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on: November 03, 2008, 01:30:21 PM 1246 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Did inaction help Oklahoma inmate flee Granite prison?

Did inaction help Oklahoma inmate flee Granite prison?
Official failed to act on ‘gut feeling’

Published: November 2, 2008

MANGUM — Bobbi Parker’s life might have been forever altered had the former Oklahoma State Reformatory warden acted on a gut feeling 14 years ago.

Bobbi Parker, a prison official's wife accused of helping a convicted killer escape and then living on the lam with him for more than a decade, waits in a Greer County courtroom for a preliminary hearing to determine whether or not she should face a trial, in Mangum, Okla., Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Jack Crowley recalled that fateful moment last week as he testified at a preliminary hearing that ended with Parker ordered to trial, accused of helping the late convicted killer Randolph Franklin Dial escape from the Granite prison on Aug. 30, 1994.

Parker, 46, will enter a formal plea Thursday in Greer County.

"One day I drove down ‘The Line’ — that’s what we called the row of housing units where many of the higher-ranking prison staffers lived,” testified Crowley, recalling an otherwise nondescript summer day in 1994. "I noticed Bobbi Parker and Randolph Dial sitting on the front porch together drinking coffee.

"Looking back now, I remember how it struck me. I had just about determined it was time to move him. Then, the very next week, he escaped.”

Parker — the wife of deputy warden Randy Parker — drove a van from the prison grounds. Dial sat crouched on the floorboard as they passed a guard tower. Ever since, a debate has raged over whether Parker willingly ran off with Dial or was kidnapped and held against her will.

In April 2005, Parker and Dial were found living together on a Campti, Texas, chicken farm. Parker maintains her innocence and said Dial threatened to use his connections to harm her husband and two daughters if she ever left him or turned him in. She returned to her family after she and Dial were found.

Crowley has maintained his skepticism.

"It wasn’t a kidnapping,” Crowley said. "No. 1, I knew Dial wasn’t capable of kidnapping someone like that. Then there was the talk — you hear things — and what I saw. So it all came together. I really never had any other opinion.”

Security override

Ironically, Crowley is the one who approved a "security override” in July 1994 that placed Dial in minimum security. Despite his first-degree murder conviction, Dial maneuvered himself into a comfortable prison lifestyle thanks to his talents as a painter and sculptor.

Crowley had given Dial permission to create an inmate-operated pottery industry, a project designed to make money for the prison and rehabilitate inmates. He named Bobbi Parker the project’s "sponsor,” and allowed Dial to produce his first works out of a makeshift shop in Parker’s garage.

"Randolph worked next to my own family, my kids,” Crowley once told Oklahoma author Charles Sasser. "I didn’t have him anywhere I wouldn’t trust him with my own family.”

Crowley testified that he monitored the project’s progress through regular conversations with Randy Parker, but he now regrets not having more direct contact with Bobbi Parker.

on: November 03, 2008, 01:25:07 PM 1247 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Police seek more info about 5 found shot in California

Nov 3, 3:38 PM EST

Police seek more info about 5 found shot in Calif.


Associated Press Writer
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Family members and friends seeking answers and solace descended Monday on a homeless encampment where five people were shot to death over the weekend, and police hoped an anonymous caller would come forward and say more.

"There is still a demon out there killing innocent people," said Don Morgan, 58, who said he was friends with the victims but wasn't homeless himself. "Satan was here that day."

The bodies of three men and two women were found Sunday in the camp, which is between commercial buildings and the 405 Freeway and appears to be reachable only by a drainage channel.

Authorities have not released identities of the victims or a possible motive.

Ilager McMoore, 42, said his niece, Vanessa Malaepule, was one of the victims. He said police told him Malaepule was found under the body of her boyfriend, as though he tried to shield her during the shooting.

McMoore said Malaepule was not homeless but liked to visit the encampment. "She would talk to anyone, always got that pretty laugh," McMoore said.

Several tent poles surrounded a length of old carpet in the camp. A shrine for one of the victims featured a picture of a woman placed atop yellow flowers and surrounded by lit candles.

Police found the bodies after a man called anonymously from a pay phone about 8:30 a.m. Sunday and directed them to the scene.

"We're still trying to find out who that person was, we would love for them to come forward," Deputy Police Chief Robert Luna said. "We believe they have more information than what they gave us."

