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VIDEO: De Blasio Blasts NYC Sergeants Police Union On Crime Stats

Aug 29, 2014 2:05 PM PT

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the city's crime statistics at a presser in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon telling Breitbart New Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and his team "are literally the most advanced in the nation on crime statistics." :

This is the man that brought us Com Stat. I was in a Com Stat meeting a week ago and it is an extraordinary example of advanced intelligent public sector leaders figuring out what’s going on and acting on it. And as anyone knows who has seen Com Stat or talked about it, it’s rigorous. It’s challenging. In fact, the leadership of the department challenges the precinct commanders to look under the hood of what’s going on and see if there’s even more there. It’s actually, and I understand there’s a concern you’re raising, because in some police departments around the country, there have been allegations of crime that have been undercounted. But under Bill Bratton, there’s a relentless search that we’ve got every crime classified properly and that we’re doing all the follow up we need.

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Fort Hood shooter wants to join ISIS

Aug 28, 2014 9:04 PM PT

Awww, look who's got a new pen pal!  None other than Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, who is inexplicably still capable of such activities as sending letters, and breathing.  The world's most infamous perpetrator of "workplace violence" wants to join ISIS, as Fox News reported after getting a copy of Hasan's letter to ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  

In the undated letter, Hasan -- who fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 at Fort Hood in 2009 in what the Defense Department called “workplace violence”-- tells ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that he wants to join the caliphate.

"I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State,”Hasan says in the handwritten document addressed to “Ameer, Mujahid Dr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”

"It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don't compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers."

The two-page letter includes Hasan’s signature and the abbreviation SoA for Soldier of Allah.

Hasan's attorney, John Galligan, said the letter “underscores how much of his life, actions and mental thought process are driven by religious zeal. And it also reinforces my belief that the military judge committed reversible error by prohibiting Major Hasan from both testifying and arguing…how his religious beliefs” motivated his actions during the shooting.

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Another victory for the Heckler's Veto

Aug 28, 2014 10:56 AM PT

The Heckler's Veto is becoming one of the preferred instruments of cultural control and speech suppression in America.  It's fairly easy to pull off: you just have to convince the authorities - college administrators, the police, the hosts of a speaking event, etc. - that you'll respond with violence to speech you disfavor, leading the authorities to conclude that suppressing the speech is the easiest way to avoid trouble.  

The winning Heckler's Veto formula involves credible promises of violent unrest - the people you're bullying have to know you mean business - coupled with a lazy reluctance to treat you as the problem, instead of standing up for the rights of those you wish to silence.  This state of affairs can come to pass because the targets of the veto are unpopular, the authorities aren't terribly committed to exercising themselves in the defense of free speech, and/or because those doing the muzzling come from a politically preferred "victim" group, making them above criticism.  Thus we've had speakers like Ayaan Hirsi Ali chased off campuses, and the wearing of American flag T-shirts banned at American schools.

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Rotherham Child Exploitation Report Faults Local Govt. for Ignoring 'Politically Inconvenient Truth'

Aug 27, 2014 9:52 AM PT

Police in the town of Rotherham, England have admitted to a shameful response to a series of sex crimes against children stretching over a decade. According to a report released yesterday, one of the reasons police failed to act appropriately was fear they would be labeled racist for pointing out that most of the perpetrators of these crimes were Pakistani men.

Breitbart News has already covered the outlines of the story here and here. In short, the 153-page report finds that between 1997 and 2013 at least 1,400 girls (mostly white) were sexually abused by (mostly) Pakistani men. Here is just one example as described in the report [emphasis added]:

