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FMJRA 2.0: Sunday Edition

Posted on | August 25, 2013 | 4 Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho

Shocking: #FreeKate’s Father Conspires to Shut Down This Blog: ‘Media Blackout’

Another God-Hating Anti-American Democrat Exposed as a Criminal Liar

Kaitlyn Hunt Back in Jail

Is Obstruction of Justice, Like Dildo Sex With 14-Year-Olds, ‘Healthy and Normal’?

Rule 5 Monday

UPDATE: Kaitlyn Hunt’s Bond Revoked; Evidence ‘Overwhelming,’ Judge Says

Shocking Claim: #FreeKate’s Mother Is ‘Cool Mom,’ in the Very Worst Way

Mystery in #FreeKate Case: What Does Kaitlyn Hunt’s BFF Julia Gilmore Know?

You’re Accused: ‘Vengeance, Spite, Fear, Denial, Sadness, Insecurity, Whatever’

Mama: #FreeKate Is Being Treated Like a Real Criminal at Indian River County Jail!

Listen: McCain and Akbar Speak on #FreeKate, Michael Hastings, Barrett Brown, the NSA and Power…

FMJRA 2.0: Totem

Is Your Child’s Public School Teacher Cruising Online for a ‘Sugar Daddy’?

Barrett Brown’s Overblown Ego

Florida: The Rape State

Twitter: Foreign Policy Clarity

LIVE AT FIVE: 08.19.13

Conrad Black’s FDR Idolatry

But Their Football Team Still Sucks

Barrett Brown Inspires a Bizarre Campaign for Douchebag Rights

LIVE AT FIVE: 08.20.13

Poster for #FreeKate Movie: Revealed!

Medicare Expansion Set To Dilate A Budget Near You

LIVE AT FIVE: 08.21.13

Kaitlyn Hunt’s Lawyer, Having Failed Her Client, Now Scapegoats the Prosecution

More #FreeKate Arguments: Want to Let Heather Wirth-Dalager Babysit Your Kids?

Media Covers for #FreeKate While Her Supporters Attack the Victim’s Parents

Congratulations On The Little Hammer!

LIVE AT FIVESIX: 08.22.13

Bradley Manning Declares Himself ‘Chelsea’

‘The Powers That Be’: Lawful Authority, Honorable Service and a Cursed Traitor

#FreeKate Comic Interlude

Reminder: #FreeKate’s Father ‘Pressured a Victim Not to File a Battery Charge’?

New Concept of ‘Rights’ in America: If You’re Not Gay, You Don’t Have Any

LIVE: @RSMcCain and @Ali Talk #FreeKate and #ChelseaManning

LIVE AT FIVESIX: 08.23.13

#FreeKate? Local Teen Says Kaitlyn Hunt Was ‘Bully … Calling Me an Ugly Dyke’

Space Opera

That Psycho-style Imagery In The Anti-Cuccinelli Ad Was Surely A Tribute To Anthony Perkins, Not An Attack

The Foul Stench of @BrianBeutler’s Truthlessness Has Become Intolerable

Top linkers this week:

  1. EvilBloggerLady (22 +18 Batshit Crazy News = 40)
  2. Rick’s Crazed World 35
  3. Regular Right Guy 28
  4. DaleyGator 7
  5. Da Tech Guy 5

Thanks to everyone for their linkagery! Submit your links for next week’s FMJRA no later than midnight Friday, August 30.


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The Fisking of @BrianBeutler: Obsessed Obsessive Obsessions and Stuff Like That

Posted on | August 25, 2013 | 90 Comments

A troll showed up in the comments of the previous post about Brian Beutler to say that the reason I didn’t do a full fisking is that I “have no argument more advanced than ‘Nuh-uh!’”

OK, fine then — we’ll do it from start to finish:

The right’s black crime obsession
Conservative media’s total fixation on black-on-black
and black-on-white crime isn’t going to end. Here’s why

(We may derive the intent from the headline: “The right” is conflated with “Conservative media,” because everyone who votes Republican does so because Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh have told them to. This is therefore the umpteenth journalistic reiteration of the Media Matters daily mantra about the illegitimacy of conservative media.)