Every day thousands of people drive by the scene near the intersection of the 405 and 710 freeways, but heavy brush hides the encampment. The crime had no apparent eyewitnesses, but some neighbors reported hearing gunfire and yelling early Sunday.

"I heard the gunshots first, and then I heard the screaming," neighbor Tippi Briggs told KNBC-TV. "I heard a guy yell 'Come on, let's go, get in the car, let's go' and then I heard the car, it just sped down the street."

The bodies were at the coroner's office Monday, where investigators were trying to identify them and recover evidence. Some of the victims had been shot more than once, said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the coroner's office.

on: November 03, 2008, 01:11:44 PM 1248 Across the Globe / World Crime Related News / Girl, 14, shot dead in Mexican resort

Girl, 14, shot dead in Mexican resort
Gang-style attack in Acapulco also kills man; 2 others hospitalized

ACAPULCO, Mexico - A 14-year-old girl has died in a shooting attack two blocks from the main coastal boulevard in Mexico's Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.

Prosecutors said a 35-year-old man also died in the attack, in which gunmen traveling in a sport utility vehicle fired at a hardware store. The girl does not appear to have been the target.

Two other men are being treated at local hospitals for wounds suffered in the attack.

The Monday attack was the latest in a wave of gang-style shootings which have claimed the lives of minors in Mexico.

In June, a 12-year-old girl was killed in the crossfire of a drug shootout in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. A 4-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl were killed in Tijuana in January

on: November 03, 2008, 01:08:08 PM 1249 Across the Globe / World Crime Related News / Gunmen kill 11 in Mexico bar rampage

Gunmen kill 11 in Mexico bar rampage
Deadly shooting occurs in area at center of crackdown on drug cartels

updated 2:23 a.m. CT, Sat., Oct. 11, 2008
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Gunmen opened fire in a bar in northern Mexico, killing 11 people, and a newspaper editor was found shot to death on the side of a highway in two separate attacks, police said Friday.

Police had not uncovered a motive or detained suspects in either shooting.

The body of 40-year-old Miguel Angel Villagomez, owner and editor of La Noticia newspaper in the western state of Michoacan, was found late Thursday near a highway in the neighboring state of Guerrero, police said. He had been shot three times, including once in the head.

Shortly before midnight Thursday, unidentified assailants walked into the Rio Rosas bar in the northern city of Chihuahua and began shooting indiscriminately, said Eduardo Esparza, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Chihuahua state.

Chihuahua state has seen hundreds of murders this year as the government attempts to crack down on warring drug cartels. On Aug. 16, gunmen killed 13 people, including a 1-year-old child, at a dance hall in Creel, a picturesque town along a canyon railway popular with tourists.

The Inter-American Press Association said Friday it was outraged by Villagomez's slaying and urged authorities to investigate immediately.

The group noted that since 2006, two journalists have been killed in Michoacan and three have disappeared. Michoacan has suffered heavily from drug turf battles and cartel killings.

'Unusual' level of violence
In Tijuana, another city plagued by cartel violence, authorities reported on Friday that a total of 91 people have been killed in a wave of gangland homicides since Sept. 26.

Baja California state Attorney General Rommel Moreno called the level of violence "critical and unusual," and said that 11 handwritten messages left next to many of the victims appear to have written by the same person.

The same firearms appear to have been used in about two-thirds of the killings.

Of those cases in which a cause of death has been established, 52 died of gunshots, 19 were strangled, 9 were beaten to death, 6 were suffocated and 5 decapitated.

In one case, authorities said they found human teeth and other remains inside barrels of acid left on a Tijuana street, but investigations continue into that case and those remains were not included in the totals

More Mexican crime, with drug cartels and murder and not death penalty in Mexico.  They can go to prison and live like kings on bribing the corrupt prison system till they get out, with no death penalty to worry about. Why not commit the crimes?  Don't worry, be happy! ::)

on: November 03, 2008, 12:59:25 PM 1250 Across the Globe / World Crime Related News / Gunmen kill 13 at party in northern Mexico

Gunmen kill 13 at party in northern Mexico
Most of the victims were members of a single family

updated 4:36 p.m. CT, Sun., Aug. 17, 2008
MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities said gunmen killed 13 people at a family party in the border state of Chihuahua.

A 1-year-old child was among the dead in Saturday's attack in the mountain town of Creel. State prosecutors said in a statement Sunday that most of the victims were members of a single family.

