Wednesday, March 3, 2021

QAnon-inspired bill in Arizona would make come CP offenses a Life Without Parole

"Save our Children" is QAnon, so using the crackpot theory of QAnon as the basis for legislation is idiotic to say the least. Next thing you'll know, AZ will be passing laws limiting windmills because the noise causes cancer. 

https://www.azfamily.com/news/politics/arizona_politics/bill-imposing-strict-punishments-for-child-sex-offenders-passes-arizona-house/article_c3fde39c-7bdc-11eb-90e4-f3b9be3028df.html

Bill imposing strict punishments for child sex offenders passes Arizona House

KIARA HAY 

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - It's a bill that comes on the heels of the Save Our Children campaign and a hashtag that dominated much of social media last year. HB 2889 would create a no nonsense approach to child sex crimes in Arizona.

Right now, in Arizona, a convicted child sex offender can face anywhere from 10-20 years in prison, and some have the option of probation, parole or work release. HB 2889 gets rid of that.

Arizona prison

Right now, in Arizona, a convicted child sex offender can face anywhere from 10-20 years in prison, and some have the option of probation, parole or work release.

"You've ruined people's lives. There should be no getting out early for anything," says bill sponsor Rep. Leo Biasiucci, a Republican from Lake Havasu City.

Someone convicted of producing or distributing pornography of a child 12 years of age or younger would serve life without parole, as well as someone convicted of sex trafficking. An exception would be instances of statutory rape, where an 18 or 19-year-old has sex with someone under the age of consent.

If the bill becomes law, Rep. Biasiucci says Arizona will have some of the strictest sex offender laws in the country.

The bill passed the House 51-1 with the Rep. Pamela Powers Austin being the lone opposing lawmaker.

"Justice is not blind or color blind in the United States and so mandatory sentencing is a part of the problem. If we had a fairer justice system, then the population in prison would look more like the population of the country and that's not the case," said Rep. Austin.

In the next few weeks, the bill will go to the Senate.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Bridge over troubled Watters: Jesse Watters attempts to use Registered Persons as weapon against Biden stimulus plan

To say Fox News commentator Jesse Watters lets his mouth overload his ass is an understatement. He is a QAnon supporter , made racist segments attacking Chinese-Americans, and got in trouble for making a sexual remark about Ivanka Trump on-air. 

Let's get something clear. Registered Person-owned businesses should have the same rights as any other business. 

Registered Citizens with crimes against minors and certain pornography offenses are banned from
receiving Federal Small Business Loans thanks to the passage of H.R.5297, the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, 111th Congress (2009-2010), sponsored Rep. Barney Frank [D-MA-4]. It amended 12 U.S. Code, Sec. 5710, Oversight and audits, to add subsection (b)(2) which reads, “With respect to funds received by a participating State under the Program, any private entity that receives a loan, a loan guarantee, or other financial assistance using such funds after September 27, 2010, shall certify to the participating State that the principals of such entity have not been convicted of a sex offense against a minor (as such terms are defined in section 20911 of title 34).” Under subsection (c), “None of the funds made available under this chapter may be used to pay the salary of any individual engaged in activities related to the Program who has been officially disciplined for violations of subpart G of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch for viewing, downloading, or exchanging pornography, including child pornography, on a Federal Government computer or while performing official Federal Government duties.” This needs to be overturned, BTW.

As far as country clubs getting PPP loansd, plenty of them got PPP loans last year. This guy obviously doesn't do his research. 

https://www.newsweek.com/fox-news-host-claims-bidens-stimulus-plan-includes-ppp-loans-sex-offenders-1571178

Fox News Host Claims Biden's Stimulus Plan Includes 'PPP Loans for Sex Offenders'

BY DANIEL VILLARREAL ON 2/22/21 AT 9:38 PM EST

Fox News host Jesse Watters has said that the $1.9 trillion stimulus package proposed by President Joe Biden includes Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans "for sex offenders."

The Quote

Speaking on a Monday Fox News broadcast, alongside a panel that included former Trump Administration White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, Watters said:

"They have PPP loans for country clubs in here. Like, the squash courts and the putting greens are in such disrepair they needed an immediate injection of money? They have PPP loans in here for fraternities and sororities, Dana. Like, do you really think they're struggling right now? They have PPP loans in here for sex offenders. So you rape a child. 'Here! Here's a loan! Take it,'" he said...

Why it Matters

Watters comment comes at a time when the House is about to take up the $1.9 trillion bill. Democrats have touted the bill as necessary to revive the national economy hurt by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Republicans, however, have generally opposed the package as too costly.

It's unclear what Watters meant when he referred to PPP loans for sex offenders. The full text of the bill contains no reference to sex offenders. It only mentions sexual assault and rape in reference to funding programs that help survivors of both.

While it's possible that Watters may be suggesting that businesses who employ former sex offenders or programs that rehabilitate them may be eligible for PPP loans, that too remains unclear.

Newsweek contacted Fox News for comment.

Later in the broadcast, Watters said the bill contains "the things [Democrats] say they hate most about government: the special interests, the lack of transparency, the pork." Pork is a disapproving term for taxpayer-funded government programs that only benefit a small group of people.

Fox News' criticism, as a right-leaning media outlet, is especially notable as the stimulus package may be passed without any Republican Senate support, using the budget reconciliation process. Republicans have denounced Democrats' plan to use the process as "partisan."

Monday, February 22, 2021

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is full of Schitt

This is typical Republican grandstanding on immigration issues. What better way to scare the public than linking immigration to Predator Panic? Operation Talon, like past FALCON raids and various compliance operations, are blatantly unconstitutional.

To make this report even sillier is the fact this alleged "Operation Talon" apparently was never in operation in the first place, and it was ICE, not Biden, that suspended the program before it ever got off the ground. 

https://mailchi.mp/8ad45240ebc6/missouri-attorney-general-schmitt-leads-letter-urging-the-biden-administration-to-arrest-and-remove-unlawful-immigrants-convicted-of-sex-crimes?e=2604bb1107

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today led a coalition of 18 states in urging President Biden, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Johnson, to reverse the Biden Administration’s last-minute cancellation of Operation Talon. Operation Talon is a nationwide ICE operation that focuses on removing illegally present convicted sex offenders from the United States.

“Today, I’m pleased to lead this coalition of 17 other states in urging President Biden to reverse the decision to cancel Operation Talon, which focuses on removing convicted sex offenders who are illegally in the United States. Broadcasting that sexual predators and traffickers are potentially immune from deportation or other legal action only worsens the crises of sexual assault and trafficking at the border and potentially in Missouri,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “In combating human trafficking in Missouri, we strive to send the message that our state is inhospitable to trafficking through our actions and initiatives - The United States needs to send the same message.”

The letter argues that canceling Operation Talon could embolden sexual predators who seek to enter the United States illegally and exacerbate issues of sexual assault and trafficking in the immigrant community.

The letter states, “According to data collected by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, during the period from October 2014 to May 2018, ICE arrested 19,752 illegal aliens with criminal convictions for whom the most serious prior conviction was a conviction for a sex-related offense.”

Protesting the cancellation of Operation Talon, the letter says, “The cancellation of this program effectively broadcasts to the world that the United States is now a sanctuary jurisdiction for sexual predators.  This message creates a perverse incentive for foreign sexual predators to seek to enter the United States illegally and assault more victims, both in the process of unlawful migration and after they arrive.  It will also broadcast the message to other criminal aliens who have committed less heinous offenses that any kind of robust enforcement against them is extremely unlikely.”

The letter also details how human trafficking and sexual assault are major issues in the immigrant and migrant communities, especially at the border. The letter, citing the Polaris Project, continues, “the overwhelming majority of victims of sex and/or labor trafficking in the United States were foreign nationals, not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.  For cases in which citizenship status was known, 77.5 percent of trafficking victims (4,601 out of 5,939) were not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.”

The letter closes with, “We urge you to immediately reinstate Operation Talon, adopt an aggressive enforcement policy against illegal aliens convicted of sex crimes, and send a message to sexual predators that they are not welcome in the United States of America.”

The letter, led by Missouri Attorney General Schmitt, was also signed by the attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Marlee Minter spends entire week whipping the residents of Orangevale CA into Predator Panic

 

This hack reporter has engaged in a seres of articles designed to harass Registered Persons living in the town of Orangedale CA. First, she writes about a guy that allegedly "has an interest in cannibalism", then she writes a crap piece about Registrants living together in one home (see below) and follows up with, "OMG the registry info is wrong, sound the alarm." 