BY BRIAN BEUTLER

(Prepare for deliberate dishonesty.)

There are a few black people up to no good in this country and Fox News is on it! So is Drudge Report. Vigilantly on the lookout, 24 hours a day, for stories about black youths behaving badly.

(Didn’t I warn you? Beutler starts lying right off the bat, assuming a liberal readership who never actually watch Fox News and who are too lazy even to bother checking the Drudge Report.)

This isn’t a particularly new phenomenon, but it’s intensified noticeably in the past year for at least two reasons. Conservatives, particularly white conservatives, feel a burning urgency to find a racial counterweight to the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s shooting (including President Obama’s public comments about the incident), a logical response to the argument that things like background checks and an assault weapons ban are appropriate ways to reduce the likelihood of another Sandy Hook-style massacre, and anecdotal justifications for indiscriminate policing of dangerous neighborhoods.

(This has “intensified noticeably in the past year,” which means since August 2012. Is it true that “white conservatives” actually do feel the “burning urgency” Beutler attributes to them? Or is this just another tendentious assertion he pulled out of his ass? Certainly I feel no such urgency, but maybe someone else does.)

But these are hopeless pursuits. The incidents they draw attention to fail by definition to underscore the things they believe. They all require projecting motives or details or both into tragic events, to create false dichotomies between shootings perpetrated by whites and blacks. They have the unhealthy effect of creating dueling tallies of white-on-black and black-on-white crime. And ironically they all tend to underscore the argument that more “stand your ground” laws and more racial profiling are off-point responses to these incidents.

(Do you see how this is going to go? Brian Beutler asserts that conservatives hold certain beliefs, and then asserts that facts don’t support those beliefs. And notice Brian Beutler says conservatives are “projecting motives,” which Brian Beutler never does!)

The latest conservative cri de coeur is over the tragic shooting death of Chris Lane, a 22-year-old Australian attending East Central University in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship. Two teen boys spotted Lane on a jog last week, trailed him in a car, and allegedly shot him fatally in the back (a third teen reportedly served as their driver). One of the suspects said the boys committed the murder out of boredom.

(This is merely the “latest” such incident — i.e., in which conservatives are alleged to have done what Brian Beutler says they do — but what was the one before Chris Lane? I don’t remember it, but maybe Brian Beutler could, if he chose, rattle off a long list of incidents like this which, so he says, “conservative media” have hyped for the reasons that he says they’re hyping such incidents. He doesn’t actually provide a list, however, so readers are supposed to take Brian Beutler’s word that this is actually a phenomenon.)

Word of the shooting spread quickly. And that’s when the right clumsily revealed that its obsession with gun violence reflects an obsession with racial score settling rather than with averting further tragedies. The conservative media, including Fox News, repeated the claim that the Oklahoma suspects were all black. But this turned out to be a toxic mix of racial bias and wishful thinking. You almost wonder whether the people whose ulterior motives led them into error like this actually lamented the fact that one of the suspects happened to be white. It would be so much more convenient if that weren’t the case.

(When did Fox News, or anyone else, do what Brian Beutler says they did, claiming that the “suspects were all black”? I mean, maybe they did — I haven’t paid any attention to this story — although I don’t see Beutler linking to a source, or quoting anyone. But once again, Beutler assumes a liberal readership that never watches Fox News, so he could say anything about the network’s programming and his ignorant readers would have no choice but to accept his assertions.)

But let’s pretend for a minute that the suspects had all fit the stereotype the hosts at Fox and Friends wanted. Then the idea is that Chris Lane’s death should somehow offset Trayvon Martin’s, or that the people who sought to turn George Zimmerman’s actions into a national referendum on “stand your ground” laws are somehow hypocritical for having little to say when the races of the culprits and innocent victims are reversed. For reactionary Obama foes like former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., the obvious question is, “Whom will POTUS identify w/this time?”

