Activists Turn Empty Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars into Black Lives Matter Memorials
Names like Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Oscar Grant, and Eric Garner were placed on Hollywood stars where a celebrity’s name would normally appear.
The group’s prank has been immortalized online in a video posted to Vimeo titled “#BlackLivesMatter: Hollywood.”
The blog continues:
Indecline wanted to basically say that the few men and women featured in this piece, along with the overarching issue that binds them together, are more important than any of the names embedded in a star on the Hollywood Boulevard. Police Brutality and blatant disregard for human rights on behalf of rogue officers of the law are among some of the serious issues at present and they thought this would be a way to engage the public in this conversation. The hustle and bustle of Hollywood Boulevard at night is surely something to see, but these guys I’m sure have stories to tell on what went down as this was getting done.
The plates used for the names and logos were manufactured and they used an industrial strength epoxy to secure them to the stars. This shit went down last Saturday night all while ducking the cops and cameras that riddle the boulevard.
As for Indecline, they “haven’t discussed a plan in regards to returning for more, but are currently in the pre-production phases on something much more elaborate pertaining to Donald Trump,” a spokesperson for the group said according to Sputnik News.
Indecline creators MacPherson and Tanner made millions after they sold the rights to their Bum Fights video series. The two most recently claimed to be the creators of the world’s largest piece of illegal graffiti. The group sales “F–k Trump T-shirts, belts, and, masks among other pro-anarchy merchandise.
America the land of the good, the bad, and some are ugly
By Marty Carlson
Having this week off from the preliminary hearing of Frank Carson and others has given me a little time to sit back and think and observe the many people that seem to come out of the woodwork in these type of high profile cases. Here’s just a few thoughts and experiences that has occurred recently in dealing with the many people who are interested in this case, and it is obvious that there is no other resource available to gain information especially on a daily basis of this hearing. And based on the massive number of hits on my site there is large numbers looking to be informed. The local newspaper has decided to ignore their 3rd largest story of 2015.
I am working to make the information available to anyone interested, and as I said have said in the past I have no horse in this race. I have never seen or met Frank Carson prior to me going to court, nor any of the other defendants in this case. What my thoughts are based on today is the variety of people that want to be informed, and also some of the people that want to insert themselves into these type public cases or issues and try to make it about them.
That brings us to his girlfriend who admitted on the stand in this hearing that they were selling stolen antiques from the Carson property. And herself is also pending charges, and her also has not had her case adjudicated for a couple of years. There was another person that was involved in a transportation and selling of those antiques and they even had the address, her car, her license plate information, and where all the antiques were being taken to be sold up in the foothills.
Then there was the career criminal, who injected himself into this case writing a letter from jail just before getting released, he wrote a letter to his old friend that he had known for years that was the DA investigator and involved himself in this case. There’s only one type of person that does that and that is someone who is a career criminal, a professional snitch, and is trying to work for future considerations knowing full well what is ahead of him. This gentleman during cross-examination, on the witness stand, told several attorneys to “fuck off”. He readily admitted that he was a career criminal, and he earned a living by going out and what he referred to as “harvesting”, meaning that he was stealing other people’s marijuana plants in order to sell. He was having a good time on the stand disrespecting the court, disrespecting all the attorneys in the court, and in my opinion showing that he didn’t have to play by anybody’s rules but his own.
The same gentleman who was on an ankle bracelet at the time is his testimony, and he will be called again for more testimony maybe, had been absconding from probation and stating to the DA investigators via text and emails, that he was now in fear for his life because of his testimony, and remember he injected himself into this case. They were unable to locate him for some time, and it also picked up another case involving drug possession, and was not found until he was involved in a barricaded situation in a house with a SWAT team was about to be called but he came out at the last minute.
There were other issues involved with officer testimony, one particular officer felt the need to get advice from an attorney prior to his testimony about the investigation that he conducted in this homicide. Remember that the next time an officer tells you don’t need an attorney if you didn’t do anything wrong. Apparently he is going to testify some more in the very near future, and there are some issues from previous employment and legal problems that have been brought out in court in discovery has been provided to the defense.