While shitty, scaremongering reporting is typical when news outlets want to gain viewership (i.e., "sweeps week"), any time a reporter goes out of its way to cause harm to Registered Persons for the sake of ratings, tit deserves a spot on our Shiitake Awards blog. 

https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2021/02/18/neighbors-sex-offenders-drywood-way/

‘Nobody Wants That Kind Of Crap’: Orangevale Neighbors Want To Know More About Who Really Lives Next Door

By Marlee GinterFebruary 18, 2021 at 6:45 am

ORANGEVALE (CBS13) — With a three-month-old baby on her hip and a four-year-old daughter always riding her bicycle in the neighborhood, Melanie Osterman wants to make sure she knows her neighbors.

Jason Scarcello is a convicted sex offender who authorities say has interests in cannibalism. Neighbors reached out to CBS13 after receiving an alert about Scarcello living on Drywood Way.

“Nobody wants that kind of crap in this neighborhood at all,” said Osterman.

After our original story aired, the homeowner told CBS13 Scarcello had applied to live there, but was denied. But the Federal Defender’s office confirms Scarcello did live there in November and moved out December 1.

“I don’t know if something’s not being updated. But something’s not right,” said Woodmore Oaks Neighborhood Watch president Tom DiGiacomo.

DiGiacomo sent the initial alert to neighbors but has since told them Scarcello isn’t there anymore. When you search the Drywood Way address, it doesn’t show any sex offenders living there. But after checking further, CBS13 discovered three convicted sex offenders listed at the address. One of them is listed with a score of 5, “above average risk to commit a new sexual offense,” according to the Megan’s Law website.

“I haven’t let her out front and that’s [expletive.] We pay for this house. We should be able to be free and feel safe and I don’t feel safe right now,” said Osterman.

“Right now I don’t know what to say. This house needs to be shut down,” said James Pruitt.

The homeowner’s attorney, who is an advocate for sex offenders, wouldn’t talk on camera but tells CBS13 the homeowner is giving individuals an opportunity to live their law-abiding lives.

“I don’t care what you think about non-violent. Everybody needs to know so they know how to handle their children. This is not right,” said Pruitt.

“That’s fine, second chances. People who want to make their lives better. But sex offenders and people that are sick and twisted in the head and want to do things to kids, no they chose their life, they don’t get a second chance living in a neighborhood with kids,” said Osterman.

The homeowner wouldn’t comment on camera. Sex offenders do have a right to a residence. They have to live somewhere.

Meantime, the Woodmore Oaks Neighborhood Watch is holding its monthly meeting online Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m. hoping to get answers.




Dishonorable mention goes to the other Karen of this article, Melanie Osterman. 



Thursday, February 18, 2021

Barney Bishop III has no business running the Florida Smart Justice Alliance, a statewide criminal justice reform advocacy group

What is the Florida Smart Justice Alliance? From their "About Us" page:

The Smart Justice Alliance’s goals are to:

  • Make Florida’s communities safer;
  • Save the taxpayers money; and
  • Hold offenders accountable while providing the tools for them to live law-abiding lives

Any serious attempt to create meaningful change in Florida’s approach to criminal justice must be comprehensive and include all stakeholders.  Therefore, mission Number One for the Florida Smart Justice Alliance will be to forge consensus among the broad range of affected parties – including law enforcement, prosecutors and public defenders, the judiciary, state government, victim rights groups, service providers and the business community. Members of the Alliance are working to develop policies that:

  • Minimize the extent to which children and the mentally ill are locked up;
  • Incorporate assessment tools to effectively guide sentencing diversion alternatives and reentry; and
  • Make greater system-wide use of evidenced-based programs that reduce costs and lower recidivism.

Based on the words of Barney Bishop, however (who is no stranger to the Shiitake Awards), the Florida Smart Justice Alliance needs to do a lot of soul searching. Barney Bishop, in a testimony to the Florida House Judiciary Committee on March 3, offered this gem of a comment regarding a proposed 50 year minimum sentence for sex offenses law in committee:

"We think that very long sentences are warranted; in fact, we'd like longer sentences. And I would just say in closing that with respect to smart justice that maybe what we ought to really be doing is thinking about giving the victims’ families an opportunity to have visitation with the perpetrators and a pair of scissors. That's our idea of smart justice, Mr. Chairman, not anything short of that."

(ADDENDUM: It seems Barney Bishop has a failing memory, so the offending statement can be found by CLICKING HERE and going to about one hour 51 minutes into the video. For the impatient types, the clip is below as well)

This is NOT the type of person running a criminal justice reform agency. He should resign immediately. Then again, his "Smart Justice Alliance" can't seem to keep staff around for long so it appears this "alliance" is an alliance of one. As noted by FAC, Barney Bishop is the lobbyist for The Wakulla County Sheriffs Department. Last year Wakulla County had to pay City Walk $160,000 to settle a lawsuit. Think Barney should have mentioned this in his opinion piece. Sketchy!

I'd gladly challenge Barney Bishop III on the issues in a face-to-face meeting. He can even bring a pair of scissors if he likes but he better keep them to himself. But since his cowardly response is to threaten me with a gun and arrest, like the cowardly thug that he truly is, I'll be content with showing him up for the fool he is. BTW, fuck the NRA, bragging about your membership just proves you're a kook. 

It is even funnier as Bishop got into it with black FL Rep Ramon Alexander by telling him the KKK and the Nazis have the right to free speech and if you don't like it, walk away

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/2021/02/18/tallahassee-homeless-issue-city-walk-shelter-needs-move/6771847002/

City Walk shelter violates zoning code and needs to move out of the neighborhood | Opinion

Barney Bishop III Your Turn

A recent column mentioning the shelter on Mahan Drive cites it as a “homeless” shelter.  It is also a “low barrier” shelter for sex offenders. It is to be expected that supporters of this facility would neglect to cite this fact and attempt to obscure the issue as a homeless issue.

While it was initially only to be used as a temporary cold night shelter, City Walk shelter was surreptitiously and illegally transformed into a permanent shelter that includes sex offenders.

It is across the street from Hilltop Academy and near public schools. This violates Florida law, common sense, and is highly inappropriate. Moreover, the neighbors were never notified of the change. In one article, Renee Miller, the executive director, claims they looked in the city code and did not find any restrictions that applied to them.

There is no need to check the city code if this shelter is temporary and only for cold nights. But there are restrictions if its usage is changed to a permanent location with sex offenders. So Ms. Miller knew exactly what she was doing from the beginning. For that alone, the permanent request for a zoning change should be rejected out-of-hand, if not for the other reason that you do not reward a purposeful violator of the city code. 

A low barrier sex offender shelter is defined as a facility that provides food, drink and a bed to sex offenders, but no treatment is provided whatsoever. They can come and go as they please. Consequently, women and children have every right to fear for their safety.

Ms. Miller knows full well, having been a shelter provider in other locations, that sex offenders must register every time they move. Her lack of oversight is unprofessional and dangerous. Sex offenders have strict statutory requirements and one newspaper story indicated one of the sex offenders was already on probation, which means they have already violated the law.

I have worked as a lobbyist for nonprofits that deal with issues of substance abuse/mental health, juvenile justice and adult corrections for 28 years now. My clients put facilities like this in industrial areas, where neighborhoods are not adversely impacted. Warehouses and such are not incompatible neighbors, and so long as there is a bus line nearby, the shelter occupants still have access to grocery stores, social services, etc. 

It is for these reasons that both Florida Smart Justice Alliance and Citizens for Responsible Spending oppose any attempt to keep the shelter on Mahan Drive — under any circumstances or restrictions — in its current location. We certainly oppose it being there as a permanent location.




Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Georgia State Rep. Mitchell Scoggins thinks increasing registration for low level Registrants is somehow "helpful"

Trying to keep people already determined to be a low risk on the registry for longer is not helpful in any way, Rep. Scroggins. 

https://daily-tribune.com/stories/two-bartow-legislators-co-sponsor-sex-offender-registration-bill,27010

Two Bartow legislators co-sponsor sex offender registration bill

JAMES SWIFT/THE DAILY TRIBUNE NEWS

Posted Saturday, February 13, 2021

BY JAMES SWIFT

Both District 14 State Rep. Mitchell Scoggins  (R, Cartersville) and District 15 State Rep. Matthew Gambill (R, Cartersville) have co-sponsored a piece of proposed legislation seeking to reform the State’s sex offender registration requirements.

“The benefit of this bill is that it will help sex offenders stay on the registry longer,” said Scoggins. “Now they’re able to get off after three years if they’re Level I.”

The primary sponsor of House Bill 347 is District 19 State Rep. Joseph Gullett (R, Dallas.)

“Someone that he knew or had dealings with had got off the registry, he thought too early,” Scoggins said. “This bill will help solve that problem.”

Under the proposed bill, those convicted of certain sex offenses would be able to petition for release from registration after “10 years have elapsed since the individual completed all prison, parole, supervised release and probation for the offense.”