(The link to the Tweet by Allen West is THE ONLY LINK IN THIS ENTIRE COLUMN. Isn’t Salon.com, y’know, one of those Internet kind of things, where political bloggers routinely link to their sources, so as not to give the appearance that they’re just pulling stuff out of their ass or, as some call it, “doing a Beutler”?)

I’ll give West, et al., this: If you ignore motive, circumstance, history and (likely ) outcome, then liberals, particularly black liberals, sure seem craven. By that standard, though, Jean Valjean and John, King of England are moral equals — just a couple of guy s with similar names taking other people’s property.

(Does that paragraph mean anything? Anything at all?)

So let’s review: George Zimmerman wouldn’t have shot Trayvon Martin if he hadn’t been profiling by race. And even if he had been, the shooting feasibly wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t been legally allowed to carry a handgun and didn’t think he was empowered by law to take matters into his own hands. The monstrous killing of Chris Lane has no such back story. The killers apparently had no motive whatsoever, were armed illegally, and certainly weren’t trailing Lane because they believed, based on his race, that he might be a criminal. They are, however, likely to face serious prison time for their crimes. Zimmerman walked.

(And here, evidently too stoned to realize it, Beutler actually proves a point — a conservative point — about crime: People get shot to death all the time, for all kinds of reasons, or for no reason at all, and no policy advocated by liberals is going to prevent this from happening. Zimmerman shooting Trayvon? You can call that “racial profiling” or you can call it a tragic misunderstanding, but exactly how do you propose to prevent it from happening? “Zimmerman walked” because he had a claim of self-defense sufficiently plausible to constitute “reasonable doubt.” Also, notice that, while admitting that the teenagers in the Chris Lane shooting were illegally armed, Brian Beutler assumes that if Zimmerman “hadn’t been legally allowed to carry a handgun,” Zimmerman would not have also illegally armed himself. Why assume that? And what about Trayvon’s “whoop-ass” beating of Zimmerman, which Zimmerman said he thought might end in his own death? Would Brian Beutler have been happy to have Trayvon beat Zimmerman to death?)

Put that all together, and it turns out these stories aren’t counter-parallel at all. And more to the point, the events don’t even anecdotally augur for policies the right supports. The kids in Oklahoma weren’t “standing their ground,” and a “stand your ground” law wouldn’t have saved Chris Lane. Neither would a stop-and-frisk regime — the killers were trailing him in a car. By contrast, a “stand your ground” environment and a stop-and-frisk mentality were instrumental in Trayvon Martin’s death. Take either away , and there’s a good chance he’d be alive today. Martin in fact personified the statistical folly of stop-and-frisk. If Zimmerman had yielded to real police, they would have, in absence of any suspicious behavior, stopped Martin, frisked him and found only the skittles and iced tea that made his death that much more tragically poignant.

(Again, it is only Brian Beutler’s assertion that the Chris Lane murder is being reported because “conservative media” believe the story supports a policy argument. My own guess is that after the incessant 24/7 media drumbeat about the Zimmerman trial, which liberals claimed was an event fraught with political significance, some “conservative media” basically decided, “Hey, we’re going to stop downplaying or ignoring black-on-white crime, just to make a point.” But that’s merely my guess. Unlike Brian Beutler, I don’t possess any clairvoyant mind-reading powers that enable me to know why Fox News producers or Matt Drudge do what they do.)

You could twist that into a claim that stop-and-frisk might have saved Martin’s life. But that gets the onus backward. Proponents of profiling policies need to do better than argue we have to violate the civil rights of minorities in order to protect them from hair-triggered vigilantes.

