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Just Murder, Not a ‘Hate Crime’

Posted on | March 26, 2015 | 26 Comments

The headline in January was frightening:

Lesbian gunned down in North Philly
A North Philadelphia lesbian was shot in broad daylight [Jan. 13] while on her way to work.
Kim Jones, 56, was shot in the head at 9:30 a.m. while she was standing on the corner of 12th and Jefferson streets near Temple University, waiting to take the bus to work, police said.
The gunman came up behind Jones, who was wearing headphones, and shot her point-blank in the back of the head.
Investigators believe Jones was targeted, but a motive had not been announced as of presstime.
“She had her purse, she had her cellphone, she had jewelry on, none of which was taken, none of which was disturbed,” said Homicide Capt. James Clark in a press conference Tuesday.
Officer Tanya Little, a police spokesperson, said investigators are aware that Jones, who married her partner last month, was a lesbian, and do not yet know if that could have played a role in her killing.
“Investigators have not ruled out anything at this point,” Little said.

That fear-inspiring possibility — an incipient wave of anti-lesbian terrorism, perhaps? — was left to dangle in the public mind for a couple of weeks until police solved the case:

Randolph Sanders was careful.
Lurking in a breezeway on the morning of Jan. 13, with a gun tucked into his duffel bag, Sanders hid his face under a cap and bulky headphones.
He was careful, police said, not to look at the security cameras that captured him when he approached his boss — Kim Jones — and shot her in the back of the head as she waited for a bus. . . .
Police said Jones suspected him of stealing funds — about $40,000. He was convinced that she would report him to authorities and that he would lose his job at Turning Points for Children, the organization where they worked, police said.
On the morning Jones was killed, she had scheduled a meeting with the Department of Human Services, which funds Turning Points.
Sanders, 36, knew she was going to turn him in, Homicide Detective James Clark said.
“He laid in wait, and he ambushed her,” Clark said.
Sanders had been hired by Jones in 2012 and served as the assistant director of the nonprofit’s Families and Students Together (FAST) program, an after-school outreach designed to strengthen parents’ bonds with their children.
Turning Points said in a statement Monday that it believes the alleged misappropriation of funds was “an isolated incident” but will hire a third-party investigator to look into the matter.
An investigation into the allegedly stolen funds is ongoing, but Clark said police believe Sanders had been stealing gift cards meant for families participating in the FAST program and keeping them for himself.
He has been charged with murder and related offenses.

The anti-gay hate-crime angle was never a valid concern despite the LESBIAN GUNNED DOWN IN BROAD DAYLIGHT fear-mongering coverage. It is important to understand how the media deliberately manipulate perceptions. The murder of Matthew Shepard was portrayed as a hate crime, despite every evidence to the contrary, because gay activists figured out that depicting homosexuals as victims — and depicting opponents of the gay agenda as motivated by dangerously violent “hate”– was the key to political success. Both the news media and the entertainment industry have seized on this theme, promoting the Gay Victimhood narrative so relentlessly as to foment paranoia and generate a certain number of fake hate-crime hoaxes. Meanwhile, public school administrators are twisting themselves into pretzels to be “inclusive” and “tolerant” of homosexuality, implementing “anti-bullying” campaigns based on the belief that our society is pervaded by an irrational homophobia that causes gay kids to commit suicide.

What should disturb us about this is how unbalanced and unrealistic these perceptions are. Studies indicate that only 2.3 percent of the U.S. population (about 1-in-40) is gay or bisexual, and yet media have exaggerated this to the point that young adults believe 30 percent of people are gay! The same media which so exaggerate the size of the gay population also foster the idea that gay people are persecuted victims of oppression and, because elite culture has become so oriented toward the protection of victimized minorities, anyone attempting to counter-balance this narrative is more or less automatically accused of hate.

Crazy people don’t need any special incentive to be crazy, but this victimhood rhetoric can incite crazy people to do crazy things: Floyd Lee Corkins told the FBI he attacked the headquarters of the Family Research Council because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified them as a “hate group” due to their traditional marriage views. And then there’s the case of Jan Hamilton of Aspen, Colorado.

In 2001, when she was 59, Hamilton was attending a Bible study class at a Baptist church in Aspen when she and another woman in the class became involved in a lesbian relationship. After a couple of years, the other woman broke off the relationship and “Hamilton became relentless in her quest to re-enter the woman’s life,” according to an Aspen Times article about the case. In 2005, Hamilton was banned from the church and it appears that her stalking of her ex-lover escalated:

[The victim testified at a 2012 hearing] that despite a restraining order she filed in 2008, Hamilton would often show up at her home uninvited, or send emails and other bits of correspondence, until some point in 2010.
Hamilton’s activities affected her well-being to the point where eating and sleeping were difficult, the woman testified.
“It’s very upsetting,” the woman said. “I have come to understand that Ms. Hamilton is relentless in the pursuit of her agenda and will stop at almost nothing.”
The restraining order, and promises from Hamilton that she would leave her alone, made no difference at all, the woman said.
“I live constantly knowing something’s going to happen, but I don’t know how or where or when,” she said.

