Saturday, April 28, 2007

And further on official thugs

A police officer and a former officer pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter in the shooting death of a 92-year-old woman during a botched drug raid last fall. Another officer still faces charges in the woman’s death.
Former Officer Gregg Junnier, 40, who retired from the Atlanta police force in January, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, violation of oath, criminal solicitation and making false statements. Both men are expected to face more than 10 years in prison.

This is in the Kathryn Johnston mess in Atlanta. And from Balko:
We now know that Kathryn Johnston fired only a single bullet, through the door as police were trying to break in. They responded with a storm of bullets, which apparently both wounded Johnston and the officers themselves. When they realized their fatal error, they planted cocaine and marijuana in the woman's home. They then pressured an uninvolved informant to testify to having made controlled buys at Johnston's home to cover their tracks.

The New York Times is now reporting that the officers have told federal investigators that their behavior was not out of the ordinary. That corruption, planting evidence, and giving false testimony are routine at APD. That's not surprising. The only way these officers could think they'd get away with all of this is if they were operating within a system that routinely allows for—or even encourages—such behavior. APD's focus on arrest numbers and professional rewards for the big bust apparently incentivized such short cuts.

Now, substitute 'guns' for 'drugs', and this is the kind of thing the former 'diplomat' in the previous post thinks should be done. Gah, I need a drink.

Speaking of jack-booted thugs and statist swine,

The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty. Special squads of police would be formed and trained to carry out the work. Then, on a random basis to permit no advance warning, city blocks and stretches of suburban and rural areas would be cordoned off and searches carried out in every business, dwelling, and empty building. All firearms would be seized. The owners of weapons found in the searches would be prosecuted: $1,000 and one year in prison for each firearm.

Clearly, since such sweeps could not take place all across the country at the same time. But fairly quickly there would begin to be gun-swept, gun-free areas where there should be no firearms. If there were, those carrying them would be subject to quick confiscation and prosecution. On the streets it would be a question of stop-and-search of anyone, even grandma with her walker, with the same penalties for "carrying."

And where does this wondrous piece of shit come from? Why, from a liberal(in the modern sense) jackass who seems to think a police state is a wonderful idea. Since we'd all be 'safe', you see. Let's see, at the bottom of the piece it says "Dan Simpson, a retired diplomat, is a member of the editorial boards of The Blade and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Oh, joy, he is/was a diplomat. You know, one of those types who seem to think the UN should control all. Who says "And before anyone starts to hyperventilate and think I'm a crazed liberal zealot wanting to take his gun from his cold, dead hands, let me share my experience of guns."

Mr. Simpson, got news for you: you ARE a 'crazed liberal zealot'. You prove it by your own words. Your willingness to trash various parts of the Constitution(which, as a diplomat, I would've thought you'd have sworn to protect it. Or is that only something the lower orders in the military and such do?), your contempt for those who don't agree with you show it.

And take note of this:
The "gun lobby" would no doubt try to head off in the courts the new laws and the actions to implement them. They might succeed in doing so, although the new approach would undoubtedly prompt new, vigorous debate on the subject. In any case, some jurisdictions would undoubtedly take the opportunity of the chronic slowness of the courts to begin implementing the new approach.

Got that? Only the 'gun lobby' would have a problem with warrantless searches, with all the other crap he proposes. And if this were proposed, and 'some jurisdictions'(Chicago, you think?) sort of jump the gun and start doing it, this jackass seems to think it's just fine for state/local governments to ignore the Constitution and the law in hopes that the law will change and take them off the hook for violating it.

I know people who dislike guns who would be flat horrified by this. And everyone should be, because a police state like that described will ALWAYS find something else that their widened powers should be used on. Think of the crap Bloomberg and Daley & Co. would like to make us do, and then imagine them with this kind of power to force you to do it.

Dammit, this kind of crap makes me want to put some more ammo aside. Just in case.

Kim & Family may like the weather there,

but it's a damn good thing they got out.
In the last edition of The Illinois Shooter, we reported on the activities of a shady taskforce known as the Chicago Anti Gun Enforcement (CAGE) unit. This elite squad, operated jointly by the Illinois State Police, the Chicago Police Department, and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, supposedly exists to identify illegal gunrunners. However, information gained by the ISRA makes it clear that the CAGE unit is targeting law-abiding citizens, not criminal gunrunners.

Thanks to a ruling by a liberal federal judge, the CAGE unit now has the name of every single person in the United States who, since 1992, lawfully purchased more than one handgun in the period of a week. The CAGE unit also has all the makes, models and serial numbers of those guns. In essence, the Chicago Police Department is now registering guns and gun owners nationwide.

