Triple Play Chelsea

#ChelseaManning may get 35 to Life for an outdated tube of toothpaste & unauthorized reading material

Triple Play Chelsea

A 2013 Photo(s) of U.S. Army Prisoner Chelsea E. Manning (photo courtesy of The Associated Press and the Chelsea Manning Network, 2015) …

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas – A few days ago I received an email from the Free Chelsea Manning Network, affiliated with Courage to Resist – A Conscientious Objector Site for Members of the U.S. and other World militaries – in concern of an issue involving Chelsea Manning, U.S. Military Whistle-blower.

What is a “Conscientious Objector,” you may ask? Simple definition?

“[An] individual[s] who has claimed the right to refuse to perform military service” — As Defined By Wikipedia [Emphasis mine]

And although the artist formally known as U.S. Army Pvt. Bradley E. Manning was in no way a Conscientious Objector he is still being supported by my friends at Courage to Resist and the Wikileaks Network, e.g. Julian Assange, because he is both a hero, and a villain.

What Pvt. Manning may look like IF he is allowed to become a she (photo courtesy of the Free Chelsea Manning Network, 2015) ...

What Pvt. Manning may look like IF he is allowed to become a she (photo courtesy of the Free Chelsea Manning Network, 2015) …

You see Chelsea Manning, as the world now knows, became one of many to blow the whistle on the George W. Bush Administration and their Iraq War atrocities when in 2010 he began encrypted communications with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. And although Assange denied any contact with Manning, who in the Spring of 2010 reported to an obscure site called Lamo that he had been communicating with Assange, reports began leaking out that someone was leaking ‘highly classified material’ belonging to the Bush Administration to Wikileaks for publication. And that this material was ‘very damning’ according to reports. Manning spoke up, thereafter, to reporters at the New York Times and Washington Post that, “Yes! I am the one leaking this highly classified information.”

[Bradley Manning, since his 2013 incarceration has been trying to become Chelsea Manning. But the Department of the Army refuses to supply her with the proper hormone therapy and gender modification surgery to change from one sex to another.] 

Chelsea as a Girl

What U.S. Military Prisoner Chelsea E. Manning would like, like upon completion of her hormone therapy and gender change operation (photo courtesy of RootsAction Network, 2015) …

But by that time the proverbial cat was out of the bag, and then U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning of Oklahoma City, OK. would become one of many people tried and convicted for violating the Espionage Act of 1917 or Title 18 [U.S.] Code Violation in July of 2013 in a U.S. Military Court.

Pro and con alike comments run the gambit for what Chelsea did and didn’t do on behalf of the Laws of the United States and the People of the U.S.A. – And this writer understands, values and appreciates every one of those comments.

[On a Personal Note: I whole heartily support and condone the actions of both Bradley and Chelsea. I have donated to her legal defense through both the Free Chelsea Network and Courage to Resist many times, as I do many others who are represented by this erstwhile network, which includes Wikileaks and Julian Assange.]

And these kinds of conversations are important ones to have. It is also important to note of another conversation that we should be having, and it is that of the rate of incarceration and the prison system within the United States of America. We should also be having a conversation about who is and who is not really guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors against the United States of America, her Laws, and her People.

Former U.S. Army General David Petraeus

Former U.S. Army General David Petraeus (Retd.)


“So when they continued asking Him, he lifted up Himself, and said unto them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”” – John 8:7, The Holy Bible – King James Version 

Before I knew all of the proverbial happy horse crap that U.S. Army Gen. David H. ‘Dave’ Petraeus (Retd.) had stirred from the sand swept corners of Baghdad, Iraq to the panhandle of Florida and its shorelines I was a great supporter, admirer, and downright ardent fan of General Dave. Especially after this little exchange.

It gave me a near cream in my jeans and a kind of ‘Merica!’ Moment that every red-blooded, beer swilling soul should long for, especially when it comes to all things Dave Petraeus. Right?

But as we would later learn Dave Petraeus was ever vigilant to both dip his wick and leave the back door of Iraq, from Syria and beyond, for his Central Intelligence Agency Buddies to give the World I.S.I.S. or I.S.I.L. (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria OR the Islamic State in Libya) thereafter, one has to wonder whether or not the right person is in O-POD at Fort Leavenworth Military Prison? – O-POD is the section where Chelsea Manning is being held prisoner.

“All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” By Paula Broadwell was supposed to be the proverbial fifth star on the lapel of a four star, harden combat veteran of the first Gulf War, Somalia, Mogadishu, Panama, Grenada, and a Veteran of the Cold War – David H. Petraeus – INSTEAD, it turned out to be the catalyst to an entirely inappropriate relationship between the General and his chief autobiographer Paula Broadwell of Clear Lakes, FL. by way of Bismark, N.D.


The Edjumacation of General Dave

Dust Cover for the book, “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus” by Paula Broadwell and Vernon Loeb (photo courtesy of Wikipedia, 2015) …

Petraeus first met Broadwell, through some mutual family friends, the Kelly’s – David and Jill Kelley, (Jill Kelley and Paula Broadwell became friends through the MacDill Air Force Base Volunteers, and Wounded Warrior Angels as both women are extremely good-looking and would pose for pin-up calendars for the Troops, and talk to the Troops on the Wounded Warrior Ward for the Air Base Hospital after they had come back from Iraq and Afghanistan) – at a public speaking event down in South Florida in 2006.

They immediately hit it off, especially when she remarked that she was a writer, and was genuinely interested in publishing a book about the General, and the ‘Surge’ that ‘turned the tide of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan’, in those quote unquote “fair to middling days,” of the War on Terror and Operation Enduring Freedom.

And what four-star general wouldn’t like a book to be written about them? Especially this one, who was, at one time, worthy of such a distinction, but because of the wide-eyed whisper sweet nothings of a lovelorn woman. Well. You get the picture, I hope?

And so it was that General Dave Petraeus would begin, at first, simple correspondence with “Pal,” – that was his nickname for Paula Broadwell –  about the book, and conversely what would lead to an inappropriate relationship between Petraeus and Broadwell. And would lead to the exchange of ‘highly classified materials’ between the two about the Troop Surge(s) in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the enhanced interrogation techniques that the United States of America’s KLAN-destine services used on the likes of Mr. Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi Arabian Citizen, from 2003 until 2008.

