Raleigh, NC toddler missing on Christmas Eve …
An AMBER ALERT has been issued for 2 year old Tristan Blue, who has been missing since Wednesday morning, December 23, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tristan was last seen Wednesday morning around 7:45 by his father at his home at the Arbor Creek Apartments off of Buck Jones Road in the 5400 block of Portree Place. The Amber Alert was issued for Tristan late Wednesday afternoon after he was reported missing at 1:15 p.m. Police initially said they believed the child may have wandered outside. The ground search for the boy was called off due to darkness, and will resume Thursday morning.
- light-complected black male
- 3 feet tall and weighing about 35 pounds
- 1-inch-long black hair and a faded scratch on his forehead.
- Last seen wearing a Batman shirt and black and gray sweatpants. It’s believed he may have had on a pair of yellow and gray sneakers. He also had a blanket with him.
Tristan Blue, a 2-year-10-month old male, was last seen at his home around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday by his father at his home at the Arbor Creek Apartments off of Buck Jones Road. Police initially said they believed the child may have wandered outside.
Tristan is described as 3 feet tall and weighing about 35 pounds. He is a light-complected black male with 1-inch-long black hair and a faded scratch on his forehead.
When last seen, he was wearing a Batman shirt and black and gray sweatpants. It’s believed he may have had on a pair of yellow and gray sneakers. He also had a blanket with him.
An Amber Alert was issued for Tristan late Wednesday afternoon after he was reported missing at 1:15 p.m.
If anyone as seen or has any information regarding the whereabouts of Tristan Blue, please call 911 or the Raleigh Police Department’s tip line at 919-834-4357.
Berkeley, MO Police Release Surveillance VIDEO Moments Before Shooting … Shows Teen Pointing Gun at Police Officer
I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, IF YOU POINT A GUN AT A POLICE OFFICER, YOU CAN EXPECT THE WORSE. SUB-TITLED, SOME TIMES A THUG JUST ASKS TO BE KILLED.
As previously mentioned when first reporting on last nights white police officer shooting of a black male in Berkeley, MO, there would most certainly be some sort of surveillance video available as the shooting occurred at a gas station. Sure enough there was and the police have released the VIDEO that shows that 18 year old Antonio Martin pointed a gun at the police car. What else was a police officer to do, not shoot? Let’s get this straight America, to all those no matter what color you are, black, brown, white, pink, purple or beige, you point a gun at a police officer, there is a 99.9% chance you will be shot dead. Thus was the case last night in Berkeley, Missouri. The police officer shooting of an ignorant thug, who was stupid enough to point a gun at law enforcement is only a story because of race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jessee Jackson and race-agitators like President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. In days gone by, an individual pointing a gun at a cop and in turn being shot dead in response would have made the back pages of the police blotter. However, in today’s society where community agitators are now presidents and mayors, all police are racist and it must be racism why a white cop would shot and kill a black male.
“The Berkeley police officer exited his vehicle and approached the subjects when one of the men pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer,” the county police department, which is leading the investigation, said in a statement. “Fearing for his life, the Berkeley officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him. The second subject fled the scene.”
Police released surveillance tape that showed the police car pulling into the gas station parking lot. The officer appeared to get out of the car, turn on his flashlight and speak for several seconds with two people.
The video was taken from a distance but the episode did not appear to turn confrontational until one of the men turned away, reached down and then turned back to face the officer, appearing to point his arm straight out. The police said the man was holding a 9 mm handgun. At that point, the video stops; the shooting itself is not shown.
Hmm, no gun eh? Just another “Gentle Giant” I guess. I guess some one would need to explain why the video shows the 18 year old point a gun and why a 9mm handgun was found at the crime scene with the serial number files off. I am guessing that he did not have a permit for it. What is Rev. Al and his ilk going to claim on this one, the white police officer shot and killed the armed teen before he had a chance to shoot? The 18 year old, with the criminal past, didn’t intend to shoot, he was just representing.
Evidence #5 – The 9 mm that the deceased mom claimed he did not have
Investigators recovered a 9mm handgun at the scene. The weapon was “defaced,” meaning the serial number was unreadable. Belmar suspects the serial number was intentionally removed.
