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Please stop saying it can’t happen here

Berkley, Mich.

Berkley, Mich.

Recently two teen girls from Berkley, Michigan, were arrested for allegedly plotting a Columbine-like attack at their middle school. While the girls supposedly had detailed plans of their attack they were not in possession of any weapons. Anymore this would not even be a blip on my radar except for this quote from a parent who has a child at the targeted school…

“Gosh, it’s kind of strange to think it could happen here. These things just don’t happen in Berkley. I am glad they were able to deal with it quickly,”

As I’ve said before there were a lot of towns that though it couldn’t happen there. Towns like Littleton, Red Lake, Newtown, Paducah and Jonesboro just to name a few. While these towns and cities are infamous now they’ve never been bustling metropolises.

I’m not saying that every small town is destined to have a school shooting but if you think it can’t happen where you live you’re just fooling yourself.

Hyperbole thy name is Michigan

OMG they're both cylindrical so they must be the same

OMG they’re both cylindrical so they must be the same

First off I think I speak for all vapers and retailers when I say no one is saying that vaporizers and e-cigs should be sold to anyone under 18. I don’t know why policy makers are making a big deal of this other than the fact it makes them look like they’re fixing a problem that doesn’t exist.

Anyway this article from the Oakland Press in Michigan has a bunch of people in it saying things that they should know better about but it’s easier to be heard than it is to be right.

That’s why Michigan Rep. Gail Haines is trying to get a law passed that would ban the sale of the electronic smoking devices to teens. She said they contain nicotine and, therefore, should fall into the already prohibited sale of tobacco products to youth under 18.

“Nicotine is nicotine,” said the Republican lawmaker.

I think she went to No Shit Sherlock University. What she said is pretty inoffensive but what comes next scares me.

There’s also an increase in people using e-cigarettes to smoke other substances, such as hash (marijuana) oil inserted in the cartridges, said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

“(Narcotics officers) are seeing more of it in raids and on tables,” during raids, Bouchard said. “You could walk through a mall smoking one (with hash oil) and no one would know.”

Granted that weed vaporizers and nicotine vaporizers look the same the two are not interchangeable. You can’t just walk into a vape store and get a weed vaporizer and some hash oil. Also you can’t by an over the counter e-cig and use it to get high. Do the Oakland County Sheriffs bother anyone smoking a cigar because it might be a blunt? Somehow I doubt it.

Let’s not forget that flavors mean that things are marketed to kids…

Haines said the number of teens using the devices that look like cigarettes has dramatically increased just in the past year and “they are offered in candy-like flavors such as raspberry and cheesecake,” she added. Some come with the cartridges, and liquids can be purchased to refill them.

“Marketing is almost predatory,” Haines said. “They are being portrayed as glamorous and cool…with celebrities. Kids are being bombarded with these ads.

First off, that anti-vaxxing charlatan Jenny McCarthy is neither cool nor a celebrity. Also, oh no, refillable cartridges? That’s pretty much how vaping works on most levels. However I will give her credit for using raspberry and cheesecake and not cotton candy and bubble gum.

Here’s what it comes down to. I doubt many of these political busybodies ever smoked let alone vaped so they have no idea what it’s like to engage in a deadly habit for decades before finding a working and enjoyable solution that has finally helped them kick the habit.

Michigan’s Backpage Killer sentenced

Man sentenced to life for killing 4 Michigan women:

Backpage.com killer stays in cell on sentencing day:

James Brown

James Brown

This past Tuesday 26-year-old James Brown, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, was sentenced to life without parole for the murders of Renesha Landers, 23, and Demesha Hunt, 24, Natasha Curtis, 29, and Vernithea McCrary, 28. If you haven’t been following the story Brown killed the women after answering their advertisements on Backpage. The four victims were working as prostitutes but that shouldn’t devalue their lives or Brown’s sentencing.

In pairs Brown left their bodies in abandoned cars in Detroit although the murders took place at his home. One of the cars he lit on fire in an attempt to destroy evidence.

Like the coward that he is Brown stayed in his cell rather than go to court to face his sentence. I mean, how bad do you have to be for a Michigan judge to say that he wished that Brown could have been sentenced to more than just life. This coming from a state that has never had a death penalty since it was accepted into the Union.

Yet Backpage’s business continues unabated like the victims never existed or had family and friends that loved them. I’m sure you’re tired of me saying this but every penny they make from the prostitution ads is nothing but blood money. Hopefully one day there will be a reckoning for Backapge and its owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

UPDATE 9/26/2015: Brown had all four of his convictions and life sentences upheld recently.