The amendment, however, would only be applicable to those “classified by the Georgia Sexual Offender Registration Review Board as a Level I risk assessment classification.”

If a risk assessment classification has not been conducted, HB 347 indicates “the court shall order such classification to be completed prior to considering the petition for release.”

“It changes the ‘or’ to ‘and’ so that the two provisions outlined there both have to be met,” Gambill said. “This just increases the rigors in our sex offender laws, ensuring that nothing is slipping through the cracks, if you will.”

In Georgia, Level I offenders are designated as “low sex offense risks” and are deemed unlikely to commit any additional sex offenses by the State board.

“Level II, III offenders are mostly all repeat offenders and they stay on the registry longer, anyway,” Scoggins said. “This just puts everybody on notice that this person’s been convicted of a crime and if he or she is living next to you, you would want to know that, especially if you had young children.”

Gambill summarized why he co-sponsored the proposed legislation.

“These are very concerning situations and I think that we always want to make sure that when we’re looking into the laws, that they are appropriate and meet the needs of what’s needed to protect our citizens,” Gambill said. “I think this puts some additional teeth into that process.”

Monday, February 15, 2021

Punch Drunk UFC fighter Jon Jones think California is "passing pedophilia"

 


I don't follow MMA crap, and Jon Jones apparently doesn't follow criminal justice reform issues. He may be a good fighter in the UFC, but when it comes to understanding law, he is the 2017 Cleveland Browns. Maybe that's why he didn't seem to understand leaving the scene of an accident, an accident he caused, hurting a pregnant lady in the process, was actually illegal. 

Jones, stick with using your head as a punching bag, since it is literally all you are good for, and leave the critical thinking to those with a working brain.  

https://www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/ufc/jon-jones-lambasts-californians-for-passing-pedophilia-let-me-be-real-clear-on-where-i-stand-on-this-topic/

Jon Jones lambasts Californians for “passing” pedophilia: “Let me be real clear on where I stand on this topic…”

By Chris Taylor -February 12, 2021

Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar, Johnny Walker, Thiago Santos, Jon Anik

Image: UFC on Instagram

UFC legend Jon Jones was not happy to learn of California’s passing of pedophilia, making his feelings on the subject very clear this evening.

The state of California recently passed SB 145, a bill that is aimed at creating parity in criminal sentencing for young LGBTQ people who have sex with other young people.

Here’s what the bill actually does (via sacbee.com):

“Under existing law since 1944, when a person is found by a court to have had vaginal intercourse with a minor 14 years of age or older, and the age difference is not more than 10 years, judges are given discretion as to whether to require that person to register as a sex offender.”

With that said, the state of California did not actually legalize pedophilia. Still, SB 145 has numerous individuals up in arms, including former UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones.

‘Bones’ took to social media where he shared his disgust after hearing news of the passed bill.

CALIFORNIANS PASSING PEDOPHILIA NOW, LET ME BE REAL CLEAR ON WHERE I STAND ON THIS TOPIC, I FIND YOU ALL ABSOLUTELY FUCKING DISGUSTING.

— BONY (@JONNYBONES) FEBRUARY 13, 2021

“Californians passing pedophilia now, let me be real clear on where I stand on this topic, I find you all absolutely fucking disgusting.” –  Jones wrote on Twitter.

The longtime UFC light heavyweight champion, Jones (26-1 MMA), is expected to fight the winner of April’s ‘UFC 260: Ngannou vs. Miocic 2’ contest in his heavyweight debut later this summer.

Jon Jones most recently competed at UFC 247 in February of 2020, where he successfully defended his light heavyweight belt with a unanimous decision victory over Dominick Reyes.

Jon Jones, Dominick Reyes

Image Credit: @ufc on Instagram (photographer not listed)

‘Bones’ would later vacate the 205lbs title in order to make his run at the promotions heavyweight world title.

What do you think of the recent comments from Jon Jones following the passing of Senate Bill 145 in California? Share your thoughts in the comment section PENN Nation!

This article appeared first on BJPENN.COM

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The "Karens" are coming for Poetry Magazine for publishing poem by Registered Person

For the moment, it seems Poetry magazine is not cowtowing to professional victims and outraged Karens who feel Registered Persons should not have a voice at all. 

We still have a little something in this country called freedom of expression, so to all those hating on the having to read a poem by a person convicted of a sex offense, I have a poem for you:

Republicans are Red, 

Democrats are Blue,

The First Amendment gives me the freedom to say "FUCK YOU!"

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/03/us-magazine-poetry-faces-outcry-for-publishing-work-by-sex-offender

US magazine Poetry faces outcry for publishing work by sex offender

New issue, dedicated to work by current and former prisoners, provokes uproar after it emerges one poet has served time for child pornography offences

Alison Flood

Wed 3 Feb 2021 11.08 ESTLast modified on Wed 3 Feb 2021 11.10 EST

The US’s prestigious Poetry magazine has doubled down on its decision to publish a poem by a convicted sex offender as part of a special edition dedicated to incarcerated poets, telling critics that “it is not our role to further judge or punish [people] as a result of their criminal convictions”.

The magazine, which has been running since 1912 and is published by the Poetry Foundation, has just released its new issue focusing on work by “currently and formerly incarcerated people”, their families and prison workers. It includes a poem by Kirk Nesset, a former professor of English literature who was released from prison last year after serving time for possessing, receiving and distributing child sexual abuse images in 2014. The investigation found Nesset in possession of more than half a million images and films of child sexual abuse.

When a reader asked why the issue included Nesset, Poetry magazine said that its guest editors “didn’t have knowledge of contributors’ backgrounds”, because “the editorial principle for this issue was to widen access to publication for writers inside prison and to expand access to poetry, bearing in mind biases against and barriers for incarcerated people”.

“We recognise the life-shattering impact of violence and denounce harm,” the magazine said in a statement on Twitter. “People in prison have been sentenced and are serving/have served those sentences; it is not our role to further judge or punish them as a result of their criminal convictions. As editors, our role is to read poems and facilitate conversations around contemporary poetry.

“We maintain that these poems are an expression of a human experience and that poetry is a force to advance human engagement and critical self-reflection. We hope the poetry in this issue facilitates deep and empathic reading and extends our discourse.”

Tara Betts, one of the guest editors, reiterated that she and her fellow editors had not known the charges against the poets they included.

“I can say that I had no intent to perpetuate further harm,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’m going to be honest about my life. I barely escaped being a survivor myself. I’ve counseled many friends, family members and former students who are survivors, including incarcerated people. I’m heartbroken about hurting anyone or making them revisit their pain. I’m also devastated by policing and prisons and how these are overtly racist and classist systems that protect property over people. What happens when those hurts overlap?”

A petition signed by more than 500 people is calling for Nesset’s work to be removed from the magazine, saying that his “time served does not equate to the lifetime of emotional, physical, and psychological trauma victims of child pornography and sexual assault endure”.

Tiffany Melanson, another poet featured in the issue, expressed her “deep disappointment” in the situation, “and the lack of foresight and sensitivity that led to it”.

Last year, the Poetry Foundation, which publishes the magazine, was criticised in a letter signed by almost 2,000 people over its brief, “watery” response to Black Lives Matter. The foundation and magazine had said that they “stand in solidarity with the black community, and denounce injustice and systemic racism”. But the signatories, who included the award-winning poet Ocean Vuong, said the foundation had been asked for years to redistribute its “enormous resources” to marginalised artists, and had not done enough.

The writers said they would not submit any work to the magazine until their demands were met, which included the resignation of the Poetry Foundation president and board of trustees chair, as well as for the “significantly greater allocation of financial resources toward work which is explicitly anti-racist in nature”.

Both the president and chair subsequently resigned, with former president Henry Bienen telling the board that he had “lost respect for the staff who did not defend themselves or the foundation from attacks they knew to be false”.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

South Carolina finds the time amidst the global pandemic and economic crisis to push Predator Panic in sex-doll ban

It is nice to know that Republican SC State Senator Katrina Shealy thinks filing a bill to make it illegal to own a child-shaped hunk of plastic and silicone is far more important than the pandemic, the economy, and healing our country after her party damn near destroyed it. 

https://jeffduncan.house.gov/media/press-releases/sc-state-senator-prefiles-legislation-builds-congressman-duncans-justice-act

“The practice of exploiting children is sickening and we are going to make it crystal clear that this behavior is not welcome in South Carolina,” Senator Katrina Shealy says. “My hope would be that legislation to address such abhorrent acts would not be needed here, but the disturbing trend has impacted other states; it was time to take a second look at our laws and ensure that children are protected in all areas of predatory acts.”

For the sake of simplicity, I've only included the additions to be made to the law below. 