Child B (2001) was referred to Risky Business by her school when she was 15 years old. By that time, she had been groomed by an older man involved in the exploitation of other children. Child B loved this man and believed he loved her. He trafficked her to Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield and offered to provide her with a flat in one of those cities...Within just a few months, Child B and her family were living in fear of their lives. The windows in their house were put in. She and her family received threats that she would be forced into prostitution. Child B was assaulted by other victims at the instigation of the perpetrator. An attack on her older sibling by associates of the perpetrator resulted in him being hospitalised with serious injuries. Child B also required hospital treatment for injuries she sustained. A younger child in the family was threatened and had to go into hiding so that the perpetrators could not carry out threats against her. Child B and her mother refused to have anything more to do with the Police, because they believed the Police could do nothing to protect them. Child B had been stalked and had petrol poured over her and was threatened with being set alight. She took overdoses. She and her family were too terrified to make statements to the Police. By the time Child B was 18, her family situation had broken down and she was homeless. She referred herself to children’s social care, and was given advice about benefits. No further action was taken. This child and her family were completely failed by all services with the exception of Risky Business.

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Iraq vet in Mississippi left in medically-induced coma due to severe Narrative violation

Aug 26, 2014 8:27 PM PT

The same media outlets that couldn't wait to hype the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri are tiptoeing very delicately around the beating of Iraq veteran Ralph Weems in Mississippi.  Weems is a white man severely beaten last Saturday night, allegedly by a mob of black men upset about the Brown shooting.  Working from a phone interview conducted by Weems' friend with the Associated Press, the UK Daily Mail has the most detailed account of the incident:

David Knighten of West Point told AP earlier by phone that he and Weems had gone to a Waffle House early Saturday.

He said a black man waved him over outside the restaurant and told him politely that people were upset by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it wasn't a safe place for whites.

When he went in, he said, Weems was inside and was arguing with around seven black men.

They left after an argument that brought police, Knighten said.

[Police chief Tim] Brinkley said a Waffle House employee told officers who answered a 1am disturbance call that a patron was creating a disturbance and upsetting other patrons. 

After he was asked to leave, employees also asked the other patrons to leave, Brinkley said. 

Knighten said he showed those officers his .45-caliber handgun and his concealed carry permit. 

On the way to Weems' house, Knighten said, they went into a Huddle House restaurant with a nearly vacant parking lot.

However, he said, they apparently had been followed by a group of more than 20 black men.

Knighten, who said he had served with the Air Force in Afghanistan, said he came out of the restroom to find Weems surrounded.

'I was trying to defuse the situation,' he said.

After some shoving, he said, the security guard told everyone to leave.

Knighten said some people blocked him from leaving with Weems.

When he got out, he said, Weems was down and people were kicking him.

Knighten said others attacked him, adding 'I do remember racial slurs being yelled from the crowd.'

Knighten says he has broken bones in his face, a cut over his left eye and a blood clot in his right eye.

On Saturday he wrote on Facebook, 'All my injuries were minor fractures and lacerations. I just wish I could have reached him sooner. Please keep your thoughts and prayers on Ralph.'

Police did not arrive on the scene until after the crowd had left, he said.

Police said they were called to the Huddle House about 2am.

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ISIS Supporting Hacker Group Claims Responsibility For Cyber Attacks On PlayStation And Vatican Websites

Aug 25, 2014 8:46 AM PT

Sunday was a big day for the ISIS-supporting hacker group, "Lizard Squad."

Yesterday they claimed responsibility for a cyber attack on Sony's PlayStation Network, and tweeted a bomb threat to American Airlines, saying that explosives were on board the flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley.  They also claim to have taken down the Vatican Website.

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Brown Family's Autopsy Expert Has Questionable Credentials

Aug 21, 2014 12:19 PM PT

The credentials of a Kansas City based forensic expert hired by the Brown family to provide autopsy services for their son, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, are being questioned by other licensed forensic experts. 

Shawn Parcells, who owns National Forensic Autopsy and Recovery Services, says lawyers for the family of Michael Brown contacted him because of his alleged expertise in gunshot wounds. But the former Jackson County Medical Examiner says that his actual expertise is as a morgue technician, "somebody who would move bodies around, clean up after an autopsy."

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MSNBC News Crew Chastised By Ferguson Police For 'Endangering Lives'

Aug 19, 2014 12:15 PM PT

According to Boston Globe reporter Akilah Johnson, the Ferguson police didn't take kindly to having MSNBC's spotlight shown on them during the violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, late Monday night.

