Join us on the HBR News show as we look at the honks of the week, including the story of an Antifa terrorist that attempted to attack an ICE facility, a man who attempted to bomb a court, a teacher who got 20 years for her affair with a student, and more! Tune in @6pm Eastern!
Willem Van Spronsen
By Mike J.
Around 4 AM on the morning of July 13th in Tacoma, Washington, a man attacked a facility run by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, better known as ICE. The man, later identified as Willem Van Spronsen, wielded a rifle as he threw incendiary objects at the facility and vehicles in the nearby parking lot, eventually managing to set one vehicle on fire. Van Spronsen also attempted to ignite a propane tank in order to set the facility on fire, but was unsuccessful. Tacoma police officers arrived on the scene and located Van Spronsen who was then shot by the police officers. Van Spronsen was later declared deceased at the scene.
Van Spronsen's immediate motives were soon uncovered. In 2018, Van Spronsen was arrested during a protest of an ICE facility when he assaulted a cop attempting to arrest another protester. Deb Bartley, a friend of Van Spronsen for over 20 years, stated, "He was ready to end it...I think this was a suicide. But then he was able to kind of do it in a way that spoke to his political beliefs...I know he went down there knowing he was going to die." Van Spronsen also sent a three page manifesto out to several friends just days before his death. The manifesto makes his motives crystal clear; in it he states his affiliation with antifa, his willingness to fight the fascists, and his hope that his actions would start the revolution.
Two homemade bombs were detonated outside of the Pickens County Courthouse in Carrollton, Alabama last week. Michael Seabrooke was arrested in connection with the bombs and told investigators he planted devises in the Pickens County Department of Social Services office as well. Federal investigators found Molotov cocktails on the roof of the office.
Seabrooke’s brother’s wife, Jessica Raines, said Seabrooke changed after his ex-wife got sole custody of his children in 2008. "He was always the happy person in a group," Raines said. "Enjoyed going out and being around large groups of people. Then, like overnight, he stopped caring about his personal appearance, started being a hermit, and always talking about his kids [...] being deceased and how he hated Pickens County. […] He felt he was done wrong.”
As cited by Greenville News:
“Raines said sometime around 2015, Seabrooke began to believe that his children had been murdered and that their murders were covered up by his ex-wife and law enforcement in Pickens.
Raines said Seabrooke's children are safe and that her children video chat with them on a regular basis.
In a 2017 post shared to a Facebook account Raines confirmed as his, Seabrooke wrote that he'd set off a bomb in Pickens because he was upset that police wouldn't put out an amber alert on his two kids.”
Seabrooke has a history of criminal charges, including burglary charges, one in 2003 and one in 2017 that was dismissed. At the time he was arrested he was out on bond from an arrest on a criminal sexual conduct first degree charge in Fairfield County.
According to Greenville News, Seabrooke was arrested in January 2019 on the charge from an incident that occurred in 2016. The arrest alleged that Seabrooke sexually assaulted a girl while on a camping trip.
An update on a previously covered story: Brittany Zamora, who molested one of her thirteen-year old students, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to register as a sex-offender.
Zamora molested the 13-year-old boy at Las Brisas Academy while an 11-year-old acted as a lookout. The parent of the 11-year-old said, “Instead of teaching subjects like math and English, she showed him pictures, and asked him about his private parts. She tried to groom my child into believing that this behavior was OK.”
As reported by Fox News, “Zamora’s attorney, Belen Olmedo Guerra, provided a statement, saying the 13-year-old boy was not necessarily a boy, but a teenager who was aggressive.
“Brittany Zamora implored Principal Dickie to move him, because the teenager had boundary issues, and was obsessed with Brittany. I am not making that up. I learned that from Principal Dickie.”
“She is not a monster. Brittany is not a predator, and this was not between a young child and Brittany. This was a teenager.”
“As part of the plea agreement, 12 other criminal charges were dismissed, and Zamora avoided the maximum penalty of 40 years behind bars.”
Andrew Cuomo, NY Governor, Signs Equal Pay Law During USWNT Parade
The US Women’s National Soccer Team was in NYC on Wednesday to celebrate their World Cup win. Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, was in attendance. He signed legislation during the parade to “prohibit unequal pay on the basis of a protected class for all substantially similar work.” The law would also prohibit employers for asking about a prospective employee’s salary history. He tweeted that “"I just signed new pay equity legislation at the #USWNTParade. The women's soccer team plays the same game that the men's soccer players play — only better. If anything, the men should get paid less. Thank you @USWNT for helping lead this movement for change!" The members of the team have filed a suit against the United States Soccer Federation, alleging that they are paid less than their male counterparts despite having the same job responsibilities. During the parade, Cuomo said that "These are women's soccer players, they play the same game as the men's soccer players, and they play it better — so if there is any economic rationale, the men should get paid less than the women. New York will continue to lead the way forward and stand in solidarity with women and girls in every corner of this state. By signing this legislation, we are not only doing the right thing, we are also doing the moral thing and equal pay for equal work is now the law in the State of New York."
Martini; Blackend, not Sir'd
By Mike J.
For many months its been debated who the new James Bond should be played by in the next installment of the 007 film franchise. Many progressives have championed the idea of a black or female James Bond. In a shock to all fans, feminist screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who will be assisting in writing the script for the next movie, announced that the next 007 will be both. British actress Lashana Lynch, best known for her role in Captain Marvel, will be the star of the upcoming, yet-to-be-named, 25th Bond film. An anonymous movie insider tells us that while Daniel Craig will still be in the movie and will still hold the moniker of James Bond, Lynch will be the star of the show and hold the title 007. The source adds, "This is a Bond for the modern era who will appeal to a younger generation while sticking true to what we all expect in a Bond film...There are spectacular chase sequences and fights, and Bond is still Bond but he's having to learn to deal with the world of #MeToo". Bond 25 is set to be released April 8th, 2020 in the US.