Monday, July 31, 2006
I have 150 pounds of tomatoes, 50 pounds of yellow onions, 4 gallons of blackberries, 40 pounds of peppers, 20 pounds of cabbage. What this means is that I'm going to be canning massive quantities and blogging will be lighter then normal.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
The police are not just spying on people, they sometimes make the decisions as the groups leaders.
Two Oakland police officers working undercover at an anti-war protest in May 2003 got themselves elected to leadership positions in an effort to influence the demonstration, documents released Thursday show.what I like is the intense reasoning that they were in the group to start with.
The department assigned the officers to join activists protesting the U.S. war in Iraq and the tactics that police had used at a demonstration a month earlier, a police official said last year in a sworn deposition.
Asked who had ordered the officers to infiltrate the group, Jordan said, "I don't know if there is one particular person, but I think together we probably all decided it would be a good idea to have some undercover officers there.""Just cause". A lot better then some of Bush's reasons for breaking the law.
Friday, July 28, 2006
It seems in our brave new world that it could be both.
Cruz, 21, told the NBC 10 Investigators that police arrested him last Wednesday for taking a picture of police activity with his cell phone.How nice of them. I carry a video camera with me most of the time I'm out. Just in case. What laws am I possibly breaking?
Police at the 35th district said they were in Cruz's neighborhood that night arresting a drug dealer.
Cruz said that when he heard a commotion, he walked out of his back door with his cell phone to see what was happening. He said that when he saw the street lined with police cars, he decided to take a picture of the scene.
"I opened (the phone) and took a shot," Cruz said.
Moments later, Cruz said he got the shock of his life when an officer came to his back yard gate.
"He opened the gate and took me by my right hand," Cruz said.
Cruz said the officer threw him onto a police car, cuffed him and took him to jail
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Well it seems that we are paying some high prices for phonelines.. We, as in our taxes, we.
Guess how much would it cost a farmer to get telephone service in a small rural county far from a major city? Let's say $800 for satellite service.sprint coverage.
Now guess how much the government subsidizes rural phone carriers to provide this service. The answer? As much as $13,000 per line per year.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
FEMA has decided that their bad press is worth acting upon. With that in mind they changed the rules on whom the people they are helping can talk to.
FEMA announced today it reversed a policy preventing Hurricane Katrina victims in government trailer parks from being interviewed by the media unless an agent was present.My previous post on the subject still stands. The idea that they thought they could get away with such deeds just because they are government still stands as criminal..
"We're responding to your criticism," James Stark, director of FEMA's Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office told editors and staff members of the Baton Rouge Advocate, which broke the story.
The new policy "will allow media full access to the group site trailer parks" without representatives of FEMA accompanying them, Stark said.
"In no way will FEMA security nor FEMA public affairs stand in the way of media entering the trailer parks with valid credentials and interviewing whomever they like," he added.
It may be just a song to some, but they are teaching children to mock the actions of their parents.
Last month, U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona said the debate was over: Secondhand smoke is dangerous and particularly harmful to children. But quitting is extremely difficult, and smokers almost always fail on their first try.This is the state stepping between the child and parent in a inappropriate way. GUILT. Homeschooling may become the only option to protect your child from the state in the future.
Some local health workers say maybe people's own children will be able to persuade them - or even guilt them - into giving up the habit
I asked them if anyone in their family smoked and they said yes and they told me how it smells bad and makes them cough," she said.
So Blockmon created songs for children to sing every time someone lit a cigarette in their presence.
At Schrader Lane Childcare Center, she sang her song to the tune of "Three Blind Mice" with the students who were mostly 3 to 6 years old.
"I won't smoke. I won't smoke; When I grow up I won't smoke; It'll make you choke (cough). It'll make you choke (cough); When I grow up I won't smoke."
In Virginnia a judge dropped the forced chemo of a young man. This is not the win it looks like on the surface.
Tyler also ended joint custody of Abraham between his parents and social services officials.so this nanny state opera is far from over.
Carl Bundick, an attorney for the department, told the judge the department would not object, provided a new trial takes place quickly.
"What the department is interested in is this young man being cured of cancer," Bundick said
One thing I find interesting
When tests in February found the cancer still active, doctors there ordered more chemotherapy, plus radiation. His parents believe CHKD officials reported them to Social Services.No right to face your accusser. Just drop a dime and your inner nanny is satisfied until the next time you are shocked by someones desire to lead their own life. I see a future when people will refuse to take their sick kids to the doctors because of snitches like this.
