Conspiracy theories swirl around the death of Antonin Scalia
“The top elected official in the Texas county where Antonin Scalia was found dead says the U.S. Supreme Court Justice died of natural causes. (AP)
Two days after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly in remote West Texas, a former D.C. homicide commander is raising questions about how the death was handled by local and federal authorities.“As a former homicide commander, I am stunned that no autopsy was ordered for Justice Scalia,” William O. Ritchie, former head of criminal investigations for D.C. police, wrote in a post on Facebook on Sunday.“You have a Supreme Court Justice who died, not in attendance of a physician,” he wrote. “You have a non-homicide trained US Marshal tell the justice of peace that no foul play was observed. You have a justice of the peace pronounce death while not being on the scene and without any medical training opining that the justice died of a heart attack. What medical proof exists of a myocardial Infarction? Why not a cerebral hemorrhage?”In an interview with The Washington Post, Guevara has said she rebutted a report by a Dallas TV station that Scalia had died of “myocardial infarction.” She said she meant only that his heart had stopped.Ritchie also raised questions about the marshals’ actions:
“How can the Marshal say, without a thorough post mortem, that he was not injected with an illegal substance that would simulate a heart attack…”
“Did the US Marshal check for petechial hemorrhage in his eyes or under his lips that would have suggested suffocation? Did the US Marshal smell his breath for any unusual odor that might suggest poisoning? My gut tells me there is something fishy going on in Texas.”
A spokesman for the marshals service said Monday that the marshals did not make a formal determination of death. He directed questions to the county judge who made the call.”
Antonin Scalia Conspiracy Theories: Top 5 Questions About His Death
1. Why Did He Have a Pillow Over His Head When He Was Found Dead?
“The circumstances and chaos surrounding the death of U.S. Supreme Justice Antonin Scalia at a Texas ranch have sparked many conspiracy theories.
Scalia was found dead in his bed Saturday morning at the luxury West Texas ranch. He was 79. Officials say he died of natural causes. An autopsy will not be conducted and police say there were no signs of foul play.
According to the Washington Post, the hours after Scalia’s death were filled with “chaos, confusion and conflicting reports.”
Texas judge raises new questions about Scalia’s health
– Yahoo / AP
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The Texas county judge who decided no autopsy was needed following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is raising new questions about Scalia’s health in the days before he died.
Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara tells The Associated Press that she spoke to Scalia’s doctor on the day Scalia was found dead at a remote Texas ranch. She says the doctor told her Scalia had a history of heart trouble, high blood pressure and was considered too weak to undergo surgery for a recent shoulder injury.
Those details are seemingly at odds with the recollections of friends who described Scalia has his usual, happy self during the time leading up to his death.”
Read more @ Yahoo
– My question are:
Incomprehensible that Scalia’s doctor would divulge sensitive medical information to a judge without a warrant and even then, not legal. Adding insult to injury, the judge is now divulging personal medical information ostensibly gathered from Scalia’s doctor in Virginia. Sorry, not credible. The proper response and course would have been for local doctor to examine the body and determine a cause of death or further inquiry.
If the West Texas resort was so elite and exclusive, why would anyone attend without a doctor and medical staff on site? The nearest big city was over 200 miles away in El Paso.
A lot of things can happen in West Texas, from rattlesnakes to scorpion bites.
Wouldn’t exclusive guests expect this for a resort essentially a helicopter ride away from medical assistance?
I would think a risk assessment for any resort or lodging for a sitting justice of the US Supreme Court would be on site medical staff for a site at a specified distance away from a hospital. Calling off a security detail was not a wise decision and should not have occurred as well.
A sitting Supreme Court Justice is just as critical to the US political process as a sitting president.
“Senator Marco Rubio let his inner “boy in the bubble” show at Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate, tripping and falling right into Chris Christie‘s criticism that Rubio is too scripted, and unable to think on his feet. Within minutes, Rubio used the same exact line about dispelling “this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing,” with slight variations, four times.”
“Christie struck a nerve, ridiculing Rubio’s speech style as overly scripted and hollow.
“See, Marco, the thing is this,” Christie said. “When you’re president of the United States, when you’re a governor of a state, the memorized 30-second speech where you talk about how great America is at the end of it doesn’t solve one problem for one person.”
Carson speaker ‘devastated’ by bogus report spread by Cruz operatives in Iowa
– The Courier
“INDEPENDENCE — This was something new for Naomi Probert: Stand in front of a crowd of 500 people and tell them why she feels someone should be elected president of the United States.
The married mother of adopted Haitian children ages 5 and 6 found one candidate spoke to her heart: Dr. Ben Carson.
She and her family met Carson, personally, a day earlier in Manchester. The experience only reinforced her support for him.
So much so, she was willing to speak on his behalf at her Republican precinct caucus Monday night at Independence High School. In fact, her kids helped hand out literature for him. Supporting Carson was, for the Proberts, a family affair.
“I’d never done anything like this before,” she said. “I felt really passionate about Dr. Carson. We were inspired by Dr. Carson’s story. I volunteered to talk for him. And you get all revved up to speak to 500 people.”
Then, the unthinkable happened.
A lady who had just checked her smart phone said the campaign of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz “just informed us that there’s a CNN story that he (Carson) is out of the race and he’s endorsed (Sen. Ted) Cruz,” Probert related. She had already risen to speak.
“There was a gasp in the audience,” Probert related. “I was just devastated. I got emotional. I said, ‘My husband and I live here in Independence with our two Haitian children. We were inspired by Dr. Carson’s story…’”
That was as far as she got. Overcome by emotion, she sat down.
