The Chicago Facebook Live attack wasn’t about race

The Chicago Facebook Live attack wasn't about race
Brittany Covington, Jordan Hill, Tanishia Covington, Tesfaye Cooper

By now I’m sure we’ve all heard about the beating and torture that was streamed on Facebook Live out of Chicago. What the headlines were quick to point out is that the suspects were black and the victim was white. What the media was not very quick to point out was everything else in the story. Then again, facts don’t sell papers or get clicks from Facebook, knee-jerk outrage does in these times. In what seems to be the norm these days, most people online were quick to defend their own personal biases in the wake of this story while the truth became lost. It’s my hope to wade through the muck of personal prejudice to find at least a rose petal of truth.

Here’s how the story was first reported

The 18-year-old man, who had been reported missing by his parents in Crystal Lake earlier this week, is shown crouching in a corner on a video carried on Facebook Live. His wrists are bound and his mouth is taped shut.

As a woman shoots the video, two men cut the man’s shirt with knives, then take turns punching him and stomping his head. One of the men cuts the victim’s hair and scalp with a knife, and it appears the man is bleeding.

As the man crouches against a wall, someone shouts, “F‑‑‑ Donald Trump” and “F‑‑‑ white people.”

That was all that was needed to send the Facebook knee jerk brigade into full meltdown. In some cases you could almost smell the kerosene being poured on the crosses. A lot of people seemed to be under the impression that this roving gang of black thugs were just roaming the streets of Chicago looking for someone white that they could torture because Trump won the election. Cries of ‘hate crime’ rang down from the pale tableau of the Facebook masses. Those charged with the attack are Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper; 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24. They have all been charged with hate crimes as the mob had demanded. As it turns out, race may have been the least of the motives involved.

Jordan Hill was actually said to be a friend of the victim. The victim’s parents dropped him off at a Chicago McDonald’s so the victim could have a sleepover at Hill’s. The attack was said to have occurred when the victim got into a ‘play fight’ with Hill and then the Convington sisters became annoyed with the victim, and that the attack may have escalated due to drugs and alcohol. Another motive that has been discussed is that the suspects had allegedly planned on extorting something from the victim’s family as they reportedly sent the victim’s family text messages saying that their son was being held captive. In yet another report, Hill allegedly started beating the victim when the victim’s parents kept trying to contact Hill about their son’s location. All four suspects have been held without bail.

Now having said all that, some of you may have the notion that somehow I am trying to excuse the four suspects from what they’ve done. Nothing could be further from the truth. They deserve to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and sentenced to whatever the maximum punishment may be. However, we shouldn’t be outraged by the races of everyone involved with this crime, but rather the fact that four people not only brutally tortured a special needs man but had the audacity to broadcast it live on Facebook. We shouldn’t be blaming the Black Lives Matter Movement or Donald Trump voters for this crime as no one involved is representative of either base. The only thing that race had to with this crime is that it made for inflammatory headlines. Should they have been charged with a hate crime? Absolutely, but mostly because the victim is mentally diminished.

Ask yourselves this. If the victim had been black, would this had been just another story out of crime ridden Chicago? Would there be any Facebook outrage then? Respectively, those answers would be yes and no.

I’ll be posting more updates on this story as they become available and as time allows.

Craigslist caregiver steals from victims

Craigslist caregiver steals from victims
Tina Edwards

I was just going to post this story on my twitter account and be done with it, but the headline “Police say woman robbed victims she met through Craigslist” just doesn’t do the story justice.

Anyway, Lady Joker up there is 36-year-old Tina Edwards of Louisville, Kentucky. She is accused of stealing from several victims after allegedly offering her services as a caregiver on craigslist. We’re not talking about stealing some singles from someone’s purse or even lifting some jewelry. Some of the crimes she’s been accused of is allegedly stealing a car from a quadriplegic patient who hired her to help her get around, and stealing an iPad, blank checks, and the home and car keys from another victim.

Having had to use home health care aides in the past when my mother was ill I can understand how desperate the victims may have been to have someone help them around the house, but in my opinion craigslist is never the way to go. It’s become so sketchy I wouldn’t even hire someone to groom my dog from craigslist. This article from the Huffington Post (I know, I’m shocked that it’s good too) has good advice on how to hire someone reliable.

How not to handle your kids acting inappropriately on Snapchat

How not to handle your kids acting inappropriately on Snapchat
Chrsitian Amason

What would you do If you found your 14-year-old daughter posting inappropriate pictures on Snapchat? Would you sit her down and discuss the dangers of online predators, would you ground her and take away all her electronic devices or both? In the case of 45-year-old Christian Amason, of Hamilton County, Tennessee, he allegedly took matters literally into his own hands.

