations made against him, and less than three weeks before the election, he threatened to file a lawsuit against "all of these liars" once the election was over.

EDITOR’S NOTE: And Stormy Daniels claimed Trump’s manhood is really a childhood, i.e. a tiny teeny wienie.

IT LOOKS LIKE THE DA WANTS TO INVESTIGATE THE NARCOTICS OPERATION OF HPD

DA Threatens to Subpoena Houston Police in Drug Raid

By St. John Barned and Keri Blakinger

Houston Chronicle
June 21, 2019

HOUSTON -- Harris County prosecutors are threatening to issue grand jury subpoenas to the Houston Police Department for details about confidential informants used by narcotics officers at the center of the botched Harding Street drug raid in January that ended with two residents dead and five officers injured.

After police failed to fulfill a previous request for the information in May, Harris County Assistant District Attorney Natasha Sinclair sent a one-page letter Thursday demanding HPD turn over a trove of information relating to the bust, including the identities of informants used by Squad 15 since 2014, the names of those who signed off on informant payments and details about alleged buys.

"It has been more than six weeks since we requested this material in preparation for possible presentation to a grand jury," wrote Sinclair, who heads the district attorney's civil rights division. "We have yet to receive confidential informant information on the specific incident reports requested."

The demand letter comes amid escalating tensions between police and Harris County prosecutors and suggests that the police department has dragged its feet in providing records despite promises from Chief Art Acevedo for an open and transparent investigation.

The letter also indicates the DA's office may be conducting a wider review than the internal investigation by HPD and a readiness to involve a grand jury in the process.

Acevedo responded hours later Thursday to the letter with a statement saying police had turned over their investigation into the shooting in mid-May and pledged to continue to work with prosecutors.

"From the outset of the incident at 7815 Harding Street, the Houston Police Department has worked cooperatively with the Harris County District Attorney's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to ensure no stone is left unturned to determine the facts in this matter," Acevedo said in the statement.

"Additionally we responded to all of the requests specifically related to the aforementioned investigations," the chief said. "With regard to the additional records sought by the HCDAO not specifically related to the Harding Street incident and dating back many years, HPD has and will continue to work cooperatively with the HCDAO."

The district attorney's office, however maintains that the requested records about Squad 15 are relevant to their probe of the failed raid.

The ramifications of the raid continue to unfurl nearly five months after police burst through the front door at 7815 Harding Street and kicked off a shoot-out that ended in the deaths of homeowners Dennis Tuttle and his wife, Rhogena Nicholas. The FBI is conducting a civil rights investigation and District Attorney Kim Ogg has launched a review of more than 2,000 cases previously handled by two key narcotics officers.

Police initially said they raided the Pecan Park home in search of heroin dealers, but investigators soon raised questions about whether the alleged informant whose drug buy justified the raid ever existed. And the raid itself only turned up a small amount of cocaine and marijuana — but none of the heroin police expected to find.

In the weeks after the shooting, the case agent at the center of the raid — Gerald Goines — retired under investigation, as did his partner Steven Bryant.

In May, police said they'd completed their investigation into the raid and turned the results over to the district attorney's office. Thursday's letter, however, suggests prosecutors may have hit a roadblock in the investigation.

"As discussed in a May meeting between the Harris County District Attorney's Office Civil Rights Division, the HCDAO Public Corruption Division and the Houston Police Department, our team must review all HPD records related to all confidential informants utilized by officers involved in the Harding Street shooting," Sinclair wrote.

"These records pertain, but are not limited, to such matters as the names of informants, locations of buys, payouts to those informants, who approved those payments and who signed off on any operations. This information is crucial to our ongoing review of hundreds of warrants and controlled buys executed by the HPD Narcotics Division and specifically the Goines investigation."

If police don't turn over the requested information by the end of Monday, Sinclair continued, police "will be served with grand jury subpoenas on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, for the files possessed by the Houston Police Department related to all confidential informants utilized by HPD Narcotics Squad 15 from January 1, 2014 to the present."

