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Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 14, 2020

2020.10.14 21:03 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 14, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 14, 2020
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2020.10.13 02:55 John_Charles_Fremont /r/neoliberal elects the American Presidents - Part 53, Bush v Kerry in 2004

Previous editions:
(All strawpoll results counted as of the next post made)
Part 1, Adams v Jefferson in 1796 - Adams wins with 68% of the vote
Part 2, Adams v Jefferson in 1800 - Jefferson wins with 58% of the vote
Part 3, Jefferson v Pinckney in 1804 - Jefferson wins with 57% of the vote
Part 4, Madison v Pinckney (with George Clinton protest) in 1808 - Pinckney wins with 45% of the vote
Part 5, Madison v (DeWitt) Clinton in 1812 - Clinton wins with 80% of the vote
Part 6, Monroe v King in 1816 - Monroe wins with 51% of the vote
Part 7, Monroe and an Era of Meta Feelings in 1820 - Monroe wins with 100% of the vote
Part 8, Democratic-Republican Thunderdome in 1824 - Adams wins with 55% of the vote
Part 9, Adams v Jackson in 1828 - Adams wins with 94% of the vote
Part 10, Jackson v Clay (v Wirt) in 1832 - Clay wins with 53% of the vote
Part 11, Van Buren v The Whigs in 1836 - Whigs win with 87% of the vote, Webster elected
Part 12, Van Buren v Harrison in 1840 - Harrison wins with 90% of the vote
Part 13, Polk v Clay in 1844 - Polk wins with 59% of the vote
Part 14, Taylor v Cass in 1848 - Taylor wins with 44% of the vote (see special rules)
Part 15, Pierce v Scott in 1852 - Scott wins with 78% of the vote
Part 16, Buchanan v Frémont v Fillmore in 1856 - Frémont wins with 95% of the vote
Part 17, Peculiar Thunderdome in 1860 - Lincoln wins with 90% of the vote.
Part 18, Lincoln v McClellan in 1864 - Lincoln wins with 97% of the vote.
Part 19, Grant v Seymour in 1868 - Grant wins with 97% of the vote.
Part 20, Grant v Greeley in 1872 - Grant wins with 96% of the vote.
Part 21, Hayes v Tilden in 1876 - Hayes wins with 87% of the vote.
Part 22, Garfield v Hancock in 1880 - Garfield wins with 67% of the vote.
Part 23, Cleveland v Blaine in 1884 - Cleveland wins with 53% of the vote.
Part 24, Cleveland v Harrison in 1888 - Harrison wins with 64% of the vote.
Part 25, Cleveland v Harrison v Weaver in 1892 - Harrison wins with 57% of the vote
Part 26, McKinley v Bryan in 1896 - McKinley wins with 71% of the vote
Part 27, McKinley v Bryan in 1900 - Bryan wins with 55% of the vote
Part 28, Roosevelt v Parker in 1904 - Roosevelt wins with 71% of the vote
Part 29, Taft v Bryan in 1908 - Taft wins with 64% of the vote
Part 30, Taft v Wilson v Roosevelt in 1912 - Roosevelt wins with 81% of the vote
Part 31, Wilson v Hughes in 1916 - Hughes wins with 62% of the vote
Part 32, Harding v Cox in 1920 - Cox wins with 68% of the vote
Part 33, Coolidge v Davis v La Follette in 1924 - Davis wins with 47% of the vote
Part 34, Hoover v Smith in 1928 - Hoover wins with 50.2% of the vote
Part 35, Hoover v Roosevelt in 1932 - Roosevelt wins with 85% of the vote
Part 36, Landon v Roosevelt in 1936 - Roosevelt wins with 75% of the vote
Part 37, Willkie v Roosevelt in 1940 - Roosevelt wins with 56% of the vote
Part 38, Dewey v Roosevelt in 1944 - Dewey wins with 50.2% of the vote
Part 39, Dewey v Truman in 1948 - Truman wins with 65% of the vote
Part 40, Eisenhower v Stevenson in 1952 - Eisenhower wins with 69% of the vote
Part 41, Eisenhower v Stevenson in 1956 - Eisenhower wins with 60% of the vote
Part 42, Kennedy v Nixon in 1960 - Kennedy wins with 63% of the vote
Part 43, Johnson v Goldwater in 1964 - Johnson wins with 87% of the vote
Part 44, Nixon v Humphrey in 1968 - Humphrey wins with 60% of the vote
Part 45, Nixon v McGovern in 1972 - Nixon wins with 56% of the vote
Part 46, Carter v Ford in 1976 - Carter wins with 71% of the vote
Part 47 - Carter v Reagan v Anderson in 1980 - Carter wins with 44% of the vote
Part 48, Reagan v Mondale in 1984 - Mondale wins with 55% of the vote
Part 49, Bush v Dukakis in 1988 - Bush wins with 54% of the vote
Part 50, Bush v Clinton v Perot in 1992 - Clinton wins with 71% of the vote
Part 51, Clinton v Dole in 1996 - Clinton wins with 91% of the vote
Part 52, Bush v Gore in 2000 - Gore wins with 88% of the vote
Welcome back to the fifty-third edition of /neoliberal elects the American presidents!
This will be a fairly consistent weekly thing - every week, a new election, until we run out.
I highly encourage you - at least in terms of the vote you cast - to try to think from the perspective of the year the election was held, without knowing the future or how the next administration would go. I'm not going to be trying to enforce that, but feel free to remind fellow commenters of this distinction.
If you're really feeling hardcore, feel free to even speak in the present tense as if the election is truly upcoming!
Whether third and fourth candidates are considered "major" enough to include in the strawpoll will be largely at my discretion and depend on things like whether they were actually intending to run for President, and whether they wound up actually pulling in a meaningful amount of the popular vote and even electoral votes. I may also invoke special rules in how the results will be interpreted in certain elections to better approximate historical reality.
While I will always give some brief background info to spur the discussion, please don't hesitate to bring your own research and knowledge into the mix! There's no way I'll cover everything!
George Bush v John Kerry, 2004
Profiles
  • George Bush is the 58-year-old Republican candidate and the current President. His running mate is Vice President Dick Cheney.
  • John Kerry is the 61-year-old Democratic candidate and a US Senator from Massachusetts. His running mate is US Senator from North Carolina John Edwards.
Issues and Background
  • One thing both President Bush and Senator Kerry agree on is that on September 11th, 2001, everything changed. On that date, the United States was attacked by the transnational Salafist terrorist organization known as Al-Qaeda. Nineteen terrorists hijacked four passenger airlines. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center complex, causing the collapse of the North and South towers. Another plane was flown into the Pentagon. The fourth plane did not reach its intended target, with the hijackers thwarted by the plane's passengers - the plane instead crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks.
    • One week after the attacks, letters containing toxic anthrax spores were sent over several weeks to media outlets and politicians. Initial speculation including from top government officials suggested the letters may have somehow been connected to Al Qaeda or Iraq, but recent publicly known developments suggest the perpetrator may have been an American connected to the intelligence community.
    • The Bush Administration has taken a number of military actions internationally since the attacks as part of a global "war on terror." The most significant operations are given their own summaries in later bullet points.
    • The leader of Al-Qaeda is Osama bin Laden, and there is an ongoing manhunt for him. Senator Kerry claims that the United States had Osama bin Laden pinned down in Tora Bora but that President Bush outsourced the manhunt to Afghan warlords, and that this is why the terrorist leader was able to escape. This characterization is disputed by President Bush and by General Tommy Franks, who was in charge of US forces in Afghanistan at the time. Just days before the election, a new 17 minute video message from Osama Bin Laden has emerged.
    • On October 26, 2001, President Bush signed the Patriot Act. This legislation expands the ability of law enforcement to monitor phone calls and conduct other surveillance, allows greater pooling of intelligence resources across agencies, and expanded the types of crimes considered "terrorism" as well as the penalties for being found guilty of terrorism. Senator Kerry supports the legislation but has suggested it be amended to be stronger against money laundering and possibly increasing oversight of government surveillance powers. Kerry also says he doesn't like the way the current Attorney General has sometimes applied the legislation.
    • In late 2002, President Bush signed legislation creating a Department of Homeland Security.
  • In October 2001, following a failure to come to an agreement with the Taliban regarding the extradition of Osama Bin Laden, the United States invaded Afghanistan. By December, the United States had overthrown the Taliban regime and begun a rebuilding effort in the nation. Since then, and especially since 2003, the United States has fought the Taliban insurgency which formed from the remnants of the Taliban regime. In October of this year, Afghanistan held national elections, which President Bush has touted as a major success. Senator Kerry has described Afghanistan as the "right" war (in contrast with Iraq as the "wrong" war) and seeks to increase the number of American and allied troops in the country.
  • Starting in 2002, the United States began making the case to the country and to the international community for an invasion of Iraq. In October of that year, Congress passed an authorization of force against Iraq should it be considered necessary by the President. The authorization cited interference with weapons inspectors, domestic repression, the possession and development of chemical and biological weapons capabilities, seeking of nuclear weapons capability, and the presence of Al-Qaeda members in Iraq among other justifications.
    In February 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the United Nations, arguing that Iraq did possess weapons of mass destruction and was attempting to conceal this fact. He also attempted to link Iraq and Al-Qaeda, primarily through Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. A month later, the United States announced to the world that diplomacy had failed, and proceeded to invade Iraq alongside the United Kingdom, Australia, and Poland. In April, Baghdad fell, and Saddam Hussein's reign of power ended.
    In May 2003, President Bush announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq in front of a banner reading "Mission Accomplished." What has proceeded since has been an occupation of Iraq which has dealt with a number of challenges. The United States set up a provisional government headed by an American diplomat. This provisional government dissolved the Iraqi military. Unemployment skyrocketed and many government services ended. The United States has since then had to combat an insurgency comprised of former members of the Iraqi military, surviving loyalists to Saddam Hussein, and religious militants. In June of this year, the US and its allies transferred power to a new Iraqi government led by Ayad Allawi.
    • In April of this year, CBS revealed evidence of egregious human rights violations being committed by US Army and CIA personnel against detainees in a prison in Iraq.
    • Just recently, the Iraq Survey Group submitted a final report concluding that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had no chemical weapons, no biological weapons, and no capacity to make nuclear weapons. President Bush's response to the report was as follows:
      Chief weapons inspector, Charles Duelfer, has now issued a comprehensive report that confirms the earlier conclusion of David Kay that Iraq did not have the weapons that our intelligence believed were there. ... The Duelfer report showed that Saddam was systematically gaming the system, using the U.N. oil-for-food program to try to influence countries and companies in an effort to undermine sanctions. He was doing so with the intent of restarting his weapons program, once the world looked away. Based on all the information we have today, I believe we were right to take action, and America is safer today with Saddam Hussein in prison.
    • Republicans have accused Senator Kerry of "flip-flopping" on Iraq, because he voted for the authorization of force there and called Hussein a grave threat, but this year has been very critical of the intervention. He has attempted to reconcile the issue:
      Well, let me tell you straight up, I've never changed my mind about Iraq. I do believe Saddam Hussein was a threat. I always believed he was a threat—believed it in 1998 when Clinton was President. I wanted to give Clinton the power to use force if necessary. But I would have used that force wisely. I would have used that authority wisely, not rushed to war without a plan to win the peace. I would have brought our allies to our side. I would have fought to make certain our troops had everybody possible to help them win the mission.
    • Senator Kerry's plan for Iraq is to use international diplomacy to shift the burden of the rebuilding effort away from the US during his first term. He has said it is possible that by the end of his first term, most of the foreign troops in Iraq would come from countries other than the US. He plans to solicit more international help in Iraq by granting the international community greater access to reconstruction contracts and greater say in the development of a permanent Iraqi government.
  • President Bush has signed into law two rounds of tax cuts. The first bill, in 2001, cut federal income tax breaks for several brackets, cut capital gains taxes, and began a phaseout of the estate tax. The second bill in 2003 lowered rates further. Senator Kerry intends to repeal the Bush tax cuts but only for those making over $200,000 a year.
  • In the 1960s, John Kerry served a four-month tour of duty during the Vietnam War, receiving several medals including three Purple Hearts. He first gained some national recognition as an anti-war activist upon returning, through his involvement with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Returning to the present, a political group "Swift Vets and POWs for Truth" has formed to oppose Senator Kerry's presidential candidacy. The group claims that Kerry has exaggerated some claims about his service and hurt his fellow servicemen by opposing the war upon return to the US. The group has gone so far as to say he is "unfit to serve" as President. The group has released several television advertisements and a book. As time has gone on, the claims against Kerry have come under serious scrutiny, with some evidence (1) (2) (3) suggesting the attacks on Kerry are unfair or misleading.
  • At the end of last year, President Bush signed into law a major overhaul of Medicare. Perhaps most significantly, a new prescription drug benefit for Medicare beneficiaries will go into effect in 2006. Senator Kerry has attacked President Bush for blocking attempts to allow the importation or at least reimportation of drugs from Canada.
  • In 2002, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act. The main provisions of the legislation mandate an expansion of standardized testing at the state level for public schools receiving federal funds. Further provisions and prescribed corrective action in the legislation depend on a school's ability to consistently improve standardized test scores. Senator Kerry supported the legislation but has criticized the President for not fully funding the associated programs.
  • Embryonic stem cells, coming from human embryos that are about 3-5 days old, are special cells which can divide to form the more specialized cells that are associated with a fully functioning human body. Scientists speak highly of the promise that research on these cells holds, and the potential treatments that could come from such research. However, many conservatives object partially or entirely to embryonic stem cell research because it typically involves the destruction of a human embryo. In 2001, President Bush issued an executive order only allowing federal funds for such research on colonies of stem cells which already existed when the policy was announced. The Bush Administration has argued this is a policy which compromises between ethics and the scientific value of the research. Senator Kerry wants to lift this partial ban.
  • In May of this year, Massachusetts became the first US state to license and recognize same-sex marriages, following a relevant court decision in 2003. John Kerry and George Bush both say they believe marriage is between one man and one woman. However, President Bush supports a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which Senator Kerry does not. Kerry also voted against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
  • As an exemplification of what they argue is the broader issue of Kerry's alleged "flip-flopping," President Bush and other members of his campaign have repeatedly referred to a quote from Senator Kerry in March, in which he said of a military supplemental appropriations bill, "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it." Kerry has since said he regrets his phrasing.
Debate Excerpts
Quotations in excerpt titles refer to moderator's prompt, block quotations are from named candidate(s).
First Presidential Debate (full transcript)
(1) Bush on Iraq:
My opponent looked at the same intelligence I looked at and declared, in 2002, that Saddam Hussein was a grave threat. He also said, in December of 2003, that anyone who doubts that the world is safer without Saddam Hussein does not have the judgment to be President. I agree with him. The world is better off without Saddam Hussein.
(2) Kerry on Iraq:
The President just talked about Iraq as a center of the war on terror. Iraq was not even close to the center of the war on terror before the President invaded it. The President made the judgment to divert forces from under General Tommy Franks from Afghanistan before the Congress even approved it, to begin to prepare to go to war in Iraq. And he rushed to war in Iraq without a plan to win the peace.
(3) Bush on homeland security:
But the best way to protect this homeland is to stay on the offense. We have to be right 100 percent of the time, and the enemy only has to be right once to hurt us. There's a lot of good people working hard. And by the way, we've also changed the culture of the FBI to have counterterrorism as its number one priority. We're communicating better. We're going to reform our intelligence services to make sure that we get the best intelligence possible. The PATRIOT Act is vital. It's vital that the Congress renew the PATRIOT Act, which enables our law enforcement to disrupt terrorist cells.
(4) Kerry on the coalition in Iraq:
The United Nations' Kofi Annan offered help after Baghdad fell. And we never picked him up on that and did what was necessary to transfer authority and to transfer reconstruction. It was always American-run. Secondly, when we went in, there were three countries, Great Britain, Australia, and the United States. That's not a grand coalition. We can do better.
(5) Bush on the coalition in Iraq:
Well, actually, he forgot Poland. And now, there are 30 nations involved, standing side by side with our American troops, and I honor their sacrifices. And I don't appreciate it when a candidate for President denigrates the contributions of these brave—brave soldiers. It's—you cannot lead the world if you do not honor the contributions of those who are with us. He called them the "coerced and the bribed." That's not how you bring people together. Our coalition is strong. It will remain strong, for my—so long as I'm the President.
(6) Kerry on whether President Bush lied:
First of all, we all know that in his State of the Union Message he told Congress about nuclear materials that didn't exist. We know that he promised America that he was going to build this coalition. I just described the coalition. It is not the kind of coalition we were described when we were talking about voting for this. The President said he would exhaust the remedies of the United Nations and go through that full process. He didn't. He cut it off, sort of arbitrarily. And we know that there were further diplomatics—efforts underway. They just decided the time for diplomacy is over and rushed to war without planning for what happens afterwards. Now, he misled the American people in his speech when he said, "We will plan carefully." They obviously didn't. He misled the American people when he said, "We'd go to war as a last resort." We did not go as a last resort. And most Americans know the difference.
Vice-Presidential Debate (full transcript)
(1) Cheney on the connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda:
Concern about Iraq specifically focused on the fact that Saddam Hussein had been, for years, listed on the state sponsor of terror, that they he had established relationships with Abu Nidal, who operated out of Baghdad; he paid $25,000 to the families of suicide bombers; and he had an established relationship with Al Qaida. Specifically, look at George Tenet, the CIA director's testimony before the Committee on Foreign Relations two years ago when he talked about a 10-year relationship.
The effort that we've mounted with respect to Iraq focused specifically on the possibility that this was the most likely nexus between the terrorists and weapons of mass destruction.
(2) Edwards on Iraq:
The vice president suggests that we have the same number of countries involved now that we had in the first Gulf War. The first Gulf War cost the American people $5 billion.
And regardless of what the vice president says, we're at $200 billion and counting. Not only that, 90 percent of the coalition casualties, Mr. Vice President, the coalition casualties, are American casualties. Ninety percent of the cost of this effort are being borne by American taxpayers. It is the direct result of the failures of this administration.
(3) Cheney on Edwards:
Your hometown newspaper has taken to calling you "Senator Gone." You've got one of the worst attendance records in the United States Senate. Now, in my capacity as vice president, I am the president of Senate, the presiding officer. I'm up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they're in session.
The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight.
(4) Edwards on Cheney:
The vice president, I'm surprised to hear him talk about records. When he was one of 435 members of the United States House, he was one of 10 to vote against Head Start, one of four to vote against banning plastic weapons that can pass through metal detectors.
He voted against the Department of Education. He voted against funding for Meals on Wheels for seniors. He voted against a holiday for Martin Luther King. He voted against a resolution calling for the release of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
Second Presidential Debate (Town Hall) (full transcript)
(1) Bush on government spending:
We have a deficit. We have a deficit because this country went into a recession. You might remember the stock market started to decline dramatically 6 months before I came to office, and then the bubble of the 1990s popped. And that cost us rev-enue—that cost us revenue.
Secondly, we're at war. And I'm going to spend what it takes to win the war, more than just 120 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan. We've got to pay our troops more. We have. We've increased money for ammunition and weapons and pay and homeland security. I just told this lady over here we spent—went from 10 to 30 billion dollars to protect the homeland. I think we have an obligation to spend that kind of money.
(2) Kerry on taxes:
Right into the camera—yes. I am not going to raise taxes. I have a tax cut, and here's my tax cut. I raise the child care credit by $1,000 for families to help them be able to take care of their kids. I have a $4,000 tuition tax credit that goes to parents and kids, if they're earning for themselves, to be able to pay for college. And I lower the cost of health care in the way that I described to you.
(3) Bush on health care:
Let me start with how to control the costs of health care: Medical liability reform, for starters, which he's opposed. Secondly, allow small businesses to pool together so they can share risk and buy insurance at the same discounts big businesses get to do. Thirdly, spread what's called health savings accounts. It's good for small businesses, good for owners. You own your own account. You can save tax-free. You get a catastrophic plan to help you— own it. This is different from saying, "Okay, let me incent you to go on the Government."
(4) Kerry on abortion restrictions:
Well, again, the President just said categorically, "My opponent is against this. My opponent is against that." It's just not that simple. No, I'm not. I'm against the partial-birth abortion, but you've got to have an exception for the life of the mother and the health of the mother under the strictest test of bodily injury to the mother. Secondly, with respect to parental notification, I'm not going to require a 16- or 17-year old kid who's been raped by her father and who's pregnant to have to notify her father. So you've got to have a judicial intervention. And because they didn't have a judicial intervention where she could go somewhere and get help, I voted against it. It's never quite as simple as the President wants you to believe.
Third Presidential Debate (full transcript)
(1) Bush on the flu vaccine shortage:
Bob, we relied upon a company out of England to provide about half of the flu vaccines for the United States citizen, and it turned out that the vaccine they were producing was contaminated. And so we took the right action and didn't allow contaminated medicine into our country. We're working with Canada to, hopefully—that they'll produce a—help us realize the vaccine necessary to make sure our citizens have got flu vaccinations during this upcoming season.
My call to our fellow Americans is, if you're healthy, if you're younger, don't get a flu shot this year. Help us prioritize those who need to get the flu shot, the elderly and the young. The CDC, responsible for health in the United States, is setting those priorities and is allocating the flu vaccine accordingly. I haven't gotten a flu shot, and I don't intend to, because I want to make sure that those who are most vulnerable get treated.
(2) Kerry on whether homosexuality is a choice:
We're all God's children, Bob, and I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney's daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she's being who she was. She's being who she was born as. I think if you talk to anybody, it's not choice. I've met people who've struggled with this for years, people who were in a marriage because they were living a sort of convention, and they struggled with it. And I've met wives who are supportive of their husbands, or vice versa, when they finally sort of broke out and allowed themselves to live who they were, who they felt God had made them. I think we have to respect that.
(3) Bush on Social Security:
I believe that younger workers ought to be allowed to take some of their own money and put it in a personal savings account, because I understand that they need to get better rates of return than the rates of return being given in the current Social Security trust. And the compounding rate of interest effect will make it more likely that the Social Security system is solvent for our children and our grandchildren.
(4) Kerry on assault weapons:
I believe it was a failure of Presidential leadership not to reauthorize the assault weapons ban. I am a hunter. I'm a gun owner. I've been a hunter since I was a kid, 12, 13 years old. And I respect the second amendment, and I will not tamper with the second amendment. But I'll tell you this. I'm also a former law enforcement officer. I ran one of the largest district attorney offices in America, one of the 10 largest. I've put people behind bars for the rest of their life. I've broken up organized crime. I know something about prosecuting. And most of the law enforcement agencies in America wanted that assault weapons ban. They don't want to go into a drug bust and be facing an AK-47.
Platforms
Read the full 2004 Republican platform here.
Read the full 2004 Democratic platform here.
Internet Resources
Kerry/Edwards Website
Bush/Cheney Website (I can't seem to get a working WebArchive link for this one, feel free to send me one if you find one, should be georgewbush.com)
Videos
Debates
First Presidential Debate
Vice-Presidential Debate
Second Presidential Debate (Town Hall)
Third Presidential Debate
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Strawpoll
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2020.09.25 14:36 VisibleConfusion69 Open Letter to Steve Huffman and the Board of Directors of Reddit, Inc- If you believe in standing up to hate and supporting black lives, you need to act

Open Letter to Steve Huffman and the Board of Directors of Reddit, Inc – If you believe in standing up to hate and supporting black lives, you need to act
Dear Steve,
On June 1, you shared a letter on Reddit’s blog “Remember the Human – Black Lives Matter”. In this letter, you claim “as Snoos, we do not tolerate hate, racism, and violence, and while we have work to do to fight these on our platform, our values are clear.”
As of today, neither you nor any other Reddit admins have shared this letter anywhere on reddit.com. However, the response to this message was swift on Twitter, where you were rightfully labeled as hypocritical based on your long and well-recorded history of defending racism and white supremacy on this site.
Among the many responses was this message from former CEO of Reddit, Ellen Pao.
I am obligated to call you out: You should have shut down the_donald instead of amplifying it and its hate, racism, and violence. So much of what is happening now lies at your feet. You don't get to say BLM when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long
Many others shared links and screenshots of your past statements saying “Open racism and slurs are fine to post on Reddit”.
The problem of Reddit’s leadership supporting and providing a platform for racist users and hateful communities has long been an issue. Nearly six years ago, dozens of subreddits signed the original open letter to the Reddit admins calling for action. While the Reddit admins acknowledged the letter and said it was a high priority to address this issue, extremely little has been done in the intervening years.
On June 5, you shared this update on /Announcements, Upcoming changes to our content policy, our board, and where we’re going from here. In the post, you stated that there is a need for continued adjustments of Reddit’s content policy to address racism and that this remains a priority. These continued statements that you hear us, that this is a priority, or that you are working on it are not enough. It has been five years since your return as CEO and this still remains Reddit’s most glaring problem.
Steve, if you and Reddit genuinely care about the values of standing up to racism and hate, then you need to back it up with real action. As moderators on this website who have dedicated countless hours to keeping this site running, we call on Reddit to take the following steps:
At /AgainstHateSubreddits, we have laid out the many failures of Steve time and again to stand up to white supremacy on this site time and time and time again.
With a website with the impact of Reddit on the broader conversations being held in communities around the world, this website needs real leadership and real action.
We hope that Reddit will not just share empty platitudes — but will take a meaningful stand against hate, and take these recommendations to heart.
This letter is co-signed by more than 200 300 350 430 550 650 800 communities representing well over 200 hundreds of millions of subscribers:
If your subreddit is not listed and would like to sign on, please leave a comment below
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2020.09.24 06:28 memesandcommunism LETTER TO REDDIT CEO

Open Letter to Steve Huffman and the Board of Directors of Reddit, Inc– If you believe in standing up to hate and supporting black lives, you need to act
Open Letter to Steve Huffman and the Board of Directors of Reddit, Inc – If you believe in standing up to hate and supporting black lives, you need to act
Dear Steve,
On June 1, you shared a letter on Reddit’s blog “Remember the Human – Black Lives Matter”. In this letter, you claim “as Snoos, we do not tolerate hate, racism, and violence, and while we have work to do to fight these on our platform, our values are clear.”
As of today, neither you nor any other Reddit admins have shared this letter anywhere on reddit.com. However, the response to this message was swift on Twitter, where you were rightfully labeled as hypocritical based on your long and well-recorded history of defending racism and white supremacy on this site.
Among the many responses was this message from former CEO of Reddit, Ellen Pao.
I am obligated to call you out: You should have shut down the_donald instead of amplifying it and its hate, racism, and violence. So much of what is happening now lies at your feet. You don't get to say BLM when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long
Many others shared links and screenshots of your past statements saying “Open racism and slurs are fine to post on Reddit”.
The problem of Reddit’s leadership supporting and providing a platform for racist users and hateful communities has long been an issue. Nearly six years ago, dozens of subreddits signed the original open letter to the Reddit admins calling for action. While the Reddit admins acknowledged the letter and said it was a high priority to address this issue, extremely little has been done in the intervening years.
On June 5, you shared this update on /Announcements, Upcoming changes to our content policy, our board, and where we’re going from here. In the post, you stated that there is a need for continued adjustments of Reddit’s content policy to address racism and that this remains a priority. These continued statements that you hear us, that this is a priority, or that you are working on it are not enough. It has been five years since your return as CEO and this still remains Reddit’s most glaring problem.
Steve, if you and Reddit genuinely care about the values of standing up to racism and hate, then you need to back it up with real action. As moderators on this website who have dedicated countless hours to keeping this site running, we call on Reddit to take the following steps:
At /AgainstHateSubreddits, we have laid out the many failures of Steve time and again to stand up to white supremacy on this site time and time and time again.
With a website with the impact of Reddit on the broader conversations being held in communities around the world, this website needs real leadership and real action.
We hope that Reddit will not just share empty platitudes — but will take a meaningful stand against hate, and take these recommendations to heart.
This letter is co-signed by more than 200 300 350 430 550 650 800 communities representing well over 200 hundreds of millions of subscribers:
If your subreddit is not listed and would like to sign on, please leave a comment below
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2020.08.21 22:59 Quirky-Motor EXTENSIVE two-part write up on the murder of Laci Peterson… is there really reasonable doubt? The prosecution case Part 1 of 2.

