Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Democrat IT aides ran a fake car dealership to launder money to terrorists in Pakistan, while also drawing congressional salaries. Democrats are obstructing the investigation.
The question is not “Were the aides corrupt?” Obviously, yes, they were.
The question is not “Did the Democrats who employed them, know they were corrupt?” I think that’s a safe assumption.
The question is not even “Where did the money go?” It’s gone and we’ll never have an actionable answer, nothing to recover.
The question is “Which Democrats got paid off?” You know they did, that’s the only reason Democrats would be stalling. They couldn’t care less about missing computers or stolen national secrets, they only care about staying out of prison to enjoy their bribes. Find them. Expose them.
Start looking into draining that swamp, why doncha?
Is it too early to guess “all oif them?”
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
There is no violent crime in Baltimore. And when I say “no,” I mean there is a certain amount, but violent crime definitely is not out of control and besides, it’s much worse in at least one other city.
Plus, following the Freddie Grey incident in which a Black man died in police custody whereupon a Black prosecutor wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on trials of police officers for crimes they didn’t commit, the police stopped arresting Black men and since then, not one Black man has died in police custody. So Baltimore has that going for it. Which is nice.
Maybe Ray Dehn was right after all…
You don’t find many things that unite nearly all Americans – but the death of Charles Manson is one of them. Other than high school kids trying to get a rise ouf of their elders, not many people – especially those that remember the utterly legitimate fear his “familiy” inflicted for a time in the late sixties – aren’t happy to see this vile chapter in history fade to a halt.
Manson predated me and my consciousness – to me, there’s always been a Charles Manson – but the attempt by “familiy” member “Squeaky” Fromme on President Ford forty-odd years ago was certainly a punctuation mark in my early understanding of the weirdness of the world (and of the US in the seventies, which was a whole ‘nother level of weird).
I did read Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi’s masterpiece on the era, including his prosecution of Manson and his family. If you’ve never read it, do; it’s not only the best explanation of the era, but one of the best lessons on the anatomy of a prosecution you will ever find.
Of ocurse, for a brief stretch of my life, Manson wasn’t just background; he was an assignment.
Back in 1987, after Don Vogel went to Chicago, I spent some time producing the Geoff Charles show at KSTP-AM. And Geoff was obsessed with Manson. One of my ongoing standing assignments; land an interview with Manson. Didn’t matter how; by phone, in person, on tape; Charles would have flown himself out to San Quentin to put the interview on tape at his own expense, IIRC.
And so I spent the next three months making at least a couple calls a month to the California Department of Corrections. Me and everyone else, of course; “an interview with Manson” was on pretty much every media person’s wish list at the time, and we may have been one of the smaller potatoes in the bag. But we were a persistent small potato, at least.
Saturation coverage of spree killings yields more spree killings:
Though we seem to be plunging ever deeper into a dark night, researchers now have a far clearer view of a key factor in the violence. A long-standing theory has matured into a body of evidence that can no longer be dismissed: The level of attention paid to mass shootings is central to why they keep happening.
The idea that some crimes might be self-spreading, like a disease, was proposed as early as 1890, when the French sociologist Gabriel Tarde labeled murders copying Jack the Ripper “suggesto-imitative assaults.” For mass shootings, the effect was well known among researchers by the early 2000s, when a wealth of information allowed forensic psychiatrist Paul E. Mullen to conclude, “These massacres are acts of mimesis, and their perpetrators are imitators.”
After Columbine, researchers discovered that spree killers (as distinct from terrorists) were seeking immortality.
Who grants immortality in our society?
How many 35 year olds today, outside of entertainment and professional sports, are more famous than Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris?
Twenty-odd years ago, when Minnesota and the nation were in the midst of the worst wave of violent crime since the Depression, quite a few jurisdictions – working with groups like the NRA – actually did something useful; they passed a raft of laws enhancing the penalties for using a gun in a crime.
The laws have had an effect; they are certainly part of the reason violent and gun crime dropped 50% in 20 years.
But in Minnesota, we have a congenital problem; our metro area legislators, courts and other jurisdictions just don’t like sentencing people. It was said that three consecutive Ramsey County attorneys – Tom Foley, Sue Gaertner and John Choi – between them never once actually used those sentence enhancements, dealing them away on plea bargains every single time they had the opportunity.
And the pattern continues,
Earlier this year, we featured the story of a Good Guy with a Gun – an employee at a cell phone store who shot a robber with his permitted handgun. The robber – once he got out of the hospitals – drew a raft of charges. His accomplice should have as well.
