#VASURGE

This is a petition created by Montel Williams concerning the horrific failures of the VA. Please consider signing this petition.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/vasurge-mr-president-please-order-surge-va-today-and-consider-ken-fisher-va-secretary/zhWZjcMD

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

#VASURGE Mr. President, Please Order a Surge for the VA TODAY and consider Ken Fisher for VA Secretary

As the problems at the VA mount by the day, what is clear is that we have no idea what full scope of the problem is much less how to fix it. We cannot wait for a gridlocked Congress. Mr. President, we need a Surge for the VA Today. Let this be part of your legacy.

• Declare a public health emergency pursuant to PL 109-364

• Order Secretaries of VA, Defense, HHS to present a plan within 10 days to Surge and clear the backlog within 90 days. USE THE SURGE TO DEFINE A BASELINE of what it takes to meet our 14 day commitment.

• Order all active duty hospitals, clinics, other Federal facilities open to Veterans.

Please also consider Kenneth Fisher of the Fisher House for VA Secretary. He is the right man at the right time.

Sir, we need our Commander-in-Chief.

Read more at bit.ly/vasurge

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Santa Barbara mass shootings preventable?

I’m not going to use the name of the 22-year-old Santa Barbara mass murderer that killed 6 people in a homicidal rampage before he shot and killed himself. This killer was in desperate need of attention and  even made youtube videos announcing his deviant plans. I think the media circulating the face and name of these shitheads inspires others to commit acts so they can achieve the attention they crave and go out “with a bang.”

Moreover, as always after a mass shooting happens fellow bloggers, people on social media, and the news media all wring their hands wondering how a mass shooting like this can be prevented in the future. We toss around ideas like gun control, and improving our mental health system, however we always fail to see any action by politicians to implement some kind of change.

Additionally, the same tired old debates usually break out with one side dramatically claiming that the government is infringing on their gun rights. It’s all like a bad horror movie that keeps repeating every time a tragedy like this occurs.

Let’s take a look at the facts of this case. The mass murderer posted videos on youtube where he bluntly described his devious plans to kill people. His parents became alarmed, and alerted law enforcement. The police showed up for a welfare check, but legally they were unable do anything else beyond that.

Furthermore, unbeknownst to police, this 22-year-old had an arsenal of firearms inside his apartment. However, legal experts say he was of age to purchase them, had no criminal record, and even if police did spot them, there is nothing they could have done. Their hands were tied.

People on TV are throwing around blanket solutions like “gun control” and improving our mental health system. The fact of the matter is, we need an “all of the above” solution. We need to improve the relationship between mental health professionals, law enforcement, and strengthen our gun laws in a common sense way. Note to all gun rights fanatics: I’m not saying all guns should be banned. I’m not even delving into the debate on what sort of guns should be legal or illegal. So read carefully…

Why can’t we start with putting together standards allowing law enforcement to check someone into a mental institution for evaluation if they’re going around publicly announcing their plans to commit mass murder? Why can’t those deranged individuals be flagged in a database made available to gun sellers so they cannot legally be allowed to purchase firearms?

Equally important, If people announce plans to murder people, why can’t law enforcement legally search their residence and confiscate any firearms? All of that sounds reasonable, and the government wouldn’t be infringing on the rights of the single woman who legally obtained a firearm to protect herself at night, or the hunter who owns rifles to go deer hunting.

There is a problem in this country when people can go on youtube and announce their intentions to “slay” and “annihilate” people on a “day of retribution” and nothing is done to prevent it… Even after law enforcement is made aware of it.

We’ve also got to stop the often uninformed and ignorant discussions surrounding these tragedies. For example,”Joe the Plumber,” a plumber in the state of Ohio, that turned into a Tea Party darling during the 2008 presidential election by confronting Barack Obama about his politics is weighing in on the Santa Barbara shootings.

The plumber penned an “open letter” to the families of the victims. In that letter Joe the Plumber states that “As harsh as this sounds — your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights…”  

Here’s the harsh truth you fail to comprehend Joe. It’s not about you. Most reasonable people recognize your right to purchase a gun, unless you have publicly made retribution plans that include “slaying” people like this murderer did, nobody is considering taking your gun rights away. Before spouting off ignorant and distasteful “open letters” to families days after their loved one is gunned down, show some tact.

As for our politicians… Are you going to listen to the ignorant rants of a plumber in Ohio, or a man that lost his son to gun violence at the hands a mentally deranged man who posted videos on youtube announcing his plans in advance?

 

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Murderer Joran Vandersloot to be a father

061511_vandersloot_ap100604132355110615180621Joran Vandersloot is a 26-year-old Dutchman, murderer of 21-year-old Peruvian woman Stephanie Florez, and suspected murderer of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway. Now he is expecting a child, despite the fact that he is locked up in a Peruvian prison serving a 28 year sentence. Not only is he expecting a son, he is going to marry the woman bearing his child.

