2 dead after OfferUp shootout in Texas

By on January 18, 2018

2 dead after OfferUp shootout in Texas

I’ve never liked the stories in the media when someone finds their stolen stuff on craigslist and then takes it back from the thief. Usually, the police aren’t involved and untrained people are dealing with potentially dangerous criminals. Sadly, that is what happened in Garland, Texas, a couple of weeks ago.

26-year-old Michael Ryan Love was said to have found his stolen camera equipment on OfferUp. When he approached the seller he took a number of people with him. The seller returned the camera to him but an argument ensued and a shootout followed leaving Love and another man dead.

Both craigslist and OfferUp are notorious for thieves trying to sell stolen goods on their platforms. If something of yours is stolen in any kind of burglary it’s a great idea to look on these platforms for your items. However, under no circumstances should you approach these thieves on your own. Always notify your local law enforcement. They may not work at the speed you wish they would. They may not even be able to get your stuff back, but no gadget or bicycle or any other material good is worth putting your life in mortal danger.

Don’t call it a school shooting video game

By on January 18, 2018

Don't call it a school shooting video game

A few weeks ago, tech blog Gizmodo broke a story about a training program designed by Homeland Security and the US Army. It’s designed to train teachers and law enforcement on how to react during a school shooting. The problem is it’s a computer simulation, so a number of media outlets, including Gizmodo, who should know better, refer to the training program as a video game.

Of course, this has led to some controversy as some people have been outraged by the training program, including the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund. Vickie Soto was a teacher killed at Sandy Hook, who some nutbag conspiracy theorists claim never existed.

A spokesperson for the charity added: “Vicki would not have wanted, nor would she have had, a gun in her classroom with children around. You cannot justify this to us. It is a reliving how Vicki died over and over again.”

With all due respect, the training program is not a ‘video game’ just because it runs on computers. The program hasn’t even been released yet and will only be available to schools and law enforcement. It can’t be played on Xbox or PlayStation. You can’t pick it up at WalMart or GameStop. You can’t download it from Steam. Most importantly, it can’t be used by the idiot columbiners who get a sick thrill from school shootings.

This is a tool to better prepare school staff and law enforcement in the event a school shooting happens. It’s not a trivialization of past school shootings but the realization of the unfortunate world we live in. When people ask why aren’t our schools better prepared for these situations we can’t respond with ‘because some people got offended’.

California creeper asked 8-year-old for sex on Snapchat

By on January 16, 2018
California creeper asked 8-year-old for sex on Snapchat
Gilberto Garcia-Bejarano

I’m catching up. This story is from 2018 at least.

Anyway, 21-year-old Gilberto Garcia-Bejarano of Sacramento, California, has been arrested for allegedly soliciting an 8-year-old girl for ‘sex’ (proposed child rape) on Snapchat. Not only do the victims of these social media scumbags seem to be getting younger, but does anyone else find anything wrong with this sentence?

The investigation began Monday when a mother contacted Roseville police after finding inappropriate Snapchat messages on her daughter’s cellphone.

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Police say those inappropriate messages included Garcia-Bejarano reportedly sending the girl sexually explicit photos, asking the girl for explicit photos of herself, and tried setting up a meeting for the previously mentioned proposed child rape. Police are seeking information to see if Garcia-Bejarano had any additional victims.

They ask anyone who thinks their child has been a victim of the suspect to email Detective Patrick Ganguet at pganguet@roseville.ca.us.

Ok, but getting back to that earlier sentence, isn’t 8-years-old too young for a child to have a cell phone? It’s definitely too young for them to be on Snapchat. If your kids do have a cell phone, or even a tablet, learn how to limit which apps can be downloaded to their devices. If not, you’re basically opening the door of your kids’ rooms to these predators.

Idaho Supreme Court upholds sentence of one of Cassie Jo Stoddart’s killers

By on January 15, 2018
Idaho Supreme Court upholds sentence of one of Cassie Jo Stoddart's killers
Cassie Jo Stoddart

This happened a few weeks ago, but you should be used to that by now with me. Sorry, just getting to it now.

