The Kentucky State Police has concluded the census worker who was found hanged with the word "Fed" written on his chest staged his own death to make it look like murder so his insurance policies would pay off. On balance, the evidence seems to support the conclusion, but it's mixed: Mr. Sparkman's friend and co-worker said that Sparkman had told him how, when and where he was going to kill himself, but apparently did nothing to intervene. The friend says that the motive was Sparkman had a history of lymphoma and wanted to avoid dying of cancer, but the autopsy showed he was cancer-free. The article says "Sparkman had taken out two accidental life insurance policies totaling $600,000 that would not pay in case of suicide" but doesn't say when he took them out. And the investigation results show that Sparkman's legs were on the ground when he was found, supporting the idea that he could have just stood up if he hadn't wanted to die. Maybe there were things left out of the article that would address the questions I have, but even on the facts presented I believe it was suicide
The University of Delaware has purchased the former Chrysler factory building in Newark, Delaware, and now is putting the contents up for auction:
The coolest items are probably the 6 axis robot arms, some still in
line along assembly lines. There appears to be all kinds of milling
equipment as well as other mysterious devices of unsure provenance. I
am sure a machine expert would be able to make sense of all of it. The
place is acres large (ed: literally -- 3 million sqft), so I bet there are plenty of robot arms to go around.
Oh to be an independently wealthy mad scientist with a large laboratory, perhaps under an extinct volcano, for this stuff.
I see why people think this is interesting, but for me it's just sad. End of an era.
It's nice to see good people get exposure. Albert Yee, a professional photographer and food blogger, also runs a blog which collects horror stories about the local transit agency.
[P]eople like Albert Yee, a Philadelphia photographer, say
that when SEPTA provides fast, courteous, and clean transportation, the
agency is merely doing what it was designed to do.
"That's what's supposed to happen," he said, wondering at the
occasional rudeness of bus drivers. "I don't expect them to smile and
laugh and tell a joke and shake my hand every time, just to do their
Yee collects riders' tales on his Web site, www.SEPTAfail.com.
One early post was a photo from Market East Station: A sign that
advised passengers, "Direct line to telephone information." And below
it, a wire and empty jack. No phone.
"It was," said Yee, "what SEPTA embodies to a lot of people."
This past Saturday, an off-duty cop
with a history of repeatedly flying off the handle and waving his gun
around charged into a fight in the street outside his house to break it
up. Witnesses say he was drunk. At some point, the cop claims he was
attacked and fired his gun in self-defense. He shot and killed an
unarmed 21-year-old neighbor who was also trying to break up the fight.
Despite that, the cop is free and, while he's under investigation, I
don't expect him to be charged with anything.
The police commissioner has now decided to fire him. That's good. I still doubt he'll be charged:
Last month, then-District Attorney Lynne Abraham opted to let a
grand jury decide if Tepper, 43, should face criminal charges for the
Nov. 21 incident. The grand jury has not yet made a ruling in the case.
Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby said the city's new
district attorney, Seth Williams, might want to review the case before
the grand jury makes a decision.
D.A.'s lead grand juries around by the nose. I'm guessing McNesby is signaling support for the firing but would oppose prosecution, and the FOP almost always gets its way.
For three days, according to participants and audio recordings, thousands of Ugandans, including police officers, teachers and national politicians, listened raptly to the Americans, who were presented as experts on homosexuality. The visitors discussed how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how “the gay movement is an evil institution” whose goal is “to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity.”
Now the three Americans are finding themselves on the defensive, saying they had no intention of helping stoke the kind of anger that could lead to what came next: a bill to impose a death sentence for homosexual behavior. ...
The three Americans who spoke at the conference — Scott Lively, a missionary who has written several books against homosexuality, including “7 Steps to Recruit-Proof Your Child”; Caleb Lee Brundidge, a self-described former gay man who leads “healing seminars”; and Don Schmierer, a board member of Exodus International, whose mission is “mobilizing the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality” — are now trying to distance themselves from the bill.
“I feel duped,” Mr. Schmierer said, arguing that he had been invited to speak on “parenting skills” for families with gay children. He acknowledged telling audiences how homosexuals could be converted into heterosexuals, but he said he had no idea some Ugandans were contemplating the death penalty for homosexuality.
“That’s horrible, absolutely horrible,” he said. “Some of the nicest people I have ever met are gay people.”
The missionary Lively actually met with the Ugandan members of parliament and went over the bill with them. Lively says now he's "very disappointed that the legislation was so harsh." What?