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Mr. Abu Zubaydah, indefinite detention (‘prolonged detention’) candidate from 2003 to 2008 …

[Mr. Zubaydah to date has never been afforded the opportunity at legal recourse against the United States of America, is legally bind in one eye, an eye that he lost during the duration of enhanced interrogation, and is living on a fixed income in somewhere in Saudi Arabia with his family.] 

Which leads me to ask, again, did we put the wrong person in O-POD at Fort Leavenworth Military Prison?

I dunno! Maybe we should ask Ms. Broadwell? How about it?

Or. How about Dave Petraeus himself?

Nature abhors a vacuum don’t it General Dave?

Or maybe I’m just whistling past the old graveyard on this one?

And so, I’ll ask yet again, is the wrong person doing time at Fort Leavenworth?

Granted Chelsea Manning, as Bradley Manning, was a Buck Private. A low man on the totem pole to say the least, BUT he was a Military Intelligence Analyst. As well as interpreter for the United States Army for four years. Whereas Dave Petraeus had, had a thirty-five year stellar career in the U.S. Army.

Hells bells Dave Petraeus saved an entire company once while on a training exercise at Fort Campbell in the late eighties, he took a round to the chest, and endured a sucking chest wound, one that has beleaguered him to this day, and nearly cost him his military career, on more than one occasion. And the story has been told over and over again by then Maj. General ‘Black Jack’ Keane, a personal friend and fellow commander with Petraeus at Campbell Army Airfield.

So when and if you compare apples to oranges Chelsea Manning comes out on the short end of the stick, respectfully. More to the point though is the fact that in one weak in the knees moment(s) though Dave Petraeus managed to betray US. Betray his Oath to the United States Constitution and the Commander and Chief(s – George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama, II.) to the United States Military and the Director of National Intelligence, James N. Clapper – a trader himself, and finally, and most importantly, he betrayed his multi-year marriage to the ‘love of his life’ Hollister ‘Holly’ Petraeus.

Minus the betrayal of his marriage vows, the rest is in fact punishable by imprisonment for life. Is it not?

Because you cannot, knowingly or unknowingly, betray the TRUST of the American People. TRUST? The Rules and Regulations of the U.S. Constitution, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and the hearts and minds of the American people, and not expect consequences and repercussions. Or can you?

But to hear it told and to have it said the powers that be in both Washington and New York think him STILL an American hero. They even gave him a pass, an excessive fine notwithstanding. And that is, by Washington and New York City standards for the rich and affluent to be the end of the discussion. Or should it be?

[E.g. and SEE ALSO: The death and presumed murder of Investigative Journalist Michael Hastings,2013, in relation to shake-ups within the Intelligence Community around the time of Petraeus resignation from the C.I.A. and John O. Brennan’s appointment as the new head of the Clandestine Service Organization.]

So! I’ll ask again, do we have the right person in Fort Leavenworth Military Prison?

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Former United States Army Private Bradley E. Manning, U.S. Military Whistle-blower (photo courtesy of Wikipedia, 2015) ..

FROM BRADLEY TO CHELSEA: THE Food FIGHT, Outdated Toothpaste & Unauthorized Reading Material [found in her jail cell, after a “shakedown,” by prison guards]… 

In getting back to the moral of this story: The other day I received a troubling email from the Free Chelsea Manning Network concerning Chelsea and the possibility that she could be facing 35 years to Life in Solitary Confinement over Spilled Food, a Fight with a Military Police Prison Guard, an Outdated Tube of Toothpaste, and Unauthorized Reading Materials found in her jail cell in early July.

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United States Federal & Military Penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, KS, U.S.A…

The story goes that on the afternoon of 02 July 2015 Chelsea was eating lunch in the Commons area for O-POD (the area where she is being held) when she either knocked or bumped, accidentally, some food from off of her tray and it landed on the floor next to her.

A guard saw what had happened, and immediately reprimanded Chelsea, and ordered her to pick the food up off the floor, and either eat it or set it aside and throw it away thereafter.

When Chelsea tried to explain what had happened the guard in question was having none of it, and proceeded to tell Chelsea again to either eat the food or set it aside and throw it away later, and that they did not care to hear any excuse whatsoever.

Chelsea retorted, BIG MISTAKE – UNREMITTINGLY, and although it’s not exactly sure what was said thereafter a physical altercation broke out between the guard and Prisoner Manning. A supervisor who happened to be watching the exchange the whole time intervened and told Prisoner Manning to self-restrain (Shades of Mitt Romney and “self-deportation”, no?) or be made to go to solitary.

Manning obliged, but asked to speak to her lawyer. Both the guard and the immediate supervisor refused, and took her to the pod supervisor’s office for an incident report, and reprimand.


An example of the reported contraband found in Chelsea Manning’s jail cell at Fort Leavenworth, KS. (O-POD Section) – (photo courtesy of [the]Free Chelsea Manning Network, 2015) …

Upon arrival at the pod supervisor’s office Prisoner Manning asked again,”Can I speak to my lawyer please?” To which the supervisor responded, “No, and what happened Manning?”

Prisoner Manning explained what had happened and both the guard ,that she was in the altercation with, and the immediate supervisor agreed.

That was when things went from bad to worse for Chelsea Manning.

Upon review of both audio and video recordings, and Freedom of Information Act requests by both The Associated Press, The Guardian, UK & US, as well as the Chelsea Manning Defense Team the following information has been obtained:

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The Chelsea Manning Charges, Stemming from the 02 July 2015 incident (photo courtesy of RootsAction, a petition site, 2015) …

Chelsea is due before the disciplinary board for the prison on the afternoon of 18 August 2015 to determine whether or not she will spend the rest of her life in solitary confinement or be confined to her cell for 6 months or longer, with little rations, no physical exercise, and no socialization with fellow prisoners.

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An old photograph of Fort Leavenworth Prison at Fort Leavenworth, KS (photo courtesy of the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, KS. USA, 2015)

Right now there is an immediate need for Chelsea to get a fair and impartial hearing before the Disciplinary Board.

Because the United States Army maintains that their people treated Chelsea fairly and have handled this situation with the utmost care and professionalism. That it was Chelsea who behaved inappropriately in this instance.

Chelsea & Company disagree! And they disagree for a few reasons.