Anyway, in late December, the Idaho Supreme Court upheld the life sentence of Torey Adamcik. Adamcik and Brian Draper were juveniles when they killed their friend, 16-year-old Cassie Jo Stoddart, in September of 2006. The pair were charged as adults and both were convicted and sentenced to life for the brutal murder of Cassie. Since their 2007 convictions, both men have filed many appeals claiming that sentencing juveniles to life is unconstitutional or they didn’t have effective counsel. All previous efforts to escape their convictions have failed.

There are some who believe that the pair were too young to be sentenced to life in prison. It’s my opinion that they were plenty old enough to know what they were doing was wrong considering they killed Cassie just for the thrill. The pair also videotaped themselves before and after Cassie’s murder talking about how they were going to kill her. The transcripts from the tapes have been released.

Before the murder, Adamcik told Draper, “we’re not going to get caught,” to which Draper replied by saying, “we’re going to make history,” according to the transcript in the Supreme Court’s opinion.

The transcript includes conversation between Adamcik and Draper referencing horror-slasher films like “Scream” and comparing themselves to serial killers like Ted Bundy, the Hillside Strangler and the Zodiac Killer.

“Those people were mere amateurs compared to what we are going to be,” Adamcik said.

In another segment of the transcript, Draper says “I feel like I want to kill somebody. Uh, I know that’s not normal, but what the hell.”

Adamcik replied, “I feel we need to break away from normal life.”

According to the transcript, Draper said he and Adamcik identified Stoddart as their victim the day before the murder, despite claiming she was their friend.

“We’ll find out if she has friends over, if she’s going to be alone in a big dark house out in the middle of nowhere. How perfect can you get?” Draper said.

“I’m horny just thinking about it,” Adamcik replied.

These are not two people, and I use that term loosely, who should be released back into society. Not only did they know what they were doing but they documented their actions as well, like it was a home movie to be rewatched later. They are the definition of depraved and probably have no remorse for Cassie’s senseless murder.

Wichita man shot during OfferUp robbery

By on January 2, 2018

Wichita man shot during OfferUp robbery

A 19-year-old man from Wichita, Kansas, was shot in the shoulder recently during an OfferUp sale of shoes. Two men are said to have driven up to the victim’s home and the victim got in the men’s car. After money was exchanged one of the suspects drew a gun in a robbery attempt. In the ensuing struggle, the victim was shot in the shoulder. He was able to escape and call 911. His injuries were said to be minor, as far as being shot goes. Police say they have identified the suspects and are currently searching for them.

Outside of using OfferUp in the first place, the victim made two grave mistakes with his transaction. The first was allowing the suspects to come to his home. The second mistake was getting in the car with the two men.

If you insist on using an app like OfferUp, always make the transaction at your local police departments. Hardly a day goes by where some police station in the country is opening some form of safe zone for these kind of transactions.

Wichita Eagle

Snapchat Peeping Tom may have assaulted 11-year-old girl

By on January 2, 2018
Snapchat Peeping Tom may have assaulted 11-year-old girl
Francisco Aparicio Cortes

24 or 28-year-old Francisco Aparicio Cortes was arrested in Santa Rosa, California, for allegedly using a flashlight to peep into the home of an 11-year-old girl. After Cortes’ initial arrest, the girl’s father is said to have found several messages between Cortes and the girl on Snapchat that indicate Cortes may have had sexual contact with the girl. The girl reportedly used the Snapchat account of a family member to communicate with Cortes. It makes me wonder if this family member knew of the communications or just didn’t bother to check their own Snapchat account.

New Sandy Hook PSA is something everyone should see

By on January 1, 2018

New Sandy Hook PSA is something everyone should see

In the approach to the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, last month, Sandy Hook Promise released another public service announcement (PSA) about preventing school shootings. If you’ll recall Sandy Hook Promise is a gun violence prevention organization whose co-founder, Nicole Hockley, lost her 6-year-old son Dylan in the school shooting. In 2016, they released the PSA ‘Know the Signs’ which I thought was clever and effective, but had a few critiques for the video.