Witnesses told police that gunmen in three pickup trucks, wearing ski masks and dressed in black, fired on a crowd outside a dance hall

Authorities did not give a motive for the attack but more than 800 people have been killed this year in Chihuahua, most of the deaths attributed to battling drug cartels.

Creel police officer Rosendo Chavez said the picturesque tourist town had previously been spared from the violence raging through the state.

Well, now, isn't that special?  ;) 

For a country that does not believe in the death penalty, they sure have a lot of kidnapping, rape, murder, and drug crimes going on in Mexico.   

No wonder all the illegals are coming across the border and invading us.  They are fleeing rampant crime in their own damn country.  And they are exporting their crimes and criminals to the US with their invasion. >:(

on: November 03, 2008, 12:32:31 PM 1251 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Supreme Court to decide on convict's right to test DNA

Court to decide on convict's right to test DNA
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide whether, years after his conviction, a defendant has a constitutional right to test genetic evidence found at the crime scene.

The justices, in an order Monday, accepted the appeal of prosecutors in Alaska. They asked the court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling in favor of William Osborne, who was convicted of rape, kidnapping and assault in an attack on a prostitute in 1993.

The woman was raped at gunpoint, beaten with an ax handle, shot in the head and left for dead in a snow bank near the Anchorage International Airport.

Osborne admitted his guilt under oath to the parole board in 2004. Another man also convicted in the attack has repeatedly identified Osborne as having participated in the crimes. The testing would be done on a condom and hairs found by investigators.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, said Osborne has a right to subject the evidence to advanced DNA testing that was not available at the time of his trial.

Forty-four states and the federal government have laws that give convicts access to DNA testing, but Alaska does not.

Osborne urged the court to reject the appeal, saying that because so many states have laws on the topic, it rarely arises in federal court.

Prosecutors argued that even if testing determines that the hairs and sperm are not Osborne's, other evidence introduced at his trial is sufficient to leave his conviction in place. That matter is not before the high court.

The case is District Attorney's Office v. Osborne, 08-6.

(This version CORRECTS SUBS 6th graf to correct number of states with DNA testing laws to 44, sted 43.)


November 3, 2008 - 1:16 p.m. CST

on: November 03, 2008, 12:28:00 PM 1252 Across the Globe / World Crime Related News / Kidnappers kill Mexican child with acid injection

Kidnappers kill Mexican child with acid injection

MEXICO CITY — Mexico City's top prosecutor says kidnappers killed a 5-year-old boy by injecting him with acid after his family sought police help.

Attorney General Miguel Mancera says assailants injected acid into the boy's heart and buried him on a hill outside the capital.

Mancera's office says in a statement that the boy was abducted Oct. 26 from a street market in a poor neighborhood and was killed three days later.

Police say a taxi driver unknowingly drove a kidnapper and the child from the market to a house. The driver later saw the boy on a TV announcement seeking information and returned to the market to alert the boy's parents.

Five suspected kidnapers have been arrested. Mancera confirmed the killing Monday.


November 3, 2008 - 1:24 p.m. CST

on: November 03, 2008, 12:18:23 PM 1253 Off Topic / Off Topic- News / Houston officer kills man who shot at passing cars

Houston officer kills man who shot at passing cars, police say
Unidentified gunman's fire struck four cars, police say.


Monday, November 03, 2008

HOUSTON — A Houston police officer shot and killed a man he saw shooting at passing cars Sunday, police said.

Police said officer Michael J. Glover heard gunfire about 3:30 a.m. while he was investigating reports of a fight outside a supermarket in the 7500 block of Bellfort Street in Southeast Houston. Glover spotted the man running down the block, shooting at cars, police said.

Police said Glover fired two shots as he saw the man preparing to shoot at an oncoming car. Four cars were struck by gunfire, and one person reported being hurt, police said.

Authorities believe the gunman, whose identity was not released pending notification of relatives, had shot and wounded a security guard at a nightclub when the guard wouldn't let him into the building, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The guard is hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening.

on: October 07, 2008, 06:27:13 PM 1254 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / You wanted CHANGE, You got it!!


 George Bush has been in office for 7 1/2 years.  The first six the economy
 was fine.
 A little over one year ago:
            1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
            2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
            3) the unemployment rate was 4.5%.
                 4) the DOW JONES hit a record high--14,000 +
                 5) American's were buying new cars,taking cruises,
 vacations overseas, living large!...

