Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Sunday Edition (.026)


This election cycle has turned me to drink.
Another fascinating Sunday Edition of the North Texas Drifter full of all the news fit to print and some that's probably not.

So ya think Hillary's going to win, huh? Maybe so. If she does, I predict civil war. If it goes the other way and Trump wins, I predict rioting perhaps leading to, yep, you guessed it, civil war.

• In local Montague County news, two LEOs were indicted and removed from duty this past week. Lee Phariss, 47, of Sunset and employed as a Montague County Sheriff's Deputy, was charged with official suppression by choking and causing bodily injury to a handcuffed prisoner. What do you say old Floyd Lee gets away with it? Did you know that official suppression is only a Class A Misdemeanor? Sheesh.

The other cop in trouble is Brian Keating of the Bowie Police Department. Brian, 37, is charged with injury to a child under the age of 14. The report says his victim was his stepson, which puts a wholly different spin on the whole thing and I, for one, after having survived step-children wars myself, am more sympathetic to this guy than Phariss. His charge, however, is a felony and his bond was $10,000 compared to Phariss' $1500. I question the fairness of that.

Edit: Can somebody tell me if this Keating guy is related to former, disgraced and indicted Sheriff, Bill Keating?

2nd Edit: Brian Keating is ex-Sheriff Bill Keating's son.

In any case, police bullying and overuse of physical force is just another day among the government agents of North Texas. These guys need to get a handle on their temper.

Cute couple.
• The FBI has decided to look at Hillary Clinton's emails again after some revelation emerged in an investigation around her closest aide's (Huma Abedin) husband and former congressman, Anthony Weiner. Personally, I think nothing will come of this and that the FBI has been totally politicized and corrupted. Just ask the victims of the Branch-Davidian massacre in Waco where 76 men, woman, and children were shot and/or burned to death without a trial. Oh wait. You can't ask because they're all dead at the hands of the federal government. That was back in 1993, but Hillary had her hand in that too.

• What should we do with corrupt politicians? Execute them? Fine them? Brand them?

• The Bundy brothers remained in jail Friday following an acquittal a day earlier in a courtroom that erupted into chaos after their attorney was attacked, tased, and then arrested in court by six US Marshalol's apparently unhappy with the decision!

A jury acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon. Nothing has been said about the murder of one of the occupiers by federal police. Murder. Unjustified. On video.

After the verdicts were read, attorney Marcus Mumford asked his client be immediately released. US Marshals tackled Mumford to the ground, used a stun gun on him several times and arrested him.

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown said she could not release Bundy because he still faces charges in Nevada stemming from an armed standoff at his father Cliven Bundy's ranch two years ago.

• Justice in the US? Well, it's probably much harder to obtain than you would imagine. As I've stated before, the authorities across the US are simply out of control, drunk with their own federal power.

Kathleen "Kandy" Kane
• Ex-attorney general sentenced to jail, then cuffed in court. Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced Monday to 10 to 23 months in jail for illegally disclosing details from a grand jury investigation to embarrass a rival and lying about it under oath.

Kane was also sentenced to eight years of probation by a Montgomery County judge who said Kane's ego drove her to take down enemies and break the law.

Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy said Kane assumed an "off with your heads" mentality as she ran the state's top law enforcement agency. The judge called Kane a political "neophyte" who failed to make the transition from campaigner to public servant after she took office.

"This case is about ego - the ego of a politician consumed with her image from Day One," Demchick-Alloy said. "This case is about retaliation and revenge against perceived enemies who this defendant ... felt had embarrassed her in the press."

Kane, the first woman and first Democrat elected as the state's top prosecutor, was handcuffed in court and led out a side door. She will remain in custody until she posts $75,000 cash bail, higher than she had previously posted.

After she posts bond, she will remain free while she appeals her conviction.

She had been a stay-at-home mother, and former assistant county prosecutor, before using her husband's trucking fortune to run for statewide office in 2012. She quickly became a rising star in the state Democratic Party before her office devolved into turmoil as career prosecutors came and went.

Kane and her husband are now estranged and share custody of their teenage boys.

• Once, the CEO of a local hospital complex told me he could do anything he wanted because he was the boss. That's the way it works, I guess. The rest of us have to suck eggs.

• Obama admin blocking congressional probe into cash payments to Iran. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) initially presented Lynch in October with a series of questions about how the cash payment to Iran was approved and delivered.

In an Oct. 24 response, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik responded on Lynch’s behalf, refusing to answer the questions and informing the lawmakers that they are barred from publicly disclosing any details about the cash payment, which was bound up in a ransom deal aimed at freeing several American hostages from Iran.