Hello everyone, today I decided to share a long form write-up that I have been working on for some time. I hope you enjoy. Other detailed and lengthy write ups about a variety of crimes can be found on my reddit profile - https://www.reddit.com/useQuirky-Motor
So...I read almost every book regarding the murder of Laci Peterson and the trial of her husband Scott Peterson. This is what I found.
During lock down I watched some documentaries about the story which I previously knew nothing about, and then decided to dive deep into the case. At first, I felt bad for Scott Peterson. It really seemed like the guy was hounded by the media and did not get a fair trial, even if he was guilty as sin. But instead of jumping to conclusions about his involvement, I decided to do some research and then read every book I could on the case. I read books from different perspectives. Books that touted Scott’s innocence as well as those which condemned him, I wanted a complete a picture as possible. Here is what I found.
Overview of the case- Scott Peterson was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Laci and his unborn son, Conner in 2004. In 2020 it was announced that Peterson may get a new trial which prompted this piece. The most intriguing part about this case is that there was no “smoking gun.” Nearly all the evidence was purely circumstantial, which in a court of law is just as valid as physical evidence.
According to the Prosecution: Scott Peterson killed his pregnant wife Laci Rocha Peterson on either the evening of the 23rd of Dec. 2002 or the morning of the 24th of Dec. via a non bloody method such as smothering,or strangling. Then took her to the Berkeley Marina ninety miles away from their home and dumped her body from his new fishing boat that was unregistered, bought with cash, and unknown to his family and friends. Five months after Laci went missing, her torso and the remains of her son washed up on the shores of the San Francisco bay only 1-2 miles from where Scott was fishing that fateful day. She had no hands, head, arms, or feet. The prosecution believes that Laci’s body was weighed down with concrete anchors which caused only her torso to surface.
According to the defense: Scott Peterson last saw his wife on the morning of the 24th before he left for his warehouse where he did some work and then took his new boat, which they claim some people did know about, to the Berkeley Marina to go fishing for approximately one hour before driving back home to find his wife missing. His wife’s body was found near the spot he went fishing either through pure happenstance or because the real killers wanted to frame Scott.
Background
Scott Peterson was born to Lee and Jackie Peterson in San Diego, California in 1972. He was the youngest of seven children, four of whom he grew up with and was dotted upon because he was the baby of the family. By the time Scott was born his family was well off, although they hadn’t always been so. Scott attended private high school and played golf, even attending Arizona State University to play the sport on a scholarship. After a while Scott returned to California to attend community college and then eventually Cal Poly to study Agricultural Business. While in college he worked as a waiter and met a fellow student, Laci Rocha in 1994. By 1996 the couple moved in together. Laci graduated in 1997 with an ornamental horticulture degree and the couple married. Scott later returned to school and graduated in 1998. During this time Scott had a slew of affairs, one of which Laci apparently knew about. The couple did various jobs including owning a sports bar before moving back to Laci’s home town of Modesto. In 2000 with the intention of starting a family, the Petersons bought a home in a nice neighborhood. Laci went to work was a substitute teacher and Scott began work selling fertilizer for a European company called (ironically) TradeCorp. USA.
After 18 or 24 months of infertility the couple conceived their first child, a boy in May 2002 who was due on Feb. 10th 2003. Laci would disappear on December 24th, only six weeks before Conner’s due date.
Laci Rocha was born in Escalon, CA in 1975 to Dennis and Sharon Rocha who were dairy farmers. She has a brother, Brent who is four years her senior. At age two Laci’s parents split and she lived primarily with her mother. Soon afterwards, Sharon met her longtime boyfriend Ron Grantski who became like a step father to Laci. Her father Dennis remarried as well resulting in Laci’s younger sister, Amy Rocha. Laci was described as a talkative and vivacious person who wanted to be a mother and housewife more than anything. She loved entertaining and gardening and she always wore a smile. By the time she disappeared she had been with her husband Scott for eight years and was excited to have a baby.
According to court reports at the time of Laci’s disappearance, money was tight. Both Scott and Laci spent money freely and they had little expendable income and less than $2000 in savings. This was not a fact that was well known to friends and family, however.
Individuals of the case:
Sharon Rocha- Laci’s mother Dennis Rocha- Laci’s father
Ron Grantski- Sharon’s long-term boyfriend and Laci’s step dad
Brent Rocha- Laci’s brother Amy Rocha- Laci’s ½ sister
Lee and Jackie Peterson- Scott’s parents
Spurlock, Evers, Gonzalez, Brocchini, Grogan, Buehler– Modesto PD officers and detectives
Mark Geragos- Scott’s attorney Matt Dalton- lawyer on Scott’s legal team- fired by Geragos
Evidence used by the prosecution (and defense)
Below is a collection of the evidence the prosecution (and defense) gathered during the investigation. Police were first called to the scene of 523 Covena Avenue at 5:15 pm after a report that a woman, Laci Peterson, who was 8 months pregnant had gone missing. While some officers went to search the park near the Peterson home, other officers were dispatched to the home to do a walk-through of the house and speak to the husband of the missing woman, a 30-year-old man named Scott Peterson. Scott told officers that he left the home in the morning and that his wife, Laci who was watching Martha Stewart at that time, was planning on walking the dog a Golden Retriever named McKenzie, doing some grocery shopping, and baking gingerbread that day before they were due at her parents’ home for Christmas eve dinner. He said that Laci was wearing black pants, a white top, and her diamond earrings, diamond necklace, and a gold and diamond watch.
Scott said he worked for a while and then went fishing at Berkeley Marina, between Oakland and El Cerrito, California, before coming home at 4:45 pm and finding his wife gone. He did some cleaning and other things before calling his mother in law Sharon at 5:17 pm. He explained that Laci wasn’t home. She told him to check with neighbors and call Laci’s friends. By 5:32 pm Scott called back and said that she wasn’t there. Sharon decided to go to the park where Laci usually walked the dog. At 5:45 pm Ron Grantski called 911 to report Laci missing. Officers went to search the park where Laci walked the dog, other officers went to the Peterson home to walk through the scene and talk to Scott.
Information gathered December 24th
· Scott told officers that Laci was going to be walking the dog when he last saw her but according to her OBGYN, her yoga teacher, and the neighbors Laci had not been walking due to her advanced pregnancy. Amy Krigbaum and Tara Venable who lived across the street had not seen Laci walking the dog for weeks.
· Scott checked his cell phone voicemail at 10:08 am but then did not use his phone from 10:08-2:15 pm. Scott never told Laci his plans to go fishing and did not call her to let her know his plans or that he had left the area.
· After Scott’s famous “hey beautiful” call at 2:15 pm, he NEVER called Laci’s cellphone even after knowing she was missing
· Scott returned home to an empty house, Laci’s car in the driveway, and a dog in the backyard with a leash on and instead of calling Laci he…
  1. Dumped a bucket of mop water and placed that and the mops outside
  2. Took off ALL of his clothes including a sweater and put them in the washer and started the machine.
  3. He ate a snack
  4. He showered
  5. Then he called Laci’s mom, then checked with neighbors, then Laci’s step dad called the police
· When patrol officers came to the house, they noticed a variety of things which seemed off about the home. The scene was so strange that the officers called their sergeant who agreed that homicide needed to be contacted. Below is a thorough explanation.
By 6 pm the patrol officer, Evers, called for a detective as he believed the story to be more than a typical missing person report. He found two mops and an empty but damp bucket outside the door. It also appeared that the floor had been recently mopped. The sidewalk was wet. Scott explained that he dumped the bucket when he got home. In the bathroom, Laci’s curling iron was on the counter. There was an open bottle of ranch dressing on the kitchen counter, as well as the pizza box from the night before. There was also an open phone book on the counter, it was flipped to a full-page ad for a criminal defense attorney. Evers also found a bunched-up rug by the back door, which he described as looking like something heavy had been dragged over it. As soon as he noticed it, Scott straightened it out- it was never photographed. There was no evidence of a break-in and Laci’s jewelry and purse were untouched. Evers asked Scott to explain the morning again. Scott replied “I was fishing” and gave his parking receipt to the officer Spurlock despite not being asked to. He then had this conversation with Spurlock- who loves fishing.
Spurlock: What did you go fishing for?
Peterson: no answer
S: what did you use for bait?
P: first a pause… “some type of silver lure”
S: where do you keep your fishing stuff?
P: I keep it at my company’s storage facility.
P: later approached Spurlock and said “sturgeon”
· Scott explained to the officers that he made a morning decision to fish because it was too cold to golf (it was in the 40s) but instead of leaving right away he did work at the warehouse before fishing, even though he knew he had errands to run before dinner.
· He explained to the officers that he called Laci’s cell at 2:15 pm but never after that time despite coming home to an empty house with Laci’s car still in the driveway. The officers went outside to talk to their superiors as they arrived and the men relayed their findings to Sergeant Duerfeldt. The patrol officers were concerned that:
  1. Scott had no answer for what he was fishing for or what bait he used
  2. Scott produced the receipt for fishing without being asked
  3. The fact that Scott did not call Laci at any point after he realized he was missing
  4. The fact that Scott did not report Laci missing- Ron Grantski did
  5. Scott cleaning himself and his clothes before calling Sharon
  6. Open phone book ad for a criminal defense attorney
  7. The bunched-up rug near the back door
Duerfeldt decided that the patrol officers were correct- homicide detectives needed to be contacted. Scott’s family and supporters have used this to show that Modesto PD “rushed to judgement” and focused on Scott from the beginning. Modesto PD claims that they simply followed the evidence. Despite calling homicide, other officers continued to search La Loma park and canvassed the neighborhood looking for Laci. The K-9 unit was brought in to search the park and the surrounding area.
· Once homicide detective Al Brocchini arrived at the scene, he noticed several other strange things in the house such as the fact that Scott claimed to be fishing for sturgeon, but he was using incorrect bait for that fish, not to mention sturgeon was not in season.
· Brocchini also noticed an impression on the bed that was about five feet long that he thought was odd, as it was shaped like a wrapped-up body. Pictures were taken of that impression. Picture here- http://photos1.blogger.com/blogge1548/2104/1600/P37i.jpg
· Scott was seen loading three, 4’ tall patio umbrellas in to his truck in the morning according to a neighbor, but he never dropped them off at the warehouse like he told police he was going to. The umbrellas were all wrapped in individual tarps. The neighbor observed this between 9:20-9:40 am.
· An empty tarp was found among the patio umbrellas in the bed of Scott’s truck
· Scott told investigators they could search his warehouse but that it would be hard because there was no electricity. A later search warrant determined that was a lie- the warehouse had electricity including overhead fluorescent lights. No power outages had been reported.
· Concrete debris was found in Scott’s boat and the bed of his truck
· A small cut on Scott’s knuckle was observed
· Scott left the home between 9:30-10 am, (phone records show it was closer to 10) but the neighbor Karen Servas the neighbor found the Petersons’ dog wandering in the street with a leash on at 10:18 am, meaning that if Laci was alive when Scott left, Laci disappeared in a very short time frame.
· Scott bought a boat with cash ($1400) on Dec. 9th despite money being tight
· Scott did not register the boat
· Scott’s family or his friends Guy Miligi or Greg Reed did not know about the boat
Peterson supporters say someone did know about the boat, Bruce Peterson (no relation) knew! This is the man Scott bought the boat from.
· The boat was unused until the day of the 24th
· Scott did not make a morning decision to fish- On the 20th of Dec. he bought a two-day fishing license for Dec. 23rd-24th
· Scott did not know what he was fishing for that day
· Scott claimed later to be fishing for sturgeon which was out of season and illegal to fish for in Dec.
· Scott did not open the lures he had bought for fishing. They remained unopened in his truck
· Scott went fishing 90 miles away from his home even though he had plans for that evening and errands to run
· Scott passed nine other places he could have fished and instead went to Berkeley marina where he fished for less than one hour before leaving
· Scott took a 3 hour round trip to the marina and only fished for one hour
Picture of Scott’s boat https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/boat-owned-by-scott-peterson-is-towed-from-a-parking-garage-news-photo/51120067
Information gathered December 25th
· During Scott’s interview he denied that he and Laci had marriage issues and told the detective that neither of them had had affairs
· Scott referred to Laci exclusively in the past tense during his first interview
· Scott asked Brocchini for the numbers of grief counselors even though Laci had only been missing for a few hours.
· When Brocchini pointed this out Scott said “I will need those numbers” for Laci’s family.
Here is the whole conversation:
As Peterson left the interview, he turned to Brocchini and had this conversation.
SP: “The only question I have is… what about resources available? You saw my mother in law tonight, um anyway…”
B: “what do you mean?”
SP: “Counseling and that kind of thing. Can you give use the numbers or do I have to search…”?
B: “I can give you those numbers I just don’t know, you probably aren’t going to get any answers today…”
SP: “yeah of course and there is not a need to call if we find Laci in the next days”
B: “yeah I agree I will get you those numbers.”
SP: “I will need them”
B” Ok I will get you the number for victim services (Laci had only been missing for 6 hours)
· Neighbors Tara Venable and Amy Kirgbaum tell the police on December 25th that the curtains of the Peterson home were drawn all day on the 24th- unusual if Laci was home. They also told police they were sad for Laci because the husband was away so much for overnight trips. They also said they had not seen Laci walking for “quite some time.”
· Neighbor Karen Servas put the Petersons dog away on the morning (10:18 am) of the 24th but did not see any other suspicious things in the neighborhood that morning. Karen also talked to Scott on the evening of 24th when he was looking for Laci and Scott told her he spent the day golfing, not fishing.
· According to Ron Grantski, Scott left the Dec. 25th press conference for Laci because he did not like reporters asking questions about him.
· On Dec. 25th Scott was interviewed a 2nd time this time by detective Grogan. The detective had accosted Peterson as he left the press conference. Scott refused a polygraph- which was within rights but others see as suspicious.
· After the interview Scott called Brocchini and asked an update on the search for Laci. Scott asked “Have you used cadaver dogs yet? Brocchini replied “Cadaver dogs are used for sniffing out dead bodies, have you given up hope on finding Laci alive? Scott did not reply. Laci had been missing for less than 24 hours at this point.
· This was the only time Scott ever contacted law enforcement to inquire about his missing wife.
Information gathered December 26th
· On the 26th Laci’s friends, Stacy and Lori were interviewed. Stacy thought it was strange that on Christmas day, Scott was vigorously vacuuming and re-vacuuming the laundry room area.
· Stacy’s boyfriend was a retired highway patrolman and during all the searches, Scott was carefully avoiding him, specifically.
· Both Stacy and Lori in separate interviews believed Scott was responsible for Laci’s disappearance. Both women also confirmed that Laci had stopped talking walks or walking the dog in early December.
· On the 26th in the afternoon the Medina family who lived across the street from the Petersons returned home to find their home ransacked. The Medinas left their home at 10:32 am on the 24th and did not return until the 26th in the afternoon, so the robbery occurred sometime in between those two times. The burglars stole a safe, some money, and some other valuables.
Information gathered December 27th Search warrants are executed on Scott’s home, business, and both vehicles
· When served the search warrants Scott said to Brocchini “Where’s the trust?”
· Investigators find the umbrellas that Scott said he was going to store at the warehouse, as well as the tarp coverings in the back yard of the Peterson home spread across several sheds.
· They also found the empty tan tarp and boat cover which were in Scott’s truck on the 24th. Both items had been placed under a leaky leaf blower in the garden shed. The items were so soaked with gasoline they had to be dried out for two days.
· The gas smell was so strong it delayed the use of a cadaver dog at the property for two days. Even after 48 hours the scent of gasoline confused the dogs and they were unable find anything.
· Some of the jewelry Scott said Laci was wearing was found in her jewelry box.
· The shoes Scott said Laci wore on walks were found in the home.
· The comforter was seized as it had two drops of blood on it near the end of the bed. The blood was later determined to be Scott’s.
· On the walls of the home Scott had four diplomas framed and displayed, three of them were fake. One of the diplomas was a bachelors in religious studies which Scott purchased on December 16th for $269.70 from phonydiplomas.com. Scott later explained it was a gag gift from Laci, but the diploma was purchased using Scott’s credit card and addressed to him in the mail. It is thought Scott wanted to show the diploma to his girlfriend, Amber Frey, as Amber wanted to go to school to study divinity.
· A sniffer dog was given some of Laci’s clothing and followed the scent into the middle of the street, rather than down the sidewalk indicating that Laci most likely left the area in a car, not on foot.
· In Scott’s boat a rusted pair of pliers with a black hair stuck to them were collected. Later testing showed the hair was consistent with Laci’s hair. MtDNA tests showed the hair belonged to a relative of Sharon Rocha.
· At the warehouse the cadaver dog hit on boat and boat trailer but not anywhere else such as outside the building.
· At Scott’s warehouse, debris from dry concrete and a water pitcher with concrete debris on the bottom is found.
· On the ground and boat trailer were four round circular impressions made of concrete residue. The rings were exactly the same size as the concrete anchor Scott had made for his boat.
When asked Scott was unable to produce the bucket he used to make the anchor he had in his boat. Scott denied making other anchors and provided three different explanations to what happened to the rest of the dry concrete, 1) he threw it away 2) he didn’t know what he did with it 3) he dumped it into a hole in his driveway (which was deemed unlikely at court by both defense and prosecution experts). Scott apparently bought 90 lbs of concrete to make one 8 lbs. anchor.
· Neighbors at Scott’s work Mr. Prater and Ms. O’Donnell were interviewed. Prater said he never talked to Scott but he saw Scott toting a bag of concrete into the warehouse on Dec. 20th. A receipt showed Scott purchased a 90 lbs bag of dry concrete mix.
· O’Donnell explained that Laci had used the bathroom in her warehouse unit on Dec. 20th or 23rd. The police thought this was to prevent Laci from seeing Scott’s boat. Further, the warehouse was so full it was difficult to get to the bathroom in Scott’s warehouse.
· Scott’s computers, both home and work, were seized and it was determined that Scott had been looking up tidal activity in the area of the Berkeley Marina as early as Dec. 8th.
· The home computer was also searched. On the morning of the 24th the computer was used to access The Gap website and look at a woman’s scarf. There was a pop-up ad for a sunflower umbrella stand, and then finally Scott’s personal email was accessed. This happened from 8:40-8:45 am.
· The same day as the search warrant, a woman called a rape crisis line to report that she was sexually assaulted a week or so prior. The woman claimed she was abducted by a group of people in a brown van who assaulted her as part of a satanic ritual. They also told her they were going to commit and Christmas murder that “she would read about in the papers.” This woman never made a police report as far as I can tell, but the rape counselor turned this info over to Modesto PD. The police found the people and van in question and processed the brown van for evidence, surprisingly no evidence of any crime was found in the van. When the police were done with the vehicle the family never returned for it and Geragos bought the van, but he never found anything or used the van at trial- leading spectators to believe that the van held no evidentiary value.
Amber Frey
When exploring this case, it is hard to overlook the character of Amber Frey. On December 29th 2002 a woman named Amber Frey called the Modesto PD and reported that she has been having a romantic relationship with Scott Peterson. Investigators were intrigued and interviewed her on December 30th 2002. Amber had first met Scott in November 2002 through her friend Shawn Sibley. Shawn Sibley met Scott at a work conference in early November 2002. One day after the conference a group of conference-goers had drinks in the hotel bar and watched a baseball game on TV. While goofing around at the bar Scott, who no one knew was married, asked Shawn Sibley what he should put on his name tag to help attract women. She thought about it for a moment and then said he should put “I'm rich” on his name tag. Scott said he was going to put H.B short for horny bastard. At this point some of the people with Shawn and Scott left thinking the conversation was getting too flirty. Shawn and Scott hung out for several more hours but Shawn was wearing an engagement ring and told Scott that she was in a committed relationship. Scott was not wearing a ring. The next day at the conference Shawn and Scott exchanged business cards and Scott went on his way. He called Shawn a couple weeks later and asked if she had any friends who would want to meet up with him. Shawn thought about it and later suggested her friend Amber.
Shawn Scott talked on the phone several times but Scott never mentioned that he was married. In mid-November Scott first met Amber Frey. Amber was a 26-year-old single mother of a toddler who worked as a massage therapist near Fresno, California about an hour's drive from Modesto. From their first blind date on, Scott acted like a perfect gentleman buying Amber flowers and he even got a private dining room for them for their first date. While some Scott supporters will try to tell you that Amber and Scott's relationship was not very serious and the Amber and Scott went on only four or six dates, this is not exactly true. Amber and Scott did only see each other six times but each time was a multi-day visit.
Their first date was a whole weekend together at a hotel where Scott bought champagne and strawberries; Amber said she felt like the perfect man had walked into her life. By the second date Amber was impressed that Scott was making her dinner and buying her daughter gifts. He also picked up Amber's daughter from daycare, helped the young family get a Christmas tree, and talked about meeting members of Amber's family.
Throughout their entire relationship Scott lied, not just about being married but about what he did for a job and other things as well. Scott made it seem like he was some sort of international businessman whose job took him around the world. He told Amber that he could not spend the holidays with her because he was going to go on a hunting trip, and then going to Maine for Christmas, Paris and Brussels for New Year’s, and then Guadalajara, Mexico for work. None of these things were true.
In early December Shawn Sibley heard from an acquaintance that Scott Peterson was married. Shawn was so shocked that she called Scott and demanded to know if he was married. Scott eventually calmed her down and said that he had been married in the past. Shawn was furious and said she would call Amber and tell Amber that Scott was married but Scott begged Shawn not to do this and insisted that he would tell Amber himself. That was on December 8th the same day Scott began looking at tidal activity on his computer.
On December 9th Scott went to Amber's home and told her that he had something very serious to discuss with her. He cried and Amber could not calm him down. After a while he finally explained that he had not been truthful with Amber. He then told Amber that he had “lost” his wife and this would be his first holiday season without her. He expressed that he never told Amber about this because it was such an upsetting situation. When Amber said she wasn't mad at Scott for telling her this, he was suddenly relieved and seemed so happy that Amber now knew the truth. Amber pressed “you are not married currently, right?” And Scott said "no, not currently" after this Amber never pressed him for details. After all she didn't want to make a guy upset or make him talk about such a traumatic experience. Amber admitted that she was not clear on whether or not this meant Scott’s wife had died or that she had left him.
On December 14th both the Petersons and Amber had Christmas parties that they were supposed to attend. Scott told Laci that he could not go to the Christmas party because his boss has had unexpectedly flown in from Europe but in reality, he was going to Amber Frey's Christmas party. In pictures that later became famous, Laci attended a Christmas party alone that evening while her husband went to Amber's boss's formal Christmas party where he was photographed with Amber.
After this Amber and Scott did not talk for a while because of Scott’s “extensive travels”. On December 29th a friend of Amber's called to inform her that a guy with the same name as her boyfriend was accused of causing his wife’s disappearance in Modesto. After some internet research Amber decided to call the task force and told the story that is detailed above. The recorder was put on to Amber cell phone and Amber agreed to record her conversations with Scott for the next several weeks and talk to Scott the next day December 31st.
With the recording device in place, Scott who was at a vigil for his missing wife answered a call from Amber and the two were on the phone for 70 minutes. During this conversation Scott told Amber that he was at the Eiffel Tower celebrating New Year's with his friends Pasqual and Francois. He laughs and tells Amber about all the cool things he has been doing in France, surrounded by mourners worried sick about Laci. On the opposite of the line Amber sounds like she is about to cry.
In other conversations Scott told Amber things such as he wanted to get a vasectomy because he was so adamant about not having any children. He even said that if Amber did want more children and that would be a breaking point for their relationship. He said the only child he could ever think of having in his life was Amber's daughter Ayiana.
These phone calls went on for several weeks even after Amber was revealed by the media to be Scott's girlfriend. About a week after the New Year’s call, on January 4th, Scott told Amber that he was the man who had a wife missing. When Amber presses Scott about it by saying things like “you told me you lost your wife and now your wife is missing how am I supposed to believe you about anything?” Scott replied by saying things like “I can't talk to you about that.” Or “I can’t tell you about that right now.” Amber did not get a confession or any vital information out of Scott but her recorded conversations went to show Scott’s motive and character. Their conversations continued until February 19th. Scott also made other odd statements such as Laci’s baby was not his and that "never cheated on you, Amber." After this line, she said "Never cheated on me? Scott you're married! Explain that one to me!"
Amber ended up being a very good witness for the prosecution. Her attorney Gloria Allred coached her on how to act on the stand. Amber did a superb job of telling the jury that she was not here to explain whether or not Scott killed Laci and Conner; she was there simply to explain what she knew and her role as it possibly pertained to motive. She did not fall apart on cross-examination and she came across as a sweet, naive girl who'd been tricked by Scott Peterson not at all like the homewrecker the media painted her as. Peterson told Amber a variety of things during the recorded conversations. One of the things he told Amber is that he wanted to tell her the whole story but couldn't. Whether this was because he knew he was being surveilled or because he did not want to tell Amber the truth is unknown.
Amber was announced to be Scott’s girlfriend on January 24th 2003. The police did not want to make this announcement but National Enquirer had discovered the story so MPD decided to announce the information before the press could leak it.
Car evidence
Another suspicious thing that Scott did was on three different occasions Scott rented a vehicle and drove to the Berkeley Marina where he would get out of his car look around but never stay for more than two minutes. The police observed Scott making these trips three different times in two different rented cars while they were surveilling him. While Scott supporters have always said that this was to look for witnesses who may have seen him at the marina that day, the police said that they believed Scott was looking to see whether or not Laci’s body had surfaced. Scott's family will also tell you that he had to rent these cars for work. One time Scott rented a truck, but the other times he rented a Lincoln town car. So, unless Scott was selling fertilizer out of the back of a rented car, he had no reason to get these cars except for to disguise himself. The days he went to the marina were January 5th, 6th, and 9th.
No longer missing- Conner and Laci found April 13th and 14th
Laci and Conner were found in the same area but separately on different days, Conner on April 13th and Laci on April 14th. Laci was badly decomposed; barnacles were on her bones and most of her organs except parts of her uterus were gone. There was a large hole in her womb from decomposition. Conner was somewhat decomposed but he was fully intact. The medical examiner thought this was because he was protected inside of Laci until her uterus decomposed expelling him into the bay. The medical examiner could find no cause of death for Laci and ruled that Conner died due to his mother’s death at approximately 33 weeks gestation. Conner seemed to be inside of Laci until shortly before he was found. The medical examiner explained to the jury that Conner most likely floated out of his mother’s abdomen due to gasses building up in her body. Additionally, his umbilical cord was torn, not cut or clamped and he had no injuries of any kind. He was not even bruised. Further, Laci’s cervix was closed indicating she had not given birth recently. The ME also explained that there was 28 cm worth of tape around Conner’s torso, head, and shoulders. It is not a nice neat bow but rather a tangled length of tape or twine. To me it actually looks like the remains of a plastic shopping bag. Laci had no discernible cause of death and Conner’s death was ruled to be because of Laci’s death. *more details about this are in the defense section.
Finding and identifying the bodies is what triggered the arrest of Scott Peterson.
Fleeing the scene
One of the most made-for-tv parts of this story is how Scott was arrested. Scott Peterson was arrested in San Diego where his parents lived. When Scott was apprehended he had dyed his hair and beard blonde, was carrying his brother's ID as well as $15,000 worth of American cash, copious amounts of Mexican currency, 4 cellphones, a knife, extensive survival gear, a tent, a shovel, water purifying equipment, a gun, Viagra pills, and all of this clothes. When asked if Scott dyed his hair, he told everyone that the hair had become bleached from swimming in the pool. When asked why he had $15,000 on him Scott said that Jackie had accidentally made a withdrawal of $15,000 and gave him the cash. His family has also claimed that Scott was using his brother's ID in order to get a discount at a local golf course however, Scott had never been scheduled to play at that golf course. Additionally, why would a man who has enough money to accidentally get $15,000 out of the bank need to use his brother's ID to get several dollars off a golf game? It is speculated that at the time that Scott was arrested he was planning on fleeing to Mexico. Scott's family will tell you that Scott only had enough things in his car to go on a camping trip however, a full inventory would show that Scott had pretty much everything he owned packed into the car. Scott was booked into the county jail and charged with double murder on April 18th, 2003.
Scott’s lies, conversations, and explanations
Ron Grantski arrived at the Peterson house on Dec. 24th after searching the park and approached Scott. “Did you get in a game of golf this morning?” “No, it was too cold I went fishing instead” replied Scott. “what were you fishing for?” asked Ron. Scott said nothing.
On Dec. the 24th, Scott sauntered over to Sharon who had just finished scouring the park for Laci and said “You know if they find blood anywhere that doesn’t mean anything. I’m a sportsman. Just look at my hands, I could drop blood anywhere.” A searcher promptly reported the statement to police.
On December 28th, Scott told detective Grogan that they may find blood Scott’s truck because he cut himself all the time and bled on the door of the truck. Grogan thought it was weird that Scott had an explanation for such a minor thing without being asked.
Scott claimed that he had his brother’s ID when arrested so he could get a local’s discount at Torrey Pines golf course, even though he had no reservations to play golf there.
Scott gave one media interview after news about Amber broke. Scott said on national TV that he told the police about Amber during his first interview. This was a complete and utter lie. Scott did not tell the police about Amber until January after the police showed him the pictures they had of Scott with Amber. Further, he said on national TV that Laci knew about his affair with Amber and the “nothing could break us apart.”
Throughout the case Scott lied about everything. He even lied about things that had no relevance to case. He lied to neighbors about fishing that day. He lied about not having a second debit card. He lied about his affairs and whether or not Laci knew about them. He lied about his cars and phone calls he did not make. Scott also had a history of lying, for example he told his girlfriend Janet Ilse that he had traveled extensively through Africa but this was not accurate and served no purpose. He lied to dish network about moving abroad. He lied about buying his house with cash.
Scott’s other affairs
Another thing that needs to be discussed is Scott's affairs. Many people seem to think that Amber Frey was the only affair Scott had while he was married to Laci Peterson. This is a misconception. Scott had at least four affairs while he was married to Laci. These affairs were sometimes casual and sometimes serious. Scott dated one woman, Janet Ilse for 5 months and told her he wanted to meet her family. Janet actually walked in on Scott in bed with Laci when she tried to surprise him one day. Janet had no idea that her boyfriend was married. Another woman a girl named Michelle had been dating Scott but she said they had only gone on a couple of dates. Scott also briefly saw another woman named Katy. Another unnamed woman had a one night stand with Scott in Las Vegas and then of course there was also Amber Frey. What we can learn from these affairs is the fact that Scott was a chameleon. Scott dated many women and always seemed to morph into whatever they needed. One of Scott’s mistresses was a “health nut” when Scott was dating her, he began hiking and running and doing other healthy endeavors. When Scott dated a vegetarian, he gave up meat. When Scott was dating Amber, he decided to pretend he had a degree in Divinity. It is critical to remember that Scott made all of these transformations while married to Laci and was able to hide his actions pretty well. Finally, when Scott was dating and married to Laci, he was able to be, at least from the outside, a perfect husband and doting father. Of course, being an adulterer does not mean that you are a murderer but it does give some insight into the type of person that Scott was and I think it's important as it shows us that Scott could morph into whoever he wanted to be for a short time.
TO BE CONTINUED with rest of the prosecution case and then the defense case
Here is a wiki link for the case. A complete list of sources is in part 2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Laci_Peterson
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2020.08.21 05:34 bobjenkins777 Asu picking random people to test?

Am I reading this email correctly it seems like ASU are going to require random people to get tested?
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New COVID-19 testing phase underway
ASU developed a saliva-based COVID-19 test, a fast, efficient and simple tool that is a critically important part of our virus management.
Students are required to provide proof of a negative test before moving into our residence halls. All individuals with symptoms and certain other specific groups, such as athletes, also are tested. ASU continues to offer tests at no charge to any student or employee who needs or wants a test. ASU has now tested more than 50,000 people within the ASU community and throughout Arizona.
The next strategic step in our continuing COVID-19 management is now beginning regular, required testing of a subset of students, ASU employees and employees of key business partners working on campus.
Individuals identified for testing will be selected randomly from the student, employee, and business partner populations who are on campus. ASU Health Services will notify students of their test time. The Office of Human Resources will notify employees of their test time. We will work with our business partners on notification of their employee testing times.
The people selected for testing will provide a statistically significant sample of the ASU community, as recommended by epidemiologists, which provides an up-to-date picture of what is happening with the virus. This testing protocol will enhance ASU’s ability to manage COVID-19 and mitigate potential spread.
ASU will also continue to make testing available at no charge for any student or employee who needs or wants a test outside of the ongoing testing protocol described above. Students and employees may register for a COVID-19 test here.
Your continued commitment to assist in maintaining the health and well-being of the ASU community is genuinely appreciated.
Sincerely, Mark S. Searle Executive Vice President and University Provost Arizona State University Morgan R. Olsen Executive Vice President Treasurer and CFO Arizona State University
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2020.07.24 18:04 itsnotmythrowaway1 ASBA (Arizona School Board Association) breakdown of Ducey's School Executive Order

Thought this might be useful to anyone around education. Here's the ASBA's explanation of the new school plan released yesterday. I'm also going to add some of my thoughts at the bottom...
July 23, 2020 Executive Order Changes to a Data-Based Approach to Resuming Instruction
Gov. Doug Ducey today released another executive order (EO 2020-51) that changes the approach to reopening schools away from a date certain to an approach based on data, and attempts to bring clarity to requirements around “free onsite learning” as well as clarify district ability to pay staff. Today’s order has several components: Reopening of Schools for Traditional or Hybrid Instruction
• Directs the Arizona Department of Health Services to develop metrics based on public health data that will indicate when it is safe to resume “in-person, teacher-led instruction” by August 7th, 2020.
• Requires these metrics to be aligned with CDC Guidance.
• Allows governing boards to consider these metrics, along with guidance from county health officials, to decide when it is safe to resume in-person, teacher-led instruction.
Note: This means that schools will not be forced to reopen for traditional or hybrid instruction based on a date certain. Instead, DHS will provide a set of data points that would indicate reduced spread of COVID-19 within the community. Once those have been met, the ultimate decision to reopen rests with the governing board.
Distance Learning
• Directs each school district to begin distance learning beginning on the first day of the district’s instructional calendar submitted to ADE.
• Requires distance learning plans to be submitted by August 14 or the first day of distance learning, whichever is first.
• Explicitly states distance learning instruction counts toward minimum instructional hours requirements for in-person learning (A.R.S. §§15-341.01 and 15-901).
• States distance learning will be funded at the same rate as Arizona Online Instruction (AOI), with districts eligible for additional funding from the Enrollment Stability Grant program.
Free Onsite Learning Opportunities & Support Services
• Directs school districts and charter schools to begin offering “free onsite learning opportunities and support services for students who need a place to go during the day” as required by EO 2020-41 beginning August 17. • Specifies all school districts and charter schools are obligated to provide these services. (Note: Neither this order nor any previous order specifies HOW these opportunities/services are to be provided.)
• Allows districts and charters to adopt procedures to allow for a reduced capacity of students to allow for physical distancing or other mitigation measures.
•Allows districts and charters to apply to ADE for a waiver if the school is ordered closed by county health officials or a tribal nation issues a “stay at home” order.)
(Note: Prioritizing based on need, staggering times/availability ad different sites, designating a single site withing the district, or partnering with external organizations may all be possibilities. The order is silent on these topics.)
Family/Parental Notification
• Requires districts and charters to take steps to notify parents and guardians of school district operations:
• Post the district or charter’s distance learning plan on its website.
• Notify parents/guardians of the requirements to keep a child enrolled in school and the minimum level of contact required to maintain enrollment under the distance learning plan.
• Post its mitigation plan prior to opening its building(s) for return to in-person instruction or on-site learning opportunities and support services.
• Post on its website the district or charter’s plan to offer free on-site learning and support services, and notify all parents of this opportunity, especially parents/guardians of students with disabilities, English Learners, students who participate in free/reduced price lunch, foster children, and students who are in the custody of the Department of Child Safety.
Face Coverings • Requires all school districts and charter schools to adopt a policy mandating face coverings (masks or shields) for all staff and students over the age of 5, until the department of health services determines face coverings are no longer needed to prevent the spread of the virus.
• Exceptions shall be made for students who are outdoors, physically distant, or both, and for “break periods” when students may safely remove their face coverings.
• Mandates other CDC recommendations be incorporated.
•States face coverings should not be worn by anyone under 2, or suffering from other specific conditions.
Staff Pay
• Specifically allows school districts and charter schools to continue to pay staff if the public school determines such payments are necessary.
• The employee remains committed and available to work during the employee’s regular work hours, or during school closures, performance of duties remotely or other alternative assignments. www.azsba.org
Conflict/Severability
• States if any provision of this executive order conflicts with EO 2020-41, or EO 2020-44 the provisions of this EO will govern.
• Contains a severability clause. Previous Executive Orders EO 2020-41 ASBA Summary of EO 2020-41 EO 2020-44 ASBA Summary of EO 2020-44
MY THOUGHTS:
This order creates some space for school districts and governing boards to make quick and important decisions the Governor, in his insane refusal to LEAD, has not been willing to make. As he has done in other situations (such as refusing to order a statewide mandate on masks and instead relying on the cities and counties to do it for him), Ducey is once again stuffing his head in the sand and letting other people make the hard choices... but at least he's getting out of the way and giving schools the opportunity to do SOMETHING.
Schools will have to provide some on-site learning opportunities, but in this context that means SPED services, food services, and child care - the school doesn't have to lead those services with certified teachers, and could manage them with support staff (aides etc). People who complain that their kids need to go somewhere will have that option from their local district, even if they chose not to open up in-person this quarter. I assume that in terms of instruction, this would mean the student could attend the online distance-education class, from a location on campus, if they so desired. A teacher wouldn't be present, but a support staff likely will.
The school board can choose not to open in-person instruction and the days of school that are turned into "remote learning" will be counted toward the 180 days of mandatory in-person learning. They'll count the remote learning days as in-person days during the outbreak. This is a big deal for districts that have already chosen to push back opening dates to the end of the first quarter, as it ensures they'll be able to meet the 180 day school criteria without having to extend the school year into next summer.
Support staff will be retained and continue to be paid even during a closure. Schools will be responsible for finding ways to put them to work during this crisis.
Eventually (by August 7th), the AZ Dept of Health Services will release guidelines to help guide school reopening plans, giving some kind of metric-based guide that will allow School Boards to decide when they are going to return to the classroom. This is taking so long because of failures of leadership to make a real plan in the months we've had to prepare for this. They kicked the can, and kicked the can, and here we are.
When these metrics arrive, they are merely metrics to be considered, and the school board is ultimately responsible for the decision. A red-hat school board might decide to kill its teachers, regardless of the metrics. A good board might decide to push back in-person learning, making the hard but NECESSARY choice. Ducey said he wants schools to have the flexibility to make these choices on their own (his "leadership" shines through again, where he passes the buck and refuses to make an actual hard decision).
This means a school board can absolutely choose not to open schools to in-person learning and teachers on-site if they so desire. Overnight, several districts have already made moves toward pushing back the start date of school until October (end of First Quarter). If you go dig through school board docs for districts, you'll see several of them have posted up intentions to hold a new board meeting with an agenda related to pushing back the in-person education date.
I urge all school districts to follow suit. Pushing back the start date to after Fall Break in October is the most sensible choice for our schools today.
For any of my fellow teachers staring down the barrel at this insanity, I hope this helps you steer your admin in an intelligent direction. The question to ask is very simple:
"Is there a level of outbreak that would DEFINTITELY mean we shouldn't be inviting students back for in-person teaching?"
If the answer to that question is yes, the response is very simple.
"Would the county with the absolute worst outbreak in the entire world per-capita be an example of just such a place?"
That's where we're living. We are the global epicenter of this disease. We're not #2, or #5. Our numbers would be EVEN WORSE if they worked through the 60,000+ test backlog in a timely fashion. Even if you believed that we might not be #1, and that our numbers might put us at #1, or #5, or #10... shouldn't schools in the top ten infection zones in the entire world remain shut down for the safety of students, staff, and the community? It is not safe to open schools here, in the worst local outbreak on the planet. We could debate this if we were talking about a state with low community spread and a handle on the transmission of Covid. We're not living in that magical world. Based purely on the numbers, it is a mathematical certainty that every single day, children or adults with coronavirus will be on school campus, sharing air with hundreds or thousands of people. Our confirmed infection rate is high enough that a room full of just 25 random people has a nearly 100% chance of having an infected person present. Schools cannot be blanket reopened to the public under those conditions. Pushing back start-dates to October to buy more time for vaccines such as the Oxford or Moderna to work through phase three trials is the right choice. We are mass producing vaccine as I type this, preparing to release these vaccines to the public if phase 3 trials demonstrate relative safety. We will have SOLUTIONS to this virus soon, and killing teachers, parents, students, and support staff needlessly in the meantime is not an acceptable course of action.
And if I'm wrong, and no such vaccine is on the horizon due to failed phase 3 trials... schools are STILL unsafe to open, and we must get control of the spread of this virus in the WORST INFECTION ZONE ON THE PLANET before we put a thousand kids into a big box with windows that don't open and an air conditioning system literally designed to keep air IN.
If boards vote to open schools to in-person learning on the 17th, we will pay for that decision in human lives.
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2020.07.17 14:38 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Kemporary Insanity by Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media (07/16/20)

"I don’t have Bitcoin, and I’ll never ask you to send me any." - Joe Biden, with the most keepable promise of his campaign to date

Why Can't ICU

Multiple states are poised to run out of hospital beds and supplies, the White House has seized control of new hospitalization data, and some Republican leaders are still actively thwarting measures that keep people out of the hospital. What could go wrong?
Outside the White House, some Republicans have read the polls and opted to rescind whatever loyalty they had left.
This week marks a disturbing new chapter in the pandemic, with the Trump administration further compromising the transparency of public-health data and ramping up its purge of officials seen as potential leakers. If ever there was ever a moment for congressional Democrats to loudly demand answers, this would be it.

Look No Further Than The Crooked Media

Last week the Supreme Court dropped a historic ruling on a case determining the reservation status of Eastern Oklahoma—the very case that the Crooked podcast This Land explored last year.
Today, Cherokee journalist and This Land host Rebecca Nagle released a bonus episode breaking down what this Supreme Court decision means, and what’s next. You can listen to season one of This Land on Apple Podcasts or anywhere you listen to podcasts—plus the just-dropped bonus explainer episode—out now

Under The Radar

The Supreme Court just dealt a major setback to restoring the voting rights of people with felony convictions in Florida. The Court’s conservative majority left in place a temporary federal appeals court order staying a lower-court ruling that should have cleared the way for hundreds of thousands of Floridians to vote. As a result, people in the state who have completed felony sentences but still have outstanding court fines or fees remain barred from voting. For those keeping score: The Roberts Five will intervene to block orders that make it easier to vote (see: Wisconsin, etc.) but will not intervene to block orders that make it harder to vote.
There are a few levels of cruelty here. First off, this is an unconstitutional poll tax, plain and simple. Second, Florida frequently has no idea how much these voters owe: even when they can afford to pay, it’s often impossible for them to do so. And most insanely, as Justice Sonya Sotomayor noted in her dissent, voters who registered before this ruling was stayed will remain on the rolls, but won’t be notified that they’re once again ineligible, and thus could be prosecuted for trying to vote. The fight isn’t over, but it’s unclear if it will be resolved before November. If you’re in a position to give, you can help with a contribution to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. Also, adopt Florida.

What Else?

Russian hackers have tried to steal coronavirus vaccine information, according to the U.S., U.K., and Canada. The hackers have targeted organizations researching vaccines with spear-phishing and malware. The U.K. has also accused Russia of trying to meddle in its 2019 election by leaking sensitive U.S. trade documents.
Anywho, good thing President Trump ordered U.S. intelligence to share more information with the Kremlin, which Russia has been using to (checks notes) try to assassinate Chechen dissidents in Europe.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chief Seema Verma violated federal rules when she steered millions of dollars in contracts to GOP allies, according to the HHS inspector general.
The Justice Department carried out a second federal execution following a late-night, divided Supreme Court ruling. Wesley Purkey was killed by lethal injection in spite of pending litigation about his competency to be executed. Quite a 24 hours for the Roberts Five.
Trump demoted Brad Parscale from his role as campaign manager, replacing him with Bill Stepien. Parscale won’t be going far—he built the campaign’s digital operation, and his private company provides a handy means of funneling money to Eric Trump’s wife and Don Jr.’s girlfriend.
In other corrupt mishandling of campaign funds, the Trump Victory PAC paid about $400,000 to the Trump International Hotel between April and June, and Trump’s for profit businesses have pocketed at least $970,000 in federal funds, and probably much, much more than that.
George Floyd’s family has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Minneapolis and the police officers involved in his death. Newly available police camera footage showed Floyd pleading for his life during his fatal arrest.
More than 80 people were arrested outside the home of Kentucky’s attorney general, where they were demanding justice for the police killing of Breonna Taylor.
Bestselling author Mary Trump said she witnessed “knee-jerk antisemitism, a knee-jerk racism” among her family: “Growing up, it was sort of normal to hear them use the n-word or use antisemitic expressions.”
Just making sure everyone knows about Ziwe Fumudoh?

Be Smarter

The Trump administration may impose a travel ban on members of China’s Communist Party and their families. It’s a little easier said than done: The Chinese Communist Party has 92 million members, and the U.S. has no easy way of identifying them. The draft of the plan would also authorize the government to revoke the visas of CCP members who are already in the country. The ban would be the Trump administration’s most aggressive move against China since Trump initiated the trade war in 2018, and would almost certainly provoke retaliation against Americans looking to visit or stay in China.

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Is That Hope I Feel?

Oxford scientists found early evidence that their potential coronavirus vaccine provides “double protection”: volunteers who received the vaccine showed both antibody and T-cell responses. If all goes well in future trials, that vaccine could be available as soon as September.
New polling research found that Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of bold government action on climate change, and skeptical of Republican attacks on climate action.
Target and CVS are the latest major retailers to require customers to wear masks.
LGBTQ political representation increased by 21 percent in the past year.

