I briefly talked about the Missouri bill on vaping and e-cigs here. At that time I thought it was just another bill that would ban sales to minors. However the bill also contained a clause that would classify e-cigs and vaping as non-tobacco products. Because of that clause Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill.
Again, you would think that public officials that are always saying how concerned they are with the public’s health would welcome an effective alternative to smoking that doesn’t carry the multitude of health risks that smoking does. As I’ve said time and time again this is all about money. It’s about the taxes that state governments place on tobacco that must pay a lot of salaries.
Remember kids, a politician’s only real job is to get re-elected.
I’m reading this article about how Missouri is getting ready to pass age restrictions on vaping and e-cigarettes. Nothing new really. The same old under 18 ban. As we keep saying most vendors won’t sell to anyone under 18 anyway but a law doesn’t really hurt.
What really caught my eye about this article was the reaction of someone from the Missouri branch of the American Cancer Society.
“We still don’t know that these are safe,” said Stacy Reliford, Missouri government relations director of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “That’s our greatest concern.”
“Our bottom-line concern is that it defines e-cigarettes as something other than a tobacco product,” Reliford said. “The nicotine in an e-cigarette is derived from tobacco.”
They want vaping and e-cigs to be regarded as tobacco products even though there is no tobacco in them just because the nicotine is derived from tobacco. Now I could understand if vaping and e-cigs were without a doubt proven to be as cancerous as cigarettes but they haven’t yet. I doubt they will be but that’s beside the point. Why are they so quick to ban a device or delivery system that has helped so many people from inhaling the known poisonous cloud of cigarettes?
Maybe it’s self-preservation? If more people quit smoking then maybe fewer people get lung cancer. If cancer rates drop dramatically due to more people quitting then fewer people may donate to the ACS. Am I saying that this is a fact? No, of course not. However it is something to think about until the ACS comments or proves otherwise.
In offensive against sex trafficking, Ann Wagner steps into controversial realm:
Backpage attorney Liz McDougall
The article I linked to from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is about how U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (MO) is endorsing the SAVE Act. The Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act would make it illegal for U.S. websites to allow advertising for prostitution.
In the same article the AIM Group claims that 82 percent of all online prostitution takes place on Backpage.
Yet here is all that Backpage’s mouthpiece and lawyer Liz McDougall had to say about it…
“Despite the comments of some legislators, the problem and proposed legislation are Internet-wide, not restricted to or caused by Backpage.”
Which basically translates to ‘Oh yeah? Well what about the other 18 percent?’ Pathetic and cowardly.
Matthew and Krystal Scroggs
Cass County parents charged in death of baby found in concrete:
Both parents of baby found in concrete now in custody:
Matthew and Krystal Scroggs of Pleasant Hill, Missouri are methtards of the highest order. The last time Mrs. Scroggs was pregnant she smoked a lot of meth, didn’t get any prenatal care, told no one she was pregnant, then delivered at home. Suffice it to say the baby was born with complications and after about a day died. In keep with their dumbass methtard decisions Mr. Scroggs decided that the best course of action would be to encase the newborn’s body in concrete inside a plastic bucket. The cause of death was basically a meth overdose because of Mrs. Tweaker’s habits.
The birth took place in November but for some reason the police didn’t charge them for three months. Probably waiting for the toxicology results.
Their other children, ages 11, 6, 4 and 3, have been placed in state custody and also tested positive for meth. Both Breeders are looking at life sentences and then some on second-degree murder charges.
Having never been a drug addict at what point does all sensibility and consideration for your children just completely go up in smoke? Not to mention I would never smoke anything that mixes trailer trash and chemistry.
Thanks to Jessica for the tip.
MO dad allegedly seeks person to rape, beat child:
Local man accused of seeking person to beat, rape 11-year-old relative:
Anthony Brinkman, Missouri Father, Arrested For Craigslist Ad Seeking Someone To Beat, Rape Daughter:
Some of you may have heard of this story. We’ll get to why in a moment. First the grisly details and I do mean grisly.
