Indians Meet Knights for 2015 Courtwarming

The Chilhowee Indians host the Northeast Vernon County Knights tonight at 5:30.  It is the 2015 Courtwarming for the Indians, as the teams look to improve their records against the Knights.

Tonight, Seniors Beth Harness and Shyanne Metz lead the Lady Indians against the Knights as they look for their third win of the season.

Lady Indians

The men’s team is looking to improve their record to 8-3 with a win over the Knights.  This year’s squad has had a successful first half of the season, with several notable performances.

Coach Joe Murphy has led this year’s resilient Indian squad to big wins earlier this season.  The Indians kicked off the 2015 season with a 78-50 win at Malta Bend, where the men in the post dominated the action.

“Our two big men in the post had great shooting nights.  Tony Stamper went 12-12 from the floor and senior Cody Grant went 5-5.” Coach Murphy said.  From there, the Indians set their sights on the Mid-State Conference Tournament.

There, the Indians beat the Kingsville Tigers to advance to the Conference Championship, after trailing by double digits going into the fourth quarter.  Coach Murphy: “We then outscored Kingsville in the 4th quarter 35-16. Daniel Harness had 24 points, Tony Stamper 18.  We had 3 players, Daniel Harness, Ethan Bohannan, and Dakota Plemmons who went 8-11 from beyond the 3 point arc (73%).”

The 2014-2015 Chilhowee Indians Basketball team.

The 2014-2015 Chilhowee Indians Basketball team.

That set the stage for a rivalry game against the Leeton Bulldogs for the tournament crown.  Leeton was ranked #1 in the state when they played the Indians for the championship.  The Indians came up short in a hard fought game against their Highway 2 rivals.

“We were back and forth in the first half going to intermission down 21-20.  We then battled to the fourth quarter falling slightly behind.”  Coach Murphy said about that early season match-up.  “We were able to get within 3 in the final minutes, but Leeton was able to pull away with the victory.”

Determination has been a key part of the Indians success this season, as they stormed back after trailing Ballard by 9 points in the final minute of the fourth.

“Sophomore Ethan Bohannan (Ebo) hit three 3-pointers in the final minutes to push us to the victory.”

Sophomore Ethan Bohannon led a late charge by the Indians against the Ballard Bulldogs earlier this season.  His 3 three pointers catapulted the Indians to a victory late in the game.

Sophomore Ethan Bohannon led a late charge by the Indians against the Ballard Bulldogs earlier this season. His 3 three pointers catapulted the Indians to a victory late in the game.

The Indians came up short however, as they played Montrose earlier this week.  The team fell as foul trouble mounted for the Indians.  Coach Murphy: “We may have had a different result had three of our starters and two of our leading scorers not fouled out.  Daniel Harness, Tony Stamper, and Jordan Lankford all fouled out. CHS shot only 6 free throws while Montrose found there way to the double bonus both halves.  It’s tough to play down in Montrose.”

The Indians have played the kind of ball that has Coach Murphy excited moving forward this season.  There are several important games coming up for the team as the 2014-2015 season begins to wind down.

“In January we have two tournaments.  The Appleton City tournament Jan. 12-17th and the Leeton tournament Jan. 26-31st.  We also have some extremely important conference games kicking off in late January and early February.”

Included in those conference games is a much-anticipated rematch against the Leeton Bulldogs at home February 10th.

Coach Murphy described the Indians 2015 squad:

“We are a up-tempo team.  We look to push the ball on the fastbreak and transition into our offense without missing a beat.  We also focus on a pressure style defense.  Whenever possible we try to create chaos for our opponent.  Our boys are hard-nosed blue collar kids.  They’d go through a brick wall if I asked them to, and I’d do the same for them.  I’ve had some awesome opportunities coaching at large high schools and even the college level, but I love working with these young men.  We have formed a program, a brotherhood, that goes way beyond the sport of basketball.”

Come out tonight as the Indians try to defend home court against the Knights.  Wear red and be loud.  This year’s team has given us plenty to be proud of.

Editor’s Forward: The Funhouse Mirror – Missouri Horror Story

After releasing part two in the series ‘Missouri Horror Story’, a lot of folks said they were confused by what they were reading. As a writer, that is never a good thing. If you have a point to make, make it so people can understand it. Otherwise, it sounds like gibberish in the nonsensical language of politicians.

It was not my intent to confuse or mislead.

Brandon Ellingson entered my life the evening of May 31, 2014. The moment he was first targeted by Tony Piercy while at Coconuts, we became brothers of a fraternity whose numbers are swelling every minute of every day.

When he was pulled over for questionable cause and put into handcuffs, we were shackled by chains of the same criminal racket.

I have been reporting on the corruption at the Lake of the Ozarks since 2012. When I use words like syndicate, cult, illegitimate and criminal to describe the actions of people ‘serving’ in public office and their employees, it is based on a preponderance of the evidence we have uncovered in these investigations.

Since 2013, americanspring2011.com and the community activist group Citizens for a Better Camden County have unearthed more fact and brought forward more stories than any other ‘news outlet’ in our state. Community sourced journalism, neighbors talking to neighbors, is the only vehicle in today’s media environment for the truth.

The majority of media across the state of Missouri is under the direct influence of those committing these crimes. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but very few. Even those who would offer the occasional dissenting view do so carefully, so as not to step too far over the company line. The truth is a rapidly fading notion in today’s media.

If it were up to them, people in the state of Missouri would be led to believe that Brandon Ellingson was a raving, coked-up drunk punk who deserved what he got. The first narrative that was offered up through the pipeline is what we heard.

This is the trickle-down effect of State Controlled Media. The MSHP whispered in the media’s ear. POOF! Jim Bascue appears to paint a sympathetic picture of Piercy as a ‘hero’ who nearly drown himself trying to rescue Brandon. Brandon stood up on the boat and ‘jumped or fell’, they said. And on and on….

The echo chamber repeats itself and largely, still is. The system protects itself and it is the system that mandated Brandon be arrested. Grant money has made sure the industry of private for-profit probation services in the state receives plenty of customers, each new case feeding the bottom line. This business opportunity creates so much dirty money that officials in Missouri government, even political enemies, won’t really challenge the system. Rocky Miller, a Republican, was evidence of that at the second ‘hearing’ into the mergers of the State Highway and Water Patrols. Even when provided the opportunity to take apart the Democrat Governor responsible for the merger, he feigned ignorance. The answer to how the merger has performed financially are online. They have been audited. The handwriting is on the wall. The system protects the system, after all. And there is huge money to be made. That system targeted Brandon long before Piercy himself did.

Targeting Missourians for profit taking by this syndicate is the new norm. It is not simply law enforcement offices, Prosecuting Attorney offices and Courtrooms and lawyers that feed off this system. It is also our schools, their lawyers and the same “good ol boy’s” who run our local governments. They are targeting our children. They all get a piece of the pie.

The Lagares case is the other side of the coin. Where children have been targeted through a different apparatus with the same goal. Their case is a twisted reflection in the same funhouse mirror as Brandon’s.

After investigating these cases, and the dozens of others that are results of the same system, it became impossible to deny the overwhelming evidence. These systems have been twisted beyond recognition. They have become the nightmares of every parent and citizen and evidence of this is all around our state and, for that matter, all around the country.

This picture is one we don’t get to see if we rely on what we are being fed as ‘news’. The reason people have tuned it out? We know bullshit when we hear it.

That’s why we are all here.

