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A few days ago, we reported on the latest heart-strings pulling sob story piece of internet panhandling to sweep social media, “Help Us Save Mikey.” You can read it here if you haven’t already.
Basically what’s happening is that a Weymouth father is throwing himself a pity party because he’s been ordered to return his son to the child’s mother in Illinois. The mother, Amber Buck, has plenty of Google trophies including an arrest for making meth, and dating violent and unsavory characters. But the child’s father, Michael Cadena, has plenty of arrests himself, and took the kid to Weymouth in order to keep him away from the mother, who he claimed was physically abusive to him. However, there has been zero legitimate evidence provided that this woman did in fact abuse the child, and CPS confirms this.
The evidence that has been provided to us that Mom is indeed abusive proves absolutely nothing. It’s a bunch of statements from Michael Cadena about how his kid’s behavior has changed, and how he clings to do allegedly out of fear. None of it proves anything, and it’s all coming from an unbiased party in this matter.
We didn’t make any allegations against anyone, because that’s not our place to do here. We simply found information, and reported it. Information that wasn’t prevalent in their highly publicized viral sob story. On the editorial side, we voiced our skepticism and disdain for the father’s behavior in regards to the broadcast of his child’s pain. Particularly the broadcasting of videos that showed his son crying, presumably because he feared physical abuse from Mom.
We put more pieces of the story out there and injected some common sense, because that’s what we do. But let’s be clear – court documents, police reports, and records are NOT the opinion of the blog – they’re just objective fact. There’s an editorial side to this, sure. I think it reeks of bullshit. The reporting part is that we filled in a lot of blanks that no one else had. With evidence.
Naturally, Michael Cadena’s supporters were not pleased. They’ve been contacting us for months, hoping we would write something synpathetic towards Michael Cadena. They posted this delicately worded damage control post:
So, when I got an email forwarded to me demanding I get my FACKS straight, I gladly accepted the additional documentation. If I made a judgement in error, or didn’t hit the full scope of the story on the first try, I’d gladly publish a correction. This is going to have another part to it, because one of the above statements is true, actually. I’ll let you guess which, and even give you a hint: I’m not going to be correcting anything I previously said. But I sure did miss some things.
The “research” that the Save Mikey Team suggested I do, however, was absolutely hilarious. I was told to check in to dozens of completely unrelated cases and told to “ask around” like this is Watergate or something, by a woman named Lisa Bordeau who is doing Cadena’s PR work for him while he sits in jail:
If your “evidence” supporting an allegation as serious as child abuse revolves around chasing down a bunch of unrelated leads, then you don’t have evidence. You have smoke and mirrors. No, we will not be calling all these random people who will tell us how unreliable CPS is, or how corrupt the judge is, or how well connected the child’s mother is. We don’t do conspiracy theories here, we do FACKS.
That’s why they keep chasing down news outlets who won’t touch this – the angle reeks of suspicion. There are no solid dots to connect to where these people are trying to lead it, and they must know it, because they keep referring to this as a matter of opinion. It’s not, and it can’t be, because they have been presenting things as irrefutable fact. I do have an opinion, but I make a clear distinction between the two. I base my published opinion on facts only, I do not interpret facts to suit my opinion. That’s what I was expected to do though, look at their “evidence” and see their conclusive opinion. The facts do not match. There is no report that objectively states or even suggests Mikey has been abused by his mother or even in her care. Let alone at all. This is not my opinion. This is fact.
So instead of wasting my time on the conspiracy maze, I checked out this news site she touted, BLN news. This bootleg blog has been
talking shit about the judge, court system and kids mother and posting easily debunked statements about the case obsessively “reporting” on the story for months.
I’ll be honest here, I am a little morally torn over even covering the story. Not because I don’t stand behind what I publish – I do my due diligence in what I write and I don’t publish anything that cannot be substantiated. But because, I don’t know how I feel about contributing to this digital scrapbook of what may be one of the worst times in this kid’s life. But the damage has already been done by the kid’s own parents – I just believe in getting to the truth and injecting some reason into these emotionally charged campaigns.
Speaking of publishing only well evidenced facts and having some moral consideration and integrity, let’s talk about doing the complete opposite. Here’s BLN news.
Good to see she’s not jumping to any conclusions or taking any sides here.
This site is an absolute joke. They’ve got 334 likes on Facebook. Its editor is the only regular contributor. It’s pretty much just this Diane crone’s rant diary. Her tag line says it all:
“News nobody reports”….because it’s boring and pointless.
My favorite thing on this site was definitely her “Reefer Madness” style anti-marijuana legalization blog. It says everything you need to know about this pearl-clutching Midwestern housewife-type, hot garbage spewing “reporter”.
Check out dem FACKS!
This is what constitutes doing our “homework”, though, I guess? Reading through the worst piece of factually inaccurate piece of bible belt trash I’ve suffered through in quite some time.
I mean, really, how hard is this to fact check? I disproved it in 20 seconds with nothing but my google machine.
Crack journalism at it’s finest, folk.
What bothers me about the shit this broad is smearing all over the mom, is that its unbalanced. There’s evidence that Mom was at least until 2017 a methzombie. If she is now, I haven’t found proof. There’s no evidence that she hurt that child in the form of tying him up with ropes, intentionally burning him, displacing his hips, any of that. That is being presented as fact. I am always certain to a shred of a doubt before I start trashing them, because I want to have some fun and doubtfully maybe be a wake up call. I refuse to take the risk of kicking someone down when they’re getting on their feet. We all do. And if I don’t know for sure, I won’t touch it.
Mom’s past is there, but right now I have no evidence that it’s her present, and she hasn’t done anything to draw our attention, or even entertain this publicity stunt bullshit. To the contrary, the crying and scared child actually looks quite pleased to be reunited with his mother:
That’s one point for her from where I stand – and I hope for that kids sake we never hear anything on her again. But if we do, the father is to blame too. If you have to sit in Illinois and struggle a bit so that you can do things the legal way and make sure you kid has access to the least restrictive safely accessible contact with the other parent until you can figure it out permanently, that’s what you do. Your kid shouldn’t suffer for your choices, whether its manufacturing meth or knocking up some methhead 900 miles from home. Instead Michael Cadena chose to sit in a jail cell rather than comply with a court order to return to Illinois, because he and his followers have decided that the judge has conspired with the mother’s well connected family to make sure Mikey is physically abused some more.
Also, remember how we mentioned dad was no angel? Well, turns out we missed some charges. A lot. We already knew about the drug charges, but at least he wasn’t making meth, right?
Woops. Nothing to see here. Just some convictions for violent assaults, including one for attempted murder. But Dad’s the good guy here and Mom is the bad guy. It’s black and white. He’s the victim.
And there’s just so, so much more where that came from. We have obtained police reports confirming what I suspected – Dad’s a shitbag, too. He’s exposed his son to some pretty unfortunate shit just like the mom. The pot should never call the kettle black, and should definitely not be raising tens of thousands of dollars while doing it. Here are some excerpts of Mr. Cadena’s spokeperson’s words on the matter:
I suspect this kid would be better off in foster care. But I very well could be wrong. What I’m not wrong about, however, is that there is way more to the “Help Us Save Mikey” story than they have been forthright about, and the kid’s the only real loser here.
The moral of the day is, don’t embroil the public into your nasty custody war, especially if your hands aren’t clean and your intentions not snow-white pure. The Turtle will find you, and we will investigate. Don’t. Poke. The. Turtle.