Friday, July 12, 2013

Blame Bush!

The Kool-Aid kids can never hold their messiah accountable for anything. Never mind that the Dem's controlled both houses of Congress from 2006 to 2010. It's all Bush's fault!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

No, The Police Are Not Your Friends

Radley Balko, senior investigative reporter for the Huffington Post has written a timely book. Today the Barney Fifes are running the nations police departments but instead of the single bullet Fife was permitted to carry they are armed with an array of weaponry from light tanks to helicopters, from AR15's to concussion grenades. It is well past time for the states to begin to rein in this more or less legalized assault on the fourth amendment.
Once limited to large cities and reserved for emergency situations like hostage takings, active shooters, or escaped fugitives, SWAT teams today are primarily used to serve warrants on people suspected of nonviolent, consensual drug crimes.
The numbers are staggering. In the early 1980s, there were about 3,000 SWAT "call-outs" per year across the entire country. By 2005, there were an estimated 50,000. In New York City alone, there were 1,447 drug raids 1994. By 2002, eight years later, there were 5,117 -- a 350 percent increase. In 1984, about a fourth of towns between 25,000-50,000 people had a SWAT team. By 2005, it was 80 percent.
Today, the use of this sort of force is in too many jurisdictions the first option for serving search warrants instead of the last. SWAT teams today are used to break up poker games and massage parlors, for immigration enforcement, even to perform regulatory inspections.
Troubling as all of this is, the problem goes beyond SWAT teams. Too many police departments today are infused with a more general militaristic culture. Cops today are too often told that they're soldiers fighting a war, be it a war on crime, on drugs, on terrorism, or whatever other recent gremlin politicians have chosen as the enemy. Cops today tend to be isolated from the communities they serve, both physically (by their patrol cars) and psychologically, by an us and them mentality that sees the public not as citizens police officers are to serve and protect, but as a collection of potential threats.
It is well within the power of state legislatures to dictate how search warrants are served. Pointing a weapon at an unarmed citizen is assault if done by a civilian yet this seems to be standard operating procedure in too many raids. It also well within the state's power to limit legal immunity to police officers who engage in such raids. Here is a partial account of the raid carried out on the Northern Virginia home of Adam Kokesh, a somewhat radical libertarian and gun rights activist after he posted a YouTube video of himself apparently loading a shotgun in Washington D.C.’s Freedom Plaza.
Numerous police vehicles, including a light armored vehicle and two low-flying helicopters barricaded Adam’s street. More than 20 armored SWAT team members surrounded the house, as well as a number of detectives, and plainclothes officers. Assault rifles were aimed on all members of the team as they were handcuffed without being told why they were detained. Masked and armored police in full “Storm Trooper” gear flooded in and ransacked the residence. The team was cordoned in a front room, while Adam was pulled aside for questioning.
Over the course of the next five hours, the police searched every corner of the house with canine units and blueprints to the house obtained prior to the search. All officers refused to speak to the crew while they we being detained. They confiscated cell phones and personal items with force. Throughout the ordeal, the police repeatedly showed a volatile desire to initiate aggressive, forceful conduct with detainees. At one point, Adam politely requested to use the restroom and was kicked by the officer forcing him to sit handcuffed on the floor. After hours of determined attempts, the safe was forced open and all items inside were confiscated. Adam was arrested and his crew were told he was being brought to the Herndon Police department overnight. Well after midnight, police officers cleared the house.
That's not law enforcement. It's thuggery and is not right to post provocative videos protected by the first amendment?
Here is the Department of Education attempting to collect an overdue student loan.
"I look out of my window and I see 15 police officers," Wright said .Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts as a S.W.A.T team barged through his front door. Wright said an officer grabbed him by the neck and led him outside on his front lawn.
"He had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there," Wright said.
According to Wright, officers also woke his three young children ages 3, 7, and 11 and put them in a Stockton police patrol car with him. Officers then searched his house. As it turned out, the person law enforcement was looking for was not there - Wright's estranged wife.
"They put me in handcuffs in that hot patrol car for six hours, traumatizing my kids," Wright said. [...]
The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the S.W.A.T for his wife's defaulted student loans.
Enough is enough and let's hope Balko's book raises the public's awareness to this growing menace.

One Reason to be Hopeful About Egypt

Out of the mouth of babes! This precocious 12 year old does not have much use for the Muslim Brotherhood. In Obama's State Department he would probably be considered an islamophobe.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

I Plead The Third or If There Was A Non-Numerical Amendment, It Would Be Under Assault Too

When I was in high school I learned that the Third Amendment was the only amendment never contested in the courts. The Third Amendment prohibits the quartering of troops, by the way. As if life was not tough enough in those pre-plumbing times, imagine being told to make way Redcoats who bathe about once a year and who like to eye your daughters. Yes, I for one am pleased that we included the Third Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

The Third Amendment was used in 1982 in Appellate Court, Second Circuit. Prison guards were assigned housing as part of their compensation. When the correction officers went on strike, Governor Carey called out the National Guard and lodged them in the CO's homes.

It took our country over 200 years to contest the Third Amendment. Now it is being contested again in Henderson, Nevada. The police were once more heavy-handed in dealing with the unruly colonials but they at least spared the family dog's life this time. Of course, the mutt was shot with pepperball pellets but the gracious officers allowed him to live on.

What the hell happened to our country?

It's Bad Enough That They Trample On The First Amendment But Do They Have Kill A Loyal Dog?

Graphic warning: The cops kill the innocent dog of an innocent owner.

All the facts in the world cannot bring home the tsunami of thuggery as can one isolated video. We have fallen far and hard, America. This video reminds us just how far and how hard we have fallen.


Lawrence O'Donnell Gives An Incredibly Long-Winded Answer About Why He Will Not Challenge This Administration On Matters Of Espionage


I Don't Know Luke Rudkowski But His Is A Chilling Story

Someone tried to trick an activist (someone I had never heard of) to download photos of the Bilderbergers. Turns out it wasn't pics of George Stephanopolis wearing a crown. It was graphic child pornography.

Given the nature of this administration, their unquenchable lust for power, their absence of morals and their disregard for humanity in general, I would say that this story is highly plausible.

The USPS Can't Be Counted On To Deliver A 2 Pound Package On Schedule But They Can Data Mine Like Stasi Never Imagined

So our mail is being photocopied? What is worse? That we have lost the last reservoir of privacy or that it takes a foreign news source from a country that had no freedom of press 25 years ago to alert us to this atrocity?