This system and the public relations department of our media wants these stories to go away. They don’t want the exposure. Exposure of what is going on might mean people expect true justice. That isn’t good for ‘business’. These “good old boys” understand that it the truth were told and justice weren’t up to their discretion, they would go to prison.

The stories of Brandon, of Kyle and Nicole, are related. So are the stories of David Norman, Theresa Townsend, Jeff Pratt, Stacy Shore, Donnie Erwin and so many, many others. It shows a pattern of behavior across our state, a very clear picture of what has happened around us without our consent.

It is a stark reality.

As a writer, I decided to use satirical “Breaking News” announcements at the beginning of each, although they aren’t as fictional as you think.

I also felt that in order to understand how this has been conducted, we have to understand how it happened. The role of the media is a part of that. They have enabled these criminal activities to go unreported and unpunished.

I have seen the facts. I have had no choice but to come to the inescapable conclusion.

‘Missouri Horror Story’, taken in parts, would almost certainly be confusing. It is when you take it as a whole, that it begins to make sense. We need to look at the bigger picture to understand why there is no justice, for Brandon, Kyle, Nicole and all the rest of us.

I am asking you to go on a walk with me, down the dark path that is our new reality. Take a look at the bigger picture.

Come under the big top of the great and secret show and peer into the funhouse mirror.

Tell us what you see…

Missouri Horror Story Part II: The Great and Secret Show

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The Great and Secret Show is going on behind the scenes and in plain view.

The Great and Secret Show is going on behind the scenes and in plain view.

BREAKING NEWS: GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES MARTIAL LAW, SUSPENSION OF CONSTITUTION IN WAKE OF ‘TERROR’ PLOT

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon held a press conference early Monday morning, to address what he termed ‘acts of terror’ being committed against families across the Show Me State. Select members of the press were invited to attend the event, held in an undisclosed, secure location.

Members of the media were told in advance that the Governor would not be taking questions after making a prepared statement.

“Evidence has emerged of a terror plot being carried out against the citizens of our state. These attacks are escalating, both in number and in severity. They represent a clear and present danger to Missourians and a dire threat to our way of life.”

“These acts are random, as are their victims. They are being committed with bold audacity and ruthlessness and are being executed in such a way so as to maximize their effect. The citizens of Missouri are the targets of a campaign of terror, being waged against our very way of life.”

“In the wake of these attacks and in order to protect the citizens of our state, I am enacting the following measures as Governor, effective immediately.”

“I am mobilizing the Missouri National Guard, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and all local law enforcement. These agencies will have a clear mission: To aggressively apprehend and detain suspicious individuals for interrogation. Citizens are asked to remain calm and above all, to cooperate with authorities during this time of crisis, so that they can effectively do their jobs and keep Missouri safe.”

“Also, beginning today, a mandatory curfew is in effect. All residents of Missouri will remain off the streets between the hours of 6 PM and 6 AM.”

“Those residents who have legitimate reasons for being out during these restricted hours, such as work, school, etc. will be identified by the Missouri Registry Database. These citizens will be permitted to travel during the hours of restriction, though that travel will be limited to routes to and from approved destinations only.”

“We ask that all residents remain calm during this challenging time. Complete cooperation is necessary. The authorities of the state of Missouri will find the evil-doers responsible for these attacks and we will bring them to justice.”

“These attacks on our way of life will not be tolerated. We will not give in to these terrorists. We will rise above and we will bring swift retribution to those who would wage war against our citizens.”

The gravity of the Governor’s remarks resonated from the concrete walls of the secure location. The seriousness of the situation was reinforced by the several armed guards who took flanking positions around the room.

At the end of the Governor’s remarks, a reporter from the Associated Press attempted to ask a follow up question, in spite of the clear instructions given prior to his statement.

“Governor, what do you say to reports and eyewitness accounts that point to these crimes are being carried out by cultists using various government offices?”

Before the question was fully formed, two armed guards rushed the reporter, each taking an arm. They escorted her through a side corridor and a heavy steel door slammed behind them. Her loud protests could be heard as they drug her away.

Immediately following this surreal event, the Governor left the room and his press secretary ushered the media out of the secure location, shoving copies of the Governor’s statement into the hands of the press corps with stone faced silence.

Her stern gaze indicated that she would not be answering questions either.

We will continue to bring you more on this story, as it develops.

Stay tuned…

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MISSOURI HORROR STORY: THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW

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In comparing the accounts of witnesses and survivors of the attacks that are occurring around Missouri, several commonalities can be found in their varying accounts.

Most, like the friends and families of Brandon Ellingson, Donnie Erwin and David Norman never saw it coming. They assumed that the nightmares they are trapped in were the stuff of invention and fiction, safely contained in Stephen King novels or fright night movie marathons. For them, things that go ‘bump in the night’ aren’t real and true terror only happens in lands far, far away from the neon lights of America.

Others, like the Shore family and the Lagares family, knew monsters lurked under the Midway. They heard their claws scratching at the door. They had glimpsed the outline of the shape under the sheet. They knew that these abominations were creeping in the shadows, eager to feast on the innocent.

Universally, the cold feeling of uneasiness that has worked its way up a growing numbers of spines across the Show Me State, is due to a dark knowledge, an irrational certainty, that something wicked this way comes…and it is hungry.

In every neighborhood, down every street, down well traveled roads, an identical mirage has been seen, shimmering into shape. It warbles in and out of plain sight, there one minute, gone the next. What follows these sightings is a scratching of heads and a rubbing of eyes. The mirage disappears almost as soon as it appears, fading back into the mist of disbelief. It leaves those who see it questioning their own sanity, before they relegate it safely away under the heading ‘imagination’.

Still, doubts linger like a fog in a hollow.

Was it possible? Did they really see it? Do they need to up their dosage of denial?

It tickles at the base of their brain like an incessant mosquito, buzzing, buzzing. They know what they saw, unbelievable as it might seem. They know.

They could smell the popcorn and sawdust. They could hear the organ music. They could see the red and white tent, the lunatic lights that adorn it.

The Great and Secret Show, the dark carnival, has come to their town.

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Missouri has always been a battleground.

Today, in New Republic, the ‘Battle of Who-Could-Care-Less’ is being fought in Missouri’s fields, in its cities, its valleys and hills. It is a campaign being waged by those in power who have a disdain for our values and our freedom. This war is being fought on multiple fronts and the mission is a simple one:

Obscure the truth at all costs.

Disinformation, manipulation and outright lies are the ammunition employed by those fighting it. For them, it is necessary to pull the wool over the eyes of skeptical Missourians in order to do the unthinkable.

In this, the advocates of the New Republic have largely been successful. The proof is all around us.

Last week, in an editorial from the St. Louis-Post Dispatch:

On Friday, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander predicted that 39.81 percent of the state’s voters would turn out Tuesday. That compares with 47 percent in 2010, the last midterm election, when there was a high-profile U.S. Senate race on the ballot, and 53 percent in 2006, when there was not only a Senate race, but three hotly contested ballot issues.

Why would Missourians not exercise their right to vote? The answer can be found in this article, from David Sirota, journalist for the International Business Times:

On a warm October night toward the end of the 2014 campaign, almost every politician running for a major office in Colorado appeared at a candidate forum in Southeast Denver. The topics discussed at the local synagogue were pressing: a potential war with ISIS, voting rights, a still-struggling economy. But one key element was in conspicuously short supply: the media.

This is increasingly the reality in much of the country, as campaigns play out in communities where the local press corps has been thinned by layoffs and newspaper closures. What if you held an election and nobody showed up to cover it? Americans are now discovering the answer.

