Posted: September 1, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Carjacking, Oregon, Pete Simpson, Portland, Portland Oregon, Portland Police Bureau, The Police
Riots, looting, and TV satellite trucks from all over the globe expected in Portland at any moment
PORTLAND, Ore. – Police in Portland, Oregon, say an officer shot a man who was a pointing a gun at passing cars on an Interstate 84 offramp Monday.
Sgt. Pete Simpson says the man ran from the freeway after he was struck by a bullet, and he collapsed on a nearby street. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 1, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Judicial Watch, Lerner, Lois Lerner, Office of Labor-Management Standards, OLMS, Trade union, Twitter
Connor D. Wolf reports: The official at the center of the Internal Revenue Service tea party scandal once dismissed complaints that labor unions were not reporting millions of dollars in political activities on their tax forms, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“We believe this difference in reporting does not necessarily indicate that the organization has incorrectly reported to either the DOL or the IRS.”
In 2007, Lerner responded directly to a complaint that some major labor unions reported completely different amounts of political expenditures when filing with the IRS and the Department of Labor.
At the time of the email, Lerner was the Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 1, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment, Global, Mediasphere, War Room | Tags: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Abu Dua, al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, Decapitation, ISIS, Islamic state, Safir
Frances Martel reports: The jihadist terror group Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS, has become a particularly dangerous threat to the West through its guerrilla-style war tactics and decentralized organization, making targeting leaders more difficult for Western militaries.
“The ban on beheading videos appears to be a response to an increase in Islamic State beheading footage circulating on the Internet since the execution of James Wright Foley.”
ISIS leaders are now cracking down on social media, however, according to reports that leaders are calling for a ban on uploading beheading footage to the Internet.
“A complete switch from videos of children singing the Islamic State’s official song to videos of violent beheadings threatens to scare away Westerners who may have a soft spot for the concept of jihad; thus, the crackdown on beheading videos.”
A report first appearing in the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, and later in Israel’s i24 News and Iran’s Ahlul Bayt News Agency, claims that Islamic State leaders are calling for jihadi commanders to order their underlings to stop uploading beheading videos online “without explicit permission.” Reports from i24 state that it is believed that these leaders are cracking down on the graphic footage because of fear that a deluge of violent social media coverage will damage the jihadist organization’s reputation. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 31, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, Politics, The Butcher's Notebook, Think Tank, War Room | Tags: Asian American Journalist Association, Asian American Journalists Association, BBC, Britain, Fox News, Fox News Channel, Islam, Islamophobia, Mark Steyn, Pakistani, Political Correctness, Roger Scruton, Rotherham, Tantaros
Q: Why Did British Police Ignore Pakistani Muslim Gangs Abusing 1,400 Rotherham Children?
Forbes‘ Roger Scruton writes:
A story of rampant child abuse—ignored and abetted by the police—is emerging out of the British town of Rotherham. Until now, its scale and scope would be inconceivable in a civilized country. Its details will make your hair stand on end.
A: Political Correctness
Imagine the following case. A fourteen-year old girl is taken into care by the social services unit of the town where she lives, because her parents are drug-addicted, and she has been neglected and is not turning up in school. She is one of many, for that is the way in Britain today. And local government entities—Councils—can be ordered by the courts to stand in for parents of neglected children. The Council places the girl in a home, where she is kept with others under supervision from the social services department. The home is regularly visited by young men who try to entice the girls into their cars, so as to give them drugs and alcohol, and then coerce them into sex…(read more) Forbes
What happens when public figures fear putting their reputation at stake to speak truthfully about the deadly force required confront these depraved, barbaric practices? Rapes and child slavery and beheadings that are, by now, plainly visible to all?
Fox News Channel host Andrea Tantaros is being publicly vilified for her blunt comments, ripping Obama’s handling of ISIS and other radical Islamic groups on last week’s Outnumbered.
