Saturday, April 26, 2014

It was a dark and windy night,


and the only distraction from the threat outside was to move to the new set of data for The Experiment.

































Tab clearing

Get your head out of your phone!


Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, former vice president Al Gore asserted that it's crucial for global philanthropists to impose "fertility management" on Africa. No one called that racist.


Sheriff wants seven words added to the 2nd Amendment: “Keep your hands off our guns, dammit.”


Andrew Branca on Stand Your Ground


When Bloomberg and Watts have to pay 'grassroots' supporters to go protest...


Michael had a "Oh CRAP!" moment.  And fixed it.


Bill Mahar demonstrates that he's not a TOTAL asshole.


A demonstration of the reason for this cartoon:


NBC whines that "I can get away with having an illegal magazine" Gregory is being called, well, what he is.


When the earworm comes to life


Friday, April 25, 2014

Why you're not Officer Friendly anymore, Reason #318:

you're lying, perjuring sacks of crap.  Who gets away with it.
The incident transpired on New Year’s Eve of 2009. Deputies arrested Ross’s husband for unspecified reasons while he was at a neighbor’s house. They then came to Ross’s home, detained her and searched the premises. Ross did not permit them to perform the search, and she heard one officer tell another that they had not obtained a warrant, according to Courthouse News. They ransacked the house, but found nothing criminal.

Dashcam footage caught them admitting as much. “The house is clean, there is no meth in the house,” said one officer, according to the complaint.

The officers then discuss taking white powder from the police vehicle and planting it in the house:
“We’re gonna spike that and we’re gonna spike him. I got the meth in the fucking car.”
Police reported that they found two bags of white powder inside the house, although this was later proven to be false.

From Balko:
The suit also brings up two other questions: If the district attorney’s office dismissed the charges due to false statements, why haven’t the people who made those false statements been prosecuted for perjury? And why are these particular police officers still on the job?
Because badge, that's why.  Same reason a lot of other perjurers are still on the job.


The University of Hawaii: one more "We don't like that 'free speech' stuff" place.

Students Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UH-Hilo, were prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event in January. A week later, they were again informed by a censorship-minded administrator that their First Amendment-protected activities were in violation of school policy.

The students were told that they could only distribute literature from within UH-Hilo’s “free speech zone,” a small, muddy, frequently-flooded area on the edge of campus.

Administrators further clarified their level of respect for students’ free speech rights, making comments like, “This isn’t really the ’60s anymore,” and “people can’t really protest like that anymore,” according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
The excuse?
“It’s not about your rights in this case, it’s about the University policy that you can’t approach people,” said Ellen Kusano, director of Student Affairs, according to the complaint.
And Holy Policy trumps EVERYTHING!, right?

Anybody think they'd have done this to a homosexual or communist group handing out fliers?  I don't.









At least the bastard's not carrying a badge anymore

The sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting a Texas farmer’s dog for no reason has been fired, the Rains County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday.


The level of disgusting here comes on several levels.  But it is from a Illinois Democrat...
Chicago Sun Times readers were stunned last week to find that writer Neil Steinberg has penned a column comparing black supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis against their brethren.
...
Quinn’s camp praised the piece and tweeted it out to supporters several times. The tweets were deleted after local Jewish community officials quietly communicated their outrage to the governor.
'quietly'.   I GUARANTEE that if a Republican/conservative/libertarian politician had pushed this line, the communication would've been anything but 'quiet'.  But then, it was a leftist who said it, and a Democrat politician pushing it, so they would do it quietly.

Some in the Chicago Jewish community say that they were outraged by Quinn’s support of the Nazi rhetoric, which was disseminated over Passover, the holiday marking the ancient Jewish people’s release from slavery.
"Accusing blacks of the wrong party of being like National Socialists, no problem; but don't bring us Jews into it!"
(Yeah, maybe I'm being too hard on them; but I doubt it)

Sheriff's office loses M-16

Sort of.
According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office, “During the investigation, partially because there was a lack of paperwork and partially because of human error, the employee never heard about an investigation into a missing M-16 rifle. It wasn’t until he was reading in the newspapers that DCSO had a missing assault rifle that his memory was sparked, he went to his gun safe to check, then made the call to his superior.” The statement continued, “His employment never ceased and the gun was never on the streets being used for criminal purposes. He simply forgot it was there.”

