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Obama tells serviceman and women they cannot talk to Faith based organizations!

In current events, Fun, Slaughter in America on March 31, 2011 at 6:20 AM

March 31, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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March 31 is … Bunsen Burner Day and National Clams On The Half Shell Day

Wednesday afternoon my daughter, a student at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, had a particularly tough, long day. She was up at 5:00 a. m., had to work, go to class, write a paper and run a service project function last night. Around 4:00 p. m. she sent my wife a text explaining her day and ending with; “Been a tough day but all is well with the world, I am sitting at a U of I baseball game.” It was just a reminder to me , my wife and all of us to to enjoy the little things in life.

 

Slaughter in America revisited. I wrote about this in December, 2010. Authorities are investigating possible human remains found on a Long Island barrier beach where the bodies of four online escorts were discovered late last year, police sources tell FoxNews.com. A Suffolk County police spokeswoman said the remains were found Tuesday east of the area where the original remains were discovered during a day-long search of the area using helicopters and dogs. “We have not confirmed whether or not they are human,” a police source said. Investigators from Suffolk County were searching the area Tuesday for 24-year-old Shannon Gilbert of New Jersey, who was last seen in May 2010 in a shorefront community nearby. Gilbert was not among the four bodies found on a Long Island beach in December. The bodies, all wrapped in burlap bags, were identified as 25-year-old Maureen Brainard-Barnes, of Norwich, Conn.; 24-year-old Melissa Barthelmey, of Bronx, New York; 27-year-old Amber Lynn Costello, of Long Island, N.Y.; and 22-year-old Megan Waterman of Maine. All four women were escorts who advertised themselves on the Craigslist website. Police theorize a serial killer may have been responsible for the deaths. No suspects have been identified in the deaths of the women. The medical examiner’s office is working to determine whether the remains found Tuesday are human.

I know my mother and father loved me but I don’t know if they loved me this much. Of course, I never put them in the situation where they had to make the choice these Ohio parents made. According to a story written by the Aol crime reporter; the body of a missing mother of three has been recovered from an underground septic system behind a rural Ohio church after the woman’s mother-in-law told authorities where to find the corpse, according to police.
Authorities had been searching for 25-year-old Summer Inman since March 22. She was in an alleyway behind a bank that she was cleaning when two men forced her into a car, police in the town of Logan said. Authorities in Ohio have recovered the body of Summer Inman from inside an underground septic system behind a rural church. “The body was very much intact [and] we’re very comfortable with the identification,” Logan Police Chief Aaron Miller told reporters during a news conference on Wednesday. Police investigated the incident as an apparent kidnapping and focused on Inman’s estranged husband, William Inman II, 26. The couple, who were married in 2004, had been separated for about a year. Summer Inman had filed for divorce and obtained an order of protection. According to court documents obtained by a local TV station, 10TV News, she said her husband had “threatened to kill” her. Police last week filed kidnapping charges against Inman and his parents, William Inman, 47, and Sandra Inman, 46. According to Miller, authorities recently conducted a search of the parents’ Jackson County home, during which they said they found “significant evidence” of their involvement in the crime. Miller said Sandra Inman came forward Tuesday with information in the case. “[She] asked to speak with her attorney,” Miller said. “Shortly thereafter, [she] revealed the location of Summer Inman’s body. Officers arrived at the location at about 8:50” Tuesday night. Miller said police were led to an underground septic tank at Faith Tabernacle Church, off U.S. 33 in Nelsonville. “Her body was in a septic system at the rear of the church,” he said. Police say they have received information indicating that the Inmans may have been members of the church at some point.

I hope this is an internet rumor. Even if is not, President Obama and his people will spin it so it does not appear to be what it is. Obama made has a policy that NO U.S. SERVICEMAN CAN SPEAK AT ANY FAITH-BASED PUBLIC EVENTS ANYMORE. So much for Freedom of Speech; where’s the ACLU on this one? Why do military personnel give up Constitutional Rights even though they are the ones doing the real fighting to preserve them for United States citizens?

 

To the City of Lights we go, down the beautiful streets of Paris, under the Arc de Triumphe and there, before us, the site of one of the world’s most photographed and well-known landmarks, the Eiffel Tower. It was on this day in 1889 that the structure opened in Gay Paree. A beautiful sight, no? Well, not so to writers, Guy deMaupassant and Alexandre Dumas, who condemned the Eiffel Tower as a “horrid nightmare.” Well, no pleasing some people, we guess… The Eiffel Tower was named after its designer, architect, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel who built the structure for the Paris Exhibition of 1889.

You heard the old joke:

Why did the French plant shade trees to line street that passes under the Arc de Triumphe?

So invading Armies can march into Paris in the shade.

A woman turned a few heads when she walked into a rural Virginia courthouse with a tiny monkey clad in a pink-and-white dress tucked in her bra. The woman brought the palm-sized marmoset to Amherst County Courthouse on Thursday for a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Officials apparently didn’t notice the monkey until the woman went to an office to complete some paperwork. In an interview with The News & Advance of Lynchburg, the woman says the marmoset is 7 weeks old and requires constant attention. The woman tells the newspaper she bought the animal on an online auction site and had its clothes specially made in West Virginia.

While that was going on, the government has found another way to avoid doing its job while passing the buck and charging a few bucks also. Virginia Tech will have to pay the maximum $55,000 fine for violating federal law by waiting too long to notify students during the 2007 shooting rampage, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday. Department officials said in a letter to the school that the sanction should have been greater for the school’s slow response to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The $55,000 fine was the most the department could levy for Tech’s two violations of the federal Clery Act, which requires timely reporting of crimes on campus. “While Virginia Tech’s violations warrant a fine far in excess of what is currently permissible under the statute, the Department’s fine authority is limited,” wrote Mary Gust, director of a department panel that dictated what punishment the school would receive for the violation. The university could have lost some of its $98 million in federal student aid. The department has never stripped a school of federal funding for such a violation.

A university spokesman said Virginia Tech would appeal the decision. “We believe that Virginia Tech administrators acted appropriately in their response to the tragic events of April 16, 2007, based on the best information then available to them at the time,” spokesman Larry Hincker said in a statement. Sponsored LinksThe department issued its final report in December, finding that Virginia Tech failed to issue a timely warning to the Blacksburg campus after student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed two students in a dormitory early on the morning of April 16, 2007. The university sent out an e-mail to the campus more than two hours later, about the time Cho was chaining shut the doors to a classroom building where he killed 30 more students and faculty, then himself.

The report also determined that the school failed to follow its own procedures for providing such notification. The report said Tech’s failure to issue timely warnings “deprived its students and employees of vital, time-sensitive information and denied them the opportunity to take adequate steps to provide for their own safety.”

We pay a lot of taxes. One of the primary obligations of the government, one of the primary reason we pay the government taxes, is for it to provide security and National Defense. Why pay the government the tax dollars if all they are going to do is make laws that pass the buck to private or public entities not designed for that purpose?

The shooter in the Virginia Tech Massacre was not an American or a citizen. Born in South Korea, Cho arrived in the United States at the age of 8 with his family. He became a US permanent resident as a South Korean national. Virginia Tech is a university providing high quality post high school education. It is not in the security business. Even though the shooter was not a citizen, he had Constitutional Rights the university could not infringe upon. The government should not either but regularly does. Virginia Tech did not authorize this mass murderer to live in the United States, the federal government did. Now, after a tragic crime, the government blames the university and imposes a fine. What sanctions will be imposed on the government for failure to do its job and keep us citizens safe? Who will impose these sanctions? We all know the answer to those questions. How can we keep the United States citizens in the United States safe while we are fighting three wars we started to safeguard others rights and safety and while we are busy arming the Mexican drug cartels so they have the modern weapons needed to kill innocent people and drug agents?

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

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“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” – William James

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Hey buddy, can you spare an AK-47 or two?

In current events, Dirty politicians! on March 30, 2011 at 5:40 AM

 

March 30, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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March 30 is … I Am In Control Day

I previously mentioned how quickly money adds up when every time you fire a cruise missile it costs $2,000,000.00. They are expensive bullets. The Pentagon agrees with me. They released preliminary figures on Tuesday that put an early guess on the cost of picking on Libya. The military intervention in Libya has cost the Pentagon an extra $550 million so far, mostly for bombs and missiles, officials said Tuesday. The figure is not a full picture of the price tag for the operation in that it does not include such money as pay for U.S. sailors, airmen and other forces, who would have been deployed somewhere in the world anyway, officials said. But it is the first official figure released on the cost of setting up the no-fly zone in the North African nation and protecting civilians from strongman Moammar Gadhafi as he resists a movement to oust him.

Of the $550 million in added spending through Monday, about 60 percent was “for munitions, the remaining costs are for higher operating tempo” of U.S. forces and of getting them there, Cmdr. Kathleen Kesler, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said Tuesday

From this day on, surgery would no longer painful, at least, while it was being performed. Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while a patient was anesthetized by ether on this day in 1842 as he removed a tumor from the neck of a boy. Crawford had been observing several party-goers under the influence of nitrous oxide and sulfuric ether. Those folks were feeling no pain. And Crawford’s patient literally felt no pain as the good doctor removed a tumor from the man’s neck using the party concoction. This event has been celebrated as Doctor’s Day since this day in 1933. The idea of setting aside a day to honor physicians was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond. Doctors throughout the United States celebrate in Dr. Crawford W. Long’s honor and, in honor of ether as an anesthetic.

