HIS KID IS NAMED – WEIRDNESS – JUSTICE JAY ACKLES – IS UPSET WITH THE FACT HE FUCKED UP PICKING HIS PARENTS….OH WELL – NEXT LIFE!
HIS KID IS NAMED – WEIRDNESS – JUSTICE JAY ACKLES – IS UPSET WITH THE FACT HE FUCKED UP PICKING HIS PARENTS….OH WELL – NEXT LIFE!
#THEVIEW:WHOOPIE GOLDBERG IS RACIST/ROSIE O’DONNELL IS ANGRY; ROSIE PEREZ IS IRRELEVANT
whoopie goldberg did not want to discuss Ferguson decision or Bill Cosby but Rosie wanted to include it and she won out and it was discussed in depth.
That is what #THEVIEW is supposed to do – discuss the hosts points of view.
Goldberg is not only a hypocrite – running after white men and getting knocked up by a black guy when she was 16 and had one kid who is now a “producer” – I think that means she had kids out of wedlock too – 3 of them with the last name of MARTIN – so I’m thinking the baby daddy married her becos she’s Goldberg’s kid.
And while I do not think there is animosity between these two liberal boobs there is tension. If Goldberg cannot criticize her own people then she should step down from her perch on #theview. People mistake my candor for racism but it’s not like that at all. I’m good at telling the truth. Black people are selective with the truth and other people can also be selective. The truth doesn’t change depending on who wants it to change. It just exists and people have to accept it and build around it.
the daily snooze
They might as well change its name from “The View” to “The Feud.”
A shrill, backstage brawl at “The View” Wednesday left co-host Rosie Perez in tears while panelists Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell battled over how to cover the latest allegations against Bill Cosby and the racially charged upheaval in Ferguson, Mo., sources said.
O’Donnell believed the show — now overseen by ABC News — needed to delve deeper into both controversial subjects, while Goldberg wanted to steer clear of the topics altogether.
Ultimately, both news stories were discussed at length on the air by the panel.
“There’s terrible frustration and there are problems,” a source close to the show told the Daily News. “Whoopi didn’t want to talk about Cosby and Ferguson, Rosie (O’Donnell) did — how could you not? These are topics that are uncomfortable for everyone, but it’s ‘The View’ and it’s their job to talk about topics that might make some people tense.”
That tension boiled over in a meeting before the show to plan the day’s “Hot Topics” segment.
“Rosie (O’Donnell) was yelling at everyone. First, she had a fight with Whoopi and then she had a fight with the producers,” a “View” staffer said.
But at least two show sources claim that while she’s “frustrated” at times with the show and its producers, O’Donnell has not raised her voice or “yelled at anyone for at least a month.”
One staffer said, “These are just two very smart women (Goldberg and O’Donnell) who insist that they need to be able to talk freely about topics that are meaningful.”
After the meeting, a teary-eyed Perez was consoled by producers — but sources said that the film star has also been drawing her own share of internal criticism and may be feeling the pressure.
“She’s constantly correcting herself because she’s constantly screwing something up,” sniffed the insider. “She’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.”
Naturally, “View” officials downplayed the incident.
“This story is mean-spirited and greatly exaggerated by someone who is obviously disgruntled and has some agenda,” “View” spokeswoman Lauri Hogan said. “There was no fight.”
But it’s clear that nerves are beginning to fray at “The View” this season as its ratings are down compared with last year — even after ABC spent millions drastically restructuring the show with a new panel of hosts, new producers and a new studio.
This is far from the first time that the new panel has sparred.
Just two weeks into the new season of the show, O’Donnell and Goldberg tore into each other during a commercial break while a stunned studio audience looked on.
Like the latest spat, the argument occurred over the show’s “Hot Topics” segment.
Show officials have said that having strong opinions is part of the job.
DARRIN WILSON SHOT THIS THUG 6 TIMES
WITH AN AUTOMATIC PISTOL
I HAVE FIRED PISTOLS LIKE THIS AT A RANGE
AND YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER YOUR WEAPON
BUT IN SITUATIONS LIKE THIS THAT ARE LIFE & DEATH
PEOPLE TEND TO ERR CONSISTENTLY ON THE SIDE OF DEATH
MOST SANE PEOPLE WILL AGREE THAT MICHAEL BROWN AS 280 POUNDS OF AGGRESSIVE BLACK ON WHITE HATE FOR COPS AND ANY WHITE PERSON. HE WAS ALSO BIG 6 FEET 4 INCHES TALL AND WIDE. HE LOOKED LIKE A BRUISING FOOTBALL PLAYER & BY THE LOOKS OF THAT VIDEOTAPE – A BULLY.
HE WAS A THIEF AND SO IS HIS FATHER – A JAILBIRD. THESE TWO ASSHOLES SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAD A KID BUT FOR BLACK PEOPLE IN #FERGUSON TO MARTYR THIS CRIMINAL IS EQUAL TO OBAMA GIVING THE ILLEGALS TEMPORARY SANCTUARY FOR THE NEXT 3 YEARS.
THIS CASE IS LESS ABOUT THE VICTIM AND MORE ABOUT THE COP.
WILSON NEVER FIRED HIS WEAPON BEFORE IN A TIME OF CRISIS
HE HAD NEVER KILLED ANYONE BEFORE YET HE DIDN’T SEEM PHASED BY IT AND HE NEVER MENTIONS BROWN
BUT WILSON IS SMART. HE LISTED TO HIS PBA LAWYERS WHO TOLD HIM “NOT” TO SPEAK TO THE PRESS AND TO STAY LOW UNTIL THE GRAND JURY CONVENES WHICH IS WHAT HE DID. IT MADE HIS TESTIMONY MORE BELIEVABLE. YET HE NEVER LIED ABOUT HIS WOUNDS – THE MEDIA DID TO INCITE OTHERS TO VIOLENCE.
OUR MEDIA STAKED OUT IN #FERGUSON IS APPALLING. THEY ARE NOT GIVING THE NEWS THEY ARE GIVING THEIR INTERPRETATIONS OF THE NEWS – AND THEY ARE SPEWING THEIR OPINIONS ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA INFURIATING OTHERS TO VIOLENCE.
WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO PEACEFUL PROTESTS HOWEVER WHAT IS HAPPENING OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS IN FERGUSON IS DISGUSTING.
GROWN ASS MEN AND WOMEN LOOTING THEIR NEIGHBORS AND THEIR STORES. SOME LOST THEIR LIVELIHOOD OVER THESE TWO DAYS, OTHERS LOST THEIR FREEDOM.
BROWN’S OWN PARENTS PLEADED FOR PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS BUT THEY WERE GRIEVING HOWEVER IF THEY HAD PAID ATTENTION TO THEIR WAYWARD SON IN THE FIRST PLACE HE MAY STILL BE ALIVE.
I’M LIVING IN A NIGHTMARE HERE IN AMERICA. THIS IS NOT THE AMERICA I GREW UP IN BUT NOT ALL COPS ARE THE SAME. IN NJ IF YOU R RESPECTFUL OF A COP THEY WILL RESPECT YOU EVEN WHEN WRITING YOU A TICKET.
IF YOU CAN EXPLAIN A SITUATION THEY WILL LISTEN TO YOU BUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY IN AUGUST 2014 IS STILL NOT CLEAR EXCEPT TO SAY BROWN WAS UNLIKE ANY OTHER VICTIM OF POLICE BRUTALITY BECAUSE HE PROTESTED THE COP, STRUGGLED TO GET HIS GUN, COP REGAINED HIS POSITION IN HIS SQUAD CAR AND SHOT BROWN. BROWN STAGGERED AWAY BUT RETURNED “CHARGING” THE COP WHO THEN SHOT HIM SIX TIMES, KILLING HIM.
THAT IS MURDER PEOPLE
YOU JUST DON’T KILL SOMEONE DEAD IN THE STREET
YOU CAN WOUND THEM, YOU CAN MAIM THEM BUT TO KILL OR HAVE THE INTENT TO KILL IS AND SHOULD NEVER BE PART OF THE POLICE CODE TO “PROTECT AND SERVE”.
AND NOW WILSON HAVING BEEN INTERVIEWED IS STANDING BY WHAT HE DID. NO APOLOGIES TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN OR ANYONE ELSE. HE SAID “I DID MY JOB”BUT DID HE REALLY DO HIS JOB?
I WOULD SAY “NO”.
HE FINISHED THE JOB OF KILLING HIS ADVERSARY BUT ABOVE ALL BROWN IS PART OF THE COMMUNITY OF WHICH THIS COPS “PROTECTS AND SERVES” AND IF THESE COPS ARE UNWILLING TO DO THEIR JOB IN THAT HOOD BECAUSE THEY HATE THE CIVILIANS THERE THEN GET OUT OF THE FORCE. YOU JUST DON’T BELONG THERE.
FURTHERMORE, ALL THIS LOOTING AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF ISN’T DOING THESE PROTESTERS ANY GOOD. THE OFFICIALS OF MO THOUGHT THEY WILL RIOT AND LOOT AND THEY DID. DOESN’T SAY MUCH FOR THIS COMMUNITY. BUT SOME BLACK PEOPLE HAVEN’T YET LEARNED TO CRAWL OR GET OUT OF THEIR BAD SITUATIONS ON THEIR OWN. OUT OF ALL THE CULTURES WHO HAVE COME TO AMERICA, STAYED IN SELF MADE GHETTOS, THE BLACK PEOPLE JUST CAN’T SEEM TO GET OUT. MAYBE WE SHOULD PUT THEM ON THE SAME RESERVATIONS THE INDIANS ARE?