“The only proper response, I think, Sandra, is for the president in about 45 minutes, to approach that podium and admit, not just that he was wrong, but that we’re going in there and we’re gonna flatten them. Last night we should have taken out 10,000 ISIS fighters, warned them, last night, not today, that if you kill that other journalist, we will be back and we will wipe out 10,000 more, and we will continue to decimate you with aggressive air war until we obliterate every single one of you, period, end story,” she said.
Tantaros added “they’ve been doing this for hundreds and hundreds of years, if you study the history of Islam … this isn’t a surprise, you can’t solve it with a dialogue, you can’t solve it with a summit, you solve it with a bullet to the head.”
“All we’ve heard from this president is the case to heap praise on this religion, as if to appease them,” she accused. “His Cairo speech, his remarks from last Memorial Day saying that we have a shared history of tolerance. Instead of making the case against this threat that is never going to stop.”
The Asian American Journalists Association went bananas and is demanding an apology:
“AAJA calls for Tantaros and Fox News to apologize for the irresponsible, inflammatory statements,” the organization said. “We also call on Fox News to discourage its journalists from making blanket comments that serve to perpetuate hate and Islamophobia. Muslims and Islam are not interchangeable terms with terrorists or ISIS. We in the media know better and must be vigilant in our choice of words.”
As the left-wing islamopologist backlash continues, Tantaros responds:
All I can say is, bravo, Tantaros, and recommend NRO‘s comments, No, Pointing Out Muslims Have Been Beheading People for Centuries Isn’t Islamophobic.
It’s not just the kidnapping and beheadings of adult men, captives killed in distant deserts for prime time viewing on social media, it’s already brazenly at home torturing children in quaint communities in the modern west, protected by a collective fear of violating politically correct social norms.
The parallels between Tarantos’ widespread media “shaming”, and Rotherham’s conspiracy of blindness to widespread child slavery are hard to ignore.
If you dare read anything about the Rotherham nightmare, read Steyn‘s comments:
“The queasy reluctance among the fearless knights of the media to state the truth anywhere north of the 20th paragraph helps explain why this happened, and why it will happen again.”
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Posted: August 30, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, Global, War Room | Tags: EUROPE, France, Islamism, Israel, Lyon, Newsweek, Syria, Tarbes, Times Of Israel, Vénissieux
Two girls arrested last week were part of network of young Islamists monitored by authorities
Two teenage French girls, arrested last week in a crackdown on citizens who consider traveling to other countries to join “jihad,” were planning to attack a synagogue in Lyon with a suicide bomb, French media revealed Friday.
“These girls were part of a network of young Islamists who were being monitored by security services.”
The two, 15 and 17 years old, were detained and interrogated last week in Venissieux, a suburb of Lyon in southeastern France, and Tarbes, a town in the south, after French authorities uncovered a plan to bomb the Great Synagogue of Lyon. They were charged for conspiracy to commit terrorism.
Two had never met but communicated via social media, the investigation revealed. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 29, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment, Education, Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: Child sexual abuse, Lincoln High School, Meredith Powell, News Tribune, Powell, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Washington, Teacher
Former Lincoln High School teacher Meredith Claire Powell tears up as she hears her sentence in Pierce County Superior Court on Friday, August 29, 2014. LUI KIT WONG Tacoma News Tribune Staff photographer
After hearing that Powell will spend only six months in jail, several cursed, and one family member stormed out of the courtroom.
“I wish I could take back what happened to the students that I failed. Sorry doesn’t take away anything that happened, but I hope they can move forward with as little impact as possible.”
– Meredith Powell
Stacia Glenn reports: A former math teacher who had sex with two students at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School cried Friday after a judge sentenced her to six months in jail.
“Ms. Powell repeatedly talked about letting her students down. The reality is she committed child rape.”
– Shannon McMinimee, attorney for Tacoma Public Schools
Meredith Powell, 25, told the court she prays every day for the two teenage boys and is heartbroken that they and their families are suffering.
[Powell pleaded guilty last month to two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, all felonies.]
