Wednesday, August 20, 2014

And strangely, no one is rioting over this one

Black cops shoots white man and kills him.

Now, this dude who got his insides aired out wasn't, by any means, a nice man.

But then again, by his actions, was the yoot in St Louis.

Either way, I don't remember hearing about the riots by white people in Salt Lake City....no crowds of white people terrorizing the neighborhood, no riots, no vandalism, no looting, no burnt businesses.

Odd that, innit?

You really should read this article:

posted by Murphy in comments, it is a self serving commentary by a police officer:

Highlights:

"Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me."

In other words, you have no rights, can't ask questions, and have to be subservient to me for my safety and convenience, no matter what.

Followed by:

" And you don’t have to submit to an illegal stop or search. You can refuse consent to search your car or home if there’s no warrant (though a pat-down is still allowed if there is cause for suspicion). Always ask the officer whether you are under detention or are free to leave. Unless the officer has a legal basis to stop and search you, he or she must let you go."

But if you follow the second bit of advice, the first paragraph says you might get "shot, tazed, pepper sprayed", etc., even though the officer has no reason to stop you.

The attitude of this cop is that everyone is subservient to his choices, and his decisions. The fact is that I am a citizen, and have no reason to submit to a police officer unless I am a criminal and am being charged with a crime. Now, I generally am polite to officers, if they are polite to me. I have found that it (generally) makes for a better experience. But f they begin pushing me around, they get pushed back....both figuratively and literally. Just because a police officer stops you does not give him the right to handcuff you "for his safety" or his convenience, nor do you have any reason to follow his orders. This is not to excuse being rude or an asshole either....on either side.

Any officer who feels that I should submit just because he feels it necessary to detain me for his convenience or safety without reasonable cause should not have police powers.The police need to remember that the majority of the people they encounter are citizens, not criminals,and that the police are not rulers over serfs. Most of us in the US aren't lowlifes, drug users, drunks, petty criminals or
murderers. And, while I realize that when cops first meet us, they don't know, they can be decent while being cautious....and most cops, while having an attitude, aren't jerks or assholes. Any cop who professes an attitude like Officer Dutta should not be a cop.


And until the police departments purge themselves of bad, corrupt, racist, ignorant and psychologically unfit officers rather than making excuses and/or hiding their actions, (as happens so often when cops hide issues behind the "Blue Line") and we as citizens can expect fair and decent and professional treatment from every officer nearly every time (not true today) then no police officer can reasonably expect unquestioning cooperation.

I have had outstanding encounters with police, where I was treated well and professionally. Sadly, however, these are a rarity. I have had others that were not so good or professional.  I take the time for both the good and the bad to inform their superiors about them. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Prediction:

So now the Missouri National Guard is to be the on scene LEO presence in Ferguson.

Not so sure that is a good idea. unless these men and women are trained in Riot Suppression (and they may well be, as there are several Military Police units available to the Governor), they are gonna be like fish out of water on a bicycle.

I predict that at some point, some National Guardsman is going to pop a cap in a rioting first amendment loving redistibutionist Urban Yoot when he is threatened. And this is gonna inflame the situation even more.
Especially now that the Curfew has been rescinded and that Eric Holder has ordered that the police get the "Damned Tanks off the street" (Not tanks, but MRAPS that the DOD has given the local LEO's, Mr. Holder).

But if you put Nationa Gurdsmen, no matter how well trained with poorly defined rules of engagement in a situation where they feel threatened....expect trouble.

IMO, the cops were too restrained.

Not always the good guys

As they say, it is the coverup which gets you.....



So cops in California beat and taze a mentally ill man....

Ok, we don't know what led up to this, so at first glance, one might be thinking of giving the cops the benefit of the doubt.

Until they then seize cell phones and demand that users delete any recordings of the incident.

At that point, one has to wonder what they felt they had to hide.
Further, they were complicit in (and conspired to) destruction of evidence of a crime.

If any of the police officers involved in this incident are still acting as police officers, with police powers, then the entire force is illegitimate.

I would wonder how many (cops, not bystanders) will be jailed for this?