Between 2003 and 2012, the newspaper workforce shrank by 30 percent nationally, according to the American Society of Newspaper Editors. That has included a major reduction in the number of newspaper reporters assigned to cover state and local politics. Newspaper layoffs have ripple effects for the entire local news ecosystem, because, as the Congressional Research Service noted, television, radio and online outlets often “piggyback on reporting done by much larger newspaper staffs.” Meanwhile, recent studies from the University of Chicago and the Federal Reserve Bank suggest the closure of newspapers can ultimately depress voter turnout in local elections.

Colorado is a microcosm of the hollowing out of local media. In 2009, the state lost its second-largest newspaper with the shuttering of the 150-year-old Rocky Mountain News. The state’s only remaining major daily, the Denver Post, has had rolling layoffs. According to Post Editor Gregory Moore, in this election cycle the paper has only 7 reporters covering elections throughout the state — a 50 percent reduction in the last 5 years.

“We just don’t have the resources to do what we were once able to do,” Moore told International Business Times. “We try to select the competitive races that we really need to pay attention to, but in terms of having a body on every race, we just don’t have the resources to do that.”

For the 2014 election, Moore said the paper produces a voter guide providing at least a summary of almost every state and county race in the state. There’s also one full-time reporter assigned to the U.S. Senate, one assigned to the gubernatorial races and one covering the hotly contested 6th district congressional race between Republican incumbent Mike Coffman and former Democratic House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

Challengers in districts that the Post isn’t covering say the media’s decisions about resources may help determine election outcomes.

“It creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. When the local press assumes a race can’t be close, then they don’t cover it, and then that suggests to voters a candidate isn’t credible,” said Martin Walsh, the Republican congressional candidate challenging Denver’s Democratic representative, Diana DeGette. “Ultimately, that guarantees that the race won’t be close.”

Even stories that do get published may have less of an impact without other journalists around to track reaction or do follow-up stories.

“With so many newspapers and news outlets in general having fewer resources, there’s no pressure or incentive for candidates to engage with the press and there’s no echo chamber that makes candidates feel like they have to respond to anything,” Fox 31 reporter Eli Stokols told IBTimes.

An investigative scoop might get reinforced by an opposing candidate’s ads, Stokols said. But, “there’s not a critical mass of media large enough or competitive enough to amplify scoops or gaffes or big stories. If it happens, it comes from national media from D.C. journalists recognizing something and blogging about it. But until it’s on local TV or radio, it’s probably missing most of the persuadable low-information voters out there.”

In the age of a shrunken press corps, there is now little risk for well-financed, top-ticket candidates when they avoid the few media outlets that consistently cover the campaign. Any flak they might get for shirking the press is far smaller than the risk of an interview clip going viral (like the now-famous one of Coffman trying to defend his allegation that President Obama is not an American).

Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner, for example, rarely appears in unscripted settings with journalists, preferring to blanket the airwaves with ads.

“If you are a candidate with a lot of money, you can just hide out, maybe write a few op-eds, and then go back into hiding, knowing that any bad story someone might write about you being unavailable will just disappear after a day, because there’s no press to hound you,” Stokols said. Gardner doesn’t even put out media advisories letting the press know ahead of time where he might be, said Stokols.

Gardner’s campaign did not return IBTimes’ call seeking comment for this story.

Romanoff, the Democratic candidate in the 6th district, said that what little campaign coverage there is often ends up being about the candidates’ ads, because that requires minimal time, travel and expense to cover. And with a record $89 million worth of political ads purchased in the state this election cycle, there is no shortage of new spots to review.

“It’s not quite a Seinfeld episode, it’s not a show about nothing, but the coverage has become a show about a show,” he said, adding that it is a marked shift from his time only a few years ago as a state legislator. “Back then, there was a press corps that covered the capital, and there was news being made every day because you are voting on bills, you are amending them and there was a more robust corps of capital reporters. But on the campaign trail these days, the primary way to get to voters is through paid media and a grassroots field operation.”

During a recent get-out-the-vote rally featuring Hillary Clinton, former three-term Denver Mayor Wellington Webb reminisced about the city’s legendary newspaper wars between the Post and the Rocky, when six reporters were assigned just to cover city hall.

“It was a whole different game back then,” Webb said over the din of blaring music, as volunteers stopped to take pictures with him. These days, candidates running for local office have to be more focused on old-school door-knocking campaigns.

“The public is smarter than what you give them credit for, and you have to go out and be hungrier than anyone in terms of going door to door,” he said. “But the question is, can you get to enough voters to make that choice?”

That’s a particularly acute problem for candidates in down-ballot statewide races.

A local candidate for legislature or city council can hope to meet most voters in an election. Top-ticket statewide candidates can attract at least some media coverage. But the candidates for constitutional offices like attorney general, treasurer or secretary of state face a triple whammy: They are running in races with too many voters to meet; they get almost no coverage; and that makes it difficult for them to raise their profiles to enable them to do the fundraising needed for expensive television advertising.

One alternative, said Rick Ridder, a campaign consultant for the Democratic attorney general nominee Don Quick, is to be innovative with ads on social media and cheaper cable TV outlets.

“On our limited budget and with no press coverage, we have to try to niche-target ads to key voting blocs,” Ridder said.

But while some smaller news outlets have shown signs of life — even of profitability — it’s not clear they can power a political campaign.

“I have yet to see someone master all the alternative media out there in a way that really lets an underfinanced candidate compete,” said James Mejia, a former Denver school board member who narrowly lost a bid for mayor in 2011. “All the digital media, the blogosphere, the neighborhood weeklies — all of them are growing and getting a larger audience, as opposed to the bigger papers, which are shrinking. But they have yet to have a major political impact because they are so diffuse.”

Although his newspaper doesn’t “have the bodies to do as much as we used to do, that doesn’t mean the work isn’t being done” by others in the alternative press, said Denver Post editor Moore. “What I fear with limited resources is that we miss something,” he said.

That concern is well founded. Only four years ago, the New York Times published a front-page expose on Colorado’s Democratic Senator Michael Bennet engineering a complex financial scheme that ended up enriching Wall Street firms while costing the city’s school system more than $177 million dollars. The story, which came out days before a closely contested senate primary between Bennet and Romanoff, was largely missed by the Post, even though it involved a candidate in one of the highest profile races in the state. There was no Rocky Mountain News to cover it, either. Bennet, the front-runner, narrowly won the primary.

The media drawdown doesn’t make an upset impossible, though. Earlier this year in Virginia, most of the local and national media ignored the primary challenge to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, only to see him unseated by little-known college professor David Brat. It’s the kind of upset that gives a candidate like Republican George Leing hope.

Running in Colorado’s second congressional district against millionaire Democratic incumbent Jared Polis, Leing has been largely ignored by the local media.

“I am realistic and I know it is getting tougher and tougher for traditional newspapers as they don’t have the same- size staffs they used to have, and they have to make choices,” Leing told IBTimes, noting that he had received an endorsement from the Ft. Collins Coloradan.

“But this race is more competitive than many people think, both on a strictly numbers basis and on the merits. It is more difficult to compete if you don’t have the ability to get that message out broadly. But I think I’m going to win and shock everyone. We’ve seen it happen before, and I think we will be seeing it a lot more in the future, whether or not the local media covers these races.”

While this piece focuses on Colorado, investigations done by americanspring2011.com in 2012 addressed the dissolution of Missouri’s own local press in two series’ of articles titled ‘Missouri’s Ministry of Truth’ and ‘Rural Missouri’s Media Gatekeepers’.

