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11-Year-Old Shoots Dad’s Pregnant Fiancee; Should Be Charged As An Adult

February 24, 2009

3_21_022109_brown_350Alright, so I just heard about this story and figured I’d give  my input.  This story comes out of Wampum, Pennsylvania: 11-year-old Jordan Anthony Brown (pictured on the left; photo courtesy of the Lawrence County Prison) shot and killed his dad’s pregnant fiancee at point blank range, and is now being charged as an adult.  Brown allegedly shot the woman with his 20-gauge shotgun in the back of the head.  He had wrapped the shotgun in a sheet to muffle the sound.

But apparently, his lawyer isn’t happy with this and wants him to be tried in juvenile court.  Brown is currently being held in the Lawrence County Prison in Pennsylvania.

On Saturday, Lawrence County District Attorney John Bongivengo charged Brown, as an adult, in the murder of 26-year-old Kenzie Marie Houk. Houk was 6 months pregnant.  Bongivengo said that he has to be charged as an adult because Pennsylvania law doesn’t allow for criminal homicide charges to be filed  against Brown in juvenile court.

Brown originally lied to police about seeing a suspicious vehicle on the property, but later, police realized that he was lying after finding multiple inconsistencies in his story.  The victims 7-year-old daughter ultimately implicated Brown in the murder.  Bongivengo told reporters, “She didn’t actually eyewitness the shooting.  She saw him with what she believed to be a shotgun and heard a loud bang.  [The gun was found in the] location we believe to be in the defendant’s bedroom.”

Jack Houk, the victim’s father, told reporters, “An 11-year-old kid — what would give him the motive to shoot someone?  Maybe he was just jealous of my daughter and the baby and thought he would be overpowered.”

Brown’s attorney, David Elisco met with Brown, after which he told reporters, “I don’t think he knows what’s going on.  I walked out of there thinking he was innocent.  I believe Jordan did not do this and I’m looking forward to seeing the physical evidence to see if it matches with what I think happened.”  Elisco also met with Christopher Brown, the boy’s father.  He characterized Christopher as being “in a state of actual shock and disbelief.”  When asked if the boy disliked Houk, Elisco answered, “This is a tragic, extremely tragic situation, and it’s way too early to have any substantive comment.”

Apparently jealousy was the motive.  According to the victim’s brother-in-law, Jason Kraner, “He [Jordan Brown] actually told my son that he wanted to do that to her.  There was an issue with jealousy.”  Elisco responded to that claim, saying, “I think it’s all bull shit–there’s no animosity.”

Elisco wants Brown moved out of the county jail.  He told reporters, “I don’t think anybody wants him there. … I want him to be occupied and busy and back, essentially, in school. … I wouldn’t say he’s in good spirits.  He’s confused.  He looks and acts like a typical 11-year-old.”

He acts like a typical boy?  Are you crazy?  He shot a woman at point blank range!

Lawrence County Warden Charles Adamo also wants Brown moved out of his prison.  He says that his facility just can’t accommodate an 11-year-old boy.  Apparently they have to keep him ultra-isolated from any adult inmates, so he can’t even have visitors, since it’d mean that he’d have to be around other adults.  It’s also difficult to coordinate showers, since he has to shower alone, meaning that a whole cell block of 63 inmates must be locked down.  According to Elisco, they don’t even have clothes that fit him: “They put a shirt on him; he’s swimming in it, and his pants are cuffed up about 10 times.”  I find that a little hard to believe – they don’t have small clothes at all?  What happens if they arrest a dwarf or midget?  I feel like they must have clothes somewhere that would fit him.

Personally, I don’t care if he’s in an adult prison or not, as long as he is CHARGED as an adult.  This kid knew what he was dong.  It was premeditated (the sheet wrapped around the gun).  We have a girl who saw everything but the actual shooting (anybody can put 2 and 2 together.  Boy with shotgun + big bang + dead woman = boy killed the woman).

This freak of a kid needs to be charged with double homicide and needs to spend the rest of his life in jail.

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Clinton “Sleep Deprived” When She Misspoke; What About the 3:00 A.M. Phone Call?

March 26, 2008

Alright, so last week Hillary Clinton was in Washington, D.C. and was discussing her trip to Bosnia in 1996.  She said the following concerning her landing at Tuzla airport: “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

CBS later released footage that showed that there was no sniper fire and that the plane landed routinely.

Clinton then said at a press conference in Greensburg, PA, “So I made a mistake.  That happens. It shows I’m human, which for some people is a revelation.”

 OK, that’s fine – plenty of people misspeak (including myself), but then she said this: “I was sleep-deprived, and I misspoke.”