The accusations by the DA's office underscored the need for a strong, unbiased, outside investigation, Nicholas family attorney Mike Doyle said.

After the shooting, Doyle hired a private team of forensic specialists who found bullets, shotgun shell casings, and human teeth that crime scene technicians from the Houston Forensic Science Center had missed.

Doyle called the letter from Ogg's office "encouraging," and said it showed prosecutors may be taking a broader view than police would like.

"HPD probably did a great job showing one or two bad apples, but they didn't exist for so long in a vacuum," he said. "And that's the point."

Larry Karson, an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston-Downtown, said the disclosures prosecutors are seeking could upend pending criminal cases or show problems with the department's use of confidential informants.

"HPD's response sounds like they're attempting to conceal something," Karson said. "And that may be related to the shooting — or it may relate to confidential dealings with informants, or policies and procedures in the department, for example."

The letter comes on the heels of a series of escalating public skirmishes between the DA's office and Houston police. On Tuesday, Ogg announced that a grand jury had charged Andre Timothy Jackson in the 2016 killing of 11-year-old Josue Flores based on improved testing of old DNA evidence. Prosecutors charged Jackson soon after the murder, but asked a judge to dismiss the charges because they worried they wouldn't be able to win the case.

After that announcement, Houston Police Officers' Union President Joe Gamaldi criticized Ogg and said prosecutors had failed to oppose a motion allowing Jackson to pick up his belongings seized as evidence — potentially jeopardizing the case.

DA spokesman Dane Schiller responded by saying prosecutors had already secured the evidence they needed, and accused Gamaldi of being uninformed and "misleading the public to draw attention to himself."

Then after police shot an attempted carjacker on Wednesday — only to discover the suspect had received a three-year deferred adjudication for armed robbery — Acevedo blasted prosecutors and judges for not handing out tougher sentences to dangerous criminals.

"Somehow in Harris County we have the judges and sometimes the prosecutors' office thinking it's ok to sometimes giving deferred adjudication to armed robbers," he said at in an impassioned diatribe at the scene.

Professor Phillip Lyons, dean of the college of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University and a former police officer, said the DA's letter on Thursday and the ongoing feud between prosecutors and police undermines the public's faith in the criminal justice system.

"It just seems to me, again, not a good sign about how things are going," he said. "That kind of public attack and counterattack, I think we all lose.'

A SHITTY COURTROOM SCENE

'It's protein! It's good for you!' Man in a wheelchair, 33, who defecated during his trial for burglary and THREW it at the judge before eating the rest in front of a horrified Florida courtroom is acquitted on all charges

By Luke Kenton

Daily Mail
June 22, 2019

A criminal trial was halted temporarily in Miami on Friday when a defendant defecated into his own hands and hurtled feces across a courtroom, just before closing arguments were set to commence.

Dorleans Philidor, 33, aimed the unsavory missile at Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh during his burglary trial, yelling: ‘It’s protein! It’s good for you,’ according to witnesses.

Thankfully for Walsh the excrement narrowly missed, but the defendant’s dirty protest prompted a frenzied evacuation from the courtroom with lawyers and the judge scrambling for the exit, as county police officer rushed to restrain Philidor.

The defendant had been sitting in a wheelchair to the right of Walsh until a bailiff suddenly called out to the Justice and urged her to seek shelter.

Video captured by a spectator in the gallery shows one officer desperately clinging on to Philidor’s arm in an attempt to prevent him from wiping his hand on the judge’s bench.

Witnesses say they watched on in horror when moments later Philidor appeared to eat the feces as officers worked to restrain him.

‘It was intense. The corrections officers and police officers were swarming. Like 60 of them,’ said witness Allen Rios to the Miami Herald. ‘They told everyone to leave and you couldn’t go back in. It was a hazardous area.’

Undeterred by Philidor’s actions, Walsh proceeded with the trial in a separate room while the original setting was closed for cleaning.

After just one hour of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty for Philidor’s burglary charges.

According to reports, Jurors were not present when Philidor ‘cast feces’ across the room.