Again: I don't know what led up to the incident, but the evidence that the officers wanted to destroy evidence of their criminal actions is clear.


Can you make it?

If ebola were to come here to the US, it could be bad...very bad. Probably won't happen, so you can refuse to be be bothered by the thought and choose not to prepare for it. I sincerely hope you are right.....

If it does come however (and lets face it, there isn't much except the disease itself to prevent it),  an ounce of preparation will be worth......Your best solution for survival is to not interact with others, but rather to hole up and wait until the epidemic burns itself out.

Likely, you'd have to deal with things on your own for about 90 days. Time to let the virus run through it's victims and allow for 3-4 cycles before it burns itself out. Maybe as long as 180 days...

Can you stay in your home for 90-120+ days? (21 day + incubation 3-5 cycles). Have you 120+ days worth of food for each member of your household?? Can you supply water for your entire household if the tap dries up? If on a well, and the electricity stops, then what are ya gonna do? Got a generator? One that can run the well? Have you enough fuel stored that you can keep your drinking, washing, bathing  and sanitary needs supplied for 90+ days? If you have a whole house emergency genset, will it work? Will the gas for it be there when you need it? If on propane, do you have enough? 

How about fuel to cook that food you (hopefully) have stored? (that generator is gonna use up you cooking fuel if yer on propane, so ration accordingly).

Fuel to heat your house? (what if the electric and the gas stop because no one is making sure it is up because they are sick?) Then what?  What about wintertime? Can you keep from freezing to death if the gas or the electricity stops and no one restores it and it is -20F outside with 70 MPH winds?....(happened here last winter, BTW, for 4 days..the storm, not the power outage)

Think about it. 

I have things covered at my house, but don't come over unless you are invited. Trust me, you'll know if you are. If not it'd be best of you stayed away.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

You may have noticed

or then again, you may not have...

Anyway, Barry Obama has had a LOT to say about Ferguson, MO.....and yet, he couldn't find the time to say anything about the 2 star General who was killed in Afghanistan, who was buried today in a private ceremony. (Probably why Barry wasn't there, the ceremony was barred to reporters)

Couldn't be bothered to say anything at all, much less attend the funeral....or send the Vice Prez...and a notable missing presence was the SecDef.

Dude couldn't be bothered to even say anything to acknowledge the dead. 

I find that saddening and disgusting.


But there is a lot of that going on around Barry these days.



Can anyone explain

exactly what law Rick Perry has broken by threatening to veto the spending bill?

What charges he is indicted on?

And exactly what he is charged with? What specific statute he has broken?

'Cause if vetoing billss, or even threatening to veto legislation is illegal, then Barry should be in jail.

Mebbe this is why GWB never used his power of veto.

Something to remember:

There are, according to Wikipedia about 21,000 people in Ferguson, Mo. About 67 percent of them are black.  That means that about 14,000 of the folks in Ferguson are black.

As far as I can tell, the crowds that the media has shown the past few nights are about 300  people. These are the folks that are getting gassed and such. maybe as many as 500.

Which means that about 13,700 (more or less) of the black population of Ferguson are NOT rioting, and if protesting, are doing it during daylight hours and are doing so peacefully.



Blue suit of immunity

Now, if you or me had shot a person holding a power drill, black or not, we'd be charged with murder, or at least manslaughter.

No matter what we claimed we thought at the time. We'd not get to use the excuse that we saw a gun shaped object and feared for our lives or the lives of others....

We'd be charged with murdering a human being. Period. Likely convicted as well. But being a cop.....well, that blue suit gives a kind of extra immunity.

Kinda like if a cop shoots my dog, he can say that he was in fear....and it is OK. But if I shoot a police dog because it is attacking me, then I get treated like I shot a police officer.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

called out.

So my mother taught me to be polite. To treat others with respect, to hold door open for ladies, etc.

And while I do have to work at it, I can, if I pay attention, resemble a gentleman.

So the other day, I am at the bank, and as I reach the door, shortly behind me come two women, Remembering the lessons momma taught me, I hold the door for the closer one, who looks at me and says"I am perfectly capable of opening a door myself".

Mmmm, okay.