What rights does someone have to find out who brought the issue to the state nannies? Not much it seems.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
You've heard of people getting in trouble with the TSA and the no fly list. Maybe it is easier to get on it then you thought.
You could be on a secret government database or watch list for simply taking a picture on an airplane. Some federal air marshals say they're reporting your actions to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it.So they submit names to get money and better assingments. Bastards.
The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments
What kind of impact would it have for a flying individual to be named in an SDR?
"That could have serious impact ... They could be placed on a watch list. They could wind up on databases that identify them as potential terrorists or a threat to an aircraft. It could be very serious," said Don Strange, a former agent in charge of air marshals in Atlanta. He lost his job attempting to change policies inside the agency.
Well I feel safer.
They are also banning people from the US for 5 years with no court ruling(small thing called due process). Just a royal decree from a government lackey is needed for this abusive act.
We were going to Ogdensburg New York to play one, potentially non-paying show.The servants of the leaders have to much power.
When we got to the border, we, regrettably, lied at first about whether or not we were playing because we were uncertain whether or not we needed visas for a potentially non-paying show. After looking on the internet and searching our van, [the American border guards] saw that we were supposed to play and hauled us in for interviews one by one for the next 6 hours. We were fingerprinted, photographed and expedited as illegal aliens from the United States.
The decision to deport and ban us from the US was made entirely by officer Kurt Tennat, the supervising officer. He said he had consulted his supervisor by phone, but we don't know for sure. No court proceedings, no legalities, no chance.
Criminal worthy of getting maced?
Well worthy of being maced according to one cop.
About 20 people, most of them 6 through 8-year-old children, were riding on a rookie-ball float about 10:30 a.m. and spraying parade-goers with squirt guns, said Leeann Wathen, 39, who is one of the family members who filed the complaint.The police are the first who suffers the signs of a broken system. We are living in that system.
Her 14-year-old daughter was on the float holding a cup filled with water that the children were using to fill their water guns. Wathen said the sheriff’s deputy said to her daughter jokingly, “Don’t you dare throw it at me” and pulled out his pepper spray.
Wathen said her daughter did throw the cup of water at him, showering his stomach with water.
The deputy then, according to Wathen, shot his pepper spray at her. The girl turned her back, but the pepper spray hit 6-, 7- and 15-year-old boys and two adults in the face, she said
That's all you can say, no matter what law, including the constitution, the police are breaking.
police officer's order to "stop" must be obeyed on the street and can only be challenged in court, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.I have never liked the blanket powers given to police when they give a 'lawful command". Now the damned thing does not even have to be legal, and we have to obey.
Even an unconstitutional order cannot be challenged by running away, the justices ruled 5-2
"A person has no constitutional right to endanger the lives of the police or public by fleeing or resisting a stop, even though a judge may later determine that the stop was unsupported by a reasonable and articulable suspicion," Justice Barry Albin wrote for the majority.
The plantation's overseers have just gotten a bigger club.
Two things that do not go together.
No private citizen is obligated to speak with the media. But Dekotha Devall, a resident of the Lake End Trailer Park, was not only willing, but eager, to speak with a reporter about her experiences in the park. She said she wanted others to know about what is going on in the park, which is barely occupied and isolated from basic services. For months, Devall and her children were the only residents of the 198-trailer park.Now maybe, just maybe, this is an over reaction by one guard with a thug mentality.
However, in the middle of the interview, an armed security guard who refused to give her name ordered The Advocate reporter and an Advocate photographer to leave immediately, eventually calling the police. The security guard also tried to prevent further contact between Devall and The Advocate by refusing to allow the reporter to give Devall an Advocate business card.
Later the same day, the reporter and photographer attempted to speak with another park resident, Pansy Ardeneaux, through the park’s chain-link fence. The same security guard prevented media access to Ardeneaux, ordering her back to her trailer and telling her that she was not allowed to speak with reporters.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency prohibits journalists from having unsupervised interviews with Hurricane Katrina victims who have been relocated to FEMA trailer parks, according to a report in the Baton Rouge Advocate (7/15/06).Now this will make you stop and think what rights you give up to get "free" stuff from the government.
“If a resident invites the media to the trailer, they have to be escorted by a FEMA representative who sits in on the interview,” FEMA spokesperson Rachel Rodi is quoted in the article. “That’s just a policy.”
Earlier, an interview with displaced Katrina victims by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! (4/24/06) was halted by FEMA security guards. Tape-recording the accounts of residents of the FEMA-run Renaissance Village camp outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Goodman was approached by FEMA-hired security guards from Corporate Security Solutions who told her to “turn it off.” When Goodman explained that the resident had asked to be interviewed, she was told, “He can't. That’s not his privilege.”Privilege.
