Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Crime

Private Enterprise Interrupts Seattle’s Gun Buyback Program

When the Seattle, Washington, gun buyback program was announced on January 8th, King County Executive Dow Constantine said that removing guns from the streets would

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Teachers Flocking to Firearms Training Classes

Two days after Christmas 200 school teachers in Salt Lake City, Utah took a vacation day to take advantage of free training in the safe handling of firearms. Sponsored by the Utah Shooting Sports Council, the event usually attracts about 15 teachers. But

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Sunday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Funny the media ignored it.

I did find this, however, from the AP which was picked up by Yahoo! News, from Warsaw, Poland:

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Holocaust survivors, politicians, religious leaders and others marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday with solemn prayers and the now oft-repeated warnings to never let such horrors happen again.

Events took place at sites including

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Pro-Gun Rallies Attended by Thousands at State Capitols

Small Gun Rally

Small Gun Rally (Photo credit: JAYRNIV)

An estimated 20,000 pro-gun enthusiasts braved cold weather and a national media blackout on Saturday to support their rights to own guns, according to the Daily Mail, a British tabloid. This was a grass-roots movement, called Guns Across America, that began, according to the tabloid, when Eric Reed, an airline captain in Houston, decided that a response to the threats to the Second Amendment coming from the Obama administration was demanded. He started a group on Facebook called “More Gun Control = More Crime,” which as of this writing has more than 19,000 “likes.” Most of them kept their promise to show up at state capitols on Saturday.

What Reed wanted to do was to send “a very, very strong message to Congress and to our president that we the people are against any more gun control.” He added,

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Resistance to the President’s Gun Control Plan Continues to Build

Admitting that passing his ambitious plan to rein in shooting incidents like the one that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut last month would “be difficult,” President Obama published a 22-page explanation of exactly what he has in mind. There are “four common-sense steps we can take right now,” according to the White House blog. The two steps meeting the most resistance are:

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How Does YOUR State Rank?

Map of USA with North Dakota highlighted

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every year 24/7 Wall St. analyzes various data from each state and then ranks them in order based on that data. The result is a list of all 50 of the “best” run and “worst” run states. I’m going to be taking a closer look at their study later on today and publishing it tonight at 7PM if you care to come back then. But for now let’s take a quick look at just three states: North Dakota (#1), California (#50), and Colorado – where I live – at #29.

First of all, the authors admit that measuring how well a state is run is a difficult task:

The successful management of a state is difficult to measure. Factors that  affect its finances and population may be the result of decisions made years  ago. A state’s difficulties can be caused by poor governance or by external  factors, such as extreme weather.

Put another way, nature may have blessed a state with an abundance of natural resources that other states don’t share. And a state may have suffered an abundance of stupidity inflicted on that state by politicians long dead and thankfully forgotten (if not forgiven). Nevertheless, the effort to rank them is

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Defending the First Amendment

George Will – Bureaucrats declare war on free advice

Rather than eat a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, [Steve Cooksey] adopted what he and other enthusiasts call a Paleolithic diet, eating as primitive humans did — e.g., beef, pork, chicken, leafy green vegetables.

Cooksey lost 75 pounds and the need for drugs and insulin. And, being a modern Paleo, he became a blogger, communicating his dietary opinions.

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...

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Oh, no! He expressed his opinions! Mercy me! How outrageous is that? Where does he think he lives? In America? Where one cannot express his opinions without being oppressed?

According to Will that’s exactly what happened:

When a busybody notified North Carolina’s Board of Dietetics/Nutrition that Cooksey was opining about which foods were and were not beneficial, the board launched a three-month investigation of his Internet writings and his dialogues with people who read and responded to them.

The board sent him copies of his writings, with red pen markings of such disapproved postings as: “I do suggest that your friend eat as I do and exercise the best they can.”

“If,” the board sternly said, “people are writing you with diabetic-specific questions and you are responding, you are no longer just providing information — you are counseling — you need a license to provide this service.” (my emphases added)

What Cooksey did was enlist the help of a pro-bono, pro-First Amendment law firm, the Institute for Justice (IJ), which loves cases like these. Their most prominent one, Kelo v. City of New London went all the way to the Supreme Court, which decision continues to favorably impact eminent domain laws today.