Enjoy

Carey O'Donnell on Twitter: "Ivanka talking to her gay friend one night while abroad during junior year of college"
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2020.07.09 23:25 NamNguyen56 America lost during the "reign" of President Barack Obama

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America lost during the "reign" of President Barack Obama In 2008, a young senator from Illinois (USA) attracted the most diverse constituency in American history. With great speech skills, Barack Obama persuaded American voters who were tired after nearly a decade of war adventure, now excited with such words as "recovery, unity and change". In 2016, ending the eight-year term, Barack Obama became the most polarized president in American history. Obama's legacy reflects his vision and actions as well as that of the Democratic Party. In 2008, his campaign slogan was "Change - We can believe in" (Change - We believe in that). Indeed, Barack Obama has changed America and in many ways, he succeeded ... If a person is a traditionalist and has faith, he will not be pleased with the decisions that President Barack Obama has made, for example, he supports abortion and homosexuality, and vice versa. . But regardless of the school, all must admit that Barack Obama has turned the great United States into divided, debilitated and old. So what happened during the two terms of President Barack Obama? Road to the top of power Journeying from Columbia University to the position of Editor of Harvard Law Magazine and temporarily content as a lecturer at the University of Chicago, Obama only wanders with academic publications and theoretical papers. In his political records, the most outstanding thing besides his racial identity is just two autobiographies, the same position of the young Senator in Illinois. Journeying from Columbia University to the position of Editor of Harvard Law Magazine and temporarily content as a lecturer at the University of Chicago, Obama only wanders with academic publications and theoretical papers. (Video snapshot) Click image for larger version Name: Snap28.jpg Views: 0 Size: 58.5 KB ID: 1615676
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However, on this "novelty" basis, the United States did a "gamble" with Barack Obama instead of choosing experienced Senator John McCain, and US voters were yearning for a "change." After getting tired of the Republican president who led the United States into the war on terror. Barack Obama is the ideal model for that change: Young, Colored and partisan with predecessor George W. Bush. An America that yearns for innovation and the election of the young black senator may have partly reflected the "opinion" of the United States at the time, that putting a minority in a position of power The highest will create racial progress and social equality. In addition to the dynamic youth, Barack Obama also shows many qualities of a talented, persuasive speaker that moves people. Outstanding rhetoric, great punctuation, powerful voice full of emotion and perfect body language make anyone who likes or dislike Obama to remember him as one of the speakers the best. In addition, the United States has seen the failure of African American presidential candidates. And Barack Obama is the first person who seems to have the temperament and sharp intuition to inspire the public naturally smoothly, without resorting to ethnic "political" tricks like Jesse Jackson, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton have worked in the past.
Click image for larger version Name: Snap29.jpg Views: 0 Size: 66.9 KB ID: 1615677 Barack Obama is the person who seems to have the temperament and intuition intuitively, to inspire the public naturally, without resorting to ethnic "political" tricks. (Photo: Getty) The United States has finally found an African leader committed to a "progressive" vision of post-racialism. The American people were so fascinated with Obama that they even overlooked a character who once influenced the "inspiration" of Barack Obama. It was Jeremiah Wright - both a pastor and a longtime friend of Obama, but a character with a deep hatred of America. Jeremiah Wright - both a pastor and a longtime friend of Obama, but a character with a deep hatred of America. (Image: Getty)
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In the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama once said: "It is time to turn to a new page, leaving behind the arrogance of Washington and anti-Americanism in the region that has hindered progress." After 8 years in power, President Barack Obama's legacy has become an unforgettable "highlight" of the United States. The deepest racial split In 2008, Barack Obama won a landslide victory with overwhelming African-American voting rates and became the first black president in American history as a sign for see this country overcoming race issues. 8 years later, the opposite happened. In 2016, when Obama left the White House, the United States was unbelievably racially divided. In a July 2016 poll, nearly 70% of Americans agreed that racial relations had worsened - an unprecedentedly high rate since the Rodney King riots in 1992. In the years at his post, the Obama administration has done nothing to improve the lives of African-Americans, other than appointing a few to prominent cabinet positions. This is not much different from the predecessors in both Republicans and Democrats. Under Obama, economic indicators show that things have gone wrong: The gap between rich and poor has increased significantly between blacks and whites since 1989; poverty rates among black children hit a record; racial gap widens at university level; and blacks lost their foothold in key economic sectors. Under Barack Obama, racism was not but not overcome, on the contrary, the division between ethnic groups was more severe. In 2015, the number of black people shot by US police killed 1134. (Image: Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 2.0) Identity "mysterious" Click image for larger version Name: Snap31.jpg Views: 0 Size: 118.3 KB ID: 1615679
Since Barack Obama ran for office until the end of his first term, many people have questioned the true identity of the President. In March 2011, billionaire Donald Trump called on President Obama to announce a birth certificate to the American public, and he even published his birth certificate to persuade Obama to follow suit. Donald Trump once said: "It is unbelievable that after four years of questioning, the President still cannot get his birth certificate." In April 2011, under pressure of public opinion, the White House announced President Obama's birth certificate amid suspicions that he was not born in the United States, thus ineligible to be president. In March 2016, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County (Arizona) announced the results of a five-year investigation into the origin of Obama's birth certificate. Forensic evidence concludes that President Obama's birth certificate, published on the White House website on April 27, 2011, is fake. Many doubts surrounding Obama's true identity. Investigators said the birth certificate published on the White House website was fake. (Photo: Getty) Joe Arpaio's investigation team consists of investigator Mike Zullo and volunteers who used to work for law enforcement, thanks to doctors, researchers and experts in 4 laboratories. different.
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On December 6, 2016, Sheriff Joe Arpaio held a press conference broadcast live on Fox 10 to discuss the findings of the investigation team. They found nine fake spots were copied from a birth certificate belonging to a citizen named Johanna Ah 'Nee, and then faked them electronically, including: City of birth, Island of birth, Place of residence Mother's residence, Date stamped birth certificate ... In which, both certificates of birth originated from Hawaii, were born in 1961, and birthdays are only 16 days apart. In order to make the survey accurate and transparent, the team transferred the birth certificate to two experts on two different continents (Hawaii and Italy), both scientists giving the same results, leading to the same result. up to 9 fake points. Reid Hayes, a member of the Scientific Council of Forensic Examiners, and a handwritten investigator with 40 years of experience, reached the same conclusion. Surprisingly, the US media restricted this information. If Barack Obama is not born in the United States, he is not eligible to be President. And if this is verified and published, then this will be the biggest scandal in US political history. However, mainstream media is limited to reporting on this. (Photo: 302ND Airlift Wing) Won the Nobel Peace Prize but ordered the most bombs Click image for larger version Name: Snap33.jpg Views: 0 Size: 70.8 KB ID: 1615681
The fact that President Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize less than 9 months after taking office, surprised not only the people of the world but also the owner of the award because Obama had not done anything to worthy of this award. Perhaps when selecting Obama, the Nobel Committee expected him to bring peace "hope" to humanity. By the time Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Los Angeles Time wrote about "honor and paradox": "The economy has caused millions of suffering. The mood of the country is depressed - many people think the country is going astray - the good news is hard to find. Unemployment is still double digits although the momentum of job loss has decreased. ” In fact, during his two terms as President, Barack Obama was painted by the left-wing media and Democratic Party "experts" as a reluctant warrior, but he was actually is a belligerent. Ironically for the owner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize when Obama was the one who dropped more bombs than the "war" President George W Bush. Looking back at Obama's legacy, Micah Zenko - a political scientist at the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, revealed incredible data: In 2016 alone, the Obama administration dropped 26,171 bombs. That means that on average Obama orders 3 bombs per hour, the equivalent of dropping 72 bombs a day. Obama also authorizes drone attacks 10 times more than President Bush.
Click image for larger version Name: Snap34.jpg Views: 0 Size: 87.4 KB ID: 1615682 In 2016 alone, the Obama administration dropped 26,171 bombs. That means that on average Obama orders 3 bombs per hour, the equivalent of dropping 72 bombs a day. (Photo: Getty) In 2015, in his memoirs, Nobel Peace Prize Secretary Geir Lundestad said he regretted giving this prestigious award to Barack Obama because he did not "respond." and expectations and expectations ”set out by the Committee. Promoting global geopolitical instability, worsening the image of the United States Despite reducing the number of US troops on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, Obama continues to send troops to dead zones such as Somalia, Libya and Syria also significantly expanded its air wars and used special forces around the globe. In the final year of the 2016 term, US observers noted that US forces were in 138 countries. Although this figure has decreased by 6% compared to 2015, 2016 is still in the higher group if compared with 2010 (75 countries), 2011 (120 countries), 2013 (134 countries). and 2014 (135 countries) before peaking in 2015 at 147 countries. Despite these numbers, the US military, under the command of Commander-in-Chief Obama, has suffered major strategic defeats in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. In Iran, the Obama administration "shook hands" with the authoritarian government by signing the Iran Nuclear Agreement, which wasted billions of dollars of American tax on the Iranian government, but did not stop the ambition. Iran's possession of nuclear weapons, but also as a "helping hand" to increase funding for terrorist activities in the Middle East and beyond. Despite expanding its global presence, US troops under the command of Commander-in-Chief Obama still suffer major strategic failures in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. (Image: Getty)
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In Syria, President Obama humiliated the United States when it showed weakness to failure. In 2013, Obama set a red line for the warring parties and threatened that any party using chemical weapons would be punished by the US. Despite the fact that dictator Bashar al-Assad has crossed the red line that Obama has warned, by using chemical weapons against civilians, the president with the strongest military in the world has avoided involvement. by deciding not to launch missile attacks to punish Syria. Postpone the Syrian air strike at the last minute, Obama feebly decided to "push" the issue to the US Congress decision, which was "indifferent" to his proposals for 8 years. A few days later, Obama "relied" on Russian leader Vladimir Putin to persuade Syria to eliminate chemical weapons with a signed agreement, hoping "naively" that the Assad dictator would be willing to give up. His strongest murder weapon. This "cautiousness" of Obama led many innocent civilians in Syria to be later killed, and observers around the world have called Obama the President to avoid. Obama has shirked his responsibility to protect civilians from the regime's war crimes, and has left more room for Russia to intervene in the conflict in Syria.
Click image for larger version Name: Snap36.jpg Views: 0 Size: 60.8 KB ID: 1615684 In Syria, President Obama humiliated the United States when it showed weakness to failure. Obama's act of evasion led to the deaths of many innocent civilians in Syria, and strong criticism among observers around the world. (Photo of video) With the weakness of the head of the United States who failed to stop the Assad dictatorship (resulting in over half a million deaths and the biggest refugee crisis of the century), Barack Obama was "Helping" Russia under Putin to become more assertive in the illegal merger of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula (2014), promoting an increasingly fierce China in Asia-Pacific Yang, at the same time, he also turned the mighty US military force into a paper tiger. This is a stigma in the inherently "terrible" legacy of President Obama and observers that, during 8 years in power, Obama has led US troops to fight on many fronts, but the result is only are: Terrorism is increasingly widespread and the Middle East is increasingly devastated by chaos, more deeply divided with the Syrian civil war and sectarian war in Iraq. As a presidential candidate, Obama pledged to end the wars of his predecessor George W Bush. But when Obama left the White House, he was the president whose "achievement" lasted more wars than any president in American history. Click image for larger version Name: Snap37.jpg Views: 0 Size: 73.4 KB ID: 1615687
The day he left office, Barack Obama left President Donald Trump with a deeply divided US with a weak economy and a chaotic world filled with terrorism. (Photo: Getty) Abuse of the most executive power in history In the eight years of Obama's rule, the US Congress is more divided than ever. Members of the Republican Party were dissatisfied with Obama's weak externalist agenda, along with high domestic tax collection policies, increased spending, focused power on the government ... The last years of Obama's tenure, the United States had to witness a wave of mergers and acquisitions in 2015, and in 2016 nearly every sector of the economy, from pharmaceuticals to telecommunications, from From Internet platforms to aviation, power was concentrated in the hands of the government. These policies of Obama have led to soaring inequality, most jobs created only temporarily or part time, leading to economic recession. While elites enjoy preferential policies "given" by the government, Democratic leaders abandon the people, make Americans poorer and live longer. decrease. Therefore, members of the Republican Party set up the "Tea Party" (Tea Party) paralyzing "Obama Congress." The Tea Party routinely blocked bills it deemed illogical, weakening the United States, thus leading to policy congestion in Congress. Under Obama, the government 'reached out' to acquire nearly every sector of the economy that created social inequality. Most jobs are created only temporarily or part time, leading to economic recession. (Photo: Getty) Of course President Obama did not sit still "bear the battle" declared: "I have a pen and I have a phone!", Implying that he does not need Congress and the use of executive power solutions to "bogged down" issues in Congress. Click image for larger version Name: Snap38.jpg Views: 0 Size: 88.9 KB ID: 1615688
President Obama has begun to sign an unprecedented number of executive orders and challenges the National Assembly to stop him. Obama also ordered federal agencies to issue a record number of regulations without the need for legislation. He also chose to ignore, not to do things that he disagreed with, such as the Marriage Protection Act, in which clause 3 contained content that did not recognize gay marriage. With Obama's active support, the US became one of the first countries to introduce laws to protect the rights of same-sex marriage when the US Supreme Court rejected this clause 3. Instead of seeking support in Congress, President Obama used the executive power to arbitrarily sign the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Climate Agreement in Paris ..., which led House Speaker John Boehner of the Communist Party. reconciled fierce reaction and threatened to sue Obama for abusing executive power. Here are a few of Obama's fiercely controversial policies: President Obama declared, "I have a pen and I have a phone!", Implying he doesn't need Congress. and using its executive power to solve "bogged down" issues in Congress. (Image: Getty) • National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
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One of Obama's most shocking events when he abused his executive power was that on December 31, 2012, he signed the NDAA to allow the detention of US citizens indefinitely without charges or trials. This new law is completely authoritarian and unconstitutional. In particular, the Obama administration broke at least two amendments from the Bill on Human Rights. The Fourth Amendment states that everyone has the right to be safe and not arbitrarily arrested unless a warrant based on probable cause, while the 6th Amendment guarantees the right to be tried quickly. • Obamacare - Compulsory Health Insurance: The famous Act, called the President, caused the most controversy, but it was passed by the National Assembly controlled by the Democratic Party (2009). Republican lawmakers have called Obamacare "the most dangerous law ever passed" and was written in secret by Democrats in a secret that almost no Republican member knew. . Its real name is ACA (Affordable Care Act), which states that Americans who can afford to buy insurance from a provider will have to pay a higher fee to help pay for the benefits given to them. people who buy insurance from government-controlled markets. This policy of the Democratic Party proved the government's intervention, and contrary to the views of the Republican Party members who always believed that the government should be streamlined and less intervention. Click image for larger version Name: Snap40.jpg Views: 0 Size: 79.0 KB ID: 1615690
This policy of the Democratic Party proved the government's intervention, and contrary to the views of the Republican Party members who always believed that the government should be streamlined and less intervention. (Image: Getty) Obamacare's highlight is a personal provision - requiring all US citizens to have health insurance, either through ACA or another source, otherwise face penalties. Strict tax. Therefore, the Republican Party also called the law "having a destructive effect on human and personal freedoms like the Abandoned Slave Handling Act" and has pushed more than 60 voting sessions in Congress. to cancel but failed. • Fast and Furious scandal campaign In this scandal, with the help of Justice Secretary Eric Holder, the Obama administration allowed gun smuggling without supervision with the goal of tracking those weapons at Crime scene in Mexico. However, about 2,000 rifles in the Fast and Furious campaign lost their "footprint" and fell to Mexican drug cartels. On December 14, 2010, two of those guns were found at the scene of the murder of US Border Patrol Brian Terry. But when Congress investigated the Fast and Furious campaign, Attorney General Eric refused to provide documents. President Obama used executive privilege to "help" the US Department of Justice to retain those documents.
Click image for larger version Name: Snap41.jpg Views: 0 Size: 52.7 KB ID: 1615691 Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz as a witness reports on the failures in Operation Fast and Furious. (Image: Getty) A few hours after Obama exercised his privileges, the House of Representatives Commission on Government Reform and Reform (controlled by the Republican Party) voted to condemn Justice Attorney General Eric Holder "to contempt." often ”the National Assembly refused to hand over documents related to the campaign. • Signing an ordinance to allow homosexuals to serve in the military On July 22, 2011, President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued an order to end the Don't Ask, Don't Talk policy. , Do not say) prohibit homosexuals from serving in the military. In 2014, Obama signed Ordinance 13672 to fight homosexual discrimination in federal government contractors. In June 2016, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter issued a directive ordering military services to accept transgender personnel. By this decree, President Obama fundamentally changes the quality of US military forces. In 1968, in the United States, homosexuality was listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a mental disorder. Paul R. McHugh, a former psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, declares that transgender disease is a mental disorder that requires treatment and should not be served in the military. Although transgender people are not mentally and physically qualified to meet their military service, the Obama administration has strongly supported this policy. With Obama's active support, the United States became one of the first countries to introduce laws to protect the rights of gay marriage, while also allowing gay people to join the military. Photo: The White House shows its support for homosexuals in Washington on June 26, 2015. (Source: Getty) • "Give away" American Internet invention Click image for larger version Name: Snap42.jpg Views: 0 Size: 81.2 KB ID: 1615692
The Internet is an American invention and the United States has shared this platform with the world. American free values ​​created the Internet and allowed it to thrive. In less than a quarter of a century, the Internet has transformed the world, changed the way we do business, and created wealth for many. The Internet has also been the best tool to promote freedom since the printing press. However, President Obama "disliked" the US control of the Internet by issuing policies on Internet neutrality in the last two years of his term. In November 2014, Obama asked the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify broadband Internet service as a telecommunications service, banning Internet service providers (ISPs) from being privileged. for different types of Internet traffic. This policy is considered unfair to American telecommunications corporations, hindering investment and innovation in the field. • DACA and DAPA Act During his 2012 re-election campaign, President Obama directed the Department of Homeland Security to issue work permits and residences for illegal immigrants in the Deferred Action program for Child Immigrant Children (DACA). Later, in November 2014, Obama issued a series of executive orders for the DAPA Deferral Act (DAPA) policy despite opposition from Congress. Republican Senator John McCain said: "Congress is responsible for responding and responding to his illegal actions (Obama)." Republican Senator John McCain said: "Congress is responsible for responding and responding to his illegal actions (Obama). " (Image: Getty) Click image for larger version Name: Snap43.jpg Views: 0 Size: 63.5 KB ID: 1615693
And there are many "missions" that President Obama does not "ignore" in Congress, arbitrarily deciding including the Iran Nuclear Agreement, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the Dodd-Frank Act (Reform). Wall Street Finance and Consumer Protection), Choke Point Campaign (an illegal program to eliminate legitimate businesses that sell guns and ammunition) ... Self-position as a "ruler" " some lawyers said that the Obama administration is" illegal "in the history of the United States to abuse executive power most. The 44th president of the United States considered himself above the law, ignoring the legal limits of the executive branch and disrespecting constitutional limits such as the federal government and the division of power. Tragically for America, in the Oval Office, Obama continued to extend self-determination in various fields, from criminal procedures, religious freedom, property rights, immigration, securities regulation. , tax laws up until the division of powers. Obama abused his executive power without exception to asserting federal power, allowing the executive branch to do whatever he wanted without regard to the constitution. Obama abused his executive power without exception to asserting federal power, allowing the executive branch to do whatever he wanted without regard to the constitution. (Image: Getty)
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The way President Obama "rules" the country has dragged his government into partisan politics, and turned his office supposed to be public service policy, it was moved to serve. for his own personal agenda. This "authoritarian" of Obama contradicts the basic values ​​of the United States. As Judge Anthony M. Kennedy in the US Supreme Court wrote: “Federalism protects an individual's freedom from authoritarian power. When the government acts beyond its legal authority, that freedom is threatened. ” However, not all of Obama's "circumvention" policies are fully "manipulated," as they sometimes fall into the hands of the Supreme Court and are invalidated. lost in cases in the U.S. Supreme Court higher than any president in history, with a win rate of only 45% while President George W. Bush is 60%, President Ronald Reagan 75% During Obama's eight-year term, Obama's policies were only passed by Democratic votes, despite opposition from the Republican Party and ignoring bipartisan consensus. abusing executive power to pass one-sided decisions, and self-pitying when the legacy of Obama is wearing a hat in turn under President Donald Trump. Click image for larger version Name: Snap45.jpg Views: 0 Size: 62.6 KB ID: 1615695
The president abused his executive power to pass one-sided decisions, and self-pityed when the legacy of Obama was wearing hats in turn under President Donald Trump. (Photo: Getty) The lavish president and the wealth doubled When Barack Obama and his family enjoyed the eighth and final holiday as President in Hawaii, this trip was worth more ... 3 , 5 million dollars. The Judicial Watch, which received information from the US Secret Service and the Air Force through a separate Freedom of Information Act, has revealed an unprecedentedly large sum of money: nearly $ 100 million ($ 96,938,8882.51 to be exact) spent on vacation trips by President Obama and his family for 8 years. In a press release, Chairman of Judicial Supervisory Organization Tom Fitton said: "Obama's notorious abuse of the President's travel privileges wasted military resources," which reminded even unnecessary vacations. President Tom Fitton mentioned that Obama abused an unnecessary trip to raise money for Hillary Clinton (July 2016) in North Carolina, and "enlisted" to enjoy a luxury vacation worth $ 360,236. This is very contradictory when, in 2008, Senator Barack Obama vowed to give up vacations if he was elected president, and completely focused on national affairs. In 2008, Senator Barack Obama once vowed to give up vacations if he was elected president, and completely focused on national affairs. (Image: Getty)
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President Barack Obama is famous for giving a good speech, but words do not go hand in hand with work. While he supported the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, pledging to cut emissions, Secret Service records revealed that he had a flight to Florida Everglades on Earth Day (April 22 / 2015) to speak of global warming. The trip costed more than US $ 1 million in taxes, of which the cost of the Air Force alone amounted to nearly US $ 150,000. While his predecessor, George W. Bush, often saved his taxes by returning to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, successor President Donald Trump often went to Mar- A-Lago in Palm Beach (Florida) or at the family's Bedminster golf club in New Jersey. Since leaving the White House, former President Obama and his family often go on vacation in luxury places in Europe. In 2009, when entering the White House, the Obama couple only "mere" 1.3 million. In 2017, when they left the White House, they "accumulated" 30 times the amount after 8 years of Barack Obama as President.
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2020.07.06 14:59 rusticgorilla [Lost in the Sauce] Trump prioritizes statues of racist generals over human lives

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.
I might do a coronavirus-centric post tomorrow or Wednesday, couldn’t fit it here. Will have to do it this weekend or next week, sorry. Working on an article for FN.
Housekeeping:

Statues over people

Over the past week, we’ve seen the crystallization of Trump’s apparent re-election strategy: protect statues at all costs. During his two public speeches (clip 1 (clip 2), Trump focused on confederate monuments and “cancel culture” while the nation grapples with a record-breaking number of coronavirus cases and a struggling economy.
Trump promised to veto this year’s annual defense bill if an amendment is included that would require the Pentagon to change the names of bases named for Confederate military leaders… Sen. Elizabeth Warren sponsored the amendment that would change the names of 10 bases named after Confederate generals as well as remove Confederate likenesses, symbols, and paraphernalia from defense facilities nationwide within three years.
  • The amendment is unlikely to be removed, however, as it passed the Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee with bipartisan support. This means that it would require 60 votes on the Senate floor to get rid of it.
  • Warren: “The decision to remove the names of Confederate generals who took up arms against the United States in defense of slavery was a bipartisan decision that came out of the committee, and it’s going to stay in the defense budget. The president can do what he wants, but it stays.”
Trump signed an executive order on June 26 directing the Department of Justice to “prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law” people who damage federal monuments. He took to Twitter to announce the order: “Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!” Damaging federal property can be punished by up to 10 years in prison.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) plans to introduce legislation withholding federal funding for states and cities that don't adequately protect statues and monuments. Trump’s executive order included a provision to do the same, but the White House is not in a position to enforce such a clause.
The Department of Homeland Security announced a new task force to protect "American monuments, memorials and statues." DHS said it was launching rapid deployment teams to federal monuments over the July 4th weekend. "DHS should not be prioritizing the protection of property over the wellbeing of Black and Brown communities,” the ACLU responded.
  • Just want to point out: The federal government apparently has the resources to spare to guard monuments but not to conduct thorough contact tracing and isolation.
During Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech, he announced an executive order establishing a "national garden” for statues of “American heroes” (video). The choice in statues proves that the idea is meant as a divisive wedge issue. Indeed, there is already a “Hall of Fame for Great Americans” in existence in the Bronx.

Appointee controversies

Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Norway was involved in the creation of a racist campaign flyer in the 1990s and failed to disclose subsequent legal action associated with it. Mark Burkhalter helped create a flier that distorted the features of a black politician in Georgia, darkened his features, gave him a large afro, and prompted a libel suit.
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Robert Menendez is urging the White House to withdraw Burkhalter’s nomination: "During this time of national trauma and reckoning over violence and racist actions against African-Americans, however, it is unthinkable to nominate for a position of public trust an individual who participated in such a despicable, racist scheme," Menendez wrote in a letter.
Trump appointee Michael Pack fired the top officials of the USAGM’s internet freedom group. In less than a decade, the Open Technology Fund has quietly become integral to the world’s repressed communities. Over two billion people in 60 countries rely on tools developed and supported by the fund, like Signal and Tor, to connect to the internet securely and send encrypted messages in authoritarian societies.
The White House directed Defense Department officials to hire former National Security Council staffer Rich Higgins, who was fired for circulating a conspiratorial memo and known for Islamophobic tweets… The move is part of an aggressive push to staff the Pentagon with figures loyal to Trump and with connections to Michael Flynn.
White House is conducting “loyalty test” interviews with political appointees at the Pentagon. The interviews will be conducted by two subordinates of John McEntee, Trump’s former body man who now runs the personnel office: John Troup Hemenway, an undergraduate student, and Jordan Hayley, who graduated from university last month.
House Democrats call for firing of USAID political appointee with history of Islamophobic statements… Religious freedom adviser Mark Kevin Lloyd shared a Facebook post calling Islam “a barbaric cult” and accused Obama of being connected with the Muslim Brotherhood. Reps. Joaquin Castro and Ilhan Omar: “He does not represent the values of our country, and he should not be in a position to betray our nation’s constitutional promise of religious freedom.”
A second USAID Trump appointee is under fire for hate-filled rhetoric, including anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ comments. Merritt Corrigan, the recently appointed deputy White House liaison at USAID, said “women shouldn’t be in office” and urged followers to “speak out now about the transsexual agenda before it becomes normalized."

Court cases

Coming up this morning: More Supreme Court opinions to be released at 10 am (ET). There are eight cases that have yet to be ruled on, including those involving Trump’s finances.
The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear arguments this fall about Mueller’s grand jury evidence, postponing the House Judiciary Committee’s potential access to the material until after the election. SCOTUS could have declined the hear the case, preserving the lower court ruling granting the committee access.
Last week, SCOTUS struck down a Louisiana law that required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The ruling should be seen only as a momentary win, as Chief Justice Roberts didn’t rule on the merits of a constitutionally protected right to abortion—rather he deferred to the power of the court itself, leaving the door open for future challenges.
  • The Supreme Court also gave Indiana a second chance to revive two restrictive abortion laws - one imposing an ultrasound requirement and the other expanding parental notification when minors seek abortions - by throwing out a lower court's rulings to block them.
  • Related: Missouri Supreme Court denies attempt to defund Planned Parenthood
  • More on Roberts: “[H]e is moving the ball steadily down the constitutional field, toward the conservative end zone. Of the dozen 5-to-4 cases decided by the Supreme Court this term, Roberts is the only justice to have been in the majority each time. He sided with the liberals just twice.”
The Supreme Court ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is constitutionally valid but the director can be removed by the president at will. The outcome is a mixed bag, but Elizabeth Warren - creator of the agency - highlighted the fact that the conservative court ruled “the CFPB is here to stay.” Furthermore, if Biden wins in November, the decision allows him to fire Trump’s director before her term would have ended.
The Supreme Court declined to take up the case of federal death row prisoners who had challenged the government’s lethal injection protocol, paving the way for the Trump administration to carry out the first executions at the federal level in nearly two decades.
The Supreme Court ruled that states must allow religious schools to participate in programs that provide scholarships to students attending private schools, a decision that opened the door to more public funding of religious education.
The upshot: Taxpayers in most of the country will soon start funding overtly religious education—including the indoctrination of children into a faith that might clash with their own conscience. For example, multiple schools that participate in Montana’s scholarship program inculcate students with a virulent anti-LGBTQ ideology that compares homosexuality to bestiality and incest…
A New York appellate court lifted the temporary restraining order against Simon & Schuster, allowing the publisher to continue printing and distributing Mary Trump’s book. The next hearing regarding the restraining order against Mary herself is scheduled for this Friday.
UPDATE: "Due to high demand and extraordinary interest in this book, Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump will now be published on July 14, 2020," Simon & Schuster says. The previous publishing date was July 28.
In court filings, Mary Trump argues that the confidentiality agreement she signed 19 years ago was an unenforceable fraud. Her lawyers state that when she signed the NDA, she believed the asset amounts in it were accurate but learned they were bogus from a New York Times expose. Essentially, Mary says the president and his siblings of engaging in systematic fraud by devaluing assets.
“The Times found that the Trump family had engineered ‘friendly’ appraisals for Beach Haven and Shore Haven Apartments—two of the largest ‘crown jewels’ of Fred Trump’s empire—that were significantly and deliberately undervalued to avoid a variety of tax payments,” the memo stated. “Those undervalued appraisals, part of the Trump tax avoidance scheme, were relied upon in the Settlement Agreement—which Ms. Trump has testified she would not have signed if she had known about the fraudulent appraisals.”
See also “Voting Rights” section

Trump campaign and properties

Health secretary Alex Azar focuses trips on swing states needed by Trump… Azar’s travel priorities appear to be related to politics, not the states fighting the worst outbreaks, according to Obama-era officials.
Last year, the Republican National Convention began cutting checks to a former producer of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice who was accused of having, as one contestant put it, “all the dirt” on Donald Trump. The RNC’s disbursements to Labella’s firm appear to be the first payments ever made by a federal political committee to either Labella personally or his company. But a RNC spokesperson described his role for the convention as that of a standard event producer.
Trump is planning on holding a $580,600-per-couple campaign fundraiser in Broward County this week. Last month, Trump resumed in-person fundraising with two events, including a June 11 gathering in Dallas that cost $580,600 per couple. The campaign said it raised more than $10 million through that event.
A t-shirt for sale on Trump’s official campaign website displays an “america First” logo with a striking similarity to the Nazis' Iron Eagle symbol (comparison). A little over two weeks ago, Facebook removed numerous Trump campaign posts and ads featuring an upside down red triangle symbol once used by Nazis to identify political opponents.
  • Let’s not forget that a little over a week ago, Trump retweeted a video that included a Trump supporter shouting “white power.” The president commented that his supporters in the video are “great people.” Staffers tried for three hours to reach Trump to get permission to delete the tweet, but Trump was on the golf course.
Speaking of Trump and golfing, this weekend Trump spent his 365th day as president on one of his own properties. In fact, on the day the U.S. set a daily global record for the coronavirus pandemic - surpassing 55,000 new cases - Trump was golfing.
Further reading: “Pence donors, allies helped finance vice president's legal defense fund for Mueller probe” and “The owner ‘The Hill’ helped secure an unpaid White House position for his wife — a fact the publication did not disclose to readers.”

Voting rights

The Supreme Court blocked a trial judge’s order that would have made it easier for voters in three Alabama counties to use absentee ballots in this month’s primary runoff election. State officials had asked the court to block a lower court’s order that eased photo ID and witness requirements for absentee voting during the pandemic.
The Supreme Court declined to fast-track a bid by Texas Democrats to decide whether all Texas voters can vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic… Texas law allows voters to mail in their ballots only if they are 65 or older, confined in jail, will be out of the county during the election period, or cite a disability or illness.
A federal appeals court halted the voting registration of thousands of Florida felons who cannot pay fines or fees, just weeks after a lower court threw out the state law mandating payment of all legal financial obligations before voting. The 11th Circuit decision granted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request to suspend voter registration until the full court hears the case.
  • Reminder: Late last year, the Senate confirmed Judge Barbara Lagoa to the 11th Circuit, flipping the court to majority GOP appointees.
A federal appeals court in Wisconsin has reaffirmed voting restrictions favored by Republicans, limiting early voting to 2 weeks before an election and barring voters from receiving ballots via email or fax.
In some good news, the Atlanta Hawks is going to turn its arena into the largest polling site in state history. Hundreds of Hawks employees and arena staff will be trained as election workers at the 700,000-square-foot venue, which hosts more than 16,000 spectators for basketball games and 21,000 for concerts. The team says parking will be free for voters and more than 1,500 spaces will be made available.

Immigration

ICE unlawfully jails unaccompanied migrant children once they turn 18, judge rules… Many of ICE’s largest field offices “nearly automatically” send minors to adult jails, even when in extreme cases their parents in the United States or other sponsors would take them, the judge wrote.
The week before last, a federal judge ordered the release of children held with their parents in U.S. immigration jails and denounced the Trump administration’s prolonged detention of families during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Prior to the ruling, it was reported that eleven immigrants held inside a detention facility for families in Texas have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Further reading: ICE Asked Parents to Choose Between Family Separation and Prolonged Detention—During a Pandemic
A government watchdog agency responsible for overseeing the conditions that federal agencies hold immigrants in said it will not be visiting facilities because of the coronavirus, which observers worry will diminish independent inspections.
'Suddenly they started gassing us': Cuban migrants tell of shocking attack at Ice prison… Refugees say protest against risk of Covid-19 was violently suppressed at New Mexico facility run by private firm CoreCivic.
A federal judge overturned a Trump border rule requiring immigrants to first claim asylum in another country… Trump-appointee Judge Timothy J. Kelly of Washington, D.C. ruled that the administration’s rule violated the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The Trump administration is preparing broad new immigration restrictions that would deny humanitarian refuge to anyone from a country with a disease outbreak, deeming those asylum seekers to be a danger to public safety.
  • Meanwhile, travelers from the U.S. are banned from entering countries in Europe, must quarantine when visiting England, and will have to pass through health checkpoints to visit Sonora (the Mexican state that borders Arizona).
The US agency that oversees and administers key facets of the immigration system, including the processing of citizenship, green cards, and asylum applications is about to come to a near halt. If Congress does not provide US Citizenship and Immigration Services with emergency funding before Aug. 3, the employees, who make up more than 60% of all staffers, will be furloughed.
Border wall built by Trump’s hand-picked contractor is in danger of falling into the Rio Grande… Trump supporters funded the private border wall on the banks of the Rio Grande, helping the builder secure $1.7 billion in federal contracts. Last December, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., called for the Pentagon’s inspector general to review Fisher’s first $400 million fence contract, awarded in December over concerns of “inappropriate influence.” The audit is ongoing.
Fun fact: All but 3 of the 216 miles of border wall constructed by the Trump administration are essentially much larger replacements of existing, dilapidated fences or vehicle barriers

Environment

  • Pro-pipeline letters by key legislators, including North Dakota’s governor, were actually ghostwritten by a fossil fuel company
  • The Fed Is Bailing Out Polluters While Cities Struggle: Fossil fuel interests have readier access to stimulus money than many local governments.
  • Trump's trade war hurt Maine's lobster industry. He falsely blames Obama: The president has moved to bail out the state's all-important seafood industry. But his policies caused the problem.
    • White House directs Agriculture Department to extend farmer bailout money to lobster industry
  • Trump’s EPA balks at a chance to save black lives: Soot sickens and kills people of color disproportionately. The EPA has decided to not tighten standards that would protect them and others.
  • A Democratic U.S. senator says he has written to Attorney General William Barr outlining his concerns about potential “political interference” by the Trump administration in an investigation of a private espionage firm that targeted environmental groups in the United States.
  • The Trump administration proposed to open more than two-thirds of the nation’s largest piece of public land to oil and gas drilling, removing wildlife protections for the Alaskan tract that have been in place for more than four decades.
  • Trump Has Dismantled More Monuments Than Any Protest: Trump has done the most damage to national monuments, dismantling or desecrating four federally protected land and water sites with significant cultural, archeological and natural resources.

Other

These stories didn’t fit in a previous category, but I think it’s important to include…
A new Trump administration proposal would let government-funded, single-sex homeless shelters keep transgender people out for religious reasons, and advocates worry that could subject them to more violence than they already face.
In the past, Secretary Carson has called transgender women “big, hairy men” intruding on women’s shelters and referred to “Biblical principles” to justify misgendering transgender women.
President Trump has taken aim at an Obama-era program intended to eliminate racial housing disparities in the suburbs, a move proponents of the policy see as an attempt to shore up his sagging support among white suburban voters by stoking racial division.
The Trump administration is in discussions to end a decades-old practice of informally notifying Congress of major arms sales to foreign countries… Administration officials say they are tired of regular efforts by Capitol Hill to review arms exports to Saudi Arabia and other nations.
The White House asked a Republican senator to block a bill that punishes China over its encroachments in Hong Kong. That senator, Kevin Cramer, obliged, blocking unanimous passage of the bill last week — even though he’s a co-sponsor of it.
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2020.07.01 14:35 rusticgorilla Coronavirus: The "war time" president surrenders the nation

I’ll post these separately from Lost in the Sauce when necessary. There is a separate mailing list for those who just want these coronavirus posts emailed.
Housekeeping:

The surge

Dr. Fauci testified yesterday: "We are now having 40,000+ new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn this around. So, I am very concerned." (video)
Keep in mind, VP Pence said on Friday, June 26, that all 50 states "are opening up safely and responsibly" (video) and claimed that “we flattened the curve. (video).

Arizona

Daily confirmed coronavirus cases (date reported on):
  • June 29: 3,079 new cases
  • June 28: 3,858 new cases
  • June 27: 3,591 new cases
  • June 26: 3,428 new cases
  • June 25: 3,056 new cases
Inpatient beds and ICU beds in use continued to hit new records. As of Sunday, 84% of current inpatient beds and 88% of ICU beds were in use for COVID-19 and other patients. Arizona's state health director on Monday declared that hospitals could activate "crisis care standards" that guide the allocation of scarce resources to patients based on factors such as their likelihood for survival.
Positive test rate 11.7% according to the state data and 23% according to a coronavirus data aggregator, Covid Act Now.
Republican governor Doug Ducey has ordered bars, movie theaters, gyms, and water parks to shut down for at least 30 days. “Our expectation is that our numbers next week will be worse,” he said.

Florida

Daily confirmed coronavirus cases (date reported on):
  • June 29: 6,012 new cases
  • June 28: 5,409 new cases
  • June 27: 8,424 new cases
  • June 26: 9,557 new cases
  • June 25: 8,813 new cases
The rate of positive new tests has increased during that time period. It was at 13.67% on Sunday, the most recent date available.
Florida changed the way ICU beds are reported: Now, hospitals will report only those who are receiving an "intensive level of care," rather than the number of patients in intensive care unit beds. This could undercount the number of ICU coronavirus patients.
  • About 76 percent of the state’s hospital beds and about 79 percent of adult intensive-care unit beds were occupied Friday. Availability of beds, however, varies at the county level.
About a quarter of all patients admitted to Miami’s main public hospital over the past two weeks after going to the emergency room for car-crash injuries and other urgent problems have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Six-hour lines formed in Jacksonville over the weekend as thousands of people flocked to get drive-through tests.
Much of Florida’s new surge in cases appear to follow from the reopening of beaches, bars, restaurants, and other social activities. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, announced Friday that the state is ending onsite consumption at bars, effectively moving the state back to an earlier phase of reopening. Jacksonville, where the Republican National Convention is slated to be held in August, is planning to institute a city-wide mask order.

Texas

Daily confirmed coronavirus cases:
  • June 29: 6,975 new cases
  • June 28: 4,288 new cases
  • June 27: 5,357 new cases
  • June 26: 5,742 new cases
  • June 25: 5,707 new cases
The rate of positive new tests has increased during that time period - from 11.7% on June 23 to 13.7% on June 28 (state dashboard). Austin health officials last week saw the highest rate of positive coronavirus tests of any metro area in the nation.
The 25-county region around Houston reported 2,042 beds occupied by all ICU patients, the highest total since the pandemic arrived in the city in March. The number of regional ICU patients has increased for eight consecutive days, rising by nearly 50 percent. The region’s base capacity of ICU beds is 2,202, with a surge capacity of 2,644.
  • In several counties in the state, hospitals and local officials are seeking to boost hospital capacity, seeking venues such as convention centers and stadiums that could potentially act as temporary ICU wards.
However, hospitalization data is in question in Texas: “Texas Medical Center hospitals stopped updating key metrics showing the stress rising numbers of COVID-19 patients were placing on their facilities for more than three days...When the charts reappeared, eight of the 17 original slides had been deleted — including any reference to hospital capacity or projections of future capacity.” Governor Abbott had expressed displeasure to hospital executives with negative headlines about ICU capacity.
On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he would roll back some of the state’s reopening plans, closing bars and reducing the capacity for indoor dining. Meanwhile, some city and county leaders are asking Abbott for the authority to roll back business reopenings and implement local stay-at-home orders.

Trump ignores it all

Trump’s campaign directed the removal of thousands of “Do Not Sit Here, Please!” stickers from seats in the Tulsa arena that were intended to establish social distance between attendees during his June 20 rally. When Trump took the stage on Saturday evening, the crowd was clustered together and attendees were not leaving empty seats between themselves.
Consequences of the rally: Dozens of Secret Service agents will be quarantined as a precaution following President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa. At least eight campaign staffers connected the event tested positive for the coronavirus. Donald Trump’s reelection campaign manager, Brad Parscale, and a group of campaign staffers are also in quarantine after attending the rally. Even a reporter at the event, who wore a face mask and practiced social distancing, tested positive in the following days.
Pence defended Trump’s drive to hold rallies with sparse public health measures by invoking freedom of speech and the election. During the first coronavirus task force briefing in months, a reporter pointed out that experts stress the importance of social distancing and warn about the threat of crowds, asking how the Trump campaign can justify holding rallies in spite of this consensus. Pence responded:
Pence: "The freedom of speech, the right to peaceably assemble is enshrined in the Constitution of the US, and we have an election coming up this fall."
The Trump campaign wants to galvanize his base in part by continuing to urge the country to reopen faster… The president’s campaign advisers believe it comes down to getting a bigger proportion of the smaller group of people who love Trump to turn out than the larger group of voters who express tepid support for Biden.
Trump is planning a massive fireworks display at Mount Rushmore on July 3, despite environmental and public health concerns. Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said “we won't be social distancing” at the event and masks are optional. South Dakota’s coronavirus rate is 720 confirmed cases per 100,000.
  • Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump's July 3 visit. The groups view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to Indigenous people.
  • Trump has long shown a fascination with Mount Rushmore.Gov. Noem said in 2018 that he once told her straight-faced that it was his dream to have his face carved into the monument.
After abandoning North Carolina due to required precautions like social distancing and masks, the RNC convention moved to Jacksonville - which now is requiring face masks, too. However, it is not clear if the mayor will require the convention attendees to wear masks. At the president’s rally in Phoenix last week, many attendees didn’t wear masks despite a city order to do so.
  • A poll by the University of North Florida found that 58 percent of Jacksonville voters surveyed oppose the RNC convention, and 42 percent support it. Seventy-one percent said they were concerned the coronavirus would spread due to the convention, and 65 percent said they worried about “social unrest,” the poll showed.
Amid record-breaking coronavirus cases, the Texas GOP is moving forward with plans to hold their in-person convention in Houston next month (July). The state party chair made it clear last week that any mask-wearing would be optional.
  • The situation has created what union leaders say is a potentially perilous situation for workers at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel, which is connected to the convention center and expects to see an uptick in guests during the convention.

