Meanwhile, our politicians refuse to secure our borders.

DEADLY ‘KISSING BUG’ HAS INFECTED 300,000 PEOPLE IN U.S.

by  10 Nov 2014 

A deadly disease called Chagas has been estimated to have infected at least 300,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This infection is transferred by the “kissing bug” and is contracted when the bug bites its sleeping victims, takes their blood, and then deposits its feces where the unaware victim rubs it into the open wound.

The disease can remain in the victim’s blood for over 20 years before it manifests symptoms. The first stage of the disease has few symptoms, and they can seem like symptoms of other illnesses, with fever, fatigue, achiness, headaches, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Those symptoms can last for weeks or months, but the second stage can trigger an enlarged heart, heart failure, altered heart rate or rhythm, cardiac arrest, or enlarged esophagus or colon.

Melissa Nolan Garcia, from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said of the first stage, “People don’t normally feel sick, so they don’t seek medical care, but it ultimately ends up causing heart disease in about 30 percent of those who are infected.” Garcia added that there may be more than 2,000 congenital cases through mother-to-child transmission.

Garcia’s team studied 17 blood donors in Texas who had the parasite that causes Chagas disease. She said, “The concerning thing is that majority of the patients [I spoke to] are going to physicians, and the physicians are telling them, ‘No you don’t have the disease’… A lot of the cardiologists were aware of Chagas disease, but they don’t make the connection when the patient is sitting in front of them.”

The actual parasite causing the disease, Trypanosoma cruzi, is found in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Roughly eight million people have the disease; most are unaware they have it.

The CDC says that the bulk of victims in the U.S. have visited Latin America, and that’s where they picked up the bug. But Garcia said the parasite has arrived in the U.S. She said, “We are finding new evidence that locally acquired human transmission is occurring in Texas. We were surprised to find that 36 percent had evidence of being a locally acquired case. Additionally, 41 percent of this presumably healthy blood donor population had heart abnormalities consistent with Chagas cardiac disease.”

The Washington, D.C. area has been hit; with about two dozen cases reported.

Dr. Rachel Marcus, a cardiologist, says the vast number of immigrants from Bolivia residing in the Northern Virginia area means the numbers could be higher, as the disease is endemic in Bolivia. She asserted that if doctors would use an electrocardiogram (EKG), they could find the victims more easily, concluding, “If you were to find that EKG from an area where Chagas is common, it’s diagnostic.”

The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved nifurtimox and benznidazole, which are the current treatments for Chagas. Those drugs, according to ASTMH (American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene), run the risk of nerve damage, nausea, and weight loss.

This is what a conservative would do. Their job. Kudos to Joni and all those like her.

What Newly Elected Senator Joni Ernst Did 2 Days After the Election Tells Us All About Her Character

Joni Ernst was elected Iowa’s first female U.S. Senator on Tuesday and was in uniform and on duty with the Iowa National Guard on Thursday.

Photo: Journal 14

Photo: Journal 14

Lt. Col. Joni Ernst has been juggling her civilian and military lives since joining the National Guard in 1993. She is on duty every week, according to her husband Gail, who told National Review:

Not many folks know she is in uniform on Thursday and Friday. She does it without fanfare.

Ernst, a combat veteran in Operation Iraqi Freedom, has told the Guard she wants no special treatment, but had to re-schedule her drilling from last weekend to till after the election. Iowa Guard Spokesman, Greg Hapgood, told National Review:

We serve regardless of our situations and Colonel Ernst doesn’t want to be treated any differently.

She has been on duty throughout her amazing campaign and during her tenure as a State Senator. The hard working former pig farmer broke out of the primary pack with her hilarious ad about going to Washington and making them ‘squeal.’ She never looked back, beating Bruce Braley, the hand-selected heir to retiring Senator Tom Harkin.

Her National Guard duty made it hard on the campaign trail. She stepped away from the campaign for a week to drill over the summer.

Joni Ernst speaks for many Americans who think service, honor, and country should be top priority for every single U.S. elected official. She not only talks about it, she’s doing it.

I can see these two smoking a joint together but singing? Clapping seal alert.

Not only is he a hack politician, he can’t sing either…what an embarrassment.

 

Happy Birthday USMC, may God bless every single one of you.