One of the things to I wanted to bring up was some of the witnesses in this case have been reading this blog and feeling the need to come on here and talk to trash. I am the
The other thing I wanted to bring up was the nut jobs that seem to come out of the woodwork and want the attention to be on them. Two in particular, one being what I think is a very close friend of the career criminal that barricaded himself in a house. She tried to tell me how fucked up I was in this poor guy was just a victim of the justice system. A court case index of this gentleman shows otherwise, and trust me this gentleman has never been a victim in his whole life in fact is one of the wolves not a sheep. I also find it interesting that this is nut job claims to be a nurse that works in the prison system, if she said affectionate towards the bad boys imagine the assistance that they are receiving while incarcerated. I have no facts I have no information other than the fact that the Department of Corrections is making daily visits in large numbers on Dawgs Blog. In addition, from her home.
There is also been another individual who I have referred to as the copsucker who felt the need to rant and rave on one of the posts and tell me that she had an obligation to inform everyone that we were not unbiased. To be honest I don’t give a fuck what she thinks. She went on long rants about AJ Pontillo who has nothing to do with this case other than the fact that Frank Carson was his attorney in his case. And she has a long history of being overly concerned about AJ’s business, and if you do a search on my site for the copsucker you will find FBI reports of her being the snitch that began the investigation into AJ’s legal issues. Initially I listened to her rant and rave and I told her if she has something that she wants to report on this blog she is welcome to come to court and do a report on the daily proceedings.
This person then again began ranting and raving about who I knew back in 2013 stating that she had screenshots, documentation, and all sorts of other kind of ridiculous information proving that I was friends with AJ, his girlfriend, Warren Yates, Tom Jensen prior to me going to court in the current preliminary hearing. Trying to rationalize with her I very quickly realized it could not happen and it all became very familiar with conversations I’ve had in the past with the copsucker. Even if she did have information that proved I was friends with all these people prior to me going to court I still say, so what? What the fuck does she have that means anything other the fact she’s a nosy intrusive person.
Just for the record again I will say it I first met AJ Pontillo shortly after his acquittal when I interviewed him for my blog, and 2013 my blog was not in existence, I never knew Tom Jensen Warren Yates until I went to court to start observing for myself. We decided to start putting our reports on Dawgs Blog and the backstorynew’s as there was no consistent press coverage by any media in Modesto, and the coverage that did happen was spoon fed by the DA. I do have examples to back up my claim.
There have been other contacts by many people sending me information, just wanting to talk about their situation, and I think at times just to vent a little bit. The tweakers still have occasional contact with me on this blog, on my personal Facebook page, and Dawgs Blog Facebook page. And to be honest I welcome any information that anybody has, and willing to help anyway I can that people that may need it.
Just a few notes and some thoughts as I have said all along I welcome any opinion whether you agree or not, you can have your say without trash talk. If you choose to trash talk me or anybody else on this site you will be banned, I don’t care if you swear, or use bad language or grammar you can have your say.
As a reminder to everybody that court will continue Monday, April 4 at 10 AM and hopefully will learn by then the status of Jesse Garcia and his injury and to the extent it going to affect this hearing.
STANISLAUS COUNTY SUPERVISORS SHOULD STEP IN AND STOP THIS
By Tom Jenson
During the break that we are currently on in this trial, I have had a chance to do a lot of thinking. I wonder how such a miscarriage of justice can be allowed to occur. The criminal justice system in Stanislaus County appears to be at times used as a tool to destroy people who are disliked by elected officials or people of power in our community.
The first time I became aware of this was during the trial of our former mayor Carmen Sabatino. I attended every day of testimony during this trial. The election of Carmen Sabatino came as a great shock to many people who had controlled Modesto over the years. As soon as he was elected, a concerted effort was made to find a way to get him out of office.
It appears to me that a local real estate baron, and his land use attorney were the main players in this effort. Someone contacted a Sonora attorney by the name of Roger Brown, and made allegations against Mayor Sabatino. Eventually, 12 felony charges were levied against Carmen Sabatino. None of the charges were based in fact, but Carmen was put through the trial of his life.
During the trial, the main witness against Mr. Sabatino, Patrick McGrath, decided to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, and refused to testify. It made no difference that the charges levied against Carmen Sabatino were based on Patrick McGrath’s lies, and Carmen had to endure a lengthy trial. Patrick McGrath eventually lost his license to practice law because of a Ponzi scheme that he used to steal money from others.
