Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman’s rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre that lasted upwards of 40 minutes and ended when the 18-year-old shooter was killed by a Border Patrol team.
“Go in there! Go in there!” nearby women shouted at the officers soon after the attack began, said Juan Carranza, 24, who saw the scene from outside his house, across the street from Robb Elementary School in the close-knit town of Uvalde. Carranza said the officers did not go in.
Javier Cazares, whose fourth grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, said he raced to the school when he heard about the shooting, arriving while police were still massed outside the building.
Upset that police were not moving in, he raised the idea of charging into the school with several other bystanders.
“Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to,” he said. “More could have been done.”
“They were unprepared,” he added.
Minutes earlier, Carranza had watched as Salvador Ramos crashed his truck into a ditch outside the school, grabbed his AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and shot at two people outside a nearby funeral home who ran away uninjured.
Officials say he “encountered” a school district security officer outside the school, though there were conflicting reports from authorities on whether the men exchanged gunfire. After running inside, he fired on two arriving Uvalde police officers who were outside the building, said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Travis Considine. The police officers were injured.
After entering the school, Ramos charged into one classroom and began to kill.
He “barricaded himself by locking the door and just started shooting children and teachers that were inside that classroom,” Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Department of Public Safety told CNN. “It just shows you the complete evil of the shooter.”
All those killed were in the same classroom, he said.
Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said 40 minutes to an hour elapsed from when Ramos opened fire on the school security officer and when the SWAT-like Border Patrol team shot him. But a department spokesman said later in the day that they could not give a solid estimate of how long the gunman was in the school or when he was killed.
Meanwhile, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said the Border Patrol agents had trouble breaching the classroom door and had to get a staff member to open the room with a key. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.
Carranza said the officers should have entered the school sooner.
“There were more of them. There was just one of him,” he said.
Uvalde is a largely Latino town of some 16,000 people about 75 miles (120 kilometers) from the Mexican border. Robb Elementary, which has nearly 600 students in second, third and fourth grades, is a single-story brick structure in a mostly residential neighborhood of modest homes.
Before attacking the school, Ramos shot and wounded his grandmother at the home they shared, authorities said.
Neighbor Gilbert Gallegos, 82, who lives across the street and has known the family for decades, said he was puttering in his yard when he heard the shots.
Ramos ran out the front door and across the small yard to the truck parked in front of the house. He seemed panicked, Gallegos said, and had trouble getting the truck out of park.
Then he raced away: “He spun out, I mean fast,” spraying gravel in the air.
His grandmother emerged covered in blood: “She says, ‘Berto, this is what he did. He shot me.’” She was hospitalized.
Gallegos, whose wife called 911, said he had heard no arguments before or after the shots, and knew of no history of bullying or abuse of Ramos, who he rarely saw
Investigators also shed no light on Ramos’ motive for the attack, which also left at least 17 people wounded. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Ramos, a resident of the small town about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of San Antonio, had no known criminal or mental health history.
“We don’t see a motive or catalyst right now,” said McCraw of the Department of Public Safety.
Ramos had legally bought the rifle and a second one like it last week, just after his birthday, authorities said.
About a half-hour before the mass shooting, Ramos sent the first of three online messages warning about the attack, Abbott said.
Ramos wrote that he was going to shoot his grandmother, then that he had shot the woman. In the last note, sent about 15 minutes before he reached Robb Elementary, he said he was going to shoot up an elementary school, according to Abbott. Investigators said Ramos did not specify which school.
Ramos sent the private, one-to-one text messages via Facebook, and they were “discovered after the terrible tragedy,” company spokesman Andy Stone said. He said Facebook is cooperating with investigators.
The dead included Eliahna Garcia, an outgoing 10-year-old who loved to sing, dance and play basketball; a fellow fourth-grader, Xavier Javier Lopez, who had been eagerly awaiting a summer of swimming; and a teacher, Eva Mireles, with 17 years’ experience whose husband is an officer with the school district’s police department.
“You can just tell by their angelic smiles that they were loved,” Uvalde Schools Superintendent Hal Harrell said, fighting back tears as he recalled the children and teachers killed.
The Uvalde tragedy was the latest in a seemingly unending wave of mass shootings across the U.S. in recent years. Just 10 days earlier, 10 Black people were shot to death in a racist attack at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket.
The attack was the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.