Everything I have read about Brown as a person in life is negative yet the media downplay his criminal acts even on videotape as “alleged”? They don’t want to hurt the criminals’ family yet the criminal who died didn’t give a shit about anyone at the time of his death.
what I really hate is that Brown has a videotape showing how he is a bully and a thief but people say that he wasn’t stealing or trying to intimidate anyone but Office Wilson, judging by his haircut and the way he wears his uniform is a Neo Nazi skinhead?
WTF really? That’s what I’m talking about when I refer to social media writers as total assholes. WHAT THE FUCK WORLD DID I WAKE UP IN THIS CENTURY?
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson opened up for the first time in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, part of which aired Tuesday evening, less than 24 hours after it was announced a grand jury would not indict him for the death of Michael Brown.
Wilson said there was “no way” Brown put his hands up before Wilson fired his weapon, as some witnesses have described. Wilson said he thought, “he will kill me if he gets to me” when he saw Brown come toward him.
Wilson: “When he stopped, he turned and faced me, and as he does that his right hand immediately goes into his waistband, and his left hand is a fist at his side, and he starts charging me.”
Stephanopoulos: “What did you think when you saw that?”
Wilson: “I didn’t know, I mean, my initial thought was, is there a weapon in there?”
Stephanopoulos: “Even though he hadn’t pulled something out earlier when he was confronting you.”
Wilson: “Yeah, it was still just the unknown. And again, we’re taught to, let me see your hands.”
Stephanopoulos: “As you know, some of the eyewitnesses have said, when at that moment he turned around, he turned around and put his hands up.”
Wilson: “That would be incorrect. Incorrect.”
Stephanopoulos: “No way?”
Wilson: “No way.”
Stephanopoulos: “So, you say he starts to run, does a [unintelligible], starts to come toward you.”
Wilson: “Mmm hmm.”
Wilson: “At that time I gave myself another mental check: Can I shoot this guy? You know? Legally, can I? And the question that I answered myself was, I have to. If I don’t, he will kill me if he gets to me.”
George: “Even though he’s what, 35-40 feet away?”
Wilson: “Once he’s coming that direction, why, if he hasn’t stopped yet, when’s he gonna stop?”
Wilson said the incident with Brown was the first time he’d ever used his gun. When Stephanopoulos asked if there was any way the incident could’ve been handled differently, Wilson replied, “no.”
Wilson said he has a “clean conscience” about the way he handled the incident with Brown.
“I don’t think it’s haunting. It’s always going to be something that happened,” Wilson said.
“The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right,” Wilson added.
In an excerpt of the interview aired on “Nightline” early Wednesday morning, Wilson also responded to a statement released by Brown’s family after the grand jury decision was announced that said they were “profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.”
“I think those are grieving parents who are mourning the loss of their son. I don’t think there’s anything I could say, but again I’m sorry that their son lost their life,” Wilson said when Stephanopoulos asked him about the statement. “It wasn’t the intention of that day. It’s what occurred that day. And there’s nothing you could say that could make a parent feel better.”
Asked whether he felt remorse for killing Brown, Wilson said that “everyone feels remorse when life’s lost.”
“I never wanted to take anybody’s life. That’s not the good part of the job, that’s the bad part of the job,” Wilson said. He added that if Brown would have moved out of the street and onto the sidewalk, the incident never would have happened.
Wilson said that the most important thing people should know about him is that he was acting professionally during the interaction with Brown.
“I just did my job,” he said. “I did what I was paid to do and that was my job. I followed my training, the training took over, the training led me to what happened. I maintained the integrity of this investigation, and that’s it.”
Wilson has been keeping a low profile since he shot and killed Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black teenager, in Missouri on Aug. 9. Wilson’s lawyers released a statementMonday night in reaction to the grand jury’s decision, thanking the officer’s supporters and saying any further “commentary on this matter will be done in the appropriate venue and not through the media.”
Stephanopoulos teased the interview earlier Tuesday, saying there was “no question off limits.”
A few days before, it was reported that Wilson had been meeting with network anchors in anticipation of giving an interview after the announcement of the grand jury’s decision. CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that Wilson met with Stephanopoulos, NBC News’ Matt Lauer, CBS News’ Scott Pelley, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon.
AND HE DIDN’T MENTION HIS VICTIM ONCE IN IT?
EVEN FOR A COP
NO FEELINGS OF REMORSE
NO FEELINGS OF ANYTHING
I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WENT DOWN THAT DAY IN #FERGUSON BUT I BELIEVE BROWN WAS A PUNK
HE ATTACKED THE COP WILSON, THEN HE GRABBED FOR THE COP’S GUN
COP REGAINED CONTROL OF HIS GUN AND SHOT BROWN
HE RAN AWAY
HE CAME BACK AS THE COP GOT OUT OF HIS CAR AND SHOT HIM SIX TIMES
THE SECOND THE COP CAME OUT OF HIS CAR THEIR ROLES WERE REVERSED
TWO WRONGS DON’T MAKE A RIGHT.
and the media didn’t help this powerkeg of a situation
Minutes after a St. Louis County grand jury elected to not issue an indictment against Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown, Wilson issued a statement through his legal team.
The statement notably did not directly mention Michael Brown or his family.
Here is the full text of Wilson’s statement:
Today, a St. Louis County grand jury released its decision that no charges would be filed in the case involving Officer Darren Wilson. From the onset, we have maintained and the grand jury agreed that Officer Wilson’s actions on August 9 were in accordance with the laws and regulations that govern the procedures of an officer.
In a case of this magnitude, a team of prosecutors rightfully presented evidence to this St. Louis County grand jury. This group of citizens, drawn at random from the community, listened to witnesses and heard all the evidence in the case. Based on the evidence and witness testimony, the grand jury collectively determined there was no basis for criminal charges against Officer Wilson.
Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions. Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law.
We recognize that many people want to second-guess the grand jury’s decision. We would encourage anyone who wants to express an opinion do so in a respectful and peaceful manner.
On a side note, Officer Wilson would like to thank those who have stood by his side throughout the process. This continued support is greatly appreciated by Officer Wilson and his family.
Moving forward, any commentary on this matter will be done in an appropriate venue and not through the media.
So their GRAND JURY heard all the evidence and now they decided in the middle of the night -
NOT GOING TO INDICT
BUT WE KNEW THAT ALREADY
It’s obvious the cop was trying to save his ass
And I get that Michael Brown was a bully and a pos but did the cop have to shoot him six times?
Again this is overkill. Wasn’t Brown kneeling in defeat when the cop shot him execution style in the back of the head?
Why don’t they teach cops to shoot people to WOUND & NOT KILL?
I JUST DON’T GET IT BUT THE WORST PART ABOUT THIS ISSUE IS THE PROTESTERS
THEY RIOT JUST TO RIOT
THE LOOT JUST TO LOOT
AND THEY ARE LOOTING THEIR OWN PEOPLE AND STORES
AND IT’S RIDICULOUS
TOO BAD WE JUST CAN’T THROW A DRONE OVER THEM AND BE DONE WITH THE
SAVAGES IN #FERGUSON
GROW A PAIR – NOT EVERYTHING GOES YOUR WAY AND IF BROWN HAD LIVED
& WILSON HAD DIED – HE’D BE IN THE ELECTRIC CHAIR ALREADY – BELIEVE ME EITHER WAY MICHAEL BROWN WAS FUCKED.
FUCKED FOR HAVING PARENTS WHO DIDN’T KNOW OR CARE WHERE HE WAS
FUCKED FOR LIVING IN A GHETTO
FUCKED FOR BEING BLACK
FUCKED FOR LIVING BLACK IN AMERICA IN A GHETTO IN 2014
#FERGUSON IS A GHETTO
IT’S LIKE THE ZOO NO ONE WANTS TO VISIT
BUT THEY WILL PARADE THERE LIKE ANIMALS
STOP THE VIOLENCE – MICHAEL BROWN LIVED BY IT AND THE REST OF U AREN’T
DOING MUCH TO CHANGE THE MINDS AND HEARTS OF AMERICA
I CAN PRETTY MUCH SAY FOR SURE OBAMA ISN’T GOING TO SAY THIS IN HIS SPEECH 2NIGHT
“MICHAEL BROWN WAS MY SON”
NOPE HE AIN’T GONNA SAY THAT.
CLAYTON, Mo. — A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced Monday.
McCulloch said members of the jury met for 25 days and heard over 70 hours of testimony from over 60 witnesses before reaching their decision. He confirmed Wilson had fired 12 shots at Brown, who was unarmed.
Brown’s Aug. 9 death sparked massive demonstrations in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson and a national conversation on race and law enforcement. Activists had predicted a new wave of demonstrations if Wilson was not indicted — not only in Ferguson, but in the greater St. Louis region and in other cities across the country.
“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions,” Brown’s family said in a statement. “While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.”
McCulloch said he would release full transcripts of the grand jury proceedings Monday night. His office took an unusual approach to the grand jury process by simply presenting the panel with all the evidence but not recommending any specific charges against Wilson.
“From the onset, we have maintained and the grand jury agreed that Officer Wilson’s actions on August 9 were in accordance with the laws and regulations that govern the procedures of an officer,” Wilson’s lawyers said in a statement. “Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions. Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law.”
Witnesses to Brown’s shooting who have publicly spoken about their recollections largely told the same story about the events that led to his death.
