Sunday, April 29, 2018

TCM's Film Noir of the Week is Hollow Triumph (1948), starring Paul Henried and Joan Bennett



By David in TN
Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:21:00 P.M. EDT


TCM's Film Noir of the Week at Midnight ET Saturday Night/Sunday Morning is Hollow Triumph (1948), starring Paul Henried and Joan Bennett.


Henried plays a crook who robs a gambling joint and is the only one of his gang who survives the attempt. He goes into hiding and concocts a plan to kill a psychiatrist double and take his place. Joan Bennett is the psychiatrist's mistress who falls for his impersonator.


Hollow Triumph repeats at 10 a.m. ET Sunday morning.


N.S.: I apologize to David for not getting this up in time.



John Podhoretz, and the Profundity of Debate on Race and America on Twitter

By Nicholas Stix

Full disclosure: During the late 1990s, I freelanced for John Podhoretz at the New York Post, where he was the Editorial Page editor. We even shook hands once. However, he can honestly deny this, seeing as I wrote under a pseudonym (“Robert Berman”), and never told anyone. [How to Make Change Real, New York Post, June 28, 1998] Being “me” would have been professional suicide in my day job. And in those days, before the current Cultural Marxist internet-facilitated Reign of Terror, stuffy editors insisted on writers using their own names.

However, that business with the Post isn’t my John Podhoretz problem.

In 2007, Commentary magazine, a once-brilliant, once-conservative, Jewish periodical, which used to stand for meritocracy, announced that in January, 2009, Podhoretz would take over as editor-in-chief. Podhoretz was hired solely due to his being the son of the magazine’s longtime editor, Norman Podhoretz. Commentary had thus replaced meritocracy with nepotism as the guiding notion of neo-conservatism.

Recently, on March 14, Podhoretz wrote a New York Post column A test for New York; Will pols stand with the rioters? about the three nights rioting following the righteous, fatal March 6 shooting of 16-year-old, black gangbanger Kimani Gray by two cops. (One Egyptian, one Hispanic, since you asked. See my column, “Trayvon Martin was Barack Obama’s Son, and Kiki Gray was Jumaane Williams’ Son, but Why Will No Politician Adopt Bailey O’Neill?”).

Podhoretz argued that politicians should not support the rioters. But he has spent years vilifying people who even mildly criticize black savagery….


[Also, on this problem:

N.S.: “My John Podhoretz Problem—and Ours”;

N.S.: “Nepotism at Commentary”: An Open Letter”; and

“Why John Podhoretz Hates Us so Much” (VDARE).]

Who and What is a Michelle Wolf? Here is the Full Video of Her White House Correspondents’ Dinner Thing


Michelle Wolf is one of the new breed of laugh-free, pc “comedians.” Like most Americans, I’d never heard of her until last night. How did we ever live without her?

By Nicholas Stix

I was not a fan politically of Mike Huckabee, but I love it on the occasions when I hear him speak on TV, and his daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is a chip off the old block. Certain families have class, and the Huckabees are one such brood.

Even Trump-Hating CNN Operative, Chris Cilizza, condemned Wolf:

Wolf had zero interest in playing to the room

Wolf went for lots of low-hanging fruit

Wolf's criticism of the media was (generally) on point

The abortion stuff was beyond the pale

Wolf got exactly what she wanted
I made it about 15 seconds through Wolf’s thing.

Michelle Wolf's Thing at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Global News
Published on Apr 28, 2018
Warning: The following video contains graphic langauge. Comedian Michelle Wolf didn't hold back in slaying president Donald Trump over the Stormy Daniels affair, his wealth, and his administration including Mike Pence and Sarah Sanders in her monologue.

Sure, the Caravan Migrants Want to be American; That’s Why They Wave the … Oh, Never Mind

Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding During Michigan Rally



By Reader-Researcher R.C.

Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding During Michigan Rally

President Donald Trump criticized Democrats and the media and touted what he described as his accomplishments in office during a campaign-style rally in Michigan on Saturday. The President kicked off the event, which took place as journalists gathered in Washington, DC, for the White House correspondents' dinner, by taking a shot at the annual event, which he skipped for the second year in a row.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Did Tom Brokaw Rape Linda Vester?

By Jerry PDX
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 5:19:00 P.M. EDT

Here is Brokaw accuser Linda Vester's account at Variety.

I was watching the news and Cosby's conviction story was segued right after the Brokaw story, as if they are somehow comparable. That's how it works in the #MeToo bizarro universe. A prolific serial rapist is somehow equivalent to a man putting the moves on a woman, something a man has to do if he wants to be a real man and get laid.

Was Brokaw's behavior a little questionable? Maybe, but not clearly over the line, and after a couple of overtures, he took no for an answer and left her alone. Most important, there's nothing she claimed that he did that wouldn't have been perfectly acceptable if it was a man she was attracted to, which is always the litmus test for legit harassment.

Tom's marital status does put his behavior in the inappropriate zone but that just makes him a cheater, something that any, if not most, of his most self-righteous accusers are probably guilty of also.

I don't really feel too sorry for ole' Brokejaw because he's just another talking sock puppet serving his media masters and promoting their PC ideology but to see men's careers destroyed by amoral women, simply because they “hit on them” decades ago is ridiculous.

N.S.: According to feminists, kissing a woman without first getting affirmative consent, is “sexual assault,” and sexual assault is “rape.”

News Updates: While WEJB/NSU was … Indisposed, a Lot of Possible Forced Retirements Started in Motion

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1:24:00 A.M. EDT

While you were gone...

Cosby Convicted
Brokaw Bashed
Reid Re-evaluates Alibi
Trump Exonerated

To my shock...Bill Cosby was told “the fun is over.” He awaits sentencing in two-three months.

The next day, a former colleague of Tom Brokaw's at NBC News, Linda Vester, leveled charges of “attempted kissing” at the former anchorman. Brokaw, who thought Trump was a sleazeball, admitted to meeting Vester, “But nothing happened. I'm not that type of person.”

Brokaw awaits NBC’s decision on a forced retirement.

The people in charge of checking Joy Reid's computer account, found no hacking, concerning Homogate.

Reid awaits NBC's decision on an early retirement.

President Trump was told by the House Judiciary Committee that he “Was not complicit with the Russians in any way.”

Trump awaits 2020 for the USA's decision of his retirement (or earlier, if impeachment proceedings are started).

Welcome back, N.S.

N.S.: Thank you, GRA. And welcome back to you, too!

Friday, April 27, 2018

He’s Ba-a-ack!