SC S-228 (2021)

A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-15-305 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE UNLAWFUL DISSEMINATION, PROCUREMENT, OR PROMOTION OF OBSCENITY, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO BUY, SELL, DELIVER, RENT, DISTRIBUTE, OR OTHERWISE PROVIDE ANY FIGURINE FOR THE REPRESENTATION, DESCRIPTION, OR USE OF THE OBSCENE; AND TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS.

SECTION 1. Section 16-15-305(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

“Section 16-15-305. (A) It is unlawful for any person knowingly to disseminate obscenity. A person disseminates obscenity within the meaning of this article if he...

(5) buys, sells, delivers, rents, distributes, or otherwise provides any figurine for the representation, description, or use of the obscene.”

SECTION 2. Section 16-15-305(C) is amended by adding an appropriately numbered new item to read:

“( ) ‘figurine’ means any figure, mannequin, or robot created in a child’s likeness that is anatomically correct, with the features of, or with features that resemble those of, a minor, and that are intended for use in sexual acts.”

SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.



Saturday, January 23, 2021

Pregnancy Help News writer Brittany Summers attempts to link abortion and "normalizing pedophilia"

The premise of the argument is as follows. Abortion is bad. "Normalizing pedophilia" is bad. Therefore, "Normalizing Pedophilia" is abortion. Reminds me of Family Guy...

I strongly despise this media buzzword "normalizing pedophilia." What does that even mean? Of course, this commentary is full of the typical bullcrap, including suggestions the registry is full of nothing but "pedophiles", and more recently debunked absurdities like the California bill that extended Romeo and Juliet provisions to homosexuals. 

https://pregnancyhelpnews.com/has-abortion-led-to-abuse-of-children-through-pedophilia

Has abortion led to abuse of children through pedophilia?

January, 2021Written by  Brittany Summers

Published in COMMENTARY

One foundational belief held by the pro-life community is that all life is sacred. The sanctity of human life is in jeopardy from a threat not always attributed as such, and that is in the movement to normalize pedophilia. 

As the world remains fixed on contending with the coronavirus, I submit that pedophilia presents its own pandemic. It’s not simply a religious or moral issue, but a human rights issue, like abortion, with our children at increasing risk of sexual abuse. 

This menace is creeping across the country, infiltrating social media, legislation, movie and television productions. 

Public dialog on the issues of child pornography, sexualization of children and the justification of pedophilia seems to be headed more and more toward acceptance. 

It’s a coarsened regard for human life that enables both abortion and sexual exploitation, and it runs deep in our society, its threat to our children seeping increasingly into our public consciousness. 

Activist entities are on board with normalizing pedophilia, and social media and other media outlets are also increasingly adopting this sympathetic attitude towards this abuse and sexual exploitation of children, leaving its victims as an afterthought.

Our children, however vulnerable, are not expendable. 

Our children are our greatest treasure, and just as with fighting the scourge of abortion, they deserve our protection from sexual exploitation.

If we recognize that life is sacred, it follows that sexual abuse of children or otherwise sexually objectifying them is immoral and must be staunchly opposed. 

I concur with the idea expressed by Dr. Mildred Jefferson, the first African-American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, cited in a 2019 Focus on the Family article.

She said, “I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged and the planned have the right to live.” 

Those who serve in pregnancy help are uniquely poised to foster and assist in battling this pervasive threat for several reasons. They are on the front lines, their very work is based upon recognizing the sacredness of life, and they stand equipped and ready to serve anyone who comes to them in need.  

Pregnancy help organizations can and do effectively address issues of sexual and domestic abuse, human trafficking and other exploitation when these ills present in the clients who walk through their doors. They help women in need who may be facing these issues by supporting them and their families and connecting them with resources, so that the cycle can be broken. Heartbeat International also offers affiliates training in identifying victims and assisting them whenever possible. 

While the pregnancy help community is attuned to these issues and ready to help mend broken lives and families, the problem extends beyond the pregnancy help realm and there cannot be enough awareness of it.

Opposing public disclosure

Part of the normalization push for pedophilia lies in efforts to assail established systems of sex abuse registry.

In one example of weakening those systems, in 2016, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alice M. Batchelder deemed Michigan’s Sex Offenders Registry Act (SORA) unconstitutional and ineffective. However, in the years since, parameters for those circumstances laid out in Batchelder’s ruling have yet to be officially defined. 

Taking this another step in the wrong direction, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) believes the Sex Offender Registry (SER) should be made private, possibly done away with. 

The ACLU sued last year to get a federal judge to force the state to stop enforcing the Michigan law.

John Hardenbergh, formerly of the ACLU’s Washington D.C. legislative office, explained the organization’s sympathy for sex offenders as far back as a 2009 ACLU report. 

“We’ve gotten used to having few friends on this issue,” Hardenbergh said. “We’re okay with this. We didn’t get into this business in order to make friends. With the exception of the criminal defense bar, there just aren’t a whole lot of people who want to stand up for the rights of sex offenders.” 

Another example; nine years ago the Township of Galloway, New Jersey, filed an ordinance which would prevent sex offenders from living in neighborhoods around children. The ACLU snapped back with a lawsuit to undo the ordinance, claiming it was unconstitutional for the offenders. 

The ACLU is not alone. Sympathy for the offenders as opposed to sex abuse victims seems to have momentum. 

David Feige, lawyer, legal commentator and author, claimed discrimination toward sex offenders through registries and other restrictions in his March 2017 Slate article, titled, “The Supreme Court’s Sex-Offender Jurisprudence Is Based on a Lie.” 

Feige argued that statistic don’t support recidivism concerns for sex offenders, calling this a “tragic lie,” and that efforts to protect communities from offenders were violating the offenders’ rights. 

“Sex offenders are among the most reviled citizens of our nation,” he wrote. “Subject to registration, residency restrictions, and literally hundreds of other constricting laws, the 800,000 people on America’s sex-offender registries are by far the most policed population in our country.” 

If there is question over informing families of potential danger and keeping children safe, we must err on the side of the children.

The right to human dignity

How does this relate to the right to life?

First, as mentioned above it takes a callous regard for life to accept either abortion or sexual exploitation.

But it should also be asked whether it’s coincidental that the ACLU, a significant pro-abortion voice and force, is incredibly outspoken for the “rights” of pedophiles over the victimized children.

In January 1997, the ACLU defended a “Man-Boy Love Group” which advocates consensual sexual relationships between adult men and boys and abolishing age-of-consent-laws that classify adult sex with children as rape. 

A member of the group and another man reportedly associated with the pedophilia-promoting group were convicted separately for the rape and murder of a 10-year-old boy and are now serving life sentences. 

The victim’s family sued the organization, the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), for the rape and murder of their son, accusing NAMBLA of inciting the horrific crimes through its literature and web site.

The ACLU advocated for the defendants, countering that NAMBLA was not responsible for the incitement.

The murdered 10-year-old boy’s father wrote a letter to the editor of a local news outlet 21 years later in 2018 regarding the ACLU’s efforts to kill a victims’ rights law, criticizing the ACLU’s advocacy for NAMBLA and explicitly rejecting the claim that the ACLU cares about the liberties and rights of children and victims of sexual violence.

He said, in part, “The ACLU went out of their way to represent NAMBLA, citing that their unpopular views on pedophilia must be defended, and that the two men who raped and murdered my son deserve to have their beliefs protected.”

It's not difficult to see how desensitization to this abuse of children, and additionally in this case, the brutal taking one’s life, would go hand in hand with acceptance of abortion - also abusive to both mother and child, and the brutal ending of the child’s life. Defending the right to hold individual beliefs does not extend to promoting ideas that are clearly abusive to children and destructive to human life.

Eliminating lives to eliminate risk of abuse

The connections between abortion and abuse don’t end there.

Among the common misconceptions put forth by abortion proponents is that aborting unwanted babies would cause child abuse to decrease. But not only has that not been the case, this theory is flawed and demonstrates the dehumanization of abortion. 

Abort73.com writer Jeffrey Jones wrote in his 2008 article, “Abortion and Child Abuse,” about the connection between abortion and abuse, explaining:

“The theory goes: ‘unwanted’ children are normally the objects of abuse; if we reduce the number of unwanted children by making abortion available, child abuse will decrease. The data, however, very plainly shows that child abuse has not decreased but increased since abortion became legal. From 1980 to 1993, the child maltreatment estimates rose 149%, from 625,100 cases to 1,553,800.”

Even if the statistics were in abortion activists’ favor on this, the idea that it’s okay to eliminate at-risk children as a means of eliminating abuse is itself abusive on its face. You do not solve a problem by ending the lives of its victims.

Acceptance of abortion leads to other social ills

Legalized abortion has created a decreased value of human life, and those calloused sentiments have spilled over into other areas, such as child abuse, sexual or otherwise. 

