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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

American Sniper Chris Kyle US Navy Seal

Killer of 'American Sniper' Kyle jailed for life

STEPHENVILLE, Texas, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Eddie Ray Routh was jailed for life without the possibility of parole on Tuesday after a Texas jury found him guilty of murdering Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper."
Routh, 27, was found guilty of fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield, multiple times at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013.
The jury deliberated for a little more than two hours before reaching a verdict at a court in the rural Texas city of Stephenville.
In closing arguments before the case went to the jury, prosecutor Jane Starnes said Routh acted coldly and deliberately when he waited for Kyle to empty his gun at the range and then ambushed the two from behind before fleeing the scene Kyle's pickup truck.
Defense lawyers argued that Routh, a former U.S. Marine, was a paranoid schizophrenic and should be declared innocent by reason of insanity.
"That is not insanity. That is just cold, calculated capital murder," Starnes said.
In closing arguments before the case went to the jury, prosecutor Jane Starnes said Eddie Ray Routh, 27, waited for the right time before fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at the range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013.
"The defendant did the murder. How much clearer can it be? This is not a whodunit case," she told jurors in the rural Texas city of Stephenville. Prosecutors presented video and audio evidence where Routh admitted to the crime.
Defense lawyers argued that Routh, a former U.S. Marine, was a paranoid schizophrenic and should be declared innocent by reason of insanity. They have not refuted charges Routh shot the two and fled in Kyle's pickup truck.
"That is not insanity. That is just cold, calculated capital murder," Starnes said. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Defense lawyers told the jury that Routh had been to VA hospitals four times because of his mental illness and was diagnosed as psychotic. They said he was suffering a paranoid episode when he went to the range and met the state's legal definition of insanity.
"He killed those men because he had a delusion. He believed in his mind that they were going to kill him." Warren St. John said in closing arguments.
During the defense arguments, Kyle's widow, Tara Kyle, left the courtroom, slamming the door behind her.
Jurors began deliberations after the arguments ended.
The judge told jurors they could find a person innocent by reason of insanity if the defendant did not know the conduct was wrong due to a severe mental defect or illness.
A forensics expert called by prosecutors said Kyle and Littlefield were shot in the back at close range. They had no time to remove loaded guns that they had holstered.
"He (Kyle) absolutely never saw this coming," said crime scene analyst Howard Ryan.
Prosecutors said the two were shot by 12 or 13 bullets and that Routh put on act to get out of trouble.
"He is capable of dreaming up excuses to get his hide out of trouble at convenient times depending on who he is talking to," prosecutor Alan Nash said. Prosecutors said Routh waited until Kyle's gun was empty at the range before opening fire.
The trial has focused renewed attention on Kyle, credited with the most confirmed kills of any U.S. military sniper, and how he tried to help fellow veterans manage their mental scars by taking them for outings at gun ranges, sometimes with Littlefield.
Defense attorneys recalled a psychiatrist to the stand on Tuesday who said Routh had psychotic bouts of paranoia and suffered from schizophrenia at the time of the incident, believing he had to kill the two before they killed him first.
"It is my opinion that it is not a mood disorder that Mr. Routh suffered from," said Dr. Mitchell Dunn.
Prosecutors in a trial that has seen nine days of testimony, had called a psychologist who testified Routh had a mood disorder made worse by heavy drug use and had been faking schizophrenia.
Routh served with the Marines in Iraq and Haiti. Prosecutors said Routh did not see combat in those deployments.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bill Trott and Peter Cooney)

Yes, it all probably happened. However, Ennis Cosby is very dead.

New Bill Cosby Accuser Comes Forward With Graphic Details of Alleged Sexual Assault

The seemingly endless list of women who've accused Bill Cosby of sexually abusing them has just grown by one.
Former aspiring actress/model Heidi Thomas told CNN on Tuesday that the former "The Cosby Show" star took advantage of her in 1984, in Reno, Nevada.
In an account that's becoming all too familiar, Thomas claims she was instructed by her agency to visit Cosby, who was performing at Harrah's Hotel and Casino in Reno, from her home town of Denver so he could give her pointers on acting. According to Thomas, she performed a monologue for Cosby, after which he told her to do a read as a drunk person.
"How are you ever going play an intoxicated person ... if you've never been drunk?" Cosby said, then gave her a glass of Chablis, according to her explanation. That's when she says things grew "foggy."
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According to Thomas, she woke up to find Cosby in bed with her. The comedian was naked and "forcing himself in my mouth," Thomas claims.
Later, Cosby told her, "I'm your friend ... your friend is gonna (ejaculate) again," Thomas told CNN.
Thomas recalls storming out, but said she apologized for her "rude" behavior and rode to Cosby's show with him. Months later, Thomas said, she traveled to see him backstage at a show in St. Louis, but they never discussed the alleged Reno incident.
A representative for Cosby has not returned TheWrap's request for comment.
The story had been kept a closely guarded secret for over 30 years until, Thomas says, she discovered that her parents have long known something had happened during her trip to Reno, compelling her to go public.
Thomas is one of dozens of women who have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct. Cosby has denied the allegations, with his attorney Martin Singer having previously said, "The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40 or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity."
Cosby's career has taken a number of hits since the allegations began surfacing. NBC decided to ax a comedy that it was developing for the comedian to star in, while Netflix postponed a comedy special starring Cosby that had been scheduled to run over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Jury may see butt-injecting defendant's - umm, related article. Not a mistake.