 

U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

Nov. 10, 2014

On Nov. 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to create two battalions of Continental Marines for the War of Independence from Britain. In 1798, President John Adams signed the Act establishing the United States Marine Corps. The 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General John A. Lejeune, issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921, directing that on Nov. 10 every year, in honor of the Corps’ birthday, the Order’s summary of the history, mission and tradition of the Corps be read to every command.

We at The Patriot Post offer our thanks for a job well done. For those interested in great items bearing the Marine Corps’ insignia, please visit The Patriot Post Shop. Semper Fi!

Lyrics to the Marine Hymn:

From the halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country’s battles
in the air on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom,
and to keep our honor clean,
We are proud to claim the title
of United States Marine.

Excellent, more corruption and nepotism in the people’s house.

OBAMA’S ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE LORETTA LYNCH REPRESENTED CLINTONS DURING WHITEWATER

by  8 Nov 2014 

New York federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, the new nominee for attorney general, has a career filled with high profile cases — and she was a member of Bill Clinton’s defense team during the 1992 Whitewater corruption probe.

As he made his announcement Saturday afternoon, Obama called the two-time U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York a “tough, fair and independent” lawyer.

“It’s pretty hard to be more qualified for this job than Loretta Lynch,” Obama said.

Indeed, the prosecutor has a long career built of some high profile cases but there is one case Lynch was involved in that few are talking about. Lynch was a part of Bill Clinton’s Whitewater probe defense team in 1992.

In 1992, the Clintons came under fire for investing in a perennially failing Arkansas real estate company known as Whitewater Development, a venture heavily subsidized by Clinton friend Jim McDougal in an effort to soften the losses the Clintons were experiencing as investors. The probe was widened to look into the failure of the Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan to which it was connected. Eventually the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won several convictions handing jail time to the McDougals as well as Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker.

The Clintons escaped any convictions in the probe.

New York Times article from March of 1992 reported that Lynch was one of the Clintons’ Whitewater defense attorneys as well as a “campaign aide.”

Not long after Whitewater, Lynch, 55, made a name for herself as part of the team that defended Haitian immigrant Abner Louima after he was brutalized by New York police in 1997. In the shocking case it was revealed that police sodomized Louima with a broken broomstick, beat him savagely, and then worked to cover up the assault.

In the end, several New York City police officers were convicted in the case.

Lynch has also been a key prosecutor in cases of terrorism, financial fraud, and cybercrime, but it is her part in the Louima case of which she is “most proud.”

But ahead of her nomination, Republican Senators Mike Lee and Tex Cruz are demanding that Lynch make a statement denouncing Obama’s planned executive order of amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.

 

Isn’t it funny how the data practices act is used to protect public figures?

Woodbury East Ridge principal resigns after complaint investigated

By Scott Wente
Forum News Service

POSTED:   11/07/2014 12:01:00 AM CST
UPDATED:   11/07/2014 09:56:06 PM CST

 

Aaron Harper resigned as principal of East Ridge High School in Woodbury on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (Pioneer Press file)

Aaron Harper resigned as principal of East Ridge High School in Woodbury on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (Pioneer Press file)
Aaron Harper resigned as principal of East Ridge High School in Woodbury on Thursday, after an investigation into a complaint against him, according to school district officials.

Harper’s resignation and a release-of-claims agreement were approved without discussion by the school board Thursday night.

The South Washington County school district received a complaint against Harper earlier this school year, Superintendent Keith Jacobus said. Harper was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which was launched Oct. 23 or 24 and was completed in about a week.

District administrators offered few details about the investigation, citing uncertainty about what data can legally be released. They said they likely will seek an opinion from a state agency that interprets the Minnesota Data Practices Act in order to release information that is public.

“We want to make sure we release everything we should,” Jacobus said. “We want to make sure folks don’t feel that we are trying to stand behind something.”

At the same time, Jacobus added, the district is trying to be cautious and not violate personnel data laws.

Details about the complaint made against Harper in August or September are not public because it did not result in discipline.

“At the completion of that investigation, that’s when Aaron gave his resignation,” school board chairman Ron Kath said, adding that Harper felt that he was treated fairly in the investigation.

There was no buyout agreement or payment by the district in exchange for Harper’s resignation, Kath added, but Harper would be entitled to payment for unused vacation or sick time permitted in the principals’ contract.

Harper could not be reached for comment.

The release-of-claims agreement was not immediately made public. District Communications Director Barb Brown said Harper believes the agreement should not be released, but the district disagrees with him and will seek direction on whether it can be released.