Michigan’s Backpage Killer convicted

Backpage murderer Brown convicted on all counts:

James Brown

James Brown

Yesterday James Brown of Sterling Heights, Michigan was convicted on four counts of murder. Brown killed Renesha Landers, 23, and Demesha Hunt, 24, Natasha Curtis, 29, and Vernithea McCrary, 28, after finding them advertising on Backpage. While these women may have been working as prostitutes it doesn’t change the fact that they had families and people who loved them as shown by their attendance in court.

After asphyxiating his victims in pairs at his home he would put their bodies in the trunk of the cars they arrived in and abandoned them near an interstate. He set the car on fire that Natasha Curtis and Vernithea McCrary were found in.

Brown will receive a mandatory sentence of life without parole as Michigan has no death penalty. That’s right, the state that contains Detroit has no death penalty.

At the time of the murders Backpage almost broke their arms patting themselves on the back claiming they helped in the investigation rather than taking any kind of responsibility for the fact that the money they make from the ads of these four woman, and any other woman advertised on their site, is nothing but blood money.

Craigslist killing in Kalamazoo

Murder charge in Kzoo Dumpster beating:

Man who was beaten, left in dumpster, dies:

Drew Thorngate

Drew Thorngate

26-year-old Drew Thorngate of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was recently charged with the alleged murder of 30-year-old Francisco Veloz Padilla. Originally Thorngate was only charged with assaulting Padilla but unfortunately Mr. Padilla died from his injuries almost a month after the assault.

According to police Padilla had requested massage services through Thorngate’s craigslist ad but stood Thorngate up. So when the pair finally met it’s alleged that Thorngate beat Padilla with a baseball bat before leaving him in a dumpster. Thorngate is also said to have left the scene and then returned with bleach to clean up the scene and doused Mr. Padilla in bleach also.

Again, it doesn’t matter which side of the craigslist transaction you’re on. If you’re doing any kind of business on craigslist you’re taking your life in your hands.

UPDATE 12/9/2014: Thorngate has been unanimously convicted of first degree murder meaning that he’ll more than likely be sentenced to life when he is sentenced in January.

UPDATE 1/14/2015: Thorngate was sentenced to life without parole.

14-year-old found being prostituted on Backpage in MI

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Backpage.com ads for sex ‘dates’ with 14-year-old lead to federal charges for Saginaw woman:

Back in January the FBI received a tip that an ad on Backpage for Saginaw, Michigan was for a 14-year-old girl. When investigators conducted a sting to find the girl they also arrested 20-year-old Desiree Poole for allegedly prostituting the girl on Backpage.

Poole allegedly tried using the excuse that she thought the girl was 16. Now where have we heard that kind of defense before? Oh, that’s right usually from sexual predators who get caught. It seems that pimps/traffickers and child predators tend to use the same kind of tactics to groom their victims.

Poole is looking at 10 years behind bars on federal child sex trafficking charges and no one at Backpage is facing any kind of repercussions whatsoever.

Tragic case of Backpage sex trafficking in Detroit

Deante L. Brown

Deante L. Brown

Task force busts alleged online prostitution ring at Southfield hotel:

26-year-old Deante L. Brown of Detroit, Michigan is facing federal charges of sex trafficking after he allegedly prostituted several women on Backpage. What makes this story even more tragic than usual is one of the women he was prostituting. I can’t do her plight justice so I’ll quote the article.

“April” turned out to be an alias for a former Eastern Michigan University teaching student who developed a blood disorder that resulted in her losing multiple fingers, court records show. After the amputation, she became addicted to pain-killers, heroin and crack cocaine and turned to prostitution because she believed she had “no place to go and no one to turn to for help,” according to court records.

She says that Brown turned her out at a hotel in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Michigan where she was forced to have sex with men sometimes ten times a day. In return Brown would giver her a baggie of crack for each date and that Brown would not allow her to sleep. She says that was the only way she could get through it. When police set up sting she told them that there is a large group at the motel involved in sex and drug trafficking. Brown was arrested when he returned to the hotel room.

Again this should go as the ultimate myth buster when it comes to consenting adults. A lot of times pimps and traffickers use women who are already hooked on drugs or get them hooked on drugs to work for them. This is a practice you’re supporting when you use a prostitute and try to justify it to yourself by claiming they’re consenting.