By Grand Rapids Anonymous said...
Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:19:00 A.M. EDT

What's going on with the blogsite?

By Nicholas Stix
Friday, April 27, 2018 at 3:08:00 P.M. EDT

TPTB just restored it, but who knows for how long?

I discussed what happened here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

At WEJB/NSU, You’ll Get a Full 8 oz. Serving of News, Views, and Entertainment! Please Support WEJB/NSU!


The old, 8 oz. portions of Dannon Yogurt in cardboard containers

Current, 6 oz. containers of La Yogurt

Current, 5.3 oz. container of Dannon

When I left the country to go to West Germany, on July 31, 1980, the standard, cardboard container of Dannon Yogurt—then the king of the industry—was eight ounces.

I believe a container cost 50 cents, but don’t quote me on that.

I used to see secretaries who were dieting, who would subsist on a container of Dannon for lunch. How on earth could they do that? They must have been in foul moods all afternoon.

When I came home on August 26, 1985, Dannon containers held only six ounces. Did the dieting secretaries now eat two Dannons for lunch?

Reducing the size thusly was a backdoor 25% price hike.

Shrinking contents of a food product is part of a two-stage price increase strategy. First, reduce the amount, while keeping the retail price the same; second, a few months later, raise the price.

A few months ago, Dannon reduced the size of its already tiny portions to 5.3 ounces. That’s a backdoor 11.7% price hike.

At WEJB/NSU, we haven’t shrunk the container to six ounces, let alone 5.3 ounces. We still give you the full eight ounces!

Please hit the PayPal Donate button at the top of this page, and make a generous donation to WEJB/NSU.

I thank you, and your posterity will, too.


Nicholas Stix

Postscript: Although the fundraising was sluggish, at first—as always—the pace has since picked up, with old friends and new making contributions of all sizes. Thanks to you all!

White Castle Worker Latest to Expose Louisville to Hepatitis A (Third World America)

By “W”

Black/Latino employees? It is most commonly spread by drinking or eating fecal matter. Feds advise washing hands if you are in contact with food. Yech!

At Food Safety News.

Watch a Complete, Classic Episode of Amos ‘n Andy, Without Commercial Interruption, at WEJB/NSU!


The Kingfish, in Amos ‘n Andy

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Imagine my surprise, when I stumbled onto this find! I had gotten a couple of hits from the Blogroll at Quartermains Quarter, and when I hit the link, I found that he had re-posted the episode.

I thought this comedy gold had been banned, like the classic Disney movie, Song of the South, on pain of death!

My omnipresent fear of the KK (Kopyright Kops) has me posting this now, even though it’s a Christmas Show.

Note that the show only sold two-and-a-half minutes of commercials, even though it was very popular, among negroes and whites alike. The producers problems selling ad time was due to the machinations of the NAACP, which eventually got the show canceled.
The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show blipped onto television screens in July, 1951. And that same week, The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) published, in its Bulletin, the following bill of charges against the program:

1. It tends to strengthen the conclusion among uninformed and prejudiced people that Negroes are inferior, lazy, dumb and dishonest.
2. Every character in this one and only TV show with an all Negro cast is either a clown or a crook.
3. Negro doctors are shown as quacks and thieves.
4. Negro lawyers are shown as slippery cowards, ignorant of their profession and without ethics.
5. Negro Women are shown as cackling, screaming shrews, in big mouthed close-ups, using street slang, just short of vulgarity.
6. All Negroes are shown as dodging work of any kind.
7. Millions of white Americans see this Amos 'n' Andy picture of Negroes and think the entire race is the same.

The organization made a formal denunciation of the show at its July 1951 convention and filed a suit [!]against CBS, attempting to get an injunction to stop the show from airing. The case was well-publicized nationally, with questions of portrayals of Blacks and appropriate and desirable roles for Black actors bandied about throughout the year.

Amos ‘n’ Andy did well in the ratings in ‘51, but began to slide in ‘52. Its chief sponsor, Blatz Beer, was wilting under the pressure of the protests. In 1953, Blatz withdrew its sponsorship, and as a result, CBS cancelled the show. [Amos ‘n Andy, NAACP Bulletin, undated.]
N.S.: Note that the NAACP’s “bill of charges against the program” is actually a list of charges for the program. All of the black stereotypes it promoted were true, which was why the show was the most popular show on radio!

I think the real reason the NAACP got the show cancelled was because the producers-creators-writers were white men. If blacks had been in control, everything would have been aok in Baltimore.


Amos ‘n Andy 49: “The Christmas Story”

Third World America: Nation Hit with E. coli Outbreak, Thanks to Contaminated Romaine Lettuce, and Corrupt Record Keeping

By “W”

“‘The one thing we can confirm is that all the romaine lettuce that made people ill was shipped by distributors from Yuma. That’s why we are advising people to ask their grocer or restaurateur where their romaine lettuce came from and avoid it if it’s from Yuma or if they don’t know the source,’ a spokesperson for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday evening.

“‘At this point, we don’t have concrete evidence to any one grower or farm. Once we do, we will name them.”

“Part of the problem in identifying the source of the romaine is the lack of traceability coding on the leafy green. Federal law requires entities in the food chain to maintain records one step forward and one step back from their own operations. That leaves epidemiologists and other outbreak investigators stuck in a quagmire of stair steps leading from one entity to the next in the supply chain.

[The foregoing paragraph involves a non sequitur in its last sentence. If entities are obeying the law, and maintaining one-step-forward-one-step-back records, it shouldn’t be difficult to retrace where the contaminated romaine lettuce has been. Someone is either breaking the law, or someone refuses to report on who the bad guys are.]

“Traceability labeling and coding, such as that developed by the Produce Traceability Initiative, would mean finished product sent to retailers and foodservice operations could be traced back through the supply chain virtually immediately. Many fresh produce companies have not adopted the voluntary traceability labeling.”

[That couldn’t have anything to do with it being “voluntary,” now could it? Kind of like e-verify?]

At Food Safety News.

The German State of Bavaria Has Ordered Crosses to be Placed over the Entrances of All Government Buildings to Reflect its “Cultural Identity” as a Christian Nation



By Reader-Researcher R.C.

Bavaria orders Christian crosses to be displayed on govt buildings
Germany’s Bavaria has ordered Christian crosses to be placed over the entrances of government buildings to reflect its “cultural identity” as the state continues its feud with Berlin over multiculturalism and open-door policies.

At Russia Today.

Goodbye, America (in a Photo)

By “W”



N.S.: I recognize that as a New York City subway car from the top section of a window on the left side.