A direct fundamental shift has taken place in the Missouri media landscape. The end result of this has allowed the unthinkable to occur in the Show Me State.

This migration in media goes beyond the simple disintegration of newsrooms. It has created a virtual echo chamber for propaganda promoted by those in power, allowing the Great and Secret Show to continue unchallenged.

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Examples of this can be found in the Brandon Ellingson case, where local media quickly put out a sanitized version of the events surrounding his death. Two days after his death, on cue from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the account of Jim Bascue became the foundation for a myth. This account, reproduced in the echo chamber of Missouri media, became a part of the narrative heard around the country, as this USA Today article reflects.

The Ellingson Family.

The Ellingson Family.

This goal narrative was a simple one. Turn the perpetrator of the crime into a sympathetic victim. Transform the victim into someone who deserved what he got. This sideshow alchemy has worked to completely obscure the crimes committed against Brandon Ellingson. It is part of a continued illusion, meant to conceal the Great and Secret Show.

The same is true in the Lagares case.

The abuse to Kyle intensifies.  His eye is shown here, swollen shut.

The abuse to Kyle intensifies. His eye is shown here, swollen shut.

Despite being presented with multiple facts and irrefutable proof of the attacks being waged on the Lagares family and Kyle and Nicole, the two-bit media magicians in the Lake area have continued to ignore the crimes being perpetrated in their community against the innocent. Local media simply has no willingness to challenge their benefactors, the advertisers, and their company line.

The Lagares family has been under siege as a campaign has been waged against them.

The Lagares family has been under siege as a campaign has been waged against them.

Their willingness to abandon the truth and act as carnival barkers spouting sales pitches has allowed for these crimes to go unchallenged and their perpetrators to walk freely. They are directly responsible for the continuation of the atrocities being committed around the state. Without their compliance, the guilty would be punished. Instead, these monsters are allowed to continue their crime sprees, and they are growing more and more bold.

The Great and Secret Show, the truth under the illusion, would not be allowed to continue, if the people knew the truth. These gross acts would be met with true justice instead of being issued a free pass to continue their serial attacks on the families across the state. Instead, these media outlets have traded their credibility for pennies on the dollar and sold out the citizenry in the rush to cash the check.

They have lied to us. They have tried to pretend it isn’t happening. They have tried to cover up the truth that so many families already know.

The dark carnival is here.

Missouri Horror Story Part I: Something Wicked This Way Comes…

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Missouri Horror Story #JusticeforBrandonEllingson #ChildTraffickingandMissouriSchools

Missouri Horror Story
#JusticeforBrandonEllingson #ChildTraffickingandMissouriSchools

EDITOR’S FORWARD: THE FUNHOUSE MIRROR – MISSOURI HORROR STORY

PART I: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES…

BREAKING NEWS:
TERROR ACTS LINKED TO CULT?

A phenomenon is occurring in Missouri. Dozens of citizens in every region of the state are coming forward with horrifying reports. Scores of child abductions are pouring in daily from around the state. These disappearances are occurring in broad daylight, in classrooms, hospitals, in their own homes. Abductions aren’t the only crimes associated with the phenomenon.

A host of crimes are being committed in what the Governor is terming ‘acts of terror’ against the citizens of the Show Me State.

No details of the official investigation have been released by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The MSHP assumed command of the investigation on the orders of the Governor. No comments were made regarding any of the cases. A brief statement was issued by the MSHP. Due to their ongoing investigation, they are unable to make any comment in any of the cases at this time.

Independent investigators familiar with the bulk of cases say that while there is a wide variation in the cosmetic and geographic details of the individual cases associated with these acts, each bears the same diabolical hallmarks. Evidence of ritualistic brutality, torture, sadism and cruelty are evident at each crime scene, causing at least one investigator to conclude these acts should be taken as a whole, part of a sinister pattern.

“These cases are mirror images of each other,” said one investigator, who agreed to go on the record anonymously. “Each one is a twisted reflection of the last and connected to a dozen more. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The Donnie Erwin Case

The Donnie Erwin Case

He pointed to a dark brown file on a desk. One of dozens that piled his desk. Behind the desk, a map of the state was literally covered in push pins stuck seemingly with no rhyme or reason. The file he pointed to was a drowning death, cause marked with a rubber stamp. ‘Accidental’.

#JusticeForBrandonEllingson

#JusticeForBrandonEllingson

He then picked another from the pile. It was thicker, stuffed with reports and official documents.

Kyle Lagares

Kyle Lagares

“That’s a child custody case. You wouldn’t think there was any chance the two could be related.” He paused. “Yet, they are.”

Nicole Lagares

Nicole Lagares

He continued, “The most heinous acts, the most despicable, vile kinds of atrocities are being committed against families all over the state. They appear to be random incidents with different circumstances, but they all have the same essential elements, the same M.O.”

“This is like something out of a horror novel. It would be unbelievable, if it weren’t for the overwhelming evidence that proves it’s true, this really is happening.”

“The nightmare is real.”

Authorities are asking that all Missourians remain calm in the wake of these events. The Governor has asked residents to help the State’s efforts to apprehend the people responsible for these crimes. He asked residents to return to their homes so that police resources may be devoted to ‘find those responsible for the commission of these acts of terror’ against Missourians. The Governor also mobilized the Missouri National Guard to help maintain order and provide protection during this time of crisis and confusion.

We will have more on this story, as it develops.

Stay tuned.

As I’m sure you might have guessed, there are some fictional elements in the BREAKING NEWS piece above. The phenomenon described is real. The kidnapping, torture and ritualistic abuses described above have occurred and are happening right now, this very second in the county or town you call home. Overwhelming evidence exists to prove each claim.

It doesn’t matter. No one is coming for them. There is no one to save them from their predetermined fate.

‘No comment pending our ongoing investigation’ is a page straight out of the MSHP’s Brandon Ellingson Playbook. ‘Cause, mums the word, see? Nobody talks, see? We know how to deal with rats, see?

If that sounds more like gangsters than officers of the law to you, then congratulations! You win the golden sarcasm award…the prize is in the mail.

No, before you ask, Governor Nixon did NOT call these crimes ‘acts of terror’, although he should. You can rest assured that Governor Nixon won’t say anything at all. He has ‘skin in the game’, to use the oligarchs yellow language.

Nor did he call for marital law, or its politically correct, market-tested step-sister ‘shelter in place’. Although ordering an ice cold Martial Law Lite IS in the Governor’s wheelhouse (See Ferguson).

In the warped reflection of the Funhouse Mirror however, things aren’t quite what they appear to be. The Faux News account above could be a very real one in the blink of an eye. The crimes described in the piece above are real and they are happening. The official response to these crimes has been the chirping of crickets, contempt and inaction.

This is the Missouri Horror Story and it is only beginning.

Protect the system. Serve yourself.

The strange things you see when you look in the Funhouse Mirror…

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#JUSTICEFORBRANDONELLINGSON #CHILDTRAFFICKINGANDMISSOURISCHOOLS

MISSOURI HORROR STORY

Across Missouri, leaves are turning and the snap of the coming frost has begun to chill the air. Pumpkins have been carved, candy bought, costumes purchased. Grade cards have been issued, Parent/Teacher conferences have been held and high school football season is at its peak. October means pumpkin patches and apple cider. This year, for the first time in almost three decades, October meant Royals playoff baseball and smiles of pride on the faces of steadfast fans of the hometown team.

