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[YAWN] Oprah’s scoop: O.J. Simpson admits he killed Nicole

The ‘confession’ continues to burn down the rumor mill:

Has O.J. Simpson confessed murder to Oprah? Huge TV interview planned in which convict ‘will admit he killed Nicole in self-defence as she pulled a knife on him’
Paul Bentley | Daily Mail [*cough*]

O.J Simpson has confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he murdered his former wife, it has been reported.

The talk show host made headlines recently saying that one of her regrets was never having got the shamed former sportsman to confess to the killing.

And it appears her wish may well have come true with reports Simpson has already told one of her producers in an interview from jail that he knifed ex-wife Nicole in self-defence – a confession he will now repeat to the talk show queen during a spectacular televised sit down interview.

To me, a single thing: Oprah’s camp should have knocked this crap down hours ago. Ok, maybe a #double: National Enquirer have previously delivered on their exclusives. [three? jeez, Ron Goldman was only delivering some take-out eyeglasses.]

Nice fantasy though.

add: Wingnuts revel in the truth, finally. The facts always come out, don’t they? Sure.


First Obama’s a fricking wuss, then he’s a serial killer

I almost feel bad for the wingnut nation.

Earth’s Public Enemy Number One, murderer of thousands upon thousands of innocent men, women and children, Osama bin Laden, took a bullet in the eye courtesy this president making such a thing a priority for his intelligence and military communities.

He’s dead. The killing is done, call off the search. Let the sighs of relief and the occasional slapping of backs proceed.

And let the mind-numbing confusion of our conservative friends explode in every direction. Liberals cannot do such things. The over-educated, over-sensitive reality-based people are good for lecturing Belizean eco-tourists and populating Swiss libraries, but they don’t take out the most highly revered culture warrior, most awe-inspiring religious right-winger in all of conservadom, their beloved bin Laden. Something is desperately amiss, and somebody better mention it quick.

Camera Two: Fox News and Judge Napolitano. The sober, grounded patriot takes it upon himself to put all the champagne jubilation back into its unconstitutional bottle. What we know of the operation is that it amounts to a towering crime. Oh, and did I mention that Obama sucked even before all this?

Memes: unconstitutionality, homicide, whimsy, deaths of glenn beck and rush limbaugh, government spending, affordable healthcare, failed presidency.

“Where will it stop? Who will President Obama kill next? . . Can he kill whomever is an obstacle for his purposes? Can he kill Bradley Manning? Or Julian Assange? Or Khalid Sheikh Muhammed? Could he kill Glenn Beck? Or Rush Limbaugh? Or me?”

Dear “Judge” Napolitano — yep, buddy, you’re next. You’re as important as Osama bin Laden. Now go and fap yourself to death before we dispatch a gay SEAL to do it first.


Pro-lifers co-opt African American history to declare embryos people

Amendment 62 is a Colorado Constitutional proposition on the November ballot. It would grant embryos ‘personhood’ status.

The geniuses behind the ‘fertilized eggs = citizens’ movement have decided to sell their amendment as a struggle akin to Blacks fighting for their long-denied civil rights. Accordingly, their attempts at outreach come off as callow, insulting propaganda:

[Keith] Mason continued: “I think it’s important to note with the term fertilized egg, that’s the same thing as using the N-word for an African American. Because it’s a dehumanizing term and it’s not based in science. The term would be a zygote, or an embryo, speaking of a unique individual.”

Ugh. Yeah, I bet Mason really cares about science, it’s probably equally sacred to him. Zygote: “A cell in diploid state following fertilization or union of haploid male sex cell (e.g. sperm) and haploid female sex cell (e.g. ovum).” So, a person is a zygote is an F-bomb. Super.

Hey, along with the people who were once called the n-word, you know who else totally gets the ‘a cell is the same as a person’ movement? Slaves:

That totally makes sense. American embryos are sick and tired of picking your cotton, caring for your babies and being raped by the plantation egg-master in the middle of the night. Ugh.

When organizations opposed to reproductive rights promote a “documentary” that makes the charge that the most dangerous place for a Black baby is in a Black woman’s womb, they are attacking Black women’s capacity to parent and make health care decisions. Under the guise of protecting life, these groups are making a full frontal attack that promotes the dangerous lie that Black women are unfit, uncaring and selfish.