Johnson, who was on the scene, tweeted that an officer told MSNBC through a loudspeaker to "turn off those lights. You are endangering lives. You are spotlighting our officers.” 

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Reporter: More Than A Dozen Witnesses Corroborate Cop's Story

Aug 18, 2014 9:22 PM PT

This ruffled some feathers on Twitter, Monday night.

People are understandably wondering why the incident report hasn't been made public. Why hasn't Darren Wilson been allowed to to tell his side of the story? 

John Hinderaker at Powerline noted:

At this point, those who are disposed not to believe whatever he says will think that the Ferguson police deliberately put off releasing Wilson’s account to see what other information–videos, eyewitness accounts, autopsy findings–would come out that potentially might contradict it. That is unfortunate.

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The Ferguson story changes dramatically

Aug 15, 2014 9:55 AM PT

Writing at length about the latest developments in the Ferguson saga, I thought the praise given to Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson was generally well-deserved.  The town wasn't quite as peaceful last night as the Shangri-La portrayed in Big Media reports - there were several instances of violence, including rocks thrown at cops, that simply were not reported, because they were unhelpful to The Narrative - but it was much improved.  Johnson, who grew up in Ferguson, hit the streets personally, and people responded well to him.  That's leadership, and it counts.

Having said that, his statement this morning sounded very foolish to me.  He was criticizing the local police department for releasing some details of the deadly encounter between police officer Darren Wilson (finally identified after keeping his identity secret for six days, a decision that has drawn criticism, but seems not unreasonable given the threats to his safety during the heat of the riots.) and the slain 18-year-old Michael Brown.  

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Conflict of authority: exalted journalists versus the police

Aug 14, 2014 7:45 AM PT

In response to Washington Post, HuffPo Reporters Arrested, Released in Ferguson:

We're going to be arguing about the various "lessons of Ferguson" for a long time to come.  Here's my first one, which drew some heat on Twitter because it was assumed I was specifically referring to the Battle of McDonald's:

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Shock Video: NJ Cop Tells Citizen 'If Obama Doesn't Follow The Constitution, We Don't Have To'

Aug 6, 2014 8:37 AM PT

A New Jersey police officer dealt with the complaints of an animal rights activist in a manner that can only be described as a sad sign of the times: “Obama just decimated the freakin’ Constitution, so I don’t give a damn."

The activist, Steve Wronko had gone to the Helmetta Police Department with a list of complaints regarding the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter and to voice his complaints about perceived violations of his Constitutional rights.

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UC Santa Barbara Prof Who Attacked Pro-Lifers Pleads No Contest

Jul 27, 2014 9:43 AM PT

Mireille Miller-Young, the associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, pleaded no contest Thursday to charges of grand theft, vandalism, and battery. A sentencing hearing has been set for late August.

You may remember Miller-Young, whose expertise is in race, sexuality, porn, sex work, black culture & feminism. Last March, she stole a sign from pro-lifers who were peacefully demonstrating in the "Free Speech Zone" on campus and then attacked and scratched one of the young pro-lifers when she tried to retrieve it.

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Thousands of Federal Drug Offenders Now Eligible for Early Release

Jul 18, 2014 6:36 PM PT

On Friday, the United States Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to make retroactive an April decision to reduce the penalties for most drug crimes, meaning it will now "apply to nearly 50,000 federal inmates who are serving time under the old rules."

Consequently, tens of thousands of federal inmates being held on drug offenses will be eligible to apply for early release beginning next year.

In testimony before Congress and the Sentencing Commission, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has pushed for reductions in drug sentences. Highlighting racial disparities, he has cast prison policy as a civil rights issue. He has separately begun a Justice Department review to help nonviolent prisoners apply for presidential clemency.

 “This is a milestone in the effort to make more efficient use of our law enforcement resources and to ease the burden on our overcrowded prison system,” Mr. Holder said.

