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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Through a Glass Darkly - How the Media Sells the Public a Fantasy

The theme that runs through these pieces is that the media sells the public a distorted view of the world. Poor little Matthew Shepard was murdered by vicious, homophobic rednecks in Laramie, WY. On television, cops are always the good guys, and can take out a hit team armed with AK-47's and RPG's with only a .38 revolver, or maybe a Glock, which in t.v. land holds about 100 rounds. Homeland Security and TSA are there to protect us. And so on.

Matthew Shepard was the winsome young homosexual in Laramie, Wyoming who in October 1998 was tortured, killed, and left hanging grotesquely from a fence. He was discovered almost a day later and later died in the hospital from his horrific wounds.... Almost immediately Shepard became a secular saint, and his killing became a kind of gay Passion Play where he suffered and died for the cause of homosexuality against the growing homophobia and hatred of gay America....
But what really happened to Matthew Shepard? Thanks to a new book by an award winning gay journalist we now know that much of this narrative turns out to be false, little more than gay hagiography.
As gay journalist Aaron Hicklin, writing in The Advocate asks, “How do people sold on one version of history react to being told that the facts are slippery --- that thinking of Shepard’s murder as a hate crime does not mean it was a hate crime? And how does it color our understanding of such a crime if the perpetrator and victim not only knew each other but also had sex together, bought drugs from one another, and partied together?”
This startling revelation comes in The Book of Matt to be published next week by investigative journalist Stephen Jiminez, who over the course of years interviewed over 100 people including Shepard’s friends, friends of the killers, and the killers themselves.
He was beaten, tortured, and killed by one or both of the men now serving life sentences. But it turns out, according to Jiminez, that Shepard was a meth dealer himself and he was friends and sex partners with the man who led in his killing. Indeed, his killer may have killed him because Shepard allegedly came into possession of a large amount of methamphetamine and refused to give it up.
The book also shows that Shepard’s killer was on a five-day meth binge at the time of the killing.

The Cops Who Couldn't Shoot Straight
from the New York Post
Cops trying to subdue an emotionally disturbed man with a long rap sheet accidentally shot two female bystanders outside Port Authority Bus Terminal on Saturday night, source said.
One victim, 54, was struck in her leg — breaking two bones in her calf — as she stood leaning on her four-wheeled walker across from the terminal; a second woman, 35, was grazed in her buttocks.
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One of the victim’s of Saturday’s shooting lies wounded on the sidewalk.
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Two cops pulled off a total of three shots in the mistaken belief that the deranged man was armed after he reached into his pocket as they approached him, officials said.

Unarmed man, possibly looking for help after wreck, shot by police
CHARLOTTE, N.C. An unarmed man who may have been looking for help after a vehicle wreck was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday as he ran toward him, police said. The officer was later charged with voluntary manslaughter.

TSA Agent Arrested for Smuggling Illegal Aliens
A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent was arrested Friday for conspiring to smuggle illegal aliens into the country.According to a Justice Department press release, a group of Brazilian nationals were smuggled through the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Díaz-Torres allegedly allowed the Brazilians through a TSA security checkpoint without questioning them.

The group then flew to New York, Boston, and Philadelphia on commercial flights.

Ex-judge is headed for prison
BROWNSVILLE — A former state district judge was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for his role in a cash-for-favors scheme that implicated a dozen defendants and badly damaged the image of the justice system in South Texas.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced Abel Limas on a single count of racketeering and ordered him to pay restitution of more than $6,777,000.
Faced with up to 20 years in prison, Limas said he “saw the writing on the wall” and provided the FBI with dozens of interviews and became a key witness for prosecutors in four separate trials against attorneys Marc Rosenthal, Ray Marchan, Eduardo Lucio III and former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos.

Mingo judge arrested on federal charge
Thornsbury tried to put romantic rival in jail, feds say
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury was arrested Thursday after federal authorities allege he targeted his ex-lover's husband and used his position on the bench to manipulate criminal charges against the man.

The indictment, returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Charleston, charges Thornsbury with conspiring to violate the constitutional rights of his former secretary's husband.

David Morgan Is Wrong, Terribly Wrong
Two Florida cops shot an innocent, unarmed man in his own driveway. And then their sheriff started talking.

wo weeks ago, two Florida deputies shot 15 rounds at a 60-year-old unarmed Florida man who was looking for his cigarettes in his mother’s car, parked in his own driveway. Two of those bullets hit him in his left leg, which was shattered. Roy Howard Middleton says he was compliant when the cops told him to turn around. He says that as he was turning around to face deputies with his hands raised, they opened fire.
A week later six Escambia County deputies climbed through the window of a private residence, without a warrant, dragging a sleeping couple out of their bed, shooting at their two dogs, one of which later died. The police were pursuing a suspect in an armed disturbance earlier in the evening on the couple's street, found an upside-down bucket next to a window of their home, knocked on the door, and when nobody answered, they just entered through the window.

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