A Christmas Murder 

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Kevin Showalter Killed or MIA

Cristal M Clark 

20-year-old college student Kevin Showalter’s mother had a strange unnerving feeling on Christmas Eve, 1973, the sort of feeling only a mother would know, she felt her son’s life slip away. Mom’s will understand this but we literally feel the soul of our children and can usually tell when things are amiss.  

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Kevin and his girlfriend were driving through New London, Connecticut when their vehicle got a flat tire. Kevin pulled over and was in the midst of changing the tire when he was struck by a passing vehicle and was subsequently killed. Several houses along the road noticed the commotion and called 911 for help. No one got a description of the car as the street was dimly lit and the car tore down the street at a high rate of speed. 

When Kevin’s mother went to retrieve her son’s personal effects from the scene but was told they had been lost and that his death would probably never be solved. 

Turns out, Kevin’s mother ended up being a much better investigator than the local authorities were you see, her investigation would uncover allegations of shoddy police work and a potential cover-up. Kevin’s mother became convinced that police weren’t taking the investigation seriously, and so she was tenacious in her own investigation, searching local garages and used car lots for a vehicle which matched the dark green paint particles found on Kevin’s clothing.

When Kevin’s mother collected her findings and handed them to police, they were unimpressed, and actually accused Mrs Showalter of withholding evidence.

A former mayor of New London, Harvey Mallove had been considered a potential suspect simply because he drove through the area often and in particular during the time of Kevin’s untimely death. Harvey Mallove told Kevin’s mother that he had driven past the scene of the accident at 11:12pm, which was less than a minute after the vehicle struck Kevin. He reported a green car parked by the side of the road, and a middle-age man, who was talking to a young woman, presumably Kevin’s girlfriend Debra.

Aside from Kevin’s personal effects, other key pieces of evidence from the accident scene had been lost: plastic from a signal light, and a large slice of green paint from the vehicle. According to Kevin’s mother the green paint on Kevin’s clothing had been planted after the fact, and weren’t from the impact of the car.

More worrisome, as it turns out the former Mayor’s story was in fact a complete fabrication. Kevin’s girlfriend never spoke to a middle aged man and she saw no green car. 

In 1979, a man named Paul Hansen came forward to confess that he was the hit-and-run suspect but the statute of limitations had expired and a grand jury determined that Hansen might have been lying as they found no supporting evidence that he could have been guilty of the crime. 

Sadly the case remained cold until 2005 when Hansen committed suicide. He left behind a note once again claiming responsibility for Kevin’s death. 

Police then decided to reopen the case, but when the local media requested transcripts from the earlier investigations, they were denied for some odd reason. The entire 3,000-page transcript from the original grand jury investigation on Mallove had also just mysteriously gone missing. To this day, Kevin Showalter’s death is still officially unsolved.

Cristal M Clark

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So many of you asked me for a follow up. I actually asked the owner of the shop (Vance Walker, Harmony’s Ink) to talk to me about what his artist did and well again I was told to fuck off, again. So here are the before and after pictures.

 

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I was called by two women who stated that the owner of this shop is on a dating site trying to get women into his shop for work under the pretense of dating? That is what he tried with me too.

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I’m told it will be months before I will be able to have any actual work done as the scars now have to heal, the back of my arm is completely f’d up, you can now feel the original tattoo on my elbow. Damn! I am still feeling some pain in the front and back of it where the artists cut the deepest. Again, not what I signed up for and not what he should have done.

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All in all though, I am glad I did not get any actual tattoos from Harmony’s Ink.

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Thank you Harmony’s Ink ~ 7000 Washington St, Denver CO.

Cristal M Clark

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Happy Impeachment Day

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House Set to Vote Yes to Impeach Donald Trump

Cristal M Clark

Everyone seems pretty giddy about today’s news that The US House of Representatives is expected to vote today to impeach Donald Trump for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power related to his dealings with Ukraine.

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It’s important to note however that no US president has actually been removed from office via the impeachment process, yet should the house vote that overwhelming yes, Donald Trump would be the 3rd president to be impeached by the house.

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As of Tuesday, it was widely reported that Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi does in fact have the majority she needs to approve the two pending articles of impeachment.

Donald Trump wrote a 6-page letter to Nancy on Monday in what some are calling a lunatic rage, written by someone who is clearly not mentally well, defending himself, saying he would do it again and called the entire process both a “charade” and a “colossal injustice”. It’s worth noting that thus far Trump has confused the political impeachment process with that of your every day criminal justice process.

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Under the US Constitution, if the House votes in favor of impeachment, then a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate will be scheduled for January.