Wasserman Schultz Does Right Think, Backs Release Of Jailed Marine In Mexico

Jul 10, 2014 8:56 AM PT

Kudos to Democrat Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for being one of only 5 Democrats to sign a letter to the Mexican judge Victor Octavio Luna Escobedo, who is overseeing the case of Marine Corps Sgt, Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been held in a Mexican prison for crossing into Mexico with illegal firearms.(Source-Gretawire)

 Several of Wasserman Schultz’s Republican colleagues, Tom  Rooney, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Mario Diaz-Balart, also signed the letter.

Man Arrested for DUI After Claiming His Dog Drove Him to the Store

Jul 4, 2014 9:46 AM PT

According to an author I've never heard of who wrote a book I've never read, there are 3 types of dog intelligence:  Adaptive Intelligence (learning and problem-solving ability), Instinctive Intelligence and Working/Obedience Intelligence. That being said, if you believe 60-year-old, Wesley Mark Terrell, then his dog was the president of the brand new Mensa canine chapter. 

On Wednesday in Oconee County, Georgia, police responded to a call reporting a dog locked in a car at a Bell's food store on a day when the temperature outside reached 99 degrees. Sheriff Sgt. Partain was first on scene and measured the internal temperature of the car at 123 degrees. What's more, Partain reported a "stifling" smell within, apparently emanating from a can of gasoline. 

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Soccer Referee Dies From Punch To The Head

Jul 1, 2014 11:38 AM PT

Another case of on-field stupidity and unsportsmanlike behavior has taken place last weekend in Michigan, as a soccer referee has just died from the injury he received during the match he was coaching.

As 44-year-old John Bienewicz was reaching for his red card to book Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad, Saad punched him in the throat in protest of his imminent ejection from the game.

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Video: Brooklyn Teens Beat Woman As Crowd Cheers

Jun 29, 2014 9:42 AM PT

A disturbing video depicting a gang of teens beating a woman who had been sitting on a bench in Brooklyn's Windsor Terrace area was posted on Facebook on Friday.

A man's voice can be heard in the background shouting, "These are my young hitters." While someone did video the beating, reports indicate no one tried to stop it, or help the woman. NO further infomration is available at this time.

The violence was filmed by onlookers. No one shown in the clip tries to help the woman. Police say they are investigating the assault, which investigators believe happened recently, but there's no word on whether anyone has been questioned.

Trend: Police Getting Sued to Return Marijuana Seizures

Jun 27, 2014 5:12 AM PT

In states with legalized recreational marijuana and legalized medical marijuana use, police are finding themselves sued by citizens who have wrongly had their pot seized as evidence. Only a few years ago, police could confiscate "illegal pot plants by ripping them out by their roots and stashing them away in musty evidence rooms to die are now thinking twice about the practice."

A new trend is growing where people are suing not only for return of the stash, but sometimes monetary restitution. Police departments have resorted to taking creative measures to document marijuana infractions: "either forgo rounding-up the plants altogether or to improvise by collecting a few samples and photographing the rest to use as evidence for criminal charges."

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An EPA Office In Denver Really Reeks - Mgmt Implores Employees To Stop Pooping In Hallway

Jun 25, 2014 1:10 PM PT

There is a feces flinging monkey on the loose at an Environmental Protection Agency's regional office in Denver. Either that - or the agency is doing an abysmal job keeping employees in line.

It appears that earlier this year, management for Region 8 in Denver, Colorado actually deemed it necessary to write an email to all staff requesting that they to stop "inappropriate bathroom behavior", including "placing feces in the hallway outside the bathroom."  

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Donald Trump Critical of Unprecedented Central Park Jogger Settlement

Jun 22, 2014 1:44 PM PT

Donald Trump took to his Twitter account to raise questions in and around what the Wall Street Journal reported was a 'Phenomenal Result', far exceeding established precedent for wrongful conviction cases. 

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Captures with questionable timing

Jun 19, 2014 9:38 AM PT

In response to Suspect in slaying of border agent Brian Terry extradited to U.S:

I'm not sure if I question the timing with respect to the extradition of Terry's killer, because this simply is not a story the Administration wants people talking about.  I don't expect any victory laps, and I certainly don't think we'll be seeing Terry's family at any White House Rose Garden ceremonies, like Bowe Bergdahl's parents.