Also in this article an FBI agent stated that Backpage is not part of the problem.

“Backpage really isn’t to blame. … It’s the exploiters out there who are taking advantage of the minors and these females,” said Edward Price, an FBI officer with the task force. He noted that several media outlets run adult material and escort ads, which are not illegal.

While I’m not going to call for Agent Price’s badge I have to vehemently disagree with him. While some other publications may carry ads for prostitution none of them have as many and make as much money on them as Backpage. Brown was said to have kept most of the money that April earned so the only people making money off of her were Brown and Backpage. To me that makes them 100% complicit in the sex trafficking trade. It’s sad to see that an FBI agent can’t see this.

Guy charged with soliciting baby sitter on craigslist for kiddie porn flick

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Muskegon man arrested after allegedly trying to entice young girl on Craigslist into starring in pornographic film:

Wow, it’s just a veritable cornucopia of craigslist creepers today isn’t it?

This particular creeper is 22-year-old Joseph Alan Geissinger, of Muskegon, Michigan. He was arrested by his local police department for allegedly trying to solicit a 16-year-old girl through craigslist to star in a porno that he was producing. The girl had posted an ad on craigslist offering her services as a baby sitter.

Police say that Geissinger just straight up asked her if she wanted to be in his ‘movie’. Luckily the girl told her mother who first posed as the girl then eventually contacted police. Police do not believe he’s actually made any videos but believe he may have contacted other girls.

Anyone who believes they have been contacted by Geissinger under that screen name is asked to contact the Muskegon Police Department at (231) 724-6750 or Silent Observer 72-CRIME; or Muskegon Police Detective Kory Luker, who is actively working the case, at (231) 724-6755.

He’s looking at 20 years.

Now the girl and the mom did the right thing by contacting police however under no circumstance should you allow your son or daughter to post an ad on craigslist for baby sitting. This isn’t the first time that some predator approached someone through a non-sexual ad. The one story that always sticks out in my mind is the one about the handyman who was approached by someone who wanted to have sex with his kids. These are the kind of dregs that permeate craigslist. Why people still consider to business on it is beyond me.

Ind. woman charged with being backpage child pimp

Jacqueline Clark

Jacqueline Clark

Ind. woman charged with promoting juvenile prostitution in Lansing:

That not-so-hot mess up there is 20-year-old Jacqueline Clark of Muncie, Indiana. She was arrested in Lansing, Michigan for promoting juvenile prostitution. It seems that Ms. Clark transported a 17-year-old girl from Muncie to Lansing which is a 200+ mile trip and it crosses state lines. She is also accused of advertising the minor girl on…wait for it…you might be surprised…ok you won’t be..the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.

This brings us two interesting points. Women are just as capable, and sometimes even more capable, as men when it comes to the sex trafficking of others.

Secondly, and this is becoming an ad nauseam point to say the least, once again we have a minor slipping through backpage’s multi-million dollar screening process which in my opinion is about as thorough as an age check at the former Neverland Ranch.

You are not fooling anybody backpage. The only advantage that you have is that most of the public are uninformed of your practices. It’s my goal to change that even if it has to be one person at a time.

Convicted backpage child pimp says victims were accomplices

Marcus Manning

Marcus Manning

Judge doesn’t buy that teen girls were willing sex workers, pimp gets serious prison time:

25-year-old Marcus Manning was sentenced to 15 to 40 years in a Grand Rapids, Michigan court recently. He was convicted of pimping out two underage girls on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. What really got my goat bout Manning is what he said about his victims in court.

First off he couldn’t get their ages straight. According to the judge the girls were 17 and 15. Manning said that the girls were 16 and 18 and that the older one was his girlfriend. This is S.O.P. for pimps. They tell at least one of their victims that she’s his girlfriend while selling her for sex.

Manning’s defense attorney said that “They were not victims, they were accomplices.” Never mind the fact that Manning took the 17-year-old girl and her friend from Florida by saying he wanted his ‘girlfriend’ to meet his family. Apparently his family is a bunch of twisted pervs willing to pay money for sex with underage girls.

This is nothing new. As M told me most pimps, just like Village Voice Media says, think they have a Constitutional right to sell these girls like slaves. Again these pimps must have not read the 13th Amendment.

Marcus Manning is just one of the multitudes of human traffickers out there collecting money for the repeated rapes of underage girls.

Yet more people are willing to share a video of some powerless African warlord rather than spreading the message about our country’s children being sold as sex slaves on a website owned by a newspaper company.