The woman is Leydi Carol Figueroa Uceda, a 23-year-old that struck up a relationship with Vandersloot while visiting a relative in prison. While the U.S. doesn’t allow inmates to have visitors inside their cell, Peru allows it.

Many question why a woman would want to have a baby or even a relationship with a man suspected of murdering 2 women. Others claim the marriage is a ploy by Vandersloot so that he can attempt to use it as a way to avoid being extradited to the United States when he is released in 2038.

A federal grand jury in Alabama indicted Vandersloot for trying to extort $250,000 from Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee Holloway. Vandersloot was the last person to see the Alabama teen alive when she visited the island of Aruba on vacation. In a demented scheme to make money Vandersloot promised to lead Beth Holloway to Natalee’s body, but it turned out to be a wild goose chase.

His bride-to-be is 5 months pregnant. According to Vandersloots lawyer, the murderer will be allowed to meet with the baby after it is born.

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Lunatic Jodi Arias fan goes on trial for threatening Nancy Grace & Jane Velez-Mitchell

Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell. Credit: Fox News.

Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell. Credit: Fox News.

Nancy Grace is a former Atlanta prosecutor, and victims advocate known for her outspoken commentary directed at those accused of violent crimes, and Jane Velez-Mitchell is a veteran TV Journalist that passionately covers the most talked about cases in the news. Both have developed a large fan base for their respective HLN shows, but not everyone is a fan… Especially 48-year-old David Lee Simpson.

Simpson hails from Bath, NY and has landed himself in hot water. He took issue with Grace and Velez-Mitchell’s coverage of the Jodi Arias murder trial and instead of doing what normal folks do when they don’t like a TV show — change the channel… He took a different route… He decided to send them death threats via twitter.

The tweets caught the attention of law enforcement in the state of Arizona, where the accused killer Jodi Arias stood trial, and where Grace and Velez-Mitchell frequently hosted their shows during the duration of the trial. Now Simpson is in that state, in a court of law, standing trial for the threats against the two TV hosts.

David Lee Simpson. Credit: www.abc15.com

David Lee Simpson. Credit: www.abc15.com

The trial is currently underway in Maricopa County, AZ. The same court house where his idol Jodi Arias stood trial for brutally murdering her lover Travis Alexander.

Simpson is a disturbed individual, to say the least. Mediate reports that Simpson was so obsessed with Jodi Arias that he quit his job, and told co workers he was leaving town. He was then picked up by police travelling south. His vehicle was searched and law enforcement found guns, knives, and handcuffs among other items. You know, standard travelling equipment. ((rolls eyes))

Simpson’s alleged threats over twitter included tweeting to Grace and Velez-Mitchell that he was going to tie them to a tree naked, leave them alone to suffer over night, and and slit their throat. If that isn’t enough, he also claimed he was going to hang them from a tree upside down by their feet, and gut them like a deer.

I know many people don’t care for Nancy Grace or Jane Velez-Mitchell, but I’ve appeared on both of their shows and have met Nancy multiple times. In all my interactions with them they have been nothing but pleasant and personable. I also know Jane to be a very kind individual who cares deeply for animals, she’d never hurt a soul.

To read about a lunatic going to such extremes and tweet the two of them in such a violent and vile manner is scary. But I wouldn’t expect anything less from a man that supports a woman that repeatedly stabbed and shot a man like Travis Alexander in a jealous rage and then left his body to decompose for days. That same woman went on to smear his name in a court of law, while his family literally sat inches away from her. Doesn’t get much more psychopathic than that.

Unfortunately, when the development of social media I have noticed more and more lunatics like Simpson. There are people who take their hate out on public figures via their twitter page, and they take it too far. In the past these people would be confined to stew in their own hatred or vent to others around them, but now they use social media as a vehicle to spread it. Glad the state of Arizona arrested him and will make him pay for his actions. Hopefully it will send a message to other lunatics out there.

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I’m back!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while… I’ve been absent for a couple of months with my blogs, and I’ve cut back on doing podcasts, and feel like I owe everyone an explanation. As you may or may not know, I’m a full time college student and I’m working on my degree. I’m majoring in Communication with a focus on broadcast media, and minoring in Journalism. So I’ve been writing papers, studying, working on projects, and taking exams, and in the process I’ve neglected my blogs and podcasts.

The good news is that I’m almost finished, and have only 2 semesters left. Fortunately, now that summer has rolled around, I feel it is time to start getting back to blogging and doing podcasts.

I feel completely out of the loop on all the trials and current events that have been occurring during my absence. So please, fill me in on what you are interested in watching, following, and discussing and I can tackle them here on the blog.

