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Remember Jose Guerena? Murdered by Idiots In Ninja Suits And Badges?

Said Idiots spending the next quite a while trying every excuse possible for their screwups?
Vanessa Guerena’s $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against the four police agencies was recently settled for $3.4 million. Even with that extraordinary settlement, the police of Pima County, Marana, Oro Valley, and Sahuarita have been loath to admit fault.
Of course they have; taking lessons from the EffingBI, they NEVER want to just say “We screwed up, let’s make this right and learn from it”, oh no.I understand the widow being willing to take a settlement, but I have to say: I would have LOVED it if they’d taken this to a jury, and put every one of the incompetents involved under oath and in a witness seat.  God knows what all would’ve come out.
Yeah, FH, I couldn’t have said it better.  Certainly Jose was worth more than the amount awarded, and it would have been nice had guilt been admitted.
But, that will NEVER happen, as long as we keep substituting JBTs for peace officers.

Suicide Is Painless

Some of you may recognize the post title as the theme song to the film and TV show M.A.S.H.  It’s ironic.

It’s obvious from the outpouring of emotion that the recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams touched many people.  And caused THEM pain.

As a libertarian, I believe I’ve the right to do with my own body as I wish.  You do, too.  As long as it doesn’t affect other people negatively.

And there’s the rub.

I can eat more than is healthy, eat the ‘wrong’ foods, smoke or drink if I wish, watch ‘questionable’ videos, read unsavory material, and most of this doesn’t directly affect my family, friends, or former coworkers.

But, what if I choose to do something permanent…?

Why is it it appears the more artistic of us are the most tortured?  Or is that a misconception based on the fact famous people get the media attention?

When I heard about Robin Williams, my first thought was he has children.  And based on that fact alone, he should not have taken this path.

And then I thought of Ernest Hemingway, another artistic person with issues who ended his own life.  And Vincent Van Gogh.  And so many others.

If you have such issues, please get help!  Know that there are people out there who care.  And that the World would be lacking without you.

h/t The Actor’s Studio

Not The PC Police, AGAIN!?

(from Brock Townsend)

College Board AP U.S. History: Deletes Pilgrims, John Winthrop, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexis de Tocqueville

High-school history teachers nationwide will give their top students a dark retelling of U.S. history this fall, courtesy of the College Board, a nonprofit college readiness firm led by Common Core architect David Coleman.

The College Board – which administers AP (advanced placement) courses and tests – is rolling out a revised curriculum framework for AP U.S. history, offering the 450,000 students who take AP U.S. history classes a hero-free account of America’s deeply stained past.

Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, calls the new AP U.S. history framework “a briefing document on progressive and leftist views of the American past,” one which “weaves together a vaguely Marxist or at least materialist reading of the key events with the whole litany of identity group grievances.”

Conservative author Stanley Kurtz asserts the College Board is “pushing U.S. history as far to the left as it can get away with at the high-school level.”

The new 124-page history curriculum is a dramatic departure from the five-page outline previously supplied by the College Board to guide AP U.S. history instructors. A much more detailed “history from below,” it focuses on how native Indians and Africans suffered at the hands of Europeans in the New World.

More @ WND
Now, I’m a big believer in TRUTH and FACTS, American History, warts and all.  Certainly, the youth should be taught about slavery, including Blacks owning Blacks, indentured servitude, etc.  But excluding Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson , et al is beyond the pale!
We (The United States) as a nation have done some horrific things.  Intentionally infecting Indians and Blacks with communicable diseases, putting American Citizens of  Japanese and German heritage into concentration camps, spying on our own citizens to ‘keep them safe’!
But, we’ve also done so many things for the good of our own people, and the World.
And the youth need to know all of this.

I’VE MADE IT!

I’VE MADE IT, yesterday.

I’m not normally a superstitious person.  I do sometimes say ‘knock-on-wood’ (jokingly) when wishing for a positive outcome, but really don’t believe it.  I own no rabbit’s feet or lucky charms.  I don’t throw spilled sodium chloride over my shoulder.  I’ve not crossed my fingers since I was, well, 7 or 8.

However, I do pay attention to specific calendar anniversaries, and some events have meaning to me.

And sometimes, I’m compulsive about them.

Case-in-point:  My Father passed away, after a series of smaller heart attacks in 30 days prior, from a heart attack, on August 14, 1977.  He was 61 years old.  His birthday was November 16th.  MY birthday is November 24.

I am currently 61 years-of-age.  (You do see where I’m going with this?)

We are of  similar physical types, and have similar ‘issues’ – like weight ‘issues’, diabetes.  Fortunately (knock-on-wood) I’ve no apparent heart problems.

Subtract 16 from 24, this leaves 8.  8 from 14 is 6.

YESTERDAY WAS AUGUST 6, AND I’M STILL ALIVE!

I don’t know why, but for the past 5 years or so, as I approached age 61, this loomed over me.  My Dad’s dad lived until he was 68.  My maternal grandfather until 85.  This shouldn’t have been an issue, or even a blip on my radar.  I’m a rational person.

But it was.

It didn’t help that I was born premature, with an unnamed twin brother, who died – I nearly did;  Lost my Mother in grade school due to emphysema; had a near-fatal automobile accident (in which my daughter was lost); have had flesh-eating bacteria, diabetes and two kinds of cancer.  Life and Death have cropped up more than with most with me, I think.

I’ve made it, AGAIN.

Still flipping off the Reaper!  :-)

PS – If I suddenly fall off the Internet, in the next couple of days, you’ll know he was delayed in traffic.

