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Missouri Governor vetoes bill that would classify e-cigs as non-tobacco

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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.

What does the American Cancer Society have against vaping?

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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.

Master Ed sentenced to 20 years for keeping teenage sex slave

Missouri man gets 20 years for keeping young woman as sex slave:

Edward Bagley Sr.

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.

Sex trafficker used Facebook to recruit teens

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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.

‘Master Ed’ pleads guilty in Lebanon, MO sex slave case

Edward Bagley Sr.

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.

Guilty plea expected in Lebanon, MO sex slave case

Edward Bagley Sr.

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.

‘Journalist’ compares sexual torture and slavery case to 50 Shades of Grey

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Is Missouri couple’s ’50 Shades of Grey’ lifestyle a crime?:

Diana Reese is a freelance journalist in Kansas City. The Washington Post carried her article that compares the trashy mom porn novel 50 Shades of Grey to a case in Missouri where a mentally challenged woman was held captive for 7 years.

As far as I can tell, because I haven’t read the book, 50 Shades of Grey is about a man who introduces a naive young woman into the world of BDSM. From what actual practitioners of BDSM have told me it’s just a Harlequin romance novel that made it big. But I’m not here to trash the book. I’m here to call Ms. Reese’s article not only irresponsible journalism but trying to get ink (or pixels) by using something that’s popular to trivialize the plight of a woman who was tortured and traded for 7 years.

I’ve posted about the story of Edward Bagley Sr. and his wife Marilyn of Lebanon, Missouri before. They allegedly took in a mentally challenged 16-year-old runaway in 2002. Bagley convinced her to come live with him and even made her sign a contract that said he owned her which she thought was legally binding. He is believed to have raped and tortured the woman for years over webacam and with private shows for some of his buddies. He had the girl tattooed with his name to show dominance over her and that she was his property. Investigators say that Bagley also traded her out to some of his friends for money, clothes, cigarettes and steaks. Did I mention at one point she allegedly had her vagina sewn shut as a form of punishment?

This is not BDSM in any sense of the term. This is just pure sadism in its basest sense, torture for the sake of torture.

How dare anyone try to compare the torture this woman endured from the ages of 16 to 23 as a ‘relationship’.

Your latest craigslist killers are from Missouri

Peyton McAnelly and Avery Cornuelle

Peyton McAnelly and Avery Cornuelle

Man stabbed in attempted robbery in O’Fallon, Mo. dies:

20-year-old Peyton McAnelly and 18-year-old Avery Cornuelle, both of O’Fallon, Missouri, were arrested for allegedly stabbing 54-year-old Joseph Givens in a craigslist robbery attempt. Givens made contact with the pair through a craigslist ad that the article calls seeking an “alternative lifestyles” encounter. I call it that Givens was cruising craigslist.

To go off on a tangent for a minute I’ve posted many times before how dangerous it is for anyone, be it gay or straight, to use craigslist to cruise for one night stands. More times than not it turns out to be a situation like this.

Anyway, McAnelly and Cornuelle were said to have full intentions of robbing Mr. Givens. The pair had planned on taking his wallet and in the process they stabbed Givens in the head, neck and upper torso. That happened on June 8th. On Friday June 15th Mr. Givens died from his injuries.

Again since I’ve already touched on the cruising aspect of the story I’ll say this. Since this didn’t happen in the Northeast and didn’t involve an attractive female victim I doubt that this will make national news and once again craigslist gets a pass.

UPDATE 4/25/2015: In mid-March McAnelly pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in early May. Previously Cornuelle pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years.

UPDATE 5/4/2015: McAnelly was sentenced to life plus 25 years consecutively.

Updates on Lebanon, MO sex slave case

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4th man changes plea in Missouri sex slave case:

Update: Fourth Man Pleads Guilty in Ozarks Sex Slavery Case:

I’ve previously posted about this story here and here. The heart of the story is that Edward Bagley Sr. of Lebanon, Missouri allegedly kept a mentally challenged woman as a sex slave for 7 years between 2002 and 2009. He first met the woman when she was a 16-year-old runaway. He is accused of torturing her which included sewing her vagina shut and anally electrocuting her. Bagley would also ‘rent’ the woman out to other men for such things as steaks and cigarettes.

The last update I posted said that two of Bagley’s customers, Dennis Henry and James Noel had pleaded guilty to the charges against them. Since that time two more customers, Bradley Cook and Michael Stokes, have also pleaded guilty.

Stokes not only had repeated sex with the victim and tortured her but he also promoted her at strip clubs and took her to California for a porno mag shoot. He only received five years for his guilty plea. Considering he admitted to electrocuting the victim anally and vaginally he should have gotten way more than that.

Cook got 20 years in his plea deal admitting that he engaged in sex and torture with the victim.

Henry got 15 years in his plea deal for committing sex trafficking by force.

Noel also only got 5 years for torturing the victim.

Bagley and his wife Marilyn have yet to go to trial which is scheduled for February 15th. If they don’t get life sentences then there is no justice for victims.

And to all you BDSM aficionados out there this is not an indictment on your lifestyle choice. We are talking about a woman who was manipulated into believing that she was legally someone’s slave. She was not a willing participant, there was no ‘safe word’. She was the captive of a sadist and that’s all there is to it.

UPDATE 7/11/2012: The trial for the Bagleys has been pushed back until February 2013.

Man posed as teen on MyYearbook to solicit kids (not a repeat)

Robert Michael Stevens

Robert Michael Stevens

Robert Stevens charged with intent to solicit minors:

34-year-old Robert Michael Stevens of O’Fallon, Missouri was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to underage girls on MyYearbook in order to solicit sex from them.

Of course in true creeper fashion Stevens is said to have had five different accounts on MyYearbook where he claimed to be a 14-year-old boy.

While these incidents on MyYearbook aren’t nearly as many as MySpace had they’re still enough to warrant attention. Parents, if your kids use MyYearbook you may want to keep a closer eye on their internet usage. I say that about any social site but especially about MyYearbook.