Saturday, August 01, 2015

Former Subway Franchise Owner Says Fogle Told Her He Paid For Sex With 16-Year Old

A former Subway franchise owner involved in a relationship with the company's former spokesman Jared Fogle claims he told her he once paid to have sex with a 16-year old girl and had encouraged her to arrange a threesome between her and her underage cousin. The franchisee reportedly complained to Subway management about Fogle's inappropriate conduct and asked to remove advertising materials featuring him from her store but was told the company couldn't do anything since Fogle wasn't an employee of the company. Now an attorney for that former franchisee says federal agents have subpoenaed an affidavit containing the text messages she claimed Fogle exchanged with her concerning those matters according to Business Insider. Subway now claims it has no knowledge of the former franchisee's complaint.

The text messages Fogle exchanged with the woman between January 2008 and June 2008 allegedly encouraged her to advertise herself on Craigslist for sex with other men. Fogle told her she could make $500 per sex act and asked her if he could watch. The woman's attorney claims she became increasingly uncomfortable with Fogle as he pushed her to post on Craigslist and described other trysts to her. The attorney shared the text of messages in which Fogle encouraged the woman to arrange a tryst with her underage cousin and talked about paying for sex with a 16-year old girl.
"When can we find a time for me to talk to your cousin?" Fogle asks in a message dated May 1, 2008.
"Any more news with your cousin?" he asks the following day. "Tell me what u think about when u think of the three of us all together???"
Earlier, in April, according to the affidavit, Fogle asked the woman, "How young would you like?... Would you want to have an adventure like that?"
On June 19, the lawyer says that Fogle again asked the woman to advertise herself on Craigslist. She responds: "Is this the same website you found that 16 year old girl you that you f*****? ...I still can't believe you only paid $100 for her."
Fogle responds: "It was amazing!!!!"
She asks: "What part of her ad made you think she was selling sex?"
He says: "U will have to read them to see."
The woman eventually hired an attorney, who had her extract all of the text messages from her cell phone to determine if they violated her franchise contract with Subway. After the woman reported the exchanges to Subway management, she met with two levels of management to share the exchanges and requested she be allowed to remove all advertising related to Fogle from her store. Subway determined no violations had occurred following their investigation according to the woman's attorney. Subway told Business Insider it had no record of the woman's allegations.

Earlier this year, law enforcement arrested Russell Taylor, the man Fogle had hired to run a nonprofit foundation he established to help combat childhood obesity, following a raid of his home and filed numerous child pornography charges against him. As part of its ongoing investigation, authorities raided Fogle's Zionsville home last month. No charges have been filed against Fogle as a result of that raid.

Friday, July 31, 2015

RIP Lynn Anderson

Country music star Lynn Anderson, best known for signature song, "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden," died at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee last night. The Grammy Award-winning, 67-year old singer had been hospitalized with pneumonia following a recent trip to Italy. Anderson had been battling alcoholism with several drunk driving arrests during the past few years. More recently, she had been devoting her time to her love of horses. She was an accomplished horse breeder and equestrian who promoted therapeutic horse riding programs for disabled and troubled children.

Cameron's One Direction Boys In Town Tonight

The Gannett-owned Star is excited about tonight's concert  at Lucas Oil Stadium featuring British boy band, One Direction, minus Zayn Malik. British Prime Minister David Cameron had a cameo role with his boys in their video re-make of Blondie's hit song, "One Way Or Another." With so much in the British news about the country's VIP Pedophile ring, it seemed only fitting to show Cameron enjoying his groomed boys. The song's lyrics are fitting.

Prominent Evansville Businessman Has Bagged His Share Of Big Game On African Hunting Safaris

Steven E. Chancellor pictured with one of his lion kills in Botswana

The American media has been abuzz about the adventures of an American dentist who bagged a beloved 13-year old lion, Cecil, during an expensive hunting safari to Zimbabwe. Much closer to home, one of Indiana's most prominent businessman has landed more than his share of big game on safaris he's taken to Africa and elsewhere. Steven E. Chancellor's sprawling Evansville mansion where he hosts presidential candidates and other politicians for high-dollar political fundraising events has been described by his guests as a virtual museum for all of the exotic game he's killed. But you don't have to visit the American Patriot Group's CEO's Evansville home for proof of his big game hunting prowess. Photos of his kills and a personal testimony can be found on Rann Safaris website. "My lion hunt with Rann Safaris in Botswana was beyond my expectations," Chancellor is quoted as saying. "Jeff Rann, my professional hunter and I saw many mature lions during our lion hunt. It was a unique and wonderful experience. A memorable hunt," Chancellor is quoted as saying. Thank you Jeff."

