Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I Think They Should Have Been Tried for Murder

JusticeEx-Atlanta officers get prison time for cover-up in deadly raid - But at least they were tried.
hree former Atlanta police officers were sentenced Tuesday to prison terms ranging from five to 10 years for covering up a botched drug raid in which a 92-year-old woman was killed.
They plead guilty to "charges of conspiracy to violate civil rights resulting in death." It is something I suppose.

False statements to get a no-knock warrant. False statements after the fact to cover up their "mistakes."

One dead grandmother who hadn't done anything wrong.

Are we winning the War on (some) Drugs? Atlanta revamped their anti-drug unit in the aftermath of this fiasco. I think we are still sliding into a police state. [Hat tip to Tam]

Armed Robbers Meet Armed Resistance

Tampa store clerk thwarts armed robbery Two guys in ski-masks (in Florida, even in the winter, that is a tip-off) try to rob a store.
Two men wearing ski masks and gloves entered the store. One man pulled out a pistol and aimed it at the clerk.

But the clerk, Mohammed Abu Sayed, 49, also had a gun. Realizing he was about to be robbed, police said Sayed quickly armed himself.
The two goblins ran like rabbits. Everyone fired shots, but no one was injured.

Self-defense works, it is a human right, and in some places, like Florida, it is your legal right.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I Blame Global Warming

So it seems this was the wrong year to take an extended visit to the Midwest. It is the coldest winter in 20 years, and the snowiest winter in 30 years. In Chicago anyway, which isn't too far away.

Gotta get back to warmer weather.

How Long Should You Wait for 911 Response?

Brainerd Residents Question Police Response Time 20 minutes is a long time to wait, during a crime-in-progress. Did the cops know that the house was empty when the break-in occurred?

Oh, it was change of shift. So, if you are unlucky enough to be attacked when everyone is standing around the water cooler...

Calling 911 is a fine thing. It can save your house or your life. But it should not be the only thing you do in an emergency situation. Learning CPR can save a loved ones life just like calling 911. So can learning to defend yourself from violent attack.

Or look at it this way... Do you have a fire-extinguisher in your kitchen?

U Can't Touch This

Hammer time: Minn. clerk uses tools to repel thief I love a story about attitude.

A masked robber tried to hold up a store and fails.
Garcia says the employee calmly asked him to remove the mask and the man said, "This is a robbery, don't you know that?"

When the man grabbed the cash register, the clerk hit the man once with a hammer. Then the clerk threw the hammer at the man, pulled out a second one and chased the man away. The man dropped the cash register and fled on foot.
Score one for the good guys. [via KABA]

Monday, February 23, 2009

Dead Tree Media

Journal Register Co seeks bankruptcy protection - They publish 20 daily newspapers.
The Yardley, Pennsylvania-based company said revenue had declined by 2 percent in 2006, by 8.5 percent in 2007 and was down 10 percent in the period from January 2008 through November 2008.
They plan to cancel their common stock.

UPDATE 3-Philadelphia papers owner files for Chapter 11 | Reuters They are blaming everything but their inability to come with a viable business model.
In a statement, Philadelphia Newspapers LLC blamed its filing on a "rare trifecta of a dramatic decline in revenue, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and a debt structure out of line with current economic realities."
Classified adds have gone to Craigslist. Real Estate is moving to the web (or the cable companies) because video is what people want.

Automotive advertising... I have no idea.

I think their real problem is that younger generations don't read newspapers, but get their news and information in other places.

But make no mistake, we need the news-gathering operations of newspapers. These are the people who try to fight city hall, who track the antics in state capitals, etc.

It might help if the editorial leanings of most newspapers didn't so heavily influence the reporting.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Advice from the Chicago Police - Sad State of Illinois

Chicago police warn of serial rapist on Near Northwest Side -- So a serial rapist is attacking women in Chicago. The police give reasonable advice, but it will have little impact.
Residents should avoid dark, isolated places and not use headphones after dark, they said. Wednesday's victim was listening to a music player on headphones when attacked, police said.
Now if you are completely oblivious to your surroundings, you are an easy target. But if you are aware of your surroundings and have no means by which to defend yourself, you aren't much better off. But Mayor Dumbbell and all the other Socialists from the People's Republic of Illinois are crazy when it comes to the subject of self-defense. So victims are disarmed by policy. (I am so glad that Chicago politics has moved to Washington, DC.)

