There is so much to this story that it boggles the mind. A 21 year old, non college grad, that lived his life on social media, is entrusted with some high level classified material on his Air National Guard Base…… I’m not sure if I should end that with a question mark or a period. Classified material that is usually found in a SCIF. This kid is obviously not a spy, wasn’t looking to harm U.S. interests, and wasn’t doing it for money. So why did he do it, because he wanted to show his social media friends how cool he was. He was 21…. he wanted to show off, like every other 21 year old. He is also a product of the new computer age. The age where he can’t really see everyone he is talking to but somehow they’re friends anyway. I think this age needs a name like other ages. We had the “Stone Age”, “Bronze Age”, “Iron Age”, “Classical Era”, “Medieval Era”, and “Early Modern Era”…. this one can be called “Goofy Age” or maybe “The Dumb Fuck Era” maybe it could be called the “Don’t Trust Anyone Epoch”… where people just do stupid shit for no apparent reason…maybe.

Jack, the kids first name, should have been out at bars and drinking and spilling those secrets to drunk women to get laid but that’s not how society works nowadays…. Now, the king of a social media website is somehow the cool kid on the block. It’s that insta-fame that everyone seeks that’s trapping these young people. I have theories… lol… on my social media website blog thingamajig… on how this kid got himself caught up in this mess, none are good for him but they also don’t paint him as a mastermind villain or a right wing or left wing political nut job. My theories are simply that he was goaded by the praise that his social media buddies bestowed on him by calling him the leader of the group, the “OG”. Probably the first time he ever had that moniker bestowed on him. I think someone played this young man with some high end psychological mind game to have him reveal those secrets. The only question I have is, was it that Russians, the Chinese or the FBI? If I was the lawyer of this young man, the first thing I would want to know is if any of his so called buddies were in contact with any of these agencies or were any of these social media friends of his actually working for any of the entities and pretending to be some young kid and that just heaped praise on this unsuspecting dumb dumb, stroking his ego to the point where he felt that he needed to prove that he was indeed the leader of this social media clan by showing off his intelligence or, in this case, the U.S.’s intelligence. There is no doubt he was somewhat entrapped but by what and whom remains the question. His ego a little bit, by someone way smarter than him, definitely, by his need to feel needed by a group of peers, most likely. Either way, disseminating classified material is a crime, but intent has its place in the court and so does entrapment. Giving classified material or comfort and aide to the enemy is a crime, but we’re not at war so he doesn’t have to worry about the death penalty. At least Jack has that.

What is apparent is that he is going to be labeled…. first thing they are going to say is he is “white” which shouldn’t matter but nowadays it seems to be a curse for some. Next, they’re going to try and put Jack in a category like radical or racist or sympathizer, he most likely wasn’t any of those. Then they’re going to say privileged or arrogant or narcissist, I don’t think that either. Than maybe lonely, eh, wouldn’t make that an issue either. Than mental problems, or he ran over a squirrel or he didn’t leave a tip at a restaurant. All of it BS and not bachelor of science. The truth is most likely he was young and got played Why him and how did he get on one of those entities radar, that’s probably the better question.

I will say though, if it was one of these entities, and I believe it was, the most likely one could be an internal investigation. I mean, why would a foreign source want to burn his intel guy unless he felt like he got everything they were going to and did it to embarrass the U.S., which is a possibility.

Also, look to see if anyone else gets charged. Jack placed it in a closed chat, then someone else disseminated the info, from what they are saying. If there isn’t any other people charged, that should be a clue to something.

There is another theory, it’s a little less complicated, it goes like this….. he just did it, without provocation.


Benavidez v. Plant

This year’s boxing schedule is very surprising, in a good way. Fighters are fighting each other. Right, what I mean to say is that elite fighters are fighting each other, not opponents. Fighters always fight each other and on occasion the referee and sometimes their or the other guys corner and once or twice a person in the audience, but this year is different, these fighters aren’t fighting opponents, they’re fighting fighters or people that can actually beat them. These elite fighters are trying their best to put boxing back on the front pages and we have some really big fights this year. David Benavidez versus Caleb Plant (pictured above in a tense game of battleship), in any other year, would be the mega fight of the year, this year, they have to settle for the month. David and Caleb (pictured above in a game of lets see who blinks first) have to compete with some very big fights i.e. Ramirez v. Dogboe, Stevenson v. Yoshino (sort of ), Fundora v. Mendoza (not on the same level but a really good fight), Joyce v Zhang, Davis v Garcia, Stanions v Ortiz, Haney v Loma, Taylor v Cameron and Taylor v Lopez (a different Taylor, though at the same weight class just different urinals, was that too much, don’t want to be sexist about it)…. and that’s all before July!!! I’m worried that the boxing world is going to spoil me and then let me down for the rest of my life as it won’t come close to this year’s pugilistic endeavors ever again. Right now we’re going to focus on Benavidez v Plant (pictured above trying to guess the number the other guy is thinking).