  1. Chelsea was neither belligerent or physically volatile with the guard on that day that it was the guard and the supervisor that provoked the incident.
  2. Chelsea asked at least twice to speak to her attorney, and she was refused twice.
  3. Chelsea went through proper channels when lodging any and all complaints and has been denied her due process on several occasions by the prison and the U.S. Military, trying to forcing a more formal hearing with the Commandant of the Prison, but she has been refused that, and is forced to go before the Disciplinary Board in just a few days.

Supporters are asking that people read, sign, and then share a petition on Chelsea behalf to the Disciplinary Board for Fort Leavenworth Prison, and then they are asking that you consider making a donation to her legal defense fund? It is tax-deductible, and will go a long way in helping Chelsea win her eventual freedom.

Because her supporters believe that she has been wrongfully accused, tried and convicted for something that she didn’t do, and that she is serving a prison sentence meant for General David Petraeus (and no doubt many others instead).

[On a Personal Note: I happen to agree that Chelsea Manning is serving a prison sentence meant for others. And that David Petraeus is just a microcosm of a macrocosm.

And unless and until we arrest, charge, and convict folks like David Petraeus, James Clapper, John Brennan, and U.S. Army General (Army Chief of Staff) Raymond T. Odierno (Retd.) then the problem(s) will persist. We will have more and more David Petraeus’s.

Chelsea Manning did nothing wrong in 2010, and she did nothing wrong in 2015! But David Petraeus has. He has Betrayed Us! And he MUST be held accountable for his actions.]  

— Rhett E. Column

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Christopher Harper Mercer

The Tragedy In Oregon, and the TRUTH of the Matter (What President Obama SHOULD be saying)

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – I just finished messaging President Obama tonight in the wake of the Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, OR. yesterday evening. One Christopher Harper Mercer – described as ‘shy’ and ‘nervy’ – has been positively identified as the shooter according to this report from RT News.

In the aftermath of the shooting it was reported, initially, by media that Mr. Mercer indicated to police and others that he was being tortured by the Central Intelligence Agency and it’s MKUltra or Mind [K]ontrol Ultra Project – 1950 to 1973, when it was ordered “halted,” by the Congress – although we may never know to what extent because, unfortunately, Mr. Mercer was gunned down by police.

As luck would have it, I have reported on this very subject HERE and HERE verbatim, in hopes of getting President Obama and his Administration to openly admit that this program still exists to this day. And how that since 2013 we have begun to see more and more reports on this very thing, much to his chagrin.

And while President Obama was right to come out as he did and condemn the violence he stopped woefully short yesterday to admitting what really happened, BECAUSE I know for a fact he has received a full and detailed incident and after action(s) report.

And under the best and maybe even the worst of circumstances I would share in our President’s stop-gap sentiments, BUT these are anything but a best case worst case set of circumstances folks! These are troubling times in which we are now living. And as I shared, and you can read for yourself, with the President via messaging on the White House website earlier this evening he needs to tell the TRUTH, come on out with it, call a spade a spade and condemn this practice by our law enforcement and intelligentsia communities for what it is, the torture of and [sanctioned] murder of fellow human beings for the purposes of “protecting the Homeland…”

Sir thank you for the opportunity to message you today, it’s a profound honor, as always, in the interest of full disclosure I don’t always agree or share in your sentiments, policies or politics, and from time to time I feel the need to call you on a couple of things concerning such. So here’s my call: WHEN sir are you going to get to telling the TRUTH about a lot IF not all of these mass shootings here in America? WHEN sir are you going to get to telling the TRUTH about how it is that lone gunmen or mentally disturbed or troubled people manage to kill so many of their fellow Americans before either killing themselves or police getting to them at the end of their killing spree like in the case of Miriam Carey and Aaron Alexis in 2013 and this Oregon Community College shooter yesterday? SIR it is and always has been the Central Intelligence Agency being allowed or permitted by our American government to experiment or to continue to experiment on our fellow Americans minds, bodies, souls and spirits via a program called, “MKUltra” or Mind Control Ultra Program – a program by the way that has been in place, remains operational, since 1960. Additionally WHEN will you get to telling the TRUTH about the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program or COINTELPRO  and how the Founder and First Director of the FBI, the late J. Edgar Hoover, used and founded this program on the premise of harassing and haranguing American citizens with whom he vehemently disagreed on when it came to politics, human empathy, sympathy, and compassion for ones fellow-man. Both these programs, both these institutions for the United States Federal Government, are and remain operational Mr. President. FINALLY, WHEN sir are you going to get to disbanding these programs entirely? Thank you Mr. President. Godspeed…

For to long now the government that is supposed to be of, by and for the people of this great nation has continued to sanction the torture, death, and murder of innocent men, women and children of age. This is wrong, inhumane, cruel and unusual punishment that is absolutely tee totally unnecessary for the government of the United States of America to even want to do for one, and to even sanction for another.

Yet it would seem though in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave that’s exactly what’s going on here. And it would appear that President Obama has not only expanded or allowed this crap to continue, he’s gone so far as to “give it creative license,” as they say in Hollywood.

Expanding the Section 215 program under the so-called Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. An act which allows or permits, without cause or a warrant, for the various members of the U.S. Intelligence Community to spy, lie, harass, harangue, torture, rape and murder not only the American people, BUT the People of this World, over and over again without mark or reprisal from any member of the so-called “Co-Equal Branches of Government”. Bottom line.

The Oregon shooting is a clear example of what is known as population control. This is an agenda brought on by the Elites in New York and Washington (places elsewhere around the world) – to either by mass murder or random acts of violence such as the Umpqua Community College shooting the other day in Roseburg, OR. – to control us just long enough to line us up for elimination. – Rather those that they deem unfit or inferior.

Specifically, population control is the eventual destruction of a large portion of our society ,which is regarded as less than by the Elite and Ruling Class of our society, that is considered as inefficient and ineffective. This portion of society will be swept away, never to be seen or heard from again, and those deemed both strong and fit will be given every opportunity to repopulate and repatriate the human race.

And there never has been a more important time – as now – a more important opportunity to resist and expose this crap for what it is. The torture and eventual murder of an inferior portion of our society.

This is the TRUTH and what President Obama should be saying instead of this.

And this is what really chaps my backside when it comes to this President. Duly elected by the people though he may be I still reserve the right to agree to disagree with this man, and will do so until my dying day. His comments do nothing more than further escalate the already growing tension and violence within the United States between police and the civilian population, and the Intelligence Community and the civilian population as well. Coupled with this and more recent comments by the Director of the FBI, James Comey, about the rate of crime and violence in this country, before abandoning these comments – comments, by the way, that he made within 72 hours of each other.