People Still Don't Believe that the Police Don't Have to Protect Them

Ill. court rejects suit in Glenview woman's death -- Another in a long list of law suits that are tossed because you can't sue the cops.
Two suburban Chicago police departments can't be sued for failing to protect a woman they knew had been the target in a murder-for-hire plot, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Friday.
They should not have promised, but you still can't sue.

The police are there to keep the peace, not be your personal body guards. Think of all the shows: CSI, Law and Order, NCIS, etc. They all start with the crime being committed or discovered. Then, after someone is dead or raped, only then do the police get involved.
There aren't enough police to offer surveillance for every domestic violence victim, she wrote, noting there were only 38,600 full-time police officers in the state in 2005, compared to 64,600 orders of protection.
When a bad guy crashes through your front door at 3 AM, you are on your own.

The state is focusing on GPS tracking for some domestic violence offenders. But I think they should give everyone with a restraining order a pistol, ammo and training.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What Happens When You Deprive People of the Means of Self-defense?

Former boyfriend is charged with stabbing a woman and her daughter -- You create defenseless victims.

Another ex-boyfriend who doesn't seem to know the meaning of, "It's over!"
A former boyfriend has been charged with stabbing a woman and her daughter late Saturday in their home on the Northwest Side
Because if you can't be with the one you love, you should kill them, or something.

Good Thing She Didn't Have a Weapon

Cops: Woman fights off attacker near U. of C. - Chicago Breaking News That is illegal in Chicago. There might be one dead rapist in the City.

She was able to fight off the attack and make to a University of Chicago campus security phone, (They have these in every block on campus) and call campus security.

The Vocabulary Word for today is gun "control."
Gun Control:

The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound.

That;s exactly how the powers-that-be in Chicago and rest of the state think.

The Third Fourth Time is the Charm

Roland Burris, resign | Vox Pop Lies and Damn Lies. All we need are some statistics to make a clean sweep.

We now have the 4th version of the Roland Burris/Milorad "Rod" Blagojevich saga... or the 4th version from Burris anyway.
Let’s see if we have it right: Burris had zero contact with any of Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s cronies about his interest in the Senate seat being vacated by President Barack Obama— unless you count that conversation with former chief of staff Lon Monk, and, on further reflection, the ones with insiders John Harris, Doug Scofield and John Wyma and, oh yeah, the governor’s brother and fund-raising chief, Robert Blagojevich. But Burris didn’t raise a single dollar for the now ex-governor as a result of those contacts because that could be construed as a quid pro quo and besides, everyone he asked refused to donate.
Pay to Play, anyone? Burris was willing to play, but it seems no one else was willing to pay given the Good Ship Blagojevich was already sinking. (He was political Kryptonite long before this... he was probably the only one who didn't recognize it.)

So calls for Burris to resign are being issued. Not likely! He got his, and you will have to pry him out of that seat with a crowbar.

I can't tell you how happy it makes me to think that Chicago Machine politics (and Chicago Machine politicians) now occupy such prominent place in Washington, DC.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Welcome to the Police State

Police hospitalize 7-year-old under Baker Act - St. Petersburg Times Where cops can take a 7-year-old kid away from his mother because he threw a tantrum at school.
The boy spent the night alone at Morton Plant Hospital before he was seen by a child psychologist the next day and discharged.
What "severe bodily harm" was a 7-year-old capable of doing? That's the criteria for the Baker Act. (If the cops don't like you/you aren't cooperating you can be taken in for evaluation.) [Via Uncle]

Monday, February 16, 2009

Just File for Bankruptcy Already

GM talks progressing, but Tuesday deal to restructure unlikely | Detroit Free Press I don't know why they are trying to reach a deal. The parties are too far apart.

The bond holders don't want to accept equity. The chances that equity will be worth anything are slim, and they aren't even being offered much equity. The UAW is not interested in concessions. Fine. They don't have to be.

The company should just file for protection and get it over.

Oh, yeah... anyone who believes that Free Markets are a good thing, should never buy anything from GM.

Good Guys 1 - Bad Guys 0

Wellington teacher fatally shoots armed intruder. Palm Beach County Sheriff's office reports that man shoots intruder as he enters home -- South Florida Armed home invader in a mask exchanges fire with the homeowner. The goblin is dead. The home owner is physically uninjured, but suffering from the trauma. Still, he did the only thing he could do.
According to Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokesman Pete Palenzuela, Tomlin entered the home Miller was renting through a back sliding-glass door at about at approximately 1:50 a.m. Miller told authorities he saw the silhouette of an individual with a handgun coming through the bedroom door and fired.
He was there with the intent to do bad things. Self-defense was, in my opinion, justified.