I would live in the damned gutters before giving up my rights(they call privileges) for security and a warm bed.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
The politicians are up in arms over the "horrible" idea that people want to carry to protect themselves.
I think some minds were changed on this subject today in Memphis.
Police say eight people have been stabbed and another hurt at the Schnucks on Highway 64, 9025 Stage Road at Fletcher Trace Parkway, near Rock Creek Blvd.Luckily a local businessman saw what was happening and acted properly.
Eyewitnesses and police say 21 year-old Elartrice Marcel Ingram, who works in the store's meat department started attacking his co-workers Friday morning at about 9:30.
A nearby businessman saw what was happening and ran to his truck to get his gun. Chris Cope says he walked up and pointed his gun at Ingram and told him to stop. Ingram threw the knives and put up his hands. Cope was able to keep him there until police arrived.Further details from another article.
The attacker, chasing one victim into the store's parking lot, was subdued by Chris Cope, manager of a financial services office in the same small shopping center, Higgins said.I feel bad for the disarmed victims. I am damn happy it all ended well.
Cope said he grabbed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol from his pickup truck when he saw the attacker chasing the victim "like something in a serial killer movie."
"When he turned around and saw my pistol, he threw the knife away, put his hands up and got on the ground," Cope told The Associated Press. "He saw my gun and that was pretty much it."
Police arrived within minutes and took the attacker into custody.
"He just kept saying, 'I'm insane. I wish I was never born' and that kind of stuff," Cope said.
A personal pet iritation of mine did show its head in the second article with this quote.
"We commend him," Higgins said. "But we don't encourage people to take that kind of risk. He could have been hurt."So does this mean the police would rather he sit back and just watch more people get slashed? I get so pissed when I see that standard police line quoted in an article.
Not really. This likely happens in a lot of countries that suffers under a leader with to much power.
WASHINGTON - President Bush effectively blocked a Justice Department investigation of the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program, refusing to give security clearances to attorneys who were attempting to conduct the probe, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday.Never, until now. This is the new order of things. Get used to it.
"Since its creation some 31 years ago, OPR has conducted many highly sensitive investigations involving Executive Branch programs and has obtained access to information classified at the highest levels," chief lawyer H. Marshall Jarrett wrote in a memorandum released Tuesday. "In all those years, OPR has never been prevented from initiating or pursuing an investigation."
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Last night I went over to my mom's. My baby brother is a lot more mechanically inclined then I and his skills were needed. You might remember the post where I mentioned the purchase of a scope mount for my MAK90. I tried to put it on myself and it did not seem to want to "set" properly.
I took along my gun box as I planned to give it a good clean before I installed the scope mount. I was sitting there in the livingroom with a small covered bench in front of me. I had cleaned the parts that I wanted and was in the process of cleaning the barrel. My wife was sitting on the couch and she turned and spoke these precious words.
"Watching you do that is just domestically satisfying and very comfortable"
Life is good!
"We are making an all-out assault on the Constitution of the United States which, thank God, will fail," said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.This is not from The Onion or some other parody site. This is from the AP wire and put online by the Mercury News.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I did a post with the eye catching title of "Lets go teach them fags a lesson". I called it that to get people to read it. A title like that is hard to pass by.
Well the story has developed and it looks like I was much closer to the truth then the police will ever admit.
Before the July 1 action, the warrant states, Detective C. Snyder of the Albuquerque Police Department vice unit and agent C. P. Fisher of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety went undercover to investigate the "hot after hours" weekend gathering at the gym, as advertised in a local entertainment newspaper.Not illegal, but good reason for bigotry to be used as an excuse to take action.
"What's troubling is that the arrest warrant makes liberal reference to gay sexual activity going on after hours in the facility," Simonson said. "And that activity, which is done by consenting adults in a private establishment, is not relevant to the alleged alcohol violation and is not illegal."
The warrant also states officers' fears that "sending us into this place again puts us or any other undercover officer in danger of sexual assault and/or great bodily harm and/or injury." The officers did not say that they were assaulted or even approached while undercover, however.Those poor timid cops. Afraid of those bad bad muscular gays just raping their virginal bodies. **sniff sniff**. I feel for them.
The cops had a tip that an illegal activity was occurring. Instead of one guy writing a ticket and doing an inspection they went over board. This was the state being used as the hammer against an activity between adults that some in our society does not like.