The 18-year-old had a criminal record, including arrests for armed robbery, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon, and was known to local police departments, Belmar said.
Meanwhile, the officer involved in the shooting, a six-year veteran of the Berkeley police force, has been placed on administrative leave.
“He will carry the weight of this for the rest of his life, certainly for the rest of his career,” Belmar said of the officer. “So there are no winners here.”
I am going to go out on a limb and say that this will not even be presented to the grand jury, which will probably still cause riots and protests.
TOP 10 AP Sports Stories of 2014 … NFL Domestic Violence #1 … However, They Missed a Few, Including #22 Lauren Hill
AP has released their TOP 10 stories of 2014. Some I would agree with; however, I think they missed a few glaring oversights, in favor of the cause-celeb issues of the day. At least in the mind of the media and not the common sports fan. AP made the NFL domestic violence issues their top story, which sadly, I do agree with. Although, it is not like domestic violence is something new to the NFL. It has been around for decades, it has just been swept under the carpet, much like the steroids and concussion issues.
Does anyone notice a glaring omission from AP’s stories below? With all the clamor about the Washington Redskin’s and their offense name, how come that one was no where to be found?
1. NFL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice knocked his now-wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator Feb. 15, but it wasn’t until July 24 that domestic violence cases spiraled into a crisis roiling the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for just two games, which drew widespread derision. More than a month passed before Goodell admitted he “didn’t get it right” and announced harsher sanctions for future domestic violence offenses.
But the NFL’s problems were only beginning. On Sept. 8, TMZ Sports released video from inside the elevator that showed Rice punching his then-fiancee; the Ravens responded by releasing him and Goodell suspended him indefinitely. And on Sept. 12, one of the league’s biggest stars, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, was indicted on felony child abuse charges for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. The Vikings initially planned to play him just over a week later, reversing course only after the ensuing uproar. [editors note: looks like AP forgot Carolina Panther's DE Greg Hardy, Arizona Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer, and San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald who was just released by the 49ers after another allegation of domestic violence.
The year ends with Rice reinstated by an arbitrator but without a team and Peterson suspended and suing the NFL. Chastened by those and other cases, the league is pushing a new personal conduct policy, but the players' union is balking at Goodell's role in the disciplinary process.
2. CLIPPERS' STERLING BANNED
3. LEBRON GOES HOME:
4. FIRSTS FOR GAY ATHLETES - [editors note: not sure if this story gets top 10, not because of not being important, more so because Michael Sam never made a starting roster and was eventually cut from the Ram's practice squad and never resigned by another team].
5. GIANTS WIN WORLD SERIES
6. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAYS OFF – [editors note: This was a huge story for college football; however, it will soon be changed to 8 teams and not 4.]
7. TONY STEWART:
8. WORLD CUP:
9. SEAHAWKS WIN SUPER BOWL – [editors note: Once again QB Peyton Manning choked in the big game as the Legion of Boom and Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos 43-8. I am not even sure if the game was that close. The score was 36-0 before Broncos decided to score a meaningless TD.]
10. SOCHI OLYMPICS:
Many of the above stories were covered by Scared Monkeys, I think a couple should be added that are glaring commissions from AP’s top 10.
All my life I have been a Boston Red Sox fan and have hated the vile NY Yankees, but I will be the first to admit that the retirement of Derek Jeter should have easily been in the top 10. What about the NCAA College basketball center of the universe being located in Storrs, Connecticut? In 2014 the UCONN Huskies Men’s and Women’s teams were proved they were both “Best in Show” as they won National Championships. The men for the 4th time as the #7 seed University of Connecticut Huskies defeat the #8 seed Kentucky Wildcats, 60-54. Then, the following night, Geno Auriemma’s (40-0) Lady Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 for their 9th title. This accomplishment had only happened one time before in D1, by the UCONN Huskies in 2004.
Maybe the best sports story of 2014 and maybe the most inspirational of 2014, which was completely missed by all sports pundits, is the story of freshman forward Lauren Hill of the Division III Mount St. Josephs. Lauren is dying of inoperable brain cancer. It is a story that will touch your heart. I will write more about this in a separate post as it is my #1 story of 2014 in a year that had so many negative ones.
