Archive for the ‘Murder’ Category

Republican congresswoman Foxx claims that Matthew Shepard story is a hoax

April 29, 2009

I can’t even tell you what the fuck North Carolinian congresswoman Virginia Foxx is talking about.  If you shut your eyes, you may think that the hate spewed from Foxx’s mouth could only be attributed to someone as dumb as Michelle Bachmann.  Here is the video:

The Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed.  But we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery, it wasn’t because he was gay.  The Hate Crimes bill was named for him, but it’s really a hoax.

Where are the facts to back up your claim?  Who is we?  You and Fred Phelps?  Every major newspaper and the local police department agreed that Matthew Shepard was lured from the bar by two men and then beaten to death.  He was not committing a crime.

Foxx’s statement was made while the House was debating a new Hate Crimes bill.  Apparently, Matthew Shepard’s mother was in attendance.

I’d like to see a source outside of that will corroborate Foxx’s foolish story.

RWP Rating: Bizarre

Texas representative calls for impeachment vote for cruel judge

April 28, 2009

Democratic Representative Lon Burnam of Texas will call for an impeachment vote for Court of Criminal Appeal Chief Justice Sharon Keller.  Keller ordered that the court be closed while a death penalty appeal was being prepared.

Michael Richard, in better times.

Michael Richard, in better times.

Burnam said Keller’s “gross neglect of duty and willing disregard for human life” should be grounds for her immediate dismissal from the court.  During a September 2007 appeal, the legal team for death row inmate Michael Richard experienced computer problems and asked that the court stay open past the 5pm deadline.  Keller refused and Richard was executed at midnight.

This is exactly the kind of excuse you give to a professor when your paper is late.  Computer difficulties.  But why the hell don’t they just have a 24-hour section of the courthouse?  Richard deserves every moment leading up to his execution to prove his innocence.  Keller would have been immediately removed from the bench in any other state except Texas.

RWP Rating: Strange

Full Story: Dallas News

Five Democratic members of Congress arrested during Darfur protest (video)

April 27, 2009

Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), were arrested Monday during a protest to end the genocide in the Darfur region of the Sudan.

A video of the arrest is available here:

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Newt Gingrich in ’97: “There is no place for torture and arbitrary detention”

April 27, 2009

Good old Newt Gingrich has been in politics too long.  Quotes from his past are beginning to catch up with him and the Democratic Party just may have found a flip-flop moment that could put Gingrich in hot water with his Republican base.

Funny how being opposed to torture may actually hurt the future Republican Presidential Candidate

Being opposed to torture may actually hurt the future Republican Presidential Candidate.

In 1997, then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, released a statement that said the following:

Washington, D.C. — House Speaker Newt Gingrich released the following statement today following his meeting with Chinese President Jiang Zemin.

“As I said in China this spring, there is no place for abuse in what must be considered the family of man. There is no place for torture and arbitrary detention. There is no place for forced confessions. There is no place for intolerance of dissent.” “While we walked through the Rotunda. I explained to President Jiang how the roots of American rule of law go back more than 700 years, to the signing of the Magna Carta. The foundation of American values, therefore, is not a passing priority or a temporary trend.

That last sentence is the kicker.  Gingrich cannot hide behind the “everything changed after 9/11” bullshit that has been used to justify both torture and arbitrary detention.

In a recent interview with Greta Van Susteren, Gingrich was grilled by the side-of-the-mouth talker.  It’s not really too big of a surprise because Van Susteren’s husband is one of Sarah Palin’s advisers, so she has a vested interest in Gingrich losing the 2012 nomination.  In any case, here is the interview:

VAN SUSTEREN: But you said a minute ago that it was torture, waterboarding…
GINGRICH: No, I said it’s not something we should do.

VAN SUSTEREN: OK. Is it torture or not?

GINGRICH: I — I — I think it’s — I can’t tell you.

VAN SUSTEREN: Does it violate the Geneva Convention?

GINGRICH: I honestly don’t know.

I can’t tell you?  What the fuck?  Do you know whether waterboarding is torture or not and you’re just following some stupid Republican talking point?

I do agree with Gingrich on his original statement, but I’m sure you’ll see him backpedal like no other during the primaries.  We should be opposed to torture every day.  A post 9/11 world is only an excuse for those who seek to undermine the very foundations of this country.

RWP Rating: Strange

Quick Link: Taliban officials execute couple accused of adultery (DISTURBING VIDEO)

April 27, 2009

I have to warn you.  This video is very real and very disturbing.  I think it’s important for people to watch these types of videos in order to understand the conditions that these people live under.  The Taliban is gaining strength in Pakistan right now.  Aren’t you glad all our troops are in Iraq?

Video: Telegraph

Quick Link: Freddie Mac CFO commits suicide

April 22, 2009

David Kellerman, the CFO of Freddie Mac, was found dead this morning in his home.  According to CNN, Kellerman was hanged in an apparent suicide.   No suicide note has been released to the public.