Give a doctor a red carnation today. It’s the official, designated flower of Doctors’ Day.

This next story should be the biggest news of the day but it won’t be. The White House is already spinning away from this claiming they were not involved in the decision making process and our Attorney General did not authorize this activity. Well, if they were not involved and did not OK this moronic plan, who did?

From Fox News: Congress and the Department of Justice appear to be headed for a showdown this week over documents detailing Operation Fast and Furious, the botched gunrunning sting set up by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that funneled more than 1,700 smuggled weapons from Arizona  Mexico. The Justice Department has until Wednesday to deliver to congressional investigators a stack of records and emails naming the individuals responsible for the gun trafficking operation that may have killed dozens, if not hundreds of Mexicans, and is becoming a growing embarrassment for the Obama administration. Under Project Gunrunner and the Phoenix off-shoot, dubbed Fast and Furious, the ATF encouraged gun store owners to sell to straw buyers consumers who they suspected of working on behalf of Mexican drug cartels.

Project Gunrunner purposely allowed the straw buyers to illegally buy and export guns only to see where they surfaced in Mexico. Using this investigative technique, the ATF hoped to take down the entire gun trafficking organization. Instead, records show it allowed more than 1,700 guns, including hundreds of AK-47s and high-powered, armor-piercing .50-caliber rifles to be trafficked to Mexico

Buying guns for non-personal use is illegal. Yet gun store owners were assured by ATF agents the buyers were under investigation and the guns were being intercepted before crossing into Mexico. AFT’s gunrunning investigations were supposed to stem the flow of guns, like these, bought by U.S. straw buyers and sold in Mexico. Instead, whistleblowers say the guns were allowed “to walk.”

President Obama, speaking for the first time about the growing scandal, conceded last week Fast and Furious may have been “a serious mistake,” but he claimed, “I did not authorize it; Eric Holder, the attorney general, did not authorize it. He’s been very clear that our policy is to catch gunrunners and put them into jail.” But an investigation by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, could show otherwise. The ATF operates under Justice Department, and two assistant U.S. attorneys in Phoenix authorized virtually every wiretap, affidavit and investigation conducted in Operation Fast and Furious.

Some, like Issa, wonder how Holder could not have known about an investigation that size. “One of the questions we always ask is who is lying,” Issa told Fox News. “We lose our credibility if we don’t come clean and make the changes necessary to save lives on both sides of the border.” If the Justice Department and ATF refuse to deliver the records Issa requested, as it already has done with similar requests by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Issa can subpoena the records. “We will subpoena if we have to, we’ll hold hearings if we have to, we’ll call in officials if we have to. But at the end of the day, the two Americans likely to have died as a result of this action pale in comparison to the countless numbers of Mexicans who have been killed,” said Issa. He is referring to Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jamie Zapata. The guns used to kill both men were bought in the U.S. and investigators will now see if they are linked to Project Gunrunner.

Humberto Trevino, a senior Mexican lawmaker, says at least 150 people have been shot with ATF-monitored guns. Two of the gun stores involved were Carter’s Country in Houston and J&G Gun Sales in Prescott, Ariz. “Let me tell you something about Carter’s Country. They have been co-operating with ATF from the get-go,” says Carter’s County attorney Dick Deguerin.

“They were told to go through with what they considered to be questionable sales. They were told to go through with sales of three or more assault rifles at the same time or five or more 9-mm guns at the same time or a young Hispanic male paying in cash. It’s all profiling, but they went through with it.” Both gun stores felt burned by the ATF first by leaked records to The Washington Post that showed the two stores responsible for dozens of guns found at Mexican crime scenes, and now by Operation Fast and Furious. “You assumed they had your back,” added J&G President Brad Desaye. “Absolutely, we felt like partners with ATF in a lot of ways.” Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich said in a Feb. 4 letter the operation’s purpose was “to dismantle the entire trafficking organization, not merely to arrest straw purchasers.” “The allegation — that ATF ‘sanctioned’ or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported them into Mexico — is false,” he wrote.

Holder also says his department policy is not to “let guns walk.”

Thinking outside of the box is one thing; thinking with your head up your ass is another. These guys act like they are trying to catch seventeen year-old high school dropout gangbangers on the west side of Chicago. They aren’t. They are dealing with professionals; professionals apparently smarter then they are.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

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“Happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.” – John F. Kennedy

Elizabeth Taylor, let the fighting begin!

In current events, Dirty politicians! on March 29, 2011 at 6:20 AM

March 29, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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March 29 is … Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day

Gadhafi was made for this day as are most politicians, including our President. I hope President Obama didn’t pay much for that commercial he read last night. It was not very informative or news worthy in my thinking. The speech belonged on a Sunday morning talking heads program not prime-time, speak to the nation time slot.

The wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on Margaret Langdon’s novel, Anna and the King of Siam, opened this night in 1951 on Broadway. The King and I starred Yul Brynner in the role of the King of Siam. The king, along with his subjects, valued tradition above all else. From this day forward, the role of the King of Siam belonged to Yul Brynner and no other.

Brynner appeared in this part in more than 4,000 performances on both stage and screen (the Broadway show was adapted for Hollywood in 1956).

Anna, the English governess hired to teach the King’s dozens of children, was portrayed by Gertrude Lawrence. Ms. Lawrence and Mr. Brynner acted, danced and sang their way into our hearts with such memorable tunes as Getting to Know You, Shall We Dance, Hello, Young Lovers, I Whistle a Happy Tune, We Kiss in a Shadow, I Have Dreamed, Something Wonderful, A Puzzlement and March of the Siamese Children.

The King and I ran for a total of 1,246 outstanding performances at New York’s St. James Theatre.

I mentioned this was going to happen in my blog of March 26, 2011. It will likely get worse. Elizabeth Taylor left an enduring legacy of great films and even greater acts of philanthropy. She also amassed a huge fortune estimated between $600 million and $1 billion, most of that from her savvy business dealings. Already, the fighting has begun as to who will get to manage that bounty along with all the money she’s destined to make in death. Her last wish was for her lucrative jewelry collection, valued at a staggering $150 million in 2002, to be auctioned off and the proceeds given to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and amfAR. “Elizabeth also made arrangements to split the rest of her fortune between her four children and other charities that she cared so much about,” a close friend of the stars has reportedly stated. “But what is causing all the problems is not the money she made during her life, but rather what should happen to the millions she is going to make after her death.” the close friend confided. Beauty product giant Elizabeth Arden has already announced they’ll continue selling Liz’s still-popular fragrances, they made $77 million last year alone, and there are countless other opportunities, like film re-releases and merchandising that the estate could profit greatly from. “The one thing she didn’t do was understand that, much like Elvis and Michael Jackson, she might be worth more in death,” a source says. “This is what has already started to cause friction between family, business managers and the many charities that meant so much to Elizabeth.” The two-time Oscar winner has been worth a lot of money for decades. In 1996, when she divorced her last husband, Larry Fortensky, documents showed her net worth was $608.4 million. The New York Post reported that during the 1990s, Taylor earned about $2 per second, or about $63 million per year. Her perfume, White Diamonds, has never stopped selling.

This is going to make the fight between the NFL owners and the NFL players look good before it is over. The rich are fighting over becoming richer. Lawyers love it.

Everybody knew this was going to happen even though our Congressional leaders said a compromise would be worked out during the time the temporary resolution passed two weeks ago granted all involved. More lies from our leaders once again. The specter of a partial government shutdown looms again as Congress returns to Washington with Democrats and Republicans as far apart on a bill to keep the government running as they were two weeks ago. Despite mounting pressure and a deadline looming, talks have stalled, with Democrats accusing GOP leaders of catering to tea party forces and Republicans countering that the White House isn’t offering serious proposals to cut spending. The vehicle for the debate, left simmering when lawmakers went back to their districts last week, is must-do legislation to bankroll the day-to-day operating budgets of federal agencies including military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Sept. 30 end of the budget year. Other major tests will soon follow, as House Republicans unveil a blueprint to attack the broader budget mess next week and a must-do measure to maintain the government’s ability to borrow money to meet its responsibilities. Last month, House Republicans passed a measure cutting more than $60 billion from the $1.1 trillion budgeted for such programs last year. All the savings were taken from domestic programs and foreign aid, which make up about half of the pot. Democrats in the Senate killed the measure as too extreme, citing cuts to education, health research, food inspection and other programs and services. Reaching agreement between Democrats and Republicans is proving difficult enough. Then comes the harder part for House Speaker John Boehner: convincing his many tea party-backed GOP freshmen that the sort of split-the-differences measure Obama could sign isn’t a sellout. The shutdown scenario was mostly set up in last year’s midterm election campaign, when Republicans emphasized sharp spending cuts to attack mounting federal deficits and won control of the House, enough additional political clout to more strongly challenge President Obama on budget issues. The GOP promised that it would ratchet spending down to 2008 levels and force Obama to backtrack on generous budget increases made on his watch. To meet the promise, GOP leaders initially pressed for about $35 billion in cuts in a proposal that took account of the fact that the budget year was almost halfway over. That idea didn’t sell with tea party activists, and House Speaker John Boehner was forced to almost double the size of the cuts, driving away any potential Democratic support. But that meant the halfway point between the House-passed measure and a proposal advanced by Democrats controlling the Senate was roughly where Boehner started out in the first place. “The speaker knows that when it comes to avoiding a shutdown, his problem is with the tea party, not Democrats,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Time is running short. Staff-level negotiations last week ran aground, and the principals are going to have to pick up the pace to have any chance of making an April 8 deadline to avoid a partial shutdown of the government. Right now it appears that the shutdown that both sides have sworn to avoid is possible – if not probable.

