Kenny Bartley arrested again, and he’s out again

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By on February 17, 2018
Kenny Bartley arrested again, and he's out again
Kenny Bartley

Last week I posted how an arrest warrant had been issued for Kenny Bartley. Bartley was once convicted of the 2005 shooting and killing of Principal Ken Bruce at Campbell County High School in Tennessee. In 2014, that conviction was overturned and Bartley was convicted on the lesser charge of reckless homicide. He was sentenced to time served, given a pat on the head and let loose. Since that time he’s been in and out of jail for various reasons and a child died while in his care.

Earlier, this week Bartley was arrested and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense for criminal trespassing for breaking into a Knoxville Salvation Army office. His sentence once again? You guessed it. Time served.

Bartley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, suspending all but the time he has currently served.

I thought surely they didn’t let Bartley walk again. They did, and don’t call me Shirley. According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Bartley is currently not a resident of their jail.

This guy gets more breaks than a Kit-Kat bar. How many more will he get before he hurts someone else?

For the last time, psychiatric drugs do NOT cause school shootings

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By on February 17, 2018

So I go to the vast cultural void that is Facebook, and I see people posting memes and bullshit about mass shooters and psychiatric drugs. You know, things like this…

People who post bullshit like this are the reason that seeking professional mental healthcare in this country is so stigmatized. You are all Luddites who are just as bad as anti-vaxxers, if not worse. You people, and please take that in the most derogatory way possible, are a bigger cause of mass shootings than the drugs you demonize. You are a big reason why people who are suffering in silence every day won’t go to get the help they need. Some of you may as well have pulled the trigger yourself.

Hell, let’s even analyze the pitiful meme I posted that’s being passed around the world’s restroom wall that is Facebook. I’m going to focus on the top row because those four are school shooters I recognize. From the top left, Dylan Klebold from Columbine was not on any kind of psychiatric drug. His partner, Eric Harris was on Luvox but he’s only half the equation. You can’t blame Columbine on psych drugs if only one of the shooters was taking them. Next is Cho Seung-Hui from Virginia Tech. No drugs, prescription or otherwise, were found in his system. And of course, the little troll on the end is Adam Lanza from the Sandy Hook shootings. While he had a history of psychiatric problems, no drugs were found in his body either. I’ll even give you a bonus one. Stephen Kazmierczak, who ten years to the day before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killed 5 at Northern Illinois University. He had been taking Prozac but had stopped taking it three days before the shooting. However, Prozac doesn’t leave your system quick enough for there to be that much of an emotional change.

Then again, that’s another problem with your deadly conspiracy theory. You can’t make up your minds whether or not being on meds causes violence or being off of them does. And yes, it is a conspiracy theory. I defy you to find a peer-reviewed medical study that connects medications to school shootings. Not a link from WND or Free Republic and not one from Natural News or Huffington Post either since you dolts seem to run the political spectrum. Try not using the term Big Pharma either. You might as well say jet fuel can’t melt steel beams.

I was going through the archives of this site and I came across this post I made five years ago about a coalition who believed antidepressants caused school shootings. The coalition was made up of gun rights advocates, Scientologists and physician-skeptics. So that means people who shoot themselves while cleaning their guns, people who think essential oils can cure cancer, and a cult that believes evil aliens inhabit your body and will get rid of them for a nominal fee think that medicine is bad. That is the company you keep.

Again, you all need to learn the phrase ‘Correlation does not imply causation’.

In conclusion, you’re an anti-science Luddite who has no compassion for those with mental illness. You should feel bad, you’re a horrible person, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Thanks to Nick for the tip.

Lawyer: School shooter will plead guilty if death penalty ditched

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By on February 17, 2018

Lawyer: School shooter will plead guilty if death penalty ditched

There’s a lot of news to dissect about the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and I vow to get to it all in due time. However, one story came out today I definitely want to comment on right the hell now.