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Normalizing the aggression and violence of abortion against its defenseless victims will only nurture the heartlessness against all human life. And the justification of abortion has only served as conditioning for people into acceptance and justification of pedophilia.  

Jones lists some potential effects the practice of abortion has procured, such as increased hostility between generations, diminished importance of caring for children, possible increased guilt and self-hatred resulting from abortion to be projected onto the child, the potential for the child to be scapegoated in an intensified battle of the sexes prompted by abortion, and diminished mothering capability.

Perhaps we are seeing some of the fruit of this overall coarsening in the push to normalize pedophilia as a legitimate sexual orientation, a dangerous thing that would then justify sexual exploitation of children and negate any legal repercussions of sexually abusive acts toward them. 

Normalizing disorder

A particularly troubling attempt at normalizing pedophilia came from Mirjam Heine, who gave a 2018 Ted Talk titled, “Why our perception of Pedophilia has to change." In it she referred to pedophilia as an 'unchangeable sexual orientation.'

Heine, then a medical student and follower of the teaching of Dr. Klaus Michael Beier, head of the Institute for Sexology and Sexual Medicine at the University Hospital Berlin, stated, “Pedophilia is a natural sexual orientation,” in the talk, and spoke on her concerns to “end their (pedophiles) suffering.”

One claim Heine made was that non-offenders’ isolation and rejection of pedophiles will only increase sexual abuse rates, seemingly placing the responsibility on non-offenders and excusing the pedophiles committing the acts. 

“We shouldn’t increase the sufferings of pedophiles by excluding them, by blaming and mocking them,” she said. “By doing that, we increase their isolation, and we increase the chance of child sexual abuse.” 

Heine expressed further that pedophiles should be given a break for their sexual penchants and sympathy for not being able to act them out:

“We should accept that pedophiles are people who have not chosen their sexuality and who, unlike most of us, will never be able to live it out freely…. Most of us feel discomfort when we think about pedophiles. But just like pedophiles, we are not responsible for our feelings. We do not choose them (emphasis added) but we are responsible for our actions.” 

After backlash, TEDx removed the video from YouTube. 

Behavioral psychologist and therapist Dr. Linda Mintle countered Heine’s message in a CBN News article that year, stating that, “Pedophilic disorder is a mental disorder. It is one type of mental disorder in the category of paraphilias.”

Also in direct conflict with this Heine’s argument, the American Psychiatric Association, as of now, still maintains that pedophilia is a mental disorder rather than a sexual orientation.

Legal protection

In the area of legislation, we find SB 145, which was signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2020. 

The law has lessened the state’s legal prohibition of pedophilia, and now registering as a sex offender is no longer mandatory after committing certain sex acts with minors within a ten-year age difference of the abuser. Further, it applies in cases where the victim is between 14 and 17 years of age, and it seeks to rescind an existing registration requirement for oral and anal sex.

The bill’s sponsor, State Senator Scott Wiener, said in defense of his bill, “This distinction between vaginal intercourse and other forms of intercourse is a relic of California's discriminatory past, and it's time to bring an end to it.” 

Broadcasting the exploitation

Now television and film productions are presenting a “virtuous pedophile” and otherwise normalizing sexual attraction toward children, an apparent attempt to sway the public in sympathy for pedophiles. Two examples are “I, Pedophile” on Amazon, and Cuties on Netflix. 

Tech giant Amazon has been criticized for its sympathetic portrayal of portrayal of pedophiles, critics calling it irresponsible.

Major streaming service Netflix caused a huge child pornography controversy with its release of the French Film “Cuties.” 

Eleven-year-old girls are dancing with no shirts on, grabbing themselves inappropriately and much more I am not comfortable describing here. This is what Netflix chooses to describe as a coming-of-age story and a bucking of conservative values, calling the dancing “free-spirited.”

The director of “Cuties” justified the sexual exploitation of children contained in the film.

Maïmouna Doucouré claimed in an interview that she created the film to show how children are being oversexualized at a young age, inspiration she received while watching children dance as if they were at adult clubs. So, in effect, she tried to justify showing the sexual exploitation of children, by doing just that - showing the sexual exploitation of children.

Concerned and horrified individuals across social media pointed out the foolishness of claiming to produce and present exploitation for the purpose of combating it. 

Thousands cancelled their subscriptions, but nonetheless, Netflix has stood by its objectionable content. 

Netflix continues in its attempts to rationalize it with the program description: 

“Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.” 

The push for sympathy toward would-be pedophile rights has also reached major social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram, at times with impunity. 

A group headed by sexologist Beier wrote a 2018 letter to John Starr, Twitter’s Director of Trust and Safety, decrying that non-offending “anti-contact MAPs” (minor attracted persons) had their accounts suspended. The letter argued that pedophiles should have access to Twitter as a means of access to support in fighting their inclinations. 

Two men whose accounts were suspended the group said, had “always used their accounts to speak out against sexual abuse, to help their peers avoid offending, and to help reduce the stigma associated with pedophilia that prevents many pedophiles from seeking help if they need it.”

Twitter says it has “zero tolerance towards any material that features or promotes child sexual exploitation.”

Interestingly, however, the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation, the mission of which is to “eliminate child sexual abuse imagery online,” found in 2019 that Twitter was responsible for more than half of child abuse material on the internet in the three previous years.

Intervention, treatment, and support for behavior change

Major technology companies have “buried their heads in the sand when it comes to online pedophilia,” according to Michael Salter, Scientia Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Salter, creator of the Organized Abuse website, is also associate editor of Child Abuse Review, the peer-reviewed journal of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, as well as a high-level advisor to numerous government departments and non-governmental organizations.

“Pedophiles need early intervention, treatment, and support for behavior change,” Salter said of Twitter’s allowing pedophiles to discuss their sexual appetite for children on its platform. “They do not need a public forum to discuss their sexual attraction to children.” 

I couldn't agree more.

This growing lack of regard for the sanctity of children’s lives through pedophilia has abortion to thank for assisting in its rise. Abortion has not only not presented any solutions to child abuse, nor reduced it, rather, it has contributed to it. 

Where will this lead if it’s not stopped? Could we see legal protection for pedophilic acts, and a continued cycle of abuse and violation of the sanctity of life?

Abortion and pedophilia are both threats to life, both prevalent and tragic in their results. Now more than ever it is crucial to be aware and advocate for the sanctity of human life. 

There are a number of resources available for sexual abuse recovery and for parents and caregivers concerned about sexual abuse of children, including the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), and Stop It Now. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has resources on addressing obscene, indecent and profane broadcasts.

Editor's note: Heartbeat International manages Pregnancy Help News. Heartbeat affiliates can access resources for serving at-rick clients.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Lisa DURRRden, disgraced ex-adjunct professor fire for racist rant, believes criticism of Kamala Harris's former sex offender policy is "racist" and "sexist"

I have gotten many crazy accusations over the years from random people on the Internet. Over the years, I've been accused of being a plant for the Soviet Communist state (I can't even figure out why), an ultra-right-wing gay basher (because I was allowed to write a response to an article written by a right wing conservative), and even an operative for the "Deep State" (because QAnon conspiracy nuts are, well, just plain nuts.) Oh, and don't forget that Perpetual Victim Barbie compared me to the Parkland School Shooter. 

But an accusation of racism and misogyny for not supporting Kamala Harris due to her past public policies on Registered Citizens is the dumbest accusation that I've heard in a while. 

When Kamala Harris (a former sex crimes prosecutor) was California's Attorney General, she attempted to ban all Registered Persons in the state from social media. This makes me skeptical of her willingness on even considering registry reform. 

Apparently, Lisa Durden took offense to my lack of support for Kamala Harris as "racism" and "sexism". 

Folks, there are certain people who think if you have a dislike for a politician, that must be because you hate women/ blacks:



She becomes more unhinged during her email exchanges, including such things like Indians are black or that every white man is a racist. 



Lisa DURRR-den was fired a couple of years ago from a job she got as an adjunct professor after she went on a Fox News show spouting black supremacist rhetoric. The Essex County Colege decided to fire her for the racist rant; she's currently suing over (ironically) accusing the college of racism for letting her go. 




I've already reported her to LinkedIn, and I will let the college see what she's written, so she has not hurt her case. All this because she can't accept some folks just dislike the policy of a politician she only likes because of her gender and skin color. 

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2018/04/16/fired-professor-sues-college-claiming-her-free-speech-violationshttps-presto-gannettdigital/521563002/

Professor fired after defending blacks-only event to Fox News. ‘I was publicly lynched,’ she says.

By 

Samantha Schmidt

June 26, 2017 at 8:25 a.m. UTC

After Black Lives Matter hosted a 'blacks-only' Memorial Day party, Tucker Carlson asked a BLM supporter why such an event is acceptable. "Boo-hoo-hoo, you white people are angry because you couldn't use your 'white privilege' card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter's all-black Memorial Day celebration," she replied. http://bit.ly/2qZI5je

Posted by Fox News on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Earlier this month, political commentator Lisa Durden gave a fiery interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, defending a Black Lives Matter chapter’s decision to host a Memorial Day event exclusively for black people.