Earlier this week, what do you suppose happened?
Charges have been dropped against a 32-year-old man who was a suspect in connection to an armed robbery at a Verizon Wireless retailer in Inver Grove Heights, according to court records.
Records show Jamaal Marquie had three charges dropped, including aggravated first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm by an ineligible person and possession of a firearm with a serial number removed.
Nothing new here; we’ve previously encountered metro-area prosecutors bending over backwards to avoid using enhanced gun sentencing.
Is it laziness? Sloth? Or not wanting to confirm the NRA’s line for it?
Details are sparse as this is written, but it seems as if a citizen with a carry permit shot a would-be robber in downtown Saint Paul last night :
The shooting happened during an attempted robbery at Wacouta St and 5th St E in St. Paul just before 8 p.m.
Lindsers say the would-be robbery victim happened to be a conceal carry permit holder and shot him. He received non-life threatening injuries.
Was it a good shoot? Well, if it was, we likely won’t hear any more about it.
One of the few bits of “good” news from the Sutherland Springs mcaassacre is that it was ended by a Good Guy with a Gun.
Details are coming out now – Stephen Willeford responded to the shooting with his AR15, fired a shot that apparently found a gap in Kelley’s body army, and seized the initiative:
Willeford is being hailed as a hero. His actions may well have stopped further bloodshed. Willeford is not a member of the church where the shooting took place, but he his daughter called him and told him there was a man in body armor shooting up the church
Willeford grabbed a rifle and answered the call. He found Kelley (above) outside of the church and shot him. The surprise caused Kelley to drop his rifle, and the shooter then ran to his own SUV and fled the scene.
Johnnie Langendorff was also responding. Langendorff picked up Willeford and the two gave chase. They followed Kelley in a high speed chase and eventually caused Kelley to lose control and run off the road. There, police say Kelley shot himself in the head.
This is, of course, exactly what law enforcement now knows about spree killers; resist them with lethal force, and they usually run, give up, kill themselves, or – as in this case – all three.
Just as we said.
First things first: Berg’s 18th Law is still in full effect; it’s been mere hours since a man murdered 27 people at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, near San Antonio; anything you read in the media will be crap.
One thing we do know? Churches in Texas are “gun free zones”. Nobody in that church was legally authorized to carry a firearm to defend themselves or their fellow parishioners.
Like nearly all mass shootings, it took place in a “gun free zone”.
Just like David Lillehaug and Nancy Nord Bence like it.
You post your property “no guns allowed?” I’m not going there. I’m not spending money, I’m not worshipping, I’m not saying “boo”. I will consider them a threat to my safety.
But Wait: What’s this that the mainstream media is pretty roundly ignoring about the attack? The shooter was himself shot by…
…an armed citizen:
Stephen Willeford managed to shoot Devin Kelley before jumping in another man’s truck and chasing him down, the Daily Mail reported.
Texas Department of Public Safety chief Freeman Martin said Willeford “grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect” after Kelley left the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where he opened fire with an assault rifle and killed 26 people.
And just as law enforcement teaches about mass shootings these days – if you show a mass shooter any resistance, they usually break off the attack, and either give up or kill themselves.
Kelley did both:
The man who killed at least 26 people in a Baptist church in a rural Texas town on Sunday died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CBS News in an interview on Monday morning.
Tackitt said gunfire was exchanged between the gunman and two armed citizens during a vehicle chase after the shootings.
The church was a gun-free zone – naturally. But the rest of Texas was not.
UPDATE 2: The USAF apparently neglected to report Kelley’s domestic conviction to the NICS – allowing him to buy the guns he used.
The heads of both the Minneapolis and Saint Paul police unions went on the record with their views on gun control…
…and suffice to say, I don’t think either of them will get getting invites to lunch with their cities’ DFL elites. But their statements were heartening; someone involved in the city’s political class gets it:
“Stricter gun laws are not the solution for officers on the street, or the general public, because the bad guys will find new ways to get those weapons anyhow,” Kroll said.
Kroll said the officers his union represents are frustrated because they are making arrests for illegal guns and gun-related crimes, but the offenders are often back on the street committing the same crime in a matter of months.
This jibes with what I’ve heard; the Cities’ DFL leadership plead away gun charges partly out of convenience, and partly to avoid giving gun rights groups a win to point to.
“We need to put these habitual offenders away for a long time and not give them chance after chance after chance, which just puts officers and the public at risk,” he said.
But we’re not. As we noted a few years ago.