I guess that is what politicians feels about the people that they represent. After all. Why would they thing that they are so damned dumb that they have to be told what to eat?
Edward M. Burke, who has served on the Chicago City Council since 1969, when cooking oil was just cooking oil, is pressing his colleagues to make it illegal for restaurants to use oils that contain trans fats, which have been tied to a string of health problems, including clogged arteries and heart attacks.He next plans on banning sticking a fork into a plug in and running with scissors.
If approved, nutrition experts say, the ban will be the first in a major city, following the lead of towns like Tiburon, Calif., just north of San Francisco, where restaurant owners have voluntarily given up the oils. In truth, while the proposal’s prospects are uncertain, Chicago officials have been on a bit of a banning binge these days in what critics mock as City Hall’s effort to micromanage residents’ lives in mundane ways.
How dumb are people in Chicago? Politicians feel pretty dumb.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
In California they seem to be kicking up the effort to disarm the people.
Officers from the Los Angeles County Gun Task Force in CA have begun serving search warrants on residents in that county who are suspected of holding un-registered "Assault Rifles" including 50 BMG target rifles.I would like to say that this could never happen in our country. It is and no media is reporting this.
If you or any of your friends have not complied with the provisions of AB-50 that require you to register any 50 BMG rifles you own, you may very well expect a knock on your door at any time.
I don't think carrying a firearm is a right. It's to narrow and limiting. I think having the ability to protect yourself from most possible threats is a right. Firearms is simply a small part of that right, not the whole.
I want a person to have the legal barriers removed from all weapons. Guns, assault rifles and any other firearm should not only be carried, but supported by the government. I want people to carry mace of such a high potency that blisters will appear from just a small amount. I want blades of every size, shape and every possible operating method to be on the pockets of all free people. Hell! I say even flare guns that will put a burning ball of magnesium/aluminum into the face of any fool who thinks attempting rape on a women is worth it should be carried.
I want women to be so deadly that the choice between attempting rape, or going home to jerk off to a Playboy is easy to make for societies scum.
I also feel that all limits to protecting yourself due to national origin should be removed along with weapon limits.
Residents wanting a concealed carry license had better be able to prove they are citizens of the United States.That's right. Because in America only good true blue Yankees should have protection. Not some brown skin foreigners.
As of today, applicants must sign a citizenship affidavit and have it notarized, according to the Kentucky Sheriff's Association.
Damned governments and their damned rules.
A memorandum from former Clinton Advisor Sidney Blumenthato Bruce Reed, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, dated November 9, 1998, which reads: "I've enclosed an article and a press release about the new effort to file class action suits against gun manufacturers. I think this is a very promising idea. Let's talk about it soon." The press release, from the Office of the Mayor of New Orleans, was in draft form, suggesting the Mayor coordinated the strategy with the Clinton White House.I'm not surprised.
The "promising idea" identified by Blumenthal involved filing massive product liability and negligence lawsuits against major handgun makers, "the opening salvo in a campaign against the gun industry by an alliance of anti-tobacco attorneys and local governments," wrote The Los Angeles Times. According to one of the lawyers involved in the lawsuits: "We are going to do to [the gun industry] what we did to tobacco. It's going to be a very large war."
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Just back from a day out and my wife and I dropped by the Nashville Gun Show at the Nashville fair grounds.
As so many people who go to gun shows know, you go for one item, but end with other items. The main item I was after was ammo. Specifically I wanted 1000 rounds of 7.62X39. I was so short at home I was willing to pay out the nose for it.
What I ended up with at the end of the day was a much different bag of goodies.
I did purchase 500 rounds of ammo for my rifle. It is Wolf 122 gr, FMJ, plus a nice ammo can was included. So now I am a bit more comfortable in this area. I had this morning only 80 rounds of Sellier & Bellot in that caliber in my house, and that simply isn't enough.
I purchased for 21$ a MNT970T scope mount for my MAK90. That was always one thing I did not like about my AK. The ability to mount a scope without spending a crapload of money for a foregrip setup, or getting one of those "odd" side mounted rail systems. I decided on this when I saw the stabilizing screws on the back.
I had seen something like this at Tapco before, but never got around to ordering it.
When I bought this I was pleasantly surprised to find that rings came with it. I was happy enough with just the rail cover, but the rings was icing for me.
I also purchased 30 Sellier & Bellot 12 gauge shotgun shells. 12 00 buck pellets in a 2 3/4 inch shell. I had blasted through my last buckshot shells when "testing" some of the bullet resistance pexi-glasss my brother installs at his worksite and was without. A situation now corrected.
