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Monday, June 26, 2023

I can relate to the ‘Daniel Penny Effect’

The persecution of Daniel Penny is an absolute disgrace, I don't question the man was mentally ill, but liberals and other idiots think all we have to do is talk to someone crisis and they will respond. I beg to differ, when a schizophrenic is listening to a couple of dozen voices in his head, the 23 year old sociology major getting a job on the subway will not break through all the noise in his head. I know, I've had to handle them, and it's no fun.

Back to Mr. Penny, once I heard he was going to be charged, I immediately donated 100 dollars to his legal defense fund. Looks like I was not alone, it's over 2.9 million. But it looks like New Yorkers are afraid to intercede when people need help from criminals or people in crisis. From Legal Insurrection:
‘Daniel Penny Effect’ Seen in NYC Subway Attacks Including at Least One Where No One Intervened

The New York Post reported on three slashing attacks that occurred on the subway system in a span of less than 20 minutes on June 18th, all allegedly by the same suspect. In at least one, it appears no one intervened as the suspect moved from one train to another as the bleeding victim cried for help:

Chilling video footage obtained by The Post captures a Manhattan subway-slash victim screaming in agony after the random attack — and pleading for help as other riders apparently just go about their business.

“Pull the emergency brake! Pull the emergency brake!” the 28-year-old victim can be heard sobbing. “Yo! Yo!”

The ailing straphanger actually hobbled after her attacker through the train car while shooting video of him on her phone — footage that cops said they used to help nail him.

The creep can be seen strolling off into the next car — as commuters stare at his distraught victim.

At one point, the victim, whose name is being withheld by The Post, pans down to show her sandal caked in blood.

“Yo! Somebody call 911! Somebody call 911!” she screams.

The victim was attacked around 4:30 p.m. Sunday on a southbound No. 4 train as it neared the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station — in what was one of three unprovoked slashing attacks in fewer than 20 minutes.

Two of the attacks are said to have happened inside the subway station. The third, detailed above, happened on the train.

I can relate from a recent experience. In May my wife Beth and I flew to Seattle for an Alaskan cruise.After settling in, we went to dinner and I wanted to take the subway. Mistake. 

Once we started moving a homeless male got into Beth's face and demanded, "You got money!" I didn't intervene  immediately, I know that may make him worse. But I did get into a crouch position and oriented on his mid-body. If he got any more aggressive, I would take action. 

Fortunately, he walked off, made the same demand of every other rider on the car, then started smashing his arms against the door, But a disturbing thing is I was thinking I would be the next Daniel Penny. I really had thoughts of a liberal DA in Seattle charging me with assault of a homeless dude who threatened my wife and others. Have no clue what criminal record this dude has, but I'll lay money it violent. He doesn't know better. 

Suffice to say we never took public transportation again while we were there. But this is what happens when you allow leftist intent on destroying society to have power. God help Mr. Penny. And God help the John and Jane Q. Publics other there in major cities who have to use public transportation.

Friday, June 23, 2023

Officer Down


Senior Investigator Nicholas Georgeadis
New York State Police, New York
End of Watch Friday, April 28, 2023
Age 52
Tour 21 years
Military Veteran
Cause 9/11 related illness
Incident Date Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
Offender 19 suicide attackers

Senior Investigator Nick Georgeadis died as the result of cancer that he developed following his assignment to the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.

Investigator Georgeadis was a United States Army National Guard veteran and had served with the New York State Police for 21 years, assigned to the Special Investigations Unit and New York State Homeland Security. He is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, father, sister, nieces, and nephews.
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 21, 2023

Officer Down















Reserve Corporal Joseph Johnson
Nyssa Police Department, Oregon
End of Watch Saturday, April 15, 2023
Age 43
Tour 16 years
Cause Gunfire

Reserve Corporal Joseph Johnson was shot and killed near the intersection of North Third Street and Locust Avenue while making a traffic stop at about 8:20 pm.