Amid calls for tighter restrictions on firearms, the Republican governor repeatedly talked about mental health struggles among Texas young people and argued that tougher gun laws in Chicago, New York and California are ineffective.
Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who is running against Abbott for governor, interrupted Wednesday’s news conference, calling the tragedy “predictable.” Pointing his finger at Abbott, he said: “This is on you until you choose to do something different. This will continue to happen.” O’Rourke was escorted out as some in the room yelled at him. Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin yelled that O’Rourke was a “sick son of a bitch.”
Texas has some of the most gun-friendly laws in the nation and has been the site of some of the deadliest shootings in the U.S. over the past five years.
“I just don’t know how people can sell that type of a gun to a kid 18 years old,” Siria Arizmendi, the aunt of victim Eliahna Garcia, said angrily through tears. “What is he going to use it for but for that purpose?”
President Joe Biden said Wednesday that “the Second Amendment is not absolute” as he called for new limitations on guns in the wake of the massacre.
But the prospects for reform of the nation’s gun regulations appeared dim. Repeated attempts over the years to expand background checks and enact other curbs have run into Republican opposition in Congress.
The shooting came days before the National Rifle Association annual convention was set to begin in Houston, with the Texas governor and both of the state’s Republican U.S. senators scheduled to speak.
Dillon Silva, whose nephew was in a classroom, said students were watching the Disney movie “Moana” when they heard several loud pops and a bullet shattered a window. Moments later, their teacher saw the attacker stride past the door.
“Oh, my God, he has a gun!” the teacher shouted twice, according to Silva. “The teacher didn’t even have time to lock the door,” he said.
Three children and an adult remained at a San Antonio hospital, where two of them — a 66-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl — were listed in serious condition.
The close-knit community, built around a shaded central square, includes many families who have lived there for generations. It sits amid fields of cabbage, onions, carrots and other vegetables.
Again, this SICKENS me.... cops hesitating...... shooting in a school and they hesitate.... I guess they need four cops on an unarmed black man and killing him to be brave.
As far as Beto is concerned... I sent him 15.00 yesterday.... Everything he said is correct.. the sick bastards were on the stage..... not Beto... and FUCK the NRA, fuck the GOPQ..... fuck the minority of crazy paranoid people in this country.
Are you fucking aware that the weapon used is more powerful than STANDARD weaponry issued in Vietnam????
How many more kids must die? How many more families will be destroyed? How much longer will WE allow this mass murder to continue? Yesterday, 19 more ELEMENTARY students were murdered!! This follows the slaughter of 10 days ago in Buffalo, New York.
The Republicans are spineless. The Republicans say arm more people and harden the schools. Of course, they want more armed as they want a Civil war in this country. They wish to bring it to a flashpoint where there is armed conflict of neighbor against neighbor. I truly believe that.
They speak of the 2nd Amendment.... when it went into effect, it was written by White Men, Christians, slave owners, women haters... and they wanted to make sure ALL White men had access to MUSKETS!! MUSKETS!! Not fucking weapons of war used on our city streets and in our schools! Both the shooter yesterday and in Buffalo wore BODY Armor! Body Armor!!
So these individuals managed to get out of cars, walk across parking lots, enter buildings and NO ONE NOTICED until the fucking shooting started.
Vote all Republicans out... ALL. Why does this fucking country have so many mass shootings????
Fuck the GOPQ... FUCK your 2nd Amendment to the extent of how it is implemented today. Pistols..revolvers..... shotguns.... single shot rifles..... sighs.... are acceptable.... BUT WITH BACKGROUND CHECKS that mean something !
New York (CNN Business)The Covid-19 pandemic has been good for the wallets of the wealthy.
Some 573 people have joined the billionaire ranks since 2020, bringing the worldwide total to 2,668, according to an analysis released by Oxfam on Sunday. That means a new billionaire was minted about every 30 hours, on average, so far during the pandemic.
The report, which draws on data compiled by Forbes, looks at the rise of inequality over the past two years. It is timed to coincide with the kickoff of the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, a gathering of some of the wealthiest people and world leaders.
Billionaires have seen their total net worth soar by $3.8 trillion, or 42%, to $12.7 trillion during the pandemic. A large part of the increase has been fueled by strong gains in the stock markets, which was aided by governments injecting money into the global economy to soften the financial blow of the coronavirus.