According to Nikolas Cruz’s attorney, public defender Howard Finkelstein, Cruz will plead guilty to the 17 murders he committed, if the death penalty is taken off the table. However, before we get to that, I also have to comment on the tactic the defense attorney is taking with Cruz.

“I am overwhelmingly saddened that every system failed. The school system, the mental heath system, DCF, law enforcement and the FBI,” said Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office is representing Cruz. “Because we failed to stop it, and we could have, we should not kill the person who behaved as we feared but ignored.”

Be that as it may, that doesn’t change the fact Cruz killed 17 people just for the sake of killing. Whatever system may or may not have failed him, he’s ultimately the one who pulled the trigger. He is responsible for his actions. He knew it was wrong and knew it was illegal and he did it anyway. For those reasons alone he is the textbook candidate for the death penalty. What other punishment is there to mete out the justice his victims deserve? My hope is the prosecution will not even consider offering this assclown a deal and fervently pursue his execution.

The only drawback to the death penalty is it will still be at least 20 years before he’s actually executed, filing his appeals while his victims don’t have that luxury.

(Thanks to Lady Gray for the assist.)

A gun is a coward’s weapon

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By on February 15, 2018

A gun is a coward's weapon

I’m done. For 18 years I stood up for the rights of ‘responsible’ gun owners but no more. After yesterday’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17, mostly children, dead, I reached my breaking point. While I realize that shootings like this are part of the plane crash principle, where you only hear about the planes that crash and not the ones that make it safely, if there had been three plane crashes with massive losses of life since the beginning of the year, you bet your ass there would be calls for regulation against the airline industry. Yet when it comes to guns we just throw our hands up and go ‘What can we do, it’s in the Constitution.’ You know what else was in the Constitution: slavery, prohibition, and denying women the right to vote but all of those have been changed. Now it’s time to change the Second Amendment which hasn’t been changed in centuries. I’m not talking about gun control, I’m talking about gun eradication. Sorry to you responsible gun owners, but the bad apples have spoiled the bunch. No grandfather clauses and no exceptions. But you hunt? Too bad. Welcome to bow season motherfucker.

And don’t give me that shit about Nazi Germany stripping their citizens of weapons. You’re not living in Nazi Germany. This is the modern-day and if you can’t recognize that the landscape has changed since then, you’re an idiot. “But what if we need to defend ourselves against the government?” You mean the government that hasn’t come after you in over 200 years? Bitch, please. If the government wanted to become a dictatorship there’s no amount of guns that compares to those owned by the US Military. Plus you sound you like should join one of those whack job militia groups that hole up in the woods. Speaking of militias you’ll say that the Constitution guarantees that we’re entitled to a well-regulated militia. What do you think the National Guard is?

I still believe that the main causes of school shootings are lack of sufficient mental healthcare, the stigma of seeking psychological help, and the over-inflated sense of entitlement these cowards have. But what else do they all have in common? The gun. But since most of you also think that healthcare isn’t a right and should be expensive, fewer people who need it aren’t getting the treatment they should.

Also, some of you thinks the solution to that is to arm teachers. That’s one of the stupidest ideas I’ve ever heard. Sure, let’s put even more guns in our schools. I’m sure teachers will act like perfect automatons when it comes to the handling of firearms and not one will be lost or misused.

The gun is not a multipurpose tool. It’s only purpose is to destroy whatever is put in front of it. Another argument I hear is that baseball bats are used to kill people and they’re still legal. Baseball bats can’t be swung 45 times a minute or used from a distance of hundreds of feet away or from a window that is ten stories up.

I’m also sick of the good guy with a gun myth. Where do you think most bad guys with guns get theirs? Either purchased legally or stolen from a ‘responsible’ gun owner. Let’s also talk about the overly used ‘Guns don’t kill people’ trope. While it does take a person to pull the trigger of a gun to kill someone, the gun makes it a whole lot easier to do so. Then there’s the ‘If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns’ trope. You’ve got to start somewhere and it seems to be working ok for Australia, who banned guns after the Port Arthur massacre and has seen a steady decline in homicides since enacting the legislation.