The whole article is worth a read.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Column by Andrew Klaven, whom I do not normally read, but I love this line: “We’re pretending we’re having a debate about gun control but we’re really having a debate about the nature of evil and whether big enough government can control it.”
Can we talk? I mean talk honestly, about the difference between gun violence in Las Vegas versus Chicago? Here’s the difference: it’s all about risk.
Everybody knows there are certain neighborhoods in Chicago where shootings occur. People who can afford to avoid those neighborhoods employ a risk-avoidance strategy of private red-lining. We don’t go into bad neighborhoods, especially not at night. We live elsewhere, shop elsewhere, send our kids to school elsewhere. As long as ghetto thugs stay home to kill each other, we don’t care. That’s why statistics on violent crime in Chicago leave us unmoved. It’s NIMBY-ism, pure and simple.
Las Vegas was different. The victims didn’t take the risk of gun violence by going into a bad neighborhood, the concert-goers stayed in a decent neighborhood with plenty of security. That’s what causes the outrage – this should have been a safe place to be. Think back to other mass shootings: school, movie theatre, night club, Christmas party, military base, softball field. We followed the rules, we stayed within the lines, we should have been safe but we weren’t. We’re angry because we’ve been cheated.
Can government prevent cheating? Can government eliminate risk? How big, how intrusive, how domineering must government become to have the power to keep everyone perfectly safe at all times? Is it even possible? If not, what’s the alternative? How much risk do we live with and what are the appropriate private risk-avoidance strategies? That’s what we’re really discussing. If we’re honest about it.
The difference between expectations and reality is behind a lot of outrage in many areas – this foremost among them.
The New York Times actually gets something about gun violence right, in an article that almost belongs in a legitimate source of news.
While the MSM – including the NYTimes’ own editorial page – is blubbering about the same old narrative driven gun grab schemes, none of which have ever affected or will ever affect crime, this piece notes that there are ideas that have affected crime rates without gutting the civil liberties of the law-abiding:
In the 1990s, a highly effective gun violence reduction strategy was developed in Boston by a group including law enforcement officers, researchers, and black clergy members. According to the National Institute of Justice, it resulted in a 63 percent reduction in the average monthly number of youth homicide victims in that city, an accomplishment that was called “the Boston Miracle.”
Since then, variations of that strategy have been implemented in cities across the country. For example, according to a study by the Campbell Collaboration, a nonprofit organization that evaluates the effects of this type of intervention, Stockton, Calif., saw a 42 percent reduction in its monthly count of gun homicidesin the first year of the strategy’s implementation; similarly, Oakland, Calif., saw just under a 30 percent reduction. (In 2017, the city is on track to have its second-lowest homicide rate in over 30 years.)
Of course, for much of the “gun safety” movement, it’s not about solving crime; Diane Feinstein and Chuck Schumer care less about the lives of poor black and brown people than David Duke ever did. It’s about controlling society.
But if you leave that out, it’s an excellent article, and well worth a read.
We’re barely outside the Berg’s 18th Law theshold with the Las Vegas shooting.
But buried on paragraph 17 of The Guardian’s coverage of the atrocity is a hint as to why the story may well soon disappear from the mainstream media:
Paddock’s motive remains unknown. “This person may have been radicalised, unbeknownst to us, and we want to identify that source [according to Las Vegas sheriff Joe Lombardo].”
Of course, everyone on all sides is racing to show Paddock was with the “other side”; some lefty sites are “reporting” he had friends of friends with “alt-right” sympathies, while “InfoWars” is claiming he was influenced by “Anti”-Fa (although the target – a country western concert, with an audience many a “progressive” would like to see scourged from the earth (by organic, gluten-free, carbon-neutral means, not icky guns). Only ISIS seems to want to claim the guy.
But if it turns out that InfoWars is right, and that the target bepeaks the motivation?
Watch this story disappear faster than the last bag of Cheetos at a Dave Matthews concert.
Berg’s 18th Law is still in effect; we don’t know what motivated the Vegas shooter.
But I take heart from this, a guy I’m proud to call a real American hero:
Mandalay Bay being a gun free zone (and at 400 yards, firing back with a handgun would have been a triumph of optimism over feasibility), the man fought back with the only weapon allowed him, his middle finger – which, were the First Amendment all one needed to protect freedom, would be a fearsome weapon, and was, as it happens the best he could do under the circumstances.
There were apparently many heroes last night.
God bless ’em all.