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Suspect in slaying of border agent Brian Terry extradited to U.S

Jun 18, 2014 7:43 PM PT

Lionel Portillo-Meza, accused of killing U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in a case related to the U.S. government's "Fast and Furious" debacle, has been extradited from Mexico to Arizona, where he'll face murder charges.

He pleaded not guilty when arraigned on Wednesday in Tucson, Arizona and is being held without bond. Along with the alleged mastermind behind the Benghazi attack, Portillo-Meza is the second high profile Obama administration capture in as many days at a time when most of the news regarding this administration has been from bad to terrible.

Portillo-Meza was captured in Mexico two months later and a second suspect was arrested the following year. Two others remain at large. A fifth suspected gunman pleaded guilty in the United States to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison last February.

A sixth defendant who was in custody at the time of Terry's slaying pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in connection with the case and was sentenced to eight years in prison in January 2013, prosecutors said.

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The Hunt for the Ever-Elusive Tea Party Killer Leads to... Occupy Wall Street

Jun 16, 2014 8:14 AM PT

Liberals were so excited when news broke of a husband-and-wife team of psychopaths killing two police officers and a heroic armed civilian who confronted them in Las Vegas... and threw a "Don't Tread On Me" Gadsden flag over one of their victims.  At last!  At long, long last!  The elusive Tea Party killer had finally arrived!

They've tried to pin virtually every mass killing to the Tea Party or conservatives, of course, ever since the orgy of slander they unleashed within minutes of the Tucson shootings.  The most infamous subsequent botched smear job was when Brian Ross of ABC News breathlessly reported his discovery of a Tea Party guy who had the same name as the Colorado movie theater shooter.  The Boston Marathon bombings were initially portrayed as the work of anti-tax activists.  On and on it went, as the Left tried to will the Elusive Tea Party Killer into existence, while studiously ignoring the ideology of such individuals as L.A. madman Chris Dorner, or the Family Research Council shooter.

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Teen Honor Student Brutally Murdered Parents with Multiple Weapons... and Blames His Dad for Taking Away His iPod

May 29, 2014 4:43 PM PT

A 16-year-old Norview High School student, Vincent Tyrell Parker of Norfolk entered a guilty plea to charges of killing both his parents in a brutal assault he claims was fueled by his dad taking away his iPod.

Parker admitted to leaving school early, while his father was still at work.  Vincent drove home to the 1000 block of Bland Avenue, where he lived with his parents.  He went upstairs and pepper-sprayed his mother when she came out of the bathroom.  He then stabbed her in the eye and beat her with a crowbar and a baseball bat.  

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Mysterious Memorial Day 'ruckus' in Fort Lauderdale

May 28, 2014 9:15 AM PT

I live in Florida, but nowhere near Fort Lauderdale.  It was a couple of days before I chanced across a brief news item about a "ruckus by the beach," as CBS News called it:

Fort Lauderdale police believe hundreds of young people made their way to the beach for one reason this Memorial Day, to cause trouble.

Police described a volatile scene Monday night as they had to arrest dozens of people that were part of unruly crowds.

Two separate incidents late Monday afternoon kept officers busy. One scene was near the area of 31st Avenue and West Broward Boulevard.

The other was near the beach close to A1A.

Police said around 5 o’clock in the afternoon, hundreds of young people made their way to the beach for one reason this Memorial Day, to cause trouble.

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Multi-culturalism gone mad: lentils for dinner, murder for dessert

May 27, 2014 11:44 AM PT

Defense attorneys say some pretty crazy things to get their clients off the hook, or secure a lenient sentence.  The defense of 75-year-old Pakistani immigrant Noor Hussain, who fatally beat his wife into a "bloody mess" with a stick because she served him lentils instead of goat meat for dinner, is one for the books.  From the New York Post:

“Defendant asked [his wife] to cook goat and [his wife] said she made something else,” the court papers indicated as Hussain’s murder trial opened on Wednesday.