Halloween is the season of false faces, deception and disguise. It is the time of werewolves and vampires, ghosts and goblins, SpongeBob and The Flash. The kids love it. They can pretend they are their favorite character for a few days, dress up and walk around collecting candy simply by ringing doorbells and saying ‘Trick or Treat’. If you’re a kid, or a kid at heart, it can’t get any better.

Adult opinion varies, depending on who you ask. Some dress up right along with the kiddies, partaking in the fun. Not everyone likes Halloween. Some think it is an annoyance, others view it as a candy extortion racket, cooked up by a Willy Wonka wannabe. Others are just Scrooges year-round and have an equal opportunity policy when it comes to holidays.

There are plenty of folks who don’t think there is anything redeeming about Halloween at all. They believe that it is a blasphemous pagan ceremony, celebrating evil in all its contorted forms. In their view, Halloween is Christmas for Satanists. They believe is that it is when the Devil does his best work.

This year in Missouri, quiet trembles, shivers and goosebumps are being felt in neighborhoods all across the Show Me State. An ominous fog of creeping dread has rolled into every city, town and village. It cannot be seen, but it is definitely felt. The weight of it is draped around every set of shoulders and has pulled the corners of smiles down into strained lines.

For no rational reason, parents are jumping at shadows. They are shushing their children emphatically as they lay them down to bed, as though someone, something, were crouching in the closet, waiting to pounce, rend and devour. Fingers of irrational fear are tickling bases of spines, raising pulse rates in anticipation of…something.

Most folks can dismiss this as a foolish condition of Halloween, a childish reaction to the constant stream of advertisements for scary movie marathons on TV. They shrugged off with a nervous chuckle and a furtive last look over shoulder before running to the safety of the first available distraction.

Still…

Something is blowing on the cold autumn wind. Uneasiness is felt in every home on every street in every town. Urgent prayers are uttered into pillows as people brace themselves for whatever is coming. It is the nervous calm before a terrible storm.

No one can put their finger on why, but a collective nervousness surges through the conversations of friends and coworkers. Worry is scrawled in the deep lines of tense faces and frightened eyes dart around in quick paranoid glances. Everyone feels it, even if no one can tell you what it is. There is no reasonable explanation, no way to rationalize it. Call it gut instinct or intuition, it is nothing if not persistent.

Most folks have tried to stuff that sinking feeling in a mental drawer and shut it tight. They try their best to drown it with white noise. With a little determination, you can tune almost anything out. Using coping mechanisms to avoid uncomfortable truths has become a part of the new way of life. Institutionalizing apathy in the masses is big business.

Thinking too much??? Life got you down??? Would you like to turn your brain off and float on a fluffy cloud of forgetful bliss? Then ask your doctor if (insert drug here) is right for you. Pay no attention to the laundry list of side effects, those are for sissies. Take two of these babies and *snap*! Off goes the light bulb. It’s just what the doctor ordered!

Most people these days tend to want to forget bad news as soon as we hear it. We are caught in the daily grind and the struggle of trying to make ends that are getting shorter all the time, meet. We are hostages to our responsibilities, raising kids, cutting the grass, going to the grocery store and returning emails. Most people don’t have time to catch their breath, much less take a moment to look at what’s going on around them. Bad news is relative when you’re living paycheck to paycheck. When you are one hiccup away from not paying the light bill, the monster under the bed is the least of your concerns.

They pull down the shades, lock the door, strap on the blinders and pretend none of it is happening. After all, most Missourians were raised on the mantra of the farmer, keep your head down and plow through. They mind their own business, keep their mouths shut and they expect you to do the same. They are just trying to get through the day without a major malfunction. That can be a frightening enough proposition all by itself.

Then there are the witnesses. Those who have seen. Those who know the truth. They received personalized invitations, golden tickets, to the Great and Secret Show.

The families of Brandon Ellingson and Kyle and Nicole Lagares weren’t allowed to look away. They can no longer tell themselves that boogeymen aren’t real. They can’t float away on prescription anesthesia or get lost in ‘reality’ shows. For them, nothing can dim the memories of the horrors they have witnessed, no amount of white noise can silence the screams of despair echoing in their heads.

For them, the nightmare of their endless suffering has just begun.

Their eyes were spread wide by force, held open by needles, and they were made to bear witness to the unholiest of rituals. Their ears were filled with seething curses. Their mouths were sewn shut with slow, precise stitches. Their limbs were bound with hooks and chains. They were unable to turn away when the show, and the screams, began.

These men and women were forced to watch as their loved ones were victimized by a parade of vile monsters, each more hideous, more foul, than the last. These witnesses watched while unspeakable appetites were sated, as one after the other took their turns.

The witnesses know the truth most of us can feel, but are afraid to see. They know that something truly evil is stalking prey from Missouri’s shadows. They have seen it first hand.

The Ellingson and Lagares families know that monsters exist.

These monsters walk among us, wearing public masks and false faces.

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Missouri has always been a battleground.

The history of the state is echoed by its geography, where two mammoth rivers collide. The Missouri River cuts across the center of the state, dividing North from South, while the mighty Mississippi severs the skyscrapers from the East from the frontier of the West.

The state is the true geographic center of the United States and is bordered by more states than any other. It sits in the middle of America, a state constantly on the border. This is not simply a function of coordinates.

Missouri has historically been on the political divide, balanced precariously along party lines and ideologies. In the days when elections still mattered and votes still counted, Missouri served as a barometer that could be used to predict results in Presidential elections. The majority of Missouri voters have been able to ‘pick a winner’ more accurately than any other state, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Rural Missouri has a vast constellation of small communities that were founded around agriculture and farming. Farmers are skilled at reading the signs and predicting changes in the weather. They have to plan their entire livelihoods around it. That ability, combined with the ‘Show Me’ attitude have allowed Missourians to consistently select the least noxious clown on the political Midway.

Historically, Missouri’s elected officials have reflected the state’s diversity, with neither wing of the political party gaining an appreciable or long lived advantage. Currently, Missouri has one US Senator from each wing of the party.

The US House reflects a different make-up, with six Republican Representatives and two Democrats. This conservative slant magnified and repeated in the State Congress, firmly under the control of the ‘Republican’ party. ‘Democrats’ occupy the executive branch, led by the Governor and Attorney General. Not by accident, Missouri’s political makeup is the same brand as that worn in Washington, DC.

Once upon a time, that similarity would have been a sign attributed to a healthy republic. The Federal Government should echo the pulse that beats in America’s Heartland. The central government should reflect the mood and mindset of the people it serves. But we live in the age of the New Republic and it has no interest in honoring Midwest values. Instead, the New Republic sees the ‘fly over states’ and their wayS of life as obstacles on a road ripe for exploitation.

As natives know, a tour of the Show-Me State is like flipping pages in a treasured scrapbook. The collection of images from around the state can be viewed as a living history of the once Great Midwest, America’s Heartland. The spaces between Kansas City and St. Louis are home to a patchwork quilt of communities small and large, set against vast fields and spacious pastures, rolling ranges and roaring rivers. Together, these snapshots form a uniquely American portrait, once celebrated in the art of Norman Rockwell in the Golden Age following World War II. Rockwell’s sincere and earnest depictions of the sweet simplicity of small town life became unofficial advertisements for the good life, the American Dream.

Today, you would be hard pressed to find Norman Rockwell in Missouri’s small towns. Now, depending on the time and day of the week, you might have trouble finding an open Post Office, much less an operating gas station.