Did He or Didn't He

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris tries to quell new questions about his controversial appointment by Blagojevich -- What a surprise! A Chicago Machine politician is caught in a (near) lie.

You see when Roland Burris said he didn't meet with or discuss anything with folks in Governor Blagojevich's office, he neglected to mention that he did speak to the ex-Governor's brother - several times.
Yet Burris has been forced to gradually—and sometimes grudgingly—acknowledge deeper connections to Blagojevich and a growing list of contacts with former aides, lobbyists and campaign supporters for Blagojevich. On Sunday Burris argued that he was always forthright about his contacts, while seeking to brush aside the fact that the details spilled out over the course of weeks—with the most complete accounting coming weeks after he was sworn into the Senate.
Get used to it folks. Chicago politics rule the day. And now Chicago politics are DC politics.

Of course, now the FBI is asking to meet with the Junior Senator from Illinois. Can't imagine why.

If you wanna play, you gotta pay.

Don't Bring a Stun-gun to a Gunfight

Failed hold-up leaves one man dead - Kansas City Star The dead guy was the would-be robber.
The store owner told officers that he shot a robber who pulled a stun gun on him, and the wounded man drove off.
His car was found overturned shortly thereafter, and he was found on the ground and later pronounced dead. Witnesses say another man ran from the wrecked car, but he apparently got away from police.

Self-defense works, and it is your human right.

Disabled Man Defends Himself from Armed Intruders - Homeowner engages in shoot out with thieves Shots were fired, but no one was injured.
the disabled man came home and found two men inside his house making off with his possessions.

Deputies could not say who fired first, but that the homeowner and the suspects shot at least two rounds. No one was hit.
The 2 goblins ran like rabbits.

Self-defense works.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Because I Miss Sailing

Though my favorite is still Everybody, these are fun. Or mostly fun. Exciting anyway.

I'm not sure I'm up for some of this.

"An upstanding, law-abiding family?"

Va. man gets nearly 3 years in G’town gay bashing - Washington Blade An upstanding, law-abiding family whose son sent a Georgetown University Medical student to the hospital with a head injury from being hit with a bottle.

Two boys are charged with crimes: one being charged with a hate crime, both facing deportation. Deportation would be to Sudan.

The family is crying, "Why take this out on my child?"

Because the "child" committed a crime. (Forget the hate crime aspect.) Felony assault is grounds for deportation. Given that this is his second assault conviction, I don't feel that sorry for him. Various old sayings come to mind: "You made your bed,..." Something about Chickens and roosting, looking and leaping, and other stories.

Lot's of excuses for why to avoid deportation. He doesn't speak Arabic (the main language of Sudan), he has no relatives in Sudan, Sudan is a bad place. Blah blah blah. He was given more than one chance. He blew it. Now its time to Pay the Piper.

The mother is appealing for sympathy from the judge. They left Sudan in the 1980s to "build a new life" in America. She should have explained to her son the conditions that are involved in building that new life. And that violating those conditions have repercussions. Serious repercussions.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Justice for Sale

JusticeJudges Jailing Youths for Money - Digital Journal: Your News Network So do you still think the Criminal Justice System is interested in Justice?
A 17-year old girl appeared before a judge in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania recently. She was charged with building a spoof "MySpace" page that made fun of the assistant principal at her school. Hillary Transue was an excellent student who had never been in trouble, and was expecting a stern lecture.

Instead, the judge sentenced her to three months at a juvenile detention center on a charge of harassment, even though Transue put at the bottom of her page, that what she had done was just a joke. As her stunned parents looked on, she was handcuffed and taken away.
The judge was getting payoffs for sentencing people. No regard for justice. He was in it for the money. Actually 2 judges have been 'caught' so far.

Some of the kids are still being detained.
The two judges are trying to work out a plea deal. And iff the court agrees to it, both will serve 87 months in federal prison and resign from the bench and bar. They are expected to be sentenced in the next several months. Since state law forbids retirement benefits to judges convicted of a felony while in office, the judges would also lose their pensions.
The folks that run the detention centers are still being investigated.

It isn't just the 2 judges and the 2 detention centers. There were "probation officers, district attorneys, and public defenders" who failed to blow the whistle on this. From 2003 until today, about 5000 kids were impacted.

[I am filing this under "Cops Behaving Badly" though strictly speaking cops aren't involved. It is still an example of the Criminal Justice System being more Criminal than anything else.]