He was responding to reports of a violent man damaging property at a home and threatening its occupants. During the response, he encountered the suspect driving away and conducted a traffic stop. The subject immediately exited his car and opened fire, fatally wounding Reserve Corporal Johnson before he had a chance to return fire. The subject abandoned his vehicle, fled the scene, and was arrested two days later.

Reserve Corporal Johnson had served with the Nyssa Police Department for almost five years. He had also served as a corrections officer with the Oregon Department of Corrections for 15 years and currently worked as a civilian employee for the agency. 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.

Monday, June 19, 2023

Officer Down
















Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen
Pope County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota
End of Watch Saturday, April 15, 2023
Age 44
Tour 12 years
Badge 603
Military Veteran
Cause Gunfire
Offender Shot and killed

Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen was shot and killed while he and another deputy attempted to arrest a man for domestic violence in the 400 block of Stromen Street in Cyrus at about 7:30 pm.

Deputies, as well as police officers from the Glenwood Police Department and Starbuck Police Department, had been dispatched to the house for reports of a domestic violence incident. The officers were attempting to place the man into custody when he opened fire on them. Deputy Owen and the subject were both fatally wounded. The other deputy and the Starbuck officer were injured.

The incident occurred on Deputy Owen's 44th birthday.

Deputy Owen was a Minnesota National Guard Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and had served with the Pope County Sheriff's Office for almost 12 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and parents. His father is a retired law enforcement officer.
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, June 17, 2023

Deleted Space Seed scene

From the endless sea that is YouTube, an interesting scene from a great series. Star Trek's greatest villain, Khan Noonien Singh, is holding the command staff in the briefing room as Captain Kirk is suffocating. A piece taken from the reel. Enjoy. 

 

Deleted ‘Space Seed’ Scene Wows ‘Trek’ Fans

Khan in 'Space Seed'

The deleted scene, which popped up on YouTube in 2020, takes place in the briefing room aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) and a group of his followers have seized control of the ship, with at least four of them brandishing phasers. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Scotty (James Doohan) are seated in chairs, as Khan stands in front of them, addressing the group. Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) is standing to Khan’s right. The camera then pushes in tight on McCoy as he approaches Khan and the doctor testily says, “I never thought I’d say this to a patient, but you owe me something. In case you’ve forgotten, I saved your life!” McCoy grabs at Khan’s arm and is immediately hit with phaser fire by one of Khan’s group. The doctor falls to the ground, as Uhura reaches out to help him. As the scene went unused in “Space Seed,” it was never completed. Thus, there are no special effects (for the phaser fire), nor is there any music to complement and enhance the action. 

The scene continues with a quick cut to Spock, who is now standing, and Khan, who explains to the Vulcan that McCoy is only stunned and that he will avoid bloodshed…if possible. Khan then says, “I’m sure you approve.” Spock replies, “I approve only of the logic with which you took control of our vessel.” Spock pauses and raises his right eyebrow, and then says, “Brilliant.”

It’s Dr. McCoy’s Passion Versus Spock’s Logic in Confrontation With Khan in Deleted ‘Space Seed’ Scene



Great scene from a great series. RIP Spock, Scott, McCoy and of course Khan. And thank you for the great memories. 

Friday, June 16, 2023

Be careful what you wish for...

Says it all. 



Officer Down
















Investigator Patrick J. Hogan
New York State Police, New York
End of Watch Thursday, April 13, 2023
Age 61
Tour 22 years
Cause 9/11 related illness
Incident Date Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
Offender 19 suicide attackers

Investigator Patrick Hogan died as the result of cancer that he developed following his assignment to the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.

Investigator Hogan was a United States Marine Corps Persian Gulf War veteran and served with the New York State Police for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, three brothers, and a sister.
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, June 15, 2023

K9 Down


K9 Hudson
Kane County Sheriff's Office, Illinois
End of Watch Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Breed Dutch Shepherd
Gender Male
Cause Gunfire
Weapon Handgun
Offender Shot and killed

K9 Hudson was shot and killed in Geneva during the apprehension of a robbery suspect.

