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Science, secrecy, and lies in Oklahoma

Science, secrecy, and lies in Oklahoma
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2018

As the Oklahoma attorney general’s office fights to keep hidden from public view the results of secret hearings on the DNA science flaws and falsehoods in former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw’s case, two prominent experts have stepped forward to shed bright light on the government’s myriad mind-boggling failures.

Forensic scientist, criminal profiler and crime reconstructionist Dr. Brent Turvey and independent forensic DNA consultant Suzanna Ryan spoke out about the Holtzclaw case for the newest episode of my investigative program on CRTV.com.

Reflecting on the confirmation bias that drove the investigation, the elementary failures of evidence collection and the forensic missteps, Turvey told me that he and his colleagues “cannot understand how this case got into trial at all.”

Holtzclaw is the wrongfully convicted Oklahoma City patrolman caught up in the nationwide anti-cop frenzy and social justice riots of Ferguson and Baltimore.

After initial accuser Jannie Ligons — who is suing Holtzclaw in a high-dollar lawsuit represented by Al Sharpton 2.0, Benjamin Crump — went public with her sensational sexual assault claims in June 2014, Oklahoma City sex-crimes Detectives Rocky Gregory and Kim Davis solicited a field of 13 total accusers. They were all black women and almost all had histories of drug abuse, mental illness, prostitution and multiple crimes.

No “linkage analysis” was done to establish a factual basis for the alleged victim profile, Turvey told me. The profile was created from gut feelings, not science or professional expertise.

Seven additional accusers, including one male, told such preposterous stories that the cops were forced to reject them out of hand. Only one was prosecuted for lying to police. Of the 13 who went to trial, the jury rejected five of the accusers’ stories and cleared Daniel of their charges (18 out of 36 total).

Detectives Gregory and Davis preemptively told accusers they were searching for sexual assault victims of a “bad guy” on the police force and badgered women who repeatedly had denied they were victims of any sexual improprieties, refused to look at lineups or described an alleged attacker as “short” and “black” or “dark-skinned” (Daniel is 6-foot-1, pale and half Japanese).

Turvey — who has worked for government agencies and universities across the world and authored multiple peer-reviewed textbooks on criminal profiling and investigation, forensic criminology and victimology, forensic science, criminal justice ethics and law enforcement corruption — called the Oklahoma City detectives’ approach “one of the most biased ways of approaching criminal investigation that (he’d) ever seen.”

“You have detectives who have started with the notion that Mr. Holtzclaw is guilty,” Turvey recounted, “searching through as many potential contacts as he’s ever had” to confirm their narrative. Detectives weren’t interested in pursuing other leads who matched accusers’ descriptions. They were “just interested in making their case against Officer Holtzclaw. That’s the definition of confirmation bias.”

It’s a major red flag, Turvey (whose most recent textbook is on false allegations) told me, “because the possibility that you’re dealing with somebody who’s falsely reporting the crime goes way up when you approach the case in this fashion.”

Out of the eight remaining accusers’ claims and alleged crime scenes, there were zero corroborating witnesses, and there was zero direct forensic evidence. The Oklahoma City Police Department’s crime lab identified what it characterized as “epithelial cell” DNA from one lone accuser — a troubled 17-year-old girl with a history of violent crime who called Daniel a “hot cop.” Her trace DNA became the linchpin in the case.

At her lab in Carlsbad, California, Ryan showed me how Oklahoma City police crime lab analyst Elaine Taylor neglected to perform simple serological and forensic tests on Holtzclaw’s uniform pants. She explained that Taylor did not use an alternate light source, “which is a very common practice” in sexual assault cases to detect saliva or vaginal fluid stains. Nor did Taylor conduct basic saliva tests (which she oddly told the jury she “refused” to do) or a presumptive vaginal fluid test, which Ryan demonstrated.