An interim East Ridge principal will be named for the rest of the school year, Jacobus said. That decision could be made within about a week. A new principal will be hired for the 2015-16 school year.

Mike Johnson, one of two assistant superintendents, is helping East Ridge administrators until an interim principal is named.

The investigation was conducted by the district’s outside law firm to ensure that it was not viewed as an internal process, Jacobus said. The district will pay the legal firm for the work beyond its regular services.

Harper led East Ridge since the district’s third high school opened in fall 2009, but he was instrumental in planning for the school beginning in 2007.

Harper was selected for the East Ridge job after serving as principal at then-Oltman Junior High School in St. Paul Park for one year. He also had experience as an assistant principal and dean, and as a teacher and coach in Bloomington and the Mounds View district. He has a total of about 18 years of experience in public education.

My, how the plot thickens….using taxpayer dollars to enable addictions and kill innocent citizens.

Brainerd methadone clinic partner has medical license suspended

By Tom Olsen Today at 5:37 p.m.

A managing partner of a controversial methadone clinic in Brainerd has had his medical license suspended, the latest in a series of run-ins with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice over the last 25 years.
Dr. John R. Stroemer, 64, of the Pinnacle Recovery Services clinic, was suspended indefinitely in an order issued last month. As a doctor at the facility, Stroemer prescribed methadone to patients recovering from heroin and opiate addictions.

The clinic serves patients across northern Minnesota, including the Twin Ports and the Iron Range, but its services have come under fire since it opened in April 2012.

Notably, the clinic is being sued over an October 2012 incident in which a Cloquet woman who was driving home from the facility under the influence of methadone caused a traffic collision that killed two Carlton County workers.

The medical board’s action against Stroemer cites numerous forms of misconduct, including: violations of state or federal laws pertaining to narcotics or controlled substances, unethical and unprofessional conduct, improper management of medical records, improperly prescribing a drug or device, and failure to cooperate with a medical board investigation.

Ruth Martinez, executive director of the medical board, said the board could not disclose any specific information on the nature of Stroemer’s misconduct until it takes final action on the temporary suspension.

Martinez said once the 16-member board temporarily suspends a medical license, there is a hearing process before final action is taken. A final resolution on the license must be initiated within 30 days, she said.

Martinez said during that 30-day period, Stroemer , a physician and surgeon, cannot practice in any manner in the state.

Stroemer’s disciplinary history dates back to 1989 when he worked as an obstetrician, according to board records. In that case, Stroemer was reprimanded by the board for altering patient records and failing to document a baby’s delivery for 11 months.

In 1996, Stroemer was suspended following numerous malpractice and substance abuse claims. He admitted that he had treated two patients after drinking glasses of champagne in August 1994. Stroemer was also the subject of four malpractice claims at United Hospital in St. Paul, and was later fired, according to board reports.

Stroemer was again suspended in 2000, with the board citing failure to provide timely obstetric care, failure to inform patients that he did not hold hospital privileges at their intended delivery hospitals, and failure to appropriately transfer care of patients to another provider following his previous suspension.

The 2000 board order alleges that Stroemer abandoned his office following his 1996 suspension, leaving behind patients’ medical records on open, unlocked shelves. Stroemer stopped paying rent on the office, and the landlord discovered the files, the report states.

Stroemer reached a stipulation with the board in November 2011, allowing him to return with restrictions, which included the completion of coursework, limitations on his practice and refraining from alcohol use. He was later granted an unconditional license in January 2005.

Stroemer , whose address is listed in Scandia, Minn., did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Phone messages left at Pinnacle Recovery Services also were not returned.

A spokesperson from the Department of Human Services (DHS) said the temporary suspension of Stroemer’s license will not affect services at the Brainerd clinic since there are two managing partners. Methadone clinics are licensed through the state and treatment plans must follow federal regulation.

The state pays for methadone treatment for clients on state health-care programs, and it also covers transportation if needed for clients on Medicaid. The DHS reported in May of 2013 that the state spent $2.55 million on transporting patients to the Brainerd clinic.

On Oct. 1, 2012, 26-year-old Vanessa Brigan of Cloquet was returning home after receiving a dose of methadone at the Brainerd clinic when she caused an accident near Wright that killed 25-year-old Zachary Gamache and 29-year-old Mitchell Lingren. Brigan , who admitted to also injecting a second take-home dose of the drug before driving, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide and is serving a six-year prison sentence.