When anti-choice groups mount “Freedom Rides” to promote their anti-choice message, they are attempting to rewrite one of the most important moments in Civil Rights history . .

Amen. Read Pamela Merritt’s take on this crap here. For a little fun juggling the birth rate numbers after the passage of a bill like this, here’s something I posted after North Dakota’s House of Representatives tried the same thing.

No need to go on about these people. When African American history isn’t anything to learn from, to honor or venerate, when it’s just a weapons cabinet for someone’s personal use, you know who you’re dealing with.


Here’s a take on the real parallel between Joe Stack and the Teabaggers . .

Furious anti-government, anti-tax guy, Joe Stack, flew his plane into an IRS building in Austin. Killed an office worker. The media jumped on the angry act as something like a ‘Tea Party’ stand:

Alienated in Austin

There’s no information yet on whether he was involved in any anti-government groups or whether he was a lone wolf. But after reading his 34-paragraph screed, I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we’re hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement.

More: Media Link Joseph Stack To ‘Tea Party’. I wasn’t buying the Stack/Teabagger connection until idiots started calling the violent ass a hero:

— Joe Stack is a “True American Hero“: Facebook Groups Support Domestic Terrorist
Folk Hero Push For Andrew Joseph Stack

The latest fan? His daughter:

EXCLUSIVE: Texas Suicide Pilot’s Daughter Calls Dad a Hero, IRS Plane Attack ‘Inappropriate’

actual tea party heroThe daughter of the man who carried out a suicide plane attack against the IRS in Texas said she considered her father a hero for standing up to “the system” but said the attack that killed a government worker and injured 12 was “inappropriate” and “wrong.”

“His last actions, the suicide, the catastrophe that caused injuries and death, that was wrong,” Samantha Bell, Stack’s daughter from his first marriage, told “Good Morning America” in a morning television exclusive telephone interview that aired today. “But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished. But I do not agree with his last action with what he did. But I do agree about the government.”

She doesn’t agree with “his last actions”? “The catastrophe”? Is she talking about Dad’s pre-meditated murder of an American veteran, Vernon Hunter?

Meet The Real Victim Of Last Week’s Terror Attack On IRS Building – Vietnam Vet, Vernon Hunter

Last week, Joseph Stack set his house on fire, drove to the airport, jumped in his plane and flew it into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. This deliberate, cowardly act of domestic terrorism resulted in injuring thirteen IRS workers and left one man dead — a veteran of the Vietnam War:

When Ken Hunter first heard about a plane crashing into his father’s office building in Austin, he said he hoped his dad, Vernon Hunter, wasn’t there.

murder victim vernon hunter After several attempts to reach his father, a 67-year-old IRS worker, he discovered his dad was missing.

In the hours that followed, Ken said he heard lots of talk about the pilot’s motivations and felt compelled to speak out on his father’s behalf.

“There was just too much going on about what the guy did and what he believed in, and enough’s enough,” he said. “They don’t need to talk about him. Talk about my dad. You know, some people are trying to make this guy out to be a hero, a patriot. My dad served two terms in Vietnam. This guy never served at all. My dad wasn’t responsible for his tax problems.”

Meanwhile, the Teabaggers would kill any attempt at healthcare reform, ever. Or any attempt to use the government to stimulate the economy while unemployment’s at 10% and the Great Recession drags on. Do they offer any solutions to these huge, national problems? No. Do they care that their actions will make things worse for others? No.

They’re angry, narcissistic little jerks. Heroes. Heroes. Heroes. Heroes.


Self-help guru James Arthur Ray sold self-reliance with an image created by dangerous steroids and mountains of pills

The embattled self-help millionaire, under intense scrutiny for conducting a brutal sweat lodge at his ‘Spiritual Warrior’ retreat in Arizona that killed three and sickened dozens, wasn’t as self-reliant as he appeared to be.

Though projecting a physical image of youthful health and vigor, he apparently maintained that image by injecting steroids and popping hundreds or thousands of pills.

Yavapai County investigators have revealed a veritable pharmacy of syringes, drugs and supplements in Ray’s possession at the time of the tragedy.