Funding and equipment

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters unveiled a report detailing delays by the Trump administration in distributing $175 billion in coronavirus relief funds to hospitals. Nearly three months after the CARES Act, about $72 billion, or 41%, of the funding approved by Congress to support hospitals has still not been distributed. The delays, Peters said, has led to layoffs and furloughs of healthcare workers during the pandemic.
The Indian Health Service, which purchased Chinese-made KN95 masks from a former Trump White House official through a $3 million contract, is now trying to return the masks but facing resistance… The masks it bought from former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Zach Fuentes do not meet Food and Drug Administration standards for use in health care settings.
A company created by a former Pentagon official who describes himself as a White House volunteer for Vice President Mike Pence won a $2.4 million dollar contract in May — its first federal award — to supply the Bureau of Prisons with surgical gowns.
Abbott Labs paid the husband of a White House Communications Director $400,000 while the White House promoted its coronavirus testing equipment. Political lobbyist Matt Schlapp, married to Mercedes Schlapp, worked with Abbott for two years, but was recently fired for controversy over racially insensitive comments. Trump promoted Abbott’s tests even as the FDA warned it was inaccurate.
Top Trump fundraiser Eric Beach sought to cash in on the pandemic by selling N95 masks at a marked up price. Four days after Trump feuded with 3M about the distribution of N95 masks, Beach - who had no experience in supplying medical goods - formed a company selling marked up masks with a 10% commission.
Gilead announces $3,120 price tag for Covid-19 drug remdesivir developed with $70 million in taxpayer support… “Allowing Gilead to set the terms during a pandemic represents a colossal failure of leadership by the Trump administration."
  • The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of remdesivir, leaving none for the UK, Europe, or most of the rest of the world.
Fear mounts Trump may pressure FDA to rush Covid-19 vaccine by election…
Trump keeps saying Obama left him ‘no ventilators.’ The number is 16,660. Most recently, on June 18, Trump said: “When we came here, you had very few ventilators in this country. … The cupboard was empty, and we filled up the cupboards.”

Anti-mask push

Evidence

Countries that quickly resorted to widespread mask-wearing had far lower death rates and shorter outbreaks, according to a new study. “It wasn’t just by a few per cent, it was up to a hundred times less mortality. The countries that introduced masks from the very beginning of their outbreak have had hardly any deaths.”
Coronavirus cases seem to be rising in states with relaxed policies on wearing masks… In the 11 states that mandate wearing masks in public — including New York, Illinois, and Michigan — new cases have fallen by 25% over the last two weeks. States that require masks only for employees of certain businesses have seen a 70% increase, on average, in new cases.
The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said that if 95% of Americans wore masks in public, it would prevent 33,000 deaths by October 1. In one simulation, researchers predicted that 80 percent of the population wearing masks would do more to reduce COVID-19 spread than a strict lockdown.
A federal mandate to wear masks would slow the spread of the coronavirus enough to save the economy from losing 5 percent of its value, according to a Goldman Sachs study. "We argue that a national face mask mandate could partially substitute for renewed lockdowns," analysts wrote.

Ignorance

Trump has stressed from the beginning — and repeatedly — that wearing masks is voluntary. He has declined to be photographed publicly wearing one. He also has repeatedly ridiculed Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for using a mask. Two weeks ago, Trump went so far as to suggest that masks could be counterproductive:“Masks are a double-edged sword,” he said. “People touch them. And they grab them and I see it all the time.”
Every single Republican on the House coronavirus subcommittee turned up to a Friday meeting without wearing a mask, prompting Chairman Clyburn to issue a statement that he will not grant speaking time to any members not complying with the mask rule. “My Republican colleagues’ refusal to wear masks is perplexing because you have asked repeatedly to hold in-person hearings, and you assured me that this could be done safely,” Clyburn wrote.
  • Video from Friday: Rep. Jamie Raskin on Rep. Jim Jordan: "People tease our friend Mr. Jordan about never wearing a jacket... That's a fashion statement. But when he doesn't wear a mask and interacts with other people in the legislative assembly, it's dangerous. That is a public health menace."
  • A day earlier, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell ripped Jim Jordan for not wearing a mask. Video: "I find it incredibly disrespectful that you have been sitting here next to the chairman without wearing a mask. You're putting other people's lives and their families in danger." (Nadler's wife has cancer.)
  • Rep. Mark Green (R-TN), a former physician, led the charge against face masks at the meeting, saying we have an “irrational fear” of the coronavirus. Green also said he could “cite many other professionals” who advised against protective face coverings; Green did not proceed to cite any such professionals. Short clip and long clip.
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert also rarely wears a mask on the House floor, often talking with aides and lawmakers at length while not maintaining a social distance. Asked about his choice not to wear a face covering, Gohmert replied: “If I get it I'll wear a mask."
Speaker Pelosi called on the CDC to issue a federal mandate on wearing masks. “The president should be an example. Real men wear masks, be an example to the country, wear a mask,” Pelosi said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” “It’s not about protecting yourself, it’s about protecting others.”
North Carolina lawmakers held a 2 a.m. vote to undermine the Democratic governor’s requirement that face coverings be worn in public. It’s normally illegal to wear masks in public in North Carolina because of a 1950s law targeted at the KKK. “We purposefully took out a provision that would have made it legal, and that just seems wrong to me in the middle of a pandemic,” Democratic Sen. Natasha Marcus of Mecklenburg County said.
  • Republicans insisted they weren’t trying to force people to forgo masks to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, but rather want to avoid them being mandated. “We’re trying to work out that middle ground to where individuals can feel free to wear masks and can feel free of penalties and of being forced to wear masks,” Republican state Sen. Ralph Hise said at 3 a.m. Friday.
Citizens across the country appeared before local boards to denounce plans to require face masks in public. Perhaps the most extreme objections were raised in Trump’s new home county, Palm Beach, Florida. Most appeared to believe that masks were harmful to a person’s health. “I’d like to say, in the beginning, God formed man out of the earth and breathed his breath in him and he became a living soul...Where do you derive the authority to regulate human breathing?” one woman asked.

Testing

Since boasting at the Tulsa rally that he ordered staff to slow down testing, Trump has tripled down in numerous interviews and tweets. At a speech in Wisconsin on Thursday, Trump said: "If we didn't wanna test, or if we didn't test, we wouldn't have cases. But we have cases because we test." Later on Fox News, Trump again said "if we didn't do testing, we'd have no cases." Testing, he repeats, finds even a "kid with the sniffles" or people who didn't know they were sick. "Maybe they weren't. But it shows up in a test."
  • Over subsequent days his “people” insisted that he was joking. However, asked to clarify whether he had merely been kidding, he told reporters Tuesday: “I don’t kid.” He went on to complain that testing was catching people who “aren’t sick or very little.” As if those who are “very little” sick will cease to be contagious if the world refuses to acknowledge their contagiousness.
Fact check: To understand why increased testing does not explain the rise in covid-19 cases, we have to look not just at the number of tests each state is doing, but at the positivity rate of those tests. In combination, those two metrics give a sense of whether infections are rising, declining or holding steady. And in too many states, the dispiriting answer is that the virus is racing ahead of public health measures to contain it. States are finding more cases relative to the amount of tests they are conducting - indicating the increase in cases is not due to more testing.
Days after arguing that testing should be slowed down, the federal government tried to do just that by pulling funding for more than a dozen drive-through testing sites across five states at the end of the month. Due to widespread outrage and pleading from Republicans, the Trump administration restored funding for give drive-thru testing sites in Texas, but only for two additional weeks. The federal government is still set to end funding in late June for six sites spread across four other states: Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
As Trump pushes states to reopen and reduce testing, measures to protect him from the virus are being scaled up. Everyone around him is [regularly](cnn.com/2020/06/26/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-protocols/index.html) tested, all areas his visits are scrubbed and sanitized, and staff maintain a close accounting of who comes into contact with the President to enable proper contact tracing should someone test positive.
  • Op-Ed: “If Trump is cutting funds for coronavirus testing, he should start at the White House.” Reopen the White House, just as Trump wishes to reopen the economy… Alternatively, of course, rather than practicing what he preaches, Trump could preach what he already practices.
Arkansas governor calls on Trump to invoke Defense Production Act to increase testing capacity… Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson: "We've doubled the amount of our testing nationally. We've got to double it again… I really think we need to look at a greater use of the Defense Production Act so that we can make sure that supply keeps up with the demand that we know is going to continue growing."
Coronavirus contact tracing is ‘not going well,’ Dr. Fauci says… CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield testified that about 27,000 or 28,000 people are doing contact tracing work across the country, but acknowledged we need about 100,000 tracers total. Former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden thinks the country will need even more, up to 300,000.

Miscellaneous

Stories that didn’t fit in previous sections…
  • The Trump administration is focused on the death total, as it has not greatly increased per day. Pence even bragged about it on Friday. There are two problems: (1) It is a lagging indicator and will take about 3 weeks to reflect changes. (2) While the bulk of new cases are younger people (varies by region), this is nothing to be celebrated. Covid-19 can cause chronic health issues that may never resolve, debilitating even those under 40 for an unknown period of time. This fact makes the administration’s continuing case to destroy the ACA even more egregious. Furthermore, without the ACA’s protections, Covid-19 could be treated as a pre-existing condition.
  • The European Union will open its borders to visitors from 15 countries as of Wednesday, but not to travelers from the United States, Brazil or Russia.
  • The White House has blocked Dr. Fauci from some appearances that he has requested to do in recent weeks, according to two people familiar with the matter. White House aides have argued that television interviewers often try to goad Fauci into criticizing the president or the administration’s approach, and that Fauci is not always good about “staying on message,” in the words of a senior administration official.
  • Amid threats and political pushback, public health officials are leaving their posts. Politicizing public health has put a target on health workers who are resigning after being publicly attacked by business groups, citizens, and elected officials.
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2020.07.01 05:17 iamnotdonehere Gym threatening to sue and file a restraining order amid shut down order from the governor AZ

This was the email from the Gym. I say go get em Tiger!!!!
Dear EoS Members,
As you know, GOVERNOR DUCEY ORDERED GYMS TO “PAUSE” for 30 days effective the evening of June 29th. We committed yesterday at 8pm to close for 24 hours to allow us time to fully understand his executive order, as it was a complete shock to us. We disagree with the Governor’s order and we believe that the Governor has exceeded his authority. Further, the Governor’s office has not been able to provide us with any evidence demonstrating that gyms are contributing to the spread of COVID-19.
We were able to connect with the Governor’s office today. While they listened to our position and represented that they would consider our arguments, they advised us that if we are to reopen before the date set forth in the Order, law enforcement will be actively enforce the closures, as they have done today with other Arizona gyms that decided to stay open. Our legal counsel has confirmed that businesses that defy Governor Ducey’s order are at risk of losing their business licenses and will arguably be in violation of the Arizona Employment Protection Act. While we are not overly concerned about our business licenses, we are not willing to put our Team Members in a perilous position by asking them to defy the Executive Order. We hope that we are able to resolve this directly with the Governor’s office this week. However, in the scenario that we are not able to come to a mutually acceptable resolution, we will proactively be filing a lawsuit against Governor Ducey tomorrow in an effort to overturn the Executive Order along with a motion for a temporary restraining order asking the courts to permit us to reopen and remain open until our challenge to the Executive Order can be resolved. We are optimistic that we will be able to have our motion for the temporary restraining order heard by next week at which time we will know if we can reopen legally and resume providing services.
To those of our members that were charged any sort of membership or service-related dues today, we apologize. With less than 5 hours of advanced notice to close, we were not able to “pause” the dues transactions that had started for today. All dues are now frozen and please know that all dues will absolutely be prorated when we reopen. You will not be charged for the days that we are not open.
The outpouring of support and encouragement that we have received from our Members and Team Members has been heartwarming and inspiring. We know that you want EoS to stay open and so do we. Our gyms are SAFE and provide a valuable service, and we plan to fight for our right to stay open. Thank YOU being a part of our EoS Family.
We will continue to notify you of any developments, and we are committed to reopening our gyms as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to navigate these uncharted waters.
In Health,
Rich Drengberg Chief Executive Officer
EoS Fitness
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2020.06.30 23:36 sunzusunzusunzusunzu Lori Vallow Probable Cause Affidavit - June 29 2020

I, Lt. Ron Ball, of the Rexburg Police Department, being first duly sworn under oath, depose and state as follows:
  1. The information contained herein is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
  2. I am a Detective with the Rexburg Police Department and have been employed in Law Enforcement for more than 27 years. I am currently the lieutenant over investigations for the Rexburg Police Department. I currently hold an Advanced Certificate and Management Certificate from the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy and have over 2500 hours of training. I have attended multiple trainings and classes throughout my career, including graduating from the FBI National Academy in 2015. I have received multiple hours of specialized training in investigations. I have also conducted numerous investigations and interviews with suspects, victims and witnesses involving narcotics, sex crimes and fraud. I have also received numerous hours of training on traffic stops and detection of criminal behavior.
  3. Since November 26, 2019, the Rexburg Police Department has been involved in the search for JJ Vallow, DOB: 5/25/2012, (hereinafter JJ) and Tylee Ryan, DOB: 9/24/2002 (hereinafter Tylee). The search for these children began when Kay Woodcock, JJ’s grandmother, called Gilbert Arizona Police to report that she had not had any contact with JJ for several months. Gilbert Police contacted the Detective Ray Hermosillo of the Rexburg Police Department (RPD) due to the RPD helping the Gilbert Police with an investigation in which JJ’s and Tylee’s mother, cousin, and uncle were persons of interest.
  4. JJ and Tylee’s mother, Vallow, (hereinafter Vallow) has been charged with two felony counts of Desertion of Minor Child, one misdemeanor count of Resisting and Obstructing, one misdemeanor count of Solicitation to Commit Crime and one misdemeanor count of Contempt. The Contempt charge is for failing to comply with an Order in child protection action in Madison County, Idaho to produce JJ and Tylee to the Rexburg Police or the Department of Health and Welfare. Vallow was required to produce the children by January 30, 2020 and refused to do so.
  5. Tylee was 16 years old at the time she went missing and JJ was years 7 old when he went missing. Until this time law enforcement has stated that Tylee was 17 at the time she went missing because we were not aware she was missing until several months after her seventeenth birthday. However, we now have reason to believe she was killed before her seventeenth birthday.
  6. Chad Daybell (hereinafter Daybell) was present in Kauai, Hawaii on February 20th, 2020 when Vallow was arrested on the felony desertion charges. I was present at that arrest. Daybell was also present at Vallow’s March 6th initial appearance in Madison County, Idaho. As such, I know that Daybell was aware of felony charges directly related to the location, health, and well-being of the minor children named above.
  7. Daybell and Vallow were married on November 5, 2019. Daybell’s first wife, Tamara (Tammy) Daybell, died the night of October 19, 2019 in Fremont County, Idaho. Tammy’s death is still under investigation.
  8. The last verifiable sighting of Tylee was on September 8, 2019, in Yellowstone National Park. The last verifiable sighting of JJ was September 22, 2019, in his mother’s apartment, located at 565 Pioneer Road, #175, Rexburg, Idaho, by Lori’s friend, Melani Gibb (Gibb) and David Warwick (Warwick) While the Rexburg Police and FBI have received many tips of alleged sightings since the beginning of the case, none of these tips have led to any verifiable or actionable information regarding the health, safety or location of the minor children.
  9. Vallow moved to Rexburg on or about September 1, 2019, With Tylee and JJ and her brother, Alex Cox (Cox). Vallow resided with her children at 565 Pioneer Road, Unit #175, Rexburg, Idaho. Cox resided in the same complex, initially living in the same unit as Vallow and then moving into his own unit at 565 Pioneer Road, Unit #107, Rexburg, Idaho.
  10. On November 26, 2019, Detective Hermosillo and Detective Hope from the RPD went to Vallow’s home located at 565 Pioneer Road, #175, Rexburg, Idaho, to conduct welfare check. Detectives Hermosillo and Hope met with Cox and Daybell outside the residence. Daybell acted as if he didn’t know Vallow very well and stated he didn’t know her phone number. Cox told the detectives that JJ was with his grandma, Kay Woodcock, in Louisiana, which was not likely to be true due to the fact that Kay was the individual who first called in missing child report to the Gilbert Police Department. Cox said Vallow may be in apartment #107. Hermosillo and Hope went to apartment #107, but the apartment was completely empty and vacant. At this time, they called me and Detective David Stubbs and asked me to come to the premises to help search for JJ.
  11. Shortly after calling me, Detective Hermosillo called me again and indicated that he saw Daybell driving black Chevrolet Equinox away from the residence. Detective Hermosillo stopped Daybell and asked him again if he had seen JJ. Chad responded that the last time he had seen JJ was in apartment #107 in October. He also admitted he knew Vallow’s phone number and provided it to Detective Hermosillo.
  12. On that same day, myself and Detective Stubbs located and spoke with Vallow in her apartment, #175. We identified ourselves as RPD officers. Vallow told us that JJ was in Gilbert, Arizona with friend named Melanie Gibb. We obtained Gibb’s phone number from Vallow. This encounter was recorded on body-cam. We ended our contact with Vallow and immediately attempted to call Gibb. We were unable to contact or speak with her at that time. Vallow also informed RPD that Tylee was attending BYU-Idaho and living with Vallow.
  13. Because Detective Stubbs and I were unable to contact Gibb we immediately contacted Vallow again and we requested that she call Gibb. At this time Vallow told us that Gibb and JJ were at the movie “Frozen 2” so it was unlikely Gibb would answer the phone. We instructed Vallow to call Gibb and have Gibb contact us so we could verify the location of JJ.
  14. By the evening of November 26, 2019, we had still not heard from Gibb, so RPD informed Detective Ryan Pillar of the Gilbert Police Department of the information we had received regarding the children being with Gibb. Detective Hermosillo was informed later that evening around 9:30 p.m. that Gilbert Police went to the home of Gibb. Gibb was not home but Detective Pillar contacted her by phone and she stated that JJ was not staying at her Arizona house and had not been there for several months.
  15. On December 6, 2019, Detective Hermosillo was contacted by Gibb and she informed us that both Daybell and Vallow called Gibb on November 26, 2019 at separate times. She was contacted first by Daybell who told her that she would probably be contacted by the police in regards to JJ’s location and he then asked her to not answer the call. Gibb informed RPD that she was confused by this request because she had been told by Vallow in late September or early October that JJ was living with Kay Woodcock, who is JJ’s grandmother. Gibb asked Daybell if JJ was living with Kay and he told her that JJ was not with Kay.
  16. Gibb was soon thereafter contacted by Vallow on her phone. Vallow asked Gibb to tell the police that she had JJ and asked Gibb to tell the police that she had taken JJ to the movie “Frozen, 2.” Vallow further asked Gibb to take picture of some children in manner that would make it appear that Gibb had JJ with her and to send that picture to the police. Gibb informed Vallow that she would not lie to the police and Gibb did not comply with Vallow’s request.
  17. Gibb first met Vallow in the fall of 2018. Gibb introduced Vallow to Daybell in St. George Utah at “Preparing People” conference.
  18. In early 2019, Gibb was present with Vallow during telephone conversation between Vallow and Daybell. This conversation was in response to “Vision” of Vallow that her husband Charles Vallow and her son JJ were going to die in car accident by January or of 2019, Which did not happen. During and after the conversation, Vallow told Gibb that Daybell had informed her that while Charles had not physically died in an accident, his spirit had left his body and been replaced by another spirit which was dark spirit. The dark spirit was named Ned Schneider.
  19. Gibb has informed law enforcement that the word “zombie” was introduced weeks after the initial conversation to describe an individual whose spirit has left their body and been replaced by another spirit. The new spirit inhabiting person’s, or “zombie’s” body was always “dark spirit.”
  20. At some point after Gibb first learned this doctrine from Vallow and Daybell, she was informed by Vallow and Daybell that they believed it was their mission to rid the world of zombies. When Vallow initially spoke to Gibb about getting rid of zombies she spoke about saying prayers to remove dark spirits from the human bodies they had inhabited. This information has been corroborated by electronic communications made by Vallow and Daybell.
  21. After the death of Daybell’s Wife on October 19, 2019, Gibb was informed by Vallow that when a person became “zombie,” their original spirit left their body and entered “limbo” and is trapped and cannot progress to “paradise.” Vallow then informed Gibb that for the person’s original spirit to be freed from limbo the person’s physical body had to die. Despite the teaching that physical body needed to die, Gibb reports she was never told by Vallow or Daybell that they planned to carry out physical killing themselves. At the time Gibb was told this information by Vallow, she was still under the belief that JJ was with his grandma Kay Woodcock and that Tylee was at BYU-Idaho.
  22. Melani Gibb has further informed RPD that sometime in the spring of 2019, before the death of Charles Vallow, that Lori Vallow called Tylee zombie. Gibb was on the phone with Lori and heard Lori call Tylee zombie to which Tylee responded “not me, mom.” (Upon the unsealing of my probable cause affidavit in State V. Daybell CR22-20-0755, Gibb spoke with me and clarified that Lori herself told Gibb that Tylee responded to being called zombie by saying “not me, mom.” Gibb did not hear Tylee say these words herself.) This arose out of Lori requiring Tylee to babysit JJ and Tylee did not want to. Lori Vallow also told Gibb that Tylee had turned into zombie When she was 12 or 13, which was approximately the same time Tylee had become “difficult” to deal with.
  23. Gibb has further informed me that she was told by Daybell and Vallow that they held the religious belief that they were part of the “Church of the Firstborn” and their mission in that Church was to lead the “144,000” mentioned in the Book of Revelation.
  24. On January 26, 2020, search warrant was served on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow in Kauai, Hawaii where they were living and on their vehicle. The children were not found with Chad and Lori in Hawaii and no evidence was found to suggest they were living with Chad and Lori.
  25. Through this investigation, we have discovered that JJ Vallow was registered at Kennedy Elementary School in Rexburg, the first week of September, 2019. Kennedy School was informed that JJ had an individual education plan, (IEP) due to his autism. Kennedy Elementary was in the process of creating new IEP for JJ. On September 23, 2019, JJ had an unexcused absence. (It should be noted that originally in our investigation we believed that JJ was in school on September 23rd, but upon review of his school records we found that he was not and had the unexcused absence.) On September 24,2020, Lori Vallow called Vickie Barton of the Madison School District and informed her that JJ was going to Louisiana with his grandparents and wouldn’t be home until the end of October or maybe later. On October 29, Madison School District records indicate that JJ would be homeschooled. During searches of Vallow’s apartment in Rexburg and subsequent searches of her apartment in Kauai, no homeschooling materials were ever found.
  26. As mentioned, the last verifiable sighting of Tylee was in Yellowstone National Park on September 8, 2019. Photographs establish she was there with her mother Lori Vallow, her brother JJ Vallow, and her uncle Alex Cox. They drove there in Alex’s silver Ford F150. This trip was further established by tracking the GPS, cell tower connections, and Google account information on Alex Cox’s phone.
  27. The Cellular Analysis Survey Team (hereinafter CAST), is an FBI unit that provides analyses of cellphone records and presents the information to law enforcement. CAST has analyzed Alex Cox’s phone and provided the location information mentioned in paragraph 25. The CAST analysis provides the location of Cox’s phone. Due to my training and experience and common knowledge am aware that most individuals now keep their cellphones with them at all times and the location of an individual’s phone can be used to establish the location of the owner of the phone. CAST uses cellular devices’ GPS data points, cell tower connections, wi-fi connections, and Google tracking information to establish the location of cell phone. The GPS data points used by CAST are considered to be highly accurate and can place the device within meter radius.
  28. CAST has further informed law enforcement that Cox’s phone exited the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park at 18:40. His phone appeared to be at Buckaroo’s BBQ grill in West Yellowstone, Montana from 18:45 to 19:02. Cox then returned to Rexburg, Madison County Idaho, at approximately 20:37. The phone was then at Lori’s Apartment number 175 until 21:35, at which time, Cox appeared to go to the Maverick on Main Street in Rexburg at 21:43 until 21:53. Cox then went back to Lori’s apartment from 22:44 to 23:15. At 23:44 Cox’s phone is located at his residence in Apartment 107.
  29. On Monday, September 9, from 00:00 (12 am.) and 00:44 Cox’s phone was located at his apartment (107.) However, at 02:42 (2:42 am.) to 03:37 (3:37 am.) Cox is located again at Vallow’s apartment (175) where Vallow lived with Tylee and JJ. This is significant, not only because he is there in the middle of the night, but also because this is the only time in September he appears to go over to Vallow’s apartment between midnight and a.m.
  30. At 04:37, Cox went back to his own apartment, unit 107, until 08:59. At 09:21 he was located ata property with the address 202 1900 E, Rexburg, which is the residence of Daybell. (It should be noted that while Chad Daybell’s address is listed as Rexburg, it is actually located in Fremont County, Idaho.) The 09:21 reading is GPS data point and places him behind the home on Daybell’s property east of the barn.
  31. Cox’s phone was still at the Daybell residence at 10:39. At 10:47, his phone shows a hit at the City of St. Anthony. At this time, we are unable to tell if he was actually inside the city limits of St. Anthony, (St. Anthony is about 5-minute drive from the Daybell residence) or if this was cell tower ping on his phone while he was still at the Daybell residence. At 10:57 to 11:39 Cox is located at the Daybell property. At 11:52 to 12:02 he was at Dell Taco in Rexburg. He appears to spend most of the rest of the day in his apartment.
  32. Through this investigation, the Rexburg Police Department and FBI have seized, searched, and analyzed multiple cellular devices pursuant to search warrants. On June 1, 2020, I was informed by Special Agent Ricky Wright of the FBI that the FBI had been examining a phone believed to be owned by Tamara (Tammy) Daybell. The FBI found a text conversation between Tammy and Daybell on September 9, 2019, which is the day after the last known sighting of Tylee in Yellowstone National Park.
  33. That text conversation reads as follows:
a. Daybell to Tammy at 11:53 am: “Well, I've had an interesting morning! I felt should burn all of the limb debris by the fire pit before it got too soaked by the coming storms. While I did so, I spotted big racoon along the fence. hurried and got my gun, and he was still walking along. I got close enough that one shot did the trick. He is now in our pet cemetery. Fun times!”
b. Daybell to Tammy at 11:56: “Gonna shower now and then go write for while at BYU. Love you!”
c. Tammy to Daybell at 2:47 pm: “Good for you!”
d. Daybell to Tammy at 2:48 pm: “I’m back home now.”
  1. I found the text suspicious because raccoons are normally nocturnal animals and are not regularly out during the day. Matt and Reegan P., Daybell’s neighbors, have informed law enforcement that Daybell’s son Garth told them that Daybell had shot a raccoon sometime between July and August of 2019 during the day. Garth told Matt Price about the raccoon in response to a question from Matt about hearing a gunshot. The P.'s informed me that the fire pit in the back of the Daybell property was hardly ever used until the last few months. Reegan informed me that there appeared to be frequent bonfires in the pit on the Daybell property over the last few months and the first one she noticed was soon after Tammy’s death on October 19, 2019.
  2. On June 2, 2020, Detective Bruce Mattingly of the Fremont County Sheriff Office contacted Samantha Gwilliam, who is the sister of Tammy Daybell. He asked her if she was aware of a pet cemetery on the Daybell’s propeny in Idaho. She informed him that she was aware of the pet cemetery and stated that both she and Tammy were pet people and that they had both had pet cemeteries. When asked the location of the pet cemetery on the Daybell property she stated that it was east of the red barn and near the fire pit. On June 4, 2020, I spoke with Samantha and she informed me that she was aware of the location of the pet cemetery on the Daybell property because Tammy had shown it to her. Samantha was then shown an aerial photograph of the Daybell property and she pointed to the same area near the fire pit where Alex Cox’s phone pinged on September 9, 2019.
  3. The above facts establish that Alex Cox appeared to be at the Daybell property on September 9, 201 9, until at least 11:39. Chad sent the text to Tammy about burning debris and shooting and burying the raccoon in the pet cemetery only 14 minutes later at 11:53. The pet cemetery referenced by Chad Daybell is located at the same location as most of the pings on Alex Cox’s phone on September 9, 2019.
  4. On June 3, 2020, again interviewed Gibb and her boyfriend David Warwick in Pleasant Grove Utah. We discussed in depth the weekend of September 22 and 23, 2019, due to the fact that both Gibb and Warwick stayed at Lori Vallow’s residence in Rexburg that weekend. Gibb informed me (consistent with information she has previously given to law enforcement) that she arrived in Rexburg on September 19, 2019. Soon after she arrived Lori Vallow informed Gibb that JJ had become a “zombie” and pointed out behaviors such as sitting still and watching tv, claiming JJ said he loved Satan, and an increased vocabulary as evidence that JJ was now a zombie. Gibb observed JJ’s behavior and felt it to be the same as she had always observed it.
  5. The last time Gibb and Warwick verifiably saw JJ was the night of September 22, 2019. Warwick informed us that it was late and that Gibb, Vallow and Warwick were going to do podcast. Warwick said that Vallow told him that JJ was acting up and so Cox took JJ to his apartment in the complex. When Cox returned later that night he was carrying JJ who appeared to be asleep with his head on Cox’s shoulder. Warwick specifically remembered this because he saw it as a tender moment.
  6. Warwick further informed us that when he woke up the morning of September 23, 2019, he asked Vallow where JJ was. This was between and am. Vallow informed Warwick and Gibb that JJ had been acting like a zombie and had been crawling on the kitchen cabinetry and had gotten on top of the cabinetry in the space between the cabinetry and the ceiling. She informed Warwick and Gibb that when JJ had climbed upon the cabinetry that he had knocked picture of Jesus off the refrigerator. Vallow then informed Warwick and Gibb that Cox had come and taken JJ. At no time during this interaction with Vallow did Gibb or Warwick believe that JJ was in danger. Vallow had not said anything about harming JJ or having Cox harm JJ.
  7. Approximately one week after Gibb’s September visit to Rexburg, Vallow informed Gibb that she had arranged for JJ to go live with his grandma, Kay Woodcock. Vallow further told Gibb she had told Kay that she had cancer in order to convince Kay Woodcock to take JJ. Vallow further elaborated to Gibb that she had traveled with JJ and handed him off to Kay in an airport.
  8. The FBI CAST team has analyzed Alex Cox’s movements the morning of September 23, 2019 by his cellphone GPS. At 09:55 Alex is again on Chad Daybell’s property. He was there until 10:12. The pings on his phone locate Alex near the pond on Chad’s property at the northern edge of his property. Chad Daybell’s property is located in Salem, Idaho in Fremont County.
  9. On June 3, 2020 asked Special Agent Ricky Wright of the FBI to analyze the frequency of Alex Cox’s visits to Chad Daybell’s property during the month of September 2019. His response was:
a. “Per your request, I checked the visits by Alex to Chad’s house again. There were only four visits by Alex during the month of Sept. These were on 9/6 (1241 - 1253), 9/9, 9/23, and 9/25 (1005 - 1022). During the two visits on 9/6 and 9/25, all the pings were in and around the house, and there were no pings anywhere in the backyard near the firepit or pond. As you can see, these visits were also short, about 11 minutes and 17 minutes, like the one on 9/23 (17 minutes). The visit on 9/9 was the only long visit, approximately 2.5 hours.
  1. On June 9, 2020 a search warrant was executed at Daybell’s residence and property. With the assistance of local FBI ERT team we located at multiple sites of interest. These sites were identified and corresponded to the cellular data of Alex Cox’s phone when he was on the property, mentioned in paragraphs 12-16.
  2. Additionally, one of the possible sites correlated to a location on the property Chad had texted his wife about, mentioned in paragraphs 17 and 18.
  3. The first site of interest was located on the north side of the pond near the north edge of the property. This site corresponded with the two GPS pings from Alex Cox’s phone on September 23, 2019. A patch of ground was located that appeared to be disturbed. The weed growth on top of the disturbed ground was shorter than the surrounding weed growth. What appeared to be sod etching was also noticed. The disturbed area was approximately feet by 2.5 feet.
  4. Members of the FBI ERT team removed the top layer of sod. Underneath the layer of sod were several large flat rocks. The rocks were removed and two pieces of flat paneling were found. The paneling was removed and investigators exposed a round object covered in black plastic. (Similar paneling was found in barn located on the property.)
  5. Upon exposing the round object covered in black plastic a strong odor was noticed. FBI ERT member used small sharp instrument and made a small incision in the plastic and a layer of white plastic was observed. An incision was made into the white layer of plastic exposing what appeared to be human remains, the crown of head covered in light brown hair.
  6. The remaining dirt around this object was methodically removed, exposing what appeared to be a body wrapped in black plastic. The plastic appeared to be tightly wrapped around the body and secured with gray duct tape.
  7. Cheryl Anderson, associate professor of anthropology at Boise State University, was present on scene and advised the remains found near the pond appeared to be human.
  8. As noted above, the GPS on Alex Cox’s phone pinged twice on September 23, 2019 near the first site where human remains were found. The GPS records indicate that Cox was at that location for a total of 17 minutes on September 23, 2019. Due to the depth and width of the “grave” the body was located in, and the rocks and paneling found in the grave, it would be impossible for one person to have dug that grave, placed a body in it, placed the rocks and paneling in the grave, and covered it back up in 17 minutes.
  9. A second site of interest was located behind red unattached out building located roughly in the center of the property near fire pit. Next to the fire pit is an area used as pet cemetery. This site correlated to several GPS pings of Alex Cox’s phone on September 9, 2019.
  10. Ground in this area was probed with steel pole and several areas of disturbed ground were located. During search of this ground, buried cat and dog remains were found. No raccoon remains were located. A backhoe was used to dig further layers of dirt. While doing this, bricks were located approximately foot below the ground.
  11. Once the bricks were discovered the soil was examined and what appeared to be two bones were located. Based on the condition of the first bones found, Cheryl Anderson was not able to determine whether the bones were human.
  12. Methodically, the dirt in this area was searched and several other items of interest were found including other bones, charred tissue and charred bones. Cheryl Anderson indicated these additional bones, both charred and un-charred, and tissue found were human remains.
  13. Investigators provided photos of some of the partial remains that were found at the pet cemetery to Sara Getz, Ph.D., forensic anthropologist. Dr. Getz was able to identify those remains as being non-adult human remains.
  14. Around the time the head mentioned in paragraphs 44 through 50 was discovered, Chad Daybell was observed leaving his daughter’s residence in grey SUV. I and other officers pursued him in police vehicles, conducted a traffic stop and detained him due to the fact that human remains were discovered on his property.
  15. On June 11, 2020, observed the autopsy of the body described in paragraphs 44-50. The body had not yet been removed from the plastic covering it was found in. As the body was uncovered and the face exposed it was clear to me that this was the body of JJ Vallow. The body was well preserved. While I had never met JJ Vallow during his life, I was familiar with his face due to seeing many pictures and videos of him. I was further familiar with his haircut in the pictures I had seen of him in Yellowstone, which was shaved on the sides and back and longer on top. JJ was further identified by Brandon Boudreaux, who was shown an autopsy photograph of the body and face and was able to verify the remains were JJ.
  16. On June 11, 2020, I also observed the autopsy of the human remains described in paragraphs 44 - 55. It was not possible to identify those remains by simply looking at them as they were too damaged by fire and dismemberment and no longer had any recognizable features. However, Dr. Glen Smith, an orthodontist and Deputy Coroner in the Ada County Coroner’s Office was able to identify these remains as belonging to Tylee Ryan by matching an irregular jawline with an X-ray of Tylee when she was alive. Despite identifying Tylee, law enforcement was advised that it would still be wise to obtain DNA verification. We were informed that sufficient soft tissue existed which was not burnt that we would be able to test the DNA. We are in the process of having said tests performed.
  17. On January 16, 2020, a Child Protection Action was filed by the State of Idaho in Madison County on behalf of JJ and Tylee. The case number is CV33-20-0045. The Court ordered Vallow to produce JJ and Tylee within days of service of the order to the Rexburg Police Department or the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in Rexburg. Vallow was served that order on Saturday, January 25, 2020, by Detective Chad Cataluna of the Kauai Police Department. Vallow refused to produce the children and never complied with the order of the Court.
  18. Alex Cox died on December 12, 2019 in Maricopa County, Arizona. His death has been ruled to have been caused by natural causes.
  19. Due to the facts listed in this affidavit, probable cause exists that Chad Daybell, Lori Vallow, and Alex Cox conspired to commit the crime of concealing and destroying/altering evidence they knew would be produced, used, or discovered as evidence in trial, proceeding, inquiry or investigation involving a felony.
  20. Chad Daybell performed at least the following overt acts in furtherance of the aforementioned conspiracy:
a. Texted Tammy Daybell and told her about burning debris and burying a dead raccoon in the pet cemetery on September 9, 2019. b. Deceptively acted as if he did not know Vallow very well and did not know Vallow’s phone number when questioned by the Rexburg Police on November 26, 2019, despite the fact they were married at that time.
  1. Alex Cox performed at least the following overt acts in furtherance of the aforementioned conspiracy:
a. Told Rexburg Police on or about November 26, 2019 that JJ was with his grandma Kay Woodcock in Louisiana.b. Transported JJ Vallow from Madison County, Idaho to Chad Daybell’s property in Fremont County on September 23, 2019.
  1. Lori Vallow performed at least the following overt acts in furtherance of the aforementioned conspiracy:
a. Telephoned Melanie Gibb and asked her to lie to the police about the location of JJ.b. Asked Gibb to create false evidence of JJ’s existence and location.c. Falsely informed the Rexburg Police that JJ was in Arizona with Melani Gibb.d. Falsely informed the Rexburg Police Department that Tylee was attending BYU-Idaho and living with Vallow.e. Refused to produce the children to the Rexburg Police or the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as required by Court Order.
Further your affiant sayeth not. DATED this 29th day of June, 2020.
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2020.06.30 17:26 DukeDKraft The Institute Director - Chapters One through Six (Pages 1 - 30)

Chapter One
Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
In a warehouse parking lot near Walter Reed Medical Center, the Mormon institute director fumbled with the cellophaned pack, retrieving and lighting his first cigarette in thirty-eight years. He barely inhaled as he smoked it through, surprised how familiar it was to his senses. The ash glowed orange and the smoke spun his head as it wafted out the car’s open windows. He looked at his hands as he lit his second, wondering if the small tremors were from the fresh nicotine, the high stakes of the day or another dose of guilt settling into his bones.
Ben Samuels remembered he’d scarcely heard his alarm go off that morning, as he’d been up and dressed. His wife had hit snooze and returned to her sleep. She didn’t think to check on him, nor make an effort to rise. Would Marge have done different had she known what was happening? Maybe, maybe not -- she’d become so distant over the past months.
He stared down at his cigarette.
I bet she’d notice this.
.....
That morning alarm rang as Ben stood with a vacant gaze out his kitchen window, oatmeal bubbling on the stove. Dawn’s light gathered across the plain backyard, the sky clear and the grass begging a mow -- the start of a hot July day in Morgantown, West Virginia. Oats done, he grabbed milk from the fridge and made his way to the table, wholly uninterested in the meal.
He pushed aside his old high school yearbook and opened his laptop, commencing a read-through of his regular websites as he ate -- the Mormon Newsroom, USA Today, Consumer Reports and Amazon, the last to check on a backordered hedge trimmer blade. Only then did he reluctantly click onto the front page of the local paper. He finished his breakfast as he re-read the article detailing John Southland’s bike accident. Though it failed to identify him by his correct name, Ben knew it was his old college roommate under the police blanket in the photos.
He sighed and picked up his yearbook for the third time since learning of John’s death, or John’s murder or whatever it had been. Rogers High School, Spokane, Washington. Class of 1979. Page forty-four, Samuels before Southland, both their senior pictures on the same tuxedoed page. He ran his finger along a faded ballpoint line drawn circuitous between the two of them, “Race On!” written in the margin. Forty years and now a funeral instead of a class reunion, not that John would have attended anyway.
Should he call the authorities? Wake up Marge and tell her everything? His main thought was to do nothing. The paper showed the situation in-hand and it was really none of his business. But Ben couldn’t shake the dread that had gripped him during John’s surprise visit the week before.
He looked around his quiet kitchen half-expecting a calamity to break out. Nothing out of order besides the squeak of the air conditioner, he took a bright yellow USB thumb drive from his pocket and inserted it into his computer. He keyed down and opened the lone video file, still amazed at John’s resolve. There it was -- a silent and grainy footage, a prisoner restrained and bleeding at the end of a penitentiary hallway. Two men exiting the frame, the bald one halfway out and unrecognizable, the other tall and in view. The tall man turning back. Ben winced as the man pulled out what must have been a syringe full of something evil and plunged it into the prisoner’s neck. The prisoner struggled, then slumped at his feet. Ben scooted his chair close and watched again -- starting, stopping, reversing and witnessing once more. It was the most horrible thing he’d ever seen. But had John been correct?
He looked up at Marge’s knick-knacks on the plaster wall. Staring back was a kitschy cross-stitch their oldest daughter had finished fifteen years prior. It read ‘Just Do It,’ the famous quote from both the Mormon prophet Spencer Kimball and a certain Oregon shoe company.
John Southland had been so convinced and so desperate for help. Ben had heard him out in his institute office but done nothing. Now he was dead, like he’d predicted, and Ben had his evidence.
Just Do It.
He turned and rummaged through a worn-out credenza drawer, finding a red envelope. He grabbed a half-sheet of paper, searched for a location on his web browser, wrote his note and sealed it up. A final glance at the cross-stitch and the decision was made. Ben quietly put his dishes in the sink and hurried to his car, an uneasy three-hour drive to Washington, DC ahead of him.
 
