June 20th, 2013


KKK Klansman Tried to Sell Death Ray Machine to Jewish Synagogue.

Death Machine Guarantees 100% Lethal Dose of Radiation, Or Your Money Back!

2 wanted device used on enemies, officials say
Suspect taped promising to build "Hiroshima on a light switch"

A plot to design a radiation weapon that could fit in a small van and be used to silently kill humans was unraveled by an FBI task force that charged two men — a General Electric Co. industrial mechanic from Saratoga County and a computer software expert from Columbia County -— with conspiring to sell the weapon to Jewish groups or a southern branch of the Ku Klux Klan.

A federal complaint unsealed Wednesday in Albany said the vehicle-mounted radiation gear was intended to be remotely controlled and capable of aiming a high-energy lethal beam of radioactivity at human targets. The concept was that victims would mysteriously die from radiation poisoning within days.

The FBI on Tuesday arrested Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, of Galway, and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson, who are accused of developing "a radiation emitting device that could be placed in the back of a van to covertly emit ionizing radiation strong enough to bring about radiation sickness or death against Crawford's enemies," according to an FBI agent's sworn complaint.
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Illinois GOPer apologizes for calling black female candidate “street walker”

Jim Allen had sent a racially charged email about Republican House candidate Erika Harold

A county Republican Party Chair in Illinois apologized after sending a racially charged email about black Republican House candidate Erika Harold, in which he called her a “street walker” and “the love child of the D.N.C.,” among other things.

Jim Allen, who chairs the Montgomery County GOP, had written the email to RepublicanNewsWatch attacking Harold, a former Miss America who launched a primary challenge to Rep. Rodney Davis.

“Rodney Davis will win and the love child of the D.N.C. will be back in Shitcago by May of 2014 working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires,” Allen wrote on Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. “The little queen touts her abstinence and she won the crown because she got bullied in school,,,boohoo..kids are cruel, life sucks and you move on.. Now, miss queen is being used like a street walker and her pimps are the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANS.”

The Davis campaign distanced itself from Allen, who apologized shortly after. ”My comments are very inappropriate and wrong, and I apologize to Miss Harold and her campaign and her supporters,” Allen told the State Journal-Register.


Yes, it's inappropriate and wrong, so why, WHY in hell did you send that crap out?  I don't know how Allen or anyone could possibly walk back any of those comments about Ms. Harold.  They're nasty and disrespectful and shout out loud and clear what kind of racist Allen is.  I'm so tired of these vile little men sending out comments like this and then apologizing as if just saying "I'm sorry" will make it all go way.  No, saying you're sorry will not make it all better.  You're still a racist misogynist creep and we all know it.  You're sorry only because you got called on it!


[tw] Global report calls violence against women a crisis of “epidemic proportions”

According to statistics released Thursday by the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one in three women around the world have been raped or physically abused; 80 percent of this abuse happens in the home at the hands of an intimate partner or spouse.

The report represents the first “systematic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women,” according to a release from the organization.

In addition to statistics revealing epidemic levels of violence affecting women and girls in countries across the globe, the report also details the impact of violence on their physical and mental health, ranging from death and serious injury to depression, substance abuse, increased vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections and other negative health outcomes.

“This new data shows that violence against women is extremely common. We urgently need to invest in prevention to address the underlying causes of this global women’s health problem.” Professor Charlotte Watts, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said in a statement.

In addition to investing in prevention, health experts recommend working to eliminate barriers to effective reporting of violence when and where it happens, as the organization notes: “Fear of stigma prevents many women from reporting non-partner sexual violence. Other barriers to data collection include the fact that fewer countries collect this data than information about intimate partner violence, and that many surveys of this type of violence employ less sophisticated measurement approaches than those used in monitoring intimate partner violence.”

Reducing rates of violence against women is a global health imperative that requires the attention and intervention of government, public health and law enforcement officials, experts say, but the solutions may also be found closer to home, as Claudia Garcia-Moreno, a physician from the WHO told “All Things Considered”: “There is no magic bullet, no vaccine or pill” for rape and abuse, Garcia-Moreno said. “But what we hear from women is that oftentimes, just having an empathetic listener who can provide some practical support and help her get access to some other services — that in itself is an important intervention.


Missing Michael Hastings

One of the great reporters of his generation died Tuesday at 33. The stories he wrote, and the ones he didn’t live to write.

Michael Hastings was really only interested in writing stories someone didn’t want him to write — often his subjects; occasionally his editor. While there is no template for a great reporter, he was one for reasons that were intrinsic to who he was: ambitious, skeptical of power and conventional wisdom, and incredibly brave. And he was warm and honest in a way that left him many unlikely friends among people you’d expect to hate him.

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OP: I included some links from the piece in the post, in case you'd like to see some of Hastings other work, or his obit from The Rolling Stones (it's really good). Not sure of everyone's opinions of him here, but I think it's disappointing and a real loss to lose someone dedicated to this sort of work, even if his methods weren't exactly always celebrated. Somehow, though, I kind of think that reinforces why the need for journalists like him is so great. In my opinion, if those high up in govt don't necessarily love you, you may be doing your job right. In any case, RIP.

Also, I'm awful at bolding, so there's very minimal in there. Sorry about that!
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"Humane Officer" shoots 5 stray kittens in homeowner's backyard

NORTH RIDGEVILLE -- The Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wants Humane Officer Barry Accorti fired for allegedly shooting five kittens in a home's back yard on Monday.

OSPCA Executive Director Teresa Landon says Accorti should be fired and charged with five counts of animal cruelty.

Accorti retired as a sergeant with the North Ridgeville Police Department a few years ago and was hired as a part-time humane officer with the department.

Police tell WKYC that Accorti is not working today (Tuesday) but will be back on Wednesday.

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ETA cut for animal cruelty.