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Friday, July 1, 2022

Officer Down

Ranger Brendan Patrick Unitt
Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, Colorado
End of Watch Thursday, August 20, 2020

Ranger Brendan Unitt drowned while responding to a distressed boater on Horsetooth Reservoir near Soldier Canyon Dam at about 9:30 pm. Ranger Unitt had been conducting a foot patrol at the campgrounds on the west shore of the reservoir when a strong-wind event occurred. He was dispatched to assist a distressed boater, but when he returned to his boat he discovered it had been blown off of the shoreline. It is believed that he removed his flotation device in an attempt to swim to the boat to retrieve it.

A massive search was undertaken when he failed to arrive at the distressed boater call or respond to dispatchers. His body was located at approximately 3:30 am the following morning.

Ranger Unitt was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources for six months

Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Officer Down





Sergeant Virgil Lynn Thomas, Sr.
Richmond Police Department, California
End of Watch Thursday, August 20, 2020
Age 51
Tour 28 years
Badge 1270
Cause COVID19

Sergeant Virgil Thomas died after contracting COVID-19 during a call for service.

Sergeant Thomas had served with the Richmond Police Department for 24 years. He had previously served with the Albany Police Department and Novato Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch Nemo me impune lacessit Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Hangsang salmui balkeunmyeoneul barabosipsio.

In English, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, a classic from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Yesterday I posted on the need for South Korea to arm itself with nuclear weapons to defend itself from the Kims up north. But I found this and had to share. 

So your country is a 5th world s^&*hole, you've got more people in prison labor than with proper nutrition, George Orwell likely looks upon you as going a bit too far, even for Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia. You still gotta laugh sometime. 


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

South Korea needs to build a nuclear deterrent....

So does Japan and Australia, but that's another post for another day.

I've been fascinated by the Korean Peninsula since I was posted with the 2nd Infantry Division in 1988. Since I really was fascinated with looking into the country when I was stationed on the border in the summer of 1989. And no, Mrs. Clinton, the borders are not a few miles from each other, but right next to each other. 

The author, summer, 1989. Yes, that is North Korea in the background.

I've read up on North Korea since I've left. I was very concerned when the founder, Kim Il-sung passed. While he was a ruthless tyrant, he was not insane. He was scared off by the threat from Ike that he would use nukes to end the war in 1953. Fortunately, his son, Kim Jong-il, and grandson, Kim Jong-un, have not pushed the button, if you will. 

However, there is one items the Kims are focused on. Regime survival. They don't care if their nation is less developed than Lower Slovia, they will keep their armed forces strong enough to threaten any perceived threat. With a million man plus army, plus and enlarged (If somewhat antiquated) air force, and improving navy, North Korea has the capability to resist its close neighbors. However, they have a very large hold card, a credible nuclear threat. 

The author here brings up the likely result of the hostile regime. While she seems to be opposed to an "arms race" on the peninsula, personally I am not. There is no question the nuclear deterrent has kept the North Koreans on their side of the border for over 70 years, and still does. When I was stationed in South Korea, there was a Lance missile battalion just south of Seoul, with a "special weapons" company attached. We knew it carried the nuclear warheads for the Lances, and likely other tube artillery. The Lance went out of the inventory in the 1990s, but an open secret is there has been a submarine off the coast since then. And Pyongyang knows it. 

Are people who think like this warmongers? Not at all. We simply know talk and nothing to back it up with are worthless. So we will remember the wisdom of Ronald Reagan, "Peace Through Strength." 

With that as a introduction, some highlight of an excellent article. 

Double Asymmetry: The Inevitability of an Arms Race on the Korean Peninsula

ROK US missile

On June 6, South Korea and the United States test-fired eight ballistic missiles, a day after North Korea test-fired eight of its own ballistic missiles, offering a snapshot of an arms race that has been going on for some time. Since 2019, North Korea has resumed testing its missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles it tested earlier this year, lifting its 2017 self-imposed moratorium on nuclear weapons and missile tests. Just during the first half of 2022, it has test-fired over 30 missiles, breaking its 2019 record of 25. A seventh nuclear test seems imminent judging from recent activities at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear testing site. After Kim Jong Un defended his acceleration of the arms buildup at a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea last week, North Korea’s provocations will likely continue. South Korea, for its part, is also accelerating its military buildup, seeking more sophisticated ballistic missiles, including submarine-launched ballistic missiles and hypersonic cruise missiles, as well as missile defense systems. The country’s new president, Yoon Suk-yeol, has vowed to construct a powerful military.