 But American's wanted 'CHANGE'!  So, in 2006 they voted in a Democratic
 Congress and yes--we got 'CHANGE' all right. In the PAST YEAR:
             1) Consumer confidence has plummeted ;
             2) Gasoline is now over $4 a gallon & climbing!;
             3) Unemployment is up to 5.5% (a 10% increase);
             4) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $12 TRILLION
                  DOLLARS and prices still dropping;
              5) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.
              6) as I write, THE DOW is probing another low~~




on: September 30, 2008, 02:43:39 PM 1255 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Democrats in their own words Covering up the Fannie Mae Freddy Mac Mess

Video Unearthed Democrats in their own words Covering up the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Scam that caused our Economic Crisis

on: September 30, 2008, 01:07:08 PM 1256 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Secret, Foreign Money Floods Into Obama Campaign

Secret, Foreign Money Floods Into Obama Campaign

Monday, September 29, 2008 9:23 PM

By: Kenneth R. Timmerman   

More than half of the whopping $426.9 million Barack Obama has raised has come from small donors whose names the Obama campaign won't disclose.

And questions have arisen about millions more in foreign donations the Obama campaign has received that apparently have not been vetted as legitimate.

Obama has raised nearly twice that of John McCain's campaign, according to new campaign finance report.

But because of Obama’s high expenses during the hotly contested Democratic primary season and an early decision to forgo public campaign money and the spending limits it imposes, all that cash has not translated into a financial advantage — at least, not yet.

The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee began September with $95 million in cash, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The McCain camp and the Republican National Committee had $94 million, because of an influx of $84 million in public money.

But Obama easily could outpace McCain by $50 million to $100 million or more in new donations before Election Day, thanks to a legion of small contributors whose names and addresses have been kept secret.

Unlike the McCain campaign, which has made its complete donor database available online, the Obama campaign has not identified donors for nearly half the amount he has raised, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).

Federal law does not require the campaigns to identify donors who give less than $200 during the election cycle. However, it does require that campaigns calculate running totals for each donor and report them once they go beyond the $200 mark.

Surprisingly, the great majority of Obama donors never break the $200 threshold.

“Contributions that come under $200 aggregated per person are not listed,” said Bob Biersack, a spokesman for the FEC. “They don’t appear anywhere, so there’s no way of knowing who they are.”

The FEC breakdown of the Obama campaign has identified a staggering $222.7 million as coming from contributions of $200 or less. Only $39.6 million of that amount comes from donors the Obama campaign has identified.

It is the largest pool of unidentified money that has ever flooded into the U.S. election system, before or after the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reforms of 2002.

Biersack would not comment on whether the FEC was investigating the huge amount of cash that has come into Obama’s coffers with no public reporting.

But Massie Ritsch, a spokesman for CRP, a campaign-finance watchdog group, dismissed the scale of the unreported money.

“We feel comfortable that it isn’t the $20 donations that are corrupting a campaign,” he told Newsmax.

But those small donations have added up to more than $200 million, all of it from unknown and unreported donors.

Ritsch acknowledges that there is skepticism about all the unreported money, especially in the Obama campaign coffers.

“We and seven other watchdog groups asked both campaigns for more information on small donors,” he said. “The Obama campaign never responded,” whereas the McCain campaign “makes all its donor information, including the small donors, available online.”

The rise of the Internet as a campaign funding tool raises new questions about the adequacy of FEC requirements on disclosure. In pre-Internet fundraising, almost all political donations, even small ones, were made by bank check, leaving a paper trail and limiting the amount of fraud.

But credit cards used to make donations on the Internet have allowed for far more abuse.

“While FEC practice is to do a post-election review of all presidential campaigns, given their sluggish metabolism, results can take three or four years,” said Ken Boehm, the chairman of the conservative National Legal and Policy Center.

Already, the FEC has noted unusual patterns in Obama campaign donations among donors who have been disclosed because they have gone beyond the $200 minimum.

FEC and Mr. Doodad Pro

When FEC auditors have questions about contributions, they send letters to the campaign’s finance committee requesting additional information, such as the complete address or employment status of the donor.

Many of the FEC letters that Newsmax reviewed instructed the Obama campaign to “redesignate” contributions in excess of the finance limits.

