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More of the Special Justice in Idaho

An extreme hate crime against a mentally disabled black kid…The perp walks.

The Trump zone.

Idaho teen football player walks free after sodomizing black disabled teammate with wire hanger

John Howard (Screengrab)

The white ringleader of a horrific sexual assault of a mentally disabled black teen will avoid jail time and escape classification as a sex offender after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, the Daily Kos reports.

John R.K. Howard plead guilty Friday to one felony count of injury to a child after leading two football teammates to help him carry out a a violent sexual attack on a black teammate with mental disabilities.

The attack occurred on Oct. 23, 2015, when Howard and Tanner Ward, along with a third juvenile student, pretended to offer the victim a hug, then held him down and sodomized him with a coat hanger. KTVB reports “a third attacker then kicked the coat hanger several times, forcing it farther into the victim’s body and causing rectal injuries that required treatment at a hospital.”

The assault followed several months of race-related discrimination levied against the victim, who was adopted by a Dietrich, Idaho family when he was a child. The 18-year old victim was reportedly called “Kool-Aid,” “chicken-eater “ and the N-word by his teammates. Howard, the ringleader, “also posted a confederate flag on the plaintiff’s computer and demanded he learn and recite a racist song titled “Moonman Notorious KKK,” KTVB reports.

Howard will avoid jail time for his offense, and will likely be able to have his conviction dismissed pending a successful completion of probation. Prosecutors recommend the rapist complete 300 hours of community service for his crime. As a condition of the plea, Howard is also able to maintain his innocence despite the evidence against him.

Deputy Attorney General Casey Hemmer’s said that while Howard’s behavior was “egregious,” it wasn’t a sex crime. “We don’t believe it’s appropriate for Mr. Howard to suffer the consequences of a sex offender,” Hemmer said. “But he still needs to be held accountable.”

The victim still has a $10 million civil lawsuit pending against the district for its “deliberate indifference” towards the victim’s safety.

“Mr. Howard is a relative of prominent individuals in the community and, at least in part due to his athletic ability and community connections, the Defendants ignored or were deliberately indifferent to the behavior of Mr. Howard which included aggression, taunting and bullying of The Plaintiff and other students in the District,” the civil lawsuit reads. “With deliberate indifference, the Defendants did nothing to curb the vicious acts of Mr. Howard who brought with him from Texas a culture of racial hatred towards the Plaintiff.”


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Posted by on December 20, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism


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Sanders Wins Big in Idaho, Washington, and Alaska

Bernie Sanders has won big in 3 of the 4 States voting in the Democratic Primary this weekend. He also may well take Hawaii, making it a sweep this week.

Bernie Sanders Wins Washington State and Alaska; Hawaii Democrats Are Also Voting

Senator Bernie Sanders handily defeated Hillary Clinton on Saturday in theWashington State and Alaska caucuses, infusing his underdog campaign with critical momentum and bolstering his argument that the race for the Democratic nomination is not a foregone conclusion.

Mr. Sanders found a welcome tableau in the largely white and liberal electorates of the Pacific Northwest, where just days after routing Mrs. Clinton in Idaho he repeated the feat in Washington. With a handful of precincts still reporting, he was leading Mrs. Clinton by more than 40 percentage points. He performed even better in Alaska, winning 82 percent of the vote.

Washington, with 101 delegates in play, was a vital state for Mr. Sanders, whose prospects of capturing the nomination dimmed after double-digit losses to Mrs. Clinton across the South and weak showings in delegate-rich Ohio, Florida and North Carolina this month.

At a rally in Madison, Wis., late Saturday afternoon, Mr. Sanders assured more than 8,000 supporters that his victories had cleared a viable path to the nomination. “We knew from Day 1 that politically we were going to have a hard time in the Deep South,” Mr. Sanders said. “But we knew things were going to improve when we headed west.”

oting the “huge” voter turnout — in Washington, Democratic Party officials estimated more than 200,000 people participated on Saturday, close to the record set in 2008 — he told the crowd, “We are making significant inroads into Secretary Clinton’s lead.”