Will discusses the principles involved – you can imagine for yourself what they are – and then asks rhetorically:

Did Ann Landers and Dear Abby conduct 50-year crime sprees by offering unlicensed psychological advice?

What basic Constitutional principles are in play here, in your opinion? I’d love to hear back from you.

James Holmes, Batman Shooter: It Still Doesn’t Add Up

James Holmes

James Holmes (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

The more information comes out about the “Batman shooter,” James Holmes, the more the standard narrative about what happened on midnight on Friday, July 20th, at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, is being questioned.

That narrative was outlined by The Wall Street Journal on the day after the shooting:

A gunman wearing a gas mask and sheathed head-to-toe in body armor opened fire in a theater packed for a midnight showing of a just-released Batman movie, killing at least 12 people and wounding 58 others.

Police in this suburb just east of Denver quickly arrested the alleged shooter, James E. Holmes, a 24-year-old graduate student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado Denver with no known criminal history other than a speeding violation.

The rampage began around 12:38 a.m. Friday at the Century Aurora 16 movie theater, which was crowded for the first showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

According to the Journal, Holmes had been preparing for the attack for months, buying his SWAT gear and weapons and ammunition online and in local stores as part of his plan. He also was able to procure various dangerous chemicals and high-tech electronic gadgetry along with the requisite training all of which he used to booby-trap his apartment before leaving on his rampage.

According to the popular media narrative, Holmes bought a ticket and sat down front on the first row, on the right, close to an emergency exit door. As the initial credits were rolling, Holmes was observed by two audience members taking a cell phone call and then getting up and using the exit door to go outside, presumably to take the call. In a few minutes he returned, this time all dressed up in SWAT gear from head to toe. As Aurora Chief of Police Dan Oates noted, Mr. Holmes “was dressed all in black. He was wearing a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, a throat protector and a groin protector and a gas mask, and black tactical gloves.”

Upon re-entering the theater, Holmes threw two canisters of tear gas into the crowd, fired his shotgun into the air, and then began firing his semi-automatic rifle into the crowd. Apparently the audience members initially thought it was part of a stunt related to the movie, but then panic ensued, and people ran for the exits.

Tre Freeman, one of those in the audience, said “After that, it was pure chaos. People were ducking or running. We were on the floor and we couldn’t breathe. We thought we were either going to suffocate or get shot. So we thought the only thing we could do is run.”

It didn’t take long for the official narrative to begin to come unraveled. Two other members of the audience including Corbin Dates, told Aurora news outlets that when Holmes went outside to “take” his call, he seemed to be signaling somebody. After about ten minutes, “someone,” perhaps Holmes, appeared in full SWAT gear and started shooting. Another witness said that there were two tear gas canisters thrown, one by the shooter and one by another person from the other side of the theater.

When Holmes was found near (some reports indicate he was inside) his vehicle by police, he

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Senator Rand Paul’s Bill to Protect Citizens From Drone Surveillance

U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field

U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field (Photo credit: AN HONORABLE GERMAN)

When Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced his bill in June, he was responding to growing concerns over privacy by American citizens. The purpose of his bill is elegantly simple: “To protect individual privacy against unwarranted governmental intrusion through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles commonly called drones.” Paul’s bill is very specific:

[A] person or entity acting under the authority [of], or funded in whole or in part by, the Government of the United States shall not use a drone to gather evidence or other information pertaining to criminal conduct or conduct in violation of a statute or regulation except to the extent authorized in a warrant that satisfies the requirements of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Paul explained that “Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics.”

One of those claiming to have had his rights infringed upon is Rodney Brossart of Lakota, North Dakota, who is “the first American citizen to be arrested with the help of a Predator surveillance drone,” according to USNews. Brossart’s troubles began in 2010 when six cows

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The Lamestream Media Misleads on Assault Rifles

John C. Goodman: The Truth About Guns

What disqualified a weapon (when the short-lived assault weapons ban was in effect) was looking like a military weapon. The offensive features included plastic stocks, extended ammunition clips, collapsible butt-stocks, and other decorative devices that made them look like, but not operate as, a fully functional assault rifle. (my emphases)

Semi automatic rifle FN FS2000

Semi automatic rifle FN FS2000 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My thanks to John Goodman for explaining this. Gun manufacturers like to sell guns just like Dodge likes to sell pickup trucks. They find that the more “masculine” they make them look, the more people buy them. That’s why the term “Dodge Ram” with a husky voice-over on their TV ads is so deliberate. They’re selling the dream, not the reality.