Much of the jump in wealth came in the first year of the pandemic. It then plateaued and has since dropped a bit, said Max Lawson, head of inequality policy at Oxfam.
At the same time, Covid-19, growing inequality and rising food prices could push as many as 263 million people into extreme poverty this year, reversing decades of progress, Oxfam said in a report released last month.
"I've never seen such a dramatic growth in poverty and growth in wealth at the same moment in history," Lawson said. "It's going to hurt a lot of people."
Benefiting from high prices
Consumers around the world are contending with the soaring cost of energy and food, but corporations in these industries and their leaders are benefiting from the rise in prices, Oxfam said.
Billionaires in the food and agribusiness sector have seen their total wealth increase by $382 billion, or 45%, over the past two years, after adjusting for inflation. Some 62 food billionaires were created since 2020.
Meanwhile, the net worth of their peers in the oil, gas and coal sectors jumped by $53 billion, or 24%, since 2020, after adjusting for inflation.
Forty new pandemic billionaires were created in the pharmaceutical industry, which has been at the forefront of the battle against Covid-19 and the beneficiary of billions in public funding.
The tech sector has spawned many billionaires, including seven of the 10 world's richest people, such as Telsa's Elon Musk, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates. These men increased their wealth by $436 billion to $934 billion over the past two years, after adjusting for inflation.
Tax the rich
To counter the meteoric growth in inequality and help those struggling with the rise in prices, Oxfam is pushing governments to tax the wealthy and corporations.
It is calling for a temporary 90% tax on excess corporate profits, as well as a one-time tax on billionaires' wealth.
The group would also like to levy a permanent wealth tax on the super-rich. It suggests a 2% tax on assets greater than $5 million, rising to 5% for net worth above $1 billion. This could raise $2.5 trillion worldwide.
Wealth taxes, however, have not been embraced by many governments. Efforts to levy taxes on the net worth of the richest Americans have failed to advance in Congress in recent years.
I want you to think about this article. Contrast it with what Republican Senator Rick Scott (himself a multi-millionaire) wants to do... and that is raise taxes on the middle and lower classes and lower taxes even more on the wealthy, while gutting a piss poor social safety net. He is not the only Republican suggesting the middle and lower classes pay more...
As I said, the only reason why YOU support the Republican party is; dislike of people of a different skin tone other than white; a hatred of women having control of their bodies; a hatred of non-Christians (of course you have a problem with Catholics to) ; or the DAMN MONEY...... oh, and you love your fucking firearms and a few massacres in this country don't matter, right?
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) suggested that "racial politics" and government forms could be to blame for white supremacy in the United States.
CBS host Margaret Brennan told Scott during a Sunday interview that a recent poll shows that only 23% of Republicans think it's "very important" to condemn white nationalism.
"Well, clearly, we all ought to condemn any hatred," the senator replied. "And we ought to condemn any white supremacy. We -- I mean, we've got to figure out how to come together."
Scott said that the solution was to "stop all this racial politics."
"In the plan I put out at rescueamerica.com, I said we ought to stop asking people on government forms for their skin color," he opined. "We ought to judge people by their character, not their skin color. So we've got to figure out how to bring people together."
Brennan asked Scott if he would encourage other Republicans to condemn white nationalism.
"I tell people what I believe," Scott replied. "I'm clear. If they ask me, I would say, be clear. Be clear. I mean, we do not believe, none of us -- I don't think Americans should believe in white supremacy or hatred of any kind. I mean, it's wrong."
lol..... reminds me of the Brown Shirts..... they did the street fighting and then when Hitler gained power they were eliminated.
Scott speaks of bringing people together yet his plan eliminates; social security, medicare, lunch programs, food aid, rent aid, etc... so they are on the bottom....
I will again say this..... the majority of people in this country do not have anything in common with the GOPQ
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates in a new interview said another run for office by former President Trump would “concern” him.
Asked by moderator Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face the Nation” if Trump running for office again would pose a threat to national security, Gates said, “It would concern me.”
“That’s a very diplomatic phrase,” Brennan responded, to which Gates said, “That’s where I am.”
Gates served as Defense secretary between 2006 and 2011, working under both former Presidents George W. Bush and Obama. He also led the CIA from 1991 until 1993.
In January 2020, Gates told PBS NewsHour that Trump was a “divider.”
“It’s quite clear that being a unifying president is pretty low on the priority of our current incumbent. I think he is a divider, and I think he does so quite consciously,” he said.
