[FOX] A school shooter in suburban Denver was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Friday.
Devon Erickson, 20, was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of classmate Kendrick Castillo, along with 45 other charges in connection with the 2019 attack at STEM School Highlands Ranch.
Castillo, 18, was hailed as a hero for trying to stop Erickson’s deadly massacre, which also injured eight people.
A jury found Erickson partnered with fellow student Alec McKinney
...legally Maya Elizabeth McKinney, identifying as Alec McKinney, while Mr. Erickson hated all the right things. Alec’s father was twice deported back to Mexico, and had a habit of domestic violence ...
to plan the attack for weeks. McKinney testified he wanted to target students who mocked him because he was transgender.
Judge Theresa Michelle Slade added hundreds of years to Erickson’s mandatory life sentence after hearing lengthy and emotional testimony from survivors.
"I don’t think there is anything I can say to you, Mr. Erickson, that would make any difference," Slade said, adding the shooter never tried to explain his actions.
Erickson was stone-faced as the verdict was read, but his voice broke when the judge asked him if he wanted to speak, right after his family members testified that they loved him.
McKinney was sentenced to life in prison last year, but could be eligible for parole after 20 years since he was a juvenile.
The two shooters targeted a dark classroom where students were watching a movie. They entered through separate doors to maximize the carnage, and planned to have McKinney die, either by suicide or at the hands of his cohort, according to prosecutors.
The massacre was thwarted when Castillo and two other students, Joshua Jones and Brendan Bialy, charged Erickson as his gun jammed. McKinney was arrested by a security guard.
Erickson’s father, Jim Erickson, read aloud the names of the victims and apologized to the community.
"We pray for these people every day," he said through tears.
[NYPOST] A "career con artist" in reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown ...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel... stole the identities of young homicide victims to collect thousands of dollars in tax refunds and COVID-19 stimulus payments, federal prosecutors allege.
Katrina Pierce, 50, was charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in a 34-page complaint made public Thursday.
Prosecutors claim her fraud scheme was first discovered in late 2019 by the Cook County Vital Records Bureau, which noticed Pierce had requested four death certificates in one day while claiming to be the sister of each victim, despite them having different surnames.
A subsequent records check revealed that Pierce had requested 37 death certificates in 2019, obtaining at least 26 of them, according to the complaint.
"The director then researched the backgrounds of the decedents and found that all of them were homicide victims, ranging in age from about 2 years to 22 years, from the south and west sides of Chicago," the complaint reads.
The director believed Pierce targeted her victims because they’d be less likely to have credit history and that she may have tried opening accounts using their identities, prosecutors said.
Amari Brown, a 7-year-old Chicago boy fatally shot in 2015, was allegedly among Pierce’s victims. She falsely claimed she was his aunt when obtaining his death certificate in 2019 and then used the stolen info to file a fraudulent tax return that led to a $4,407 refund check from the IRS ...the Internal Revenue Service; that office of the United States government that collects taxes and persecutes the regime's political enemies... , prosecutors said.
"Why would someone want to do this?" Amari’s aunt, Andrina Hailey, told WLS-TV, accusing Pierce of reopening the family’s wounds. "It’s very sensitive to us, and we just think it’s disgusting."
IRS agents went to Pierce’s listed return address in her applications in January 2020 and found handwritten notes listing the names of dead people as well as their manner of death, including "shot," "killed" or "stabbed," the complaint states.
Investigators said Pierce also sought personal information of decedents in St. Louis, including a homicide victim, to fraudulently obtain COVID-19 stimulus payments and a prepaid debit card in his name.
Prosecutors said Pierce had several bank accounts using various names to hide her scheme. She deposited nearly $84,000 into one of the accounts over a six-month period last year ending in December — or more than twice the amount of her total income reported on her tax return, according to the complaint.
Pierce was arrested Tuesday and appeared before a judge, who ordered her held pending trial, according to court records cited by the Chicago Tribune. Her preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday.
In 2012, Pierce was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for using stolen identities and other bogus documents to bilk more than $200,000 in federal tax refunds and state child care benefits, the newspaper reported.
Prosecutors at the time called her a "career con artist" who graduated from shoplifting as a teen before launching forgery, food stamp and identity theft schemes.
"Stealing was [her] full-time occupation and she was good at it," prosecutors reportedly wrote in her prior sentencing memo. Pierce was still on supervised release from the case when she was arrested, court records show. Her court-appointed attorney could not be reached for comment, the Tribune reported.
Years ago a dear friend had brand new mercury convertible and loved driving it downtown to cruise San Bernardino as a newly married man with his beautiful wife. After a few weeks he tried driving it with the top up and the music off and dicovered that on making hard left hand turns the drivers side door seemed to make a clunking noise at times. After a few weeks he was convinced something was seriously wrong and took the car back to the local dealership. They discovered a glass coke bottle with a note inside the door panel. On the note was just one sentence..."Drove you crazy didn't it!"
