Archive for October, 2013

Soldier killed in potential hate crime

Spc. Tevin Geike (Image from q13fox.com)

Spc. Tevin Geike (Image from q13fox.com)

The stabbing death of a soldier from South Carolina may be prosecuted as a hate crime, officials say.

KIRO TV in Washington reports 20-year-old Spc. Tevin A. Geike, from Summerville, S.C., died Saturday after a racial insult was shouted at three white soldiers by one of five black men in a passing car.

Geike, who graduated from high school in North Charleston, S.C., in 2010, had served in the military for three years and had no combat experience, said an Army spokesman at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Lakewood, Wash., police said Geike and two fellow members of the 7th Infantry Division were walking alongside Pacific Highway when a vehicle approached and someone yelled at the soldiers. The pedestrians allegedly yelled back that soldiers should be treated with respect.

The soldiers told police the car stopped, turned around and five men got out of the car and surrounded them. A verbal confrontation ensued.

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Fake Navy SEAL scores $300M security contract

Thanks to federal gun control laws, felons are not able to acquire assault weapons. (Image taken from ABC video)

Thanks to federal gun control laws, felons are not able to acquire assault weapons. (Image taken from ABC video)

War creates a lot of heroes, including plenty of fake ones.

A former Lake Tahoe bartender was so good at telling tall tales of military exploits he was able to score a $300 million security contract with the nation of Burundi.

ABC News reporter Dan Noyes in San Francisco brings us the exciting tales of 56-year-old A.J. Dicken, a former Lake Tahoe bartender who made a fortune off lies.

According to the article, Dicken was paid $50,000 by a documentary film maker for his fake life story.

To seal the deal, Dicken provided falsified documents (DD Form 214 discharge papers) saying he served 35 years as a Navy SEAL, participated in 291 classified CIA operations, and was awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star, Navy Cross, two Purple Hearts, six counter-terrorist service medals, and nine presidential citations.

The documentary was to be called “A Soldier’s Story: The most …

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Someone is pooping in Yale students’ laundry

Scene of the crime. (Photo by William Freedberg / Yale Daily News)

Scene of the crime. (Photo by William Freedberg / Yale Daily News)

Those paying $60,000 a year to get an education might think it’s safe to leave their laundry unattended.

These people would be wrong. Smelly wrong.

Police at Yale University are currently trying to flush out a “poopetrator” who is depositing human feces in campus washers and dryers, reports the Yale Daily News.

Many at the Ivy League school “fear for the safety of their clothes.”

“I simultaneously wanted to throw up, cry and punch someone,” said Lucy Fleming, who has found human urine, excrement and other surprises lurking in campus dryers.

A school official  confirmed “weird, creepy, and disgusting things in the laundry room.”

Students want round-the-clock security at the washers and dryers, which have allegedly been “thoroughly disinfected.”

An anonymous student told Rumpus, the campus tabloid, that someone went No. 1 in her first load, No. 2 in her second.

“The entire reason my laundry was in this …

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America not celebrating 100 years of income taxes

A group of World War II veterans from Missouri pose for a group photo as they visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. The group came to Washington on an honor flight despite the shutdown of the federal government. It was an act of civil disobedience that marked the fact some barriers nor a government shutdown would keep a group of World War II veterans from visiting the monument erected in their honor. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A group of World War II veterans from Missouri pose for a group photo as they visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. The group had to bypass barriers to visit the memorial. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Thursday is an anniversary no one will celebrate: The 100th year of the federal income tax.

Once upon a time, the federal government existed without taking a chunk of people’s pay. It was the 1800s and people worked on farms and probably got paid in turnips, which are more difficult to tax than paychecks.

I won’t bore you with the history, we’ve got The New York Times for that, but President Woodrow Wilson signed the 16th Amendment to the Constitution Oct. 3, 1913. Workers have been complaining ever since.

The problem with an income tax is that it creates a lot of paperwork and federal employees. Not ideal.

Today, the federal government is partially shut down, but you will notice the full amount of taxes will be deducted from your paycheck …

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Marine arrested in incest sex sting

Pvt. Stephen Lewis posted this public image on Tumblr. (Image from Smoking Gun)

Pvt. Stephen Lewis posted this public image on Tumblr. (Image from Smoking Gun)

Rest easy America, federal workers posing online as incest enablers are hard at work despite the partial government shutdown.

Recently, these “essential” agents were able to catch another federal employee, U.S. Marine Stephen Lewis, after he drove 400 miles to meet a “family” advertising on Family4Love.com, a web site promoting incest.

Lewis said he “would bring Marine Corps shirts” for a man’s 12-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter when he met them for sex, writes The Smoking Gun.

Before making the drive, Lewis, stationed at Camp Pendleton in southern California, asked the undercover agent “Who would I have sex with? … I’d make love to all 3 of you.”

He said his fantasy would be to have children with the girl and … well, I can’t print what’s contained in the affidavit on a family news site.

Upon meeting agents at a Starbucks in Morgan Hill, Ca., Lewis was charged with enticement of a minor …

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Woman to make 300 sandwiches for marriage proposal

Smith's boyfriend could not be reached for comment. (Image from GEICO)

Smith's caveman boyfriend could not be reached for comment.

The phrase “make me a sandwich” is carved on many a neolithic cave wall, but it’s also the marching orders of a modern day woman on a quest to make her boyfriend her husband.

New York Post reporter Stephanie Smith tries to remain anonymous on her 300 Sandwiches blog, but has been outed by other media.

Smith explains her Star Wars-obsessed boyfriend, during a Sunday lunchtime viewing of “Return of the Jedi,” told her she was “300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring!”

So, she “got cooking.” To my knowledge, however, most sandwiches do not require “cooking,” unless you are whipping up something for Elvis.

Smith is OK with building an emotional foundation with slabs of rye, even though her boyfriend’s morning greeting is often, “You’ve been up for 15 minutes and you haven’t made me a sandwich?”

“I will learn how to cook amazing food, we will learn more about each other, and hopefully my boyfriend will make good on …

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Woman had filed rape charges against slain pastor

Woodrow Karey, Jr. (AP Photo)

Woodrow Karey, Jr. (AP Photo)

Two days before a Louisiana pastor was shot to death while preaching, the wife of the man accused in the killing filed rape charges against him.

Woodrow Karey, 53, a former member of Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles, is charged in the Friday shooting death of Ronald Harris Sr, also 53.

Police declined to release details of the rape allegations, but the local sheriff said Monday that Harris and the suspect’s wife had exchanged text messages days before she filed the rape complaint. It’s not clear if the pastor and the victim’s wife had a consensual sexual relationship at one point, the sheriff said.

Karey has no known history of crime or mental troubles, police said, and was acting normally prior to the shooting, friends say.

About a week before the shooting, Karey found the text messages on his wife’s phone, investigators said.

Karey walked into the church, shot Harris with a shotgun as he was preaching and then fired at him …

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