“The conversation got louder and [his wife] disrespected defendant by cursing at defendant and saying motherf-?-ker, and . . . defendant took a wooden stick and hit her with it on her arm and mouth.”

Defense attorney Julie Clark admitted Hussain beat his wife — but argued that he is guilty of only manslaughter because he didn’t intend to kill her. In Pakistan, Clark said, beating one’s wife is customary.

“He comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife,” Clark said in her opening statements at the Brooklyn Supreme Court bench trial. “He culturally believed he had the right to hit his wife and discipline his wife.”

Prosecutors, however, said Hussain meant for his wife to die.

“His intentions were to kill his wife,” Assistant District Attorney Sabeeha Madni said in court. “This was not a man who was trying to discipline his wife.”

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Elliot Rodger's Description of the Moment His Shooting Spree Nearly Ended Before It Began

May 26, 2014 1:45 PM PT

Elliot Roger's shooting spree was almost prevented by police who confronted him about threatening You Tube videos several weeks prior to the attack. But police never searched his home and so never found his guns or written details of his plans to kill students.

Rodger, who police have identified as the person responsible for six deaths, wrote a 141-page suicide note which detailed his life until just weeks before his shooting spree. Toward the end of the document he describes the moment police showed up at his home and how he talked his way out of being caught.

After only a week passed since I uploaded those videos on Youtube, I heard a knock on my apartment door. I opened it to see about seven police officers asking for me. As soon as I saw those cops, the biggest fear I had ever felt in my life overcame me. I had the striking and devastating fear that someone had somehow discovered what I was planning to do, and reported me for it. If that was the case, the police would have searched my room, found all of my guns and weapons, along with my writings about what I plan to do with them. I would have been thrown in jail, denied of the chance to exact revenge on my enemies. I can’t imagine a hell darker than that. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, but it was so close.

Apparently, someone saw my videos and became instantly suspicious of me. They called some sort of health agency, who called the police to check up on me. The police told me it was my mother who called them, but my mother told me it was the health agency. My mother had watched the videos and was very disturbed by them. I don’t suppose I’ll ever know the full truth of who called the police on me. The police interrogated me outside for a few minutes, asking me if I had suicidal thoughts. I tactfully told them that it was all a misunderstanding, and they finally left. If they had demanded to search my room… That would have ended everything. For a few horrible seconds I thought it was all over. When they left, the biggest wave of relief swept over me. It was so scary.

It was all because of the videos. I must have expressed too much anger in them. I immediately took most of them off of Youtube, and planned to reupload them a few days before the Day of Retribution. This incident made me realize that I needed to be extra careful. I can’t let anyone become suspicious of me. All it takes is for one person to call the police and tell them that they think I’m going to perpetrate a shooting, and the police will be coming to my door again, demanding to search my room. For the next few days, I felt extremely fearful that they could show up anytime. I kept one of my handguns with a few loaded magazines near me just in case such a thing did happen. If they did show up, I would have to try to quickly shoot them all and escape out the back window. I would then have to perform a hasty mockery of my plans, with the police on my tail. That will ruin everything. Thankfully, all suspicion of me was dropped after I took down the videos from Youtube, and the police never came back.

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Suspected KC Highway Shooter Mohammed Pedro Whitaker Pleads Not Guilty To 20 Felony Counts

May 19, 2014 6:39 PM PT

In a surprise move, Monday morning, Mohammed Pedro Whitaker pleaded not guilty to charges related to a string of shootings that kept South Kansas City residents on edge for several weeks in March and April.  

The 29 year old Grandview man, reportedly named Pedro Whitaker at birth - but known as Mohammed from his high school days to the present - pleaded not guilty to 20 felony counts.

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McDaniel Supporter Arrested for Sneaking into MS Senator Thad Cochran's Wife's Nursing Home Room

May 17, 2014 10:40 AM PT

What has been described as an "ugly" primary campaign between the tea-party backed state Senator Chris McDaniel and longtime incumbent Senator Thad Cochran,  got a lot uglier yesterday when a McDaniel supporter was arrested for sneaking into Cochran's wife's nursing home room.  