My wife grumbled some when I mentioned that I may "drop by" the Smyrna Gunshow next weekend. Oh well.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Vermont District Court judge
Looks like state rules means something in one state.
A Vermont District Court judge has rejected a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the power of police to search a private home, concluding that the state offers greater protections in such cases.I hope his ruling stands.
Breaking News Alerts Judge Robert Bent said that under the state Constitution police must knock and announce themselves before conducting a search, even if they have a warrant, or face the prospect that any evidence they find could be thrown out.
Apple has dropped its case after losing in the courts.
On May 26, a state appeals court rejected Apple's attempt to send a subpoena to obtain records and archived e-mail from Jason O'Grady, creator of PowerPage.org, and Kasper Jade, the pseudonymous publisher and editor-in-chief of AppleInsider.A nice bit of news.
The three-judge panel rejected Apple's arguments that the independent reporters were not true journalists. "We decline the implicit invitation to embroil ourselves in questions of what constitutes 'legitimate journalism,'" the court said, ruling that California's journalist shield law would protect the Web reporters.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
The senate voted to make it illegal to take your firearms away during an emergency. The words though rang wrong with me.
Citing the constitutional right to bear arms, Vitter said that during an emergency people should be allowed to hold onto "legally possessed firearms to defend your life, your property"First thing is that it is a constitutionally PROTECTED right. That habit of theirs pisses me off every time. Then the "legally possessed" line bothered me. If they define what is legal, they can easily change they to make most illegal.
They don't get it.
Government regulations putting you in danger.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- This fall, Toyota will voluntarily recall nearly 160,000 Toyota Tundra pickups so that they can be made less safe for children riding in the front seat.Regulations killing you? Look towards the Libertarian party and how they view regulations.
No, that's not a mistake - at least not on our part.
The recall, announced Monday, is meant to make Tundras comply with a set of safety regulations. The rules say that vehicles built after 2002 must have a child-seat anchor system known as LATCH in the front seat if they also have a front-seat airbag shut-off switch.
Nashville, TennesseeGetting there is pretty easy.
TN State Fairgrounds
Hours: 9-5 Sat, 9-4 Sun.
Admission: $7.00 Adults, 12 & under $1.00
8' Vendor tables are $50.00 each per weekend.
Directions: TN State FairgroundsNow do not forget that Smyrna hosts it's own gunshow at the Old WalMart building.
From I-65 Exit Wedgewood Ave.
Proceed East 1 mile to Fairgrounds
From I-440 exit Nolensville Pike
Proceed North 1 mile to Fairgrounds
Fairgrounds Phone:(615) 862-8980
Bob Pope's Gun Shows are the largest gun shows in the State of Tennessee. Bob has been in the gun business over 25 years. First, he was the owner of Gun World that opened in 1975, located in LaVergne, Tennessee. Throughout the '80s and '90s, Bob promoted the Nashville Gun Show, which was originally held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.The next Bob Pope gun show is scheduled for August 25, 26, 27 and only costs at 8$ per person.
Bob Pope's Nashville shows are held at the Tennessee Expo & Banquet Facility in Smyrna, Tennessee.
Cross posted at This is Smyrna, TN.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Maybe not devotion, but they are so blind to what they do.
The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday heard testimony from Steven Bradbury, head of the Justice Department's office of legal counsel. When questioned by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on whether the President's interpretation of the Hamdan case was right or wrong, Bradbury replied, "The President is always right."Found via Say Uncle. Would link to him, but his page is unavailable.
LEAHY: Was the President right or was he wrong?
BRABURY: It's under the law of war -
LEAHY: Was the President right or was he wrong?
BRADBURY: The President is always right.
The patriot act at work protecting us from whatever the heck is the latest boogy man,
Working as an office manager in a career services office and hearing the warnings surrounding social networking sites, the mother knew her son could potentially have a problem. The son had created his Facebook.com profile when he was 18. Now 20, he had accumulated a good amount of material—typical college musings and photos—that his friends might enjoy but others might view differently.I can only say I am not surprised. Every politician who voted for it, or its renewal should be hung.....slowly.
The son was beginning a search for an internship, so she asked him to consider limiting access to his profile to just his friends. Understanding the gravity of the situation, he heeded his mother's advice and did so.
Shortly after, he got the call he had been waiting for. A state agency wanted to interview him for an internship. He prepared for the interview and reviewed the types of questions that could be asked. He was ready, as ready as he could be.
