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by Lewis Loflin

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Who is Roberto Avendano? Nothing is known of him and he is now dead. They don't know his age or if he has a criminal record, or if he is a US citizen.

What started out as a traffic stop and drug bust of a Glendale Arizona couple ends in the shooting of a man we know almost nothing about. "Brian J. Swontek, 49, of Glendale, Arizona, and his wife, Erin K. Swontek, 40, were charged with multiple drug and shoplifting charges" in the highway stop.

Meth, etc. at two other locations led to the arrests of Christopher Carroll Ingram of Bristol, Virginia and Michael Joseph Hauser of Peoria, Arizona. A warrant to a dairy farm led to Roberto Avendano fleeing the residence and barricading himself in an out building. After being forced out, armed with a 2-foot machete he attacked four police officers and was shot dead. All four officers are on leave as the State Police investigate. Sheriff Newman fully and correctly supports his deputies.

Also arrested was 21-year-old Stephanie Mae Browning and her relation to machete boy is unknown. There's just too many unknowns in this case and is still under investigation.

While the presence of the violent Central American MS13 gang across the state has become a political issue in the 2017 governor's race, the problem goes far beyond MS13.

As many as 300,000 illegal aliens in Virginia has caused all kinds of problems from overuse of welfare to petty and violent crime including drug running, identity theft, fraud, tax evasion, etc. that swirl around this organized and ignored crime industry that draws in non-Hispanic criminals into the mix.

Local farmers, contractors, etc. bring illegal aliens from outside the area who then end up dumped in the community unable to obtain any further employment leading to crime. In addition their medical care ends up at the local emergency rooms as their employers dump them and leave. If they show up with kids it's off to the welfare office as they work for cash or fail to report any income.

It's hard to know the real level of illegal alien or immigrant crime because machete boy will be counted as white - there's no offender category for Hispanics in Virginia. There needs to be.

Ignoring what many consider low-level crime and lawlessness can often lead to more violent crime and other social problems. Illegal alien Hispanics in the community and the presence of I81 makes the ready conduit and cover for illegal drugs brought in from elsewhere that has led to this death.

Ref. BHC 10 Oct. 2017 and Washington County Sheriff's Dept.

Update: a report has been released showing that an additional 2800 illegal alien children dumped into our schools will cost $56 million or $20,000 each to Virginia taxpayers. Kathryn Watson at reports Gov. McAuliffe was asked about this, he shrugged it off as a Federal Problem. Federal Government placement of 37,000 illegal alien children has burdened state governments by $761 million for schools in 2014-15.

Virginia schools are flooded with 95,000 illegal alien children costing taxpayers $1.2 billion. The cost is so high because these students are low -achievers and illiterate even in Spanish - add in billions more in welfare costs. Less than 300 have been deported. Where is the fake news Bristol Herald Courier on this?


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What is Fake News?

Allcott and Gentzkow define "fake news" to be "news articles that are intentionally and verifiably false, and could mislead readers." They attempt to exclude disreputable media practices and bias from the definition. 62 percent of US adults get news on social media, while 65% distrust the mainstream media and that concerns me. Print media influence in the 2016 election was down to 8%.

I define "fake news" as articles designed to create false, biased, narratives with partial facts filtered through a Progressive filter, censor pertinent facts by omission, block discussion through editorial censorship, that is ideologically slanted, and designed not to give facts, but stoke emotion and sway public opinion. This skirts the fringes of propaganda and yellow journalism.

Ref. Journal of Economic Perspectives Volume 31, Number 2 Spring 2017 Pages 211-236, Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election by Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow

Sources of 2016 Election News:
Radio: 6.2%
Print: 8%
Social Media: 13.8%

Gallup polls reveal a continuing decline of "trust and confidence" in the mass media "when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly."

Trust in Mainstream media: Democrats 52%, Republicans ~18%, overall ~35%. 65% of the public doesn't trust the mainstream media. 62 percent of US adults get news on social media.