My next experience of this type of political prosecution was with the AJ Pontillo Bail Bonds case. AJ Pontillo had become very unpopular with law enforcement in our community, and they tried to take him out by charging him with kidnapping and other charges. These charges were totally without merit. In the end, AJ was found totally innocent of all charges. During the trial, AJ’s wife died while being pregnant. Many people feel that her death was caused by the stress of the situation. Frank Carson defended AJ Pontillo during this trial.
My third experience of this type of political prosecution was with the trial of Frank Drummond, who was teaching police science at Modesto Junior College. Mr. Drummond had exposed misconduct by local police officers who were involved with teaching at Modesto Junior College. Frank Drummond was charged with sexual crimes against a minor. These charges were totally baseless in fact, and he was not convicted. Mr. Drummond was able to get his teaching position back after the trial, and is in the process of getting back pay for what he lost. Frank Carson defended Frank Drummond during this trial.
The burden of proof is very low during a preliminary trial. I hope that Judge Zuniga
It is time for the Board of Supervisors to do the right thing and stop these political prosecutions from happening ever again. By allowing this type of injustice to occur in Stanislaus County, they have become part of the injustice. Our tax dollars are being wasted trying to destroy people who have become unpopular with powerful individuals in our community. We need to root out the corruption that exists within our local law enforcement, and allow the vast majority of good officials to do their job.
Sincerely; William Thomas Jensen (Tom)
President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 61 drug offenders on Wednesday including more than a third serving life sentences, working to give new energy to calls for overhauling the U.S. criminal justice system.
All of the inmates are serving time for drug possession, intent to sell or related crimes. Most are nonviolent offenders, although a few were also charged with firearms violations. Obama’s commutation shortens their sentences, with most of the inmates set to be released on July 28.
Obama, in a letter to the inmates receiving commutations, said the presidential power to grand commutations and pardons “embodies the basic belief in our democracy that people deserve a second chance after having made a mistake in their lives that led to a conviction under our laws.”
One of the inmates, Jesse Webster of Chicago, is serving a life term for intent to sell cocaine and filing false tax returns. Another, Byron McDade of Bowie, Maryland, got 27 years for cocaine-related charges as well. In both cases, judges in the cases later said publicly it was too harsh, though sentencing guidelines often prevent judges from being more lenient. Webster and McDade will both be released later this year.
Most are nonviolent offenders, although a few also faced firearms charges. Nabar Criam of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced to 15 years for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, but received an additional charge for having a gun on hand during a drug trafficking crime.
The latest tranche of commutations brings to 248 the total number of inmates whose sentences Obama has commuted — more than the past six presidents combined, the White House said. The pace of commutations and the rarer use of pardons are expected to increase as the end of Obama’s presidency nears.
“Throughout the remainder of his time in office, the president is committed to continuing to issue more grants of clemency as well as to strengthening rehabilitation programs,” said Neil Eggleston, the White House counsel, in a blog post.
He added that clemency is a tool of last resort that can help specific people, but doesn’t address the broader need for a “more fair and just” system and “fix decades of overly punitive sentencing policies.”
In a bid to call further attention to the issue, Obama met for lunch Wednesday with people whose sentences were previously commuted to hear about the challenges of re-entering society. One of the former inmates, Kemba Smith, was seven months pregnant when she turned herself in on crack cocaine charges, and she served more than 6 years before former President Bill Clinton granted clemency in 2000. She went on to study social work and become an advocate, the White House said.
Though there’s wide bipartisan support for a criminal justice overhaul, what had looked like a promising legislative opportunity in Obama’s final year has recently lost steam. As with Obama’s other priorities, the din of the chaotic presidential campaign has increasingly made cooperation among Republicans and Democrats in Congress this year a non-starter.
Last month, a group of Senate Republicans declared their opposition to the legislation Obama and some conservatives had been pushing, dealing a major blow to prospects of getting it done this year. A key Senate committee had already approved the bipartisan bill, which would let judges hand out lesser sentences more lenient than the federal mandatory minimums and eliminate mandatory life sentences for drug offenders caught three times. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has said the overhaul is doable but doesn’t have to get done in 2016.
Obama has long called for getting rid of strict sentences for drug offenses, arguing they lead to excessive punishment and sky-high incarceration rates. With Obama’s support, the Justice Department in recent years has directed prosecutors to rein in the use of harsh mandatory minimums.
