Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Just FYI:

Brigid's new book is out.

My dead tree copy is on it's way here to my home.

You need to order your own.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It seldom happens to me...

And I don't do drugs, and I seldom ever carry anything illegal in my car. . But still, I think this is a very good ruling.

Cops can't delay you for a search outside of that  time needed to cite you for a traffic stop:

But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in her majority opinion that prolonging the traffic stop beyond the time needed to deal with the initial offense was improper, even if only for a few minutes.

Now, I am all for getting drugs off the streets. And I am all for getting scumbags put behind bars. But I am also all for cops having limits on what they can and can't do in searches.

This clarifies things. Better for all of us. Even more so because cops with K-9's often use an "alert" (which is subjective much of the time) as an excuse to search further, even when there isn't any real probable cause for a search.

What this does is make sure that a traffic stop can't become a fishing edition.

(and yes, I do know what I am talking about, as I let the local County, State and many municipal  K-9 officers train at my facility. They admit that they often claim that the dog "Alerted" when it really hasn't, just to justify a more thorough search....and yes, likely the majority of time they have suspicions that are valid....cops aren't stupid. They know. Doesn't change the fact that the searches are illegal, because no Probable Cause.)

On the other hand....

I hadn't been considering Scott Walker at all.

But this made me sit up and pay attention:

“When it comes to immigration, as a governor I don’t have any direct role in that—but having talked to border state governors and having talked to other people, seeing how screwed up immigration has become under this president, it was clear to me talking to them and listening on this issue, traveling to the border actually going there with the governor of Texas Gov. Abbott, seeing the problems there, yeah from my standpoint going forward we need to secure the border, we need to enforce the laws that we currently have with an e-verify system,” 

Might be that I'll have to look a bit closer, if and when....

Wazzn't gonna vote for him anyway....

But Jesus, how can anyone be stupid enough to say something like this?

On Tuesday’s “Michael Medved Show,” Former Florida Governor and prospective presidential candidate Jeb Bush (R) said that President Obama’s “continuance of the protections of the homeland using the big metadata programs, the NSA being enhanced” has been the best part of his presidency.

I mean, I admit that the pickings for the "best part of Barry's presidency" are very very slim, but still.

Perhaps he meant it as a joke?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Are you thrilled

With the Patriot Act?

Like the fact that it authorizes bulk surveillance..the fact that the NSA can choose to track your calls, your texts, your emails...."Just Because".

Are you thrilled by the rest of the loss of freedoms and loss of privacy? With all the other freedoms and additional government powers implemented since 9-11 (in the name of Safety and Security)?

DO YOU REALIZE THAT THE SURVEILLANCE POWERS STILL DIDN'T GET USED TO STOP THE TSARNEVS (the brothers that blew up the bombs at the last Boston Marathon) but are still being used to spy on  you....All in the name of Security....

Realize that the Patriot Act is going to expire on June 1. UNLESS CONGRESS RENEWS IT. Call, write, email, fax. Tell 'em NO! Tell 'em to let it expire.

You can find your Senator and Congressman (if you don't know who they are (mine are on speed dial in my cell phone)) via the "contacting the Congress link on the left...just below the Amazon link (which you should use when buying from Amazon to earn me a commission at no cost to you, but that isn't important right now).

Remember, that is part of where the TSA came from too (although that is a different bit of legislation).

Just tell 'em to vote NO. We don't need it, and it hasn't caught a single Terrorist.

I generally pack out my trash

But then again, I'm not a liberal, big government solution, "it's somebody else's job" kinda guy.

But the irony, it burns.

National Mall trashed after Global Citizen 2015 "Earth Day" concert. 

I mean, at lest they got close to the trash cans. Better than most liberals can do.

Bet if that had been an NRA rally, we'd have had the trash in bags.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Trust in our courts, they say.

Unless, of course, the courts (and especially the judges) are partisan hacks that do the bidding of a political party and/or the unions that helped get them appointed.

Not to mention the (apparently) bought and paid for district attorney who began the harassment.

Or the cops who, despite knowing that the raids were, at best harassment and very close to illegal, followed orders and executed the harassing raids anyway.  Because orders.

But we should, always (according to some people), "Let the System Work" even when it destroys the lives of people whose only crime is being on the wrong political party.

Trust  the Police. Yeah, that works so well too,

Yer supposed to be afraid of the cops in Banana Republics and the Communist USSR and North Korea....But not in the US. Right? Right?

Sure. I mean, Wisconsin is kinda almost a socialist area anyway, what with the Union influence and all....Especially Milwaukee....."