She and her husband, Stephen, got on their smartphones to find the story in question. They didn’t.”
Read the original story here @ The Courier, by Pat Kinney.
– Absolutely heartbreaking. I only met a candidate once, although I met Reagan twice when he was the governor, able to shake the smiling outstretched hand of Gene McCarthy who spoke for so many of us in the the spring of 1968. I can only imagine how I would have felt in her circumstances.
Ted Cruz has a lot to answer for and the list just keeps growing.
Ted Cruz ADMITS his staff spread ‘shameless’ whisper campaign that Dr. Ben Carson was quitting presidential contest just before Iowa caucus voting began –
“Ted Cruz admitted on Tuesday that his presidential campaign spread a false rumor, just hours before Monday’s Iowa caucuses began, that conservative rival Ben Carson was dropping pout of the presidential race.
Carson finished a distant fourth in the nation’s first nominating contest, and observers at two caucus precincts told DailyMail.com that he lost supporters to the Cruz camp when Republicans speaking on behalf of Cruz said Carson was suspending his campaign.
It turned out not to be true, however, and Carson himself complained Tuesday about ‘shameless tactics and dirty political plays’ that pushed Cruz to victory on the strength of political sabotage.
Cruz won the caucuses by a total of 6,239 votes over Donald Trump, less than four Republicans in each of the state’s 1,681 precincts – representing the number Cruz’s forces would have had to ‘flip’ at each caucus location in order to overcome what had been a strong Trump polling lead going into Monday night.
‘Isn’t this the same thing we see with the Obama administration, the IRS scandal – no responsibility. Let’s see what in fact the Cruz campaign will do about those individuals who inappropriately disseminated this information knowing that the caucuses were not over – they were awfully anxious to get it out there weren’t they?’
Burnett: Does Cruz Blaming CNN for Carson Email Raise Questions About His Integrity?
“It’s clear CNN really isn’thappy withTed Cruz for blaming his campaign’s emails about Ben Carsonpotentially dropping out on them, and Erin Burnett tonight asked if that raises questions about Cruz’s integrity.
Burnett got visibly frustrated as she repeatedly asked major Cruz surrogate Bob Vander Plaatswhy Cruz can’t just apologize without blaming CNN, given the fact that CNN’s reporting was accurate and whoever on the campaign emailed the Carson alert to supporters extrapolated something false from it.”
“Dr. Ben Carson said on Fox News Tuesday night he believes fellow GOP candidate Ted Cruz did not know about his team’s attempt to sway votes at the Iowa Caucuses Monday night. Yet he condemned the senator’s “dishonest” campaign, comparing it to the Obama administration….
Here’s the issue, a culture exists within the Cruz camp that would allow people to take advantage of a situation like this in a very dishonest way. Isn’t this the same thing that we see in the Obama administration, the IRS scandal, no responsibility.”
Instead, Carson has charged Cruz with taking action to ensure the individuals on his team who shared that information are held responsible. He also said it is up to voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina not to allow Cruz or his staffers to get away with similar shenanigans.”
– Dr. Carson went on to say that he believed Ted Cruz. That’s what you have to do in politics up to now. I for one don’t believe that Ted Cruz would not have known about this tactical manuever in the absolute pivotal point in the caucus process. It was coordinated and well-timed.
Unless, Cruz has his own Col. North or G. Gordon Liddy, Cruz had to have known. There was too much at stake, and the Cruz campaign boasts that it has voter data down to the individual record.
This is wrong on so many levels, but let me start with this:
Here in California as in other states, the state collects certain voting data and activity as a result of the public’s private process of voting.
These same agencies are also in the business of selling that private voting data. This should not be allowed to occur. Voting is a right as well as a duty. As such, and being that you are compelled by the state give this data freely, the state has no right to collect fees or ‘profits’ on the sale or use of this data to politicial entities.
The Cruz Carson Lying debacle would not have occurred if they did not have their hands on this type of detailed voter data in the first place.
There should be a check mark for all publicly given data to state agencies, wherein, you must elect or specify by checking a box, giving assent to private exploitation of your data. That isn’t too much to ask.
Moreover, I think this is a game changer and something every campaign must have a contingency for, in the event of ‘event x’ occurring, what happens next. For instance, if there is a rumor or unauthorized announcement, we should look for an official twitter confirmation, in its absence, carry on.
One bad rumour can kill a campaign now. In the past this was all done behind closed doors. Cruz’ mistake is has let the proverbial ‘cat’ out of the bag with this. And it doesn’t look good.
10 Publishers Account For Half Of All US Internet Online News
“Overall, the top 10 publishers — together owning around 60 news sites — account for 47% of total online traffic to news content last year, with the next-biggest 140 publishers accounting for most of the other half, SimilarWeb found.
The biggest online news publisher for the U.S. audience was MSN, owner of MSN.com, with just over 27 billion combined page views across mobile and desktop, followed by Disney Media Networks, owner of ESPN and ABC News, with 25.9 billion.
Time Warner, owner of CNN and Bleacher Report, had 14.8 billion, followed by Yahoo with 10.3 billion, and Time, Inc. with 10.2 billion.
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Turning to specific publications, MSN.com accounted for all of MSN’s traffic, again with 27 billion page views, followed by ESPN.go.com, with 23 billion; CNN.com, with 8.8 billion; Drudge Report, accounting for all of Matt Drudge’s traffic at 8.5 billion; Buzzfeed.com, at 6.8 billion; Foxnews.com, at 6.9 billion; NYtimes.com, with 6.3 billion; News.yahoo.com, at 6 billion; Cnet.com, at 5.2 billion; and Huffingtonpost.com, at 4.3 billion.”