“I feel like words can’t even express how sorry I am,” Powell said. “I wish I could take back what happened to the students that I failed. Sorry doesn’t take away anything that happened, but I hope they can move forward with as little impact as possible.”
She said she’s been attending weekly counseling and now faces problems that fueled her behavior, including being molested in her youth.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson said he believes Powell is remorseful, which is why he suspended all but six months of a 5-year sentence and ordered her into a three-year sex offender program open to first-time offenders.
Powell must register as a sex offender and can have no contact with children without adult supervision, with the exception of her younger sister. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 29, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: Carlson, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, John Edwards, Milwaukee, Sikh, Special agent, United States Department of Justice
Jenna Sachs reports: The former head of the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office is the target of a condemning report. The report by the the Department of Justice mentions her handling of the Sikh temple shooting. The subject of that report is Teresa Carlson.
Carlson is not being prosecuted, but may face disciplinary action. The report says her conduct was, “highly inappropriate,” and showed, “a troubling lack of judgement.”
“It appears that Page died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head,” said Carlson.
In the days and weeks after the Sikh temple shooting, Teresa Carlson was the face of the FBI.
“We’re looking for any possible motive, and right now we still don’t have one,” said Carlson.
At the time, Carlson was in charge of the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office. Carlson has since been removed from that job, and now a scathing report offers one explanation why. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 28, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment, Mediasphere | Tags: Arrest warrant, Benedykt Dybowski, Connecticut, Cyr, Dybowski, Journal Inquirer, Russian roulette, VERNON
VERNON, Conn. – A man fatally shot himself in the head earlier this month during a game of Russian roulette that was seen by a friend during a video chat, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released this week.
Armand Cyr, 38, was at another friend’s apartment in Vernon, about 13 miles east of Hartford, when he put a .38-caliber revolver to his head and pulled the trigger on the evening of July 13, according to a report based on the affidavit in Wednesday’s editions of the Journal Inquirer.
Cyr shot himself after being handed the gun by the other friend, John Dybowski, 26, who had put the gun to his own head and pulled the trigger without a bullet discharging, police said. Dybowski was arrested last week after police said they found guns and drugs in his apartment.
Authorities said the fatal game was seen by an unidentified friend from East Hartford who was having an online video chat with the two men.
“Police said they found two more guns as well as marijuana, heroin, pills and cocaine residue in Dybowski’s apartment, resulting in his arrest.”
Dybowski told police he gave Cyr an unloaded revolver and a single bullet, but said he was in another room when Cyr shot himself, according to the affidavit.
The friend at the other end of the video chat said he saw Dybowski put the revolver to his head and pull the trigger, then told Dybowski and Cyr that what they were doing was “crazy,” the affidavit says. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 28, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: Disbarment, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Office of Professional Responsibility, Takisha McGee, The Florida Bar, Washington Times
When News Becomes Parody: The IRS Supervisor of Promoting Moral Values is Accused of Swindling
For Washington Times, August 26th, Jim McElhatton:
A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client.
The disciplinary arm of the D.C. Court of Appeals has recommended that Takisha McGee, a section manager in the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, lose her law license over the charge, which stems from a personal injury case she worked about a year before she joined the tax agency.
Ms. McGee, who recently gave a speech to the Florida bar titled “When your license to practice before the IRS is on the line,” acknowledged in a phone interview Tuesday that her own job is on the line as she fights disbarment proceedings…. (read more) Washington Times
And in an editorial on August 27th, the Washington Times continues:
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen testifies under subpoena before the House Oversight Committee as lawmakers continue their probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the IRS, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Tax Man’s Ethics
Posted: August 26, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Judicial Watch, Lois Lerner, National Review, Obama administration, Richard Nixon, United States Department of Justice
Okay, George didn’t say Cuckoo Bananas Off the Rails Criminally Insane, he just said off the rails and it is thoroughly corrupted. But, you get the idea…
“The IRS is the most intrusive and potentially punitive institution of the federal government and it is a law-enforcement institution and it is off the rails and it is now thoroughly corrupted.”
