Intruder shot dead by Homeowner in failed home invasion

Officials searching for one person who fled scene

UPDATED 9:18 AM EST Feb 17, 2016

CINCINNATI —A man was shot dead Tuesday during a home invasion in Lockland, police said.

The incident happened around 2:15 p.m. at a home near the intersection of Maple and Locust streets.

Police said the man living in the home called police, saying he shot a man who entered the home.

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According to 911 calls obtained by WLWT, the caller tells dispatchers, “Guy just tried to come in here and cut my throat and he’s dying on the floor.”

Police arriving at the home found one man inside the home with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials said the man living at the home is cooperating with police.

“We’re all cooperative and working together,” said Lockland Police Chief James Toles. “(We’re) trying to get the gun violence off the street and unfortunately it had to come back to this.”

Police said the resident reported that four people entered the home and threatened to kill him with a knife. Three others were still on the scene when police arrived and were questioned, officials said.

A fourth person stayed in a car while the burglary was in progress, police said. He fled the scene in a gold vehicle, authorities said.

Officials said a gun and knife were found at the scene.

Neighbors said it is not surprising to see police on the street. However, they said they are surprised it happened at this particular home.

“He’s a defender, you know, he defends his community. He defends himself, quite naturally,” Lockland resident Dwayne Palmore said. “What would you do if somebody came in your home?”

The fatal shooting was the first homicide in Lockland in 2016.

http://www.wlwt.com/news/intruder-shot-dead-during-lockland-home-invasion/38024364

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Stupid RINO Tricks

GREENVILLE, South Carolina — The chairman of the local Republican Party here confirmed to local television that 2016 frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump’s concerns—and those of his closest competitor Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) —with the Republican National Committee (RNC) allocation of debate audience tickets are well-placed.

 Chad Groover, the chairman of the Greenville County Republican Party here, told WYFF—the local NBC News station—that party donors get tickets to the debate.

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“You’ll have a good mix of people who are donors, people who are donors and workers, and people who are just workers,” Groover said, noting that he got “a couple of dozen” of tickets to hand out to the party’s faithful donors.

“I didn’t have hundreds of tickets. I had a couple of dozen tickets,” Groover said.

That means a significant proportion of his stack of approximately 24 tickets went to monied interests backing the GOP—not to actual voters in the upcoming election.

Sources close to the process who work for the RNC, but are not authorized to speak on the record, confirmed to Breitbart News throughout the evening on Saturday that that is standard operating procedure for the RNC and the party as a whole for all debates: Donors get tickets while voters have to watch on TV at home.

As such, the same appears to have been true party-wide. One well-placed source who works for one of the GOP presidential campaigns and was in attendance at the debate on Saturday evening here—but was not authorized to speak on record about the matter—told Breitbart News that

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)  and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley were personally given scores of tickets to distribute. Both despise Trump and have said so publicly–Haley even using the platform of the official GOP response to the State of the Union to do so–and it would be no surprise if they did aim to stack the audience with anti-Trump sentiment.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said another source in the audience, someone who has attended several of the GOP debates. That source said the anti-Trump and anti-Cruz audience members—who were thoroughly cheering for

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and his mentor former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush when they made passionate cases for amnesty for illegal aliens, something entirely non-representative of South Carolina’s electorate—were behaving unlike any audience he’d ever seen in his lifetime of attending GOP presidential debates.

The Republican National Committee’s Sean Spicer confirmed to Breitbart News pre-debate that the RNC proper distributed 367 tickets while the state party and locally elected officials received 550 tickets. Meanwhile the debate partners—CBS News, the Peace Center, and Google—received another 100 tickets. That means more than 1000 tickets—1,017 by Spicer’s admission—went not to voters in the upcoming election and not to campaigns for equal distribution to their supporters but to special interest distribution of those connected to the party, mostly high dollar donors. Only 600 tickets were distributed equally among the six remaining GOP campaigns, which to be fair to the RNC is the highest number of tickets distributed as such so far this election cycle.

But Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is calling for the RNC to drop all donor tickets and stop handing them out to special and monied interests entirely. Lewandowski says at all the rest of the debates from here on out, Spicer and the RNC must equally allocate all tickets among the various campaigns so they can distribute them equally and fairly to their supporters—and cut out all the donors and special interests who get tickets.

“I think the RNC does a terrible job in allocating the tickets, to be honest with you, There’s an opportunity—there’s 2,000 seats out there, there’s six candidates on stage, they should just divide them evenly so everyone has them, but instead they just give them to the donor class, they give them to the lobbyists and to all the special interests,” Lewandowski said in the spin room. “It’s not fair, it’s not equitable. So I think what they should do moving forward is take the total number of seats available, allocate them across the board and let the candidates bring their people in, because that’s who should be here, not the donors.”