It is well established that Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson were walking in the middle of a quiet residential street near the home of Brown’s grandmother when Wilson confronted them shortly after noon on Saturday, Aug. 9. The witnesses who spoke publicly said there was an initial confrontation between Brown and Wilson through the window of his police SUV — some said they thought Wilson was trying to pull Brown in, while Wilson has reportedly said that Brown reached for his weapon.
Wilson reportedly fired one shot out the window, and witnesses claim that Brown took off running. Wilson emerged from the vehicle, and Brown at some point turned around. Many witnesses who have spoken publicly said that Brown looked like he was trying to surrender and put his hands in the air as Wilson shot the final fatal rounds. Wilson reportedly contends that Brown was headed back toward him.
The Washington Post, meanwhile, reported that seven or eight witnesses largely backed up Wilson’s account of the shooting in testimony before the grand jury. Those witnesses, like most of the people in Ferguson, are African-American.
When Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson released Wilson’s name on Aug. 15, the police department simultaneously released a video that appeared to show Brown stealing cigarillos from a convenience store not long before the shooting and shoving a clerk when he was confronted. Jackson has since said that Wilson was not aware that Brown had been involved in any alleged robbery when the officer spotted him on the street.
CHUCK HAGEL IS STEPPING DOWN AS SECY OF DEFENSE BECAUSE “HE WASN’T UP FOR THE JOB” – PUBLIC HUMILIATION IT’S A WONDER THESE PEOPLE GET OTHER POSITIONS AFTER THEY FAIL SO PUBLIC ALLY.
A WOMAN MAY BE NEXT IN LINE FOR HIS JOB BUT TRUTHFULLY I DON’T KNOW IF A WOMAN CAN SPEAK TO THE FOREIGN MUSLIM LEADERS OF THIS WORLD BECAUSE BASICALLY OTHER “MALE” LEADERS DO NOT RESPECT WOMEN PERIOD.
NO OTHER WOMAN STEPPED FORWARD SAYING THE BILL CROSBY RAPED HER BUT A DISGRUNTLED CHIMP WAS PISSED OFF THAT HE GOT SO MUCH PUBLICITY THAT HE SHIT IN COSBY’S JELLO
THE DUMB LATINOS SUPPORT OBAMA’S IMMIGRATION POLICY AND DON’T REALIZE THAT THIS EO (EXECUTIVE ORDER) IS A TEMPORARY ONE AND AFTER 2016 WHEN THEY ARE WAVING VAYA CONDIOS TO THE UNITED STATES IT WAS BECAUSE OBAMA LULLED THEM INTO A SENSE OF SECURITY THAT WAS NOT REALLY THERE.
Then there is that kid in Cleveland who pointed an air soft gun at a rookie cop who shot him to death. They told the 12 year old to put up his hands, instead he reached for his pistol – it should have had a ORANGE marker on it to indicate it is a fake but it didn’t. Even better where were his parents? Even better someone in the playground where he was waving the pistol around reported him to cops – said it may be a “fake gun” – I don’t argue that the cop shouldn’t have been wary but to shoot him in the KILL ZONE is retarded
COULDN’T THE COP HAVE JUST SHOT THE KID IN THE ARM SO HE’D DROP THE GUN? DID THE KID NEED TO DIE? I DON’T THINK SO.
AND IN MY NEXT BLOG I’LL WRITE ABOUT FERGUSON – THE GRAND JURY CAME IN WITH A VERDICT. AT 8PM CENTRAL – 10AM MY TIME – THEY DIDN’T WANT THE ANIMALS TO PROTEST AND BECOME VIOLENT.
LET’ SEE HOW THEY DID
AND HE FAILED THE ETERNAL TEST
AND AS LIFE GOES ON
ALL THE BLACK HEROES FAIL AND FALL IN PUBLIC DISGRACE BECAUSE BLACK MEN ARE ESSENTIALLY SHIT
NOT TALKING ABOUT THEIR COLOR
I’M TALKING ABOUT THEIR LUST AND GREED AND HATRED OF WHITE PEOPLE
AND BECAUSE OF WHITE PEOPLE THEY RAPE
THEY MURDER AND THEY PEDOPHILE
ALL THE BIG HEROES WHO ARE BLACK MEN IN SPORTS, ENTERTAINMENT & OTHER PROMINENT BUSINESSES WHERE A LOT OF MONEY IS MADE
HAVE FALLEN FROM THEIR HIGH PERCHES
ENNIS CROSBY, THE 26 YEAR OLD ONLY SON OF BILL CROSBY DIED IN A ROBBERY THAT WENT NO WHERE AND THAT WAS
KARMA REELING HER HEAD ON HIS ASS AND HE WAS BROKEN AFTER THAT KID DIED
BUT I WONDER IF HE HAD LIVED, WOULD ENNIS HAVE HAD THAT SAME URGE TO RAPE?
MOST OF THE VICTIMS WERE OVER THE YEARS AND MOST OF THEM WHITE WOMEN OR MULTICULTURAL
DON’T FORGET THAT NIGGER COSBY LOVED THEM YOUNG
NONE OF THESE WOMEN KNEW EACH OTHER BUT THEY ALL HAVE SIMILAR STORIES
You may think I’m enjoying this whole thing
Well you’d be right.
I am enjoying Cosby’s fall to hell
He had it coming for a very long time.
I have heard stories about Cosby since the 80s but
I’m just surprised that it took THIS LONG to OUT THIS NIGGER.
THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTS HOW
THE GREAT BLACK HOPE – FALLS
They didn’t see a comedian. They saw the “king of the world.”
Long before there was a Dr. Cliff Huxtable, before rumpled sweaters and a collective anointing as America’s dad, Bill Cosby was magnified a hundredfold in the eyes of the young models and actresses he pulled into his orbit. For them, he embodied the hippest of the 1960s and ’70s Hollywood scene, a mega-star with the power to make somebodies out of nobodies.
He partied with Hugh Hefner and was a regular at the magazine mogul’s Playboy Mansion bacchanals. He co-owned a restaurant and hit the hottest clubs. He sizzled.
Those wild, largely forgotten days clash with the avuncular image that has been Cosby’s most enduring impression on American culture. And they have been jarringly cast in a wholly different light as a torrent of women have told — and in some cases retold — graphic, highly detailed stories of alleged abuse by Cosby.
Sixteen women have publicly stated that Cosby, now 77, sexually assaulted them, with 12 saying he drugged them first and another saying he tried to drug her. The Washington Post has interviewed five of those women, including a former Playboy Playmate who has never spoken publicly about her allegations. The women agreed to speak on the record and to have their identities revealed. The Post also has reviewed court records that shed light on the accusations of a former director of women’s basketball operations at Temple University who assembled 13 “Jane Doe” accusers in 2005 to testify on her behalf about their allegations against Cosby.
The accusations, some of which Cosby has denied and others he has declined to discuss, span the arc of the comedy legend’s career, from his pioneering years as the first black star of a network television drama in 1965 to the mid-2000s, when Cosby was firmly entrenched as an elder statesman of the entertainment industry, a scolding public conscience of the African American community and a philanthropist. They also span a monumental generational shift in perceptions — from the sexually unrestrained ’60s to an era when the idea of date rape is well understood.
The saga of the abuse allegations is set in locales that speak to Cosby’s wealth and fame: a Hollywood-studio bungalow, a chauffeured limousine, luxury hotels, a New York City brownstone. But it also stretches into unexpected places, such as an obscure Denver talent agency that referred two of Cosby’s future accusers to the star for mentoring.
The allegations are strung together by perceptible patterns that appear and reappear with remarkable consistency: mostly young, white women without family nearby; drugs offered as palliatives; resistance and pursuit; accusers worrying that no one would believe them; lifelong trauma. There is also a pattern of intense response by Cosby’s team of attorneys and publicists, who have used the media and the courts to attack the credibility of his accusers.
Martin Singer, an attorney for Cosby, issued a statement Friday defending his client and assailing the news media.
“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity,” he said. “These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.
“Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day. There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they allege they had been sexually assaulted.
“This situation is an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards. Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork. When will it end? It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.”
During an interview on Friday with Florida Today, Cosby said: “I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos. People should fact-check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”
If his accusers are to be believed, the earliest allegations against Cosby remained hidden for decades, private artifacts of an era when women were less likely to publicly accuse men they knew of sexual misdeeds and society was less likely to believe them. But they have flared periodically throughout the past nine years, both because of changing attitudes and, particularly over the past month, because of social media’s ability to transform a story into a viral phenomenon almost impossible to suppress or control.
The allegations represent a stunning reshaping of Cosby’s legacy. Cosby built his fame on a family-friendly comedic persona. He has lectured black youths about proper behavior. He has been honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom and been lauded for making the largest donation ever by an African American to a historically black college, Spelman College in Atlanta.
But since the avalanche of accusations this month, there has been mostly thundering silence from his longtime allies. An exception is Weldon Latham, a prominent Washington attorney and Cosby friend. He noted in an interview with The Post that his friend has never been charged with a crime and wondered whether “some of the women coming out now, seem to be making it up.”
“What you’re hearing is clearly not the entire truth, and how much of it is true, you have no idea,” Latham said.
“I’m pained,” said Virginia Ali, owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street in Washington, which Cosby has frequented since he was 21. “He has been part of the family for many, many years. I’ve always found him a very kind, generous person. I like to say he shares his humanity.”