This is an exact parallel to the rightwingers who call abortion murder. Do they mean it? Do they even understand what it is they're saying? Some of them may be too stupid to realize that when you label something "an evil institution", some people might take you seriously. Others, though, know exactly what they're doing.
The United States freed a dozen men from Guantanamo this week --
including one of the last captives sent there by the Bush
administration -- in a mission that dropped detainees off in Yemen,
Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.
The dozen included six Yemenis, four Afghans and two Somali citizens.
Their departure left the prison camp census at 198 on Saturday -- the
first time the detention center dropped below 200 captives since
and Justice Department officials Saturday refused to comment on the
massive transfer, a portion of which was reported by The Washington
Post on Friday as a potential "prelude to the release of dozens more
detainees to Yemen'' at a time of gathering Republican resistance to
the White House plan to move other detainees to Thomson, Ill.
So if this is correct, at least 24 more Yemenis are planned to be released. Other items of note: There are no more Somalis at Gitmo. The last prisoner to be sent there arrived March 14, 2008.
It's now 3:07. Sundown is 4:38. The snow is falling at the rate of an inch per hour (according to the radio) and I have a flat roof, although a mercifully small area of sidewalk out front. The roof probably contains several hundred pounds of snow. At 4, I am going out on the roof to remove as much snow as I can before it gets dark. I can wait to shovel the walk until just before going to bed. Then doing it again in the morning. Woo hoo.
Anti-Semites? Memorabilia collectors? Scrap metal scavengers? Who the hell steals this?
I'm betting on the anti-Semites:
The theft of the sign took place a day after an agreement was reached
in Berlin on providing about $90 million to maintain the memorial and
museum. The money will go to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. The
Foreign Ministry said the buildings were deteriorating because of age
and the weather.
I am also shocked there isn't tight security at a place like Oświęcim.
James Bain used a cell phone for the first time Thursday, calling
his elderly mother to tell her he had been freed after 35 years behind
bars for a crime he did not commit.
Mobile devices didn't exist
in 1974, the year he was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping a
9-year-old boy and raping him in a nearby field.
Neither did the sophisticated DNA testing that officials more recently used to determine he could not have been the rapist.
can replace the years Jamie has lost," said Seth Miller, a lawyer for
the Florida Innocence Project, which helped Bain win freedom. "Today is
a day of renewal."
A new record:
Bain spent more time in prison than any of the
246 inmates previously exonerated by DNA evidence nationwide, according
to the project. The longest-serving before him was James Lee Woodard of
Dallas, who was released last year after spending more than 27 years in
prison for a murder he did not commit.
Again, imagine all the cases out there in which no evidence that can be tested for DNA was collected.
You know, the state innocence projects (where they exist) and the national innocence project are all underfunded and understaffed. Why don't you forgo whatever expensive thing you were thinking about buying for Xmas and make a difference with that money instead? Contribute to the Florida Innocence here, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project here, and the national Innocence Project here.
Using cheap, downloadable programs like SkyGrabber,
militants were apparently able to watch and record the video feed — and
potentially be tipped off when U.S. and coalition forces are stalking
them. The $25.95 software was originally designed to let users download
movies and songs off of the Internet. Turns out, the program lets you
nab Predator drone feeds just as easily as pirated copies of The Hangover.
And here’s the real scandal: Military officials have known about this potential vulnerability since the Bosnia campaign.
How many people in prison who are like this guy, but don't have the evidence to prove it?
A man who spent 28 years behind bars for a rape and murder he said he did not commit walked out of a federal prison in Arizona after DNA testing showed he was innocent. The conviction of the man, Donald E. Gates, 58, was based largely on the testimony of an F.B.I. forensic analyst whose work later came under fire and a hair analysis technique that has been discredited. The same judge who had presided over Mr. Gates’s trial in District of Columbia Superior Court ordered his release.
The U.S. government released from Guantanamo Wednesday a
Kuwaiti Airways engineer whom a judge freed from eight years
detention because American interrogators had wrung a false
confession out of him years ago.
The case of Fouad al Rabia, a 50-year-old father of four, brought into
sharp relief questions about the quality of evidence the military
intended to present at his military commission trial. ...
Rabia, who holds a business degree from Embry
Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Fla., won his freedom after Cynamon argued that U.S. officials had mistakenly
identified the obese flight engineer as a key aide to Osama
bin Laden at the 2001 battle of Tora Bora, then subjected him
to systematic abuse at Guantanamo until he told them what they
wanted to hear.