But, during the interview, something he was not prepared for happened. The interviewer began asking specific questions about the content on his Facebook.com listing and the situation became very awkward and uncomfortable. The son had thought only those he allowed to access his profile would be able to do so. But, the interviewer explained that as a state agency, recruiters accessed his Facebook account under the auspices of the Patriot Act.
Three 16 year old idiots went and vandalized a speed sign. What happened next is dumber then hell.
SOUTHBOROUGH -- Two of the three Southborough teens who allegedly smashed up the Police Department's radar board this weekend are being charged with a hate crime, according to police.Wow! The guy is afraid to say the words himself.
The hate crime charge stems from writing on the ax that the teens used to destroy the radar board, he said.
"The ax had some writing on it, directing it at certain people," the chief said. The writing was "of a racial and gender (specific) nature," he said.
The dumber and most vile speech is the stuff we are supposed to protect. Otherwise our speech is next.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Wow! I'm honestly a bit shocked. I've never been a music snob. Wearing only one bands shirts and swearing that all other music in the same genre is crap. Not my style. What I do know is that Pink Floyd was so much a part of my youth.
The hours, days, weekends, wasted, yet enjoyed, listening to their music. Most of the recordings were multigenerational copies on cheap dollar store cassettes.
Pink Floyd has had three life's and each has a different taste to it. The first life was the Syd Barrett life. A bit trippy and flavored by acid flowing freely with the energy of the counter culture. This is the music I first started to listen to from them. The second was the Waters period. Great stuff. The Wall is still my favorite piece of music. The last was their more modern music. A bit spacey and new age. Still good, but for me, just short of their better stuff.
I have always thought that the best Pink Floyd was during the Syd Barrett period. Original and "raw".
The following is described as such. Made when Pink Floyd was still called "The Pink Floyd"
Filmed in the Sixties
First recording session of The Pink Floyd,
14 hour Technicolor Dream
as Alexandre palace.
Over 30 minutes of True Pink Floyd.
Monday, July 10, 2006
I can't honestly say that this was said, but damned if it doesn't look that way.
A weekend raid by law enforcement officers of the gay Pride Gym in Albuquerque, N.M., that left patrons "bullied, terrorized and humiliated" has prompted the ACLU and other groups to inquire into possible civil rights violations there.Now this raid was because of a suspicion that alcohol was being sold without the proper regulatory paperwork.
New Mexico state police and the Albuquerque fire marshal's office entered and secured the men-only gym about 10 p.m. Saturday and arrested club manager Ron Cordova on suspicion of selling and dispensing alcohol without a liquor license, said New Mexico Department of Public Safety spokesman Peter Olson.
"Suddenly, a SWAT team carrying semi-automatic weapons, plastic shields and late gloves burst through the door and told us to get on the ground. They kept saying, 'We're not here for you,' but still they handcuffed us and kept us on the ground until they could run background checks on all of us. This took about an hour."
Then it gets interesting.
"The officers were serving a search warrant and the fire marshal was there to inspect the building,"Fire marshals have nothing to do with alcohol. Can we say "fishing" for a reason to shut them down.
They found it.
After the raid, the fire marshal's office ordered the building closed, citing "numerous fire code violations."With all of the oppressive regulations out there it is likely not hard to find a reason to shut down a building.
Now maybe this is up front. Everytime I purchased a beer when I was young I worried about SWAT raiding me with submachine guns, masks, and clubs.
What I like is when the spokesman tried to justify the non-raid by giving a bit to much information.
Olson said art galleries serving alcohol had been the focus of similar enforcement in the past, and now employ professional bartenders to serve wine.This had nothing to do with alcohol. It was all about their lifestyles.
However, he said he was not aware of incidents where gallery patrons were forced to lie on the ground at gunpoint.
Some communities live in the damned stone age.
The Politics of Paranoia and Intimidation is a great article. Why you ask. Because in this age of the government demanding to spy on us in every way possible, the results may not be what they desire.
The Bush administration and the National Security Agency (NSA) have been secretly monitoring the email messages and phone calls of all Americans. They are doing this, they say, for our own good. To find terrorists. Many people have criticized NSA's domestic spying as unlawful invasion of privacy, as search without search warrant, as abuse of power, as misuse of the NSA's resources, as unConstitutional, as something the communists would do, something very unAmerican.Interesting. Way past the point of positive returns. Of course the gov will never admit to that. "Charge on! Spy! Spy! Spy!. It's our job."
