Donald Trump and his Divided America  

President Donald Trump Signs Executive Orders

President of the Divided States of America

This past week or more rather since the day President Donald Trump took office, I have received a few messages asking me why I am not all over the headlines?

President Donald Trump has thus far, kept his word in that what he promised he would do while he was on the campaign trail, he is actually doing.

What politician has ever really done that?

Aside from that, the reason to answer my readers who have written in about why I am not all over the headlines is that I am in dismay over it all.

I cannot truthfully say if I am more shocked that President Trump has managed to keep his word or that he is actually going through with what he promised while on the campaign trail.


Whenever I go through my social media I have to do a little mental prep work first because I see both sides of the coin, those that support President Trump and those that do not.

This nation was already deeply divided and that divide deepens as each day passes, some are delighted to see us taking these giant steps back in time instead of progress forward while others are hurting.  

At the same time, it is very easy to condemn President Donald Trump because I am not in his shoes. The reality is that, he is simply making decisions the only way he knows how to, which is a matter of differing opinions between american citizens and President Trump.

Either way, I cannot recall his exact words but just shortly before former President Obama left office he left some parting words for his fellow Democrats with regards to them watching out for the american people.

Donald Trump regardless of his political party should also pay very close attention to those words.


It is “We the People,” not Donald Trump and his team turning the US Presidency into a complete joke.

The vast majority of the American People no longer tolerate hate, bigotry, sexism, shutting the door on other nations rather than work with them and rude, deplorable behavior no matter how it is dressed up, like in the case of Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States.

The american people are learning rather quickly that we do in fact have a voice, a really, really loud voice and when used in the right way, Trump may be learning that indeed, even the exits at the White House are so very clearly marked.

Cristal M Clark

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Murderer beheads victim


The Orchard Apartment Murders – Houston Texas

By today’s standards, decapitation is pretty rare unless you are in Mexico, the cartels don’t seem to mind decapitating a victim at all.

That said, it is a pretty rudimentary and crude way to kill someone but for this killer, it seems that he likes to take the heads as trophies or as proof in the event the murders were a for hire event or as a way to send a pretty clear message to someone.


July 27, 1975 33 year old Alys Elaine Rankin’s coworker Bob Smith arrived at her apartment to pick her up for work because her car was in the repair shop. Upon walking up to her door, Bob noticed that the door was open slightly, feeling uneasy about the situation he entered her apartment.

Bob found Alys naked in her bed with her feet tied together, and a pillow had been covering her upper body. Now I can’t say why Bob didn’t run, but he did not flee the room, he instead removed the pillow and found that his coworker had been decapitated.  

During the investigation through the blood trail, police discovered that the killer did in fact take Alys’s head with him.

According to some websites, Alys had been sexually assaulted but that has yet to be confirmed by police. In most cases involving decapitation, the killer does not sexually assault the victim.

The killer however, did not seem to have a care in the world if anyone saw him as he carted her head off to his awaiting car. That tells me pretty clearly however that she had been killed during the night or early morning, hence before daylight.

What makes this case take a rather intriguing turn is that exactly two weeks later the body of Mary Michael Calcutta was found, just two floors above Alys’s apartment.

Mary was found in her bathroom, fully clothed, but she had been stabbed, and her throat was cut. Through the rumor mill many have said she had been sexually assaulted but, I doubt that the killer would have taken the time to redress her given the brutality of the Alys’s murder.

I doubt it’s the same killer, more likely someone who found an opportunity and a way to express himself in the shadow of a more brutal crime. The person he murdered Mary did not have the nerve to actually decapitate her.

Getting back to Alys however, her murder is so vicious and ugly that I almost wonder who she knew in her personal life that might have been the reason behind her murder.

Decapitation is usually a form of murder that is used to send a very clear message and it is rarely used as a practice kill. Then again the murderer may have simply always wanted to decapitate someone, however unlikely that outcome may be. 

I’ve had the opportunity to know some truly remarkable individuals in my life who appear to everyone on the outside, to have their shit together. But once you look inside and peel back the layers, you start to see some pretty scary stuff.

Stuff that is deadly and dangerous, things people are good at hiding from loved one’s like siblings, parents and even close friends.

Every door can be opened even if it’s locked, it is just a matter of finding the right key.

This case has hope because I believe if investigators are to solve the case they need to peel back the layers of Alys’s life. 

The questions here are, who was the message intended for and what was the message about?

Cristal M Clark

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Denver Police to Fight Violent Extremism


Denver Police Department – Colorado

So, last week I read somewhere that the Denver Police Department was given a grant of $240K in an effort to fight violent extremism.

Extremism is defined as – the holding of extreme political or religious views; fanaticism.

And it is not always easy to see at first glance.

I like many others started thinking what the justification is behind the grant?

Well here’s your answer, the funding was provided by the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to help officers “root” out extremists and to combat terrorism.

Something Denver has yet to have had any major type of issue with what so ever, right? At least on the surface right because when applying for the grant the Denver Police Department stated that in the year 2016 they had to investigate 5 cases of “potential” homegrown terrorists.