Police found pills inside Sedona sweat lodge leader’s suitcase
Posted: Jan 4, 2010 06:49 AM
Posted by: Dan Spindle

We have new information on the man who was in charge of a sweat lodge ceremony that led to the deaths of three people in Sedona. James Arthur Ray may have been using more than just “positive thinking” to maintain his youthful appearance..

james ray drugs

Police photos reveal a large number of dietary supplements, prescription drugs and anabolic steroids in Ray’s suitcase. Police also found human growth hormones. Doctors say the drugs can be very dangerous.

“It’s fairly well documented that testosterone alone can some how impair or alter your decision-making processes. He was injecting a testosterone form that lasts for a very long time in the body that could certainly contribute to steroid-induced behavior,” said Dr. David Kroll…

In a post detailing what investigators found relative to their investigation and to search warrants, prescottnews.com listed these drugs and supplements. I’ve provided links to a number of the most powerful drugs, many of them steroid hormones, so that you can read for yourself what Ray was carrying around. Testosterone, HGH and hCG are dead giveaways for chemical image enhancement — they promote low fat and lean muscle. Others are used to counteract the long-term effects of steroid usage: testicular shrinkage and testosterone debt. If you’re steroid-damaged, you and your doctor can just claim you have natural testosterone problems, and the cycle never ends.

In a letter from John Crisler, DO, PLLC he said he had prescribed the following medications to Ray:

* Testosterone Cypionate
* Arimidex
* Finasteride

Photos of other prescription bottles show the following:

* Anastrozole
* Pregnenolone (prescribed by Dr. Rothenberg)
* Propecia (Dr. Burger, Dr. Marc Dauer)
* Thyroid Armour
* Diovan
* Genotropin (Dr. Berger)
* Methylcobalamin [B12]

james ray drugs2

And he had a number of over-the-counter medications and supplements in his possession, including but not limited to:

* Barlean’s Greens
* IsAGenix
* Fish Oil
* Corvalen (medical food, said to improve cardiac function and restore energy and chronic fatigue)
* ChlorOxygen
* Lean N’ Fit
* Ginko Biloba
* Athletic Dominance Power N = Speed
* Carb Watchers Lean Body
* Farmacy Pro Power
* Super Lysine
* TerrainZyme
* Vitamin C
* Protein Bars


Dr. Tiller’s assassin, Scott Roeder, plans to auction off autographed drawings that highlight the murder

Maybe Charles Manson should have done the same thing, auctioned off a few pieces of jailbird art. Maybe drawn a ‘David and Goliath’ scene, where Goliath’s head is inscribed with the name ‘LaBianca’. Maybe Mark Chapman, too, with Goliath then ‘Lennon.’ Why shouldn’t they make money for their own legal defenses? By selling penitentiary art to their fawning admirers that brags about the killings?

Online auction to raise funds in Scott Roeder case

An Army of God manual. A prison cookbook compiled by a woman doing time for abortion clinic bombings and arsons. An autographed bullhorn.

These are among the items that abortion foes plan to auction on eBay and other Web sites in a fundraiser for Scott Roeder, the Kansas City man charged with killing Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller . .

“They’re wonderful pencil art drawings,” she said. “They were done in jail.”

One is a sketch of David and Goliath.

“It has David with a slingshot in one hand and the head of Goliath in his other hand and the name ‘Tiller’ on Goliath’s forehead,” she said. “On the corpse on the ground, it says ‘child-murdering industry’ . .”

Another item to be auctioned, Leach said, is a collection of recipes compiled in prison by Shelley Shannon, the Oregon woman who shot and wounded Tiller in 1993 and was later convicted in a series of abortion clinic arsons and bombings.

UPDATE: eBay stopped the auction.


Right-wingers and hate crimes: You and your ilk can shut the fuck up about Matthew Shepard

Matthew Shepard,Hey Pam, the man is dead. So stop using his life and death as a convenient jumping off point for your idiotic arguments about hate crimes legislation. Ditto for your obnoxious presumption to know what really was going on that night when he was beaten, tortured and tied to a fence.

You should be ashamed for doing just exactly what you pretend to be too good to do: exploiting him and damning him. And while you’re at it, go ahead and apologize for the seriously pathetic attempt to marginalize hate crimes legislation in this ‘post’ . .

Pop Culture Exploits Matthew Shepard Tragedy to Create ‘Thought Crimes’
by Pam Meister

Quick: when I say “Matthew Shepard,” what do you think? A man killed because he was gay? Or just some poor sap in the wrong place at the wrong time? More on that in a minute.