The victories in Washington and Alaska, which awarded 16 delegates on Saturday, slightly narrow the gulf with Mrs. Clinton in the quest for the 2,382 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination. As of Saturday evening, Mrs. Clinton had roughly 280 more so-called pledged delegates, who are awarded based on voting, and 440 more superdelegates — party leaders and elected officials — than Mr. Sanders.


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Posted by on March 27, 2016 in Democrat Primary


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What Are They Teaching Children?

This is the second time I have heard of a situation like this…This one was in Pocatello, Idaho. I think some of these folks have no business being around school children.

Dalene Bowden


Last week, Dalene Bowden, a food service worker at Irving Middle School, was placed on leave after she gave a free hot lunch to a 12-year-old girl who said she was hungry and didn’t have any money.

Bowden has now received a registered letter from the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District informing her that she has been fired.

The brief, one-page letter was signed by District 25 Director of Human Resources Susan Petit. It states that Bowden was dismissed due to her theft of school district property and inaccurate transactions when ordering, receiving and serving food.

Bowden’s story garnered hundreds of comments on social media and an online petition was launched Saturday demanding that Bowden be reinstated as a lunch lady at Irving.

Bowden said she offered to pay for the $1.70 lunch, but her supervisor rejected her offer. And she was placed on termination leave last Tuesday pending a meeting with the District 25 School Board.

Read the original Idaho State Journal story here.

District School Board member Jacob Gertsch declined to comment on Bowden’s termination Monday, calling it a personnel matter. And administrators could not be reached.

“This is just breaking my heart,” Bowden said. “And they couldn’t even bother to put my check in with the letter.”

The letter states that Bowden will be paid within 10 days.

Raushelle Guzman, of Pocatello, started an online petition hoping to convince the district to rehire Bowden. As of Monday, more than 1,800 people had signed the online petition.

Guzman said she doesn’t know Bowden, but she does have two children who attend District 25 schools.

“I think (Bowden) did the right thing and I think we need to make sure that every child that wants lunch can have lunch,” Guzman said. “I think the district’s policy needs to be changed. We do not need to humiliate or demean any child or worker in that situation. Students must be provided with an adequate meal.”

Bowden has worked for District 25 for the past three years and said she’s never been written up or reprimanded for her job performance. But she said she did receive a verbal warning once for giving a student a free cookie.

She plans to seek legal counsel regarding the termination letter accusing her of theft.

“I broke the rules, but I offered to pay for the meal and I don’t think I deserved to lose my job over it,” Bowden said.

Last week, Interim Superintendent Douglas Howell said District 25 works to make sure children who live in economically disadvantaged homes receive free or reduced hot lunches.

District 25 also participates in the Idaho Foodbank’s weekend backpack program that sends food items home with students in need each Friday.

Shelley Allen, spokeswoman for the district, said last week that students who exceed an $11 charge limit are provided something to eat, such as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and milk.

Parents are notified once the lunch bill reaches the $11 cutoff.

Bowden said if a child is over the credit limit, workers are supposed to take their tray away and dump it.

“I know I screwed up, but what are you supposed to do when the kid tells you that they’re hungry and they don’t have any money?” Bowden said.


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Posted by on December 23, 2015 in Domestic terrorism, Great American Rip-Off


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Republican Hosts Cross Burning as Campaign Event

Just in case you thought things like this don’t happen in America anymore…

Shaun Winkler, White Supremacist Idaho Sheriff Candidate, Hosts Cross Burning Event

Shaun Winkler Idaho

Grand Wizard Republican

Shaun Winkler, a white supremacist in Idaho running as a Republican for Bonner County sheriff, is defending his recent cross burning ceremony, after having invited members of the media to attend the event last week.