Kollar-Kotelly, with access to secret Pentagon evidence,
agreed in a 65-page ruling.
She found that Rabia had been subjected to a sleep
deprivation program forbidden by the U.S. Army's field manual,
that his interrogators themselves didn't believe his
confession, and that the evidence backed his assertion that he
was in Afghanistan on a humanitarian mission that he undertook
"If there exists a basis for al Rabia's indefinite
detention, it most certainly has not been presented to this
It only took 8 fucking years of torture and the intervention of a Kuwaiti prince to spring an innocent guy. One down, 214 to go.
[W]hen a “problem”—say, mass unemployment—is seen to be largely limited to black Americans ... [it] is racialized as a black problem and a
sustained barrage of racially-driven criticism follows. News and
opinion columns, the airwaves and the blogosphere rapidly overflow with
glib slogans – “no excuses,” “tough love,” “personal responsibility,”
and so on – used to disguise callousness masquerading as pragmatism.
Such words and phrases were ubiquitous just a few years ago, when many
at the top of the society ignored the truism that the financial markets
are still ruled by the laws of economic gravity (what goes up must come
down). Then, from 2000 to 2008, the white unemployment rate never exceeded 5.2 percent, and often fell below the official definition of full employment.
In sharp contrast, for five of those years the official black
unemployment rate ranged from 10 to nearly 11 percent. Indeed, federal
labor department statistics show that on an annualized basis the black
unemployment rate breached the 10-percent level in 30 of the last 37
years. Throughout that period, the white unemployment rose above 8
percent only twice. In other words, black Americans have been enduring
a sustained crisis of mass unemployment crisis since the early 1970s.
Even now, as mass unemployment continues despite an economic recovery appearing to take hold,
the black unemployment rate for every category from high school
dropouts to college graduates is soaring far above that of whites.
But the racial faux-moralists are silent. Instead, now that masses
of whites are suffering, too, one finds an understanding of the harsh
toll long-term unemployment can exact on adults and children. That was
the point of a November 12 New York Times story
which explored in poignant detail the stress on families caused by the
long-term or serial joblessness of husbands and/or wives. The
predicament, experts said, can have harmful lasting effects on both
adults and children.
For me, the story was notable in that it focused on white, middle-class families with a dispassionate sympathy.
As P6 says, "One cannot help but be a little sarcastic."
RCW 9A.44.040 is Washington's forcible rape statute, so that checks out, but otherwise this strikes me as a well-executed stunt to raise rape-consciousness, both because it's ludicrous and because in this image from FAILblog the sign appears to be a sticker that is peeling away from the wall (although I suppose real warning signs in Seattle might be stickers and someone was just trying to steal one for themselves and I can't believe I am seriously trying to figure out if this is real). Great production values.
Some guy was sentenced to death yesterday for murdering a Philly cop who walked in on an armed robbery. I've got no special brief for criminals and especially anyone who shoots someone whose job it is to stop knuckleheads like him, but as I get older I have less and less stomach for capital punishment. The local media seemed very eager to see this guy on death row. It just seems bizarre to me to think that killing someone is somehow more just and is going to make the victim's family and the public feel better, and that life in prison with no possibility of parole would be a gift to the murderer.
The jury deliberated for less than an hour before deciding to impose the death penalty. I'm very big on juries' ability to do their jobs in a fair and impartial way, and try to push back against people who criticize juries' decisions. But deciding whether someone lives or dies in less time than it takes some people to eat lunch? This tells me they didn't bother to actually re-read the jury instructions and deliberate. They had, either as a group or individually, decided in advance that the sentence was death.
Of course, in a blue collar town like Philly, you can't expect the decision to come out differently when a cop is murdered. But I do expect people to take the job of juror seriously, and to do it the right way. They owe that duty to the victim's family, the defendant and his family, and the court. They also owe it to themselves. In this case, there was no rush. It was mid-day when they went into the room. Either way the jury came out, life or death, it was a decision they would have to live with for the rest of their lives. I do, because I have served on a death penalty jury. If I could have advised them, I would have told them to take their time. I think that they're going to regret that they didn't.
The flip side of the general pro-cop attitude in Philly is that bad cops get away with too much. This past Saturday, an off-duty cop with a history of repeatedly flying off the handle and waving his gun around charged into a fight in the street outside his house to break it up. Witnesses say he was drunk. At some point, the cop claims he was attacked and fired his gun in self-defense. He shot and killed an unarmed 21-year-old neighbor who was also trying to break up the fight. Despite that, the cop is free and, while he's under investigation, I don't expect him to be charged with anything. If a civilian had done what he did, he'd be in jail on a murder charge, no question. It's double standard in this town, with one law for cops and another for everyone else.