Sandy Hook Promise’s new PSA is entitled ‘Tomorrow’s News’ and is even more clever and effective than their last PSA. The video takes the style of a news report, except the report is on a school shooting that is yet to happen. It’s almost dead-on in its portrayal of what happens immediately after a school shooting. Here it is in its entirety.

They do not mess around with this PSA and end up getting you right in the feels, as the kids say.

However, my critique of this PSA is pretty much the same as the first one. Once again, they play up the bullying angle which in my opinion is a specious argument as statistically the vast majority of school shooters were not bullied. My second point is that they should have included an interview with one of the parents of the fictional shooter in this PSA about how they either missed or ignored the signs. Despite these minor issues, I still think this is a video that all students and parents of school age children should watch.

Potential MeetMe molester caught sneaking out of girl’s window

By on January 1, 2018
Potential MeetMe molester caught sneaking out of girl's window
Vladyslav Sergeevich Prykhodko

20-year-old Vladyslav Sergeevich Prykhodko, of Sapphire, North Carolina, is accused of allegedly posing as a 17-year-old boy on social and dating app MeetMe. Prykhodko is said to have lied about his age in order to meet a 14-year-old girl from Chatsworth, Georgia. He is then said to have made the three-hour, 150 mile drive, before climbing in the girl’s bedroom window unbeknownst to her parents. According to the articles I’ve read there may not have been any sexual contact between Prykhodko and the girl, but that didn’t stop him from being super creepy.

According to the report, he told deputies, “I wanted to lose control and was afraid of doing something inappropriate.” He said he and the girl were staring “intently and deeply into each other’s eyes” and said “in a moment of passion” he reached out to touch her, but said he stopped himself, “stating it was as if he hit a wall and could (not) go forward with any physical action.”

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A neighbor was said to have spotted Prykhodko leaving through the same window and alerted the girl’s mother to that. The mother, the neighbor and a friend of the mother chased Prykhodko down and brought him back to the house where the mother claims to have slapped Prykhodko in the face when she found out he was 20. Considering where this took place, he’s lucky there were no banjos playing if you know what I mean.

However, as far as no sexual contact taking place and Prykhodko ‘hitting a wall’ before doing anything inappropriate, that probably wasn’t his original intention as he was found to be in possession of weed and condoms.

The other problem with this story is the girl was using her friend’s phone at school to communicate with Prykhodko. In this case the onus would be on the friend’s parent because MeetMe is not an app that young kids should be using. While MeetMe’s terms of service may allow users to be ages 13 and up, in reality it’s a very adult app that is widely used for hook ups.

The 2017 Trenchie Awards

By on December 31, 2017

The 2017 Trenchie Awards

Let’s see if I can get these done before midnight, central time anyway.

Best Movie: Wonder Woman. Although the ending was a little anti-climactic, I thought it had the best action of all the superhero movies of the year.

Best Album: 2017 was kind of a mediocre year for music for me so I’ll have to pick the album with the song I most identified with this year and that would be Hydrograd by Stone Sour.

Best TV Show: It came down to either Legion or American Gods, but I have to give it to Legion since the show runners took a horrible 90s comic book storyline and made it a worthwhile TV series. Both of these series had short seasons too which I felt to be very satisfying.

Best Comic: I meant to post about this but I never got around to it. Much like music for the year, 2017 was a mediocre year for comics. However, I’ve been enjoying Mark Waid’s current run on the post-Secret Empire Captain America run. It’s only been two issues but I love comics that take antiquated concepts like Captain America and make them relative to a modern world.

Most Inane Political Agenda of 2017: In a year that had a lot of political BS pollute the airways, personally I have to give it to Everytown for Gun Safety. While I have no problem with a gun control advocacy group, their inflated statistical claims make it so I can’t take them seriously.

Dumbasses of 2017: Everyone who got offended over this picture thinking either WalMart did it on purpose or that they somehow endorsed school shootings.