I take the bus and subway into Manhattan as rarely as possible, and yet, for a time (2016 and 2017), 40-50% of my trips involved either an assault on me (and/or my chief of research) by a racist black, or a subway delay, due to a crime in a train or station ahead of mine. (“This train is being held due to a police action up ahead.”)

Communist Mayor Bill de Blah Blah Blah denies that crime or overcrowded trains (due to fewer trains running) has anything to do with the constant delays. He asserts that the he delays are due to lack of repairs, for which taxpayers need to be hit yet again. However, even if he were telling the truth, any revenues gained through a tax increase would just go into general funds, for de Blah Blah Blah to shovel into the pockets of his racist, deadbeat clients, and to use for bribes.

You say you want an example? De Blasio recently started issuing half-fare Metrocards for the buses and subways, for which millions of “low income” (read black, Hispanic, Arab/Moslem, etc.) New Yorkers qualify. And who will pay for them? Whites and Asians, natch.

And a couple of years ago, de Blah Blah Blah announced that the city was building a wildly overpriced, state-of-the-art apartment building that could withstand another Hurricane Sandy, even though the odds are that no such hurricane will hit us for another 120 years, just for colored deadbeats and criminals.

There’s more here.

A George Mason University Student Allegedly Committed Suicide; Investigators Believe He was Involved in a Cheating Ring


The late Tristan Medina

By Prince George’s County Ex-Pat
Wed, Apr 25, 2018 8:40 a.m.


Student's death uncovers possible cheating scandal at George Mason University

George Mason University confirmed Tuesday that an investigation into an apparent drug-related suicide from last fall revealed the existence of a “test bank, or a collection of images of tests shared with the purpose of letting students know what will be on...

The decedent was Hispanic.

Are we surprised he cheated?

Home Depot Shooting Update: Alleged Shoplifter-Car Thief Charged with Shooting Two Cops and Security Guard, One of Whom (Santander) is Dead, and Two of Whom are in Critical Condition: Crystal Almeida, Rogelio Santander, Armando Luis Juarez—Any Common Denominator Here?


Two views of alleged mass shooter and cop-killer Armando Luis Juarez in custody in Dallas. I have so far been unable to find a photo of the late Officer Rogelio Santander.


By A Texas Reader

“Both of the Dallas police officers, Crystal Almeida and Rogelio Santander, are in critical condition after undergoing surgery for their injuries at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas hospital. The Home Depot employee, who was also taken to Presbyterian and”

Dallas Police Officers Remain Critical After Shooting At Home Depot

Two Dallas police officers remain in critical condition after a shooting at a North Dallas Home Depot that also critically injured a store employee.

ATR: Mexican cops, Mexican perp.

Dallas now is a reflection of a decades-long, open border policy.

[N.S. Update: The critically wounded security guard is named Scott Painter. That information was not available at the time that ATR sent in this article.]

Monday, April 23, 2018

They Got ‘em! Waffle House Mass Murder Suspect Nabbed While Walking Armed in Woods, Based on Hot Tip


Travis Reinking in custody


Bismarck, Sinclair, and Me: Please Support WEJB/NSU!

(If you’re in a hurry to fill my pockets with filthy lucre, just go directly to the top of this page, hit the PayPal Donate button, and give as generously as you can. Thanks in advance!)

Bismarck, 1871

Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) famously said, “Je weniger die Leute davon wissen, wie Würste und Gesetze gemacht werden, desto besser schlafen sie.”

“The less the people know about the making of sausage and laws, the better they’ll sleep.”

Conversely, Upton Sinclair’s (1878-1968) most famous book, The Jungle, published in 1906, was about the making of sausage in Chicago’s stockyards. Sinclair’s book, while fiction, was supposedly very realistic about the awful conditions under which sausage was made, and led to the passage of the first consumer laws.

Today’s entertainment and news media split the difference, by producing “realistic” propaganda fiction and “fearless,” “courageous,” fake news that is now hagiography, now demonography, depending on whether a work is about one of the media’s friends or enemies.

The majority of mankind, whatever they may say, follow Bismarck in practice. However, there is still a substantial market, at least in what remains of the West, for muckraking. That is my market.

In 1996, I wrote the first national exposé on statistical fraud by the NYPD regarding crime stats, for Chronicles magazine;

In 1997, I published two exposés on Ebonics (here and here), the latter of which, an editor with great expertise called the “most thorough” ever written on the subject. The editor in question later asked me to please never mention his name in connection to my work, as he had changed professions, and didn’t wish to commit career suicide;

In 1998, I published (as “Robert Berman”) what would remain for many years the state-of-the-art whistleblower report on politicized grading in higher ed, for the scholarly journal, Academic Questions;

From 1997-1999, also as “Robert Berman,” I published a series of eight or nine whistleblower reports on the City University of New York system for Chronicles, the weekly standard; the New York Post and Daily News;

In 1998, I also published the first national exposé on New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s fraudulent welfare reform, for Middle American News (not online, as yet);

Well, you get the idea. Since then, I have broken news in countless other investigative reports for Middle American News, VDARE,

American Renaissance
, The Social Contract, and even on my own blog!

Please help me continue my work, by hitting the PayPal Donate button at the top of this page, and making a generous donation.

I thank you, and your posterity will, too.


Nicholas Stix

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Upton Sinclair, circa 1906

The Seminarian: A New Biography of Martin Luther King Jr.: A Portrait of the Plagiarist as a Young Man



By “W”

New book on Martin Luther King Jr.’s time at Crozer Seminary.

This weekend’s WSJ review sez the author reports “on subjects that might prove difficult to stomach for those who worship King. Among them: King’s penchant for plagiarism, which seems…to be worse than previously known. King plagiarized repeatedly… and the faculty either missed it, didn’t care or decided it wasn’t important enough to derail the career of a promising student.”

N.S.: How could a serial plagiarist be “a promising student”?

That line reminds me of the rationalization that at least one black media operative made for Jayson Blair, after the latter was finally exposed in 2003. Since Blair was "breaking stories," people looked the other way. But Blair never broke a single story. He alternately plagiarized other people's stories, and fabricated fake ones.

Everything I’ve read about King the college student leaves no doubt in my mind, that in matters of race, the American university was already hopelessly corrupt by circa 1950.

In other words, there was no more excuse for the indulging of the young King than there was for the indulging of Blair.

At Patrick Parr.

