to write about anything? It's been like that lately, but ran across some things I'd like to point to.
First, Miami Beach PD seems to need to do some remedial training of its officers. After it fires some of the worst. And from the description of this shooting, if accurate, some of them need to be prosecuted.
First, police pointed their guns at the man who shot the video, according to a Miami Herald interview with the videographer.
Then they ordered the man and his girlfriend out the car and threw them down to the ground, yelling “you want to be fucking paparazzi?”
Then they snatched the cell phone from his hand and slammed it to the ground before stomping on it. Then they placed the smashed phone in the videographer's back pocket as he was laying down on the ground.
And finally, they took him to a mobile command center where they snapped his photo and demanded the phone again, then took him to police headquarters where they conducted a recorded interview with him before releasing him.
But what they didn’t know was that Narces Benoit had removed the SIM card and hid it in his mouth, which means the video survived.
Take a look at the shooting he shot video of:
The three-minute video captured on Narces Benoit’s HTC EVO phone begins as officers crowd around the east side of Herisse’s car with guns drawn. Roughly 15 seconds into the video, officers open fire.
Benoit filmed the incident from the sidewalk on the northeast corner of 13th Street and Collins Avenue, close enough to see some officers’ faces and individual muzzle flashes.
Shortly after the gunfire ends, an officer points at Benoit and police can be heard yelling for him to turn off the camera. The voices are muffled at times. The 35-year-old car stereo technician drops his hand with the camera and hurries back to his Ford Expedition parked further east on 13th Street.
This is bad; really, really bad. The shooting should(of course) be fully investigated; the actions these clowns took toward citizens who shot video should as well, and from the sound of this firing would be the least of consequences for some of them.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov says NATO is "one step" from sending troops into Libya in a bid to help rebels remove Moammar Gadhafi from power.
Well, isn't that just wonderful? And if American troops of any type are involved, will Obama still insist he doesn't have to follow the law because 'NATO said so'?
Well, well, this had to annoy hell out of The Lightworker:
Today, 31 U.S. House members -- all Democrats -- wrote to President Barack Obama, urging him to end Administration stonewalling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' "Project Gunrunner," and the "Fast and Furious" program under which border state dealers were encouraged to sell thousands of guns to suspicious buyers.
Want to get fish off your flooded farm? Count on government to step in and make things more difficult and expensive.
Ramon Almonte, the Guerrero state police chief, said on Monday he will ask the federal congress to make it easier for common citizens to get permits for weapons to defend themselves.
Almonte’s brother was killed on Jan. 1 in a rural town in Guerrero by unidentified gunmen. The state has been plagued by such executions.
“When you fight someone and at least you have a ‘piece,’ the person who is attacking you might think twice,” Almonte said. “We cannot go on the way we are.”
It may not be intended that way, but that 'common citizens' wording seems important to me; as in "Stop letting the wealthy and connected do what average people aren't allowed to do."
I mentioned a while back that when son was in Basic he told me that while the issue cleaning kit was great for in the field, the issue CLP wasn't very good*; later experience has not changed that opinion. A while back, the day before going to the range for qualifications, he went into town and bought a big bottle of Hoppe's #9. Next day, after shooting, while everyone was scrubbing things he soaked the bolt & carrier with Hoppe's and let them sit while he worked on the rest, making sure they stayed wet with it. From other troops: "What are you doing?" "Just wait."
After finished all else let it sit a few minutes more, then picked them up and wiped offr all the fouling. General reaction: "Where'd you get that stuff? Did they have more?" Yeah, there's a reason Hoppe's is still around.
One of the damndest pieces of video you'll ever see from Africa: where EVERYTHING can bite, claw, gore and/or stomp you:
This first came out a while back, but it's worth watching again.
Well, we've got anti-circumcision clowns drawing comic books that'd make old Adoph proud, now we've got globular warminger true-believers saying anyone who doubts it(a 'denier') should have their belief tattooed on their body. He started with their forehead, then moved to the arm or chest(wonder if he thinks a star design or number is appropriate to add?), then notes that on the arm is a bit too 'Nazi-creepy' even for him. So then he moves on to how he wants the evil deniers either bankrupted or drowned. It's for the good of Mother Gaia, y'know.
Richard Glover, you're a fucking moron. And a bigoted fool to boot.
One more idiot two-faced celebrity: Taxes for thee, but not for me. I wonder if he's friends with our Treasury Secretary?
*When they were issued their rifles and cleaning stuff, he decided to take a chance:
"Drill Sergeant, do we have anything better?"
"WHAT DO YOU MEAN BETTER?"
"A one-piece rod, or some better cleaner?" He'd read up on the stuff before signing on, and knew about one-piece rods from long before.
"NO, YOU HAVE TO USE THIS STUFF!" Then, very quietly, "I keep my good shit at home."