The families of the victims subsequently filed suit against multiple parties, including Pinnacle. The clinic sought dismissal of the claims, but a judge ruled in August that a jury could consider whether the facility had a responsibility to protect the public.

Duluth is home to one methadone clinic, the Lake Superior Treatment Center on East Central Entrance. That clinic, however, has been operating while appealing a revoked license, and many new methadone patients in the area have been referred to Pinnacle in Brainerd.

Meanwhile, the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Duluth is moving forward with plans to open a new methadone clinic at 1402 E. Superior St., in April. That plan has been met with both praise and criticism from community leaders.

Jennifer Stockinger of the Brainerd Dispatch contributed to this report.

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Will the victim at MSOP have to pay the person he victimized to get him in the bighouse? Your tax dollars hard at work.

State will pay $203,000 to offender raped while at Moose Lake facility

By Paul McEnroe, Minneapolis Star Tribune on Nov 6, 2014 at 11:37 p.m.

A violent patient in Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program admitted in therapy that he was grooming his new roommate for sex, but the staff failed for weeks to intervene or prevent the rape that subsequently occurred.
The sequence of events, detailed in a recent state investigation, will result in the state paying $203,000 to settle a lawsuit by Michael Mrozek, the victim in the 2010 attack at the state facility in Moose Lake.

In addition, Deputy Human Services Commissioner Anne Barry has apologized to Mrozek, telling him by letter that the agency “sincerely regrets the sexual assault that was perpetrated upon you by your roommate.”

This is the second sexual assault in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, or MSOP, to produce a costly court settlement. In 2011, the state paid a patient $130,000 after he was assaulted by his roommate.

Human Services officials would not comment Wednesday on what steps they have taken to ensure that staff react when they learn that one patient may be sexually targeting another.

The MSOP, created in 1994, has come under intense criticism by patients and advocates, who argue that it fails to provide adequate therapy and amounts to unconstitutional indefinite detention. It houses nearly 700 offenders at prisonlike facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter — most of them committed to state custody after completing prison terms for sex offenses. A federal judge in St. Paul is set to hear arguments over the constitutional issues surrounding the program in a trial that opens in February.

Interviewed by a state investigator, the accused patient, Brian Sorenson, described the methodical steps he took leading up to the attack inside the Moose Lake facility. At least one therapist knew about his plan in advance, according to the investigators’ report.

In that report, Mrozek allegedly told his therapists that he “did not need to be moved.” But Mrozek’s attorney, Jordan Kushner, said this week that the agency provided no documents to corroborate the comment. The investigator’s report also says the program’s staff knew that Sorenson had a history of assaultive behavior with his previous roommate — events unknown to Mrozek when he was paired to room with Sorenson, according to Kushner.

In case you all forgot…and, well, you probably did.

THE RANDY WEAVER CASE

BY JIM OLIVERAnother Federal Fiasco!

BATF’s entrapment of Randy Weaver led to the violent deaths of three people. Says his defense attorney, Gerry Spence: “What happened to Randy Weaver can happen to anybody in this country.”

 


Seeing his dog, Striker, shot to death by masked intruders clad in camouflage, Sammy Weaver, 14, fired back in fear for his life. The 4 ft., 11″ tall youngster was hit in the arm, then shot in the back as he turned to run for home. He died instantly, killed by an agent of the federal government.

Cradling her 10-month-old daughter in her arms, Vicki Weaver stood in the doorway of her home, mourning her slain son, unaware that she herself had only seconds to live. In an instant a bullet tore into Vicki Weaver’s face, blew through her jaw and severed her carotid artery. The bullet was fired from 200 yds. away by an agent of the federal government.

What had the Weaver family done to bring FBI snipers and submachine- gun-toting U.S. marshals to the woods around their cabin on Ruby Ridge in northern Idaho? Why did the government act as though the Weavers had forfeited the protections guaranteed all Americans by the United States Constitution? Who made the decisions that led to their unjustified deaths and also to the death of deputy U.S. Marshall William Degan?

For the six men working near Weaver’s plywood cabin on Ruby Ridge, Aug. 21, 1992, was another day on a job that had been going on more than 16 months. Their employer, the U.S. government, was spending $13,000 a week, and there had been no end in sight to the work.

The cabin–really a shack–was home to 44-year old former Green Beret Randy Weaver and his family–wife, Vicki; son, Sammy; and daughters, Sara, Rachel and Elisheba. It was also home to their young friend, Kevin Harris. They were subsistence hunters, and tended a garden, putting up vegetables. A generator produced occasional electricity. They had no TV, no radio.