I could not find the specifics for those 5 cases and that might be due to ongoing investigations still or it could be that they were unfounded or that the department had to turn intel over to the FBI or another agency.

The application also just so happened cite previous domestic terrorism cases, which were the Columbine High School shooting, the Aurora movie theater shooting, and the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting.

With a grand finale of 2, 2014 cases of local girls being recruited by ISIS in an effort to support this grant request.

To be completely honest, those were acts of extremism, most of which were violent. Not to mention that the reality is simply that violent extremists are more often than not, home grown for one reason or another. 

The issue that many take with the department being awarded the grant however is that many in the community fear more militarization of police. I completely understand the fear yet, on the other hand in today’s world I am not sure police departments have much choice.

It’s buck up or potentially get slaughtered.

At some point personally, I would expect police to be properly trained in an effort to spot and handle any potential of violent extremism, not stand on the sidelines helpless to help people like you and I.

I am excited to learn how the Denver Police Department plans to use the funds and what the training will look like.

What’s more is that I am curious to see if it will be of any help to thwart acts of violent extremism.

Violent extremism seems to be moving in an upward direction these days and it’s anyone’s guess, not if, but when the next violent mass event will take place in America.

Cristal M Clark

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Kaspersky investigator arrested for treason 


Russia – Kaspersky Labs

Personally this move did not come as a total surprise to me at all. Russia has arrested a top level investigator one Ruslan Stoyanov who happened to be head of computer incidents investigations unit with the Kaspersky cybersecurity firm.


What’s more is that Russia has charged Ruslan with treason although they are not kissing and telling us exactly why they up and arrested him for treason.

Ruslan at one time had been involved in some pretty big arrests pertaining to cybercriminals in Russia.

The details are at best pretty sketchy, Ruslan was arrested alongside one Sergei Mikhailov. Sergei as it so happens did not work for Kaspersky, instead he worked for the FSB.

The FSB is better known as The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and it is the principal security agency of Russia.  

The arrests by the way did not just happen. They happened in December or so I am told.  

Investigators are examining money that Ruslan allegedly received from foreign companies or entities which looks a lot like someone might be in the habit of procuring and selling intel and more specifically, working with foreign states.

Which happens to be why I am not surprised by this turn of events.  It is not far fetched that someone working on the inside, particularly with Ruslan’s resume in terms of having worked for Kaspersky but also for the Moscow Cyber Crime Unit at the Russian Interior Ministry, to buy, sell or trade intel, become a hacker or hire hackers and work with foreign states.

This move has left many feeling the arrest of Ruslan to be unprecedented. Arrests for Treason by the way are nothing new in Russia. Many see this particular arrest however, as the destruction of Government relationships with firms like Kaspersky.

Then again, the arrest could be a move in order to drive home a point to the cybersecurity world.

Only time will tell on this one.

Cristal M Clark

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Martin Shkreli sucker punches Big Pharma


Martin Shkreli vs Big Pharma

In a very strange turn of events Martin Shkreli has turned on big pharma and is now airing big pharma’s dirty secrets.

If you don’t recall just who Martin Shkreli is, well he just so happens to be the disgraced ex-CEO of multiple drug companies who became headline news when Martin decided to slightly increase some drug prices and then he faced an indictment for securities fraud.

In a very natural turn of events, big pharma decided to pull away from Martin and try to distance itself from Martin. They have even made bold steps in the form of commercials that aim to leave viewers feeling that big pharma is not like that greedy little Martin Shkreli.


Martin it seems has taken exception to the big pharma distancing itself from him, so Martin has created a brand new website that aims to air all of big pharma’s dirty little secrets so that the world can see, just how greedy and rotten big pharma really is.

Currently, Martin has roughly 26 companies listed in which he has provided some dirt on. He explains how some of the companies are built around price hiking.

The companies typically use price increasing to keen certain drugs profitable, in one case Martin tells about Biogen increasing the price of one drug 21 times and then subsequently pocketing billions yearly.

The biggest shocker is that he outright gave credit to Ovation Pharmaceuticals for having taught him the fine art of price hiking tactics.

Initially I was totally against Martin over what he had done but now, I have to give the guy some credit.

He worked in an industry to groomed him to become a greedy hog, they are doing all that they can to distance themselves from him, yet they are being allowed to continue to price increase certain drugs and then pocket billions.

That dirty little detail is the one thing that big pharma doesn’t want you to know about.

The biggest question in my mind is actually relatively simple:

Will the government start going after big pharma now or will they continue to sit by and allow the abuse?

Cristal M Clark

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Vacation – Mystery and Mayhem


You would think that with this Friday being the Inauguration of our new President, Donald Trump that I’d be all over the events of this week.

Instead, I thought that it would be a really good time to take a little vacation rather than bombard you all with tales of political mayhem and dirty deeds.

I will return on 1/22/17.

Until then, do try to behave yourselves.

Cristal M Clark