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School suspends 20+ students for liking Instagram post about school shooting

School suspends 20 students for liking Instagram post about school shooting

At a prep school in Charlotte, North Carolina, two idiot teens posted a picture to the photo sharing app Instagram that said “(School name) gon have a school shooter one day.” Other than that, there was really nothing threatening about the picture. It was just two kids standing there in what appears to be a parking lot. Neither kid looked all that threatening.

The problem came when 20-some other students of the school gave the picture a like on Instagram. Because of that, the school suspended the students that liked the picture.

Of course since personal responsibility died some time ago, some of the parents of the suspended students are up in arms.

“None of us are happy with the decision,” said the parent. “We feel like this is going to follow our kids.”

She claims the school said that the suspension for endorsing the threat will stay on her daughters’ record until she graduates.

“Twenty plus students could’ve learned a lesson today, not necessarily been sent out of school for three days”.

Boo-hoo.

There’s another lesson that could have been taught from this incident, the lesson that actions have consequences, even on trivial social media posts. Your kid probably wasn’t getting into Harvard anyway.

First arrests made in Jade Helm conspiracy

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As I predicted, three men have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government in response to the Jade Helm 15 military exercise.

Walter Eugene Litteral, 50, Christopher James Barker, 41, and Christopher Todd Campbell, 30, are accused of stockpiling guns and ammunition, as well as attempting to manufacture pipe bombs and live grenades from military surplus “dummy” grenades, according unsealed criminal complaints released Monday.

The three men all hail from Tex…wait, not Texas? They’re from North Carolina? Gastonia of all places? For those of you who don’t live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, like yours truly, Gastonia is a redneck suburb of Charlotte. North Carolina was not even on the Jade Helm 15 map so for these rocket surgeons to start stockpiling arms in response to it just shows how far crazy can reach.

As I am wont to say, if you look for a conspiracy in everything then everything is a conspiracy.

Also I am aware of the shots fired at soldiers at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, but as of yet there’s been no concrete connection to Jade Helm.

UPDATE: While a lot of partisan hacks were claiming the Camp Shelby ‘shootings’ were connected to Jade Helm it turns out it was just a guy who can make his truck backfire at will.

UPDATE 7/19/2016: Late last month, Walter Eugene Litteral was sentenced to two years behind bars with one year given for time served. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of buying a firearm for Barker, who has a felony record. Barker and Campbell were both given 21-month sentences back in January.

North Carolina Liquor Cycles

That’s pronounced like Liquor-Sickles in the local vernacular.

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This is something that’s been sticking in my craw for a long time now.

In North Carolina you can own a motorized scooter that is under 50cc and not need any kind of license, insurance or registration. You’re also not supposed to take these scooters out on the open road yet a day doesn’t go by that I don’t see one of these road hazards on major thoroughfares either holding up traffic or just being a general nuisance. These scooters are very popular among people who have had their driver’s license taken away for one reason or another, usually DUI hence the nickname. The thing is I never see police pulling over one of these illegal vehicles on the road.

Meanwhile my car can’t pass inspection because of a smashed in front end. It’s mechanically sound but the headlights are out of alignment and right now I can’t afford to get it fixed. Since it won’t pass inspection and I can’t get it registered. Since I can’t get it registered I have an expired registration sticker. Because my registration sticker is expired I got a $200 ticket. Meanwhile if I was driving one of these scooters like I was the lead car in a very angry funeral procession I could just go about my business.

The United States of Horror Movies

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I’ve been promising Mrs. Trench that I would post this one for a while. She’s a huge horror fan. I’ve moved away from the horror genre after it became mostly torture porn like Saw and Hostel. However I do have a bone to pick with this map. Pumpkinhead for North Carolina? Really?

If Georgia gets Deliverance as a ‘horror’ movie then there is only one movie for the Tarheel State and that’s Cape Fear.

North Carolina to tax e-cigs and what you can do to help stop them

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I received the following e-mail from my vape store, MadVapes.

NC URGENT ALERT: BIG TOBACCO IS TRYING TO TAX E-CIGS!

As a customer of ours, we try to not overfill your email inbox with messages. However, we knew you would be interested in knowing about a bill that legislators in Raleigh are trying to ram through the State Legislature that would impose a needless sin tax of 5 cents per ml of liquid on the sale of all electronic cigarette products containing nicotine.

This bill is the direct result of large campaign contributions made to members of the North Carolina General Assembly and Senate by RJ Reynolds (Camel Cigarettes) and Lorillard (Newport Cigarettes, blu) over the last several years. On Tuesday, RJ Reynolds Vice President David Powers stood before a committee in the NC General Assembly and asked that the bill be passed. Lorillard has sent a spokesperson out to the media to endorse the bill.

RJ Reynolds is out pushing for an e-cigarette tax and yet they don’t even sell e-cigarettes in North Carolina. Does that smell fishy to you?

There might be yet another reason for this tax. The lawyers are still studying this bill, but enactment could ban most online sales by making it a crime for an e-cigarette business outside of North Carolina to ship to you or other North Carolina citizens unless the buyer holds a tobacco wholesalers license! What better way for Big Tobacco to shut down its competition than by making it more difficult for you to buy the best-priced and best-quality electronic cigarettes available.

