Saturday, May 12, 2007

Doin' that CYA thing

The City of Durham is, in effect, pleading "Please, oh please don't sue us!"

Durham City Manager Says Police Improperly Handled Duke Rape Case

Then, of course, they improperly handle that as well:

But city manager Patrick Baker said the lineup was never intended to identify suspects in the case...


...Baker said investigators were trying to identify any witnesses to the alleged attack after the accuser...

Yeah...that's the ticket.

In his report, Baker also pointed to the fractured relationship between the defense and Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong as the reason it took more than a year for authorities to conclude the accuser's allegations were unfounded.

And in our final act of contrition, let's throw in a healthy dose of "blame the victim"--or in this case, their defenders.

I hope these young men sue the everloving crap out of the Durham PD.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Freedom marches on

From the NRA-ILA:

On Tuesday, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit, declined to review the decision in Parker v. District of Columbia -- the case in March that upheld the Second Amendment as an individual right and struck down Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban. The decision not to review the case means that an earlier ruling by the three-judge panel will stand.

The next step will likely be the city of Washington petitioning the Supreme court for review. If the Supreme Court decides to take up the case, this will be the "once and for all" decision on the Second Amendment--is it an individual or collective right? If the Supremes decide not to review it, then the decision stands as is, and we win, at least in the DC circuit.

Some folks are worried that the Supreme Court might rule against us gunnies, and that's possible. However, I feel it's past time for this to be settled, once and for all. We need to know where we stand, at least at a Federal level.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Remember Artie Johnson's Laugh-In character?

(Via The Drudge Report)

I remember this from watching it as a kid. Artie's German soldier character, hiding in the bushes, waiting to deliver the trademark line, "Very interesting...but 'whatever' ".

I've been watching the storm surrounding World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, appointed as a corruption fighter. He was caught with his hand in the cookie jar, arranging for a nice, cushy, well-paid job for his girlfriend. Very interesting, but...

But it seems that, as another old joke claimed, "Humpty Dumpty was pushed!" The Wall Street Journal opines that Mr. Wolfowitz has been set up by the lovely Mr. George Soros and Company. Yeah, he may have helped them out, "but". Worth some time to read.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Now what was I saying about cockroaches?

Well, at least these six had the bright light turned on them--and got squashed before they could scurry away.

I think it's important to note that while all were in their 20s and they were all Muslim, the weren't all Arab. Some number were from the former Yugoslavia. This means that, yes Virginia, you do have to keep an eye on all members of the "Religion of Peace" *cough cough*.

And of course the Islamic apologists were quick to tell us:

The arrests stirred renewed worry among New Jersey's Muslim community. Hundreds of Muslim men from New Jersey were rounded up and detained in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks, but none were connected to that plot.

"If these people did something, then they deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law," said Sohail Mohammed, a lawyer who represented scores of detainees after the 2001 attacks. "But when the government says `Islamic militants,' it sends a message to the public that Islam and militancy are synonymous."

Synonymous? Probably not--but there is a damn good correlation there, Sparky.

Monday, May 07, 2007

The military doing what it does best

Breaking things and killing bad guys.

Now, can we just let them do it so we can end this thing?

And now for a "good cop" story

Kim du Toit has a run-in with a good cop, in particular a Missouri state trooper. See, they aren't all bad.

Sunday, May 06, 2007


(Via Say Uncle)

While I haven't gotten any comments on the subject, I'll bet more than a few people have thought something along the lines of "Gee, another cop hater," in response to this post.

This article has some interesting evidence that, yes indeed, government and law enforcement officers know that speeding tickets are a nice source of revenue. The writer picked out some meaty quotes from a NJ state trooper's union discussion forum:

"There are many more of "us' than there are of "them,' " wrote "letsroll," adding, "The tickets generate a large revenue for the state, and if the slowdown is done properly, we can make a change!"

"Crush the whole month of May and slow down for the next 5-7 weeks," urged "letsdoit."

These quotes were in response to remarks, news coverage and so on in the wake of New Jersey Gov. Corzine's accident last month, where it was found that Da Gov was not wearing his seat belt (despite a NJ las that says he must) and that his state trooper driver was doing 91 MPH--in other words, speeding.

Gov. Corzine at least had the guts to demand his ticket and pay the fine for breaking the law. NJ state troopers apparently are not so upstanding. They think that somehow, wearing a badge grants them immunity from the laws they enforce.

Nice attitude, guys. Real nice. Vivid evidence of why faith in our police is slowly waning.

This is what setting a timetable to end a war gets you

Al Qaeda's No. 2 mocked both U.S. President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress bill setting a pullout timetable for U.S. troops from Iraq, in a new insurgent video obtained Saturday by a U.S.-based group.

OK, once more with feeling. Killing these Muslo-jihadis is like killing cockroaches. The job's done when the last one is dead.

You can't bargain with them, and you can't play "live and let live". They don't just hate us, they want us dead. The only way to win is to win so completely that they never want to tangle with us again. And for a group that is still killing each other over things that occurred more than a thousand years ago, that's going to mean killing them all.

Just like you do when you have cockroaches.