Authorities: Explosion near NAACP office targeted accountant

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

DENVER — The man accused of setting off a small explosion last month that rattled nerves because of its proximity to a Colorado NAACP facility was in a rage over his financial problems and was actually targeting his accountant's office, according to court documents filed Friday.
Thaddeus Murphy, 44, told federal agents he made the pipe bomb out of a shotgun shell and fireworks fuses, according to the documents. He said he was angry because the accountant wouldn't return his phone calls or give him back his tax records.
Murphy has been charged with arson of a building and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was due to appear in federal court later Friday. Court records didn't list his attorney.
The accountant ran his business from the same building as offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP.
No one was hurt in the Jan. 6 explosion adjacent to a wall of Mr. G's Hair Design Studios, a barber shop that also shares the building in a mostly residential neighborhood.
The crude device caused minor damage, failing to ignite a canister of gasoline set next to it. But the FBI said at the time that even if the canister had ignited, the damage likely would have been minimal.
Still, the explosion gained widespread attention due to its closeness to the nation's oldest civil rights organization, and the FBI investigated it as a possible hate crime.
No one answered the phone Friday at the NAACP offices.
Murphy told investigators he made the pipe bomb in his garage the night before the blast, using instructions he found online and materials he used in his work as a carpenter, according to court records.
Murphy believed the accountant intentionally destroyed his tax records, and he told investigators he "flipped out" because of his financial problems, the documents show. He said he wanted to send the accountant a warning.
"Murphy admitted the rationale for the pipe bomb was rage," the documents say.
Investigators searched his house and found at least seven firearms, which he is barred from having because he is a convicted felon. They also found a pack of road flares with one missing, a hobby fuse and 3 ½ pounds of commercially available explosive.
Witnesses told investigators they saw a white Ford pickup truck near the scene of the blast.
A Colorado Springs police detective spotted a matching vehicle Feb. 10, which led authorities to Murphy. They watched him for several days before arresting him Thursday, according to the documents.
Among other evidence, Murphy's cellphone records showed he had been close to the crime scene, and authorities found dog hair inside the pipe bomb that matched a brown pit bull living in Murphy's home, the documents show.
Court records show Murphy's criminal history includes a felony theft conviction for which he was sentenced to five years in prison in 2009.

KKK Grand Dragon

Huh? KKK Grand Dragon Claims He Was Victim Of Discrimination

A Philadelphia man claims he was discriminated against after he was kicked off of his neighborhood watch when he was found to be distributing literature for a “conservative Christian group” to his neighbors.
The group? The East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire, a branch of the Ku Klux Klan.
William Walters has lived in Tacony, a neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia, for over 20 years. He’s been a Grand Dragon of the KKK for over 30, Philadelphia Magazine reports.
But Walters’ neighbors were unaware of the affiliation until he began distributing literature in an attempt to draw fresh faces to the infamous hood-wearing group.
“We received information that Bill had been distributing flyers in the neighborhood trying to recruit new members,” Tacony Town Watch president Joe Nicoletti told Philadelphia Magazine.
“And part of our bylaws state that members must promote harmony in the neighborhood, and we all know that harmony is not what the KKK is about,” said Nicoletti.
But Walters is crying foul.
“We are a conservative Christian group,” he claimed. “My rights were infringed upon. I can’t believe in what I want to? This has infringed on my First Amendment rights. It’s reverse discrimination.”
According to Philadelphia Magazine, several lawyers have refused to take on his case. The American Civil Liberties Union also refused to help him. Now he is awaiting a response from the Philadelphia Bar Association.
As most KKK members do, Walters claims that the organization has a bad rap and that it has changed its ways.
“I know we have a bad name, but it’s not that way no more,” he said.
“When was the last time a black or Hispanic got hung on a tree?” asked Walters, whose Facebook contains a number of posts opposing homosexuality and interracial relationships.
If he is unable to find legal representation, Walters said he may take matters into his own hands by forming a town watch with his KKK buddies.
“We’re basically the same thing as the town watch,” Walters told Philadelphia Magazine. “We want to try to get rid of the trash coming in.”