Gates has been critical of the GOP. Last May, he told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he did not think the five GOP presidents he worked for would recognize the current Republican Party.
“I would have serious concerns about the future. You know, I’ve … worked for eight presidents. Five of them were Republicans. I don’t think any of them would recognize the Republican Party today,” Gates said. “I think in terms of the values and the principles that the Republican Party stood for under those five presidents are hard to find these days.”
In October, he commented on the “extreme polarization” in the U.S., telling “60 Minutes” that the “greatest threat is found within the two square miles that encompass the White House and the Capitol Building.”
Gates on Sunday also commented on the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. He called that day “a huge blight on our democracy.”
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack is set to hold its first of eight hearings next month. Asked by Brennan if he thinks there is value in having the hearings aired publicly, he said, “I think so, yes.”
“I think people need to understand. My worry is that people will- that everybody will retreat to their ideological corner. And, and so nobody will— nobody will listen. I think maybe the best thing to do is just to rerun the videos,” he added.
So Gates, a former Secretary of Defense and C.I. A. Director believes Mango is a threat to National Security. So do I. For you mugwumps who want a dictator, who want to put blacks, and gays and non Christians in their place, who would surrender to Putin, and kiss up to other dictators I say GO FUCK YOURSELF.
Community members in Palm City, Florida, expressed their anger at a school board meeting Tuesday night after a picture of six middle school students each holding up a letter to spell out a racial slur circulated on social media.
Earlier Tuesday, the superintendent of the Martin County School District, John D. Millay, confirmed the offensive photo was authentic.
In the photo, each of the students is holding up a 2 foot tall letter. One letter appears to be designed like a watermelon. Another is deep red.
At the school board meeting, a woman who said she has grandkids at the school, Hidden Oaks Middle, said the students involved "should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
"The R on the end is blood. How do I know these children were not sitting at home thinking about coming to school with a mass murder on these children," she said.
She turned her attention to the school board.
"You all will sweep it under the rug. That’s not happening on my watch," she said. "You're going to hear it until you get some results. You sit in those seats too damn comfortable for me."
Another woman noted that the suspect in the deadly shooting last weekend that targeted Black people in Buffalo, New York, had made a threat at his high school.
"Racism is not a mental issue. Keep that in mind, racism is something that is taught, it is embedded in a person," she told the board.
Millay said in his original statement that the district had launched an investigation into "this disgraceful incident."
On Thursday, Millay said the district had completed their investigation and determined no staff members were involved in the photo, though the letters were made in a class.
The students involved will be disciplined according to the district's code of conduct. Millay said federal and state law kept him from identifying any of the students or disclosing the discipline they will receive.
"We are deeply aware of the hurt and pain this photograph has caused our community, especially our Black American residents and students. As we have said previously, this incident is in complete opposition to our values and the ideals that we instill in our students," Millay said.
Well, well these little racists..... I'm sure momma and daddy are pleased
You see folks it's beginning...... Better wake the fuck up......
Donald Trump’s pick for a Michigan state Senate seat is promising to ban all birth control if she gets the chance.
“I guess we have to ask ourselves, would that ever come to a vote in the Michigan state legislature? And if it should, I would have to side with it should not be legal,” Republican Jacky Eubanks said in a recent interview with the site Church Militant.
“People believe that birth control — it’s better, like you said, oh, because then you won’t get pregnant and you won’t need to have an abortion,” she added. “But I think it gives people the false sense of security that they can have consequence-free sex, and that’s not true and that’s not correct. Sex ought to be between one man and one woman in the confines of marriage.”
Eubanks’ comments are some of the most explicit from a conservative candidate about going after contraception. But some other Republicans have made clear that with abortion rights likely to be struck down this summer, they’re starting to eye contraception restrictions as well.
Republican politicians have started talking about Griswold v. Connecticut as another case they’d like to see the Supreme Court overturn after Roe v. Wade. That 1965 decision said married couples have a right to contraception access based on the constitutional right to privacy. That decision could set the stage for future decisions that further restrict birth control protections, abortion and marriage equality.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), for example, recently called Griswold “constitutionally unsound.” Arizona GOP Senate candidate Blake Masters’ campaign website said he would only support judges “who understand that Roe and Griswold and Casey were wrongly decided, and that there is no constitutional right to abortion.”