And then there’s this:

Hamilton has filed numerous lawsuits over the past few years against her perceived adversaries, claiming everything from sexual discrimination to retaliation and defamation to attempted second-degree murder. . . .
Hamilton says she is afflicted with cancer because of the stress that residents, landlords, churchgoers and others have inflicted upon her. Others have suggested, in court and otherwise, that Hamilton has extreme mental-health issues.

Kuh-RAY-zee! It’s not against the law to be crazy, but our nation’s mental-health facilities are overcrowded, and so it’s impossible to lock up all the lunatics. Earlier this month, Jan Hamilton was back in court:

An Aspen woman [March 6] was arrested for the 16th time in six years after she allegedly violated restraining orders by driving by a church from which she is banned — to the point where the pastor said congregation numbers are dwindling — and using a networking website to contact a person named in a protection order.
Judge Jonathan Pototsky of the 9th Judicial District set bond for Jan Hamilton, 73, at a cash-only amount of $30,000, telling her that he would raise it to $50,000 or $100,000 if she bonded out and continued to commit offenses.
Hamilton, as she has repeatedly, said she was innocent and is being persecuted for being a lesbian. She once spent 25 months in jail on similar accusations; was on trial March 4 for harassment and bail-bond violations (the judge has not yet rendered his verdict); and is to be sentenced [March 16] in two cases in which she was convicted for false reporting and harassment.
In the latest case, a member of Christ Episcopal Church of Aspen contacted Aspen police officer Jeff Fain on March 1. The man told Fain that Hamilton drove by the church repeatedly and asked members going in and out to pray for her. A restraining order prevents her from contacting the man, his wife and others, and Hamilton is also prevented from going to places where she knows the people will be.

Of course, Jan Hamilton has a Twitter account — all the lunatics are on Twitter now — and has used it to claim that she is a victim of a “Religious Extremist Lynch Mob,” invoking the 2009 Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act. When federal law encourages this victimhood mentality, are we surprised that paranoid lunatics like Jan Hamilton think they have a “right” to harass people at churches? And a very similar phenomenon is at work when we see rape hoaxes on university campuses. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand continues her crusade to deny male students ordinary due-process protections, and liberals claim that fraternities trying to protect themselves against false accusations are a “rape lobby.”

The problems caused by endless celebrations of victimhood are going to keep getting worse, until people wake the hell up.

Speaking of crazy, years ago I convinced Mrs. McCain this “blog” thing could be an actual business and it’s been amazingly successful, but the past few months have been kind of rough financially., and a little extra support from the tip-jar hitters — $5, $10, $20, whatever you can spare — would be deeply appreciated. Thanks in advance.





26 Responses to “Just Murder, Not a ‘Hate Crime’”

  1. Just Murder, Not a ‘Hate Crime’ | Living in Anglo-America
    March 26th, 2015 @ 6:36 pm
  2. SandyLester
    March 26th, 2015 @ 6:40 pm

    Really? This is a hate crime? Anti-homosexual?
    When all is said a done her coupling partner will be the hit man’s payer.

  3. Kirby McCain
    March 26th, 2015 @ 6:43 pm

    I call it the Guilt Tripping of America. When in mid-Feburary three people who just happened to be muslims were gunned down in Chapel Hill the media began to speculate about not only a hate crime, but Islamaphobia. The rape hoaxes, Ferguson, Trayvon; all guilt trips. Obama guilt tripping the Christian leaders at the National Pray Club Breakfast, it’s nonstop. So wake up America and inoculate yourself against this form of propaganda.

  4. Hanzo
    March 26th, 2015 @ 7:07 pm

    Hmmm. 59 when this started (already crazy) and 73 as of the latest escapade. Some crazy is forever.

  5. RS
    March 26th, 2015 @ 7:08 pm

    Don’t forget the “Kafkatrapping,” in which the denial of a problem worthy of eliciting guilt is evidence of your complicity.

  6. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 26th, 2015 @ 7:08 pm

    When someone wants to shoot you in the head, I take that as hateful (although for some people it truly is just business).

  7. robertstacymccain
    March 26th, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

    Twent years ago she was sane enough to get a Ph.D. in nutrition. Now? Kooksville.

  8. concern00
    March 26th, 2015 @ 7:19 pm

    ‘Hate crime’ is just another way that liberals devalue real victims by replacing them with their own faux victims of choice.

  9. Mm
    March 26th, 2015 @ 7:47 pm

    Your description of Hamilton reminds me of a certain Cyberstalker and vexatious litigant in Elkridge, MD.