The frustration boiled over on Friday, with Republicans criticizing Democrats for not presenting significant cuts. An offer a few days earlier had ponied up just another $10 billion or so, GOP officials said, which prompted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to accuse Democrats of “negotiating off of the status quo and refusing to offer any sort of serious plan for how to cut spending.” The tough rhetoric was matched by volleys from Boehner, R-Ohio, and other House GOP leaders. That prompted Democrats to accuse Republicans of blowing up a near agreement on a “top line” of spending cuts that would have likely given Republicans more than half of their $60 billion-plus in reductions.

“The division between the tea party and mainstream Republicans is preventing us from reaching a responsible solution and prevented negotiations from taking place over the weekend even as the clock ticks toward a government shutdown,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday. Democrats also say that House Republicans insist on using House-passed legislation slashing more than $60 billion from the current-year budget as the starting point for talks, pulling back from an agreement with Boehner’s office to work off a baseline essentially set at last year’s levels. Boehner appears to be in a no-win situation. Any agreement with Obama is sure to incite a revolt among hard-line tea party figures who want the full roster of cuts and an end to funding for Obama’s signature health care law. And social conservatives are adamant that the measure cut off money for Planned Parenthood clinics that provide abortions in addition to the family planning services the government funds. Any attempts to outmuscle Obama with legislation that pleases tea partiers, however, would surely incite a shutdown. One option circulating among Republicans is to use the Pentagon’s budget to pass a short-term measure to avoid a shutdown but carry stiffer spending cuts than the $10 billion in bipartisan cuts to earmarks and domestic accounts achieved so far.

On this date in history;

1882 Knights of Columbus chartered for Catholic men
1886 Chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise for Coca-Cola (with cocaine)

1951 Julius & Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage

1962 Jack Paar’s final appearance on the “Tonight Show”

1971 1st Lieutenant William L Calley Jr found guilty in My Lai (Vietnam) massacre

1973 Last US troops leave Vietnam, 9 years after Tonkin Gulf Resolution

1976 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students

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In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong.
Abraham Lincoln

A whole new meaning for Pledge. He should have learned to use a Ziploc.

In History and current events, Public relations on March 28, 2011 at 6:13 AM

March 28, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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March 28 is … Something on a Stick Day.

Happy Root Canal Awareness Week. Think Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man.

From the Associated Press and Tampa Bay Online; a billionaire executive whose family has run SC Johnson for five generations was charged Thursday with having sexual contact with a now 15-year-old girl over the course of several years. Samuel Curtis Johnson III, who goes by Curt, faces a count of repeated sexual assault of a child. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Johnson, 55, is the former chairman of Sturtevant-based Diversey Inc., a cleaning-products company that was spun off from SC Johnson in the late 1990s. Privately held SC Johnson makes household products including Pledge, Glade, Windex and Ziploc. Johnson resigned from Diversey’s board in February and was taking a leave of absence for personal reasons, the company said at the time. Diversey spokesman John Matthews told The Associated Press on Thursday that Johnson had retired effective the end of March and that his leave of absence immediately removed him from any role with the company. Johnson was replaced by his sister. The criminal complaint accuses Johnson of having inappropriate sexual contact with the girl 15 to 20 times, starting in the summer after she finished sixth grade. The girl told investigators that Johnson exposed himself, fondled her under her clothes and kissed her breasts and elsewhere. The girl’s voice cracked and she began to cry as she described Johnson as having a “sex addiction” and “touching problem,” according to the partially redacted complaint. Prosecutors said the girl confided about the abuse to her mother, who confronted Johnson. He allegedly admitted to fondling the girl’s breasts and repeatedly apologized for his behavior.

Johnson’s cash bail was set at $500,000. Messages left with both of Johnson’s lawyers were not immediately returned. Family spokesman Harlan Loeb said Johnson is married with three children. “Obviously this is a personal matter for Curt,” Loeb said. “Allegations of this nature are always deeply disturbing. The family is distraught and very much hopes for the best for everyone involved.” Johnson’s brother is the chairman and chief executive of SC Johnson, based in Racine. Company spokeswoman Kelly Semrau said Johnson had worked for the company as a general manager and in other roles in the 1980s and early 1990s but had no formal relationship with the company in almost 15 years.

How long has he really been gone from the company? I like the family spokesman saying “…this is a personal matter for Curt.” His wife and kids probably don’t think so. Since he was arrested and is being prosecuted, it is a matter of public record and no longer a ‘personal matter.’

I missed this anniversary on the 26th day of March. Sorry. Sarah Anthony Morse Borden 1823-1863, first wife of Andrew J. Borden and mother of Emma Lenora, Alice Esther and Lizzie Andrew Borden.  She was the sister of John Vinnicum Morse, born September 19, 1823 in Somerset, Massachusetts. Daughter of Anthony and Rhody (Morrison) Morse, she married Andrew on Christmas day, 1845.  Sarah died in Fall River on March 26, 1863. R.I.P. Sarah died before her husband and his second wife were hacked to death by an unknown assailant. The killings Lizzie Borden was charged and acquitted of are still an unsolved, open case in Fall River, MA I do not believe the case is under active investigation. It remains the perfect murder(s).

On this date in 1964; Radio Caroline debuted as the first pirate radio station to broadcast off the coast of England. On this day in 1964, the combination of rock music and lively disk jockey patter played to a huge audience in Great Britain; but well out of reach of British authorities. However, that didn’t stop them from trying, albeit unsuccessfully, to shut down the radio station ship. Radio Caroline had become competition to the staid and usually dull British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Today, all that is different, as there is licensed radio competition throughout Great Britain. The BBC and the giant, government-owned network has caught up with the times by offering five different services to appeal to wide audiences. They are simply known as ‘Radio 1’ through ‘Radio 5’ … No ‘Zees’, ‘Qs’ or ‘Bees’, just numbers that include a rock channel, a talk channel, a nostalgia/easy listening channel, a classical/fine arts channel and a news channel.

In 2009, Philip Seymour Hoffman starred in a movie titled Pirate Radio. It is a good movie, a comedy with social commentary woven in. The movie has a real good soundtrack if you like 1960’s music and who doesn’t? It is also fun laughing at the British government and their attempts to shut the pirate radio station down. The United States had the Viet Nam war to deal with; Britain was dealing with godless rock and roll.

While I was wrestling with writing this blog in 1905, Marlin Perkins, Carthage MO, TV host (Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom) and director of the St. Louis Zoo, was born. Was Reba born in New England on this day in 1955? No. Reba Mc Entire was born in McAlester OK on this date in 1955. I do like redheads.

Notable deaths on this date:

1980 Jesse Owens (Olympics-gold-36), dies in Tucson AZ at the age of 66

1969 Dwight D Eisenhower 34th President/General (WWII), dies in Washington DC at 78

Significant events on this date through history:

1866 1st ambulance goes into service

1885 US Salvation Army officially organized

1910 1st seaplane, takes off from water at Martigues France (Henri Fabre)

1924 WGN-AM in Chicago IL begins radio transmissions

1957 1st National Curling Championship held

1979 Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown PA (no deaths)

1994 Italy’s right-wing alliance under Silvio Berlusconi wins election
1995 Julia Roberts & Lyle Lovett split-up

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(1897-1945)

Do you want lies with that coffee?

In Dirty politicians!, History and current events, Slaughter in America on March 27, 2011 at 5:52 AM

March 27, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

March 27 is … National “Joe”

 

Go here before or while you are reading this blog. http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/s/Liar/fyUOb?src=5 Cut and paste if need be.

Have a cup of Joe this morning? While doing that, think about how citizens around the globe do not believe what governments say; their government or any government. Japan is the latest government to not be believed. Their citizens and the rest of the world knows the government is hiding the extent of the nuclear disaster. This is a hard one to keep secret but the Japanese government is trying to control the spin on the story. How can the water be unsafe to drink on Wednesday but OK on Thursday? What did they do, boil it? The nuclear problems are not the only things the government is hiding and lying about. The death toll is going to be well over 20,000 people but the government officially has it at under 8,000 people. The bodies are starting to spoil and they are washing up on shore. This is another situation you cannot hide but the Japanese government is trying. Why do governments have to treat its citizens as children and stupid children at that?