Comments which prompted me to dispatch an open letter to the Director about his abandonment.

October 1, 2015

The Honorable James B. Comey, Jr.

FBI Headquarters

Office of the Director

The J. Edgar Hoover Building

935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20535-0001


The Honorable Barack H. Obama, II

The White House

Office of the President

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20500


Re: An open letter, primarily to FBI Director Comey, wondering WHY have you reneged on the reporting of police related shootings of American citizens????

Gentlemen (Director Comey):

                                                    When you assumed the position as the 7th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September of 2013 I was doubly proud. FINALLY a person with guts and integrity. Someone that will keep the accountable, accountable and the responsible, responsible. A man who, no matter what, would always, always, always stand for TRUTH, JUSTICE and THE AMERICAN WAY of Life. A modern-day Clark Kent and Frederick Douglas all rolled into one.

And starting out, with all due respect sir, you were. You hit the ground running. Cleaned and cleared red tape, streamed line policies and procedures, etc. Yeoman work. Rightfully so.

But now? Well. Director Comey it appears that you are doing anything but anymore…NOW. Instead, it appears that, you are so damned busy reneging on your promises, on your work and word, on what has made you so great as the 7th Director of such an erstwhile federal law enforcement agency as the FBI, that you can’t keep up with what you said yesterday let alone what you said 6 months ago or even two years ago for that matter.

And I’ve come to you, openly – via this letter, today to ask WHY? WHY Director Comey have you reneged on your problems, on the law enforcement community’s chief and lone problem? – We both know they have others, BUT until law enforcement fixes this then nothing else matters, much. – The killing of innocent and the unarmed civilians, within the borders and boundaries of the United States of America, by police.

As Exhibit Alfa I offer an article from The Washington Post dated for September 28th 2015 titled, “FBI director: We will collect and publish more info about fatal police shootings…” By Mark Berman.

In this article the author lays bare a speech you gave on Monday stating that the Bureau would collect and publish more information in relation to fatal police shootings…OR when cops kill civilians within the United States. Only fair right? I mean when police shoot down, like a dog in the streets; men, women and children of age, for no good reason other than they can and they want to; their name, rank and serial number, at the very least, should be made public, shouldn’t it Director Comey?

BUT, and days later, in an article published in The Huffington Post, Exhibit Bravo, poignantly titled, “FBI Director Says He Can’t Force Police To Provide Shooting Data…” By Ryan J. Reilly – dated for October 1, 2015 – you renege on your promise. Hypocrite much Director?

It’s one thing Director to say, straight out, that you can OR you can’t release news and information to the public in relation to civilian deaths by a Central Organization of Police Specialists (COPS), BUT it’s another thing to recant on what is now public policy. You say well, “I’m not an elected official I’m an appointed one…” And you’d be partly right to point that out. BUT sir you are an official whose chief duty and responsibility it is to make policy public. And it is the Bureau’s public policy to make available any and all pertinent information to the People of this Great Nation.  And when you don’t OR you won’t sir then, as a Concerned Citizen of these United States of America, I have a first amendment right to call you out on your failure to do so. Respectfully.

And you sir are duty bound by the laws of our land to render me an answer on WHY you have deliberately and effectually failed and will continue to fail in your civic duties and responsibilities as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for what is supposed to be the bravest, dearest and best law enforcement agency in the World.

Thank you Director Comey for the opportunity to write to you today, and I look forward to a right and proper explanation of yourself sir. Be well…

And while Mr. Obama and Mr. Comey are free to disagree and publicly condemn me for making such comments they cannot and should not blatantly ignore the TRUTH. Torture of Americans, torture of human beings period IS WRONG. And it needs to STOP. Be stopped butt cold in its tracks, and those who head this murderous torture need to be brought before a judge and jury of their peers, tried for high crimes and misdemeanors and IF found guilty be sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility of parole. Further the United States of America, as a civilized nation, needs to publicly apologize, condemn and compensate the victims of this and other inhumane atrocities.  And it needs to sign on to the Geneva Conventions of 1948 or the Geneva Protocol – an action which the United States has never signed on to since the end of World War 2.

It would be one thing if the roles were somehow reversed, and it was the People committing crimes against government. Government would then be right to react. Right to defend itself, BUT and alas the roles are not somehow reversed, and we are not willfully and knowingly out here committing crimes or deliberately harming our government. INSTEAD, it is our government that is guilty [as charged] here. No one. And no thing else.

This is the tragedy in Oregon explained. The TRUTH of the matter explained. And those willing should share this posting with the President, with the Director of the FBI, with the Secretary of Homeland Security, and finally with the Attorney’s General of the United States of America, every day if they have to, UNTIL this President, this Administration period (the whole of our American Government), places the blame squarely where it needs to be placed and that is on those who would knowingly and willfully harm and endanger the lives of fellow Americans under the guise of somehow, “protecting the Homeland” or “preserving, protecting and defending the Republic against all enemies both foreign and domestic…so help me God… [for future generations, no doubt, of a far more superior race or being of people]”…

–Rhett E. Column

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Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John A. Boehner, 2014

Breaking News: John Boehner to RESIGN from U.S. House of Representatives, Government entirely

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – At this hour the the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives,John A Boehner, will resign – both from Office and the Speakership – on 10/30/2015 retiring to a home with his wife and family in Clearwater Beach, FL. then.

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The Honorable John A. Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives…

Speaker Boehner will be one of handful of political power-brokers in Washington to resign from office at the end of 2015 and 2016.

Seeing the handwriting on the wall, politically, and electing to retire rather than be humiliated and disgraced publicly for better days in States like Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas.

On a Personal Note: I can’t say as I will miss the Speaker. In so far as I know he did the free world no great favors as a part and partial of the three-legged stool of government, so-called.

What will be a glorious day in my humble estimation is when former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell follow former Leader Harry Reid and Mr. Boehner, promptly, out the door!

At no time in human history, in modern-day political history, has there been a Congress with Johns Boehner, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell or Nancy Pelosi leading it that has served and worked for the common good of We the People. None! What Congresses with such leadership at its help, what they did instead was serve themselves, their own best interests with some of the biggest money-making deals in U.S. History.

These cats are some of the richest in both the United States and the World. The richest folks!