– George Will
From The Corner:
On Tuesday’s Special Report, George Will reacted to the revelation that the IRS destroyed Lois Lerner’s BlackBerry without searching it, after a congressional investigation into her conduct had begun.
[SMIDGEN REPORT: Federal Attorney Says Backup of Lois Lerner Emails Exist]
[SMIDGEN BOMB: There Are No Missing Lois Lerner E-mails, Justice Department Concedes ]
Will said he could hardly wait for IRS lawyers to show up in court and tell the judge it would be too onerous to stop obstructing justice in this case. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 26, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: BlackBerry, Chief information officer, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Judicial Watch, Lerner, Lois Lerner, Stephen Manning, United States Congress
IRS Destroyed Lois Lerner Blackberry When? AFTER Congressional Inquiry Began, That’s When.
NRO‘s Ian Tuttle reports: According to the second round of IRS affidavits submitted to U.S. district court judge Emmett Sullivan, who is presiding over the lawsuit brought against the nation’s tax agency by watchdog group Judicial Watch, Inc., IRS technical analysts did not search Lois Lerner’s Blackberry for her allegedly “lost” e-mails — and the smartphone was destroyed after congressional investigation had begun.
“There is no record of any attempt by any IRS IT employee to recover data from any Blackberry device assigned to Lois Lerner in response to the Congressional investigations or this litigation.”
– Stephen Manning, IRS Information Technology business unit
Lerner’s government-issued laptop reportedly crashed in June 2011, at which time IRS analysts tried but failed to recover data, including e-mail communications, according to previous testimony. In his sworn declaration, Stephen Manning – deputy chief information officer for strategy and modernization with the IRS Information Technology business unit – reports that “there is no record of any attempt by any IRS IT employee to recover data from any Blackberry device assigned to Lois Lerner in response to the Congressional investigations or this litigation.” This despite the fact that Lerner had been in possession of a government-issued Blackberry since November 2009, according to the statement of Thomas J. Kane – deputy associate chief counsel for procedure and administration within the IRS Office of Chief Counsel – and it would likely have hosted at least some of Lerner’s electronic communications….(read more)
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Posted: August 26, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Crime & Punishment, Food & Drink, Mediasphere, The Butcher's Notebook, U.S. News | Tags: caffeine, Coffee, Coffee bean, Department of National Defence, donuts, military, Motofish coffee company, Police, Seattle, warrior baristas, Warrior Cops
EXCLUSIVE: WEAPONIZED COFFEE DELIVERY SYSTEM SEEN IN MAJOR U.S. CITY
(SEATTLE) Spotted near a public market, August 24, 2014. Parked, unattended. Reports that it transports containers of psychoactive chemicals, powerful stimulants commonly found in high-grade roasted coffee beans, though unconfirmed, are currently under investigation.
“Based on the estimated storage size, I wouldn’t underestimate the payload of a vehicle like this.”
– Unnamed State Department Official
According to our analysis, a truck this size this could give an entire urban neighborhood — perhaps even an entire city — a full-scale nervous breakdown.
“The potential neurological affects on an unsuspecting population are enormous. If this armoried vehicle is filled with containers of rich, dark-roasted, military-grade caffeinated material, we would very much like to have a sample, so our lab can analyze it,” said Senior chemical Lt. Jack McGuffin.