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Argentina ...a country located on the other side of the Deep South. It is covered with Pampers and inhabited by Grouchos, who dance the Tangle. They used to have some islands called the Malvinas located where the Falklands are now. They're not supposed to cry for Evita... ’s President Alberto Fernandez announced a new cabinet on Friday in a bid to smother a political crisis that pitted him bitterly against his vice president this week after an electoral defeat in legislative primaries.
The reshuffle came one day after Vice President Cristina Kirchner wrote Fernandez to demand one, deepening the crisis gripping the ruling coalition after their poor showing in the weekend primaries. Ol' Spackleface is still around..
Juan Manzur, governor of Tucuman province, will take over as chief of staff from Santiago Cafiero, one of Kirchner’s most controversial officials, the presidency announced.
Cafiero instead became foreign minister, replacing Felipe Sola, who is in Mexico.
The new ministers joining the cabinet, who will be sworn in on Monday, are Anibal Fernandez (Security), Julian Dominguez (Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries), Juan Perzyck (Education) and Daniel Filmus (Science and Technology).
Juan Ross was also appointed as the new Secretary of Communication and Press, replacing Juan Pablo Biondi, whom the vice president had openly rejected and accused of organizing "off-the-record operations."
The government of Fernandez and Kirchner, herself a former president, has been going through its most acute crisis yet this week after the weekend’s legislative primary elections, in which the ruling Frente de Todos coalition won only 31 percent of the votes at the national level.
These results put the ruling party’s majority in the Senate at risk for the parliamentary by-elections on November 14, as well as any majority in the Chamber of Deputies, with two years of the Fernandez-Kirchner mandate still to run.
In Kabardino-Balkaria, by 15:00 on September 18, over 50% of voters had voted. The total number of those who took part in the elections to the State Duma of the eighth convocation was, according to the Central Election Commission, 273,206 people.
As a reminder, the previous voting day ended in Kabardino-Balkaria with a turnout of 35.21 percent. The number of voters who came to the ballot boxes to fulfill their civic duty was 189,679 people.
As reported by IA REGNUM , among those who voted on the second day of elections in the republic was the head of Kabardino-Balkaria Kazbek Kokov . He and his family came to polling station No. 123, located in the building of gymnasium No. 1 in the city of Nalchik.
More than half of the voters took part in the voting, the Election Commission of Kabardino-Balkaria reported. At the same time, observers in Nalchik indicated a low turnout at their polling stations.
As "Caucasian Knot" wrote, the head of Yabloko's registrar in Kabardino-Balkaria, who personally visited several polling stations in Nalchik on September 17, concluded that the turnout was low. At three polling stations visited by the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent in the middle of the day, from one to 12 people voted per hour.
From 17 to 19 September in Kabardino-Balkaria, elections of deputies of the State Duma and deputies of representative bodies of local self-government are being held, including the elections of the Council of Local Self-Government of Nalchik, according to the statement of the "Caucasian Knot"
"Residents of Nalchik are not interested in city elections and do not know their deputies, since they do not consider the local council an independent authority," the head of the regional branch of Yabloko and the general director of the republican public organization People's Control said earlier.
Today, on the second day of voting, observers of all three polling stations visited by the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent noted a low voter turnout. So, by 1000 hrs at polling station No. 131, according to observers, only 21 people voted. There were three observers at the polling station - one from the Communist Party and two from the Public Chamber. At the entrance, voters were given masks, gloves, and their hands were disinfected.
At polling station No. 120, located in the Palace of Trade Unions in Nalchik, at about 12:00 there were only a few voters. An observer from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Aleksey Aliferenko, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent that in the morning he counted 60 voters. At the same time, according to him, on September 17, from morning to 11:00, more than 1,200 people voted.
"The members of the precinct commission worked without raising their heads," Aliferenko said. He pointed out that the voters were mainly people in the form of law enforcement officers, since the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Nalchik and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic are located nearby, as well as a number of other state institutions.
The observer from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation noted that he had not noticed any violations yet. He drew attention to the fact that the hole in the ballot box is so narrow that it is impossible to carry out the stuffing unnoticed.
"Even the three ballots that are given to the voter are hardly slipped through," he explained.
At the polling station No. 119, located in the building of the "Olympic" swimming pool, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent found the only voter. A member of the electoral commission pointed to a low turnout.
"Perhaps this is because today is a day off, and people go to the fair in the morning, and only then they will come to vote," he suggested.
The head of the regional branch of the Yabloko party, Khakim Kuchmezov, also stated that the turnout is still low.