A Kane County deputy sheriff located a stolen vehicle after being alerted by an LPR hit. Deputies attempted to stop the car at the intersection of Randall Road and Silver Glen Road in South Elgin, but the driver fled, and a pursuit was initiated. The driver exited the vehicle holding a handgun at the intersection of Randall Road and Fabyan Parkway, in Geneva. K9 Hudson was deployed for an apprehension and bit the subject, who then opened fire.

K9 Hudson and the subject were both killed during the exchange of gunfire.

K9 Hudson had served with the Kane County Sheriff's Office for six years.

Rest in Peace Hudson…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!

In Memory of all Police Dogs
They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best
They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way
They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way
Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall
As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by
They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight
Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings
We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree
No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more
These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights
By John Quealy

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

It’s The End Of The Web As We Know It…(And) I Feel Fine.

During a speech about the economy, then President Obama said (with a straight face, shows he is an accomplished sociopath) “When it comes to regulation, we prefer a light hand.” Ranks up there with, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor…” 

In the latter part of the Obama years, he inflicted upon one of the most active parts of the economy, the Internet, Net Neutrality. Supposedly it would ensure all users get equal access to the Web, without throttling, blocking, etc. for their points of view. That’s not how it worked out. 

 

On June 11, 2018, the new FCC Chairman under then President Trump announced the end of Net Neutrality. And the usual suspects screeched the “wild wild web” with unlimited free expression was over, people (primarily leftists) would not be able to get viewpoints out or sell items on the market. 

 

As usual, their disastrous predictions didn’t come to fold. 

The Death of the Internet, Five Years Later

Ajit Pai

…In January 2017, times changed with the new Trump administration. The new president designated me chairman of the FCC shortly after Inauguration Day. In May of that year, we proposed to repeal these regulations. In December, we voted to do so. And on June 11, 2018 — five years ago today — that repeal took effect.

Going only on press coverage, social media, and political rhetoric, you would have been justified in preparing for civilization’s demise.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) proclaimed, as did “news” outlet CNN, that this was “the end of the Internet as we know it.” Not to be outdone, a columnist at the New York Times moaned that “the freewheeling internet has been dying a slow death,” and that repealing net neutrality rules “would be the final pillow in its face.” The Senate Democratic Caucus’s Twitter account proclaimed, “If we don’t save net neutrality, you’ll get the internet one word at a time” — putting each word on a separate line to emphasize the danger. Famed telecommunications regulatory experts like anonymous street artist Banksy and Silicon Valley representative Ro Khanna predicted that internet applications would become pay-per-view, with consumers having to pay $1.99 per Google search or to purchase them in packages. And for good measure, multiple U.S. senators called the decision “un-American…”

Read the rest of the article, it’s funny. 

So, what has happened over the last five years. The only person I’ve known kicked off a social media platform is the former president who pushed to remove “Net Neutrality,” Donald Trump. Twitter still hosted the Iranian terrorists in Tehran, and domestic terrorist groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Plus being used by criminals for illegal activities, like flash mobs. So how has the general public fared without “Net Neutrality?” Pretty well all in all. 

“…In an era defined by the paranoid style of American political argument, it may not surprise you to learn that they were not. In fact, they were diametrically wrong. The evidence is indisputable today that in the five years since the FCC’s decision to repeal net-neutrality regulations went into effect, American consumers are benefiting from broadband networks that are stronger and more extensive than ever. According to independent measurement service Ookla, average fixed broadband speeds in the U.S. are 287 percent faster today than they were in June 2018 (269.28 Mbps download speeds today versus 93.98 Mbps in 2018). Average mobile broadband speeds have increased even more, at 570 percent (156.51 Mbps versus 27.47 Mbps). Millions more Americans have access to the internet today compared with 2018, thanks in large part to private investment in digital infrastructure.