Supports of this tax proposal are claiming that imposing a “small” tax on vapor products will act as a shield and help stop larger tax proposals. This is a silly argument. Once we agree to a “sin tax” in any amount, we’re going to be fighting efforts to increase that tax each and every year, as evidenced by this statement: NC State Sen. Floyd McKissick (D-Durham), called the proposed 5 cent tax a “good place to start,” but he added that lawmakers may need to consider raising it in coming years as the state budget begins to lose revenue from people making the switch from traditional to electronic cigarettes.

Additionally, by requiring tobacco licenses to sell, distribute, and import electronic cigarette products, this bill could needlessly add costs to our products. We are a small business and are fearful we may have to retain a lawyer and/or just accountant just to determine our responsibilities in terms of licensing, reporting, and possibly posting bond with the North Carolina government. We are similarly concerned about other companies operating in North Carolina.

PLEASE ACT NOW!

HB 1050 has been placed on the NC General Assembly Calendar for May 20th, where it will be considered by the full General Assembly. If passed, it will then be heard in the Senate. Even if you receive this e-mail after May 20th, please continue to act. We need a huge showing of opposition and we hope you can help.

One thing to keep in mind: This is an election year. If there is any time that a big influx of e-mails and phone calls from vapers is going to make a difference, it is right now. Make it known that you will remember how your General Assembly and Senate representatives voted come election time.

WHAT YOU CAN DO . . .

The e-cigarette advocacy group CASAA has invested in CQ Roll Call, a program which helps connect our members easily and in a targeted fashion with their state and federal legislators on specifically crafted campaigns we design. Please see the North Carolina Call to Action for information on how you can help . . . and it’ll only take five minutes of your time.

Click Here to Take Action

How to Call Your Representatives

Let me just add two things. It’s even better to actually mail a letter to your representatives in the state Congress. Also if you’re doing any of the above to contact them always be polite and professional. It doesn’t help anyone to send an expletive laden e-mail.

Obamacare stifles competition

Little Competition, High Premiums In NC Health Insurance Marketplace:

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Ok, first I need to get some prefaces out of the way. The first is the usual about I have 20+ years of working in the healthcare administration field. The other is that the article I linked to came out before the October 1st health exchange deadline. I haven’t yet checked to see if North Carolina’s is running yet.

Anyway in North Carolina, and probably a lot of other states, the plans that are being offered from ONE insurance company. They claim that they will offer 20+ different type of plans but only having them offered by one insurer is not really choice. I believe that’s called single-payer and a virtual monopoly. To the surprise of actually no one in North Carolina the big winner was Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

So you can only have BC/BS if you live in North Carolina and are forced to get your own coverage. UNLESS, you live in one of the magic 39 counties that will have a second payer. NC has 100 counties in case you were wondering. Of course it includes major cities like Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro but for the majority of the state it’s BC/BS or pay your government forced healthcare ‘tax’. However even if you live in one of the magic counties, which I do, I seriously have some doubts about what the other payer will have available. I’m sure they will be over inflated premiums with little to no coverage where the BC/BS conglomerate will look like the only option.

This is exactly the problem that healthcare already had, not enough insurers in the states. As I’ve been saying for years now in most states only one or two insurance companies keep a stranglehold on the healthcare benefits of employees in their respective states. This lack of choice is just making the insurance companies monopolies government approved. And in the magic counties if you do choose the second payer I can only imagine the bureaucratic nightmare a patient would have to go through to get treatment since you’re not using the state’s hand-picked golden child.

The Affordable care act is definitely not affordable but it is just all an act.

Erica Parsons hasn’t been seen in two years, reported missing last month

Erica Parsons in 2010

Erica Parsons in 2010

Erica’s mom: Adoptive parents are not forthcoming:

Erica Parsons’ adoptive parents move out of Salisbury home:

How Erica could disappear and no one notice:

I apologize for not posting about Erica Parsons. Even though the story is a month old and is happening not too far from where I live I’ve been so involved in my own little world that I hadn’t heard her story until recently. If you’re like me and have not heard Erica’s story here’s what is known.

Erica’s biological mother gave her up for adoption in 2000 when Erica was 2. Erica’s was adopted by her biological mother’s in-laws who line in Salisbury, North Carolina. I’m not going to name them because they have not been charged with a crime…yet.

Last month Erica’s adopted brother reported her missing. After authorities investigated her disappearance it turns out that no one has seen Erica since 2011. Her adoptive parents allegedly claim that they dropped her off at a McDonald’s in Mooresville, NC so she could go live with her paternal grandmother, Irene Goodman, in Asheville, NC. Except police can’t find an Irene Goodman and Erica’s biological mother says that Erica’s paternal grandmother died five years ago.

Erica was allegedly home-schooled by her adoptive parents and the parents allegedly collected state checks the entire time Erica was missing. On top of that they recently moved out of their home where investigators found books and magazines about JonBenet Ramsey.