Benavidez, with a record of 26-0 and 23KO’s, failed to knock out 3 fighters, lol, just kidding, I’m pretty sure he chased them down after the fight and knocked them out anyway. LOL, still kidding, his KO ratio is impressive as he breaks down his opponents and leaves them wishing they hadn’t quit their day job, but Plant is no opponent, as mentioned before. Benavidez is one of the youngest champions ever, he brings determination and grit to the ring, (the names of his cornermen). David (pictured above in his depiction of Squid Game) is rangy, quick, elusive and can hit you with a five punch combination if you are foolish enough to blink in punching range.

Plant, with a record of 22-1 and 13 KO’s, is one of the best at 168 lbs. and probably the best pure boxer at his weight class, which is a little different from boxer. His ring IQ and his fight game is one of the best in all of boxing. His lone loss comes to the best fighter in the sport, at the time, Canelo Alvarez. I personally thought he could have won but his game plan of breaking Canelo’s hands with his head and then winning late wasn’t his best strategy (you have laugh at yourself or you’ll go crazy). In all seriousness, he has all the tools to beat both Canelo and Benavidez but at the same time, they possess those tools to beat the best in the division. It’s just who brings the better game plan and executes that will win. Caleb (pictured above thinking why the mirror has him looking Hispanic) is the most elusive and best counterpuncher in the division. He sets people up with clever traps and has excellent movement. Plant’s point of view, from what I can guess, is that this is boxing and not “let’s see who can punch harder”. Caleb stands with old adage I’ll punch you and then I’m getting the fuck out of the way. The strategy works.

Good luck to both fighters and let the best man win.


Just in case you have been living in any other place other than where rice-a-roni is a treat, there is a study that was commissioned by the city’s council. The basis for that study is reparations, mainly if there was any unjust actions taken by the city in moving or forcing African American residents to move from their homes through coercion so the city can make money by gentrifying their neighborhoods. Forcing people to be outpriced and to relocate. At least that was the gist of what I understood. The council came back and stated that crimes were committed and that reparations for those actions would be appropriate. You can’t jail the people that forced people out of their homes but you can make it right by settling in a civil action. It wouldn’t be the first time that a group of people were forced to give up their land in the name of so called “progress”, just ask any Native American. That’s the claim, again, as I understand it. Right or wrong, for better or worse, the city commissioned the study, and it should stick to its original ideals, some would call it…its “wokeness”, while others would call its “ridiculousness”. Me, I have no opinion on the matter. The study came back and said that every African American resident is owed $5,000,000 for the city’s actions. There has been some uproar about the sum and while some people completely agree with the sum, every African American resident of San Fran, there is some that think that the whole thing is an overreach.

My opinion is simple, you should never crap on people’s good fortune. Good for them and I hope they get their money. I say if the people affected by the the policies that forced them out of their homes get $5 mil… that’s great and justice has been served. Now, the part that says that every non African American has to pay $600K, that is ridiculous. You are not going to get any court to enforce that because the decision was the city’s to make, not the non African American residents of the city. Me, being Hispanic, and not a resident of where the 49ers call home, shouldn’t really have a say, but can still have an opinion, thinks that you shouldn’t be able to force people to pay for what a city council made a decision on. But I also think that these people, since the study was commissioned, should be compensated, like anyone that has been wronged. Well, San Fran, what are you going to do? 5 million, how about that, that’s a lot of rice-a-roni, I guess this would be the new gold rush.

I guess mentioning Pandora…her box…. and that note that said don’t look in here but you just had to would be appropriate.