Driving the arms race on the Korean Peninsula is what I call a “double asymmetry of power”: an asymmetry at both the nuclear and conventional levels. North Korea is enhancing its nuclear and missile capabilities in order to secure a survivable nuclear arsenal vis-à-vis the United States. Lacking a nuclear option, South Korea is seeking to counter North Korea’s nuclear threats with sophisticated conventional capabilities. Lagging far behind South Korea in terms of conventional capabilities, North Korea is seeking to modernize its conventional weapons, as well. Due to the power imbalance at both the nuclear and conventional levels, and the difficulty in assessing the power balance across the conventional and nuclear domains, neither country is likely to feel assured of its security, and thus will continue to enhance its military capabilities to deter the other side’s threats.

And they will continue to. Hopefully this will lead to Japan and other Southeast Pacific nations to move into this direction. North Korea will not be deterred by words. Neither will China. 

The North’s March Toward a Survivable Nuclear Arsenal 

North Korea is advancing its nuclear and missile capabilities to deter the United States. It is believed that North Korea has not yet acquired the ability to launch a nuclear attack against the United States in light of North Korea’s 2017 ICBM test that failed on the reentry phase. The re-entry vehicle technology protects a nuclear warhead from the intense heat and vibrations generated when a long-range missile re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere. One of the three missiles North Korea launched on May 25 seems to have been aimed at testing its re-entry vehicle technology (this missile had a flight path described as a “double arc” with the missile ascending and descending twice, which may indicate a re-entry vehicle breaking off from the missile.) In addition, North Korea needs to enhance its second-strike capability: the ability to retaliate with nuclear weapons against a nuclear attack. Its recent test of the Hwasong 17 missile may be aimed at filling this gap. Much attention has been paid to the size of the Hwasong 17 — it is the largest ICBM ever developed (hence the name, “monster missile”). The size matters because the missile can carry a large payload, potentially including multiple re-entry vehicles, which complicates a missile-defense system’s job of shooting down all of them at once. The fact that the missile was tested from a mobile launcher makes it even more difficult for missile-defense systems to target. North Korea’s recent testing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile and hypersonic glide vehicles could also pose threats to missile-defense systems. All of these are aimed at enhancing North Korea’s second-strike capability...

And make our deterrent less relevant. But there is another major issue, if/when South Korea begins to develop its own nuclear forces, it will have serious push back from the Democratic party in the US, not to mention it's own left of center politicians. And it's safe to say the Chinese will not be happy.  

Due to this uncertainty, South Korea is looking at ways to develop its own capability to counter North Korea’s nuclear threats. The most effective way to balance nuclear capabilities would of course be to develop its own such weapons. According to a recent Chicago Council survey that my colleagues and I conducted, 71 percent of South Koreans supported nuclear armament. The public overwhelmingly preferred an independent arsenal (67 percent) over hosting a deployment of U.S. nuclear weapons (9 percent). The South Korean public’s support for nuclear weapons, especially their indigenous development, is robust...

I remember seeing rent a mobs in Seoul back in 88/89. Similar to the "no-nukes" protesters in Germany in the early 1980s. I'm sure they will be funded to keep an appearance of notable resistance to the development of an offensive nuclear force. And there will be a large significant portion of the Korean population that does not want open nuclear weapons on their soil. But when you're facing a threat with demonstrated nuclear capability, and the possibility of other nuclear forces (China) backing it up, something must be done to counteract the menace from the north. And, the fact the United States word is not taken at face value by many of our adversaries. 

Something Sleazy Joe Biden forgot, it is better your allies respect you rather than like you. And it's critical your enemies fear you more than they respect you.

Seoul, openly work on your nuclear deterrence. It's needed. 

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Another great book signed...

In the spring or summer of 1999, I was driving from (i.e. running as fast as I could) from Fort Bliss TX. In the middle of nowhere Texas, I was pushing the scan button on my radio. This was before I had a CD player in my truck, there was nothing called MP3, and I was tired of the tapes I had (Yes, I'm that old). 