Violent Protests Break Out in Berkeley, MO After White Police Officer Shoots and Kills Black Male Near Ferguson (Male Killed ID’d as 18 Year Old Antonio Martin)
FOLKS, WHAT PART DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND … IF YOU POINT A GUN, REAL, FAKE OR WHATEVER, AT A POLICE OFFICER AND YOU WILL BE SHOT DEAD.
White police officer shoots and kills
unarmed armed black male. Riots broke out last night around 11 pm in Berkeley, Missouri after a police officer shot and killed a black man at the gas station in the 6800 block of N. Hanley Road in Berkeley. According to reports, the suspect allegedly pointed a gun at police. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the Berkeley shooting victim was black and the officer white. Berkeley is about 2 miles from Ferguson, Missouri. Needless to say, the shooting incident sparked riots from the community.
A crowd of about 200-300 people gathered outside of a gas station in north St. Louis County overnight after a Berkeley police officer shot and killed an armed 18-year-old.
According to Sgt. Brian Schellman, a spokesman with the St. Louis County Police Department, the shooting took place at 11:15 p.m. at the Mobil station in the 6800 block of N. Hanley Road.
The officer was responding to a reported theft at the gas station when he noticed two young men along the side of the building. As the officer walked toward the front door, one of those men pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the officer, Schellman said.
The officer opened fire, striking the armed man, who died at the scene. The second man ran off.
The incident is reported by the St. Louis County Police Facebook page:
The St. Louis County Police Department is conducting an investigation into a shooting death involving a Berkeley, Missouri police officer.
At approximately 11:15 PM on December 23, 2014, a police officer with the City of Berkeley was conducting a routine business check at the Mobile Gas Station located at 6800 N. Hanley when he observed two male subjects on the side of the building.
The Berkeley Police Officer exited his vehicle and approached the subjects when one of the men pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer. Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him. The second subject fled the scene.
The Berkeley Police Department requested the St. Louis County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit to handle the investigation. St. Louis County Police Detectives have recovered the deceased subject’s handgun at the scene.
At this time, we cannot confirm the identity of the deceased subject. The investigation is on-going and further details will be provided as the investigation proceeds.
Once again we are presented a picture of an innocent teen, who would never hurt anyone and whose mother said did not even own a gun. Other so-called witnesses on the scene claim he was running away from the police officers. We have heard this song and dance before. It is certain that the gas station had video surveillance so I am sure we will know whether or not the deceased had a gun or not and how it all went down. Get ready for Hands, Part Deux.
An 18-year-old male held a gun “straight out” at a Berkeley, Missouri, police officer before that officer fired “what we think … were three shots,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Thursday. The man — who died after being shot by the officer — is not believed to have fired any shots himself, according to Belmar.
After the officer left his squad car, one of the pair pointed a gun at the officer, who fired multiple times at him, killing him, Schellman said. The second person fled, police said.
The slain man was Antonio Martin, an 18-year-old African-American, his family told CNN.
Police say the officer, whose name wasn’t immediately released, shot in self-defense.
Police said they did not know who the second person was, but they called him a “person of interest” and asked for the public’s help to find him.
They said two bystanders on the Mobil parking lot were witnesses.
At a news conference later Wednesday morning, Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins said, “You can’t compare this to Ferguson or the Garner case in New York.” He said the videotape showed the suspect pointing a gun at the officer. He said the city would conduct its own complete investigation, separate from the St. Louis County Police investigation.
“Our overall goal is to project the truth to residents,” Hoskins said.
Among the department’s 31 officers, the mayor said, 17 or 18 are African-American. About 75 percent of the command staff are black, in addition to the mayor, police chief and other city officials, Hoskins added.
“At this point, our review indicates that the police did not initiate this, like Ferguson,” Hoskins said.
- Two unarmed men mugged Rahm’s teenage son right in front of their Chicago home, giving him a fat lip and a broken tooth
Daily Commentary – Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Download
90 year old, former president George H.W. Bush was hospitalized overnight at the Houston Methodist Hospital after experiencing shortness of breath. A statement from the 41st president of the United State’s office said that the elder Bush was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized on Tuesday evening after experiencing what a spokesman called a “shortness of breath.”
Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital Tuesday evening as a precaution. The former president will remain there under observation.