I don’t get all the criticism or harsh commentary being levied on Jake Paul…or is it Logan Paul….Paul Jake? Logan Jake? Paul Logan?? It sucks having two first names and having a brother that looks a lot like you. The kid is boxing and is a boxer. The criticism by non boxers are that he is fighting non boxers, MMA guys, basketball players, etc. yeah, that’s pretty tough task to begin your career. Most boxers fight plumbers or electricians and some have fought mailman (Roy Jones Jr. in a title bout) to begin their career. That’s because no one fights a professional boxer in the beginning, they all fight people that are trying their hand at boxing. Only very few people actually begin their career fighting professional boxers. Vasily Lomanchenko being one of the few. You’re a professional boxer when and only when you make your living or at least significant amount of your living in the ring and don’t have to do anything else. A lot of guys fight for a long time and never become a professional boxer. Lets look at the best pound for pound guy and his first 6 fights.

Canelo Alvarez fought Gonzalez, Alvarado, Vasquez, Lopez, Juarez, Hernandez. Out of those, only Vasquez actually stayed in the sport and made a living as a boxer. The others have a total of 11 wins and 54 losses before hanging up the gloves. They weren’t athletes like Paul’s first six opponents. Paul’s first six opponents were actually more dangerous than any of Canelo’s opponents, sans Vasquez. I don’t like pundits, most who haven’t boxed, thinking that this kid isn’t a real boxer, he is. It takes a lot of courage to get in the squared circle and go toe to toe with another opponent who wants nothing better than to shut you up. But I get it, he is making money that some in the sport, who have been boxing for some time, only dream of. Is it right, why not? He built a platform and is using to elevate the sport. You have to admire his chutzpah.

This leads me to my prediction…… I say the white guy will either win, lose or draw. It will either go the distance or a stoppage. One scorecard will be completely wrong and the best man will win. Either way, Paul deserves his props and I hope he cleans up in his PPV card. I won’t be paying for it, not because it’s Paul and Fury but because it’s two guys with less than 10 fights fighting an 8 rounder and I wouldn’t pay to see anyone fight in their 8th pro fight. I like to consider myself more than a just a fan… I would like to consider myself a broke fan, that would be more accurate. Or else I might just get it.


I joined the military back in 1990. I scored a 99 on my ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery exam), which meant I had my pick of any job I wanted except for one hiccup, I was a LAPR (this is going to be filled with anagrams, no, that’s not right, acronyms, Lawful Alien Permanent Resident). After telling me that I was assigned as an AFSC 5R0X1 (AFSC refers to the Air Force Specialty Code, in the Army it’s called an MOS) I said, what’s an 5R0X1 to which they said “congratulations, you’re a Chaplain’s Assistant”. I immediately worked out in my head that this would definitely be a damper on my social life, especially having to work on Sunday mornings, so I requested a change in specialty. They send me to the AFSC office and they immediately looked at my scores and said, you scored really well, what do you want to be… I said “I want to be a Fire Protection Specialist”. They said because I was a LAPR, look above, that I didn’t qualify. They told me that I could be a file clerk with the medical group or a cop, Security Forces. My first year at my permanent duty station, I was tasked with protecting and standing guard over Air Force One while the President was visiting Ohio. They told me that, because I wasn’t a citizen, I couldn’t put out fires but I could protect the most important Air Plane in this country. Maybe they figured I had experience on how people breach barriers and/or borders.

This is not a criticism of the Air Force, they have the best specialty training of all the armed forces. This is just how funny bureaucracy can be. The reason I wanted to be a Fire Specialist isn’t all that admirable, I heard that they had the most time off and got to work out a lot. I would have gotten to go and finish my college degree and gotten paid to stay fit. What can I say, I was young and the product of inner city schools. Didn’t really have any direction at the time.

I understand how that statement above reads and you’re going to get a lot of people with opinions. LAPR’s, please refer to above mentioned explanation, probably would have been quicker just to write it again, are mostly people too, I heard some are part donkey, but you are going to have some unscrupulous people opine that I shouldn’t have been allowed to guard the President’s plane, even though I was guarding numerous F-15’s, guarding entry to the base and was trained to protect the airbase from attack. LAPR’s do multiple tour’s of duty and died in combat for this country in every war this country has participated in. My point was LAPR’s should be allowed to stomp out fires or guard the base, but I understand not sharing classified information, but those AFSC’s don’t require a TS clearance, even though, if you check, the biggest espionage cases against this country has ever faced have all been committed by natural born citizens and not by naturalized citizens.


How many people think the Government should be more like Wikipedia…. Ask for donations based on the quality of their work instead of threatening jail time regardless if they do their jobs or not.

My guess is that they would be broke right now.