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Rally for Justice, St. Louis, Mo. U.S.A…

Last I looked Congress is, Government IS supposed to be protecting and serving the People of the United States of America.

There’s 303 million people in the Continental United States of America – excluding the population of Alaska and Hawaii – and of those 303 million people 220 million people regularly and actively participate in the electoral process.

It is government’s first best and only duty to serve the People of this great Country regardless of need, want or political affiliation.

Good riddance to bad rubbish Mr. Boehner! Don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord split you sir!

–Rhett E. Column

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VIDEO The Crisis of the Now: Distracted, Diverted from the Ever-Encroaching Police State – 50% Gov’t is An Immediate Threat

Rhett E. Column, Say What News?!:

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk: culture-death is a clear possibility.”—Author Neil Postman

–Rhett E. Column
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Originally posted on Reclaim Our Republic:

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September 22, 2015 By John W. Whitehead

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk: culture-death is a clear possibility.”
—Author Neil Postman

Caught up in the spectacle of the forthcoming 2016 presidential elections, Americans (never very good when it comes to long-term memory) have not only largely forgotten last year’s hullabaloo over militarized police, police shootings of unarmed citizens, asset forfeiture schemes, and government surveillance but are also generally foggy about everything that has happened since.

Then again, so much is happening on a daily basis that it’s understandable if the average American has a hard time keeping up with and remembering all of the “events,” manufactured…

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ACLU wants Kim Davis’ ‘scalp to hang on the wall’ – Davis: Same-Sex Marriage Licenses: ‘ Not Valid in God’s Eyes’

Rhett E. Column, Say What News?!:

Here’s WHY the American Civil Liberties Union and a whole host of others want Rowan County, Ky. Court Clerk Kim Davis’ head on a platter…On a personal note gay, straight, lesbian, bi-sexual or trans-gender it matters not to me. IF you want to get married and the person you want to be married to wants to marry you, be with you and love you for you then I say you should be able to get married, doesn’t have to be in the eyes of God if you don’t want it to be in so long as its in the eyes of the law that’s all that matter.

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Originally posted on Reclaim Our Republic:

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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September 22, 2015 By Todd Starnes

Federal prisoner Kim Davis walked into the Kentucky jail cell wearing an orange jumpsuit and holding a Bible.

“When I went back into that holding cell I hit my knees and just prayed, just cried out for God to give me some peace and assurance that all was going to be well – and I prayed and I sang,” she told me in her first digital interview.

It was September 3 – the day Mrs. Davis became the first Christian jailed as a result of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.

Federal Judge David Bunning ordered her jailed for contempt of court after she defied a federal court order to issue marriage…

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VIDEO ‘Hypocrite’ Hillary Says Sexual Assault Survivor – Hillary Is No Friend To Sexual Assault Survivors

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All hat and no cattle…WHY Hillary Clinton is a hypocrite when it comes to women and victims of sexual assault in particular. A MUST READ & SHARE posting…

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Originally posted on Reclaim Our Republic:

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22 Sep 2015 by Alex Swoyer

A woman who says that she was sexually molested as a child and later raped is launching an attack video against Hillary Clinton, saying Clinton doesn’t stand up for sexual assault victims, and pointing to the number of accusations of sexual assault by women against Bill Clinton.

Alex Datig says Hillary Clinton’s message that she stands with sexual assault victims is “offensive.” Datig says “charity begins at home.”

Datig’s video titled, “Hillary’s Re-Traumatization Of Rape Campaign Is An Assault On Survivors,” highlights stories from Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky – all of whom alleged Bill Clinton sexually assaulted them.

The video then cuts to Hillary Clinton saying, “Don’t let anyone silence your voice.”

Datig is using her personal story to counter Clinton’s campaign message. She tells Breitbart News, “I think she’s a hypocrite.”

Datig is a businesswoman living in Los…

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The State Department disputes Hillary Clinton’s claim about her decision to turn over her email records

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Food for thought…

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Originally posted on America's Watchtower:

 Hillary Clinton has made the claim that the State Department only asked for more of her email correspondence as part of a routine records-keeping venture and not because she has become embroiled in a scandal in which she deliberately tried to hide her official business from the American people, FOIA requests, and the oversight committees on a personal homebrew email server.

  Here is her defense:

Throughout the controversy over her use of a private e-mail system while she was secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton has described her decision last year to turn over thousands of work-related e-mails as a response to a routine-sounding records request.

“When we were asked to help the State Department make sure they had everything from other secretaries of state, not just me, I’m the one who said, ‘Okay, great, I will go through them again,’ ” Clinton said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”…

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Morning Joe: Name names in regards to this ‘President Obama is a Muslim and not an American’ talk

Earlier today I was watching another episode of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when Joe and Mika were talking to pollsters and pundits about the latest controversy to blanket the 2016 GOP Presidential Primary Process when in London Derry,  N.H. long-time businessman and entrepreneur Mr. Donald J. Trump  was asked “[two] controversial question(s)” by a rally/town hall event attendee(s) ,that his presidential campaign had previously scheduled, after the second of eleven GOP debates was completed at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. last week. Watch!

And then, a few days later, retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, M.D. said in a one on one interview that a Muslim shouldn’t be elected President of the United States because it goes against the tenants of the Constitution of the United States based on their faith. Watch!

This morning on Morning Joe the comments and questions were discussed in full detail. Watch!

Here’s the thing: Shortly after this was said a pundit, whose name escapes me at the moment, started talking about where, ACTUALLY, this whole birtherism controversy comes from, BUT FAILED to name names or properly attribute the controversy. And that’s what I wish to God people in power and positions of authority would start doing, especially on Morning Joe!

Joe Scarborough has a first best duty and responsibility as a paid on-air personality for MSNBC to name names for the love of God in Christ Jesus, and yet he won’t do it. WHY? WHY NOT? Oh sure he’ll walk the ‘Our President is a Muslim and not an American’ unhappy talk up and lay it, entirely, at the door step of Hillary Rodham-Clinton like teenagers laying dog poop on the door step of someone as a Halloween prank, BUT he won’t name any names or specifically attribute where all this crap comes from.

It was and always will be failed Philadelphia-based Attorney at Law and former Montgomery County, PA. Democratic Party Chairman Philip J. Berg who started this mess in the first place, and it was surrogates of the Hillary Clinton Campaign from 2008 that picked up on this controversy as I have previously stated and ran with it. Listen!

