Thursday, October 23, 2008

It IS Washington Scandal's Belief That Ashley Todd Is Lying

A story that seems to be getting a small bit of play on the internet tonight involves one Ashley Todd, a phone bank volunteer for the McCain Campaign. She claims that a tall black Obama supporter attacked her, carved a B into her face, thus branding her! It is the belief of this blog after studying much of the STUFF out there, some of which we are sharing here, that Ashley Todd is lying. Further, if we are correct, she should be charged not only with the filing of a false police report, but also with deliberately interfering with the outcome of a Federal Election, and a hate crime.

First, when you look at the photograph of her taken (supposedly) after the attack, it does not all add up when compared with her allegations. The B was supposedly CARVED OUT (emphasis added)...if you look at the picture, the B is first an foremost backwards...not something an attacker in a fit of RAGE is likely to do! Additionally, the B does not look carved fact, it almost appears to have been done with make up. We also magnified the upside down backward B, and could not find anything that looked like the B was carved out, etched or scratched in.

Next, look at her BLACKEYE...again, it looks like it was done with make up. Notice two things of primary importance. Look at the eye itself...there is nothing wrong with it, no busted blood vessel, no red from bleeding in the eye itself, which is something you would expect to see if, as claimed she recieved the black eye because of repeated punches and kicks. Additionally, notice there is NO PUFFINESS, no SWELLING around this supposed BLACK EYE.

Supposedly, the 6'4" assailant put a knife to her neck and took her money...OK, here is where it starts getting really weird. If as she claims this man's intent was to rob her, he would have robbed her by knife point and then left the scene very quickly. Ashley Todd instead claims HE SAW HER CAR, and the McCain Bumper Sticker on it. The man just robbed her in front of the ATM Machine, put a knife to her throat and grabbed her did he then see her Bumper Sticker, how did he know it was HER CAR? This whole part of the story makes no sense, and more importantly, the whole knife welding assailant does not matched the B on her face...a knife cuts, a knife deeply scratches, a knife causes bleeding which LEAVES a scab.

Still, lets assume that this supposed assailant actually DID ATTACK Ashley CARVE that upside down and backward B, he would have had to have GRABBED her face/jaw and held it in place while he carved in his B...that in turn would have left BRUISES...if you look at the picture, there are no bruises.

Further, the alleged attacker who conveniently is labeled as Black, as an Obama supporter, is located in a state that McCain HAS TO WIN by getting out a strong RED NECK VOTE, kicked and punched her BRUTALLY, yet she REFUSED ANY MEDICAL TREATMENT!

Sorry, this whole thing STINKS to high heaven, and somethings do not add up...where is the bank surveillance video...oh, she was out of range of the convenient. The police FAILED to take pictures of her CONVENIENT. She refuses medical treatment after a VISCIOUS ASSAULT, and the police were FINE WITH THAT! Come on, who are we kidding here. If there was a police report, anyone want to bet that the officer WAS IN on this, just happens to be a good Red Blooded Republican John McCain stalwart?

We then find out that she is not available to talk to the press, but might be available on Friday. Anyone care to place a wager on this story?

McCain volunteer (Ashley Todd) attacked and mutilated in Pittsburgh

A 20-year-old McCain/Palin supporter Ashley Todd was allegedly attacked by a 6 feet 4 inches dark-skinned black man in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh last night. According to police reports, Todd was robbed at an ATM in suburban Pittsburgh.

Todd was robbed at knifepoint and knocked down by a man who then carved a “B” on the right side of her face on Wednesday night outside of a Citizens Bank near Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street.

What “B” was meant to symbolize with? Big, Bad, or Bar…?

Ashley Todd Photo: McCain Volunteer Attacked and Mutilated In Pittsburgh
by Mike Baron

Ashley Todd has been identified as the 20-year-old McCain/Palin supporter who was allegedly attacked in Pennsylvania last night.

Todd was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield and was also maimed by her attacker, apparently because of her political views, according to police.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (By way of Pittsburgh Channel), Ashley Todd, of College Station, Texas, was at the cash machine just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday when a man approached her and put a knife to her throat.