Do I think that police and military should be disarmed? No. Don’t be ridiculous. However, most of the police and military go through a career’s worth of training to learn how to handle their weapons in highly volatile situations. While they’re not always perfect, they do a hell of a lot better job than most armed civilians who sometimes can’t even clean their guns without shooting themselves or a loved one.

Have I pissed you off? I don’t care. You’re clinging to a belief that died when the US became a military superpower. You no longer have to worry about King George trying to tax your tea. Your thinking is fossilized and belongs in the dustbin of history. Want to unfriend me? Fine, then obviously our friendship wasn’t that strong. Want to stop reading my site? That’s fine too. Have fun wrapping yourself in your comfortable little bubbles on Facebook where you only commiserate with people who think exactly like you. God forbid you should step outside of your narrow world view. Call me a liberal communist if you want. I was registered Republican until 2016 whereas now I’m officially unaffiliated with any party. They both suck for their own reasons.

In summation, guns suck and serve no purpose in modern society except for inflicting death.

Shooting at Florida high school leaves 17 dead (UPDATES ONGOING)

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By on February 14, 2018

UPDATE 7:10 PM CT: The Daily Mail is hinting that Cruz had some kind of history of aimal abuse. While it wouldn’t surprise me in the least, I’d like to see further confirmation on this.

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UPDATE Oh FFS: Fox News is saying that Cruz has ISIS connections. That’s funny for a supposed ISIS guy who posted the following on Instagram…

In 2015, he posted a screenshot of a Google search for the phrase, “what does allahu akbar.” He then wrote a caption that included an anti-Muslim slur, “Well at least we now know what it means when a sand durka says “allahu Akbar” ??????”

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UPDATE 6:35 PM CT: On my Twitter account I said that the trigger babies on Twitter are probably going to fawn all over this assclown since he was taken into custody. See here about their admiration of Aurora theater gunman James Holmes. Now, Buzzfeed is reporting that Cruz complained about bullying and talked about guns a lot. Before the pearl clutching bullying criers go to give him milk and cookies, Buzzfeed also says that Cruz was expelled from the school for disciplinary problems. If he’s not a columbiner, I’ll eat my hat.

Buzzfeed also says there are teachers and students among the 17 dead.

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UPDATE 5:25 PM CT: CNN is reporting that law enforcement sources say there are 16 dead.

USA Today Reports 17 are dead.

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UPDATE 4:41 PM CT: The gunman has been identified as Nicolas Cruz, or Nikolas Cruz.

Heavy.com is reporting on Cruz’s social media activity and guess what. He’s one of those tough guys that likes to pose with guns and knives. Seems like the alt-right type too. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was a columbiner too.

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UPDATE 4:13 PM CT: CNN is reporting that there have been two fatalities and that the gunman is a former student.

While this is probably not the time, ABC is already touting Everytown’s inflated statistic of how there have allegedly been 18 school shootings so far this year. Just a few weeks ago they said the number was 11. There have been three.

ABC is also reporting that the gunman is 18-years-old.

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UPDATE 3:42 PM CT: Fatalities have been reported in the shooting as US Senator Bill Nelson told MSNBC that there were multiple deaths at the scene. The number of injured has been lowered to 14 which makes me wonder if the fatalities are the six remaining victims who were previously reported injured.

Also of note, the gunman has been captured but no other information about the shooter has been released.

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Shooting at Florida high school leaves 20 injured

This story is still developing, but what we know so far is there was an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Reports have varied from 20 to 50 wounded, but most sources say the number is closer to 20 than 50, but that could always change.

Frustratingly, the gunman is still at large.

While each shooting that has happened in schools so far this year have been serious, this has officially gotten ridiculous. At this rate we’ll have at least 24 school shootings this year.

I’ll post more details as they become available.