Despite his acquittal Philidor will remain in custody as he is also facing a separate trial in a grand-theft-auto case.

It’s not yet know if he will face additional charges for the attack, but courtroom officials say this isn’t the first time this week that Philidor’s behavior has delayed court proceedings.

On Thursday during a lunch break, the 33-year-old defecated on himself, smearing it all over his body and on the walls of the cell.

Corrections officers were forced to haul him away through a public hallway, which was soon tarnished by a fecal stench.

An entire wing of the second floor of the building had to be quarantined off and disinfected as a result.

On the request of lawyers and the court, doctor’s assessed Philidor to see if he was feigning a mental illness, but he was adjudged to be fit for trial before Friday’s display.

‘MDCR staff and Correctional Health Services (CHS) Staff will continue to monitor this inmate and will provide extra security precautions to avoid the events from reoccurring,’ court spokesperson Juan Diasgranados told the Herald.

Philidor has also been accused of breaking into a North Miami Beach home while the homeowner was still inside. He was captured shortly after she called police.

Considered a career criminal, Philidor could face up to 15 years behind bars if convicted in the grand-theft auto case.

RAM MOWES DOWN BIKERS, SEVEN DEAD

7 killed in crash between truck, bikers in New Hampshire

By Michael Casey and David Sharp

Associated Press
June 22, 2019

RANDOLPH, N.H. — Seven people were killed in a crash between a truck and several motorcycles in New Hampshire, state police said Friday, in what witnesses described as a "devastating scene" as bystanders grabbed first aid kits and blankets to treat injured motorcycle riders scattered along the highway.

State police said that a 2016 Dodge 2500 truck collided with the riders on U.S. 2 in Randolph. Authorities said additional details would be provided as they investigate the crash.

Along with the seven dead, state police said two additional people were transported to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital and one was airlifted to Maine Medical. Police said they could not provide the identities of the dead until next of kin have been notified.

Parts of the rural two-lane highway was closed Friday evening, state police said, and would be closed for several more hours as investigators comb the scene for clues about what caused the crash.

Randolph is about a two-hour drive north of Concord, the capital, and a three-hour drive from Boston.

"There was debris everywhere," said Miranda Thompson, 21, of Manchester, who was several cars back and recalled seeing a truck in flames on the side of the highway and six motorcycles.

"People were in the grass. There were people putting tourniquets on people, trying to make sure they didn't move," she said. "You could tell people were lost who it happened too ... It was a sad day for all of them."

Jerry Hamanne, co-owner of a nearby bed-and-breakfast that was hosting one of the bikers in the group, said he and a doctor also staying at his inn went to the scene to help. Others tried to assist as best they could but some people were already dead.

"It was so devastating to see the bodies on the road," Hamanne said. "My God, I don't want to see something like this again."

The crash happened about 500 feet from lodging where most of the motorcyclists were staying, Hamanne said.

Charlie St. Clair, executive director of Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, which host one of the state's biggest rallies in June, said he couldn't recall an accident of this magnitude involving bikers in the state. He wasn't on the scene but said had been fielding calls about the accident much of the night. St. Clair said he heard the riders were mostly Marine veterans who belonged to the same motorcycle club.

"This is staggering and it's tragic beyond description," St. Clair said. "You have a bunch of people out for a ride enjoying one of the first nice days we had. To have this happen, it defies logic quite frankly."
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WHY I DON'T RIDE ANY MORE

by Bob Walsh

Seven motorcyclists were killed and at least three more hospitalized in a crash between a group of cycles going one way and a pickup truck going the other way on a two lane road in New Hampshire yesterday. The cops have no idea for sure what caused the wreck (other than the obvious) and the road is still closed.

I guess I am just too old, creaky and paranoid to feel comfortable on two wheels any more. Unfortunate, but true.

FUN AND GAMES ACROSS THE BORDER FROM EL PASO

Mexico drug cartel violence flares as Mexicles, Gente Nueva war rattles Valley of Juárez

By Daniel Borunda

El Paso Times
June 19, 2019

A war among drug-trafficking groups has intensified in the Valley of Juárez, with dismembered bodies left in ice coolers, shootings and schools temporarily closed.