Hate crime legislation aimed at making it a federal crime to assault someone for being a homosexual passed the House last week, and could be on its way to becoming law. It sounds great, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t be against a law that would prosecute someone for targeting another person based on bigotry and bias? What could be wrong with this scenario?

What? ..’against a law that would prosecute’..? You can’t even manage the obligatory fake compassion you’re supposed to paste on the front end of your post? You are what’s already wrong, and you’ll get plenty wrong-er in ‘this scenario’. Watch:

A crime is a crime. It shouldn’t matter that the victim was a target because he was black, because he was gay, or because she reminded the perpetrator of the mother who abandoned him when he was in kindergarten. Perhaps these things should matter to profilers because it helps them to narrow down the possibilities when hunting down suspects, and to psychiatrists who are studying the damaged human psyche.

But as for the crime, it should be enough that the crime was committed.

The tragic poster boy for this movement is Matthew Shepard, a young gay man in Wyoming who in 1998 was found brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead. He later died of his injuries. The story gained national prominence when it was reported as a “hate crime” and Shepard’s cruel fate became the basis for a national, pop culture movement.

The torture and murder ‘became the basis for a national, pop culture movement’? Like the Macarena? Screw You. It became a reminder that hate crimes are real, horrific, that they will continue to occur and need to be addressed.

When we begin to prosecute for the thoughts behind the crime, we open a very wiggly can of worms that can’t be shut again. Who’s to say this won’t become a weapon in and of itself?

Your arguments about the ‘thoughts’ being irrelevant to the crime, Pam, are the stupidest thing I’ve read all week. I’d prefer to give you credit for perhaps living on another planet, but I’m afraid you’re merely arguing like a complete moron.

If you tackle someone standing out in a field, what’s the crime? If it’s a football game, there’s none. Mostly otherwise, it’s assault. What’s the difference, Pam? The mindset makes the difference. In the first, everyone has agreed to play a game, but, in the second, it’s an act of malice.

For virtually every major crime, the thoughts of the suspect are the key to knowing how to prosecute and punish someone. That’s why there are degrees for crime–I’m shocked that you couldn’t even recall that first degree murder usually involves pre-meditation. What did you think the ‘meditation’ part meant?

You may hate somebody and may even kill them, but, if it’s accidental, society has rightly deemed that as less serious than other murders. If you planned to kill them, society rightly says it’s worse and punishes you much more severely. But you, you’re saying this: “the person is dead either way–why should we care?” Your childish arguments tear the probative value of intention to discern the nature of a crime right down to the ground. Divining which thoughts a suspect had at the time of the crime has always been a huge part of the legal system, and it always should be.

Now that your attempt to argue that oblivious line is dead, let’s move on: why should we have hate crimes legislation? We all agree that it’s a ‘new’ quality of thought and act to prosecute, but why should it be prosecuted?

Here’s why: when someone attacks another only because of what they perceive that person to be, identity is the sole motivation. As a member of that group, you’ve got to be aware that it now could happen to you at any time. You could be attacked completely randomly as well. Not because you had a wallet, or a Rolex, not because you were in a bad part of town, not because you were in a bar full of drunks. In all of those other situations, you have some clue as to what’s going on in the environment, and you can be wary.

Not with a hate crime. As a result, literally thousands of people can become instantly fearful for nothing other than being anywhere, at any time, and going about their lives. It’s a crime that’s particularly wide-ranging in the damage and stress it burdens society. It’s local terrorism, the well-known purpose of our more familiar hate crime perpetrators, like the KKK. We refuse to tolerate the alarming broadside on civilized life, so we recognize it for the bigger crime that it is, and we punish it more severely than we do other crimes. There, Pam–not so hard to understand, is it?

Then there’s the problem with double standards. If one can be prosecuted for the thoughts that go with a crime perpetrated on a minority, what about the opposite scenario? Will a white man beaten by one or more black men just because he’s a white guy in the wrong neighborhood get the same kind of justice?

If a white guy gets beaten up because he’s white, it’s a hate crime. Doesn’t matter what neighborhood it is. (more…)


How insurance companies murder the ill: the evil, un-american practice of “rescission” and Monday’s $10 million verdict

An insurance company’s “reprehensible” decision to rescind a South Carolina man’s coverage after he tested positive for HIV warrants a $10 million punitive damage award, the state Supreme Court ruled.