Under campaign finance laws, an individual can donate $2,300 to a candidate for federal office in both the primary and general election, for a total of $4,600. If a donor has topped the limit in the primary, the campaign can “redesignate” the contribution to the general election on its books.

In a letter dated June 25, 2008, the FEC asked the Obama campaign to verify a series of $25 donations from a contributor identified as “Will, Good” from Austin, Texas.

Mr. Good Will listed his employer as “Loving” and his profession as “You.”

A Newsmax analysis of the 1.4 million individual contributions in the latest master file for the Obama campaign discovered 1,000 separate entries for Mr. Good Will, most of them for $25.

In total, Mr. Good Will gave $17,375.

Following this and subsequent FEC requests, campaign records show that 330 contributions from Mr. Good Will were credited back to a credit card. But the most recent report, filed on Sept. 20, showed a net cumulative balance of $8,950 — still well over the $4,600 limit.

There can be no doubt that the Obama campaign noticed these contributions, since Obama’s Sept. 20 report specified that Good Will’s cumulative contributions since the beginning of the campaign were $9,375.

In an e-mailed response to a query from Newsmax, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt pledged that the campaign would return the donations. But given the slowness with which the campaign has responded to earlier FEC queries, there’s no guarantee that the money will be returned before the Nov. 4 election.

Similarly, a donor identified as “Pro, Doodad,” from “Nando, NY,” gave $19,500 in 786 separate donations, most of them for $25. For most of these donations, Mr. Doodad Pro listed his employer as “Loving” and his profession as “You,” just as Good Will had done.

But in some of them, he didn’t even go this far, apparently picking letters at random to fill in the blanks on the credit card donation form. In these cases, he said he was employed by “VCX” and that his profession was “VCVC.”

Following FEC requests, the Obama campaign began refunding money to Doodad Pro in February 2008. In all, about $8,425 was charged back to a credit card. But that still left a net total of $11,165 as of Sept. 20, way over the individual limit of $4,600.

Here again, LaBolt pledged that the contributions would be returned but gave no date.

In February, after just 93 donations, Doodad Pro had already gone over the $2,300 limit for the primary. He was over the $4,600 limit for the general election one month later.

In response to FEC complaints, the Obama campaign began refunding money to Doodad Pro even before he reached these limits. But his credit card was the gift that kept on giving. His most recent un-refunded contributions were on July 7, when he made 14 separate donations, apparently by credit card, of $25 each.

Just as with Mr. Good Will, there can be no doubt that the Obama campaign noticed the contributions, since its Sept. 20 report specified that Doodad’s cumulative contributions since the beginning of the campaign were $10,965.

Foreign Donations

And then there are the overseas donations — at least, the ones that we know about.

The FEC has compiled a separate database of potentially questionable overseas donations that contains more than 11,500 contributions totaling $33.8 million. More than 520 listed their “state” as “IR,” often an abbreviation for Iran. Another 63 listed it as “UK,” the United Kingdom.

More than 1,400 of the overseas entries clearly were U.S. diplomats or military personnel, who gave an APO address overseas. Their total contributions came to just $201,680.

But others came from places as far afield as Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Beijing, Fallujah, Florence, Italy, and a wide selection of towns and cities in France.

Until recently, the Obama Web site allowed a contributor to select the country where he resided from the entire membership of the United Nations, including such friendly places as North Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Unlike McCain’s or Sen. Hillary Clinton’s online donation pages, the Obama site did not ask for proof of citizenship until just recently. Clinton’s presidential campaign required U.S. citizens living abroad to actually fax a copy of their passport before a donation would be accepted.

With such lax vetting of foreign contributions, the Obama campaign may have indirectly contributed to questionable fundraising by foreigners.

In July and August, the head of the Nigeria’s stock market held a series of pro-Obama fundraisers in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. The events attracted local Nigerian business owners.

At one event, a table for eight at one fundraising dinner went for $16,800. Nigerian press reports claimed sponsors raked in an estimated $900,000.

The sponsors said the fundraisers were held to help Nigerians attend the Democratic convention in Denver. But the Nigerian press expressed skepticism of that claim, and the Nigerian public anti-fraud commission is now investigating the matter.

Concerns about foreign fundraising have been raised by other anecdotal accounts of illegal activities.

In June, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi gave a public speech praising Obama, claiming foreign nationals were donating to his campaign.