The Sheriff’s office had no idea that this M-16 was missing until the 2013 federal audit.

They got the rifles in 1998.  They didn't use one for anything until 2006.  And then for training.  Yeah, really needed them, didn't they?






Thursday, April 24, 2014

Had dinner with daughter at Sean Cummings

pub.  I'm full of fish & chips; add that to being tired to start with, and no outrage or screaming tonight.  Therefore, it's time to quietly go over tonights' data


































Someone please explain why I should trust ANY of the various agencies

of the federal government?
The top watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security altered and delayed investigations at the request of senior administration officials, compromising his independent role as an inspector general, according to a new report from a Senate oversight panel.

Charles K. Edwards, who served as acting DHS inspector general from 2011 through 2013, routinely shared drinks and dinner with department leaders and gave them inside information about the timing and findings of investigations, according to the report from an oversight panel of the Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee.

A year-long bipartisan investigation by the panel also found that Edwards improperly relied on the advice of top political advisers to then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and acquiesced to their suggestions about the wording and timing of three separate reports.
Translation: "I'm Charles K. Edwards, and I'm bought and paid for!"

Chances of actually facing any penalty: about zero.
Edwards, a 20-year federal career employee with expertise in computer engineering, resigned his office in December, three days before he was scheduled to appear at a Senate hearing to answer questions. DHS granted his request to be transferred into its office of science and technology, and the hearing was canceled.
So the bastard is STILL working at that agency.  Bought, paid-for and sealed.








Yes, the food police are full of crap.

Again.
In the opening plenary session, Dr. Walter C. Willett, a Harvard epidemiologist who has spent many years studying cancer and nutrition, sounded almost rueful as he gave a status report. Whatever is true for other diseases, when it comes to cancer there was little evidence that fruits and vegetables are protective or that fatty foods are bad.
About all that can be said with any assurance is that controlling obesity is important, as it also is for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke and other threats to life. Avoiding an excess of alcohol has clear benefits. But unless a person is seriously malnourished, the influence of specific foods is so weak that the signal is easily swamped by noise.

Being a cop means never having to say you're sorry.  For raiding the wrong place, handcuffing and interrogating the wrong people, for breaking the door, for ANYTHING.
“I’m very irritated and angry, he never said I’m sorry, never apologized for having the wrong house…he said you got to get someone to fix that door.”

VA State Police cite an ongoing drug investigation and cannot comment any further.
It must be nice to be able to go around assaulting and shaking down old ladies and then claim to be involved in an “ongoing investigation” as to avoid answering for the atrocity.
Yeah, it must be.


Speaking of LE bullcrap,
"He just crept along beside me on his motorcycle and he started saying, 'Hey ma'am! I want to talk to you. Hey stop, ma'am! I want to talk to you.' Then my anxiety rose even higher," she said.
This was followed shortly thereafter by the cop dismounting, chasing her down, tackling her and placing her under arrest. The police chief claims this arrest was for "walking on the wrong side of the road," (as well as "evading arrest" and "resisting arrest") despite the fact that the woman wasn't ultimately charged with anything.

So; for WALKING DOWN THE STREET and not wanting to talk to the cop she gets tackled and arrested...  And it gets even better:
Whitehouse Police Chief Craig Shelton says this:
Shelton says by law you're not required to stop and talk to an officer if there's not a lawful reason for them to be stopping you.
But then he says this:
"Normally if a police officer pulls up, in my opinion, it's awful odd for somebody just to take off and not want to speak to the police officer," Shelton said.
Well, gee, Chief, maybe they're worried about being screwed around by idiots with badges who think not wanting to talk to them is reason for arrest?  Maybe because you're vindictive assholes like this:
Bonnette hasn't been charged with anything, but the entire incident was caught on dashcam video and Shelton says it will be investigated further. He also says Johnson acted appropriately and won't be reprimanded.
A: Investigated for WHAT?
B: Chances of the public getting to see the video: just about zero, because 'investigation'.
C: Really?  Chasing her down and tackling her for not wanting to talk to Johnson is 'appropriate'?  And you wonder why people might not want to talk to you?