Permit-holder in Inver Grove Bites shoots an armed robber:
According to Inver Grove Heights police, the clerk was in the back of the store when they were approached by two men, one whom was armed. While being held at gunpoint, the clerk drew his own gun and shot the suspect.
When the shots were fired, the other suspect fled the scene with some stolen cell phones. He is still on the loose.
That’s two carry permittees stopping crimes in two weeks.
I suspect the cops will not identify the shooter, so as to avoid any possible retaliation – but the clerk is a hero.
This has been added to the Good Minnesotan With A Gun series – which is piling up fast.
…we’ve got yet another story of a Democrat executing a Republican.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Monday, police responded to the 300 block of Box Elder Drive for a dispute between Carter and Jennings about cursing and video recording in the back yard. Police said they were able to resolve that dispute.
Then at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, police say the neighbors got into another dispute. Carter told police that Jennings shined a light into his eyes while he was outside. Carter then allegedly pulled a car onto his lawn, shining the high beams of the car on Jennings’ property.
Carter then allegedly retrieved a .380 semi-automatic handgun from his house and confronted the victim again outside.
Officials say Carter shot Jennings once in the head, knocking him to the ground. Carter then allegedly stood over Jennings’ body and shot him once more in the head.
The victim was on his own property, police said…
…Jennings’ wife allegedly heard the first gunshot, then saw Carter stand over her husband as he fired the second shot.
Carter is described as a virulent Anti-Triump fanatic; Jennings was a Chester County Pennsylvania GOP committeeman.
Yet another entry in my “Climate of Hate” page – wh
What do you get when you combine:
- The “progressive” MO of transferring taxpayer money to other progressives
- “Progressives'” hatred of wealthy people (other than “progressive” plutocrats, naturally)
- The “progressive” party line on women’s issues
- The “progressive” drive to at least appear to bring a better life you’re bigger government?
I had to check this twice – but the City Pages actually has the story: Governments, acting on “information” from “progressive” “feminist” groups around the country, are pouring money into sex trafficking enforcement based on absurd predictions about the nuimber of prostitutes supposedly showing up for Super Bowls:
He didn’t have to look hard for supporters. Dallas Police Sergeant Louis Felini told The Dallas Morning News that between 50,000 and 100,000 prostitutes were expected to come into town. The call for even more outrage was sounded by a study from the Dallas Women’s Foundation, which said the throng would include 38,000 underage prostitutes…Before Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, Cindy McCain — wife of Sen. John McCain — declared the Super Bowl “the largest human-trafficking venue on the planet.” Glendale produced a lengthy public service video broadcasting the evils of the flesh trade.
But according to police, not one person was busted for prostitution-related crimes or sex trafficking in the days leading up to the game.
The results? Nearly no arrests.
“Progressive” delusions about the habits, peccadillos and appetites of the wealthy (who are, let’s be honest, the only people who can ever afford to go to the Super Bowl)? Definitely.
Oh, yeah. Minnesota’s doing the same. Bigly.
Four Saint Paul yoots arrested for systematic robberies, followed by brutal rapes.
The sexual assaults began with a robbery. The suspects used a gun to threaten the teens and two of their friends and, before stealing their cellphones, forced them to unlock the phones and turn off applications used to find stolen cells.
Three of the four young men charged are gang members, the Ramsey County attorney’s office said.
“Despite the victims complying with their orders and handing over their valuables, the perpetrators in this case forced the female victims into a car and repeatedly raped them,” said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. “These allegations are brutally horrific, and we will prosecute these defendants to the fullest extent of the law as we attempt to achieve justice for the victims, their families and our community.”
I”m gonna go out on a limb and say that not only would “jiustice” have been achieved if one or more of the thugs involved had ended up sprawled on the ground with 4-5 shots to the chest, but the deterrent effect would make the riverfront a lot safer.
I mean, has anyone tried to rob anyone on East River Road by Saint Thomas lately?
One of the great lessons gun controllers learned in the past decade or so is shut up about the real agenda. Gull the odd gullible gun owner with soothing-yet-ridiculing platitutdes, like “Nobody’s coming for your guns. All we want is a conversation about “gun safety” and “violence”.
But every once in a while, they screw up and tell the truth. As “Protect” Minnesota did on Monday, in response to a workplace shooting in Orlando (by a man who does not qualify for a carry permit in either Florida or Minnesota):
And there you go: “Protect” MN favors licensing gun owners and universal registration – neither of which affect, or or could possibly affect, crime, but both of which can (and repeatedly have been) used to abrogate citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. “Regulating” weapons that are almost never used in crime, and account for less than 1% of America’s murders, but are deemed politically incorrect.
