War Crimes

Military Times: Internal Discipline, No Criminal Charges for U.S. Personnel Responsible for Bombing Doctors Without Borders Hospital Last Year

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Photo by AFP via Getty Images on Military Times page. The DWB hospital on 10/13/15, ten days after the American shelling that killed 42.

Consequences have been handed down for the destruction of a Doctors Without Borders hospital and the volunteers and patients within by the United States military in Kunduz, Afghanistan last October, a tragedy a top U.S. general blamed on “human errors, process errors and equipment failures,” the Military Times reported Friday.

U.S. Central Command head General Joseph Votel told MT that while the hospital was on a “no strike” list, the gunship that butchered 42 innocents below “didn’t have access to the list.”

Sixteen American military members were disciplined for the attack, including a two-star general yet to be named publicly. No one faced court-martial, and no criminal charges will be filed. However, as MT notes, such internal reprimands or “letters” in one’s file can “effectively end a military career.”

Associated Press reported last month about a dozen punishments were handed down, and they were “largely administrative.”

Afghan officials claim the blackened shell of the hospital has been claimed by the Taliban, in the aftermath of those DWB volunteers who were not killed in the American bombardment withdrawing from Kunduz.

However, as MT notes, no evidence of Taliban occupation has been presented. This is ironic, because there was no evidence of enemy activity in or around the hospital when the American AC-130 gunship fired 211 shells in 29 minutes at that structure instead of the Taliban command center thought to be 450 yards away.

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are not expected to weigh in on what seems a slap on the wrist for the crew of an operation that ended 42 innocent lives.

As of December 9, as the conservative news outlet Daily Caller notes, not a single country had yet supported DWB’s pleas for an independent investigation of the massacre.

At that time, over half a million petitions were signed for the White House to investigate the attack. The White House Office of Public Engagement (read: descending to talk to the little people), under direction of Valerie Jarrett, refused to schedule an audience with DWB, according to the latter group’s U.S. Executive Director Jason Cone. When the White House would not acknowledge the petitions for investigation, DWB staged a public protest in Lafayette Square, across the street from the presidential mansion.

President Obama did make a personal phone call to Dr. Joanne Liu, president of MSF International, the better-known acronym for Doctors Without Borders.

Per the Daily Caller:

President Obama agreed to financially compensate the families, and the Pentagon has pledged to help rebuild the 140-bed hospital in the provincial capital of Kunduz. Cone described the payments as “reparations.”

IN OTHER HOSPITAL BOMBINGS

Despite the lack of public chagrin to the Kunduz disaster, Secretary of International Shaming Kerry found a bony finger to wag for the shelling of a pediatric hospital in Syria by a yet-unidentified fighter jet Wednesday: “We are outraged by yesterday’s airstrikes in Aleppo on the al Quds hospital supported by both Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which killed dozens of people, including children, patients and medical personnel. It appears to have been a deliberate strike on a known medical facility and follows the Assad regime’s appalling record of striking such facilities and first responders. These strikes have killed hundreds of innocent Syrians.”

Kerry did not mention whether this bombardment counted as Assad crossing the “red line” Obama proclaimed years ago, before Assad resumed using chemical weapons against civilians.

At least 50 people were killed, including one of the last known pediatricians in Aleppo, Syria, according to Cone. 148 Syrians have died in hostilities since Saturday. This has led international spectators to worry the “cease-fire” of the Syrian civil war is crumbling.

Al Quds Hospital was also associated with MSF/Doctors Without Borders. CNN reports that MSF’s despair as they offer their humanitarian efforts continues to grow:

MSF’s head of mission for Syria, Muskilda Zancada, said the organization condemned the “outrageous targeting of yet another medical facility” in the country.
“This devastating attack has destroyed a vital hospital in Aleppo, and the main referral center for pediatric care in the area. Where is the outrage among those with the power and obligation to stop this carnage?” she said in a statement.

Marianne Gasser, head of the Syrian mission for International Committee of the Red Cross, was more blunt about the apathy of more privileged nations: “The recent attack on the ICRC-supported Quds hospital is unacceptable and sadly this is not the first time the lifesaving medical services have been hit.”

SANA, the Syrian state-run news network, denied responsibility for the attack. However, a MSF official told CNN that the hospital was besieged by barrel bombs, and “is the Syrian government that has been usually using these barrel bombs in the past.”