Ryan also noted how Taylor “incorrectly stated that no male DNA was present in two” of four DNA samples taken, “when in fact there was.” The reason the error was so grave is that prosecutor Gayland Gieger (who has zero training in forensic science) used Taylor’s false characterization to argue and bolster his own unscientific conclusion that because Holtzclaw’s DNA was not found in the minuscule mixtures of multiple contributors, the DNA could have only gotten there through sexual contact via the teen accuser’s vaginal fluid.

“Well, you can’t say that,” Ryan commented. “If you don’t do a test for something, you can’t make a statement like that. … There was absolutely no body fluid identification,” she told me. “It’s not scientifically sound.”

Moreover, in reaction to Gieger’s mockery of transfer DNA at trial and Gregory and Davis’s claims to me that it is “almost impossible” to transfer DNA indirectly, Ryan, who has worked as a DNA analyst for both public and private DNA labs and served as an expert witness in forensic serology and DNA analysis more than 100 times, forcefully responded:

“That’s not what the journal research shows. There are article after article after article talking about not just primary transfer — we directly contact each other — but secondary transfer. Now we’re discovering there’s tertiary transfer. A study by Dr. Peter Gill, who’s one of the co-authors of our paper (on Holtzclaw) as well as a co-author of a recent journal article, found quaternary transfer.”

Both Turvey and Ryan point to the incompetent mishandling of the evidence bag containing Holtzclaw’s pants by Rocky Gregory (who is the son-in-law of forensic analyst Elaine Taylor) as a potential route for DNA transfer and contamination.

While watching video of Gregory sticking his bare hand in the evidence bag, Turvey remarked:

“This shows somebody who doesn’t understand physical evidence, doesn’t care about the physical evidence, so it’s not just creating an environment where contamination is likely, but also showing a culture where they don’t care about physical evidence at all.”

Turvey and Ryan, who do not know each other and who have had no contact with Holtzclaw or his family, are two of six internationally renowned experts including Dr. Peter Gill who released a public report on scientific issues in Holtzclaw’s case last summer. Because of systemic failures in the basic testing, handling, collection, analysis and interpretation of evidence, the scientists determined that Holtzclaw “was deprived of his due process right to a fair trial” and that his “conviction should be overturned and he should be given a new trial.”

Scientific and ethical lapses before, during and after the Holtzclaw trial should raise alarm bells across forensic and investigative communities inside and outside the Sooner State. Repeated evasions of transparency by Oklahoma prosecutors and police brass about their handling of the Holtzclaw case should trouble criminal justice watchdogs on all sides of the ideological spectrum nationwide.

Justice, like democracy, dies in the darkness.

Michelle Malkin’s new episode on the Holtzclaw case debuts this week at crtv.com/michelle-malkin-investigates.

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More:

Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part One

Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part Two

Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part Three

Science, secrecy, and lies in Oklahoma by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2018 As the Oklahoma attorney general’s office fights to keep hidden from public view the results of secret hearings on the DNA science flaws and falsehoods in former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw’s case, two prominent experts have stepped forward to shed […]
Holtzclaw update: Parole hearing, secret hearings, and conflicts galore

On Jan. 22-24, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board held hearings related to one of 36 counts against wrongfully convicted former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw.

Four members of the board–Robbie Fullerton, Kris Steele (more on him in a moment), Allen McCall, and Tom Gillert–voted to deny Daniel parole on the charge. Board member Brett Macy, a former OCPD officer, former GOP Oklahoma County sheriff’s candidate, and son of notorious former District Attorney Bob Macy, recused himself.

Here is the parole board’s ballot:

Here is Daniel’s statement of innocence to the parole board:

Daniel’s father, Eric, also submitted a statement outlining the flawed investigation, shoddy science, mob rule at trial, prosecutorial misconduct, and constitutional violations that led to Daniel’s convictions:

The count at issue before the parole board (“Count 1”) involved an allegation of sexual battery by accuser Tabitha Barnes.

This is Tabitha Barnes (a.k.a. Tabitha Jean Barnes):

As I have previously reported, Barnes erroneously described Daniel (pale and half-Japanese) as “dark-skinned” and had not reported any inappropriate behavior to the police — until sex-crimes detective Rocky Gregory informed her about the Holtzclaw investigation and coached her by telling her he “had a tip that maybe she had been the victim of an unreported sexual assault.”  