The Obama administration has also expanded criteria for inmates applying for clemency, targeting nonviolent offenders who have behaved well in prison and would have received shorter sentences if convicted of the same crime a few years later. Civil liberties groups hailed that move but have since raised concerns that too few are actually receiving clemency under the policy.
Dad charged with murder after man he caught in daughter’s bedroom dies
A man has been charged with murder after he allegedly broke an intruder’s neck as he tried to make a citizen’s arrest.
Ben Batterham, 33, has been charged with the murder of Richard James Slater, a would-be burglar who he found rummaging through his young daughter’s bedroom.
Richard James Slater
According to police, Slater, 34, broke into Batterham’s house on Cleary Street in Newcastle, Australia, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Batterham and a friend got into a scuffle with Slater, in an attempt to detain him.
Police were called to the scene, but by the time they arrived Slater had lost consciousness.
In a critical condition, he was taken to the nearby John Hunter Hospital.
Batterham, who had to be treated for facial injuries, was initially charged with recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm.
At 11.30am the following day, Slater’s life support was switched off and Batterham’s charge was changed to murder.
He was refused bail and is expected to appear in court this week.
Slater, who was released from jail in December, had previous convictions for aggravated break and enter.
Slater’s family say they are seeking justice for his death, claiming the 34-year-old father-of-three was ‘murdered in cold blood’.
His mum, Beryl Dickson, told Seven News: ‘I want my baby’s killer found and brought to justice.
‘He was my eldest baby and now I got to bury him for a reason I don’t know.’
Slater’s mum said he had been on the straight and narrow since leaving prison.
Amazing how families can justify anything
Patty Duke show 1965
Patty Duke, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance as Helen Keller inThe Miracle Worker and starred as two cousins on her own sitcom, died Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 69.
“This morning, our beloved wife, mother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian and champion of mental health, Anna Patty Duke, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place,” read a family statement. “We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life.”
Her husband, Michael Pearce, told The New York Times that she died at a hospital near her home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from complications of a ruptured intestine that she had suffered Thursday.
Duke received her Oscar in 1963 at age 16, then the youngest ever to win in a competitive category. She also collected three Emmy Awards among 10 nominations during her career.
Also at 16, Duke became the youngest at that time to have a TV series bearing her name. The Patty Duke Show ran for three seasons on ABC, and she was nominated for an Emmy in 1964.
The series was based on a Sidney Sheldon pilot about two identical-looking cousins, one American (Patty Lane) and one English (Cathy Lane). Duke played both parts: the perky one and the studious one. William Schallert (whose character had an identical twin to make the whole plot work) and Jean Byron were the heads of the Brooklyn Heights household.
As the theme song said, the kids were “one pair of matching bookends, different as night and day.”
Duke’s film career was sporadic, peaking with her first major production, The Miracle Worker(1962), and reaching the most attention with Valley of the Dolls (1967) where, countering her squeaky-clean image, she played a pill-popping alcoholic.
Her other films included Happy Anniversary (1959), By Design (1981), Willy/Milly (1986), The Hitch-Hikers (1989), Prelude to a Kiss (1992), Bigger Than the Sky (2005) and Amazing Love (2012), appearing opposite her son, Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings and Rudy fame.
In addition to her husband and Sean, survivors include another son, Mackenzie Astin (Andy on the 1980s sitcom The Facts of Life and a broadcast journalist on Scandal).
Duke was married from 1972 to 1985 to Addams Family star John Astin. He adopted Sean, and he and Patty had Mackenzie together.
Anna Marie Duke was born Dec. 14, 1946, and raised in Elmhurst, N.Y. She made her first television appearance in 1955 in an episode of The Brighter Day and played the title role in the movie The Goddess (1958) as a younger version of Kim Stanley’s character.
Her manager, John Ross, primed her for the Broadway version of The Miracle Worker, which was based on Keller’s 1903 autobiography The Story of My Life. Duke intensively trained her to do things without sight and practiced with a blindfold for roughly a year. The regimen paid off: She was tapped by producer Fred Coe to play Keller, starring opposite Anne Bancroft as teacher Annie Sullivan, in the production directed by Arthur Penn that opened in October 1959.
Duke won praise from critics for her performance as the deaf-blind-mute girl. At 13, her name was raised above the title of the play, believed to be the first to be done so at such an early age, and she won the Theater World Award for most promising newcomer.