The fighting in the valley is for control of border drug-smuggling routes in the Mexican farming communities along the Rio Grande east of Juárez.

The violence comes as homicides have topped 700 in Juárez this year, including the death of a 6-year-old girl hit by a stray bullet at a kindergarten this week.

A war in the valley between the Mexicles gang and the Gente Nueva drug-trafficking group is part of a fragmentation of criminal alliances that authorities said has fueled much of the violence in recent years in Juárez.

In an unusual move, the Mexicles last week issued a news release to Juárez news outlets warning the leaders of the rival Gente Nueva to leave the valley.

"It's better (for rivals to leave) and a warning is given to all these people to abandon the Valley of Juárez, if they don't, the lead and bloodshed will continue," the Mexicles stated.

Recent incidents in the valley included:

• Shootings that killed three men, including a maquiladora bus driver, on June 11 in the villages of Tres Jacales and Juárez y Reforma in a region across the Rio Grande from the Fabens area.

• Dismembered body parts were found in ice chests and thrown on the ground on the morning of June 13 along the Juárez-Porvernir highway, according to the Norte Digital news website.

• Schools in the valley were closed and public bus routes stopped running at 7 p.m. last week due to fears of violence, according to the Diario de Juárez newspaper.

• Law enforcement seized an arsenal, including two rifles, two handguns, a grenade and eight Molotov cocktails, after a vehicle chase in San Isidro. The gunmen abandoned a pair of vehicles and escaped.

Drug cartel propaganda

It is not uncommon for Mexican drug cartels to engage in public threats and propaganda, such as videos, banners hung from bridges and signs left at murder scenes.

Mexican authorities have not confirmed the authenticity of the Mexicles news release, which was published by some Juárez news outlets, but have said the violence in the valley is linked to drug groups.

The Mexicles stated in Spanish that they issued the message so the "citizenry of Juárez and the Valley of Juárez are not be alarmed by what is happening and what is about to happen."

The statement featured an image of a skull in a charro hat in front of two crossed rifles above "F.E.M.," meaning "fuerzas especiales Mexicles," or Mexicles special forces.

The group stated that the fight is over drug trafficking and for what it calls "good control," claiming it won't kidnap, extort or intimidate innocent people.

The statement is signed by "El 40 of the Mexicles special forces."

People shouldn't fall for it, an expert says.

“It’s propaganda. They want to get the support of the community, that they are not bad guys," said Robert Almonte, who teaches law enforcement seminars on Mexican drug cartels.

Almonte is a former U.S. marshal and a retired deputy chief with the El Paso Police Department who began researching cartels while working narcotics in the 1980s.

New drug trafficking groups sometimes openly claim they will be protective of the public and even do good deeds, Almonte said.

"A lot of the other cartels say the same thing; they end up becoming more of what they said they were against," he added.

Who are the Mexicles?

The Mexicles is a prison-street gang that was allied with the Gente Nueva branch of the Sinaloa drug cartel during the war with the Juárez cartel a decade ago.

The gang was formed by Mexicans in the Texas prison system who banded together to protect themselves in the late 1980s or early 1990s, said Mike Tapia, a New Mexico State University associate professor of criminal justice who studies gangs.

"They were born in the Texas prison system as a group of Mexicanos that were deported back to Mexico when they did their time. They expanded out into the street, of course," Tapia said.

"Mexicle" can be a term describing a person from Mexico and is used by other gangs, including the Partido Revolucionario Mexicano, or PRM, according to a 2007 Texas Department of Public Safety report on Texas gangs.

The Mexicles gang in Juárez has been known to use tattoos of the "Hecho en Mexico" eagle logo, but not everyone with such a tattoo is a gang member.

For years, the Mexicles were allied with the Sinaloa cartel, but by the start of this year the Mexicles had allied with La Linea crime organization of the Juárez cartel.