A former Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and long-time outstanding Attorney at Law within the Philadelphia area Philip Berg was a man riding high on the great big blue puffy cloud of Allegheny Mountain Chain Democrats, and yet despite his attempts to gain national/international attention he was largely ignored and dismissed altogether by media from mid 2009 on.

Subsequently being disbarred in 2013, and then disavowed entirely by the legal community.

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Former Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Assistant Attorney’s General Philip J. Berg stands in front of Constitution Hall in Philadelphia gesturing and holding up his book, “Obama Scare” in 2010 when he and others were questioning President Obama’s legitimacy (photo courtesy of YouTube) …

Until now. Now that ‘birtherism’ is back, well, you can expect, I hope, for this man to be exposed. Have his name named. And his efforts voir dired by the main stream media. Surely?

In fact I hope that Joe and Mika will take a chance and explore the truth here? I mean I know Joe won’t attribute the Supreme Leader of Iran’s quotations or his “9 key questions [and answers]” twitter post properly – especially “in defense of Israel”, BUT surely, on this one concerning the birth of birtherism and who its daddy is he will, Mika will, Tell the Truth. Surely?

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Nine Key Questions and Answers to the “elimination of Israeli regime” (photo courtesy of the Gran Ayatollah Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2015)

–Rhett E. Column

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Pope Francis prays at St Peter's square during his general audience on December 17, 2014 at the Vatican. Tango enthusiasts gather today in St Peter's square to celebrate Pope Francis 78th birthday by dancing a giant tango at the end of the audience.  AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

Coming to America: WHY Pope Francis visit to North America and the Free World means so much

In a matter of a few hours from now Pope Francis the 1st will touch down at Joint [Air Force] Base Andrews, “Pope Mobile” and all, in the hopes of speaking to North Americans about the Power of Love, Generosity, and Kindness towards our fellow-man regardless of who they are, what they look like or who they love.

Those words, via his three-day visit to the United States, will be touched on – no doubt about it, and for such a time as this they will never be more poignant words. Re-awakening our hearts and minds. Renewing our sense of commitment to the tenants and teachings of God, and in so doing renewing our commitment to our fellow-man, as it should be.

Quotes by Famous People

Quotes by Famous People

Such a message, such a renewal, and quite frankly the look at others amongst you and see a need and fill it approach is something that I have not seen since the days of Pope John Paul the 2nd’s Ministry or that of the late great Blessed [Mother] Teresa of Calcutta, MC.

To be as kind and caring as this man is, to live by his example in both word and deed, no doubt action, is the best and greatest thing that we as compassionate and empathetic people can do, and should.

My heart has truly been blessed by the man formally known as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of South America ,who assumed the role of Pope of the Roman Catholic Church on 13 March 2005 and will visit, for the first time, the United States of America since ascending to the Papacy. I pray for this man everyday. Knowing that God will continue to give him good days, good whether apparent to him or not, on this earth. And that his later will be greater than the rest.

WELCOME to the United States of America and the Free World Pope Francis the 1st! Godspeed to you and the Ministry that God has so ordained upon you sir.

–Rhett E. Column

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"All hat, no cattle" as they say down in Texas

Hillary Clinton: The All Hat and No Cattle Candidate for the Presidency of the United States

In probably one of the biggest and best jammed packed weekends in C-SPAN history I watched, along with my wife, the New Hampshire Democratic Party annual convention held earlier today, and this year the Granite State’s Democratic Party played host to the 2016 presidential field. And this year all except for former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, who had a prior commitment in Iowa and was unable to attend this year’s convention, attended and spoke to those in attendance.

The former Secretary of State and Junior Senator for New York State Hillary Clinton started things off before a raucous crowd at the Verizon Wireless Area in Manchester, NH. True to form the speech she made was all style and no substance. Promising this. Guaranteeing that. Etc. Etc. Et al. Et al. For forty-five minutes the people who make up the State’s party faithful took it in, some even stood and cheered, but in the end I think people are firmly convinced that Hillary Clinton is all hat and no cattle, just like in time past, when it comes to her run for the Presidency of the United States.

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Walmart Board of Directors Photo (featured is Mr. Hillary Rodham-Clinton setting next to Mr. Sam Walton, Walmart Founder & CEO c. 1992) — Photo courtesy of Walmart Stores, Inc.

To my knowledge Hillary Rodham-Clinton never ever passed a single piece of legislation in all her years as First Lady of Arkansas, never ever passed a single piece of legislation in all her years as First Lady of the United States. Never ever passed a single piece of legislation as the junior most Senator for the State of New York, and most certainly never ever signed a treaty or inked a pact with any sovereign nation or Allie of the United States of America as its Secretary of State. Although to her credit she did log a whole lot of frequent flier miles, so then there’s that.

It would be one thing IF she put on the military uniform of the United States or passed Comprehensive Immigration Reform lets say, BUT in so far as I know she’s done neither one of those things. She hasn’t even passed a bill or inked an amendment to preserve, protect and defend Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security folks! Yet, she wants to be able to appoint the next Commissioner of Social Security and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the chief Governmental entities responsible for safeguarding such erstwhile interests, to leave future generations, or so we hope, better off than we were. I think not Mrs. Clinton. Respectfully.

And speaking of Health and Human Services. As you know the nation and the world is talking about these Planned Parenthood videos and the defunding Planned Parenthood Federation of America (P.P.F.A) debate, on going, in the Congress of the United States of America.

Candidates for the presidency; left, right and center have weighed in on this issue, many of them FORGETTING exactly what and who Planned Parenthood truly is [all about]. What it is in fact is the tip of the spear of something called Eugenics or the Eugenics Movement.

Logo for the second annual International Eugenics Conference in 1921 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia, 2015)

Logo for the second annual International Eugenics Conference in 1921 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia, 2015)

What is Eugenics? Simply put. It is the idea of improving the human race by ridding it of less than capable or less than promising human beings. You might ask, “Well what does that have to do with Hillary Clinton, the 2015 New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention, and Planned Parenthood Rhett?”

Minus the 2015 New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention, of course, Hillary Clinton, one of its keynote speakers, is both a supporter of and admirer of both Planned Parenthood, and its Founder and first President Margaret Sanger. Sanger started an organization in her native Brooklyn, NY. in 1921 called the American Birth Control League or A.B.C.L – the first of its kind in the United States of America and the catalyst from which the Planned Parenthood Federation of America sprang.