Neighbors Are Shocked

Employee shoots man in self-defense - Campus News Ex-husband (well, "estranged") breaks into wife's home and confronts the new boyfriend. Boyfriend ends up shooting the estranged husband.

Now to me, that sounds like self-defense. He wasn't invited. And domestic violence often turns deadly. Police seem to agree.
"Upon our investigation of the case, we have reason to believe that Weaver [the boyfriend] shot Horne in self-defense," [Milledgeville Police Capt. Dray] Swicord said.
The timing is tough to judge. The shooting was Tuesday, and Weaver was released Wednesday. Was that noon to noon, or 8 PM to 12:30 AM? Still, they got there.

Those neighbors?
Alex Smith, a [college] senior who lives across the street, said that it's such a shock to know what happened there.
If you are able to read this, you are in the Real World™ and even if you are in college, the real world exposes you to violent crime.

Armed Robber Meets Armed Resistance

Gunman shot dead in heist at coin shop Two thugs tried to hold up a coin shop. One was armed.
Someone from the business called 911, and officers began heading their way.

Meanwhile, the owner and employee grabbed their weapons, resulting in an exchange of gunfire.
The dead guy was found by police near the front door of the coin shop. The other guy, had pulled him outside before running like a rabbit. He left the gun in an alley.

Self-defense works. The good guys were uninjured. One bad guy is dead. The other bad guy left with nothing.

Stupid Criminal

Gun-toting good Samaritan foils Pompano Beach robbery - Breaking News - This is almost as stupid as trying to hold up a gun store.
First, he forgot to put his Jeep in park when he allegedly pulled behind Walid Hamad's car and jumped out to rob the 48-year-old Palm Beach County man.

Second, the spot he chose for the armed robbery happened to be in the driveway of a Pompano Beach surveillance and securities retail store where employees are particularly active in exercising their Second Amendment rights.
A car crash alerted people. A customer of store - with a concealed carry license - got him to drop his weapon. When he tried to run, he was tackled and held for police. Security cameras recorded everything.

If his vehicle was out of gas, it would be a perfect score of zero for this hapless idiot.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Could it Be Reality Intruding on DC?

ABC News: CEO Contradicts Obama on Rehiring Employees So our Dear Leader discovers that saying it don't make it so.
Obama has said twice in the past two days that Caterpillar CEO James Owens indicated his company would be able to rehire some of the 20,000 recently laid-off employees.

"Yesterday, Jim, the head of Caterpillar, said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off," Obama said today in Peoria.
Unfortunately, that is the position Mr. Owens holds. More layoffs will come. The stimulus won't get started immediately. Things take time. You can't command the tides. [via Small Dead Animals]

I was going to offer some snark...

But on the subject of the "training" being offered to our merchant marine for dealing with pirates, I can't do better than this. Gun Rights Examiner: Dead men tell no tales

Go take a look, and grieve for the people trying to make a living from the sea. Their hands are tied, even before the pirates take over their vessels.

Real piracy - not the downloading music kind - has been a growth industry for the last few years. Is anyone surprised?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

So, You Think Illegal Immigration Isn't a Crime

AFP: Five convicted in LA sex trafficking ring You really believe that?
Four Guatemalans and one Mexican were convicted of trafficking women and forcing them into prostitution in Los Angeles, the US Justice Department said Thursday.
Just shows you aren't paying attention.

Shot While Trying to Do What They Wanted

Aiken County convenience store clerk shot during attempted robbery He was getting the money out of the register. He was shot.

Hasn't the Left said time and again that if you cooperate with violent criminals you will be safe? These guys must not have read the right manual.

How Can There Be Armed Home Invasions in the Gun-Free UK? - Armed Gang Hunting for Drugs Holds Up Dinner Party at Wrong Address Are you saying that the UK really isn't a "Gun Free" zone?
A British family settling down for a dinner party were held up by an armed gang who burst into their house and threatened their 5-year-old daughter.
Say it ain't so!

Gun Control: Is there anywhere it actually works?

This is Why Self-defense Is So Important

Report Shows Women in Abusive Relationships Most at Risk When Breaking Up Abusive folks just don't know the meaning of, "It's over!" And if you are moving out/have just moved out/are trying to move out, they can get very violent.
University of Minnesota School of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson, the director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, noted that if [one dead victim] had felt intimidated by [by her also dead ex-boyfriend], “he would have hoped that she would have taken steps to have someone else there while she broke up” with him as well as have a contingency plan, although she may not have been aware of his violent tendencies, writes the Star Tribune.
People should rely on those special someones like Strum and Ruger, or Smith and Wesson, or someone else who can stop the bum in his tracks. But that's just me. (Peace through superior firepower.)