This day there were some new men on the job site not far from the cabin–one, 42-year-old William Degan, had been brought to northern Idaho on special orders. He was to help plan a successful conclusion to the job.

The men in the woods were dressed in their work clothes–camouflage commando outfits complete with masks. They carried the tools of their trade–two-way radios rigged for quiet operation, night vision equipment, semi-automatic handguns, fully automatic military rifles and at least one silenced HK submachine gun. One of the men was a medic, prepared to care for any casualties.

The weaver family had dogs. Somebody threw a rock to test their reaction. A golden retriever barked near the cabin and came running their way. A mission somebody in the Marshal Service had dubbed “Operation Northern Exposure” was about to end.

The “op” had included use of jet reconnaissance overflights with aerial photographic analysis by the Defense Mapping Agency, and placement of high-resolution video equipment recording activity by the Weaver family from sites 1 1/2 miles away–160 hours worth of tape used.

For nearly a year and a half, federal agents had roamed the area, picking locations for surveillance and for snipers. Degan, belonged to the Special Operations Group, the Marshals’ national SWAT team. The six on-site this day were deputy U.S. Marshals.

The target of all of this–and of a Federal law enforcement and prosecution effort that would eventually total approximately $3 million–was Randy Weaver. What kind of criminal was he to demand this kind of attention? Was he a major drug dealer? Serial killer? Was he a terrorist bomber?

No. On Oct. 24, 1989, Weaver sold two shotguns whose barrels arguably measured 1/4 inch less than the 18 inch length determined arbitrarily by Congress to be legal. The H&R single-barrel 12-ga. and Remington pump were sold to a good friend who instructed Weaver to shorten the barrels. The “good friend” was an undercover informant working for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), who later told reporters he was in it “mainly for the excitement.”

Eight months after he sold the shotguns, Weaver was approached by two BATF agents with an offer–spy on the Aryan Nations, a white supremacist hate group head-quartered in northern Idaho, or go to jail. Weaver refused to become a government informer, and–six months later–he was indicted on the shotgun charge.

On Jan. 17, 1991, as Weaver and his wife were driving to town for supplies, they encountered a pickup truck-camper with its hood up, a man and woman seeming to be in trouble. The Weavers stopped to offer their help. A horde of federal agents piled out of the camper. A pistol was pressed against Weaver’s neck. Vicki Weaver was thrown to the slushy ground.

Weaver was arraigned before a federal magistrate, who later admitted he cited the wrong law. Out on bond, Weaver went back to his cabin. According to friends who testified in court, he and his wife vowed not to have any more dealings with the courts of the federal government. They would just stay on their mountain.

A hearing was set on the shotgun matter for Federal Court in Moscow, Idaho. The government notified Weaver by letter that he was to appear March 20, 1991. The actual hearing was held February 20–one month earlier. The error in dates was enough to give rise to a memo within the Marshal Service saying the case would be a washout. (Weaver did not show for the wrong date, either.) U.S. Attorney Ron Howen went to the grand jury anyway, and Weaver was indicted for failure to appear.

But why had the BATF picked Randy Weaver to set up as an informer? He was a man devoted to family, a man with no criminal record, a veteran who served his country with honor. It was Weaver’s beliefs that made him an ideal target. His unorthodox religious and political views were far outside mainstream America. He was a white separatist. And, Randy Weaver was little, a nobody.

Over the next 16 months, the feds painted Weaver as racist, as anti-semitic, as a criminal. But they had to entrap him into his only crime, altering two guns. The media were unquestioning. In print and on TV and radio, Weaver’s home–the plywood shack he built himself–became a “mountain fortress,” and then “a bunker,” and a stronghold protected by a cache of 15 weapons and ammunition capable of piercing armored personnel carriers.”

The common shotguns Weaver sold became the chosen “weapons of drug dealers and terrorists” or “gangster weapons” that “have no sporting use.” The media always added the universal out… “agents said.” But there were no gangsters. There were no terrorists or drug dealers, just Weaver, the gun buyer and the government.

It was all a lie. Hate-hype. People believed it, maybe even the agents who planted the hate-hype began to believe it. It all ceased to matter on August 21, when Striker barked and sniffed out the agents spying on the cabin–lives changed, lives ended.