“All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man,” the Libyan leader said. “They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency..."

Though Gadhafi asserted that fundraising from Arab and African nations were “legitimate,” the fact is that U.S. federal law bans any foreigner from donating to a U.S. election campaign.

The rise of the Internet and use of credit cards have made it easier for foreign nationals to donate to American campaigns, especially if they claim their donation is less than $200.

Campaign spokesman LaBolt cited several measures that the campaign has adopted to “root out fraud,” including a requirement that anyone attending an Obama fundraising event overseas present a valid U.S. passport, and a new requirement that overseas contributors must provide a passport number when donating online.

One new measure that might not appear obvious at first could be frustrating to foreigners wanting to buy campaign paraphernalia such as T-shirts or bumper stickers through the online store.

In response to an investigation conducted by blogger Pamela Geller, who runs the blog Atlas Shrugs, the Obama campaign has locked down the store.

Geller first revealed on July 31 that donors from the Gaza strip had contributed $33,000 to the Obama campaign through bulk purchases of T-shirts they had shipped to Gaza.

The online campaign store allows buyers to complete their purchases by making an additional donation to the Obama campaign.

A pair of Palestinian brothers named Hosam and Monir Edwan contributed more than $31,300 to the Obama campaign in October and November 2007, FEC records show.

Their largesse attracted the attention of the FEC almost immediately. In an April 15, 2008, report that examined the Obama campaign’s year-end figures for 2007, the FEC asked that some of these contributions be reassigned.

The Obama camp complied sluggishly, prompting a more detailed admonishment form the FEC on July 30.

The Edwan brothers listed their address as “GA,” as in Georgia, although they entered “Gaza” or “Rafah Refugee camp” as their city of residence on most of the online contribution forms.

According to the Obama campaign, they wrongly identified themselves as U.S. citizens, via a voluntary check-off box at the time the donations were made.

Many of the Edwan brothers’ contributions have been purged from the FEC database, but they still can be found in archived versions available for CRP and other watchdog groups.

The latest Obama campaign filing shows that $891.11 still has not been refunded to the Edwan brothers, despite repeated FEC warnings and campaign claims that all the money was refunded in December.

A Newsmax review of the Obama campaign finance filings found that the FEC had asked for the redesignation or refund of 53,828 donations, totaling just under $30 million.

But none involves the donors who never appear in the Obama campaign reports, which the CRP estimates at nearly half the $426.8 million the Obama campaign has raised to date.

Many of the small donors participated in online “matching” programs, which allows them to hook up with other Obama supporters and eventually share e-mail addresses and blogs.

The Obama Web site described the matching contribution program as similar to a public radio fundraising drive.

“Our goal is to bring 50,000 new donors into our movement by Friday at midnight,” campaign manager David Plouffe e-mailed supporters on Sept. 15. “And if you make your first online donation today, your gift will go twice as far. A previous donor has promised to match every dollar you donate.”

FEC spokesman Biersack said he was unfamiliar with the matching donation drive. But he said that if donations from another donor were going to be reassigned to a new donor, as the campaign suggested, “the two people must agree” to do so.

This type of matching drive probably would be legal as long as the matching donor had not exceeded the $2,300 per-election limit, he said.

Obama campaign spokesman LaBolt said, “We have more than 2.5 million donors overall, hundreds of thousands of which have participated in this program.”

Until now, the names of those donors and where they live have remained anonymous — and the federal watchdog agency in charge of ensuring that the presidential campaigns play by the same rules has no tools to find out

Strange isn't it?  Just how much the Muslim world just loves Obama/Osama and wants him to win so badly?  Tells me that we sure as hell can't afford to have him as president!  Especially, if they want him in office so much!  Scarey thought! :o

on: September 29, 2008, 10:49:43 AM 1257 Off Topic / Off Topic- News / Fla. teen accused of killing woman for beer money

Fla. teen accused of killing woman for beer money

Fla. teen accused of killing woman for beer money
PALM BAY, Fla. — Police in Florida say a 16-year-old boy slashed a woman to death and used the $6 he stole from her to buy beer.

Alan Michael Tanguay is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 58-year-old Patricia Kaliszeski in Palm Bay, about 55 miles northwest of Orlando.

Kaliszeski was found dead at her home on Friday, and police arrested Tanguay on Monday based on information from at least two witnesses. Police say the teen confessed to the slaying.