The influential producers of “The Cosby Show,” the ’80s sitcom that made Cosby famous as a family man, issued a brief statement. “These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension,” Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner said Thursday.
Cosby was on the verge of what appeared to be a comeback this year, butprojects scheduled for NBC and Netflix have been postponed or canceled in the fallout. Several of Cosby’s upcoming comedy shows have been canceled, but when he took the stage Friday in Melbourne, Fla., he received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd.
Americans who sat in front of their television sets on Sept. 15, 1965, had never seen anything like Alexander Scott, the jet-setting international spy. Black stars had appeared on their screens before but never in a leading role, and this one happened to be a 28-year-old comic who just three years earlier had dropped out of Temple University.
The reaction to Cosby’s breakthrough as a co-star appearing on equal footing with a white actor, Robert Culp, reflected a nation still haltingly emerging from its segregationist past. Some Southern television stations banned the program because of Cosby’s prominent role, but much of the nation embraced it, making “I Spy” a hit.
“At Howard University, we used to go wild when we saw a soul brother with a gun allowed to shoot back,” Latham once said.
The Hollywood establishment went wild, too, awarding lead-actor Emmys to Cosby in all three seasons that the program aired.
Soon he would have his own program (“The Bill Cosby Show”) and all the trappings that went along with it, including his own Hollywood-studio bungalow. A teenage comedy writer named Joan Tarshis was more than thrilled to get an invite to that private hideaway in 1969.
Tarshis was only 19, but she had already written monologues for Godfrey Cambridge, one of a handful of nationally prominent black comedians in the mid- and late-1960s, she said in an interview with The Post. But getting to hang out with Cosby was almost like taking an express elevator to the penthouse without stopping at the upper floors.
Cosby was a familiar face on the party circuit, knocking around with Hefner, author Shel Silverstein and John Dante, the second-in-command at Playboy, according to “Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream,” by Steven Watts.
“Hef and his three buddies loved to fly up to [Playboy’s resort on Wisconsin’s Lake Geneva], catch a show, and throw a party for the Bunnies and performers,” Watts wrote.
Cosby was also hitting it big with comedy records, though in hindsight one of his riffs seems particularly insensitive. On his 1969 record, “It’s True! It’s True!,” Cosby joked about drugging women with Spanish Fly, a purported aphrodisiac. Cosby tells the story of a character who convinced him of its powers by recounting how he had slipped some into the drink of a woman named “Crazy Mary.” After that, Cosby said, he’d “go to a party, see five girls standing alone” and think, “Boy, if I had a whole jug of Spanish Fly I’d light that corner up over there.” The audience roars with laughter.
At a lunch at Cosby’s bungalow, Tarshis recalled, he urged her to mix a beer with her bloody mary.
“We call that a redeye,” she said he told her.
Cosby invited her to the set of his new show, and then went back to his bungalow to work on some jokes about earthquakes, since Los Angeles had recently been hit by tremors.
“I said, ‘Sure!’ ” recalled Tarshis, who first disclosed her accusations this month in a column for the Web site Hollywood Elsewhere. “I mean, I had written for Godfrey Cambridge and now I was going to write for Bill Cosby!”
In the bungalow, Tarshis said, Cosby made her another redeye. “I don’t know what was in that drink, but it knocked me out. The next thing I remember after having that drink was waking up on his couch,” she said. “I was really foggy. He was trying to take my underwear off.”
She tried to talk her way out of an unwanted sexual encounter, she said. She made up a story about having a genital infection.
“‘If you have sex with me, your wife will know,’ ” she recalled telling him. “He didn’t miss a beat. He knew exactly how to respond. He made me give him oral sex. It was pretty horrible.”
She told no one. Instead, she went home to Brooklyn.
A few weeks later, Cosby called her house and spoke to her mother, who had no idea what had allegedly happened on that couch in the bungalow, Tarshis said. Cosby told Tarshis’s mother that he wanted to take her daughter to the Westbury Music Fair on Long Island to hear him deliver a monologue to which Tarshis had made a small writing contribution.
“She was over the moon,” Tarshis said of her mother. “She was so excited.”
Looking back through the prism of four decades, Tarshis, now 66, wonders why she went. “I didn’t know how to handle it,” she said. “I thought, ‘Okay, I’m going to be in a theater. It’s going to be safe.’ I didn’t see any way out.”
A limousine picked her up at her mother’s and took her to Cosby’s New York hotel room at the Sherry-Netherland, Tarshis recalled. Tarshis — who has acknowledged having a drinking problem but says she has been sober since 1988 — remembered being “nervous and uncomfortable.” She had a drink with him to calm down because she was so uneasy about being in his presence after the first alleged assault, she said. By the time they got to the theater, she was feeling so unsteady that she had to leave, she said. She asked the limousine driver to take her back to the car. She lay down.
“The next thing I know, I’m in his hotel room, in his bed, naked,” Tarshis said.
She said she believed he had sexually assaulted her.
“My first thought was, ‘How do I get out of here?’ ” she said. “Also, ‘How do I get out of here safely?’ I didn’t want to aggravate him. I didn’t know what he’d do.”
John Milward, a freelance reporter and author, confirmed that Tarshis told him about her Cosby allegations in the early 1980s, though he never wrote about them. And, Tarshis said, she never contacted the police.
“Who was going to believe me?” she said. “If he was a regular joe, I might have done something.”
One of Cosby’s attorneys, John Schmitt, issued a statement this past week saying that repeating old allegations “does not make them true.”
She wanted an adventure. With high school graduation behind her, Linda Traitz and a group of friends left Miami Beach in 1969 to see what it would be like to live in California.
She took a job as a waitress. It wasn’t about the job; it was about the place, a place filled with stars, a place that glittered.
Traitz worked at Cafe Figaro, a West Hollywood spot that was notable, in part, because of Cosby, who co-owned it and made it his hangout for business meetings.
“I was young and star-struck,” Traitz, now 63, recalled in an interview with The Post.
Traitz’s year of adventure coincided with Cosby’s emergence as a solo phenomenon. He was no longer Culp’s co-star or merely a clever comic; he was showing he could do it all: conceive, write and act. NBC debuted an animated TV movie version of his brainchild, “Fat Albert.” His situation comedy, “The Bill Cosby Show,” launched, and he was about to win his fourth Emmy for a television special he headlined. He even did a Crest toothpaste ad. Everything he touched glistened.
In the midst of all that, Traitz said, Cosby chatted her up one day at his restaurant and offered a ride home. She could not have imagined saying anything but yes.
The minutiae of that day are carved into her mind. She even remembers what she was wearing: a long “hippie days” peasant skirt. She climbed into Cosby’s Rolls Royce and he suggested they drive out to the beach, Traitz recalled. Once they parked at the beach, he opened a briefcase, she said.
“It had assorted sections in it, with pills and tablets in it, different colors arranged and assorted into compartments,” she recalled. “He offered me pills and said it would help me to relax, and I kept refusing but he kept offering.”
Cosby “lunged” at her, she said, “grabbed my chest, grabbed me in the front all over.”
“I was crying and horrified,” she said. She broke free, she said, and tumbled out of the car. She ran down the beach with Cosby in pursuit, but she tripped on that long peasant skirt and fell onto the sand, she said.
Cosby agreed to take her home. Her skirt was torn. Walking back to the car, they passed a block filled with shops. Cosby bought her a new skirt, she said.
They rode in silence. “He froze me out,” she said. He never tried anything again, she said, but Traitz could not keep the incident to herself. She told her co-workers and her family what happened at the time. She decided not to go to the police.
“It was a different time,” her brother, Jim Traitz, told The Post. “We all also knew this was a really big guy with a big PR operation and lawyers, and that he could crush us — that he would crush us — and her.”
Life has not been easy for Linda Traitz, who has a history of drug addiction. In the past decade, she has amassed a criminal record with multiple convictions, mostly related to prescription drugs, according to Florida court records. She received a five-year prison term, serving from 2008 to 2012.
“I know there will be people who are going to say: ‘You have a drug problem. Why should we believe you?’ ” she said of her decision to go public now.
Just as the allegations against Cosby span generational shifts in attitudes about what constitutes out-of-bounds behavior, they also span historic shifts in how information is disseminated. At the time when Traitz alleges Cosby assaulted her, there was no such thing as social media.
But this month, two events compelled her to make a public statement. First, the comedian Hannibal Buress touched off a social-media frenzy by asking an audience at one of his shows to Google “Bill Cosby rapist.” Then, on Nov. 13, The Post published a first-person account by another accuser,Barbara Bowman. Traitz, furious about the attacks on Bowman and other Cosby accusers, posted her story on Facebook.
Singer, Cosby’s attorney, called Traitz “the latest example of people coming out of the woodwork with unsubstantiated or fabricated stories about my client.”
He added, “There was no briefcase of drugs and the story is absurd.”
Victoria Valentino was living what appeared to be a version of the Hollywood dream. Playboy magazine picked her as Playmate of the Month for September 1963 when she was just 19. The next year, she helped open the original Playboy Club as a bunny on the Sunset Strip on New Year’s Eve.
But by the end of the decade, she had drifted away from those glitzy heights, she recalled in an interview with The Post. In September 1969, her 6-year-old son, Tony, had drowned in a swimming pool. She battled a deep depression, she recalled.
Francesca Emerson, a fellow Playboy bunny who befriended Valentino at the Playboy Club, sensed her despondency. Emerson, who is black, said she was one of the first “chocolate Bunnies” of the 1960s and had trained Valentino in her role as a “Bunny instructor.”