In January, La Linea and the Mexicles were accused by authorities of carrying out a series of coordinated attacks on Juárez police.

The Mexicles were rivals of the Barrio Azteca gang, which was allied with La Linea.

The shifting in alliances is believed to be part of the fighting for control of drug markets, including crystal methamphetamine sales, in Juárez, officials have said.

There have been nearly 90 homicides so far in June in Juárez, compared with 151 in all of May, according to a daily tally by Channel 44-XHIJ.

MINI SUMMIT BETWEEN ISRAEL, THE US AND RUSSIA

Bolton lands in Israel ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Netanyahu and Patrushev

The Jerusalem Post
June 22, 2019

US National Security Advisor John Bolton landed in Israel on Saturday and is expected to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday during a special summit meeting in which regional security concerns will be discussed.

The meeting will also include Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev and high-ranking Israeli security officials. Making it a summit in which Israel will present its views, and listen to, both Russia and the US.

On Friday it was reported that the US was on the verge of an air-strike against a range of Iranian targets, yet Trump decided to avoid such an operation.

The US decision was in the aftermath of Iran downing a US drone in what the Islamic Republic considers its own airspace and the US considers international airspace.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

MAKE AMERICA AMERICA AGAIN?

Joe Biden’s campaign slogan has some interesting possibilities

Joe Biden has adopted the campaign slogan “Let’s Make America America Again” which he stole from Michael Avenatti who stole it from Scott Baio who stole it from Langston Hughes.

Making America America again has some interesting possibilities. For starters let’s do away with political correctness.

Let’s respect law enforcement officers again.

Let’s restore history by returning Confederate statues to where they stood before being torn down. Let’s restore the names of Confederate heroes to the schools and public parks which bore their names before they were replaced by names acceptable to liberal rabble rousers.

Let’s outlaw homosexuality.

Let’s throw transgenders like Brucella Jenner into the insane asylums where they belong.

Let’s prohibit any advertising for lawyers, doctors and prescription drugs.

Let’s do away with affirmative action.

Let’s restore segregated schools so white kids can get a good education again.

Let’s reenact the Jim Crow laws again so that whites won’t have to share restaurants, public restrooms and seats on a bus with negroes.

Let’s ban all abortions.

Let’s bring back the electric chair.

Let’s allow apartment complexes to erect signs again that read “No Jews or Dogs Allowed.”

Let’s deny women the right to vote!

Let’s bring back the corruption of Tammany Hall and Teapot Dome.

Let’s reenact Prohibition. Alcohol is the elixir of the Devil.

And the list can go on and on. I invite you to add your own listing.

Of course, I want to do away with political correctness, restore respect for law enforcement officers and bring back the electric chair. But instead of Biden making America America again, I prefer Trump’s “Make America Great Again.”

LA MIGRA ESTA AQUI !!!!

by Bob Walsh

If the talking heads are to be believed the ICE raids to round up families with currently valid deportation orders are supposed to begin Sunday.

If it actually happens (which I am not sure I will bet on) I can just see the whiney liberals screaming like mashed cats, waiving Mexican flags in protest as the Fourth of July approaches.

I still suspect it is a head-fake in order to get many to self-deport, and maybe to trick a few public officials into saying something that could get them arrested for, but you never know. It could be for real. Of course none of these situations are mutually exclusive. Maybe they will ALL turn out to be true.

JUDGES ORDERS SPECIAL PROSECUTOR IN SMOLLETT / FOXX CASE

by Bob Walsh

Cook County Circuit Judge Michael Toomin has ordered a special prosecutor to look into the "unprecedented irregularities" in order to "restore the public's confidence in the integrity of out criminal justice system."

According to Judge Toomin it is possible that the special prosecutor could order the charges reinstated in the Smollett case. The judge asserted that Prosecutor Kim Foxx created a fictitious office, with no legal existence, headed by her own chief deputy, with whom she maintained regular contact about the case, to oversee the Smollett case.

It will be amusing to see which way this one works out.