Det. Gregory supplied her with a date for the assault and she changed her story to match the investigator-supplied information. Barnes tested positive for PCP on the morning she testified at trial. She had also ingested hydrocodone and marijuana.

Eric Holtzclaw further pointed out to the parole board:

During trial, Barnes lied to the judge about her drug use. At first she denied under oath that she had taken anything other than her prescribed medications. Then she admitted she would test positive for THC because she had smoked marijuana. Finally, just before a urine test, she admitted to a female police officer that she would also test hot for PCP. Results showed that she did test positive for PCP within hours of testifying at trial (R.1962-69). Barnes was allowed to testify during the trial while under the influence of PCP.

Barnes’s lack of credibility is also suggested by her recent arrest: she was booked on Dec. 20, 2017, by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office for “false [im]personation; interfering with official process; larceny; and threatening to perform an act of violence.” (Case # CPC-2017-11899 in Oklahoma County, Date Filed: 12/20/2017.)

Moreover:

Tabitha Barnes said that her assailant’s skin was an “Indian tan color” and his hair was a light brown, while Daniel’s skin is pale and his hair is black. Barnes told the detective that she had lifted up her shirt and bra and the officer had touched her bare breasts, but during the trial she testified that she had not been wearing a bra. Daniel’s appeal brief also points out that Daniel’s trial attorney failed to call a witness who “indicated that Ms. Barnes was put in handcuffs,” which was inconsistent with Ms. Barnes’s testimony and “could have repudiated the notion that she was made to expose herself,” as she had claimed. (Appellant’s Brief, pp. 41-42). Despite these inconsistencies and contradictions, Barnes’ testimony led to Daniel’s wrongful conviction on Count 1.

Here’s more information on Barnes’ latest arrest involving assault and battery…on a police officer:

Mugshots.com ID: 150221457
Inmate Name: BARNES, TABITHA JEAN
DOB: 1/09/1973
Sex: Female
Race: Black
Height: 5′ 5″ (1.65 m)
Weight: 156 lb (71 kg)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: BROWN
Arrest Number: 2017000105
Arresting Agency: MCCLAIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Bond: Disposition Sev Charge Open/Active BATTERY/ASSAULT & BATTERY ON POLICE OFFICER (FTA) Open/Active EXPIRED DRIVERS LICENSE (FTA)
Cash Bond: N/A
Arrest Date: 1/18/2017
Charges: N/A

It has now been exactly a year plus one week since Daniel’s public defenders filed his appeal in the criminal case. Not only has the state failed to respond in a timely matter, but it has dragged its feet in responding to Daniel’s lawyers’ motion to unseal the June 2017 secret hearings on the botched DNA evidence. Meanwhile, the Court of Criminal Appeals has failed to act on Daniel’s lawyers’ simple motion to preserve evidence in his case filed more than 6 months ago.

At Pyongyang on the Prairie, there is zero interest or outrage in the grave conflicts of interest posed by the close familial relationship between two crucial, biased, and incompetent players for the prosecution: co-lead OCPD detective Rocky Gregory and his mother-in-law, OCPD forensic analyst Elaine Taylor, whose flawed work prompted six internationally renowned scientists to release a public forensic report outlining her failures and lapses–and calling for a new trial for Daniel.

Read the scientists’ report:

Speaking of conflicts of interest, parole board member Kris Steele, who voted to deny Daniel’s parole on Count 1, doesn’t seem to have disclosed his bias about Daniel’s case and his chummy relationship with Oklahoma City police chief William Citty.

But as part of one of my many public records requests to the OCPD, I found this e-mail from Steele to Citty, seeking endorsement of a ballot initiative he had drafted and praising Citty for his participation in a rally with Holtzclaw’s accusers.

“Way to go!” Steele effused. “You are amazing and truly one of the greatest leaders I know!”

