April 17, 2013
Folks have been wondering just how Boston Massacre II will be used to curtail our liberties. It certainly will be, as the Chicago Gang will never let a good crisis go to waste. This one has messed with the gun control agenda a bit, so it needs to work overtime. (indeed, the bad timing is evidence against it being a false flag operation). We’ve been joking around at home about “assault style pressure cookers” with “black tactical grips.”. But I think this time they will mandate rather than ban something.
As I was reading at Ace that they had a suspect, it came to me. There’s been a crapload of video to work with in this case, as everybody has been capturing their loved ones at the finish line. And there’s been amazing crowdsourced analysis. Really, video is the hero of this case… which means that Sgt. Video will get a promotion. The degree of video surveillance common to the UK is coming to every major city in America. The Federal government will fund it, and conservatives will cheer.
UPDATE 4/20: The Boston Globe validates the comments above.
4/23 And Gauleiter Bloomberg weighs in.
March 25, 2011
…Skank, Dingy Harry, YouDoll…
It’s not your smart phone. I’ll load whatever effing app I want. Given your desire to know what citizens are doing, I see nothing wrong with citizens tracking where the po-po are, even for the fairly nefarious purpose of driving drunk. You want the stores to yank the apps? Fine…when the cops yank their radios. Sauce for the goose…
December 3, 2010
We were to have granddaughters this weekend, but after setting up this date, Miss Hansen decided that the girls were Having Issues, and would not be seen until after Monday’s court date. Rusty was advised by counsel to show up anyway, and to call the police if the custodial family was not co-operative. Which they weren’t, and she did. This ultimately didn’t get her the kids, but at least it got the situation on the legal map. Cops advised that she could file charges on Monday, but it will all out in court anyway. David Varley (whose concubine Miss Hansen is) pulled some interesting manipulations involving Sara (who was along for the ride, and whom I will see later). Prayers for all involved (esp. the girls) would be much appreciated.
November 16, 2010
The T&A is doubling down in the case of Mr. John “Don’t touch my junk” Tyner. Popehat points out that this is clearly a case of selective prosecution. though I hate to think what “unselective prosecution” would look like…would the 3 year old who objected *be taken from her parents and raised by those more obeisant to the State? I’m waiting for cell phones to be banned as a threat to national security.
While I hope flights are down for 11/24, and that those who must fly will make the TSA’s job as hard as possible (and that the TSA won’t deliberately allow a real terrorist on so they can say “we told you so”), I have to wonder at you johnny-come-latelies. I haven’t flown since before 9/11, and I’ve gone places where an airplane would have made life much easier. In principle, you have all been regarded as guilty until proven innocent as a condition of exercising your natural right to travel. Y’all didn’t bitch much. You were forbidden the means to care for your body, like fingernail clippers and shampoo. So now they claim the right to examine that body, visually and tactilly, and you’re just now getting excited?
* Link might cease working…the original was taken down for “copyright”…or maybe somebody talked to the station whose film it was and used words like “license renewal”
UPDATE: Apparently, some passengers are more equal than others; nuns in habits get the works, but Muslim women, notsomuch. I’d like to see a whole planeful of infidel women in burqas on 11/24.
UPDATE 2: Folks in baggy pants are getting special attention. Wait, isn’t that ethnic profiling?
There’s some more good names at the Lew Rockwell blog. Trained Sexual Assailants? The Airstapo?
Or how about 4 year old cripples being made to remove their leg braces and walk through the scanner? I hope he flies again around Christmas and says, “God bless us, every one.”
September 22, 2010
So 5 guys go into a Culver’s restaurant in Madison WI, wearing guns. Aging Hippie Womyn sees guns, freaks, calls cops. Cop dispatcher does not inform Aging Hippie Womyn that guys are within their legal rights, but instead send 8 of Madison’s finest, who, in spite of their training to the contrary, think they have a right under Wisconsin law to ask for the gun-carrier’s names and ID. Gun-carriers attempt to complete officers’ legal training. At least 2 of the carriers get arrested for “obstructing” (which, given what they were obstructing,should have been cause for a medal instead of an arrest). Bunch of gun owners want civil rights charges pressed against said cops, as well they should.
When the WCI member suggested that LEO check the ID of EVERY individual in the store, “Why don’t you check the ID of that lady over there with the kids? She might be a pedophile.” The officer responded, “Pedophiles can be with kids.“
But apparently you can’t open carry.
I’ve enjoyed summers in HippieTown, so I really hope that Miadison sees to retraining its cops; it would be a shame not to be able to go.
June 2, 2010
We all know about the American police tradition of “puppycide” — killing any dog you encounter in the course of a raid, no matter how harmless. Joel made it sound like it had escalated. But no, this cop wasn’t threatened by a cat in the line of duty; he didn’t like it walking on his car, so he trapped it and shot it, in spite of knowing whose it was.
Of course he was dismissed; he killed a member of his own species.
May 25, 2010
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said Thursday the city has no answer to the recent spike in violence that has left at least 12 people dead, including a patrolman, two teenage boys, a grandmother, the adult son of another police officer, and a 7-year-old girl
I’d like to commend Bing on his candor. If people want to kill each other, all the police can do is mop up afterwards and assess a cost for the deed.
But there’s a problem here, and it’s indicated by the boldface above. That was a “spike in violence” that the police were directly responsible for. And if Bing has no answer to that, he should read Radley Balko, who does.
April 16, 2010
Daryl Gates, the guy who invented the SWAT team and D.A.R.E., and was the head officer on duty (or not) during the Rodney King unpleasantness, has disincarnated. Present whereabouts are unknown, but if he wishes to continue his earthly career, he has to go where the bad guys are.
UPDATE: he was a bigger douche than I ever thought possible, with a penchant for spying:
He asked me, in the crude language of cops, if I liked women with red hair and large bosoms. Sure, I said, what guy doesn’t?
What in the world, I thought, prompted that question?
Immediately, Gates began recounting to me a blind date I had been on a few nights before, down to the details of what we ordered at LA Nicola on Sunset near East Hollywood. He even critiqued the champagne I shared with the woman who has been my wife now for almost 28 years.
March 2, 2010
I guess he wants out before TSHTF. Either that, or he’s planning to shack up with Janet Reno (who, unbelievably, is on the board of the Innocence Project).
I wonder if he’ll enter the Federal witness protection plan?
February 25, 2010
The opinion misapplies Supreme Court precedent, conflicts with our own case law and is contrary to the great weight of authority in the other circuits. It is also the only case I know of, in any jurisdiction covered by the Fourth Amendment, where invasion of the home has been approved based on no showing whatsoever. Nada. Gar nichts. Rien du tout. Bupkes.
Whatever may have been left of the Fourth Amendment after Black is now gone. The evisceration of this crucial constitutional protector of the sanctity and privacy of what Americans consider their castles is pretty much complete. Welcome to the fish bowl.
Unfortunately, a dissent. Details here.