In late 2012, he was admitted to the hospital with a bronchitis-related cough. Bush was released Nov. 19 but returned the day after Thanksgiving with a persistent cough. He was later admitted to intensive care with a stubborn fever. Bush spent that Christmas at the hospital, only leaving intensive care on Dec. 30.
Presidential spokesman Eric Schultz issued a statement on behalf of Barack Obama: “The President has been made aware that President Bush was admitted to the hospital. President Obama and the First Lady send their good wishes to the former President and the entire Bush family during this holiday season.” I guess Obama was too busy to interrupt his vacation and golfing to make a statement himself.
Bill O’Reilly Calls for “Incompetent” New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio to Resign from Office … He Has Disgraced the Office of the Mayor of NYC
Last night on the O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly called for the resignation of NYC Mayor Bill de Blazio.
“You have a mayor that comes in, a man named Bill de Blasio. He is a far left individual, who is incompetent. He cannot run the city of New York.”
Greg Gutfeld guest-hosted “The Factor” tonight, but Bill O’Reilly could not stay silent about the brutal murder of two NYPD officers. O’Reilly called in to the show to share his thoughts on the tragic situation and to call for the resignation of “incompetent” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“You have a mayor that comes in, a man named Bill de Blasio. He is a far left individual, who is incompetent,” O’Reilly said. “He cannot run the city of New York.”
O’Reilly said that the suspect in the murder of the two officers, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, was using the grand jury decisions in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner as an excuse, not as a mission.
“Everybody should know this is a terrible individual. And I hope he’s enjoying hell right now,” O’Reilly stated, adding that there are millions of people like Brinsley running around, because our society does not hold them accountable.
O’Reilly made it clear, however, that no one else has blood on their hands for the murder of the NYPD cops, just Brinsley.
“Aiding and abetting Brinsley and other maniacs? Those protesters who yelled ‘we want dead cops.’ Everybody heard it. Those people should be shunned. If you know them, never speak to them again.”
As for Mayor de Blasio, O’Reilly said that he’s been anti-police his whole career.
“Who’s his best friend? Al Sharpton. Al Sharpton. A racial provocateur and anti-cop individual is de Blasio’s best friend. That says it all,” “The Factor” host stated.
Al Sharpton Says He’s the Victim of Death Threats During press conference Following Murders of Two NYPD Officers
PATHETIC LIBERAL, RACE BAITER: HEY AL, YOU CLAIM TO BE A REVEREND … YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.
Al Sharpton, after inciting not so peaceful protests and fanning the flames of racism for months following the grand jury decision’s not to indict police officers in Ferguson, Missouri and Brooklyn, NY in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, it reached critical mass as two on duty police officers where shot and killed at point blank range as they sat in their police car, now claims to be the victim. How typical of this parasite. Sharpton helped create the atmosphere that lead to mob rule, disrespect against police officers and ultimately to the murder of NYPD officers, Wenjian Lu and Rafael Ramos. Because of Sharpton’s actions, there have been protesters chanting death to cops. Because of his lies of racism, the police have become marked men. Now that the racism keg has ignited, Sharpton whines that he is getting death threats. Are you kidding me.
After the justice process took place in Ferguson, MO and the grand jury decided not to indict, race-baiter Al Sharpton said the following, “You won the first round, Mr. Prosecutor, but don’t take your gloves off. Justice will come to Ferguson.” What was Sharpton’s definition of justice, revenge, the death of a police officer, what?
Like a typical race-baiting, liberal, now Al wants to play the victim after his rhetoric causes things to get way out of control. Own it Al!
Al Sharpton inspired protests in NYC … “What do we want, Dead Cops. When do we want it, NOW!”
Al Sharpton said Sunday that he’s been the victim of racist and violent death threats following the execution-style killings of two NYPD officers.
Critics have accused the reverend and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of stoking racial and anti-police tensions in the aftermath of the police-involved death of Eric Garner.
Mr. Sharpton, appearing before reporters alongside Garner’s wife and mother, said he has received threats since NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down Saturday afternoon as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, the New York Post reported.
The reverend played an expletive-filled voicemail over live television that purported to show someone saying, “Hey [n-word], stop killing innocent people, I’m going to get you!” the Post reported.