Spicer has refused repeatedly over the course of several emails on Saturday and Sunday morning to answer whether the RNC will comply with Lewandowski’s request to drop all RNC and state and local party ticket allocation and just allow the campaigns to equally distribute all debate tickets fairly to their supporters in the future.

Trump’s and Cruz’s concerns are even being confirmed by many across the political spectrum. In fact, even the left-of-center Huffington Post confirms that the RNC’s ticket allocation system seems to have been “behind” the excessive and unwarranted booing of Trump and Cruz—and cheering of the donor class supported Rubio and Bush.

“The audience at Saturday’s CBS News Republican presidential debate was more boisterous than unusual — booing, clapping and generally making its feelings known during several exchanges between candidates on stage in Greenville, South Carolina,” the Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic wrote. “At various points, attendees seemed to favor former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and to be very much against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and real estate mogul Donald Trump — the two candidates currently leading the race. The way the Republican National Committee distributed the tickets may have been behind the heightened reactions.”

Vox, another left-of-center outlet, ran a headline that made it even clearer: “The Republican establishment packed the debate audience with Donald Trump haters.” In the piece, author German Lopez noted that the audience’s pro-Rubio and pro-Bush cheering was “very peculiar” as was the booing of Trump and Cruz.

“Something very peculiar happened at the Republican debate on Saturday night: When Donald Trump talked, the audience booed. Yet when Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and even John Kasich talked, they got loud cheers and applause,” Lopez wrote. “This happened again and again. It even led a spike in Google searches for ‘Why are people booing?’”

Vox even admits that Trump’s claim on stage that the odd—and unrepresentative of the party’s voting base—audience was made up of “Jeb’s special interests and lobbyists” was really not “that far-fetched.”

“Prior to the debate, the Republican Party decided not to use a lottery system to decide who should be in the audience,” Lopez wrote. “Instead, most tickets went to elected Republican officials, donors, and other workers for the party picked by local, state, and national party officials. The result, it seems, is the room was packed with Republican voters who overwhelmingly dislike Trump.”

That seems to be why Lewandowski is calling for a new system for fairness, one that cuts the RNC completely out of the process. It remains to be seen if other campaigns will get on board with this, but earlier in the cycle–due to the RNC’s ineffectiveness in dealing with biased moderators–the entire field of campaign managers met privately to cut the RNC out of the process of negotiating with the networks. It is only logical that the next step is that the campaigns work to ensure fairness in debate audience selection, something the RNC clearly failed at providing.

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More Cops Gone Bad….

Bastrop deputy arrested on DWI charge while on duty….

5:58 p.m. CST January 29, 2016

BASTROP, Texas — A Bastrop County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday morning and charged with Driving While Intoxicated with an open container.

Fred Ensinger

According to the sheriff’s office, dispatchers heard Patrol Deputy Frederick “Fred” Ensinger talking over the radio with slurred speech and added he wasn’t making sense. The dispatchers told a supervisor around 8:30 a.m., who went out to find Ensinger.

The sergeant found Ensinger along the 100 block of Navasota Street in the River Chase Mobile Home Park. According to the affidavit, Ensinger’s patrol car was parked on the street with the engine running and headlights on. When the sergeant approached Ensinger, he said Ensinger’s breath smelled of alcohol. Upon searching his patrol unit, he found an open backpack on the front passenger seat, holding an open quart-sized bottle of vodka that was about 1/3 full of liquid. An empty bottle of prescription medication was also found with the alcohol.

Ensinger was arrested and taken to the Bastrop County Jail where deputies obtained a search warrant to collect a blood specimen from him. The affidavit states Ensinger voluntarily gave a breath sample but would not consent to give blood.

Bond for the 43-year old was set at $10,000 but Ensinger was released on his own recognizance, meaning he did not have to put up any money, but rather swore to show up for all proceedings regarding the charge.

In addition to serving as a sheriff’s deputy, Ensinger is running for Bastrop County Commissioner, Precinct 3. KVUE News reached out to his opponents for comment on his arrest. Candidate Marc Mulkey responded with the following statement:

“My wife and I are saddened to hear about this situation and we’re praying for Fred and his family as they work through this difficult time.”

The sheriff’s office said Ensinger has been employed with them since May 2015, when he started as a jailer. He transferred to the patrol division in September 2015.

http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2016/01/29/bastrop-county-deputy-arrested-dwi/79521198/

Montel Williams & Racism

Montel Williams has called for the federal government to shoot & kill those who have occupied a remote federal building in Oregon.

Now regardless of your opinion of what this group is up to, or why: so far we’ve seen no violence, no injuries, no looting, no property damage. There is every reason to believe this episode can be brought to a peaceful end unless someone in the FBI or some other federal agency gets trigger happy. Quite unlike Ferguson & Baltimore, where blacks turned what may have been legitimate complaints into orgies of violence, looting, & destruction.

