Saturday Reads: Steubenville News, Democrats’ Latest Cave, Plus Villager Snits and Fits


Good Morning!!

There is some news coming out of Steubenville, Ohio in the buildup to the the grand jury investigation, which begins hearing from witnesses on Tuesday.

From The Columbus Dispatch: School, other sites searched in wider Steubenville rape probe

Police officers and investigators yesterday were searching the eastern Ohio high school attended by two football players who raped a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party last summer, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

Searches also took place at Vestige Ltd., a digital-evidence company in northeastern Ohio, and the offices of the Steubenville school board in addition to Steubenville High School, DeWine said. The searches are part of an attempt to learn whether other laws were broken in connection with the rape.

“What I hope people will believe when we’re done is that we did everything we could to find the truth and that justice was done,” DeWine said in an interview. “What you’re seeing today is just part of that effort.”

Using warrants, police officers and investigators began the searches about 2 p.m. and possibly would work into the night, DeWine said. There was no immediate word on what the searches turned up…

Judges sealed investigators’ requests for the search warrants at the request of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, ruling that disclosing them “would be detrimental to the ongoing criminal investigation,” according to the judges’ orders.

Investigators leaving Steubenville High School on Thursday with documents, servers, and computers (Atlantic Wire)

Investigators leaving Steubenville High School on Thursday with documents, servers, and computers (Atlantic Wire)

The Atlantic Wire asks: What Is Steubenville Still Hiding?

Toward the end of the school day Thursday, more than eight months after a Steubenville Big Red pre-season game turned into a serious of house parties and a series of attacks on a 16-year-old girl, local police and investigators showed up — as if out of nowhere — at Steubenville High. They stayed on campus into the night, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told the Associated Press, executing search warrants that were either new or unheard of — and certainly fascinating. “Steubenville Police assisted the Attorney General in the search warrants,” said William McCafferty,  the local police chief who “begged” for evidence when the initial crime was reported. Officials for Steubenville city schools, who have been publicly silent (save for one brief statement) since that fateful August night that brought a social media and judicial storm upon the Ohio town, confirmed the search in a a statement released Friday reading in part that “we have been from the beginning and are continuing to fully cooperate with the authorities in this investigation.”

But this is a new investigation, and this week’s search appears to have an urgency of its own, as DeWine’s grand jury prepares to convene on Tuesday. The attorney general said the searches at Steubenville city schools were “just part of that effort” — an effort he announced after two Steubenville High students and football players, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, were found guilty of rape. “We cannot bring finality to this matter without the convening of a grand jury,” DeWine said at the time. “I anticipate numerous witnesses will be called. The grand jury, quite frankly, could meet for a number of days.”

Grand juries, by their nature, are conducted in secret, and the warrants executed on Thursday remain sealed — and so it remains unclear whether investigators were searching computers, paperwork, or physical evidence. DeWine has said the grand jury will be looking for, among other things, at the crimes of failure to report a felony, tampering with evidence. DeWine explained that “indictments could be returned and additional charges could be filed” in light of the jury, the nine members of which were seated last week but will begin hearing testimony and reviewing evidence on April 30. He alsocalled the grand jury “a very good investigative tool as well as a very deliberative body,” which makes the timing of the school search all the more interesting.

It sounds like this could get interesting. Personally, I’m hoping Coach Reno Saccoccia gets his comeuppance.

Yesterday, Democrats in Congress once again allowed Republicans to treat them like doormats when they voted to ease sequestration “pain” for the mostly wealthy frequent flyers.

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Sunday Reads: Missiles, Boehners, Blood Suckers and SNAP

Good Morning!

This is Sunday, April 29th…the last Sunday in April. What a whirlwind of a month!

Today is also my mother’s birthday, so if you would just let me take a moment to say, “Happy Birthday Ma!”

I have lots of links for you this morning, some are serious…some are funny…and some are just ridiculous!

We will go ahead and get the serious ones out-of-the-way first. Yesterday was the big White House Correspondents Dinner, here are some choice bits for you to check out…it looks like it was a good one.

President Obama on Palin: What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? ‘A pit bull is delicious’

Now that is a funny joke…if you would like to see Obama’s stand-up in full:

One from The Associated Press: Romney, Secret Service, GOP: Obama mocks them all

Another from CNN: TRENDING: 2012 race makes fodder for Obama, Kimmel

And one last link for you about the WHCD: Lindsay Lohan Would Rather Take a Nap than Meet the President. The only reason I mention this Jezebel article is because it gives me the opportunity to say that Lindsay Lohan should not play Elizabeth Taylor! That’s for dang sure!

From Addicting Info, two links:

Rape Away The Gay? Radio Personality Tells Father To Get A Man To Rape His Daughter Until She Turns Straight

A radio personality in Cleveland is facing tremendous backlash after telling a father that he should get one of his male friends to rape his daughter to force her to turn straight.

In response to an email from a father who suspected his daughter was gay after discovering her kissing another girl, DJ Dominic Deiter declared on the air that “You should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight.”

You read that correctly. An apparently anti-gay radio personality told a father that he should arrange for his daughter to be raped repeatedly until she magically turns straight.

And what radio network is responsible for such a revolting disc jockey? Take a guess…

After the disgusting remark, GLAAD received multiple reports about the incident, which was said during ‘Rover’s Morning Glory’ radio program that airs on WWMS 100.7 FM radio station on Clear Channel Communications, which includes radio shows hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and several other right-wing radio shows. Clear Channel is also owned primarily by Bain Capital, the company that Mitt Romney began and is still involved with.

Yup, it makes me think of the perfect response…

The other link from Addicting Info, I will not post the photo, but if you click the link you can see it. Warning…it is graphic. Native American Blind Man Mutilated By Staff At Rapid City Hospital

As a country we have been mesmerized, sickened and disgusted by the shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. All eyes have been on this hate crime and emotions on both sides of the issue have run high.

But there are other stories out there, not so well publicized by the mainstream media. The most recent to come to light is the shocking mutilation of a 68-year-old blind man. His crime, it seems, is being a Native American living in South Dakota.

Vernon Traversie, a Lakota elder, suffered a heart attack last August and was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital for emergency surgery. Upon his return home after a two-week stay, he found that three Ks had been carved or burned into his abdomen.

I know that was difficult to read, but I felt I should bring it to your attention. More information about this hateful mutilation at the link.

More news reads after the jump:

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Late Night Laughs: Trump booed at WHCD

WHCD red carpet: THE DONALD

Tonight is the WH correspondents’ dinner.

via the NYT Caucus blog’s live coverage:

Donald Trump, who just arrived at the White House Correspondents Dinner, was booed while walking the red carpet. #WHCD#NerdPromstableford2 hours ago

Obama’s speaking right now… says tonight he’s going to release his birth video….

He played Lion King Circle of Life.

“I want to make clear to the Fox News channel. That was a joke.” — Obama


Earlier… Powell and Albright share a moment:

Best pix WWR ever took at #nerdprom. WWR was chatting w/Colin Powell when another Secretary of State… WestWingReport 3 hours ago

Also, here’s some more theater of the absurd from this week… Fake Obama v. Real Ron Paul on Stossel’s Fox show (h/t Stacy):