Don’t call your lawyer. Don’t talk to anyone about this. Don’t tell your friends."

READ THIS. If it doesn't make you angry (and just a little bit afraid) then you aren't paying attention. This happened in the heartland of the United States.

People should be charged and incarcerated for these actions. Judges and attorneys who enabled these actions should be hung (after a fair trial, of course)for perverting our system of Justice. Policemen who participated in these raids KNOWING that they were illegal should be stripped of their powers (and pensions).

And remember, the Police were "Just Following Orders" when they raided the homes of the people in this article.

Realize that it has taken FIVE YEARS for these actions to come to light.

Think about it. What if it were you...?  Or your friends....Or your parents. People who worked peacefully and legally to make changes in their state who were terrorized because of their actions....

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A further Patriots Day thought:

Our ancestors, for those of us who may have had ancestors who were original colonists, or our FIGURATIVE ancestors for those of us who are patriots.....Anyway....

Our ancestors fomented revolution (and actually fought a revolution!) for fewer injustices then, than we are experiencing now.....

We follow the directives....

Not the law.

Got that? ICE follows the directives of Barry Obama, not the laws that are passed by Congress. Not the laws of the land, but the decrees by Barry.

She should be fired immediately.

Well, scratch Marco off the list

Rubio wants too much "Immigration Reform" and doesn't seem to understand what the issues are.

So that makes my job easier come 2016.... One more person off the list....

“Well, at some point it is going to have to end, that is to say, it can’t continue being the permanent policy of the United States,” Rubio said. “I believe, if I become President, it is going to be possible to achieve immigration reform. It is not going to be comprehensive, that is to say, it is not going to all be in one massive bill. We already tried that a few years ago. We’ve seen there isn’t political support for it and I think we’ve wasted a lot of time in this process, when we could have made progress through the steps I’ve advocated.


Rubio answered that DACA will end only when a legislative substitute with the exact same or similar policy prescriptions—a legislative amnesty for illegal alien minors—is implemented. He also said in Spanish that, if elected president, he believes that America cannot deport illegal aliens here in the country right now, and he expects a legislative solution will be implemented that essentially has all the parts of the massively controversial “Gang of Eight” bill that he would pass piece-by-piece.

Question: Why do some people think that everyone in the world has the right to come into the United States and assume the benefits of citizenship?...especially those who have come over the border illegally?

I'd really like an answer to that question.

Oh, and before I get hate speech tossed my way? I am the son and grandson of immigrants.

Happy Birthday

Today, really, was the birthday of what we have as a nation today.

Today, 240 years ago, our ancestors and forebears began the war which led to the birth of our nation. This was the day, 240 years ago, when they fought  the British,.....and, essentially, opened the ball in the Revolutionary war.

Raise a glass, take some time, and think about those brave men who took to arms to keep their way of life, and who eventually told the King of England to piss off.

"Stand yer ground, Don't fire unless fired upon.
But if they mean to have a war, then let it begin here"

CPT John Parker. 4/19/1775

A thought:

If William Dawes name had rhymed better, then he might well have been memorialized instead of Paul Revere. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

I'm thinking that the grass seed I planted

Is defective.

I mean, a WEEK ago, I planted grass seed 70+ pounds of it. . No sprouting yet.

My yard looks like a 4 year old's self administered haircut.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More BLM fun and games

You'da thought they'd have learned their lesson after the Bundy Ranch standoff.

But NO. The BLM is fixin' to have another standoff, this time with miners

Will no one reign in this out of control Bureaucracy?  Or will the citizens do it the hard way? Or, will the BLM continue to hire "operators" and put them in BLM uniforms to try to control things with threats of violence?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Glad someone else noticed:

Someone who has enough clout to get this Police Officer, Clarence Habersham, who lied and helped to cover up a murder tossed off the force. Yes, a Police officer who lied and tried to cover up a murder by a fellow officer.

Thing here is, if he lied about the incident between Mr. Scott (dead, not talking) and Officer Michael Slager (whose story was totally refuted by the video), what else has he lied about? ALL of his prior testimony is suspect. Each and every time he arrested someone, every time he testified in court, all of it is now suspect.

And apparently, there is another officer who lied...Sargent James Gann.

Police bleed blue and all that. When is a crime enough that they will break ranks?

Not all police are bad. I know several that I respect, and if they told me that the sky had turned yellow I'd believe them. But some are bad. Very bad. Liars thieves and cheats.  And they stain the good officer's uniforms as well.