And then the trouble started.  Do you remember that ad about the red phone ringing at 3:00 A.M.?  If not, see the video below:

HEHE – I just found this regarding that ad – I find this one quite amusing:

OK – back on track.  Now, personally, I could care less if she was sleep deprived – I get 5 hours of sleep a night – I understand not sleeping.  I don’t think the misspeaking was a big deal, but a lot of people are making fun of her about the 3:00 A.M. phone call ad and the fact that she misspeaks when sleep deprived.

On MSNBC’s website, Brian Hussein makes a comment saying, “She was ‘sleep-deprived’ and ‘misspoke’?  Would she be sleep-deprived and “misspeak” when the phone rings at 3 AM?  Perhaps she’d confuse the housing crisis with sniper fire and order a carpet bombing of Wall Street? <– insert sarcasm here,” and Sue from Bloomington, IN says, “She was sleep-deprived?  I hope she’ll be wide awake enough to answer that 3 a.m. phone call without misspeaking.  ‘you know, they told me there were snipers, you know and I just, you know, told them to take military action, you know….or was that Iraq?’”

So, this could become quite an embarrasment to her campaign, along with the revelation that the girl in the ad, Casey Knowles, is actually an Obama supporter.

All this infighting and McCain might not even have to campaign!

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Westboro Church Is Now Attacking Victims of NIU Shooting

February 19, 2008

The Westboro Church Cult makes me sick.  These people are VILE and HATE-FILLED.  I just get so angry knowing that there are people out there calling themselves Christians.

Here’s their latest picketing schedule:

Tomorrow at 1:15 in Oak Brooks, Illinois:

Christ Church 31st & York Road This is for the funeral of Dan Parmenter. He was one of those who were killed by the shooter of Northern Illinois University. God dispatched him into Hell, along with several others, because of the sins of the Doomed American people and the crimes that this nation has committed against Westboro Baptist Church. You have worshipped every idol imaginable, committed every filthy sex practice imaginable, hearkened to every false religious system imaginable, all in willful disobediance of God Almighty, and you vilify our people, putting us on trial FOR WORDS “protected by” FREE SPEECH, whereby you threw away your greatest blessing, the First Amendmant, and brought down the Wrath of the LORD OF HOSTS down upon your wicked heads. You have done this against your own interest: this is the vengeance of God, vindacating his people. And shall we not rejoice? Read Psalm 58:10-11. God is laughing at your calamity. Proverbs 1:26, Psalm 2. America is Doomed. Amen.

The bolded parts are what just shocked the crap out of me.

And here’s a clip from another planned protest description: “Last week, God sent a shooter to carry out His vengeance on Illinois and America for their grievous crimes against His Standards and His People.”

Now, let me explain how Westboro is a cult, just from the paragraphs above.  They say, “crimes that this nation has committed against Westboro Baptist Church,” whereas a true religion would talk about a nation straying from God, the focus is on the Westboro Church – this matches previous cults such as the Branch Davidians, Jonestown, or Solar Temple – the focus is on the cult, and a lot of attention is given to their leader Fred Phelps.

Look at this kid:

He’s what – maybe 8?

These people are freaks.  How long before they wind up doing something like the Branch Davidians, but instead of a mass suicide, they perform a mass homicide?

Now, back to my explanation of how they are a cult.  They claim that “God hates fags” and that he sends people to hell for supporting homosexuality.  Well, let me tell you something, as a hard core religious right conservative, God doesn’t send anybody to hell for one particular sin, it’s for not accepting his Son’s sacrifice.  I don’t care if you’re gay or straight, you can be saved (not that I think homosexuality isn’t a sin, but that’s another issue for another time).  So they have strayed from direct salvational doctrine, making them a false religion.

Now, on to their attacks against the Northern Illinois University victims.  I’m asking anybody in the area to go out and do like the Patriot Guard Riders and drown these people out.  Don’t get violent with them, but give the families of these victims some peace during the memorial service.  A copy of the picketing schedule is available here:  I’m half tempted to start a just to combat the evil that this cult puts out, but I’m a broke college kid with no time.

At this point, my prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims at NIU.  GOD bless you, as I know he will.

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Dennis Lennox Files Complaint Against CMU Faculty

February 13, 2008

Dennis Lennox (go read any of my previous posts on him for context Now that I have free time to edit this post, see here for the most relevant blog post: or here for the Dennis Lennox category:, claims (the University has not confirmed this yet) that he filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, claiming that 3 Central Michigan University professors violated the rights guaranteed to him under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  The allegations come in response to e-mails exchanged between faculty in the English department after they were leaked to Chetly Zarko at by an English professor who was “disgusted by the behavior of these professors.”