When Amason’s 14-year-old daughter was caught posting explicit pictures to Snapchat the girl’s mother attempted to spank her. When the girl was having none of that Amason allegedly grabbed his daughter by the throat, slapped her across the face and upper torso and choked her.

Child abuse will not lead to a child no longer act out like this. As a matter of fact, it will probably make them act like this even more. With this kind of behavior and the following abuse, you could be looking at a girl who ends up having a warped sense of sexuality, which could lead to future abuse by potential relationship partners and it could also lead her down a road of sex trafficking which could include prostitution, stripping and porn.

(Thanks to Lady Gray for her editorial assistance)

For you sick freaks who are looking for the pics I have it on good authority they can be found here.

What do do after a car accident

Within the first week of receiving my driver’s license, I was in a pretty bad wreck. I unfortunately had to leave the scene in the back of an ambulance. If you’re lucky enough to avoid serious injury follow the steps in the attached infographic to make your experience as smooth as possible. And just because you may not be taken away on a stretcher doesn’t mean you don’t have an injury.


Via: Farar Law Group

Self-Defense

Many years ago I took some martial arts/self-defense courses. While thankfully I’ve never had to use them, it’s better to have the skills and not need them than need them and not have them. This infographic provides dome information on why you may want to look into it.


Via: RK Federal Lawyers

The 2016 Trenchie Awards

The 2016 Trenchie Awards

Best Movie: Captain America: Civil War. It’s what we finally wanted out of a super hero movie, people in tights beating the crap out of each other. Why BvS couldn’t grasp that is beyond me.

Best Album: 2016 was pretty good year for music, my music anyway. Some great albums that came out in 2016, such as Lords of Black II, Flotsam and Jetsam’s self titled album, and Dystopia by Megadeth. However the one album that kept getting played over and over in my collection was Be Like The River by relative newcomers Devilkskin. Give them a listen here.

Worst Album: I normally don’t do worsts anymore but I felt one album this year definitely deserved it and that’s Heavy Crown by Last in Line. Last in Line is Ronnie James Dio’s former backup band putting out an album of originals, but the album just sounds like nothing more than Vivian Campbell bitching about Dio for an hour. If you want a good throwback metal album listen to the Resurrection Kings album instead.

Best TV Show: The Netflix comic shows have been pretty weak if you ask me. Daredevil Season 2 was a little off even though it had The Punisher and Luke Cage kind of bored me so I have to give it to The Flash once again. It’s so gloriously comic booky and fun that I just can’t miss an episode.

Best Comic: 2016 was not a great year for comic books. I mean what was up with Marvel’s publishing schedule when it came to Civil War II? ANyway, there was no one great series that stood out for be, bur as far as single issues go it’s definitely DC Rebirth #1. The frame where Barry Allen pulls the original Wally West out of the Speed Force actually made me choke up a little bit.

Best Video Game: While I Mostly play games that are years old so I can get them on discount, I actually played a 2016 game and the game was Amazing. That game was Stardew Valley. I derived a lot of enjoyment out of this retro style farming simulator. Trust me, it’s more entertaining than it sounds.

Most Inane Political Agenda of 2016: Let’s see if I can think of something that has nothing to do with the election. Oh I’ve got it, the FDA’s ruling on vaping that’s basically scheduled to kill the industry. Let’s take something that has gotten scores of people to quit smoking and regulate into the ground by imposing outlandish application fees of $1M.

Dumbasses of 2016: Again, lets see if I can avoid invoking the election. Got it again. Let’s give it to all the people who watched ‘Making a Murderer’ and now think Stephen Avery is innocent. He’s not. He’s a cold-blooded killer who is exactly where he is supposed to be.

Biggest Jackass Celebrity of 2016: Once again I’m going to try to avoid the election especially since Trump won this category last year. Nope, can’t do it. It has to be Trunmp. He’s more celebrity than politician even though he is the President-Elect. While I’m not as fearful or venomous as a lot of Trump opponents, and I don’t require a safe space, nothing this man does fills me with any kind of sense of hope. The next four years are going to be a rough ride, and hopefully in that time both major parties can come up with a candidate who isn’t an out of touch career politician or an inexperienced douchebag.

Chicago suspect charged with murder of 16-year-old Backpage child prostitute

Chicago suspect charged with murder of 16-year-old Backpage child prostitute
Antonio Rosales

32-year-old Antonio Rosales of Chicago is accused in the murder of 16-year-old Desiree Robinson in Markham, Illinois, on Christmas Eve. Rosales was attending a party in Markham when he saw an ad for Robinson on Backpage. Rosales had sex with Robinson, but when he couldn’t pay her he allegedly punched her and slit her throat. Robinson’s friends went to the house where the party was where they found Robinson’s body and a knife. The autopsy said that Robinson had been beaten and choked before having her throat slit.