“Boo-hoo-hoo,” Lisa Durden, who is also an adjunct professor at Essex County College in Newark, said in the June 6 television appearance. “You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your ‘white privilege’ card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter’s all-black Memorial Day celebration.”

In the heated exchange, Carlson responded by calling her “hostile and separatist and crazy.”

“You’re demented actually,” he said. “You’re sick and what you’re saying is disgusting and if you were a Nazi I would say the same thing to you.”

Durden’s remarks spurred both criticism and praise on social media. But what happened less than 48 hours later prompted an even stronger reaction.

On June 8, with about a week left of her summer session of teaching, Durden’s employers at Essex County College suspended her. About two weeks later, Durden was fired from the community college.

The college’s president announced the decision in a lengthy statement Friday, days after Durden met with school officials in a community forum.

Anthony E. Munroe, Essex County College president, said the administration was “immediately inundated with feedback from students, faculty and prospective students and their families expressing frustration, concern and even fear that the views expressed by a College employee (with influence over students) would negatively impact their experience on the campus.”

“In consideration of the College’s mission, and the impact that this matter has had on the College’s fulfillment of its mission, we cannot maintain an employment relationship with the adjunct,” Munroe said in the statement.

But Durden said the firing was unjust and baseless. She claimed “there was no due process, there were no facts.”

“I was publicly lynched,” Durden said in an interview with The Washington Post. “They didn’t let me finish the class and they disrupted the learning process.”

Durden — who began her first semester of teaching at the school in January — was wrapping up the first summer session of classes and was already scheduled for the fall semester. As an adjunct professor, she teaches classes on subjects such as mass communication and popular culture.

She said she was given no reason for the suspension, though a human resources representative explained to her verbally that it was in part because she identified her relationship to the college in the interview, Durden said. This was not the case — the show simply identified her as a political commentator.

“I had a right to free speech, and I exercised that right,” Durden said.

Durden, whose media commentary focuses on issues such as pop culture, race and politics, said she was invited onto “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss the Black Lives Matter event. She did not choose the subject of the conversation, she said.

“This particular day was a hard topic,” Durden said. “It was a debate. It was not meant to be something that was an easy conversation.”

Any time commentators discuss a controversial topic on television, there will be people who agree and disagree, Durden said. There were many people on social media commending her statements, and yet the university chose to take actions as a result of the negative responses, Durden said.

Essex County College is federally designated as a Predominantly Black Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. It has a large black student population and its new president, Munroe, is black.

“I am that population,” Durden said. “I live in Newark. I was born and raised in Newark.”

“I decided to come back to Newark because this is my community,” she added.

In his statement, Munroe said the college “supports and affirms the right of free speech and independent views and expressions of those views for our faculty and staff.” But he added that it denounces “any conduct that implies that all students are not welcome to participate in, or benefit from, our programs or activities on the basis of their race, color, orientation or national origin.”

Durden told The Post that in retrospect, she wishes she would have made clear in her interview on Fox News that when she mentioned “white people” she referred only to the white people who were upset about the Black Lives Matter event.

“I will apologize if a person assumed I meant all white people,” Durden said. “I never meant all white people.”

“All white people aren’t racist,” she said.

Her remarks — in which she compared the Black Lives Matter event to a wedding that excludes children — drew intense backlash on social media. Many commended the college’s decision over the weekend, calling her a “disgusting racist,” “angry racist” and “racist pig.” One conservative writer called her a “Black Supremacist.”

Many of these accusations and portrayals feed into existing stereotypes about black women, Durden said.

“When you’re an African American woman,” she said, “when you are your personality, you are called an angry black woman.”

“Reverse racism,” she added, “doesn’t exist.”

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Hull, UK resident Amy Gray impersonates ex-boyfriend to set him and new girlfriend up for vigilante sting operation


It isn't often we nominate someone from the UK here but this case is well deserving of a Shiitake Award. 

What is even more disturbing is that police detained the couple for 12 hours after prodding by a disgusting vigilante scumbag group instead of arresting the vigilantes. 

(Maybe if some British person stumbles upon my blog, I can get an explanation of the term "Fred West prank.")

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/amy-gray-fred-west-prank-4877180

Woman's cruel 'Fred West' prank saw ex-partner hounded by paedophile hunters 'to teach him a lesson'

Amy Gray was angry that her ex had left her for another woman so pretended to meet a 14-year-old for sex

By Sophie CorcoranSenior Reporter

17:04, 11 JAN 2021

A Hull woman hacked into her ex-boyfriend's Facebook account, arranged to meet a 14-year-old for sex and then alerted a paedophile vigilante group in a bizarre revenge plot.

Amy Gray, 37, of Great Thornton Street, said she was angry that her ex had left her for another woman and in November 2018 decided to teach him a lesson.

Gray - who had helped the man set up a Facebook profile - used his passwords to log on and message a 14-year-old girl that was later revealed to be a decoy set up by a paedophile vigilante group.

Hull Crown Court heard on Monday that Gray - pretending to be her ex-boyfriend - arranged to meet the underage girl on Newland Avenue for sex.

Ben Thomas, prosecuting, told the court she had also used her ex-partner's new girlfriend's name, claiming they wanted the girl to take part in a "threesome."

In an interview with police, Gray told officers it would be a "bonus" for her love rival to get into trouble too.

"Predator's Exposed," the group behind the decoy, then made their way to Newland Avenue expecting to catch Gray's ex-partner, who is in fact already on the Sex Offender's Register.

Mr Thomas told the court: "Of course no one turned up to meet them so they went to his house as his address had been given in some of the messages."

The man answered the door to see six members of the group who had travelled to confront him.

They were filming the video and posting it live onto Facebook.

During the interception the man was called a "dirty, vile piece of s***", a "jelly bellied b******" and even Fred West.

His new partner was also apprehended by the group and told she could not answer her mobile phone. The woman's concerned mother had found out through her niece that her daughter was being live streamed on Predator's Exposed's Facebook page and was trying to get hold of her.

Humberside Police were called and the couple were taken into custody, detained for 12 hours and interviewed.

Mr Thomas told the court that their house was searched and their phones were analysed.

However, Gray was eventually caught out when officers realised the IP address of where the messages were sent from was her address.

Her ex-partner was the subject of a tag which also showed he had not been to her house when the messages were sent, proving it was Gray behind the messages.

Mr Thomas said: "In an interview she said she wanted revenge. She knew how much the video would be shared and she wanted him in prison so he and his new partner couldn't be together."

In a victim personal statement the man told how he and his partner had been forced to move away from Hull, have been shouted at in the street and even had their home doused in graffiti.

The woman said she did not leave her home on her own for nine months.

The court heard how Gray has a previous conviction for three offences of sexual assault, for which she was convicted in 2005.

However, her barrister, Amber Hobson, told the court these took place when Gray was living as a man. She transitioned into a woman a year later.

Ms Hobson said: "She struggled with her identity most of her life and lived her life in the shadows. Perhaps that has taken a toll on her and affected her mental health. She has one previous conviction from a very different time in her life when she was living as a man. She worked with the probation service and found it very helpful.

"She says that offending was born out of confusion with her identity and not an attraction to children or women."

Ms Hobson appealed to Judge David Tremberg, telling her Gray would struggle in prison as a transgender woman.

She added that Gray is remorseful and that the author of a pre-sentence report had come to the conclusion that Gray is at low-risk of reoffending.

"She didn't foresee the level of scrutiny they would be subjected to," Ms Hobson added.

As he jailed Gray for five years for perverting the course of justice, Judge Tremberg told her: "You wanted to make him suffer and cause maximum harm and degradation to his emotional wellbeing, status and reputation. If that caused harm and distress to his girlfriend that was a bonus for you.

"You exposed them to an ordeal of public humiliation."

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Kathianne Boniello of the New York Post is 2021's first Shiitake Award nominee

There is no Elijah Kelly listed on the NY public registry. So why does it matter he's staying in a shelter where other registered persons reside? Does she think sexual offense are contageous or we spread trade secrets like Pokemon cards? Either way, her logic is faulty and her appearance on extreme right-winger websites such as "The Ultimate Patriot" makes me suspicious of her motives. 

She hides her true identity so I'm wondering if Kathianne Boniello is even her real name. 

https://nypost.com/2021/01/02/nyc-rape-suspect-lived-among-sex-offenders-in-notorious-homeless-shelter/

NYC rape suspect lived among sex offenders in notorious homeless shelter

By Kathianne Boniello

January 2, 2021 | 9:17pm | Updated

A man busted in the frightening New Year’s Eve strangulation rape of a Manhattan woman lived nearby in a notorious homeless shelter, where more than two dozen registered sex offenders currently reside, a Post analysis found.