Emerson had a plan to lift Valentino’s spirits. “I want you to meet my friend, Bill Cosby,” she said.
Emerson and Cosby had hit it off at the Playboy Club. “He always gave me $100 tips, and he tried to get me to come down to the studio to read for his show, but I was always so nervous.”
After Emerson lost her job at the club in 1968, she said, a chauffeur arrived at her home and handed her an envelope. Inside was $1,000 and a note. “This is for you so you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. Love, Cos,” Emerson said it read.
“That’s the Bill Cosby I knew,” Emerson said. “He was a perfect gentleman.”
She said she introduced her “stunning” friend Valentino to Cosby in January 1970 at Cafe Figaro. Weeks later, she said, she met Cosby there again. Valentino said she was with her friend and roommate at the time, an aspiring actress named Meg Foster. She said Cosby offered to pay for massages for the women at a local spa and then sent a limousine to pick them up for dinner.
Valentino said they had dinner at a restaurant called Sneaky Pete’s. They ordered steaks and wine, and toward the end of dinner, Valentino said, Cosby offered her and Foster red pills.
“He was trying to cheer me up, and he stuck a pill in my mouth,” she said. “He said, ‘This will make us all feel better.’ ”
She and Foster each took a pill, and Cosby did, too, she said.
“We were slurring words. I couldn’t function,” she recalled, adding that Cosby said he would take them home but instead drove them to an apartment in the hills above the Chateau Marmont hotel. Valentino said Cosby wanted to show them some memorabilia from “I Spy.”
Once inside, Valentino said, Foster passed out. The room was spinning, and Valentino said she remembered feeling as if she was going to throw up. She said she saw Cosby sitting in a love seat near Foster and she noticed that he had an erection.
“I reached out, grabbing him, trying to get his attention, trying to distract him,” Valentino said. “He came over to me and sat down on the love seat and opened his fly and grabbed my head and pushed my head down. And then he turned me over. It was like a waking nightmare.”
She protested but could not stop him, she said. Cosby slipped out alone, telling Valentino to call a cab if she wanted to go home, she said.
Valentino said she never called the police. “What kind of credibility did I have?” she said. “In those days, it was always the rape victim who wound up being victimized. You didn’t want to go to the police. That’s the last thing you wanted to do back then.”
She was too embarrassed to tell most of her friends, but she did tell Emerson — the woman who had introduced her to Cosby.
Emerson, who lives in Australia, confirmed Valentino’s recollection in an interview with The Post.
“I remember she said that he had drugged her and she came to and he was trying to rape Meg and she pulled him off,” Emerson said. “But I feel devastated that I didn’t do anything or say anything.”
Foster, an actress known for roles in TV shows such as “Cagney and Lacey” and movies including “The Osterman Weekend,” declined an interview request.
About 10 years ago, Valentino was contacted by another former Playboy Playmate, Charlotte Kemp, Miss December 1982, who said she was writing a book called “Centerfold Memories.”
In an interview, Kemp — whose real last name is Helmkamp — said she videotaped an interview with Valentino during which she talked about her alleged encounter with Cosby. Helmkamp said the account she gave matches the account Valentino provided to The Post.
Valentino, now 71, said she decided to come forward after seeing Bowman’s allegations in The Post.
“Every time I hear his name mentioned and see him getting an honorary doctorate and see him as this father figure, it makes me nauseated,” Valentino said. “It’s so humiliating. Forty-four years later it makes me feel shameful.”
When contacted by The Post about Valentino’s allegations, Cosby’s attorney responded by issuing the broad denial to the recent accusations.
He liked to watch her brush her hair, Tamara Green recalled. Cosby would sit and watch her pull the brush through her long, thick blond locks as she sang lyrics made famous by the sultry, smoky-voiced jazz great Julie London.
“You need to be taught. You need to be groomed,” Green remembered him telling her.
Green was in her early 20s when she met Cosby through a mutual friend, a Los Angeles doctor, she said. “He was king of the world,” Green said in an interview with The Post. “Full of himself. ‘I Spy.’ Man about town.”
When Green met Cosby — in 1969 or 1970, she said — she was doing some modeling and singing. Los Angeles felt like the host of one long, awesome party. Knowing Cosby made it even more awesome.
“We slept all day and were up all night,” Green said.
It was a “very hippie-dippy, very free-love” time, Green said. The big shots in her circle of celebrity friends kept “stables of girls,” Green said. “They had a total disrespect for the girls.” Green did not want to be Cosby’s girl.
Green went to work for Cosby in the early 1970s, she said. She was supposed to be raising money from investors for a new club Cosby intended to open.
She called Cosby one day to say she was feeling sick and was going to go home. He told her she would feel better if she ate something and invited her to join him at Cafe Figaro, she said. When she arrived, he gave her some red and gray pills, saying they were over-the-counter decongestants, she recalled.
Cosby drove Green to her apartment and she started to feel woozy, she said. “I remember him being all smarmy: ‘Let me help you take off all your clothes,’ ” she recalled.
“I couldn’t control my body. I couldn’t run,” Green recalled. “. . . He was naked. I was naked on my bed. His hands were all over me.”
Cosby penetrated her vagina with his fingers and fondled his penis in front of her, Green said. She screamed in protest, she said. “You’re going to have to kill me,” she remembers telling him. But he would not stop, she said, until she managed to upend a table lamp.
Cosby tossed down two $100 bills as he left, a gesture that Green took as a deep insult, she said. She did not think of herself as a girl who could be bought, but she felt helpless to do anything. She feared Cosby’s power. But there was another thing that she fretted about. Her young brother was dying from cystic fibrosis, and the day after the alleged incident, Cosby visited him at the children’s hospital where he was being treated, showing up with gifts and entertaining the other young patients, Green said. Her brother adored the star, and knowing Cosby gave him a certain cache in the hospital ward and garnered him extra attention from nurses in his final days, she said. She worried about jeopardizing all that.
Green, now 66, went on to become an attorney and got married. She is retired in Southern California, where she grapples with Parkinson’s disease and with the echoes of that long-ago alleged incident. She said she is forever checking the perimeter of her home. She still sleeps in her clothes.
Another Cosby attorney, Walter M. Phillips Jr., called Green’s allegations “absolutely false.”
“Mr. Cosby does not know the name Tamara Green or Tamara Lucier [her maiden name] and the incident she describes did not happen,” Phillips said in a statement issued this past week. He said it was “irresponsible” to publish an “uncorroborated story of an incident that is alleged to have happened thirty years ago.”
Cosby’s legal team has also questioned Green’s credibility because her law license was suspended in 2004. Green said that the suspension resulted from an overdraft related to her depositing a retainer check in the wrong account and that her license was reinstated.
Cosby’s team has also used legal-ethics issues to question the credibility of a more recent accuser who is now a lawyer — Louisa Moritz, an actress who appeared in the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” On Thursday, Moritz told the Web site TMZ that Cosby forced her to have oral sex in a dressing room of “The Tonight Show” in 1971. Singer, Cosby’s attorney, questioned her credibility because she had been disciplined by the California State Bar last year in a dispute over a legal fee.
In 1971, seven years after their wedding, Cosby’s wife, Camille, remained committed to making their marriage work despite the distractions of Hollywood. They had met on a blind date at a bowling alley in the spring of 1963. He was a 25-year-old comedian who was in Washington for a gig at the Shadows, a small club in Georgetown. She was a teenage University of Maryland student.
The parents of Camille Hanks worried she was too young. But the couple — whose early dates often ended at Ben’s Chili Bowl — began a long-distance relationship when Cosby returned to New York. The next year, Camille dropped out of college and her parents reluctantly gave their blessing to their 19-year-old daughter’s marriage.
The ceremony, performed by Father Carl Dianda, was held in a large multipurpose hall at a Catholic church in Olney, Md.
“They were well matched,” Dianda, who had three premarital meetings in the rectory with the young couple, said in an interview with The Post. “She was one of the most beautiful in that parish,” Dianda said, recalling that Cosby introduced himself to the priest by handing him one of his comedic records.
Their move to Los Angeles as Cosby’s career rocketed in the mid- and late-1960s required adjustments. “All of a sudden we were successful people,” Camille Cosby recalled in an interview with Stephanie Stokes Oliver of Essence. “All of a sudden we had money coming in, and it changed our lives.”
It’s unclear how much Camille knew about her husband’s activities during the Los Angeles years. Six of the sexual-abuse allegations against Cosby date to that period — Tarshis, Traitz, Green, Valentino and two other women: Carla Ferrigno, the future wife of “Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno, told KFI Radio that Cosby tried to assault her at his house in 1967. And Kristina Ruehli, now a 71-year-old grandmother of eight, told Philadelphia Magazine that she believes Cosby drugged her two years earlier and forced her to perform oral sex on him when she awoke.
By 1971, the couple decided they needed to make a change. Camille would move with their three children to Shelburne Falls, Mass., and Cosby would shuttle between Los Angeles, where he would continue working, and the new family home. Camille wanted to extract her family from the toxic Hollywood culture that she felt had facilitated her husband’s “selfish” behavior, according to a biography of Cosby by former Newsweek managing editor Mark Whitaker that was published this month.
The move gave Cosby an opportunity to live a kind of double life, Whitaker writes. In the East, Cosby was a family man studying for his PhD at the University of Massachusetts, raising money for Temple University scholarships and making a documentary about convicts seeking redemption. In the West, he could revel in “self-indulgence,” Whitaker writes. Later, Cosby would have a long run of comedy shows in Las Vegas, still far from his family. “After his second show was done, he could often be found playing blackjack or craps into the wee hours, betting thousands of dollars as well-liquored men and flirtatious women egged him on,” Whitaker wrote.