This article goes on to talk about why doctors aren't addressing abuse (why would they?) and a lot of other meaningless stuff from the Left.

The truth is simple. At 3 AM, when that violent ex crashes through your door, the police aren't going to be there to rescue you. You will be on your own. Better to have some help.
2 ways to shield yourself from violent attack
Image by Oleg Volk

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

That's One Big Gator

Good golly! Man shoots gargantuan gator - Evening Sun 13 feet is big for a Florida Gator, especially one living in a backyard pond. (It had become a "problem" for the fellow living there, as he has dogs and small children.)

No word from PETA on the situation.

Is Eating at IHOP a "Special Right?"

Seattle Gay News - hate crime again on Capitol Hill (No, not that Capital Hill. The one in Seattle.) Everybody tells me how gays are after all these special rights, so I wondered if eating at IHOP was included in those.
"It was about 2:30 in the morning," Lewis told SGN. "I walked out of the IHOP to call a cab. I noticed a guy walking behind me, and he said 'fucking faggot' as I was walking out toward the street."

"I thought the best thing to do was just to get a cab and leave," Lewis continued. "I looked down to dial my phone, and the next thing I knew he was on top of me."
A total of three straight young men beat Mr. Lewis until he was unconscious. He woke up in the CAT Scan machine at a local hospital about 45 minutes later.

Now Washington State has a wonderful version of the Castle Doctrine - the Stand Your Ground version. So a little self-defense might have gone a long way in this scenario. But what about the hate? Should we do anything about that? I'm not sure I like hate crime laws, but I know how we got here. For generations - right up until today - police have not always protected every community equally. Sometimes police have been part of the problem. So what do we do?

BTW, if you are offended by ads featuring young men in clingy underwear, as opposed to the young women in clingy underwear you see everywhere, you may not want to click that link.

I Love These Kinds of Stories

Break-in suspect charged with murder after accomplice is shot by homeowner Three thugs break into a home. The homeowner shoots and kills one of them. The homeowner will not be charged - self-defense is legal after all. One of the two surviving thugs will be charged.
Police say Wood and his two sons broke into the home. The homeowner fatally shot the father, but now one of the sons that faces a murder rap.

"In a situation where individuals are involved in a felonious act of some type and an individual is murdered or killed, they can also be charged with that murder," said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, commander of the LMPD Homicide unit.
Family values discussion, anyone?

Duct tape and wire, implied this was more than a robbery gone wrong, they intended to harm the people in that house.

So James Wood, Senior is dead, Junior is charged with murder, and the other brother is still being sought by police.

And again - the homeowner is not charged. He successfully defended himself from these goblins, as is his right.

Another Reason to Homeschool Your Kids

Chicago Public School Students Report Abuse By Teachers - One kid even had his neck fractured, so it goes way beyond paddling bad kids.

818 allegations of abuse since 2003.
In most of those cases - 568 of them - Chicago Public School investigators determined the children were telling the truth.
Oh, and the Chicago Schools aren't all that interested in investigating. Not with any urgency anyway.
The 2 Investigators found reports of students beaten with broomsticks, whipped with belts, yard sticks, struck with staplers, choked, stomped on and pushed down stairs.
Teachers found guilty of abuse, were given a slap on the wrist and sent back to "teach" the kids.

Arne Duncan - now our Secretary of Education under Dear Leader - was the Superintendent of Chicago Schools. He maintained that anyone hitting a student would be gone. Yeah, right.
But that's not what happened under Duncan's watch. Of the 568 verified cases, only 24 led to termination. Records show one teacher who quote "battered students for several years" was simply given a "warning" by the Board of Education.

And another student was given "100 licks with a belt." The abuse was substantiated, but the records show the teacher was not terminated.
This is, according to Dear Leader, one of the Best People for the Job anywhere in the country. I guess it helps that he plays Basketball with Obama.

Now, to be fair, it is hard to fire a teacher. Unions and rules of tenure stand in your way. But they can't stop you from having criminal charges filed. Isn't assault a crime, even if a teacher assaults a student? (100 lashes with a belt ought to be a crime, even in Chicago.) [via]

I Still Don't Understand Why They Waited

U.S. investigation of Chicago police torture widens to include colleagues of Jon Burge -- They waited until the statute of limitations had expired, so that they can't actually charge anyone with torture. Perjury and conspiracy are better than nothing, I guess.
Federal prosecutors continue to investigate decades-old allegations that Chicago police routinely tortured murder suspects, focusing on a half-dozen detectives following the recent indictment of former Cmdr. Jon Burge, the alleged ringleader, sources said.