Check it out:

This “greatest” leader, I must point out to you, threw Daniel under the bus and publicly terminated him 10 months before his trial even began.

Why no recusal from Mr. Steele? Or is this just another in a long line of crony connections that will get whitewashed as an innocent man and dedicated law enforcement officer sits behind bars?

As Daniel wrote in his statement to the parole board:

“I put my life on the line each day I went to work and believed in the judicial system. That judicial system failed me…When people are actually able to look into the case and research the facts, they are flabbergasted by the injustice.”

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Stay tuned next week for a new episode of my CRTV.com show, “Michelle Malkin Investigates,” which will update Daniel’s story and feature exclusive interviews with forensic experts deconstructing the flawed investigation, evidence, and testimony of prosecution analysts and detectives.

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Watch:

Read:

Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part 3: All in OCPD’s Crime Lab Family

Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part Two

Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part One

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Background:

Brian Bates’ comprehensive website on Daniel’s case: HoltzclawTrial.com

Facebook updates from Jenny Holtzclaw.

Petition to Gov. Mary Fallin to free Daniel Holtzclaw.

More background:

The crisis in America’s crime labs

DNA deception: What the Holtzclaw jury never heard

Daniel Holtzclaw update: Storm over Okla. court secrecy

Law professor: Why the secrecy with Holtzclaw filings?

What if he didn’t do it?

Media executive’s questions for 20/20

On Jan. 22-24, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board held hearings related to one of 36 counts against wrongfully convicted former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw. Four members of the board–Robbie Fullerton, Kris Steele (more on him in a moment), Allen McCall, and Tom Gillert–voted to deny Daniel parole on the charge. Board member […]
Memo to Dan Rather: Shut up about memos

Memo to Dan Rather: Shut up about memos
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2018

Old liberal media liars never fade away. They just rage, rage against the dying of their dinosaur industry’s light.

I’m looking at you, Dan Rather.

After years of trashing alternative media, which exposed the veteran CBS News reporter’s monumental Memogate fraud in 2004, Rather has joined the ranks of pajama-clad online broadcasters. The 86-year-old grandfather of fake news now uses Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to stoke the left’s anti-Trump resistance — all while clinging bitterly to the vestiges of his defunct “legendary” newsman persona.

Consider Gunga Dan’s comments on the House Intelligence Committee’s release of the four-page Nunes memo alleging domestic surveillance abuses by politicized FBI brass working with Democratic operatives.

“Most respectable analysts,” Rather asserted, “have determined that the contents of the memo are thin.”

Who determined that these unnamed analysts are “respectable”? Dan Rather. Why are they “respectable”? Because they confirm Dan Rather’s opinions. Why are Dan Rather’s opinions more valid than others? Because he’s Dan Rather, the veteran teleprompter reader America must trust.

“With the release of the memo,” Rather railed, “the goal of the White House and its willing enablers is to make what is really the truth into a forgettable sidebar.”

He lambasted “cherry-picking” and taking things “out of context.” And, Rather fretted, “what will be the endgame if a big segment of the public confuses what they hope to be true with what turns out to be true?”

This “disgraced former journalist” fraudster’s got more gall than a bladder bank.

Document Dr. Dan is the man who fronted the notorious “60 Minutes” propaganda hit piece on George W. Bush based on fake documents about his Texas Air National Guard service in the 1970s and nonexistent sources upon whom Rather’s team relied to verify these documents.

(If that self-validating circularity of bogusness sounds eerily similar to what the Nunes memo revealed, you’ve been paying attention.)

Rather and his CBS team perpetuated journalistic fraud of the highest order. Conservative bloggers and alternative media called out Dan Rather and his con artist producer Mary Mapes for their malpractice. CBS denied this and delayed addressing the hoax. The mainstream media tried to shoot the messenger and discredit critics of CBS/Rather.