And so is the media. If enough people can be deceived into thinking that anyone can go into a store and buy a fully automatic, 600-rounds-per-minute true military assault rifle without raising an eyebrow, then that becomes “their” reality. And the demand for further restrictions is the natural, if misguided and misinformed, result.

To make it even clearer, Goodman quotes Steve Chapman:

Assault [rifles] are functionally indistinguishable from ordinary semiautomatic hunting rifles. They don’t fire more rapidly, they don’t deliver more lethal rounds, and they don’t spray bullets. They only look like military arms.

The misleading is deliberate in my opinion. The media wants us to think machine guns can be bought down at the local hardware store without difficulty. But that not only isn’t true, it hasn’t been true in this country for 80 years.

But some 250,000 machine guns are owned by Americans: those who have gone to the trouble, and the expense, of obtaining a special government permit. Question: how many of those machine guns have actually been involved in a crime over the past 80 years? NONE! Not one! But to hear the media tell it…well, you get the idea.

There’s more to this excellent article. I hope you read it. This will confirm that the MSM is not on our side.

How Did Chavis Carter Do That?

The Raw Story: Arkansas police claim man shot himself in head despite handcuffs

A Mississippi mother is accusing police in Jonesboro, Arkansas of killing her son after he was found shot in the head with his hands cuffed behind his back in a squad car.

Just how did he manage that? Chavis Carter was a passenger in a pickup truck that was stopped by police and following a search “some marijuana” was found on him. The police arrested him, searched him again, handcuffed him, and put him in the back seat of the cruiser.

The police sergeant said that Carter had been “handcuffed behind his back and double locked, and searched.” On the way to the station the sergeant heard “a loud thump with a metallic sound” and when he stopped the cruiser he found Carter in a “sitting position, slumped forward, with his head in his lap.” There was a small caliber handgun sitting next to him on the seat.

The sergeant concluded that somehow Carter had shot himself in the head, but his mother isn’t buying it: “I think they killed him, my son wasn’t suicidal,” she explained to WREG, adding that police told her he was shot in his right temple, even though her son was left handed.

“I just want to know what really happened,” Teresa Carter said. “That’s all I want to know.”

Let’s see what’s wrong with this narrative. According to the story by David Edwards, writing at Rawstory.com, Carter was found with “some marijuana” on his person. How much isn’t specified. How much to constitute a crime isn’t specified. How the police found it isn’t specified. Did Carter consent to the search? It wasn’t specified.

Carter was searched, twice, and nothing was found. Where did the gun come from? Was it in the back seat from a previous arrest earlier that day? If he had it on his person, how come the officer didn’t find it?

How does an individual who is left-handed shoot himself in the right temple, while handcuffed, behind his back? The article doesn’t say.

The officer was placed on “administrative leave” pending “further investigation.” Right.

Maybe the ACLU will find this case interesting enough to take on.

Aurora Shooting: Questions Still Remain

Tad Cronn says, “There are conspiracy theories, and there are conspiracy theories,” concerning the Aurora shooting that took place in Aurora, Colorado, last Friday night. “But some conspiracy theories have just enough meat on them to make you go ‘hmm.’”

Writing at Godfather Politics, Cronn reviewed the key questions still being raised about James Holmes’ rampage, including the “exquisite” timing of the incident. It could have something to do with the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that is being debated in New York this week. Cronn is impressed with the coincidence of the Aurora attack and suggests similarities to the Fast and Furious operation that put U.S. weapons into the hands of Central American drug cartels. Says Cronn,

There is powerful evidence to suggest that the real plan [for Fast and Furious] was to have drug runners wreak havoc here at home with our guns, as they have, and [then] use that “discovery” as leverage for further gun controls.

The same theory applies to using Aurora as leverage to pass the U.N. treaty.