(The “stop-and-frisk” thing is strictly an issue in New York, because of an NYPD policy that was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge. It has nothing to do with Oklahoma and even less to do with Sanford, Florida. Why Brian Beutler keeps bringing it up, I don’t know. Has the “stop-and-frisk” issue has been discussed by anyone at Fox News in the context of the Chris Lane murder? If it has, then why doesn’t he quote that discussion? In general, why are there no links or quotes in this column? Why can’t Brian Beutler be bothered to provide actual evidence of the phenomenon he presumes to critique? Why do liberals think it’s acceptable to assert controversial claims that they don’t bother to prove? How many bong-hits does Brian Beutler usually do before writing his columns? Seven. That’s  now an established fact — because I just asserted it, see?)

What might well have stopped both killings, though, is making it harder for people, legally or illegally, to come into possession of handguns. That’s a conversation the right is less obsessed with.

(Again with the assertion: People who Brian Beutler doesn’t like are “obsessed,” or they ” feel a burning urgency,” or have an “obsession with gun violence” and “an obsession with racial score settling,” or are motivated by “racial bias and wishful thinking.” Over and over again — pausing only to take another bong hit — Beutler attributes irrational motives to antagonists for doing what he asserts they are doing, although he merely asserts this without providing any actual evidence of it. There are no quotes from Fox News broadcasts in Brian Beutler’s column, no links to transcripts. It’s just a straight-up rant that was written only because Brian Beutler is supposed to write a certain number of columns per week for Salon and, because he never does any reporting or, for that matter, much of anything that could be called “research,” he just sat down, toked up a few bowls of sinsemilla and let it rip, right off the top of his head.)

Brian Beutler is Salon’s political writer. Email him at bbeutler@salon.com and follow him on Twitter at @brianbeutler.

(Or you could also block him on Twitter. Or say rude things about him on Twitter. Certainly there’s no reason to follow him, unless you want him to hook you up with some weed.)

Copyright © 2011 Salon.com. All rights reserved.

Fuck you. Fair use. Sue me, you bastards, I double-dog dare you.

 

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Right-Wing Extremist Attacks Black Transvestite in Homophobic Hate Crime

Posted on | August 24, 2013 | 33 Comments

Yes, it’s true. A 21-year-old black transvestite was killed and, as every MSNBC viewer knows, the Republican Party is directly responsible for all crimes motivated by homophobia and racism. And so the only question we need to ask is, “In which redneck backwater of Bible-thumping hillbilly hatefulness did this crime occur?”

A notorious hotbed of Tea Party extremism: Harlem, New York.

Maybe Brian Beutler can blame this on the NRA or something.

 

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The Foul Stench of @BrianBeutler’s Truthlessness Has Become Intolerable

Posted on | August 24, 2013 | 100 Comments

Brian Beutler‘s day job selling cheap Mexican heroin at the playground near an elementary school wasn’t producing enough revenue, and his weekend gig pimping kidnapped orphan girls to Saudi oil sheiks still didn’t make the nut. The cost of living is outrageous in DC nowadays and so, finally, Brian Beutler was forced to the desperate resort of doing something genuinely heinous, writing lies for Salon.com.

Yesterday, an AOSHQ co-blogger let his hatred of Maureen Dowd get the better of him and actually linked a Salon takedown of her. As much as I despise Maureen Dowd, however, the fact that she was denounced by Alex Pareene makes me think the old gal must have accidentally written a couple of factually accurate sentences lately, because if there is anything that Salon hates more than facts, it’s accuracy.

Generally speaking, every word published by Salon is the exact opposite of truth, and they only employ writers so fanatically dishonest that even such infamous organs of mendacity as the New York Times and the Washington Post want nothing to do with them.

Anyone published by Salon is a wretched human stain, and they’re never going to get a link from me, but Brian Beutler’s deliberate dishonesty got him a Memeorandum thread yesterday, and also today Pete Da Tech Guy went off on Beutler in fine form:

It’s about exposing you by simply reporting actual facts as they happen and the actions of those who support you politically will be the witnesses against your claims as Nathan said to David:
‘I will bring evil upon you out of your own house…You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.’