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I was right, Earl Little was a short dude. Abusive. Too attractive to me. I'm short. That's why.

Character AnalysisReverend Earl Little
About a short man, who fathered a tall man, who happened to be a Garveyite, or in other words a follower of Marcus Garvey (gee, Mal couldn't take he was short, same as my first husband couldn't take that his Dad was short either):Malcolm's father, Earl Little, a Baptist minister by profession, was also an organizer for the militant Universal Negro Improvement Association, a black nationalist group led by the Jamaican Marcus Garvey. Malcolm remembers him as a confident, self-sufficient man, willing to stand up to white men. It was this aspect of his personality which resulted in his death. His organizing activities in Omaha, Nebraska, caused trouble with the Ku Klux Klan. His house in Lansing, Michigan, was burned to the ground by a white racist group, the Black Legionnaires; it is likely that this group murdered him.
Reverend Little was vociferously proud of his blackness and proud of his African heritage. Yet, even he seems to have been a victim of white "brainwashing"; that is, he preferred his lightest-skinned child, Malcolm, to all the rest.
As a father and husband, he was a harsh man. He and his wife often fought violently, and he frequently whipped the children. Yet his strong authority held the family together, and after his death, it rapidly dissolved.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Adolph Hitler, everyone else who ever wrote a book from a jail cell - where did you go?

BY  • 01.16.12

There’s not much else to be said about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that has yet to be mentioned in documentaries, books and news reports. However, if a personal, intimate look at the man and his impact is what you’re looking for, ask someone old enough to remember when King was considered by some the most dangerous man in America. This past weekend I attended a breakfast in honor of King and more than the actual program, hearing people in attendance reflect on their own memories of Martin was the standout aspect of the entire event.

No description from even the world’s greatest writer can put into words how important he was to the fabric of the times. While not the only activist fighting for freedom, he was the face of the movement; the one people turned towards when guidance was needed. He fought for perceived unalienable rights, went toe-to-toe with the government and survived an assassination attempt on his life while really “in the streets.” Put it this way, had King been a rapper, he’d be glorified for actually living what he spoke.

Several quotes from Saturday’s event paint the picture of a generation of people who adored Martin, but one in particular sticks out. An older gentleman said, “I’m not sure where we, as a country, would be without that man. So often I wanted to fight back, riot over injustices I witnessed, but I thought about what he would want. He took all of our frustrations and placed them on his shoulders. That took more pride, courage and probably a fair share of insanity that anyone will ever imagine. God bless, Dr. King. He wasn’t perfect – no man is – but he is the closest thing I’ve seen towards a biblical figure in all my life.”

I’m sure I left out a sentence or a word, but that’s he gist of what he preached. More importantly, it was proof Martin’s “dream” remains subjective and one that’s stood the test of time long after he took his final breath on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968. At the risk of coming off cheesy, the crater MLK has left on myself and the world brings me back to my favorite quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
That’s the only way I have ever and will ever attempt to live my life. Happy MLK Day, everybody.