The response from the attorney general’s office is “unacceptable” and provides evidence that Lynch has chosen to “essentially plead the fifth and refuse to respond to inquiries regarding [her] role in providing cash to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism,” Rubio and Pompeo wrote on Friday in a follow-up letter to Lynch, according to a copy obtained by the Free Beacon.

The inquiry launched by the lawmakers is just one of several concurrent ongoing congressional probes aimed at unearthing a full accounting of the administration’s secret negotiations with Iran.

"Oh, Danny Boy..."
• YouTube on Wednesday suspended the account of Danney Williams, the 30-year-old man who has claimed since the 1990s to be the black son of former President Bill Clinton.

YouTube, citing “repeated or severe violations of our Terms of Use and/or Community Guidelines,” declared the account “cannot be restored.”

The YouTube decision blocked the nine-minute feature “BANISHED – The Untold Story of Danney Williams,” which had received 1.2 million views since Williams posted it last week. Produced by filmmaker Joel Gilbert, it drew nearly 100,000 views per day and more than 1,000 viewer comments, with the overwhelming majority expressing support for Williams and outrage at the Clintons for not being willing to allow a DNA test to determine paternity.

• Did you happen to catch Megyn Kelly's interview with Newt Gingrich? It really was not an interview; rather, it was a pillorying session by a biased government agent. If Megyn Kelly is a journalist, then I am Ghandi. America is no longer America. We have apparently become some sort of banana republic with reckless female pundits in place of reporters. Megyn Kelly is making some powerful enemies.

• A new poll released by Gallup has found that a record amount of Americans are opposed to gun control measures.

The survey found that 76 percent of respondents, over three quarters, believe that a ban on civilian ownership of handguns should not be made law.

The findings represent a four-point increase on the same survey from last year, in addition to an all-time high for the past three decades.

The poll also found that almost two thirds, 61 percent, are “against” a ban on semi-automatic rifles, or “assault weapons”as the corporate media refers to them.

That figure represents a full ten-point increase on previous findings, and is an all time record high since polling began on the issue 20 years ago.

Just 27 percent, less than a third, say they support a ban on handgun ownership, while only 36 percent, support a semi-automatic ban. an eight-point decline on previous findings.

Obviously, this is a crazy Christian.
• In a related story, Catherine M. Wallace, who is a faculty member at Northwestern’s School of Medicine and a Christian herself, argues that fundamentalist access to United States armaments is the number one threat to the nation’s security.

Wallace argues that because radical Christians are in positions of power and control the nuclear codes, they pose a greater danger to American society than do Islamic terrorists.

“If [anything Islamic] wanted to attack an American city, they had to hijack an airliner. If they want to blow up a concert, they need to put bombs on their own children and send young men in to kill themselves… that kind of radicalism [Christian fundamentalism] in control of nuclear codes was a much, much greater threat,” Wallace claimed.

According to The Chicago Maroon, the student newspaper of the University of Chicago, Wallace believes that a literal reading of the Bible is responsible for the threats posed by Christian fundamentalists.

In Wallace’s view, this radicalism stems from a literal reading of the Bible. “Nobody in the ancient world would have read the Bible literally,” Wallace said. The idea of a literal reading is a thoroughly modern phenomenon, according to Wallace—church fathers of the past would discourage anyone from taking the Bible literally.

Therefore, according to Wallace, the fundamentalists have it all wrong. “Christian fundamentalism is a malignant form of Christianity,” Wallace said. In her opinion, their literalist reading creates misconceptions of what the Bible means, fostering a climate of hate and leading to increased and unnecessary conflict between Christians and the rest of the world. …

When asked a final question on how she thought Jesus would respond to the modern political climate, Wallace answered on a positive note. “Jesus was first a Jewish prophet reciting the Jewish rant in its standard edition, which is social justice, socio-economic justice. Care for widows and orphans, which is to say the unemployable. People who can’t earn their own living. And the just sharing of the world’s resources.”

Wallace concluded the conversation on the dangers of Christian fundamentalism by arguing that a modern Jesus Christ would be a socialist and advocate for “the just sharing of the world’s resources.”

• For those living in the country in North Texas, be careful. Snakes are on the move and a great big old rattler bit a Bowie man this week causing serious injury. You should have seen the size of that thing.

One last snark -- is the election fixed? Ha ha. Are Texas cops corrupt? In all fairness, what is not totally corrupt these days? Think long and hard before you suggest your church or your preacher are as clean as the driven snow. In my estimation, they may be the worst of the lot.

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