This is where things are getting more and more gray you see, some are warming to the idea of actually removing the president from office, even in the Republican circle and regardless of the Senate being controlled by the Republican party, that party is widely different from that of the house, meaning no one knows at this juncture what to expect. The numbers in support of Trump seem to change by the hour so we could be in for a very interesting ride to say the least.

This go around and I hate to say it, it does in fact appear that the antics employed by Donald Trump are going to come back to haunt him in some very big ways.

Cristal M Clark

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Liquor Taxes To Go Up 400%?

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Better Stock up on Those Adult Beverages Now

Cristal M Clark

That’s right heavy drinkers, you may want to start stocking up now on your favorite adult beverages because by Friday, liquor taxes could go up 400% thanks to Congress. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, is set to expire on Dec. 31, and legislators have until Friday to extend it.

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And if they don’t, smaller breweries, distilleries and wineries will face a 400% tax increase, with the first payment for many due on Jan. 15 which has set off some widespread panic among these smaller breweries, distilleries and wineries. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform act was passed by Congress at the end of 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The reduction in taxes encouraged hundreds of new businesses to open, including about 2,000 breweries and 400 distilleries in the last two years. Those companies are especially unprepared for a sudden increase in their excise taxes, which, for most distillers, must be paid every other week.

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The 2017 legislation cut the amount that all distilleries had to pay on the first 100,000 proof gallons from $13.50 to $2.70 (a proof gallon is a gallon of spirit at 50 percent alcohol). Breweries and wineries received similar reductions, though in their cases the cuts were largely reserved for small producers. Such excise taxes are paid on top of normal corporate taxes.

The smaller breweries, distilleries and wineries used the tax cut to also hire, purchase equipment and grow. 

The tax cut enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support — a House bill to make it permanent, introduced earlier this year, has 324 co-sponsors, while an identical Senate version has 73. Now under normal circumstances this bill should have flew right on through congress but, because our government seems to love to live life in a constant state of chaos and dysfunction, the bill sort of sat ignored over the summer. 

This summer, the House Ways and Means Committee passed legislation to try to make the tax cut permanent, and a Senate task force endorsed the idea, and that’s around the time things just started being left on the table and forgotten about. 

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Industry lobbyists and legislators who do support the bill, say that at this point all that they can realistically expect is a one-year extension. Such short-term relief would make it hard for distillers to make long-term investments, like hiring staff, increasing production or buying new equipment.

It is worth a mention that Large brewing companies also benefit. AB InBev, which owns Budweiser, Corona and many other brands, now receives about $12 million in tax savings. So undoubtedly should congress fail to act and at least get that one year extension on this tax cut the smaller companies will in fact be bringing the big dogs to the table and what one can only guess would be alcohol uproar. 

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In the meantime, you should start stocking up on your favorite alcohol just in case, sounds like it’s time to drink up. 

Cristal M Clark

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Denver Pothole Problems – Calling all App Developers 

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Drivers Trying to Collect Hitting More Potholes Along the Way

Cristal M Clark 

If your in or around the Denver Metro area you know all about our cities pothole problem after the last couple of snowstorms. The city of Denver actually does make an effort to get potholes filled as fast as possible however this go around they were faced with all of that ice frozen on the streets, that made it seem as if the entire road was covered in potholes. It was not until days of residents complaining to the media that the city did anything about that, and that’s when the pothole issue really came to light. 

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Cars are being damaged leaving citizens more upset than they had been but it’s not the potholes upsetting them it’s the frustration they are facing in trying to collect damages from the city. 

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According to the city attorney’s office; people can file a claim by writing a letter to the mayor explaining the damages, where they occurred and attaching receipts. But a claim must prove the city knew about the pothole, that an official complaint was filed as well as demonstrate public works didn’t fix it within 72 hours of receiving the initial complaint.

That’s where the issues become a pain in the ass, show of hands does anyone know how to find out if a complaint had been filed? No? You have to pay for and file a public records request which takes time to see anything from. 

For some in the city whose cars have been damaged from the potholes they are shelling out over a thousand dollars for the damages and for many that’s a lot of money to be out of all at one time given many are living paycheck to paycheck. 

People are now just giving up? But what if we had away around the cities red tape of bureaucracy and nonsense of making us pay for obtaining public records just to be reimbursed for damages caused by the cities inability to do its job we are already paying them to do?

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I am not an app developer myself but what if someone reading this just so happens to be and decided to create an app where like with Waze maps, you can report a pothole, then when you get to your destination you can report said pothole to the city and upload that information to your pothole app? Users would then be able to see if they were the first to report the damage or if they could collect on the damage after seeing the city didn’t do anything within that 72 hours of someone’s initial report.  