White, Waffle House, Mass Murder Suspect Travis Reinking is Still at Large; Reinking Has been Notoriously Dangerous and Nuttier than a Fruitcake, and Known to Local Law Enforcement for Two Years or More, and Known to the Secret Service Since Last July; He Believes that Taylor Swift is Stalking Him, and His Own Father May Have Given Him His Guns Back!


Mass murder suspect Travis Reinking, 29

By Nicholas Stix

This is looking like yet another law enforcement clusterf—k, like in Parkland. Well, if the law screws up, and lets a psycho run free with firearms, when they'd had the opportunity to stop him, the only thing to do is to punish law-abiding gun owners, by taking away their guns, and make us all completely dependent on lawmen.

This is not about bump stocks, or so-called “assault weapons,” or so-called “high-capacity magazines.” It is about confiscation of all firearms in private hands. The communists and socialists seek to eliminate the Second Amendment loophole. They keep talking about Australia.

Freedom-loving Americans cannot lose their spines.

As for what can be done regarding Travis Reinking, if he’s the killer, if he can be convicted as guilty and insane (depending on Tennessee’s laws), then he can be sentenced to life in a rubber room.

Meanwhile, if reports claiming that his father, businessman Jeffrey Reinking, gave Travis his guns back, after police had seized them from the son, and later given them to the father, prove correct, the elder Reinking would certainly be civilly liable for the four deaths and four woundings so far, and may be criminally liable for facilitation to murder, and/or negligent homicide. I say, “may” in the sense of I don’t know for sure.

Hopefully, the son will either commit suicide (or already has), or will commit suicide by cop, and save the taxpayer millions of dollars in prosecution, treatment, and incarceration costs.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift had better be under lock and key, in a room surrounded by gunsels, until this character has been captured… dead or alive.

The Waffle House shooting suspect thought Taylor Swift was stalking him and showed other signs of delusion
By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN
Updated 11:54 PM ET, Sun April 22, 2018

[N.S.: Round-up of CNN propaganda "news," as part of its push to eliminate the Second Amendment.]

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(CNN)When Travis Reinking breached a White House security barrier in July, police say, he had a very specific request: He wanted to meet with US President Donald Trump.

Reinking told a Secret Service officer at the northeast entrance that he was a "sovereign citizen" who had a "right to inspect the grounds," according to a Metropolitan Police Department incident report dated July 7, 2017.

The report does not say if Reinking was referring to the anti-government extremist movement of the same name. But the 29-year-old's previous encounters with law enforcement are coming under fresh scrutiny after he was named a suspect in a deadly Sunday morning shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House.

Reinking's brush with law enforcement in the nation's capital was not his first. Documents obtained by CNN affiliate WBBM from the sheriff's office in Tazewell County, Illinois suggest a troubling pattern involving guns and what one police report described as "delusional" behavior.

"Travis is hostile toward police and does not recognize police authority.
Travis also possesses several firearms," an officer said in a May 2016 incident report. At the time, Reinking's parents had called emergency services to report their son believed pop star Taylor Swift was stalking him, and he had made comments about killing himself.

Guns seized, then returned to suspect

Reinking moved to Nashville in fall 2017 and worked in construction, Metropolitan Nashville Police said. He was fired from one job in early April and had just started with another construction company on April 16, but did not return for his second day of work.

At the time of the White House incident, Reinking lived in an apartment above his father's business, a crane rental company in Tremont, Illinois, according to the sheriff's office incident reports. After his arrest at the White House for trespassing and being in a restricted area, the FBI and the Secret Service coordinated with local law enforcement to investigate Reinking and remove firearms from his possession, Matthew Espenshade, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of FBI's Nashville office said Sunday.

On August 24, the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office seized four firearms and ammunition from Reinking's apartment along with his state firearm owners identification, according to an incident report. The seizure came less than two weeks after a Tazewell County sergeant said that Reinking drove up to his squad car and asked about filing a report.

Reinking told the sergeant that people were "tapping into his computer and phone" and barking like dogs outside his home, according to an August 11 incident report. He said he felt like he was being watched and that people were baiting him into breaking the law, the report states. He told the officer that it all started after he started writing to Taylor Swift, according to the report.

Officers released the firearms and ammo to Reinking's father, Jeffrey, the report states.

Investigators now believe that he returned the guns to his son. Of those four weapons, one was the AR-15 style weapon recovered from the shooting scene at Waffle House; another firearm was taken from Reinking's apartment, Metropolitan Nashville Police said.

The two other guns could still be in Reinking's possession, police said. Authorities are warning the public to keep their doors locked and eyes open while he is on the loose.

A history of “mental problems”

Less than a month before his arrest at the White House, Reinking crossed paths with law enforcement closer to home.

On June 16, 2017, an employee of his father's business, J&J Cranes, called the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office to report that Reinking came down from his apartment wearing a pink dress and holding a rifle, an incident report states.

The employee told police Reinking yelled "Is this what you f-----g want?" before he threw his rifle in his trunk and left, according to the report.

Around the same time, the Tremont Police Department responded to a call to a public pool, according to another incident report. The pool director told the responding officer that a man in his 20s barged into the pool wearing a pink women's housecoat, the report states. The man dove into the pool and took off the coat and swam around in his underwear. When he got out of the pool, he shouted at lifeguards that he was a man and exposed his genitals to them, the report states.

The rifle stayed in the vehicle and no one at the pool asked to press charges, the officer said in the report. "This is an informational report showing the state of mind of Travis Reinking," the report said.

Meanwhile, several members of the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office went to J&J Cranes to speak with Reinking.

"Travis has some mental problems and I asked him if he would like to speak to (the Emergency Response Service) but he stated he didn't want to," the officer wrote in the report. "Travis had already spoken to them before and been in the hospital."

The officer said he also called Reinking's father, who was out of state. Jeffrey Reinking told the office he had taken three guns from his son before and locked them up "when Travis was having problems," the report states.

Later in the day, the officer said in his report, "I called back Jeff Reinking and advised him of what happened and when he gets back home he might want to lock the guns back up until Travis gets mental help, which he stated he would."

“Delusional” behavior involving Taylor Swift

It was not the first time Reinking's mental health came to law enforcement's attention.

On May 27, 2016, a Tazewell County Sheriff's deputy met him and his parents in a drug store parking lot after his parents had called for help, according to an incident report.

A paramedic told the responding officer that Reinking was "delusional" and believed that Taylor Swift was harassing him by stalking and hacking his phone, the report states.

"Travis believed everyone including his own family and the police are involved," the officer said in the report. "Travis stated he did not want to hurt Taylor Swift or anyone else, he only wanted the harassment to stop."