Cronn also raised a number of other issues without answers, including Holmes’ demeanor following the incident when he gave up to the police without a struggle and then warned them that he had booby-trapped his apartment. Holmes was a penurious student, without the obvious means to

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Government Could Have Done Worse than Aurora Massacre

A Forbes article says there’s a real threat of U.S. ratification of the UN arms treaty under now-increased pressure to “do something” after the Aurora massacre.

This presents a formidable threat, especially if we consider the lesson taught in R. J. Rummel‘s revealing work, Death by Government: Far worse than any carnage inflicted by a lone shooter is done when the government itself has unlimited power over its people.

As to whether James Holmes is indeed a “lone shooter,” an analysis of the Aurora, Colorado, gunman in the so-called “Batman Massacre,” prepared by Mike Adams of naturalnews.com concludes that Holmes might have had some help.

According to Adams, the behavior of Holmes “just doesn’t add up.” Writes Adams: 

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James Holmes: Front Man for CIA False Flag Op?

Mike Adams: Colorado Batman shooting shows obvious signs of being staged

More and more, this shooting is looking like a deliberate plot staged by the government itself much like Operation Fast and Furious pulled off by the ATF which helped smuggle tens of thousands of guns into Mexico for the purpose of causing “gun violence” in the USA, then blaming the Second Amendment for it.

James Holmes

James Holmes (Photo credit: seatonsnet)

One of my first thoughts, expressed in my initial posting here on Friday morning, was the possibility of a link between the Aurora shooting and the UN treaty in New York. I wrote it, but I was skeptical, thinking it was a bit of a reach.

I don’t think so now, after reading Mike Adams’ article which explores in detail the possibility of the shooting being a false flag event.

He notes:

His behavior doesn’t add up

His behavior already reveals stark inconsistencies that question the mainstream explanation of events. For example, he opened fire on innocent people but then calmly surrendered to police without resistance. This is not consistent with the idea of “killing everyone.”

Furthermore, he then admitted to police that his apartment was booby-trapped with explosives. If you were really an evil-minded Joker trying to kill people (including cops), why would you warn them about the booby trap in advance? It doesn’t add up.

“Holmes was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, police said, adding he didn’t resist when he was arrested,” reports a local CBS news affiliate.

“After his arrest, Holmes told police about ‘possible explosives in his residence,’ Oates said. When police searched his apartment, they discovered it was booby-trapped and evacuated surrounding buildings, police said. Oates said bomb technicians are determining how to disarm flammable or explosive material in the third-floor apartment. He said police could be there some time.”

None of this checks out. If you’re a killer bent on causing mayhem, why tell the police about your surprise bomb waiting for them back at your apartment?

Adams thinks it’s the FBI. I think the CIA is the more likely culprit:

This is not your run-of-the-mill crime of passion. It was a carefully planned, heavily funded and technically advanced attack. Who might be behind all this? The FBI, of course, which has a long history of setting up and staging similar attacks, then stopping them right before they happen. See four documented stories on these facts:

http://www.naturalnews.com/035849_domestic_terror_plots_FBI.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/034325_FBI_entrapment_terror_plots.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/033751_FBI_terrorism.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/035757_FBI_terror_plots_false_flag.htm

The one party not mentioned by Adams is the BATFE, which is run by an avid anti-gunner appointed by Obama. But that doesn’t matter. The real emphasis is on generating sufficient anti-gun fervor to force the UN Arms Control Act into and get it passed by the Senate.

Even Forbes.com wrote about this quite extensively, warning readers about the coming gun confiscation effort related to the UN treaty. The story was authored by Larry Bell and says the UN treaty could “override our national sovereignty, and in the process, provide license for the federal government to assert preemptive powers over state regulatory powers guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment in addition to our Second Amendment rights.”

In other words, this has all the signs of Fast & Furious, Episode II. I wouldn’t be surprised to discover someone in Washington was behind it all. After all, there’s no quicker way to disarm a nation and take total control over the population than to stage violence, blame it on firearms, then call for leaders to “do something!” Such calls inevitably end up resulting in gun confiscation, and it’s never too long after that before government genocide really kicks in like we saw with Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and other tyrants.