Subpoenas served on the city show that prosecutors are looking at detectives long linked to Burge and the South Side precincts where he worked mostly during the 1980s.
It wasn't one man who did all of this.

Consider the case of Andrew Wilson, who died in jail in 2007.
The Chicago Police Board found Burge guilty in 1983 of violating department rules, a determination that ultimately led to his firing a decade later. Wilson's facial injuries and burn marks had been photographed by jail personnel and doctors following his 1982 arrest. The supervising physician at the Cook County Jail, John Raba, even wrote the police superintendent asking for an investigation.
There was no investigation.

And it took 10 years to get a bad cop off the force. I imagine the unions had something to do with that. Why bother to even try? And I think he kept his pension through all of that. So much for a "Justice System." The System is not interested in Justice.

Monday, February 09, 2009

More on the Subject of "Self-defense Works"

GPB News: 2 Crime Victims Kill Suspected Assailants Attitude plays an important part in any situation.
Cobb County police say a Marietta resident, who was shot in his own garage Saturday night, grabbed the wound-be robber's gun and shot and killed the man.
In Atlanta, police say a woman fatally stabbed a robbery suspect who broke into her apartment while her 11-year-old child slept.
Defending a child is a parent's obligation.

Two thugs removed from society. I'm sure the 2 law-abiding citizens will pay an emotional price for their experiences, but it could have been so much worse.

Self-defense is a human right.

Self-defense Works

Sheriff's seeking four men who attempted home invasion | � ** Updated ** What would you do if four armed thugs broke into your home?
The invaders were armed with handguns and an assault rifle but the homeowner was able to keep the men from coming in by retrieving a handgun and firing at them, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The police have identified one of the thugs, but no arrests yet.

But the good guys were unharmed, and that is the important point.
In a span of about 15 seconds, the suspects jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the garage but quickly began back peddling. Some of the invaders ran from the home while one got back into the car as gunfire struck the window.
One of them did get shot in the arm.

Self-defense works. It is also a human right.

UPDATE: Video is available.

Criminal with a Badge

Cop Guilty of Kidnapping and Robbing Dealers, Reselling Drugs Does this fall under the heading that you can't steal from a thief, or that cops always have the best drugs?
The evidence at trial showed that from November 2003 through April 2006, Sease conspired with other Memphis police officers to use their authority as law enforcement officers, including their service weapons, to rob suspected drug dealers of cash, cocaine and marijuana. Sease and his co-conspirators would then resell the stolen drugs for their own profit. The government introduced proof of 16 separate robberies, as well as one attempted robbery. In each robbery, Sease or another uniformed Memphis police officer, would pull over a car containing suspected drug dealers and steal whatever drugs and cash that they found.
Lots of pithy quotes from the FBI, acting DA, etc. all looking for the killer sound-byte no doubt. Talk of what a badge is meant for and other platitudes, but my favorite is, "Effective law enforcement begins with honest law enforcement," from Lawrence J. Laurenzi, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. This guy must be some kind of Einstein. Of course, that "honest law enforcement" isn't always easy to find.

Now, before you jump all over me and tell me how great LEOs are, let me say that most cops are decent people. But there are places, like Chicago, certain areas of LA and other places where the bad apples are a very large minority of the whole. And in too many places, even the good cops don't want to be rats. If you are I had that position, we would be accessories after the fact or obstructing justice or something. [via KABA]

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Will There Be Justice?

JusticeTwo Men Go to Trial in Murder Case This Week | | The Ledger | Lakeland, FL The part of Florida where this took place isn't known for its forward thinking.
The two men suspected in the murder of a young gay man named Ryan Skipper are going to trial this week.
Who is Ryan Skipper? Just another dead gay man, dead at the hands of bigoted straights. (You can find out more about Ryan Skipper and his life and death by following this link.) The short version is that Ryan Skipper was killed because of who he was. His very existence was abhorrent to these two men. He didn't do anything to them. He just was.

And the sheriff isn't so forward thinking as this story makes him out to be.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office called his slaying a hate crime after a witness told them the men charged in his killing did it because Skipper was gay.
He started out by calling Skipper a drug addict, and insinuating that he deserved what he got. As far as I can tell, he never apologized. Why apologize for insulting the dead? He was only a queer after all.