Other Republicans in Congress have scoffed at the idea of banning contraception, dismissing the notion that the Supreme Court would go after something that’s overwhelmingly popular. But Roe is popular as well, and its days are likely numbered.
GOP lawmakers have also long pushed personhood legislation — and are continuing to do so in the midterm elections — that would classify fertilized eggs as persons under the U.S. Constitution, making abortion illegal. But it could also ban certain forms of contraception, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and Plan B.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned earlier this month that state GOP legislatures are seeking to “criminalize contraceptive care, in vitro fertilization and post-miscarriage care, dragging our nation back to a dark time decades into the past.”
In his endorsement of Eubanks, Trump explicitly mentioned her support for the “big lie” — the false claim that the 2020 presidential election was marred by widespread fraud. Eubanks has called for another audit of Michigan’s 2020 election results despite the fact that a prior audit found no evidence outside interference. She has canvassed voters in search of purported evidence of fraud, prompting a complaint to police that she was intimidating voters.
“We are going up against the beast,” Eubanks said at a rally earlier this year. “The beast hates us, but the good news is God is on our side and God wins. If [we] continue to pray and to not comply and to stand up and peacefully fight back, we will see the regime’s power broken and finally the people will be put back in their rightful place as the true sovereigns in this nation.”
see the article here https://www.huffpost.com/entry/birth-control-ban-abortion_n_6287a89ae4b01a50ab579e39
my take: look at this carefully especially the last paragraph where she says " we are going up against the beast"....... this fuckers is crazy..... from banning birth control to saying the dems and others are the beast
Incase you missed it he lost his primary.... and he conceded
Good .... but even TODAY this fool threatened us with the rise of the Dark MAGA...... he is consumed by violence....
Yo, Madison, that Russian Honeypot you married left your ass because she could see the writing on the wall. I'm quite sure you will continue with your stupidity.
Unfortunately, this boob remains in office until January 2023
Replace the following; Paul Gosar, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Gym Jordan, Louie Gohmert, Lauren Bobert, Space Laser Barbie, Ron Desantis, Tate Reeves, Madison Cawthorn, Ron Johnson, Matt Gaetz, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Jessee Waters, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingrahm, Tuckerofsky Carlson, Fake Judge Jeannine Pierro, Clarence Thomas, Sam Alito, Bret "I didn't rape her" Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Amy Cony Barrett, John Roberts, and all the GOPQ crazies in various state legislatures who espouse the replacement theory
There you go..... and this country immediately becomes a better place........ well that is my theory
By David Neiwert — May 15, 2022
The right-wing freakout over peaceful protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices and chalk on the sidewalk in front of Republican senators’ homes, built around the seeming belief that any kind of protest at all is an act of violence, is actually a piece of classic right-wing projection. Conservatives assume that all protests feature intimidation and menace, bellicose threats, and acts of violence, because they themselves know no other way of protesting, as we’ve seen over the past five years and longer—especially on Jan. 6.
So it’s not surprising that the right-wing response to protests over the imminent demise of the Roe v. Wade ruling so far is riddled with white nationalist thugs turning up in the streets, and threats directed at Democratic judges. Ben Makuch at Vice reported this week on how far-right extremists are filling Telegram channels with calls for the assassination of federal judges, accompanied by doxxing information revealing their home addresses.
One Telegram channel features a roster of targets accompanied by an eye-grabbing graphic with an assault-style gun, complete with their photos, bios, and personal contact and address information, including two federal judges appointed with Democratic backgrounds: a Barack Obama appointee of color, and a Midwestern judge of Jewish ethnicity. Joining them on the roster are people like Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, several bankers, and officials who served on a federal vaccine board.
According to Makuch, this particular channel has been repeatedly taken off Telegram, only to promptly reconstitute itself. Now in its fifth iteration, he reports that federal law enforcement is aware of the channel and is investigating the threats.
The anti-abortion right’s entire track record of protest, in fact, is brimming with case after case of violence and the politics of menace. Between 1977 and 2020, there have been 11 murders of health care providers, 26 attempted murders, 956 reported threats of harm and death, 624 stalking incidents, and four kidnappings, accompanied by 42 bombings, 194 arsons, 104 attempted arsons or bombings, and 667 bomb threats.