As I was running from Operation Roving Sands at Fort Bliss, I hit on an interview with an author, Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman. He was at the time an active duty army psychologist, since retired. This was soon after the Columbine school shooting, and Dr. Grossman had written On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. This is a classic reference on the the psychological component of killing her human beings. 

Fascinating interview, and as soon as I got home, I picked up a copy of the book and read it. And it gives great insight on how someone has to be desensitized to killing to kill. The military and law enforcement use it, but with restraint and regulations. Video games do the same, but without the oversight. 

Anyway, I finally got off my ass, and sent the book in for signature. Yesterday it came in and with a quick note. And yes, those two books are in my Amazon basket. 

Have a great weekend! 





Friday, May 27, 2022

Memorial Day.

Memorial Day. Not a day to be celebrated, but remembered. To remember those who died in the line of duty.

All across the country, volunteers will put up flags, place flowers on stone markers, visit family or friends. 

Even as you have your BBQ over the long weekend, if you can't any event or memorial, remember the men and women who made all of this possible. President Lincoln said it better than any man in history:

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate-we can not consecrate-we can not hallow-this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.


President Abraham  Lincoln

Gettyburg PA

November 19, 1863

 

 





Friday, May 20, 2022

Sunrise Sunset

This past Tuesday, had two anniversaries. My nephews birthday, and the anniversary of my brother's passing. 

I heard this song Tuesday, and it's been in my head since. Bobby loved Led Zeppelin, and another nephew played this at his funeral. 

I heard the Heart cover of this classic when Zeppelin was honored by the Kennedy Center. Gotta say it's awesome, but nothing beats the original .

We miss you Bobby. Wish you were here today, your Godson's oldest is escaping high school, and heading to LSU. 

Be seeing you man!





 



Wednesday, May 18, 2022

I hate it when lawyers try to tell me the law...

And yes, I'm being somewhat facetious.

Multiple times over the years I've had a lawyer try to impress me, or push me, or tell me that he knows the law and I don't. With all due respect of their J.D. degrees, they generally don't know that the hell they are talking about. 


Most lawyers I've met over the years do not practice "the law," but are engaged in a form of civil practice. The sue insurance companies for people in accidents. They handle contracts for firms. They review real estate dealings for land companies. By "1he law," I mean criminal law, i.e. prosecution or defense. Most attorneys do not involve themselves with criminal law, there is no money in it, unless you are really good defense attorney (See F Lee Bailey, Johnny Cochran, etc.). And some state attorney's general/district attorney's can get some leads that can make them cash, but the money is generally civil. 


One time I was running radar, stopped an attorney for going over 35 in a 20 mile per hour school zone. I know he is an attorney because he mentions it five times before I can identify myself (Slight exaggeration). 


After he said he was a lawyer, I asked, "Really, what kind?" He barked, "Doesn't matter!" I knew he wasn't a defense attorney because he was that stupid. And if he was a prosecutor, he would have shown his ID by now. 


The man was upset he was being stopped for something as unimportant as going almost twice the legal limit in a school zone. He was too essential for this minor issue. After I handed him the ticket, he tried to spook me.


"I'll see you in court! How does Christmas day sound?"


I laughed in his face and he said, "What?"


I smiled and explained "the law" to this judicial genius, "Sir, there is only one court open on Christmas day in this county, it's the district arraignment court on Franklin Street. It doesn't handle municipal cases.”


Another (More serious) case was of a 17-year-old at home alone (Parents out of town), where one of his friends shot himself. After calling 911, he called his brother, and the brother immediacy called the "family attorney." We are going through the investigation, and the lawyer shows up, demanding to see the young man. We explain to him he hasn't requested counsel . He again demands to see the 17-year-old, and one of the other officers ask, "Excuse me sir, are you a criminal defense attorney?" He answers he in a real estate attorney, and the investigator explains, "Sir, he's an adult at 17, and right now he is not a suspect, but a witness. If he wants a lawyer, he must request that himself." 


And last week was a good one. I get called by a man, his wife had a disturbance with a workman at a neighbor's house. I start my interview, and first got him to stop telling me his life's history (“We've lived here for over 20 years…,” etc.), and to focus on the matter at hand. He stated a vehicle was blocking is driveway, and when his wife asked him to move his car, he got into her face.