“I have several like this,” Mr. Sharpton said, the Staten Island Advance reported. “We are now under intense threat from those that are misguided, by those that are trying to blame everyone from civil rights leaders to the mayor rather than deal with an ugly spirit that all of us need to fight.”
Al Sharpton helped light the fuse that lead to the chaos and death of two NYPD officers and now he wants to file an insurance claim on the building that he aided in the arson. UNREAL.
The civil rights leader condemned police union leaders for accusing the mayor of inciting violence against cops.
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, December 23, 2014 – After the Assassination of the 2 New York City Police Officers
- Relations between the Mayor’s office and NYPD couldn’t be much worse as shown when officers turned their backs on the mayor just before he gave a speech regarding the shooting
Sadly, one of my favorite singers of all times has passed away … A Classic Rocker.
Singer Joe Cocker, known for his raspy voice and incredible music ballads that included “You Are So Beautiful,” “Up Where We Belong,” and his Beatles cover “With a Little Help From My Friends” has passed away at the age of 70 from lung cancer. Cocker’s singing career lasted more than 40 years as he was propelled to super-stardom when he released his version of With A Little Help From My Friends that went to number one in 1968. Many of you younger folks remember it as the theme song to the TV show, the Wonder Years. However, it was much, much more than that as Cocker would perform the anthem song at Woodstock in 1969, see video below. On a personal note, I was too young to attend Woodstock, but that does not mean my older sister didn’t. Which might explain why my early introduction to music as a youngster, growing up listening to the Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplanes, Lynrd Skynrd, The Who, the Stones, Don McLean, Simon & Garfunkel, The Mama’s and the Papa’s, CCR, Bob Dylan and of course Joe Cocker.
Joe Cocker is survived by his wife, Pam, of Crawford; his brother Victor Cocker of Norfolk, England; his step daughter, Zoey Schroeder of Stevenson Ranch, CA and two grandchildren, Eva & Simon Schroeder. What a voice, take a listen HERE, we are going to miss you Joe, God bless and Rest in Peace.
The Sheffield-born singer had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.
His agent Barrie Marshall said Cocker, who died after battling lung cancer, was “simply unique”.
Known for his gritty voice, Cocker – a former gas fitter – began his singing career in the pubs and clubs of Sheffield in the 1960s before hitting the big time.
He was propelled to pop stardom when his version of With A Little Help From My Friends reached number one in 1968.
He performed the song at the famous Woodstock Festival in New York state a year later.
‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ – 1969 Woodstock
“Joe Cocker is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I’ve ever met. His iconic voice will forever be etched in our memories and our thoughts go out to Joe’s wife Pam and his family at this difficult time. Joe will live on in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.” Edgar Berger, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Entertainment, International, who had signed Joe Cocker to Sony Music Entertainment.
Joe Cocker was born May 20, 1944 in Sheffield, England where he lived until his early 20’s. An outstanding interpreter of songs, his successes include a Number One single in the UK in November 1968 with his version of the Beatles’ ‘A Little Help from My Friends’. Joe’s career took off considerably after he performed this song at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969.
Joe enjoyed long walks in the mountains with his dogs, fly fishing in the Black Canyon, playing snooker with friends and growing tomatoes in his greenhouse year-round.
Joe Cocker is survived by his wife, Pam, of Crawford; his brother Victor Cocker of Norfolk, England; his step daughter, Zoey Schroeder of Stevenson Ranch, CA and two grandchildren, Eva & Simon Schroeder.
A private memorial is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Cocker
Kids’ Foundation, P.O. Box 404, Crawford, CO. 81415. Read More
‘You Are So Beautiful’
Cocker, a song interpreter more than a songwriter, first became known through his hit cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and a characteristically manic performance at the first Woodstock festival in 1969. His raucous “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” tour of 1970 produced a film and a recording that went gold.
He had a top 10 hit in 1975 on the aching ballad “You Are So Beautiful,” with his voice cracking on the final emotional note and won his first Grammy Award in 1983 for his “Up Where We Belong” duet with Jennifer Warnes, which was the theme of the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman.”
Cocker, who received an Order of the British Empire in 2011 for his contribution to music, released 40 albums and continued to tour after the hits dried up.
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes: ‘Up Where We Belong’