Local law enforcement agencies neither confirmed or denied knowledge of militarized coffee delivery vehicles. The Department of Homeland Security declined to comment. Further research indicates that this truck is owned and operated by Motofish Coffee Company. We sent a reporter to investigate, with instructions to collect samples, and pick up donuts on the way back. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 26, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment, U.S. News | Tags: Brown, CNN, Don Lemon, Forensic pathology, Johnson, Michael Brown, Police officer, Wilson
If the Michael Brown Audio Is Real, It May Corroborate Piaget Cranshaw’s Account
Charles C. W. Cooke, The Corner:
…Given how close the first and second shots on the recording are (less than a second), it seems unlikely that Brown would have had enough time to have escaped the clutches of a police officer and run past three cars before the second shot was fired. Moreover, if the “several more shots” of Johnson’s recollection represent the second fusillade, what happened to the remaining four shots from the first barrage? Again, I suppose it is possible that the recording missed the initial couple of shots. But had a police officer fired so many rounds from such short range and paused half way through, I’d expect that Johnson would have said so…(read more)
…If it’s authentic, it tells us how many shots were fired. The man’s attorney tells Don Lemon she hears 11 shots. I hear 10. A forensic examiner who listened to the tape told CNN he heard“at least 10,” six shots followed by a pause followed by four more. The autopsy report from the family’s forensic pathologist claims Brown was hit at least six times, all from the front. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 25, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Emmet G. Sullivan, Freedom of Information Act, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Judicial Watch, Lois Lerner, Tom Fitton, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, United States Department of Justice
Tom Fitton discussing the new revelation
Via Judicial Watch:
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced the following developments in the IRS’ missing emails investigation. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated:
Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system.
We obviously disagree that disclosing the emails as required would be onerous, and plan to raise this new development with Judge Sullivan.
This is a jaw-dropping revelation…(read more)
Here is the second set of sworn declarations by IRS officials in response to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s investigation into the missing emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials. The declarations were provided after close of business on Friday, August 22. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 25, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: 2nd amendment, Chicago, Concealed carry in the United States, Crime, Gun rights, Illinois, Police, Richard Pearson, Self-defense, Washington Times
City of Chicago sees fewer homicides, robberies, burglaries, car thefts as Illinois residents take arms
Kelly Riddell for The Washington Times: An 86-year-old Illinois man with a concealed carry permit fired his weapon at an armed robbery suspect fleeing police last month, stopping the man in his tracks and allowing the police to make an arrest.
“It isn’t any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect.”
– Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association.
Chicago’s finest not thrilled about law-abiding citizens exercising constitutional rights without their permission
Law enforcement authorities described the man as “a model citizen” who “helped others avoid being victims” at an AT&T store outside Chicago where he witnessed the holdup. The man, whose identity was withheld from the press, prevented others from entering the store during the theft.
“There’s a lot of academic research that’s been done on this, and if you look at the peer-reviewed studies, the bottom line is a large majority find a benefit of concealed carry on crime rates — and, at worst, there’s no cost.”
– John Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center
Police said the robber harassed customers and pistol-whipped one.
Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.
“It isn’t any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “The police department hasn’t changed a single tactic — they haven’t announced a shift in policy or of course — and yet you have these incredible numbers.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 24, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, Mediasphere, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: Calif, California, Camera, Police, Police officer, Rialto, Rialto California, Thomas Jefferson, Wall Street Journal
Use of force by police officers declined 60% in first year since introduction of cameras in Rialto, California
With all eyes on Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of the death of Michael Brown, a renewed focus is being put on police transparency. Is the solution body-mounted cameras for police officers?
“Thomas Jefferson once advised that ‘whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.'”
Sometimes, like the moments leading up to when a police officer decides to shoot someone, transparency is an unalloyed good. And especially lately, technology has progressed to a point that it makes this kind of transparency not just possible, but routine.
“One problem with the cameras, however, has been cost.”
So it is in Rialto, Calif., where an entire police force is wearing so-called body-mounted cameras, no bigger than pagers, that record everything that transpires between officers and citizens.
“Unfortunately, one place where expenses can mount is in the storage and management of the data they generate.”
In the first year after the cameras’ introduction, the use of force by officers declined 60%, and citizen complaints against police fell 88%.
It isn’t known how many police departments are making regular use of cameras, though it is being considered as a way of perhaps altering the course of events in places such as Ferguson, Mo., where an officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 24, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, U.S. News | Tags: Cocaine, Drug Smuggling, El Salvador, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Harbourmaster, Houston, New York, Tamale, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Posted: August 23, 2014 Filed under: Asia, Crime & Punishment, Global | Tags: Beijing, Capital punishment, China, Muslim, Terrorism, Uighur, Uyghur people, Xinjiang
Government continues crackdown over violent incidents blamed on Uighur separatists from Xinjiang region
BEIJING—Chinese state media said on Saturday that eight convicted terrorists were executed in the far western region of Xinjiang, where ethnic conflicts have left dozens of people dead this year.