CNN had an unofficial statement from the U.S. military:

A U.S. military official told CNN that U.S. forces were not operating in the area of the hospital, and their closest strike had been 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) to the north.

According to the United Nations, over 250,000 have died so far in the 5-year Syrian civil war.

See our original post on the story here

See Washington Post’s original post on the atrocity here

Thanks to Military Times and CNN for today’s update.

The original Daily Caller piece can be found here

Ohio Massacre

Two of Eight Rhoden Family Members Murdered Were Into Questionable Activities

At four Ohio homes, seven members of the Rhoden family and one fiance were shot to death last week with a total of 32 bullets, according to Washington Post. Two of the males looked like someone “beat the hell out of them” before shooting. Other victims were shot while they slept.

The April 22 reign of terror in Pike County, OH has yet to produce any suspects to public knowledge. Indications are growing, however, that the victims were associated with an illicit marijuana-growing operation and possible cock-fighting.

Identities of the victims appear to be as follows: 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr.; his 16-year-old son, Christopher Rhoden Jr.; 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; 38-year-old Gary Rhoden; 37-year-old Dana Rhoden; 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden; 20-year-old Hannah Gilley; and 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden. (Washington Post).

Ohio Attorney General gave WaPo the family tree above. Victims are in purple.

WaPo mentions CBS News’ report that Christopher Rhoden Jr., the youngest victim at age 16, was called out in a Facebook threat preceding the attack.

Some intriguing information was posted by The Daily Beast yesterday.

At least two young males at odds with the Rhoden family in the past have had their past Facebook statements come to light this week in connection with the coordinated slaughter.

Chris Rhoden, Jr. was a participant in local demolition derbies, the Beast reports. When Tommy Gorman, Jr., also of derby driver family stock, posted an alleged slight to either Chris Jr. or his brother Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden on Facebook last May, Frankie seems to posted back his intent to “beat [Tommy Gorman’s] ass.”

Frankie and Chris Jr. arrived at the rival demolition derby with at least twelve colleagues, Tommy Jr.’s son Richard Gorman told The Beast.

The two victims of last week’s wholesale Rhoden family slaughter beat Tommy Jr. into the ground. Then they roughed up his old man, Tommy Sr.

“At least he had false teeth. He was able to superglue them back in,” Tommy Jr. told the Beast.

The Pike County Courthouse handed down less than one year’s probation to Frankie, then 20 years old, for the 2015 assault.

Laura Gorman, Tommy Sr.’s wife, was uncertain of the Rhoden family reputation, according to the Beast:The only thing I’d ever heard bad about them is that they had a tendency to fight in groups and jump on people.”

The confrontation apparently ended with Laura’s father, Richard McCune, emerged from his adjacent trailer and fired several gunshots into the sky. Laura Gorman reported “that’s the last we’ve ever seen of them.”

The Beast suggests the police have completely disregarded the Gorman derby and homestead, though it has been dealing with news reporters.

Rusty Mongold also quarreled with Frankie and Chris Rhoden.

Chris Rhoden Jr. allegedly tagged Mongold with his car, and Mongold expressed his frustration on Facebook: “God I can’t stop thinking of the kid that hit me with his car…we will get them all of them.”

Mongold, 19, was questioned by police for the April 12 sentiment, but promptly released. He has apparently submitted a DNA sample to be cleared from crime scene evidence.

A friend of Mongold, Larry Jones, was also motivated after some police questioning to post a “retraction” of previous statements against the Rhodens on Facebook.

What happened to the Rhoden family was an absolute tragedy.[…] Even though I had posted some stuff on here in the past doesn’t mean I would even think about acting on it.”

Signs of a marijuana “growing operation” were apparent at three of the four murder sites, according to NBC News.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader lent some advice to surviving members of the Rhoden family (beyond the 3-year-old, 6-month-old and 4-day-old children left alive at the scenes): “I cautioned them that they were a target and I told them to be armed.”

Per NBC News, “Reader said Sunday that he had never had contact with the family ‘in a criminal nature.’ He and [Attorney General] DeWine said, however, that the area and the state of Ohio have ‘a drug problem.'”

Thanks to our sources: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/27/coroner-32-bullets-used-to-kill-8-in-ohio-massacre-one-victim-shot-9-times/; http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/27/violent-rhoden-brothers-met-a-violent-end-in-ohio-massacre.html;http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/piketon-massacre-marijuana-grow-operations-found-scenes-family-executions-n561351.