Suppose that there are 1,000 terrorists there as well, which is probably a high estimate. The base-rate would be 1 terrorist per 300,000 people. In percentages, that is .00033%, which is way less than 1%. Suppose that NSA surveillance has an accuracy rate of .40, which means that 40% of real terrorists in the USA will be identified by NSA's monitoring of everyone's email and phone calls. This is probably a high estimate, considering that terrorists are doing their best to avoid detection. There is no evidence thus far that NSA has been so successful at finding terrorists. And suppose NSA's misidentification rate is .0001, which means that .01% of innocent people will be misidentified as terrorists, at least until they are investigated, detained and interrogated. Note that .01% of the US population is 30,000 people. With these suppositions, then the probability that people are terrorists given that NSA's system of surveillance identifies them as terrorists is only p=0.0132, which is near zero, very far from one. Ergo, NSA's surveillance system is useless for finding terrorists.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Most people have heard this song made famous by the movie "Oh brother. where art thou?". Most people, and I was one of them, did not know that this song is old, real old. It also was performed by a very young Bob Dylan for japanese TV in 1964. Enjoy.
The gov is up to its old games again.
The federal government will pay a Texas law school $1 million to do research aimed at rolling back the amount of sensitive data available to the press and public through freedom-of-information requests.The tension is not about security. The tension is that us folks can look at the paperwork direct and see the games they play. That they do not like.
"There's a strong feeling that the law needs to balance that with the need to protect the well-being of the nation. ... There's too much stuff that's easy to get that shouldn't be," he said.
The federal Freedom of Information Act, which became law 40 years ago this week, has long been a source of tension between the government and the public and news media.
Friday, July 07, 2006
I want so bad to say what I really desire here. I also know what I want to say would get me in trouble.
China has come out with a humane death mobile. My bile rises just thinking about it. Seems that they have been accussed of inhumane treatment of the victims of their regime and now they are attempting to put happy smiley faces on the act of death. Yipee!
So clean. So sterile. So damnably evil.
...in 2004, Zhang met retribution once more, after his conviction for double murder and rape. He was one of the first people put to death in China's new fleet of mobile execution chambers.You have to understand something. I have always had an interest in the 40's. The World War two era of our country. Because of that my reading has gained me a lot of knowledge of great good, and great evil that occurred during that period.
The country that executed more than four times as many convicts as the rest of the world combined last year is slowly phasing out public executions by firing squad in favor of lethal injections. Unlike the United States and Singapore, the only two other countries where death is administered by injection, China metes out capital punishment from specially equipped "death vans" that shuttle from town to town.
Makers of the death vans say the vehicles and injections are a civilized alternative to the firing squad, ending the life of the condemned more quickly, clinically and safely. The switch from gunshots to injections is a sign that China "promotes human rights now," says Kang Zhongwen, who designed the Jinguan Automobile death van in which "Devil" Zhang took his final ride.
When I first saw that vehicle my mind flashed back to Eastern Europe and a bit of history that is little known.
When the Germans of WW2 first went into Eastern Europe they had many plans on the table on how to deal with the "Jewish issue". One of them were death vans. Mobile, efficient, and cold blooded. These vans came to mind when I saw that Chinese death van,.
First experiences took place in Poland from late 1939 until June 1940. The special command Sonderkommando Lange used at least one trailer with the advertising inscription "Kaiser's Kaffee". Within this mobile gas chamber mentally ill persons from Warthegau, Danzig, Ostpreußen, and Pommern were gassed. The killers used carbon monoxide gas from gas cylinders. The same method was used later in the gas chambers of the Nazi euthanasia Aktion T4.But don't fret your little head people. These vans are humane. They don't gas or anything cruel like that. They use nice medical injections to kill the enemy's of the state.
Gas vans were used earlier on a trial basis at the concentration camps Mauthausen and Sachsenhausen.
Prior to gassing, the victims were ordered to hand over their valuables. They then had to undress themselves and finally entered the gas vans. The two doors at the back of the wagons were closed, the tube then locked to the exhaust. To calm down the naked victims a lamp was switched on for some minutes. The driver then started the motor, which ran in neutral gear for about ten minutes. During this time the motor produced enough carbon monoxide to suffocate the victims. As they were so crowded together there was lack of air anyway. When the screaming and pounding had stopped, the driver started the tour to the cremation site. There Jewish men, who would not be permitted to remain alive, were forced to unload the corpses and cremate them.
Sometimes the victims were gassed at the site of their mass grave; e.g. in Stalino where on Easter Monday 1942 200-300 Jews were killed in gas vans and their corpses pushed into the shaft of a coal mine.