Lennox also claimed to have filed a criminal complaint with the Michigan State Police, in response to the faculty allegedly “falsely and maliciously accusing another, malicious annoyance by writing and use of a computer program, computer system or computer network to commit a crime” (CM-Life).

Here’s a copy of the first e-mail “chain” that was leaked (

“Taylor, Marcia Mary” wrote:
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 10:54:40 -0400
From: “Taylor, Marcia Mary”
Subject: Re: In Case You Wish to Reconsider
I would like to raise these questions at the Department meeting today, which I think is a better forum than the listserv. So please try to make the meeting—at the least, we need to decompress after two weeks of rather heightened tension and, I think, review some principles for our safety and for the free exchange of ideas.

Marcy M. Taylor
Chair, Department of English Language and Literature
Co-Editor of Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature,
Language, Composition, and Culture
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
marcy.taylor AT

From: English Faculty Discussion Forum [(rmodified to prevent hotlink)ENGFAC AT LISTSERV.CMICH.EDU] On Behalf Of Weinstock, Jeffrey A
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2007 8:55 AM
Subject: Re: In Case You Wish to Reconsider

This information raises real questions. Marcy, what, if anything, should we do?

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Central Michigan University
100 W. Preston Road
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859-0001
Office: (989) 774-3101
Email: Jeffrey.Weinstock AT
“I was a teenage werewolf … and no one even said thanks!”
  –Lux Interior
From: English Faculty Discussion Forum [(modifed):ENGFAC AT LISTSERV.CMICH.EDU] On Behalf Of Allegra Blake
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2007 6:53 PM
Subject: Re: In Case You Wish to Reconsider

I talked to a behavioral neuro-psychologist about the escalation of Mr. Lennox’s activities, along with with his rather strange physical transformation (his hair) [oh come on, I've seen professors with hair that's "weirder" than his - I've seen professors who look like complete slobs for class! - added by Inks.LWC.  All of the other bracketed additions are from the actual e-mail.]and his increasing fixation on Gary Peters (see his day-by-day blog on Gary @ petersreport dotblogspot dotcom), and the humanities in general. He has grown from super pest to scary pest in the past year–really, since he was kicked out of the College Republicans. I used to work in mental health, and quite frankly the pattern of behavior we’ve been witnessing is disturbing and indicates that Mr. Lennox is not only someone with noxious political and social beliefs, but someone who has mental health issues, and someone who seems to be losing control. The psychologist’s advice (he has been following some of this on the news)is the following: “Don’t provoke him. Don’t initiate a confrontation of any sort, be it email, letter, or a face-to-face. He will respond in kind and escalate. Do not respond to correspondence, taunts, or ‘stalking behavior’ other than by calling the police. Appoint a mediator, if possible, from the counseling center [a neutral party], to try to convince him to either get help, back off or face scholastic or legal consequences.” The psychologist went on to say that he thought that Lennox was a ticking bomb of sorts: he’s angry [a little ball of hate, really], he’s been rejected by other conservatives, and he has fixated on certain groups of people as the ultimate cause of his unhappiness. I know we are all furious with Lennox, and despise what he represents—let’s face it, a movement that loathes academe and all it stands for. But I do think the above advice is solid and worth considering. Oh, and Horowitz has had connections with the Christian Right and the YAF because of their shared hatred for Muslims [again, I take offense to this!  I'm part of the Christian Right, and I have Muslim friends! - Inks.LWC]. It’s a weird partnership, but one that has been flourishing for at least 10 years (Frontline did something on it a few years ago).

And here’s the second e-mail:

“Hicks, Catherine” wrote:
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 21:22:07 -0400
From: “Hicks, Catherine”
Subject: Re: In Case You Wish to Reconsider

So are you saying that this kid is dangerous? As in Virginia Tech dangerous? Let’s not ignore the warning signs…

Cathy Hicks Kennard, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor of English
Central Michigan University
Anspach 206
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
hicks1c AT

Now, here is what Dennis said regarding the incident: “Professor Blake and several other members decided to smear my character and integrity and make an unfound accusation.  I took action. I wasn’t going to wait any longer.”  He later said, “Even if I did [have a history of mental illness], which I don’t, they could not talk about it under medical confidentiality laws.  The school shooter allegation is the most absurd.  I’m a political science major and I hope to work in the government so this could interfere with my background check.”