Libya is another current example.  Like many dictators and leaders of suppressed people, the Libyan government mostly ignores the turmoil in their country. When it is mentioned, it is just to brag how they are winning, beating back the invaders and rebels. If you ignore reality long enough and just continually tell lies, sooner or later the truth is forgotten about.

Similar tactics and propaganda was used by Saddam Hussein in Iraq during both wars we started against him. The Iranian leaders use this nonsense and have for years. They obviously do not care what the world outside of Iran thinks of them as long as their people believe it. Since this is all the Iranian people hear, they believe it.

North Korea is an expert as this subterfuge. You can tell when a North Korean government official is lying, his lips are moving. The President of North Korea issued a press release about eight years ago at the height of the Tiger Woods mania. The government release said the North Korean leader, in his early 60s at the time, tried golf for the first time. The release said he became bored with the easy game. He shot a 28 with 11 holes-in-ones. The North Koreans continually push the world to the brink of attack and then promises the world what it wants never intending on changing. The world accepts this time and again just to avoid a war. The North Koreans then brag to their citizens how they beat the world again.

In the news recently are other regimes no one believes i.e. Jordan, Tunisia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Somalia. All of these countries lie to the world and to their citizens. No one with half a brain believes what they say. A monkey with ears is more truthful.

European leaders are not much better. Russian leaders have lied since before WWII and continue to do so. Some of their leaders are in prison or have been eliminated by other government officials when the lies were not believed. The leader of Italy is a lying sexual predator. Not much credibility there. The leader of France is also carrying sexual predator baggage and the public lies of denial that come with the allegations. The former leader of Israel was just sentenced to prison for criminal activity.

Then we have the MENSA Society members running Afghanistan and Pakistan and the rest of the ‘Stans’ over there. Who could possibly believe or trust these drug smuggling government leaders? They are prostitutes. They take our money and then screw us, like most of the world does, but we do not learn.

Our government is no better. Our leaders tell us we will be out of a war in six months – a lie. We are told Gitmo prison will close as soon as I am President – a lie. We are told we have a coalition to fight in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya or Somalia – more lies. I will not raise taxes – lie. Health care reform will lower prices and everyone will get it – lies. Illegal aliens will not get welfare or free medical – lies. I am not a crook – lie. I did not have sexual relations with that woman – lie. The bailout will prevent unemployment from going over 8% – lie. The bank, company, (insert any industry you want) is too big to fail; we have to bail them out – lie, lie, lie. The list is nearly endless and disgusting. The worst part is that we, as citizens, accept the lies and keep voting these weasels into office. A prime example is Newt Gingrich. This lizard is a liar, see story below.

The earth has less than 200 countries on it. We give foreign aid to over 150. That is not money well spent and every politician promises to change it but they all lie.

Slaughter in America from three days ago. This story defines selfishness and lack of gratitude. According to a story on Aol, by their crime reporter, David Lohr, an Amber Alert for two juveniles has been canceled after they were found. In its place, a homicide investigation has been opened by police in Columbia, Ky., who have charged one of the juveniles in connection with the double homicide of his legal guardians.

Christopher Endicott, 15, has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Gary Holloway, 50, and Barbara Holloway, 51. Police said a host of other charges have been issued as well, including fleeing and evading police, wanton endangerment, reckless driving and criminal mischief. “The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be forthcoming, pending a grand jury hearing,” State Trooper Billy Gregory told AOL News. Authorities have declined to comment on how the Holloways were killed. “Autopsies are currently under way,” Gregory said. Police have called off an Amber Alert for Christopher Endicott, 15, and Kyra Shockley, 12. Endicott has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his legal guardians. Shockley was returned to the custody of her mother. The investigation into the case began Tuesday morning, when 12-year-old Kyra Shockley was reported missing. Shockley’s mother, Ginger Shively, told TV station WBKO-13 that she suspected her daughter had run away with Endicott. She also said she did not approve of her daughter’s relationship with the 250-pound teenager, which she said had been going on for about three months.

Investigators went to the Holloway home in Edmonton several times on Tuesday, but nobody answered the door. Later that day, at about 2:30 p.m., a family member of the Holloways entered the home and discovered the couple dead. No one else was found in the residence. Police also discovered that the couple’s vehicle, a 1997 Chevy Lumina, was missing. Gregory said the couple had been awarded legal custody of Endicott in January. Family members told Lexington’s LEX-18 TV station that the teen was a distant relative of Gary Holloway, whom they described as a quiet and generous person. “I just went to pieces,” Holloway’s sister, Marie Edwards, told LEX-18 of learning about her brother’s death. “You hear something like that … it’s just everything runs through your mind at once. You don’t know what to think.”

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for the missing juveniles and released their photos to the media. The alert made it clear that authorities were already suspicious of their unexplained disappearance. “The … missing children were possibly involved in a double homicide, but the circumstances remain unknown,” the alert stated. “The children are believed to be in danger.” However, at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a firefighter spotted the Chevy Lumina driving down a highway in nearby Barren County. Police chased the car briefly, before it rammed through a fence, Gregory said. The juveniles were caught after a short foot chase.

Both juveniles were taken into custody for questioning. Following the interviews with homicide investigators, detectives made the decision to charge Endicott in connection with the case. Authorities are not yet commenting on what, if anything, the boy said to implicate himself. Endicott is being held at the Adair County Youth Development Center. Shockley has not been charged and was released to her mother.

Newt Gingrich has done an about face on President Obama and the Libyan situation. Newt Gingrich was all over President Barack Obama back on March 7 for not moving against Moammar Gadhafi, calling for an immediate no-fly zone over Libya and declaring that “this is a moment to get rid of him. … Get it over with.”

On Fox News, the former House speaker, who works for Fox News, said that “the idea that we’re confused about a man who has been an anti-American dictator since 1969 just tells you how inept this administration is. … The United States doesn’t need anybody’s permission. … All we have to say is that we think that slaughtering your own citizens is unacceptable and that we’re intervening.”

Now that President Obama has done what Gingrich and many others said he should do, Gingrich says he would not have done what Obama did. Speaking on NBC’s The Today Show Gingrich said on Thursday, “I would not have intervened,” Gingrich continued “I think there were a lot of other ways to affect Gadhafi. I think there are a lot of other allies in the region we could have worked with. I would not have used American and European forces.”

What a liar, what a hypocrite, what an adulterous flip-flopper. This clown, who was run out of Congress, may run for President and will be a major candidate. We deserve what we get if we keep electing the truth and honesty challenged jerks that keep running and buy the elections by spending the better candidates into oblivion.

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Gadhafi would be a good James Bond villian, like Goldfinger.

In current events, Slaughter in America on March 26, 2011 at 6:26 AM

March 26, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

March 26 is … Make Up Your Own Holiday Day and Spinach Festival Day

We should call this National Popeye Day. Everyone should eat olive oil and have spinach fights, except in Japan where the spinach apparently glows in the dark now. That is my made-up holiday.

Ohio State apparently is not the best college basketball team in the nation this year, at least not last night. The Big Ten is out of the tournament. The conference, at one time earlier this season, had six teams in the top 25 but now none in the Elite Eight.

I do not believe this was based on a religious tenet, I think her family just wanted to get to the estate distribution. Elizabeth Taylor was buried on Thursday, a day after her death was announced. Generally, in America, we wait for rigor mortis to fully set in, thereby guaranteeing the deceased is in fact deceased, before we conduct a funeral. The grieving must have been too much to bear any longer or the lawyer was going on vacation.

Slaughter in America; One person has been shot at Martinsville West Middle School, in Martinsville, Ind., police confirmed today. The suspected shooter, a 15-year-old boy, is in custody, Brad Wilson of the Martinsville Police Department said in a phone interview. The victim was shot twice in the stomach and was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis by a helicopter this morning. Local news outlet WRTV is reporting that he is in stable condition. His identity has not been confirmed. WRTV is reporting that the suspect, whose identity cannot be confirmed, posted a note on his Facebook wall this morning before the shooting. “Today is the day,” he allegedly wrote. According to Fox 59 TV, the shooting took place near the school’s cafeteria around 7 a.m. and may have stemmed from a fight between two eighth-grade boys at a school dance Wednesday night. In a news conference this morning, police said the suspect fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended. The school, which was on lockdown this morning, is about 30 miles southwest of Indianapolis. More on this tragedy at a  later date.

Gadhafi confidants are privately telling sources the dictator is ready to hold talks with the rebel leaders. Other rumors have his family setting up bank accounts around the world and sending valuables out of Libya. They must be preparing for a rainy day. It looks to most of the world like it’s been pouring for a month or so. It could be that forest for the trees thing.

Gadhafi is living the highlife or at least as high as you can when you live in a desert. He travels, or did, with a large breasted female medical provider at all times. With Moammar Gadhafi in hiding as coalition aircraft bomb his country, he’s counting on protection from a unique bodyguard corps he’s been training for decades an all-female, gun-toting posse of virgins. About 40 lipsticked, bejeweled bodyguards surround the Libyan dictator at all times. They wear designer sunglasses and high heels with their military camouflage. But they’re purported to be trained killers, all graduates of an elite military academy in Tripoli that’s solely for women.