While I hope that prosecutors do everything within their power to put this scumbag behind bars for the rest of his unnatural life, I hope they’re also looking to prosecute the people who put Desiree Robinson on Backpage to begin with. While some may argue that Ms. Robinson was on Backpage by choice, I find that very hard to believe. The first thing that indicates to me that she was being trafficked is that she had been reported missing as a runaway since November 29th. Pimps and traffickers often convince their underage victims to run away with promises of a life of luxury. Ms. Robinson’s mother also said that Desiree had contacted her but couldn’t tell her mother where she was. Victims of sex trafficking often can’t reach out to their family due to threats of violence against them and their family. I also have to wonder if her ‘friends’ were her pimp and enforcers. A number of prostitutes often travel with a ‘security guard’. They’re supposed to make sure that not only does the prostitute collect the money for the pimps, but they’re also supposed to make sure that the prostitute doesn’t run off. Sounds a lot like slavery doesn’t it?

As far as I’m concerned, whoever turned her out on Backpage is as equally culpable in her death as Rosales allegedly is. This isn’t even taking into account that Backpage once again allowed a minor to be sold for sex on their website which led to her violent death. Just another drop of blood money in their already overflowing coffers.

Facebook fiend charged with raping 15-year-old Indiana girl

Facebook fiend charged with raping 15-year-old Indiana girl
Brandon M. Kolc

22-year-old Brandon M. Kolc of Gibraltar, Michigan, is accused of raping a 15-year-old Indiana girl that he met through Facebook. According to the victim she thought Kolc was 19 and lived in Illinois. The first time they had sex the victim says it was consensual, once in a church parking lot. Then the rape was said to have occurred in front of a casket factory where Kolc allegedly raped and choked the victim after she refused to consent.

By now this shouldn’t even be an issue anymore as most parents are already on Facebook, and should know how to keep tabs on their kids. If not you’re way behind the curve, and need to educate yourself on how these things work. Know their logins, know their passwords, know their Facebook friends and inspect their devices for multiple accounts. You are the parent, you can trust your kids all you want, but do you trust the strangers out there who are looking to prey upon your kids?

Texas Kik kreeper caught coercing Canadian girl for kiddie porn

Texas Kik kreeper caught coercing Canadian girl for kiddie porn
Robert Dion Ables

39-year-old Robert Dion Ables of Hutchins, Texas, is accused of allegedly extorting a 14-year-old Canadian girl for explicit images of herself. Ables is believed to have used the mobile messaging app Kik in order to attempt to blackmail his victim.

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Investigators say that Ables posed as a 14-year-old girl when asking the girl for explicit photos. When he received them, he is said to have sent similar pictures of a different girl to the victim. He then threatened the victim that he would post her pictures on Facebook if she did not continue to send him pictures.

Ables allegedly admitted to the crime and said that he had been involved in online extortion since 2014 which he says has made him $50,000 in two years.

Ables said he obtained sexually explicit photographs of minors by contacting girls on KIK Messenger.

Another good warning for your kids is that if a stranger online claims to be or around their age, they still could be a predator. Posing as a child is just one of many ways that online predators use to gain your child’s trust. This is not a rare occurrence on Kik either. As I have mentioned many times in the past, Kik is inundated with sex offenders and pedophiles.

Snapchat sleaze posed as teen to get girl to his home

Snapchat sleaze posed as teen to get girl to motel
Christopher Dean Martin

33-year-old Christopher Dean Martin of Roseville, California, has been arrested on charges of ‘having sex’ (child rape) with a 16-year-old girl. Martin allegedly posed as an 18-year-old on the mobile image sharing app Snapchat in order to convince a 16-year-old to come to his house for sex. Is it me or does this guy look nothing like an 18-year-old? As a matter of fact he looks older than 33.

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Speaking of age, because I know some of you will try to argue this point, the age of consent in California is 18 and they’re pretty serious about it. According to Wikipedia, no one may have sexual contact with anyone under 18.

Police believe he may have other victims

Investigators believe Martin may have tried to lure other young girls around the Sacramento area. Anyone who suspects their child may have been a victim is asked to contact detectives at [email protected]

As usual the same cautions apply, learn to use these apps, know who your kids’ online friends are, and hold on to their devices at night. If not, you may find your child in the home of a 33-year-old pervert.