The woman was found in her bed with her throat cut and multiple stab wounds in her neck.

A witness told police that because Tanguay is too young to buy alcohol he asked someone to buy him beer with the money he stole.


September 29, 2008 - 12:25 p.m. CDT

on: September 26, 2008, 11:06:38 AM 1258 Off Topic / Off Topic- News / Arkansas evangelist arrested in child-porn probe

Arkansas evangelist arrested in child-porn probe

Alamo accused of transporting minors across state lines for sexual purposes

Associated Press
updated 6:58 p.m. CT, Thurs., Sept. 25, 2008

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - FBI agents on Thursday arrested evangelist Tony Alamo at an Arizona motel, alleging he transported minors across state lines for sexual purposes.

Federal agents and state police had raided Alamo's Arkansas compound on Saturday and removed six girls from the home. After police and social workers interviewed the girls this week, prosecutors sought Alamo's arrest. FBI spokesman Steve Frazier in Little Rock would not disclose what the children said.

Frazier said Alamo was staying at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Ariz., when arrested. The evangelist — who began his career as a California street preacher in 1966 — was scheduled for a federal court appearance Friday in Flagstaff.

"He has to have an initial appearance before I can say a whole lot," Frazier said. He said he did not believe children were with Alamo at the time of the arrest.

Agents arrested Alamo on charges that he violated the Mann Act, which prohibits transporting children across state lines for illegal purposes. Frazier described the illegal purposes as "sexual activity."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, describes the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries as a cult. As a group, Alamo's church despises homosexuals, Roman Catholics and the government; Alamo has preached that girls are fit for marriage once they are sexually mature.

"Consent is puberty," he said in an interview with The Associated Press last week while agents raided his compound at Fouke.

Custody hearings set
An Arkansas judge has hearings set for Friday and Monday on whether the state Department of Human Services can maintain custody of the six girls taken from the compound during the state and federal raid. The girls will attend the hearings.

"We will transport them to and from hearings. We will take part in any future hearings," DHS spokeswoman Julie Munsell said. "Our job right now is to basically take care of them."

Circuit Judge Jim Hudson said two hearings would be conducted Friday and the other four are set for Monday in Texarkana. The girls, ranging in age from 10 to 17, all have been identified through police investigation and birth certificates, state officials said.

State and federal agents raided Alamo's Fouke compound Saturday night, searching for evidence that children there had been molested or filmed having sex.

The six hearings will be split among three circuit judges serving Miller County. Judges will decide whether the state had enough evidence to warrant temporarily removing the children from their homes. If a judge rules against the state, the girls would be returned to her parents.

Hudson said all hearings, testimony and documents will be sealed because the cases involve juveniles — though he said he would announce a summary of his actions without naming the children.

According to Frazier, FBI agents and local and state police in Arizona arrested Alamo as he was leaving the hotel, which is located along cross-country Interstate 40. When the AP interviewed him Saturday and Monday, Alamo called from telephone numbers registered in the Los Angeles area.

Frazier said it wasn't known where Alamo was headed when he was picked up.

on: September 26, 2008, 11:01:50 AM 1259 Across the Globe / World Crime Related News / German police seize terrorist suspects on plane

German police seize terrorist suspects on plane
Authorities say they nabbed suspects after obtaining purported suicide note

Associated Press

BERLIN - German police boarded a plane at Cologne-Bonn Airport and arrested two terrorist suspects Friday just before the plane took off for Amsterdam. Police said they decided to act after finding a suicide note that claimed the men wanted to die in a terror attack.

A 23-year-old Somali man and a 24-year-old German man born in Somalia were arrested before the KLM flight left the airport, a spokeswoman for North Rhine-Westphalia state police said.

Police spokeswoman Katharina Breuer told The Associated Press that officers boarded the plane at 6:55 a.m. (12:55 am. EDT) and arrested the men without incident. She said authorities did not think the men planned to hijack that specific flight but would not say whether they were armed.

Purported suicide note
Breuer said authorities had obtained a suicide note written by the men that stated they wanted to take part in "jihad," — or holy war — and die in a terrorist attack.

She would not disclose how authorities knew the men would be on board, but Germany's top-selling Bild newspaper, citing unidentified police sources, said the two had been under observation for months. Breuer said the men lived in the area.