Nobody, except the people who were there, knows exactly what happened next. There were several versions of the story. But some facts jibe. Randy Weaver’s little boy, Sammy–a kid whose voice hadn’t yet changed–and Kevin Harris followed Striker. Harris and Weaver later said they thought the dog was chasing a deer. Harris carried a bolt-action hunting rifle. The boy also had a gun.

Without warning a federal agent fired a burst into Striker, killing him. (It came out in court later that there had been a plan to take the dog “out of the equation.”) The boy, frightened, shot back, and when one of the agents fired another burst, Sammy lay dead.

Kevin Harris shot deputy William Degan in the chest. He died a few moments later. The shooting ended relatively quickly. The agents would claim Harris fired first. Harris claimed he fired after the boy was shot. Agents told the media their men had been pinned down for eight hours. It was a lie.

The dog was dead. The boy was dead. Deputy Degan was dead. Two American families had tragically lost loved-ones. During the night hours, Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris brought the little boy’s body to a shed near the cabin and washed it.

Deputy Degan’s shooting brought in the FBI. Soon, the Weaver property was ringed by a huge force of FBI, BATF, U.S. Marshals, Idaho state police and local law enforcement and Idaho National Guard.

Among the federal law enforcement commanders was Richard Rogers, the head of the FBI’s hostage rescue team, which includes its snipers. On the flight out, he took an extraordinary step–he decided to alter radically the prescribed rules of engagement of FBI sharpshooters.

Normally, agents can only shoot when they are facing death or grievous harm. But 11 snipers that were positioned around the Weaver cabin were given new ordrs:

“If any adult in the compound is observed with a weapon after the surrender announcement is made, deadly force can and should be employed to neutralize the individual.” This meant Randy Weaver’s wife would be fair game. It went on:

“If any adult male is observed with a weapon prior to the announcement, deadly force can and should be employed if the shot can be taken without endangering the children.”

Of words reminiscent of hollow justifications used in Waco, Texas, federal spokesmen kept telling the media of their concern for the children. In fact, Gene Glenn, the agent in charge of the siege, told The New York Times he considered the kids to be hostages. Yet they’d already killed one child.

The negotiators were not in place, and no effort had been made to contact the Weavers, when Randy Weaver, Kevin Harris–armed– and 16-year-old Sara Weaver left the cabin and moved to the shed where Sam’s body lay.

As the three reached the shed, an FBI sniper some 200 yds. away aimed at Weaver. He told the court he was aiming for the spine, just below the neck. He missed; shot Weaver in the back of the arm, the bullet exiting through the armpit.

Sara later told Spokesman Review staff writer Jess Walter in a copyrighted story:

“I ran up to my dad and tried to shield him and pushed him toward the house. If they were going to shoot someone, I was going to make them shoot a kid.”

At the cabin, Vicki Weaver was waiting at the door, holding her infant daughter, Elisheba. The sniper fired again. His bullet hit Vicki Weaver. She was dead before the baby hit the floor, miraculously unhurt. Harris was hit by bullet fragments and bone from Vicki’s skull. He was bleeding badly. Randy Weaver, daughters Sara and 10-year-old Rachel all saw the violent death.

Later, sniper Lon Horiuchi stated in court that killing Vicki Weaver had been a mistake; that he was aiming for Kevin Harris. Defense attorney Spence asked him, “You wanted to kill him, didn’t you?” He answered, “Yes, sir.”

Sara Weaver recounted the night following her mother’s death. Again from reporter Jess Walter’s story:

“Elisheba cried during the night. She was saying, ‘Mama, mama, mama.’… Dad was crying and saying, ‘I know baby. I know baby. Your Mama’s gone….’”

She told Walters that on Sunday, they tried to yell at federal agents and get their attention, to tell them that her mother was dead. She said they got no resopnse. Instead they would her the FBI negotiators.

“They’d come on real late at night and say, ‘Come out and talk to us, Mrs. Weaver. How’s the baby, Mrs. Weaver,’ in a real smart-alecky voice. Or they’d say, ‘Good morning, Randall. How’d you sleep? We’re having pancakes. What are you having?”

The FBI later claimed it had no idea that its sniper had shot Vicki Weaver. Yet a New York Times stringer quoted FBI sources as saying they were “using a listening device that allow(ed) them to hear conversations, and even the baby’s cries in the cabin.” Another lie?