I am almost surprised that this wasn't plead down to manslaughter. That seems to be the usual course of events, because prosecutors can't usually be bothered with trying the death of a queer. (In this case in Canada, one person was sentenced to 6 years - he served 4 - for the beating death of a gay man.)

Why the Emphasis on "Former Officer?"

NewsChannel - Nashville, Tennessee - Former Officer Shoots Murder Suspect Maybe they don't like the idea that just anyone can exercise the legal right of self-defense.
Investigators say two men attempted the robbery just as she had gotten out of the former officer's car.

The former officer got out and shot one man, but the other man ran away. Police say the former officer acted in self defense and will not face any charges.
He left the local force in 1982.

In addition to being a "former-officer" he was probably also a "former high-school-student," but you wouldn't care about that, would you? The Left just doesn't like the idea that anyone can defend themselves. (Have to rely on The State.)

Self-defense is a human right. Good Guys 1; Bad Guys 0.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Even in the People's Republic of Boston, Self-defense is Legal

Storeowner cleared in fatal Worcester shooting - The Boston Globe And it only took authorities 2 months to decide that it was. (Or maybe they were really hoping they could charge someone with something.)
"A thorough review of the investigation and evidence has revealed that the store owner acted in self defense and in the defense of another," Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said in a statement. "He and his brother were put in fear for their lives."
Gee, you think? If someone held a gun to your head, would you "fear for your life?"

Oh yeah, neighbors were - wait for it - shocked.
The killing rattled shopkeepers in the tight-knit neighborhood where it occurred, midway between Newton and Tatnuck squares. Many of the business owners were immigrants, who said the area was safe
Why safe? Was there a giant "no crime allowed" sign posted somewhere?

The truth is, if you are reading this you do not live in Pleasantville, but in the Real World™, and in the Real World there is crime. It can happen to you, unless you are in a bunker somewhere. And people can be forced to defend themselves - even in Boston. Thankfully, it is legal to do so.

Self-defense is a human right.

Interesting to See the Defense of CCW in a College Paper

Concealed carry is bulletproof - Opinion Usually these are slightly to left of the NY Times (which is just to left of Chairman Mao). But this is a pretty straight-forward endorsement of concealed carry.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

I Knew Planning on a Tax Refund Was a Bad Idea

But not this bad. California holds back payments amid budget crisis | Reuters

If the only way you know how to save money is by getting a tax refund every year, you need some financial counseling. Instead of giving the government a 100 bucks a month as a zero interest loan, put that money in savings account. Yes, you can set it up to happen automatically. (I usually tell people to purchase mutual funds, but the stock market makes people crazy these days.)

Now we discover that the government - of California anyway - has decided that it doesn't want to pay back that zero-interest loan, or at least not for 30 days. Funny how when you give money to the government you often don't get it back. Do you think all those folks in Washington might think this is a good idea?

Whether or not you get a refund - barring extraordinary circumstances - is completely up to you and the information you give your payroll department. (Well, if you change jobs, or work more than one, you can overpay social security through no fault of your own.) Ideally, you should have to pay a couple of hundred bucks in April. No zero-interest loans to the government. No penalties for under-payment of taxes.

So now all those people in CA who thought getting a tax refund is a wonderful idea, may come to have second thoughts.

Cows With Guns

This is just wrong. Funny, but wrong.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Apparently There Was No Question on Tax Evasion

Tom Daschle, is out, because he had tax problems. Is not paying more than 100,000 bucks a problem? It would be for me or you. (Does anyone remember the advice Steve Martin gave on Saturday Night Live about not paying taxes?)

Daschle, and Nancy Killefer (who also had tax "problems") and Tim Geithner (who apparently got in under the wire) make "Change you can believe in" look more like "Scofflaws on parade."

Anyway, what happened that questionnaire?
Slowing everything further is a new culture of intensive vetting. Ethics rules have been tightened, and background checks have become more thorough. A would-be Obama administration official must answer a 63-item questionnaire that asks, among other things, if he or she has ever written an e-mail or penned a diary entry that might embarrass the administration.
If these three are the result of "tightened background checks" I hate to think of the what the old process was. Or, it couldn't be that all the nonsense about better ethics is just window dressing? That the politicos - starting the head guy and working on down - see this not so much as change, as more of the same? No, that couldn't be it. A Chicago-politician would never lie to us, would he?

I wonder what will happen to these cops

Chino police fatally shoot bystander at pizza parlor - Los Angeles Times They made a mistake, and shot and killed an innocent man. They thought he was a criminal. He was not.

