Saturday, March 10, 2012

Rush to judgment, the strange death of Andrew Breitbart, the assassination of RFK -- and more.

Iran: Is there any "hard evidence" that Iran is building nuclear weapons? No, there is not.
Although all 16 U.S. secret state intelligence agencies confirmed, again, that "Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program years earlier," reaffirming the "consensus view" of not one, but two National Intelligence Estimates The New York Times reported last week, the march towards war continues.
Sarah Palin says that Obama has brought us back to where we were before the civil war. She's right. Before the civil war, nobody regulated Wall Street. Before the civil war, if you lost your house, you were on your own. Before the civil war, wages were kept miserably low and a tiny elite controlled the economy.

Rush to judgment: Gloria Allred wonders if the latest Limbaugh scandal can lead to a lawsuit. After all, he used the words "slut" and "prostitute" to describe a woman who, as far as we know, is nothing of the kind. Is speech of that sort protected? Even in these debauched times, certain extreme types of verbiage should (in my opinion) be considered out of bounds.

Interestingly, Allred is talking about a possible criminal case, not a personal libel suit. Limbaugh, who broadcasts out of Florida, may have violated Section 836.04 of the Florida Code:
The statute stipulates that anyone who “speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity” is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Isn't that law sexist? What about men who are falsely accused of a want of chastity? If the law were rendered gender-neutral, would Floridians be allowed to say "Rush Limbaugh can blow me"?

Breitbart: Alternet suggests that substance abuse played a role in the man's death.
A commenter on an addiction site noted that Breitbart’s enraged appearances reminded him of his own behavior after an extended cocaine binge. “You can’t summon up that kind of insane rage naturally," he said. "No one can be so angry all the time.”
I dunno. Some people are just born rage-junkies. At any rate, here's the closest thing to evidence on offer:
A source close to the blogger told The Fix on condition of anonymity that he'd done cocaine with Breitbart as recently as last October. On the day after his death, Anthony Cumia, of the radio show "Opie and Anthony," said of Breitbart, “I went out drinking with him, and boy, can he party.” “He liked to stay awake," added Anthony. "That’s all I’ll say.” Other friends maintain that Breitbart regularly took high doses of Adderall and other stimulants to counteract his lifelong ADD. (Both cocaine and Adderall, an amphetamine, can increase the risk of a heart attack. The FDA even warns that Adderall can cause “sudden death in patients with heart problems or heart defects.”)

Asked about these allegations, many of Breitbart’s associates firmly deny that he was using drugs in the time period leading up to his death.
In the absence of hard science pointing toward drug abuse, I'll have to take at face value the word of those who say that the guy was clean. It's fair to say, though, that Breitbart sometimes acted like he was on drugs.

Spying on OWS: Wikileaks has gotten hold of a report affirming that the Department of Homeland Security was eavesdropping on the protesters.
The DHS report found financial services sectors had been the “focal point of the OWS movement, with protesters holding protests and camping out” in financial districts.
Brilliant work, Sherlock. How on earth do you do it?

RFK: Believe it or not, the case may get re-opened.
Lawyers for convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan claim their client did not fire any of the gunshots that struck the presidential candidate in 1968. And in their latest federal court filing, they also rule out another man some have considered a suspect -- a private security guard named Thane Eugene Cesar, who was escorting Kennedy at the time he was shot.

Attorneys William Pepper and Laurie Dusek insist someone other than their client, Sirhan, fatally shot Kennedy. They now say the real killer was not Cesar, a part-time uniformed officer long suspected by some conspiracy theorists of playing a sinister role in the senator's murder.
It wasn't Cesar. I happen to know (even though the facts have not been formally published) that his long-lost 22 caliber pistol, long suspected to be the real murder weapon, was rediscovered in the late 1990s. (It had been thrown into a lake.) The weapon was examined by an expert chosen by conspiracy researcher Ted Charach, and was found to be different from the gun that fired the fatal bullets.

That said, Cesar is indeed a strange fellow -- an extreme right-winger who was somehow picked (by a private security firm) to protect a liberal candidate whom he (Cesar) detested.

At least one witness has spoken of seeing a firearm's flash in a rolled-up poster. I don't know if that claim has been published, and I certainly don't know if it is accurate. But I have been told that one person who was on the scene has made that assertion.
Pepper and his co-counsel also allege fraud was committed at Sirhan's 1969 trial when prosecutors allowed substitute bullets to be admitted as evidence in place of the real bullets removed from Kennedy's neck and shooting survivor Ira Goldstein's hip.
As of the late 1990s, Ira still had the tweed sports coat he wore that evening -- with a small hole in the tail. I've seen it. (No, Ira is not the guy who claimed to have seen a flash in a rolled-up poster.)

Here's another story that you probably have not seen in print (although a slightly garbled version appears here). Directly after the shooting, Ira Goldstein (wounded himself) ran up to the dying RFK and asked: "How is he? How's the senator"? Ethel Kennedy screamed "How dare you say that?" and slapped him. It turns out that she mis-heard Goldstein; she thought that he had said "How's the sunvabitch?" The misunderstanding was soon cleared up and apologies made.

For previous Cannonfire stories on the assassination, go here.

At the other end of that link, you will see why I think William Pepper should contact Lea Purwin D'Agostino, the Deputy D.A. who prosecuted John Landis in the "Twilight Zone" case. He should also talk to director Richard Donner and to a fellow named Peter Bren -- who, if memory serves, became a restauranteur.


stickler said...