With his wife more than 3,000 miles away, Cosby began an affair with Shawn Berkes, a secretary he met at a Los Angeles nightclub. Berkes later confronted Cosby and said that she had given birth to his child.
The timing of that confrontation seems to coincide with a “turning point” at the 10-year mark in the Cosby marriage that was mentioned many years later by Camille Cosby in an interview. She told Oprah Winfrey that she and her husband had weathered some “selfish” behavior but opted to recommit to their relationship.
In a court case more than two decades after Cosby’s affair, he testified that he paid $100,000 to keep his extramarital relationship secret. Berkes’s daughter — Autumn Jackson, who was by then an adult — would serve a prison term for extortion. Camille Cosby made it clear in her Winfrey interview that she was aware of the affair long before the extortion attempt.
By the 1970s, Cosby’s career had slowed. His 1972 comedy-variety show lasted one season, and by 1974 he was turning to corporate advertising deals, including one that would define him almost as much as any television role he had played: serving as a television spokesman for Jell-O.
With his career in a lull, Cosby renewed his pledges to his family. When he turned 40 in 1977, he vowed to “cut back” his “playboy ways,” according to the Whitaker biography. He would focus on his family and children.
Throughout Cosby’s 1989 book, “Love and Marriage,” he paints his wife as ruler of the roost, and has said he modeled the TV character of Clair Huxtable on Camille, who was also a graceful mother of five. But unlike Clair, a successful lawyer, for many years Camille did not have a career outside the home.
Their family life, however, was not the stuff of television sitcoms. Erinn Cosby, the family’s second-oldest daughter, was estranged from her father in the late 1980s. Bill Cosby told the Los Angeles Times: “She can’t come here. She’s not a person you can trust.” The family blamed the separation on drugs, which Erinn later denied.
Jo Farrell pursued clients so relentlessly that she became known as the “Red-headed Barracuda.” She operated her JF Images talent agency far from Hollywood in Denver, but she wielded such clout that she could make or break careers.
Farrell plays one of the more unusual roles in the decades-long drama of Cosby and his accusers. She referred two women to Cosby who later alleged he sexually abused them: Barbara Bowman and Beth Ferrier.
Farrell is now 83 and suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s, according to her daughter, Kathleen, who said in a recent interview with The Post that her mother retired five years ago and knew nothing about the claims of sexual abuse until they appeared in People magazine in 2006. “It’s mind-boggling,” Jo Farrell told the magazine at the time. “I don’t set up interviews in bars. Here I am pulled in on this, and it makes me sad because my reputation has always been golden in this city.”
Farrell’s relationship to Cosby dates back decades. She first met him at the Turn of the Century nightclub, which was near her talent agency. Kathleen Farrell said Cosby worked with a number of the agency’s young female clients through the years, taking them on outings and asking them to auditions. She said she had heard allegations that other men — photographers and bookers — had abused actresses. But she said her mother never mentioned any complaints about Cosby. If she had heard complaints, she said, her mother would have severed her relationship with Cosby “to protect the girls.”
“Nobody ever addressed with her that there was an issue,” Kathleen Farrell said. “She’s a mother hen; she would have addressed it.”
Farrell discovered Bowman, then 13, at a 1980 beauty pageant.
“She pulled me over and said, ‘What’s your name?’ ” Bowman, now 47, recalled in an interview. “She said I looked like a movie star. That was quite a compliment for a scrawny little kid trying to make it. . . . I was feeling really glamorous.”
She said Cosby came to town in 1984 and Farrell took Bowman, now 17, to a comedy club for an audition. Bowman said she prepared a monologue and performed before one of the most famous comedians in the country in a small conference room tucked away inside the comedy club.
But she made an impression. Both Farrell and Cosby gushed that she was destined for big things in the business and advised that she move to New York, where she could hone her craft. Cosby also brought her to the New York set of “The Cosby Show.”
“That was the bait: the promise of an audition, being seen and adored by a big name,” Bowman said. “And he enjoyed knowing that people knew he was the one who was discovering hot new talent.
She said she was “terrified” of Cosby and Farrell. “They isolated me and made me totally dependent on them,” she said.
At the time, Cosby was in the process of becoming the biggest television star in the world. “The Cosby Show” had debuted the year before, introducing viewers to his career-defining role as Cliff Huxtable.
“At a time when the situation comedy was supposed to be moribund on television, ‘The Cosby Show’ has leapt to No. 1 in a single season,” New York Times critic John J. Connor wrote in May 1985. “At a time when blacks were once again being considered ratings liabilities by benighted television executives, the middle-class Huxtables have become the most popular family in the United States. And at a time when so many comedians are toppling into a kind of smutty permissiveness, Mr. Cosby is making the nation laugh by paring ordinary life to its extraordinary essentials. It is indeed a truly nice development.”
Bowman said she saw an entirely different persona from the one Cosby played on television. Once, while at his brownstone in New York City, she said she blacked out after one glass of wine and awoke to find herself wearing nothing but her underpants and a man’s T-shirt.
In another alleged incident in Atlantic City, she said Cosby pinned her down on a hotel bed while she screamed for help and he struggled to pull down his pants.
“I furiously tried to wrestle from his grasp until he eventually gave up,” she said in an interview with The Post.
Cosby called her “a baby,” Bowman said, then he told her to go home to Denver.
At first, Bowman said she was in denial that the alleged assaults had taken place. She then convinced herself that she did what she needed to do to make it in the entertainment business. She said she also became financially dependent on Cosby and her agent.
“They were subsidizing me in New York until I started booking jobs,” she said.
When asked why she did not come forward sooner, Bowman said she did not think anyone would believe her.
Cosby’s attorneys had previously called her claims “absolutely untrue.”
In the years after the alleged assault of Bowman, Cosby rose to heights that were almost unimaginable. In 1987, “The Cosby Show” went into syndication, and within five years it had pulled in $1 billion in syndication fees, with hundreds of millions reportedly going to Cosby.
By 1992, Camille had earned a doctorate in education. She would go on to produce an award-winning play and co-found a project to preserve African American history. Still, her professional interests melded with husband’s. Much of Camille’s work stems from research for her dissertation, which focused on the impact negative images of black people on television have on the self-perception of young blacks.
The rest of the decade would produce some of the most painful moments for Cosby and his family. In 1997, he endured the revelation of his long-secret affair with Berkes, whose name was then Shawn Upshaw. But his world was shaken by the murder of his 28-year-old son, Ennis Cosby, during an attempted robbery on a Los Angeles freeway in January 1997.
Camille Cosby paired those two signal moments in a poignant and sometimes biting editorial published by USA Today in 1997.
Less than a month after her son’s death, she wrote, “Ennis William Cosby did not have a mother. I was a nonentity, an un-person. Yet, when my husband made his more than famous confession to the public about a brief 1970s liaison, my name was printed everywhere. Suddenly, I became well known; not as an intelligent person, but for reasons obviously undesirable.”
Of her marriage, she wrote: “Bill and I were very young when we married; he was 26, I was 19. We had to mature, we had to learn the definition of unselfish love, and we did. When we committed to each other wholeheartedly years ago, our marriage became healthy and solid. Also, we blossomed as individuals. Our marriage encompasses mutual love, respect, trust and communication. Sound relationships must have positive reciprocity; they can’t be one-sided and strong.”
Andrea Constand was stressed. She held down a big job at Temple University as operations director of the women’s basketball team. But she wanted career advice, according to court documents in a 2005 civil suit that Constand filed against Cosby. She decided to confide in a man who had not only become her close friend but was also Temple royalty.
Cosby had attended Temple before dropping out in the early 1960s to pursue his comedy career, but he had remained in close contact with his hometown university, serving on the board of trustees since the early 1980s.
Constand became friends with Cosby a year after her arrival on the Philadelphia campus in 2001. They sometimes dined alone together, according to court records.
In January 2004, the records state, Cosby invited her to his home in suburban Philadelphia. Constand alleges that Cosby offered her three blue pills. He said they were an herbal medication and would relax her, according to her court filing; she hesitated but finally took his advice.
Within a short period of time, her “knees began to shake, her limbs felt immobile, she felt dizzy and weak, and she began to feel only barely conscious,” Constand’s attorneys wrote.
Constand accused Cosby of leading her to a sofa, then touching “her breasts and vaginal area.” She said he “rubbed his penis against her hand, and digitally penetrated her,” the court records state.
All the while, she “remained in a semi-conscious state,” her attorneys wrote.
Constand said she lost consciousness afterward until 4 a.m., when she awoke “feeling raw in and around her vaginal area,” the court records state. Also, “her clothes and undergarments were in disarray,” according to the records.
When she awoke, there was Cosby, she said. He was in his bathrobe, the court records state. She said she left.
According to court records, Cosby said he and Constand spent time together, but his attorneys denied the claims that he drugged and assaulted her. He said he had merely given her 11/2 tablets of Benadryl, an over-the-counter antihistamine.
In Cosby’s account of his evening with Constand during the court case, he denied appearing in only his bathrobe and he said he gave her a “homemade blueberry muffin and a cup of hot tea,” according to court records.
Constand, now 41, went on to leave her job at Temple, moving back to her native Canada. One year later, in January 2005, she filed a complaint against Cosby with a police department in Ontario.
