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Monday, December 31, 2018

Officer Down

Deputy Sheriff Robert Kenneth Kunze, III
Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Kansas
End of Watch Sunday, September 16, 2018
Age 41
Tour 18 years
Badge D1584

Deputy Sheriff Robert Kunze was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person call in a rural area near the intersection of North 295th Street West and West 21st Street North.

He arrived at the scene and made contact with a male subject in a stolen vehicle. During the encounter he and the subject exchanged shots and both were fatally shot. Deputy Kunze's backup officer arrived at the scene and located Deputy Kunze suffering from a gunshot wound.

Deputy Kunze had served with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office for 12 years and had previously served with the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office for six years. He is survived by his wife and child.
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.

Friday, December 28, 2018

The best of both worlds for the end of the week....

And the year.

I've been listening to Mannheim Steamroller for ages, and have most (if not all) of their albums. Now my friend Subodh P. sent me this link. As most people think of Chip Davis's music with Christmas, here he is with the New Year.

Happy New Year all.

Friday, December 21, 2018


A year almost over, and Christmas is upon us. I cannot think of a better song leading into the Christmas weekend

Published on Oct 17, 2017

André Rieu & His Johann Strauss Orchestra performing Hallelujah as a tribute to Leonard Cohen live in London. Taken from the DVD "Christmas in London".
Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Officer Down

Chief of Police Frank A. McClelland, Jr.
Ludowici Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch Saturday, September 15, 2018
Age 69
Tour Not available
Badge 801

Chief of Police Frank McClelland was struck and killed by a vehicle being pursued by other officers shortly after 7:00 pm.

The pursuit had started in Liberty County and continued through Hinesville and into Long County on Highway 84 at speeds topping 100 mph. Chief McClelland was attempting to stop traffic at the intersection of Highway 84 and McDonald Street when the vehicle struck him. The vehicle then left the roadway and fatally struck a motorcyclist at an adjacent gas station before coming to rest.

The fleeing subject was taken into custody at the scene. He was charged with two counts of murder, vehicular homicide, and DUI.

Chief of Police McCllelland was a U.S Air Force veteran of the Vietnam war.
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.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

It's the end of the world....not?

Liberals, Democrats, libtards, and others with a mental condition. You can now come out of your safe space. It has been a year since Net "Neutrality" (like many of the Obama regime's efforts, it means the exact opposite of what it says, e.g. "Affordable" Care Act) was repealed, and the world has not ended. The wrath of God has not descended upon us. We have not suffered a holocaust to rival Mao's Great Leap Forward. Cats and dogs are not living together. No, things are pretty much...better off than last year.
The Internet Lives

One year after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai liberated broadband networks, doomsayers have been proven wrong.

When Trump-appointed reformers wisely sought to roll back this misguided rule and restore the freedom that had allowed the Internet to thrive in the first place, the reaction was intense.

Roslyn Layton of the American Enterprise Institute writes:
A year ago today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the harmful 2015 internet regulation dubiously titled the “Open Internet Order.” The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNET, Ars Technica, Recode, The Verge, and advocacy groups such as Free Press and Public Knowledge predictably forecasted apocalyptic consequences to the rollback of the regulation, mischaracterizing the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO) which replaced it. CNN declared “the end of the internet as we know it,” and other media outlets said the RIFO was “gutting the rules that protect the internet,” and “that the internet has no oversight.” A year later, the internet is alive and well. The media and pundits are unlikely to issue corrections, but here are some facts to remember...
I wonder if these libtarded groups can add one plus one and get two. The seem to miss a big point. The Internet exploded from a nerd's fantasy to a central part of commerce, communications, and life in general without Net "Neutrality". So they actually believed the nine most frightening words in the English language, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
"...When the media talks about the end of the internet, they are referring to the end of the price control that favored Silicon Valley at the expense of consumers... In 2015 the FCC claimed that its rules were underpinned by a “virtuous circle” and predicted increased investment in and deployment of networks, but the opposite happened. Chairman Ajit Pai testified in Congress that the rules depressed investment and that the RIFO reversed that trend.

But at least the proponents of Net "Neutrality" could admit they were wrong, right?
Mr. Pai was helping consumers by restoring the incentive to invest in new networks and better service. Outside the established media, the overreaction reached almost unimaginable extremes. This column reported in June:
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai tends to dress down when he travels and often wears a hat to obscure his appearance. That’s because of the vitriol directed at him for reducing Washington’s control over the Internet.

On a visit to the Journal today, Mr. Pai wore a suit and tie and maintained his usual cheerful demeanor. But he also reported that the threats against him and his family did not end with the Commission’s December vote to restore the freedom that existed for the Internet’s entire history until 2015.

He notes that his in-laws have received angry phone calls at 3 a.m. at home and that his wife has received threatening phone calls at work. The threats... have included references to slitting the throats of his children.

Peaceful liberals. Right. I wonder if they will understand what has happened thanks to action.
The irrational fear was that service would be so “throttled’ and slowed by deregulation that the Internet would never be the same. A year later, give the website Recode credit for at least implicitly acknowledging that the “net neutrality” campaign was bunk.

“U.S. internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year,” reports Recode this week. Editor Rani Molla writes:

Finally some good news: The internet is getting faster, especially fixed broadband internet. Broadband download speeds in the U.S. rose 35.8 percent and upload speeds are up 22 percent from last year, according to internet speed-test company Ookla in its latest U.S. broadband report.
The growth in speed is important as the internet undergirds more of our daily lives and the wider economy. As internet service providers continue building out fiber networks around the country, expect speeds to increase, though speeds vary widely by region depending on infrastructure and whether or not an area has fiber.
Thanks to the courageous Mr. Pai, consumers are enjoying the benefits of a free marketplace. And perhaps at least some of them are wondering what other Trump era outrages may not be exactly as reported.

OK, regressives, get this through your heads. Nothing, but nothing, is more plentiful, efficient, or of higher quality when the government runs it. See the Post Office vs Fedex. Or the VA vs a private hospital. Never forget the last time you were at the driver's license office. Remember the wisdom of one of the greatest economists of all time, Milton Friedman: "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Officer Down

Corporal Garrett Willis Hull
Fort Worth Police Department, Texas
End of Watch Friday, September 14, 2018
Age 40
Tour 17 years
Badge 3105
Cause Gunfire
Incident Date Thursday, September 13, 2018
Weapon Handgun
Offender Shot and killed

Corporal Garrett Hull succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous night as he and other members of the Criminal Intelligence Unit attempted to apprehend three armed robbery suspects.

The officers had been conducting surveillance of the three suspects, who had been involved in more than 15 armed robberies in which three people were shot. The suspects entered a bar on the 400 block of West Biddison Street shortly before midnight and robbed the 10 patrons at gunpoint. As they fled from the building the officers attempted to take them into custody.

All three suspects attempted to flee on foot into the surrounding neighborhood. During the foot pursuit, one of the men opened fire, striking Corporal Hull in the head. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject before placing Corporal Hull in a patrol car and transporting him to a hospital.

The other two suspects were apprehended nearby.

Corporal Hull succumbed to his wounds the following evening.

Corporal Hull had served with the Fort Worth Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of corporal.
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.