32-year-old Anthony Brinkman of Cuba, Missouri was recently arrested for an ad he allegedly placed on craigslist. I mean it’s no big deal right? Tons of people post ads on craigslist and don’t get arrested right? So what’s the big deal. Oh nothing really. Except that Brinkman’s ad was allegedly soliciting the rape and beating of his own 11-year-old daughter. That’s right kids. Daddy Brinkman wanted someone to beat and rape his 11-year-old daughter while he watched.
Thankfully the ad was called in by an anonymous tipster and police were able to react. They set up a meeting at a local chain restaurant where Brinkley was arrested with his daughter in tow. I guess he wanted it to happen right then and there. Investigators were even shocked that he brought his daughter so willingly.
So how come this story actually made national headlines even though this took place in a flyover state? I think the level of brutality that Brinkman wanted for his own child is what thrust this story into the national spotlight. Unfortunately in the days since this story broke it’s almost already been forgotten. No outrage anymore. It’s just another forgotten story and because it’s forgotten so quickly craigslist won’t be taken to task for allowing this kind of activity to take place on their website. People will continue to use it like nothing happens on craigslist and possibly some freak like Brinkman will actually get away with some sick and violent sexual fantasy that involves their children.
I implore you not to let that happen.
Police: Boy Scouts volunteer solicited sex from undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old boy:
Michael Engler: Boy Scout Volunteer Arrested In Undercover Sting For Coercing Minor Into Sex:
50-year-old Michael Engler of St. Charles, Missouri, has been arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old boy that he met through craigslist. The Boy Scout volunteer is said to have responded to an ad in the casual encounters section posted by someone claiming to be 18-years-old that was looking for a ‘a teacher to learn from.’ Police say that Engler replied to the ad using the alias of ‘Bob Onya’ and when the ad poster revealed himself to Engler as being 14-years-old Engler used his Boy Scout cred to groom his victim…
At one point, Engler told the “fourteen -year-old” that he volunteered with the Boy Scout’s “Venturing” program, saying: “I get to hang out with young shirtless guys, and some of them wear Speedos under their wetsuits.”
A meeting was set up at a local ice rink where of course the 14-year-old turned out to be a task force that included the St. Louis County Police Department, the FBI, the United States Secret Service and the St. Charles County Cybercrime Unit. That’s right kids, Engler is looking at federal charges.
The BSA were quick to disassociate themselves with Engler and police believe there may have been other victims.
Anyone with information should contact the St. Louis County Police at 314-889-2341 or the St. Charles Sheriff’s Department at 636-949-0809.
It’s a shame that the Boy Scouts have been infiltrated by scumbags like this but unfortunately it’s not a new thing. I was in the Scouts myself for a brief period and while I was never assaulted it turned out that the Scoutmaster was a huge pedophile.
By the way craigslist, what are you doing to keep scum like this off of your website? Is that the sound of chirping crickets I hear?
UPDATE 5/8/2014: Engler was sentenced to five years in federal prison.
Missouri man gets 20 years for keeping young woman as sex slave:
Edward Bagley Sr.
Last week 46-year-old Edward Bagley Sr. of Lebanon, Missouri was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for keeping a woman captive as his sex slave for years. You can check the archives to see my previous posts on this but I’ll try to sum up the low points of what Bagley did to his victim.
First he took the mentally challenged woman in as a 16-year-old girl, would trade her to his friends for things like cigarettes and steaks, would electrocute and torture her and broadcast it on the internet, made her sign what she thought was a legally binding document making her Bagley’s slave and lastly he had her vagina sewn shut. Those are just the ones I can pull off the top of my head. For those of you new to the story, yes Bagley is/was married and his wife was in on it as well.
As I’ve mentioned previously a lot of people who claim to be from the BDSM community think that this was nothing more than a master/slave, or dom/sub if you will, relationship. It was not. It was slavery at its basest form using coercion and violence against his victim. Most BDSM people who I know in real life say that they have never heard of any kind of consensual BDSM relationship like this and are shocked that any BDSM practitioners would try to say so.