Among those executed were three men convicted of plotting a deadly assault in the heart of Beijing last year in which the attacker—with his mother and wife as passengers—drove a sport-utility vehicle through crowds, killing themselves and three bystanders, the government-run Tianshan Net news portal said.
Chinese police on an anti-terror operation in Xinjiang. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
The incident was a sign that the ethnic violence was spilling out of the ethnic region of Xinjiang.
The others who were executed were convicted of offenses including police attacks, bomb making, murder and arson, the news portal said.
The report didn’t say when the executions took place.
Xinjiang is home to the Muslim, Turkic minority of Uighurs. Beijing has blamed the ethnic violence on terrorism with overseas ties, but human rights groups say the Uighurs are suffering from repressive policies and practices. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 22, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Crime & Punishment, History | Tags: Brooklyn, Hedda Hopper, Jacques-Louis David, New York, New York Times, Paul Cézanne, Robert Hoffman, Robert Rauschenberg, Saudi Arabia, Williamsburg Bridge
Robert Rauschenberg’s ‘Collection’ & the Case of the Four Boys
Andrew Scott Cooper writes: Murderous deeds have inspired artists like Caravaggio, Jacques-Louis David and Paul Cézanne to produce some of their best-known works. But has there ever been a case of an artwork helping solve a real-life murder mystery?
In their confession statements, the four boys admitted to a litany of other offenses and unsolved crimes that had panicked their neighborhood over the summer: punching and kicking to death a second man, Reinhold Ulrickson, on a Brooklyn street corner 10 days earlier; pouring gasoline over a third man and setting him alight; horsewhipping two young women in a public park late at night; and assaulting numerous others who had the misfortune to encounter them. Prosecutors expressed shock and bewilderment.
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“I can’t understand what would make boys do such terrible things,” said the Kings County District Attorney. “They apparently had no reason except the thrill they got.
”Sixty years ago this month, on August 16, 1954, four Jewish teenagers dubbed the Kill-for-Thrills gang were accused of slaying black factory worker Willard Menter under the Williamsburg Bridge. According to police accounts, Brooklyn youths Jack Koslow, 18, Melvin Mittman, 17, Jerome Lieberman, 17, and Robert Trachtenberg, 15, confessed to beating and kicking their victim, burning his feet with lit cigarettes, and then dragging him to the end of South Fifth Street where he was beaten again to the point of unconsciousness, thrown in the river and left to drown.
The so-called “Nights of Horror” crime spree and the story of four good boys gone bad shattered the complacency of an American summer. Overnight, Koslow, Mr. Mittman, Lieberman and Trachtenberg earned notoriety as the human face of juvenile delinquency. Articles on the boys and their exploits appeared in mainstream news publications like Time, Newsweek, Look and The New York Times, which splashed the case on its front page. So great was the media frenzy that by the end of the year Hollywood gossip queen Hedda Hopper suggested the boys were the inspiration for James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.
The sensational murder was front-page news.
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Posted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, Mediasphere, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Al-Raqqah, Bashar al-Assad, Iraq, ISIS, Islamic state, Raqqa, Syria, White House
Remember that ISIS guy who promised to raise Islamic flag over the White House? Me neither!
The Islamic State’s Press Officer Abu Mosa became a figure of international notoriety overnight when he took on a starring role in a captivating Vice News documentary about ISIS in Syria.
“We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”
– The late Abu Mosa
Instead of doing that, according to the U.S. State Department, he’s just going to be dead.
Mosa was reportedly killed near the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, where much of Vice’s documentary was shot. His death comes as Islamic State forces mount a long-awaited assault on the Tabqa Syrian military airbase. Read the rest of this entry »