Four Suspects Accused In Shooting Of Two Mississippi Policemen

Four suspects are in custody after two Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police officers were shot and killed during a routine traffic stop this past weekend.

Officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, were involved in pulling over a speeding vehicle Saturday night when shots were fired.

Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, have both been charged with two counts of capital murder.

Banks’ brother, Curtis Banks, 26, was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder.

Another suspect, Cornelius Clark, 28, has been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice.

These are the first Hattiesburg police officers to die in the line of duty in more than three decades.

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Croyder: Marilyn Mosby’s Actions Reflect Inexperience And Recklessness

Baltimore State’s Attorney General Marilyn Mosby bypassed her own homicide unit and grand jury to quickly charge six Baltimore police officers in Freddie Gray’s death. Ms. Mosby is being criticized for undermining the cause of justice with her haste. Page Croyder, who worked in the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office for nearly 21 years, said that Ms. Mosby had already made up her mind in this case.

She didn’t even have the autopsy report until the morning of she was announcing the charges. In other words, her mind was already made up. Ditto with the police report. She didn’t get the completed police investigative report until the day before she announced her charges.

One officer faces second degree murder, while the other officers are facing lesser charges. Yet, Page Croyder says that there was not probable cause to bring about the murder charge.

Based on what she wrote, there wasn’t even probable cause to charge the murder. What she says is that they repeatedly failed to get medical help and they didn’t put him in the seatbelt. That does not the same thing as depraved-heart murder unless she can show that they knew he had a broken neck.

Harvard law school professor and defense attorney Alan Dershowitz commented that there is not enough evidence to support a murder charge.

When you over-charge, when you charge somebody with murder who shouldn’t be charged with murder, I’ve seen no evidence to support a murder prosecution in this case, you risking losing everything. And so, what she’s done is mortgage the future to the present.

While only on the job for four months, Mosby sounds like she wants to prosecute this case her way.

So we will pursue justice by any and all means necessary.

Mosby says the switchblade that Gray was carrying was legal, but the police task force said the officers were correct in detaining Gray for possessing a prohibited weapon. Mosby could face a potential civil suit for her sloppy work in charging these police officers.

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Steve Wynn: ‘America Is In A Very Bad Place’

International gaming and casino magnate Steve Wynn said this week in a PBS interview that the great economic recovery is pure fiction. The founder and CEO of Wynn Resorts told KNPB‘s John Ralston that labor statistics are inaccurate.

Well, the idea that America is in the grips of a great recovery is pure fiction. It’s a lie. It’s not true. It’s a jobless recovery because recoveries are marked by the amount of real employment. And if you count the people who have left the work force, real unemployment is 15 to 20 percent.

Mr. Wynn said that he intends on waiting until the general election before he endorses any of the candidates for president; yet he acknowledged that the next president is going to have a monumental challenge.

I’m not endorsing anybody for president. What I do know is that we’ve got a mess in terms of the global economy, geopolitically, Mid-Eastern foreign policy, immigration – beyond disgrace.

Mr. Wynn weighed in on the impact that Obamacare has had on his business and his employees.

I may not agree with things like the Affordable Healthcare Act which was the single worse piece of junk in my lifetime that ever got passed. It was all wrong. And I’m a healthcare provider. It made things worse, not better. I hope to God we can fix it for the sake of my employees. And my union hates it.

The casino mogul summed up the current state of the country by saying:

America is in a hard spot economically, geo-politically. A very bad place. Not to mention race relations have gone to an all-time low.

Mr. Wynn commented that the $18 trillion debt, the devaluation of the dollar, and real inflation is impacting every working American and making it very difficult for the middle class to prosper.

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Auto Shop Vandalized After Owner’s Anti-Gay Comments

A Michigan auto repair shop has been vandalized after the owner posted on his business’s Facebook page that his shop would refuse service to people who were “openly gay.” Dieseltec’s owner, Brian Klawiter, found some broken windows and graffiti sprayed on his building and vehicles Tuesday morning. Mr. Klawiter’s Facebook posting was about appropriate behavior in his place of business.

But I did choose homosexuality as an example when I spoke about immoral behavior. But that’s definitely become the hot-button issue. I did speak about guns. They are welcome in my shop so much so that I have offered discounts for those that want to carry their weapon into my shop.

The harassment has gone beyond broken windows and graffiti. There have been inappropriate threats and messages against Klawiter, his employees, and their families on the company’s answering machine. Mr. Klawiter never experienced any problems before he posted his viewpoints about gun rights, dishonesty, thievery, as well as homosexuality. Klawiter said that he was compelled to post his opinions to make people aware of the changes that are happening in society.

This is a message that needs to be out there. People need to start looking around them. Ask me why and I say why not.

Mr. Klawiter is continuing to stand his ground even after the backlash. The very least his detractors can do is have the courage to speak to him directly rather than stoop to cowardly acts of vandalism and threats.

I believe that we need to stop being politically correct and start being correct. If I said something that offended you, call me out on it. But, let’s be adults about it.

Mr. Klawiter is expressing his views as a Christian and is exercising his First Amendment rights. He voiced his opinion because he is tired of society’s constant drumbeat in favor of immoral behavior. The homosexual community demands that everybody be tolerant of their lifestyle; yet when someone disapproves, there is an attempt to silence him. Isn’t tolerance supposed to be a two-way street?

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VA Sending Medical Records To FBI To Strip Veterans’ Gun Rights

The scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs has been running a secret program in an effort to confiscate veterans’ guns by sending personal medical and financial information to the FBI. This information is being used to evaluate veterans as mentally incompetent and subsequently bans them from owning a firearm without proper legal backing. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has expressed deep concerns over these VA evaluations:

But there’s something wrong when a whole class of people get swept up and denied the right to own guns because if you’re on this list with the Department of Justice and you go in to buy a gun…and they see your name, you can’t buy a gun.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann said that we have to have more confidence in the veterans who have protected our country.

We’ve got to stop thinking of returning veterans as the ‘island of misfit toys.’ These guys are high performers, resilient leaders and problem solvers. And frankly, have a lot to bring back to America. Taking away the Second Amendment right doesn’t make any sense.

The VA is the sole agency that determines if a veteran is incompetent, which puts the burden on the veteran to prove otherwise. Are veterans being treated unfairly by the government by having their medical and financial records evaluated to determine if they have the right to possess a firearm?

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