Chapter Two
Two Weeks Prior
The only thing interesting about the old split-level colonial atop North Tremont Avenue was its view toward Greensburg’s historic beaux-arts courthouse. The county kept it lit at night and John Southland had come to appreciate its ostentatious dome. He gazed at it most evenings with cold beer in hand, sitting on the concrete steps outside the postwar brick and clapboard home.
The panorama was between telephone wires and across a wide working-class valley, the house on the wrong side of the tracks and long-ago apportioned into three separate apartments to maximize revenue. John had been given the walkup on the main floor -- a creaky sitting room in front of a Formica kitchen with two worn-out bedrooms down a hall. Beneath him was a small basement unit, the third apartment accessed from the blacktop alley around the back.
For most, it would be a dilapidated and bleak place to live. For John, it was a mansion. He reveled in the freedom and the space, twenty years of incarceration fresh in his rearview mirror. The small pleasure of a beer with a view seemed almost magical from day one.
He hadn’t met many neighbors yet. There’d been an occasional ‘Hello, I’m Jimmy Montano,’ but John had remained quiet, taking to heart his WITSEC Inspector’s advice to start slow with the introductions. He filled his plate instead with his new job and all the rules and regulations that came with being a parolee within the U.S. Marshals Service Witness Protection Program. The secret he held also made him careful, a ticking bomb tucked an inch below his veneer.
There’d been only one purchase beyond the necessities, an old Bianchi Celeste from a pawnshop owner who had little concept of its worth. They agreed on a hundred dollars and soon the mint green racer was performing like a European custom. John set out to regain his pre-prison cycling form, spending his evenings and off-days riding the hills of Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland County. He was careful to not cross the government line as WITSEC rules didn’t allow such excursions for at least six months.
His other pastime was more critical -- finding Ben Samuels. Early attempts had been fruitless. His old friend’s name was nowhere to be found on the Mormon Church’s voluminous website. John checked multiple times, waiting over a month before calling the 800 number in Salt Lake City, not wanting one shred of connection to the threat that beset him. Out of options, he used the counter phone at the downtown library after a final attempt searching the site.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, how may I help you?”
“I’m trying to get in touch with one of your employees. A man who works for your church.”
“Name please.”
“Ben Samuels.”
“Which department?”
“No idea. Sorry.”
“Just a moment.”
The woman was quickly back on the line. “Yes, I found him. He works for the CES.”
“CES?”
“Church Educational System. I’ll transfer you.”
The phone clicked and another woman picked up the call. “CES, how may I help you?”
“Ben Samuels, please.”
“Who?”
“I’d like to speak with Ben Samuels.”
“…May I ask who you’re with?”
“No one, ma’am. I’m just trying to reach him.”
“He no longer works here, in our offices.”
“Can you transfer me to his location?”
“Please hold a moment.”
“I’m an old friend of his.”
“Yes sir. Please hold.”
The line switched and John found himself listening to what he recognized as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It was thirty seconds before someone came back on.
“This is Associate Director Oscar Trejo, may I ask who’s calling?”
The authority in the man’s voice made John want to hang up. “…James. James Montano. I’m trying to reach Ben Samuels.”
“I see. Well, I can tell you he’s no longer here.”
“Does he still work for your church?”
“For the time being. He’s out east, in West Virginia.”
John stood up straight. Ben was nearby. “Do you have a number?”
“I must ask, are you with the press?”
“The press? You mean like a reporter?”
“Yes sir.”
“No, nothing like that. Just a friend.”
John held his breath. The administrator paused, then relented. “…OK, I’ll take you at your word. I’ll give you back to my secretary and she can provide the phone number to the Morgantown Institute.”
John didn’t wait, hanging up as the Tabernacle Choir started a new hymn. He walked back to his allotted computer terminal and keyed in “Mormon Institute, Morgantown West Virginia.” The screen refreshed and the location came up. It was no more than an hour away.
The proximity and the urgency of the story he needed to share made the trip too tempting, WITSEC rules be damned. He bummed a ride from a co-worker as soon as he could. They left early and were back in Greensburg by noon, John sullen and quiet on the way home.
He’d tried his best to convince Ben in his office, but it didn’t seem his former soigneur was going to help. It left John only one option. He called his WITSEC inspector and made an appointment to share what he knew. At least the video on the remaining USB thumb drive was in good condition. He’d become adept at hiding it, choosing a space under a loose floorboard the day he arrived.
He was anxious the night before the meeting. The last thing he wanted was to be hurled back into prison on some sort of technicality. He tossed and turned until settling into a deep sleep after 2am, oblivious to the quiet crunch of a C-rake lock pick and the turn of his front door knob.
.....
John woke to the barrel of a Glock pistol shoved against his shoulder, the beam of a flashlight dancing across the bed.
“Wake up.”
John rolled over. The handgun and nine hundred lumens flashed in his eyes. “What’s going on?”
“Get dressed. You’re going for a ride.”
“What? Turn that light off.”
“Get up. That’s the last time I’m going to tell you.”
John scooted to the edge of the bed. “Who are you?”
“A friend or a nightmare. Your decision. Like I said, it’s time for a ride. Put on your bike gear.”
John’s head cleared. He stood and didn’t ask any more questions -- the intruder wasn’t playing a game. He went to the dresser and pulled on his lone pair of bike shorts, then picked up his socks and cycling shoes.
The man tossed him a T-shirt hanging from a chair. “Slow and steady. Head out the front door.”
A panel van waited outside. Its cargo door was open and a driver sat behind a tinted window. John’s Bianchi was already stowed in the back. He got in and sat beside it while the man with the gun jumped in after him and slid the door shut. The van pulled away from the curb, the Glock held steady toward John’s chest.
John didn’t understand. Why the bike? If they were going to kill him, they’d have shot him in bed. Did they know about the video?
“Where are we going?”
The man wagged his gun. “Shut up. Just sit there.”
Maybe it was something else? Someone he’d testified against returning to settle a score? A midnight visit from one of the cartels? There were too many enemies to keep straight and it would do no good to ask. He went quiet, focusing his eyes beyond his captor, out the back windows.
He could tell by the streetlights and the storefronts they were headed south on State Highway 119 over I-70 toward Uniontown, and that they turned east on Pechin Parkway after the county fairgrounds. Even in the dark it was easy to track the route. He’d ridden it several times over the six weeks he’d lived in Greensburg.
A mile further and the van came to a stop in front of a deserted cement plant. The driver got out and walked away. In the distance, John heard a chain rattle and a gate swing open. There was a whistle back toward the van.
The man with the gun turned on his flashlight and slid open the door. “Put on your shoes.”
John did as he was told and followed him outside.
“Forgetting something?”
“What?”
“Your bike. You can ride home from here.”
A car’s headlights appeared around the bend as John stepped back to the van. The car slowed as it passed and the man lowered his gun. John thought to jump into the road, but it went by before he had the chance.
The man was undeterred. “Get your bike and ride.”
John pulled the Bianchi forward and onto the ground. He spun it around and climbed on. The man turned off his flashlight and stepped close, the scene illuminated only by the van’s taillights. John noticed his captor was at least four inches shorter than himself.
“One more thing.”
The man leaned in and thrust a five-inch tactical knife through John’s right side, even with his stomach. It penetrated his abdomen, slicing his liver, spleen and tearing through his intestines. John screamed and collapsed to his handlebars, the knife held hard inside him, the pain both sharp and dull. The man wrapped his other arm around John’s back and held him steady.
John gasped, his gut burning and blood starting to spill. “Why?” The man yanked the knife out and dropped it to the ground. He grabbed his gun and pressed it to the back of John’s skull. “Justice for the people you murdered. Now ride home. If you make it, you’ll live.”
John didn’t move, blood flowing down his side. He tried to speak but fluid pooled in his throat.
The man gave him a shove. “Ride!”
There was nothing left to do. John pushed off and clicked into his pedals, his right hand pressing his wound and tears streaming down his face. The Glock followed his every move.
Fifty yards, one hundred yards and forward. John was delirious and confused with only his God-given talent keeping him upright. He thought of Greensburg, his new home. The stone steps, the beer. His new job, his new life. There was no way he’d make it. A cry for help on the main road was his only hope. But there had to be separation. He had to get away. He ignored the wound and tried to stand from his saddle, pouring what little he had left into the bike.
He’d made it almost a half mile before he sensed headlights gaining on him, the whine of a powerful engine closing in. John tried to swerve, but the blood loss caused his reactions to slow. The empty cement truck hit him square at forty miles an hour, its barrel spinning as the undercarriage bounced over him like an animal in the roadway. John’s last thought was of his old college roommate, a final prayer sent skyward that Ben Samuels would do the right thing.
 
Chapter Three
Tuesday, July 16th
The courier service delivered the red envelope to the front security desk of the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building during the lunch hour. It was examined and time-stamped by the Mail Services Risk Assessment Team and hand-delivered to Susan Rivas, the United States Solicitor General’s Confidential Secretary. The unusual color caught her attention. She found it odd, a short note marked “For the immediate eyes of the United States Solicitor General only,” with no return address. Deciding it was warranted and straightening her skirt, Susan took it through the whitewood archway into the solicitor’s office.
She found Walter Peterson alone and busy, three hours into a session of summer prep for the upcoming autumn Supreme Court term. He’d finished the lunch she’d brought him from the executive dining room and there’d been no other interruptions since the morning’s staff meeting. He glanced up as she passed the flag array by the chesterfield sofas, coming forward to his desk. Handed the envelope, he emptied it and read the half-sheet scrap inside.
“I am an LDS Institute Director. I know what you are doing. Meet tonight at 10pm, 5300 West Cedar, Bethesda, Maryland.”
Susan stood silent, watching him turn it over and look back at the envelope. He found a similar result -- there was nothing indicating authorship outside shaky penmanship. He looked at her and again at the letter. “Who delivered this?”
“Mail Services brought it to my desk. Any idea what it’s about?”
“No.”
“Anything you’d have me do?”
“…Nothing. I’ll check it through Chris later.”
“Are you sure? I could have him come over, maybe the FBI as well?”
“I’ll take care of it.”
Susan was used to the abruptness. She knew to be on her toes around the solicitor. “Alright. Anything else for me?”
Peterson re-read the short message and then laid it down. “Has SCOTUS gotten back about October’s schedule? Everyone was concerned this morning. The session is still three months away, but it’s normal to have a draft docket by now.”
Susan shook her head. The Supreme Court’s administrative officer had told her it would be several more days. Peterson grunted and adjusted his reading glasses. “What about the Penitentiary Commission? I’ve made a couple site visits as the attorney general requested. If I’m going again it needs to be soon, before we ramp to full speed for the fall.”
“I’ll check that for you. The calendar has a Commission meeting next week. You know, the AG isn’t expecting you to attend everything as you’re doing this ad hoc.”
“All hands on deck, Susan. Besides, it gets me out and around the country. Boots on the ground, so to speak.”
“Yes sir.”
He nodded and returned to his files.
Susan had to hide a half-grin as she walked away. The idea of her venerable Mormon boss a ‘boots on the ground’ anything was farcical. Bald, obese and unfit for any activity requiring sturdy shoes, she’d never met a man more behind the desk, blue blood and patrician. A woman on her block was LDS and Susan knew her to be the sweetest neighbor around. She couldn’t imagine Peterson neighbor to anyone.
She glanced back from the doorway. Peterson had picked up the phone and was starting a call, the anonymous note in his hand. Susan turned to her workstation and watched the PBX screen. Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Powers’ line went active five seconds later.
 
Chapter Four
Ben found more time on his hands than he’d anticipated after watching the courier deliver his note. He drove north out of downtown to the small Bethesda warehouse he’d chosen online. Arriving, he found it unfenced and back from the main road, secluded with hills and heavy trees bordering two sides. He circled it and set the stage. Light pole placements were noted, as was the fact there were no exterior cameras in place. He marked a corner spot to park and patted himself on the back as he left. It seemed perfect.
He continued north on Old Georgetown Road through DC suburbia and past a large shopping area. His Honda Accord then merged east onto the Capital Beltway. He smiled as mecca quickly appeared on his left. Though half-hidden in the dense summer green, it stood elegant and soaring above the landscape. The Washington, DC LDS Temple, the single-most recognizable Mormon setting on the American east coast. He exited Georgia Avenue and was soon in the busy parking lot, the spired white building in front of him.
Ben felt no inclination to go inside. It was enough to be on the grounds, even in the summer heat. It brought the first bit of peace since his visit with John. He found a garden bench across from his car, walked over and sat down. Bowing his head, he offered a short prayer for guidance and help -- even a sign that he was on the right path.
That the solicitor general was also LDS and had probably sat on the same bench loomed large in his mind. Walter Peterson was one of the most famous Latter-day Saints in the world, Mormons looking to him with much the same esteem as the senior leaders of their church. A cult of personality existed, his name mentioned in the same breath with Hall of Fame LDS athletes, entertainers and politicians. Few Latter-day Saints were held in higher regard. A surprise appointment by an unconventional president three years prior, Peterson’s Senate confirmation had been can’t-miss television for Mormons across the country. His legal acumen and forceful confidence impressed everyone and left his church community beaming with pride.
Peterson being such a prominent member of his church had been the tipping point in Ben’s decision to confront him. As the good solicitor surely desired protection of his image and standing, Ben reasoned he’d be amenable to such a discussion. The hope was for a brother-to-brother recognition, some sort of ease-the-throttle-back, get everything on the table, save-face. Foolish? Yes. Dangerous? Maybe. He at least took comfort that Mormons were well-known for such admirable foolishness on occasion.
An older, Sunday-dressed couple turned toward him, smiling and holding hands as they walked. Ben shook his head and sighed. His own marriage was far from a mirror image. As Peterson had risen, he’d gone the other way. Purpose had eluded him since his demotion and transfer to West Virginia, his wife feeling the effects even more so. Though they’d both fought depression and a sense of futility in their new surrounds, Marge had isolated herself to the point their relationship had started to strain -- Ben’s ‘what can I do to help’ met too-often with a cold stare and the covers pulled tight.
The couple approached. Ben realized he had no tie on and probably looked out of place. He compensated by standing to greet them.
The woman smiled. “Such a beautiful day to be at the temple.”
“Yes Ma’am.”
She stopped and pointed to cars across the parking lot. “The different license plates are always so interesting.”
“Excuse me?”
“Look at that row. People here today from Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Massachusetts. I love that. Summer vacation must have them on the road -- so nice they chose to come to the House of the Lord along their way.”
Ben played along, pointing at his car backed into its spot. “What about that one?”
The woman looked and then turned back, perplexed. “I have no idea, it doesn’t have a front plate.”
Ben smiled. “That’s mine. I live in West Virginia where front plates aren’t required.”
The woman laughed. “We’ll include you in our count anyway.”
Keen to beat the heat, the woman’s husband patted her arm and looked toward Ben. “You have a nice day.”
Ben stood staring at the cars as they walked off. It was interesting commentary, something to share with his students back at the institute in Morgantown. He thought of all the license plates he’d owned over the course of his life. Washington, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Utah and now West Virginia. He’d have a nice display for his garage had he kept them.
Then, an instant realization of a flaw. Ben looked down the walk at the elderly couple and back at his car. If Peterson had his plate checked, he’d discover who he was. Ben wasn’t ready for that. If John Southland had been correct, Peterson was a menace. The short-lived peace in his heart evaporated. He felt the entire impetuous idea unravel, the grand confrontation less noble by the second.
You’re going to get yourself killed.
He returned to his car with his shoulders low and exited the lot without another thought toward the temple. He headed west, toward the shopping centers on Old Georgetown Road, intent on lunch and little else.
 
Chapter Five
June 1st, 1990
CES Area Director Oscar Trejo waited for his boss on the eighth floor of the LDS Church Office Building. He was off the clock and self-conscious minus a suit, visiting Salt Lake City on a vacation day to attend a family function. He hadn’t planned on the summons and was glad he at least had a white shirt and tie to wear.
Ushered into Associate Director Ronald Hayes’s large office by a secretary and left alone, Trejo found an oversized U.S. map propped on an easel beside the desk. Multi-colored stickpins were placed in college towns throughout the eastern United States. Trejo figured they were potential sites for the new Regional Select Institutes, knowing Church Educational System leadership had appointed Hayes to oversee the project. He was studying the map when the Associate Director entered and shut the door. Trejo pointed at the stick pins and spoke with his usual candor. “Are these what I think they are?”
Hayes smiled. “If by ‘these’ you mean potential Regional Select Institute sites, the answer is yes.”
“May I speak freely, sir?”
“I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Trejo ran his index finger down the right side of the map. “I don’t like it.”
“What’s not to like?”
“These ‘RSI’s. I don’t like the concept or the philosophy. Are we really going to encourage these students to not come to Brigham Young University or institute programs in Utah, urging them instead to stay back east for college?”
“That’s the general idea, yes.”
Hayes scooted past Trejo and sat down at his desk. He opened the center drawer and retrieved a paper-clipped set of four index cards. Trejo continued as he moved to a chair opposite his boss. “Why would we do that? How is it better than bringing them out west? Many of the eastern programs have less than a hundred students.”
Hayes took a deep breath and looked across the desk. “How are you, Oscar?”
Trejo grinned, realizing he’d jumped ahead. “Fine, sir.”
“Wife and kids?”
“Everyone’s good. They’re all waiting for me at my in-laws’. We’re attending a high school graduation tonight.”
“Who’s graduating?”
“My wife’s sister.”
“Wow. I know you’re the youngest of our Area Directors, but to have a sister-in-law graduating from high school is quite something. How old are you?”
“I’m thirty-eight, my wife’s thirty-three. She’s the oldest in her family, with eight brothers and sisters. This is the last of them.”
“Well, I hope you enjoy yourselves. When are you heading back to Arizona?”
“Tomorrow. The family will stay here a while, now that school’s out. How did you know I was even in Utah?”
“Simple. I called your office in Phoenix and found you were on the road. Your secretary gave me the number where you were staying.” “How can I help?”
“For starters, let me address your point about low enrollment at our eastern institutes. What about the students there now, Oscar? Don’t you think they would appreciate extra resources and more LDS kids joining them?”
Trejo ignored the logic. “It seems like we’re conducting an experiment which might hurt more than help in the long run.”
“The long run is why we’re doing this. The idea is to foster organic, regional growth. LDS students staying in their home areas to attend college, meeting others doing the same, marrying and settling where they’re from. Growing the church that way.”
“Sounds pie in the sky.”
Hayes shuffled his cards. “What about your Arizona Area? If I’m not mistaken, you have over five thousand Mormon students attending non-LDS colleges and their adjacent institutes down there. Why not shoot for those numbers elsewhere? Ignoring these sorts of things not only stalls the growth of our institutes outside the inter-mountain west, it very well hinders the growth of the church in those regions as well.
How many of these kids who come to Utah wind up going back to where they’re from after they graduate? And what happens to those areas of the church when they leave? Like a leaky faucet, a constant drip of strength exiting the very places that not only need them, but the spots these young folks call home. And where do they wind up? They either stay here, where we already have an overflowing strength, or land in a third place with no roots and a yearning to move yet again. No Oscar, I don’t see it like you seem to anymore. Fortifying institute programs to retain many of these students in their home areas is what we should be doing, and these RSI’s are just what the doctor ordered.”
Hayes doled out the index cards across his desk. Trejo sat forward and watched. College Station, Texas; Gainesville, Florida; Blacksburg, Virginia and East Lansing, Michigan. Texas A&M, the University of Florida, Virginia Tech and Michigan State -- already four of the largest institute programs east of the Rocky Mountains. Hayes looked up and continued. “These are the four we’ve decided to start with and the groundwork has already been laid. Marketing materials have been drafted and Church architects have visited the sites, submitting plans to renovate and expand each one. I now have to recommend additional staff, including full-fledged assistant directors at each location.”
Hayes picked up a card and got to his point. “Tell me about this fellow you have in Mesa, Ben Samuels.”
“Samuels? Great guy with a full head of steam.”
“So I’ve heard. He has a Master’s in Higher Education and was baptized in an institute font. If his interview goes well, I’m thinking of sending him here….”
Hayes handed Trejo the card in his hand. Trejo took it, reading it aloud. “Gainesville, Florida. The University of Florida.”
He turned serious. “Well, if you’re going to do this, I think Ben’s perfect. Amazing really. How did you hear about him?”
“He’s inquired about moving from our high school seminary programs to the collegiate institutes.”
Trejo smiled. “He’s an interesting case study. A convert who never attended high school seminary, now teaching it and doing quite well. He’s been in Mesa several years and seems content, but it wouldn’t surprise me if bigger things were ahead for Ben.”
“He grew up in Spokane, Washington, right?”
“I think so. He joined the church while attending Washington State University, in Pullman. He’s told me that. His wife introduced him to the missionaries, back when they were dating.”
“I look forward to meeting him.”
“I have a different idea for you. If you’re serious about this ‘homegrown’ business, why not assign someone who happens to be from Florida to be the new assistant director? Send that person home and leave Samuels in Arizona. We’d hate to lose him.”
Hayes put his elbows on his desk and leaned forward. “Excellent question, Oscar. It goes to my larger point. We’ve actually looked into that, at all four sites. Would you believe we don’t have a single qualified CES employee who hails from Texas, Florida, Virginia or Michigan? Think about that -- it’s a telling fact. Twenty or thirty years from now, we hope to find a different circumstance. Maybe you’ll be sitting in my chair by then. If you are, I hope you’ll find more options than I have today.”
Trejo wasn’t ready to quit. “I still don’t like it, sir. As a parent, I’ll do everything I can to get my kids to one of our church colleges and would only consider something like an RSI as a last resort. I wouldn’t even want them at the major Arizona universities attending the institute programs I oversee. I want them here in Utah, where we’re at our best.”
“I understand, and we’re not interested in weakening the church schools. This will be an additional, fortified resource to work in tandem with what we have here in the inter-mountain west. Let’s not forget, these institute programs already exist. Our goal is to strengthen them, create a few gems to shine bright and give the LDS students from these areas another solid option to consider.” “What about financial considerations? One of the great benefits of church colleges is the tithing-supported low cost. Certainly BYU is a cheaper option than the University of Florida.”
“We’re working on that as well. As part of the roll-out, LDS endowments and scholarships will be set up and encouraged at each RSI site. We’ll be asking the membership to consider donations. It’ll defray the cost differences and further enhance the visibility and viability of the programs.”
“Do you think you’ll get much in the way of contributions?”
“I’m confident we will. These programs might be small, but they’ve had their successes over the years. We’ll be reaching out to the alumni, as well as the general membership. I believe it will work, and work well.”
“Florida would be lucky to have someone like Ben Samuels. Why not send him to Washington, where he’s from? I’m sure he’d love that. I visited his classroom a couple months ago. He had a Washington State banner on his wall.”
Hayes reached over and retrieved the card from his area director. “No, it’s east of the Rockies where the interest lies. If these four programs are successful, we’ll expand from there. As you’ve said, it seems Ben will do well wherever he’s assigned. At least for now, it’s Florida that’s in the cards for him.”
 
Chapter Six
Tuesday, July 16th
Ben was still smoking when the black SUV entered the parking lot and disappeared to the other side of the warehouse. Opening his door, he cursed himself for being so dramatic with the cigarettes. He’d smoked for three hours straight, more in remembrance of a life long passed than any desire to calm his nerves. He got out, stubbed his last one and threw the almost-empty pack in a nearby dumpster.
Enough of that.
He took a deep breath and headed the other way around, rehearsing what he would say.
I know what you did. I know what you are doing…
The SUV’s yellow fog lamps brightened his path as he turned the final corner, the vehicle fifty yards ahead. A man was standing outside the open driver’s door. He reached in and flipped on the high beams, assaulting Ben’s eyes with a blinding white.
“That’s far enough.”
Ben stopped and raised his hands halfway as the man came toward him. He was short and thin, quite the opposite from what Ben knew of Walter Peterson’s large build. The man’s suit, tie and confident gait identified him as a deputy or agent, a man with a badge and a gun. He approached, looked Ben over and then patted him down, spinning him around to double-check.
“What’s your name and what do you want with the Solicitor General?”
“I need to speak with him.”
“I need to see some ID.”
“I’d rather not disclose who I am. Is he with you?”
“Did you write that note?”
Ben started to answer but saw another man climb out of the SUV, shutting the door behind him. “Chris, it’s ok, send him over.” Chris forced a smile. “I guess you win. Follow me.”
Peterson’s thickset frame cast a wide shadow in the dim light. Tall and overweight to a fault without a hair on his head, he resembled a former athlete who’d let himself go, his glory years decades behind him. He was dressed to match his guard, but as they came to the passenger side of the SUV, Ben could tell his suit and tie were from a much better store -- the United States Solicitor General before him.
Ben hesitated then stepped close, an image of his dead friend appearing in his mind. Peterson wrinkled his nose and leaned back on his heels. “Who are you and what’s this cloak and dagger business about?”
Ben glanced at Chris, astonished he’d made it to the moment at hand. He turned and looked Peterson in the eye. “Never mind who I am. I’m here about James Montano.”
Peterson raised his eyebrows. “Who?”
“I’m sure you know the name.”
Peterson scraped his shoe across the asphalt. “The note you wrote this morning. You’re an institute director for the Church? Where?”
“Yes, I work for the Church out here. Telling you that was the only way I could get this meeting. But I’m not here to talk about me. I want to talk about James Montano.”
“Again, I don’t know anyone by that name. To be honest, this is quite strange. If you aren’t going to tell me more about you, this little waste of my time is over.”
Peterson turned and reached for his door. Ben gathered himself and brought forward his case. “I think you killed him…. And if you did, I know he’s not the only one.”
His fist on the handle, Peterson stared at the reflection in the window and seemed lost in thought. He then straightened and swung back, his demeanor cold, his voice that of a seasoned prosecutor. “First, would that be cigarettes I smell? Mormon institute director? I think not.”
Ben tried to reply but was cut off.
“Second, I have no idea what you’re talking about and it’s obvious you don’t know what you’re doing here. Third, though I haven’t had the privilege of an introduction, you seem to know who I am. I would think that might give you pause. I know nothing of a ‘James Montano.’ I suggest you slink back to your car and head home before you find yourself in serious trouble.”
Ben pressed as Chris stepped forward to intercede. “James ‘Jimmy’ Montano, AKA John Southland, witness protection case WS436C. Found dead in a ditch three days ago, south of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He came to me last week, told me everything and gave me proof.”
Peterson’s bald head cocked to the right, his eyes widening at the mention of John’s real name. He dropped his hand from the SUV’s door and started toward Ben, raising his chin like a prizefighter sizing up an opponent.
Ben caught his breath and stepped back. Chris grabbed his arm and shuffled him off, letting him go in front of the headlights.
“Stand still with your hands where I can see them. Stay like that until we leave.”
Awash in the light, Ben watched as Chris went back behind Peterson, who stood glaring his way. He opened the rear passenger door and tugged on the solicitor general’s coat.
“Come on boss, let’s go.”
Peterson sneered and shook his head, then turned and climbed back into the vehicle. Chris retreated to his driver’s seat and put the SUV into reverse. Ben stayed put, his nerves shot and mind racing, the taste of something much worse than cigarettes in his mouth.
.....
Peterson pulled out his phone and sent a text to Neck, stationed nearby in a stand of hackberry trees.
-Stand down.
He looked out the window and up the hill, catching a glimpse of his lanky security assistant lowering his sniper rifle. Peterson then turned toward the windshield and took stock of the so-called institute director. Just under six feet tall and waspy white, he had a pot belly, balding salt and pepper hair, cheap shoes, wire-framed glasses and a skittish demeanor. The typical build of a fellow Mormon in his mid-fifties. Though he resisted the thought, he had to admit -- every box was checked.
“Proof? What proof could he have?”
He ordered Chris to step on it and they were gone.
 
END OF EXCERPT....
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2020.06.29 15:06 rusticgorilla [Lost in the Sauce] Barr tried to undermine Michael Cohen's conviction

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis. The title refers to the second-to-last section, "AG Barr's interference."
There was SO MUCH news to cover, I couldn’t fit it all in one post. I’ll do a coronavirus-centric post tomorrow (edit: more likely Wednesday) and maybe a “miscellaneous” post later in the week… Can we put the world on pause for just a day or two, please?
Housekeeping:

More details on the Russia-Taliban story

One American official had told The Times that the intelligence finding that the Russians had offered and paid bounties to Afghan militants and criminals had been briefed at the highest levels of the White House. Another said it was included in the President’s Daily Brief, a written document which draws from spywork… The briefing document is given to the president to read and they serve as the basis for oral briefings to him several times a week.
  • On Saturday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Trump and Pence never received a briefing on the subject. On Sunday, the ODNI declined to say whether the intel was included in the daily brief. Critically, the ODNI never said the reports weren’t true.
Trump responded to the reports by casting doubt on the bounties and attacks themselves, targeting the media instead for publishing the intel: “Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their ‘source’?” (tweet)
  • UPDATE: Late last night Trump claimed that American intelligence didn’t find the reports of bounties credible enough to tell him about, tweeting: “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!”
U.S. intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted their superiors as early as January to a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan.
  • Two officials said the information about the bounty hunting was "well-known" among the intel community in Afghanistan, including the CIA's chief of station and other top officials there, like the military commandos hunting the Taliban. The information was distributed in intelligence reports and highlighted in some of them.
The Russain bounties are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members… The intelligence was passed up from the U.S. Special Operations forces based in Afghanistan and led to a restricted high-level White House meeting in late March.
  • The administration’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, preferred confronting the Russians directly about the matter, while some National Security Council officials in charge of Russia were more dismissive of taking immediate action, the official said.

More problematic nominees and undermining of agencies

In a previously undisclosed conference call last year, a senior Justice Department official rejected key aspects of the Trump White House plan to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), saying moves to abolish the crucial, little-known agency were unlawful. Those steps and others to undercut OPM could pave the way for installing political cronies throughout the ranks of the nation’s two million federal civil servants and weaken their protections.
  • In April 2019, Steve Engel, the head of the Justice Department’s powerful Office of Legal Counsel, told senior administration lawyers that it would be illegal to carry out a White House blueprint to dismember OPM… That legal “opinion,” as the notes call it, was never shared with a House oversight panel that held two subsequent hearings last year on the White House proposal…
  • Background: “Trump administration plans to dismantle agency overseeing civil service,” CNN, April, 2019
Another aspect of the documents obtained by POGO (above) is the revelation of evidence that White House Advisor James Sherk sought a legal opinion to allow Trump to fire anyone In government… From the earliest days of the administration, officials have sought ways to weaken federal sector unions and reduce the pay, benefits, and workforce protections of federal employees. Many elements of the memo became federal policy nearly unchanged from how Sherk first proposed them.
Trump intends to nominate senior Housing and Urban Development appointee John Gibbs to run OPM. Gibbs is a former conservative commentator who sent tweets during the 2016 election pushing a baseless conspiracy theory alleging that Hillary Clinton had engaged in a Satanic ritual known as "spirit cooking."
The new Trump-appointed CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, Michael Pack, is being sued for the mass firing of top executives and advisory boards of federally funded international broadcasters in what was described as a “Wednesday night massacre.” The lawsuit alleges that Pack violated a clause in federal broadcasting law that protects government-funded news outlets from political interference.
  • Related: The president’s fiscal 2021 budget would eliminate funding for Stars and Stripes, essentially forcing it to cease operation. The Stripes retains editorial independence and is mandated by Congress to be governed by First Amendment principles. It often publishes content meant to hold the Defense Department accountable.
The White House is intensifying an effort to hire Pentagon personnel with an undisputed allegiance to President Trump at a moment when his relationship with Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper has become strained… White House officials are now redoubling efforts as Trump complains to aides that he has never had a defense secretary who is fully aligned with his foreign policy views and accuses Pentagon officials of trying to undermine him
More than 50 advocacy groups are calling on senators to oppose Anthony Tata, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Pentagon policy chief. Tata has been under fire for tweets calling former President Barack Obama "a terrorist leader" and calling Islam "the most oppressive violent religion I know of."
  • KFile revealed that Tata had called Obama “a manchurian candidate” — i.e., a sleeper agent — for “Hamas & Muslim brotherhood.” In other tweets, Tata accused the Obama administration of “sedition and/or treason” and threatened former CIA director John Brennan: “Might be a good time to pick your poison: firing squad, public hanging, life sentence as prison b*tch, or just suck on your pistol. Your call. #Treason #Sedition #crossfirehurricane #Obamagate.”
Trump said he plans to nominate William Perry Pendley to permanently lead the Bureau of Land Management, which has not had a Senate-confirmed chief since Trump took office. Pendley is an anti-environmental extremist who has pushed for the government to sell off millions of federal acres and called climate science “junk science.”
Consumer Product Safety Commission nominee Nancy Beck draws bipartisan opposition from lawmakers over her background in the chemical industry, including relaxing rules on dangerous chemicals linked to serious human health problems. Over 90 scientists are also opposing her nomination.

What is Congress up to?

Three Republican senators - Graham, Cotton, and Blackburn - introduced a bill this week to allow law enforcement access to encrypted digital devices with signed court orders. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has vociferously spoken out against the bill.
  • Explainer: “The False Promise of ‘Lawful Access’ to Private Data,” The Wired
The Senate Judiciary Cmte. advanced a measure to give the DOJ IG more power to investigate department lawyers, over the objections of AG Barr. Chairman Lindsey Graham tried to water down the bill by giving Barr the ability to veto investigations by the IG, but the committee voted it down. The legislation is now under McConnell’s control.
Senators are pushing U.S. intelligence leaders to publicly testify about global threats before the monthlong August recess, in part to avoid their comments from being politicized during the final stretch of the 2020 campaign.
House approves statehood for DC in 232-180 vote, but it is unlikely to get a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.
  • Republican Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.) on D.C. Statehood: "Yes, Wyoming is smaller than Washington by population, but it has three times as many workers in mining, logging and construction, and ten times as many workers in manufacturing. In other words, Wyoming is a well-rounded working-class state… What vital industries would the new state of Washington represent? Lobbying? Bureaucracy? Give me a break. By far, the largest group of workers in the city are bureaucrats & other white-collar professionals.”
  • Mother Jones: It was a startlingly blunt assertion—that Washingtonians should be entitled to fewer rights because they are simply the wrong kind of people… [DC] still has a higher percentage of Black residents than any state. The contention that places with large non-white populations would be too inept—or would lack the proper values—to govern themselves and others has been used to block statehood and home rule repeatedly in the nation’s history.
  • Republican Sen. James Risch (Ida.): If DC and Puerto Rico become states, "I will be the last Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee forever because they will pick up four Democratic seats that will never flip over. ... Republicans will never be in the majority in the United States Senate,” he said.

Court cases and rulings

On Thursday, the Trump administration submitted a SCOTUS filing arguing the high court should declare the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) invalid. The administration, in a case brought by Republican AGs, posits that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and therefore “the entire ACA must fall.”
  • More than 20 million Americans could lose their health coverage and protections for people with preexisting health conditions also would be put at risk if the court agrees with the administration in a case that won’t be heard before the fall.
  • Op-Ed: Overturning the ACA will make COVID-19 much worse
  • Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the Trump administration does not have the “exact details” of a health care alternative in case they get their way and the Supreme Court wipes out Obamacare… Republicans have had 10 years to come up with a replacement plan and failed to do so. (video)
A three-judge panel of the DC Appeals Court ordered the dismissal of the case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, overruling District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan. The 2-1 ruling was authored by Trump-appointee Neomi Rao, who has repeatedly handed down opinions benefiting Trump and his aides that rely on highly dubious legal reasoning.
  • The case could be heard by the full DC Court of Appeals if either Sullivan or any active DC appellate judge requests it.
  • Further reading: How Michael Flynn’s Defense Team Found Powerful Allies: The lawyer who took on the Flynn case had private calls with President Trump, wrote a secret letter to AG Barr, and months later saw the DOJ drop the case.
District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered Roger Stone to report to prison July 14, denying the two-month delay requested by his lawyers and the DOJ due to the coronavirus. Jackson has also ordered Stone to remain under home confinement until his surrender date.
  • A day after Jackson’s ruling, Trump retweeted a story about a petition for the president to pardon Stone
A Queens County, N.Y., Surrogate’s Court judge on Thursday rejected a request to bar President Trump’s niece, Mary L. Trump, from publishing a tell-all book about the family because the court lacked jurisdiction in the case. Charles Harder, a lawyer for Robert Trump, said he would now file suit in the New York State Supreme Court, which is a lower-level court in the state, in an effort to stop Simon & Schuster from publishing the book on July 28.
  • Mary is a clinical psychologist and reportedly uses her background to dissect “a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse,” including “the strange and harmful relationship between” her late father and Donald Trump.
A judge has ruled that Rep. Devin Nunes has no right to sue Twitter over statements made by a fake Internet cow, someone parodying his mother, and a Republican strategist.