The second woman, older than her, comes up behind both of us and looks at the first one and says"You are a bitch, why can't you be polite? "... went though the door I was still holding (I was kinda in shock to hear another woman call the first one out on her rudeness).... Said to me "thank you" and went into the bank.

I followed her and pulled the door closed in the face of the first one.




Friday, August 15, 2014

I am pretty much waiting

I was gonna post this this morning, but then other facts began to come out, so I waited even longer. 

To let things settle on the Ferguson MO shooting of Michael Brown. Trying not to pass judgement until I know all of the facts. The media is portraying Mr. Brown as an innocent youth who was angelic and never mean to anyone....Few 18 year olds (of any race) fit this description. This is not to cast aspersions on him either. He may well have been a nice kid. There is evidence that he may have had a violent Juvenile record too.

(and I am glad I did, BTW)

However:

From all reports, young Mr. Brown was shot, from the rear, while running away. And he was unarmed.  Those facts appear to be undisputed. (Not so much, he was, apparently NOT shot in the back as first reported)

Now, I don't know what transpired, what the series of actions were that ultimately resulted in the shooting. I doubt that the cop just decided to shoot Mr. Brown for no reason.

(You can read the details at Gateway Pundit, if you care to). 

But I do know that if I shoot anyone, innocent victim or even someone who has assaulted me or another person while they are RUNNING AWAY, I would be charged with murder. Once they are running away, they can no longer be considered a threat. It would not matter what had transpired before he began to run away.

Now perhaps the facts have been misreported, and the kid wasn't shot in the back, or perhaps he wasn't unarmed. Perhaps he had a knife or something. I'd like to give the cop the benefit of the doubt, but if the facts are as presented, the the policeman (who still hasn't been named) should be charged with murder, just as you or I would be charged in similar circumstances.

We shall see.

**********

And as I said then, We shall, indeed see. Seems the media misrepresented the whole story. 

"Big Mike" Brown robs a convenience store. Gets stopped by the cops. disses cop. maybe a struggle.... Cop draws gun. Brown rushes cop. Cop fires.

Not quite what the media told us, is it?

Grey Man

So someone who knows a little about me asked why there are no NRA window decals on my truck or car.....no pro Second Amendment bumper stickers....no anti federal government or tea party insignia. No Gadsen flags or such. No "1911" or "GLOCK" or "SigArms" decals.

I replied that I saw no reason to advertise...no reason for the cop who pulled me over to have any idea what my political views are. Not  reason to let anyone know that there are likely firearms in my vehicles (there might well be....).

Why tell the guy who might be interested in stealing your firearms that all he has to do is follow you home and break in after you leave to go to work?

Why wave a flag until the time is nigh? 

Better to blend in with the rest of society and hide amongst the sheep until it is time.


WTF?

Somehow, I lost half of my blogroll. It was there last might, now it be gone.

Will fix as I have time.

ETA: Huh...now it is back.
 I dunno.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Like Father, so are the Sons:

Rednecks in Vermont.

So, if I got this right the story goes like this:

Older brother, Joshua, crashes his car, drunk off his ass. Breathalizes at 3 (that'sTHREE) times the legal limit.

Younger brother (Nicholas) drives to the scene of the crash to check up on older brother and is observed exiting the drivers side of the vehicle. He walks up to the scene and is arrested because the cops have seen him exit the vehicle and he appears to be impaired, so they breathalize him too, finding him with a BAC three times the legal limit as well.

Dad slides over from the passenger's seat of Nicholas's car and drives closer to the scene of the accident to see what he can see, and is also arrested because he too appears to be impaired behind the wheel and blows a 3X legal BAC as well.

Not satisfied yet, Nicholas is observed as well drinking even MORE booze.

3 family members, all arrested for DUI in the same afternoon AT THE SAME WRECK.

One wonders....Genetics or just culture?

I wonder what their collective IQ is?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

They say

That Barry is a Chicago politician. And he is.

But his projects (Obamacare website and program?) is more like a California State Highway project.

Failures, missed deadlines, poor quality control, etc.

I wonder who mentored him in that part of his education?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It occurs to me.....