Meanwhile, right-wing pundits are frantically indulging in groundless claims of imminent left-wing violence: “Pro Abortion Advocates Are Becoming Violent After Supreme Court Leak,” read a Town Hall headline over a piece that documented some minor shoving incidents outside the Supreme Court building among the protesters there.
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board speculated: “We hate to say this, but some abortion fanatic could decide to commit an act of violence to stop a 5-4 ruling. It’s an awful thought, but we live in fanatical times.”
A right-wing extremist was charged only three weeks ago in South Carolina with threatening federal judges, along with President Biden and Vice President Harris. The man—a 33-year-old inmate at the Department of Corrections and Proud Boy named Eric Rome—sent letters he claimed contained anthrax to the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and left threatening voicemails: “Our intent is war on the federal government and specifically the assassination of the feds Marxist leaders Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Rome said on a voicemail, citing a laundry list of offenses: “the theft of the last presidential election, promoting critical race theory in our schools, the vax mandate and using Marxist media outlets, notably CNN, to brainwash our citizens,” according to the indictment.
In his most recent threat in March, Rome threatened two unnamed South Carolina federal judges with death by stabbing: “Vacate the benches and we may let you live,” he wrote. Rome’s February letter to the Portland courthouse claimed he was sending “weapons grade anthrax” as a protest for failing “to arrest and prosecute Black Lives Matter activists despite the riots, looting, assaults and many other crimes by BLM in your city against White Citizens. .... WHITE POWER!”
more at https://crooksandliars.com/2022/05/right-wing-extremists-liberal-judges-roe
my take: We need more surveillance of these people... their relatives... their employers....... their fucking bar tenders
The three adult children of Oath Keepers boss Stewart Rhodes have detailed what it was like growing up with the libertarian-turned-violent militiaman, from being home-schooled on nothing but the American Revolution to having no food on the table while he was jet-setting around the country.
Rhodes, a Yale-educated lawyer and former paratrooper, has been charged with seditious conspiracy after the feds said he “spearheaded” the most coordinated and serious effort to overthrow the U.S. government on Jan. 6. He and 10 other members of the far-right militia group worked together to recruit, train, and prepare for an attack, and Rhodes continued to call for the overthrow of the government even after the failed insurrection, prosecutors allege.
Rhodes didn’t storm the Capitol himself and instead remained in a D.C. hotel room communicating with other members and even getting on the phone to a Trump intermediary in an effort to speak to the president, one member said.
The day after his arrest this year, Rhodes’ ex-wife Tasha Adams called him a “complete sociopath” who terrorized and physically abused her and their six children for years until she finally got a divorce.
Oath Keepers Founder Secretly Backed Lawsuit for Government Based on ‘Lord of the Rings’
Speaking for the first time to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch, his three adult children (the other three kids are still minors) said that, on the day Adams filed for divorce in 2018, they packed their bags and tried to sneak out of the house at 4 a.m. by telling their dad, who was already up and “in a mania,” that they were going to buy food.
“We thought that if he is here and we are here when [the divorce papers] are delivered, he would kill all of us. We felt that we were running for our lives,” Sequoia Adams, 19, said.
The couple’s children grew up being home-schooled but the only history Rhodes taught them was the American Revolution, they said. He “brainwashed” them into thinking the world was ending, and constantly moved the family around the country as he “burned everyone around him,” Sequoia said.
“You could tell that he wanted to be George Washington,” said daughter Sedona Adams, 23.
Who Was the ‘Trump Intermediary’ on the Phone to Oath Keepers Boss on Jan. 6?
All the kids were born at home and Sequoia said she never got a birth certificate so therefore couldn’t get a passport or social security number later in life. Rhodes used the possibility of getting her birth certificate to psychologically abuse her and force her to maintain contact with him, she said.
Rhodes was initially involved with Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who ran three failed presidential campaigns as both a libertarian and Republican candidate. Rhodes threatened to leave the country if Paul lost in 2004, Sequoia said, and then said he’d do the same if Obama won in 2008.
But when Obama did win, Rhodes instead realized he could bring together other terrified, angry libertarians into some sort of movement, they said. At first it was a supposedly bipartisan group to educate people about their constitutional rights. But when people started donating, the Oath Keepers quickly turned into something darker—and shoddier.
“What he wanted was collapse, so he could be the king of the collapse, with his own little army, so it was always going to go the way it did,” Sequoia said.