I asked if he struck her, or threatened her, he said "No, but he poked into her face at a close distance...and that's battery...I'm attorney." I blurted out, "I love it when lawyers tell me the law..." and asked him what type. He responded labor law. I explained to him the Texas penal code has Assault by Threat and Assault by Contact, but you will not find the word “battery” anywhere in the code. Managed to get the matter settled, and hopefully it doesn't blow up again.


Then again, much worse than lawyers, law school students. At least a lawyer has a degree, the law students have...the constitutional law class they took last semester taught by an idiot who has not stepped into a courtroom since his last traffic ticket. Example, fight at a bar, after we get everyone into custody, I'm assisting the primary unit by running some IDs. I placed a jacket of one of the suspects on the hood of my car while I was searching him. As I'm running the IDs, another man, having nothing to do with this incident, walks up, grabs the jacket and starts walking off. Needless to say we hooked him up, got him cuffed up, placed him in the back of my car. As I was running his ID, he actually asked, "What is your probable cause to stop me?"


I looked back slowly, I didn't know with contempt or amusement, and asked him, "What year of law school are you in?" I was asking the question as a contemptuous joke.


He looked a bit surprised by my question, but answered, "Second."


I smiled back at him, "I don't need probable cause to detain you, just reasonable suspicion. And this may shock you, but taking another person's property is called theft, and that is a crime." The future supreme court justice seemed shocked.


I'm actually not hostile to attorneys, and I'm like most people. I make jokes about lawyers, until I need one. I recall a very strange incident during the George Floyd riots in Houston, when we almost had a situation blow up. We had two young women (Got the impression of college students) egging on the protestors blocking the street. And another man walked up to them, started to talk to them, and managed to calm everyone down. He turned around, and I could see the sign on his front. "ACLU Attorney."

I went up, thanked him for his help in preventing a riot, and finished it with, "I never thought I would be thanking an ACLU lawyer in my life..." He smiled and walked off.


Who knows, maybe the Bard was a bit off with one of his most famous quotes, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” 

 

Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

An FBI agent needs de-escalation training

A few years ago I was talking with a police lieutenant and I gave him my opinion on federal agencies.. “The FBI is like any large police agency. Two to five percent of their personnel walk on water, they swim on land. They are that good. Two to five percent, what the hell did mom think when they let him out of the basement. And the remaining ninety some percent are varying degrees of strengths and weaknesses, trying to do the job as well as they can.” 

Well, this is not the feds at their best.

FBI Agent On Stakeout Allegedly Assaults NYPD Traffic Agent Over Parking Ticket

The incident occurred near 46th Street and Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside at approximately 2:30 p.m. on April 19, 33-year-old NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agent Dipankar Dipu told the New York Daily News.

Law enforcement and traffic enforcement agents’ union sources said Dipu spotted a black 2015 Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows parked illegally as he was making his rounds, according to the new outlet.

“The Jeep was about 30% in the bus stop area and about 70% in a meter zone,” Dipu told the New York Daily News. “There was another car completely in the bus stop and I went to that car and the told the motorist to move, which he did.”

The traffic enforcement agent said he then approached the Jeep, having no idea there was an FBI agent inside who was in the middle of a stakeout.

“I was trying to look through the window to see if there was anybody in the car, but I couldn’t see anything,” Dipu recalled.

He noticed the Jeep did not have a meter receipt, so he generated a citation, the New York Daily News reported.

Dipu said he was placing the ticket on the windshield of the vehicle when he heard someone moving around inside.

The occupant then slapped an FBI placard up on the dashboard, the New York Daily News reported.

OK. If you are a “stakeout,” perhaps you should not advertise that fact by putting an agency placard on the dashboard. I thought one of the requirements for a stakeout was to be not seen.

Dipu said he had no idea the vehicle was involved in an FBI stakeout, and said he wouldn’t have generated the citation if he realized what was going on…

…According to law enforcement sources, FBI Agent Kenneth Diu came barreling out of the Jeep and confronted Dipu, demanding he cancel the citation.

“He was very arrogant,” Dipu told the New York Daily News. “He became angry with me, yelling at me to ‘Void the ticket! Void the ticket! You have to void the ticket!’”

When he explained he didn’t have the power or technology to do so, Agent Diu allegedly told him he was placing him under arrest.

“He tried to snatch my machine from my hand, but I resisted him,” Dipu told the New York Daily News. “But the second time he snatched it from my hand forcefully and I could not protect it. He took it, went into the car and locked the door.”