Gadhafi established the Tripoli Women’s Military Academy in 1979 as a symbol of women’s emancipation. “I promised my mother to improve the situation of women in Libya,” he reportedly said at the time. His mother, a Bedouin tribeswoman born when Libya was an Italian colony, was illiterate. Moammar Gadhafi reviews an honor guard at the presidential office in Kiev in November 2008 during a state visit to Ukraine. The few foreign visitors who’ve been granted a glimpse inside the academy describe a spartan cement-block complex where 100 handpicked women drill in elite killing techniques, day and night, for three years. They’re awoken by bugle call at 4:30 a.m. and jog for one and a half hours, before branching off into classes. Some train to fly MiG fighter jets, while others learn martial arts or how to fire rocket-propelled grenades. “The three-year training program involves all aspects of soldiering, from firing artillery and rocket launchers to hand-to-hand combat and communications,” said Jane Kokan, a Canadian journalist who was granted rare permission to visit Libya in 1995 for a documentary about Gadhafi’s bodyguards. Doug Sanders, another Canadian journalist who visited the academy, in 2004, wrote on his blog that he believes the elite female bodyguards, known also as “Protectors of the VIP,” reveal something about Gadhafi’s “idiosyncratic mind, and a revolutionary enigma in a Muslim nation where women are still far from equal in daily life.”

The academy’s best students are dubbed “revolutionary nuns,” and they never marry and dedicate their lives to the idea of Gadhafi’s 1969 revolution. They’re banned from having sex and swear an oath to protect the Libyan leader until death, if need be. In 1998, a bodyguard named Aisha threw herself on top of Gadhafi when Islamic militants ambushed his motorcade. A barrage of bullets killed her and injured two others, but Gadhafi escaped unharmed.

So while Gadhafi’s all-female crew and especially their photos have been featured in many tongue-in-cheek articles in the Western press, they could actually prove powerful in protecting him. Foreign intelligence agents are likely trying already to stealthily chip away at the loyalty of Gadhafi’s elite inner circle. But while diplomats at the U.N. and even some of Gadhafi’s distant relatives have turned on him, there have been no reports of defections from Gadhafi’s all-female bodyguard clan — though the regime would likely try its best to squelch any such publicity. “Without the leader, women in Libya would be nothing,” Fatia, a 27-year-old bodyguard trainee in Tripoli, told Kokan during her research. “He gave us life. I am ready to die for him. He is a father, a brother and a friend to whom you can confide. You have no idea how humble he is.”

Gadhafi is thought to be in hiding somewhere outside Tripoli, but he emerged overnight to deliver a rousing speech from the balcony of his Bab al-Aziziya compound, which was hit by an allied cruise missile two days earlier. It’s also where a mysterious Libyan air force crash, purportedly by a Libyan pilot on a kamikaze suicide mission, may have killed one of Gadhafi’s sons. Reporters were barred from the Tripoli compound while Gadhafi spoke last night, and he was whisked away after five minutes. “This assault … is by a bunch of fascists who will end up in the dustbin of history,” Gadhafi told the cheering crowd. “We will not surrender.” But there are rumors he might try to flee. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told ABC News that some senior Libyan officials are putting out feelers about possible exile locations, “allegedly on Gadhafi’s behalf.” But just last week, French and British bombers destroyed an airfield in western Libyan thought to house the Gadhafi family’s private jets, thereby eliminating the Libyan leader’s means of jetting out of the country secretly. Now he may be looking around at his bodyguards, wondering how long they can continue to protect him, or perhaps which one would make a good mother for his next child. He needs to replace the child the British claim was killed earlier this week in a cruise missile attack.

President Obama is feeling the pressures of having started his own war. He actually cut his vacation to South America short, by a whole two hours, to get a better handle on the situation. The phones must not work south of Cuba. He is not going to Libya to get a handle on the situation, just Washington DC. He then announced America was giving up the control of the Libyan war to NATO. It was not announced when we would relinquish control, just that we would, soon. So now we have another war we started we will not control the ending to. Man, we are slow learners.

Slaughter in America; Police have arrested a 35-year-old man they say killed his son and tortured the rest of his family in a bloody rampage. Police responded to a house in San Bernardino, a Southern California desert community Wednesday after neighbors reported a man screaming for help. They found Ian Anthony Roderiquez standing inside the house and talked him into coming outside, where he was detained. Once inside, police found Roderiquez’s family, his wife and five children between the ages of 8 and 16. The oldest son, Richard, was dead, and the remaining victims were seriously injured, San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said. “I have not in my career seen anything similar to this,” Miller told the press. Without being more specific, she said two instruments of torture were used. Roderiquez was booked on one count of murder, four counts of attempted murder and six counts of torture. He remains jailed without bail. Neighbors reported seeing the blood-covered victims wheeled out on gurneys to waiting ambulances. “Their faces looked like bees stung them. That’s how swollen they were,” neighbor Denise Symeou told the local press.. She said wife Sujal Roderiquez was wrapped in a blanket and “her hair was drenched with blood.” Sujal Roderiquez remains hospitalized today in critical condition. Two of her children were released from the hospital Wednesday night, and the other two remain hospitalized with injuries that are not life threatening, Miller said.

Neighbors sobbed outside the home, recalling what they said was a volatile relationship between Roderiquez and his eldest son. The boy had moved out of the home to stay with a grandparent because of the problems. Sponsored Li”On Friday I was out here and his dad was yelling at Richard really bad,” neighbor Stephanie Perez told the Press-Enterprise. “He would yell, ‘Richard!’ really loud and slam the doors.” The rest of the children would frequently walk through the neighborhood, asking neighbors for food. “The kids would always say they were hungry, so I would always give the kids food,” neighbor Sofia Symeou told the newspaper. “One time, the dad said, ‘Don’t give them any more food!’ “Perez said she witnessed a younger girl asking for food and that she never went to school.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

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www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

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“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” – Benjamin Franklin

Revolutionary Nuns

In celebration, History and current events on March 25, 2011 at 5:45 AM

March 26, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

March 26 is … Make Up Your Own Holiday Day and Spinach Festival Day

We should call this National Popeye Day. Everyone should eat olive oil and have spinach fights, except in Japan where the spinach apparently glows in the dark now. That is my made-up holiday.

I do not believe this was based on a religious tenet, I think her family just wanted to get to the estate distribution. Elizabeth Taylor was buried on Thursday, a day after her death was announced. Generally, in America, we wait for rigor mortis to fully set in, thereby guaranteeing the deceased is in fact deceased, before we conduct a funeral. The grieving must have been too much to bear any longer or the lawyer was going on vacation.

 

 Now this is living the highlife. He also travels, or did, with a large breasted female medical provider at all times. With Moammar Gadhafi in hiding as coalition aircraft bomb his country, he’s counting on protection from a unique bodyguard corps he’s been training for decades — an all-female, gun-toting posse of virgins. About 40 lipsticked, bejeweled bodyguards surround the Libyan dictator at all times. They wear designer sunglasses and high heels with their military camouflage. But they’re purported to be trained killers — graduates of an elite military academy in Tripoli that’s solely for women.

Gadhafi established the Tripoli Women’s Military Academy in 1979 as a symbol of women’s emancipation. “I promised my mother to improve the situation of women in Libya,” he reportedly said at the time. His mother, a Bedouin tribeswoman born when Libya was an Italian colony, was illiterate. Moammar Gadhafi reviews an honor guard at the presidential office in Kiev in November 2008 during a state visit to Ukraine. The few foreign visitors who’ve been granted a glimpse inside the academy describe a spartan cement-block complex where 100 handpicked women drill in elite killing techniques, day and night, for three years. They’re awoken by bugle call at 4:30 a.m. and jog for one and a half hours, before branching off into classes. Some train to fly MiG fighter jets, while others learn martial arts or how to fire rocket-propelled grenades. “The three-year training program involves all aspects of soldiering, from firing artillery and rocket launchers to hand-to-hand combat and communications,” said Jane Kokan, a Canadian journalist who was granted rare permission to visit Libya in 1995 for a documentary about Gadhafi’s bodyguards. Doug Sanders, another Canadian journalist who visited the academy, in 2004, wrote on his blog that he believes the elite female bodyguards, known also as “Protectors of the VIP,” reveal something about Gadhafi’s “idiosyncratic mind, and a revolutionary enigma in a Muslim nation where women are still far from equal in daily life.”

The academy’s best students are dubbed “revolutionary nuns,” and they never marry and dedicate their lives to the idea of Gadhafi’s 1969 revolution. They’re banned from having sex and swear an oath to protect the Libyan leader until death, if need be. In 1998, a bodyguard named Aisha threw herself on top of Gadhafi when Islamic militants ambushed his motorcade. A barrage of bullets killed her and injured two others, but Gadhafi escaped unharmed.