Mother gave guns to would-be school shooter to “let him grow up”

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By on February 14, 2018

Mother gave guns to would-be school shooter to "let him grow up"

Back in late January, just days after the shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, that left two dead, a cache of weapons was found in the bedroom of a 14-year-old student of Uniontown Area High School in Pennsylvania. Police were tipped off to the juvenile suspect after another student recorded the suspect making a threat against the school. Whenever one of these stories breaks you always wonder where these kids get the guns from. Well, wonder no more.

The boy’s mother, 45-year-old Lenora Ann Hendrix, has been charged with knowingly and intentionally delivering or providing a firearm to a minor. When asked why she would give a 14-year-old an arsenal of weapons she allegedly replied to teach him responsibility and to “let him grow up.” Guess what, lady. He was neither responsible nor grown up.

While a parent being charged for giving their kids guns that would be used in a school shooting is rare, it’s not unheard of. On the other side of the Keystone State, in Montgomery County, Michelle Cossey was sentenced to four months in prison and five years probation for illegally obtaining guns for her home-schooled son Dillon who plotted an attack against Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School near Philadelphia.

I understand gun culture is different in rural America than in it is in urban areas. I understand allowing one of your children to possibly have a rifle to go hunting if they have an adult to go hunting with to teach them how to responsibly handle a gun. However, allowing your son to keep a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, two machetes, throwing knives, two lever-action rifles, a revolver, a crossbow with arrows, and bulk ammunition in his room only teaches him to be selfish and violent.

18-year-old killed in 5miles murder near Dallas

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By on February 12, 2018

19-year-old killed in 5miles murder near Dallas

Over the weekend, 18-year-old Gerard Cage was shot and killed in Lancaster, Texas, after trying to buy a cell phone through the marketplace app 5miles. Gerard was said to have been shot by a man in a white Dodge pickup. At last report Gerard’s killer was still at large. The meeting place was said to be very public, but as we’ve seen in the past few years, that doesn’t stop people from robbing or killing their victims through apps like this.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding Gerard’s killer.

The investigation is ongoing and Lancaster police are asking anyone with information to call Lancaster police at 972-218-2711.

Tragically, this isn’t the first murder committed through 5miles in the Dallas area. Back in late 2016, 33-year-old April Vancleave of Arlington, Texas, was shot and killed after trying to sell jewelry through 5miles. She was followed home by two men who intended on robbing her.

The difference between these murders and murders that have taken place through other apps is that 5miles has not only offered their condolences but publicly stated that they’d be helping local police.

“5miles” app told WFAA on Sunday night they are working to assist Lancaster PD in solving Cage’s killing.

“We’re saddened to hear about this young man and have been cooperating with the Lancaster P.D., providing the detective assigned to this case with requested information and support,” the company said in a statement.

When has craigslist ever reached out to the public positively when one of the 100+ victims have been killed through their platform?

5miles also offers a safety feature that many similar apps do not. The app has an option that recommends a safe meeting place which includes police stations. The only other platform I know of that offers a similar service is, friend of the site, Geebo.com who provides a link to SafeTrade Stations in every ad.

My prayers and condolences go out to Gerard’s friends and family. Hopefully his killer will be brought to justice swiftly.

Does anyone remember NIU?

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By on February 12, 2018

Does anyone remember NIU?

It was ten years ago this week that a gunman stormed Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and killed five people before the shooter took the coward’s way out. Those killed in the shooting were Catalina Garcia, Ryanne Mace, Julianna Gehant, Gayle Dubowski and Dan Parmenter. The cowardly shooter, Stephen Kazmierczak, was nothing more than a Columbine and Virginia Tech wanna-be and copycat.

Ten years on, the larger part of America probably has no memory of the loss of life at NIU. At the time, NIU was one of the deadliest school shootings on record, but has since fallen out of the public conscience. Since then we’ve had tragedies like those at Sandy Hook, among others, that have made us forget school shootings that didn’t have body counts in the double digits.

The term ‘never forget’ gets thrown around so much these days it’s almost used in an ironic sense, but we should never forget the lives lost in any of our college campuses or school grounds. We should be constantly horrified by the violence that has claimed so many promising lives in order to work toward preventing future tragedies.