The evidence of bias was overwhelming — forcing CBS to appoint an independent review panel that concluded that the network “failed to follow basic journalistic principles in the preparation and reporting of the piece,” was “rigid and blind” in its defense, and demonstrated “myopic zeal” in its manufacturing of the Bush/National Guard fraud. After the report was issued, Mapes and three executives were fired and the editorial practices at CBS were revamped.

The New York Times infamously coined the phrase “fake but accurate” to describe the left’s stubborn defense of the four manufactured memos attributed to Texas Army National Guard commander Lt. Col. Jerry Killian. Less remembered are the scathing conclusions of the independent panel who identified these worst defects of Rather’s work in 2004:

“1. The failure to obtain clear authentication of any of the Killian documents from any document examiner;

“2. The false statement in the September 8 Segment that an expert had authenticated the Killian documents when all he had done was authenticate one signature from one document used in the Segment;

“3. The failure of 60 Minutes Wednesday management to scrutinize the publicly available, and at times controversial, background of the source of the documents, retired Texas Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Bill Burkett;

“4. The failure to find and interview the individual who was understood at the outset to be Lieutenant Colonel Burkett’s source of the Killian documents, and thus to establish the chain of custody;

“5. The failure to establish a basis for the statement in the Segment that the documents “were taken from Colonel Killian’s personal files”;

“6. The failure to develop adequate corroboration to support the statements in the Killian documents and to carefully compare the Killian documents to official TexANG records, which would have identified, at a minimum, notable inconsistencies in content and format;

“7. The failure to interview a range of former National Guardsmen who served with Lieutenant Colonel Killian and who had different perspectives about the documents;

“8. The misleading impression conveyed in the Segment that Lieutenant Strong had authenticated the content of the documents when he did not have the personal knowledge to do so;

“9. The failure to have a vetting process capable of dealing effectively with the production speed, significance and sensitivity of the Segment; and

“10. The telephone call prior to the Segment’s airing by the producer of the Segment to a senior campaign official of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry — a clear conflict of interest — that created the appearance of a political bias.”

Fourteen years later, after courts laughed his $70 million lawsuit against CBS out of court, the blog-blaming fake news forefather has the audacity to hold forth on truth, trust, accountability.

Sit down, Dan Rather. Be humble.

Memo to Dan Rather: Shut up about memos by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2018 Old liberal media liars never fade away. They just rage, rage against the dying of their dinosaur industry’s light. I’m looking at you, Dan Rather. After years of trashing alternative media, which exposed the veteran CBS News reporter’s monumental Memogate […]

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What’s Up With Trump’s Multiple Clashes With GOP Lawmakers? Russia, Of Course

Besides McConnell, McCain, and Flake, he's also had behind the scenes interactions with Senators Corker and Tillis.

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President Trump’s rancor with lawmakers from his own party should come as no surprise. He’s looking for cover that they’re not providing.

And while his public feuding with John McCain, Jeff Flake, and Mitch McConnell is well-documented, by now, there have been several others that he’s had more private clashes with.

A for instance would be the recently passed sanctions bill against Russia.

Trump expressed frustration over a bipartisan bill sanctioning Russia and tried to convince Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that it wasn’t good policy, according to three people familiar with the call. Trump argued that the legislation was unconstitutional and said it would damage his presidency. Corker was unrelenting, these people said, and told Trump the bill was going to pass both houses with bipartisan support.

“He was clearly frustrated,” one person said of Trump’s call with Corker earlier this month. The bill cleared Congress overwhelmingly last month and Trump grudgingly signed it on Aug. 2.

Bummer. And his budding relationship with Russian strongman, Putin, was off to such a great start, too.

Russia has since expelled a number of U.S. diplomats, in response.

Another burr under Trump’s saddle is a bill that protects Robert Mueller (or any special counsel) from being fired by the president.

Trump dialed up Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) on Aug. 7, two days before a blunt call with the Senate majority leader that spilled over into a public feud. Tillis is working with Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on a bill designed to protect Robert Mueller, the independent counsel investigating the president’s Russia connections, from any attempt by Trump to fire him.