This app could work in conjunction with all of the map apps available the marriage would actually be a perfect union because most cities have the same rule with regards to potholes and damages caused to cars that Denver has. 

Just remember we aren’t even halfway through winter in fact, winter still has not officially started so we’ll be seeing this issue a few more times over the next several months. 

Cristal M Clark

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North Korea’s Holiday Gift Card to U.S. Comes with a Warning

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Kim Jong-un to Resume Long Range Missile Testing?

Cristal M Clark

Well it’s that time of year, you know where one would normally attempt to spread cheer and good will towards all of mankind, but not North Korea, no Kim Jong-un apparently decided to send his romantic former lover Donald Trump a holiday warning, albeit no one is quite sure what that entails, exactly.

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In a statement translated on the state news agency, Ri Thae Song, a first vice minister at the North Korean Foreign Ministry working on US affairs, accused US policy makers of leveraging talks with Kim Jong Un for domestic political gain.

“The dialogue touted by the US is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the US, it is entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select to get.”

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Not sure about how the rest of you feel about this but it certainly sounds like someone (Donald) is in the dog house.

This is not the first time North Korea has referred to it’s ICBM as a gift for the US, back for July 4th 2017 they test launched an ICBM and referred to that test as a gift for the US.

To be clear talks between the US and North Korea have stalled after all North Korea could resume it’s long-distance missile tests, as we get closer to the country’s self-imposed end-of-year deadline for nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration.

All in all, if the Trump administration did not see this one coming, I am utterly shocked Kim after all has been dropping quite a few hints towards this the past several months.

Cristal M Clark

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Pee Causes Evacuation, Widespread Panic and Chaos  

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Contagious Urine Sent To Movie Theater?

Cristal M Clark 

We’ve all had the occasional mis-delivered package, you know something that should have been delivered to a neighbor, a business down the street. 

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The North Bend Theater in Washington state received a peculiar package on Friday marked “highly contagious human substance,” which subsequently prompted a mass evacuation of the theater, the closure of multiple streets and a visit to the ER by the manager of the theater. 

Seems the “highly contagious human substance” turned out to human urine samples yes as in pee, that had been bound for a medical clinic roughly about 45 miles away. 

The Eastside Professional Firefighters isolated the contagious pee and were able to ensure that it was disposed of before infecting anyone. 

Cristal M Clark

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Trump Impeachment Total Joke? 

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Impeachment Hearings 

Cristal M Clark 

Did anyone watch the impeachment hearings the last two weeks? If you did, like me you found them to be a complete and total predictable bore. Does anyone other than CNN feel they were a waste of time?

The House had been looking into whether Trump improperly pressured the new president of Ukraine to conduct an investigation into potential political rival Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, by holding up military aid and a White House visit.

That’s it huh? 

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So he asked for dirt on a political rival by withholding taxpayer dollars from a country the majority of the US doesn’t want money going to in the first place?

Do you know how political rivals get dirt on each other? 

They pull shit like this, the only difference is that Donald Trump is more in your face about it, he simply does not give AF and chooses to just do it right in front of us.

Just because presidents of the past didn’t get caught doesn’t mean they never did it, in any capacity up to and including withholding aid, blackmail, tariffs, etc. 

I honestly feel like Trump should be scolded for pissing on the carpet and we should all just move on. 

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And let’s not forget that the majority of American’s are sick of the US supplying foreign aid to any nation while neglecting to dump funds into our own nationwide problems and issues. Trump’s supporters have not ever for one second lost sight of that, in fact I am shocked he did not get a standing ovation over this. 

Aside from all of that does anyone really think the majority of the Senate will vote to impeach? The majority happens to be the Republican Party who has not wavered in its support of our president.  

I don’t always agree with Trump or his policies, his Tweets but honestly this impeachment crap is just garbage. Every politician does it, they just don’t do it as publicly as Donald Trump and the reality since CNN loves doing those daily reality checks is actually pretty simple. 

Donald Trump already knew politicians do things like this, they do it discreetly and privately so as not to get caught and Donald Trump is showing the entire world just how messed up US politics are, he’ll do the same thing someone else has done but he’ll do it right in our faces. 

That is not a crime, supporting his country by withholding aid to anyone for whatever reason he chooses is not a crime, whether or not it is for personal gain, to get dirt on someone, it’s not like he diverting the funds to his own bank account. 

Maybe now that the public hearings are over the mainstream media can find something else to shove down out throats until we can’t breathe until the next thing and so on. 

Cristal M Clark

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