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24 Aug 2006 07:20 pm

I make it a practice to stay away from blogging about child killers or pedophiles because it’s just too heartbreaking but John Mark Karr, the suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case has the cops around our part of the country investigating whether he could have been here in 1995.

That year, six year old, Morgan Nick, a blonde little girl who resembles JonBenet, disappeared at a ballgame in Alma, Arkansas. She’s never been found.

ALMA - The suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case bears an uncanny resemblance to a composite sketch of the man police believe may have abducted 6-year-old Morgan Nick from an Alma ballpark.

Nick disappeared while playing with other children in June of 1995. JonBenet was found murdered in the basement of her Colorado home in December of 1996.

Alma Police Chief Russell White tells KFSM 5 NEWS that his department is investigating to determine whether John Mark Karr, the man arrested yesterday in Thailand for the murder of JonBennet Ramsey, could have been in the area at the time Morgan Nick disappeared.

He cautions, however, that Karr is not a suspect at this time, but that police are extremely interested in learning his whereabouts during summer of 1995.

Check out the link and look at the photos. There is an uncanny resemblance.

Last year ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition built a new home for the mother of Morgan Nick, Colleen and her two surviving children. Colleen Nick runs the Morgan Nick Foundation.

31 May 2006 06:41 am

According to this article Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) said he wants Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to appear “up here to tell us how they reached the conclusion” to conduct the raid, which Sensenbrenner called “profoundly disturbing” on constitutional grounds.

I find it profoundly disturbing that our lawmakers consider themselves above the law.

The Justice Department yesterday vigorously defended the recent weekend raid of Rep. William J. Jefferson’s Capitol Hill office as part of a bribery investigation, asserting that the Democratic lawmaker attempted to hide documents from FBI agents while they were searching his New Orleans home last August.

The government questioned in a 34-page motion filed in U.S. District Court here whether it could have obtained all the materials it had sought in a subpoena if it had not launched the surprise raid on Jefferson’s congressional office May 20. According to the government filing, an FBI agent caught Jefferson slipping documents into a blue bag in the living room of his New Orleans home during a search.

“It is my belief that when Congressman Jefferson placed documents into the blue bag, he was attempting to conceal documents that were relevant to the investigation,” FBI agent Stacey E. Kent of New Orleans stated in an affidavit that was part of the government’s court submission. The document was filed in response to Jefferson’s lawsuit demanding that the government return to him documents seized during the raid on his Capitol Hill office 11 days ago.

Robert P. Trout, Jefferson’s attorney, said he would refrain from commenting pending further review of the government’s documents. Meanwhile, the recent FBI raid spurred new tensions between Congress and the administration, as a House committee chairman vowed to interrogate top Justice Department officials.

Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) said he wants Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to appear “up here to tell us how they reached the conclusion” to conduct the raid, which Sensenbrenner called “profoundly disturbing” on constitutional grounds. The chairman also said that his committee “will be working promptly” to draft legislation that would clearly prohibit wide-ranging searches of lawmakers’ offices by federal officials pursuing criminal cases.

26 May 2006 04:20 pm

I’m glad it was just an airhammer that had the Rayburn Building locked down today but the whole situation had me pretty skeptical from the first.

With Congress doing their best to ignore their constituents wishes, ramming amnesty down our throats and putting themselves above the law …..people like Dennis Hastert, Nancy Pelosi, William Jefferson, and Cynthia McKinney are starting to blend together as one despite their opposing political parties……

So, this morning’s news that gunfire was heard in the Rayburn Building had me thinking that it would be very convenient for congress to be under some kind of threat for several hours only to discover that it was nothing hours later.

Now, that’s apparently what’s happened.

It reminds me of a married woman I used to know who would go out and spend a bunch of money and then when her husband found the bills would fake a fainting spell to distract him and the rest of her family so she wouldn’t have to face the music. It always worked for her too.

I wonder if it’s going to work for Denny Hastert and company?

24 May 2006 06:54 pm

What a response. Sure Dennis Hastert isn’t aware of an FBI investigation of possible corruption. That explains his strange reaction to the the raid of Congressman William Jefferson’s Rayburn office over the weekend and his claim that it violated the separation of powers.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI, which is probing corruption in Congress, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

ABC, citing high level Justice Department sources, said information implicating Hastert was developed from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government.

Part of the investigation involves a letter Hastert wrote three years ago, urging the Secretary of the Interior to block a casino on an Indian reservation that would have competed with those of other tribes.

Hastert’s Press Secretary told ABC in a statement: “We are not aware of this.” Hastert’s spokespeople were not immediately available for comment.

UPDATE: Reuters is reporting that Hastert is not under investigation.

ABC News The Blotter is sticking to the story….sort of.

24 May 2006 07:28 am

Speaker Hastert has never impressed me and now he’s starting to really annoy me. He claims that the raid of Congressman William Jefferson’s Rayburn office over the weekend violated the separation of powers. Does that mean that Hastert believes that congressmen should have a sanctuary from the penalties of law-breaking in Congress? They can hide evidence of bribery? Murder even? Maybe this is why nothing ever came of the investigation into Chandra Levy’s disappearance? Could Gary Condit have hidden all the evidence in his desk drawer?

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) told President Bush yesterday that he is concerned the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) raid on Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-La.) congressional office over the weekend was a direct violation of the Constitution.

Hastert raised concerns that the FBI’s unannounced seizure of congressional documents during a raid of Jefferson’s Rayburn office Saturday night violated the separation of powers between the two branches of government as they are defined by the Constitution.

“The Speaker spoke candidly with the president about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s raid over the weekend,” Hastert spokesman Ron Bonjean said yesterday in confirming his boss’s remarks.

Hastert told reporters yesterday that he understands the reasons for the investigation but objected to the manner in which the raid was conducted.