America’s heartland is withering and dying. It is diseased by the trickle-down effects of a hand-it-over economy. Businesses that used to serve these rural communities have shuddered, casualties of a silent war. Main Streets of rural Missouri are mostly ghost towns, with empty storefronts serving as tombstones for prosperity.

Missouri was born along on the border of the Establishment on the cool banks of the Mississippi River, far from the reach of shadows cast by the hulking industrial giants of the East and South and French ports in the Gulf. Missouri was formed away from the direct influence and control of government authority, on the stoop of the American frontier. Those who first settled here, did so with a collective thumb of the nose at the thought of living under the yoke of the system as another cog in someone else’s machine.

Missouri became a state in 1820 as part of an agreement on slave labor that would become known as the Missouri Compromise. The Missouri Compromise laid out new regulations for slave ownership, restrictions which did not apply in newly minted Missouri. The state’s birth certificate, in the document bearing its name defined a border between North and South that would come to eviscerate the country in the Civil War.

Rich fertile dirt and unforgiving red clay were plowed with equal enthusiasm by Missouri’s early pioneers and a constellation of communities grew on the isolation of Missouri’s wilderness and prairies. These townships sprouted from seeds planted according to a moral compass in rows shaped by shared challenges, backgrounds and beliefs.

If the United States is the ‘great melting pot’, then Missouri provides the very best ingredients, the proverbial ‘meat and potatoes’ of our unique American Stew.

‘The Show-Me State’ is simple nickname, although it speaks volumes about who Missourians are. The families, friends and neighbors that make up Missouri’s cities, towns and communities are fruits of the same field, grown on common ground. Natives exchange quick waves of acknowledgement randomly, the secret handshake that represents Heartland values. We are friendly by nature and don’t consider that a weakness. Simple values.

Do unto others and all that…

Simple doesn’t mean stupid however. Far from it.

From statesymbolusa.org:

The nickname for Missouri is The Show Me State. There are several stories concerning the origin of the “show me” slogan. The most widely known story gives credit to Missouri’s U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver for coining the phrase in 1899. During a speech in Philadelphia, he said:

“I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.”

The phrase is now used to describe the character of Missourians – not gullible – conservative and unwilling to believe without adequate evidence.

Meat and potatoes. Missourians know this is the foundation for any good stew. It’s not complicated.

The state’s nickname is the embodiment of what it means to be from the ‘Show Me State’. We don’t fool easily. Missourians are used to abrupt changes in the weather. After all, the state borders (naturally) infamous ‘Tornado Alley’. A common phrase can be heard across the state, uttered in the native language of understanding:

“If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. It’ll change.”

Missourians are products of the gardens they are planted in. The weather here changes, sometimes without calling ahead and making an appointment. Generations of farmers have toiled this ground. We can read the signs and are savvy enough to understand them. It’s not that complicated.

We know when bad weather is heading our direction and have the good sense to take shelter when necessary. Missourians don’t need outside interpretations of what is plain for us to see. We don’t have to rely on the best guesses of today’s digitally enhanced fortune tellers, thank you kindly. Save the sales pitch for someone in the market for it. Besides, folks from the ‘Show Me State’ recognize horse shit when we smell it. It’s not that complicated.

Missourians have developed a shrewd eye for the truth. Missouri became a state because of a border. From its birth in a border, Missouri has had borders on all fronts at all times. Always on the border, never in a camp, Missourians have relied on their keen sense of skepticism and the steady hand of conscience to guide them to their own conclusions. This mentality comes from being, quite literally, the center of the bullseye.

‘The buck stops here.’ This phrase was made famous by former President and Missourian Harry S. Truman, who displayed it on his desk in the Oval Office. Accountability and responsibility. Simple principals proudly displayed by a ‘Show Me State’ leader. It wasn’t complicated.

With openness and honesty, accountability and responsibility will naturally follow. The simplest of formulas, made from common denominators taken from values every Missourian holds dear to provide the common sense solution to any problem.

Give me the truth, present the facts and solve the problem.

It’s not that complicated.

Meat and potatoes.

Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

‘Show Me’.

Without the meat and potatoes, you can’t have an American Stew. If truth and honesty, accountability and responsibility aren’t ingredients in the mix, the result is bland assembly line gruel, tasteless and utterly unsatisfying.

‘Show Me’ the facts and action will follow.

The Show Me State, was a nickname chosen to proclaim the willingness to question authority and the company line. Missourians would rather not take your word for things.

Missouri has been in the crosshairs for decades. Missourians live in the heart of America. They rely on common sense and a clean conscience. They have a low tolerance for bullshit.

In the twisted reflection of the Funhouse Mirror, that way of life, that way of thinking, those values, are Enemies of the State.

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During the ongoing investigation, ‘Child Trafficking and Missouri Schools’, we have reported the case of the Lagares family. Their story, and the insidious plot that has been orchestrated to rip Kyle and Nicole Lagares from a loving home, has been well documented. The collusion between the Lebanon school district, the Department of Family Services and the 26th Judicial Circuit would be unbelievable, if it weren’t for the thorough and careful documentation the Lagares family has collected throughout this saga.

Thankfully, for parents across the state of Missouri and the country, this documentation DOES exist and it stands as ironclad proof of the multiple crimes that have been committed against this family. What you are about to read is not just their story. It is our story, as every parent across the state of Missouri now is facing the very real, very clear and present danger these agencies, acting in collusion, represent.

The case of Brandon Ellingson is a twisted reflection of this condition.

Following a questionable stop by MSHP Trooper and Versailles school board member Tony Piercy, Brandon was taken into custody on suspicion of drinking while piloting a boat. His hands were cuffed behind his back. A life jacket was stuffed over his head. Piercy hit the throttle and the Donzi sped off into the rough water.

This was the last time Brandon’s friends would see him alive.

Controversy swirls around the ‘investigation’ into Brandon’s drowning, the motivations that led to his arrest and the decision not to press charges against the man responsible for killing him. The disturbing questions surrounding Brandon’s death are mirror images of those being asked in the Lagares case. So too, are the efforts to protect the system at all costs.

These unanswered questions are a solitary common thread in the web that links the cases of the Lagares children and Brandon Ellingson. There are many, many more.

For residents of the Show Me State, skepticism is an inherent trait. A disturbing pattern of wickedness and deceit has emerged from the shadows.

The maniacal eyes of a thousand hungry predators, lurking just outside their door.

MISSOURI HORROR STORY PART TWO: THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW

The Great and Secret Show

Aiding and Abetting: The Role of Parent Participants in #HB1490

Last week, I participated as a parent representative in the K-5 work group for History and Government established by HB 1490.  Immediately upon arrival in our meeting room, arranged by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), I was treated to what has become common behavior by DESE, and through them, school districts across the state.

They assumed power and authority they are not granted by law.

To this end, DESE committed a coup, thumbing their noses at the state legislature and the law they crafted in response to implementation of Common Core Standards.  Common Core Standards were adopted unconstitutionally to begin with.  Governor Jay Nixon signed Missouri onto them by illegally bypassing the state legislature, the only body with the legal authority to draft changes to Missouri’s education standards.  The legislature didn’t seem to mind.  In fact, a few short years ago thanks to DESE and corporate lobbyists, they voted to repeal Missouri’s higher standard for education to lay the ground work for Common Core.

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Literally, before my eyes, DESE and their agents completely ignored both the intent of HB 1490 and the language in the law that prohibited the organization’s involvement in the work groups convened to develop standards for districts statewide.  They shredded HB 1490 and danced with glee on the litter.