The Tribune reported that Todd, who is not familiar with the area, drove to a friend's house and called police.

According to friends, she is in Pittsburgh volunteering for the McCain-Palin campaign.

Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard told Channel 4 Action News that the robber took $60 from the woman, then became upset when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on the victim's car.

The McCain camp told CBS station KDKA-TV that the victim is a Republican from Texas.

According to a campaign spokesperson, after seeing her bumper sticker supporting McCain, the suspect said, 'Oh you're with McCain, you're with the McCain campaign? I'm going to teach you a lesson.'"

The attacker then proceeded to punch and kick the victim, before utilizing the knife to carve the letter "B" into her face, presumably for "Barack" Obama.

The attack occurred outside the view of the bank's surveillance cameras and the unidentified victim refused medical treatment after the assault.

In an official statement the McCain campaign says: "We're shaken up by this. It's sick and disgusting."

Governor Sarah Palin reportedly spoke with the victim by phone.

The Obama-Biden campaign released a statement, commenting on the attack. The statement said "Our thoughts and prayers are with the young woman for her to make a speedy recovery, and we hope that the person who perpetrated this crime is swiftly apprehended and brought to justice."

The assailant is still at large. Police tell that all they have is a description.

The assailant is described as a dark-skinned black man, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds with a medium build, short black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing dark colored jeans, a black undershirt and black shoes.

TMZ has a larger version of the photo above. They also have a report detailing on how the authenticity of the story has come into question. Video is also available below.

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"Politically Motivated" Mutilation - Real or Hoax?

Ashley ToddPittsburgh law enforcement sources tell TMZ they have serious questions about the authenticity of the alleged victim who says she had her face cut by a politically-motivated attacker.

We're told there are several things about the alleged attack that don't add up. A Pittsburgh PD official says they are conducting a "thorough investigation" and have not determined if the alleged attack is real or a hoax. But we're told there is definitely a level of skepticism.

As we reported, the alleged victim claims she went to an ATM and when she turned around, a large dark-skinned man took the money she withdrew. She says when he noticed she had a McCain/Palin bumper sticker on her car, he became enraged, knocked her down and cut a "B" in her face.

We're told the woman refused medical assistance at the scene and said she would go to the hospital the next day.

McCain Worker: Attacker Angered By GOP Sticker

Update: Click here for the latest on this story.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Pittsburgh police are investigating after a volunteer for the Republican campaign says she was attacked by a mugger who became enraged after seeing a John McCain bumper sticker on her car last night.

According to police, Ashley Todd, 20, said she was robbed at an ATM at the corner of Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street in the Bloomfield area around 9 p.m. Wednesday after leaving a Republican phone bank.

Todd told police that the suspect, described only as a dark-skinned African-American man about 6'4", stole $60 from her and became enraged after seeing a bumper sticker supporting Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain on her car.

Todd, who is from Texas, said the suspect put a knife to her neck and demanded money.

Todd told police that the man became very angry after noticing the McCain sticker on her car and began punching and kicking her.

After repeatedly hitting, kicking and threatening her, Todd told police that the man carved a "B" in her cheek.

According to the police report, the officer confirmed that he "observed the wound on the right side of [her] face.

Todd declined immediate medical attention last night but said she would go to the hospital today.

The suspect ran off after the attack; but police are hoping that footage from bank surveillance camera may help lead them to the suspect.

In an official statement the McCain campaign says: "We're shaken up by this. It's sick and disgusting."

Governor Sarah Palin reportedly spoke with the victim by phone.

Meanwhile, late this afternoon, the Obama-Biden campaign released a statement, saying: "This is a horrendous act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the young woman for her to make a speedy recovery, and we hope that the person who perpetrated this crime is swiftly apprehended and brought to justice."

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― She calls it a political attack -- a McCain campaign volunteer says she was attacked in Bloomfield.

Ashley Todd, 20, claims it all happened because she supports Sen. John McCain in the presidential race.

Todd claims she was robbed at knife point then roughed up.

Patrick Graham, the president of College Republicans in Pittsburgh, told KDKA that Todd works for the National College Republican Committee.