Biggest Jackass Celebrity of 2017: It’s a tie. While calling him a celebrity is being generous, our first ‘winner’ is Scott Baio for him allegedly believing that Sandy Hook never happened. Our co-winner is a repeat performer in Johnny Depp for when the alleged domestic abuser told triple child killer Damien Echols that he would ‘catch his heart’.

Hey look at me. I got this done in time in 75% of American time zones.

Aztec High shooter was racist gamer

By on December 31, 2017

Aztec High shooter was racist gamer

I know this is an old story, but I’ve been busy working behind the scenes on the website. You should probably be used to my long absences for whatever reason by now. I’m hoping to decrease such absences in 2018, but I’m not the story here.

In my previous post about the shooting at Aztec High in New Mexico that left students Casey Jordan-Marquez and Francisco “Paco” Fernandez dead, I said I wouldn’t be surprised if the shooter, 21-year-old William Atchison, wasn’t a trilby-wearing Gamergater. While not criminal profiling on the level of professionals, I was right.

A little less than a week after the shooting, The Daily Beast published an article detailing a lot of Atchison’s internet activity. While the actual wearing of a Trilby has not been confirmed, Atchison’s internet rantings are what you’d probably expect. He was active on such white supremacist sites like the Daily Stormer and the like. He was also an admin at known troll site Encyclopedia Dramatica.

As also was mentioned before, Atchison posted racist diatribes in a video game community, and at the time I wondered what game site it was. It turns out, it was the gaming platform Steam. For those of you who may not know, Steam is the platform on the internet to purchase video games for your PC. They also have sections for game reviews and game communities. Motherboard has a great article on Atchison’s Steam activity. Atchison seems to have a problem with the first person shooter Wolfenstein, a game franchise where the goal of the game has always been to kill Nazis.

“It was revolutionary for [its] time,” he wrote of the Nazi-killing first person shooter Wolfenstein 3D back in 2015. “The problem i have with it is the fact that you spend the entire game killing germans – killing white people.” The review then goes on to defend Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany’s systematic extermination of Jews.

It also turns out Atchison was a fan of Doom II. Doom was infamously known as the favorite game of the Columbine cowards of Harris and Klebold. In his Doom II activity, Atchison referred to Columbine as ‘LOLumbine’. Also not surprising, Atchison was a fan of the controversial game Hatred, which I originally discussed here.

Now while I haven’t heard video games being blamed for the Aztec High shooting, I have to reiterate that video games do not turn people into violent psychopaths. Video games did not turn Atchison into a racist loser who blamed his own shortcomings on people who were different from him.

“How am I supposed to function in this world? Wherever I go, I see degeneracy. Pointless materialism, hedonism, sexual decay, dirty n**gers who do nothing but slowly break down this society etc. it’s fucking everywhere. No way to escape it, 99% of people are part of it and whatever I do I am confronted with the death of the West. Go to the store and buy groceries in peace? Nope, here’s a group of LGBT liberal filth in line with you. And there’s a n**ger family with 10 kids over there. And a Finn too, but he’s overweight as fuck and he’s buying alcohol and shit junk food. Fucking fantastic.

I also think it goes without saying that Atchison was a columbiner as well, a person who is a fan of school shooters. So once again we have yet another copycat without an original thought in his head who followed his cowardly heroes into hell.

Also in my previous post I mentioned how the FBI paid Atchison a visit after he pposted a vague school shooting threat online. Unfortunately, the FBI didn’t have any real evidence of any plot so they couldn’t arrest him for anything. Sadly, I know too well what that’s all about as Dawson College gunman Kimveer Gill was once a troll on my website. Never once did Gill ever tip his hand on this website to his plans.

So what can we do about outliers like Atchison? Tragically, there is no answer. You can try to reach out to people like this but unfortunately sometimes they’re so ingrained in their ideologies that there is no way to help them. It doesn’t help that too many people like to settle into their comfort bubbles online where everyone else has the same opinions as them. The best we can do is to try to teach the following generations the best we can not to waste your life on hate and that we are all responsible for our own actions. The world doesn’t owe you anything and if you want to change your situation, man up and do it the right way, by working towards it. You can make the world better by making yourself better.