This complete and total disregard, for the state legislature and the parents, students and citizens of the state of Missouri was shocking.  The audacity shown by DESE and the contempt they have for those who would require they follow the law, was evident in every work group.  The fingerprints of tried and true tactics were evidenced in power point presentations and notes plastered on the walls of each work group.  Like a door-to-door salesman, DESE wasn’t taking no for an answer.  ‘Facilitators’ (fascists, for those keeping score at home) simply pushed on with the agenda handed down to them by DESE:  Ensure that the Common Core standards remain in place, at all costs.

Their illegal assumption of authority, of inserting themselves in a process they are legally excluded from, is the norm for the bureaucratic monster known as DESE.  It has been reflected in school districts across the state, as they rush to transform our schools from institutions of learning into incubators of failure, designed to produce children ready for factory assembly lines instead of prepared for universities.

The refusal for DESE’s ‘facilitators’ to step down resulted in my decision to leave the work group I was appointed to last week, rather than to willingly participate in committing a fraud against the people of Missouri.

There has been much debate among the parents appointed to these groups about whether to continue to participate in a process that has been marked by illegal behavior.  A growing number of these parent representatives have expressed the need to stand up, to stop the illegal process before it goes any further.  Other parent representatives and educators appointed to these groups believe that they should press on, even though they are well aware that DESE’s continued involvement is illegal.  These parents and educators believe that it is their duty to continue to participate and that there is some value in continuing to object, despite being repeatedly silenced through manufactured votes of contrived consensus.  They believe that by recording this fraud as it is taking place, the public will respond with outrage.

They are wrong.

Instead, what has been shown with each call for contrived ‘consensus’, is that these parents and teachers are simply the minority in what appears to be a ‘democratic’ process.  This is what DESE is counting on.  The participation of these parents in the work group meetings, under fraudulent terms and DESE’s iron fist, simply gives the appearance of legitimacy.

This is the biggest mistake these appointees could make.

By participating in a process that is illegal, they are giving it a legitimacy it doesn’t otherwise have.  Continuing to play by the rules as DESE has rewritten them makes these parents accessories to the very crimes they want to prevent.

For these and many other reasons, I have withdrawn from my appointment to this process.  To continue to participate with hopes that the rule of law will somehow be magically reestablished is a lie I am not willing to tell myself or my children.  As I said Monday, September 22, when I made the decision to leave the work group session, it is a moral choice to continue aiding and abetting this sham, one that I am not comfortable with.

It is a shame that so many of the other participants believe that it is justified to continue with an illegal process.  Wishing on a star won’t stop the DESE agenda.

Refusing to participate in an illegal process on the other hand, will force the legislators into action.  Thus far, their press releases have had little effect on DESE’s illegal actions and the show goes on…

I sincerely wish the parents, teachers and educators the best of luck in the days ahead.  It is up to them whether they move forward legally or not.

No one else is in the room.

Giving Voice to a Boy Silenced: #JusticeforBrandonEllingson

Giving voice to a boy silenced

Brandon Ellingson, native of Clive, IA and Arizona State student murdered on the Lake of the Ozarks.

Brandon Ellingson, native of Clive, IA and Arizona State student murdered on the Lake of the Ozarks.

As many know my family and I witnessed a portion of the Ellingson tragedy. The drowning death of a boy in the custody of the Water Patrol. Our names have popped up in numerous articles across the state and even parts of the nation. Most of the articles included
very few facts that we, or other witnesses, disclosed then moved on to describe the event based solely upon the findings disclosed at the charade of an inquest. There are some that even attempt to paint my family and I as unsympathetic to the officer.

In light of this I am inclined to set the record straight. Our motivation to speak out is based simply on a presumed moral obligation to do so. Any lack of sympathy is no more than
the results of actually witnessing the events take place first hand. This case has far reaching implications that every citizen should take very serious and they are far more important than myself or any other individual involved. This is about the loss of the life of a human being under very questionable circumstances. Making permanently dark the light of a soul, of a boy that very well could have been any given parent’s pride, joy and future. A light forever extinguished under circumstances that include the actions of a person entrusted to protect us all wielding the power to make judgment on our every action. Power and trust that must not be taken lightly.

When initially giving testimony to the Patrol we could only assume that they had been reviewing the footage from the multiple cameras on the vessel and already knew in explicit detail exactly what we had described. It was somewhat relieving to know that the world was
eventually going to see the events as they had played out before our eyes and they would then share in our horror but that didn’t happen. A simple misplaced few dollar memory card gave way for the story to be told only through the eyes of the investigators seemingly blessed with such intuition they were able to piece the entire event together without the aid or acknowledgement of eye witness testimony, their own GPS data or even the video footage that actually survived. We
only wish it was as easy for us to forget what we saw as it was for them to so flippantly disregard.

Throughout the entire course of the investigation there was a single phrase among many that really irritated me. The relentless repetition of “he stood up and either fell or jumped in”. Though I was baffled as to the origin of this description of the event because my wife and son had clearly seen them both standing just prior to the incident I still maintained confidence that perhaps the video had disclosed some chain of events that gave birth to this dubious statement.

When the inquest finally took place and the investigative findings were disclosed our hearts sank. There was a vast difference between our eye witness account and the Patrol’s findings. We attempted to inform the public that they were being deceived through the press.
The article prompted many conversations among friends and colleagues. Instinctively, time and time again, I heard people say “the kid should have never stood up” like it was the newest hot product jingle. It was only then that I understood the true motive behind the official’s need to repeat those 9 simple words over and over to the media. It was not a factual statement nor was it founded or based on any event that had actually taken place. The origins and sole purpose of the statement was to cunningly pound it into the public’s psyche for months that this kid in some way, by action of his own, had put himself in harm’s way by standing up, disobeying a direct
order to remain seated.

A vast majority of the population had unknowingly completely discarded their compassion and humanity in robot like response to the 9 word catch phrase long before the inquest took place. Marketing genius to say the least but from the beginning it was nothing more
than a blatant lie among many with the sole intent to deceive the public and draw attention from the ugly facts. Facts that remain permanently etched in the minds of those that actually
witnessed the event.

There are a myriad of things that remain unanswered and undisclosed from the public. Many question if we were in fact too far away to clearly see what was happening. They fail to mention that the officer’s vessel was very near us for quite some time drifting lifelessly into our path while we merged to the right to miss him. Keep in mind the boy left struggling for his life was several hundred feet to our left and behind us. How does one end up that far away if they had slowed to 10 MPH and made an effort to turn around as was disclosed in the inquest?

There was a huge delay between when the victim went overboard and when the officer returned to him that nobody seems to elaborate on. There was also an extensive delay that remained undisclosed between the time the officer returned to the victim and when the rescue
effort actually ensued. One would have to consider the GPS on the vessel would have pinpointed the distances but that factual data was withheld or downplayed in an effort to minimize the time frames involved. The time spans should have been more closely focused on
as they are a crucial factor in the event in its entirety. The seconds that turned into minutes left totally disregarded by the investigative team would have been perceived as no less than an
eternity in the eyes of the boy handcuffed left alone struggling in the water.

The investigation remains disheartening to me personally because I have worked closely with numerous Patrol officials throughout the years and this behavior is not at all reflective of the professionalism that every single one of them exhibited. The mere discrepancy between my own taped testimony and the typed version disclosed by the patrol should in itself warrant further investigation and disciplinary action. These are the very people we entrust to uphold our laws. What do we have if trust and honor is lost?