I’m a NY Mets fan, which makes sense because I love to almost win before fading into oblivion. This time around, I find the team I root for in a very strange position, where the owner of the team isn’t being fleeced by a pyramid scheme and actually spending money on the team instead a bunch of lawyers (or maybe both) but Cohen has the money to do that, my advice, stay away from anyone named Madoff. The Mets, with a win now mentality, are making moves that has the whole MLB talking, mostly them saying rich m@ther effer, which is fine by me because I used to say it about the Yankees and then I would root for them anyway when the Mets were sent home. The Met’s problems today aren’t real problems, they’re more like what should I drive to the park, the Ferrari or the Lamborghini. Those are the problems to have. A lot of other teams complain because they’re giving out Metro cards for the players to get to the park and I get it but money doesn’t guarantee you a victory. The Astros, 9th biggest payroll last year, won it all, before that it was the Atlanta Braves, 12th biggest payroll that year at 147 million, and before that it was the, we don’t have talk about 2020. The point being is that money helps but the intangibles are important, like… hmmm, the intangible stuff, if I knew I would be working for them instead of blogging to nine people.

The predicament the Mets find themselves in is they have too many players and they have to release some and lets be honest, no one wants to leave the NY market. Where else can you get a NY pizza or a New York hot dog while dodging pigeon shit, nowhere. NY is an electric place with very rabid fans that will ride or die for their teams, there may be no bigger fan base in all of sports. Now they face this dilemma of who to keep and who to give away. For me, and every know nothing like me, its pretty simple, give away the guys that are less better…. not as good?…. maybe, the ones more worse… They’re all good but when looking at the roster, Verlander has to go… just kidding… hahaha, no… in my unprofessional and most likely completely wrong opinion, Baty and Escobar should be your DH hitters, while rotating into the field. Baty into left field and third base to give the starters time off and Escobar at first, third and shortstop when needed. The guys that are at DH now are good but they wouldn’t be able to play the positions these two guys would. Batty (I spelled that wrong didn’t I) is going to eventually be a perennial All Star and Escobar is a good player that drives in runs especially in clutch situations. Escobar doesn’t get frazzled by big league moments, he seems to thrive in them. Eventually, Baty is going to be a full time position player with other players backing him up. The Mets probably know this already but what kind of fan would I be if I didn’t criticize and give them all the wrong answers before I buy all their merch.

Anyway, Go Mets, hopefully, we’ll see………

SHARED NEWS: W.Va. journalist let go after reporting on abuse allegations

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W.Va. journalist let go after reporting on abuse allegations

Story by By LEAH WILLINGHAM, Associated Press • 5h ago


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia journalist lost her job last month after she reported about alleged abuse of people with disabilities within the state agency that runs West Virginia’s foster care and psychiatric facilities.

This undated photo shows former West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporter Amelia Ferrell Knisely. Knisely was let go from her job at WVPB on Dec. 20, 2022, after she wrote about the alleged abuse of people with disabilities at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services. (Amelia Ferrell Knisely via AP)© Provided by The Associated Press

Amelia Ferrell Knisely, a reporter at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, said she was told to stop reporting on the Department of Health and Human Resources after leaders of the embattled agency “threatened to discredit” the publicly funded television and radio network. She later learned her part-time position was being eliminated.

In a statement, Knisely said her news director told her the order came from WVPB Executive Director Butch Antolini, former communications director for Republican Gov. Jim Justice. Antolini has served as executive director since 2021, when his predecessor was ousted after Justice overhauled the agency’s governing board.

Justice has tried unsuccessfully to eliminate state funding for WVPB in the past and was accused of appointing partisan operatives to the board. WVPB receives around $4 million a year in state funding.

Antolini declined to comment, but other officials denied any effort to influence coverage. West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority chairman William H. File III said Antolini told the board “he was not coerced or pressured by anyone.”

File said in a statement that Knisely was never fired and remains on the WVPB payroll, though she said her door key and email were deactivated.

Knisely’s departure comes during a tumultuous time for West Virginia media. Days before she left WVPB, three reporters for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Charleston Gazette-Mail said they were fired after publicly criticizing an editorial decision by their company president Doug Skaff, who is minority leader in the state House of Delegates. Skaff approved and led a video interview with Don Blankenship, a coal company executive convicted of safety violations connected to one of the worst coal mining disasters in recent U.S. history.

