Right-wing troll Jacob Wohl finally charged with a felony

Jacob Wohl is among the more baffling right-wing grifters to grace social media. So inept and comical are his antics (framing politians for impossible crimes, false claims of location belied by the selfies in which the claims are made, claiming to overhear hipsters in coffee shops admit to conservative beliefs, etc) that he's become a figure of fun online. The fun is over; he's being indicted.

Wohl and former business partner Matthew Johnson were both charged with the unlawful sale of securities in a Riverside Superior Court criminal complaint filed on Aug. 19.

Wohl has not been arrested yet on the charge, according to the court docket. Prosecutors recommended $5,000 bonds for both Wohl and Johnson.

The allegation that Wohl and Johnson unlawfully sold securities centers on one of Wohl’s financial companies, Montgomery Assets. A warrant application filed by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office notes that the three-year statute of limitations on the case was set to expire at the end of August 2019, meaning prosecutors had to file by the end of last month if they wanted to pursue charges.

Behind the blundering and ridiculous claims, Wohl has been accused of at least one horrible small-time fraud by a person to whom the money -- peanuts to rich-kid Wohl but years of savings to them -- will likely never be recovered. He's a nasty son of a bastard and, all things considered, no joke.

Update: Wohl's arrest warrant was rescinded after he appeared in court today and was released on his own recognizance, pending arraignment next month. Read the rest

John Bolton reportedly threatened family of retired Brazilian diplomat in 2002

Trump's cartoonishlyvhawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, "reportedly made a bewildering threat against a former Brazilian diplomat who was butting heads with the US on Iraq back in 2002," says Business Insider:

The retired Brazilian diplomat, Jose Bustani, who was then serving as the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), was trying to negotiate with Iraq and Libya to allow chemical weapons inspectors into their borders and to have them agree to destroy their chemical weapons, The New York Times reported in 2013.

But the US was reportedly not fond of Bustani's outreach to these countries, and Bolton, who was one of the primary architects of the Iraq War that began in 2003, himself visited Bustani to pressure him to step down from his post.

"We can't accept your management style," Bolton told Bustani in 2002, as Bustani recounted to The Intercept. "You have 24 hours to leave the organization, and if you don't comply with this decision by Washington, we have ways to retaliate against you," he reportedly continued. After a pause, Bolton reportedly said, "We know where your kids live. You have two sons in New York."

Bolton is still proud of his Iraq War, which resulted in over 170,000 civilian and combatant deaths, and spread misery throughout the Middle East, turning it into a breeding ground for all manner of terrorist organizations. He seems to like war at a distance though, writing, "I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy," as a way to explain why he enlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard to avoid being drafted during the Vietnam War, where almost 60,000 US soldiers, mainly young men, were killed. Read the rest

GOP candidate for Maine legislature says he's sorry for calling Parkland massacre survivor a ‘skinhead lesbian’

Leslie Gibson, who is running unopposed for Maine House 57th District seat, says he is sorry, so sorry, for calling 18-year-old Emma Gonzalez a “skinhead lesbian.” Gonzalez, who survived the February 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD, and has a Twitter account with more followers than the NRA does.

From HuffPost:

“I would like to extend to you my most sincere apology for how I addressed you. It was wrong and unacceptable,” Gibson said in a tweet. “You are doing work that is important to you. I would like to extend my hand in friendship and understanding to you.”

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Gibson, a lifetime NRA member, took to Twitter to attack Gonzalez after seeing an article in The Hill about the teen surpassing the NRA in Twitter followers.

“There is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re a frothing at the mouth moonbat,” he wrote.

Gibson deleted his personal Twitter account and has set his @gibson_house Twitter account to private, which is an unusual move for someone who aspires to be a public servant.

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Twisted History – A grisly page turner about history's worst despots, traitors, and murderers

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Twisted History: 32 True Stories of Torture, Traitors, Sadists and Psychos...Plus the Most Celebrated Saints in History

by Howard Watson

Firefly Books

2015, 176 pages, 7.5 x 9.4 x 0.5 inches (softcover)

$18 Buy a copy on Amazon

The careers of history's worst despots, murderers, assassins, and traitors are examined in this lurid and grisly page turner. The usual suspects are all featured: Hitler, Stalin, Jack The Ripper, Vlad The Impaler, and other unsavory characters. Some lesser known fiends, such as Gilles De Rais, the French nobleman who murdered 140 children in the 15th century, Lavrentia Beria, Stalin's henchman who was responsible for the execution of 22,000 Poles in the Katyn Massacre, Tomas de Torquemada, who executed 2,000 Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, and Thug Berham, the Indian serial killer who strangled almost 1,000 people, are also given a moment in the spotlight.

Comprised of a brief overview of the villains' crimes against humanity, with Fact Files showing their history, legacy, and circumstance of death, descriptions of their downfall and punishment, often including torture, and photos of their jail cells or gravesites, Twisted History keeps things short and sweet, compelling the reader to continue turning pages to see what unspeakable horror could possibly follow the last. The mood is lightened briefly by recounting the lives of honorable figures who've made the world a better place, such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Then it's right back to the scoundrels, the outlaws, the killers, and thieves. Read the rest