As far as I’m concerned 20 years is nowhere near enough the sentence Bagley should have got. He’s nothing more than a modern-day slave trader. He got the 20 year sentence after entering into a plea deal back in January.
And if you are a BDSM practitioner great for you but this isn’t a government indictment on your lifestyle. It’s an indictment on one white trash hillbilly scumbag who took advantage of a 16-year-old girl for his own sadistic purposes. If you think anything else you may want to unzip the mouth hole on your gimp mask because your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen.
Man forced teens to have sex after luring them from Facebook:
Man Lured Teens From Facebook, Forced Into Sex Trafficking:
Most times when it comes to child prostitution and sex trafficking I’m usually talking about websites like Backpage or craigslist. However every once in a while I’ll talk about a social networking site like Facebook. Some pimps and traffickers find that social networking is a powerful recruitment tool.
Case in point, police in St. Louis County, Missouri have arrested 39-year-old Anton Mark Morris for prostituting teen girls and women that he recruited through Facebook. I actually started to type craigslist there. Force of habit I guess.
According to police Morris recruited a 16-year-old girl through Facebook and used the usual promises of money, gifts and a better life. Of course that is never true. Instead he forced the girl to recruit others to work for him. Morris also allegedly held two other girls, ages 17 and 19, against their will and forced all three of them to violated by strangers for money. One night when Morris fell asleep one of the girls escaped and got in touch with police. Morris is actually looking at life behind bars since St. Louis County has a pretty stiff human trafficking law.
Parents, once again I urge you to talk to your children to tell them that if someone online is promising them money and gifts that they are out to do them harm. It’s the same as the ‘never take candy from strangers’ principle except taken to an entirely new level.
Edward Bagley Sr.
Final Suspect Pleads Guilty in Sex Slave Case; Faces 20 Years:
As alluded to yesterday 45-year-old Edward Bagley Sr.of Lebanon, Missouri has pleaded guilty to federal charges of trafficking, torturing and raping a woman he kept in his home for several years. Just a slight recap of some of the torture this woman had to endure at the hands of this white trash hillbilly.
The victim was tortured over a six-year period by strangulation, suffocation, breast and vaginal penetration with skewers, and electrical voltage.
And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. You can read more about her ordeal in the archives.
While it’s good to see that all involved are being sent to prison Bagley is only facing 20 years thanks to his plea deal. That means he could get less than 20 years. The torture of this woman is almost Dr. Mengele like proportions and all he’ll get at the most is 20 years? This is not justice unless there some kind of Marquis De Sade room in federal prisons that I’m unaware of. With any luck his fellow inmates will return unto him what he gave to that poor woman tenfold.
Edward Bagley Sr.
Guilty plea expected in ‘horrific’ sex torture case:
Tomorrow 45-year-old Edward Bagley Sr.is expected to plead guilty to the sexual torture and trafficking of woman that he and his wife allegedly kept as a sex slave.
Bagley met the girl when she was a 16-year-old runaway and convinced her to stay at his trailer. Bagley would sexually abuse the woman and either broadcast it over the web or charge his friends to watch. He even lent her out to some of his cronies in exchange for things like steaks, cigarettes and cash. He had his name tattooed on her and made her sign what she thought was a legally binding contract making her his property. As one form of punishment Bagley allegedly had her vagina sewn shut. This went on for a number of years. The only reason that she was rescued is because she had a heart attack after being electrocuted by Bagley during one of their torture sessions.
Since the story broke there have been some in the BDSM community who have been saying that there is nothing illegal going on here. One journalist even compared this situation to 50 Shades of Grey. Here’s the thing with that though, in most BDSM relationships it’s not only between two people and those people usually respect each other and the relationship is consensual. Trading your partner out for steaks and smokes is usually not part of the deal. What happened here is nothing short of the torture of a poor unfortunate woman. She was not a willing participant. She was coerced into thinking that she had no other choice. Prison for Bagley is only a modicum of justice in this case.
No word on what Bagley’s possible sentence is but unless it includes the words torture, electrocution, rape and slavery it won’t be anywhere near what this cowardly and depraved piece of pig excrement deserves.