She's been in Pittsburgh about a week.

Graham said Todd was on her way to meeting, when she reported robbery and assault took place.

"It's a disgusting act of violence," said Graham, "almost like a hate crime, because she was basically attacked because solely because of her political belief, and no other reason."

Todd is a 20-year old Texas woman, a volunteer for the McCain-Palin campaign, who told police she was robbed and attacked by a man in Bloomfield.

A police report states that Todd said the incident occurred around 9 p.m. Wednesday night near an ATM.

Todd said she made her ATM withdrawal and was approached from behind by a man who put a knife to her neck and demanded money.

She said she gave him $60 and managed to step away from the robber.

But, then Todd claimed the mugger spotted a McCain sticker on her car, and became angry.

She said she was punched in the back of the head, knocked to the ground and the man etched the letter "b" on the right side of her face.

Among other things, police are checking security cameras in the neighborhood to see what, if anything, they may have recorded.

A photo obtained by the Drudge Report website showed Todd after the alleged assault.

However, we could not verify the authenticity of the photo.

Pittsburgh Police did not take a photo of the woman.

The McCain-Palin campaign released a statement that said, in part, they were shaken up by the incident – calling it sick and disgusting.

A spokesman confirmed both McCain and Palin called Todd to express their concern.

An Obama-Biden campaign statement said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the young woman, for her to make a speedy recover... and we hope that the person who perpetrated this crime is swiftly apprehended, and brought to justice."

Todd said she wasn't ready yet to talk publicly about what happened but she may have something to say on Friday.

McCain Volunteer Attacked. But Someone Yelled "Kill Him" at a Palin Rally (UPDATED)

Posted by: Erick Erickson

Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 03:26PM CDT


I lay this at the feet of the mainstream media. For weeks they have cooked up tales about Republican verbal violence. They let Barack Obama get away with claiming someone called for killing him at a Sarah Palin rally -- an outright lie that the media let get by.

This morning, Jim Galloway, a friend in Georgia and reporter at the AJC, put up a post at the AJC Political Insider blog about a campaign staffer to a local Republican state senator. The staffer was worried about violence on election night. Left wing bloggers blew this up into a big deal because the kid used his campaign account. Naturally, this must be a Republican Senator whipping up hostility. Never mind that the Republican Senator in question is out of the country.

But Jim, in his report, went on to write, "Speaking of reining in some out-of-bounds behavior, take a look at the YouTube clip below, showing a Oct. 21 confrontation with Barack Obama supporters at a Sarah Palin rally in Nevada.

"In the video, Palin supporters shout, “Vote McCain not Barack Hussein, Vote McCain not Barack Hussein.”

Now there is nothing per se wrong about Jim writing that. It is perfectly acceptable and a fact that this happened. But the media narrative has become one that highlights the hostile words of Republicans and downplays the hostile acts of Obama supporters. And note that these were Obama supporters disrupting a Palin rally. What gets flagged is the Palin supporters' response.

Words versus actions. How many news outlets have covered the Obama supporters trying to block Sarah Palin's motorcade? How many news outlets covered the vandalism of Senator Norm Coleman's property? Compare that to how many covered the words spoken at a Palin rally that allegedly foment hostility toward Barack Obama.

Today there is a new, more violent twist. A McCain supporter, a 20 year old college Republican volunteer, was savagely attacked by a Barack Obama supporter in Pennsylvania. She was at an ATM getting money. He saw the McCain sticker on her car, robbed her, and carved a "B" into the side of her face.

He carved her face like it was a pumpkin
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But someone yelled "kill him" at a Sarah Palin rally in reference to Bill Ayers.

UPDATED: Josh points out in RedHot that Obama did tell his supporters to get in people's faces. Hey! The dude was just doing what The One asked him to. Full pardon on January 21st [Ed. -- This means we cannot just blame the media. We must blame Obama too. "This is not the thug I knew. I've known some, but not this one. The thugs I know kill police and blow up government buildings."]

UPDATE 2: Note how Memeorandum covers this story. Nothing political here. No political implications. Just a random act of violence.

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