AG Barr’s interference

Since we had a thread about the hearing on political interference by the AG, I won’t go into details again here. Instead, you can check out this Twitter thread of video highlights and Courthouse News’ summary.
Just as the hearing was getting underway, AG Bill Barr agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee for a "general oversight hearing" on July 28, following Chairman Nadler’s threat of a subpoena. It is not clear why Nadler accepted such a long delay, as his subpoena was for testimony on July 2. Barr isn’t busy, he was just on Ted Cruz’s podcast.
Some House Democrats are pushing to impeach Barr, by Speaker Pelosi stands in their way. Rep. Steve Cohen plans to file a resolution calling for an investigation into whether Barr has committed impeachable conduct. Chairman Nadler has stated his openness to impeaching Barr, as well.
  • Pelosi: “Barr is a mess who’s disgraced the Department of Justice,” she said. “He is contemptible, there’s no question about that. But at this point, let’s solve our problems by going to the polls and voting on Election Day.” (video)
  • Op-Ed by Asha Rangappa: "Put another way, Barr has the potential to inflict more damage on the U.S. than even the president because he can use the levers of justice to stonewall investigations, bury evidence, and provide a veneer of legality to illegal acts."
One day later, the New York Times reported that Barr tried to pressure SDNY to undermine the part of Michael Cohen’s conviction that implicated the President in financial crimes. He went so far as to instruct Justice Department officials to draft a legal memo casting doubt on the legitimacy of Cohen’s conviction.
  • Former DOJ spokesman Matthew Miller: “Why would Barr attack the legal theory underpinning the conviction of someone who had already turned on Trump? Because that same theory would’ve been crucial to charging Trump, his business, and one of his top execs.”
  • Reminder from a 2018 article: Trump pushed then-acting-AG Whitaker on why more wasn’t being done to control the SDNY prosecutors who brought the case against Cohen. The president of the United States, in that moment, was essentially pressuring an acting official whose job hangs on his personal whims to shut down an investigation into himself.
Jay Clayton, Trump’s nominee to take over the Manhattan federal prosecutor’s office after the abrupt dismissal of SDNY U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, refused to say whether he would recuse himself from pending investigations involving Trump’s interests and associates if confirmed for the post.
Clayton also admitted to playing golf with Trump numerous times, including the day that they agreed he’d be nominated to Berman’s position… Video of the questioning below:
Rep. Katie Porter: Do you think independence from the President is possible if you and the President are golfing buddies?
Clayton: I absolutely do.
Later, Porter: How many times have you and President Trump golfed together?
Clayton: I'm not going to get into— This is, you know, it's...

Voting rights

The Census Bureau said on Tuesday that it had created two new top-level positions and filled them with political appointees from outside the agency, an unprecedented move that revived concerns the national population count has turned increasingly partisan. Critics fear the appointments are another way for Republicans to bend census results to advance their electoral interests.
The Federal Election Commission is losing its short-lived quorum after Caroline Hunter, a longtime Republican commissioner of the FEC and former chair of the agency, is resigning… Her departure from the agency means that the FEC will be unable to make major enforcement actions.
Seven years ago from last Thursday, the Supreme Court gutted the most powerful provision in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, undermining a law regarded as the most effective piece of civil rights legislation in American history. A bill passed by House to restore the VRA has been sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk for over 200 days.
  • States that previously had to approve voting changes under Voting Rights Act have closed 1,688 polling places since SCOTUS gutted the law (count as of last Fall): 750 in Texas, 320 in Arizona, 214 in Georgia, 126 in Louisiana, 96 in Mississippi, and 72 in Alabama.
  • John Roberts has been trying to weaken Voting Rights Act since he was young lawyer in the Reagan Justice Department. “Violations of [VRA] should not be made too easy to prove" he wrote in 1981.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Tuesday blocked an attempt by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to push legislation through the Senate that would promote mail-in voting and expand early voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. “There has been a real desire at the federal level to take over the elections process, I don’t think that’s a good idea, and if it was a good idea, it wouldn’t be a good idea six months before the election,” Blunt said.
Despite a surge of absentee voting, consolidating polling locations in the city of Milwaukee reduced turnout by nearly 9 percentage points, disproportionately affecting Black voters. Using the pandemic for reasoning, the number of polling places in Milwaukee City were cut from 182 in 2016 to just five for this year’s primary. In the rest of Wisconsin, the number of polling places dropped by 11 percent.
More articles:
  • Barr claims voting by mail will lead to fraud, 'counterfeiting.' Admits he has zero evidence.
  • The simple reason Trump’s imagined flood of foreign mail-in ballots wouldn’t actually work
  • Michigan launched a pilot program that issues inmates new IDs and registers them to vote as they are released from prison.
  • Lawsuits aim to ease rules limiting Wisconsin college voters
  • Republicans controlling a Georgia House committee approved legislation Wednesday that would prevent election officials from proactively sending mail ballot request forms to voters ahead of an election.
  • Montana commissioner determined that the Montana Republican Party and two minor party qualification committees violated state campaign finance laws in a successful effort to qualify the Green Party of Montana for the primary ballot.
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2020.06.21 20:15 YellowRasperry 🚀🚀🚀Some DD on $PLM🚀🚀🚀

Y'all seem to like rocket ships so I added some in the title. Note that this does not indicate that it will grow. Do not buy just because you saw rocket ships.
What is Polymet Mining Corp?
Leadership and Management:
What are their existing mines?
NorthMet Project
Mining in Minnesota:
2020 Quarter 1 Filings:
Potentially Risks and Negatives:
Additional Notes:
Events Concerning Q2-Q4 and the Future:
Important Upcoming Dates:
Price Targets:
Catalysts:
Conclusion: Please note that this section contains opinions, which should not influence your decisions.
Could be the place to make a quick buck due to the shareholder meeting on Wednesday. Some executives also picked up a substantial amount of shares recently, which could potentially indicate confidence. Brad Moore bought shares at $0.46 (which is actually higher than the current price), causing him to average up. However, holding more shares before a shareholder meeting is generally common practice for executives, which should be kept in mind. Over the longer term, I can see this as a very firm investment due to their associations with other mining giants as well as the experience of their executives. Their mine is already looking in good shape and they have obtained all key necessary permits, and is unlikely to be opposed by the state due to the economic benefits brought by the existence of the mine, along with the care when dealing with environmental impacts. The company is also backed by a $100+ billion company in Glencore, which owns most of the company, making this company even more stable.
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2020.06.20 06:53 sunzusunzusunzusunzu Lori Vallow Probable Cause Affidavit - February 18 2020

I, Detective Ron Ball of the Rexburg Police Department, being first duly sworn under oath, depose and state as follows:
  1. The information herein is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
  2. I am a detective with the Rexburg Police Department and have been employed in Law Enforcement for more than 27 years. I am currently the lieutenant over investigations for the Rexburg Police Department. I currently hold an Advanced Certificate and Management Certificate from the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy and have over 2500 hours of training. I have attended multiple trainings and classes throughout my career, including graduating from the FBI National Academy in 2015. I have received multiple hours of specialized training in investigations. have also conducted numerous investigations and interviews with suspects, Victims and witnesses involving narcotics, sex crimes and fraud. have also received numerous hours of training on traffic stops and detection of criminal behavior.
  3. On the afternoon of November 25, 2019, the Rexburg Police Department (hereinafter RPD) was contacted by the Gilbert, Arizona Police Department about a missing child, hereinafter designated J.V., (DOB; 05-25-2012). JV is a 7-year-old boy with autism who was supposed to be living with his adoptive mother, Lori Norene Vallow AKA Lori Norene Daybell (hereinafter Lori Vallow or Lori.) J.V.’s grandmother, Kay Woodcock, had contacted the Gilbert Police Department about J.V. for a welfare check.
  4. Lori Vallow also has a daughter, T.R. (DOB: 9/24/2002). As described further in this affidavit, while RPD was investigation the disappearance of J.V., the investigation grew to include a search for T.R., who is also missing and has not been seen since September 8, 2019.
  5. I am aware that Lori Vallow moved to Rexburg with J.V. near the first week of September 2019. I am aware that J.V. was enrolled for three weeks at Kennedy Elementary School in Rexburg, Idaho. I am further aware that he was seen by neighbors at and near his apartment in Rexburg. Through the investigation, RPD has learned that the last day J.V. was seen alive was on September 23, 2019 at Kennedy Elementary School. On September 24, 2019, Lori Vallow informed the school that J.V. would no longer be attending Kennedy Elementary and that Lori would homeschool him. Kennedy Elementary School has informed RPD that no other school has made requests for J.V.’s transcripts.
  6. We have not been able to find any witnesses who have seen J.V. since September 24 2019.
  7. I was familiar with Lori Vallow because RPD had previously been contacted by the Gilbert, Arizona and Chandler, Arizona Police Departments who requested help to obtain search warrants for a vehicle in Lori’s possession. Said vehicle was related to a possible attempted murder of Lori’s niece’s ex-husband, Brandon Boudreaux in Arizona. I am aware that Detective Ray Hermosillo had also performed intermittent surveillance on Lori Vallow at the request of the Gilbert Police Department, starting on November 1, 2019. Detective Hermosillo reports that he never once saw J.V. when he was performing surveillance during the month of November, 2019.
  8. The vehicle mentioned in paragraph 6 of this Affidavit is 2018, grey Jeep Wrangler, bearing Texas license plate no, LDW0997. Said vehicle registered to Charles Vallow, who is the deceased husband of Lori Vallow. (Lori Vallow and Charles Vaflow were in the process of getting a divorce when Charles Vallow died.) The Gilbert Police Department was interested in this vehicle because it had been identified in an attempted shooting of a Brandon Boudreaux in Gilbert Arizona on October 2, 2019. Brandon had previously been married to Lori Vallow’s niece, Melanie Boudreaux. At the time of his attempted shooting Brandon witnessed the Jeep (Which he recognized as being the same vehicle that T.R. regularly drove.) Brandon observed a rifle with a silencer comc out of the rear window of the Jeep and then Brandon’s vehicle was shot once in the front driver’s door frame. As Brandon drove away, the Jeep followed, but eventually turned a different direction. This same Jeep observed by Brandon was seized pursuant to a search warrant in November of 2019 in Rexburg, Idaho. It is significant that 'the vehicle' T.R. reportedly regularly drove was still in Rexburg nearly 2 months after the last known sighting of T.R.
  9. I am aware, through contact with the Gilbert and Chandler Police Departments, that Lori’s husband, Charles Vallow, was shot on July 11 2019 by Lori’s brother Alex Cox. Lori Vallow is now married to Chad Daybell from Fremont County, Idaho. Chad Daybell’s wife, Tammy Daybell, died in Fremont County, Idaho on October 19, 2019. I was informed that Chad and Lori married approximately two weeks after the death of Tammy Daybell. I later confirmed they were married on November 5, 2019 on the Island of Kauai in Hawaii. Through our investigation, RPB discovered photographs of their wedding on a beach in Hawaii. Neither J.V. or T.R. are seen in any of these photographs.
  10. On November 26, 2019, Detective Hermosillo and Detective Hope from the RPD went to Lori’s home located at 565 Pioneer Road, #175, Rexburg, Idaho, to conduct a welfare check. Detectives Hermosillo and Hope met with Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, and Chad Daybell outside the residence. Chad acted as if he didn’t know Lori very well and stated he didn’t know her phone number. Alex told the detectives that J.V. was with his grandma, Kay Woodcock, in Louisiana, which was not likely to be true due to the fact that Kay was the individual who first called in a missing child report to the Gilbert Police Department. Alex said Lori may be in apartment #107. Hermosillo and Hope went to apartment #107, but the apartment was completely empty and vacant. At this time, they called me and asked me to come to the premises to help search for J.V.
  11. Shortly after calling me, Detective Hermosillo called me again and indicated that he saw Chad Daybell driving black Chevrolet Equinox away from the residence. Detective Hermosillo stopped Chad and asked him again if he had seen J.V. Chad responded that the last time he had seen J.V. was in apartment #107 in October. He also admitted he knew Lori Vallow’s phone number and provided it to Detective Hermosillo.
  12. On that same day, myself and Detective Stubbs of the RPD located and spoke with Lori Vallow in her apartment, #175. We identified ourselves as RPD officers. Lori told us that J.V. was in Gilbert, Arizona with a friend named Melanie Gibb. We obtained Melanie’s phone number from Lori. We ended our contact with Lori and immediately attempted to call Melanie Gibb. We were unable to contact her.
  13. Because Detective Stubbs and I were unable to contact Melanie Gibb we immediately contacted Lori Vallow again and we requested that she call Melanie Gibb. At this time Lori told us that Melanie and J.V. were at the movie “Frozen 2” so it was unlikely Melanie would answer the phone. We instructed Lori to call Melanie Gibb and have her call us so we could verify the location of J.V.
  14. By the evening of November 26, 2019, we had still not heard from Melanie Gibb, so RPD informed Detective Ryan Pillar of the Gilbert Police Department of the information we had received regarding the Children being with Melanie Gibb. I was informed later that evening around 9:30 pm that Gilbert Police went to the home of Melanie Gibb. Melanie was not home but Defective Pillar contacted her by phone and she stated that J.V. was not staying at her Arizona house and had not been there for several months.
  15. On December 6, 2019, RPD was contacted by Melanie Gibb and informed that both Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow called Melanie on November 26, 2019 at separate times and asked her to tell the police that she had J.V. even though J.V. was not with her. Melanie informed RPD that she declined Chad’s and Lori’s requests. This further establishes that the statement made to law enforcement by Lori Vallow on November 26, 2019 was false and that Lori Vallow knew it was false.
  16. The statement Lori made to RPD about J.V. being with Melanie Gibb delayed the investigation into the whereabouts and safety of J.V. by requiring us to take time to investigate a lead that was verified as false.
  17. On November 27, 2019, RPD obtained search warrants to watch:
    1. "Lori Vallow’s’ apartment, located at 565 Pioneer Road, #175, Rexburg, Idaho,
    2. Melanie Boudreaux/Pawlowski (Lori Vallow’s niece). apartment located at 565 Pioneer Road, #174, Rexburg, Idaho and
    3. Alex Cox’s (Lori’s brother) apartment located at 565 Pioneer Road, #107, Rexburg, Idaho. (This apartment had nothing in it other than a couple of small items in its garage.)
All three apartments are part of the same complex. J.V. was not located at any of the residences. It appeared to me that most of the clothing in Lori’s apartment had been removed. Other furniture was still inside the residence. RPD believed that she left Rexburg with Chad Daybell the night of November 26, 2019. Melanie Boudreaux later confirmed that Chad and Lori did leave Rexburg the night of the 26th.
  1. During the search of Lori Vallow’s apartment, we found evidence that J.V. was prescribed Risperidone in the form of a pill bottle labeled with J.V.’s name and the prescribed Risperidone. I have learned through research that Risperidone is a tranquilizer prescribed to treat irritability caused by autism. That prescription was filled for J.V. in January 2019 in Arizona. The Risperidone bottle still contained 17 pills. We have verified through the Idaho State Pharmacy Board that said prescription has not been filled in Idaho.
  2. On November 27, 2019 RPD also served a search warrant on Lori Vallow’s storage unit located at Self-Storage Plus in Rexburg, Idaho. Inside of the storage unit we found a blanket with pictures of J.V. on it, a blanket with pictures of T.R. on it, a backpack with J.V.’s initials on it, toys that appeared appropriate for a young boy, winter clothing, other children’s clothing, bikes, a scooter and a photo album.
  3. RPD was made aware that the credit/debit card Lori Vallow provided to Storage Plus was declined on January 2 2020. The owner of Self-Storage Plus has reported to law enforcement that as regular operating procedure he has reached out to Lori Vallow by phone, text, and email but has not heard back from her. At this time, Lori Vallow has not attempted to provide another debit/credit card to Self Storage-Plus.
  4. Soon after we executed the search warrants to find J.V. at the apartments in Rexburg, Gilbert Police asked us if we had any record of T.R. (DOB: 09/24/2002), being in RexBurg. T.R. is Lori Vallow’s biological daughter from her marriage to Joseph Ryan, who is deceased.
  5. T.R. has a brother named Colby Ryan. I am aware that Gilbert Police Department has been in contact with Colby. Colby reports that the last time he spoke with T.R. was on August 30, 2019, via FaceTime. He informed Gilbert Police that when he tried to contact T.R. after August 30, 2019, Lori would give excuses as to why T.R. could not talk with him.
  6. Through our investigation, RPD has been informed that T.R. moved to Rexburg with Lori on or about September 1st or 2nd, 2019. We have been informed that Lori told Melanie Gibb that T.R. was attending classes at BYU-Idaho. However a records check at BYU-I indicated that T.R. was never at BYU-Idaho or any other school affiliated with BYU.
  7. RPD verified Lori Vallow moved into the apartment located at 565 Pioneer Road, No. 175 in Rexburg with T.R. and J.V. on or around September lst or 2nd, 2019. This information was corroborated by Lori Vallow’s neighbors who lived in the same complex in the next door apartment. They saw T.R. at or around the residence when she moved in with Lori. The same neighbors actually helped Lori Vallow move into her apartment. They saw T.R. briefly a couple of times after she moved in but have not seen her since the first couple of weeks of September. Their son played with J.V. multiple times. These same neighbors have further informed us, through Detective Stubbs of the RPD, that one of their children went to Lori’s apartment sometime in late September to play with J.V. and the child was informed by Lori Vallow that J.V. was not there and that he had gone to stay with his grandma.
  8. Another neighbor of Lori Vallow, who lived directly across the courtyard from Lori at 565 Pioneer Road had a doorbell camera that recorded J.V. outside playing on September 17, 2019.
  9. Throughout our investigation, we were able to determine, through phone records, that T.R. accompanied Lori Vallow, Alex Cox, and J.V. on a day trip to Yellowstone National Park on September 8, 2019. We have obtained a photograph of T.R. at the park entrance through the National Park Service. Also, through service of a search warrant RPD has obtained a photo from Lori Vallow’s iCloud account of T.R. in Yellowstone National Park that is time stamped on September 8, 2019. This photo is the last time we can find any record of T.R. being with Lori Vallow. We have found no witnesses who can verify they have seen T.R. since September 8, 2019.
  10. RPD has verified that Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow flew from the Los Angeles, California Airport to Kauai on American Airlines on December 1, 2019. This information was obtained through a search warrant served on American Airlines. RPD cannot find any information suggesting they have returned to the mainland of the United States since that time and it appears they have been in Hawaii since they arrived on December 1, 2019. Those same records establish that J.V. and T.R. were not with their mother Lori Vallow when she flew to Kauai.
  11. I am aware that Chad and Lori are currently living at 4141 Queen Emma Drive, Unit 3, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. I am in contact with the Kauai Police who are monitoring the condo in which Chad and Lori are staying. The children have not been sighted with Chad and Lori. Further, I am aware that on multiple occasions, Chad and Lori checked into the Kauai Beach Resort and that no children checked in with them. That information was provided by an employee of the Resort.
  12. Detective Chad Cataluna, of the Kauai Police Department, has perfonned surveillance on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow in Kauai. He has informed us that he had seen Lori Vallow with Chad Daybell at least three times since he was made aware that Chad and Lori were residing on Kauai. Detective Cataluna has informed me that not once has he seen J.V. and T.R. with Chad and Lori.
  13. On December 20, 2019, the Rexburg Police and the FBI published a press release announcing that J.V. and T.R. were, missing, that RPD was looking for them, and asking for the public’s help in locating them.
  14. Since December 20, 2019, this case has received national media attention. Lori Vallow has refused to provide law enforcement with any information regarding the location of her children T.R and J.V.
  15. Through this investigation RPD has learned that Lori Vallow used the website www.care.com to find a babysitter for J.V. Through service of a search warrant on www.care.com we were able to verify the identity of the babysitter who Lori Vallow hired to watch J.V. We contacted this babysitter and she informed us that she watched J.V. on the 19th of September. She had met Lori Vallow and J.V. the day before (September 18, 2019.) The babysitter understood that her employment was to be ongoing. The babysitter reports that on September 24, 2019 she reached out to Lori Vallow and Lori told her that J.V. had gone to stay with his grandma for several weeks and that the babysitter’s services were no longer needed.
  16. On January 16, 2020, a Child Protection Action was filed by the State of Idaho in Madison County on behalf of J.V. and T.R. The case number is CV33-20-0045. The Court ordered Lori Vallow to produce J.V. and T.R. within 5 days of service of the order to the Rexburg Police Department or the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in Rexburg. Lori Vallow was served that order on Saturday, January 25, 2020, by Detective Chad Cataluna of the Kauai Police Department. Lori did not produce the children within five days of being served and has not produced the children to this date.
  17. Other than any current orders in a pending Child Protection Action in Madison County, Idaho, RPD has not found any further record or order establishing guardianship or parentage of T.R. with anyone other than Lori Vallow. There is a Final Decree of Adoption from the 14th Judicial District Court, Parish Of Calcasieu, State of Louisiana, establishing Charles and Lori Vallow as the adopted parents of J.V., dated July 25, 2014. As such, the only known living parent of J.V. and T.R. is Lori Vallow.
  18. On the dates between January 24, 2020 and January 29, 2020, I was in Hawaii with Detective Hermosillo and the Kauai Police Department. I reviewed video of Lori Vallow being served with the Order in the child protection case, which was filmed by the Kauai Police Department. J.V. and T.R. were not seen in the video. While we were there, two FBI agents, Rory Johnson and Douglas McLand, assisted us in performing surveillance on Chad Dayb3ll and Lori Vallow. On the morning of January 26, 2020, they observed Chad and Lori on a beach. J.V. and T.R. were not with them.
  19. During the afternoon of January 26, 2020, I observed the Kauai Police Department serve search warrants on the persons of Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow and on a black Ford Explorer they had rented. Said warrants were served on them in the parking lot of the Kauai Beach Resort. J.V. and T.R. were not with Lori and Chad. The following items were located in their possession:
  20. birth certificates for TR. and J.V.,
  21. T.R.’s financial transaction card issued by BBVA.
  22. J.V.’s iPad (identified by his initials on the back),
  23. another iPad which was logged into J.V.’s Apple account,
  24. J.V.’s school registration receipts from Kennedy Elementary in Rexburg Idaho.
  25. Through our investigation, RPD learned that T.R.’s BBVA financial transaction card which was found with Lori Vallow is still active and has been used since the last sighting of Tylee.
  26. On January 26, 2020, after the search warrants were served on the persons and vehicle of Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow, a search warrant was served on the condominium located at 4141 Queen Emma Drive; Unit 3, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii, where Chad and Lori were residing. I personally observed the Kauai Police department perform the search. In the garage of the condominium, there were two beach/lawn chairs, two yoga/fitness mats, and two beach towels. There were no items in the garage that appeared to belong to a minor child. There Was nothing found in the condominium that appealed to belong to T.R. or J.V. Further, there was nothing found in the condominium that would indicate that as even year old boy had been there, such as children’s clothing, toys, children's books, children’s medication, etc. There was a second room, other than the master bedroom, in the condominium. That second room had no signs of being lived in or otherwise occupied.
  27. During this investigation RPD discovered that J.V. had a service dog for his autism. This dog was named Bailey and was trained by Dog Training Elite, AZ. On July 22nd she sent Dog Training Elite, AZ an email asking about finding another home for Bailey due to a change in life circumstances. Dog Training Elite, AZ picked up the dog on August 30, 2019.
  28. Through this investigation I interviewed Chad Daybell’s parents, Jack and Sheila Daybell, in Springville, Utah. They informed me that Chad and Lori told them in November that Lori Vallow was an “empty-nester.”
  29. Through this investigation RPD has interviewed Jason and Samantha Gwilliam. Samantha Gwilliam is the sister of the deceased Tamara Daybell. Jason and Samantha informed RPD that Chad told them that Lori had no juvenile children.
  30. On February 16, 2020, RPD received a tip from a named individual in Maui, Hawaii that Chad and Lori Vallow were renting a car from the Hertz at the airport. The informant provided a picture of Chad and Lori. J.V. and T.R. were not with Chad and Lori in the picture.
  31. Throughout this investigation, RPD and the FBI have reviewed Lori Vallow’s bank and financial information. No information has been found which would suggest that Lori Vallow is providing money to anyone to care for J.V. and T.R.
  32. RPD has found no evidence or verification of anyone providing for the housing, food, clothing, educating, or medical care of J.V. since September 24, 2019 and T.R. since September 8, 2019.
  33. As of the date of this affidavit, J.V. and T.R. are still missing.
  34. Due to:
  35. Lori Vallow is the legal parent and guardian of T.R. and J.V.
  36. Nobody has seen or verifiably heard from T.R. since September 8, 2019;
  37. Nobody has seen or heard from J.V. since September 23, 2019;
  38. Lori Vallow has verifiably been living on the Island of Kauai Hawaii since the beginning of December 2019 with her new husband, Chad Daybell, and that not once have they been seen with J.V or T.R;
  39. The condominium currently occupied by Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow contains no evidence that any person other than Chad and Lori is living there;
  40. That medication prescribed to J.V. has not been refilled in the State of Idaho at a time when J.V. was verifiably with Lori Vallow.
  41. T.R.’s financial transaction card was in the possession of Lori Vallow even though T.R. is not with Lori Vallow;
  42. Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell have represented to Chad’s family that Lori has no juvenile children;
  43. Lori Vallow claimed that she was going to homeschool J.V. but she is not with J.V. and no other educational facility has requested J.V.’s school records;
  44. No verification of another caregiver for J.V. or TR. has been found; and
  45. k. That as of January 30, 2020, Lori Vallow failed to comply with a Court Order to produce the minor children to the Rexburg Idaho Police Department or the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare within five days of being served with an order to do so.
I believe probable cause exists that Lori Vallow has deserted T.R and J.V., pursuant to Idaho Code 18-401(1), which states it shall be a felony for “Every person who: Having any child under the age of eighteen (18) years dependent upon him or her for care, education or support, deserts such child in any manner whatever, with intent to abandon it;” I further believe probable cause exists that Lori Vallow intentionally and willfully abandoned J.V. and T.R. pursuant to Idaho Code 18-403 and 18-405.
  1. Due to:
  2. The fact that Lori provided verifiably false information to RPD by telling RPD J.V. was located in Arizona with Melanie Gibb;
  3. That said false information obstructed and delayed the investigation into the location of J.V. by requiring RPD to investigate a false lead, and
  4. That fact that Lori Vallow solicited Melanie Gibb to corroborate the false information Lori gave RPD;
I believe probable cause exists that Lori Vallow did resist, delay, or obstruct a public officer in the discharge or attempt to discharge duty of his office, specifically investigating a report of a missing child, pursuant to Idaho Code 187-705.
  1. Due to:
a. The fact that Lori Vallow did solicit or request Melanie Gibb to provide false information to RPD regarding the location of J.V., which would have further obstructed and or delayed RPD’s investigation;
I believe probable cause exists that Lori Vallow did commit the crime of Solicitation to Commit a Crime pursuant to Idaho Code 18-2001.
  1. Due to:
  2. The fact that Lori Vallow did refuse to obey a lawful order from the Court in case number CV33-20-0045 by failing to produce J.V. and T.R. to the RPD or to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in Rexburg on January 30th, 2020;
I believe probable cause exists that Lori Vallow did violate Idaho Code 38-1801 (4).
  1. Due to the following facts I believe that Lori Vallow is a flight risk:
a. Within the day of when we met with Lori Vallow on November 26, 2019 to ask about the whereabouts of the children, Lori Vallow had left the state and was in Hawaii within a week,
  1. The charges being filed against Lori Vallow are serious. Two of the charges are felony abandonment of a child which carry up to 14 years in prison.
  2. Lori Vallow has no significant ties to Madison County. She no longer has a home here and she has abandoned a significant amount of property here.
  3. Lori Vallow has already displayed a willingness to disobey and ignore court order by not producing J.V. and T.R. in Rexburg even though she was specifically ordered by the court to do so and had adequate time to do so.
  4. Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell have significant financial resources. I am aware that Chad Daybell received at least $430,000 in life insurance proceeds upon the death of his wife Tammy. As such, Lori and Chad have resources sufficient to help them travel and hide from law enforcement and the Court.
  5. Based upon the above, I hereby request a warrant be issued for the arrest of Lori Norene Vallow, AKA Lori Norene Daybell for:
  6. two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of children, Idaho Code 18-401(1)
  7. one misdemeanor count of resisting and obstructing officers, Idaho Code 18-705,
  8. one misdemeanor count of criminal solicitation, Idaho Code 18-2001,
  9. one misdemeanor count of criminal contempt, Idaho Code 18-1801(4).
  10. I respectfully request, based upon the above, that the bond be set in this matter in the amount of five million dollars to secure Lori Vallow’s appearance in Court in Madison County, Idaho.
Further your affiant sayeth not,
DATED this 18 day of February, 2020
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2020.06.19 10:24 Sandy2065 CBS 48Hours Transcript May 16 2020 Interview with Janis Cox, and her sister, Summer Shiflet, April Raymond, Echo Itaaehau, Neal Mestas (was service dog Bailey's trainer.)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/missing-idaho-children-lori-vallow-daybell-no-signs-48-hours/
The Missing Children of Lori Vallow Daybell
S32 E39
TV-PG 42min 2020
Two children vanish and an Idaho mother won’t say where they are. In their first network TV interview, her mother and sister say she’d never harm her children. So where are the kids? CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti reports. Air Date: May 16, 2020
Correspondent Jonathan Vigliott
Produced by Liza Finley, Richard Fetzer and Emily Wichick