Reinking told the officer the harassment began a few weeks earlier when Swift hacked his Netflix account and told him to meet her at a Dairy Queen, the report states. He told the officer that when he showed up she ran off and disappeared.

His parents told the officer he made comments about killing himself and that he had access to "many firearms" in his residence.

By then, another officer had arrived to help convince Reinking to go to a hospital for evaluation. He resisted their efforts, saying he was "free to leave" and that the officers were "violating his constitutional rights." Finally, after four more officers arrived, Reinking agreed to go, saying it was "against his will."

Authorities on alert

While multiple law enforcement agencies searched for Reinking on Sunday, deputies converged on his father's business, J&J Cranes.

"At this point the young man could be anywhere and whether he might try to return home is a distinct possibility, so our officers are definitely on alert," Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston said Sunday in a news conference.

CNN's Sheena Jones contributed to this report.

Black Man with an AK-47 Tried to Rob a Waffle House—but was Stopped by a Heroic White


[Re: “Breaking News: The Waffle House Massacre: White Man Travis Reinking, 29, Wanted for Mass Murder in Nashville; He Allegedly Shot 4 People Dead, and Wounded 4 Others, in Gun-Free Zone with an AR-15 Rifle.”]

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 1:25:00 P.M. EDT

Here's an incident, a couple years ago, of a black with an AK-47 that tried to rob a Waffle House—and was stopped by an alert white. Just to show Lesta that blacks also love to pull automatic weapons near Waffle Houses.

At the Dallas Morning News.

Did My Dad Murder My Mom? Watch a Classic Episode of the True Crime series, Forensic Files, Without Commercial Interruption, at WEJB/NSU, in Less than 22 Minutes!

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

I just saw this episode as a re-run on HLN. I love FF. We’re a family of true crime junkies, but FF is the best, or was, until Peter Thomas’ death, may he rest in peace. (I don't believe I've seen any post-Thomas episodes.)

FF’s writers and experts beat the pants off of their counterparts at Investigative Discovery (ID). When The Boss (i.e., my wife) is off work and binge-watching ID, I’ll watch the first few minutes, get the name of the vic and the location (and, if possible, the year) of the crime, and then go look up everything online.

ID will drag out a story over the course of an hour, including commercials, and still leave out essential facts, while padding out the time with repetitions and unimportant “stuff.” Thus, I’ll learn important facts about the case in five minutes online that never appear in the TV version. (I’ll report to The Boss on what I learned, and she’ll tell me what the show said, while I was in the other room.)

By contrast, FF only runs a half-hour, including commercials, has no padding, and is chock full of information about science and forensic tests and techniques.

Forensic Files: Season 4, Ep 11: "Haunting Vision" (Originally aired on December 15, 1999)


“Lori Keidel, her two sisters and her brother were left home alone while their father went to a nearby laundromat. Suddenly, a large fire engulfed their brick ranch home. Only a few months earlier, the children's mother had disappeared and made no effort to contact them. Lori found the courage to tell police that she had witnessed her own mother's death. Originally aired as Season 4, Episode 11.”

Sunday, April 22, 2018

DC Lawmaker Accused of anti-Semitism: "I’m done apologizing"



By Prince George's County Ex-Pat

"D.C. Councilman Trayon White, who is accused of anti-antisemitism, denied a Washington Post report that said he left early from a tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He defended himself and vowed to survive the controversy, which began last month."

What did Pat Buchanan allegedly say about the Democratic Party?

"A collection of warring tribes united for common plunder."


Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez Has Fired a Sheriff’s Deputy Who Shot and Killed an Unarmed Black Man Who was Acting Erratically at a Houston Intersection Last Month

By A Texas Reader
Sun, Apr 22, 2018 10:48 a.m.

Sheriff’s Deputy Is Fired After Fatally Shooting Unarmed Man in Houston

Deputy Cameron Brewer did not follow policy when he shot Danny Ray Thomas at an intersection last month, the sheriff’s department in Harris County, Tex., said.

N.S.: Wow. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez treated Deputy Cameron Brewer like a white man! The deputy must have done something right, to earn that.

Mexicans and Seat Belts--What a Concept!

By A Texas Reader

Passenger dies after being ejected in northwest Dallas crash

One woman is dead after a crash in northwest Dallas early Sunday morning. Mario Borjas, 31, was arrested after he ran a flashing red light around 1...

New York City: Did a Racist, Would-be Murderer Have a Sense of Humor?

Black Man Pushes Hispanic Man onto Subway Tracks in New York City: Police Described Suspect as a Large Black Man with a Heavy Build, Wearing a “Make America Great Again” Hat, a Red Shirt with “Make America Great Again” in White Letters under Blue Overalls.

By Reader-Researcher R.C.

At Raw Story.

Breaking News: The Waffle House Massacre: White Man Travis Reinking, 29, Wanted for Mass Murder in Nashville; He Allegedly Shot 4 People Dead, and Wounded 4 Others, in Gun-Free Zone with an AR-15 Rifle

By Nicholas Stix

Nashville police are identifying the fugitive shooter as being “of Morton, IL,” but they also say he lives in a local housing complex in Nashville. Thus, I dropped the confusing refence to Illinois, since it misleads readers into thinking the guy drove down from Illinois to kill people.

BREAKING: Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, IL, is person of interest in Waffle House shooting. Vehicle the gunman arrived in is registered to him. Gunman last seen walking south on Murfreesboro Pike. He shed is coat and is nude. See Reinking? Pls call 615-862-8600 immediately.

“Police spokesman Don Aaron said three people died at the scene and one person died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

“Aaron said the suspect arrived at the restaurant in a pickup truck and sat in the parking lot for four minutes, shot two people with an assault rifle in the parking lot, then went inside and continued firing.

“A 29-year-old male patron inside the restaurant wrestled the rifle away from the suspect and tossed it over a counter, Aaron said.

"‘No doubt he saved many lives by wrestling the gun away and tossing it over the counter and prompting the man to leave," Aaron said.

“At least four people were injured.

“A Waffle House spokesman didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

“Aaron said the victims' names weren't immediately released.

“The suspect, wearing only a green jacket, shed the jacket after fleeing the restaurant. Aaron said he lived at an apartment complex in the area and, based on witness reports, went to the complex and put on a pair of pants.

“Aaron said witnesses saw a man in a nearby wooded area, and police dogs were tracking the man, some six hours after the 3:25 a.m. shooting.”