Did a Colorado girl take a craigslist hit out on herself?

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By on February 12, 2018
Did a Colorado girl take a craigslist hit out on herself?
Joseph Michael Lopez

If the suspect’s story is to be believed, this may be the most bizarre craigslist killing I’ve heard of in the past 12 years.

Back in late December, 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger of Adams County, Colorado, went missing. The day after she was reported missing her body was found. Nicole had been shot in the head and a lethal amount of heroin had been found in her system.

Originally, the public turned their suspicious eye toward a scary looking man who Natalie claimed was stalking her. She even took out a restraining order on the man. Since he has not been charged in Natalie’s death, I won’t post his name. However, I get the feeling that some people will still point to him as a suspect. He was a person of interest until another person was arrested for Natalie’s murder.

22-year-old Joseph Michael Lopez was arrested this past week and was charged with first-degree murder in Natalie’s death. Lopez claims that Natalie took an ad out on craigslist entitled “I want to put a hit on myself.” Lopez claims he responded to the ad posing as a hitman. The two exchanged over 100 text messages. Lopez claimed that he didn’t shoot Natalie but was with her the night she died. However, police say when Lopez was confronted with the GPS data from his phone he allegedly admitted shooting her in the back of the head.

Do I believe Lopez’s grandiose tale of the craigslist ad? Surprisingly, I think there may be a grain of truth to his story. It’s not unheard of for people to look for a hitman on craigslist. Usually, those people are also arrested. Some of Natalie’s friends have said she had suicidal thoughts and a drug problem so it is a possibility that for whatever reason she didn’t want to end her life by her own hand. I’m not 100% convinced this is why he killed her, but it’s not the strangest reason why someone kills.

Having said that, that does not excuse Lopez’s actions in any way shape or form, nor does that make Natalie Bollinger any less of a victim. Just because someone asks you to kill them DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD. Lopez reminds me of one of those guys who thinks he’s an actual ninja because he collects swords and watches anime. If his story is true, then due to his obvious disregard for Natalie’s life, I would have no objection if Lopez was given the death penalty. That seems unlikely since Colorado has only executed one person since the death penalty was reinstated in 1974.

I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this one and as usual, I’ll post updates as they become available and as time allows.

(Sources)

Daily Camera
Washington Post
Daily Mail
The Denver Channel

Death Sentence upheld in Ohio craigslist killings

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By on February 11, 2018
Death Sentence upheld in Ohio craigslist killings
Richard Beasley

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since Richard Beasely was sentenced to death. Not surprisingly, he hasn’t been executed yet. If Ohio doesn’t impose a moratorium on the death penalty, I give him about another 15 years before his date with the needle.

In case you may not remember Richard Beasley, he concocted a plot where men would be lured to Ohio for a phony farm job Beasley posted on craigslist. Three me were shot and killed by Beasley after responding to the ad. Those men were Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern. A fourth man, Scott Davis, was able to escape from Beasley’s attack.

Beasley also employed a teenage henchman by the name of Brogan Rafferty who helped Beasley dispose of their victims’ bodies. The pair would split any ill-gotten gain they were able to claim from their victims. Rafferty was tried as an adult and sentenced to life without parole.

Beasley was attempting to steal the men’s identities, probably because he was already facing criminal charges for drug and human trafficking.

This past week, the Ohio State Supreme Court upheld Beasley’s death sentence. Beasley’s defense argued there were errors in the trial which should cause a new trial. However, not only did the Ohio Supreme Court vote unanimously that Beasley’s conviction should stand, but the court also voted 6-1 that the Beasley’s death sentence should remain. The only thing more perfect than that in Ohio was the Cleveland Browns 0-16 season last year.

But again, as is the problem with most death penalty cases, Beasley will probably never get the justice he truly deserves. While Beasley can file appeal after appeal, Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern can’t appeal their death sentences and they didn’t even commit any crime.