Duncan, talking about the self-defeating focus on the federal budget deficit:
I'm not talking about make work, I'm talking about real projects from
basic maintenance to sewers to pothole filling to the demolishing and
reclaiming of property with abandoned buildings etc... etc... The fact
that the administration is signaling that it's more worried about the
deficit than unemployment is incredibly frustrating.
He's also complained, rightly, in the past about the fact that stimulus funds for the states were cut at the behest of people concerned about spending too much.
There's a similar process at work here in Pennsylvania. Recently, the Rendell administration announced it was cutting an additional 319 state jobs:
[T]he Department of Environmental Protection will see the greatest
reductions, losing 138 positions, or about 5 percent of its workforce ....
I was talking to a civil engineer last night who is working on several stimulus-funded infrastructure projects. He told me that people don't realize that every project requires the DEP to issue a permit before work begins. The DEP staff is already overworked; now, with the cuts, permits will be delayed even further. The net effect is that the stimulus money that Pennsylvania is getting won't be spent as quickly as it could be.
The state officials downplay it:
[DEP secretary John] Hanger said the layoffs, plus unfilled vacancies totaling an additional
120 jobs, would reduce the agency's overall staff complement from 3,011
to 2,760. He said sparing the inspection and enforcement staff was "the
highest priority" but said the reductions might lengthen the
permit-granting process for certain construction projects.
Making the unfilled vacancies permanent means that DEP is actually losing 258 staff, which is over 8% of the workforce.
But when it comes to development, they have their priorities:
Cuts to the Department of Environmental Protection will not affect
oversight of increased natural gas exploration in the so-called
Marcellus Shale reserve, the rich vein of gas that underlies most of
the state, agency secretary John Hanger said.
He said the 120 salaried staffers who review applications for
permits to drill for gas or oil and inspect drilling sites are covered
by fees paid by the industry and aren't affected by the cuts.
The fracing that is required to extract the gas from the shale is also going to dump huge amounts of pollutants into the Susquehanna, which is already making people sick. And guess what? Under a law passed by Congress in 2004, fracing is exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act, which means the federal EPA has no jurisdiction over the practice. That leaves the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which is now down 8% in staff, to regulate the problem.
Coming right after the report on hunger in the U.S. (and around the world), this is particularly revolting:
Philadelphia restaurant Barclay Prime paid $4,100 for a 1.1 pound white Alba truffle, outbidding a New York restaurant in an auction for the fungus. Barclay Prime is a upscale steakhouse that charges an average of $56 for a steak.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be
unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District
if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat
that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with
adoption, homelessness and health care.
Fortunately, D.C. City Council doesn't want to negotiate with terrorists:
[City council member David A.] Catania, who said he has been the biggest supporter of Catholic
Charities on the council, said he is baffled by the church's stance.
From 2006 through 2008, Catania said, Catholic Charities received about
$8.2 million in city contracts, as well as several hundred thousand
dollars' worth this year through his committee.
"If they find living under our laws so oppressive that they can no
longer take city resources, the city will have to find an alternative
partner to step in to fill the shoes," Catania said. He also said
Catholic Charities was involved in only six of the 102 city-sponsored
adoptions last year.
So, over $2 million per year for the past three years. If the international pedophile ring that calls itself a religion bails on D.C., I am sure other service providers would love to have that money.
In other news, Mikhail Kalashikov turned 90 yesterday. If he got royalties for the gun he invented, he'd be a very wealthy man. Instead, he had the bad luck to create the AK-47 in the Soviet Union, which was notoriously bad at protecting intellectual property rights.
Blake Hall, a leading figure in Idaho and national politics for 25 years,
was fired Monday as a deputy prosecuting attorney in eastern Idaho and has resigned from the
Republican National Committee. ...
Idaho Falls police reported that witnesses said Hall disposed of used
condoms on the lawn of the woman's house. Nineteen condoms were turned
to police, collected on 10 different dates, according to a police
report. Both Hall and his lawyer acknowledged the condoms belonged to
to a police report.
Wow. How crazy do you have to be?
Also, between March and August, Hall repeatedly followed
the woman to restaurants, the movies and her home, and he ignored her repeated
requests that he leave her alone, according to police and court records.