Here’s the big difference. More than 100 million Americans already own guns. Those poor souls under Stalin, et al, were unarmed.

Stay tuned to see if this false flag conjecture gets legs.

Theater Shooting: Where Were the Armed Citizens?

The Washington Times: Police: 14 dead in Colorado theater shooting

AURORA, Colo. — A gunman opened fire early Friday at a suburban Denver movie theater, leaving 14 people dead and at least 50 others injured, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said.

Photo by: Karl Gehring (Associated Press/The Denver Post)

There are precious few details in this story although they will likely come to light later on today. For now, we know that the attacker acted alone. He acted deliberately. He knew that there would be big crowds in the theater at 12:30 in the morning. He knew most of them would be young. He had a rifle and at least one handgun. And he had lots of ammunition.

He also had the time to shoot and kill or injure more than 50 people.

Aside for the horror and anger and frustration that I immediately felt, I had a couple of other reactions. One, the press is going to have a field day with this. Watch and see. Second, they will play their “anti-gun” tunes until we’re deaf. Thirdly, expect the Brady gun control freaks to jump on this. Fourth, there’s a chance Obama might get involved, saying something like “Yup, we need that treaty from the UN to be signed into law, to keep this from happening again.” Maybe that’s a stretch. But the O-man wants our guns, that’s certain.

What I want to know is: how did this criminal have the time to shoot 50 people? It takes time to commit a crime of this dimension. Especially when the first few went down and others started screaming and heading for the exits. He had to have time to shoot, reload, shoot, and reload again.

Where were the security guards? Nothing said about that. How long did it take for police to arrive? Nothing said about that.

But also: where were those responsible citizens who have their concealed handgun permits? Where there none in the theater? None nearby?

One of the strongest cases for the Second Amendment is that when responsible people carry, crime goes down. The statistical evidence on that is overwhelming and goes back many years.

And so: where were they? Did the theater prohibit gun owners from exercising their rights by posting those little “no guns allowed” signs around? Nothing was said about that. If so, those little “no guns allowed” signs make it safe for a shooter to shoot and kill or injure 50 people because he knew there would be no resistance, no one returning fire. Those little “no guns allowed” signs make a theater, or anyplace else posting such signs, a gun-free zone, just what a criminal likes to see.

Good questions. I hope we find some good answers after the dust has settled and the anti-gun propagandists have had their say.

Obama Credited with Gun Industry Boom

President Barack Obama talks with FBI executiv...

According to the National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF), the trade association that represents nearly 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, and others involved in the gun industry, the economic impact of that industry has grown by 66 percent since the start of the Great Recession. In 2008 the total impact (direct and indirect) was $19 billion. Last year it exceeded $31 billion. Jobs and taxes it generated also jumped a similar amount. Jobs directly connected with the industry increased from 75,000 to nearly 100,000 last year, while federal, state, and excise taxes (which support wildlife conservation) increased from $3.1 billion to $5 billion.

So strong has been demand for firearms that Sturm, Ruger & Company saw a 50 percent increase in sales for the first quarter of 2012 over a year ago, forcing the company to stop accepting orders from March until May in order to catch up. Smith & Wesson said last month that they had a firearms-order backlog of almost $500 million, up an astonishing 135 percent from the same period a year ago.

This coincided with the FBI’s report that 16 million background checks (considered a proxy for gun purchases) took place through its National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NCIS) in 2011, up by more than 11 percent from 2010. The NSSF reported that its members requested 1.2 million background checks in March of this year, up by 20 percent from a year ago and the 22nd straight monthly increase.

At the same time, reported levels of violent crime continue to

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The DoJ Wants to Track Your Smartphone Without a Warrant

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In its relentless never-ending quest for more power to track and follow American citizens through their smartphones, the Department of Justice (DoJ) requested last week that Congress give them easier access to location data stored by cellphone service providers.

Jason Weinstein, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s criminal division, argued that requiring a search warrant to gain such access would “cripple” his department’s efforts to investigate crime and criminals. Said Weinstein,

There is really no fairness and no justice when the law applies differently to different people depending on which courthouse you’re sitting in.

For that reason alone, we think Congress should clarify the legal standard.