At the Chicago Tribune.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

2 Men Sentenced to Probation for Gang-Rape of 13-Year-Old Girl, Triggering Backlash


“From left to right in top row, Tyron Williams, Clarence Williams and Jacolby Williams, and left to right in bottom row, James Williams and Tommy Williams were all accused of gang-raping a 13-year-old girl in December 2016.” (Colorado Springs Police Department mug shots)

By Reader-Researcher A.L.
(Several other R-Rs also sent in links to this story)
Updated on Sunday, April 22, 2018, 537 a.m.

Look at these savages. Crime committed against a minor, three times the amount of normal punishment, and crime against a handicapped person, three times more than that. Should be nine times the punishment, as is usually meted out. [Or used to be.] I must be getting old, probation.

By Nicole Darrah

A family in Colorado is outraged after two men, who were accused of gang-raping a 13-year-old girl with their br...

At Fox News.

A Top Campaign Adviser to Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby Has Resigned from His Post as He Faces Criminal Charges of Harassment and Assault Involving Two Women He Had Dated


Defendant Quincey Gamble

By Prince George's County Ex-Pat
Corrected and expanded on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 1:33 a.m.

Adviser to Baltimore state's attorney resigns amid criminal charges

“Gamble is a former executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party and has advised several [losing] Democratic campaigns in the city — including former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's gubernatorial bid and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.” 



“Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, right, holds a news conference near the site where Freddie Gray was arrested after her office dropped the remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers awaiting trial in Gray's death, in Baltimore, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The decision by prosecutors comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case. At left is Gray's father, Richard Shipley.”
N.S.: I am convinced that if SA Mosby would not always wear such a crazed expression on her face, she’d be cute. But that’s like my mom saying of her Irish upstairs neighbor, Jean, “She’s delightful, when she’s sober.”


“You're not supposed to die that way.” Please Support WEJB/NSU, so I Can Alert More Americans, so They Don’t Get Stabbed to Death in a Restaurant, While Holding Their Five-Year-Old Daughter on Their Lap!


War crime victim Anthony Mele, his wife, Hanna, and their daughter

Ventura County, California Prosecutor Richard Simon said that of the murder on Thursday of white, 35-year-old Anthony Mele in a Ventura restaurant.

News articles all say the murder was “random,” even as they report that black defendant Jamal Jackson, 49, was charged with first-degree murder.

Jackson reportedly just walked into the restaurant and slaughtered Mele, a total stranger.

News articles are now reporting that Jackson had been acting “disruptive” in public for three hours before he allegedly murdered Anthony Mele, but police refused to do anything. Police now claim that they lacked the “resources” to respond.

I don’t believe them. Police all over the country are in radical de-policing mode, where blacks and Hispanics—the perpetrators of the vast majority of violent crime in this county—are concerned. Murderous, racist blacks and their cellphone-brandishing supporters seek to set up white cops, not only to cost them their jobs, their liberty, and their lives. The cops are thus increasingly worthless.

Commenters say that the killer was “mentally ill.” People don’t say that about a white man who murders black strangers. People who play the “crazy card” on behalf of black killers are anti-justice. You can have compassion for the victim, or for the perp, but not for both. This is one area where morality is properly a zero-sum game.

(I read that there’s a fundraising campaign for the victim’s widow and daughter, and was going to link to it, but there is no clear connection between the family and the person who set it up, and as these things are often scams, I will not link to, or even name it.)

The murder was anything but random. Mopes like Jamal Jackson do not walk up to black strangers and slit their throats, but they do it to white strangers all the time.

I have been writing on the black race war on whites since 1990.

Please help me continue my work, by hitting the PayPal Donate button at the top of this page, and making a generous donation.

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Black Supremacist Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr., Who Mocked Gang Rape-Torture Murder Victims Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, Applauds Racist Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson


Two racists: Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, above, and Miami Herald syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr., below


By Reader-Researcher R.C.

"A standing ovation for the Starbucks CEO who confronted the truth about racism in America
"Kevin Johnson did the expected after two black men who were waiting for a friend. were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. Then he did something unexpected."

Fisked by Nicholas Stix

Pitts responded to the racially motivated carjacking-kidnapping-gangrape-torture murders of Channon Christian and Christopher News by saying to any whites angered by the atrocity, “Cry me a river.”

In a later column, to add insult to injury, Pitts lied about what he’d said, asserting that he’d only meant that for white supremacists.

Pitts didn’t win a Pulitzer Prize, in spite of being a shameless racist, but as a reward for his racism.

A standing ovation for the Starbucks CEO who confronted the truth about racism in America
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
April 21, 2018 05:28 A.M.
Fresno Bee

Racism is a white problem.

[N.S.: No, it isn’t. It’s a black problem. And a brown problem.]

I know that many white people will instinctively and emphatically resist that observation. They’ll note the self-evident truth that prejudice is confined to no one culture or color. Having known more than a few African-American bigots, homophobes and anti-Semites, I’ll be happy to concede the point.

But racism is more than prejudice. It is, rather, the system by which prejudice is encoded into the laws and customs of a society so that, to take an example not quite at random, two black men can be arrested for waiting quietly on a prospective business associate to arrive for a meeting at Starbucks.

[What a liar. The entire American legal system is geared to benefit blacks at whites’ expense. And those two black men were arrested for trespassing, when they refused to buy anything, while taking up a table. You can't even "wait quietly" in a waiting area at some railroad stations, without buying a ticket.]

People of color have no access to the system that allows that. ["Access"? "System"? "Allows" what? hat on earth is he alking about?!] So, while they must figure out how to live under racism, racism itself is not their problem. The system was built by and for white people; it’s up to them to dismantle it.

That’s a truth white men and women often find difficult to process. [No, it’s a lie.] I’m reminded of something a white, Southern-born colleague wrote in 1995. The late Michael Browning and I were traveling the South doing interviews and visiting historic sites for a series of essays on race.

In Atlanta, we sat down with the Rev. C.T. Vivian, a former aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and he mentioned a question he said he asked white people in his racial justice seminars: "Have you ever gotten down on your knees and asked God to forgive you for your racism?"

[“Racial justice seminars”: the name alone tells you that they were race hustles. The whites attending them were surely well-to-do, white Uncle Toms and Aunt Jemimas.]

The question struck Michael like an uppercut. Here’s what he wrote: “Vivian looks at me. The question is no longer rhetorical, but I do not reply.
Southern irresolution: How, if I am as benevolent as I think I am, can black people see me as such a monster? [Because they’re monsters?] Am I an inert part of some vast, weighty boulder of oppression? Do I injure blacks by breathing, and just being white?”