FBI probes claim suspects in 1946 Georgia mass lynching may be alive

Jon Swaine in Monroe, Georgia

US authorities are investigating whether some of those responsible for one of the American south’s most notorious mass lynchings are still alive, in an attempt to finally bring prosecutions over the brutal unsolved killings.
FBI agents questioned a man in Georgia who was among several in their 80s and 90s newly named in connection with the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching of 1946 on a list given to the US Department of Justice by civil rights activists, he told the Guardian.
Speaking at his home in Monroe, 10 miles west of the lynching site, Charlie Peppers denied taking part in the killings of four African Americans who were tied up and shot 60 times by a white mob.
“Heck no,” said Peppers, 86, when asked if he was involved. “Back when all that happened, I didn’t even know where Moore’s Ford was.” Peppers, who was 18 at the time of the lynching, said: “The blacks are blaming people that didn’t even know what happened back then.”
A report by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) published last week found at least 700 more lynchings than had previously been recorded in southern states, renewing calls from campaigners for any suspects still at large to be brought to justice before it is too late.
The Moore’s Ford incident, widely described as America’s last mass lynching, stands out as a particularly brutal case even in Georgia, where more lynchings were recorded between 1877 and 1950 than in any other state, according to the EJI study. The report was the result of almost five years of investigations into lynchings in 12 southern states.
No one was ever prosecuted for the killings on 25 July 1946 of two black couples in their 20s: George and Mae Murray Dorsey, and Dorothy and Roger Malcom. According to unconfirmed claims from the time that are now asserted by campaigners, Dorothy Malcom was heavily pregnant and her unborn baby was cut from her body by the attackers.
An outraged President Harry Truman ordered a federal investigation and rewards totalling $12,500 – worth more than $150,000 today – were offered for information leading to a conviction. A grand jury was convened and heard evidence for three weeks. Yet no indictments were brought for the killings, which have long been linked to the Ku Klux Klan.
However then-Georgia governor Roy Barnes reopened the state’s inquiry in 2000 and the FBI reopened its own case in 2007. Georgia state representative Tyrone Brooks, who leads an annual re-enactment of the lynching as part of a campaign for justice, said the absence of prosecutions still hurts black residents of the area.
“There is a lot of pain, a lot of frustration and a lot of disappointment,” said Brooks. “Because it has always said – like other cases have suggested more recently – that black lives don’t matter”.
Fords Bridge Lynching© Provided by Guardian News Fords Bridge LynchingCoroner WT Brown holds a piece of rope used in the lynching. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis
Peppers was accused of being involved by his nephew, Wayne Watson. Video of Watson, 57, claiming in 2013 that Peppers and several other men from the area had spoken of their involvement in the killings was given to the US Department of Justice by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
“All through my life, I heard them talk about the Moore’s Ford and the lynching,” said Watson, in an April 2013 interview. “I’m tired of it, when you go through life, and you’re living with lies.”
Watson alleged that several of the men he named were Klan members. When asked this week Peppers denied he is or ever was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Watson said he had previously given information on the lynching to the city police and was ignored.
Watson made his remarks to Benjamin Jealous, who was then the NAACP president. Hilary Shelton, the NAACP’s Washington Bureau director, told the Guardian this week that during a meeting he handed a DVD containing the video footage to Thomas Perez, who was then the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division and is now the US Labor Secretary, and urged him to take action.
“We already knew it was true that some of them were still here, and still alive, but we just needed people who could name names,” said Edward Dubose, an NAACP national board member and former Georgia branch president, who has campaigned for many years on the issue.
Peppers said he was visited at his home by two FBI agents, one man and one woman, last year and was questioned for about 40 minutes. He said he asked them: “Why in the world are y’all bringing stuff up that happened 60 years ago. Why didn’t y’all do something about it then?” The male agent called Peppers a week later asking for further details of his family, he said.
The victims of the lynching, who were sharecroppers, were killed after Roger Malcom was bailed from Walton County Jail on charges of stabbing Barnette Hester, a 29-year-old white farmer. Hester was rumoured locally to be having an affair with Roger’s wife, Dorothy, according to Laura Wexler, the author ofFire In A Canebrake, a 2003 book on the killings.
The couples were seized by a crowd on a dirt road while being driven home in a truck by Loy Harrison, a white farmer who had paid to bail Malcom out of jail. They were beaten, dragged to a clearing beside the Apalachee River and shot. Harrison, who escaped unharmed and said he was ambushed, has been accused by civil rights activists of being a Klan member and helping to set up the lynching.
Investigators at the time reported difficulty in obtaining statements and evidence on the killings. A conspiracy of silence among the white residents of the area was blamed. Bullets and shell casings were recovered from trees and the surrounding area but little other evidence existed at the time.
The killing of George Dorsey, who was a second world war veteran, caused particular outrage. Eventually about 55 suspects or people of interest were identified. Several were called to testify to the grand jury but none was charged.
Moore Ford Bridge lynching© Provided by Guardian News Moore Ford Bridge lynchingLoy Harrison, left, shows Sheriff JM Bond, centre and coroner WT Brown where four African-Americans were killed by a mob of white men on 25 July 1946, near Monroe, Georgia. Photograph: Rudolph Faircloth/AP
In July 2008 the FBI and Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said they had collected material from a home in Walton County that was being investigated further. Watson said in his interview that he had provided the tip-off for that raid.
Special Agent Stephen Emmett, a spokesman for the FBI’s Atlanta field office, declined to discuss the case or Peppers’s questioning.
“We’re not going to be able to confirm or clarify any development that you’re describing,” said Emmett. “It’s still a pending investigation”.
The Department of Justice did not respond to several requests for comment. A spokeswoman for the GBI referred all inquiries to the FBI.
Watson told Jealous he had been shunned by members of his family after entering a relationship with a black woman. “I want it all over with, the racism,” he said.
Watson said in the video that he had spent time in jail. According to public records he was convicted in 1999 of obstructing a law enforcement officer. He could not be reached for comment. Two neighbours at his last known address said he had been evicted and was thought to now have no permanent home.

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