That complaint was followed by a criminal inquiry in Montgomery County, Pa. Law enforcement officials interviewed Constand and Cosby.
“I thought, in my gut, that she was telling the truth,” Bruce L. Castor Jr., the Montgomery County district attorney at the time, said in a recent interview with The Post. “I was absolutely certain that she believed that Cosby had taken advantage of her, but there were not enough details.”
Castor lacked physical evidence, and he thought any possible case would be hampered by the long delay in filing a complaint. In February 2005, he announced that he would not be prosecuting Cosby.
After the 2005 criminal case was resolved, Cosby resumed a tough-love tour he had put on hold when news of Constand’s allegations broke. The national tour consisted of free speeches where large audiences gathered to hear Cosby speak about the failures of black parents and black youths. He had been ridiculing African American politicians, accusing them of too often blaming “systematic racism” for his community’s problems.
But the next month, Cosby’s own actions were again scrutinized. And this time, it would not be just one woman pointing a finger at him. Constand’s civil lawsuit, filed in March 2005, would eventually include 13 Jane Does who agreed to testify against Cosby. The women came from points across the country: Ventura, Calif.; Monument, Colo.; Spring Hill, Fla.
Green, the onetime model who had said Cosby had drugged her in the early 1970s, had offered to testify without maintaining anonymity. All told, Green said she has spoken with 20 accusers; all of them, she said, asserted that they had been drugged by the comedian.
Constand’s attorneys were spotting patterns, too. In their court filings, they asserted that a common theme among the Jane Does was that “they were victimized after being conned by the Cosby image.”
In court documents, Cosby’s attorneys said their client “vigorously denies” her allegations that he “drugged her and sexually assaulted her” and “adamantly denies engaging in sexual misconduct.”
In November 2006, Constand and Cosby reached an undisclosed settlement. Constand and her attorney declined to be interviewed for this article.
Constand’s settlement largely made the Cosby story go away. There would be isolated reports, but the image of Cosby as an accused sex offender seemed destined to be relegated to a historical footnote until the jokes by Buress — a popular but hardly A-list 31-year-old comedian — went viral this month.
Since then, the names of nine more accusers have surfaced, including the model Janice Dickinson, who told “Entertainment Tonight” that Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982. To back up her accusation, she produced Polaroids of Cosby in a checkered robe.
Cosby’s attorneys rushed to keep pace with the allegations, repeatedly saying they had no merit. “Janice Dickinson’s story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a complete lie,” Singer said in a statement.
Three of the women who spoke to The Post — Traitz, Tarshis and Valentino — also made their first widely distributed public statements about the allegations this month.
At the two university campuses most associated with Cosby, there was a pinched terseness from administrators. Temple would say only that Cosby remained on its board. Two weeks after Buress’s comedy routine reignited the sex-allegations controversy, a Temple student, Grace Holleran, published an editorial in the school newspaper calling on university officials to stop supporting Cosby. The university “seems to be banking on Cosby’s star power, remembering him for his colorful sweaters and Pudding Pops as it fails to acknowledge his muddy backstory,” Holleran wrote.
At Spelman College — where Cosby made history in 1988 with a $20 million donation, the largest by an African American to a historically black college — the president’s office would not say whether the endowed professorship named for Cosby and his wife would continue.
The educator who holds that endowed chair at Spelman predicted in an interview that the sexual-assault allegations ultimately would not define Cosby.
“I’m not worried about being the Cosby chair,” said Aku Kadogo, Spelman’s Cosby Endowed Professor in the Arts. “It’s not a worry to me. It’s a difficult time for him. But it ain’t the end of the world. If Hillary can run for president — she went through all that rigmarole. People forget easily.”
But, in the universe of Bill Cosby, it has become clear that not everyone forgets.
Amy Argetsinger, Alice Crites, Simone Sebastian, Peggy McGlone, Krissah Thompson, Magda Jean-Louis and Adam Kushner in Washington, Karen Heller in Philadelphia and Geoff Edgers in Melbourne, Fla., contributed to this report.
MORE BILL C
HAVE THEY ARRESTED ANYONE WHO EVER THREATENED THE PRESIDENT?
THEY NEVER ARRESTED ANYONE WHO THREATENED BUSH JR.
BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT ANYONE TO TREAT THEM LIKE A HERO
ALRIGHT BUT I DIGRESS…
THIS WOMAN LOOKS DERANGED
THE DAILY MAIL – UK
A Houston woman who goes by the name Teddy Bear Paradise was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison for threatening to assassinate President Barack Obama, prosecutors said.
The woman, formerly known as Denise O’Neal, had told a federal court she sent a letter in November 2013 threatening to murder the president and told two Secret Service agents about a month later of her intention to assassinate Obama.
She pleaded guilty in August and had faced up to five years in prison. A lawyer for the woman was not immediately available for comment.
Teddy Bear Paradise, a 56-year-old woman formerly known as Denise O’Neal, pleaded guilty to sending a letter in November 2013 threatening to murder the president. Today she received 21 months in prison for the bad act
The White House is seen at dusk here today. As O’Neal was was being sentenced today for making threats against the president, the interim Secret Service Director was on Capitol Hill apologizing for a series of other threats on the presidents life that were mishandled by the security agency
It was the second time she had been charged with threatening to assassinate a sitting president.
According to court documents, O’Neal, 56, pleaded guilty to sending letters in 2008 threatening to kill then-President George W. Bush.
She previously pleaded guilty to sending threatening letters in 2005 in California, documents showed.
Prosecutors in the recent case said O’Neal’s letter to Obama included a threat to come to Washington, D.C. and kill him. She later told Secret Service that she would hire someone to murder the president if she was unable to do it herself.
According to KETK, Paradise will now be transferred to a yet to be determined U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.
Clancy, who took the temporary job at the behest of the president after former Secret Service head Julia Pierson resigned amid political pressure, apologized for the ‘unacceptable’ security lapses saying the agency had ‘fallen short.’
Under Pierson’s direction, the White House underwent a shooting that the Secret Service was unaware of and a series of fence-jumping breaches, the most high-profile of which involved a knife-wielding military veteran who made it inside of the president’s home.
The president was also allowed to ride in an elevator with an armed security guard who had not been vetted by the government’s security agency.
The interim Secret Service head said today he is ‘conducting a comprehensive, bottom-to-top assessment to determine the root cause’ of the ‘mishaps’ so that he can make sure the president’s life is never put in danger like that again.
This woman is a dip.
5 kids and counting and she sends these leaders ricin laced letters?
What did she think?
Did she think they would open up their own mail?
18 years she got and has to pay back $387 thousand dollars in restitution after she is paroled.
She was an extra in the TV SHOW THE WALKING DEAD – probably a real life ZOMBIE
WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE TODAY?
DALLAS — A Texas woman was indicted Friday on charges that she sent threatening, ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an attempt to frame her estranged husband.
The federal indictment charges Shannon Richardson, 35, with two counts of mailing a threatening communication and one count of making a threat against the president of the United States.
Richardson, an actress from New Boston, Texas, was arrested June 7. She is accused of sending the threatening letters in May to Obama, Bloomberg and a third man who heads the mayor’s gun-control group.
“What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got in store for you, Mr. President,” the letter to Obama said.
If convicted, Richardson faces up to five years in prison on each charge.
Richardson’s attorney, Tonda Curry, said her client will plead not guilty. Although federal investigators say Richardson has admitted mailing the letters, Curry noted that the government must prove Richardson had “the requisite mental state” to make her actions a crime.
Curry said prosecutors have told her they are considering additional charges for the manufacture or possession of a biological agent.
“I’m hopeful that the counter-terrorism task force wouldn’t even approve that charge, because it’s clear in this case that whatever was done was not done for the purpose of hurting the president, the mayor or anyone else,” said Curry, noting that high-ranking public officials typically don’t open their own mail.
Davilyn Walston, the spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in the eastern district of Texas, said she couldn’t comment on the specifics of the Richardson investigation, but she said there’s always a possibility of a superseding indictment in every case.
Authorities have determined that the letters were mailed from New Boston, about 150 miles northeast of Dallas, or nearby Texarkana and postmarked in Shreveport, La.
The government has accused Richardson of mailing the letters and trying to pin the crime on Nathan Richardson, whom she married in 2011. He filed for divorce earlier this month and told the Texarkana Gazette he contemplated divorce last year but reconsidered when the relationship seemed to improve.
The marriage was at least the third for Shannon Richardson, and she has five children ranging in age from 4 to 19 from other relationships, according to Nathan Richardson’s attorney, John Delk.
Delk said Friday that his client has been allowed to return to the couple’s home in New Boston, which was quarantined after it was searched by FBI agents wearing hazardous material suits.
“He’s starting to get his life back in order, and he’s still cooperating fully with the investigators, answering any questions they may have and providing any evidence they may need,” Delk said.
The children from Shannon Richardson’s previous relationships are now in Georgia with Richardson’s second husband, Delk said.
According to an FBI affidavit, Richardson first contacted authorities to implicate her husband in the scheme. But she failed a polygraph exam and investigators found inconsistencies in her story, the document alleges.
Richardson, who has had minor television and film roles under the name Shannon Guess, later admitted she mailed the letters but maintained that her husband made her do it, according to the affidavit.
Richardson, who is six months pregnant, has been in the Titus County jail since her arrest but is due to be transferred to a federal prison for a psychological exam.
A federal judge last week ordered Richardson to undergo the exam after Curry requested it, saying her client had displayed “a pattern of behavior” that calls into question whether she could assist in her defense.