Regarding Breitbart: was an autopsy performed, and are the results available?

Anonymous said...

I remember from law school that a statement accusing someone of immoral acts is libel/slander per se. Malice/damage does not have to be proven. Truth is a defense...if the statement is true, it's not slander.

You're right about the Florida statute being sexist...but I wonder if its original intention had anything to do with protecting the property rights of husbands and fathers.

Mr. Mike said...

I heard about the GOP-tards going ballistic over the use of an outdated law to go after Rush and had to laugh. It's something out of their play book.

stickler@7:47 Yes and tox screen samples were taken, the results will be seen in 4 to 6 weeks. That waiting period has the fanatics up in full howl because they see it as proof of foul play because by then everybody will have forgot who Bitebart was.

Andy Tyme said...

Were Gloria Alred's proposed criminal case against Limbaugh to actually be prosecuted, the state would have the "burden of proof" of convincing the jury that the lady in question WAS actually a "chaste" individual who was falsely accused of being otherwise. Yet this previously unknown, unmarried woman became a person of notoriety by publicly complaining to Congress about having to foot the bill for her own birth control expenses.

CambridgeKnitter said...

Mr. Tyme, it is obvious that you neither heard nor read her actual testimony. Not only did she not talk about wanting birth control pills for herself, but she did not say anything about her own behavior. She did talk about the non-birth-control-related medical needs of her fellow students. She also pointed out that the students themselves pay the full premiums for the insurance; neither the university nor anyone else subsidizes them, yet the university dictates what coverage they will receive. See for yourself:

Anonymous said...

Wonder if you've seen the photographs alleged to be of two top CIA covert operators in the audience or in the lobby of the hotel, and if so, your take on that fact/factoid?


Joseph Cannon said...

"Wonder if you've seen the photographs alleged to be of two top CIA covert operators in the audience or in the lobby of the hotel..."

Red herring. Those were other guys.

The information came from retired JMWave participant Bradley Ayers, whom I knew about well before you ever heard of him, and whom I never trusted. British film-maker Shane O'Sullivan believed Ayers at first but later uncovered evidence disproving the identifications.

Watch O'Sullivan's film, if you don't believe me.

Tony Ryals said...

And yet another unexplained death or murder mystery :

WTC,9/11,Barry Jennings Mystery

Also the NTU or National Taxpayers Union president John Berthoud who replaced James Dale Davidson of Agora Inc and no doubt knew about his and hid Beltway and international cronies' myriad stock frauds and money laundering ops with CIA and international criminals from the UK to Israel and beyond.:
2 Oct 2007

Pete Sepp, Vice President for Communications, shared his surprise, "John Berthoud's death today was as sudden as it was shocking and saddening to all who knew him. His colleagues found him in peace at his home today. All of our staff, just ...

Also Agora Inc of Baltimore and James Dale Davidson and Bill Bonner and Porter Stansberry employee Rey Rivera, who was also found 'in peace' or in pieces after his 14 foot fall from Belvedere Hotel Baltimore,(whose video surveillence cameras just happened to be on vacation that day), in 2006 shortly after his name was used by Stansberry on their fraudulant Rebound Report penny stock mail and internet fraud op,one of hundreds or thousands of their fraudulant stock shares money laundering scams against Americans.:

Agora Inc.,CIA Money Launderer,Murder Suspect Porter Stansberry and Alex Jones
by Tony Ryals

From the desk of Porter Stansberry:

When my best friend, Rey Rivera, disappeared last year, we had to find his car (and then his .... Porter Stansberry Baltimore, Maryland
December 21, 2006 ...

Tony Ryals said...

Speaking of the Robert Kennedy assasination,I had an RFK assassination flashback a few years ago when Santa Monica attorney Francis Pizzulli, who defended the Pakistani with the camera alledged to be a suspect and won a bundle for him in the California Suipreme Court,turned up involved in the Endovasc penny stock fraud that ripped me off.He coincidentally got a legal settlement with David P Summers and Endovasc to give him more Endovasc fraudulent shares to sale or dump on investors exactly when he was defending American torturor in Afhanistan, Jack Idema,(who died of AIDS in Mexicio this year),exactly at the time he took that case.
I have suspected ever since then that money stolen from me,in part,was used to also defend and protect the torturor Idema as well and the U.S. government knew this!
And the very SF attorney,Joshua Ridless who I paid to get me a copy of the Pizzulli-Endovasc settlement in fact claimed he 'lost it' after charging me to retrieve it from Loa Angeles court records !Attorney Ridless later was involved in a stock pump and dump scam of Image Entertainment.

California Attorneys Joshua Ridless, Francis Pizzulli,Robert F Kennedy Assassination,Afghhan Torture and Penny Stock Fraud,Money Laundering
author: Tony Ryals
And now I discover that Santa Monica,California attorney Pizzulli,the penny stock scoundrel and defender of torturer and Middle East money launderer Jack Idema,(through Moslem 'hawala channels and possibly through attorney Pizzulli's own underworld U.S. penny stock connections),- was also instrumental in using the California Supreme Court to suppress investigation into the assassination of Robert F Kennedy as well !


U.S.SEC Cyber Czar John Reed Stark,Steve Honig, Joshua A Ridless,Image Entertainment Pump
and Dump :