The departures leave a diminished capitol press corps to cover the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 11.

Knisely’s stories detailed alleged mistreatment of people with disabilities under state care. The department cares for some of the most vulnerable residents in one of the poorest U.S. states.

After Knisely’s departure from WVPB was first reported by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel last week, both Republican Senate President Craig Blair and Democratic Party Chair Mike Pushkin called the circumstances around her departure “disturbing.”

Pushkin said Knisely’s coverage of “the glaring issues at DHHR” was “detailed, in depth, and most importantly true.”

“There’s a very clear difference between not liking what the media reports and actively working to silence them,” Blair wrote on Twitter Dec. 29.

Knisely was hired as a part-time reporter at WVPB in September. In November, she was copied on an email from then-DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch alleging inaccuracies in a story and asking for a “complete retraction.”

That never happened, but in early December, Knisely said she was told by WVPB news director Eric Douglas that she could no longer cover DHHR because of threats by state officials to discredit WVPB.

A week later, amid mounting criticism, Crouch announced he was resigning.

Douglas confirmed to The Associated Press that he was instructed to tell Knisely she would no longer be reporting on DHHR, and that Antolini directed him to do so.

As for threats from DHHR officials about discrediting WVPB, he said: “I’d rather not comment on that.”

On Dec. 15, Knisely filed a human resources complaint about interference with her reporting.

Things came to a head later that same day over Knisely’s press credentials for the 2023 legislative session, according to emails obtained by the AP and first reported by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

Douglas initially informed legislative staffers that Knisely would “serve a vital role” in WVPB’s 2023 legislative coverage. But then the station’s chief operating officer left him off an email saying she wouldn’t need credentials after all.

That troubled Senate spokesperson Jacque Bland, who emailed Douglas to ask about it.

“It feels kind of gross and shady to me that someone else would dip in and say that one of your reporters won’t have any assignments related to the session,” she wrote.

She added: “I definitely wanted you to be aware that Butch and Pals were trying to stick their fingers in the pie.”

Responding the next day, Douglas said he had been pulled into Antolini’s office and told “things had changed with Amelia.” He said he didn’t appreciate WVPB leadership going behind his back, “but for now it is out of my hands.”

“And you’re right, it does feel gross and shady,” he wrote.

Knisely said she was informed Dec. 20 that part-time positions were being eliminated. Her email and key card were deactivated around that time.

This week, Knisely announced on Twitter she was hired by the Beckley-based newspaper The Register-Herald to report on West Virginia’s upcoming legislative session. Her coverage will include developments with the state Department of Health and Human Resources, she said.


I have been reading about how experts warn that some of these EV automakers are destined to fail, for one reason or another. Bad timing into the market, inflation, cash flow, competition and so on. I was thinking, which creates this painful sensation above my neck, why don’t these companies do what all these other companies did, merge into a group. Lucid, Fisker and Rivian could become the first EV automotive group since the merger of Disney and Marvel, and look how that worked out. It worked out good, right? (stock price tanked from above $190 to about $90) I mean, they’re not an automotive group, but they are a merger. Now, I understand that there are financial backers of these companies and it might be more difficult than just signing a piece of paper that would save their companies from annihilation, I also understand that there’s also ego. Who is going to lead this group and what would you name it? If Rivian had a name that began with an E, they could have called it the ELF group, that would have been awesome, especially during Christmas, imagine the advertising that would go during that time. Let an ELF deliver your gift, pretty damn good. (I’m not in advertising) Their products, individually are pretty impressive, collectively a major force, but do you think they will do it, nope (good movie). Anyway, I’m pretty sure all that money I put into their stock, that I invested into these companies will be lost and instead of these companies merging into the biggest EV automakers in the world, they’re going to just die off, because not one wants to relinquish a bit of control. That’s why I won’t buy their cars. I don’t think they’ll be around long enough to fix any problems that may pop up. It’s funny. They’re not going to be able survive or compete against the big automakers unless they can consolidate their resources, there is no way. They’re going to be undersold with an equivalent product by these other guys or they’re going to start feeling the pain of warranty fixes and eventually go under. But they won’t find a solution that seems attainable. Maybe I’m wrong, I’m not very smart (a Daimler product). Maybe it’s not even possible in the first place, who knows. Or maybe Tesla will blow them up in all out EV war, that would be fun to watch on the Bravo channel. I hope I’m wrong, I hope those experts are wrong. I hope they succeed.