Jerome Mitchell applied for health insurance with Fortis Insurance Co. in 2001 at the age of 17. Fortis issued him a policy after he stated that he had never been treated for an immune deficiency. One year later, Mitchell tried to donate blood to the Red Cross, which informed Mitchell that he was HIV-positive. Mitchell’s doctor confirmed this finding. Fortis investigated Mitchell’s medical history and rescinded his policy, stating that Mitchell had misrepresented his HIV-positive status.

Mitchell sued for breach of contract and bad faith and presented evidence that he would die of AIDS within four years without medical treatment. The trial court ruled in Mitchell’s favor, awarding him $186,000 in actual damages and $15 million in punitive damages. The state high court upheld the awards, but reduced the punitive damage award to $10 million based on the ratio of the projected $1 million cost of Mitchell’s treatment.

“We find ample support in the record that Fortis’ conduct was reprehensible … Fortis demonstrated an indifference to Mitchell’s life and a reckless disregard to his health and safety,” Justice Toal wrote.

That’s rescission. The insurance company looked at the cost of providing meds to a 17 year-old for the rest of his life and said ‘Fuck it.’ So they canceled his policy and dared him to do anything about it. They had no evidence at all that he was sick before he got the policy, they just guessed that he must have been and have known because-hey, c’mon–what are they, idiots?

It takes nothing more than that for an insurance company to essentially sentence you to death, or kill you.

Obama cited the case of a retired Texas nurse, Robin Beaton, who had her heath insurance canceled by her insurance company as she was about to undergo breast cancer surgery. As a result, Beaton had to delay her surgery for five months. In the interim, the size of the mass of her tumor had grown from 2 centimeters to 7 centimeters, greatly reducing her chances of survival.

A “woman from Texas was about to get a double mastectomy when her insurance company canceled her policy because she forgot to declare a case of acne,” the President asserted in his speech, “By the time she had insurance reinstated, her breast cancer more then doubled in size. This is heart breaking. It is wrong. And no one should be treated that way in the United States of America.” (more…)


Hopeless stupidity of Conservatives 2: ACORN staff ‘homicidal prostitute’ punks Fox, headlines Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck

This one almost defies description–it is just awesome in its brazen stupidity, shocking obliviousness to real life and naked lust to equate the community organizing group ACORN to the ethnic Satan-dong-smooching baby-pinchers Conservatives are sure they really are.

Internet douche and domestic-terrorist apologist Andrew Breitbart (previously hammered, here) has made himself a 'Til death, which will be soon.legend this week by running video ‘sting operations’ on ACORN staffers, getting them to say stupid things, tolerant of perhaps criminal activities, that get the group into hot water.

The gambit: two extremely white people come in and pretend to be a pimp and prostitute. Why the ACORN folks ever fell for this pathetic crap, we’ll never know, but the actors pretend to need help, and by-the-way they know of some underage El Salvador kidnapped sex slaves. Hey–isn’t that cool? So goes the sophisticated ‘sting’ script.

It’s had some success in getting staffers to play along a little too ‘live-and-let-live’ for even ACORN executives to be comfortable with: firings have followed, funding has been whacked.

But now, Breitbart, doing the same schtick and with Fox in tow, just hit the Conservative Media JACKPOT. An ACORN staffer professes to have been a hooker!! And to have murdered her husband!! And she says…‘good for you, you, and all your new sex slaves b-movie cracker pimp and prostitute!!’

DEAR ME. This certainly brings up a number of questions, doesn’t it? Like, how ever did the largest name in cable television news so easily fall for it? Why wouldn’t they even begin to vet a lurid story from a dubious internet douche like Breitbart? Why are Conservatives utterly immune to real comedy?

Turns out not all ACORN staffers are dumb, this one smelled a rat from the beginning. Playing along with these weirdos in her office, not knowing how bottomlessly stupid Conservatives are, she made the headlines of all of megacorporation Fox News’ biggest hitters.

When the actors approached Ms. Kaelke with their provocative costuming and outlandish scenario, she could not take them seriously. So she met their outrageousness with her own personal style of outrageousness. She matched their false scenario with her own false scenarios.

“They were not believable”, said Ms. Kaelke of the two actors. (more…)


What killed Michael Jackson? Stupidity, sycophancy, Conrad Murray, propofol, lorazepam, midazolam, valium . .