I honestly felt that nothing I ever witnessed again would compare to the horror experienced the moment we found out the drowning victim was handcuffed. I now know I was mistaken. The true horror has been the realization that the majority of the public and Media are willing to accept it all without question. This is the sad reality even with all the incriminating evidence of taped confessions, questioning peers and witness testimony saying otherwise. Allowing it to set the example that some are exempt from the law and no matter how negligent they are they will not face even the simplest of consequences. Allowing this is nothing short of gross negligence on the part of every citizen.

Contributing to the loss of the life of another is the most heinous of crimes known to society. An event such as this should never be taken lightly nor investigated half-heartedly. For those who agree my family and I ask that you please go to and sign the petition demanding this case be investigated by Federal Authorities in hopes that this wrong doing can be made right and those involved can be made aware that citizen’s will not allow dishonesty from our entrusted Men and Women in law enforcement.

If you are inclined to remain silent by all means feel free to stick your head in the sand. I would strongly urge you to keep in mind and consider the reality that at any moment a loved one of your own may be the reason behind the next newly released, ever so repeated, jingle like catch phrase. To stand by idly is to go against our own social moral values. After all every person will, in time, reap what they sow.

Larry Moreau

Why I Walked Out of The #HB1490 Work Group

I wanted to share the following reply to an email I received from a member of our work group. In it, I was asked about my motivation for objecting and subsequently leaving our session on Monday. After I wrote it, I thought it was appropriate to share with everyone, as I am sure many of the questions and concerns the author raised were echoed in the group, privately or otherwise. Certainly that is understandable. We don’t know one another. We come from different perspectives and, as the author said, we all have agendas or reasons for wanting to be a part of this important process. In that email, the author raised concerns about my actions Monday and wondered if my intent was to somehow sabotage or undermine the very task we are charged with performing: developing standards for schools that make sense for Missouri. The author also mentioned that they found it worrisome that there was a meeting of parent representatives Monday morning before our work groups were convened. They wondered if that spoke to an agenda that I might have been representing or pushing with my objections and ultimate decision to leave on Monday.

Those are valid questions and certainly reasonable concerns. My reply to that is copied below with no alterations, other than to remove any reference to the author’s name. I felt that perhaps it would be beneficial to share my response with the entire group, so that no one has to wonder what my reasons were for leaving on Monday or what they are in accepting the appointment to this work group.

My hope is that, by sharing this with all of you, perhaps you will have some insight as to my own personal motivations for participating in this group and to (hopefully) provide some insight into where I am coming from.

I appreciate your taking the time to craft such a thoughtful response. Thank you so very much for sharing your view, experience and perspective, as well as your reasons for participating in this group.

I am honest to a fault, I am afraid, and therefore will be as forthcoming as you were in your email.

Yes, there was a meeting in the House chambers before we convened in the Truman Bldg. I was there for that meeting. In it, we received information related to HB 1490, including discussions relating to how our work groups were to function. What I mean by that is that the bill clearly states that the only participants in our sessions, while open to the public, are to be those 16 people appointed to the group. The intention of the bill, in my mind, was to enable us to function independent of agendas that aren’t our own. Each of us appointed to the group has an agenda and all of them (hopefully) have something to do with making sure that our kids future, and the health of our school districts, is maintained.

When I arrived in our conference room, I saw our ‘facilitator’ and immediately balked. Not because I don’t believe we should have structure or leadership through our process, but because I didn’t believe (and still don’t) that person should be a representative of a bureaucratic organization.

To me, it creates the perception that we are being led to a predetermined result which, in my mind is contrary to both the intent and the language of HB 1490.

Additionally, I was quite sincere when I said that I believed that those appointees who weren’t yet seated should be present at the beginning of the process. That ensures that all of us who were appointed (honored, really….I believe as you do that this is an incredibly important charge we have received) were starting on this process in the correct way.

That, for me, is important. Not simply to do the work we are assigned, but to do so in a way that is both consistent with the bill that formed our groups and ensures that all voices are heard and can contribute. Moving forward without them, in my mind, short changes the process and, as I said in our meeting, immediately calls our legitimacy into question.

These concerns were not alleviated as the morning progressed. I am sure you remember hearing the request from one of our members that the facilitator give us a definition of ‘consensus’. I wondered if perhaps she would also provide the definition for ‘contrived’, as again, we were missing nearly a third of our group. Consensus, when you don’t have a fully seated group, is a hard thing to have. Particularly when we weren’t even sure at that time that all our members were informed of our meeting. I later found out that not all of the appointments have been made, which further raises questions in my mind about moving forward under those circumstances.

You spoke to the issue of agendas. I was rather clear about mine. I represent not only my kids in that room, or a school district. I represent an entire rural farming community. The heart of our town is our school, and moving forward with standards that appear to be designed to drive test scores down (as you mentioned with some of Common Core’s age appropriate issues will almost certainly do) is a very real concern for small districts like ours across the state. Smaller districts have unique challenges, as I am sure you are well aware. Accreditation is at stake for districts like ours….all districts for that matter, and our town’s livelihood depends on maintaining and preserving our school.

I understand your perception that I was perhaps trying to sabotage the process with my repeated objections, but I assure you, that wasn’t the case. I simply wanted to ensure that all voices that are supposed to be in our group were afforded the opportunity to participate. Video taped meetings are great, if you would rather dictate instead of inviting people to participate. Those videos will certainly help bring absent members up to speed, but they won’t allow them to contribute. That, for me, is a sticking point.

Alarm bells went off for me when that simple consideration for absent members of our group was ignored in favor of steam rolling ahead with the process. That smacks of the same tactics that were used to implement these standards in the first place, and were being led by a political subdivision of the Governor’s office….the same Governor who signed us up for these standards and bypassed the Constitutional role of our legislature in the process. It appeared to me that we were being led to a predetermined conclusion and, come hell or high water, we weren’t going to be allowed to go off script.

Local control of our school districts is the single most important aspect of government. Attempts to bypass or undue this is, in my opinion, the single greatest threat to students, parents and teachers that we currently face.

Truly, I wasn’t on a mission to create issues for the sake of it or because someone directed me to do so. I simply didn’t want to check my principles at the door for the sake of moving on just to move on.

I want to do this right, without influences over our direction and with participation by all of those appointed to do so.

I hope that helps to provide some insight into my actions. I cannot speak for anyone else, but those are some of the reasons I felt as strongly about this as I did, and still do.

I greatly appreciate the chance to share with you and am confident that we can work together to craft standards that make sense, even if we don’t all agree on every point.

Thank you again for the opportunity to exchange views and I promise you, I have no intention whatsoever of using your comments in any sort of negative way. I am guided by my principles, sometimes to a fault (as you witnessed for yourself on Monday), and I have no doubt that you have the best interests of our schools and kids at heart. That, is the most important quality any member of our group can demonstrate.

I look forward to sharing more with you and learning from you as we move forward. I hope that you have found that, contrary to popular belief and my wife’s opinion, I wasn’t trying to be a pain for the sake of it or because someone put me up to it.

Thanks again,
Paul

My decision to leave may well result in the Speaker of the House, Tim Jones, deciding to replace me in the work group I was appointed to. As it was explained to me, my boycott of Monday and Tuesday’s meetings didn’t reflect well on Jones, politically.

I would counter by saying the Speaker should be thrilled that someone cared enough about the bill his legislature crafted to want to see it followed, but that’s just me.

I’m a guy with Occupy Wall Street roots.

I’m used to being in the silenced majority.