The victim testified Friday that Hall once followed her to a Walmart and took her
car keys and would not return them until she agreed to "hear him out"
concerning her marriage, the Idaho Falls Post Register reported.
"I was so tired of being victimized," the woman said. "It is unimaginable
that a 56-year-old would be so deviant."
Hey, remember that Kentucky state official who shot his girlfriend to death in September? He was 56 years old. Good thing Hall was "just" obsessive, not violent.
Just like the attorney for that guy in Kentucky blaming the victim for her own death, some people in Idaho have some wacky ideas, too:
Hall, 56, will keep his $31,000-a-year job as the civil attorney in
nearby Fremont County, according to Prosecutor Joette Lookabaugh, a
Republican who hired Hall in January.
Lookabaugh said she told Hall he would keep his job "unless or until his
ability to do an outstanding job for Fremont County citizens is
In a news release, Lookabaugh suggested Hall was singled out because of his
"I understand that political figures are held to a higher standard," she
said. "What is disturbing is the fact that often people who have devoted
their lives to public service are not given the same benefits, or are
treated more harshly, than the public at large. There seems to be a certain
amount of political glee in striking down the well-known for any real or
Hall admits throwing used condoms on a woman's lawn. Does Prosecutor Lookabaugh really believe someone who does that should retain a position of trust?
Hall continues to accumulate pension benefits from Fremont County. Hall's law firm gets about $600,000 worth of business from the state, but that is being looked at.
According to witnesses, Hasan shouted "Allāhu Akbar" before opening fire.
Sergeant Kimberly Munley shot Hasan four times. He is paralyzed and on a vent. He shot her once; the round passed through both her legs. She is stable and well enough to call her friends.
Half the wounded have been operated on and are in stable condition.
Some of the victims may have been shot accidentally by responding police officers. (This initially struck me as likely, because I was trying to figure how someone shot 41 people with handguns while under fire himself.) It would be really stupid for the Army to cover up another friendly fire incident, so I am glad it's come out so quickly. However, base officials say Sgt. Munley was the first armed person on the scene and she put Hasan down, so (assuming that's true) unless her shots also hit others, it seems less likely there was friendly fire.
Also, I have seen the ridiculous argument that friendly fire is somehow a data point in favor of gun control. It's not, unless you're suggesting the police officers who respond to shootings should be unarmed. (The non-police soldiers in the room were not armed, per the commanding officer.) When gunfights break out, even trained shooters miss.
Hasan was scheduled to be deployed to Iraq on
Nov. 28, officials said. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said
military officials had told her that Hasan was “pretty upset” about his
Press, quoting military officials, said Hasan received a poor
performance evaluation at Walter Reed. The officials would reveal no
further details, citing the confidentiality of military records.
A 12th victim has died, bringing the total dead to 13.
The radio tells me that U.S. Army Col. Maj. Malik Hassan Hasan and two accomplices have killed 12 10 soldiers and a civilian contractor. Hassan was shot and killed by MPs. The others have been apprehended.
Update: Hasan is said to have used pistols, which suggests a lack of a plan. Also, this: "Fort Hood is home to the Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program, which is designed to help soldiers overcome combat stress issues." It doesn't say if Col. Hasan had seen combat. This could be a PTSD-related incident, if the accomplices prove to be innocent.
On TV, CNN says that there is also known gang activity at Hood.
Update 6:08: Sen. Hutchinson went out of her way on CNN to note that the troops killed were on their way to Iraq. Let the politicization begin!
Update 6:19: Hasan was a doctor.
Update 6:23: Suspected accomplices have been cleared and released. I say PTSD.
Update 6:30: Hasan was a psychiatrist licensed in Virginia.
Update 6:50: Hasan worked at the stress management center.
Update I quit: CNN is interviewing some dude from Facebook. "Are there memorial pages that have been set up?" Um, okay, news over.
The radio tells me that SEPTA operators of buses, trolleys, subways and the El are on strike. Regional rail is running.
This move is sure to endear them to commuters and parents of private school kids, given that they went out without warning at 3 a.m. Public schools are closed today, so at least those parents aren't totally hosed.
We understand how difficult it can be for people to be reminded of
those who are no longer with them, which is why it's important when
someone passes away that their friends or family contact Facebook to
request that a profile be memorialized.
