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May 5, 2015

Possible, But Not Likely

Years ago I was involved in a trial where an expert medical witness was called to the stand. The defense attorney was desperate to get him to admit that his client's injury claims were in fact grounded in good medical diagnostic practices and that his client was severely injured. The learned doctor would rely over and over again, "That's possible, but not likely." It drove the attorney nuts.

But in the case of the Garland, TX, jihadi attack, the improbable did in fact happen. Thank God a cop with fast reflexes and a steady hand was at the scene.
As online chatter about a Muhammad cartoon contest began to escalate last week, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Joint Intelligence Bulletin last Thursday. The bulletin acknowledged the potential threat, but downplayed the possibility of any violence targeting the event.

The bulletin concluded that while the event could inspire violence abroad by contributing to terrorist messaging, it was “unlikely” that such violence would happen in the United States.
So much for the so called federal experts. Apparently the experts do not take into account the Muslim male's thirst for virgins and a hearty handshake from Mohammed..

There were probably ATF experts who declared that the Waco massacre was unlikely also.

Story at PJ Media.

The lawyer lost that case I referred to. It was the first time I ever saw a lawyer literally beg a jury for a favorable judgement. The guy had no pride at all and knew his case was circling the drain.

May 4, 2015

NOW He's Good

The lawyer who represented one of the idiots killed by police in Garland, TX, in a prior arrest was shocked to earn that her client had been killed while committing an act of terrorism. She had this to say:
The attorney who once defended one of two men who opened fire at a “Draw Muhammad” event in Texas on Sunday says she was “shocked” to learn that he was involved in the attack. She says she has represented a number of people charged with terrorism-related crimes. Some of them are the “worst of the worst,” but Elton Simpson was “one of the good ones,” she said.

“He was always respectful to me and my staff—did everything he was supposed to do,” attorney Kristina Sitton told Vocativ.
With a police round between his eyes, now he's a good one.

Story here.

Critics of the Mohammed art exhibition were up in arms.
The New York Times' foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi asked, "Free speech aside, why would anyone do something as provocative as hosting a 'Muhammad drawing contest?' "
It amazes me how the media embraces provocative art like Serrano's "Piss Christ" or Mapplethrope's picture of some guy with a bullwhip stuck up his ass, but blows a gasket when Islam receives the same treatment.

May 3, 2015

Try This - Call Me In The Mornnig



H/T Real Revo.

For Science



Another group of environmentalists are not feeling the love.
Government love.
Taxpayer funded government love, that is.
A group of environmental scientists issued a warning Friday about commonly used chemicals known as PFASs.

The chemicals, which go by the longer names of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl, are found in everything from pizza boxes to carpet treatments, reports the New York Times.

[...]In today's warning letter, scientists warn that the replacement PFASs need far more study to make sure they're safe.

"Research is needed to find safe alternatives for all current uses of PFASs," writes Health and Human Services official Linda Birnbaum in a companion commentary piece. "The question is, should these chemicals continue to be used in consumer products in the meantime, given their persistence in the environment?"
The question really is, should we throw millions of our dollars at every Chicken Little? A group of needy environmentalists (their children need to go to college, they need not to pay for it) open wide and chirp hungrily,  We must supply the worms.

Story here.

Bring out the dying, pizza-box endangered polar bears in 3,2 ...

Never mind, they're here.

PFAS-addicted polar bears fight over the only pizza box in Manitoba!

May 1, 2015

Prisoners Do Self Harm While In Police Custody

90 Miles From Tyranny has a post regarding Freddie Gray - the man who died while in custody of the Baltimore PD, the alleged cause of the recent riots.

As the internal investigation continues into the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray, a document has leaked that claims a fellow prisoner in the van with Gray told police that the deceased man was “trying to injure himself.”

According to The Washington Post a prisoner who was also being transported in the police van on April 12 said he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” and said that he felt that Gray “was intentionally trying to injure himself.”

Until now there has been no speculation on how Gray could have entered the police van in perfectly functional condition only to be found unresponsive by the time the transport van arrived at the police station a half-hour later.
The Important Question is this - why would a man injure himself on purpose while in police custody?