The supporter, Clayton Thomas Kelly, 28, of Pearl MS, allegedly photographed Rose Cochran's, who is incapacitated with progressive dementia, and bedridden. He later posted the image in a pro-Chris McDaniel video "hit piece"  on his conservative blog, taking it down after only a couple of hours.

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Man Dies After Asking Friend To Test Bullet Proof Vest

May 15, 2014 3:54 PM PT

A 25-year-old South Carolina man is dead after asking a friend to shoot him in order to test out a bullet proof vest. According to Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown, the victim, Blake Randall Wardell, discovered the vest in a garage early Wednesday morning while hanging out with friends at a property on Broadmouth Church Road. 

Wardell reportedly asked an 18-year-old friend, Taylor Ann Kelly to shoot him. She fired a small caliber weapon but the bullet missed the Kevlar and pierced his heart, according to McCown. 

Police say several people unsuccessfully attempted CPR and Wardell died from the wound. 
On Wednesday, Kelly was charged with involuntary manslaughter, and if convicted, could face up to five years in prison.




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AUDIO: Man Dials 911 'Where Can I Buy Some Marijuana This Morning?'

May 14, 2014 9:07 AM PT

The misuse of 911 appears to be a growing problem in America.  Late last week, a North Carolina woman was arrested for calling emergency services to report that marinara sauce was used on her pizza, rather than pizza sauce.  

Today, KATU published a 911 call recorded on May 1, during which a man asks a Washington County, Oregon dispatcher where he could buy some marijuana. The conversation went as follows:

Man: Where can I get some marijuana?

911: Excuse me?

Man: Where can I buy some marijuana this morning?

911: Do you realize you called the police department?

Man: No I didn’t. That’s very interesting. Well, let me ask you the same question. (long pause) It’s a legitimate question.

911: Which question is that?

Man: Where can I buy some marijuana this morning?

911: I would have no idea, sir. 

Man: You would have no idea? Alright thank you. 

911: You're welcome. 

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AUDIO: Woman Arrested for Calling 911 After Receiving Wrong Pizza

May 12, 2014 2:07 PM PT

According to a 2013 study, 3 billion pizzas are sold in the United States yearly. But for one North Carolina woman, a pizza delivered last Thursday proved unsatisfactory. That's when 37-year-old, Bevalente Hall, allegedly took matters into her own hands: she called 911 to report that her pie was prepared with the wrong kind of sauce. She was subsequently arrested for the misuse of 911. 

But her husband notified a local news channel to report a harrowing ordeal...an ordeal in which his wife was forced to throw out her pizza after being denied a refund..a request for a new pizza was similarly denied. This, after the woman apparently realized that marinara sauce was applied to her pizza rather than pizza sauce. Awful. Just plain awful. 

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Drunk Suspect Protests Arrest By Defecating In Backseat of Police Cruiser

May 6, 2014 6:47 PM PT

Last Friday night in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canadian Mounties say they received a call about a man causing a disturbance outside a home.  Upon arriving at the home, the Mounties found a "very intoxicated" man and took him into custody. And that's where this tale of one man vs. authority begins.

According to Sgt. Neil Tremblay, as the 23-year-old suspect was being driven to jail, he "purposefully defecated in his pants to protest his arrest." 

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Occupy Protester Convicted of Assaulting Police Officer

May 5, 2014 2:39 PM PT

Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan has been convicted by a jury in New York of assaulting a police officer and faces up to seven years in prison. McMillan's trial stems from an incident in early 2012 when protesters had gathered in Zuccotti Park to celebrate the 6-month anniversary of the Occupy movement.

After the guilty verdict was reached the judge ordered McMillan remanded while awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for May 19th. The Guardian reports the decision was met with shouts of "shame" from McMillan's supporters inside the courtroom.