Read the whole thing because it’s not often Pete goes Old Testament.

Remember that Brian Beutler was a JournoLister and is part of the “Juice Box Mafia,” which means he’s guaranteed employment by the Ezra Klein/Matt Yglesias consortium. And obviously, that helps supplement his income from sex trafficking and heroin dealing.

If anyone accuses me of a couple minor errors of fact here, it’s still more accurate than anything written by that hired liar, Brian Beutler.

UPDATE: Donald Douglas at American Power linksthanks! — and someone on Twitter remarked that I didn’t fisk Beutler “argument” which, of course, I wouldn’t, because I refuse to direct any attention to such an outrageous compendium of falsehoods.

Of course, I wouldn’t mind if readers wanted to bother dissecting Beutler’s nonsense in the comments. He is essentially saying that the Right is obsessed with race — never mind how the Left has been harping on racial issues every day since the dawn of history — and that the actual facts about crime are only relevant insofar as they can be used to support liberal arguments for gun control, etc.

And if you don’t agree with Brian Beutler, well, shut up, racist!

 


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Q.E.D.: @MaxBoot Is a Lying Swindler

Posted on | August 24, 2013 | 46 Comments

Daniel J. Flynn is a gentleman and a scholar and a fellow contributor at The American Spectator, which sure as hell has never paid either of us $2 a word — !!!! the rate that Wall Street Journal editor Gary Rosen offered The Lying Swindler Max Boot to, in essence, re-write a column about football by Flynn that WSJ editors rejected.

Flynn has a new book out, The War on Football: Saving America’s Game. Flynn wished to promote his book and, of course, Gary Rosen and the editors of the Wall Street Journal were under no obligation to publish Flynn’s column. But once Flynn had submitted his column and they had rejected it, what the WSJ were certainly wrong in doing was to offer an exorbitant rate to Max Boot (two bucks a word? for an op-ed essay?) to write a piece derived from Flynn’s ideas.

Flynn has a column at The American Spectator telling his side of the story. As for Max Boot and Gary Rosen, their side of the story is the rationalization of thieves who have been caught red-handed.

Gary Rosen plotted this crime, and Max Boot signed his name to it.

To hell with Max Book and to hell with Gary Rosen. Here I paraphrase from Ken White’s memorable denunciation of Charles Carreon: Fuck Max Boot and Gary Rosen. They are vermin. They’re not forgivable. Let any good they have ever done be wiped out. Let their names be synonymous with dishonest swindling thievery. Selah.

I just blocked @MaxBoot on Twitter. Every honest man must.

 

 

UPDATE: Following up:

Every honest man must do this, or no one is safe from these thieves.

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Family Terrorized as Michigan Teachers Support Colleague Who Molested Boy

Posted on | August 24, 2013 | 518 Comments

Former middle-school teacher Neal Erickson, 38, pleaded guilty in May to having sex with a boy beginning in 2006 — when the boy was a 14-year-old eighth-grader — until 2009. His fellow teachers in Ogemaw County, Michigan, supported Erickson, writing letters to the judge asking for a lenient sentence. Any parent would be horrified by the sentiments expressed, for example, by Rose City teacher Sally Campbell:

“Neal made a mistake. He allowed a mutual friendship to develop into much more. He realized his mistake and ended it years before someone anonymously sent something to the authorities which began this legal process. . . . Please also consider that this was a one-time relationship with only one student and ended long before being found out. Both parties have gone on with their lives.”

He molested a 14-year-old boy, ma’am. To call this “a one-time relationship” — words fail. A relationship? A middle-school teacher and a 14-year-old boy in a “relationship”? Are you insane?