Denny Hastert seems to have forgotten that he is the Republican leader of the House of Representatives. He is in that position because his party is in the majority. He is doing nothing at all to keep that majority, nor does he seem to care.

I’m not very surprised by anything politicians do anymore but Hastert’s stunt takes the cake. He needs to be voted out of office. He’s useless.

22 May 2006 04:45 pm

Louisiana Cold Cash ……..that sounds like a dish Emeril would think up but, no…it’s all about Louisiana Democrat, Congressman William Jefferson. He kept up to ninety thousand dollars in bribes in a freezer and was caught on videotape “accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from an FBI informant whose conversations with the lawmaker also were recorded, according to a court document released Sunday. Agents later found the cash hidden in his freezer.”

Could he finally be getting his comeuppance?

WASHINGTON (CNN) — FBI agents were on Capitol Hill on Saturday searching the office of Rep. William Jefferson as part of a bribery investigation into the Louisiana Democrat, government officials said.

Agents searched Jefferson’s New Orleans, Louisiana, home in August, but Saturday marked the first time the FBI has ever searched a congressman’s Capitol Hill office, one official said.

The search in the Rayburn Office Building began at 7:15 p.m. and was expected to last several hours, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Weierman said. The affidavit and search warrant are sealed, but a portion would be made public once the search is complete, she said.

Weierman said the search was “in conjunction with an ongoing public corruption investigation.”

The Justice Department has been investigating Jefferson’s involvement in telecommunications deals in Africa and elsewhere. The House Ethics Committee launched an investigation of him last week.

Vernon Jackson of Louisville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty in federal court this month to bribing the congressman with more than $400,000 in payments, company stock and a share of the profits to promote a Kentucky company’s high-tech business ventures in Africa. (Full story)

The cloud over Jefferson comes as Democratic leaders have been attacking what they call a “culture of corruption” surrounding the Republican leadership in Congress.

Jefferson held a news conference today. Sadly, I missed it. But Mary Katharine Ham has the goods at Hugh Hewitt’s.

Here is one interesting item………

Jefferson mentioned that the FBI searched his office, calling it an “outrageous intrusion.”

No, my husband actually entering my kitchen with the intention of doing the dishes is an outrageous intrusion (he rinses all the plates and cups, stacking them up like Lincoln Logs on the kitchen counter, then he annouces that he has “Done the Dishes.”)

The FBI searching the congressional office of Rep. William Jefferson simply means they are doing their job.

02 Mar 2006 09:05 am

The Daily Oklahoman is reporting that a Norman bomb expert believes Joel Hinrichs did not intend to commit suicide when he was killed in an explosion on Oct. 1 less than 200 yards from a football stadium packed with more than 80,000 people.

“I believe he accidentally blew himself up,” Sgt. George Mauldin said.

Mauldin said Hinrichs, 21, an engineering student, had two to three pounds of triacetone triperoxide, commonly known as TATP, in a backpack in his lap when it exploded Oct. 1.

When asked if he believed Hinrichs meant to enter the stadium with the explosives, Mauldin replied, “I don’t believe he intended for an explosion to occur at that spot (on the park bench).”

Reasonable people can disagree but it’s just not logical to me that Hinrich blew himself to bits because he was suicidal. It makes more sense that he accidentally set off the bomb as he sat on the park bench 173 yards from the OU stadium during the second quarter of OU’s night game against Kansas State.

It’s an unusual way to commit suicide. Really unusual.

Let’s put it this way….

I don’t have 2 to 3 pounds of TATP in my house, Hinrichs did.

My roommate is my husband and he is an American. Joel Hinrich’s roommate was a Pakistani who, incidentally had a ticket to ride to Algeria.

I haven’t been shopping for a “large quantity of ammonium nitrate”…like…..ever. Joel Hinrich did.

I drive by an Islamic Center on the way to work. Joel Hinrich was known to attend one.

I don’t have Jihadist literature in my house but Hinrich apparently did.

If there is a big OU football game going on I will be found packed inside the stadium with the other eighty thousand fans watching it …….not sitting on a bench fiddling with my backpack.

Mark Tapscott has many more reasonable cogitations.

28 Jan 2006 06:22 pm

From Mark Tapscott’s blog we have this news about the probe of the “suicide by bomb” of University of OKlahoma student,Joel Hinrichs last September.

Justice Department Denies Hinrichs FOIA, Says Probe is “Ongoing” in Non-Terrorist-Related Suicide.

Hmm. Mark Tapscott’s FOIA request was denied?

It’s now the end of January, virtually four months after Hinrichs was declared a suicide with no terrorist ties. Yet in a Jan. 25, 2006, letter denying my Freedom of Information Act request for all documents referencing Hinrichs, a Justice Department official says the requested documents cannot be released because the government’s investigation is still open and “release of this information could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.”

Interfere with enforcement proceedings? Hmm. Enforcement of what or whom?

I think this tells us something. What it’s tells us I don’t know. The investigation continues I think. Mark Tapscott is bothered that the government won’t release the information but there has to be a reason. It could be benign but I doubt it. I think there are enough hints in the denial letter.

29 Nov 2005 07:35 pm

NORMAN, Okla. — A medical examiner’s report confirmed on Tuesday that the person killed in the OU campus bombing on Oct. 1 was Joel Henry Hinrichs.
Hinrichs blew himself up during a Sooners football game.


The medical examiner’s report not only confirmed Hinrichs’ identity, it said that Hinrichs had over-the-counter cold medicine in his system at the time of the blast. However, the examiner said it wasn’t enough to have influenced his behavior.

Courtesy of Michelle Malkin…………… who has much more about the unresolved case of Joel Henry Hinrichs.

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