OK, assuming this is accurate, the only person who has committed a crime is the FBI agent. Threatening a false arrest, and theft, even in New York City, are criminal acts.

…“He just pushed me forcefully on the bonnet of his car and put both of my hands behind my back forcefully,” Dipu told the news outlet.

Agent Diu had one handcuff on Dipu when police and the traffic enforcement agent’s supervisor arrived at the scene, he said…

…Agent Diu was required to pay the parking ticket, but was not immediately charged in connection with the alleged assault, the New York Daily News.

The NYPD said on Saturday that an investigation into the confrontation remained ongoing, according to the news outlet…

This should be investigated, and if the agent did act like this, he needs to be held to account. Also, a traffic ticket can be voided with some simple action afterwards. Or by, dare I say, coordinating with the locals before the stakeout. More than once I’ve gotten a message over my car computer to stay away for a address, as there were some police actions happening. 

Again, maybe the agent is a good man and just screwed up o that day. And he deserves his chance to explai himself. But this shows that some simple attention to detail (Don’t park in a no parking zone) or prior coordination can prevent this from happening.  

Friday, April 22, 2022

Beautiful Ebony Eyes...

A song I've loved since I've first heard it. I have to say I was surprised to find it had a "video" before music videos were out. Likely a playing of the song for American Band Stand or something like that. Either way, it's a great look of the song being presented. Enjoy. It's been a long week. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Witness to an Execution, April 21, 2022

 On June 27, 1990, Houston Police Officer James Irby was murdered in the line of duty. His murderer’s (I will not dignify him by mentioning his name, he will only be referred to as the murdered, or POS) debt to the Irby family will never be repaid. Two weeks ago Officer Irby’s daughter posted a touching tribute to her father on The Officer Down Memorial Page:

Hey Dad , 

 

Well it’s finally here the “man” and I use that term loosely who took you from us is finally going to be put to death on the 21st of this month , almost 32 years later … justice … if you can call it that, I would have much rather have had you these last 32 years but I am glad it’s going to finally be over. I am not angry anymore and I am choosing not to be sad. After the 21st I am going to close the chapter on all this hurt and loss and just finally just let go. I will never let your memory die your grandson’s carry on your name and my son will grow up knowing his grandfather was a hero. I wish you were here. I wish that you could meet the man that I am hopefully soon going to marry , he is amazing and has taught me so much. No one will ever replace you no one ever could. I hope you know how very important you have been to me in my life even though I never got to know you. I have tried to live my life to honor you and honor our family. There are so many families just like ours who have lost fathers , sons , and husbands in the line of duty and I hope and pray they know that they are not alone because you are watching over them just like you watch over me. Thank you for being my guiding light and the angel on my shoulder. 

 

I love you

 

Cally Irby 

Daughter

April 9, 2022

While his debt to his family will never be settled, the State of Texas settled their debt with this POS on the evening of April 21, 2022. With the assistance of over one hundred of his fellow cops. 

The Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club (LEMC) fielded over one-hundred members on a Cop Killer Ride to the execution. Every time a cop killer is scheduled to for execution, they organize their members to ride up and support the family members. As the murderer is put to death, all the motorcyclists rev their engines, with a reverberation that can be heard in the execution chamber. The last sound they hear on this earth is coming from police a few yards away.

On the early evening April 21, 2022, these riders, backed up by dozens of members of The Blue Knights LEMC, The Reguladores LEMC, The La Familia LEMC, The Expendables LEMC, and The Protector LEMC, ride up to Huntsville TX. After a stop at a local restaurant for an early dinner, they ride to the Walls Unit of the Texas Penal System.

Within minutes of arriving at Huntsville, multiple officers from the Houston Police Solo Division (Motorcycle unit) arrive and are placed in front of the prison. Afterwards, the hundreds of riders are met by Ms. Cally Irby, who thanks them for their support of her family. And, as is normal for this event, we wait.


A concern we all share is will this get this delayed, again. Texas executes at 600pm, but we haven’t heard yet. There is the possibility a judge may put another hold on the execution. The POS has been on death row for over 32 years, longer than some of the riders and other cops out on the grounds have been alive. In 2014, we had to wait an additional three hours for Officer Guy Gattis’s murder to be put down.

Thankfully the courts do not delay justice. We didn’t know at the time, but an appeal to the Supreme Court was heard, and declined, less than two hours before the execution. Thank you, Justice Alito. The Irby family has waited long enough.

