Having a Wonderful Adventure from Somewhere on the Road

September 7, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Good morning:

Crane-Station and I were hacked rendering our computers inoperable. Our place was burglarized, our property vandalized and stolen. Our bank account was breached and money stolen.

Our lives were threatened.

We left Kentucky in a hurry to avoid a worse fate.

This problem began when someone burglarized our home and obtained the access code to our AT&T router, which wasn’t difficult to do since it was printed on the side.

Our apartment was trashed.

Then both of our computers were hacked. Our administrator privileges were usurped, our passwords were altered, and we could no longer log-in to our computers.

I was able to reset and restore my computer to the state it was in when I purchased it, but Crane ended up in the same place unable to log-in after she reset hers.

My computer now appears to be operating normally with assistance from HP Tech Support.

Looks like we offended some people.


Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced today

October 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Good morning:

Judge Masipa will sentence Oscar Pistorius in about 30 minutes.

Will she sentence him to three years home confinement in a mansion with a pool because he has a disability and is wealthy according to the recommendation of his lawyer, Barry Roux, or will she sentence him to prison.

Watch and comment.


Was the story about Mike Brown’s blood in Darren Wilson’s vehicle selectively leaked

October 20, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Good morning:

Questions surfaced yesterday regarding the sources of the New York Times article on Saturday that has been used to portray Mike Brown as the aggressor in his encounter with Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department. I wrote about the article, Michael Brown’s blood found on officer’s gun, uniform and interior panel of driver’s door.

I suspect the tip about Mike Brown’s blood may be true, however, I think it is a good example of selective leaking motivated by a desire to portray Mike Brown as the aggressor and discredit Dorian Johnson’s statement about the shooting.

As I pointed out yesterday, even if this information is true, it is consistent with Dorian Johnson’s statement that Wilson grabbed Mike Brown’s arm through the open window, pulled him to pin him against the door, drew his gun and shot him in the arm during the ensuing struggle.

Not only is the forensic evidence consistent with Dorian Johnson’s statement, it does not address the fundamental issue in the case; namely, did Darren Wilson shoot and kill Mike Brown after he stopped fleeing, turned around and raised his hands in the universally understood gesture of surrender?

Nevertheless, that did not stop the right-wing-message-machine from claiming that the forensic evidence proves Mike Brown was the aggressor and exculpates Darren Wilson.

The sources of information referenced in the article are not identified, except for this statement in the first paragraph, “according to government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter.”

The second paragraph refers to “forensic tests conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

The eighth paragraph states that, “the account of Officer Wilson’s version of events did not come from the Ferguson Police Department or from officials whose activities are being investigated as part of the civil rights inquiry.”

Sometimes, you have to look at what is not said in order to discern the truth.

What was not said is whether the unnamed officials may be biased by virtue of relationship or continued employment by the “officials whose activities are being investigated as part of the civil rights inquiry.”

Given the absence of awareness that the forensic evidence is consistent with Dorian Johnson’s statement, I think we are seeing an example of selective leaking motivated by a desire to influence public opinion by portraying Darren Wilson as the victim.

I suspect the leak was planned and is a good example of what the grand jury is being told and how it will be manipulated to conclude that Darren Wilson should not be charged with a crime.

No indictment would be a crime because none of the eyewitness statements can be reasonably interpreted to support a conclusion that Officer Darren Wilson was in imminent danger of death or serious injury when he fired the fatal shots.

We continue to wait for justice in Ferguson and we are losing patience.

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Police Gone Wild: Domestic Terrorist Edition [2014 Full Documentary]

October 19, 2014

hat tip bettykath. This video contains graphic material. posted by Crane-Station

 


Human remains found in a dry creek bed behind a vacant house in rural Albemarle County may be Hannah Graham

October 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Good morning:

A police search team found human remains yesterday that may be Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore at the University of Virginia who has been missing for 35 days. The remains were found in a dry creek bed behind a vacant house located on an abandoned property along Old Lynchburg Road in southern Albemarle County. They were not buried and not far from the road. The location is approximately 11 miles from the Downtown Mall in Charlottsville, Virginia where she was last seen.

Police collected the remains and transported them to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond.

I suspect police found little, if any soft tissue, and the bones may have been scattered by wild animals complicating a complete recovery of the bones. It’s often difficult to determine the cause of death from skeletal remains unless, for example, the person was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. Knives or sharp instruments can leave marks on bones and if the hyoid bone in the neck is fractured, the cause of death may be manual strangulation.

If insect larvae is present, it may be possible to approximate the time of death to sometime within a 24-hour-period on a certain date.

The sex of skeletal remains can be determined by the width of the hips.

The reports I’ve read do not mention if any clothing or personal effects were recovered. Positive identification will be obtained by DNA testing.

Police have a suspect in custody. His name is Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr. He was the last person seen with Graham before she disappeared. He fled the area after police sought to interrogate him and was eventually arrested in Galveston, TX. He has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham.

Matthew has been linked by DNA evidence to the death of Morgan Harrington five years ago. She was a student at Virginia Tech. Her body was recovered in a rural area a few miles from the abandoned house on Old Lynchburg Road three months after she disappeared.

Matthew is a native to the area. He lived with his mother in a residence off Old Lynchburg Road.