Sanger was an accomplished writer, author, and nurse. She was born in Corning, NY. to Irish-Catholic parents in September of 1879, and died in September of 1966. Through her accomplished works, and beliefs, steeped in the modern-day Eugenics Movement, Sanger would be able to reach an en mass of people the likes of which would rival, or so they say, that of the late great Pastor, Author and Noted Public Speaker Norman Vincent Peale. Sanger would use her appeal to reach both the African-American and Latino communities with her birth control mantra.

“Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” — Margaret Sanger 

Margaret Higgins Sanger c. 1922 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia, 2015)

Margaret Higgins Sanger in 1922 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia, 2015)

World-wide webbed lure is that this quotation has never ever been verified, BUT I believe it to be true because of Sanger’s obsession with the African-American community and something called the “Negro Project”.

During the ‘Roaring Twenties’ an organized movement between Sanger and professional leadership within the black community, who believed in birth control for their communities began.

Sanger and these leaders would travel the country, mostly throughout the rural south, speaking formally to African-Americans about birth control. Of those who would travel with Sanger and speak would be the likes of W.E.B. Du Bois, founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People or the N.A.A.C.P, and who would later set on the Board of Directors for a birth control clinic in Harlem, NY. that Margaret Sanger reportedly opened in 1930 at their insistence.

“the mass of ignorant Negroes still breed carelessly and disastrously, so that the increase among Negroes, even more than the increase among Whites, is from that part of the population least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear their children properly. .. the most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. [And we shall give them that education in due course and properly so.] ..” — W.E.B. Du Bois, Founder and First President of the N.A.A.C.P

It has been said that Sanger merely embraced the “tone and tenor,” of the Eugenics movement only after she saw the urban blight of the poor and the downtrodden, voluntarily, on the streets and slums of New York City when she was a nurse in the early 1900’s. And that would be fine where it not for the glaringly obvious fact that entirely too much evidence, namely her writings and personal beliefs shaped, early on, in her formative years by outspoken and noted socialists of both the United States and the World of that day, exists.

And now that this latest controversy has reared its ugly head Planned Parenthood’s controversial founder and the Eugenics Movement arguments have been made anew.

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Bernie Sanders, Hillary Rodham-Clinton TRUTH Meme, 2015…

And chief amongst the protagonists to suppress the truth is Hillary Rodham Clinton. A staunch supporter of “women’s (reproductive) rights,” from “day one” of her political career; ahem, ahem, bullshit, bullshit – Hillary Rodham Clinton has moved heaven and earth to assure the right to choose crowd that she respects and admires the life’s work of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood.

“It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award. I admire Margaret Sanger enormously. Her courage, her tenacity, her vision … When I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I’m really in awe of her. There are a lot of lessons we can learn from her life, from the causes she launched and fought for and sacrificed for so greatly.” — former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, when accepting the Margaret Sanger Award in 2009

Based on that simple logic and profoundly accurate statement one must assume that Mrs. Clinton is herself in favor of Eugenics. I mean she would have to be IF she is an admirer of Margaret Higgins Sanger, right?

Or. Maybe not? Maybe I’m just being overtly premature in my summation?

Hmm…Maybe not.

This of course speaks to an even larger movement behind something called Agenda 21, a 1992 United Nations based Eugenics Movement for the entire globe.

Hillary Clinton can talk all she wants to about “reducing the number of abortions,” within the United States of America but through the advent of space and time, and simple research and development a person can get to the crux of her agenda, and see, clearly, where her true allegiances lie.

And those allegiances lie with the control and eventual deforestation of the human population of this earth.

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Former Arizona Senator and Republican Party Nominee for President in 1964 Barry Goldwater quoted and seated with Hillary Rodham-Clinton in 1994…

Hence why Hillary Rodham Clinton is all hat and no cattle when it comes to politics. All she is, is a political opportunist. Proving true, throughout her life, that she was in the right place at the right time with the right people.

The least accomplished politician out of all her Democratic competitors, 239 of them according to this report from Politics 1. There are 247 candidates for President of the United States on the Republican side of the ledger. Surely in that field alone are far more qualified candidates as well?

Only time and the primary process will tell…

–Rhett E. Column

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The Kentucky State Trooper who was killed this week, and the State Police Post he worked out of

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Kentucky State Police Memorial for Trooper Joseph C. Ponder, KSPP #1 Mayfield, KY. USA (photo courtesy of the Kentucky State Police Facebook Page, 2015)

EDDYVILLE, Kentucky – On the late evening of 13 September 2015 Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph C. Ponder was on patrol when he made a routine traffic stop on the Westbound side of Interstate 24 in Lyon County, KY. according to this news release from the Kentucky State Police and Kentucky State Police Post #1 located in Hickory, KY. (a farming community located in Graves County, KY.) where the trooper was stationed.

Trooper Ponder stopped 25 y/o Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks of Caretta, Missouri at the 58 mile marker of I-24 at 10:20 p.m. CST. During the course of the traffic stop Johnson-Shanks reportedly fled the scene, Trooper Ponder gave chase, and in the process of that chase it has been alleged that Johnson-Shanks stopped his car abruptly causing Trooper Ponder’s patrol car to rear-end Johnson-Shanks vehicle. Johnson-Shanks then reportedly left his vehicle and with a semi-automatic handgun, presumably a .45 caliber, fired multiple rounds into the patrol car and into Trooper Ponder, hitting both multiple times. Johnson-Shanks reportedly fled the scene on foot thereafter.

Someone though, it’s not known whether it was Trooper Ponder himself or perhaps passers-by, had the where with all to call for help. Trooper Ponder was reportedly transported by ambulance to Caldwell County Memorial Hospital located in Princeton, KY. And sometime between 10:20 p.m. CST and 11:41 p.m. CST that same evening Trooper Joseph C. Ponder reportedly succumbed to his injuries.

Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks (photo courtesy of the Kentucky State Police, 2015)…

An immediate manhunt for Johnson-Shanks began, and by 12:01 a.m. CST Johnson-Shanks was wanted and ‘considered armed and dangerous’ by every erstwhile law enforcement agency in the State of (Western) Kentucky.