The parents of the victim in this case were outraged to see Erickson’s fellow teachers supporting this confessed criminal pervert, whose molestation of their son caused horrible problems:

The victim’s mother also spoke prior to sentencing, telling Erickson he violated her son and caused a rift in the family. She said the family appeared happy on the outside, but on the inside, the home was a “battle zone.”
“We couldn’t figure out why (the victim) hated us,” she said. “He went after his father. There were physical fights.” . . .
“You were his teacher,” she said. “You were his mentor. You were his friend. And you violated him.”
She added the victim kept the sexual encounters a secret and suffered because of it.
“He kept all of this a secret, and he went through emotional pains,” she said.

Permit me to digress: Do you think there might be . . . oh, I don’t know, an agenda involved here? Do you think Neal Erickson’s fellow teachers would have supported him like this if he had carried on a secret three-year sexual affair with an underaged girl? I think not.

Because it was a gay thing, see, Neal Erickson has “rights,” just like Kaitlyn Hunt has a “right” to have lesbian sex with a 14-year-old.

Nobody in the gay-rights movement or the educational establishment wants to admit that this is what is going on, that they are making excuses for gay people to have sex with minors, but that’s what it’s really about. It’s a good thing Neal Erickson isn’t a Catholic priest, or else this might be an actual scandal. But I digress . . .

Thank God, Circuit Court Judge Michael Baumgartner disregarded the pleas for leniency and imposed a 15-30-year sentence:

After making a decision on the sentencing, Baumgartner said he could not believe people were supporting Erickson after the issue came to light.
“I’m appalled and ashamed that the community could rally around, in this case, you,” he said.
“What you did was a jab in the eye with a sharp stick to every parent who trusts a teacher,” Baumgartner added.

 The family of the victim has demanded that the teachers who supported criminal pervert Neal Erickson be fired, and have begun a petition drive to recall school board members who supported the criminal pervert. And guess what happened next?

A garage fire at John and Lori Janczewski’s house on Grandjean Road near Rose City destroyed the couple’s garage and melted the siding on their home early Saturday morning.
Lt. Melvin Matthews, post commander for the Michigan State Police Post in West Branch, said the fire is being ruled as arson. He said evidence gathered at the scene is being analyzed by the MSP crime lab, and new leads gathered since the incident occurred are being investigated.
The Janczewskis believe it was someone responding to their outspokenness against several West Branch-Rose City teachers and a board member, who they said publicly supported Neal Erickson, a former WB-RC teacher who recently pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct against the Janczewski’s son. . . .
John Janczewski said he doesn’t understand why someone would do something like this to his family.
“We don’t deserve this,” he said in tears. “We’re not a bad family. We’ve done nothing but stand up for our son, the victim. They could have killed my whole family. Whoever’s done this has no remorse. They have no soul.”
John Janczewski said he and his wife do not plan to stop. They are currently circulating petitions for the recall of WB-RC board member Mike Eagan.
“Whoever’s done this, we’re not going to quit,” he said. “We’re not giving up. We’re going to continue to fight, until the end.”

School teachers who are insane enough to support a criminal pervert are insane enough to commit any crime themselves.

Erica Ritz told the Janszewski family’s story Monday at The Blaze.

It’s time to wake up, America: Our country is now so close to the gates of Hell you can feel the heat and smell the brimstone.

 

 


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That Psycho-style Imagery In The Anti-Cuccinelli Ad Was Surely A Tribute To Anthony Perkins, Not An Attack

Posted on | August 23, 2013 | 15 Comments

by Smitty

Oh, those humorless Republicans. Up in arms, as usual:

In his letter to the [Virginia] Board of Elections, Mr. Webster also raised questions about the propriety of the McAuliffe Campaign not being required to endorse publicly the mud slinging “attack ads” against Mr. McAuliffe’s Republican opponent being aired by the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA). The McAuliffe Campaign recently transferred $2.5M+ to the DPVA ostensibly to pay for the attack ads.

For example, the one accusing Ken of ‘Waging War on Abortion‘.
I. . .suppose one can consider abortion a topic one could go to war with, if the Kermit Gosnell carnage on the receiving end is any indication.

However, the [Virginia] Board of Elections tabled Mr. Webster’s complaint until such time as Board members can review the DPVA ads to determine if they advocate the defeat of the Republican candidate, Ken Cuccinelli.