He also has been linked by DNA evidence to a 2012 rape in Fairfax, Virginia. The victim survived the rape when a passerby startled the attacker and he fled.

He also was accused of raping a student at Liberty University when he was a student there in 2000-2003, but she withdrew the accusation.

He subsequently transferred to Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia where he was identified in a police investigation file as a suspect in a sexual assault, however, no charges were filed.

There are several missing women in the area who are listed as endangered.

I imagine the police are investigating Matthew as a suspect in their disappearances.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 4.

Sources:

Here, here and here


Decorah Eagles Webcam is back on for 2014-2015

October 19, 2014

posted by Crane-Station

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The Decorah Eagle Cam was turned on for the 2014-15 season on October 13th, 2014.  To read about what the eagles are doing now, and what they will be doing in the coming months, please visit the Raptor Resource Project blog, and see the post titled, “When will Mom and Dad.”

When will Mom and Dad…

 When will Mom and Dad work on the nest? When will Mom and Dad mate? Are the eagles in Florida going to lay eggs early? “What’s going on?!” everyone seems to be wondering.
Great Horned Owls have already visited the eagle nest, looking for a place to settle. They decided not to stay.

Cop calls dog over to him then shoots it

October 19, 2014

by Crane-Station

 

This tail-wagging family pet was apparently seven months old and his name was Maximus. The police department has admitted that the video clip is legit.

 

The information that was posted to the YouTube video:

Published on Oct 17, 2014

This POS cop called a seemingly playful dog over to him and guns it down. The “Law enforcement officer” is from Cleburne PD. Please feel free to post their info in the comments, I will update when I have more info!

Update 1: In the report the officer claims that the dog was aggressive and coming at him

Update 2: several sources are saying that the perp is Officer Kevin Lynn Dupre, Cleburne TX PD.

Update 3: Petition against cop http://www.thepetitionsite.com/472/96…

 

If you scratch a police department like this, you will likely find an asshat underneath, who is trying to spin the video some other way, and come up with an excuse. Here is Cleburne PD trying to come up with an excuse, on their Facebook page:

 

The City is obviously concerned about the video showing an officer shooting a dog. As is often the case, the short video does not tell the whole story. The officer was responding to a 911 call for assistance. Three dogs had pinned some residents in a vehicle. One dog was secured without incident before the shooting. The officer was attempting to secure the other dogs until animal control arrived when one dog became aggressive.The City of Cleburne takes the safety of our residents, their pets, and our officers seriously. This incident is currently under review. The review will include interviews with witnesses and review of department policies. Once the review is concluded, any actions that may be warranted will be handled swiftly and appropriately.The Cleburne Police Department is seeking the public’s help if anyone observed this incident, please contact the Professional Standards Unit at 817.556.8894.
There is also a Justice 4 Maximus Facebook page. On that page, there are many comments, but here is one from a police officer in Pennsylvania. If you click on the link, it will take you to the Facebook page, where there are updates and links.

Justice 4 Maximus

This was posted only a few minuets ago by a Pennsylvania police officer. I asked him and he said it was OK to repost his comments.FredRick James
1 hr ·
First off I am a Police officer, a State Constable in Pennsylvania….This video if true is VERY appalling. I happen to also be a dog lover…3 dogs…2 pits and a rat terrier who are the nicest dogs, especially around children. I deal with dogs numerous times daily and unless I am physically being attacked there are other ways to handle them. In this case it appears that isn’t so..the dog is called over to be executed. If this turns out to be true he needs to be fired and criminally charged. I may take some flak from fellow law enforcement officers here but I want to make myself clear that if this is true and this dog executed for no reason I want something done to this officer!
I think this officer should have been fired already. What do you think about this incident and other incidents, where friendly family pets are killed by cops like this one?

Michael Brown’s blood found on officer’s gun, uniform and interior panel of driver’s door

October 18, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Good morning:

The New York Times is reporting today that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson “told investigators two months ago that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Mr. Brown according to government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter.”

He told them that Brown reached for his gun during a scuffle inside his police vehicle. Two shots were fired. The first shot hit Brown in the arm. The second shot missed.

Forensic testing has determined that Brown’s blood was found on the gun, Wilson’s uniform and the interior panel on the driver’s door.

Wilson claimed that Brown “punched and scratched him repeatedly leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck.”

Even if we assume that Wilson’s statement is true, that does not mean the subsequent shooting outside the vehicle was justified.

The applicable legal rule: a police officer may pursue a fleeing felon and shoot him, if he refuses to stop and the officer reasonably believes that he presents a danger to others. However, he cannot use deadly force, if the suspect stops and surrenders to his authority by raising his hands. If the suspect approaches him, he can only use deadly force, if he reasonably believes that he is in imminent danger of being killed or seriously injured.

The imminent-danger requirement is the key issue to resolving this case and the answer depends on their relative size, the distance between them, and how fast Brown was moving toward him as well as how he was moving (i.e., running toward the officer versus stumbling and falling forward after being shot).

The officer’s statement to the federal investigators does not answer these questions.

We know that Brown’s body was found 95 feet from the officer’s vehicle, not 35 feet as claimed by the police chief.

Independent eyewitnesses have described an execution, so I see no reason why the grand jury has not indicted Darren Wilson for murder.

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