“The fact that she’s in jail while she’s pregnant, the possibility of having to give birth to her child while in custody, not having her own doctor – all those things are contributing (to her mental state),” Curry said.
August 31, 1977
|Other names||Shannon Rogers Guess
Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson
Shannon Guess Richardson
|Known for||Sending letters laced with ricin|
|Possession of a toxin for use as a weapon|
$367,000 in restitution
|Spouse(s)||Nathan Richardson (m. 2011–14)|
Shannon Richardson (née Rogers; born August 31, 1977) is a former American actress and convicted felon. She has had minor television and film roles, most notably The Walking Dead, but is best known for sending ricin-laced letters to U.S. PresidentBarack Obama and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, for which she was convicted and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment in July 2014.
At the time of her arrest, Richardson lived in New Boston, Texas. She has been married three times. On October 8, 2011, she married Nathan Richardson, a U.S. Army veteran who works as a mechanic in a military depot. He filed for divorce in June 2013.
At the time of her arrest in June 2013, Richardson had five children, ranging in age from 4 to 19, and was pregnant with her sixth child. None of Richardson’s children were fathered by her current husband. On July 4, 2013, Richardson gave birth to a baby boy, named Brody, while in custody. Officials said that the baby was born four months prematurely, weighed only two pounds at birth, and that he needed to remain hospitalized. In August 2013, Nathan Richardson won temporary custody of Brody.
In May 2013, while going through a divorce, Richardson called the police and accused her husband, Nathan Richardson, of mailing letters laced with the poison ricin to several politicians. Nathan Richardson has not been charged with any crime. He told investigators that his wife set him up. Investigators found evidence that she had mailed the ricin-laced letters herself in an effort to set up her estranged husband. Richardson was arrested on June 7, 2013 for her alleged involvement in ricin-laced letters being sent to politicians such as President Barack Obama and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. She was charged with “mailing a threatening letter to President Barack Obama”.
On June 6, Richardson confessed that she had mailed the three letters, knowing they contained ricin, but claimed her husband made her mail the letters. On June 20, a federal judge ordered Richardson be given a psychological examination, based on a request from her court-appointed attorney, who said she had shown “a pattern of behavior” that raised questions about her ability to assist in her own criminal defense.
On June 28, Richardson was indicted and charged in the mailing of ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg. The three-count indictment accused her of mailing three threatening letters around May 20 to Obama, Bloomberg, and Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. A criminal complaint filed on June 7 revealed that the FBI had used Mail Isolation Control and Tracking (MICT), a previously undisclosed mass surveillance program run by the U.S. Postal Service, to narrow its investigation to Richardson.
On November 22, Richardson reached a plea agreement on three counts. On December 10, she pled guilty and was sent to the Texas State Prison System. The U.S. government contracts with county and state officials nationwide to hold federal prisoners pending trial. On July 16, 2014, Richardson was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg.
OBAMA DOES NOT TECHNICALLY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO GIVE ANYONE ILLEGAL AMNESTY.
IF THESE PEOPLE DO “COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS” IT WILL IDENTIFY THEM FOR THE FUTURE
2016 TO BE EXACT SO THAT WE WILL KNOW WHOM TO DEPORT ONCE OBAMA LEAVES OFFICE
HE DID THIS SO THE GOP CONGRESS WOULD MOVE THEIR BUTTS AND FINALLY PUT THE NAIL INTO THESE ILLEGALS AND SEND THEM HOME. OBAMA AND THE CONGRESS ARE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE BUT THE ONLY THING STANDING BETWEEN THEM IS COLOR – THE PRESIDENT IS BLACK – CAN WE OVERLOOK THIS FACT AND MOVE THESE ILLEGALS OUT PLEASE?
MEANWHILE BILL MAHER, THE NONINTELLECTUAL MORON WITH A SOAPBOX CALLED “REALTIME” AND HIS PANEL OF ASSHOLES THIS WEEK STATED THAT THEY THINK
4.4 MILLION ILLEGALS WERE GIVEN THE RIGHT TO AMNESTY & TEMPORARILY AVOID DEPORTATION IS BECAUSE THEY ARE SLATED TO VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON SO SHE CAN GET INTO OFFICE?
IF THESE 4.4 MILLION ILLEGALS HAVE NO RIGHTS AND CAN TEMPORARILY STAY HERE WITHOUT THREAT OF DEPORTATION AND THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS
HOW CAN THEY VOTE, BILL?
WHAT A DOUCHE BAG HE IS – BILL MAHER – I MEAN
HE HAS NO IDEA WHAT THE HELL HE’S TALKING ABOUT.
THIS IS CNN
THEY ARE TELLING THE TRUTH HERE AND I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND IT EVEN IF BILL MAHER DOESN’T HAVE TIME TO READ ANYTHING AND TAKES THE WORD OF JR PRODUCTION PEOPLE PAID TO GIVE HIM THE NEWS.
BILL READ SOMETHING PLEASE – YOU SOUND LIKE A MORON.
Editor’s note: Newt Gingrich is author of “Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America’s Fate.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN) — President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday night was technically a fine speech. It sounded good. It was rhetorically impressive. Its problem — or perhaps to the President its virtue — is that very little of it was true.
President Obama described what sounded like a reasonable plan to prioritize the deportation of felons, criminals and gang members over the deportation of other people in the United States illegally. “We’ll prioritize,” he said, “just like law enforcement does every day.” The whole proposal was entirely within his authority, he argued, because it amounted to a kind of prosecutorial discretion: “All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you.”
But the policy the White House actually announced, as opposed to the policy the President described in his speech, was not merely a directive to emphasize enforcement against those who have committed crimes, or even a simple pause on deportations for millions of Americans here illegally. The policy the White House actually announced, in a memo from its Office of Legislative Affairs hours before the President’s speech, was a 17-point plan including several new programs without congressional approval, budget appropriation or spending authorization, and many of which the President either didn’t mention or which bore only a faint resemblance to what he described in his speech.
The President, according to the White House, has directed the Department of Homeland Security to “create” a “new deferred action program” that will give millions of people here illegally “work authorizations” for at least three years. It establishes extensive new criteria by which people can register to be exempt from deportation. DHS will likely have to employ thousands of bureaucrats to process those who “come forward and register, submit biometric data, pass background checks, pay fees, and show that their child was born before the date of this announcement.” Applicants supposedly will also have to prove they have been in the United States for at least five years and will have to pay taxes.
Well, a brand new program that hands out three-year work authorizations and processes more paperwork than many state Departments of Motor Vehicles is not merely saying, as the President put it in his speech, that “we’re not going to deport you,” and it is certainly not simple “prioritization” or “prosecutorial discretion,” as many administration officials have been calling it before and after the announcement.
It is new law, created by the executive without constitutional authority.
The President said in his speech that the new program will allow people here illegally to “come out of the shadows and get right with the law.” Meanwhile administration officials explained on the record that he wasn’t really legalizing anyone, since he couldn’t technically do that.
The President also said in his speech that his actions would offer relief only to people who met certain criteria he described, including having child dependents in the United States. But the actual policy memo makes clear that “DHS will direct all of its enforcement resources at pursuing” people who are “national security threats, serious criminals, and recent border crossers.”
In other words, there will be one group, estimated at 4 million or so, who are eligible for the new work authorization program. But at the same time, there will be no resources directed at enforcing immigration law against the other 7 million people here illegally as long as they do not fall into a few narrow categories, according to the President’s Office of Legislative Affairs. And indeed, a “senior administration official” told Roll Call that the administration “will order immigration agents to prioritize deportations of criminals and recent arrivals — and let people who are not on that priority list go free.” This is not at all the program the President described in his speech.
The President assured us his actions “are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican president and every single Democratic president for the past half century.” Except the primary examples his administration cites are cases of presidents implementing congressionally approved amnesties, narrowly expanding them to include cases Congress didn’t anticipate, with no objection from Congress. The President has no such congressional sanction, and his actions are an order of magnitude larger.
President Obama said his plan would “stem the flow of illegal crossings” in the future. Yet every time the government has pledged to stop deporting certain classes of people in the past, there has been a huge surge in the number of illegal border crossings, including most recently the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors on our southern border, which President Obama created with DACA, his last unauthorized executive action on immigration.
This was a Gruber speech. It was designed to sound acceptable to the American people, even if it was largely a lie. For those not familiar with Jonathan Gruber, a now infamous co-architect of Obamacare who described how Obamacare was written “in a tortured way to make sure” the Congressional Budget Office did not “score the mandate as taxes,” even though the administration knew it was a tax. He described how the administration won support for the tax on “Cadillac” health plans “by mislabeling it, calling it a tax on insurance plans rather than a tax on people, when we know it’s a tax on people who hold these insurance plans.” With Obamacare, Gruber concluded, “the lack of transparency” was “a huge political advantage” and “the stupidity of the American voter” was “really, really critical for the thing to pass.”
Listening to a speech in which the President lied about what he was proposing and lied about his authority to implement it, it was hard not to think of the Gruber model — which is really the Obama model, after all. He said what he needed to say to do what he wants to do.
In the past few years, the President has described 22 times on video how he doesn’t have the legal and constitutional authority to take many of the actions he announced Thursday night.
“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed,” he said in 2011. “…[W]e’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. …There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”
President Obama made a good case back then. It’s a shame he apparently thinks, like Gruber, that Americans are all so stupid we won’t figure out he’s not telling us the truth today.