"I have people at two polling stations. They tell me about a low turnout. According to my people, in the morning the turnout averaged 20 people per hour at each polling station. 380 people voted in two days. Our peoples are indifferent even to their own fate. Who is stopping them from going and voting?" the leader of the local Yabloko told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.
However, according to the election commission of Kabardino-Balkaria, 273,206 people had already voted by 1500 hrs, which is 50.71 percent of the total number of voters, RIA Novosti reported. This is a very high figure in comparison with other regions. In general, in Russia at 1500 hrs Moscow time, the turnout was 25.64 percent, and the maximum figure recorded in Karachay-Cherkessia was 52.85 percent, TASS reported.
The leader of the local branch of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Bezgodko told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent that the regional branch was unable to ensure observation of the elections, but the party has members of precinct election commissions and members of territorial election commissions who will be present at the vote count.
"In addition, we drive through the sections and look," Bezgodko said.
The leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation in the republic, Boris Pashtov pointed out that today the site of "Gosuslugi", through which he personally observes the voting process, began to freeze, unable to withstand the load. In addition, the electricity was cut for half an hour.
No information has been received today about any violations, Pashtov said.
"Yesterday (September 17. - Note of the "Caucasian Knot") there was an invasion of state employees at the polling stations," Pashtov told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.
In the Krasnodar Territory, 43.2 percent of voters voted in the elections to the State Duma on September 17 and 18, the press service of the regional administration reported.
"[A total of] 1,859,616 people cast their votes. There are 88 federal and municipal election campaigns in the region. According to the Kuban election commission, the total activity as of 2000 hrs on September 18 was 43.2 percent," the press service said.
As reported by IA REGNUM , in addition to elections to the State Duma, members of the Council of the Federal Territory "Sirius" of the first convocation, deputies of representative bodies in 23 municipalities and heads of 63 urban and rural settlements are elected in the region.
For three days, September 17-19, more than 2,800 polling stations operate in the region. The counting of votes will begin after the closure of the polling stations at 2000 hrs on September 19.
As of 2000 hrs on September 18, on the second day of the three-day voting, the turnout of voters in Karelia at the elections of deputies to the State Duma of Russia and the Legislative Assembly of the republic amounted to 115,866 people.
Thus, 22.77 percent of all registered voters of Karelia voted. The total number of voters in the region is about 510,000 people.
In Karelia, on September 17-19, elections are held to the State Duma and the Legislative Assembly of the republic, as well as to municipal authorities, including elections to the Petrozavodsk City Council.
Polling stations will reopen on 19 September from 8:00 to 20:00.
In the Voronezh region, 35.17 percent voted in the elections of deputies to the State Duma on September 17 and 18, the regional election commission reported.
The turnout in Voronezh was traditionally less - in two days only 19.29percent of residents came to the polling stations. At the same time, 15.86percent of the total number of voters voted in the repeat elections to the Voronezh Regional Duma (in single-mandate constituency No. 12).
As specified in the election commission, 72.55 percent of all those who wrote such a statement voted through the voting mechanism at the location of the "Mobile Voter".
As reported by IA REGNUM , voting in the elections in September 2021 is held for three days - September 17, 18 and 19, polling stations are open from 0800 to 2000 hrs.
More than 500,000 Crimean voters took part in the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation following the results of the second day of voting. This was announced in social networks by the chairman of the State Council of Crimea, Vladimir Konstantinov on the evening of September 18.
"More than half a million Crimeans came to polling stations in two days of voting in the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation of the VIII convocation." According to preliminary data, the turnout in Crimea was about 35 percent,” said Konstantinov.
As reported by IA REGNUM , the residents of Crimea on September 17, 18 and 19 elect deputies of the State Duma, and also vote in three by-elections. There are 1,170 polling stations in the region. More than 1.4 million people are on the voter lists.
At 2000 hrs on September 18, on the second day of the three-day voting, the turnout of voters in the Pskov region in the elections to the State Duma of Russia of the VIII convocation was 28.18 percent of the total number of voters included in the voting lists. This was reported in the regional election commission.
At the elections of deputies of the Pskov Regional Assembly of Deputies of the VII convocation, the turnout for 20 hours was 27.25 percent. At the elections for the head of the Kuninsky district, the turnout at the same hour was 39.08 percent of the voters, in the elections for the head of the Novosokolniki district - 29.18 percent of the voters.
In the Pskov region on September 17-19, 2021, elections of deputies of the VIII convocation of the State Duma, elections of deputies of the Pskov Regional Assembly of Deputies of the VII convocation, as well as elections of local councils in five municipalities are held. In two districts, heads of districts are elected.
As the "Caucasian Knot" wrote , the head of "Fair Russia" Sergei Mironov demanded to invalidate the results of voting at polling station No. 838 in Volgograd, where an observer on September 17 filmed the moment of ballot stuffing.