And the word comes! At 610pm, the ride organizers give the signal, the murderer is being executed. Rev the bikes!

 

In past executions, we’ve been informed by witnesses that the bikes are heard loudly in the execution chamber. The last thing the POS hears before he meets his final Judge is the sound of our pipes!

The official word comes out, the murderer was pronounced at 639pm. The oldest prisoner on death row has now been put down like the rabid animal he was. 

A few minutes, reflection on what we are here for, final words, handshakes, hugs, and a solemn vow between many here. We will be here again. We will honor the fallen and support their families. 

I am the police, and I'm here to arrest you. You've broken the law. I did not write the law. I may even disagree with the law but I will enforce it. No matter how you plead, cajole, beg or attempt to stir my sympathies, nothing you do will stop me from placing you in a steel cage with gray bars. If you run away I will chase you. If you fight me I will fight back. If you shoot at me I will shoot back. By law I am unable to walk away. I am a consequence. I am the unpaid bill. I am fate with a badge and a gun...

Brian Taylor:  End of Watch introduction.

The bill is settled to the sounds of roaring engines.


Rest In Peace Officer Irby. We Got The Watch.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Four decades later, I Love Rock-n-Roll!

Can't believe it's been this long, but it has. In 1981, a great concept hit the air. Music videos (Had no idea what the hell they were), and it premiered on a new network called Music Television. August 1, 1981, MTV premiered with Video Killed The Radio Star

Well, the next year the former lead singer from The Runaways, Joan Jett, brings a new song onto MTV, and it became a rock anthem for the ages. This was a recent compilation video, showing her and the Blackhearts playing it all over the world. 

 

She was interviewed on Oliver North's War Stories, and she loves to play with the USO. But no matter what, this video is one for the ages. Back when MTV was great, and not another reality TV hellhole, one of the classics. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, I Love Rock N Roll!


Have a great weekend. 

Officer Down

                                                                


        



Corporal Michael Ambrosino
Horry County Police Department, South Carolina
End of Watch Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Age 58
Tour 36 years
Badge 479
Cause COVID19
Incident Date Sunday, July 19, 2020

Corporal Michael Ambrosino died after contracting COVID-19 as the result of a presumed exposure while on duty.

Corporal Ambrosino had served with the Horry County Police Department for seven years and had served in law enforcement for 36 years. He had previously served as a law enforcement in New York state with the New York State Department of Corrections, Philmont Police Department, and Coxsackie Police Department. He is survived by his wife.

Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

The PDRK is at it again…

Ages ago, I worked for a grocery store in New Orleans called Schwegmann’s. At some point they opened a store in Slidell, a suburb right next to the Mississippi border. And soon the parking lot was filled with vehicles with Mississippi license plates. Wonder why? Well it has nothing to do with fruits, veggies and meat, but ethyl alcohol.

Mississippi has fairly strict alchol sales law, were liquor can only be sold in “package stores,” and they can’t be open on Sunday. Louisiana, on the other hand, is rather open about alcohol sales. Anywhere in the New Orleans area (Some parishes are different), you can pick up a bottle of Jack Daniels at 330am Sunday. So  if you were living on the Mississippi gulg coast, a few minutes drive is no problem for people wanting alcohic beverages after church. 


It's a lesion that some people refuse to learn. You make things more expensive, people, i.e., the comsumer, will try to get is cheaper. Well, the People’s Democratic Republic of Kalifornia (PDRK) is showing us again, why they a rotting from inside.

California residents facing high gas prices drive to Mexico to fill their tanks.


TIJUANA — Claudia Jessica Villarreal used to fill up her gray Nissan Pathfinder near her home in Chula Vista, Calif. Then Russia invaded Ukraine and gasoline prices went bonkers. The 54-year-old psychologist soon discovered a bargain.


A dozen miles south, just across the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, regular gas sells for an average of $3.96 a gallon — nearly $2 less than in California.


She was in Tijuana on Wednesday to take her children to a doctor’s appointment, so it wasn’t a big deal to swing by the Santa Fe gas station on Salinas Boulevard to fill up. But she’s also been making special trips.


“I swear, I’ve been coming once a week,” she said. “I cross when I can...”


...Now banners at Mexican gas stations in Tijuana flaunt their prices with signs like “Cheaper than in the U.S.A.!”...