This may become a DEVELOPING STORY“. Check back for updates.

Bill Nye the Statist Guy

Bill Nye Open to Jail Time for “Climate Deniers”

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As reported by Washington Times and Reason two weeks ago, 90s taxpayer-subsidized PBS star Bill Nye “the Science Guy” appears to be open to jailing dissenters of global warming.

When asked about environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s comments in late 2014 that “I wish there was a law you could punish [climate skeptics and deniers] with,” Mr. Nye remained coy in his judgement of the right wing’s apparent heretics.

“We’ll see what happens,” the Washington, D.C. native sneered, referring to dissenters being jailed.

Nye was more forthcoming about the fate of ExxonMobil, an energy company apparently facing lawsuits from multiple state attorneys general:

“As a taxpayer and voter, the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen… So I can see where people are very concerned about this, and they’re pursuing criminal investigations as well as engaging in discussions like this….That there is a chilling effect on scientists who are in extreme doubt about climate change, I think that is good.”

No pun intended?

Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. "ain't compromising his lifestyle," writes Liberal Bully of the Week author Rusty Humphries. Mr. Kennedy and his new bride, actress Cheryl Hines, bought a $5 million manse in Malibu. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Mr. Kennedy (above, inbred with mismatched eyes) was far more free speech-suppressing in his original remarks in a videotaped interview with Climate Depot. According to Washington Times, his actual words, targeting the billionaire libertarian industrialists and straw men of the left wing, were:

“I think it’s treason. Do I think the Koch Brothers are treasonous — yes, I do,Mr. Kennedy said, Climate Depot reported. “They are enjoying making themselves billionaire [sic] by impoverishing the rest of us. Do I think they should be in jail — I think they should be injuring three hots and a cot at the Hague with all the other war criminals.

[After a few too many to pregame the interview, Kennedy apparently slurred his words.]

“Do I think the Koch brothers should be tried for reckless endangerment? Absolutely, that is is criminal offense [sic] and they ought to be serving time for it.”

On politicians who deny climate change: “Those guys are doing the Koch Brothers’ bidding and are against all the evidence of the rational mind, saying global warming does not exist…They are contemptible human beings.”

The ExxonMobil suit has subpoenaed free market think-tanks like Competitive Enterprise Institute, according to Reason. The prosecution has demanded 10 years of internal communication and donor information with regards to CEI.

ExxonMobil, the “largest direct descendant” of  John Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company and now the eighth-largest world corporation by revenue, per Wikipedia, was responsible for the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill off the coast of Alaska, one of the worst environmental disasters in human history. After a series of legal appeals, ExxonMobil was forced to pay $2.5 billion in damages, taking a line of credit from J. P. Morgan & Co.

Koch Industries is a privately-held conglomerate (84% by the Koch Family) that employs 100,000 people worldwide, according to Wikipedia.

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/14/bill-nye-open-criminal-charges-jail-time-climate-c/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/23/robert-kennedy-jr-we-need-laws-punish-global-warmi/

NFL Draft Day 1

Detroit Lions Select Ohio State’s Taylor Decker at 16th Overall

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New Lions GM Bob Quinn picked Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker with the Lions’ first-round selection last night in Chicago at the 81st annual NFL draft.

The Lions struggled early in the 2015 season, starting 1-7, but won 6 of their final eight games, including a road victory at Green Bay for the first time since 1991.

Decker joins last year’s first-round selection Laken Tomlinson on the o-line of Detroit.

Detroit Free Press notes this is the sixth time in seven years the Lions have used a first-round pick on a lineman. The results of those picks vary from superstar DT Ndamukong Suh (2nd overall from Nebraska in 2010) to horrific left tackle Riley Reiff (23rd overall from Iowa, 2012).

According to Wikipedia, Decker is 6′ 8″ and 315 pounds.

Thanks to our source: http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2016/04/28/detroit-lions-nfl-draft-pick/83667876/

Ohio Massacre

Pre-planned, Sophisticated Murders Carried Out with Ruthless Efficiency

Reuters reported on Yahoo! this week that according to Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the slayings of eight persons April 21st were part of a sophisticated and carefully planned murder plot.

“It was a flawlessly executed–no pun intended– operation,” Reader said of the eight individuals murdered across four different farmhouses in Piketown, OH. “Many of the victims were wasted while they slept, all the evidence was expertly covered…this sort of top-notch, cost-effective criminal activity is pretty hard to find these days.