Here’s where I agree and disagree with Lennox.  Should the English Department have said something if they thought he was a threat?  Yes.  Should the English Department had a department conversation about it?  Probably not.  It should’ve been left to the head of the department and student life.  Could the English department speculate about Dennis’s possible mental illnesses?  In my opinion – yes, although not the most ethical thing, I don’t think they violated his medical confidentiality, unless one of them had a copy of his medical history (and anyway, I think that medical history for people like the Virginia Tech shooter should be violated.  I’m sorry, but wackos like that need to be watched – either that, or allow me to carry a gun on campus so I can shoot back).

Then we have professor Jeffrey Weinstock’s response: “Somebody suggested we need to keep an eye on this kid, and I said if this is true, we need to.  I think faculty would be entirely negligent if they didn’t.  Everyone in this university needs to be aware and talk about it.  I applaud the faculty in being aware and alert.”

I agree with Weinstock here.  It was the faculty’s responsibility to discuss this, and see if action should be done, but keeping it within the English department was irresponsible.  The only professor that I’m going to stand up for here is professor Weinstock.  I think the others were out of line and action needs to be taken against them.

We’ll see how the University responds once they are contacted by the Department of Education with the details of the complaint.

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Central Michigan to Hold Expulsion Hearing for Dennis Lennox

January 25, 2008

OK, well I might as well join the bandwagon on this one. Central Michigan University plans on holding an expulsion hearing against Dennis Lennox on January 30th. The following is an excerpt from CMU’s letter to Lennox:

You have been cited for violating sections 3.2.2 (Providing false information to a university official); 3.2.15 (Not identifying yourself to a university agent when asked) and 3.2.32 (Distributing printed materials in violation of the Advocacy Policy) of the CMU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures during an incident that occurred in Anspach Hall on October 23, 2007.

See for more details of the letter – my apologies for so many links in this, but I’ve had a ton of homework and I have a queue of topics that I have to do posts on, so I’m rushing through the ones that I can.

So, as Chetly Zarko pointed out in his article about the charges, they don’t make sense. If Lennox didn’t give a name, then how did he provide false information about himself?

It should be noted at this point that I DO think that if the university had conducted a proper investigation, then Dennis should be punished for the violations that he committed (I’m a law and order conservative), but expulsion is WAY too harsh, especially for a violation that they “prosecute” maybe 1% of the violators for. If people think that the policy violates the First Amendment, then challenge it, but until it’s challenged, I do think that he should be punished somehow (as should EVERYBODY who violates the policy).  However, as I will point out below, the university’s investigation was faulty at best, and Dennis should thus be cleared.

Now, on to Dr. Peter Koper, the English professor who brought the incident to the attention of the University staff ( The date is wrong – in a court of law that evidence would be thrown out. And this guy’s an English professor? He spelled “Cheney” wrong, the statement “I am certain that” is missing an “of”. Also, why if he’s just doing a simple investigation was this CCed to President Rao, Dean Gary Shapiro, Dean Bruce Roscoe, Dean Pamela Gates, and Marcy (Marcia) Taylor, Chairwoman of the English department (why would she need to be CCed on this e-mail?). (See here for the letter: and

And how did the investigator, Anthony Voisin, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Life, figure out who the suspect was with a photo only a day after he was contacted (assuming that the date of the 23rd is incorrect as Koper later implies in his letter)?
(See here:

And if this is such a clear cut case where Koper said, “His behavior in taking the fliers from my hand was coercive. I did not feel I could continue my activity in his presence,” and they identified the suspect on the 25th, then why did it take a month to file the charges against Lennox?

But wait. This isn’t just a case of slow prosecution time – this is serious! Dr. Catherine Hicks (English department) said this about Dennis in October “So are you saying that this kid is dangerous? As in Virginia Tech dangerous? Let’s not ignore the warning signs…” (See here for more: That’s similar to somebody who wrote on my blog: saying that Dennis was the “next Virginia Tech shooter.” Personally, these comments are offensive to me, Dennis, and the victims of the VA Tech shooting. If the school was really concerned that Lennox was going to do something crazy, they wouldn’t have waited a month to file these charges against him (and if they would wait that long after “positively” IDing him, then this school is terribly unsafe).

So, I hope these are enough reasons for you to contact some or all of the following (contacts courtesy of Nick at RightMichigan who has more free time than myself):

CMU President Michael Rao:
Phone: (989) 774-3131

Assistant Dean of Students Anthony Voisin:
Phone: (989) 774-3016

Board of Trustees Chairman Jeffrey Caponigro (R):
Phone: (248) 355-3200

Board of Trustees member Stephanie Comai (R):
Phone: (734) 761-6915

Board of Trustees member John Kulhavi (R):
Phone: (248) 737-6222

Board of Trustees member Gail Torreano (R):
Phone: (313) 223-7171

Again, I do have to say that I don’t condone some of Dennis’s methods, and I think he SHOULD have been punished if he were legitimately caught, but the circumstances are just too out of wack for me – the wrong date at the top, the hasty investigation – it all looks like it was just set up by the university while they waited to catch him in some violation.  Since the university did not perform a proper investigation, I think Dennis should be cleared of all wrong doing.