And on top of that, consumers are benefiting from more choice than in 2018. Indeed, competition has not just increased but transformed since then. Residential fiber deployment hit an all-time high last year. Wireless companies like T-Mobile are providing high-speed 5G fixed wireless service to millions of customers. Companies like Starlink are launching low-Earth-orbit satellites to support residential-broadband service, especially in harder-to-reach rural areas. And cable companies are expanding their footprint and upgrading their systems to enable much faster speeds.

The contrast between America’s broadband consumers and their European counterparts during the Covid-19 pandemic is telling. Americans with internet access largely were able to rely on broadband networks to do videoconference calls, stream in high-definition, and otherwise stay connected. Abroad, however, a key European commissioner felt compelled to ask streaming services to throttle video content to standard definition. Why? Because he feared that otherwise digital “infrastructures might be in strain.” I’d argue they were “in strain” partly because the European Union has had quite strict net-neutrality regulations that meaningfully undermine the incentive for investment in high-capacity broadband infrastructure. Fortunately, neither I nor any other public official in the United States had to make a similar request, then or since…”

The bureaucracy has no desire for efficiency, and competition will always improve goods and services.  Iron sharpens iron, to use an expression. And this is not the only example of the Federal Communications Commission throttling success and improvement. 

I’m almost 60, and I remember having one phone company for my service, and having to change my phone number when I moved across town. Today many people don’t have home phones, only cell phones, and they take them from one state (or country) to another, keeping the same phone number for decades. But this is a relatively new phenomenon. What took so long? I’ll give you three guesses, but you will need only one. 

For decades the FCC put a stranglehold on use of the digital broadcast band, from not allowing competition in local markets on radio to refusing sales to communications companies for services. If you want an excellent example, many people believe the first mobile phone was used in 1973, a Motorola DynaTAC 8000X in New York City. While it was the first handheld phone, the first cellular phone call was made on June 17, 1946. Granted, it was a car phone that took up half a trunk, it was an analog mobile phone. Just as we were coming out of World War II.





Why did it take ages to get to handheld phones? The FCC would not sell digital bandwidth to this startup company, and it died. There was a similar blocking of the FM (frequency modulation) by the FCC. We could have “FM…for a better sound all around decades before the 70s. 

If you want an excellent review of the FCC and it’s incompetence, read The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone, by Thomas Hazlett (where I got the information on the 1946 phone, among other facts). Goes over one failure after another, and how many politicians bought out the FCC staff to ensure their radio stations, etc. would not face competition. Thankfully the FCC is more business friendly than 100 years ago. And more business means more competition and better goods and services for the consumer.

Why do we have to keep relearning this? As long as the politicians and the bureaucracy control a valuable commodity, it will not be used efficiently. Hopefully we can keep the FCC from screwing up use of the digital spectrum any more.  

Officer Down



Senior Police Officer Trevor Abney
New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch Sunday, April 9, 2023
Age 34
Tour 7 years
Cause Gunfire
Incident Date Friday, October 30, 2020
Weapon Handgun; .40 caliber
Offender Charged with attempted murder

Senior Police Officer Trevor Abney succumbed to complications from a gunshot wound sustained on October 30th, 2020.

He and his partner were stopped at the intersection of St. Philip Street and Royal Street when a passenger in a passing pedicab opened fire on them without provocation. Officer Abney was struck in the left side of his face, and his partner suffered cuts to his arm from the shattered windshield.

The subject was apprehended after a foot chase through the French Quarter. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer following the initial shooting.

Officer Abney was transported to the University Medical Center New Orleans where life-saving measures were performed. Doctors were unable to remove the bullet, which remained lodged in his brain and blinded him in the left eye. He succumbed to complications of the wound on April 9th, 2023.

Officer Abney was a United States Army Iraq War veteran and had served with the New Orleans Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and parents.
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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

K9 Down



K9 Rudy
Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California
End of Watch Friday, April 14, 2023
Breed Belgian Malinois
Gender Male
Cause Gunfire
Weapon Gun; Unknown type
Offender Shot and killed

K9 Rudy was shot and killed near the 22200 block of River Road, in Perris, while tracking a wanted felon at about 4:45 pm.