Believe it or not, Chancellor's big game exploits became the topic of a 2001 news story in the Chicago Tribune. Chancellor was using his political muscle at the time to try to get the Botswana government to lift its ban on lion hunting. He added muscle to his lobbying efforts with letters of recommendation from his good friends, including former President George H.W. Bush, former Vice President Dan Quayle and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf. All four men were described as being members of Safari Club International, an advocacy group that promoted big game hunting around the world. The group was accused of offering a Las Vegas trip and other offerings to Botswana's president at the time to win favor. "Your millionaires are anxious to shoot our lions," said a senior government official in Botswana, which imposed the one-year hunting ban in February to assess the health of its big cat populations. "They've got these political blokes to back them up."

Hogsett Now Running As Anti-Establishment, Outsider Candidate

The consummate political insider, Joe Hogsett, has a new message for Indianapolis voters. He's promising to "refuse the perks and gifts" that seem to come with the office--an apparent reference to Advance Indiana's exclusive reporting about how Mayor Greg Ballard accepted memberships in private country clubs worth tens of thousands of dollars, in addition to free tickets to sporting events and concerts. "I won't change the car I drive to work in," he says. Indianapolis' mayor is provided with 24x7 security, which includes a city-furnished car driven by the mayor's security detail. "And I'll take on the downtown insiders who cheat the system and steal your tax dollars," he declares, borrowing our own campaign slogan. He tells us he's "never forgotten where I come from." I can only hope he's being honest about his intentions, but call me skeptical if I can't see him biting the hand that has fed him so well over the past three decades.

Indiana Paying Nearly $25,000 Per Job For Austrian Company To Create Up To 167 Spam Tech Jobs In Indianapolis

Businesses which feed off the public trough no matter what part of the world they're from know that when it comes to handing out public subsidies, it's pretty hard to beat the Hoosier State. Gov. Mike Pence proudly announced he's offering up to $4 million in state economic development incentives to an Austrian company offering spam e-mail services much like ExactTarget to create up to 167 jobs in Indianapolis by 2020, which translates into nearly $25,000 per job. In fact, a former vice president of ExactTarget, Sean Brady, has become president of North American operations for this company.

The company called Emarsys is locating its offices on the 13th floor of Market Tower, which is the same building where the offices of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana and Sen. Dan Coats are located. Don't underestimate the power of the number 13. The company plans to spend about $3 million building out its tenant space at the downtown office tower. The Indianapolis Star's John Russell, who will be leaving his job shortly for a new job at the Chicago Tribune, characterizes today's announcement as "a move likely to boost Indiana's reputation as a hot bed for digital technology marketing." He even refers to Indianapolis as the "Silicon Valley of the Midwest." Actually, it's a better known as the nation's capital for operating Ponzi schemes, but let's not talk about that when there is good news to be cheered.

Gov. Pence couldn't hide his enthusiasm at the opportunity to sling more of your tax dollars into the pockets of private business.  "We continue to see a surge of tech firms like Emarsys choosing to bring quality, great paying jobs to Indiana," he said in a statement. “As a regional hub for technical and engineering innovation, Indiana is attracting companies that are looking for the skilled and dedicated workforce needed to grow their businesses." No, we're attracting companies who like Indiana's anti-labor work laws and it's reputation for subsidizing businesses to operate here no matter how unethically they operate or how poorly they treat their employees.