Run the numbers. If I fill up every week, I drive a few extra minutes, and I have a twelve gallon tank. If I use the Mexican station, I put ten in, I can save almost $20.00 dollars a week. That’s over $1000.00 a year.

But don’t worry, Gruesome Newsom is riding in to save the day.

...In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday released details of a proposal to pay vehicle owners $400 for each car or truck they have registered in the state. The plan, which would cost $11 billion, also includes grants to offer free or reduced public transit...

Now what would be more effective than giving people $400.00 a year for gas over the year, or giving them a bus pass? How about you increase the supply of gas in your state! Increase drilling off shore and stop requiring gasoline blends for the PDRK only.

...Back in Tijuana, Patricia Saharagui, a spokesperson for the Rendichicas gas station chain, estimated that its locations near the border have seen a 6% increase in sales in the month since the war began. She welcomed Californians.


“It’s an opportunity for them to come and try,” she said. “It also shows them how in Mexico we also have good-quality gasoline.”


The chain has begun a digital campaign to promote its lower prices. “Don’t worry be happy in Tijuana,” one advertisement says in pink block letters.


At one Rendichicas station, about half the cars that pulled in had California license plates. Unlike California stations, where people pump their own gas, Mexican ones are full-service...


...One customer was 48-year-old Mónica López, who drove down from Chula Vista and filled up at pump No. 1.


“I worry a lot” about gas prices, she said. “The drastic rise in the price of gas affects all of us.”

No, it doesn’t affect “all” of us. Ask multi-millionaire Stevie Colbert about being able to pay $15.00 a gallon, "Today, the average gas price in America hit an all-time record high of over $4 per gallon. OK, that stings, but a clean conscience is worth a buck or two. It's important. I'm willing to pay $4 a gallon. Hell, I'll pay $15 a gallon because I drive a Tesla.'  All the pain and suffering for “saving the planet” will be inflicted on you, not them. Remember, Obama and Biden will never drive an electric vehicle (Or drive period) for the rest of their life.

The station also benefits from sales to locals who used to fill their tanks in the United States, including Doyma Torres, a 61-year-old Uber driver.


“Horrible. It’s very bad, very high.... That’s why we’re filling up here,” she said. “If it stays this way, excellent, it’s convenient for us.”


Now that she fills up on the Mexican side of the border, she does far fewer Uber trips in the United States...

Something else to remember. Gas stations make little off the sale of fuel. They make a fortune on the food, drinks, etc. They are higher price there than a grocery store because you are paying for the convenience of getting in and out. Just like when people locked down during Covid, not tanking up was a hit for the gas stations. But not buying your cup of coffee and donut on the way to work was killing them.


Not that Gruesome Newsom, or the other other libtards cares. He knows he’s pis riding in to save the day, and controlling you, because you can’t be trusted to do the right thing. It’s OK, you don’t know what to do, they will control you like the good children you are.


Never forget, that is what they want. Not service, control.

 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

College. Worth Less Than I Thought.

A few months back I was reading an article in Medium, an online column site. I only subscribe because a close friend started writing for them last year and I love her writing. Well last fall I was reading a column and the author was criticizing the recent space flight by William Shatner on Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, and the company itself. He saw it as a massive waste of money, and he should use it for something more useful, like “funding a college.” 

My immediate response is normally, “It’s Bezos’s money, he can do with it what he wants.” However, the more I thought of it, the more I realized the last thing he needed to do was spend money on a college. God knows we have enough, and their only purpose as of right now is to radicalize young people and indebt them to the federal government for hundreds of thousands of dollars with no useful skills.


A classic example, an “institution of higher learning” in New York, will have its students lectured by…ready…a convicted cop killer:

 

Paroled cop killer asked to give speech at university; officer’s widow objects "I would not like to see the school besmirched by hosting a brutal killer of police officers,” said Diane Piagentini, whose husband and a second officer were ambushed in 1971

 

Jalil Muntaqim, formerly known as Anthony Bottom, was convicted in 1971 for the ambush killings of two NYPD officers: Piagentini and Officer Waverly Jones. Bottom, 70, served nearly 50 years in prison before he was paroled in 2020. Bottom was sentenced to 25 years to life alongside his co-defendant, Herman Bell. 