She's become a national obsession -- Lori Vallow Daybell, the Rexburg, Idaho, mother who never reported her 7–year-old son JJ and 17- year-old daughter Tylee missing. No one has seen the children in months. And despite her arrest on child abandonment charges, she's still not talking.
But according to her family, there is a reason for that.
Now, as a nationwide hunt for the missing children continues, Lori Vallow Daybell's mother, Janis Cox, and her sister, Summer Shiflet, reveal theories to "48 Hours" on what may have happened -- even whether the children could be hidden in a bunker somewhere out of sight – and why she's staying silent.
"She would never harm her children," Cox tells CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti. "And I know her."
"I don't know all of her reasons for doing what she's doing," says Shiflet. "But I know she has … has the reasons."
But first, back to the Lori Vallow Daybell the rest of the world knows: a woman who has a lot of explaining to do, says investigative reporter and "48 Hours" consultant Morgan Loew. "Lori Daybell has two missing children. Lori Daybell is connected to suspicious deaths. Lori Daybell appears to be somebody that has a black cloud over her ... unless she's the one that is causing these bad things to happen."
That's what the FBI and authorities in at least three states are trying to figure out as they sort through a convoluted tale that many believe will lead to murder charges
A DEADLY PREMONITION
The allegations that still shock friends who knew Lori Vallow Daybell before she became one of the most vilified women in America.
April Raymond: You never wanna believe that somebody … you cared about or … looked up to … is capable of something heinous. But, unfortunately … that might not be the reality here …
This Lori is nothing like the friend she used to know, says April Raymond, whom "48 Hours" spoke to on Skype. They met in 2015 at the local Mormon church when Lori and her husband, Charles Vallow, moved to Kauai from Arizona.
April Raymond: Everyone fell in love with her right away … she really did bring a lot of joy to the people that she surrounded herself with.
Everything about Lori seemed to sparkle, says Raymond, including her marriage to Charles, a successful investment advisor.
April Raymond: I had never seen two people married that were … what I perceived, as genuinely happy with one another. And I— I thought that those two were.
Charles was Lori's fourth husband. He'd been married before, too, and both had grown children. But together they were raising a new family: Tylee Ryan, Lori's daughter from a former marriage, and the recently adopted JJ, Charles's sister's grandson.
April Raymond: Lori was an exceptional mother. She was the mother that, you know, everyone wanted to be.
Echo Itaaehau: My daughter loved Lori just as much as she loved Tylee.
Echo Itaaehau's daughter, Vaisia, was best friends with Tylee, and a constant visitor at the Vallow home in both Arizona and Hawaii.
Echo Itaaehau: When the girls would go to the mall, or to the movies, or to the lake. In Hawaii they would go — paddle boarding, go to the beach, ziplining, all those adventures. Lori was always there and always a part of it.
And so was Lori's son JJ, who has autism and special needs.
April Robertson: I really admired how patient she was with him and how much care she took of him.
That included a service dog named Bailey. Neal Mestas was Bailey's trainer.
Neal Mestas: The dog helped settle him down, keep him calm.
But even Bailey could not take the place of his big sister.
Echo Itaaehau: Tylee and JJ have — an incredible bond and just a beautiful relationship. And she took care of him — and takes care of him as a second mom would.
Echo Itaaehau: And she's super sweet. She can be sassy. She's just— a wonderful, awesome girl.
But in 2017, the family dynamic began to shift. Tylee was missing her friends on the mainland, so they moved back to Arizona. Then something in Lori began to change.
Morgan Loew: From what we have heard she started to pay a little less attention to the kids … and that's when the rift in the marriage started happening.
April Raymond says Lori had begun reading the books of Chad Daybell, a novelist and podcaster from Rexburg, Idaho, who told stories about doomsday and people preparing for the end of the world. Over time, some say Lori became more and more obsessed with these extreme religious beliefs, venturing way beyond traditional Mormon doctrine.
Morgan Loew: In the beginning of 2019, Lori disappeared. She took off and left Charles with the two kids. … they had no idea where she was, and this was for about, like, two months.
Morgan Loew: We think that she met up with Chad Daybell at that point, and she starts communicating with Charles in some really strange language … she was saying that she believes that she's a chosen one. And that she can speak to dead people.
She also spoke to April Raymond about it.
April Raymond: She felt like she had existed on Earth several times. She felt like she had supernatural powers.
Jonathan Vigliotti: The friend you knew before was basically the world's perfect soccer mom and now she's … saying she is essentially a reincarnated God?
April Raymond: That's correct.
Then, Raymond says, Lori said something that would take on an even more sinister cast in the months ahead.
April Raymond: She — told me that Charles was already dead and that there was a demon living inside of him.
Morgan Loew: According to Charles, she even said, "If you get in my way, I will murder you. I will murder you." … and at that point, Charles Vallow decided he is going to file for divorce.
Charles was so spooked by his wife of almost 13 years, he put his fears in writing.
Morgan Loew: It's right there in the divorce paperwork. Charles was worried about his life, and he was also worried about the lives of JJ and Tylee … He knew that bad things were on the horizon.
Sadly, Charles Vallow could not have been more right. Around 7:40 a.m. on the morning of July 11, 2019, Charles went to Lori's rental home in Chandler, Arizona, to take JJ to school. Less than an hour later, Charles was dead. Lori's brother, Alex Cox, had shot him. At 8:36 a.m., Alex Cox placed this 911 call:
911 DISPATCHER: Is he breathing?
ALEX COX: I can't tell.
Morgan Loew: He said, "I need to report a shooting. I — I shot my brother-in-law in self-defense."
911 DISPATCHER: And is he hurt? Is he alive or —?
ALEX COX: Yeah, there's blood. He's not moving.
The police arrived and shot bodycam video of Alex Cox on the curb outside the home. He tells them that Charles and Lori got into a fight:
CHANDLER POLICE OFFICER. [bodycam video]: So, you get in an argument? What is it over?
ALEX COX: Well, it was over my sister. He was getting physical with her.
Then he says Tylee came out of her room with a bat:
ALEX COX [bodycam video]: She came out to defend my sister with her bat.
Cox says Charles then grabbed the bat from Tylee and came at him, hitting him in the back of the head:
ALEX COX [bodycam video]: So, I went to my room and got my gun.
Cox then tells the officer he came back and shot Charles twice in the chest.
Both Tylee, who had run outside, and Lori say they heard the shooting but didn't see it. Lori says she then walked past Charles's body and left the house to get JJ – who'd been waiting in the car. She and Tylee then drove him to school.
Morgan Loew: And at some point, a little later that morning, Lori and Tylee come walking up to the house.
CHANDLER POLICE OFFICER [Bodycam video]: Hi, who are – are you? [Lori speaks] OK, just stand over there for just a second, guys.
In the bodycam video, police blurred Tylee's face because she was a minor.
POLICE OFFICER [Bodycam video]: Does your husband live here or no?
LORI VALLOW: No.
POLICE OFFICER: OK.
Morgan Loew: What was striking about the footage … was that … they were very nonchalant.
POLICE OFFICER [Bodycam video]: How long have you lived here?
LORI VALLOW: Like 3 weeks.
POLICE OFFICER: Oh geez, yeah, OK.
LORI VALLOW: That's why the neighbors don't know us very well.
POLICE OFFICER: Gotcha.
LORI VALLOW: Like, "Hi neighbors, sorry" [laughs].
POLICE OFFICER: Are you working at all?
All three were questioned at the police headquarters and released. Raymond learned of Charles's death on Google.
April Raymond: it all started to make a lot more sense.
Suddenly, Raymond remembered that strange thing Lori said in the months before the shooting: that Charles was already dead and had a demon living inside of him.
Jonathan Vigliotti: What went on in your mind?
April Raymond: I felt really sick. … And I just knew something was very, very wrong
A CHOSEN ONE
Lori Vallow didn't waste any time, says reporter Morgan Loew. Less than two months after her estranged husband, Charles Vallow, was shot dead, she packed up her two kids and moved to Rexburg, Idaho, home of that author and podcaster Chad Daybell — a known voice among doomsday preppers.
Morgan Loew Reporter and "48 Hours" consultant: They believe that the end of the world is coming, and it is coming soon. And that it is incumbent upon them to prepare for it. And that means stockpiling food and supplies, so that they can survive until they are taken to heaven.ad been ordained to lead the chosen ones.
April Raymond: In her mind there were 144,000 people that were going to survive Armageddon. She had been appointed to gather the remaining members of the chosen.
Raymond says Lori tried to recruit her as one of the chosen, but it would have come at a heavy price: her two boys.
Jonathan Vigliotti: What did being a chosen one entail?
April Raymond: Basically, that I would — need to separate myself from my children and join her and … find the other chosen ones so that we could all be together. … I respectfully declined her offer because that was just— was going too far.
In early September, Lori, Tylee and JJ moved into a townhouse in Rexburg. Her brother, Alex Cox, moved into the same complex.
Morgan Loew: Alex and Lori had a really close relationship. I think it was more than brother who looks after sister. I think it was more of brother who was the enforcer, who punished people who crossed sister.
In 2007, long before Alex Cox shot and killed Charles Vallow, he attacked Lori's third husband Joe Ryan with a taser gun and was sentenced to 90 days in jail
Morgan Loew Lori sort of viewed Alex as the destroyer of bad things in her eyes … he was there to take care of the problems.
That's what makes a now-famous picture of Tylee so terrifying to so many. It was taken on September 8, about a week after they arrived in Idaho, says private investigator Rich Robertson.
Rich Robertson: There are photographs that show her and JJ and Alex … in Yellowstone Park.
Morgan Loew: And that was the last time she was seen … And the key there is that Alex was there.
We know JJ left the park that day. Pictures from a neighbor's doorbell camera show him nine days later. We also know he attended school until September 23. On September 24, Lori told JJ's teachers she was going to homeschool him.
Morgan Loew: That's the last anybody saw … him …
The following week, Lori bought a $36 ring on Amazon. The next day she reportedly shopped online for a wedding dress. It would soon be clear who the intended groom was: Chad Daybell.
Morgan Loew: Most of the arrows point to them having a relationship … while they were still married to other people.
Charles Vallow was now gone. But when Lori bought that ring, Daybell's wife of 29 years, Tammy Daybell, was still very much alive. All that changed just 17 days later when the 49-year-old died unexpectedly.
Morgan Loew: Tammy's death was odd from the beginning. Family said she died in her sleep. They didn't want an autopsy performed. She was buried in Utah.
Approximately two weeks later, Chad Daybell married Lori Vallow in Hawaii. They did more than just start new lives. They reinvented their old ones, telling Chad's parents that Lori was an empty nester.
But then the façade came crashing down when JJ's grandparents in Louisiana, Kay and Larry Woodcock, could take it no more.
Morgan Loew: Every time grandma Kay Woodcock would call, there would be a different excuse about where the kids were. … And finally said, "Something is weird here." She had heard enough excuses. She finally reached out to the police.
In late November, over two months after the children were last seen, Rexburg Police knocked on Lori's door to check on the kids.
Rich Robertson: Lori said they weren't there. Lori told … 'em that the kids were staying … with a friend of hers down in Arizona.
Arizona authorities then went to that friend's house who told them JJ and Tylee were not there.
Rich Robertson: So, at that point, somebody was lying. … And it was most likely Lori
But she wasn't the only one. When questioned by police, detectives noted that "Chad acted as if he didn't know Lori very well." Chad Daybell left out one crucial detail: that he and Lori had been married for three weeks.
Morgan Loew: These lies were starting to catch up with Chad and Lori.
Rich Robertson: At that point Rexburg Police executed a search warrant
Rich Robertson: But… they were gone.
They had left town. The police quickly issued a statement that the children's "lives were in danger."
Rich Robertson: At that point … everything changed.
Lori was about to become one of the most hated women in America.
Summer Shiflet Lori's sister: I've heard things said about Lori … that none of them are true. … This mob mentality of … Lori … just … hung in a public square, basically is what it feels like.
WHERE ARE JJ & TYLEE?
When news hit that the two smiling siblings disappeared and their mother never reported them missing, people the world over were transfixed by the bizarre story of the "cult mom" and her missing kids.
Armies of citizen cyber sleuths came together online. Rexburg mom Dee Ann Carter is one of them.
Jonathan Vigliotti: What is it about this story that brings together so many people from so many different backgrounds from all over the world?
Dee Ann Carter: It's these two children … people connect … you wanna help. You wanna do what you can.
Their Facebook group, Christmas Misery, is 14,000 strong and growing, says Annie Southam.
Annie Southam: With so many people, with so many different areas of expertise, putting those pieces together, hopefully the whole puzzle can kinda be solved.
On the home front, JJ's grandparents Larry and Kay Woodcock launched a public crusade.
Larry Woodcock: It breaks my heart; it's killing my soul. … I just want those kids back.
As family, friends and strangers were begging for answers, Lori and Chad were in Hawaii enjoying an extended honeymoon.
Annie Southam: There's some stuff that … disgusts me, like … their pictures on the beach … where he's playin' the ukulele and she's dancing around in her dress.
Morgan Loew: But, as … this case started building steam, their ability to live a normal life there started to erode. They had trouble just going outside their front door. Because they didn't know if they were gonna run into investigators or journalists.
East Idaho News reporter Nate Eaton tracked them down at a local resort:
EAST IDAHO REPORTER: Lori, Nate Eaton with East Idaho News. Can you tell me where your kids are
EAST IDAHO REPORTER: Where are your kids?
LORI VALLOW DAYBELL: No comment.
EAST IDAHO REPORTER: No comment? There's people around the country praying for your children, praying for you guys…why don't you give us answers?
LORI VALLOW DAYBELL: That's great.
EAST IDAHO REPORTER: That's great. That's great that they're praying for you, praying for your kids, what?
LORI VALLOW DAYBELL: [doesn't answer]
On January 25, 2020, Lori was ordered to produce the children to Idaho authorities in five days. She ignored it.
Morgan Loew: So … she's placed under arrest. She's taken into custody in Kauai.
Lori was charged with three misdemeanors and two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children. It was a devastating blow to Lori's mother Janis Cox and sister Summer Shiflet.
Cox spoke to her daughter after the arrest.
Jonathan Vigliotti: And when you asked her how are my grandchildren doing, what did she say?
Janis Cox: As far as I can I remember, she said, "you know me mom, the kids are fine."
Jonathan Vigliotti : Deep down do you believe that?
Janis Cox: I did believe it. Yes.
Summer Shiflet: She said the same thing to me …
Janis Cox: We know there's a whole 'nother side to this story.
Cox and Shiflet sat down with"48 Hours" for their first television interview – to try and tell us that story. A story they say that began almost a year ago back in Arizona.
Summer Shiflet: After Charles had died, Lori had been continuously threatened. And she wanted to go somewhere safe. … she didn't wanna tell any of us where she was going because she was being followed and threatened.
Jonathan Vigliotti: Threatened by who?
Summer Shiflet: By people who loved Charles and want revenge for his death.
Charles Vallow's family say there never were any threats— not even close, but Cox and Shiflet say Lori was so scared, she fled to Idaho to protect herself and her children. They believe she could be hiding them now to keep them safe.
Summer Shiflet I don't know all of her reasons for doing what she's doing. … But I know she has … has the reasons.
But that still doesn't explain why Lori was off in Hawaii dancing on the beach with Chad Daybell while her children were nowhere to be found.
Jonathan Vigliotti: Something's not adding up here. Where are they? Where is JJ and Tylee?
Summer Shiflet: It's a great question. We would love to know the answer to that. We don't know. But … we are very confident that Lori would never harm her children…
Summer Shiflet: She's the best person I know … She's just the kindest, loving person that there is.
They say the real Lori is nothing like the doomsday zealot Charles wrote about in his divorce papers.
Jonathan Vigliotti: Is Lori part of some strange cult?
Janis Cox: No.
Summer Shiflet: No, not that we know of, no—
Janis Cox: No.
Jonathan Vigliotti: Not — she's not preparing for the end of the world, she doesn't believe that she is leading the 144,000—
Janis Cox: No.
Summer Shiflet: She has never said the end of the world is gonna happen in July. That has never come from her mouth or lips ever.
Summer Shiflet : A lot of the things that have been reported … any small truths that are in there have been twisted. But most of them are flat out not even true.
For example, the police reported no one saw or heard from JJ after September 23, but Janis Cox says she called Lori on October 1 — a full week later — and could hear JJ playing in the background. She gave "48 Hours" her phone records that showed a 97-minute call.
Janis Cox: He was alive and well.
Jonathan Vigliotti: How do you know that though?
Janis Cox: Because I know JJ … no one's gonna pretend to be JJ.
At one point, she says JJ actually got on the phone and said, "Hi Mimi," his nickname for her.
Jonathan Vigliotti: You spoke with him though on the phone?
Janis Cox: Yeah. Yes. And I heard him and he was out playing … And— he just takes the phone, you know — and he knows — you know, he knows who we are.
Janis Cox: So he still knew I'm Mimi, you know? He still knew me, Mimi.
The Rexburg police aren't commenting on the call. But Cox and Shiflet want to set the record straight on something else – or rather someone else: their son and brother Alex Cox, Lori's so-called enforcer — the man who shot and killed Charles Vallow.
Jonathan Vigliotti: Is Alex the henchman here?
Summer Shiflet: No [laughs].
Janis Cox: No, he's not.
Summer Shiflet: Alex was the most easygoing, relaxed, hilarious h— type of person. … There's nothing about him that was a hit man...
But we may never know the true story. On December 12, Alex Cox suddenly passed out and later died; an autopsy determined of natural causes
But we're still awaiting the autopsy results in another death. Tammy Daybell's body was exhumed two months after being buried to perform toxicology tests.
Morgan Loew: And … why do you run a toxicology test? Because you're looking for drugs or you are looking for poison. And why would they be looking for poison? Because they're investigating the possibility that she was murdered.
What started as a hunt for two missing children expanded into something much bigger and even darker. And despite what her family believes, it wasn't looking good for the former beauty queen, says Morgan Loew.
Morgan Loew: Looking at these cases separately, you begin to see that there is a common denominator. And that common denominator is Lori Vallow. She has a dead husband … She has two missing children. She has a new husband who has a dead wife. … She is the factor that connects all of these separate cases together.
THE MYSTERY DEEPENS
On March 5, 2020 – five months after police say Lori Vallow Daybell's children were last seen – she was extradited from Hawaii to a tiny airport in Rexburg, Idaho, to face child abandonment charges. Morgan Loew was there.
Morgan Loew: She gets out of the plane and she's wearing a bulletproof vest. And surrounded by officers. And they whisk her into this vehicle.
After being one of the first reporters in the country on this story, Loew had Lori within earshot.
Morgan Loew: The SUV stopped right in front of me. And I find myself four inches away from Lori.
Morgan Loew:And she looked through the window … with this weird sort of blank expression on her face, and then turned her head.

Morgan Loew: The day of Lori's initial appearance in Rexburg, the courtroom was jam-packed. … And Lori walks in. And she's wearing this orange and white stripped jail outfit and this red lipstick
Morgan Loew: It was such an odd sight to see.
JUDGE: Ms. Daybell, do you understand what Count 1 alleges, as well as the maximum penalties?
LORI VALLOW DAYBELL: Yes.
Dee Ann Carter: I don't like to — hate on people [laughs] or talk badly. But it — it did make me mad. She … had done herself up, made herself look good, but still nothing about the children.
Kay Woodcock is trying to hold onto hope, but her mind keeps going back to something Charles told her Lori said about JJ.
Kay Woodcock: She didn't want JJ anymore. JJ was too much for her to handle.
Adding to Kay's concerns, police discovered a bottle of prescription medicine for JJ's autism with 17 pills remaining. The last time it had been filled was months before JJ disappeared.
And remember JJ's service dog, Bailey? The one he loved so much? Lori returned him three weeks before JJ disappeared, which still baffles the dog's trainer.
Neal Mestas: At first, I said, "I don't think I heard you right." … it would take — a very cold and callous person, which I— I think that's who she is.
Lori's sister and mother say that's nonsense. They claim Lori stockpiled JJ's medication, so he didn't need that pill bottle found by police. And as for Bailey?
Janis Cox: I don't think Bailey's an issue, as far as JJ is concerned.
Jonathan Vigliotti: There's a lot going on that just doesn't add up —
Janis Cox: OK. I — I do know about the dog. I was over there a lot. Charles loved Bailey. JJ was not really attached to it—
Summer Shiflet: He was fine without him.
But in the months after JJ and Tylee went missing, Lori made several trips to a Rexburg, Idaho, storage unit. And inside that unit?
Morgan Loew: Things that belonged to the kids: bicycles, toys, things like that. … It's pretty tough to come to a different conclusion other than … the kids were no longer around and no longer needed this stuff.
Even more damning than what Lori left behind, may be what she took with her to Hawaii: JJ and Tylee's birth certificates, Tylee's bankcard, which had been used since her disappearance, and Tylee's cell phone.
April Raymond: I don't know any teenage girl … that would be OK with being separated from her phone
Jonathan Vigliotti: How about Tylee's cell phone?
Janis Cox: She told me … in — September … that she had confiscated Tylee's cell phone.
Janis and Summer say Lori didn't want Tylee to be tracked through her phone; she was always fearful of those who she said threatened her and the kids.
Summer Shiflet: She put her daughter first all the time. … she loves her daughter and her children. And … she always was, like, putting Tylee's … and JJ's needs ahead of her own.
But by April 2020 the investigation had moved beyond the children's disappearance. Authorities were looking into Lori and Chad for murder in Tammy Daybell's death, and they were taking a harder look at the death of Charles Vallow.
INVESTIGATOR [at the crime scene]: He shot the f--- outta him, I'll tell you that.
Morgan Loew: Maybe this wasn't self-defense. Maybe this was a setup. And, I can tell you that people who know Charles or knew Charles … believe that he was lured to that house to be murdered.
April Raymond, for one, has never believed that story about Charles hitting Alex in the head with a baseball bat.
April Raymond: One, because Charles wasn't a violent person. The second being that Charles had been a baseball player and an athlete in college and if he had hit Alex with the bat in the way that they claimed that he did — Alex would have been a lot more injured.
POLICE OFFICER: Got a little laceration, do you want me to call paramedics?
ALEX COX: No, I'd really like some water, though.
Charles Vallow was afraid of Lori according to those divorce documents.
Rich Robertson: He wrote about what he thought might happen to him. … And he was rightfully afraid of that.
Summer Shiflet: He wasn't scared of Lori. … even the whole time he was filing for divorce and all those things, he was begging for her to come back.
Today it is JJ's grandparents who are doing the begging:
LARRY WOODCOCK [to reporters]: I have a tendency to get very emotional when I talk about the children. I get extremely emotional when I talk about JJ. JJ is my heart.
The Woodcocks are offering a $20,000 reward for any information leading to the children's return.
While they wait and hope, the FBI has turned its attention to Yellowstone – the last place Tylee was seen.
Aaron Teasdale: Yellowstone is one of the last truly wild places left in this country … There are many ways to die in Yellowstone Park.
THE SEARCH CONTINUES
It's still hard for Echo Itaaehau to believe that life went from forever to gone.
Echo Itaaehau: It's so sad. … Just this whole thing. Just all of it is just heartbreaking.
Itaaehau says she and her daughter Vaisia, Tylee's best friend, are praying she and JJ are still alive and hidden somewhere safe to ride out the apocalypse.
Echo Itaaehau: The only place they could be is in a compound, or a bunker, or someplace completely off the grid.
Jonathan Vigliotti: Janis, do you think they're in a bunker somewhere?
Janis Cox: I think that's possible.
But with all the headlines, accusations Lori believes in zombies, and Lori's past talk of demons and possession, April Raymond is fearing the worst.
Jonathan Vigliotti: Do you think Lori Vallow is capable of killing her two kids?
April Raymond: The Lori I knew, absolutely not. But … I don't know what the real Lori Vallow is capable of.
Lori allegedly asked Chad Daybell to judge her children in terms of dark and light spirits. A recently uncovered email from Chad to Lori in October 2018, gives Tylee a rating of "4.1 D" — "D" meaning "dark." Sadly, it's not surprising to April.
April Raymond: It pains me to say, but — she would say that Tylee had a dark spirit.
The FBI is reportedly about to launch a dark mission of its own — a search in Yellowstone National Park, the last place Tylee Ryan was seen. Aaron Teasdale is a Yellowstone expert and "48 Hours" consultant.
Aaron Teasdale: Yellowstone Park is a very mysterious place. … You've got— places that are quite remote. … So, if you wanted to get away with something, or hide something, Yellowstone is an excellent place for that.
A possibility almost too terrible to consider — that theory that Tylee could have been pushed into one of Yellowstone's many boiling pools, the so-called "hot pots."
Annie Southam: There are cases of people that have fallen into those and their bodies just completely dissolve. … that's a really terrible thought.
Aaron Teasdale is skeptical of this theory.
Aaron Teasdale: There's different acidities. There's different temperatures. … If you don't pick the right pool, it's not necessarily going to work.
But Yellowstone – with its rugged terrain and wild ways – is good at keeping its secrets, says Teasdale.
Aaron Teasdale: If there is a dead thing in Yellowstone, the living community of the park will find it. … Sometimes the bones will even get eaten. … In a situation like this — it's entirely possible that there will be very little to find.
Lori Vallow Daybell remains in jail in Rexburg, Idaho. In May 2020, she appeared in court to ask a judge to reduce her million dollar bond, wearing a mask due to the coronavirus pandemic. That request was denied. Lori's lawyer, Mark Means, spoke after the hearing:
MARK MEANS [to reporters]: Regardless of how you feel about religious beliefs, personal beliefs, actions, inactions, she's entitled to a defense. … we maintain her innocence.
Chad Daybell has not been charged with any crime and appears to stand by Lori. JJ's grandmother, Kay Woodcock, is now appealing to Chad on Facebook, writing, "SHOW US IF TYLEE & JJ ARE OKAY" and "I am begging you, CHAD end this NOW." In a little over a week it will be JJ's 8th birthday.
Jonathan Vigliotti: Every night, before you go to bed, you know you're waking up to this reality … What do you think before you fall asleep?
Kay Woodcock: I pray. … We just pray about it. That's all we can do.
Tylee and JJ's other grandmother says she's doing the same thing.
Janis Cox: We love Tylee and JJ with all of our hearts.
As the search for Tylee and JJ continues. their silent presence hovers over the town of Rexburg … two children who vanished into thin air with no sign of life, no sign of death.
If you have any information about Tylee and JJ, contact Rexburg Police at (208) 359-3000.
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2020.06.17 21:37 Sandy2065 since Lori and Chads friends and associates are media blitzing and there's so much speculation in this case I thought it a good time to read the facts according to LE in the probable cause warrant to arrest Lori Vallow again.

not guaranteeing my accuracy but i think i got it right, I skipped the first parts -the cover page and Lt Ron Ball qualifications. Here is Affidavit of probable cause filed 2 18 2020 - from:
https://coi.isc.idaho.gov/docs/case/CR33-20-0302/Affidavit%20of%20Probable%20Cause.pdf
cover page
Lt Ron Ball qualifications
  1. On the afternoon of November 25, 2019, the Rexburg Police Department (herein after RPD) was contacted by the Gilbert, Arizona Police Department about a missing child, herein after designated as J.V., (DOB:05-25-2012). J.V. is a 7-year—old boy with autism who was supposed to be living with his adoptive mother, Lori Norene Vallow, AKA Lori Norene Daybell (Herein after Lori Vallow or Lori.) J.V.’s grandmother, Kay Woodcock, had contacted the Gilbert Police Department about J.V for a welfare check.
  2. Lori Vallow also has a daughter, T.R. (DOB:09/24/2002). As described further in this affidavit, while RPD was investigating the disappearance of J.V., the investigation grew to include a search for T.R., who is also missing and has not been seen since September 8, 2019.
  3. I am aware that Lori Vallow moved to Rexburg with J.V. near the first week of September, 2019. I am aware that J.V. was enrolled for three weeks at Kennedy Elementary School in Rexburg, Idaho. I am further aware that he was seen by neighbors at and near his apartment in Rexburg. Through the investigation, RPD has learned that the last day J.V. was seen alive was on September 23,2019, at Kennedy Elementary School. On September 24, 2019 Lori Vallow informed the school that J.V. would no longer be attending Kennedy Elementary and that Lori would homeschool him. Kennedy Elementary has informed RPD that no other school has made requests for J.V.’s school transcripts.
  4. We have not been able to find any witnesses who have seen J.V. since September 24, 2019.
  5. I was familiar with Lori Vallow because the RPD had previously been contacted by the Gilbert, Arizona and Chandler, Arizona Police Departments who requested help to obtain search warrants for a vehicle in Lori’s possession. Said vehicle was related to a possible attempted murder of Lori’s niece’s ex-husband, Brandon Boudreaux in Arizona. I am aware that Detective Ray Hermosillo had also performed intermittent surveillance on Lori Vallow at the request of the Gilbert Police Department, starting on November 1, 2019. Detective Hermosillo reports that he never once saw J.V. when he was performing surveillance during the month of November, 2019.
  6. The vehicle mentioned in paragraph 6 of this Affidavit is a 2018, grey Jeep Wrangler, bearing Texas license plate no.LWD0997. Said vehicle is registered to Charles Vallow, who is the deceased husband of Lori Vallow.(Lori Vallow and Charles Vallow were in the process of getting a divorce when Charles Vallow died.) The Gilbert Police Department was interested in this vehicle because it had been identified in an attempted shooting of a Brandon Boudreaux in Gilbert Arizona on October 2,2019. Brandon had Previously been married to Lori Vallow’s niece, Melanie Boudreaux. At the time of his Attempted shooting, Brandon witnessed the Jeep (which he recognized as being the same vehicle that T.R. regularly drove.) Brandon observed a rifle with a silencer come out of the rear window of the Jeep and then Brandon’s vehicle was shot once in the front driver’s door frame. As Brandon drove away, the Jeep followed, but eventually turned a different direction. This same Jeep observed by Brandon was seized pursuant to a search warrant in November of 2019 in Rexburg, Idaho. It is significant that the vehicle T.R. reportedly regularly drove was still in Rexburg nearly two months after the last known sighting of T.R.
  7. I am aware, through contact with the Gilbert and Chandler Police Departments, that Lori’s husband, Charles Vallow, was shot on July ll, 2019, by Lori’s brother, Alex Cox. Lori Vallow is now married to Chad Daybell, from Fremont County, Idaho. Chad Daybell’s wife, Tammy Daybell, died in Fremont County, Idaho on October 19, 2019. I was informed that Chad and Lori married approximately two weeks after the death of Tammy Daybell. I later confirmed they were married on November 5, 2019, on the Island of Kauai in in Hawaii. Through our investigation, RPD discovered photographs of their wedding on a beach in Hawaii. Neither J.V. or T.R. are seen in any of those photographs.
  8. On November 26, 2019, Detective Hermosillo and Detective Hope from the RPD went to Lori’s home located at 565 Pioneer Road, #175, Rexburg, Idaho, to conduct a welfare check. Detectives Hermosillo and Hope met with Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, and Chad Daybell outside the residence. Chad acted as if he didn’t know Lori very well and stated he didn’t know her phone number. Alex told the detectives that J.V. was with his grandma, Kay Woodcock, in Louisiana, which was not likely to be true due to the fact that Kay was the individual who first called in a missing child report to the Gilbert Police Department. Alex said Lori maybe in apartment #107. Hermosillo and Hope went to apartment #107, but the apartment was completely empty and vacant. At this time, they called me and asked me to come to the premises to help search for J.V.
  9. Shortly after calling me, Detective Hermosillo called me again and indicated that he saw Chad Daybell driving a black Chevrolet Equinox away from the residence. Detective Hermosillo stopped Chad and asked him again if he had seen J.V. Chad responded that the last time he had seen J.V. was in apartment #107 in October. He also admitted he knew Lori Vallow’s phone number and provided it to Detective Hermosillo.
  10. On that same day, myself and Detective Stubbs of the RPD located and spoke with Lori Vallow in her apartment, #175. We identified omselves as RPD officers. Lori told us that J.V. was in Gilbert, Arizona with a friend named Melanie Gibb. We obtained Melanie’s phone number from Lori. We ended our contact with Lori and immediately attempted to call Melanie Gibb. We were unable to contact her.
  11. Because Detective Stubbs and I were unable to contact Melanie Gibb we immediately contacted Lori Vallow again and we requested that she call Melanie Gibb. At this time Lori told us that Melanie and J.V. were at the movie “Frozen2” so it was unlikely Melanie would answer the phone. We instructed Lori to call Melanie Gibb and have her call us so we could verify the location of J.V.
  12. By the evening of November 26,2019, we had still not heard from Melanie Gibb, so RPD informed Detective Ryan Pillar of the Gilbert Police Department of the information we had received regarding the children being withMelanie Gibb. I was informed later that evening around 9:30 p.m. that Gilbert Police went to the home of Melanie Gibb. Melanie was not home but Detective Pillar contacted her by phone and she stated that J.V. was not staying at her Arizona house and had not been there for several months.
  13. On December 6,2019, RPD was contacted by Melanie Gibb and informed that both Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow called Melanie on November 26,2019 at separate times and asked her to tell the police that she had J.V. even though J.V. was not with her. Melanie informed RPD that she declined Chad’s and Lori’s requests. This further establishes that the statement made to law enforcement by Lori Vallow on November 26, 2019 was false and that Lori Vallow knew it was false
l6. The statement Lori made to RPD about J.V. being with Melanie Gibb delayed the investigation into the whereabouts and safety of J.V. by requiring us to take time to investigate a lead that was verified as false.
l7. On November 27, 2019, RPD obtained search warrants to search:
l) Lori Vallow’s apartment, located at 565 Pioneer Road, #175, Rexburg,Idaho,
2) Melanie Boudreaux/Pawlowski’s (LoriVallow’s niece)apartment located at 565 Pioneer Road,#174, Rexburg, Idaho and
3) Alex Cox’s (Lori’s brother) apartment located at 565 Pioneer Road,#107,Rexburg,Idaho.(This apartment had nothing in it other than a couple of small items in its garage.
All three apartments are part of the same complex. J.V. was not located at any of the residences. It appeared to me that most of the clothing in Lori’s apartment had been removed. Other furniture was still inside the residence. RPD believed that she left Rexburg with Chad Daybell the night of November 26, 2019. Melanie Boudreaux later confirmed that Chad and Lori did leave Rexburg the night of the 26th.
  1. During the search of Lori Vallow’s apartment, we found evidence that J.V. was prescribed Risperidone in the form of a pill bottle labeled with J.V.’s name and the prescribed Risperidone.I have learned through research that Risperidone is a tranquilizer prescribed to treat irritability caused by autism. That prescription was filled for J.V. in January 2019 in Arizona. The Risperidone bottle still contained 17 pills. We have verified through the Idaho State Pharmacy Board that said prescription has not been filled in Idaho.
  2. On November 27, 2019 RPD also served a search warrant on Lori Vallow’s storage unit located at Self-Storage Plus in Rexburg, Idaho. Inside of the storage unit we found a blanket with pictures of J.V. on it, a blanket with pictures of T.R. on it, a backpack with J.V.’s initials on it,toys that appeared appropriate for a youngboy, winter clothing, other children’s clothing, bikes,a scooter and a photo album.
  3. RPD was further made aware that the credit/debit card Lori Vallow provided to Self-Storage Plus was declined on January 2 of 2020. The owner of Self- Storage Plus has reported to law enforcement that as regular operating procedure he has reached out to Lori Vallow by phone, text, and email but has not heard back from her. At this time, Lori Vallow has not attempted to provide another debit/credit card to Self Storage-Plus.
  4. Soon after we executed the search wanants to find J.V. at the apartments in Rexburg, Gilbert Police asked us if we had any record of a T.R.(DOB:09/24/2002), being in Rexburg. T.R. is Lori Vallow’s biological daughter from her marriage to Joseph Ryan, who is deceased.
  5. T.R. has a brother named Colby Ryan.I am aware that Gilbert Police Department has been in contact with Colby. Colby reports that the last time he spoke with T.R. was on August 30, 2019, via FaceTime. He informed Gilbert Police that when he tried to contact T.R. after August 30, 2019, Lori would give excuses as to why T.R. could not talk with him.
  6. Through our investigation, RPD has been informed that T.R. moved to Rexburg with Lori on or about September 1st or 2nd, 2019. We have been informed that Lori told Melanie Gibb that T.R. was attending classes at BYU-Idaho. However, a records check at BYU-I indicates that T.R. was never enrolled at BYU-Idaho or any other school affiliated with BYU.
  7. RPD verified Lori Vallow moved into the apartment located at 565 Pioneer Road, No.175 in Rexburg with T.R.and J.V.on or around September 1st or 2nd, 2019. This information was corroborated by Lori Vallow’s neighbors who lived in the same complex in the next-door apartment. They saw T.R. at or around the residence when she moved in with Lori. These same neighbors actually helped Lori Vallow move into her apartment. They saw T.R. briefly a couple of times afier she moved in but have not seen her since the first couple of weeks of September. Their son played with J.V. multiple times. These same neighbors have further informed us, through Detective Stubbs of the RPD, that one of their children went to Lori’s apartment sometime in late September to play with J.V.and the child was informed by Lori Vallow that J.V. was not there and that he had gone to stay with his grandma.
  8. Another neighbor of Lori Vallow, who lived directly across the courtyard from Lori at 565 Pioneer Road had a doorbell camera that recorded J.V. outside playing on September 17, 2019.
  9. Throughout our investigation,we were able to determine, through phone records, that T.R. accompanied Lori Vallow, Alex Cox, and J.V. on a day trip to Yellowstone National Park on September 8, 20l9. We have obtained a photograph of T.R. at the park entrance through the National Park Service. Also, through service of a search warrant RPD has obtained a photo from Lori Vallow’s iCloud account of T.R. in Yellowstone National Park that is time stamped on September 8, 2019. This photo is the last time we can find any record of T.R. being with Lori Vallow. We have found no witnesses who can verify they have seen T.R. since September 8, 2019.
  10. RPD has verified that Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow flew from the Los Angeles, California Airport to Kauai on American Airlines on December 1,2019. This information was obtained through a search warrant served on American Airlines. RPD cannot find any information suggesting they have returned to the mainland of the United States since that time and it appears they have been in Hawaii since they arrived on December 1,2019. Those same records establish that J.V. and T.R. were not with their mother Lori Vallow when she flew to Kauai.
  11. I am aware that Chad and Lori are currently living at 4141 Queen Emma Drive, Unit 3, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. I am in contact with the Kauai Police who are monitoring the condo in which Chad and Lori are staying. The children have not been sighted with Chad and Lori. Further, I am aware that on multiple occasions, Chad and Lori checked intothe Kauai Beach Resort and that no children checked in with them. That information was provided by an employee of the Resort.
  12. Detective Chad Cataluna,of the Kauai Police Department,has performed surveillance on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow in Kauai. He has informed us that he has seen Lori Vallow with Chad Daybell at least three times since he was made aware that Chad and Lori were residing on Kauai. Detective Cataluna has informed us that not once has he seen J.V.and T.R.with Chad and Lori.
  13. On December 20, 2019, the Rexburg Police and the FBI published a press release announcing that J.V. and T.R. were missing, that RPD was looking for them, and asking for the public’s help in locating them.
    1. Since December 20, 2019, this case has received national media attention. Lori Vallow has refused to provide law enforcement with any information regarding the location of her childxen T.R. and J.V.
  14. Through this investigation RPD has learned that Lori Vallow used the website www.care.com to find a babysitter for J.V. Through service of a search warrant on www.care.com we were able to verify the identity of the babysitter who Lori Vallow hired to watch J.V. We contacted this babysitter and she informed us that she watched J.V. on the 19th of September. She had met Lori Vallow and J.V. the day before (September l8, 2019.) The babysitter understood that her employment was to be ongoing. The babysitter reports that on September 24, 2019 she reached out to Lori Vallow and Lori told her that J.V. had gone stay with his grandma for several weeks and that the babysitter’s services were no longer needed.
  15. On January l6, 2020, a Child Protection Action was filed by the State of Idaho in Madison County on behalf of J.V.and T.R. The case number is CV33-20-0045. The Court ordered Lori Vallow to produce J.V. and T.R. within 5 days of service of the order to the Rexburg Police Department or the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in Rexburg. Lori Vallow was served that order on Saturday, January 25, 2020, by Detective Chad Cataluna of the Kauai Police Department. Lori did not produce the children within five days of being served and has not produced the children to this date.
  16. Other than any current orders in apending Child Protection Action in Madison County, Idaho, RPD has not found any court record or order establishing guardianship or parentage of T.R. with anyone other than Lori Vallow. There is a Final Decree of Adoption from the 14th Judicial District Court, Parish of Calcasieu, State of Louisiana establishing Charles and Lori Vallow as the adopted parents of J.V., dated July 25, 2014. Assuch, the only known living parent of J.V.and T.R. is Lori Vallow.
  17. On the dates between January 24, 2020 and January 29,2020,I was in Hawaii with Detective Hermosillo and the Kauai Police Department.I reviewed video of Lori Vallow being served with the Order in the child protection case, which was filmed by the Kauai Police Department. J.V. and T.R. werenot seen in the video. While wewere there,two FBI agents, Rory Johnson and Douglas McLand, assisted us in performing surveillance on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow. On the morning of January 26, 2020, they observed Chad and Lori on a beach. J.V. and T.R. were not with them.
36.During the afternoon of January 26,2020, I observed the Kauai Police Department serve search warrants 0n the persons of Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow and on a black Ford Explorer they had rented. Said warrants were served on them in the parking lot of the Kauai Beach Resort. J.V.andT.R. were not with Lori and Chad. The following items were located in their possession:
a. birth certificates for T.R.and J.V.,
b. T.R.’s financial transaction card issued by BBVA,
c. J.V.’s iPad (identified by his initials on the back),
d. another iPad which was logged into J.V.’s Apple account,
e. J.V.’s school registration receipts from Kennedy Elementary in Rexburg Idaho.

  1. Through our investigation, RPD learned that T.R.’s BBVA financial transaction card which was found with Lori Vallow is still active and has been used since the last sighting of Tylee.
  2. On January 26,2020, after the search warrants were served on the persons and vehicle of Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow, a search warrant was served on the condominium located at 4141 Queen Emma Drive, Unit 3, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii, where Chad and Lori were residing. I personally observed the Kauai Police perform the search. In the garage of the condominium, there were two beach/lawn chairs,two yoga/fitness mats, and two beach towels. There were no items in the garage that appeared to belong to a minor child. There was nothing found in the condominium that appeared to belong to T.R. or J.V. Further, there was nothing found in the condominium that would indicate that a seven year old boy had been there, such as children’s clothing, toys, children’s books, children’s medication, etc. There was a second room, other than the master bedroom,in the condominium. That second room had no signs of being lived in or otherwise occupied.
  3. Through this investigation RPD discovered that J.V. had a service dog for his autism. This dog was named Bailey and was trained by Dog Training Elite,AZ. On July 22nd she sent Dog Training Elite, Az an email asking about finding another family for Bailey due to a change in life circumstances. Dog Training Elite, AZ picked up the dog on August 30,2019.
  4. Through this investigation I interviewed Chad Daybell’s parents, Jack and Sheila Daybell, in Springville, Utah. They informed me that Chad and Lori told them in November that Lori Vallow was an “empty-nester.”
  5. Through this investigation RPD has interviewed Jason and Samantha Gwilliam. Samantha Gwilliam is the sister of the deceased Tammy Daybell. Jason and Samantha informed RPD that Chad told them that Lori had no juvenile children.
  6. On February 16, 2020,RPD received a tip from a named individual in Maui, Hawaii that Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow were renting car from the Hertz car rental at the Maui airport.The informant provided a picture of Chad and Lori. J.V.and T.R. were not with Chad and Lori in the picture.
  7. Throughout this investigation, RPD and the FBI have reviewed Lori Vallow’s bank and financial information. No information has been found which would suggest that Lori Vallow is providing money to anyone to care for J.V. and T.R.
  8. RPD has found no evidence or verification of anyone providing for the housing, food, clothing, education, or medical care of J.V. since September 24,2019 and T.R. since September 8,2019.
  9. As of the date of this afiidavit, J.V. and T.R. are still missing.
  10. Due to:
a. Lori Vallow is the legal parent and guardian of T.R.and J.V.
b. No body has seen or verifiably heard from T.R. since September 8,2019;
c. Nobody has seen or heard from J.V. since September 23, 2019;
d. Lori Vallow has verifiably been living on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii since the beginning of December 2019, with her new husband,Chad Daybell, and that not once have they been seen with J.V. or T.R.;
e. The condominium currently occupied by Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow contains no evidence that any person other than Chad and Lori is living there;
f. That medication prescribed to J.J. has not been refilled in the State of Idaho at a time when J.V. was verifiably with Lori Vallow;
g. T.R.’s financial transaction card was in the possession of Lori Vallow even though T.R. is not with Lori Vallow;
h. Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell have represented to Chad’s family that Lori has no juvenile children;
i. Lori Vallow claimed that she was going to homeschool J.V. but she is not with J.V. and no other educational facility has requested J.V.’s school records;
j. No verification of another caregiver for J.V. or T.R. has been found; and
k. That as of January 30, 2020, Lori Vallow failed to comply with a Court Order to produce the minor children to the Rexburg Idaho Police Department or the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare within five days of being served with an order to do so.
I believe probable cause exists that Lori Vallow has deserted T.R. and J.V., pursuant to Idaho Code l8-401(1), which states it shall be a felony for “Every person who: Having any child under the age of eighteen (18) years dependent upon him or her for care, education or support, deserts such child in any manner whatever,with intent to abandon it;”I further believe probable cause exists that Lori Vallow intentionally and willfully abandoned J.V. and T.R. pursuant to Idaho Code18-403 and 18-405
  1. Due to:
a. The fact that Lori Vallow provided verifiably false information to RPD by telling RPD that J.V.was located in Arizona with Melanie Gibb;
b. That said false information obstructed and delayed the investigation in to the location of J.V. by requiring RPD to investigate a false lead; and
c. That fact that Lori Vallow solicited Melanie Gibb to corroborate the false information Lori gave RPD.
I believe probable cause exists that Lori Vallow did resist, delay, or obstruct a public officer in the discharge or attempt to discharge a duty of his office, specifically Investigating a report of a missing child, pursuant to Idaho Code 18-705.
  1. Due to:
a. The fact that Lori Vallow did solicit or request Melanie Gibb to provide false information to RPD regarding the location of J.V., which would have further obstructed and or delayed RPD’s investigation;
I believe probable cause exists that Lori Vallow did commit the crime of Solicitation to Commit a Crime pursuant to Idaho Code18-2001.
  1. Due to:
a. The fact that Lori Vallow did refuse to obey a lawful order from the Court in case numberCV33-20-0045 by failing to produce J.V. and T.R. to the RPD or to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in Rexburg on January 30th, 2020;
I believe probable cause exists that Lori Vallow did violate Idaho Code 18-1801(4)
  1. Due to the following facts I believe that Lori Vallow is a flight risk:
a. Within the day of when we met with Lori Vallow on November 26, 2019 to ask about the whereabouts of the children, Lori Vallow had left the state and was in Hawaii within a week.
b. The charges being filed against Lori Vallow are serious. Two of the charges are felony abandonment of a child which carry up to 14 years in prison.
c. Lori Vallow has no significant ties to Madison County. She no longer has a home here and she has abandoned a significant amount of property here.
d. Lori Vallow has already displayed a willingness to disobey and ignore a court order by not producing J.V. and T.R. in Rexburg even though she was specifically ordered by the court to do so and had adequate time to do so.
e. Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell have significant financial resources. I am aware that Chad Daybell received at least $430,000.00 in life insurance proceeds upon the death of his wife Tammy. As such, Lori and Chad have resources sufficient to help them travel and hide from law enforcement and the Court.
  1. Based upon the above, I hereby request a Warrant be issued for the arrest of Lori Norene Vallow, AKA Lori Norene Daybell for:
a. two felony counts of desertion and non support of children, Idaho Code 18-401(1),
b. one misdemeanor count of resisting and obstructing officers, Idaho Code 18-705,
c. one misdemeanor count of criminal solicitation,Idaho Code 18-2001,
d. one misdemeanor count of criminal contempt, Idaho Code 18-1801(4)
  1. I respectfully request, based upon the above, that bond be set in this matter in the amount of five million dollars to secure Lori Vallow’s appearance in Court in Madison County, Idaho.’
Dated 18 February 2020
Signed: Lt. Ron Ball
same link to the affidavit that i got this from again
https://coi.isc.idaho.gov/docs/case/CR33-20-0302/Affidavit%20of%20Probable%20Cause.pdf