A GOOD (?) TIME TO STEP IN A BIG STEAMING PILE OF SHIT

by Bob Walsh

At one time, before it's financial crash-and-burn, Stockton had the only Class 1 fire department west of the Mississippi. It isn't any more, due to staffing cutbacks and other issues, but it is still pretty good.

Erik Newman, 53, is the Chief of the department. He was arrested at city hall on Thursday and turned over to the custody of the Turlock PD. He was arrested on felony domestic violence charges. Last I heard he was still in custody pending $50,000 bail and had been placed on paid administrative leave. He was the department's fourth chief in eight years.

As far as the good timing part, he announced back in April that he would be retiring as of July 1. Early this year he was in contention to be the Fire Chief of San Francisco. As a straight man his chances were thin but since he is not White he might have had a chance. Anyway he didn't get the gig.

At least the city will not have to spend any money actually investigating any administrative action against him since he will be gone in less than ten days anyway.

WAS KING COUNTY POLICY OF REFUSING TO COOPERATE WITH ICE RESPONSIBLE FOR ATTACK ON WHEELCHAIR-BOUND WOMAN?

'I thought I was going to die,' woman blames prosecutors after rapist attacks her

by Jennifer Sullivan

KOMO News
June 19, 2019

WHITE CENTER, Wash. — Federal immigration agents have joined the manhunt for a White Center man accused of attacking the woman he raped last fall.

Francisco Carranza-Ramirez, 35, went missing after the King County Sheriff’s Office said he attacked the 32-year-old woman near her White Center home on Sunday.

The woman told KOMO Wednesday she first saw Ramirez outside her home on Saturday. She said Ramirez, who was court-ordered to stay away from her, stared at her from about 50 feet away. She dialed 911, but by the time deputies arrived he was gone.

The following night, deputies said they returned to the neighborhood after a 911 call. They found the woman on the ground, her wheelchair knocked over, according to a sheriff’s office report.

“He dumped me backwards out of my chair, and was choking me and, like, I couldn’t scream, I couldn’t breathe, I thought I was going to die in front of my kid,” the woman told KOMO.

The woman, who is not being named, suffered cuts, bruises, head swelling and a seizure, according to the sheriff’s office. She said her three-year-old son watched the attack.

“He was saying ‘my mama, my mama, don’t hurt my mama.’ Whining, kind of crying,” she told KOMO.

Again, the sheriff’s office said, Ramirez was nowhere to be found.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Ramirez with second-degree assault, felony harassment, intimidating a witness and felony violation of a sexual assault protection order.

The victim blames prosecutors for what happened to her.

She said the prosecutors failed to file stiff enough criminal charges after the rape. She said she wrote prosecutors and the judge repeatedly, begging for them to take the case more seriously.

Ramirez was charged with third-degree rape and later entered an Alford Plea, which acknowledges jurors would likely find him guilty if his case went to trial.

“I said the charge isn’t enough. I said they needed to do something more,” she said. “The response I got is ‘nothing they could do,’ because they rely on a conservative filing policy. They charge lower basically in hopes the defendant will plead guilty so they won’t have to do the expensive trial and all that.”

In September, Ramirez followed the woman into her apartment and raped her on two separate occasions, according to court charging papers. The second time the woman managed to dial 911 during the attack and deputies were dispatched to her apartment where they arrested Ramirez, charges said.

Ramirez was sentenced on June 13 to a year in jail, but was released by the judge that same day with credit for time served. The woman told KOMO she begged the judge to hand down a longer sentence.

Ramirez’s lawyers asked that he not be put on probation, instead they promised he would leave the U.S. and live in Mexico, the woman said.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Charles Sergis, in the most recent assault charges, said the state “strongly objected to this request” by the defense.

“The Court ordered the defendant to board a plane on Monday, June 17, to California. He was then supposed to cross the border by land,” Sergis wrote. “Less than 72 hours later, the defendant violated this order, hit [the victim] in the face with an object, knocked her out of her wheelchair, strangled her and threatened to kill her.”

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement said they only recently learned about the rape and recent assault.