Also, keep coming back to the site, I’m going to try my best to post multiple times a day with updates, and opinion pieces on the current trials taking place. Furthermore, please feel free to comment and share your opinions on the topics I blog about, that makes blogging more interesting!

I look forward to interacting with all of you. Especially those that have been so loyal over the years, I’ve been following crimes and trials with some of you since 2010! Many of us started getting to know each other during the Casey Anthony trial. I just want you to know to know that I sincerely appreciate you all tremendously! I also hope to get some new readers and hopefully we can get to know each other as well.

Rest assured, this isn’t temporary, after summer is over, I will be able to balance doing the blog/podcasts, along with my school work, because I won’t be taking such a heavy load. So to make a long story short… I’m back!

Please feel free to follow me on twitter @Levi_Page and “Like” my facebook page. Those are two places you can track to make sure you don’t miss a post.

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Exclusive: Holly Bobo killer Zachary Adams a psychopathic white supremacist?

Bh_xD5OCMAArMvQLaw enforcement just announced that Zachary Adams has been indicted with aggravated kidnapping and the first degree felony murder of 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo. Law enforcement say they believe Holly was killed during her abduction.

Just who is 29-year-old Zachary Adams? His facebook page paints him in a negative light. He lists two books as his favorite. One is “The Turner Diaries.” A book authored by a leader of a white nationalist organization. A book that fantasizes about overthrowing the United States government during a violent revolution. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes this book as a “bible for the racist right.”

The second book “The 48 Laws of Power”  is a book popular with prison inmates. It is about obtaining power.

Right before Adams was indicted on murder he was charged with assault after allegedly putting a knife and a gun to a female’s head. It’s been alleged that Adams was stalking Holly before she vanished.

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Latest in the search for missing TN nursing student Holly Bobo

imagesThe investigation into the mysterious disappearance of missing West Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo is heating up. Bobo vanished from her home in April of 2011, her brother claims he witnessed his sister being lead away into the woods by a man dressed in camouflage.

Now almost 3 years later, investigators are searching a property in Decatur County, Tennessee for Holly. Underwater cameras are being used to search wells, backhoes are being used, abandoned homes have been searched as well as ponds. All of this is happening 15 miles from Bobo’s residence.

A possible suspect may also have been identified. The search is happening on the property of Zachary Adams grandfather, where Zachary Adams lived. Adams has been arrested for assault, he is currently behind bars on a $1 million bond. He allegedly put a gun and a knife to a female and threatened to gut her. It’s also been alleged that Adams is involved in meth.

Law enforcement have removed several items of interest from the property, including a PT cruiser that was riddled with what appeared to be bullet holes.

According to some locals this property has been searched before, and Adams and another male were allegedly stalking Bobo before she vanished.

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Verdict in the shooting death of Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis

47-year-old Michael Dunn was convicted on 4 out of 5 charges for shooting at a Durango filled with teenagers at a gas station in Florida, the day after Thanksgiving. Dunn was found guilty for three second degree attempted murder charges, for killing friends of Jordan Davis. The jury deadlocked on the killing of Jordan Davis.

Davis claims he pulled up to a gas station in Jacksonville after attending his sons wedding, and the group of teens were playing rap music very loudly, he complained and exchanged heated words with 17-year-old Jordan Davis. He claims he saw a gun, and that Davis threatened him. However no gun was found.

State attorney Angela Corey said she will retry the case.

Dunn faces a minimum of 60 years in prison for the counts he was convicted of.

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Profile of the jury deciding Michael Dunn’s fate

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The website Court Chatter, has a breakdown of the jury deciding the fate of Michael Dunn accused of gunning down an unarmed black teenager Jordan Davis in Jacksonville. It is an interesting read, click here to read it: http://www.courtchatter.com/p/michael-dunn-jurors.html?spref=tw

Here are some of the jurors I think are pro prosecution due to the fact they have teenage sons. I doubt they will harshly judge a group of teens who play music too loud, because their teens may also play their music loud.  One woman also works at a bank that has been robbed at gun point and doesn’t like guns.

Juror #2: Indian female who works in family medicine and has two teenage sons.

Juror #3: white female that is divorced, owns guns she inherited in divorce, but doesn’t use them. She also has two teenage sons.

Juror #6: He is Hispanic, has three sons. One is 18-years-old, the other two in their 20′s. One was arrested for a  misdemeanor.

Juror #10: She works at a bank that has been robbed at gun point. She doesn’t like gun.

There are no jurors that strike me as particularly pro defense, except maybe Juror #1, who is a white male and retired. His children are in their 40′s, so that means he is up there in the age department. There is also a juror that likes to skeet shoot and a single white female that owns a revolver, but I don’t think just because someone is a gun owner means that they will automatically be more sympathetic to Dunn.