Speaking of Ponzi schemes, a New York-based hedge firm, TCS Capital Management, has filed paperwork with the SEC confirming it has taken a 5.4% stake in Angie's List and is trying to position it for sale. So once again, you're going to see an effort made to dump the company, its debt and 20-year history of never turning an investment off on to another group of unsuspecting investors. Wall Street is run by nothing but a bunch of fraudsters who aren't interested in creating jobs and security for American workers and honest returns on investments for innocent investors; rather, they are only interested in the "churn and burn" world of high finance where shady deals are constantly been conjured up to build wealth for a group of elitist insiders at the expense of the rest of us.

Media More Interested In George McGovern's Illegitimate Child's Birth Certificate Than President Obama's True Origins

Sen. George McGovern (1968 AP Photo)
These sideshows to which we're treated from time to time by our mainstream media would be laughable if not for the more serious truths they keep buried from the American people that are far more consequential--such as who are the real parents of Barack Obama and just where the hell did he really come from. A forthcoming book on the life of George McGovern, who died in 2012, has reignited mainstream media interest in learning the identity of an illegitimate child McGovern, the son of a Methodist member, fathered when he was 18 years old after losing his virginity in 1940. Although the identity of the mother and illegitimate daughter have never been publicly identified, the fact she was born and lived somewhere in Indiana has long been known by people who made it their business to know about such matters.

The Washington Post's Justin Moyer's story carries the headline, "In confession to historian, George McGovern revealed he had a secret child." Thomas Knock, a history professor at Southern Methodist University, has a biography on McGovern coming out in which he says McGovern confessed to him he had fathered an illegitimate child as an 18-year old freshman at Dakota Wesleyan University during a trip to Lake Mitchell in December 1940 where he got the daughter's mother pregnant. McGovern went on to become a decorated World War II pilot, served in the administration of John F. Kennedy and became a leading liberal in the U.S. Senate who lost the 1972 presidential race to Richard Nixon in a landslide election. He was swept out of office in 1980 when Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in a landslide election. He tried to re-enter politics in 1984 when he ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination.

McGovern told Knock the mother of his illegitimate daughter had reacted very calmly to the ordeal. She moved to Indiana to live with her older sister and brother-in-law where she gave birth to a daughter, which gave rise to the so-called "Fort Wayne story" that would haunt McGovern the rest of his life. Fort Wayne is where the mother and daughter supposedly lived, although that may be in doubt as discussed below. The mother is also now dead, but Knock has no reason to believe the illegitimate daughter is not still alive. He identifies neither in his upcoming book. What is known is that McGovern eventually met his daughter and brought her gifts. The extent of their relationship over the years or what the daughter thought of McGovern is unclear. McGovern married and had five children of his own and reportedly confessed to his wife the daughter's existence in the 1970s. He made no mention of it in his autobiography, likely out of respect to his wife.

In politics, it's hard to keep such matters a secret. Richard Nixon's White House dirty tricks operatives knew about the illegitimate daughter. Although the issue was not raised during the 1972 presidential election, White House aide H.R. Haldeman had proposed in a memo after the Watergate scandal began consuming the Nixon White House to leak the story to the media in an effort to show that Nixon knew about the story during the campaign but had not brought it up during the presidential campaign because he wanted to run a clean campaign, which history has demonstrated was anything but true. The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein wrote about the Haldeman memo in an August 1973 story during the Watergate hearings.

Woodward and Bernstein looked into the story at the time. McGovern told the two young reporters there was a birth certificate in Fort Wayne, Indiana listing him as the father of a young woman, but he denied he was the actual father. The two reporters said they confirmed the existence of the birth certificate and had contacted the birth mother, who denied McGovern was the father of her child. Later stories emerged indicating that McGovern's name had been removed from the birth certificate but an Indiana court refused to release a copy of the birth certificate. How Nixon's operatives learned about the story was unclear, but The Post theorized he learned about it from J. Edgar Hoover's FBI because McGovern's illegitimate child surfaced during a background investigation in 1960 when he was under consideration for a position in the Kennedy administration. According to his FBI file, McGovern did not offer a confirmation or denial regarding the allegation. The Post assumed Nixon never raised the issue during the 1972 campaign because leaked reports of Sen. Tom Eagleton's mental health problems, which forced him off the ticket with McGovern, negated the need to use the story.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Jeff Wiehe has a story as well today looking more closely at the Indiana angle. According to Wiehe, the news director of WANE-TV in Fort Wayne had been tipped off at the time McGovern was making a political appearance in the city during the 1972 presidential campaign that he had an illegitimate daughter living there that he might be visiting during the campaign stop. Ken Kurtz told Wiehe that McGovern was already headed out of town by the time he got the tip, and they were never able to track the story down. Kurtz speculated that the station owner's cozy relationship with local Republicans is what led to his news team being offered the tip at the time.