You could easily fix that..... Just change your lifestyle:

     The reality is I am a hypocrite. My life is completely infused with greenhouse gases and fossil           fuel pollution. No matter how I try to untether myself from the system--abstaining from air             travel in North America and buying carbon offset when I visit family in South Africa, changing       all the lightbulbs in our house and hang drying clothes in the attic, walking or biking instead of       driving--still I am responsible for over 13 tons of carbon pollution every year simply because I         live in the USA. According to the World Bank, the average American is responsible for 17.6 tons       of carbon pollution each year, while the world average per person is 5 tons. Why is this?

The answer is convenience. And simplicity. We like our lifestyle. We like the ease of heating our homes with Natural Gas. We like the fact that when we flip a switch that a light comes on. That we don't have to worry about spoiling food (because the Fridge keeps it cold)...that we don't have to pump our own water, because electricity keeps it flowing to our homes and faucets. That we don't have to wash our clothes by hand, because the electricity makes the washer and dryer work. We like not having to walk, or bicycle, or having to hitch up a horse to a cart...(and just keeping a horse is work)...

I know people who do live a truly "Low Carbon" lifestyle. But it is work, and they don't have all the modern conveniences.....and they never (or at lest very seldom) go anywhere. I heat my house (about 75% ) with wood and I gotta tell you, it is work. You gotta cut up the tree (so far, for 20 years, Mother Nature has damaged enough trees that I haven't had to cut down a perfectly good one, only ones that come down in storms) haul it, season it, split it, stack it, and then feed the woodstove. There is more than just turning up the thermostat. You also have to look forward and make sure that you have enough wood for the season, and further look to see that you have enough inside to feed the stove for the evening...... Same goes for those who burn vegetable oil in a diesel car, or who make their own ethanol (which, BTW, makes a LOT of CO2 in the fermentation process)

But Mr. Toscano isn't willing to have that kind of lifestyle. He still likes to travel, he likes all of his modern conveniences. He's not willing to find and cut and haul wood to heat his home and his water and his food. He's not willing to pump water by hand, and he likes those imported fruits and vegetables in February, when they aren't available when grown locally. He won't shut off his gas heat and won't stop driving (or riding) in fossil fuel driven automobiles. He hasn't unplugged his electric meter either.

In short, he IS the hypocrite he admits to being.

And since he can't wean himself off that "High Carbon" lifestyle, he wants the Federal Government to force him (and, of course, everyone else in the US) to change their lifestyle. To raise the price of carbon dioxide production in order that we will (supposedly) produce less.

Now, the question of Global Warming (and the effect of all that terrible nasty Carbon Dioxide) aside (yeah, I know, but that is argument for another day) he feels that if we only had to pay more, we'd produce less. Yet it hasn't worked with gasoline, and it hasn't worked with natural gas nor electricity. Those prices for those items have risen dramatically, yet we, as a nation, aren't using less per person.

He is right, in that if you want people to use less, then it should be more expensive. It does work for some things. But most people, like him, like that lifestyle that energy brings us. Not having to stoke a woodstove, or having to pump water, or haul wood....

Have you ever noticed that the Green folks always want a Statist solution....and that that solution is ALWAYS something that brings the productivity and level of lifestyle down for the US? That the solutions almost ALWAYS mirror the Socialist plan for the US? That the changes in lifestyle should always be done by Someone Else (but not them)?

Friday, April 10, 2015

So that officer?

You know, the one that killed the guy who was running away from him, who shot at him something like 8 times....and who killed the man?

The one who claims that the guy tried to steal his Tazer and use it against him.

Yeah, that cop.

The one who is shown on the video (apparently) dropping the same Tazer at the lifeless body of the man he just shot?

Yeah, that's not the guy I am gonna talk about here.

What I want to know is what about the other cops, the ones that corroborated the first (above) one's story? The ones that were there when he dropped the "evidence" at the body? The ones that filed a false police report. The ones that supported their fellow officer even when he committed murder...Are they still police officers?

If so, why? Why aren't they in jail, charged with conspiracy after the fact? Conspiracy to conceal a murder? Conspiracy to hide the planting of evidence? Filing a false police report? Conspiracy in the filing of a false police report. (remember, there were TWO other officers...both of whom lied. 3 people, 3 SWORN POLICE OFFICERS lied in their reports. 3 sworn officers conspired to cover up a murder. Yet only one is charged.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

hmmmm. How to answer?

Sometime a question needs a preface.