  10. RS
    March 26th, 2015 @ 8:31 pm

    With respect to the Hamilton woman, her lesbianism is incidental, assuming she identifies as a “lesbian” as opposed to merely an omnisexual grifter. These types are familiar to most church congregations, because they will appear out of the blue with a Bible and a sob story seeking solace and charity. They then try to burrow further and further into the congregation seeking more affirmation and/or money.

    Our congregation has a very well-defined means for dealing with such people. Those seeking material help are sent to the benevolence committee. Those seeking spiritual solace are never isolated with one member, but with several congregants. It’s not foolproof, but it minimizes problems to a large degree.

  11. Adobe_Walls
    March 26th, 2015 @ 10:00 pm

    They do this at their peril. Eventually people become so exhausted listening to the shrieking false narratives that they don’t care if they’re true or not.

  12. Adobe_Walls
    March 26th, 2015 @ 10:04 pm

    At this point an actual verified hate crime would be refreshing change of pace.

  13. OccupyDisqus
    March 26th, 2015 @ 10:48 pm

    Jazz Hands!

  14. BillClintonsShorts17
    March 26th, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

    No ‘hate’ involved? ‘Just’ a murder.

    Well, O.K. then.

    /sarc off/

  15. Adobe_Walls
    March 26th, 2015 @ 11:09 pm

    Jazz Hands is raaaaacist but there are alternatives.

  16. RichFader
    March 27th, 2015 @ 12:24 am

    …as opposed to a “I really really like you” crime?

  17. Fail Burton
    March 27th, 2015 @ 12:38 am

    This obsession with freezing immorality into men, whites and heterosexuals tears at the fabric of our society using racist assumptions that turned into the bald-faced lies about “#BlackLivesMatter” that swirled around the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Florida and Mike Brown in Ferguson. It is assumed that straight white men stalk their opposite number in a continuous flurry of beatings and assassinations set against a backdrop of the permanent war footing known as rape culture.

  18. Steve Skubinna
    March 27th, 2015 @ 2:00 am

    Doesn’t it say something bad about the media and other professional agitators that the very first, and only thing they think is “OMG, somebody killed a lesbian!”

    To a progressive, nobody is an individual. People only have validity when assigned to a group and then established as either victims or oppressors.

  19. Quartermaster
    March 27th, 2015 @ 7:53 am

    They really need to have that childhood story, “The Boy That Cried Wolf” read to them again.

  20. Quartermaster
    March 27th, 2015 @ 7:55 am

    I don’t have a problem with a doctorate in nutrition as there are a lot of unknowns in the field and a contribution to knowledge can be made. Wimyn’s Studies? Not so much.

  21. Quartermaster
    March 27th, 2015 @ 7:57 am

    I’d say we could ask the Klan to gin something up, but most the membership are Fed agents. Come to think of it, they might be just the group we need to be asking these days. Either them or the NAACP, “The Klan With a Tan.”

  22. Dana
    March 27th, 2015 @ 8:41 am

    Considering that the first story cited was from the Philadelphia Gay News, that the victim was identified as a lesbian n the headline is hardly surprising. The headline in The Philadelphia Inquirer was Cops: Child-advocacy worker slain at bus stop was targeted, ambushed while the Daily News’ was Woman gunned down while waiting for bus.

    But, as far as a “hate crime,” wouldn’t it be fair to say that the (alleged) killer hated her, not (necessarily) because she was queer, but because she was going to get him fired? I mean, doesn’t every murderer hate his victim?

  23. Critical Eye
    March 27th, 2015 @ 11:24 am

    Somehow, it’s very important the media mention that the victim is a lesbian, but not mention the race of the alleged murderer. There are things you’re not allowed to notice, and things you’re required to notice.

  24. Daniel Freeman
    March 27th, 2015 @ 2:11 pm

    At least we can get that from a photo. The media’s bias is reliable, so their failure to mention that an alleged perpetrator was straight and Christian puts those items into question.

    They didn’t mention anything about a wife and kids. I resent the cultural tendency to be suspicious of bachelors, but at least I’m aware of it. Why was a single 36 year-old man working at that non-profit? Places like that have notoriously low pay.

    I’m not saying he was into kids; maybe he was angling for single moms, but that isn’t smart either. Or, given his alleged theft and alleged cold-blooded murder, maybe he had a record and couldn’t get anything better.

    The way they write stories these days leaves me with more questions than answers.

  25. Dana
    March 27th, 2015 @ 2:53 pm

    It was only the specialized homosexual media which pointed that out; the mainstream Philadelphia press didn’t mention it. The Philadelphia Daily News mentioned that she was the mother of two children, and an ex-husband, but said nothing about her lesbian partner; the Philadelphia Inquirer story mentioned her son, but nothing about either her ex-husband or current girlfriend.

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