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Safety in Detroit is Becoming an Issue: Even Schools Are at Risk

January 12, 2008

Well I was reading through the news from back home in Wayne county and I came across this.  A gun accidentally went off in a science class in Finney High School in Detroit.  Apparently the teacher heard a noise but couldn’t identify where it came from.  The Detroit News said that it was in a bag and the bag may have fallen setting off the gun, or the gun may have fallen out of the bag.  The 9th grader who was shot realized that he was shot when he got home (how do you not realize that you’re shot!), and the 9th grader who brought the gun was arrested that night.  A weapons sweep of the school returned no further weapons.  Police say that the situation was an accident and was not premeditated (but this kid still needs to be locked up for bringing a gun to school – charge him as an adult.  He knew he shouldn’t have a gun.  Detroit schools are pretty bad, but the students aren’t so dumb that they don’t know they can’t bring guns).

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My Reflections on the Omaha Mall Shooting and the Shooter (Robert Hawkins)

December 7, 2007

OK, so on Wednesday, Robert A. Hawkins, 19, took an SKS semi-automatic rifle that he stole from his step-father (I have also heard “AK-47-style rifle” and “AK-47″) into an Omaha, Nebraska shopping mall and murdered 8 people, injuring several more, and eventually killing himself.

Robert was a high school dropout from Papillion-La Vista High School who had had run ins with the law for drug and disorderly conduct charges.  He suffered from depression, but was not on any medication.  He had just lost his job at McDonald’s and his girlfriend.

Hawkins had been staying with Debora Maruca-Kovac, her husband and their 2 boys, whom he had befriended, after he was kicked out of his house.  Maruca-Kovac had said that when he showed her the rifle the night before, she did not think that anything was wrong (um, a depressed kid has a gun – there’s something wrong with that).  She said that he had a drinking and marijuana problem (but again, a gun didn’t arouse suspicion?).  (And a side note - I am NOT blaming this on her – I just think that there were many signs here and that there were many opportunities where this could’ve been stopped, but the blame rests solely on Hawkins).

At about 1:00 P.M., Hawkins called Maruca-Kovac and he told her that he had left a note.  When she questioned him, he said “It’s too late,” and hung up.  Maruca-Kovac then called Hawkins mother.

“I’m a piece of sh*t,” said the note that he left.  He also said that he was “sorry for everything” and didn’t want to be a burden anymore (mainly directed to his family).  Well, you murdered 8 people – now you’re a bigger burden than you ever could’ve been before.  You’re “sorry for everything” – apologies are only sincere if you actively try not to do whatever you did again – and when you apologize before and then go kill people, I doubt that you’re sorry at all.  And here’s what really made me angry: “Now I’ll be famous.”  That’s right – forever you’ll be remembered as the kid who murdered 8 people and then did the ultimate chickening out and killed yourself – you could’ve at least faced the punishment for what you did.

While he was in the care of the state, he cost Nebraska $265,000.  Todd Landry, Health and Human Services director of the division of children and family services, said “This tragedy was not a failure of the system to provide appropriate, quality services for a youth who needed them.  I believe all appropriate services were provided as long as they were needed.”  I agree – we spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars on the kid, yet he began to drink and do drugs – obviously, he didn’t have the will to get better.

The fact that I find different sources saying that the gun was different, I’m going to have a hard time talking about it.  IF it was an AK-47, I don’t think his step-father should’ve owned it (at least not a functioning one) – as I’ve said numerous times, no civilian needs an automatic weapon (read here for further comments on guns or  If it was an SKS semi-automatic, I think the father had a legitimate right to own the gun.  Now – the fact that his step-son was able to steal it says that apparently he wasn’t keeping it protected enough.  This kid never should have had access to a gun and his step-father should’ve known this.  It should have been safely and securely locked away in a manner that kept Robert from accessing it.

But the majority of the blame lies with Robert Hawkins himself – even if you are depressed and suicidal – and “sorry” for what you were about to do – you didn’t have to kill anybody.  He obviously knew it was wrong, so I’m not going to say that he’s off the hook due to depression.  He knew it was wrong, and couldn’t handle the consequences of what he’d done, so he took the cheap and easy way out, leaving his friends and family with the sad reality that the last thing he did was murder 8 people.

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