The accused rapist, Elijah Kelly, 23, was nabbed at East 30th Street and Third Ave in Kips Bay, not far from the scene of the rape — and just steps from his home at the Bellevue Men’s Shelter, which has long been a pervert dumping ground and a bane to neighbors in tony Kips Bay.

In addition to Kelly, who faces a host of charges in the alleged attack, including rape, robbery, felony assault and strangulation, current shelter residents include such fiends as a David Bradley, 35, who pimped out a 23-year-old woman he knew; convicted rapist Johnny Ellis, 58, a Level 3 sex offender who attacked a woman at gunpoint; and violent serial rapist Charada Turner, 47, who choked and raped three women after threatening them with a knife.

The massive, 1,000-bed facility has sheltered dozens of homeless sex offenders at a time over the years, and currently, least 26 registered sex offenders list the Bellevue Men’s Shelter as their residence, according to the state’s sex offender registry.

The city pledged to clean the place up in May, after The Post published shocking photos of homeless men, many without masks, crammed in together after being rousted out of the city’s subways as the coronavirus pandemic raged across the Big Apple. Many were left sprawled across the floors and stairwells of the East 30th Street facility.

Violence has plagued the shelter over the years. In January 2017, one shelter resident was busted for brutally stabbing the elderly owner of a nearby tailor shop, and in April 2016, Marcus Guerreio, 56, was found dead, lying in a bed in a pool of blood inside one of the shelter’s rooms.

In April 2015, ex-con Rodney Stover, 48, was living at the Bellevue Men’s Shelter when he attacked a 23-year-old woman in a bathroom stall at the Turnmill Bar on East 27th Street, just 10 minutes before his 8 p.m. curfew.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

What is worse than running a vigilante group? Giving the vigilante group an award for their "service"

Christopher Rydgig, an Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Maryville, IL, gave an award to Kyle Swanson of KTS Predator Hunters. Feel free to share your disgust at:

Phone: (618) 223-5138

Email: christopher.rydgig@edwardjones.com

or

https://www.facebook.com/ejadvisorchristopherrydgig/photos/1574139389443146


Mr. Rydgig should vet their award recipients a lot better, because:

1. KTS Predator Hunters is currently being sued by autistic man they tried setting up: As mentioned in yesterday's article, KTS Predator Hunters has been sued, and the group is claiming the lawsuit may cause them to cease operations. (Good.) KTS is trying to raise $7500 for attorney fees but thankfully has only raised $900 on GoFundMe so far. I've reported that campaign so hopefully it will be removed soon. 

i'm amazed they weren't taken to task when members of their vigilante page made nasty remarks on the Madison County IL Sheriff's Office Facebook page. As The Telegraph notes

"The Sheriff’s Department made several postings in response to the incident on its Facebook page, but eventually took them down because of the confrontational nature of the group’s responses, according to Vucich."


2. KTS Predator Hunters has been in a dispute with local law enforcement agencies: The Telegraph reported in August 2020 that "KTS Predator Hunters LLC, has been in a feud with the sheriff’s department since an incident in Alton late last month. Madison County Chief Deputy Sheriff Major Jeff Connor, who also is the commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, said he believes the group has good intentions, but are going about it improperly, making it difficult for law enforcement to prosecute. That was echoed by Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, who said he had met with representatives of the group about 18 months ago, when he told them how they needed to work with local law enforcement... Connor also said that, according to video recorded at the scene, they threatened the man and “took weed” from the man. “We don’t know what they did with it,” said Connor in reference to the alleged marijuana. “We know they didn’t turn it over to the police.” Later in the monthly county judiciary meeting, Gibbons said he had talked to representatives of the KTS group and “explained to them how the methods they were using made it virtually impossible for us to charge somebody.” Gibbons said that when someone is identified as abusing or endangering children “that is when you call 911. “Once you go and arrange a meeting with these people, the investigation is beyond where we will be able to obtain additional evidence,” he said.

3. KTS had been kicked off social media at least once already: Considering how hard it is to get these groups kicked off Facebook, they must have done something quite horrific to have had their previous account deleted. 


They are currently at risk for deletion yet again:

It may be partially because KTS also posted siome QAnon propaganda and is friends with the doucherag David Rowe from No Peace For Predators, another QAnon conspiracy crackpot:

4. Most of KTS's "cases" do not lead to arrests or convictions: Even before counties in Missouri outright banned using vigilante group data for arrests, most of KTS Predatror Hunter's "exposes" went absolutely nowhere; even when an arrest was made, cases were later dropped. Similar cases in Illinois, where KTS now operates, were also dropped due to KTS incompetence. 

5. KTS Predator Hunters doesn't mind engaging in risky behavior: KTS set up one of their entrapment opertaions in the parking lot of a grade school, which alarmed local officials. "Collinsville Unit School District 10 officials were disturbed to learn that one of these sting-like operations took place Monday night in the parking lot of Webster Elementary School. The target was a Missouri man who apparently thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl. Instead, he faced two members of the metro-east group KTS Predator Hunters. They interrogated and reprimanded him for about 10 minutes as video cameras recorded the scene. 'This group had no involvement, agreement or communication with the school district or local law enforcement before, during or after this occurred,' Superintendent Brad Skertich said Thursday. 'They were completely on their own.'"

OK, for those wondering why data from a vigilante group is generally not used in a real criminal case, look up the term "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree." In the case leading to the dispute with the Madison Co IL Sheriff's Dept, The Telegraph noted

"The alleged incident took place Wednesday in the parking lot of a Walgreens on State Street in Alton, but both county and city law enforcement officials said they received either no or haphazard information prior to the actual incident, and have not been contacted since." 

We don't know all of what was said during this conversation. How do we even know proper protocol was followed and the alleged predator is actually intending to meet an underage person? When vigilante groups dick with providing potential evidence, it is unusable. 

I'm sure to get plenty of nasty messages from this group for posting this, so I'll be sure to submit this to the attorney for the man suing these losers as well as posting them here. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Michigan lawmakers decided, If at first you don't succeed, pass the same unconstitutional, draconian law

This is a reminder Democrats are no more receptive to justice reform than Republicans. Vote them ALL out! 

Just remember that this dumbassed state also willingly poisoned their own constituents in Flint and trired to cover it up. While that wasn't on Gretchen DIMWITmer's watch, she signed a bill that will destroy just as many human lives.  

Millions of dollars will be wasted once again as the lawsuits will increase. 

https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2020/12/whitmer-bill-signings-include-tightened-sex-offender-registration-protocols-boosts-in-medical-staffing.html

Whitmer bill signings include tightened sex offender registration protocols, boosts in medical staffing

Updated Dec 30, 2020; Posted Dec 30, 2020

By Samuel Dodge | sdodge@mlive.com

LANSING, MI - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s major signing Tuesday was the partial approval of a COVID-19 relief supplemental equaling $106 million. Later on Dec. 29, though, she inked a series of other bills.

The governor ratified more than 80 bits of legislation to immediate effect, notably the tightening of registration protocols for sex offenders and the loosening of license restrictions to boost medical staffing to fight COVID-19 surges.

The approval of changes to the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act fulfills a 4-year-old mandate from the U.S. Court of Appeals, which ruled that it was unconstitutional to impose new restrictions on people convicted before the Act was updated.

House Bill 5679, sponsored by Rep. James Lower, R-Greenville, addresses that problem and was approved in the Senate by a 21-17 vote during the Dec. 16 session. The Michigan House approved the bill 80-24 on Dec. 2.

The proposed amendments to SORA in House Bill 5679 are:

Giving sex offenders no more than three days to register or report status changes in person with local law enforcement.

Requiring offenders to report all email addresses, social media names or other forms of “internet identifiers.” That would not apply retroactively to offenders prior to July 1, 2011, but anyone required to register after that date must comply.

Requiring all telephone numbers and vehicles used by the offender to be reported. Previously, they didn’t need to report those used on a less regular basis.

Allowing email addresses, social media usernames and other identifiers to be published on a public sex offender registry.

Removing prohibitions for offenders from living, working or loitering near school property or “student safety zones.”

No longer requiring an offender’s tier classification to be included on the public website. Law enforcement personnel who willfully fail to periodically report on offenders would face a penalty.

The state’s ACLU chapter urged Whitmer to veto the changes, calling them unconstitutional and ineffective at stopping offenders.

“This legislation ignores the judicial rulings, rejects the science and makes Michigan communities and families less safe,” said Miriam Aukerman, senior staff attorney for ACLU Michigan, on Dec. 20. “The research is clear: registries don’t work. As the courts have pointed out, registries are counterproductive and may increase offending because they make it extremely difficult for registrants to obtain a job, find housing, and rejoin their families, sabotaging their efforts to become productive members of the community.”