The terms 'jack-booted thugs' and 'statist swine' come to mind.

All right, NRA, this is the kind of thing those millions of members pony up for; are you going to go after their ass or not?

Friday, April 27, 2007

I tend to think this IS what some people in the White House think

"I'd just like to reiterate the White House's absolute contempt for you barely literate morons who ask me questions," Dana Perino told the reporters. "On a personal note, I'm starting to believe that Tony Snow's illness was simply his body protesting be subjected to such idiocy. Now, what are your questions?"


"Representative Dennis Kucinich recently issued articles for impeachment of Cheney. He seemed to dissappear right after, but later he was found standing on Cheney's lawn in a blue coat and wearing a red pointy hat and he would not answer our questions. Do you know why?"

"Because lawn gnomes don't talk. Any other questions?"

"With visionaries like Sheryl Crow concerned about global warming, shouldn't the White House take a tougher stance?"

"Once again, I want to remind you that celebrities are exceptionally stupid people," Dana said. "I know you reporters think they're smart, but that's because you are very dumb yourselves. This is an issue of science, and thus you should all stay away from it because there is no chance of you even understanding the slightest thing about it. Remember when I tried to explain a chart about greenhouse gases to you? Many of you started crying."

Better go read it all. Before the monkeys get him.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Haditha update

My work schedule has, let's say 'gone to hell' so I haven't had much time for anything. But I did get a chance to check the Emperor's thoughts on things, and found this post, leading to this article about the case.
Although the prosecutors said they needed more time to prepare their cases, there is much more to the story than that has learned, and it paints a shocking picture of a prosecution that should never have been pursued.

In a nutshell, the case exploded when an intelligence officer dropped a bombshell on prosecutors during a pre-hearing interview when he revealed the existence of exculpatory evidence that appears to have been obtained by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and withheld from the prosecutors.

Think about that: not withheld from the defense, which is bad enough, but withheld from the prosecution. 'Interesting' isn't quite the word.

Check it out, and pass it around.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The American Hunters and Shooters Association

is 'The Brady Ban-Guns Group' by another name

And has former BATFE agents in house. Who tell bullshit stories to the media about- among other things- ammunition. And MSNBC quotes him without bothering to mention he's part of an gun-ban group.

Which makes
MSNBC dishonest( I say 'dishonest' because I don't think there's a chance they didn't know);
This former agent either an idiot or a liar, and considering the group he's a part of I'd bet on the latter;
and Oliver Willis a wanker(but you knew that already).

Monday, April 23, 2007

There are some people who need- BADLY to be reminded

of two things. First, that the 1st Amendment applies to ALL, even when they say something bad about Islam and second, This crap ain't gonna be tolerated:
Imam Fouad ElBayly, president of the Johnstown Islamic Center, was among those who objected to Hirsi Ali's appearance.

"She has been identified as one who has defamed the faith. If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death," said ElBayly, who came to the U.S. from Egypt in 1976.

Although ElBayly believes a death sentence is warranted for Hirsi Ali, he stressed that America is not the jurisdiction where such a crime should be punished. Instead, Hirsi Ali should be judged in a Muslim country after being given a trial, he added.

"If it is found that a person is mentally unstable, or a child or disabled, there should be no punishment," he said. "It's a very merciful religion if you try to understand it."

At least, it won't be tolerated by the non-pc people who think your belief system is a plague upon the earth. Which it is. And if you and your buttmonkeys think she'd be somehow abducted and taken to some place where you have power, have five words for you: Ain't No Way In Hell.

Found thanks to His Majesty

Oh, damn!

Look at this! And this! And most of all, this!

Dammit, I need two things: first to know I'll win, then to buy a lottery ticket.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

It's that time of year,

when God's vacuum cleaner starts dropping the nozzle about the place, and storms with a generally bad attitude start dropping chunks of ice on us. Some storms yesterday evening/last night out west, with some damage from tornados. Tomorrow afternoon/evening there's a fair chance of severe stuff in southwest OK, lesser chance here(about 30%); tomorrow night into Tuesday evening it goes up to 60% here. At least as far as the current forecast goes.

Ever had to wear a helmet to go outside to check for damage? It's an interesting sound, hailstones bouncing off it.

Next time someone starts the 'We should license guns

just like we license cars' crap, borrow the words of Lawdog. I've used some of these points in arguments before, but Dog covers just about all of it. Very well.