[If he thought that way, he should have committed suicide.]

Irresolution is a common response. So are defensiveness and denial, rationalization, justification and a kind of puffed-up indignation accessible only to the profoundly entitled and entirely clueless. Think of that look on Sean Hannity’s face when he has to discuss, well, anything having to do with race.

[The “profoundly entitled and entirely clueless”—like Leonard Pitts Jr.]

What you are less likely to encounter when confronted by racism is white people who will own the problem, who will have the guts, humanity and humility required to confront it, assess it and resolve it. So this column is a standing ovation for Starbucks.

[I encounter racism all the time—from blacks, other non-whites, and their and their white accomplices.]

Last week, faced with the public relations disaster noted above, CEO Kevin Johnson did all the expected things. He said what happened was wrong. He issued apologies. He did the whole this-is-not-who-we-are routine.

[Kevin Johnson wasn’t “faced” with a PR disaster, he cause it when he stabbed his own workers in the back, and supported racist, black trespassers and extortionists.]

Then, Johnson did something unexpected, announcing the closure of 8,000 company-owned U.S. stores on the afternoon of May 29 so that his nearly 175,000 employees can undergo training in preventing implicit bias. Given how difficult it can be to get white people to even acknowledge the reality of implicit bias, we ought not breeze past the significance of that.

Starbucks deserves credit for one of the most authentic and creative corporate responses in recent memory. One of the bravest, too, given the likely hit to the company’s coffers the mass closure represents.

And as we are singing praises, let’s spare a stanza or two for the white civilians at Starbucks who saw what was happening, whipped out their cellphones to record it and demanded answers from the cops. Nor should we forget those who showed up and showed out at subsequent protests.

One can only hope other white people are taking note. [Oh, we are, alright.] Other white institutions, too. Meaning coffee shops, yes, but also libraries, churches, supermarkets, gyms and police departments. Ultimately, after all, this is not a Starbucks problem, but an American problem. And until we face it, the next public relations disaster — or tragedy — is always just around the corner.

It would be good to see Americans — particularly white Americans — take ownership of that truth. To its credit, Starbucks just did.

[Leonard Pitts, you can’t handle the truth.]



More Murder, Mayhem and Mexicans: LAPD Officer Charged With 3 Counts of Murder in Suspected Off-Duty DUI Crash in Whittier; Ambush in San Antonio Leaves One Man Dead, and 3 Killers on the Loose

Sat, Apr 21, 2018 10:23 a.m.

By A Texas Reader

LAPD Officer Charged With 3 Counts of Murder in Suspected Off-Duty DUI Crash in Whittier

A Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected in an off-duty DUI crash on the 605 Freeway in Whittier last year was charged with murder in the deaths of three ...

Is there a more dysfunctional "culture" anywhere on the planet?

SAPD: 3 suspects at large after ambush leaves man dead

Police are searching for three suspects who ambushed a man in the parking lot of a Southeast Side motel and fatally shot him.

Black Woman Accused of Taking Part in the Racially Charged Assault of a White Teen with Mental Disabilities that was Livestreamed on Facebook was Sentenced to Three Years in Prison Friday after Pleading Guilty to a Hate Crime


War criminal Tanishia Covington

By Reader-Researcher R.C.

Woman given prison for role in streaming live on Facebook a beating of teen with disabilities

Tanishia Covington was sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to a hate crime for live-streaming video of the racially charged beating of a teen ...


Flake-on-Flake Crime!


“Natalie Portman speaking onstage during the Vulture Festival LA at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, Calif., Nov. 19, 2017.” N.S.: Note that Portman is a “vegan”; in other words, not only does she not eat meat, poultry, or fish, but she doesn’t even eat dairy. I don’t know what the vegan rules are for eggs, but they’re probably “traif,” too. Besides which, how many eggs can one flake eat in a day? She’s supposedly a math whiz, so I guess she’s some sort of autistic savant.

[Re: “Oscar-Winning Actress, Natalie Portman, [Craps] on Israel, after Promising She Wouldn’t, Rejecting ‘Jewish Nobel,’ and Thereby also [Crapping] on Anish Kapoor, Itzhak Perlman, Michael Bloomberg and Michael Douglas.”]

By Anonymous
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 12:30:00 A.M. EDT

“How many eggs can one flake eat in a day?” I am ROTFL MAO.

Having once been that flake, let me tell you, a heck of a lot.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Enrique Salas: While waiting, he suffered a heart attack, then another en route to San Diego, where he was pronounced brain dead; His sister called the treatment he received in Mexico "inhumane" and "awful"


Enrique Salas, R.I.P.

By A Texas Reader

This deported Marine veteran came home the only way he could – in a casket

The body of deported Marine veteran Enrique Salas was sent home to Reedley, CA for a funeral and burial April 20, 2018. He served in the Persian Gulf War. He died after a car accident in Tijuana.

At The Fresno Bee.

ATR: Doesn't the scientific method, and thus, modern medicine reflect the hegemony of the white race?

Or some other nonsense?

Hate Crime in Ventura, California: Anthony Mele, 35, Fatally Stabbed as His 5-Year-Old Daughter Sat in His Lap at Restaurant; Suspect Charged with Premeditated, First-Degree Murder (Mug Shot)


New mug shot of suspected war criminal, Jamal Jackson, who surely has quite a collection

By Reader-Researcher R.C.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless man was charged Friday with murder in the random attack of a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse. Jamal Jackson, 49, was charged with premeditated, first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele. Jackson was being held in Ventura County jail on a $1.5 million bail. It's unclear if he has an attorney to speak on his behalf. Mele and his wife were eating dinner with their daughter Wednesday night at Aloha Steakhouse in Ventura. The girl was sitting in her father's lap when prosecutors say Jackson walked up and stabbed Mele in the neck.

R.C.: California truly is the Third World.

N.S.: What I find striking is that Jackson was charged with Murder 1. Black war criminals who commit hate crime murders against whites are almost always charged, at most, with Murder Two, and sometimes with misdemeanor assault.

At the San Francisco Chronicle.

When You See Madness and Evil Just about Everywhere in the World Today, even All over America, You are Not Alone; You Have a Home at WEJB/NSU; Help Me Keep the Place Open for Ya’!

When I was a teenager in Long Beach, New York, I lived in a neighborhood that had been turned into a slum, in which madness and violence seemed to travel through the air like communicable diseases.

Now, much of America is like that. And you can’t say anything, because the walls have ears. And if you say something on so-called social media, monsters stand ready to hunt you down and destroy your life, with the help of racist activists and media operatives.