House Judiciary Chair Graham Filler, R-DeWitt, called codifying SORA changes a priority of the 2020 lame-duck session, along with COVID-19 preventative measures.

Read more: Mitigating COVID-19 surge at center of lame-duck session at Michigan Capitol

“If we don’t do anything as a Legislature, we’re afraid a federal judge could invalidate the entire Sex Offender Registration Act,” he told MLive prior to the start of the lame duck. “That’s not something we want. We want to be fair and proportional, but we also want to protect the public.”

Friday, December 18, 2020

Kyle Swanson of KTS Predator Hunters sued by austistic person he bullied online

Currently, Kyle Swanson is begging for legal defense funds or his vigilante group will cease operations

I hope he loses big. Here's why KTS Predator Hunters should be taken down:

1. KTS Predator Hunters is currently being sued by autistic man they tried setting up: As mentioned in yesterday's article, KTS Predator Hunters has been sued, and the group is claiming the lawsuit may cause them to cease operations. (Good.) KTS is trying to raise $7500 for attorney fees but thankfully has only raised $900 on GoFundMe so far. I've reported that campaign so hopefully it will be removed soon. I'm amazed they weren't taken to task when members of their vigilante page made nasty remarks on the Madison County IL Sheriff's Office Facebook page. As The Telegraph notes, "The Sheriff’s Department made several postings in response to the incident on its Facebook page, but eventually took them down because of the confrontational nature of the group’s responses, according to Vucich."

2. KTS Predator Hunters has been in a dispute with local law enforcement agencies: The Telegraph reported in August 2020 that "KTS Predator Hunters LLC, has been in a feud with the sheriff’s department since an incident in Alton late last month. Madison County Chief Deputy Sheriff Major Jeff Connor, who also is the commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, said he believes the group has good intentions, but are going about it improperly, making it difficult for law enforcement to prosecute. That was echoed by Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, who said he had met with representatives of the group about 18 months ago, when he told them how they needed to work with local law enforcement... Connor also said that, according to video recorded at the scene, they threatened the man and “took weed” from the man. “We don’t know what they did with it,” said Connor in reference to the alleged marijuana. “We know they didn’t turn it over to the police.” Later in the monthly county judiciary meeting, Gibbons said he had talked to representatives of the KTS group and “explained to them how the methods they were using made it virtually impossible for us to charge somebody.” Gibbons said that when someone is identified as abusing or endangering children “that is when you call 911. “Once you go and arrange a meeting with these people, the investigation is beyond where we will be able to obtain additional evidence,” he said.

3. KTS had been kicked off social media at least once already: Considering how hard it is to get these groups kicked off Facebook, they must have done something quite horrific to have had their previous account deleted. They are currently at risk for deletion yet again. It may be partially because KTS also posted siome QAnon propaganda and is friends with the doucherag David Rowe from No Peace For Predators, another QAnon conspiracy crackpot.

4. Most of KTS's "cases" do not lead to arrests or convictions: Even before counties in Missouri outright banned using vigilante group data for arrests, most of KTS Predatror Hunter's "exposes" went absolutely nowhere; even when an arrest was made, cases were later dropped. Similar cases in Illinois, where KTS now operates, were also dropped due to KTS incompetence. 

5. KTS Predator Hunters doesn't mind engaging in risky behavior: KTS set up one of their entrapment opertaions in the parking lot of a grade school, which alarmed local officials. "Collinsville Unit School District 10 officials were disturbed to learn that one of these sting-like operations took place Monday night in the parking lot of Webster Elementary School. The target was a Missouri man who apparently thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl. Instead, he faced two members of the metro-east group KTS Predator Hunters. They interrogated and reprimanded him for about 10 minutes as video cameras recorded the scene. 'This group had no involvement, agreement or communication with the school district or local law enforcement before, during or after this occurred,' Superintendent Brad Skertich said Thursday. 'They were completely on their own.'"

https://www.bnd.com/news/local/article246480085.html

Former security guard sues sex ‘predator hunters’ for defamation in Randolph County

BY TERI MADDOX

OCTOBER 16, 2020 07:30 AM, 

A metro-east group that posts photos, videos and other information on social media to expose and shame suspected pedophiles is being sued for defamation by a Randolph County man.

Adrian Collins filed a lawsuit in Randolph County Circuit Court last month against KTS Predator Hunters and its founder, Kyle Swanson, of Belleville.

In his complaint, Collins maintains that Swanson posted a Facebook conversation between Collins and someone identified as “Jordan Lane” in June on the KTS Facebook page and falsely called it a “sex trafficking situation,” insinuated that Collins was “grooming” a 14-year-old girl and referred to Collins as “very creepy.”

“Plaintiff did not inquire as to (Jordan Lane’s) age at the time of his conversation with her,” according to the complaint, which states that Collins has Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.

The complaint also states that Collins received threats online after KTS posted his conversation, lost his job as a security guard at Red Bud Regional Hospital and hasn’t been able to find other employment.

The lawsuit asks for in excess of $50,000 for compensatory damages and in excess of $50,000 for punitive damages.

“Defendants maliciously and intentionally caused the publication of the false statements to a Facebook page with thousands of followers for the purpose of harming the Plaintiff’s good reputation,” the complaint states.

Collins is represented by Belleville attorney Megan Gilbreth, who filed the lawsuit on Sept. 4. Swanson later motioned for dismissal. An attorney wasn’t listed in his motion.

“Plaintiff was well aware of the age of the decoy,” it stated.

Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Richard Brown denied the motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Sept. 25. Swanson has 30 days from that date to answer the complaint.

KTS announced the lawsuit Wednesday on the Facebook page of its non-profit organization, KTS: Stop Sexual Assault. The group is asking its more than 47,000 followers to donate money for legal fees.

“Wondering why we haven’t been doing live meet ups lately?” the post asked, using the term “meet ups” to describe videotaped confrontations with suspected pedophiles that are sometimes streamed live on Facebook or YouTube.

“We are currently in a head to head battle with a former person we exposed and going to court with them. They’re attempting to sue ourselves and our owner personally. Our lawyers fees have added up and we’re looking for help. The down payment alone is $7,500.

“Please take a second share this. We can’t continue operations till this is over and may shut down KTS completely if we don’t raise enough money for an attorney.”

Group leaders didn’t return a call seeking comment.

Predator-hunting groups can be found all over the country. Some were inspired by “To Catch a Predator,” a reality TV series that was part of NBC’s “Dateline” from 2004 to 2007. Police were involved in most of its episodes.

KTS members communicate with suspected pedophiles on the internet and sometimes lure the adult men to locations in Illinois and Missouri under the pretense that they are minor girls willing to meet and presumably have sex.

Then KTS members show up at the locations, confront suspects, videotape confrontations and post videos on Facebook or YouTube. The idea is to shame and perhaps scare the adult men into stopping their activities, as KTS has no legal authority to arrest them.

As of Thursday afternoon, nearly 150 followers had offered support on the KTS: Stop Sexual Assault Facebook page in response to news of the Randolph County lawsuit. Some suggested legal strategies or reported that they had donated money. Others called for protests at Swanson’s court appearances.

“With the mission y’all have I would think you should be able to find an amazing lawyer pro bono because who doesn’t want these monsters called out?” one commenter wrote.

KTS made headlines last month, when one of its sting-like operations involving a Missouri man took place in the parking lot of Webster Elementary School in Collinsville after school hours.

Brad Skertich, superintendent of Collinsville Unit School District 10, sent an email to parents and guardians of students, assuring them that no actual children were involved.

“This group had no involvement, agreement or communication with the school district or local law enforcement before, during or after this occurred,” he told the BND. “They were completely on their own.”

In his letter, Skertich called the incident “alarming” and noted that the district had contacted Collinsville Police Department to help it determine how to move forward in light of the Missouri man’s actions and the KTS group’s decision to lure a “potentially dangerous adult” onto school property.

Skertich also urged parental guidance.

“The situation serves as a harsh reminder that we must regularly monitor our children’s internet and phone usage, discuss safe and unsafe practices, and have regular conversations about who they communicate with throughout the day,” he wrote.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons has reportedly met with KTS members and asked them to start telling police about contacts with suspected pedophiles instead of taking matters into their own hands so proper investigations could lead to criminal charges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in 2019 that a handful of men had been arrested after being confronted by KTS Predator Hunters or members of a St. Louis group called Truckers Against Predators, but most of those cases were dropped.

“Some local law enforcement officials (said the groups) create volatile situations that should be left to trained professionals, and unleash a form of mob justice that’s hard to control,” the Post reported.