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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Halts Executions After Botched Lethal Injection

Apr 29, 2014 7:18 PM PT

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has issued a stay of execution of 14 days for Charles Frederick Warner after a previously scheduled execution went awry. Officials said Clayton Derrell Lockett’s veins collapsed during his planned execution this evening.

Lockett’s execution was halted when it appeared the lethal injection administered to him was ineffective. He remained unconscious and passed away in the execution chamber at 7:06 p.m.

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Faking the Hate At Montclair State University - Muslim Student's Hate Crime Allegations Proven False

Apr 29, 2014 8:36 AM PT

Fake hate crimes on American universities are a dime a dozen, these days. The practitioners imagine themselves to be discriminated against members of a minority (racist, gay, Muslim) and aim to push an agenda by claiming victimhood. 

This time the subject is an 18-year-old Montclair State University Muslim student who filed a false report alleging that three white men in hoodies beat him and called him an “Islamic terrorist.” 

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Honor Student Accused of Poisoning Grandmother's Collard Greens With Termite Killer After Cell Phone Taken Away

Apr 25, 2014 3:56 PM PT

A teenager from Fayetteville, North Carolina, was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder after police say she laced her grandmother's Easter dinner with insecticide. 

According to the arrest warrant, 17-year-old Tyt'ana Lisa-Nicole Johnson poured insecticide and termite killer into a pot of collard greens cooking on the stove, knowing that her grandmother, Gaylon Moody, had every intention of eating them. Moody said the plot was revenge for taking her granddaughter's cellphone away for one week. 

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Aerial Surveillance System was Tested Over Compton without Residents' Knowledge

Apr 25, 2014 12:00 PM PT

Is aerial monitoring of our city streets the future of policing? A system that would make it a reality has already been tested in several including some locations in California.

For nine days in early 2012, the LA County Sheriff's office monitored the city of Compton using a high-tech camera system mounted inside a circling Cessna airplane. The system, known as the Hawkeye II, was part of a test to see if using it would generate leads in unsolved crimes.

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Man Allegedly Robs Baskin Robbins With Syringe 'Full of AIDS'

Apr 24, 2014 7:32 PM PT

According to police, a suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash after robbing a Portland area Baskin Robbins with a syringe. Police say the suspect held the syringe up to a 19-year-old employee claiming the needle was "full of AIDS." 

Katharine Pepin was just about to close for the night when the suspect entered just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

"Some guy just walked in and said, ‘This is a robbery. This is a needle full of AIDS’, and then ‘Open the cash drawer’, and so I did,” Pepin explained.

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Alleged KKK Shooter Busted With Male Prostitute

Apr 24, 2014 11:24 AM PT

Sometime during the 1980s, former-KKK leader Glenn Miller, who was recently charged with killing three people at Kansas City Jewish centers, was caught in the backseat of a car while engaged in a sex act with a male prostitute dressed as a woman. Relevant only because of his time with the KKK is the fact that the male prostitute was black.

Miller was also an FBI informant who was given a new identity in 1990 in exchange for information.

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Gross Injustice in MA: Boston Bomber Given More Rights Than Justina Pelletier

Apr 23, 2014 11:21 AM PT

The sad and incomprehensible saga of Justina Pelletier, who has been under the custodial care of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for 14 months, continues to get worse.

Just to review - Justina was brought to Boston Children's hospital in February of 2013 for the stomach flu at the recommendation of her specialist. She had already been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease at Tufts Medical Center, and had been receiving treatment for the disorder for years. 

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Intensive Care Patient Accused of Dealing Heroin From Hospital Bed

Apr 21, 2014 7:02 PM PT

Police say s 38-year-old woman will likely be charged Tuesday, accused of dealing heroin from her hospital bed in the intensive care unit at Excela Westmoreland County hospital in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  Excela Vice President of Marketing, Jennifer Miele, described an unusual amount of activity centered around the patient's room. 

"What they [staff] noticed last week was an exorbitant amount of foot traffic happening to a patient's room. Not patients coming to stay two hours, but patients coming to stay two minutes. They thought that was really odd so they contacted security at Excela Westmoreland Hospital." 

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