On Thursday, August 27, radio newsman Paul Harvey used his noon broadcast to reach the Weavers, who he’d learned were regular listeners. Urging Randy Weaver to surrender, Harvey said, prophetically, “Randy, you’ll have a much better chance with a jury of understanding homefolks than you could ever have with any kind of shoot-out with 200 frustrated lawmen.”

As part of their efforts to make contact with the Weavers, the FBI sent a robot with a telephone to the cabin. But the robot also had a shotgun pointed at the door, so the Weavers feared that reaching for the phone could result in death or injury.

Somewhere in all of this, the FBI discovered the body of Sammy. They told the news media they didn’t know he’d been killed.

The siege began to unravel six days after Vicki Weaver had been killed. Her body remained in the kitchen of the cabin all that time. Sara crawled around her to get food and water for her family. It was during this time that Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris dictated their version of their story to Sara. In this letter, Weaver accused his government of murdering his wife.

The news media, based on information from the feds, repeatedly reported that Vicki had been killed in “an exchange of fire” or in a “gun battle.” More spin control.

The only shots were two–from the government’s sniper.

Kevin Harris was the first person to come out. Sunday, August 30, badly wounded, he was rushed to a Spokane hospital where he was treated and charged with murder. A magistrate told him he was facing the death penalty.

The rest of the family came out on the next day. The surrender was negotiated–not by the FBI–but by Bo Gritz, former Green Beret hero.

All the lies and federal spin control over the story were about to end. The case was going to court.

The 36-day trial took place in the U.S. District Court in Boise, with Judge Edward Lodge presiding. The jury of eight women and four men heard the government put on 56 witnesses. The defense rested without calling a single witness, confident that the government had destroyed its own case. They were right.

The jury deliberated for nearly three weeks, and found Harris not guilty of murder or any other charges leveled against him. They found Weaver not guilty of eight federal felony counts. The judge had earlier thrown out two other counts.

Weaver was found guilty of two counts: failing to appear in court and violating his bail conditions. He was declared not guilty of the gun charge–the seed of all this misery.

It was a bizarre trial, full of contradictions, with government witnesses countering each other’s stories as to the events of August 21, and countering the events leading up to Vicki Weaver’s death the next day.

The question of who fired first–Harris or the Marshals–was key to the jury deciding on the murder charge against Harris. In the end they believed Kevin Harris acted in self-defense. Earlier, the death penalty had been ruled out. The law the prosecution cited had been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court two decades before.

The government spent days going over the Weavers’ religious views, trying to establish they were racist and demonstrated a long-lived conspiracy to violently confront the government. The jury didn’t believe it.

Marshall service witnesses told about a series of pre-siege scenarios to root Weaver out of his cabin. But when pressed by the defense, they said they never considered simply knocking on the door and arresting him.

During the trial, the government admitted that the FBI had tampered with the evidence; that the crime scene photos given the defense were phony reenactments. Physical evidence had been removed and replaced. The prosecutor knew this and had failed to tell the defense.

The prosecution also withheld documents that might have helped the defense. When ordered by the judge to produce them immediately, the FBI sent the material from Washington, D.C., via Fourth Class mail, which took two weeks to cross the country. For prosecutorial misconduct, the judge ordered the government to pay part of the defense attorneys’ fees, an action almost unheard of in a criminal case. Prosecutor Hoiwen also was forced to apologize in open court. At the end of the trial, he collapsed in the middle of a statement, telling the judge, “I can’t go on.”

Gerry Spence told the jury, “This is a murder case, but the people who committed the murder are not here in court.”

After the trial, Spence told The New York Times, “A jury today has said that you can’t kill somebody just because you wear badges, then cover those homicides by prosecuting the innocent.

What are we going to do now about the deaths of Vicki Weaver, a mother who was killed with a baby in her arms, and Sammy Weaver, a boy who was shot in the back?”

Spence has asked the Boundary County, Idaho, prosecutor to bring charges against various federal agents. Should that happen, lingering questions about the Weaver case finally may be answered. Should that happen another jury undoubtedly will serve notice to those who have forgotten that the United States government is supposed to serve its citizens, not entrap them, not defame them, not falsify evidence against them and absolutely not kill their children.

 


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Yes, he is an egotistical jackass. Then again, most politicians are just that.

THE MEGALOMANICALITY OF BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

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or more plainly, Randall Flagg is in the White House.

Megalomania:  A psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, omnipotence, and by inflated self-esteem.