The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel's William Ferguson had more luck with the story. He tracked down the mother's name and even came up with a birth certificate, but the father's name was missing. Ferguson and lawyers for the News-Sentinel claimed the father's name had been illegally removed from the birth certificate. In August 1973, lawyers for the newspaper obtained a court order from a pro tem judge in Allen County, John Rogers, to obtain a copy of the birth record on file with the Indiana Department of Health. The state department fought the release of the order at the time. Wiehe says it's unclear what happened to the birth certificate or whether Ferguson was ever shown the birth certificate. Rogers, who is still practicing law in Fort Wayne, claims to have no memory of issuing the original order for the release of the birth certificate. Yeah, right. Birth certificates are no longer public records in Indiana open to anyone.

Wiehe notes a memoir of a former Democratic presidential campaign operative, Ted Van Dyke, claimed that he had been told by a Terre Haute mayor in 1972 that a man with a Senate badge had come to the record's bureau in the city and taken a copy of a birth certificate pertaining to McGovern's illegitimate daughter. Van Dyke's memoir claimed McGovern had acknowledged the daughter's existence and placed her and her mother in Terre Haute. At the time of the presidential campaign in 1972, the mother was supposedly living in Portland, Oregon. McGovern's campaign had received an anonymous call claiming the story would run the following day in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. That's when McGovern supposedly told his wife about the daughter for the first time and also telephoned her mother in Portland according to Van Dyke. As it turned out, the story never ran.

So after a couple of more head fakes, you learn really nothing more than what has already been written before about a dead senator's illegitimate daughter. You still don't know the names of the mother or daughter, if you cared to know. Personally, I'm more interested in knowing why Barack Obama's birth certificate in Hawaii was forged. I want to know why it falsely claims his father is some guy from Kenya. I want to know why the Hawaii Health Department Director who presented that forged birth certificate to the public was murdered. I want to know why we are told so many lies about our president's family background, including the fact he was raised by operatives of the Central Intelligence Agency. I want to know if his actual mother is a Jewish woman from New York who is still alive. I want to know if she's the same woman, who while using an assumed name, was a part of the same network of agent provocateurs like Bill Ayers who were hired by the CIA to set off bombs at government buildings. I want to know why the entire mainstream media haven't  a care in the world that access to all of Obama's records of relevant note are under lock and seal, but thinks we should know everything about a dead senator's illegitimate daughter. Because the mystery that lays in hiding behind all of those questions will reveal to the American people what their government has really become today.

UPDATED: I neglected to point out in my original report that it was the Gannett-owned Argus-Leader in South Dakota that got the ball rolling on this story. Gannett's corporate leaders take their orders from their CIA bosses in Langley, Virginia.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Star Wants You To Believe City's Credit Rating Is In Jeopardy If Public Safety Tax Increase Revenues Are Used As Intended

Indianapolis residents began paying 10% more in local income taxes in January thanks to a tax increase enacted by the City-County Council and signed into law by Mayor Greg Ballard last year. As Advance Indiana warned you at the time, Mayor Ballard had no intention of using the money for public safety just like he failed to use the money raised from the 65% increase in the local income tax enacted the year prior to him becoming mayor that was supposed to allow IMPD to hired hundreds of more police officers. What we learned well into Ballard's second term is that there were actually fewer, not more police officers patrolling the streets last year than the year Ballard took office.

Throughout Ballard's two terms in office, hundreds of millions of property tax dollars have been diverted into the downtown TIF "slush fund," which Mayor Ballard has used for real estate development projects awarded to his political cronies. Ballard and the council agreed to divert about $6.8 million from the City's fiscal stability fund last year to shore up public safety spending. This is a "rainy day" day fund of sorts the City has created to cover spending when revenues are tight. Someone set a target balance of $80 million for that fund, which is just that. This artificial number has been conflated by Ballard's folks as a balance that must be maintained in that specific fund at all times to avoid a lowering of the City's bond rating. In actuality, bond rating agencies look at all city sources, not just that one fund balance, in assessing the City's credit worthiness.