Whitehouse CoP Craig Shelton and Officer Johnson: I hope you get the fame you truly deserve.
And congratulations: you just gave people even MORE reason to be nervous around you.


A bit of history.  And how one Nazi doctor managed to get away.
I asked a retired judge who was hunting Nazis in his spare time, “What’s the point in arresting these 90-year-old guys? What’s the point in going after them?” And he said, “At the concentration camps they sent 90-year-old men and women to their death, and they had no problem killing newborn babies. So you pursue justice at any point and at any cost.” There’s a reason why there’s no statute of limitations on murder here in the US, and that’s because the victims deserve justice, no matter how long it takes.


I've heard bits and pieces about this crap before; if true, sounds like various people at the Veteran's Administration need firing.
And being sued.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tab clearing: Texas tells BLM

'Come and take it.'


Enviroweenies are right in the middle of the Bundy mess.  And screwing other ranchers.


Even the friggin' State Department won't commit to naming any Hillary accomplishments.


Dear Teachers: you suck.


Yeah, this is a serious problem.
...We were bs'ing and laughing and he mentioned it as well, because he said that he also noticed the way it affected her - that it was stunningly obvious she had never ever considered life in those terms, and wasn't sure how to deal with it. We shared a laugh or two about it for a moment and moved on to other thoughts.

But it also made me think about a fundamental problem we have in helping combat veterans adjust back to "normal" life in this country - the fact that the vast majority of the people attempting to do so have no common basis of experience with which to communicate
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Media Matters: "We're innocent of things we weren't accused of!  And how dare you accuse us of things we did!"


They're supposed to trust the Mexican government why?









It only took a jerk with a badge

to get me back in the mood to yell about crap.  Didn't take long, either.  I present to you Deputy Natalie Barber:
A North Carolina deputy with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office was caught on video confiscating two different cellphones and detaining a former U.S. Marine after she claims he got “aggressive.” Her claims are now being called into question after video of the incident surfaced online.
...
Barber then ordered the man to put down his phone for her “safety” and when he refused, she snatched it out of his hand. She informed the man that she was going to pat him down for weapons and then she put him in handcuffs.

The deputy was clear that Jaramillo wasn’t under arrest, only detained for both of their safety.

When Jaramillo’s son started recording the officer detaining his dad with another phone, she confiscated that cellphone as well.
“I’m snatching everyone’s phone and I will take everyone in!” Barber screams.
...
In her official police report, Barber claimed that she only confiscated the phones and detained Jaramillo after he got “angry” and was “being aggressive.”
And- of course- filing a complaint did nothing:
Jaramillo reportedly complained to Barber’s supervisors about the incident but was told the officer acted properly because she feared for her safety.
Ah yes, she feared that the video would show her being a jerk, so that's enough excuse to be an even bigger jerk.



No outrage to work up right now, so:










There may be bitching and yelling later.

YES!

There is a hummingbird at the feeder!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

If you're looking for posters,

might look around here; seem to have a lot of stuff.

Yep, GREAT job there Mr. Mayor and Chief McCarthy!

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said a bloody holiday weekend that saw at least eight people shot and killed and dozens others wounded “doesn’t wipe out” reductions in violent crime in the past two years.

Since Friday evening, at least eight people were shot and killed in Chicago, and at least 44 others were wounded, police said.

 “This doesn’t wipe out what has happened over the last two years, and this is a conversation that we’ve had time and time again,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Monday morning. “There’s no magic formula here. We have a plan, we have a strategy, and it’s hard work. That’s what it is. … It’s a day-by-day, minute-by-minute grind, and we’re into busy season. That’s what it is.”
Problem is, some of what's been happening the last couple of years isn't real helpful to that.
But back to Tiara Groves. With the stroke of a computer key, she was airbrushed out of Chicago’s homicide statistics.

The change stunned officers. Current and former veteran detectives who reviewed the Groves case at Chicago’s request were just as incredulous. Says a retired high-level detective, “How can you be tied to a chair and gagged, with no clothes on, and that’s a [noncriminal] death investigation?” (He, like most of the nearly 40 police sources interviewed for this story, declined to be identified by name, citing fears of disciplinary action or other retribution.)