Bryan Wilcox, Acting Field Office Director for Seattle Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told KOMO Ramirez was born in Mexico “and has committed a crime that would make him eligible for removal from the United States.”

He said his officers are looking for him now.

Wilcox believes the attack last weekend could have been prevented had it not been for King County’s rigid policies when it comes to ICE.

Last year, the Metropolitan King County Council adopted what they called “guidelines for immigrant and refugee assistance that make King County a "National Model.” This includes:

• The King County Jail will continue its policy of not honoring ICE requests for notification or detention unless accompanied by a judicial warrant

• Jail staff will explain to all people in jail who face the possibility of ICE interviews their right to remain silent as well as their ability to decline an interview. Unlike police, ICE agents are not required to inform individuals of their “Miranda Rights” nor do they have automatic access to an attorney, because immigration enforcement is civil, not criminal in nature

“I think this was largely preventable,” Wilcox said. “It’s regrettable that we didn’t have the opportunity to properly engage this person while he was detained by King County and perhaps take him into custody of our own.”

Speaking at a park not far from her former White Center home the victim said she has gone into hiding with her son. She said she can’t sleep, spends her days at the doctor’s office and between the rape and the most recent assault she can’t work. She said she just lost her job. She said she feels like she’s caught in the middle of a national political battle over border security.

“It’s such a broken system,” she said. “It’s definitely really politically charged. This case is being used as the ‘see we told you’ on both sides of the fence and it’s really pretty simple, he is eligible for deportation.”

CHICAGO IS LIKELY TO SETTLE RATHER THAN GO TO TRIAL

Family Of 17-Year-Old Michael Elam Jr. Sues City, Police Officer Over Fatal Shooting; Alleging ‘Unreasonable And Unjustifiable Excessive Force’

CBS Chicago
June 20, 2019

CHICAGO -- The family of 17-year-old Michael Elam Jr., who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer in February, has filed a lawsuit against the city, accusing the officer of “unreasonable and unjustifiable excessive force.”

Elam was supposed to graduate from West Town Academy High School on Friday, but instead his family has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the officer who shot and killed him.

The lawsuit identifies the officer who shot Elam as Adolf Bolanos, and accuses the officer and the city of excessive force and wrongful death. Attorney Jeffrey Neslund said Elam was unarmed and running away from police when Bolanos shot him once in the back of the head and twice in the lower back.

That contradicts the Chicago Police Department’s initial account of the shooting.

Police have said, around 8:30 p.m. that day, officers were trying to make a traffic stop near 21st and Keeler, when the car crashed into a parked vehicle. Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi stated on Twitter that “armed individuals exited the car and got into a confrontation with officers,” when police shot Elam.

Guglielmi said a weapon was recovered at the scene, and tweeted a photo of a gun next to an evidence marker.

The Elam family’s lawsuit acknowledges the teenager began to flee police after the crash, but states he was “unarmed and not a threat to anyone” when Bolanos shot him.

“The acts of Defendant Bolanos were a deliberate and malicious deprivation of the Plaintiff’s Constitutional rights against excessive force,” the lawsuit alleges. “As a result of the unreasonable and unjustifiable excessive force used by the Defendant Bolanos, Michael Elam suffered fatal injuries.”

The lawsuit also claims Bolanos failed to activate his body camera as required by Chicago Police Department policy. Neslund said there is body camera footage from Bolanos’ partner and other officers who responded to the scene, but the videos do not show the actual shooting.

Neslund said the video shows officers waited five to six minutes before informing police dispatch there had been a shooting, and requesting an ambulance. He said the video footage shows police searching Elam after he was shot, and finding only a cell phone and ear buds.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the shooting.

Neslund called on the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office to investigate the shooting, saying COPA and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office have a poor track record of investigating Chicago police shootings.

Neslund also represented the family of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot and killed by Officer Jason Van Dyke, and negotiated a $5 million settlement with the city without even filing a lawsuit, Van Dyke is serving a 6-year, 9-month prison sentence for second-degree murder in McDonald’s death.