The 2011 Trenchie Awards

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It’s that time of year again. Time for the 11th annual post that my wife looks forward to all year. It’s the 2011 Trenchie Awards. Heh, how many blogs can say they’ve done anything for 11 years in a row…but I digress.

Best Movie: Green Lantern. Actually X-Men First Class was the better movie but I’m such a GL fanboy any movie with the Green Lantern oath in it gets my vote. Also, I don’t care what the haters say. I thought it was pretty faithful to the comics with just enough tweaking to make it work as a movie.

Worst Movie: Captain America: The First Avenger. Like I said in my review it was the best Captain America movie ever made but they didn’t have to try really hard to do that. I expected more from a cast that included Hugo Weaving and Tommy Lee Jones.

Best Album: Dystopia by Iced Earth. Without Matt Barlow, at vocals, I was really worried about this album but Stu Block is more than a worthy successor to the Iced Earth vocal crown.

Worst Album: Cold Wind on Timeless Days by Charred Walls of the Damned. The problem with CWOTD is that while I can identify a song as being theirs, 9 times out of 10 I can’t identify which song it is. That’s a shame really because Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens is one of the great metal vocalists of all time.

Best TV Show: I couldn’t narrow it down to one so I have shows in different genres. In the reality show genre, it’s Sons of Guns. I like the fact that they actually acknowledge that they are on a TV show. In the sitcom category, it’s 2 Broke Girls. I thought this show was going to be a bad Odd Couple rip off but it has turned out to be a fun and funny politically incorrect romp. In the animation department, it’s Young Justice. The writing animation is top-notch. Best animated superhero series since Justice League.

Worst TV Show: Deception with Keith Barry. For like the blink of an eye Discovery had this show on about Keith Barry who claims to be a mentalist. Discovery is supposed to be about science and facts but what this guy was slinging was not only pseudoscience, in my opinion, but had also been disproven by several episodes of Mythbusters.

Best Comic: Without question, it was the new run on Daredevil. I read someone on the web that said that this is the greatest run on the character since Frank Miller and I would have to agree. Not only that but I am a hardcore DC Comics loyalist so when I say a Marvel title is good you can count on it.

Worst Comic: Spider Island. So everyone in Manhattan gets Spider-Man’s powers. Possibly the worst storyline ever.

Best Video Game: Yes, I brought this category and my gaming career out of retirement just for this game. Batman: Arkham City. My only regret is that you can’t roam the city with Nightwing or Robin.

Worst Video Game: WWE ’12. For this game to be even remotely entertaining I had to turn all the difficulties down to what I like to call window-licker mode.

Dumbass of 2011: Dana Redd, Mayor of Camden, NJ. The country’s #2 most dangerous city is probably the most mismanaged city in the country. You can’t lay off half the police force and then have the other half writing tickets instead of stopping real crime. It’s time to flatten Camden and start over.

Most Inane Political Agenda of 2011: There was not even any competition on this one. It has to go to the #Occupiers. They want the disparity between rich and poor to be lessened but don’t want to do any real work to achieve that goal. I could go on for days about this.

Biggest Jackass Celebrity of 2011: Peter Jackson. Yes, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. His devotion to convicted child killer Damien Echols is almost fanatical in scope. Not only did he pay to have Echols come to his native New Zealand and had the New Zealand Government waive a restriction that keeps murderers out of their country, but he also directed a West Memphis 3 ‘documentary’ that Echols produced and they both got matching tattoos.

As always don’t be a statistic tonight and hopefully we’ll do this in another 366 days.

We get letters: No perspective for sex

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I received the following short missive from someone calling themselves Khalid. Khalid writes…

Dear Sir, you obviously have no perspective in addition to issues with sex. Given the fact that all types of crimes happen from meetings on internet marketplaces, I wonder about the true reason for your agenda. Why not just do awqay with all types of advertisiments.

Which type of sex are we talking about Khalid? The rapes of women set up by proxy from jealous ex-boyfriends? How about the sex that women and young girls are forced to have by their pimps and traffickers? Or are you talking about the multitudes of children that have been molested through these ads?

I have no problem with sex. As a matter of fact I’m a big fan. But let’s not kid ourselves. The ‘sex’ I have a problem with is not the type shared by people in love or even a one night stand. The kind I have a problem with is the kind where one of the participants doesn’t have a say in the matter.