When the Mayor and the Council transferred $6.8 million out of the fiscal stability fund, it could have just as easily taken the money from the downtown TIF slush fund, which Ballard taps as a matter of convenience whenever he pleases. Missing from a story by the Indianapolis Star's Brian Eason discussing the current debate between the Mayor's office and the council over the repayment of that $6.8 million to the fiscal stability fund is the $6 million Mayor Ballard unilaterally and illegally removed from the City's parking meter fund to pay for the electric charging stations for the privately-run Blue Indy car sharing service after he decided to award an illegal monopoly business enterprise to the French company that has been permitted to appropriate hundreds of the City's most valuable parking spaces, a move that will result in an untold loss of city revenues for years to come. The Indianapolis Star is totally down with all the laws Ballard broke to push forward the Blue Indy initiative because it thinks the City having an electric car sharing service only visitors to the city are likely to use is really cool.

The debate really centers around Ballard's agitation with the council in overriding a veto he made earlier this year to appropriate more money to purchase new police cars, equipment and other police needs. Mayor Ballard unilaterally decided to repay the entire amount of the money to the fiscal stability fund this year after that council override, effectively making it impossible to spend the money the council appropriated for IMPD. In Mayor Ballard's view, he's a dictator and the council only serves an advisory role. If he doesn't like what the council enacts into law, he can simply do what he damn well pleases, the law be damned. Unfortunately, the Indianapolis Star always sides with the mayor in these debates because it is for all intents and purposes a co-conspirator, aiding and abetting the corrupt mayor in the theft of our public assets for the benefit of his political cronies. So take whatever you read about Ballard's contentions in Eason's story that the city's credit rating is at risk because of the council's actions.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Police Body Camera Used As Evidence To Indict Cincinnati Police Officer On Murder Charge

It was a routine traffic stop for a 25-year old University of Cincinnati police officer ten days ago. Officer Ray Tensing stopped a car driven by Samuel DuBose because the car lacked a license plate on the front of the car (Ohio, unlike Indiana, requires license plates be displayed both on the front and rear of a vehicle). The conversation between Officer Tensing and DuBose as captured by the officer's body camera was very non-confrontational. The problem arose when DuBose was unable to produce his driver's license.

DuBose, growing agitated and believing he did nothing wrong, starts his engine rather than exiting the car as Tensing requested he do. Fearing DuBose was going to flee, Tensing appears to reach into the car, at which point DuBose appears to put the vehicle in drive. Officer Tensing's gun can be seen pointed at DuBose and fires as the vehicle begins to accelerate. Tensing is thrown to the ground as DuBose's car appears to speed away. His foot may have actually been stuck on the accelerator as DuBose suffered a fatal headshot wound, which likely killed him instantly.

Today, the Hamilton Co. Prosecutor Joe Deters shocked the public when he announced a grand jury had returned an indictment for murder against Officer Tensing. Deters' office released a full, unedited video of the traffic stop, including the shooting and the aftermath, as captured by Officer Tensing's body camera. The full video can be viewed below. It includes very graphic scenes so please view with caution.

Tensing claimed he fired at DuBose because he feared he was going to run him over. Tensing is clearly thrown to the ground as DuBose's car speeds away, but it doesn't appear to show him in any danger of being run over by DuBose's vehicle. DuBose's vehicle traveled nearly a block down the street before crashing and coming to a stop. Tensing's video shows DuBose slumped over the driver's seat with blood splattered inside the car from the gunshot wound. Another officer near the scene appeared to support Tensing's account, but the grand jury obviously wasn't convinced and chose to indict the police officer for murder. Tensing is the first Cincinnati police officer charged for murdering a person while in the line of duty. 

UPDATE: I see that the actual charges filed by the prosecutor includes a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, in addition to the first degree murder charge. That's a charge that's more likely to stick with a jury.