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Son arrested after hedge fund mogul father shot dead in New York

Thomas Gilbert Jr accused of murder after his father was found dead following an argument over money

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Thomas Gilbert Jr has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his father after a row over money.
A man is accused of shooting dead his father, a hedge fund founder, inside his Manhattan apartment after the two argued over the son's allowance.

Thomas Gilbert Jr, 30, was arrested on suspicion of murder and criminal possession of a weapon after the death of Thomas Gilbert Sr, 70. He was remanded in custody on Monday and his lawyers declined to comment.

Heart - Black

Psycho Pat Robertson says non-religious children should be beaten until they respect Christian beliefs

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In another example demonstrating that Pat Robertson believes in persecuting non-Christians and indoctrinating children, the televangelist openly suggested that parents should beat their kids until they respect Christian beliefs.

During yet another shameful episode of the 700 Club, which runs on Disney-owned channel ABC Family, Robertson received an email from a woman who claimed that her grandson disrespects their Christian faith when they visit their daughter on Christmas and chose not to visit this past year.

"We declined going to our daughter's house on Christmas this year because there is always an argument, hard feelings etc.," viewer Karen wrote.
"One grandchild comes high on marijuana, cursing and challenging our faith. I correct him and have told my daughter to ask him to respect our beliefs, but he keeps it up. Our daughter say she is a Christian but will drink too much and offend her daughter and her husband. Were we wrong to not to attend another Christmas that leaves us upset or someone angry? I have shared my beliefs many times with them and am ridiculed by this grandson and son-in-law."
Robertson's immediate solution? Beat the child until he respects Christianity.

"Somebody take that kid to the woodshed and let him understand the blessings of discipline," Robertson advised before predicting that the kid would end up in prison if a strong male figure didn't start beating him right away.

"He needs a strong male figure. He's going to wind up in a correctional institution, and the next thing you know, he's going to be doing hard time in some prison. And then he would wish he wasn't such a smart, you know, wise guy. Because he'll be disciplined in a way that he'll never forget in some prison... He needs discipline in the worst possible way."

Pistol

The real life Serpico: The police are still out of control

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Frank Serpico
In the opening scene of the 1973 movie "Serpico," I am shot in the face - or to be more accurate, the character of Frank Serpico, played by Al Pacino, is shot in the face. Even today it's very difficult for me to watch those scenes, which depict in a very realistic and terrifying way what actually happened to me on Feb. 3, 1971. I had recently been transferred to the Narcotics division of the New York City Police Department, and we were moving in on a drug dealer on the fourth floor of a walk-up tenement in a Hispanic section of Brooklyn. The police officer backing me up instructed me (since I spoke Spanish) to just get the apartment door open "and leave the rest to us."

One officer was standing to my left on the landing no more than eight feet away, with his gun drawn; the other officer was to my right rear on the stairwell, also with his gun drawn. When the door opened, I pushed my way in and snapped the chain. The suspect slammed the door closed on me, wedging in my head and right shoulder and arm. I couldn't move, but I aimed my snub-nose Smith & Wesson revolver at the perp (the movie version unfortunately goes a little Hollywood here, and has Pacino struggling and failing to raise a much-larger 9-millimeter automatic). From behind me no help came. At that moment my anger got the better of me. I made the almost fatal mistake of taking my eye off the perp and screaming to the officer on my left: "What the hell you waiting for? Give me a hand!" I turned back to face a gun blast in my face. I had cocked my weapon and fired back at him almost in the same instant, probably as reflex action, striking him. (He was later captured.)

Sherlock

Florida police found to have entrapped men with online sex stings and then seized their property

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A drawn-out struggle to obtain public records has started to yield results for 10 Investigates, as local agencies have started releasing limited records - and providing insight - regarding how law enforcement conducts controversial sex "predator" stings.

Records recently obtained by 10 Investigates - primarily through the court system, since law enforcement agencies continue to deny public record requests - detail the incredible man hours dedicated to the stings, ways some officers violated the rules to boost arrest totals, and even how agencies take valuable property from individuals accused. 10 Investigates previously reported how many of the men arrested and publicly shamed by made-for-TV press conferences were not actually looking for children online. Instead, they were looking for other adults when detectives started to groom and convince them to break the law.

And while law enforcement leaders have denied any widespread issues with the operations, 10 Investigates continues to find evidence - in documents those agencies wanted to keep private - that details a pattern of officer misconduct in an effort to boost arrest totals.

Stock Down

Top experts predict global economic disaster in 2015

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Will 2015 be a year of financial crashes, economic chaos and the start of the next great worldwide depression? Over the past couple of years, we have all watched as global financial bubbles have gotten larger and larger. Despite predictions that they could burst at any time, they have just continued to expand. But just like we witnessed in 2001 and 2008, all financial bubbles come to an end at some point, and when they do implode the pain can be extreme. Personally, I am entirely convinced that the financial markets are more primed for a financial collapse now than they have been at any other time since the last crisis happened nearly seven years ago. And I am certainly not alone. At this point, the warning cries have become a deafening roar as a whole host of prominent voices have stepped forward to sound the alarm. The following are 11 predictions of economic disaster in 2015 from top experts all over the globe...

#1 Bill Fleckenstein: "They are trying to make the stock market go up and drag the economy along with it. It's not going to work. There's going to be a big accident. When people realize that it's all a charade, the dollar will tank, the stock market will tank, and hopefully bond markets will tank. Gold will rally in that period of time because it's done what it's done because people have assumed complete infallibility on the part of the central bankers."