Caught in a cemetery with a stripper, sex toys and Viagra:
[Police officer Mike Wines] stopped [state Assistant Attorney General Roland] Corning Monday after witnessing his car pull into a
secluded spot in Elmwood Cemetery in downtown Columbia.
was in the car with an 18-year-old employee of Platinum Plus
Gentlemen’s Club, Wines reported. After receiving conflicting stories
from Corning and the woman, Wines searched Corning’s car and found some
sex toys and sex enhancement drug.
No laws were broken, so that's a plus. Corning resigned from the Attorney General's office anyway.
How stupid do you have to be to believe this shit?
A drug dealer marks his spot by tying the shoe strings of sneakers
together and hanging them over a line, he said: Look for those shoes.
Near them is an alleged drug house his group is targeting.
Following Phillips’ directions, a reporter and photographer drive up
25th Avenue with a video camera aimed out the passenger’s side window.
Sure enough, shoes hang there on a line. Beyond them, men stand in
a front yard. Noticing the camera, one yells, “What the f--k is goin’
the kind of confrontation drug fighters like Phillips face regularly,
in their marches, night watches and camp-outs, as they try to drive the
People throw shoes over power lines for all sorts of stupid reasons. Who knows, maybe some drug dealers have heard the urban legend and did it. But most dealers don't hang up signs - their customers know where to find them.
But yeah, in any tough city neighborhood aiming a video camera out a car window will at least earn you "What the fuck is goin' on!" It could also get you killed, which would be your own foolish fault for brandishing something that could be mistaken for a gun out a window.
Right before the election, the CEO of a Kansas company sends out this email:
A week before the November 2008 election, Brandt sent a “Notice to All
Employees” outlining “new policies” if Obama was elected. It concluded
with: “If for any reason you are not happy with the new policies, you
may want to rethink your vote on November 4th.” ...
Exhibit A in the lawsuit is the e-mailed memo, which said, in part:
“The last few people who were hired should clean out their desks. Don’t
feel bad though, because President Obama will give you free healthcare,
free handouts, free oil for heating your home, free food stamps, and
he’ll let you stay in your home for a long as you want even if you
can’t pay your mortgage.”
A week after the election, salesman Elliot Snell was fired. He describes himself as "a vocal Obama supporter". Now he's suing.
Assuming for the moment that Snell was fired for voting for Obama, I agree it sucks but it's probably legal. I'm not a Kansas lawyer, but if this is accurate, Kansas is an at-will employment state. The general rule is, you can be fired for any reason or no reason, so long as it's not one of an enumerated list of bad reasons (such as racial or gender discrimination.) So long as Snell had no contract (and the employee handbook didn't imply one), then he's out of luck.
The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a U.S. Census worker
near a Kentucky cemetery. A law enforcement official says the word
"fed" was scrawled on his chest.
The body of Bill Sparkman, a
51-year-old Census field worker and occasional teacher, was found Sept.
12 in the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky.
have said little about the case. A law enforcement official, who was
not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, tells The
Associated Press the word "fed" was written on the dead man's chest.
But it's worrying, not least because it happened on 9/12, the day of the Teabagger's March on Washington. I would use the word lynching if it had been "ACORN" written on his chest. As it is, I think the most likely explanation (because of "fed") is political murder not directly connected to the anti-Obama stuff but motivated by general anti-government sentiment by someone living out in the woods. It's also possible that he stumbled on some methshiners.
The anti-abortion protester who got shot and killed outside a high school in that spree killing in Michigan (and whom the rightwingers tried to turn into a martyr) turns out not to have cared about abortion so much as terrorizing women:
He did this to stalk, harass, terrorize, scream at, threaten,
frighten, and verbally abuse women. He had a pathologic hatred of
women: his mom, my mom, everyone.
After my mom finally left him and he lost his favorite punching bag
the violence and abuse that was always contained within our 4 walls was
unleased on the people of Owosso.
My dad used the pro-life movement and 1st Amendments foundations to defend him, support him, and enable him. He fooled them all.
He was at the high shool because my niece was there, and female family members were always his favorite targets.
Again, my dad didn't care about abortion. He wanted to hurt people, upset people. He enjoyed making people suffer. ...
He hid behind the 1st Amendment and was allowed to stalk, terrorise,
harass, be obsene, ect. These things are crimes. Offending people isn't
a crime, and having different political views isn't a crime, but he
committed several crimes over the last 20 years and got away with it.
Yes I really am his oldest son. Owosso is now rid of a mad man.
The son is a podiatrist who hadn't spoken to his father since 2001. Shocking that he would write this, but not so shocking that it's true. I bet if there were a reliable way to poll abusers, you'd find far more are anti-abortion than normal people.