The Mueller bill came up during the Tillis-Trump conversation, according to a source briefed on the call — the latest signal of the president’s impatience with GOP senators’ increasing declarations of independence from his White House. Trump was unhappy with the legislation and didn’t want it to pass, one person familiar with the call said.

Spokespeople for both Tillis and Corker refused to discuss specifics of the conversations, but did confirm that the conversations took place.

Trump’s chewing out of GOP senators, according to people briefed on the calls, reflected the president’s frustration that fellow Republicans would make moves that could damage him, particularly on an investigation that he detests. Trump also complained about the Russian sanctions measure in a call with McConnell earlier this month that devolved into shouting. The New York Times first reported that Trump discussed the Russia probe with McConnell.

“It seems he is just always focused on Russia,” one senior GOP aide said.

That’s because he is.

In the couple of weeks John Kelly has been chief of staff, he’s attempted to exert some control over Trump’s unscheduled interactions with lawmakers. The president is said to have a habit of seeing a senator on television, getting a wild hair, and then having an assistant call that senator up.

Kelly has asked that there be a senior White House aide present whenever Trump make these calls, and that Trump be briefed on the topic he’s planning to call about.

That sure speaks volumes.

Embarrassing, cringe-worthy volumes.

The president needs to understand that he’s likely never going to get the approval of Democrats for anything he’s hoping to push. He needs the Republicans. He needs actual allies in Washington, and not just clingers.

He’s really not off to a good start.

 

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It’s a Cult: Spiritual Adviser Paula White Makes Wild Claims About Trump’s Role in God’s Plan

Sane people should run very far away from anyone suggesting such a thing.

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It will be interesting to see if Trump supporters who thought Barack Obama’s involvement with Jeremiah White was a huge red flag—and make no mistake, it was—will show any concern over statements made by President Trump’s own spiritual adviser, prosperity gospel preacher and televangelist Paula White. She made some pretty wild claims on convicted fraudster and former (as far as we know) pervert Jim Bakker’s show.

While speaking on a panel on “The Jim Bakker Show,” White said that Trump’s presidential victory was similar to a story from the Hebrew Bible where a woman named Esther was chosen to be queen, since both parties were unlikely to be selected for their roles.

As the scripture goes, Esther was a young, orphaned Jewish woman living in exile who, through her wits and good looks, ends up being selected by the Persian king to be his queen at a time when Jews were widely persecuted.

Because of her new position of power, Esther was able to stop a plot to murder all the Jewish people in Persia. The Bible concludes that Esther was placed in her position as queen by God to fulfill this important mission.

On Tuesday, White compared Trump to Queen Esther, saying that he, too, was selected by God to carry out a divine plan.

I’ll be honest, televangelists generally make my skin crawl. When they start explaining current events with the Old Testament and making sleazy politicians out to be the ones chosen by God to carry out a divine plan, I get both the heebies and the jeebies. It’s even worse when there’s a big studio audience heaping a pile of amens on top of whatever pseudo-spiritual political rationale the preacher is laying down. These people are, at best, misinformed.

White went so far as to suggest that those opposing Trump are literally opposing God.

“They say about our president, ‘Well, he is not presidential.’ Thank goodness. Thank goodness. Thank goodness,” White said. “And I mean that with all due respect. Because, in other words, he is not a polished politician. In other words, he is authentically, whether people like it or not, has been raised up by God.”

“God says that he raises up and places all people in places of authority,” she continued. “It is God who raises up a king. It is God that sets one down. When you fight against the plan of God, you are fighting against the hand of God.” (emphasis added)

I have no quarrel with the Judeo-Christian concept that God raises up leaders and puts people in authority. With that comes the reality that not every person raised to a position of authority is put there for the immediate good of humanity. I’m fairly certain that Paula White and those who follow her weren’t saying the same thing about opposing Trump’s predecessor who God also placed in authority.

Let me be perfectly frank here, anyone who claims that disagreeing with any President’s agenda is tantamount to opposing God is crazy. Sane people should run very far away from anyone suggesting such a thing. To say it about Donald Trump makes you a certifiable lunatic or a dangerous liar.