It wasn’t a heart attack, that much we know. It was drugs, or stupidity, or the unending demands of a superstar or the weaknesses of people who knew better. All of those things:

Coroner Attributes Michael Jackson’s Death to Sedative

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 — Michael Jackson died in his rented mansion June 25 from a deadly dose of the powerful anesthetic drug propofol, according to an affidavit unsealed Monday…

Murray said he feared that Jackson was forming an addiction to the drug, which the singer allegedly referred to as “milk,” and that he was trying to wean him off of it. So he lowered Jackson’s propofol dosage to 25 milligrams, mixing it with two other sedatives, lorazepam and midazolam, according to the report. On June 23, two days before the singer’s death, he reportedly gave Jackson lorazepam and midazolam, withholding the propofol.

Searching Murrays house

Searching Murray's house

On the day Jackson died, Murray tried to induce sleep at 1:30 a.m. with Valium; at 2 a.m. with lorazepam; and at 3 a.m. with midazolam, according to the affidavit. After Murray failed to put Jackson to sleep with additional doses over the next few hours, Jackson then demanded propofol. At 10:40 a.m., the report notes, Murray administered 25 milligrams of the drug and continued to monitor Jackson for 10 minutes, until Murray left for the restroom. Murray told investigators that he returned after no more than two minutes and noticed Jackson had stopped breathing.

Between all the drugs (Ativan is lorazepam, and Versed is midazolam), the dangerous use of propofol and the shocking amount of time Dr. Murray spent on the phone while Jackson was either dying or dead, the doctor’s goose is cooked:

Coroner’s preliminary finding: Jackson overdosed on propofol

…Murray recounted to detectives in an hour-by-hour account detailed by detective Orlando Martinez of the Los Angeles Police Department:

— At about 1:30 a.m., Murray gave Jackson 10 mg of Valium.

— At about 2 a.m., he injected Jackson with 2 mg of the anti-anxiety drug Ativan.

— At about 3 a.m., Murray then administered 2 mg of the sedative Versed.

— At about 5 a.m., he administered another 2 mg of Ativan.

— At about 7:30 a.m., Murray gave Jackson yet another 2 mg of Versed while monitoring him with a device that measured the oxygen saturation of his blood.

— At about 10:40 a.m., “after repeated demands/requests from Jackson,” Murray administered 25 mg of propofol, the document said.

“Jackson finally went to sleep and Murray stated that he remained monitoring him. After approximately 10 minutes, Murray stated he left Jackson’s side to go to the restroom and relieve himself. Murray stated he was out of the room for about two minutes maximum. Upon his return, Murray noticed that Jackson was no longer breathing,” the affidavit said.

Efforts at CPR proved fruitless, according to Murray.

Shortly after Murray said he found Jackson not breathing, Murray was on the phone with three separate callers starting at 11:18 a.m. and ending at 12:05 p.m., according to the court documents which cite the doctor’s phone records.

Michael Jackson’s doctor ‘set to be charged with manslaughter’

…Dr Murray has admitted administering the powerful sedative propofol to the singer on the day he died to help him sleep.

But he claims the amount, 25 milligrams, was small and should not have been fatal.

To secure a conviction for involuntary manslaughter prosecutors will have to prove that Dr Murray acted recklessly and created a high risk of death.

He will also be asked why he didn’t tell paramedics or doctors at the UCLA hospital, where Jackson was rushed after collapsing, that he had administered propofol.

Leading US attorney Roy Black said the intensity of the two month police investigation made it inevitable that Dr Murray would be charged. He said: “I have no doubt he’s going to be indicted. Just the amount of work tells us that.”

The homicide ruling by the coroner’s office was based on forensic tests that found propofol combined with at least two other sedatives, lorazepam and midazolam, to kill Jackson.

Lee Cantrell, director of the San Diego division of the California Poison Control System, said 25 milligrams of propofol was “not a whopping amount” but in a cocktail of other sedatives may have “pushed him over the edge”.

He said: “This is horrible polypharmacy. No one will treat an insomniac like this.”


La Familia Michocana’s deadly war on the police: at least 19 killed in three days.