Personally I think that it is you who has no perspective.

Accused child molester says he trolled craigslist for victims

Nicholas Blinn

Nicholas Blinn

Police: Man Trolled Craigslist For Sex With Boys:

Recently 25-year-old Nicholas Blinn of Danville, Indiana was arrested for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old boy in 2008. It turns out that he may have many more victims.

According to police Blinn said that he often scours craigslist in search of sex with boys. He may have molested boys in four Indiana counties. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg in this story.

Blinn also said that he would often meet people for sex off of craigslist and that some of them turned out to be ‘too young’ for him.

Do you see this craigslist? This is your clientele. Besides child molesters they’re pimps, thieves, killers and con men. Yet you still refuse to do any kind of moderation in the personals or casual encounters sections.

How many more children have to be violated before you do anything about this?

How does the saying go? All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Or for greedy men to turn a blind eye to what they know is wrong.

Backpage responds to Detroit murders (through their lawyer)

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Statement from Backpage.com representative on Detroit murders:

Backpage released a statement through one of their attorneys in reference to the recent murders in Detroit of Demesha Hunt, Renisha Landers and two unnamed women. Three of the victims are believed to have been prostitutes that were advertised on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.

Here is the statement in its entirety…

“After we heard about these terrible crimes, we reached out to the Detroit Police Department, even before we heard from them, to offer assistance in the investigation. Our team has already provided the police with detailed information about the ads that the suspect or others posted on numerous web sites.

“Law enforcement authorities now have evidence that the investigation appears to connect to at least 30 different ads or other postings on at least 15 different websites, separate and distinct from ours. We are not aware of the existence of any evidence that would indicate which of these many sites were used by the suspect to establish contact with his victims.

“We have a team of more than 100 content monitors and internet experts who will continue to cooperate with the investigation and provide as much helpful information as we can.

“Backpage.com shares the concerns of law enforcement and the community that every effort be made to stop violent criminals from using the internet to commit their crimes.

Backpage has developed strong cooperative relationships with front-line state and federal police agencies nationwide, assisting with sting operations, promptly responding to subpoenas, and otherwise aiding in the identification, apprehension and prosecution of criminals.

“We do our best to provide a safe and legal environment for our customers through aggressive content monitoring and sophisticated content filtration software.

We agree with a recent USC study that recommended leveraging online technologies and datadriven information in real time to detect and apprehend online criminals.

Steve Suskin
Legal Counsel
backpage.com

Pretty much exactly as I predicted.

For those of you who aren’t fluent in bullshit please allow me to translate for you.

*AHEM*

Since this is a PR nightmare for us we decided to call the Detroit police to see how much they know to see what we could exploit in our favor.

But it wasn’t just our website. There are other websites too. So we’re not so bad if other websites do it right?

We have a guy in India who we call a monitor but he doesn’t really do much.

By ‘cooperating’ with police we are trying to establish plausible deniability.

We have so much legal paperwork in our offices we’re drowning in them.

We pay a lot of lip service saying that we monitor the content of our site but not to the point where it would eat in to our profits.

But there can be a 1000 murders and we still won’t shut down the adult section. We’re all getting filthy rich from it.

Slimy McMouthpiece
Head Weasel
Classifieds site that makes its money from the trafficking of women and children.

Did a Backpage serial killer murder 4 Detroit women?

Renesha Landers and Denesha Hunt

Renesha Landers and Denesha Hunt

3 women found dead linked to escort Web site, Detroit police say:

Bodies found in Detroit linked to online ads:

Detroit police chief says 4 murders related:

Within the last week four murdered women were found in the trunks of cars in Detroit, 3 of them were reported to be escorts on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.

The bodies of cousins Demesha Hunt, 24, and Renisha Landers, 23, were found in the trunk of a car in December 19th. On early Christmas morning two more women were found burnt beyond recognition in the trunk of a burning car. Their names have not yet been released. It has also not been made public yet which of the three women had ads on backpage. The causes of death have also not been released. However police do believe that the incidents are connected.

Not surprisingly Village Voice Media has not yet responded to media requests for comment. I’ll save you all some time. VVM will say something to the effect that those these deaths are regrettable they are working with law enforcement. Then they’ll stick in something about how their thinly veiled prostitution ads are a first amendment right and that they’re ability to make money off the women and children that are trafficked on their site trumps the right for these women to not be murdered. Not necessarily in those words but you get the idea.