The old Communist East Bloc was like that. As Timothy Garton Ash reported in the late 1980s, people had concepts of “public opinion” and “private opinion.” “Public opinion” consisted of official lies, like today’s MSM (news and entertainment), antiversity, and schools. “Private opinion” consisted of the truth, which could only be uttered behind closed doors, if even then.

Well, call me “Mr. Private Opinion.” I can say those things publicly, because unlike you, I’m unemployable! I was born with a big mouth, and as I once told a 6’3,” 230 lb., Puerto Rican weightlifter-thug wearing a sergeant’s badge and a security guard uniform at CUNY’s Hostos Community College, “The only way you’ll stop me from doing my job, is to kill me.”

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After Nationwide Manhunt, Suspected Lookalike Serial Killer “Losing Streak Lois” Riess Captured in South Padre Island, Texas!


Fresh, hot mug shot of Lois Riess

By Nicholas Stix

Someone spotted Riess in a restaurant in South Padre Island, and called it in. Twenty-five minutes later, the authorities had her in cuffs.


About that April 17 D.C. Trial of Defendants Charged with Rioting at President Trump’s Inauguration…

By Nicholas Stix

First off, that date was already a continuance.

This trial was set to begin on March 5, 2018.

Then it was put off until April 17. Now, it’s been put off until June 4. Of this year. So far.

The MSM has apparently stopped even reporting on developments in the case, and only racial socialist bloggers are still writing on it.

It seems that the prosecution is asking for the delays, because Chief Judge Robert Morin has rejected prosecution requests to have an expert, who had infiltrated the riot group, testify pseudonymously, and the prosecution has been unable to find an expert willing to testify using his face and real name, seeing as that would end his career as an undercover investigator.

Thus, changing judges changed nothing. Judge Morin clearly also believes in a right to riot, at least when the target of the riot is President Donald J.

The racial socialists, playing moral equivalence, see this as a great “irony,” but it’s neither equivalent nor ironic.

There is nothing illegal about a law enforcement officer investigating people while using a false name, or for an investigator to give pseudonymous testimony, with his face hidden. However, it is a crime in D.C., as in most other jurisdictions, to wear a mask during a “protest” (read: riot).

Judge grants feds a surprise extension in J20 trial, extending Trump inauguration protesters’ ordeal
In a case hinging on what it means to wear a mask in public, federal prosecutors can't seem to find an expert willing to testify in open court.
By Alan Pyke
Apr 11, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Police in Washington, D.C., crack down on an anti-Trump Inauguration Day march.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Irony lives. Just ask the almost 60 anti-Trump protesters who were arrested on Inauguration Day in 2017 and are still awaiting their trials.

Prosecutors have argued that protesters seeking to shield their identities for fear of political reprisal are doing something wrong, but on Wednesday, they won a shock delay in the case specifically because their own expert witnesses are struggling with similar questions of anonymity and online reprisals.

From an initial group of more than 200 people who faced felony rioting and destruction of property charges in the case, 59 defendants are left. Six were acquitted on all counts in December, a defeat that prompted the U.S. Attorney’s Office and lead prosecutor Jennifer Kerkhoff to drop charges against more than 100 other people.

The next group trial was set to begin next week, almost exactly 15 months after a handful of protesters smashed store windows and scrapped with cops. The judge’s surprise ruling on Wednesday knocks the start date back to early June — and keeps the defendants’ lives in disarray for at least another couple months on top of the year-plus of disruption they’ve endured already.

One of the five accused present on Wednesday has had to put work on hold to commute down from Baltimore for hearings going back to last spring, his lawyer said. Another, Elizabeth Lagesse, was just a few weeks away from moving to the West Coast and starting a tech career when she joined the Inauguration Day march and wound up facing decades in prison for being nearby when people smashed windows.

“I have had my life entirely on hold for the past year. I’ve had wedding plans on hold. It’s put strain in all my relationships. My friends and family don’t understand this,” Lagesse told ThinkProgress in January, when Kerkhoff dropped 129 charges but kept Lagesse’s name on her target list.

“She just dropped charges against 129 people who lived for a year in fear of decades in prison. Every night they went to bed thinking about that, their family, their friends all had to live with that dread. She dropped the charges on a whim, and now she’s never going to face any kind of sanction,” Lagesse said. “She might get in trouble with her boss but there’s no legal recourse.”

The request for a delay exasperated the cluster of lawyers at the defense table Wednesday, who have shuffled personal and professional calendars repeatedly to make space for an April trial in a high-profile case that touches on central civic values: free expression, free assembly, political dissent, and the line between First Amendment activity and criminal violence.

The government’s cases here hinge on the idea that the protesters formed “a sea of black masks,” as Kerkhoff put it in December. Though the defense was not allowed to argue that the masks were a necessary protection in an age when online amateur sleuths sit ready to “doxx” political opponents so they can be threatened and harassed over their political views, Kerkhoff’s argument still didn’t carry.

[Gimme a break! It’s the Communists and Anarchists, with their MSM accomplices, who are doxing people, and ruining their lives. Besides, they weren't wearing masks for that reason. They did so, in order variously to anonymously engage in violence, or to permit rioters to blend in with them.]

The jury in that first case acquitted all six of the defendants who served as guinea pigs for the complicated, expensive, time-consuming, and bizarre set of cases the Justice Department has opted to bring against the demonstrators. Kerkhoff tweaked her recipe for the new slate of trials after jurors from the first case apparently told her that an expert witness might have helped them see things her way.

But now prosecutors can’t find an expert witness who’s willing to testify under their own name, after the same judge rejected a motion to allow the government’s expert to use a pseudonym. The government’s anonymity request noted Kerkhoff herself has been targeted with ugly mailings to her home.

The government feared — much as the protesters they’ve targeted might have when the [sic] wore a mask to protest a president famous for his violent fans [liar] — the expert might get harassed or worse if their identity were public. But had their expert witness in the first December trial been allowed to testify anonymously, it might never have come to light that the detective had shared pro-Trump and anti-protester views online.

The judge’s rejection of the pseudonym request apparently set off a scramble in Kerkhoff’s office, as at least three potential expert witnesses have dropped out. The government now has until the end of April to name the expert witness they’ll field.

Asked if he cared to impose a similar deadline on pre-trial motions, though, Judge Robert Morin managed to put the day’s surprise proceedings into still weirder light.

“The only problem with setting deadlines,” Morin said, “is nobody adheres to them.”