If you do not think Montel WIlliams’s comment was inexcusable & racist — obviously made because, as left-leaning corporate media has been hammering all day, the militiamen are white males — then just imagine the races reversed. Imagine a white equivalent of Montel Williams (whoever it might be) saying the same thing about, e.g., blacks in Baltimore whose protests against the Freddie Gray police killing turned into mass violence & destruction. Then ask yourself who the real racists in U.S. society are.

Waco, and the evolving discovery process

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Mark Twain once wrote that “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

That is precisely the issue in Waco. Within hours of the shootings, Sgt. Swanton could barely conceal his glee in announcing that the Texas bikers didn’t come to Twin Peaks to eat Bar-B-Que and have a cold drink. Oh, no sirree Buffalo Bob. We haven’t seen the good Sgt. Patrick in a good while, have we? All speculation, but could it be that he let on maybe a little bit too much in terms of how sausage is made when he added during an early presser: “At least some of the bikers involved were shot by police.” Feel safer yet, Murica?

Some day, we WILL look at this event and say to ourselves, “Justice was finally served.” Unfortunately, that day is not today. In a tired and rather sickening game of narrative keep-away, Judge Matt Johnson of the 54th District Court, McLennan County Texas today allowed that yes, the Twin Peaks video may be released to Defendant and his legal counsel, but also issued a “gag order” forbidding them to speak to anyone else about it. To find a basis for this ruling, Judge Johnson said he didn’t want the jury pool to be tainted. Tainted? Hell judge it’s been poisoned and napalmed by the quickly unravelling and flexible narrative of the WPD.

What is “Discovery?”

Discovery, in the law of the United States and other countries, is a pre-trial procedure in a lawsuit in which each party, through the law of civil procedure, obtains evidence from the other party or parties by means of discovery devices such as a request for answers to interrogatories, request for production of documents, video, request for admissions and depositions. Discovery can be obtained from non-parties using subpoenas. When a discovery request is objected to, the requesting party may seek the assistance of the court by filing a motion to compel discovery. (1)

Art. 39.14 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of Texas has regulated discovery in criminal cases.

Under Subsection h:

The state shall disclose to the defendant any exculpatory, impeaching, or mitigating document, item, or information in the possession, custody, or control of the State that tends to negate the guilt of the defendant or would tend to reduce the punishment for the offense charged.

Further, each prosecutor is charged under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure art. 2.01 “not to convict, but to see that justice is done.” What you rarely hear quoted is the next sentence: “They shall not suppress evidence or secrete witnesses capable of establishing the innocence of the accused.”  This DUTY to seek justice rather than convictions includes setting the innocent free—and it has been this way for decades.

Unless the fix is hopelessly in (and that’s a real possibility) the next step is a Writ of Mandamus. Mandamus is a judicial remedy in the form of an order from a superior court, to any government subordinate court, or public authority—to do some specific act which that body is obliged under law to do —and for whatever reason that entity is refusing. (2)

Here’s an example: https://lintvkxan.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/2015_05_28_15_42_01.pdf

The sooner the legal theater for this mess gets out of Waco & McLennan County, the better. Because, well “jury pool.”

(1)  http://dictionary.law.com/default.aspx?selected=530

(2)  http://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=1203

Hundreds of bikers from around Texas rally for motorcycle rights at the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents Legislative Day at the Capitol on Monday January 26, 2015.  The bikers paraded from the Austin American-Statesman to the Capitol for a rally on the south steps before going inside to talk to their representatives.  JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Hundreds of bikers from around Texas rally for motorcycle rights at the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents Legislative Day at the Capitol on Monday January 26, 2015. The bikers paraded from the Austin American-Statesman to the Capitol for a rally on the south steps before going inside to talk to their representatives. H/T to JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

ENTER — SB754, Texas Legislature 2015

1. SB 754 was signed into law by Gov Abbot on 6/16/2015, and becomes law in the State of Texas effective Sept 1, 2015.
http://kxan.com/2015/03/02/millions-of-dollars-sit-in-accounts-that-could-save-lives-on-the-road/
There are roughly 450,000 motorcycles registered in the State of Texas. 450k x $3 x 10 years. I’m no math nerd but I’m guessing that’s a lot of money. Enough to get some folks attention, such as the Texas DPS who now would have oversight on that portion of their budget. I’m told the odds against passage were somewhere in the Mr Ed winning the Preakness neighborhood.

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Yet- against long odds, it was passed in the Texas House and Senate with only 2 dissenting votes! A monumental victory for the Texas COC. Umm, yeah THAT Texas COC, the criminal organization the good Sargent from WPD keeps verbally skewering. That one.