“Mainstream society looks at cross lighting as a symbol of hate, but it predates the Klan by hundreds of years,” Winkler told the Bonner County Daily Bee. “We look at it more as a religious symbol.”

Winkler went on to claim the ritual has Scottish roots dating back hundreds of years, but his status as a Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard and his candid admissions of racial and religious prejudice suggest that the decision to burn the cross may take inspiration from a more recent and ugly practice.

“Most people don’t know that we don’t just oppose the Jews and the negroes,” he said, according to the Daily Bee. “We also oppose sexual predators and drugs of any kind.”

While Winkler has claimed that he wouldn’t allow his personal beliefs to guide the way he would act as sheriff, his position on sexual predators is admittedly more severe.


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4 More Serially Drown

This is a life-ring or throw ring. It (or something similar) is required equipment (by law) on any boat large enough to have an engine. Large boats are also required to carry other safety equipment, including life vests for every passenger. Smart boaters not uncommonly keep one of these flotation devices with a long line attached aboard, as it is the safest way to rescue someone in unknown waters.

This is the year of the serial drownings. First, there was the tragic case of the 6 kids in Louisiana – now 4 grown men drown, leaving their children stranded on a boat, reportedly while trying to save each other…

This time, 3 of the men were able to swim, but only 1 had the sense to grab a life jacket…

But not enough sense to put it on, or to grab a line before going over – or even to toss the required flotation device on that class of boat (32′).

Why grab a line before going overboard? Most experienced boaters can tell you about unseen currents and the effect of wind. If the boat is not anchored – Dive in, come up immediately – and you can surface 50 or 100 feet or more from the boat. Even in a lake. Swimming to a boat being pushed by the wind, or against a current can be impossible.

Five children — all under the age of nine — also were on the boat.

Sonar to be used in search for 4 presumed drowned in Idaho reservoir

Boats with side-scanning sonar will be used in the search for four men believed to have drowned in a southeastern Idaho reservoir, a sheriff said Monday.

Power County, Idaho, Sheriff Jim Jeffries said he hopes to have the boats in the American Falls Reservoir early Monday afternoon. The boats include one from Elmore County in western Idaho and a Parks and Recreation Department boat from the state capital, Boise. In addition, Jeffries said he has sent a deputy to Salt Lake City, Utah, to purchase a third such boat.

The search began Sunday for the four boaters after authorities received a 911 call from a child on their boat, Jeffries said. The four men were “horsing around,” he said. One man was standing up in the front of the boat and another man pushed him into the water as a joke, not realizing he could not swim, he said.

The man was “immediately in distress,” Jeffries said, and the other men, one at a time, went into the 45-foot-deep water to try to help. The fourth man in the water grabbed a life jacket, but did not put it on, he said.

There were five children on the boat, ranging in age from 9 to 2, Jeffries said. One of the children grabbed a cell phone on the boat and called 911. The sheriff said he thought it was the 9-year-old but wasn’t sure. Marine patrol deputies responded and took the children to safety, he said.

Authorities have a GPS coordinate on the boat from the county’s E-911 mapping system, he said, and divers have set up a buoy line in the search. But “the diving is very difficult,” he said. “… Visibility is poor. You can only see about to the end of your arm.” In addition, the lines keep getting snagged on the reservoir’s bottom, he said.

The men’s names were not released because the families have not authorized the sheriff’s office to do so, Jeffries said. “It’s a little bit subjective of me to say, but I think if they release the names, it’s like they’ve given up all hope.”

He said the families were still attempting to get in touch with relatives and are “having a very difficult time processing all of this. They’re in an extreme state of grief.” Authorities are respecting their privacy, he said, and have set up a place for them on a hill overlooking the reservoir. Jeffries said a lieutenant was assigned to stay with the relatives.

The reservoir is about 180 miles east-southeast of Boise.

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Posted by on August 9, 2010 in Nawwwwww!


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