For some background on the ultra-violent ultra-Christian drug cartel, you can go here. If this is what they’re willing to do after only one high-ranking member is arrested, it makes you wonder what they’ll do next now that ‘El Chivo’, Francisco Javier Frias Lara, is also now in custody.

Mexican state awash in recent violence

(CNN) — In recent days, Michoacan, the home state of President Felipe Calderon, has become a flashpoint of violence in Mexico’s deadly war against drug cartels. Since Calderon went after the drug cartels shortly after coming into office in 2006, more than 10,000 people have died across Mexico, about 1,000 of them police.

High-ranking drug cartel member Arnoldo Rueda Medina was arrested Saturday, triggering an ambush on police.

In the latest incident, 12 bodies of federal police officers were found on the side of a remote highway, said Monte Alejandro Rubido Garcia, technical secretary for Mexico’s national security council, at a news conference Tuesday. The bodies showed evidence of torture.

The officers were “ambushed while they were off duty by an armed group,” Rubido said. One of the 12 officers was a woman.

The bodies were found in a pile near the town of La Huacana, he added.

Rubido said the slain officers had been doing “investigative work” in the city of Arteaga in Michoacan, one of the states most affected by the government’s offensive against drug cartels.

Rubido announced the arrest of Francisco Javier Frias Lara, known as “El Chivo,” in connection with the killings of the officers.

Frias is a member of La Familia Michoacana, one of the region’s most powerful drug cartels, Rubido said.

Federal police around the country will redouble security measures for its agents, Rubido said.

The sudden spike in violence followed the arrest Saturday of Arnoldo Rueda Medina, who authorities described as a high-ranking member of La Familia Michoacana.

Cartel members first attacked the federal police station in Morelia to try to gain freedom for Rueda, authorities said. When that failed, the drug gangs attacked police installations in at least a half-dozen Michoacan cities. Coordinated attacks in eight cities over the weekend left three federal police officers and two soldiers dead.

It was the federal police who arrested Rueda, and the current spate of attacks appear aimed at them in revenge.

On Tuesday, two federal police officers were killed and four wounded in an ambush in Michoacan, the state-run Notimex news agency reported.

Also Tuesday, a federal police station in the Michoacan city of Maravatio was attacked, news reports said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

A local Michoacan newspaper put the body count in recent days at 32.

La Familia Michoacana emerged in the 1990s as a conservative paramilitary group designed to insulate the state from the large drug cartels, said Bruce Bagley, a professor at the University of Miami and expert on drug trafficking.

But over the years, the group evolved into a drug trafficking operation itself, forging strategic alliances with warring cartels to raise its own profile.

This week’s violence solidifies the cartel as a major and violent player in Mexico’s drug wars, Bagley said.

“This represents the third evolution of the Familia Michoacana,” he said.

Reprisals from drug cartels following major arrests have been reported before, but the intensity of these attacks in Michoacan are unprecedented.

La Familia Michoacana wants “to demonstrate that they have power and will not go away quietly into the night,” Bagley said.

Video from the scene of the slain officers showed three signs, known as narcomensajes, left by the killers that stated the same thing: “So that you come for another. We will be waiting for you here.”


La Familia Michoacana’s serial killing continues: 12 more bodies found on highway

Mind numbing. When will this end?

Police find 12 tortured bodies in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – Prosecutors said they found the bound, blindfolded and tortured bodies of at least a dozen people Monday on a roadside in the western state of Michoacan, which has become a flash point in Mexico’s war on drugs.

Initial reports indicated that 11 men and one woman were likely killed elsewhere at least a day earlier and dumped near the town of La Huacana, officials in the state attorney general’s office said.

It was one of the largest execution-style slayings since the killing of 24 men whose bodies were found bound with duct tape and shot in the head in September in a rural area west of Mexico City. In August 2008, the decapitated bodies of 12 men were found outside the southern city of Merida.

The officials, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, said the number of victims could increase as police continue investigating the scene.

Also in Michoacan on Monday, the bodies of two men who had been tortured and executed were found near an airport in the state capital, Morelia.

In both cases, the methods used by the killers were those often used by drug cartels to eliminate rival traffickers.

In the Michoacan port of Lazaro Cardenas on Monday, gunmen attacked a hotel where federal police stay, wounding at least one officer, the officials said.

Michoacan, President Felipe Calderon’s home state, is at the center of his drug war and has been wracked by a wave of killings and arrests in recent weeks.