Trump’s alleged Christian faith—which comes with a stated belief that he has never needed to ask forgiveness for anything—absolutely seems to be born of political expedience. I can’t say for sure what’s in his heart but even by his own admission he’s broken a few commandments. You do the math. Paula White sure doesn’t seem like much of a stickler for doctrine if her spiritual advice left Trump with the idea that he was immaculately conceived.

Erick Erickson made waves prior to Trump’s inauguration by calling White a”a prosperity gospel charlatan” and  “Trinity denying heretic.” Erickson pointed out that the doctrine of the Trinity was settled at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. Those who deny it are by definition preaching something other than Christianity.

Since AD 325, it has been settled in the orthodoxy of the Christian church of every single Christian denomination that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God. Re-iterated in the First Council of Constantinople in AD 381, the Nicene Creed as we know it today contains these line:

I believe in one God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
Begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
Very God of very God,
Begotten, not made,
Being of one substance with the Father,
By whom all things were made;

This is literally 1,691 year old settled orthodoxy of every Christian denomination. Presbyterians, Catholics, Orthodox, Methodists, Baptists, Anglicans, and other Christian denominations, along with a few Episcopalian churches all say this creed. It, along with the Apostles Creed, are the two major, foundational creeds in Christendom.

At least one member of Trump’s religious advisory panel has walked away from Trump. White shows no signs of doubting Trump though. She certainly exemplifies the cult of Trump. Let’s hope people who support the President do so based on policy and not on religious fervor stirred up by a crackpot.

 

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A Ha’awina in Humility: Did a Hawaiian Politician Receive Hate Mail or Execute a Hoax?

(Updates Below) The racial discord in this country is both palpable and intensifying. One of the bothersome aspects however is when the people who supposedly decry the hatred and division are the very same stoking that foundry of intolerance. Note how those in the media question with dismay how it is the Nazi party has so much exposure these days, all while they cannot refrain | Read More »

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Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto

Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto

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The racial discord in this country is both palpable and intensifying. One of the bothersome aspects however is when the people who supposedly decry the hatred and division are the very same stoking that foundry of intolerance. Note how those in the media question with dismay how it is the Nazi party has so much exposure these days, all while they cannot refrain from granting the SS-holes blanket coverage.

Equally vexing are politicians who supposedly speak out against the divisions in this country while highlighting those same social barricades enthusiastically. Let us now go to Mauka, in the county of Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the district where State Representative Beth Fukumoto originates. The politician has made a small splash on social media by posting a letter purportedly sent to her by a purported Donald Trump supporter.

Fukumoto had previously caused ripples in the aquamarine when she switched parties this year, from being a GOP representative to a Democrat. This switchover was said to be due to her being removed from her Minority Leader position, a move spurned by her comments made to the negative towards newly elected President Trump. This was really more of a lateral move, given Beth has posted pics of herself with liberal iconography, such as “She Persisted” posters, or sporting a magenta feminist vagina hat. Also, those scathing comments about Trump? They were delivered at a Women’s March rally.

(What’s the Hawaiian word for “RINO”?)

Now Fukumoto is drawing attention to herself based on a missive delivered to her office. The typewritten letter, dated 08 – 09, was posted to her personal Twitter account.

As many outlets in the media have dutifully detailed this as an example of hate, and repeated that Donald Trump is the cause, note the lack of journalistic curiosity. There are a number of questions regarding this correspondence, most which will go unasked.

I contacted Rep. Fukumoto’s office, and reached her spokesperson. I asked if the letter had been turned over to any law enforcement agency, and was told at this time that no, the letter had not been given to any authorities. This is after one full week from the letter being received. I had a number of other questions, including a request to have a picture of the full face of the envelope, but was then told that any further inquiry had to be delivered via email.

 

  • Why would someone from “La, Calif” be so concerned with a Hawaiian State Representative?
  • Why are the stamps on the envelope not postmarked?