In other words, because the laws protecting privacy vary somewhat depending upon where an individual citizen lives, Congress should come along and override them all and provide a federal, looser standard, all in the name of security.

The increasing sophistication of cellphone and communications technology in general allows service providers to track virtually every movement of an individual, day or night, at home or work, in a bar or on a golf course. Malte Spitz, a German politician and privacy advocate, obtained his own

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Three Recent Carjackings: Variations on a Theme

Carjacking suspect crash on I5

When two elderly sisters were attacked by a thug with a knife in an attempted carjacking in Madison, New Jersey, on Monday, they were lucky things didn’t go awry.

The ladies, who wished to remain anonymous, aged 93 and 94, had parked in the lot outside of a CVS Pharmacy and went inside to pick up some prescriptions. They left their car unlocked, which allowed a local thug, Sergio Fernando Solorzano-Vasquez, to climb into the back and wait for the sisters to return. When they returned he attacked them with a knife.

The thug got a surprise when the older sister, in the driver’s seat, reached around and struck the assailant with her right arm while the younger sister jumped out of the car and started screaming. The thug made the right decision and ran from the car and the scene but not before three surveillance cameras got him on film. He was quickly arrested and taken into custody.

The sisters were lucky, and plucky. They were in what Jeff Cooper taught was “condition white,” oblivious to any dangers that might be nearby and therefore unprepared for the attack. For years Cooper trained thousands to avoid condition white as potential miscreants, like Vasquez, are trained to look for people existing “in their own world” and therefore vulnerable to a surprise attack.

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Boom and Bust in Stockton, California

A view of Stockton's city center and waterfront.

When Ann Johnston, Mayor of Stockton, California, informed the city council in March that Stockton was about to go bankrupt, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy in history, it took her six hours to explain why. The primary reason was overborrowing, overspending, and thinking that the good times would go on forever. They didn’t.

Between 1998 and 2005 prices of real estate in Stockton, about 75 miles from Sacramento, tripled. For a time Stockton was attractive as a lower-cost bedroom community alternative to Sacramento as home buyers were priced out of that market. Revenues from builder fees and sales and property taxes soared, and then-Mayor Gary Podesto took advantage. First was a luxury downtown sports arena anchored by a Sheraton hotel followed by the redevelopment of the waterfront into a marina and riverwalk. Then came the inevitable expansion of government and generous pensions, including “Lamborghini” benefits for city workers: if someone worked for the city for one month he (and his spouse) became eligible for retiree healthcare benefits for life. To house its burgeoning payroll, the city purchased a high-rise municipal office building at the top of the market for $35 million.

All that has changed. The office building is now vacant, homes in the high-end Weston Ranch development that sold for $450,000 are now listed for sale at $100,000 with few buyers. Unemployment is at 16 percent, and crime has soared. Forbes ranks Stockton as one of the three worst cities to live in in the country.

Johnston told the council that they couldn’t make the interest payment on their indebtedness, that the city’s deficit is approaching

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NBC’s Altered Zimmerman Tape Exposes Agenda

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Following the exposure of NBC’s edited conversation between George Zimmerman and a police dispatcher prior to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, NBC announced its investigation into the matter. NBC told the Washington Post on Saturday, “We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story.”

On March 17 NBC anchor Ron Allen ran a segment on the Today show that included an edited version of Zimmerman’s conversation just prior to the shooting of Martin:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good…. He looks black.

Dispatcher: Did you see what he was wearing?

Zimmerman: Yeah, a dark hoodie.

On Thursday Sean Hannity interviewed Brent Bozell from the Media Research Center on his Fox News Media Mash and played the edited and the original unedited versions of the conversation. Here is the unedited version:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy—is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

After playing both segments, Hannity asked Bozell for his comments:

Hannity: What about NBC News?

Bozell: NBC News…they are despicable in this. I want to say it again. They outright advanced a falsehood on national television. They outright told a deliberate lie on national television.

Members of the mainstream media appeared to be caught in the middle, trying to justify the alteration but wanting to distance themselves from NBC. For instance, Erik Wemplewriting for the Washington Post, called NBC’s editing “ham-handed” instead of deliberate manipulation but admitted that

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