So while Gadhafi’s all-female crew and especially their photos have been featured in many tongue-in-cheek articles in the Western press, they could actually prove powerful in protecting him. Foreign intelligence agents are likely trying already to stealthily chip away at the loyalty of Gadhafi’s elite inner circle. But while diplomats at the U.N. and even some of Gadhafi’s distant relatives have turned on him, there have been no reports of defections from Gadhafi’s all-female bodyguard clan — though the regime would likely try its best to squelch any such publicity. “Without the leader, women in Libya would be nothing,” Fatia, a 27-year-old bodyguard trainee in Tripoli, told Kokan during her research. “He gave us life. I am ready to die for him. He is a father, a brother and a friend to whom you can confide. You have no idea how humble he is.”

Gadhafi is thought to be in hiding somewhere outside Tripoli, but he emerged overnight to deliver a rousing speech from the balcony of his Bab al-Aziziya compound, which was hit by an allied cruise missile two days earlier. It’s also where a mysterious Libyan air force crash, purportedly by a Libyan pilot on a kamikaze suicide mission, may have killed one of Gadhafi’s sons. Reporters were barred from the Tripoli compound while Gadhafi spoke last night, and he was whisked away after five minutes. “This assault … is by a bunch of fascists who will end up in the dustbin of history,” Gadhafi told the cheering crowd. “We will not surrender.” But there are rumors he might try to flee. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told ABC News that some senior Libyan officials are putting out feelers about possible exile locations, “allegedly on Gadhafi’s behalf.” But just last week, French and British bombers destroyed an airfield in western Libyan thought to house the Gadhafi family’s private jets, thereby eliminating the Libyan leader’s means of jetting out of the country secretly. Now he may be looking around at his bodyguards, wondering how long they can continue to protect him, or perhaps which one would make a good mother for his next child. He needs to replace the child the British claim was killed earlier this week in a cruise missile attack.

President Obama is feeling the pressures of having started his own war. He actually cut his vacation to South America short, by a whole two hours, to get a better handle on the situation. The phones must not work south of Cuba. He is not going to Libya to get a handle on the situation, just Washington DC. He then announced America was giving up the control of the Libyan war to NATO. It was not announced when we would relinquish control, just that we would, soon. So now we have another war we started we will not control the ending to. Man, we are slow learners.

Slaughter in America; Police have arrested a 35-year-old man they say killed his son and tortured the rest of his family in a bloody rampage. Police responded to a house in San Bernardino, a Southern California desert community Wednesday after neighbors reported a man screaming for help. They found Ian Anthony Roderiquez standing inside the house and talked him into coming outside, where he was detained. Once inside, police found Roderiquez’s family, his wife and five children between the ages of 8 and 16. The oldest son, Richard, was dead, and the remaining victims were seriously injured, San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said. “I have not in my career seen anything similar to this,” Miller told the press. Without being more specific, she said two instruments of torture were used. Roderiquez was booked on one count of murder, four counts of attempted murder and six counts of torture. He remains jailed without bail. Neighbors reported seeing the blood-covered victims wheeled out on gurneys to waiting ambulances. “Their faces looked like bees stung them. That’s how swollen they were,” neighbor Denise Symeou told the local press.. She said wife Sujal Roderiquez was wrapped in a blanket and “her hair was drenched with blood.” Sujal Roderiquez remains hospitalized today in critical condition. Two of her children were released from the hospital Wednesday night, and the other two remain hospitalized with injuries that are not life threatening, Miller said.

Neighbors sobbed outside the home, recalling what they said was a volatile relationship between Roderiquez and his eldest son. The boy had moved out of the home to stay with a grandparent because of the problems. “On Friday I was out here and his dad was yelling at Richard really bad,” neighbor Stephanie Perez told the Press-Enterprise. “He would yell, ‘Richard!’ really loud and slam the doors.” The rest of the children would frequently walk through the neighborhood, asking neighbors for food. “The kids would always say they were hungry, so I would always give the kids food,” neighbor Sofia Symeou told the newspaper. “One time, the dad said, ‘Don’t give them any more food!’ “Perez said she witnessed a younger girl asking for food and that she never went to school.

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“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” – Benjamin Franklin

This is Bruce Brennan, telling it like it is!

In History and current events, Slaughter in America on March 25, 2011 at 5:41 AM

 

March 25, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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March 25 is … Pecan Day and Waffle Day

The Turf Room in North Aurora, a restaurant, bar and off-track betting parlor deliciously prepares a bountiful and pleasingly presented Sunday brunch beginning at 10:00 a. m. They have an excellent waffle station I and my two boys enjoy. Give it a try for a leisurely Sunday meal with a few racing bets thrown in.

Slaughter in America, New York style; While family and friends wiped away tears and mourned the loss of Tina Adovasio at her funeral, her estranged husband was not at her final services. Adovasio’s husband Edwin Coello, a former NYPD cop, was arrested and charged with her murder, a police spokesperson said Tuesday.

Coello’s attorney Renee Hill did not immediately return phone calls for comment. Tina Adovasio went missing on March 11 and was found dead five days later. Her husband, a former New York City policeman, has been arrested and charged with her murder. Adovasio, 40, was found dead in a heavily wooded area off the Taconic State Parkway on March 16, five days after she went missing. Her husband reported her missing after an argument, police said. Although he was cooperating with authorities initially, Coello hired two lawyers, refused to have his car searched and declined to provide a DNA sample after his wife’s body was found. Last week, he was named a “person of interest.” Coello has a history of domestic violence and, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office; he was arrested in February 2006 and charged with second-degree harassment against his wife. Authorities said he had reportedly been seen carrying a large duffle bag the day after Adovasio’s disappearance. A family member, who did not wish to be identified, said Coello was not allowed to attend Adovasio’s wake, funeral or burial. Adovasio, a mother of four, lived in the Bronx and worked as a nurse. She leaves behind four children, her parents, two brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles who all attended her funeral.

Howard Cosell (Cohn) was born on this day in 1918. Cosell came to be the most liked — and the most disliked — sports journalist across America. Cosell agreed when others described him as arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose, a show-off. And still others said he forgot to include “irritating, generous, funny, paranoid, charming, egomaniacal and insecure.” A New York attorney, Cosell ventured into the world of network sports journalism through his association with WABC radio and TV in New York in the 1950’s and early 1960s. He was featured as the boxing announcer for ABC Sports and, under Roone Arledge, filled various sports positions on Wide World of Sports from horse racing to Olympic competition. Cosell would, in a stentorian and often difficult to understand syntax, make use of his abundant vocabulary that contained big, big words that sent sports fans scurrying for their dictionaries. Always outspoken and frequently controversial, Cosell would Tell It like It Is, the title of one of his bestselling books on the subject of sports and broadcasting. It was Cosell who would be the first to claim that Cassius Clay (Muhammed Ali), would be a media star; and he championed Ali’s fight against the draft. His association with the boxer put him in front of Congressional committees and made him a regular guest lecturer in college classrooms. Cosell later quit broadcasting boxing matches and openly expressed a loathing for that sport, and for football, as well. Humble Howard was also host of a weekly program (not a sports program) for ABC Contemporary Radio — interviews and commentary titled, Speaking of Everything. Cosell was a major figure, with colleague Jim McKay, in bringing the hard news story to the minds and souls of a nation in 1972 when several Olympians were tragically slain during the Winter Olympics in Germany. He later became more outspoken, even against his own colleagues who he had worked with for so many years. Many people felt that Cosell became a bitter, broken man in his later years following the death of his wife, Emmy. She was the only one who could tell him to “…shut up, Howard. Nobody cares.” The once-powerful ‘voice that roared’ left Monday Night Football after fourteen years.

Howard Cosell died in 1995. Roone Arledge said, “Howard Cosell was one of the most original people ever to appear on American TV. He became a giant by telling the truth in an industry that was not used to hearing it and considered it revolutionary.”

The University of Illinois is raising tuition, fees and room and board by about 7% for incoming freshman. Last year they raised it nearly 11 %. The raise in costs do not affect students currently enrolled at U of I. Tuition cannot be raised from what it was when you entered. Fees, room and board can go up but not tuition. Tuition is just under 50% of the cost for a student living on campus. It will now cost incoming freshman $93,600.00 for a four year education. How many make it through and graduate in four years?

Exactly what is causing the price increase? The University is not giving teachers raises, the buildings are paid for or at least the payment is not increasing, the land is paid for, the support staff is being reduced in size, they claim. Where are the increased costs?