 

Recently, Bottom was invited to be a guest speaker at SUNY Brockport, a university in western New York state, according to CBS News. SUNY Brockport later said it would change the event to a virtual format after weeks of controversy, the report said… 

…At a Long Island rally on Sunday, Piagentini and several NYPD police unions called for the virtual event to be canceled. 

 

"I would not like to see the school besmirched by hosting a brutal killer of police officers who will mislead the students by portraying himself as a political prisoner and freedom fighter," Piagentini told News 12.  

Respectfully Mrs. Piagentini, the university can’t be besmirched worse then they have already despoiled themselves. More on that in a minute.

SUNY Brockport so far has not canceled the event, citing First Amendment rights. The school says a private donor will be paying Bottom for his expected appearance on April 6, according to Rochester First. The parolee was invited to speak by a school faculty member. 

One, the First Amendment has nothing to do with this. This felon is free to say anything he wants to. A public university (Or any institution for that matter) is under no obligation to provide him a venue. He wants to speak, fine, let him go to a park or “free speech zone” on the campus and let him speak. Two, why is he being paid for anything? He wants to complain on how he was framed (What a shock, a convicted cop murderer swears he never did it), he can do it at the next BLM rally or other riot. And the fact a “faculty member” invites this POS to the university tell you all you need to know about the college. That any member of the faculty also shows this university needs to be closed and turned into vo-tech school. Or a waste dump.

 

Now I wondered why this murderous thug was being invited to speak to the students. A few minutes searching was enough to find out. From the university president:

Statement Regarding Jalil Muntaqim Event

On April 6, Jalil Muntaqim, previously known as Anthony Bottom, will be at the SUNY Brockport campus to deliver a talk entitled, “History of Black Resistance, U.S. Political Prisoners & Genocide: A Conversation with Jalil Muntaqim.” He was invited by one of our faculty members who was approved for a Promoting Excellence in Diversity grant.


Mr. Muntaqim joined the Black Panther Party at age 16 and the Black Liberation Army at 18. In 1971, he was convicted in the killing of two New York City Police Officers. He spent nearly 50 years in prison for this crime before being released on parole in 2020. 


The College has received strong feedback about this visit. Some are outraged that a man who has been convicted of such crimes was invited onto campus. Others look forward to the opportunity to learn about Mr. Muntaqim’s experiences.


We do not support the violence exhibited in Mr. Muntaqim’s previous crimes, and his presence on campus does not imply endorsement of his views or past actions. However, we believe in freedom of speech. SUNY Brockport has routinely held speaking events involving controversial speakers from various background and viewpoints, and will continue to do so. These conversations are uncomfortable. They are meant to be. 


They’re about gaining a new perspective…

“New perspective?” Like why he murdered two officers, one a black man (I wonder if BLM will have issues with that?), and was involved with the murder of a third. From the Officer Down Memorial Page:

Patrolmen Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones were shot and killed while on foot patrol in the Colonial Park Houses.. They were ambushed by members of the Black Liberation Army. 

 

As the two patrolmen were returning to their cruiser…three suspects snuck up behind them and opened fire. Patrolman Jones was struck in the back of the head and killed instantly. Patrolman Piagentini was shot 13 times and succumbed to his injuries en route to the hospital.

 

One of the suspects stole Patrolman Jones' weapon which was later recovered in San Francisco, California after several BLA members opened fire on a San Francisco, police officer. 

 

Two of the suspects, along with five others, were also involved in the murder of Sergeant John Victor Young of the San Francisco Police Department on August 29th, 1971… 

You want to expose your students and others to the “perspective” of others, in this case a convicted capital murderer. OK, if  Shawn Allen Berry is paroled in the future, will you invite him to give his view on the murder of James Byrd? How about the viewpoint of Patrick Crusius? He murdered 22 and injured 26 in a racially motived attack, sounds like his opinions need airing. Zoom is a wonderful thing for airing views like this. Zephen Allen Xaver murdered 5 people in Florida, he should fit right in for sharing his views.

 

Higher education has been decaying for decades, and this is a classic example. Bringing Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton to speak is one thing. I’ll give them this, they have not shot anyone. But if a university will invite and pay a convicted murderer to speak to its students, allow others students to skip school for that day due to them being made uncomfortable, shows how low our once great higher education system has sunk. I said this about an abandoned strip club used by junkies, and it applies to SUNY Brockport. There is nothing wrong there that can’t be fixed with some gasoline and a match.