Ivory Coast violence kills hundreds(from sfgate.com)
As rebels swept across Ivory Coast on in a rapid advance last week to oust the nation's strongman, Laurent Gbagbo, hundreds of people were killed in a single town, the United Nations and aid groups said Saturday, in the worst episode of violence during the four-month political crisis that has plunged the country back into civil war.
The exact number of dead in the town of Duekoue was unclear. The United Nations said Saturday that 330 people had been killed, while aid organizations put the death toll as high as 1,000.
Humanitarian workers did not say who was responsible. But the United Nations said that more than 100 had been killed by Gbagbo's fighters, while about 200 had been killed by forces loyal to his rival, Alassane Ouattara, the man recognized by the United Nations and other international bodies as the winner of the presidential election last year. Ouattara's government issued a statement denying responsibility.
(posted from emergingcorruption.com)
26 year-old Katherine R. Windels has been charged for sending emails containing bomb threats and death threats to Wisconsin state senators during the budget battles last month.
According to the Milwauakee Journal Sentinel:
Windels was charged with two felony counts “bomb scare” and two misdemeanor counts of “computer message-threatening injury/bodily harm.” If convicted, each felony count carries a maximum penalty of three years and six months in prison and a $10,000 fine, and each misdemeanor count carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Windels’ e-mails got a lot of play when they first appeared. They were particularly vicious. Here is the complete text of one:
Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM
To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen
Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!
Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.
WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.
We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.
This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you.
Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!
While media outlets have provided scant information about Windels other than her age and physical characteristics, Gateway Pundit and Underground Conservative identified someone of similar description who is a nursery school teacher.
Windels has not been arrested, but was released on her own recognizance. This is surprising, since it now has come to light that she was investigated last year for similar activity. It is not known what she wrote at that time, as police redacted all content of the emails, but the recipient, Lisa Patterson, an acquaintance of Windels, was concerned enough that she felt compelled to alert authorities. The police merely told Windels to cease contact with Patterson.
In this latest caper meanwhile, Windels used the alias “Lisa Patterson.” Vindictiveness anyone?
Liberty chick has also reported that the Mackinac Center, which had done research on the Wisconsin budget battles, recently received threats from a female caller. As reported by Detroit Free Press, they sounded similar:
In one of the calls to the Mackinac Center, the caller said, “Scotty Walker is dead. So are you. We know where you live.” She then recited the center’s address and said, “We are coming to destroy you.”
In another call, the caller said, “You are the first place to be bombed.”
Four messages appeared to be from one woman. The other may have been from another woman, though in that call she left a name and indicated she lived in a neighboring state.
Michael D. Jahr, Vice President of Communications for the Mackinac Center said that the messages were quite extensive and that they were asked by the FBI not to mention the name or state given by the caller until the investigation is completed.
Windels appears to be an early childhood educator. On March 31st, Gateway Pundit posted the PeekYou profile of one Katherine A. Windels. Although the middle initial is different, Windels’ criminal complaint does list an alias. The screenshot of that profile is posted below. Her picture looks similar to the 2004 photo shown above.
It describes work with Head Start and the Red Caboose daycare center in Madison. It also links this person to Windels hometown of Cross Plains and the picture provided is a fairly good match for the photo provided by the Madison, WI, ABC affiliate WKOW.com. Her LinkedIn profile is more detailed:
Practicum experiences at Orchard Ridge Nursery School, Meeting House Nursery School, Wexford Head Start, and Red Caboose Nursery School. Worked with children ages 1-6 in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Applied child development theory to practice. Observed, recorded, and assessed children’s growth and development. Implemented developmentally appropriate guidance strategies. Intregrated my knowledge of health, safety and nutrition practices into the classroom setting according to local, state, and national standards. Developed and used interpersonal skills to develop respectful relationships with children and adults. Advocated for children, families, and the profession.
In a bizarre twist, Windels’ PeekYou profile has now been changed. The screen shot below was taken today. Note that her name is now correctly given as Katherine R. Windels, and the picture depicting a young woman has not changed, but she now lists her age as 63.
“Worked with children ages 1-6…” Does that thought make you shudder?
None of this story has gotten much exposure in the media. A quick Google search reveals mostly blog posts. Two of the journalists who initially broke the story, Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel Online and Sandy Cullen of the Wisconsin State Journal, had no information on Windels’ line of work and whether or not she was a teacher. When pressed on whether they planned to pursue the story further, neither responded.
The hypocrisy of these people reeks.
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