As money flooded in, he started jet-setting around the country to give talks, eating at fancy restaurants, and buying top-of-the-line survivalist gear. Meanwhile, his wife and kids had no food on the table and resorted to selling silver to pay the bills, they said.
Rhodes realized “disaster relief” or emergency appeals were the most lucrative, so he’d always be on the phone saying, “We need to create an emergency,” Sedona recalled.
“Anything that they could put up a GoFundMe for—anything that gets a GoFundMe link in front of the mailing list,” his 24-year-old son Dakota Adams said.
The children didn’t mention specific fundraisers Rhodes ran; one of the group’s earlier efforts involved recruiting members and resources to guard rooftops in Ferguson, Missouri, during the 2014 riots sparked by Michael Brown’s death.
When Trump was elected, Rhodes was initially critical and wanted to release an open letter to “school Trump” on the Constitution, the kids said. But he grew paranoid that a Democratic president would give the FBI the green light to charge him over his participation in anti-government militant Ammon Bundy’s infamous standoff with federal authorities on a Nevada ranch in 2014.
By the time Trump lost in 2020, Rhodes was all in on the deluded belief that the election had been stolen and people like him needed to take part in a bloody fight to save the republic.
He is still behind bars awaiting trial after a federal judge shot down claims by his lawyers in February that he should be bailed as he’s “no longer a danger” with Trump out of office.
My take: Rhodes is a complete nutter. A fucking nutcase who believes in conspiracy and believes he is some kind of savior. That only he knows the truth.
How about this truth. Guilty as fuck and 20 years in Federal prison...in general population
The right-wing cable network One America News Network on Monday ran a pre-recorded 30-second segment acknowledging that there was “no widespread voter fraud” by Georgia election workers in the 2020 presidential election. The segment appears to be part of a recent settlement relating to a defamation lawsuit brought against the network by two such workers.
The segment notes that an investigation by state officials into unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud made by ex-President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani turned up nothing. “The results of this investigation indicate that Ruby Freeman and Wandrea ‘Shaye’ Moss did not engage in ballot fraud or criminal misconduct,” a narrator states.
“A legal matter with this network and the two election workers has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties through a fair and reasonable settlement,” the voiceover adds.
Freeman and her daughter, Moss, say they were harassed online and in person after baseless rumors began circulating online, due in part to content published by the conspiracy website The Gateway Pundit, which the pair also sued. In January 2021, when Trump pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to try to “find” votes to overturn the state’s election results, he mentioned Freeman’s name 18 times. Freeman was also visited by a publicist for Kanye West, who threatened her in an effort to extract a confession about committing election fraud.
And if that weren’t enough, video of the pair doing their jobs was hyped up by Rudy Giuliani—and Sean Hannity—who falsely claimed that it showed “blatant, clear, obvious” fraud. While speaking to Georgia State House Republicans about the video during a Zoom meeting in December 2020, Giuliani at one point can be heard saying, “We should try to get this on Newsmax and OANN.”
Freeman and Moss sued Giuliani as well, and that case is ongoing.
And there you go . You see the court system worked. The civil attorneys backed the network into a corner and they were forced to admit there was no widespread voter fraud. Mugwumps...... they essentially admitted they lied.
As far as Giuliani is concerned.... he is sitting down except for the mask nutcase or whatever that show is..... but he will settle or the thing goes to trial.... i would love to see a trial with him under oath on the witness stand sweating and his makeup running.... now that's entertainment.
A regional leader of the far-right Oath Keepers organization has pleaded guilty to sedition and obstruction of an official proceeding in connection with the Jan 6., 2021, Capitol attack.
In a press release on Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said that William Todd Wilson of Newton Grove, N.C., pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy for his role in the riot.
According to court documents, the DOJ said, Wilson was a member of the Oath Keepers since 2016 and led the far-right group’s Sampson County, N.C., chapter.
He admitted in his plea that he took part in a plan to use force to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election, the DOJ said.
The department said Wilson and others used encrypted and private communications, exchanging numerous messages weeks prior to the attack using a messaging application called Signal. Two of the messages Wilson sent in December 2020 said, “It is time to fight!” and “Things are about to get real . . . and we need to be ready as ever!”
Wilson then arrived in Washington, D.C., the day prior to the attack armed with a variety of weapons, including an AR-15-style rifle, a 9-millimeter pistol, up to 200 rounds of ammunition, pepper spray, a pocketknife and a large walking stick intended to be used as a weapon, the DOJ said, citing court documents.