Was it just a coincidence, some wondered, that the reclassification occurred less than two weeks before the end of the year, when the city of Chicago’s final homicide numbers for 2013 would be tallied? “They essentially wiped away one of the murders in the city, which is crazy,” says a police insider. “But that’s the kind of shit that’s going on.”

If you're interested in what all goes on in Chicago, can I suggest Second City Cop?

Now, how long will it take for Mayor and CoP to blame it on 'lax gun laws'?

Canadian tribe wants to restore salmon fishery

Basically fertilizes area of Pacific.
Microorganisms thrive, feeding baby salmon.
Winds up feeding a lot of other aquatic life.
Salmon population booms.
"BURN THE HERETICS!!  THEY MESSED WITH THE OCEAN!!"  Etc.
Responding to these and similar antihuman ravings, the Canadian government went so far as to send gun-toting flak-vest-armored Environment Canada agents to raid the headquarters of the offices of the HSRC. George has been forced to resign the presidency of the corporation, as the desperate proponents of carbon rationing and fishing restriction scream for his head.

But the salmon are back.
Be it noted that the idiots screaming about this tend to be among the groups that've been pushing for years for geoengineering to 'stop globular warmering'...

"Women can say whatever they want(as long as

the official sisterhood approves of it)!"
Funny as hell in a way; people who insist 'Womyn can be anything!' crap bricks and scream names when a woman points out that being home and raising kids is a pretty important thing.  And deserves respect.
“Kirsten Dunst is not paid to write gender theory, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she’s kind of dumb about it,’’ wrote Ryan, who evidently considers herself an expert on gender theory.
Snork...So apparently the line is 'If you're PAID to write such, your opinion counts.'  Or something. 







Fairly sickening that I know people who'd LIKE this idea...

While America's corporate executives are his special bĂȘte noire, Mr. Piketty is also deeply troubled by the tens of millions of working people—a group he disparagingly calls "petits rentiers"—whose income puts them nowhere near the "one percent" but who still have savings, retirement accounts and other assets. That this very large demographic group will get larger, grow wealthier and pass on assets via inheritance is "a fairly disturbing form of inequality." He laments that it is difficult to "correct" because it involves a broad segment of the population, not a small elite that is easily demonized.

So what is to be done? Mr. Piketty urges an 80% tax rate on incomes starting at "$500,000 or $1 million." This is not to raise money for education or to increase unemployment benefits. Quite the contrary, he does not expect such a tax to bring in much revenue, because its purpose is simply "to put an end to such incomes." It will also be necessary to impose a 50%-60% tax rate on incomes as low as $200,000 to develop "the meager US social state." There must be an annual wealth tax as high as 10% on the largest fortunes and a one-time assessment as high as 20% on much lower levels of existing wealth. He breezily assures us that none of this would reduce economic growth, productivity, entrepreneurship or innovation.
You don't have to be rich for these bastards to want to loot you; just earn more than he thinks you should.

Lamppost, rope, socialists...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Another addition to the Green-approved hypocrite list

Steyer claims to be a man of principle who has no financial interest in the causes he supports, but acts only for the public good. That is a ridiculous claim: Steyer is the ultimate rent-seeker who depends on government connections to produce subsidies and mandates that make his “green” energy investments profitable. He also is, or was until recently, a major investor in Kinder Morgan, which is building a competitor to the Keystone pipeline. 
And
Today, he is a bitter opponent of fossil fuels, especially coal. That fits with his current economic interests: banning coal-fired power plants will boost the value of his solar projects. But it was not always thus. In fact, Steyer owes his fortune in large part to the fact that he has been one of the world’s largest financers of coal projects. Tom Steyer was for coal before he was against it.


The rest is tab clearing:
The point is Mr. Bundy is no Rahm Emanuel, Al Gore, or Jay Carney. He is no Jay-Z or Sean Penn. He is a world away from the Kardashians and the BMW meets Mercedes crowd of the California coastal corridor or the psychodramas of brats at Dartmouth. Bundy does not have the white privilege that those who have it — mostly liberal, wealthy, and seeking an apartheid existence — damn in others.


The 'War on Poverty' that spread poverty.  But it DID get blacks voting Democrat, just like Johnson thought.


Yes, Obama's a damned liar.  Whether the sycophants want to deal with it or not.


'Consensus' my ass.


And, because I'm sick of politics,