There is also a woman who served on a civil jury in the past. She could be a leader in the jury room.

UPDATED:

Here are some of the questions the jury has asked so far according to HLNTV.com:

1) Is the defense of self-defense separate for each person in each count?

2) Are we determining if deadly force is justified against each person in each count?

3) If we determine deadly force is justified against one person, is it justified against the others?

This could be troubling for the prosecution if they think he was justified in shooting one of the teens, and think that some of the others were simply “caught in the cross fire.” Could this mean that some on the jury actually believe that Davis was acting so threatening towards Dunn that Dunn was justified?

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The case against Michael Dunn

untitledThe prosecution has just rested their case against accused murderer Michael Dunn. Dunn, a white 47-year-old Florida man is standing trial for shooting an unarmed black 17-year-old named Jordan Davis the day after Thanksgiving, 2012.

Davis and three friends were parked at a gas station in Jacksonville playing loud rap music, when the defendant and his fiancée pulled up. Dunn became enraged at the volume of the music and called it “thug music” to his girlfriend. Dunn asked the teens to turn the music down, and then all hell broke loose.

“F**k that, n****r, turn it back up” was the response 17-year-old Davis gave when his friend 18-year-old Tevin Thompson, in the front passenger seat of the Dodge Durango, agreed to Dunn’s request to turn the music down. A heated verbal altercation ensued between Davis, and Dunn.

Dunn’s defense claims Davis tried to get out of the car, however Thompson said that Davis would be unable to do so, because someone would have to unlock the door for him, because it had child locks on it.

Thompson also testified that when another friend came back from inside the store to get into the Durango, that he turned the music down to tell him what had happened between Davis and Dunn, he then testified that Dunn’s last words were: “Are you talking to me?” And then Dunn reached inside his glove compartment, got out a gun, and fired it directly at Jordan Davis.

Thompson’s testimony that Dunn pointed the gun directly at Jordan Davis is critical because in order for the prosecution to get a first degree murder conviction they have to prove intent.

Thompson also says that they put the Durango in reverse, and that defendant Dunn kept shooting at the car. Dunn continued shooting at the car, even while he was driving away.

One of Jordan’s friends testified that Jordan was grasping for air, and his head fell into his lap, when he touched his Jordan’s chest he got blood on his hands.

The defense of Michael Dunn is that he felt threatened and that he thought he saw what appeared to be a gun inside the Durango (which had tinted windows). Dunn is using the controversial stand your ground defense.

The only weapon found inside the vehicle was a pocket knife belonging to the victim, it was found in his pocket, Jordan’s friends testified that the only thing Jordan had in his hands during the verbal altercation with Dunn was his cell phone.

The defense is attacking the credibility of the driver of the Durango, Tommie Strones who was on felony probation at the time of the shooting for a third degree felony.

The defense also theorizes that when Jordan’s friends got out of the Durango to check on him that they also disposed of the gun. The defense is also attacking the way law enforcement handled the crime scene. Dunn’s defense argues that police didn’t shut down the parking lot when they arrived on the scene and they never looked for a gun that could have been disposed of.

However, that argument may not carry much weight. A witness, Alyssa LeBlack testified that she was leaving a restaurant next to the gas station and witnessed everything. She says she never once witnessed the teens take anything out of the vehicle. Her testimony is corroborated by her brother Christopher.

Before the prosecution rested their case against Dunn they called medical examiner Stacey Simons to the stand. She testified that Davis had three bullets enter his body.

Jacksonville detective Andrew Kipple also testified against Dunn. Kipple testified that the driver, and the passenger barely escaped being shot. The Durango had nine bullet holes in it.

After the shooting instead of calling 911, Dunn and his girlfriend drove to their hotel room and ordered pizza, and then drove to their South Florida home where he was arrested. The couple was in Jacksonville to attend the wedding of Dunn’s son.

The defense is currently putting on their case, and when they wrap it up, I will recap the highlights.

What do you all think? Weigh in what you think the verdict will be. Did the state prove first degree murder? Did the defense poke holes in the credibility of Jordan’s friends?

While this case is being compared to Zimmerman, it is much different. Zimmerman did have injuries, a physical altercation did happen between Trayvon and Zimmerman. Here we have a verbal argument. Zimmerman also called 911 and was on the phone with them before the shooting, Dunn and his wife went to their hotel, ordered pizza, had rum and coke and watched a movie before taking off to their South Florida home.

The case against Dunn is much stronger, and the circumstances are much different. I don’t see Dunn getting away, but we’ve seen defendants walk in Florida… Dare I say the name Casey Anthony? We’ll see what happens…

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