Police boarded the Fokker 50 jet when it was at its "point of departure" and grabbed the two suspects, KLM spokeswoman Elfrieke van Galen said, adding that the 46 remaining passengers aboard KLM Flight 1804 were then forced to leave the plane.

"A 'baggage parade' took place to see if the two passengers who were taken by the police had bags with them," she said.

Van Galen said the plane took off after an hour delay and landed at Schipol airport in the Netherlands without further incident. Cologne airport spokesman Alexander Weise said other flights were not affected by the incident.

Locals rattled
Still, people at Cologne airport were rattled by the arrests.

"I saw a couple of policemen running out pretty quickly," said Antonietta Puzio, an airport cafe worker. "One always thinks something like this is so far away, and then something happens right by where you work."

The Dutch anti-terror chief warned earlier this month that the Netherlands remains one of the top targets for Islamic terrorist groups because of publicity surrounding a lawmaker's anti-Islam film.

'Substantial' threat
The National Coordinator for Combating Terrorism said in a report the film "Fitna" by lawmaker Geert Wilders has made the Netherlands a "preferred target" for Islamic groups.

Fitna set Koranic texts against a background of violent images, which the agency said "is considered a major insult and provocation" by terrorist groups.

The country's terrorist threat has been rated as "substantial" since the film's launch in March.

Frank Wallenta, a spokesman for federal prosecutors in Germany, said the arrests in Cologne were not related to an earlier announcement that two men linked to terrorist suspects may be on their way back to Germany.

Two suspects tracked
On Thursday, prosecutors said Eric Breininger, 21, and Houssain Al Malla, 23, could be headed to Germany after leaving a terrorist training camp in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The men are believed linked to the group involved in a foiled plot to attack American targets in Germany in 2007.

Germany tracks two with alleged al-Qaida ties
Despite the warning and the incident in Cologne, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Daniela-Alexandra Pietsch said the threat level in Germany had not changed.

Germany is still in the "crosshairs of terrorism" but there are no indications of "concrete attack preparations," Pietsch said Friday.


on: September 26, 2008, 07:24:36 AM 1260 Off Topic / Off Topic- News / Austin officer leaves gun in courthouse bathroom

Austin officer leaves gun in courthouse bathroom
A supervisor said a citizen found the gun and reported it to sheriff's deputies.
By Steven Kreytak


Friday, September 26, 2008

An Austin police officer Wednesday left his service pistol in a public bathroom stall at the courthouse, according to Austin police and a defense lawyer.

Lawyer Adam Reposa said Austin narcotics officer Jason Bryant was waiting to testify in his client's felony cocaine possession trial on the seventh floor of the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center when someone found the gun and reported it to sheriff's deputies.

Sean Mannix, commander of the organized crime division, which includes the narcotics detail, said that he has initiated an internal affairs investigation but said employment regulations prohibit him from identifying the officer.

Any punishment would come at the close of the internal affairs investigation.

Mannix said a citizen discovered the gun and notified Travis County sheriff's deputies, who provide courthouse security. By the time deputies went to the bathroom, the officer had noticed his gun was missing and retrieved it from the bathroom stall himself.

Mannix said the gun was out of the officer's possession for a few minutes.

It was the second time in recent months that an Austin officer has left a loaded gun in a public place. In July, officer Daniel Eveleth lost his gun when a police dog lurched toward him at Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park in Southwest Austin, police have said.

Eveleth, who did not know his gun was missing for several hours, is still under investigation. Austin police suspended the use of the type of holster he was using while they review it.

Thursday, Police Chief Art Acevedo said he would send a written update notifying officers that they should keep their guns in their holsters unless they are using them. Acevedo said the officer removed the gun because it weighed down his pants while he was using the bathroom.

When asked if that was in keeping with his training, Acevedo said: "Is there training on how to go to the bathroom with a gun? No."

Acevedo noted the danger of leaving a weapon in a courthouse with many accused felons walking around.

Bryant, who has been on the force for 10 years, could not be reached for comment. Austin Police Association President George Vanderhule said that when internal affairs investigations begin, officers are ordered not to talk about the incident until the investigation is complete. Vanderhule said he did not know enough about the incident to comment.

Reposa said the defendant in the case in which Bryant testified, Armando Perez, was convicted of possession of drugs and sentenced to 21/2 years in prison.; 912-2946
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