She starred in another Broadway play, 1962’s Isle of Children, where she played a dying girl. It was not a success, and Duke segued to the United Artists version of The Miracle Worker, with Penn and Bancroft also making the move to the big screen. Bancroft won the Oscar for best actress.
After she accepted her Oscar from presenter George Chakiris, her acceptance speech consisted of two words: “Thank you.”
In 1980, she won an Emmy for playing Sullivan (Melissa Gilbert portrayed Keller) in an NBC adaptation of The Miracle Worker.
In 1985, Duke starred as the first female president of the U.S in the short-lived Susan Harris sitcom Hail to the Chief and began a three-year stint as president of the Screen Actors Guild.
She also played a drug-addled mother who became a minister in the 1995 series Amazing Grace.
Duke penned an emotional 1989 autobiography, Call Me Anna, in which she revealed that she had suffered for years with manic depression, careening between extreme euphoria and debilitating depression and prone to delusions, panic attacks and thoughts of suicide.
Report of 15 Men With Guns Detained at Deep Creek
Listen to the police radio traffic here:
At 9:20 a.m. on Sunday morning multiple agencies including the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies from the Victor Valley Station responded the report of suspicious circumstances at Deep Creek hot springs area.
Per scanner traffic, the reporting party told dispatchers that there were fifteen or more possibly armed men of middle eastern descent that camped out at the location chanting loudly through the night in what was believed to be their native language. Some of the men, believed to be in their 20’s went to a secluded area to shoot at around 3:00 a.m. Witnesses said that the shots fired sounded louder than that of handguns.
According to the victim/witness, there were two groups of men, about 15 per group, armed with heavy weapons, who began shouting “Allah u Akbar” and started firing. The firing allegedly lasted upwards of TWO HOURS before police were able to find callers in the vast California parkland.
The Sheriff’s helicopter was the first on scene and they reported that when the men saw them they grabbed their things and began hiking toward the Bowen Ranch parking lot. The helicopter followed as deputies were en route to the location. The deputies arrived at the Bowen Ranch parking lot and waited for the men to approach.
The men continued to hike for around 20 minutes with backpacks and other bulky items. During the hike, the men reportedly huddled up in possible discussion and at one point split up into two groups.
When deputies approached the men all complied and were patted down. After all were patted down and cuffed, deputies requested an area search since they believed they could have ditched weapons while hiking the trails. Deputies searched for over an hour and did not locate any weapons left behind.
It is unclear if any weapons were located in the possession of the suspects. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Spokeswoman, Olivia Bozek said, “The deputies detained the subjects and from what I was told they are going to be transported to the High Desert Detention Center. I do not know what charges they are going to be booked for.”
I wonder if anyone has figured out we are under attack
A Minnesota company is making national headlines for a gun that’s not even on the market yet.
The start-up Monticello company, called Ideal Conceal, is getting a lot of attention for its double-barrel .380-caliber handgun. The reason why? The gun is designed to look just like a cell phone.
CEO Kirk Kjellberg said he got the idea for the gun at a restaurant, after getting his permit to carry — and quickly realizing he’d like to be more concealed.
“I walked towards the restroom and a little child, a boy about 7, saw me and said, ‘Mommy, mommy, that guy’s gotta gun,'” he said. “The whole restaurant of course turns and stares at you and I thought, ‘There’s just gotta be something better to do than this.'”
The gun, as advertised on his website, is designed to look just like a smartphone — “so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment.”
Kjellberg said the prototype will be done in June and will likely be manufactured in October. So far, he said he’s had plenty of interest — more than 4,000 requests, he claims, including from law enforcement.
The gun will be sold for $395.
Ideal Conceal’s gun looks just like a smartphone
Since marketing for the gun began, Kjellberg admits he’s seen a range of feedback, including concerns raised about those who might be carrying a weapon indistinguishable from a cell phone.
He said his product is for those who want to carry a gun, when they need to “and not have to engage other people about why they’re carrying that gun.”
He said the fact that there are several ways in which those with permits to carry are currently able to conceal their weapons, makes his product no more of a safety concern than other guns.
“We don’t want anything sinister to go on with it either,” he said, “it’s just made for mainstream America, not criminal enterprise.”
I WANT ONE HOW ABOUT YOU?