So what will happen now? What would happen to the average citizen who shot a bystander while defending themselves? Will the same rules apply to everyone/

Self-defense Works

Robber Shot During Stick-Up Attempt - WSB Atlanta So what would you do if approached in a parking lot by an armed robber?
The would-be victim pulled his own gun and opened fire, hitting the robbery suspect.
The goblin is in the hospital, and is facing armed robbery charges.

Self-defense works, it is legal, and it is a human right.

Cooperation Fails to Secure Safety

Gunmen kill 2 store clerks in separate robberies near fairgrounds 2 tragedies. But what caught my eye, was that in one case, they "gave the robbers what they wanted."
[One clerk] said he had handed the man money, about $100, but, when the robber shot his co-worker, Alhajj said he quickly grabbed the bulletproof glass and slammed it down. The robber then ran out the door.
So they handed over the money, and still someone was shot.

The Left loves to say that if you cooperate with violent criminals, they will stop being violent criminals. The Truth is a little more complicated. Cooperating with them will not guarantee safety. (When the Left is saying "cooperate," the subject of women and rape never seems to come up.)

Violent criminals will remain violent, even if you are singing Kumbaya.

Monday, February 02, 2009

The US Census: Big Brother Nosy Neighbor

I've been meaning to write about this for sometime. Ever since they invaded my father's privacy.

We were supposed to have received a letter in the mail. I never saw it. They couldn't email it to me, and wouldn't read it to me over the phone. Faxing was not something I thought of because it would have been a few bucks and a trip to the UPS Store. A pain in the ass.

This wasn't the every-10-year, redistrict for Congress census, this was the we just want to invade your privacy because we need to have something to do while we wait for the 10-year census. In other words, the "household survey."

If you get notified about one of these, please note that you are free to decline. They won't say this over the phone. Ask, "Is this optional?" and they will tell you, "It is essential." But when I got my hands on a copy of the letter, it is, in fact, optional. "You are free to decline..." or something to that effect. If they bother you, I recommend you decline, but that's me

As caregiver, I got to keep my dad out of it.

I have 2 observations:

1. Most of these questions are stupid.
"Is there phone service at this residence?"

"Hello, you called me to set up this appointment."
2. If anyone relies on these surveys for anything, they are stupid.

Most of the answers were "I don't know," or "I don't want to answer that question," or it was a guess.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Ben & Jerry's New Flavor

Yes, Pecan
Barack Obama: marketing executives jump on the Barack Obama brand-wagon - Telegraph
I guess they aren't above making a buck on the Progressive One.

Hey, Outsoucing Is Such a Modern Thing

Barack Obama to allow anti-terror rendition to continue - Telegraph And he is nothing if not modern.
The highly controversial anti-terror practice of rendition will continue under Barack Obama, it has emerged.

Despite ordering the closure of Guantanamo and an end to harsh interrogation techniques, the new president has failed to call an end to secret abductions and questioning.
But it's OK. Rendition wasn't something started by Bush, it was started by Clinton, so it's OK. I mean Clinton wasn't Hitler, Bush was Hitler, wasn't he?

This won't tarnish that halo that he had on that magazine cover, now will it? It would be a real shame if they had to re-issue all those collector plates.

I Don't Know Who is the Bigger Idiot

Nurse suspended for offering to pray for patient's recovery - Telegraph The Nurse for rubbing her religion in patients' faces (I know you don't think she was, but the complaint was from someone who did), the person who made the complaint, or the medical trust who employed her. There is probably some for each of them.

And before you get all medieval on me, consider this case if nurse in question was an adherent to a religion that practiced animal sacrifice... How would you react if she offered to perform a sacrifice for you? (Hialeah, Florida passed a ban on animal sacrifice - recently upheld - because the discarded carcasses, usually chickens, were a health hazard. Miami, has a special squad of maintenance workers to clean the courthouse - the voodoo squad.) So, exactly which religions get to "share with the patients" and which don't? Of course the bureaucracy is going to say none, and I'm not sure they are wrong.

If you come into my home to give me services, be they medical or whatever, I don't want a side of religion with it. You are free to practice your religion in anyway you want, as long as you leave me out of it. I don't inflict mine on you, and I ask you to show the same courtesy while you are in my home. You want to freely exercise your religion? Fine, go to your home.

That said, a simple, "No, thank you," would have gone a long way. And you can request different personnel without getting someone fired. (Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be able to get along with everyone.)

Being suspended? A reprimand and reassignment probably would have been enough. But I guess they had to do something.