A day later Johnson-Shanks was spotted in a wooded area not far from the scene where all this began according to a report from the Kentucky State Police. Johnson-Shanks still had his firearm, and when he would not respond to verbal commands to relinquish the weapon a member of the Kentucky State Police’s Special Response Team or S.R.T fired upon Johnson-Shanks striking him multiple times. Johnson-Shanks was reported removed from the scene and taken too Caldwell County Memorial Hospital, the same hospital where Trooper Ponder was a mere twenty-four hours earlier for emergency medical treatment. And he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 08:23 a.m. CST on 14 September 2015. It has been reported by several national, statewide and local media outlets that Johnson-Shanks had a previous criminal record, and was part of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

I want to pause for just a moment and share something with those who will read, thoroughly, through this blog post, and that is this. The county, Lyon County, KY., where all this began has a significant African-American populations for a rural community. So to does Caldwell County, KY. where both Trooper Ponder and Johnson-Shanks were taken for treatment and succumbed to their wounds. The African-American communities for both counties are continually and constantly harassed by the police. Have been for years.

Map of Lyon County, KY. 2015 (photo courtesy of Lyon County, KY Visitor's Bureau)

Map of Lyon County, KY. 2015 (photo courtesy of Lyon County, KY Visitor’s Bureau)

It is my sincere belief that this Kentucky State Police Trooper, still fresh out of the Academy, a Veteran of the U.S. Navy – the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – who had only been on the job for nine months, starting in January of this year, was set up to be murdered.

Here’s what I think happened: I think we had a go-getter. An honest, and decent officer of the law in Trooper Ponder, WHO was looking to make a difference in the community. And for whatever reason this angered his colleagues with the Kentucky State Police and in fact Kentucky State Police Post #1 located in Hickory, KY.

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Kentucky State Police Post #1 in Hickory, KY. (Graves County, KY.) – photo courtesy of Kentucky State Police, 2009…

Under the leadership of Captain Janet L. Barnett Kentucky State Police Post #1 has lost three troopers since she assumed command of the post in January of 2011, all three were killed in the line of duty throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s most Western District.

And with the advent of statewide sequestration – because the checks for that Medicare and Medicaid expansion just haven’t come in yet – this state police post is now the only post for eleven counties here in Western Kentucky: Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, and Trigg.

Strange. Especially given the fact that as of the last U.S. Census for Western Kentucky there were nearly a million people living in this end of the state. A million people in a seven hundred mile stretch with two atomic energy plants. Unbelievable! But that’s beside the point, right?

Because you see back in the day there used to be a law enforcement presence, a true hand in hand law enforcement public-private partnership throughout the Commonwealth, especially here in Western Kentucky. Now. These days? It is anything but. These days we live in a world, here, where our police, “Shoot first, and ask questions later.”

Kentucky State Police Captain Janet L. Barnett, Kentucky State Police Post #1 Commander

But now we know why that is. Too much temptation. Too much stress. Too much room for error. Today’s police are under trained. Overworked. And underfunded. Couple that with bad leadership, and two things will happen. Good police like Trooper Ponder will continue to get killed. And Commanding Officers like Janet Barnett for Kentucky State Police Post #1 will find it far more easier and cost-effective to turn the other cheek or look the other way when good police officers under her command are getting hurt or killed almost everyday.

Here to is the other thing I think happened. Trooper Ponder was, as I said earlier, set up to be killed. It has been widely reported that Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks had a criminal record, right? Here’s what I believe happened: I believe that police already had this man in custody. Presumably in Lyon County, where the Kentucky State Penitentiary is located.

I believe that they had this man, Johnson-Shanks, in custody already, and that Trooper Ponder was either going to blow the whistle about something or report something to the necessary authorities that concerned him greatly. Trooper Ponder was not married by the way, and he had no children, so no real family ties, right? Easy to get rid of, right? He lived alone and had a couple of pets.

I believe that police put Johnson-Shanks in some relatively unassuming car, with a woman and two children, and told him to hit the road. They knew that Trooper Ponder would be running that little stretch of Interstate 24 (Trigg, Caldwell & Lyon County) starting from his assigned area in Trigg County and leading back to the state police post in Graves County where he was stationed at. And keep in mind that this area or this stretch covers about nine counties, the bulk of which that state police post in question is assigned to cover.

Trooper Ponder saw something that caught his still fresh eyes. Which was Johnson-Shanks, this young unidentified woman and her two children. And for whatever the reason he stopped Johnson-Shanks, and in the process Johnson-Shanks shot and killed the Trooper. And a day later what amounts to a Special Weapons and Tactics or S.W.A.T team manages to find Johnson-Shanks, who fled the scene on foot by the way, in a wooded area not far from the scene of the accident and shooting after a massive manhunt for him was still underway. Or an unnecessary show of force the likes of which Western Kentucky hasn’t seen since the Heath High School Shooting in December of 1997. – Why am I not surprised?

Heath High School, main hallway, where Michael Thomas Carneal, Jr. gunned down three teenage girls in cold blood and wounded five more students, one of which is paralyzed from the chest down, before dropping the gun to his feet on December 01, 1997 during a voluntary prayer service before school each day..

Police now, since then, have been placed in many undue and unnecessary points of danger, especially here, since sequestration began, and more importantly since Kentucky’s outgoing Governor Steven L. Beshear, a Democrat, took office in January of 2007.

And when he leaves office, thank God, in January of 2016 I think people will be surprised to see that he did the People of Kentucky, the law enforcement community writ large, no favors. In fact what he did do will amount to disservice.

He has in fact put people’s lives in danger. Because the relationship between police and community has in no ways been good or memorable.

And it will get worse before it ever gets better folks. And it starts, to me at least, with this lone state police post and its Commanding Officer Janet L. Barnett. What is she doing? Why is she doing it? What does she know? And when did she know it? What is going on at Kentucky State Police Post #1 in little old Hickory, KY? And, I might add, what else is going on at the fifteen other state police posts that are assigned to cover this state and its citizenry?

It is time for those in Command and Control Authority for the Kentucky State Police, namely Rodney L. Brewer, the K.S.P.’s Commissioner, and its leadership to come clean.

And as you can clearly see by way of the three videos above the danger that our outgoing Governor and our State Legislature has put us in.

To the Citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky I say fend and care for yourselves. Do not rely on the law enforcement community of this state to help you. They are either to busy dying or in the midst of corruption and wrong doing themselves to waste time helping us.

I am extremely sorry and my heart goes out to the family and friends of Trooper Joseph C. Ponder. And I am praying for them and for their families.


–Rhett E. Column

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