The Territorial Election Commission for the Sovetsky District of Volgograd promptly conducted an inspection and did not confirm the information about the violation, TEC chairman Yelena Demushkina told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.
"On the first day of voting, September 17, members of precinct election commission No. 838 exercised their constitutional right and voted in the elections of deputies to the State Duma. Accordingly, the video captures the moment of voting of the chairman and deputy chairman of the precinct election commission, whose places of residence are located within the boundaries of this polling station ( For voting in elections of deputies of the State Duma, voters receive two ballots each - for voting in the federal and single-mandate constituencies.) This fact is confirmed by PEC members and observers from two political parties who were present at the polling station at that time. there are ", - said Demushkina.
On the site of "Fair Russia", as of 00.10 Moscow time on September 19, there are no comments on the results of the check.
[Breitbart] U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Samantha Power agreed to speak at a gala later this month hosted by a think tank that listed a military-linked Chinese firm sanctioned by the American government as a sponsor until this week.
The event’s organizer — Inter-American Dialogue — claimed it cut ties with China Telecom Wednesday after first learning its status as an entity blacklisted by the Treasury Department when Politico inquired about its relationship with the state-run firm.
Moreover, an unnamed USAID spokesperson asserted that Power was unaware that the military-linked company owned by China’s ruling communist party was sponsoring the event when she agreed to attend, the news outlet reported Thursday.
“We were not aware of this sponsorship when the Administrator agreed to speak at the event and understand that this organization is no longer a part of the event,” the spokesperson told Politico.
US @SecBlinken tweeted—then deleted—support for people of Hong Kong as the territory is about to vote on the rigged Election Committees. It is the first election since Beijing changed the electoral rules so that only pro-China candidates can run & govern. https://t.co/ZVRTZSoJGO
Re: #1, I recently RMA'd a new but dead motherboard and got it back still dead with a note that they couldn't fix it because of "parts shortage." I seriously doubt they'd still consider fixing it for free after the "parts shortage" ends if the warranty clock has run out.
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Product shortages and increasingly absent mainstream product lines for extended periods at WallyWorld expanding. I suspect a mix of shut down manufacturing and atrophied delivery system capacity. Entropy of vastly complex interconnected economies do not function like an electric switch, and repeated on/off manipulations by DC cause capital/investment decisions that devastate efficiencies imprinted over the years as parts go permanently absent. We are governed by very ignorant ideologues and clueless socialists. It ain't getting better anytime soon my friends!
[NYPOST] A classroom at a Los Angeles public high school was decorated with hateful posters reading "F—k the Police" and "F—k Amerikkka" — as well as a Black Lives Matter flag, photos show.
The vicious, anti-American posters, shared on social media, adorned a history classroom at Alexander Hamilton High School.
One picture shows a poster declaring "F—k America, This is Native Land" and another taking aim at law enforcement officials.
"Policing is a violent mostly peaceful, anti-black settler institution that originated as slave patrols," the poster reads.
"Their primary mandate is to protect property and to militarily enforce white supremacist capitalism. They are doing their jobs as they are trained and paid to do. You can’t fix what isn’t broken. That’s why we fight for police and prison abolition. F—k the Police."
Another image shows a classroom blackboard covered with the Paleostinian flag, as well as pride and transgender banners alongside another supporting Black Lives Matter. A US flag, meanwhile, appeared to be draped over a piece of furniture in a corner.
The divisive ...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled... display was shared Tuesday on Twitter by Parents Defending Education, which describes itself on its website as "a national grassroots organization" fighting "indoctrination in the classroom."
However, we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by... the group’s president and founder, Nicole Neily, describes herself as a "think tank executive" on her LinkedIn profile and has worked in senior positions for conservative groups including the Independent Women’s Forum and Cato Institute, according to the group’s website.
Still, the spiteful rhetoric highlighted by the group had many on social media questioning if the posters could be regarded as "hate speech."
Another critic suggested the display looked like a lesson on the "history of art as political propaganda."
[BBC] Philippine boxing star Manny Pacquiao says he is to run for president in next year's election.
He was nominated as a candidate by a faction of the ruling party, PDP-Laban.
On top of a glittering career as a fighter, Mr Pacquiao, 42, is a senator in the Philippines' parliament.
Incumbent Rodrigo Duterte is barred from another term but has been picked by a rival party faction to run for vice-president, a move critics say is an attempt to cling to power.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to stand as vice-president
He was selected to run alongside a close ally, Christopher "Bong" Go, but Mr Go says he does not want to succeed Mr Duterte.
While his party says it wants Mr Go to reconsider his decision, his rejection of the nomination has led to suggestions that President Duterte's daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio could join him on the ticket.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.