Gas vans were used on a large scale by the Einsatzgruppen in Byelorussia and the Ukraine. Here between 250,000 and 300,000 persons, mainly Jews, were killed by the use of these wagons. For example, thousands of Jews from the Minsk Ghetto lost their lives in gas vans which were stationed at the extermination site Maly Trostinec, 12 km southwest of Minsk.
George Bush, you weak son of a bitch. You are allowing our nation to deal with the scum of the earth. You allow them to keep the Most favored nation status instead of calling them evil. I hope when you meet your maker you enjoy the hell they have set aside for people who are friends of evil.
The story is supposed to tug at your heart strings. A "man makes good" themes runs throughout it. The facts are obvious on the surface.
Former Officer with Criminal Record Wants Second ChanceThat's nice and all but he is suffering the Looking Glass complex. He now is seeing it from the other side of the mirror....and he doesn't like it.
A former Clarksville police officer said he deserves a second chance. Rudy Castro recently lost his badge after a background check revealed he has a criminal record.
Castro wouldn't say what he did, but he said he committed a felony at the age of 18.
"It was just a bad decision on my part," Castro said.
The former Clarksville Police officer admitted he hung out with the wrong crowd while growing up in California. He said one big mistake continues to cause problems him more than 30 years later.
The crime was supposed to be expunged, but somehow it popped up years later.
It was more than 30 years ago when he got into trouble. Since then, he's graduated from college, served 22 years in the Army and became a man who helps others to obey the law.
"Sadness. Emotionally, I'm drained," Castro said.
He said he wants a second a chance.
Tennessee is one of the many states that takes many of the rights a felons has away. A few of those rights is the right to vote, and the right to carry a gun. During his few years on the streets I wonder if he felt a pang of guilt when he took a felon into custody for a having a firearm? Likely not.
These rights are removed permanently in many cases. Once a felon, always a felon.
Now this ex-police officer is looking at it from the other side of the looking glass and he finds it cruel and mean to be punished for a crime of youthful stupidity.
Sorry but I simply do not buy it. Unless he openly spoke out for felons rights he is a hypocrite. He feels he is being punished for a youthful act. In his job how many times did he arrest people for the same thing?
Welcome to our side of the looking glass.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
In England a horrible attack occurred.
'Cannibal' raider bites pieces from pensionerThe headline should have read
A pensioner was brutally attacked in his home by a 'crazed cannibal' who ate his thumb and bit chunks from his face and body, it emerged last night.
Douglas Morgan, 75, is recovering in hospital with his wife Valerie at his bedside after the apparently random and vicious attack which left him unconscious and covered in blood.
Mrs Morgan, also in her seventies, locked herself in a bathroom to protect herself from the attacker.
She is understood to be suffering from shock after witnessing the beginning of the brutal assault on her husband.
"'Cannibal' raider killed by armed pensioner"Since this is England all he could do is scream, suffer, and wait for the law.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Seems it is becoming harder and harder to enjoy certain freedoms. One is the freedom to not get hassled by the big-badge-little-dick crowd.
Yesterday afternoon, drinking a cup of coffee while sitting in the Jesse Brown V.A. Medical Center on Chicago's south side, a Veterans Administration cop walked up to me and said, "OK, you've had your 15 minutes, it's time to go."So he gets arrested and will fight the charges. I'll follow up on this story.
"Huh?", I asked intelligently, not quite sure what he was talking about.
"You can't be in here protesting," Officer Adkins said, pointing to my Veterans For Peace shirt.
"Well, I'm not protesting, I'm having a cup of coffee," I returned, thinking that logic would convince Adkins to go back to his earlier duties of guarding against serious terrorists.
Flipping his badge open, he said, "No, not with that shirt. You're protesting and you have to go."
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I was lead to a story about a police unit and missing firearms. A drug unit that had many seized firearms, and now some are missing after the unit was shut down. A good story about how power corrupts and crossing the line is so damn easy.
That though to me is not the story that caught my eye.
This is what made me blink.
The sheriff's drug unit was closed down in late 2002 after county commissioners decided that it hadn't received enough drug-forfeiture money. Files and equipment were moved from the unit's off-site location to the main building in October 2003, officials said. The unit, known as the Special Investigations Division, was created in 1989 and had a captain, a lieutenant, a sergeant, three other deputies and two secretaries.Not enough profit. I would like to know since when are cops supposed to be bringing in a profit? The answer is likely right after they realized they could make one.
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