From the Huffington Post; The Pentagon discharged some 250 service members under the soon-to-be-defunct “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in fiscal year 2010, according to numbers released Thursday by a group of gay troops and veterans, even though top brass ordered commanders to effectively stop enforcing the ban on openly gay troops during that time. A total of 261 service members, including 11 in the Coast Guard which falls under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security were tossed out in fiscal 2010, a tally by Servicemembers United found. The group said it based its numbers on internal Defense Department statistics that are not routinely released publicly. The discharges last year represented an all-time annual low since the policy began in 1994. More than 14,000 troops or 14,316 including National Guard, according to the group’s unofficial count have been discharged under the policy. President Barack Obama signed DADT’s repeal into law in December, but the policy remains in effect until he, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, certify that that the Defense Department is ready to implement the change without hurting military readiness or effectiveness. That won’t happen until all the troops have undergone training that is already underway. But halfway through the fiscal year, long before DADT got the official thumbs-down from Congress, Gates changed the way the policy was implemented. The idea was to make it harder to toss out gay service members who were otherwise doing their job, in part by leaving decisions about discharges to generals or admirals high up in the chain of command. Yet despite the loosening of restrictions, the equivalent of two Army companies were given their walking papers. “While this latest official discharge number represents an all-time annual low, it is still unusually high,” Servicemembers United’s executive director, Alexander Nicholson, said. “Despite this law clearly being on its death bed at the time, 261 more careers were terminated and 261 more lives were abruptly turned upside down because of this policy.” I do not think the lives were turned upside down. The people discharged went in knowing the rules and took a chance. They were not team players from the beginning.

This is a slippery slope we should not be climbing. Who is going to want to work in this field if they can be charged with murder for the acts of an unrelated third party? The government will have to provide them with nearly unlimited finances and police powers to fully investigate any hint of child abuse. Two former New York City child welfare workers have been charged in the death of a 4-year-old girl who was beaten, drugged and starved in her own home. Prosecutors said that Marchella Brett-Pierce was bound to her mother’s bed for months and repeatedly beaten and denied food and water. At her death Sept. 2, she weighed just 18 pounds.

In an extraordinary move Wednesday, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes charged the girl’s caseworker, Damon Adams, and his supervisor, Chereece Bell, with criminally negligent homicide in her death. Both have pleaded not guilty. Hynes said it is thought to be the first time New York City caseworkers have been criminally charged in the death of a child. The girl’s grandmother, 56-year-old Loretta Brett, was charged with second-degree manslaughter and other charges Wednesday. She has pleaded not guilty. Her attorney, Julie Clark, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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There never was a good war, or a bad peace.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

Like Pres. Obama, I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out!

In current events, Fun, remember?, Uncategorized on March 24, 2011 at 5:42 AM

March 24, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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March 24 is … National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

President Obama take heart and learn; Every anarchist is a baffled dictator.

On this date in 1966 The Beatles pose with mutilated dolls & butchered meat for the cover of the “Yesterday & Today” album. It is later pulled from the market. Boy have people changed.

Two time Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor died on Tuesday evening. Often referred to as the most beautiful woman in the world by many, the London born Taylor, her parents were Americans from St Louis, MO, moved to Hollywood with her family at the beginning of WW II. She was under contract with Universal in 1942, at the age of ten. She made screen debut in 1942 in “There’s One Born Every Minute”. She was little before my time but I have enjoyed many of her performances. Later in life, she was more famous for being Elizabeth Taylor than her acting. A good life she led and she will be missed.

“To be or not to be … the winner of an Oscar”. That was the question as the Academy Awards were passed out for the 21st time on this night in 1949. Actor/producer/director Robert Montgomery hosted the ceremony held at the AMPAS Theater in Los Angeles. Hamlet, produced by Lawrence Olivier for J. Arthur Rank-Two Cities Films, won Best Picture of 1948. Olivier also was pronounced Best Actor for his portrayal of Hamlet. The real star of the evening, however, was the Hollywood flick, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, the story of a trio of prospectors in their search for gold in them thar hills. The search finally led them to gold in the shape of Oscar, three Oscars, to be exact, and a nomination for Best Picture. And, as far as we know, it was the first, and remains the only time a father and son both won Academy Awards on the same night. They were presented to Walter and John Huston for their stunning work in the 1948 film. Walter was awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and his son, John, received honors for Best Director and for Best Screenplay (based on a B. Traven story). Other winners of the treasured golden statuette on this spring night were: Jane Wyman (the former Mrs. Ronald Reagan) for Best Actress (film: Johnny Belinda); Claire Trevor for Best Supporting Actress (film: Key Largo); Jay Livingston and Ray Evans for Best Music/Song (Buttons and Bows from the Bob Hope/Jane Russell flick, The Paleface). And although Olivier won the Best Actor Oscar, Humphrey Bogart was superb as the paranoid, and ultimately, homicidal Fred C. Dobbs in Sierra Madre. “Golddd, Golddd.”

It’s not easy for a woman to get an abortion in South Dakota. There is only one abortion clinic in the state. As of Tuesday, it got even more difficult.

Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill requiring women seeking an abortion to wait three days after meeting with a doctor and receive counseling before undergoing the procedure, news agencies reported.

The measure brought condemnation from abortion rights groups. CBS News.com said that the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of South Dakota and Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced Tuesday they plan to file a legal challenge to the law, which is to take effect July 1.

“I think everyone agrees with the goal of reducing abortion by encouraging consideration of other alternatives,” Daugaard said in a written statement. “I hope that women who are considering an abortion will use this three-day period to make good choices.” The governor said state attorneys have agreed to defend the law and that he’s spoken with a sponsor who has pledged to finance the state’s legal costs, the Associated Press reports. South Dakota is hardly alone in staking out new territory in the abortion battle. Many statehouses where Republicans have a majority are contemplating new abortion restrictions. “State bills are currently pending all over the country, and many states are considering multiple abortion-related bills,” according to CBS News, which published an in-depth story on the issue.

In South Dakota, the three-day waiting period would be the longest in the nation, according to Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. Planned Parenthood operates the only health center in South Dakota that provides abortion care. “The voters of South Dakota, by resounding margins at the ballot box, twice have told their legislators that the decision to have an abortion is between a woman, her family and her doctor and that government should not intrude on that decision,” said Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. “We know that women reflect, talk with friends and family, and consult with pastors and their doctors before making this difficult decision. This bill intrudes on those relationships, shows contempt for women and disdain for voters’ wishes.”

The counseling provision of the bill has attracted a good deal of the criticism. According to Planned Parenthood, the law has no requirements surrounding the qualifications of the crisis centers’ counselors. “Furthermore, the crisis pregnancy centers must have as their central mission a desire to dissuade a woman from having an abortion, no matter what her particular risks or circumstances,” the group says. Abortion opponents, however, say the bill gives women thinking about an abortion “both sides of the story,” as the measure’s main sponsor puts it, according to The Christian Science Monitor. “This bill would ensure that the woman…will have access to some personal support as opposed to somebody just pressuring her to get an abortion,” said Rep. Roger Hunt, the bill’s main sponsor. “It seems to me that spending a little time talking to somebody and waiting 72 hours is nothing unreasonable.”

Abortion is a local issue. It is only important around election time. I do not think the bloc of people that vote solely on a candidate’s position on abortion makes or breaks any election. South Dakota can determine its own laws. That is the concept of State’s Rights. If anyone does not like the law in South Dakota concerning abortion, don’t go there. Go somewhere else and kill the fetus if you cannot wait three days to end a human life. We house people on death row for decades, except in Illinois but Governor Milquetoast is pro-choice. He doesn’t mind killing the innocent but he does mind killing the depraved and guilty.

A few quotes from the mind of Steven Wright. He’s weird but he’s funny.

All those who believe in psycho kinesis raise my hand.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.

OK, so what’s the speed of dark?

How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked

something.

Support bacteria – they’re the only culture some people have.

When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.

Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.

Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.

I intend to live forever – so far, so good.

Join the Army, meet interesting people, kill them.

If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.

When I’m not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.

Boycott shampoo! Demand the REAL poo!

Who is General Failure and why is he reading my hard disk?

What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.

I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

Music at the top of the charts on this day in history;

1947 The Anniversary Song – Dinah Shore
Managua, Nicaragua – The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Stuart Wade)
Oh, But I Do – Margaret Whiting
So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed – Merle Travis

1955 The Ballad of Davy Crockett – Bill Hayes
Sincerely – McGuire Sisters
Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup – Nat ‘King’ Cole
In the Jailhouse Now – Webb Pierce

1963 Our Day Will Come – Ruby & The Romantics
The End of the World – Skeeter Davis
He’s So Fine – The Chiffons
Still – Bill Anderson

1971 Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
She’s a Lady – Tom Jones
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) – The Temptations
I’d Rather Love You – Charley Pride

1979 Tragedy – Bee Gees
What a Fool Believes – The Doobie Brothers
Heaven Knows – Donna Summer with Brooklyn Dreams
I Just Fall in Love Again – Anne Murray

1987 Lean on Me – Club Nouveau
Let’s Wait Awhile – Janet Jackson
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship
I’d Still Be Loving You – Restless Heart

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“Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational — but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?” – Judith Viorst

Shoe shopping in Bethesda, Maryland is at your own risk.

