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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. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Officer Down

 

        



Detention Deputy Charles Otis Pugh, II
Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Age 40
Tour 6 years
Badge 653
Cause COVID19
Incident Date Saturday, July 11, 2020

Detention Deputy Charles Pugh died after contracting COVID-19 following a confirmed exposure in the Santa Rosa County Jail.

Deputy Pugh had served with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office for five years and had previously served with the Florida Department fo Corrections for one year. He is survived by his wife and two 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.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Is this really needed? Theatrical and legal eyewash.

A few months ago I caught an interview on 60 Minutes with Rita Moreno. She's back in the headlines because she is staring in Steven Spielberg’s remake of Westside Story. No shock, Hollywood is sucking on originality right now. Dragging out a movie or television series to infinity used to be the purview of Star TrekStar Wars, or Law and Order. But I found this interesting, Mr. Spielberg is producing is in for the struggle: 

In Steven Spielberg's version of "West Side Story," Moreno plays Valentina, the widow of Doc, who owned the candy store in the original. She's also an executive producer of the film being released December 10. 

 

Steven Spielberg: She's part of the ensemble… 

 

…Steven Spielberg: I wanted her to really, you know, bridge the legacy of "West Side Story" and to inspire our young cast. 

 

And unlike the first movie, Spielberg set a mandate that all Puerto Rican characters be played by Hispanic actors.

Rita Moreno was cast as a Latina in the original version of this movie, and the production company used makeup to brown her skin. This is not the first example of Hollywood's prejudice showing:

Warner Orland, a Swedish-American actor, played Charlie Chan, an American of Chinese descent, in seven movies in the 1930s and 1940s. As his white skin didn’t fit into an Asian American character, the producers applied brown face.

 

Katherine Hepburn was cast in Dragon Seed, with brownface and “faux-Asian prosthetics.’ 

 

Laurence Olivier, as white an actor that ever was on the screen, played a black lead character in 1965’s Othello.  

 Not to say using white actors in non-white roles has stopped: 

Short Circuit (1986) and Short Circuit II (1988), with Fisher Stevens playing an Indian engineer.

 

Carlito’s Way (1993), Al Pacino playing a Puerto-Rican Carlito.

 

The Human Stain (2003), Sir Anthony Hopkins playing a black lead character.

 

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), with Benedict Cumberbatch played Khan, in a pitiful revision of Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan (1982) (Yes, personal opinion there, but see comments above about running it till it’s dry. Even for Hollywood it was bad).

But back to the 60 Minutes interview with Ms. Moreno, and the point Mr. Spielberg made of his directive that all Puerto Rican rolls be filled with Hispanic actors. Last time I checked, this is 2022. Is that really necessary? 

 

The only people I see in black face these days are politicians like Ralph Northam and Justin Trudeau, plus liberal actors like Ted Danson, Jimmy Kimmel,  and Joy Behar. Not to mention Hollywood has multiple A-List Hispanic actors now. Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, and George Lopez, just to name a few. Is there a real issue here that the producer needs to virtue signal “We will use only Hispanic actors in these Puerto Rican rolls…” Steve, maybe the problem is not the American people, but you and you friends needing to prove you’re not prejudice? 

 

Brings up another example of “Do we really need this?” The country has a major inflation crisis, oil prices are exploding, the federal government is hampering our ability to produce energy, the budget is exploding and out of control, the Russian-Ukrainian War may explode to other nations, China is looking at the US as weak and indecisive, the retreat from Afghanistan was a disaster, the North Koreans are getting more aggressive, so what is the Congress worried about. Making lynching a federal crime.

 

House passes Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act with overwhelmingly bipartisan support

 

(CNN) — The House's overwhelming support of legislation that would make lynching a federal hate crime directly addresses the history of racism and bigotry in the US, the bill's sponsor said.

 

Lawmakers passed the Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act on Monday in a 422-3 majority. A similar bill was first introduced by Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois two years ago but was then blocked by the Senate in February 2020 following the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

 

Anti-lynching legislation is not a new proposal on the House floor. Rush said there have been more than 200 attempts to pass federal anti-lynching law.

 

Rush said in a statement that the anti-lynching legislation will prosecute lynching "when a conspiracy to commit a hate crime results in death or serious bodily injury." A perpetrator can receive a maximum of 30 years in prison under this act in addition to any other federal crimes the perpetrator might commit.

 

"Today is a day of enormous consequence for our nation," Rush said. "By passing my Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act, the House has sent a resounding message that our nation is finally reckoning with one of the darkest and most horrific periods of our history, and that we are morally and legally committed to changing course…"

Where to start with this stupidity? Lynching is already illegal. It’s called murder, and it’s illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all federal reservations (e.g. military bases). 

 

Under this act, lynching is a “hate crime” punishable by up to thirty years in federal prison. The federal government (and the military) has the death penalty for murder. Also 27 states have capital punishment for murder. Does Mr. Rush expect us to take a corpse and put it into a federal prison for 30 years after they are dead? (Sorry, I should not give this moron any ideas!)

 

Is lynching a real issue these days? Since 1950, there have been a total of twelve lynchings in the US (More black men will be murdered in Chicago, LA, or Houston over any given weekend in the US).  The last documented lynching of a black man occurred in 1981. Two white men hanged a black man in Mobile AL. They were caught, charged, tried, convicted, and the primary murderer was executed in 1997. Of interest, the Southern Poverty Law Center used this crime as a basis to sue the KKK and bankrupted the organization. 

 

The only crime that approaches a lynching sinch this is arguably the June 1998 murder of James Byrd in Jasper TX. Byrd was kidnapped, assaulted, his ankles were chained to a pickup hitch, and he was dragged three miles to his death. After the three suspects were arrested, the Texas Legislature appropriated one million dollars  to Jasper County to pay for three capital murder trials. Of the three murders, two were sentenced to death (Both have since been executed), one to life in prison. Again the question, how does an anti-lynching law help the cause of justice here? 

This eyewash makes me recall something from Ronald Reagan. He reportedly said his greatest mistake as governor of the (former) state of California is signing off on full time state legislators. Texas has a part time legislature, it meets every two years for one-hundred forty days (And a consensus is it would be better if it met every one-hundred forty years for two days), its members are paid $15,000 a year (Plus per-diem when the Legislature is in session), as well as staff/office cost. So these people must have “real” jobs. If you want to see that happens when you have legislators with nothing to do? Look at DC, New York, and the People’s Democratic Republic of Kalifornia.

 

Back to the Congress and it’s job. The House of Representatives has one function in life. To pass a budget by April 15th. It has not (under both Democratic and GOP control) executed that function since 2011. But it can find time for eyewash like this. With the world going off a cliff like it is, Joe, Nancy and Chuck are rearranging the deck chairs, and Kamala is fiddling and cackling away. 

 

God help us all.