 

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  • Why would someone use $0.10 stamps which were issued in 1975? And why would they separate the block when it does not give sufficient postage to deliver said envelope today?

 

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  • Has anyone tried tracking the USPS bar code shown at the bottom of the envelope? If that is a code that derives from a commercial account it may be traceable, or can track   the origination address. This would at the very least tell someone the location from where the letter had been mailed.

 

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At press time I had not received contact back from the spokesperson, nor Rep. Fukumoto herself. Considering the level of accusation being leveled towards the President the burden of proof to this culpability rests with Ms. Fukumoto.

UPDATE:

Following this post I did receive contact back from Rep. Fukumoto herself. She states that, contrary to what I had been told by her reps, they have reached out to authorities: “Yes, we’ve been in touch with law enforcement to see if it’s possible to determine the origin of the letter. The postmark of the letter indicated that it was from CA, but it’s faded so the city is not entirely clear.”

As for an image of the envelope she informed me that a pic had been provided to The Huffington Post. (Available here.) The writer, a resident of Hawaii, received this image Wednesday evening.

HuffPost sent a copy of the envelope to officials at the U.S. Postal Service in Honolulu, who confirmed that the enveloped was processed by a USPS center in California before it was sent to Honolulu.

 

The post A Ha’awina in Humility: Did a Hawaiian Politician Receive Hate Mail or Execute a Hoax? appeared first on RedState.

Where the Streets Have No Name – Confederate Drive Is History

Weeks before the tragic events of Charlottesville, the City of St. Louis was embroiled in a controversy over the removal of the Confederate memorial located in Forest Park. Though talk of relocating the memorial began in 2015, Mayor Lyda Krewson, who assumed office in April of this year, revived the discussion, strongly advocating its removal. Arguments were raised on both sides of the issue.  There were | Read More »

The post Where the Streets Have No Name – Confederate Drive Is History appeared first on RedState.

Weeks before the tragic events of Charlottesville, the City of St. Louis was embroiled in a controversy over the removal of the Confederate memorial located in Forest Park. Though talk of relocating the memorial began in 2015, Mayor Lyda Krewson, who assumed office in April of this year, revived the discussion, strongly advocating its removal. Arguments were raised on both sides of the issue.  There were some demonstrations — largely nonviolent, thankfully. And the memorial, which was dedicated in 1914, was ultimately removed in June.

I wanna feel sunlight on my face.
I see the dust-cloud
Disappear without a trace.

But the street which formerly led to it remained in place.  Until Monday. While most area residents focused their attention on the solar eclipse, Confederate Drive was being torn up by the City Streets Department.

The city streets department says it’s spending nearly $12,000 to add plants, flowers, and grass. Barring any weather problems, work should be completed by next week.

Some city leaders claim a master plan dating back to 1995 always included removing Confederate Drive in favor of green space. Since the road never served any other purposed or use, it city leaders said it makes sense to tear it up and turn it into a garden.

Fair enough. The street may well have served no other purpose – it certainly was never integral to my jogs or bike rides through the park. And I like green space as much as the next person. (As an aside, Forest Park really is a jewel, and I’m glad it’s part of the St. Louis landscape.)

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And there may well have been such a plan in the works, though one wonders why it took 22 years to be implemented. (Come to think of it, we’re talking about city government here. Maybe one needn’t wonder all that much.)

Still, the timing is quite interesting, particularly given that a bill to rename the street “Scott Joplin Drive” is currently under consideration by the Board of Alderman. Guess that measure can be tabled now, and the City can move on to other pressing issues.

To be clear, I don’t have an issue with the Confederate memorial being removed from Forest Park and placed in a museum. Nor do I take issue with the removal of Confederate Drive, coincidental timing notwithstanding. Like many, though, I do wonder where we ultimately draw the line? And whether the recent push to tear down and rename will help heal old wounds or inflict new ones?

We’re still building and burning down love.

 

The post Where the Streets Have No Name – Confederate Drive Is History appeared first on RedState.


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