Hopefully the viewers understood what I, for one, took as a Hitchcock allusion.

One cannot fail to appreciate the brass-knuckle politics at work. Ken has only been doing fantastic work in public service these years, and yet he keeps drawing attention to McAuliffe’s SEC investigation. Terry outsourcing the dirtiness lets

Democrat Terry McAuliffe, struggling to create a positive image for himself in Virginia’s governor race, is setting the stage to shift the dirty work of negative advertising this fall to others.
Mr. McAuliffe, a prolific former Clinton fundraiser who is far outpacing his Republican rival, has shifted millions of his campaign dollars to the Virginia Democratic Party, where it can be spent on attack ads against Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and get-out-the-vote efforts.
The tactic allows him to keep his own advertising and message positive, polishing an image that still suffers with voters in a race in which both candidates with high negatives are vying to be the least unpopular.

Another ad focuses on Ken Cuccinelli’s efforts to protect the citizens of Virginia from being defrauded by Global Warming Hoaxer Michael Mann, whose hockey stick did for infamy what Wayne Gretsky’s did for the NHL. Makes sense, really: the Global Warming farce dovetails with Terry McAuliffe’s GreenTech farce.

Ken actually has a record of public service, and serious ideas about government. Terry. . .raises funds. I guess if you’re committed to living in a banana republic, in a bleak future with President Benghazi at the helm of a sinking ship of state, maybe having her lackey as governor serves a twisted kind of logic.

Ken Cuccinelli for Governor

McAuliffe is clearly more fit to govern Illinois, or maybe just go straight to the joint.

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Mystery in #FreeKate Case: What Does Kaitlyn Hunt’s BFF Julia Gilmore Know?

Posted on | August 23, 2013 | 178 Comments

An intriguing detail I reported last week on the Kaitlyn Hunt case:

[Assistant state attorney Christopher] Taylor also recounted a May incident in which Hunt violated the no-contract order by communicating with the victim “through a third party, Julia Gilmore.” In May, Gilmore told a local TV station she “has been friends with Hunt for five years” and, at a Wednesday [Aug. 14] hearing in the case, Hunt’s attorney attempted to compel the prosecution to provide Gilmore’s address, but prosecutors said they don’t intend to call Gilmore as a witness.

Amid all the shocking allegations in the prosecutor’s petition for revocation of bond, the mention of Julia Gilmore seemed trivial, but I was intrigued by the description of the Aug. 14 hearing:

8/14/2013 DEF/ATTY GRAVES/ASA WORKMAN PRESENT FOR STATE’S MOTION FOR PARTIAL CLOSURE OF COURTROOM GRANTED, ONLY IMMEDIATE FAMILY WILL BE ALLOWED IN COURTROOM, DA [defense attorney] MOTION TO COMPEL ADDRESS OF JULIA GILMORE HEARD, SA [state's attorney] ARGUES THAT THEY DONT HAVE THE ADDRESS OR INTEND TO USE HER AS A WITNESS, COURT ADVISES THE SA IF THEY DECIDE TO USE HER THAT THEY NEED TO SUPPLY DA WITH THE ADDRESS 30 DAYS BEFORE TRIAL DATE, DA RULE TO SHOW CAUSE ON CYNTHIA VOEGTLIN AND ON MIAH SHEPHERD HEARD, DA TO RESET DEPOS, CASE CONTINUED UNTIL 9/26/13 @ 9:00 **CARD GIVEN**

Kaitlyn Hunt’s attorney asked the prosecution to provide Julia Gilmore’s address. I’ve seen evidence Gilmore was in regular communication with Kate Hunt as recently as July, so why would Hunt’s lawyer need the prosecution’s help to find Gilmore now?

This is a question to which I don’t know the answer. Nor do I know why Hunt’s lawyer was so interested in finding Gilmore or why the lawyer thought she was important to the prosecution’s case. But there are dots here, and these dots seem to form a non-random pattern.