So..... one of the ladies on my staff has moved from semi-Urban to mostly rural area...

She has issues with large furry rodents in her stream in her backyard and needs help identifying them.

This morning: Her: "do you know what a beaver looks like?".

Me: Poleaxed look. Not sure how to answer. ("Danger!, Will Robinson,  Danger!!")

She: Realizes what she might have implied. "No, that's not what I meant".

Me: "Well, yes, I've seen a beaver or two in my time".

(Not saying: "some are tasty too"....or "some are hairy and some are bald...". ) But I wanted to SO badly...

Nope I didn't go there, I just found something else to do elsewhere...

Got alternate comms?

Yes, this is somewhat "tinfoil hat"  and all that...

But, apparently, there IS a plan for the Feds (and, apparently, the State and Local governments too) to stop cell phone service in the event of a "Critical Emergency" or other "good reason".

Now, I'm not sure who they could justify shutting the cell service'd be the Kiss of Death for any politician who ordered it,  (and it'd throw the entire country into chaos) but the law is still on the books...

Have ya got at least short range comms? Something so you can communicate with some people?  What if the "critical Emergency" is that you, or others are resisting the government? Say, like they did in Athens TN. (look it up...maybe" McCain county war"), Yeah it was a long time ago, but there is nothing to keep a new set of lowlifes from doing the same thing as in 1946.

How will you communicate if the Feds or the State shut down the cell network? What if those folks in China should do it?

Can you keep your plan in place without cells? I can. I have the tools to do so. Not as well as with cells phones, but I will still be able to communicate.

Will you?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

One of the few times I can agree with her:

Videotaping the cops keeps things honest. 
North Charleston police officer was arrested on a murder charge and the FBI opened a civil rights investigation Tuesday after video surfaced of the lawman shooting eight times at a 50-year-old black man as he ran away.

I would dearly like to hear the entire story, especially the cops side. This looks very bad. 

Not all cops are honest. Some lie about shooting incidents. Sometimes other cops lie to protect them.

ETA: (6:10 AM 4/8) TV news shows enhanced video that looks like the officer dropped a gun at the crime scene.
But we all know that never happens either.


Velly interesting.

Seems the NRA is shilling for establishment Republicans.

I dunno if the entire article is true. Have no way to verify. But if it is, then Wayne has some 'splainin to do.....

The Wheels of justice

So the other day, I pointed out the absurdity of a police office and the resultant arrest and charges in an incident in which a woman, (who WAS speeding) was arrested for failing to pull over on a VERY dark and lonely stretch of road at approximately 11 PM.  Instead of pulling over immediately, she turned her emergency flashers on and drove slowly about a mile to a well lit and public parking lot. 

The absurdity was compounded by the officers supervisors ("The sheriff's office supports our officer's decision in this matter.") ...and then the Sheriff himself chose to back the officer as well.... One statement made was the she was "defiant" after the officer (with good reason, not knowing why she did what she did) was angry that she didn't stop , and when she did, got into her face.........But even after getting an explanation, he chose to be unreasonable and arrest her because she would not be cowed. As far as I know, it is legal to be "Defiant" as long as one does not resist arrest. But the Sheriff apparently feels differently, as he used that for the explanation as to why things went as far as they did...

So the woman, Delrea Good, was in limbo for a few weeks. Until of course, the Prosecutor chose to look at the facts of the case, at which time, since she wouldn't plead or cooperate, he chose to drop the charges (The Prosecutor in that county works in lockstep with the Sheriff, generally)...but in this case, "Upon review of the circumstances of the incident as well as information learned after the incident, it was determined that a dismissal of the charges was in the best interests of justice"  (in other words, the dashcam video didn't show her fighting or resisting the officer in any way....and she followed suggested procedure for anyone who doesn't feel safe when being pulled over by an officer in a dark area). 

Thing is, while the wheels of Justice turned, and while this is the way that things should work, it NEVER should have gotten this far.While I do understand the Deputy being upset (not knowing what was happening), once the explanation was given, he should have ended it there. Instead, he escalated it. Which led to the Sheriff's office being forced to eat Crow: "After a review of the circumstances surrounding Ms. Good's arrest, the Porter County Sheriff's office supports Porter County Prosecutor Gensel's decision to drop the charges"

This is a good way for the Police and Sheriff to destroy the support of decent, honest citizens... 

I still think that if there is a viable candidate come next election, I'm gonna support him, instead of  David Reynolds.

ETA (8:04 PM): SO this case has made NATIONAL NEWS.