That if half of the people who said nice things about Robin Williams after he was dead had bothered to say those same things before he killed himself, he might not have done so.


Interestin'

Seems that the FAA has declared the area above and around Ferguson, MO a No-Fly-Zone.

Wonder what they are planning on hiding?

We don't know

(moved back to the top)

exactly what happened in Ferguson.....

We do know that a (white) cop shot a black kid. Reportedly in the back.

And we know the community is incensed. Apparently, for once, this was a really good kid.

But when the community protested, did they do so in front the local cops? No.

Did they throw rocks and break windows at the local police station? No

Overturn and burn the police cars? Nope.



They burned and looted and destroyed local businesses....

Used this protest as an excuse to steal.

Nothing they have done will change the situation. Nothing. All they did was steal and destroy.

And therefore, while I had some sympathy, it is gone.

Lowlifes. 


ETA: Wirecutter agrees and states it more plainly

ETA2: Even the Brothaz seem to think that the crowd had the wrong target.... Of course, those "white" neighborhoods might be better protected than they think....

True today:

“Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests. In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves. Call them, therefore, Liberals and Serviles, Jacobins and Ultras, Whigs and Tories, Republicans and Federalists, Aristocrats and Democrats, or by whatever name you please, they are the same parties still and pursue the same object. The last one of Aristocrats and Democrats is the true one expressing the essence of all.”
– Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Henry Lee, 1824)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Who is patrolling the (nonexistent) border?

'cause James O'Keefe couldn't find anyone ......

Not that this is a surprise....

Watch the whole video.

There is no border security. Never has been, really. 


Mork

Has apparently returned to Ork.

Robin Williams is dead.

Bummer.

He was damned funny during my younger years. 

So Dude says:

"Man, my trailer hitch is stuck in the receiver.."

Me: "Gotta take 'em out every few years and clean up the rust. Or use "Never Seize"..even so, take 'em out once a year.".

He says: "I had it moving back and forth about a 1/4" in June, but  I was afraid I'd break the chain and I didn't have anything but a telephone pole to hook to, and it swayed too much".

Me: "Bring it over, I got a chain your truck can't break and a tree you can't pull down....We'll get it out".

So he comes over on Sunday, and we proceed to hook the chain to the tree and the truck.


Bang!    Bang!    nope, not moving. Shook the tree a bit and pissed off the squirrels, but no joy.


Try a little heat and some Strike Hold....

Bang! Bang! Bang! Nope, still not moving. More heat...enough that I went and got a piece of aluminum sheet to act as a heat deflector so I didn't melt the plastic on his bumper. Lots of Strike-Hold (from both ends) and some gentle love with the air hammer to crack the rust.

Bang! Bang! Bang! Nope. Nothing. Not any movement at all. It's like the pin is still in (it isn't).

Got out the bigger torch head. Still nothing. Am afraid I am gonna pull the hitch out from under his truck.   There is no more paint on the receiver or the hitch itself. The chrome is peeling off the ball from the heat.  The bottom of the receiver is orange. Much more and something is gonna catch fire.....The squirrels are pissed and have filed an OSHA complaint and are ready to go to the Housing Board. All told, I have been at it for over an hour...

Me: "Dude, how did you get it to move a few months ago? It is STUCK."


Him: "I don't rightly remember. It's been over a year...."

Me: So when it moved, it wasn't LAST June.......2 months ago??

Him: "Nope, a year ago this last June....I think. Maybe longer. "

I unhooked the chain, dragged it to the barn (it is a 1" chain) and put it away. And the torch and the rest. Spooled up the air hose, put the air hammer away.

Him: "You are just gonna give up? I though you said you could get it out.?

Me: "Nope. I'm done. Go find a dealer and buy another hitch...it'll be easier, and likely cheaper. If I'da known it hadn't moved since June a YEAR ago, I'd not have wasted my time. It has been rusted in place for over two years or more. Go home"

Ass. I wasted a fair amount of a Sunday trying to help an idiot. Coulda been splitting wood.

First world problems.

2 people in this house, and we are down to ONE functioning toilet.

Scheduling is difficult.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Coup in Bagdad?

Stay tooned.