CIA (finally) Admits Spying On Senate Intelligence Committee Staff

Yawn

Not even shock and surprise from me.  Perhaps this…

facepalmI seem to remember posting something years ago regarding how individual political groups constantly fight for power and position.  One would think that two sub-entities of the same government would play by the rules (laws) and operate on the same page.

Of course, these are the same folks who smuggled guns to Mexican cartels under the guise of ‘investigation’ only to have them used against our own Border Patrol and DEA. (and people died).  And the folks who pursued conservative folks with possible tax violations as a political ploy.  And those who claim Israel is an ally, to bad mouth their actions and excuse actions of their enemy.  The entity who almost universally badmouths Christians, but refuses to speak against Muslim extremists.

I could go on.

But, seriously, what’s the point in so doing?

Most of you regular readers know my position on government (and others) snooping, especially when said snooping is against innocents.

I long for the day of the pre-Patriot Act (and it’s fellow legislative travelers) wherein it was illegal for the CIA to operate domestically.  And the FBI was primarily a law enforcement agency.

It’s one thing for us to spy on France or even Israel, but each other?

That’s just counterproductive and wasteful.

And wrong.

“See Something, SAY Something!”

Remember the phrase above, with regard to what appeared to be terrorist activity?

A number of folks have been caught – or at least their damage minimized – by taking such an action.

I, personally, found a credit card account (obviously being used to launder money) in the name of a now-infamous convicted terror suspect – when I worked @ TMCCC.  (Providing more identifiers may be a violation of government secrecy laws!)

And, of course, the whole ‘guy rats out the intelligence community for numerous privacy violations against legitimate citizens’ thing!

We should all be proud of ourselves.

But, sometimes, finking goes too far!

Welcome to the New World Order.

New York DHS will pay you $500 to rat out ‘prepper’ neighbors buying legal goods

So…what is the difference between being vigilant with regard to ‘suspicious’ behavior, and being nosy with regard to those folks who simply want to prepare for a downfall in civilization?  A zombie apocalypse?  An earthquake or hurricane – which the same government has been advising us to prep for such events for years?

Inquiring minds want to know.   NO, I really don’t care.  I’m tired of the government sticking it’s collective nose into MY business.

Emphasis on the word collective.

h/t Sipsey Street Irregulars

A Potential Cause For WORKPLACE Violence…

From David Codrea…

From a range operator in a southern state:

After 50 years of existence, we are suddenly having an OSHA inspection of our ranges. We found out recently that the local skeet/trap club is also having an OSHA inspection. Have you heard of this happening else where? With this administration, I am paranoid with anything involving the Federal Government and attacks on civil rights. Please let me know if you have heard of other OSHA inspections of ranges.

My reply:

http://www.examiner.com/article/osha-shooting-range-ruling-points-to-agenda-besides-worker-safety
Plus see supporting links. The head of OSHA is an anti-gun ideologue a handful of us warned about before he was confirmed by the Senate.

I would not be surprised to see them stepping this kind of harassment up.  I’m not aware of anyone raising an  alarm on this and do not know how widespread it is — I’ll ask around.

OK, I’m asking.

As an aside, leave it to “Every day is Opposite Day” Prozis to deem us all safer by threatening places where we can train and practice.

3 comments:

Anonymous said…
OSHA only has jurisdiction over WORKPLACES. If your company endangers its employees, OSHA can penalize you. If it only endangers the non-employee public, it can’t. If your gun club range has only members and officers and no employees, OSHA has no jurisdiction. If it’s a commercial range with employees, it does.
Ned said…
OK – Anon – that’s how it’s supposed to work…
David Codrea said…
Like they can’t trump up all kinds of infractions if they’ve a mind to–and pull an economic Waco on anyone who thinks they have the resources to challenge them, the same way ATF does.

If you know of a range that is being subjected to this kind of enforcement harrassment, please let David know!  dcodreaAThotmail.com

Another ‘Special Interest’?

Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo

Via avordvet
Judge in Australia says incest may no longer be a taboo and the only reason it is criminal is potential birth abnormalities, which can be solved by abortion

A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings.
Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in the state of New South Wales, likened incest to homosexuality, which was once regarded as criminal and “unnatural” but is now widely accepted.
He said incest was now only a crime because it may lead to abnormalities in offspring but this rationale was increasingly irrelevant because of the availability of contraception and abortion.
“A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner,” the judge said.
“If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would say it’s unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy.Those things have gone.”

I had some had concerns about multiple marriages following in the footsteps of gay marriage.  Some of those folks have surfaced judicially.  And the NAMBLA folks have also jumped on the bandwagon.
This is the the libertarian conundrum – if every human has rights, including minors, how much can the State infringe on those rights for the protection of all?

We Need A (Data) Doctor Here!

(Obviously, an epidemic of hard drive crashes!)

Reading From the Same Playbook

hard drivesNow the EPA has also lost emails due to hard drive crashes?

GEE, I wonder if I told the IRS MY tax records were lost due to a bad hard drive?

fuggetaboutit

 

h/t Larry

And Remember – I’m Pro-Police!

At least the way I was taught in Police Science classes 1973-75.

But, times have changed.

Just Shoot: The Mindset Responsible for Turning Search Warrants into Death Warrants, and SWAT Teams into Death Squads

Via Nancy

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1590799755/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=31574620397&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6161072994913682694&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_1b48wmzl4q_b#

How many children, old people, and law-abiding citizens have to be injured, terrorized or killed before we call a halt to the growing rash of police violence that is wracking the country? How many family pets have to be gunned down in cold blood by marauding SWAT teams before we declare such tactics off limits? And how many communities have to be transformed into military outposts, complete with heavily armed police, military tanks, and “safety” checkpoints before we draw that line in the sand that says “not in our town”?

More @ LRC
h/t Brock Townsend
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