Monday, October 21, 2013

Nevada Middle School Terror

Sparks Mayor Geno Martini called it a "tragic day. Without knowing any of the specifics, I call it just a cowardly isolated incident involving selfishness and cruelty. Two boys were shot.  One is doing well and the other is entering surgery. One school staff member is dead.  The suspected shooter, who was a student, is also dead. Renown Regional Hospital lists both minors to be in critical condition.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that the shooter took his own life.  As of this time, Police have yet to confirm the identity of the shooter; nevertheless, the Sparks Middle School in northern Nevada will never be the same.The shooting occurred outside on the school grounds. The middle school and next door Agnes Risley Elementary School were evacuated. 

Gov. Brian Sandoval summed it up for many:  "I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting at Sparks Middle School this morning."

Monday, October 7, 2013

Christopher Jackson Charged But The Dog Goes Free?

Christopher Jackson may have a legal problem that not even the legal eagles can resolve.  This "confused" man was accused of branding his initials into his girlfriend's vagina.   While Jackson professed his innocence, the charging information alleged that he drugged his girlfriend and branded his initials into her vagina while she was unconscious. Christopher Lynn Jackson, the owner of Lawn Tamers, allegedly told his now-ex-girlfriend that he had done this to one or more girlfriends in the past according to the  New Times. Now, all accused are presumed innocent.  Allegedly, Jackson took his girlfriend to a baseball game. After the game, the woman was tired so Jackson allegedly offered her a pill to energize her.   She woke up in Jackson's bed in severe pain, and discovered the presence of branding tools. With the aid of a warrant, a butane torch and branding equipment were subsequently discovered by the police.

In Jackson's defense, the incident allegedly occurred in May, but it apparently was not reported to police until at least a month later. Furthermore, the evidence strongly suggested that the letters "C" and "J" were branded to her vagina; however, that does not necessarily constitute an abbreviation for Christopher Jackson.It could stand for many things, including "Cool Jeans." Alternatively, the J may have been a sloppy I.  Furthermore, the evidence does not necessarily prove the act was done without consent. Nevertheless, Jackson, 49, was charged with aggravated assault with serious physical injury.
Again, Jackson is to be presumed innocent.

Even if guilty, this could have been an isolated misunderstanding.  Unfortunately for C.J., er.. Christopher Jackson, he has been arrested again.  He is now charged with allegedly having sex with a dog. Now, this too could be untrue or perhaps consensual.  Much will depend upon what the video police recovered shows.  (Yes, the police recovered videos that allegedly show Jackson and two women performing sex acts with a German Shepherd.) The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office apparently learned about the alleged bestiality while investigating the branding incident according to the
New Times. Allegedly a 61 year old woman portrayed in the video as orally copulating and having intercourse with the dog has been arrested. A 48 year old woman has also been arrested.

The German Shepherd, which is Jackson's pet, has not been charged. Jackson's bond was set at $30,000 on the bestiality charge.

All suspects are to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Government Takes a Siesta!

Has a political stalemate between congressional republicans and democrats led to the first partial government shutdown in 17 years?  It appears to be so.

As of midnight, the shutdown commenced.  The critical move came after the Senate rejected a House bill that would have temporarily funded the federal government but delayed the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) by one year.Almost immediately, President Obama assured the men and women of the nation's armed forces that they would be paid as usual.  However, more than 800,000 federal employees may be affected by the shutdown.  More importantly, the shutdown may cost the U.S. economy about one billion dollars a week. Surprisingly: however, the stock market remained flat and unimpressed as of the time of this writing. Will the bears appear on the market?  Random interviews on the street showed mostly apathy.

The first effects will be seen at the national parks which will be shut down.  The post office; however, will not be affected as it does not receive federal funds. If it gets bad enough to effect the federal penitentiary system, then public interest may perk up a bit.  In the meantime, there is a lot of hot air being exchanged between Congress and the White House which may negate any progress our nation has made toward reducing global warming. 

The insurance exchange system opened today as planned and those favoring Obama Care seem to not be discouraged by the on line glitches. For those in federal positions, they have a little extra time to play on the computer today any way.

In sum, while the federal employees may take a siesta today, the rest of the nation seems to be conducting business as usual. Unfortunately, neither the rhetoric of Congress nor the warnings of the President are being taken too seriously by the public at this point.