I am not going to absolve the BPD of any wrong doing - I do not have first hand knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Gray's arrest and subsequent demise. But there is this- I've arrested a lot of people, many of them were screwed up in some way: drunk, high on drugs, filled with rage or just plain crazy who wind up in jail. Plus there are a lot of connivers who think they are smarter than the cops who want to build a scam lawsuit to use as leverage to reduce charges or to convince a hungry attorney to sue. While working uniform patrol I was sued twice by people like this, once in state court and once in federal court.

Allow me to relate one instance or deliberate self injure. Some drunk 19-year old kid was driving like a madman in my beat during an Upstate NY snowstorm. We got him cornered in a fenced in lot and he tried to run me over. He had left the passenger side door open and as he went by I opened it and climbed in. After a brief struggle he was subdued but I had to take him to the hospital for medical care - in his case some stitches.

When I finally get him to booking, he is videotaped and then placed in a holding cell and start the arrest paperwork. I hear a BAM BAM BAM - the kid is slamming his face against the big thick Plexiglas window of the cell. This kind of behavior is not uncommon and the sheriff deputies assigned to booking handle it in the standard manner. They put a football helmet on him.

Okay, there's blood on the Plexiglas and the kid's head is now covered in protective gear. I go back to my paperwork.

Aside - there's a whole mess of paperwork to do because the kid's parents drove to the hospital ER and started a riot. His father was a Russian Orthodox priest and his mother was nuts - tried to take me out with an IV pole in the ER. Locked them all up too - they were in the holding cell next to junior. It was bedlam - everyone screaming at each other and me in Russian.

Now behind me, the kid is finally quiet but he is sitting on the floor of the holding cell using the bench seat to pry the chin strap off. I finally look up and see this and start to call out to the deputies. The holding cell door is locked and I can't get in to stop him. The deputies are busy with another prisoner.

The kid gets the strap off, stares at me with this insane, triumphant look and promptly starts to slam his face repeatedly into the window again. I start yelling. The deputies drop everything and rush over with duct tape. The kid's face is a mess, he's bleeding afresh, covered in duct tape and screaming in Russian. Just another day....

People self harm while in custody. Did Gray also injure himself? I certainly would not hesitate to believe the other prisoner who stated this. We've had prisoners dent steel doors with their heads by running into them on purpose.

April 30, 2015

Unbelieveable

The Sheriff of Wicomico County, MD, made the two hour drive to Baltimore with his deputies and an armored vehicle (MRAP) to assist the Baltimore cops during the riots. What he found out when he got there is disturbing.
“I hadn’t planned to go to Baltimore at all. I watched the events unfold Saturday night like we all did, and was very concerned about what I saw, and the the lack of response Saturday night,” he said. “I immediately rallied up the troops. We made sure our MRAP was prepared and ready. … We were assigned to assigned to protect Baltimore City Police headquarters, all of E. Fayette Street up to City Hall, to include City Hall. There wasn’t a whole lot of activity taking place at all. We could smell that putrid smell of burning tires and a city on fire when as we came into the city.

[...]“I was sick to my stomach like everybody else. … This was urban warfare, no question about it. They were coming in absolutely beaten down. The [city officers] got out of their vehicles, thanked us profusely for being there, apologized to us for having to be there. They said we could have handled this, we were very capable of handling this, but we were told to stand down, repeatedly told to stand down,” he said. “I had never heard that order come from anyone — we went right out to our posts as soon as we got there, so I never heard the mayor say that. But repeatedly these guys, and there were many high-ranking officials from the Baltimore City Police Department … and these guys told me they were essentially neutered from the start. They were spayed from the start. They were told to stand down, you will not take any action, let them destroy property.
Story here.

These decisions were made in the Mayor's Office. She is back pedaling now but the responsibility for the massive amount of property destruction is hers. 

April 28, 2015

Feisty Finland


Russian Akula Class Submarine

Finland takes a harsh view of submarines poking around her harbors.
Finland has fired warning shots at a suspected foreign submarine off the coast of Helsinki in the early hours of Tuesday morning, amid growing military tensions with neighbouring Russia.

Carl Haglund, Finland's defence minister, did not say whether Russia was involved, but the incident was reminiscent of a Swedish hunt for a foreign submarine in its waters last October that many thought to be Russian.

Mr Haglund told Finnish media that the target has likely left the area, adding that Finland has rarely used such warning charges.