Deputies were in the area looking for the man when dispatchers received a call about a couple trespassing on their property. The deputies were able to confirm the man was the fugitive and requested a canine to conduct a track. K9 Rudy's handler responded to the scene and began tracking the subject.

K9 Rudy alerted to the subject's presence and the man opened fire, killing K9 Rudy. The couple then fled on foot and the wanted man was fatally shot when he pointed his firearm at pursuing deputies.

K9 Rudy had won a first-place award at the Las Vegas Metro Police K-9 Trials the previous month.
Rest in Peace Rudy…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!
In Memory of all Police Dogs
They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best
They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way
They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way
Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall
As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by
They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight
Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings
We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree
No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more
These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights
By John Quealy

Monday, June 12, 2023

Officer Down

                                                
                                                            





>Police Officer Emily Ann Breidenbach 
Chetek Police Department, Wisconsin 
End of Watch Saturday, April 8, 2023 
Age 32 Tour 4 years, 10 months 
Badge 614 

Cameron Police Department, Wisconsin
End of Watch Saturday, April 8, 2023
Age 23
Tour Not available
Badge 608
Military Veteran

Police Officer Emily Breidenbach and Police Officer Hunter Scheel of the Cameron Police Department were shot and killed during a traffic stop at Wisconsin Highway SS and 13th Avenue in the Village of Cameron at 3:38 pm. Officer Breidenbach and Officer Scheel pulled over a vehicle for a warrant and welfare check on the driver. The subject exited his vehicle, began shooting at the officers, and gunfire was exchanged. Officer Breidenbach and Officer Scheel succumbed to their wounds at the scene. The subject was transported to the hospital where he died. 

Officer Breidenbach had served with the Chetek Police Department for over four years and previously served with the Stoughton Police Department. She is survived by her parents, brother, her fiancĂ©, and his four children. Her father was the Chief of Police for the Pardeeville Police Department. 

Officer Scheel was a United States Army National Guard veteran and served with the Cameron Police Department for one year. He is survived by his mother, stepfather, father, and three sisters.

Rest in Peace…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, June 10, 2023

A Cop Can't Be A Christian?

I'm not about to call myself a strong Christian. I was born and raised a Catholic, and I think of myself as a part-time Catholic (e.g., Christmas and Easter mass, etc). Part of it is laziness. Part of it is serious scheduling issues (cop's generally don't work 9-5). And part is, quite frankly, issues with the current Vicar of Christ.

With that as a background I found this article rather interesting. A judge says a cops cannot be Christians? 

NY Judge Argues Cops Can’t Be Christian Because of “Killing”

A New York state appellate judge is under fire for trying to make a case that cops can’t be faithful Christians — because the job could include killing people.

During a hearing Tuesday in Manhattan before the state Supreme Court’s First Judicial Department, lawyer Jimmy Wagner contended the city should’ve never denied his client, NYPD Sgt. Patrick Marsteller, a religious exemption during the pandemic so he could remain on the job without getting vaccinated, the New York Post reports.

Associate Justice Troy K Webber fired back, citing the sixth commandment: “Does being a police officer conflict with Christian values as well? That, you know, do not kill the thing?...”

No madam, it's the "do not murder" thing. The 6th Commandment in the Bible is colloquially quoted as you do, with the word "kill." It's more accurately described as "Thou shall not murder." Seeing you are a black female Democrat, you may like understand that over 600, 000 men died in a war to liberate the slaves. Tell me Ms. Webber, were these men not deserving of God's grace? 

Another point, you may have heard the Battle Hymn of the Republic in the past. Most people know, to one degree or another, the first few verses. But it is a long hymn, and the final verse is appropriate here (emphasis mine):

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea (glory, glory Hallelujah)

With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me (glory, glory Hallelujah)

As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free 

His truth is marching on

Glory, glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory Hallelujah

His truth is marching on


Judge I suggest you say away from cases involving law enforcement. To say the least, your objectivity is questionable.