On the day of the riot, Wilson and others marched to the Capitol, and shortly after 2 p.m. the group unlawfully passed around barricades and authorities to enter the building’s restricted grounds.
By about thirty-eight minutes later, Wilson had marched through the Capitol Rotunda to the east portion of the building, where the DOJ said he took part, along with other rioters, in trying to push open the Rotunda Doors from inside the building. The opening of the doors roughly a minute later allowed more rioters, including other members of the Oath Keepers, to enter, the department said.
The DOJ said Wilson exited the building at 2:55 p.m. and met with other conspirators at a Virginia-area restaurant, where the department said one person advised that everyone should delete incriminating materials from their cellular phones.
Wilson tried to conceal incriminating evidence from being stored on his Apple iCloud account the next day, according to the DOJ, and later threw his cell phone into the Atlantic Ocean in what the department said was an effort to prevent authorities from finding evidence in his case.
his comes as authorities have arrested nearly 800 individuals in connection with the Capitol riot, which resulted in the deaths of five people. More than 250 of those individuals have been charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.
Wilson, who faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the two counts he pled guilty to, is the third Oath Keepers member to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy and obstruction charges in connection with the Capitol attack, the DOJ noted.
Wilson, 44, also agreed to cooperate with authorities in their ongoing investigation of the riot. A sentencing date has not yet been determined, the department said.
My Take: Another one bites the dust and agrees to cooperate against the other. Pled to sedition to.... lol NEXT
A former New York City police officer was convicted Monday of assaulting a Washington, DC, police officer during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
Thomas Webster, who claimed he was defending himself when he swung a metal flagpole at police and tackled one to the ground, choking him by his chin strap, was convicted by a jury on all six charges after roughly two hours of deliberations.
The 56-year-old ex-NYPD officer and former Marine faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the assault of DC officer Noah Rathbun. Webster is the fourth January 6 rioter to be convicted by a jury and the first to be convicted by a jury in a police assault case from the insurrection.
"This case is about rage," one of the prosecutors, Brian Kelly, said in closing arguments Friday.
Kelly told the jury that while Webster "wants to blame officer Rathbun," it was Webster who first attacked Rathbun and Webster who crossed police lines to tackle the officer.
"His actions speak for themselves," Kelly concluded, asking the jury to find Webster guilty on all charges, including assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer with a dangerous weapon.
Webster's defense attorney, James Monroe, argued that Webster only acted in self-defense after being punched by Rathbun.
"Are we ever going to accept police misconduct?" Monroe asked the jury. "We're dealing with a bad cop," he said of Rathbun, adding that Webster "knows what a bad cop looks like" from serving on the NYPD for two decades.
This the first case where a Capitol rioter claimed self-defense. In other related cases, jurors previously rejected attempts by defendants to shift the blame onto then-President Donald Trump. Most of the January 6 cases that have gone to trial so far resulted in convictions.
The self-defense claim gained no traction with jurors.
Doris Spruell, a juror, told reporters after the verdict that they "looked at all the evidence...and felt that there was no grounds for self-defense. The video, I think, clearly showed that."
When asked about Webster's testimony, Spruell said she "did not think it was credible."
"The case that the government laid out was very comprehensive," another juror said, adding that he felt "quite comfortable with the verdict" and that the jury didn't find Webster's testimony compelling.
"It was very quick and very obvious," another juror said.
While prosecutors requested Webster be locked up immediately, Mehta allowed Webster to remain on 24-hour home confinement with an ankle monitor, a decision he said was "a close call."
Webster, who sat still during the verdict, left the DC courthouse holding a flip phone to his ear and did not speak with reporters.
"It's a difficult day for Tom Webster and his family," Monroe said. "We're going to give some thought about the result today and decide where to go from here."
Another rioter who assaulted police nearby Webster during the riot -- and who can be seen assaulting officers in a video where Webster is also visible -- was sentenced to 27 months behind bars on Monday, after striking a plea deal with the Justice Department in December.
Kevin Creek, a former Marine, attacked two police officers during the riot, kicking one and striking another in the hand.
"He broke the line," prosecutors said during the sentencing before Judge Dabney Friedrich.
This story has been updated with additional details.
CNN's Casey Gannon contributed to this report.
My take: LOL, ROTFL... NEXT.... lock them all up......
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