A lot pf people would be quick to compare Erica’s story to that of Zahra Baker since they happened relatively not too far from each other. However I would say this is more like Caylee Anthony especially considering they say that Erica was dropped off with an allegedly fictitious person. Irene Goodman is the Zenaida Gonzalez of the Erica Parsons story.

Enhanced photo showing how Erica may look today.

Enhanced photo showing how Erica may look today.

Maybe Erica is alive and her adoptive parents are only guilty of fraud. Unfortunately these stories usually do not have such happy endings.

NC man charged with trying to have sex with an autistic child

Police: Hope Mills veteran used Craigslist to set up sex with autistic child:

Retired Hope Mills Veteran Arrested for Arranging Sex with Autistic Child:

William Jerry Faulkner Jr.

William Jerry Faulkner Jr.

I’m going to cut to the chase. William Jerry Faulkner Jr. of Hope Mills, North Carolina is a grade-A scumbag. According to police in Cumberland County Faulkner placed an ad on craigslist looking for a special needs child to have sex with, or to rape to put it more bluntly. According to the articles linked the ad said something to the effect that Faulkner wanted a single mother to take a special needs child to him for compensation. Last time I checked craigslist didn’t have a ‘men seeking handicapped children’ section. Oh wait, they do, it’s the un-moderated casual encounters section.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Detectives received a tip, not from craigslist, about the ad and posed as a woman with an autistic child who was willing to take Faulkner’s deal. They set up the meeting and arrested Faulkner who is being held on $75K bond.

It also turns out that Faulkner’s own wife and child are both handicapped which leads me to wonder if he’s inflicted any abuse on them? It also makes me think that I doubt that this was his first time out either. You may think that there couldn’t possibly be any mother out there that would sell their kids for sex but unfortunately there are too many.

Those who prey on the most defenseless of our society deserve the worst punishments possible.

Thanks to Claudia for the tip.

NC cop arrested for craigslist child prostitution

Michael Alan Hayes

Michael Alan Hayes

Former Brunswick cop arrested on prostitution charge to make first court appearance Friday:

Northwest officer charged with solicitation of minor for prostitution:

NC Officer Charged With Soliciting A Minor on Craigslist, Filing False Report:

Police in Brunswick County, North Carolina recently arrested one of their own. 38-year-old Michael Alan Hayes was a lieutenant of the Northwest, NC police force. Ironically Northwest is in the southeast part of the state, but I digress. Hayes is accused of allegedly paying a 17-year-old girl from nearby Boiling Springs Lake $60 for sex acts. Hayes is said to have met the girl through craigslist.

Hayes has also been cited for filing a false police report. Investigators say that Hayes reported that unknown assailants shot into his personal car but allegedly Hayes was the victim of an armed robbery. Somehow the investigation of the false report uncovered the child prostitution activity. How the two are connected have not been made public to my knowledge.

Correct me if I’m wrong but I thought all the prostitution and trafficking ads had been removed from craigslist. Oh wait, the majority of them have but some of them still persist in the personals and casual encounters section. The sections that need to be moderated by craigslist but aren’t. Between the remaining sex trafficking ads and the child predators flourishing in craigslist the website is far from being cleaned up and is still a really dangerous place.

Maybe one day a real journalist or politician will once again press the issue with craigslist.

Elisa Baker speaks out, claims she did not kill Zahra

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Elisa Baker

Elisa Baker speaks from prison about murder of 10-year-old Zahra:

A little over a week ago The Sheen Cow Elisa Baker gave an exclusive interview to Charlotte, NC news station WSOC. It was the first time she had spoken publicly about Zahra Baker’s death since her conviction. It’s unfathomable to me some of the crap she spewed in the interview. You can see the entire interview on the above link.

Baker says that Zahra died from a stomach bug. I’m assuming by stomach bug she means Zahra swallowed a scorpion or something because children don’t die from stomach bugs unless they’ve been left unattended for days at a time. She says that her husband (ex?) and Zahra’s father, Adam Baker, was the one who decided to dismember Zahra’s body. This is how much of a liar Elisa Baker is. She said that she didn’t think it was strange that Adam allegedly dismembered Zahra’s body because she thought it may have been an Aboriginal tradition. Adam Baker is from Australia but I have never heard that he has Aboriginal ancestry and he sure doesn’t look it. Aussie may have to back me up on this but I’m pretty sure the Aborigines do not dismember their dead in any kind of ritual.

“I thought it was maybe a strange ritual that he done. For all I know the Aborigines… I don’t know. I regret not telling sooner. I regret not calling 911. But people do make mistakes,” said Baker.

There’s a difference between making mistakes and trying to bamboozle investigators with one of the worst acts of subterfuge in recorded history.

This article also finally tells us, or me anyway, why police believe that Adam Baker was not involved in Zahra’s death. They say that the cell phone records put him 20 miles away from where Zahra was killed and her body dismembered and witnesses place him at work at the time of the crime. Adam Baker was said to have been working for two weeks straight and had not even seen his daughter at that time and was unaware that his daughter was dead.

Getting back to Sheen Cow her behavior in this and other criminal cases leads me to believe that she is a grifter. People like her will tell lies no matter how unbelievable as long as one person believes them so they can take advantage of that person. With this interview I believe that Elisa Baker is looking for her next victim.