“If whoever did this was over in Iraq, them ISIS bastards would be long dead,” Reader added.

Mr. DeWine noted that after conferring with law enforcement, in direct contrast to the murders themselves, the government investigation would be “long, slow, and very expensive,” spanning multiple government agencies and falling victim to individual egos and priorities of jurisdictions.

Thanks to our source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/slaying-eight-ohio-family-members-called-sophisticated-execution-005231928.html

Jeopardy! in Jeopardy?

Alex Trebek Notes U.S. History Has Only 2 Black Women

Thursday night’s episode (4/21/16) of the popular quiz show Jeopardy!, featuring longtime unabashed liberal host Alex Trebek, presented an awkward exchange apparently unnoticed by major media outlets.

The exact first-round clue in question (category: Woman Immortalized) escaped our transcribers due to the heat of the competition. However, contestants were presented with an image of a memorial statue of “Ain’t I a Woman?” speechwriter Sojourner Truth:

The statue is in Florence, MA, and the clue referenced Truth’s years as a practicing lawyer in the area.

One contestant guessed, “Who is Harriet Tubman?” Perhaps they were subconsciously prompted by the long-anticipated announcement by the U.S. Treasury last week that Tubman would be afforded a place on the front of the new $20 bill.

At the buzzer, Trebek remarked, “Should’ve gone with the other one: ‘Who is Sojourner Truth?‘”

Mr. Trebek’s insinuation that only two black women appear in American history is hardly discriminatory or unfair. Government education tends to highlight wars, slavery, and other poignant events in our history that generate enthusiasm. This is not incredibly fair to the diverse racial groups that comprise our country, but nevertheless a reality beyond dispute.

Trebek accurately surmised that Tubman and Truth (who both appear in numerous Jeopardy! clues over the years, according to fan-generated archives) were the only two “questions” under consideration for the candidates when presented with the image.

Social media reaction to the cocky Canadian’s interjection appears limited.

This dude on Jeopardy was just shown photo of Sojourner Truth and he answered “who is Harriet Tubman?” I swear…

Did Alex really just call Sojourner Truth “the other one” when the contestant incorrectly answered Harriet Tubman on ??? WTH!??

Interestingly enough, Massachusetts was the first U.S. state to institute compulsory education. Numerous sources confirm that while the state had a literacy rate of 98% just prior to “legislated compulsion,” that rate has decreased to 91% today in association with government education.

Geriatric Rant by Hillary Surrogate

Delaware Senator Tom Carper One of the Sharp, Forward-Thinking Minds Backing Clinton for President

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Former Delaware Governor and current U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) made a painful display of himself Monday ahead of Hillary Clinton’s sweeping presidential primary win in his state.

In YouTube video reported by Townhall.com, the 69-year-old Carper praised former Senator from New York and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “Chairman of the National Governor’s Association” and “a terrific colleague…in the House.”

Carper’s remarks included:

“Hillary Clinton was right there in the middle of it all. I saw her. I saw her as a governor, as chairman of the National Governor’s Association, she was terrific.

“For eight years that we served together in the House, she did her job. She did her job. She was amazing. She was amazing,” Carper said. “She always surrounded herself by the best people you could find. God, she was a terrific colleague.”

(from Townhall)

According to further video of the incident from Delaware Online, Carper also attempted to lead the crowd in a rendition of a Donna Summer song: “She Works Hard for the Money.”

Delaware Online reported the most embarrassing portions of the transcript of their beloved public servant this afternoon. He was referring to Tuesday’s primary contest, which Clinton won by 20 points.

Likely he did not mean to remind voters of Clinton’s $31 million net worth, or notorious closed-door financial institution speeches that begot it:

“We’re going to channel Donna Summer her [sic] for a minute, OK? Here we go! This is the audience participation part of the show.

 “She works hard for the money. So hard for the money. She works hard for the money, so we’d better treat her right.

“Tomorrow we’re going to treat her right tomorrow? She will treat this country right.”

(Delaware Online)

Carper was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, as he had to give up the Governor’s office in Delaware due to term limits.

He is one of Hillary’s lauded “superdelegates” for the Democratic convention before the general election.

Thanks to our sources:

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2016/04/25/delaware-senator-tries-to-campaign-for-hillary-praises-her-nonexistent-governorship-n2153461?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=; http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2016/04/26/no-comment-carper-awkward-clinton-statements/83564192/.