Will this new national attention on backpage get VVM to reconsider their stance on the adult ads on backpage? As long as their making money hand over fist I seriously doubt it.

Thanks to Sue and Bonnie for the tips.

Oklahoma man says missing wife is craigslist prostitute

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Oklahoma man says his missing wife may have connection to prostitution:

26-year-old Jaymie Adams was last seen on December 9th at her home in Blanchard, Oklahoma. Her van was found at an Oklahoma City McDonalds the following morning. She is believed to be two months pregnant.

Her husband recently released a statement through his attorney stating that his wife is a prostitute who advertised her services on craigslist and was going to meet someone from craigslist when she disappeared.

I am not going to post any commentary at this time. I just ask that you please look at the poster above to see if you can provide any information into her disappearance.

There is also a Facebook page that’s been set up to help find her.

Fake Seattle cop pleads guilty to backpage child rape…sort of

Julian Tarver

Julian Tarver

Felon guilty of impersonating cop, extorting sex:

I originally posted about Julian Tarver here. This piece of human filth would pose as a Seattle cop in order to rape prostitutes. Two of those prostitutes were 15-year-old that he found off of the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.

He pleaded guilty to many charges against him but the plea deal allowed him to plea guilty to only two charges of third-degree rape of a child. He is only looking at 14 1/2 years. He was previously jailed on child porn charges.

He’s obviously a serial predator so why are prosecutors making deals with scum like this?

I wonder if Village Voice Media think that it’s Tarver’s first amendment right to rape child prostitutes that he acquired from their site.

craigslist child trafficker sentenced in San Diego

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Sex trafficker gets 30 years in prison:

41-year-old Maurice Lerome Smith was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for prostituting a 17-year-old girl on craigslist.

The victim asked Smith for a job in his window washing company. Instead she was being forced to turn tricks on craigslist with a $1200 a day quota.

Smith previously served only a mere four years for previously trying to abduct a 13-year-old girl to force her into prostitution.

Again, how’s that consenting adult myth working out?

Woman was forced to watch torture and murder of Carina Saunders

Carina Saunders

Carina Saunders

Man held in Carina Saunders case:

I originally posted about the brutal murder of Carina Saunders here. She was the 19-year-old girl from Bethany, Oklahoma whose decapitated and dismembered body was found in a duffel bag behind a grocery store in October. Originally investigators thought that she may have been killed by a couple of Juggalos. It turns out that it was something terrifyingly more sinister.

33-year-old Jimmy Lee Massey has been charged with Carina’s murder. He allegedly tortured and killed Carina to prove a point to someone else. Investigators say that Massey was involved with a drug and prostitution ring. They also say that Massey and 31-year-old Francisco Gomez grabbed a woman off the street, blindfolded her and made her watch the torture and death of Carina. The woman was told that if she didn’t cooperate with Massey’s prostitution ring that the same thing would happen to her.

And yet some people say that prostitution is a victimless crime. I would imagine that the friends and family of Carina Saunders would disagree.

Oklahoma does have the death penalty unfortunately the preferred method of execution is not a rusty wood chipper.

E.O. Green shooter sentenced

Brandon McInerney

Brandon McInerney

California teen gets 21 years for killing gay student:

In 2008 a then 14-year-old Brandon McInerney shot a then 15-year-old Lawrence King in the back of the head within the halls of E.O. Green Junior High. King was an openly gay student who liked to wear women’s clothes. I’ve seen reports that say that King would mockingly hit on McInerney to combat the bullying from him. I’ve also read reports that said King had a crush on him. Neither of which are reasons for shooting another person in the back of the head at near point-blank rage.

Anyway today McInerney was sentenced to 21 years in prison after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors after a mistrial.

Now before you start twisting your pearls and blubber into your kleenex over McInerney let’s not forget that the punk was a white supremacist and obvious homophobe. He deserves more than 21 years if you ask me but it is what it is.

What really gets me about this story is the father of Lawrence King. He threw his son out of the house for being gay. Not only is he suing the school but he had this to say about his son at McInerney’s sentencing hearing…

“I will never forgive you for what you did,” she wrote. “You have left a big hole in my heart where Larry was.”

Considering his previous attitude towards his own son and the lawsuit I would say that the hole is more than likely in his wallet rather than his heart.