RWP Rating: Strange

Full Story: CNN

US Marine arrested in Boston airport with guns and explosives in luggage

April 20, 2009

Justin Reed, a United States Marine from North Carolina, was arrested at Logan International Airport in Boston after guns and explosives were found in his checked luggage.   Just days after a report from the Department of Homeland Security warned of an incline in right-wing extremism that may permeate our military, Reed will become the poster child of current conservative tomfoolery.

If it were a black person, Fox would talk about the rise of militant blacks in the US.

If it were a black person, Fox would talk about the rise of militant blacks in the US.

The scary part of this report is that Boston was Reed’s destination city and not his departure.  TSA officials in Las Vegas apparently missed:

A locked handgun box containing a semi-automatic handgun, a fully loaded gun magazine, several boxes of 9 mm and 7.62 mm ammunition, three model rocket engines containing an explosive mixture, military pull-type fuses, switches, electronics kit boxes with various components, and a hand grenade fuse assembly with detonator.

So when a gun shaped device goes through a metal detector, a TSA official in Las Vegas doesn’t bother to check it out?  I can imagine that bomb components can be any matter of shapes and sizes, but to miss a handgun in inexcusable.

Any bets that Fox won’t even report this news tomorrow?

RWP Rating: Strange

Full Story: The Boston Globe

Turkey foils Obama assassination plot

April 6, 2009

Turkish officials announced Monday that a Syrian man planned to assassinate Barack Obama while the President visited Ankara.  The man supposedly forged Al-Jazeera press credentials and planned to stab the President during his visit.  He was aided by three accomplices.

The Prez

The Prez

The assassin’s name has not been released yet.  Turkish officials called Al-Jazeera press and asked if they knew the man before the arrest, they did not, and the man was quickly arrested.

RWP Rating: Unusual

Full Story: Jerusalem Post

Initial thoughts after launch of North Korean missile

April 5, 2009

This post needs proper context.  Last night, before any real story was written on the subject, CNN put up a banner on their website that said: “BREAKING NEWS: North Korea launches unspecified rocket, Japanese and South Korean officials confirm.”  I wrote this short reaction before reading any additional information.

My heart is thumping. North Korea just launched an unspecified rocket. South Korean and Japanese officials have confirmed it. Is this how a third war starts? Or do we swing a big dick and just fucking nuke them back to primordial ooze?

I wonder how long it takes for a missile to reach central Oregon. Fifteen minutes? Twenty? Maybe much longer. We couldn’t have predicted the methods of September 11, but we could predict these methods. Does the United States really have the best defense system in the world? We’re about to find out. Good luck.

Let’s be fair to me because I love being fair to me.  It’s an overreaction, obviously.  But here is the grain of truth in this reaction:  Americans have been made to feel that we are born with targets on the back of our heads.  That we are the grand prize for any rogue nation on Earth.  Yes, Israel is targeted by Iran, but we feel like if Iran could target us instead, they would.  Likewise, Japan and South Korea may be targets one and two for North Korea, but we feel that if Kim Jong Il had his way, we would be within range of his missiles.

It’s a bizarre phenomenon.  The United States is the only nation that has ever used a nuclear weapon.  We have the most powerful weapons arsenal in the world, with hydrogen bombs that make what we dropped on Japan look like hand grenades.   Yet our Fear is unsurpassed by the rest of the nations in the world.

So what is the solution in this mess of a world we find ourselves in?  I don’t know.  But I do know what might help.  The United States needs to stop spending so much money on defense and become more assimilated into the international community.  Let’s allow some of our allies to pitch in for defense.  Too many of our allies simply rely on the unholy wrath of the United States to protect them.  Let’s spread our nuclear arsenal around and ensure that if an attack were to take place, our enemies would know that they would be attacked from 200 different positions around the world.

We need all the cooperation we can get in a world where nuclear technology and missile technology is getting cheaper and easier to develop.


Thoughts on the shooting in Binghamton, New York Immigration Office

April 3, 2009

A gunman opened fire at an immigration services center in Binghamton, New York on Friday, killing as many as 13 people before he was killed.  Preliminary reports do not say whether the gunman took his own life or if police shot the man.

Give us your poor...

Give us your poor...

Immediate response:

1.  Conceal and carry may be the only way to really stop these psychos.

2.  Conceal and carry will NOT stop this from happening more in the future, as the gunmen are already suicidal.

3.  Several anti-immigration newscasters should accept some of the blame for this one.  If Marilyn Manson and Natural Born Killers contributed to Columbine, then Lou Dobbs and others who rail on illegal immigration every damn night should take some responsibility.  It’s not so much that Dobbs, Hannity, and Limbaugh are dangerous themselves, it’s that there are a few people in the United States who are incredibly impressionable.  All of these reports cause them extreme stress and they eventually snap.

I’m not saying this is 100% the case with this shooting, because details are still scarce, but it is within the realm of rational thought at the moment.