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2020.06.14 23:47 jw_mentions /r/LoriVallow - "Is it really possible or likely that no one in their families or churches knew anything was wrong and none reported that her kids were not with her and none were in the LEAST BIT worried about anything except for Kay and Larry Woodcock? Timeline of some of the events"

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Submission Is it really possible or likely that no one in their families or churches knew anything was wrong and none reported that her kids were not with her and none were in the LEAST BIT worried about anything except for Kay and Larry Woodcock? Timeline of some of the events
Comments Is it really possible or likely that no one in their families or churches knew anything was wrong and none reported that her kids were not with her and none were in the LEAST BIT worried about anything except for Kay and Larry Woodcock? Timeline of some of the events
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Please let me know if i have gotten the dates wrong on things. After i got done researching and posting this i found a much better timeline, more indepth and--with no speculation, by LoriVallow
here: https://www.reddit.com/LoriVallow/comments/gozo11/in_sept_2019_tylee_ryan_age_17_and_jj_vallow_age/
(lol wish i had found it sooner, but i still like my shorter one too because... speculation is fun lol)
October 2018
when lori and Melanie Gibbs met
I was teaching a class at church when I met Lori October 2018, she introduced herself and told me about her spiritual experiences. Melanie had first met him earlier at first met at a conference…maybe at camp in ogden Utah, northern Utah. from Melanie Gibbs interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n173Cv1BWB0

October, November 2018
Q When did Lori meet chad?
Melanie Gibbs:(Lori) she met Chad at an event they went to in St George. October, november 2018, a 2 or 3 day meeting,

November 2018
After spending much time talking those two days we went back to arizona and he came down to arizona when it was the next event, uh which was in November sometime and some of my friends and her friends and chad all got to stay in her house… (charles huge house)
Q was Charles there?
No, he went out of town
During the conference at Lori’s home…they spent time talking about things, they went on a walk, jog together.
He had already shared to Lori at St George that they had already been married multiple times before…not in this right now earth life, in multiple earth lives..
Q Did lori have a problem with that?
No she seemed to already understand that teaching already, that she had learned in podcasts so it wasn’t something that was…
Nate: foreign
Foreign, right
Q did you think, she might be falling in love with him?
Yeah I knew..
Q did you say anything to Lori…
I did offer the idea…why don’t you just go ahead and get a divorce? And they were told they werent allowed to…something that they received through the other side of the vail..how..they would speak about it. u/13:23 mins
from Melanie Gibbs interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n173Cv1BWB0
January 31, 2019
Charles Vallow contacts police to get a mental health eval of Lori The video was taken on the afternoon of January 31, 2019.
“Bodycam video taken in January 2019 At the time, the issue was over a purse allegedly stolen by Vallow’s former husband.
The video was taken on the afternoon of January 31, 2019. Vallow was walking into the Gilbert Police Department with Tylee. Vallow's friend, Melanie Gibb, was also present.”
The interview happened just days before Charles filed for divorce, accusing Vallow of draining their bank account of $35,000.
"He's mad because I took the money out of our account, but it’s a joint account so he wants me to give him money," said Vallow,
The police report says Charles told officers that Vallow changed the locks to their home, so he forced his way in earlier that morning to learn his wife moved out with their kids.”
“Vallow, Tylee and Melanie leave eventually leave and officers call Charles, telling him he could be charged with theft.”
https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/bodycam-shows-gilbert-police-interview-lori-vallow-after-husband-tried-to-get-her-mentally-evaluated
So, i know Melanie Gibbs was painted in a nice mormon light and everything by Nate the Mormon reporter but can we just all admit that she knew that Lori was having an affair with Chad and said nothing to the police when Lori Vallow told a bunch of lies while she and the police were all sitting there saying Charles Vallow was the one with the problems? Melanie Gibbs drove Lori to the evaluation. And was in the police interview taped??? And listened to Lori spin the yarn that Charles was having an affair and said nothing to the officer that it was Lori that was having an affair??? I didnt hear "I really made a mistake by concealing things from the police, I really screwed up by backing Lori all the time and never saying anything, what we heard was more like: i waited to say anything until i got interviewed by Nate so i could tell it all in a favorable light. No shame, no saying sorry, no apologies which Charles Vallows children would probably really appreciate after Lori and MormonMurders slandered their murdered fathers name all these years!! ARGH! Forgive her? yes, i do forgive her, but excuse and justify, and whitewash everything? no way!
January 31 2018
Gilbert police body camera video of Charles Vallow with police trying to get back into his home after Lori Vallow drained their account and locked him out. https://www.azfamily.com/news/continuing_coverage/missing_idaho_kids/gilbert-police-release-body-camera-video-of-charles-vallow-months-before-his-death/article_b07338c2-9a3c-11ea-8539-1795ca4cf608.html

July 11 2019
Charles Vallow is shot to death by Alex Cox.
The now deceased Charles Vallow seems to be the only other person that ever contacted police out of concern over her behavior or concern for the welfare of the children.
Not one member of the LDS church reported anything amiss ever! No one at the pool party said anything to police or anyone else publicly… Until Lori was arrested in Hawaii and now since Chad has been arrested it looks more like CYA to me and they’re all hoping no one blames them for at most aiding and abetting and at least massive indifference.
July 11 2019
Lori's Landlord asked her to move out, at least he cared!
"In a Facebook post Sunday, Vallow’s former property manager in Arizona, Joe Pongratz, said he asked Vallow to leave following the death of her husband, Charles Vallow, on July 11 at the property she rented. Pongratz was disturbed by several details surrounding Charles Vallow’s death." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAPxq-tp2Ug&feature=youtu.be

**Lori waits around for Charle's life insurance payout, has agreed to move out of home she rented by Aug 31 2019

September 2019
Lori, Tylee and J.J. move to Rexburg.

September 8 2019
Tylee is seen for the last time.
Tylee, JJ, Alex and Lori went to yellowstone. Rexburg/Salem is on the way back from yellowstone, could they have disposed of Tylee at Chads on the way home? No one in their circle of church or friends or family reports Tylee missing.

September 19-23 2019
Melanie Gibbs visited Lori in Rexburg September 19-23 according to her interview with Nate Eaton. JJ was last seen that day- Sept 23 Gibbs said Lori was telling her JJ had become a zombie and pointed out bizarre behaviors of his that Gibbs said werent bizarre. She was at Lori's home the day that JJ was last seen, who else was there? a nanny for JJ had said she was home when Lori went to pick up her friend at the airport, maybe the nanny was there the day JJ disapeared too. Was Melani Pawlawski there? Was alex there? none of them reported anything that day, none said a word as far as i know until after Lori was arrested. Except we know that when the police went there later on September 26th to do a welfare check on the kids Melanie Gibbs was asked by Lori and Chad to say JJ was with her. She chose to not answer the phone when they called, and then apx a week later said she did let them know Chad/Lori had asked her to lie.
September 23 2019
J.J. is seen at Kennedy Elementary School in Rexburg for the last time.
September 28 2019
Two men, possibly alex and chad on video moving kids bikes into storage unit
End of September
Alex is seen helping Melani B/P putting kids toys, clothing, beds out on the lawn and packing her up
October 2 2019
A drive-by shooting attempt is made on Brandon Boudreaux in Gilbert, Ariz
October 2 2019
what is believed to be Chad Daybell is seen at storage unit grabbing Lori’s ass after storing tire/seat
October 2 2019
Lori buys wedding ring, its delivered October 7 2019 https://www.eastidahonews.com/2020/03/what-an-amazon-order-reveals-about-lori-daybells-wedding-ring/

October 9 2019
Tammy Daybell a masked man approached and shot at her several times with a paintball gun, interestingly he runs away to the back of her house, not down the street to an awaiting get away car or anything. https://www.eastidahonews.com/2019/12/tammy-daybell-reported-a-masked-man-shot-at-her-with-a-paintball-gun-10-days-before-her-suspicious-death/
October 16? 2019
Melani Boudreaux decides to leave the kids with Brandon and move away. About two weeks after the shooting, Melani texted Brandon that she had decided to move to Boise, according to court documents. https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2019/12/31/gilbert-drive-shooting-tied-idaho-missing-children-brandon-melani-boudreaux-tylee-ryan-joshua-vallow/2769637001/

October 19 2019
Tammy Daybell died at home in Salem Idaho.
October 20 2019
"The day after Tammy’s Daybell died, staff at the school gathered to comfort her daughter, Emma Murray, who teaches at the same school.
“Everyone was having a hard time because it was so sudden,” Fowler said. “Everyone shared a lot of good, happy memories about her. Emma wanted to hear everyone’s happy memories because she said that is what would get her through it.”
"During the visit, Fowler and another friend told KSL that Murray also shared concerns about the state in which they found Tammy Daybell’s body. Murray reportedly shared that Tammy Daybell appeared to have pink foam coming out of her mouth." https://www.eastidahonews.com/2020/06/friends-of-tammy-daybell-express-concern-over-her-death/None of them said anything until now??? even after Chad refused and autopsy and Tammy was hurriedly buried, no one said anything even two weeks later when Chad rushed off to marry Lori Vallow in Hawaii? I get that sometimes people are unsure if they should let police or media know something , but even after the children were reported as missing no one said anything? This kind of closed in church society of hush everything up is wrong and dangerous. Jesus said its evil deeds that are kept in darkness but that good deeds are brought to the light. I hope this kind of secrecy stops and people arent intimidated to not say anything.
Also i know the county put out a statement saying it didnt matter if Chad had said he didnt want an autopsy done they would have done one anyway if there were signs of foul play, but just to keep the record straight according to the dispatcher Chad did say he did NOT want an autopsy done. Chad Daybell requested no autopsy per dispatcher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol6pbeSbjvY

October 22 2019
Tammy Daybell was buried in Springville, Utah

October 2019
Sometime after death of Tammy Daybell Lori took chads grown children cookies according to Melanie Gibbs.
November 5 2019
Chad and Lori are married in Kauai Hawaii
november 12 or 14?
alex and Melani go to Utah and melanie trespasses on Brandons parents property, melani arrested $1,950 bail paid by Alex. Similarly to how the family and some of the church and public responded to allegations about Lori Vallow in the beginning, Melani's family has implied that everything related to Brandon Boudreaux is 'just a custody issue' People online insist that Melani never really said anything about zombies, even though Charles Vallow has said the cult talks about zombies, Melanie Gibbs says they talk about zombies, and Brandon Boudreaux says Melani talked about them too!

November 26 2019
Police go to Lori and Chad's residence at 565 Pioneer Road in Rexburg to conduct a welfare check on J.J. at the request of his grandmother, Kay Vallow Woodcock

November 27 2019
Rexburg police executed search warrants at locations in Rexburg associated with Vallow, in an attempt to locate Joshua. As the search warrants were being executed, investigators determined that Vallow and Daybell had abruptly left their home and Rexburg.

FIRST NEWS RELEASE ABOUT CHILDREN (that I could find online)
December 20 2019
At this point there is massive news beginning to flood the internet and media because the case is so strange. But still no friends or church members or bishops or anyone is reporting anything to the police or media as far as we know. Chad and Lori are members in good standing at their church still, and remain that way at least until Lori was arrested in Hawaii, hey they may both still be members in good standing for all we know!
January 3 2020
search warrant executed at Chad Daybells home.
“Humphries would not say what the sufficient probable cause was that allowed them to get the warrant but said it is related to both the missing children and suspicious death cases.
“It’s all related,” Humphries said.”
https://www.eastidahonews.com/2020/01/police-conclude-search-at-daybell-home/

January 7 2020
Grandparents of “JJ” Vallow hold news conference, offer $20,000 reward
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62YZNJ_N5Ec

January 25, 2020
Law enforcement locate Chad and Lori on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where they are served with a court order obtained by the Madison County Prosecutor's Office that requires Lori to "physically produce Tylee and J.J. to the Idaho Department of Welfare in Rexburg, Idaho, or to the Rexburg Police within five days of being served with the order." Millions of people around the world are watching this and hoping the children will turn up but the LDS church is silent and none of the people that are now making statements about everything they saw and heard and knew have yet said a word publicly at this point.

January 25 2020
Lori and Chad were served with court documents to produce the children within 5 days.
Jan 26th pulled over and served w/search warrant to search their vehicle and their persons, then eventually let go.
Jan. 25, 2020: Law enforcement locate Chad and Lori on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where they are served with a court order obtained by the Madison County Prosecutor's Office that requires Lori to "physically produce Tylee and J.J. to the Idaho Department of Welfare in Rexburg, Idaho, or to the Rexburg Police within five days of being served with the order."

January 28 2020 (approximate)
Kay and Larry Woodcock file for temporary guardianship of their grandson J.J.
I wanted to include this because Lori's fans have said that Lori was hiding the kids because of a custody battle, but the custody issue wasnt even raised until 5 months after police began trying to find the kids.

January 30 2020
Lori Vallow fails to comply with court order and does not appear in front of Madison County authorities. Lori Daybell was ordered to produce the children by Jan. 30 or possibly be found in contempt of court.

January 31 2020
Colby Ryan brother of missing Idaho kids speaks out on you tube after the deadline for Lori to show the kids passes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdu4M5PMepQ

February 11 2020
I believe its the same church that said nothing about them being there in Hawaii while the police were looking for them. Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell seen going to church in Hawaii
“The couple has attended worship services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kauai for the past two weeks. Members tell East Idaho News they approached ward leaders and said media reports about them are false and one-sided. ABC News aired footage of them walking into a church building Sunday.” previous Sunday is Feb 9
https://www.eastidahonews.com/2020/02/daybells-attend-church-in-hawaii-abc-news-obtains-beach-wedding-photos/

Feb 12 2020
Dateline shows their episode "where are the children" in Friday’s Dateline at 9/8c. Feb. 12, 2020
From beginning to end-
I find it disturbing that the only interviews people close to people that allegedly committed this horrible crime are only speaking to Mormon reporters and Mormon TV stations. "exclusive interviews" with exclusively mormon journalists makes this all look like everything is still being done in secret and all information carefully filtered through the LDS church so that the churches image is not blemished.
I forgot to mention that the FBI has been involved in this case since November 27 2019 so if any of you church people and people that knew any of the people in this horrible child murder case are inclined to speak up, its a great time to do it, call the police or the FBI and tell them what you know now before it comes out later and you look like you were involved!
November 27 2019
FBI spokeswoman Sandra Yi Barker confirmed... that the FBI is assisting with the case.
“We were contacted by Rexburg Police on Nov. 27,” Barker said. “I won’t get into details but we are offering investigative, forensic and technical assistance in Idaho and Utah. Today, members of our Evidence Response Team are in Rexburg assisting with evidence collection. Our victim specialist has also been made available to the families of Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan.”
https://www.eastidahonews.com/2020/01/police-conclude-search-at-daybell-home/


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its interesting that Jesus had so many single women following Him and the Apostle Paul wrote about women helping in the ministry and even Philip had daughters that were unmarried and prophets, but LDS, JW's, Calvanists, Southern Baptists, Muslims and even more- all are claiming that women cant do anything or be acceptable to God without a husband... or several husbands lol
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I agree, they don't want to be affiliated in any way. There's a huge Mormon population in South East Idaho, it's hard not to have a Mormon reporter, a Mormon TV station involved in some way. If anything, they are probably annoyed by Nate Eaton, but disfellowshipping or excommunicating a member for doing his job would look very bad.
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2020.06.14 08:33 Sandy2065 Is it really possible or likely that no one in their families or churches knew anything was wrong and none reported that her kids were not with her and none were in the LEAST BIT worried about anything except for Kay and Larry Woodcock? Timeline of some of the events

Please let me know if i have gotten the dates wrong on things. After i got done researching and posting this i found a much better timeline, more indepth and--with no speculation, by LoriVallow
here: https://www.reddit.com/LoriVallow/comments/gozo11/in_sept_2019_tylee_ryan_age_17_and_jj_vallow_age/
(lol wish i had found it sooner, but i still like my shorter one too because... speculation is fun lol)
October 2018
when lori and Melanie Gibbs met
I was teaching a class at church when I met Lori October 2018, she introduced herself and told me about her spiritual experiences. Melanie had first met him earlier at first met at a conference…maybe at camp in ogden Utah, northern Utah. from Melanie Gibbs interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n173Cv1BWB0

October, November 2018
Q When did Lori meet chad?
Melanie Gibbs:(Lori) she met Chad at an event they went to in St George. October, november 2018, a 2 or 3 day meeting,

November 2018
After spending much time talking those two days we went back to arizona and he came down to arizona when it was the next event, uh which was in November sometime and some of my friends and her friends and chad all got to stay in her house… (charles huge house)
Q was Charles there?
No, he went out of town
During the conference at Lori’s home…they spent time talking about things, they went on a walk, jog together.
He had already shared to Lori at St George that they had already been married multiple times before…not in this right now earth life, in multiple earth lives..
Q Did lori have a problem with that?
No she seemed to already understand that teaching already, that she had learned in podcasts so it wasn’t something that was…
Nate: foreign
Foreign, right
Q did you think, she might be falling in love with him?
Yeah I knew..
Q did you say anything to Lori…
I did offer the idea…why don’t you just go ahead and get a divorce? And they were told they werent allowed to…something that they received through the other side of the vail..how..they would speak about it. u/13:23 mins
from Melanie Gibbs interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n173Cv1BWB0
January 31, 2019
Charles Vallow contacts police to get a mental health eval of Lori The video was taken on the afternoon of January 31, 2019.
“Bodycam video taken in January 2019 At the time, the issue was over a purse allegedly stolen by Vallow’s former husband.
The video was taken on the afternoon of January 31, 2019. Vallow was walking into the Gilbert Police Department with Tylee. Vallow's friend, Melanie Gibb, was also present.”
The interview happened just days before Charles filed for divorce, accusing Vallow of draining their bank account of $35,000.
"He's mad because I took the money out of our account, but it’s a joint account so he wants me to give him money," said Vallow,
The police report says Charles told officers that Vallow changed the locks to their home, so he forced his way in earlier that morning to learn his wife moved out with their kids.”
“Vallow, Tylee and Melanie leave eventually leave and officers call Charles, telling him he could be charged with theft.”
https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/bodycam-shows-gilbert-police-interview-lori-vallow-after-husband-tried-to-get-her-mentally-evaluated
So, i know Melanie Gibbs was painted in a nice mormon light and everything by Nate the Mormon reporter but can we just all admit that she knew that Lori was having an affair with Chad and said nothing to the police when Lori Vallow told a bunch of lies while she and the police were all sitting there saying Charles Vallow was the one with the problems? Melanie Gibbs drove Lori to the evaluation. And was in the police interview taped??? And listened to Lori spin the yarn that Charles was having an affair and said nothing to the officer that it was Lori that was having an affair??? I didnt hear "I really made a mistake by concealing things from the police, I really screwed up by backing Lori all the time and never saying anything, what we heard was more like: i waited to say anything until i got interviewed by Nate so i could tell it all in a favorable light. No shame, no saying sorry, no apologies which Charles Vallows children would probably really appreciate after Lori and MormonMurders slandered their murdered fathers name all these years!! ARGH! Forgive her? yes, i do forgive her, but excuse and justify, and whitewash everything? no way!
January 31 2018
Gilbert police body camera video of Charles Vallow with police trying to get back into his home after Lori Vallow drained their account and locked him out. https://www.azfamily.com/news/continuing_coverage/missing_idaho_kids/gilbert-police-release-body-camera-video-of-charles-vallow-months-before-his-death/article_b07338c2-9a3c-11ea-8539-1795ca4cf608.html
January 31 2018
From the interview with April in Hawaii Lori told April “a friend & I took the truck...”. I wonder who that friend was...
July 11 2019
Charles Vallow is shot to death by Alex Cox.
The now deceased Charles Vallow seems to be the only other person that ever contacted police out of concern over her behavior or concern for the welfare of the children.
Not one member of the LDS church reported anything amiss ever! No one at the pool party said anything to police or anyone else publicly… Until Lori was arrested in Hawaii and now since Chad has been arrested it looks more like CYA to me and they’re all hoping no one blames them for at most aiding and abetting and at least massive indifference.
July 11 2019
Lori's Landlord asked her to move out, at least he cared!
"In a Facebook post Sunday, Vallow’s former property manager in Arizona, Joe Pongratz, said he asked Vallow to leave following the death of her husband, Charles Vallow, on July 11 at the property she rented. Pongratz was disturbed by several details surrounding Charles Vallow’s death." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAPxq-tp2Ug&feature=youtu.be

**Lori waits around for Charle's life insurance payout, has agreed to move out of home she rented by Aug 31 2019
August 22 2019
On August 22, Sept 7th, and Sept 16, 2019 Chad, Melanie G, and Lori, along with a woman named Kelly, gave a live podcast with the preparing a people organization. You can listen on the Charitable.com website to these episodes. I do not know the location of these podcasts, but found the dates interesting.
Gibb visited on Sept 19. It mentioned it in the credits of Part 2.

September 2019
Lori, Tylee and J.J. move to Rexburg.
September 7 2019
On August 22, Sept 7th, and Sept 16, 2019 Chad, Melanie G, and Lori, along with a woman named Kelly, gave a live podcast with the preparing a people organization. You can listen on the Charitable.com website to these episodes. I do not know the location of these podcasts, but found the dates interesting. Gibb visited on Sept 19. It mentioned it in the credits of Part 2.
September 8 2019
Tylee is seen for the last time.
Tylee, JJ, Alex and Lori went to yellowstone. Rexburg/Salem is on the way back from yellowstone, could they have disposed of Tylee at Chads on the way home? No one in their circle of church or friends or family reports Tylee missing.
September 16 2019
On August 22, Sept 7th, and Sept 16, 2019 Chad, Melanie G, and Lori, along with a woman named Kelly, gave a live podcast with the preparing a people organization. You can listen on the Charitable.com website to these episodes. I do not know the location of these podcasts, but found the dates interesting. Gibb visited on Sept 19. It mentioned it in the credits of Part 2.
September 18-19 2019
Parts of the Nanny statement/transcript: Wednesday, September the 18th quote:
She then mentioned how the next day she needed me to come over for a few hours to watch JJ while she went to the airport to pick up a friend. I told her I was available and could come over. We communicated payment methods, which for her was cash. Usually people I work for use Venmo, but she said the best for her was cash. I then left and returned the next day. My overall impression of her was that she was kind but seemed stressed out being a newly widowed mom alone with her autistic son.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
I returned to their townhome and parked in the back by their garage, where the visitor parking was. I don’t re
member seeing any other cars. When I walked inside, she mentioned how she was waiting for her brother to come and leave with her to the airport. She said she was going to the Idaho Falls airport. She said her brother also lived here in Rexburg. Shortly after this freak out his mom, her brother, and the friend walked in from the garage. The mom calmed JJ and asked me what happened. I explained the situation and she babied him as if he could never do no wrong. It felt a little overwhelming the amount of love she was showing him instead of trying to teach him and calm him. *She introduced her friend to me and said that she does podcasts of some sort. I didn’t see a suitcase, so I don’t think she was staying that long. Lori then thanked me for coming and paid me in cash about $40. etc etc
https://www.scribd.com/document/448822897/Nanny-statement-to-cops-on-Lori-Vallow


September 19-23 2019
Melanie Gibbs visited Lori in Rexburg September 19-23 according to her interview with Nate Eaton. JJ was last seen that day- Sept 23 Gibbs said Lori was telling her JJ had become a zombie and pointed out bizarre behaviors of his that Gibbs said werent bizarre. She was at Lori's home the day that JJ was last seen, who else was there? a nanny for JJ had said she was home when Lori went to pick up her friend at the airport, maybe the nanny was there the day JJ disapeared too. Was Melani Pawlawski there? Was alex there? none of them reported anything that day, none said a word as far as i know until after Lori was arrested. Except we know that when the police went there later on September 26th to do a welfare check on the kids Melanie Gibbs was asked by Lori and Chad to say JJ was with her. She chose to not answer the phone when they called, and then apx a week later said she did let them know Chad/Lori had asked her to lie.
September 23 2019
J.J. is seen at Kennedy Elementary School in Rexburg for the last time.
September 28 2019
Two men, possibly alex and chad on video moving kids bikes into storage unit
End of September
Alex is seen helping Melani B/P putting kids toys, clothing, beds out on the lawn and packing her up
October 2 2019
A drive-by shooting attempt is made on Brandon Boudreaux in Gilbert, Ariz
October 2 2019
what is believed to be Chad Daybell is seen at storage unit grabbing Lori’s ass after storing tire/seat
October 2 2019
Lori buys wedding ring, its delivered October 7 2019 https://www.eastidahonews.com/2020/03/what-an-amazon-order-reveals-about-lori-daybells-wedding-ring/

October 9 2019
Tammy Daybell a masked man approached and shot at her several times with a paintball gun, interestingly he runs away to the back of her house, not down the street to an awaiting get away car or anything. https://www.eastidahonews.com/2019/12/tammy-daybell-reported-a-masked-man-shot-at-her-with-a-paintball-gun-10-days-before-her-suspicious-death/
October 16? 2019
Melani Boudreaux decides to leave the kids with Brandon and move away. About two weeks after the shooting, Melani texted Brandon that she had decided to move to Boise, according to court documents. https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2019/12/31/gilbert-drive-shooting-tied-idaho-missing-children-brandon-melani-boudreaux-tylee-ryan-joshua-vallow/2769637001/

October 19 2019
Tammy Daybell died at home in Salem Idaho.
October 20 2019
"The day after Tammy’s Daybell died, staff at the school gathered to comfort her daughter, Emma Murray, who teaches at the same school.
“Everyone was having a hard time because it was so sudden,” Fowler said. “Everyone shared a lot of good, happy memories about her. Emma wanted to hear everyone’s happy memories because she said that is what would get her through it.”
"During the visit, Fowler and another friend told KSL that Murray also shared concerns about the state in which they found Tammy Daybell’s body. Murray reportedly shared that Tammy Daybell appeared to have pink foam coming out of her mouth." https://www.eastidahonews.com/2020/06/friends-of-tammy-daybell-express-concern-over-her-death/None of them said anything until now??? even after Chad refused and autopsy and Tammy was hurriedly buried, no one said anything even two weeks later when Chad rushed off to marry Lori Vallow in Hawaii? I get that sometimes people are unsure if they should let police or media know something , but even after the children were reported as missing no one said anything? This kind of closed in church society of hush everything up is wrong and dangerous. Jesus said its evil deeds that are kept in darkness but that good deeds are brought to the light. I hope this kind of secrecy stops and people arent intimidated to not say anything.
Also i know the county put out a statement saying it didnt matter if Chad had said he didnt want an autopsy done they would have done one anyway if there were signs of foul play, but just to keep the record straight according to the dispatcher Chad did say he did NOT want an autopsy done. Chad Daybell requested no autopsy per dispatcher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol6pbeSbjvY

October 22 2019
Tammy Daybell was buried in Springville, Utah

October 2019
Sometime after death of Tammy Daybell Lori took chads grown children cookies according to Melanie Gibbs.
November 5 2019
Chad and Lori are married in Kauai Hawaii
november 12 or 14?
alex and Melani go to Utah and melanie trespasses on Brandons parents property, melani arrested $1,950 bail paid by Alex. Similarly to how the family and some of the church and public responded to allegations about Lori Vallow in the beginning, Melani's family has implied that everything related to Brandon Boudreaux is 'just a custody issue' People online insist that Melani never really said anything about zombies, even though Charles Vallow has said the cult talks about zombies, Melanie Gibbs says they talk about zombies, and Brandon Boudreaux says Melani talked about them too!

November 26 2019
Police go to Lori and Chad's residence at 565 Pioneer Road in Rexburg to conduct a welfare check on J.J. at the request of his grandmother, Kay Vallow Woodcock

November 27 2019
Rexburg police executed search warrants at locations in Rexburg associated with Vallow, in an attempt to locate Joshua. As the search warrants were being executed, investigators determined that Vallow and Daybell had abruptly left their home and Rexburg.

FIRST NEWS RELEASE ABOUT CHILDREN (that I could find online)
December 20 2019
At this point there is massive news beginning to flood the internet and media because the case is so strange. But still no friends or church members or bishops or anyone is reporting anything to the police or media as far as we know. Chad and Lori are members in good standing at their church still, and remain that way at least until Lori was arrested in Hawaii, hey they may both still be members in good standing for all we know!
January 3 2020
search warrant executed at Chad Daybells home.
“Humphries would not say what the sufficient probable cause was that allowed them to get the warrant but said it is related to both the missing children and suspicious death cases.
“It’s all related,” Humphries said.”
https://www.eastidahonews.com/2020/01/police-conclude-search-at-daybell-home/

January 7 2020
Grandparents of “JJ” Vallow hold news conference, offer $20,000 reward
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62YZNJ_N5Ec

January 25, 2020
Law enforcement locate Chad and Lori on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where they are served with a court order obtained by the Madison County Prosecutor's Office that requires Lori to "physically produce Tylee and J.J. to the Idaho Department of Welfare in Rexburg, Idaho, or to the Rexburg Police within five days of being served with the order." Millions of people around the world are watching this and hoping the children will turn up but the LDS church is silent and none of the people that are now making statements about everything they saw and heard and knew have yet said a word publicly at this point.

January 25 2020
Lori and Chad were served with court documents to produce the children within 5 days.
Jan 26th pulled over and served w/search warrant to search their vehicle and their persons, then eventually let go.
Jan. 25, 2020: Law enforcement locate Chad and Lori on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where they are served with a court order obtained by the Madison County Prosecutor's Office that requires Lori to "physically produce Tylee and J.J. to the Idaho Department of Welfare in Rexburg, Idaho, or to the Rexburg Police within five days of being served with the order."

January 28 2020 (approximate)
Kay and Larry Woodcock file for temporary guardianship of their grandson J.J.
I wanted to include this because Lori's fans have said that Lori was hiding the kids because of a custody battle, but the custody issue wasnt even raised until 5 months after police began trying to find the kids.

January 30 2020
Lori Vallow fails to comply with court order and does not appear in front of Madison County authorities. Lori Daybell was ordered to produce the children by Jan. 30 or possibly be found in contempt of court.

January 31 2020
Colby Ryan brother of missing Idaho kids speaks out on you tube after the deadline for Lori to show the kids passes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdu4M5PMepQ

February 11 2020
I believe its the same church that said nothing about them being there in Hawaii while the police were looking for them. Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell seen going to church in Hawaii
“The couple has attended worship services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kauai for the past two weeks. Members tell East Idaho News they approached ward leaders and said media reports about them are false and one-sided. ABC News aired footage of them walking into a church building Sunday.” previous Sunday is Feb 9
https://www.eastidahonews.com/2020/02/daybells-attend-church-in-hawaii-abc-news-obtains-beach-wedding-photos/

Feb 12 2020
Dateline shows their episode "where are the children" in Friday’s Dateline at 9/8c. Feb. 12, 2020
From beginning to end-
I find it disturbing that the only interviews people close to people that allegedly committed this horrible crime are only speaking to Mormon reporters and Mormon TV stations. "exclusive interviews" with exclusively mormon journalists makes this all look like everything is still being done in secret and all information carefully filtered through the LDS church so that the churches image is not blemished.
I forgot to mention that the FBI has been involved in this case since November 27 2019 so if any of you church people and people that knew any of the people in this horrible child murder case are inclined to speak up, its a great time to do it, call the police or the FBI and tell them what you know now before it comes out later and you look like you were involved!
November 27 2019
FBI spokeswoman Sandra Yi Barker confirmed... that the FBI is assisting with the case.
“We were contacted by Rexburg Police on Nov. 27,” Barker said. “I won’t get into details but we are offering investigative, forensic and technical assistance in Idaho and Utah. Today, members of our Evidence Response Team are in Rexburg assisting with evidence collection. Our victim specialist has also been made available to the families of Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan.”
https://www.eastidahonews.com/2020/01/police-conclude-search-at-daybell-home/


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2020.06.09 18:04 NamNguyen56 OBAMA IS EFFECTIVE IN OUR HANGER

OBAMA IS EFFECTIVE IN OUR HANGER

OBAMA IS EFFECTIVE IN OUR HANGER

OBAMA IS EFFECTIVE IN OUR HANGER
OBAMA. It is the enemy.
OBAMA IS ENEMY IN OUR HANGERS By C. Krauthammer,
I don't understand how to live in a country with a democracy established over 200 years ago but now, for the first time in history, one of our presidents has set up an organization. called "Organizing for Action" (OFA). OFA is a powerful force with over 30,000 members capable of disrupting what our incumbent president is trying to do for this country. This organization runs counter to our Democratic tradition and is a campaign to break down the way we run a country with the rule of law. It goes against the Constitution, the rules, and the processes governing the nation that date back more than 200 years. If this organization were allowed to operate as it is today, we would all live in a state of turmoil no different from a poor third country under dictatorship in the world today. What good is it for our country with a government founded on democracy, but not respected to run the country according to the laws that existed before? If you have a powerful army of over 30,000 people and a court system for decades with judges who allow you to break arbitrary laws, then the destruction you can cause to this country is known. how much? We are about to discover such unfortunate in this United States! 📷📷 Our former President (Obama) has vowed to get his hands on every field, community organization and raise his voice in every issue, and that seems like a promise of his actions. after being discharged, and he is determined to fulfill that promise. He brought many senior officials of his previous government into this "Organizing for Action" organization. The OFA is behind the control of every strategy and tactic against President Donald Trump's government as we have seen throughout the United States, and the courts tugged by political power have been the blow. leverage for this anti-government movement. OFA focuses on organizing communities to change according to their "progressive" policy. The problems in their action plan are gun control, bringing health to socialism, abortion freedom, gender equality, climate change, and, of course, laws. about migration. Members of the "Organization for Action" are backed by the message from the shadow of the former president: "The Armed Forces is the first step for all the greatness that we have created. Members across the Union The Kingdom is fighting for a Change in its community and organizing the "Team to Take Action" is one of the frontline organizations.Part into this work for 2017 and the years to come. ". The organization's website says its documents were taken from the former president's database during the campaign for re-election years ago, and the former president was an inspiration that led to the movement "Arranging Team to Action". In short, it is this "shadow state" of Obama that is the organization that opposes and shatters the Republic Constitution, which we know is the embodiment of AMERICA - a French Democratic Republic of France. . Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, said, "The OFA organization will hit President Donald Trump in every corner. And the former president (Obama) will control from a solid bunker only about 2 miles from the White House ". Sperry wrote, "The former president is setting up a government in the dark to disrupt the Trump administration through a number of nonprofit agencies led by the" Team to Action "organization, with funds for war (more than 40 million dollars) and about 250 offices across the United States ”. OFA tax records according to Sperry's article show that there are 32,525 (and more) volunteers nationwide. Obama and his wife will take care of leading this army from the House (also their Office) in Washington DC. Think about the consequences of these. For example, when Trump issues an Executive Order on Immigration, the "Team to Action" organization will order mass protests, protests from free migration organizations; ACLU's leftist lawyers will sue in places where left-wing judges are willing to stop the law, will have airport protests, county meetings and the left-leaning media system. will cover coverage of these events, triggered by OFA. Social media will be full of anti-government messages and violence will occur. All this happened from Obama's headquarters, because the former president was pleased to see these anti-government upheavals. If Barack Obama has not done enough to sabotage the country for 8 years sitting in the White House, it is evident that his future programs are breaking the foundation on which the United States has governed the rule of law. for 241 years ... If this doesn't frighten you, we're in worse shape than you know it. So do your part. You have read these, so pass on to others to let them know the bad things we are all facing. We are losing this country, because we bow our heads to obey the lethal imposition of the left. And we have become a perfect destination for enemies' arrows. Note: C. Krauthammer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator. He was a doctor, 67 years old, although studying medicine but he worked in the field of communication. *** BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA (by The Vietnamese Conservative) He is himself: Barack Hussein Obama - The greatest President of the United Nations of Islam. * He himself said these words at a Muslim gala - "I am one of you." * It was he on ABC News who referred to "my Islamic faith." * He himself took $ 100 million of the national budget to pay for the construction of foreign mosques. * He himself wrote that in the event of a conflict - "I will stand by the Muslims." * He himself affirmed to the Egyptian Foreign Minister that - "I am a Muslim". * It was he who bowed to yield to the Arab King. * He himself spent 20 years in a Liberation Theology Church condemning the United States and professing Marxism. * He himself exempted Muslims from buying Obamacare insurance while the rest of the United States was forced to pay. * It was he who deliberately truncated the "given by our Creator" paragraph when quoting the Declaration of Independence. * He himself mocked the Bible and the Sermon on the Mount of Jesus Christ while constantly referring to the 'HOLY' Qur'an. * He himself made a tour to apologize to the Muslim world and decry the United States immediately after taking office. * It was he who immediately donated government support for the construction of the Ground Zero Victory mosque overlooking the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11. * He himself refused to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, but hastily held an Islamic prayer breakfast at the White House. * He himself asked Georgetown University and the Notre Dame Church to hide all traces of Jesus Christ BEFORE he agreed to go there to speak, but conversely, he NEVER asked the mosques to which he visits must adjust their decor. * It was he who appointed the extremists against Christianity as confidant advisers. * It was he who appointed the crazy Muslims to the Ministry of Homeland Security. * He himself said that the "most important mission" of the NSA is to reach the Muslim community. * It was he in the position of Illinois Senator who was the ONLY one to support the act of forcing infantry. * It was he who was the first President not to give Christmas wishes, and went so far as to hang a picture of Mao Zedong on a White House pine. * It was he who stopped the Muslim terrorists from going to military court for trial (instead, he wanted them to be tried in civil court). * He himself refused to condemn the assassin Ft. Hood is an Islamic terrorist. * He himself refused to express concern about the gruesome executions of women in Islamic states, however, submitted Arizona to the United Nations to investigate alleged human rights violations. . It was he who, when queried in India, refused to acknowledge the true extremes of global Islamic jihadists, but praised Islam instead. He does it in a country where 82% of the population is Hindu and often the victim of many Muslim terrorist attacks. * He himself transferred $ 900 million of American taxes to Hamas. * He himself asked the US Postal Service to honor the feast of Islam by issuing a new commemorative stamp. * He himself directed the US Embassy in the UK to conduct an approach to help the Muslim community in England. * It is he who has covered compulsory Arabic language and culture studies in schools across the United States. * It is he who follows the Islamic customs and does not wear any kind of jewelry during Ramadan. * It was he who departed for Hawaii during the Christmas season to avoid criticism like in the past for NOT attending the White House's annual Religious Events .. * It was he who quickly joined the choir of the Muslim Brotherhood to depose Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who was formerly the most powerful ally of the United States in North Africa; but completely silent and there was no reaction when the Muslim Brothers massacred Christian Christians. * He himself appointed Valerie Jarrett as his chief advisor. Valerie is an Iranian, a member of the Islamic Sisters, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. * He himself asserted that the United States is not a Christian nation. "One day we will realize that Barrack Obama is the biggest fraud ever to happen to the American people." - Famous actor Clint Eastwood once received
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