"We strongly suspect that there has been underwater activity that does not belong there. Of course it is always serious if our territorial waters have been violated," Mr Haglund told Finnish news agency STT.
"The bombs are not intended to damage the target, the purpose is to let the target know that it has been noticed," Commodore Olavi Jantunen told Helsingin Sanomat newspaper.

The navy said it noticed an underwater target on Monday and again on Tuesday morning and dropped depth charges the size of grenades.
Story here.

Technology Gone Wild


I dunno about this.

On the P1000 models, if you slide a $20 bill into the tassels of its dorsal vertical actuator while the piston is retracting you could lose a finger.

South Carolina Moves Towards Conceal Carry W/O A Permit

There are only a handful of states that allow the concealed carry of a handgun without requiring a permit. Many states have a "shall issue" stipulation but you still must apply for a permit.
On April 23, the South Carolina House took up a concealed carry reform bill containing an amendment rescinding the need for a concealed carry permit. The measure passed 90 to 18.

The bill–H. 3025–seeks to reform South Carolina reciprocity rules so that any concealed carry permit from any other state would be recognized as valid in The Palmetto State.

According to NRA-ILA, state Representative Mike Pitts (R-14) put forward an amendment to “establish a Permitless Carry standard for South Carolina, so that South Carolinians who are not prohibited from possessing a firearm would be able to carry one concealed without first obtaining a permit.”
Story here.

April 27, 2015

Respite

Every asshole on the planet is conspiring to piss me off.

Everything I read makes my blood boil.

Screw it.

I'm posting something that makes me proud, makes me rejoice. My daughters.


My girl in Afghanistan




My girl back in my arms at Ft. Bragg after her last deployment.




 My baby girl's college graduation last December.
She's standing with another sister, my first born.






Dancing at my daughter's wedding in 2013 - this was truly the best wedding ever.


I really have so much to be grateful for. 

Just got to take a minute and remember.


I feel better now.

April 26, 2015

Dem Donors Don't Deliver Dollars


Hillary's antics as SecState have got some democratic fundraisers a little worried.
Instead of the White house they think she may be headed to the Big House?

From the WashTimes:
A top Democratic moneyman recruited by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign has put fundraising activities on hold, saying he can’t do it with a clear conscience because the former secretary of state has too many unanswered questions swirling around her.

New York businessman Jon Cooper, who Team Clinton enlisted for its elite corps of early fundraisers known as “HillStarters,” said that he decided not to tap his donor network for Mrs. Clinton because she hasn’t provided enough answers about foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation while she ran the State Department, her exclusive use of private email for official business as America’s top diplomat and her commitment to liberal priorities.

“I’m officially on the fence,” said Mr. Cooper, a bundler for President Obama’s campaigns who is active in Democratic politics in New York, which Mrs. Clinton represented in the U.S. Senate and where she has set up her campaign headquarters.

Who Knew?


Dressing up: Bruce, left, along with Bob Hope, center, and Merlin Olson brought the house down when they performed in drag at a taping of a Bob Hope TV comedy special in September 1981 in Hollywood

Some never can find their way back.

Story at UK Daily Mail

April 24, 2015

Iranian Naval Mining Operations


In clear violation of international law this Iranian destroyer is about to unleash a string of naval felafel mines. 

H/T World News Bureau

Micro Intellectuals In Action


Selling delicious chicken sandwiches was ruled an act of international aggression by the 1995 UCLA Student Union Convention.
The student government at Johns Hopkins University decided Chick-fil-A is not welcome on campus, as its existence would cause “microaggressions” against the gay community.

Story here.

Lead-Filled Spanx?

I remember rooming with two college wrestlers who would starve themselves before a math to keep their weight down.
Earlier this month France passed a new law that bars models from walking the runway if their body mass index is deemed too low, in an attempt to combat anorexia.


And the pressure is on for agencies who can face a fines of up to $80,000 and six months in prison for employing too-thin models.

But former model Jennifer Sky, 38, from Brooklyn, New York, has revealed in an op-ed for the New York Observer that the fashion industry has already found a way around the regulations, explaining that thin models are now resorting to wearing weighted Spanx in order to cheat the new BMI standards.









French authorities were scared to death by Mama.