2. Check the Witness List for April 22, which was just before the bill was debated:

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/witlistbill/html/SB00754S.htm

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Notice the namesOwen Bartlett. Mike Lynch. Sandra Lynch. Paul Landers. Sound familiar? If you’re keeping score at home those 4 folks were also arrested during the Waco debacle, and were unbelievably incarcerated and placed under $1 Million bond.

3. Notice ALSO that CFO Denise Hudson & Maj. Jason Hester – employees of Texas DPS and ergo the state of Texas- were both scheduled to testify, and lobby against passage of this bill. Front and center, this presents a rather serious ethics dilemma: Did Ms Hudson and/or Mr Hester do any of this whilst on State time? Because if they did, it would be, well, illegal. Lilbit. Check the provisions of Texas Government Code chapter 556 which specifically prohibit influencing legislation except on personal time. Perhaps a FOIA request of the employeee logs for that day might be in order.

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RIP — “Sputnik”

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Texas Confederation of Clubs & Independents – a primer.

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1. The Texas Confederation of Clubs is divided into 12 regions, which you can see here    –>   US Defenders    Texas COC    1af-txcoc-6005877344_n

It is an organization that lobbies on behalf of motorcycle rights, and disseminates information concerning local events related to the motorcycle community. A Motorcycle Club (aka – MC) may join Texas COC by paying dues of $100 per year, and having their patch (aka ‘cuts’ or ‘colors’) approved unanimously by representatives of all the other member clubs. Usually that is a fairly easy process. A hundred bucks per year is roughly 2 months of gym membership and for the life of me I can’t think of any non-motorcycle clubs, such as Kiwanas, Rotory, or, say, the Masons that would be cheaper. Some of the expenses of COC would be in the area of lobbying, legal assistance and the acquisition of meeting space. At any given meeting, there may be something along the order of 300-500 bikers in attendance, representing 20 to 30, perhaps even more MC’s. There are also many Riding Clubs (RC’s) and Riding Groups (RG’s) that are regular and welcomed attendees. Additionally, many others are “independent” i.e., they aren’t in any MC at all but show anyway and have always been made more than welcome.

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These COC groups meet generally every 2 months, meaning that in any given year there would be about 72 regularly scheduled meetings statewide.

Texas Confederation of Clubs is not a new organization. They are well known to the State’s legislators, the Governor, police, and media- one of the many reasons that this whole ‘criminal organization’ meme is as frustrating as is is wrong. For example, recently, they lobbied successfully against HB 2918, which would’ve made it illegal to film, record, photograph, or document police actions, including recording your own interactions with the police- a direct violation of your Constitutional Rights.

Here’s a few more samples of the body of work

2007 —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbpQD1cEWao
2012 —> Escondido Paul 2012 (one of the arrestees) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebupZ-JJwso

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2015 —> Legislative day
http://www.texastribune.org/2015/01/26/texas-bikers-rally-motorcycle-bills/
https://vimeo.com/118022695
2. More on the 2015 Legislative Day here –>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-cYEJMj-Wg

Pay particular attention at 0:32 and 1:20 – Paul Landers and Sandra Lynch. Remember those names?

3. Ergo, the assertion by the Waco PD that this is a “Criminal Organization” is hereby completely, utterly smashed to ruins. Pure, unadulterated propaganda – this time it comes with a conservative and NEOCON twist but it’s propaganda nonetheless. And the Waco Tribune. Please. It’s sort of a symbiotic relationship. They will never, ever cross a certain line. Evah. They will never point out the failures of the police or the patently absurd level of corruption existing within city and county officials. In laymen’s terms, they won’t “narc” on their neighbors. Even some citizens of Waco think its a lot more fun to think everyone is on their side. News flash, Sugarbear: They are not. It’s the old us against them sports team mentality. Maybe it is GOOD for business, but as a journalist, or prosecutor, or citizen for that matter, one should always seek the truth, no matter who it hurts or helps.

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An Eyewitness Account of the Waco Biker Massacre

The most cogent thesis I’ve heard to date. It sure beats the bilge belching from the tailpipe of Waco PD. Basic premise still stands: The cops took a bad situation and poured napalm all over it.

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Around 11 o’clock on May 17, 2015, many bikers were gathering in the Twin Peaks restaurant for their regularly scheduled Confederation of Clubs Meeting. There was not an over abundance of Bandidos there, and in fact most of the other clubs had just as many attendees if not more. Nothing was out of the ordinary beyond the fact that they were secretly surrounded by SWAT teams and cops. Note there are very few uniforms in the photos. less than ten Bandidos were there just hanging out, probably eating lunch. Cossacks started rolling in… This was the first time this has ever happened. They kept coming until there was around a hundred of them. A little after 12, some more Bandidos rolled in, less than ten of them. They were surrounded by Cossacks in the parking lot. An altercation ensued and the Bandidos were fighting them off with their hands and…

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