Comment: For more on the economic house of cards see: 2015, the BRICS checkmate Western finance?


Eye 1

UK schoolteachers urged to report terrorist toddlers

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Just three years ago, we found out that children in Britain as young as three could be "blacklisted" - labeled "racist" on their permanent file for such evil thought crimes as calling a fellow classmate a "broccoli head."

When my brother was six and I was 12, he called me a "carnival head." I always thought it was because he was being a six-year-old little brother. I never knew until today that it was because he was totally racist... You know, against... uh... theme parks??

But I digress...

Now according to a new government directive from UK's Home Office, teachers including nursery school staff, have been handed a serious "duty" to "prevent people being drawn into terrorism."

Evil Rays

Ferguson grand juror sues prosecutor to speak out

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People take part in a march against police violence, in New York December 13, 2014.
A member of the grand jury that declined to indict former police officer Darren Wilson over the August 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown is back in court, this time to try and win the right to speak publically about those proceedings.

On Monday this week, attorneys for an individual named only as "Grand Juror Doe" filed a lawsuit alleging that St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch mischaracterized the case against Wilson, a former officer with the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department, and presented evidence to the jury in a manner inconsistent with how such investigations are normally conducted.

Cow

Fight club for Jesus: Churches encourage members to fight, 'men made for combat'

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Today over 700 evangelical US churches now integrate MMA into their ministry programs.
"Can you love your neighbor as yourself, and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?" American Christian Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champion Scott "Bam Bam" Sullivan wonders in an interview with The Times (London).

Today over 700 evangelical US churches now integrate MMA (also known as cage-fighting) into their ministry programs. The phenomenon has even been featured in a recent documentary film, 2014's Fight Church.

MMA is a combination of kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Greco-Roman wrestling and Thai boxing. Fighters face off against one another, brutally inflicting pain by punching, kicking, kneeing, and elbowing their opponents into submission. The intensity of the sport's violence caused Senator John McCain to call for an outright ban on MMA in the US. He denounced it as "human cockfighting," a "blood sport," and a "blood bath."


Comment: There's a case to be made for a more martial 'Jesus' than that presented in the Bible, especially if the Jesus myth was inspired by accounts of the achievements, betrayal, murder, and deification of Gaius Julius Caesar. But even Caesar, a master general and warrior, his clemency was even more regarded and remembered. These "Fight Churches" seem to foster a primitive 'fighting for fighting's sake' mentality, appealing to the lowest common denominator. But then, it's quite fitting, for a nation that sees an answer to everything it perceives as problems in the form of the fist, the torturer's instruments, and the gun.


Sheriff

Cops tase and kick man in the face after he holds his hands up and lies down

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Timothy Whittle
A drug task force video of an arrest differs markedly from the police reports written by the plainclothes detectives involved in the incident, The Kansas City Star reports.

The video - available below - begins with the final moments of a car chase between Timothy Whittle and two plainclothes detectives, Michael Chinn and Kip Bartlett.

Chinn and Bartlett were members of the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force, and they were approaching Whittle's home in order to serve a warrant allowing them to search the premises for materials used to manufacture methamphetamine - but they never got the chance, as Whittle and another man left the home in an SUV and drove to a nearby property.

Once they arrived, Whittle exited the SUV and entered a black pickup truck. At that point, task force officers charged and Whittle took off. The officers gave chase - as did a Missouri National Guard helicopter, which was recording the events.

After a long pursuit, Whittle drove into a field, jumped out of the still-moving truck and ran. He eventually gave up, and raised his hands in surrender. He then lay down on his stomach.

Comment: The police routinely lie giving their statements, like in this situation where the video disproves the statements made by the officers involved. But what is the deterrent? They can make up all the lies they want, and even when there is video evidence that proves the statements as false, nothing happens. What is there to stop any police officer from making up events in order to make the citizens they are apprehending look bad and them look good? Nothing, and that's why the U.S. has become a police state. You can put all the cameras on police that you like, if nothing happens when the police's story is contradicted by the video evidence, the cameras will turn out to be useless for the purpose they are being used.


Sheriff

Family calls police to help with son acting out - police kill son

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John Paul Quintero, 23 years old, was unarmed when killed by police
The family of a Kansas man shot by police Saturday night are saying he was unarmed and they want to know why officers had to kill him, reports KWCH.

John Paul Quintero, who recently turned 23, was shot and killed by Wichita Police after the family had called 911 following an incident in their home involving a knife. When police arrived at the home, Quintero was seated in an SUV parked in front of the home with his father.

According to police, they approached the vehicle and asked both men to exit the car, and the older Quintero complied.

Police state that the younger Quintero was drunk and confrontational and refused commands from the officer. After exiting the SUV he began walking towards the back of the vehicle as officers at the scene ordered him to show his hands. According to authorities, one officer then used a Taser on him when he failed to comply.

Saying the Taser seemed to have no effect on him, authorities say the officers saw him reach for his waistband - and a backup officer shot him with a patrol rifle, hitting him twice in the midsection.

Following the shooting, Quintero was taken to a local medical facility where he died a few hours later.

Comment: This is par for the course for police in the U.S. Instead of being a calming presence, they make things so much worse with their inability to control situations and handle individuals with anything but lethal force. The best thing people can do in almost all instances is to NEVER call the police for help, lest they want to end up another murdered citizen.