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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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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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