In current events, Slaughter in America on March 23, 2011 at 5:33 AM

March 23, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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March 23 is … National Organize Your Home Office Day and National Chip and Dip Day

To help illustrate what I was writing about yesterday, the following was reported by AP yesterday afternoon. I am not saying our government or any government employees were involved in the initial rape and attack just the cover-up and injustice. Nearly 70 years after she was raped by a gang of white men, Recy Taylor got an apology Monday from leaders of a rural southeast Alabama community who acknowledged that her attackers escaped prosecution because of racism and an investigation bungled by police. “It is apparent that the system failed you in 1944,” Henry County probate judge and commission chairwoman JoAnn Smith told several of Taylor’s relatives at a news conference at the county courthouse. Recy Taylor, 91, is seen in her home in Winter Haven, Fla. Black and white leaders from a rural southeast Alabama community apologized Monday to relatives of Taylor, who was raped in 1944 by a gang of white men who escaped prosecution because of what officials described as police bungling and racism. Taylor told The Associated Press in an interview last year that she believes the men who attacked her are dead, but she would still like an apology from the state. The AP does not typically identify victims of sexual assault but is using her name because she has publicly identified herself.

Taylor, 91, lives in Florida and did not attend the news conference. Family members said she was in poor health and was not up to traveling to Abbeville or speaking with reporters. But her 74-year-old brother Robert Corbitt, who still lives in town, was front and center and said he would relay the apology to his sister. “What happened to my sister way back then … couldn’t happen today,” he said. “Boy, what a mess they made out of it. They tried to make her look like a whore and she was a Christian lady.” Taylor was 24, married and living in her native Henry County when she was gang-raped in Abbeville. She was walking home from church when she was abducted, assaulted and left on the side of the road in an isolated area.

Two all-white, all-male grand juries declined to bring charges. Democratic State Rep. Dexter Grimsley of Newville said police bungled the investigation and harassed Taylor. “I would like to extend a deep, heartfelt apology for the error we made here in Alabama,” Grimsley said Monday, looking straight at Corbitt. “It was so unkind. We can’t stand around and say that it didn’t happen.” He said the statements from the mayor and the probate judge help to assure area residents that “that era won’t return to us.” He also said he is working on a resolution asking the state to apologize to Taylor.

Taylor’s story, along with those of other black women attacked by white men during the civil rights era, is told in “At the Dark End of the Street,” a book by Danielle McGuire released last year. McGuire said Monday she would eventually like to see more formal apologies from the state, city and county, but views the statements from officials, prompted by publicity about her book, as a good first step.

“The fact that they are acknowledging that this happened is important,” said McGuire, a history professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. The case got the attention of NAACP activist Rosa Parks in the 1940s, a decade before she became an icon by refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus. Parks interviewed Taylor in 1944 and later recruited other activists to create the “Alabama Committee for Equal Justice for Mrs. Recy Taylor.” Those efforts were later overshadowed by other civil rights battles. Corbitt said he felt like his sister’s case was forgotten until he started doing some research several years ago and found out about the work that McGuire was doing. Mayor Ryan Blalock, who was among those apologizing Monday, said he had not heard about the case until recently.

“It felt good that the mayor said he is sorry about it,” Corbitt said. Blalock got emotional when he told Taylor’s family that Abbeville is now a good place to live and that white people and black people respect each other and work and play together. “My 8-year-old son has as many black friends as he does white friends,” said Blalock, who is white. “They are welcome at our place and he is welcome in their homes.”

Mistaken slaughter in America. A California man who was mistaken for a burglar lost his life last weekend when a victimized homeowner chased him down and hacked him to death with an ax, according to police reports. The homeowner, 29 year-old Steven Zinda, has been booked into the Sacramento County Jail on a single count of murder. He is being held without bail, and his arraignment is scheduled to take place Tuesday afternoon.

According to police documents and interviews, this is allegedly what happened.

Early Sunday morning, Zinda returned home and discovered someone trying to rob his home in Rio Linda, a small community in the Sacramento metropolitan area. The burglary suspect fled the house, Zinda said, according to Deputy Jason Ramos. At the same time that the man was running away on foot, 20-year-old David Valdez, a resident of Elverta, was driving his SUV and got stuck in a ditch down the street from Zinda’s home. When Zinda saw Elverta, he assumed he was the same person who had just attempted to break into his home, police said. “Zinda confronted him with a weapon, and the man fled on foot,” Ramos told AOL News. Zinda chased Valdez, eventually catching him about a mile away. In the ensuing confrontation, Zinda attacked Valdez with a “sharp-edged object,” reportedly an ax. He then returned to his home and made a 911 call around 4:30 a.m., police said.

Paramedics found Valdez dead at the scene. According to Ramos, the victim “suffered trauma to his head and upper body.” Authorities confirmed that there was a break-in at Zinda’s residence, but they were unable to establish a connection between Valdez and the attempted robbery. “Detectives believe there is likelihood that the victim was killed under Zinda’s mistaken assumption that he was involved somehow in the burglary,” Ramos said. Valdez’s mother, Maria Nunez, told Sacramento’s KXTV her son had attended a party Saturday night and had called a family member early Sunday to report he was stuck on the side of the road.

“My son was looking for help. He was not trying to do anything bad,” Nunez said.

This unfortunate event will be used by liberals in an attempt to outlaw axes, no doubt.

 And then there is this slaughter in America. A Montgomery County District Court judge ordered Brittany Norwood, 28, the woman accused of killing her co-worker Jayna Murray at the Lululemon store in downtown Bethesda March 11, held without bond in court Monday.

Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy argued for no bond in court, arguing that Norwood posed a threat to public safety. “The nature of the crime is shocking in the level of violence directed during the attack,” McCarthy said. Murray’s injuries, McCarthy said, were “catastrophic.” The blows to her head were probably “too numerous to count,” McCarthy said, her skull was crushed, and there was a ligature wound around her neck. Norwood at first portrayed herself to be a victim of an attack by two masked men, he said, but her story later unraveled. Norwood said both women had been attacked by two masked men and sexually assaulted, but there was no evidence to support that, police later said. The crime initially characterized by police as “random” heightened fears in downtown Bethesda and left residents taking extra security precautions. “Her cunning and her ability to lie are almost unparalleled,” McCarthy said. McCarthy said that Murray suspected Norwood may have been stealing from the store, and called store management to report her suspicions. Murray found items Norwood may have stolen from the store in Norwood’s bag, McCarthy said. During the phone call with management, which happened the day of the murder, Murray was told it would be dealt with the next day, McCarthy said.

After closing the store on March 11, Norwood called Murray to return to the store just after 10p.m. because Norwood said she had forgotten her wallet, and a confrontation ensued, McCarthy said. The attack, which may have lasted as long as 20 minutes, took place at numerous locations within the store, he said. Witnesses at the nearby Apple Store heard two women screaming, but didn’t hear any male voices, McCarthy said. He said materials from inside the store itself were used as weapons. “The instruments used to take Jayna Murray’s life all came from within the store itself,” McCarthy said. McCarthy said Norwood told “pathological lies by the hundreds” and that much of what police found at the crime scene was a product of what she had staged. Norwood wore a pair of size 14 shoes that belonged to the store and tracked footprints through Murray’s blood, he said. She later washed the shoes and put them back on the shelf, McCarthy said. Police found blood on the shoes “despite her own best efforts to wash the blood off,” McCarthy said. The rear of Murray’s pants had been cut to make it appear as though she was sexually assaulted, McCarthy said. Later, Norwood tied herself up using her teeth, he said. McCarthy said police found a box of the pull ties she used to tie herself inside the store. Norwood’s injuries were consistent with self-inflicted wounds, McCarthy said. Charging documents described them as “superficial scratches and parallel.”

The crime scene, he said, was “awash as much as any crime scene I’ve ever been at with the blood of this victim.” Norwood also changed her story about Murray’s car, McCarthy said. Norwood initially said she had never been in the vehicle.  Officers found the car parked in the lot adjacent to the Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market on Wisconsin Avenue, McCarthy said. In it, detectives found blood that matched both Murray and Norwood. Blood was found on the door handle, the gear shift, and the steering wheel, as well as on a hat in the backseat, McCarthy said. It wasn’t until the fifth time that officers interviewed her that Norwood said she had “just remembered” that the assailants made her move the car, giving her ten minutes to return or they would kill her, McCarthy said. When asked whether she had asked for assistance during that time, she said no, McCarthy said.

Around the same time, a Montgomery County police officer observed what they thought to be Norwood sitting in Murray’s car for an extended time, he said. The officer “saw what he believed to be her sitting in the car for an hour and a half, trying to decide what to do,” McCarthy said.

Detectives in the case detailed what they had found to Norwood’s family, McCarthy said. She was later left alone with her brother while she was incarcerated. She told her brother, “I don’t want to disappoint you. I’m sorry. I don’t want to talk here, they might be recording it,” McCarthy said. When her brother asked her why she fought with Murray, she said, “I don’t know,” McCarthy said. Alan Drew, a public defender, didn’t have a comment after the hearing. A public defender will be representing Norwood, he said. Norwood is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 15. McCarthy told reporters the case would likely go before a grand jury for a potential indictment before the preliminary hearing. McCarthy said he would personally be handling the case at trial. Norwood appeared via closed circuit television before the judge, speaking only to state her name. The liberals will now want to take shoes and department stores away from American citizens.

I sure hope we can fix the world in a hurry so we can get back home and fix America.

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