Meanwhile there is gossip that “LT,” who was mentioned in testimony by Detective Jeremy Shepherd during Tuesday’s hearing, is Kaitlyn’s new girlfriend Latasha Thomas, 27, who was arrested in 2006 for a traffic violation and marijuana possession and arrested again last year on a felony domestic battery charge.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Detective Shepherd described text messages sent by Kaitlyn Hunt to her underage victim, now 15, boasting that someone had asked whether Kaitlyn shared the younger girl’s . . . uh, companionship with “LT,” to which Kaitlyn replied no, that the younger girl was “all mine.” Watching that testimony, I was not sure about the relevance, but the gossip I’ve heard (and this is only gossip so far) is that Kaitlyn had moved in with Thomas after her arrest, and that Gilmore was reportedly also one of their roommates at some point.

OK, that’s the gossip. Now we return to the prosecutor’s petition for bond revocation, which describes a  May 21 text exchange between Kaitlyn Hunt and her younger victim, “CS”:

CS: “[The prosecutor] asked me today if anyone saw us in the bathroom when we would do stuff. Should I have said names?”
KH: “No! Say nobody.”

There has been speculation that perhaps this other person “in the bathroom when we would do stuff” was Julia Gilmore, but that’s just speculation, of course. However, it would make sense that Gilmore, Kaitlyn’s best friend, who purportedly acted as go-between in Kaitlyn’s violation of the no-contact order, was aware all along of the nature of Kaitlyn’s involvement with the underage victim.

Much about this situation remains mysterious. For example, given that Latasha Thomas has a criminal record, including for drug use and domestic violence, why would Kaitlyn Hunt’s parents — knowing that Kaitlyn was out on bond — permit their daughter to associate with someone like that? And why was Kaitlyn’s lawyer so interested in Gilmore, if Gilmore was not a prosecution witness? Is it possible that there has been some sort of falling-out between Kaitlyn and her best friend, raising concern that Gilmore might testify against Kaitlin?

Anyway, here’s video of a local TV report about Tuesday’s hearing. Notice that Kaitlyn’s dad walks out of the court with his second wife.

In many of their public appearances in May, Steve and Kelley would appear together as if they were still married, when in fact they’ve been divorced for at least five years, and both have remarried. In fact, Kelley’s current husband is actually her third husband, because her second marriage, to an immigrant from the Caribbean, was reportedly annulled.

Because the dysfunctionality of the Hunt family didn’t fit the desired “wholesome all-American” media narrative, their divorce was never mentioned, and Kaitlyn’s stepparents were kept out of the picture.

The whole “Free Kate” myth was a gigantic lie from the start.




 

UPDATE: Thanks to the keen-eyed readers who spotted Latasha Thomas in the video above, leaving the courtroom after Tuesday’s hearing. Furthermore, video from WPEC-TV shows that LT arrived with Steve Hunt and his wife. Here are two screen-caps:

The WPEC-TV story notes that Kaitlyn’s mother, Steve’s ex-wife Kelley Hunt Smith, did not attend Tuesday’s hearing, perhaps because she didn’t want to answer questions about prosecution charges that she assisted Kaitlyn’s violation of the no-contact order.

UPDATE II: OK, now it gets weird. A search of court records for Latasha Thomas’s October 2012 case, when she was charged with domestic battery, shows that at her first court appearance, Thomas was ordered to have no contact with Katlin Sanders. According to the Palm Beach Post, Katlin Marie Sanders graduated from Sebastian River High School in June 2012. So, in October 2012, there was a “domestic violence” case in which Thomas, 26 at the time, was accused of attempting to strangle a girl who had just graduated from high school four months earlier? And now, less than a year later, we find Thomas in a relationship with the most famous teenage lesbian in Indian River County Florida America human history?

Anybody got any thoughts on this? It’s just weird, like Sebastian River High School is some kind of lesbian magnet.

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