That’s it. Game over. All the soothing platitudes and “don’t worry be happy” rhetoric of the past two decades is here shown to be mere baked wind.
By the way – none of the measures “P”M lists would have affected today’s shooting. None.
I got this from a high school friend of mine.. He lives in a major city in the Southwestern US. I’m concealing his identity for obvious reasons.
He had a close encounter with a couple bad guys over the weekend. Or, should I say, a couple bad guys had a close encounter with him:
Two Hispanic males, mid-20’s, broke down my front door and entered my home this morning at 9:13 AM. I was monitoring them on my security cameras at the time, and when I sensed something was wrong, I grabbed my loaded 9mm from my safe and met them as they reached my kitchen. Seeing my weapon pointed at their heads, they immediately started screaming, “Oh, sh*t! Oh, sh*t! Oh, sh*t!” and turned and ran out the front door, jumped in their car, and tore off. They didn’t have a chance to touch anything, but they might need a change of skivvies.
Pulling into the driveway…
The first guy …
The second guy (not sure why his pants were down…)
Guy #2 checks my garage door as Guy #1 continues to ring my doorbell and knock on my door.
Both seem intent on testing my carpentry…
Ah, … this is gonna be a cakewalk!
“”…, or maybe not!”
Here’s my new door frame.
I love a happy ending.
Of course, that happy ending was brought to you by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.
And who knows? Maybe the two miscreants will take their close call with having their brains splattered over a granite countertop to get their “lives” back on track?
Several happy endings!
On the one hand, I do believe that rehabilitation makes sense; once most people get out of their 20s and 30s, the small-brain hormonal impulsiveness behind a fair portion of crime starts to fade just a bit, and long-term prisoners need something to replace that part of their lives with.
So the prison college program hignlighted on NPR earlier this week would seem to make some sense.
On the other hand, the sound bite of one of the classes:
Professor Delia Mellis teaches a modern U.S. history class and, when I arrive, 18 men dressed in green jumpsuits are discussing sexual identity politics.
“I don’t think he’s saying that; I think he’s making a distinction between it being gay acts — homosexual acts — and it being a gay identity,” one student interjects.
Mellis responds, “That’s absolutely his central idea, right?”
…makes it clear that retribution and revenge would seem to be part of the goal, still.
The details of the story don’t entirely pass the sniff test – it’s from “fake news” leader the Huffington Post – but I’ll confess, I want it to be true:
Fast-food lovers are likely in awe over the sheer badassery of a 13-year-old girl who reportedly smacked down a gun held by a boy demanding she give him a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget.
The girl told police that her 12-year-old schoolmate first asked her for a McNugget inside McDonald’s in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood on Tuesday, the New York Daily News reports. When she declined, he allegedly followed her to a subway station, whipped out the weapon and held it to her head.
Even at gunpoint, the teen refused to hand over even one lump of breaded chicken paste, police said. The NYPD told the Daily News she knocked the gun away from the boy and told him to leave her alone.
One things for sure – that girl’s going to be a Republican someday; either she’s a badass or, like other Republicans in New York, she probably doesn’t exist.
Ever thing you’d see the day I’d agree with John Choi’s office about…well, much of anything?
Mazel tov. Here we go.
Choi’s office responded to Saint Anthony PD officer Geronimo Yanez’s attorneys’ motions to dismiss the charges stemming from the shooting of Philando Castile last summer. The motion cites the claims that Castile – a carry permittee – wasn’t complying with Yanez’ commands during the traffic stop, and that as traces of THC were found in his bloodstream at autopsy, he simply must have lied on his carry permit application.
The memo from prosecutors asks Ramsey County District Judge William Leary to deny the defense’s motion to dismiss.
“Probable cause adequately supports the charges (in this case). Any potential negligence by Castile is a question of fact for the jury,” according to the memo.
Prosecutors further stated that Minnesota courts have “repeatedly affirmed” criminal convictions where negligence on the part of the victim was in play. They also said the defense couldn’t prove Castile was using illegal drugs when he applied for his permit to carry his gun because that application was submitted more than a year before the shooting.
Additionally, even if Castile didn’t have a permit to carry, Yanez’s decision to shoot him seven times still would have been reckless, according to prosecutors.
“A police officer does not have the right to kill someone just because they possess a firearm they may or may not be entitled to have” prosecutors said in the memo.
The memo also questions the defense attorney’s clairvoyance in deducing that Castile was using marijuana when he applied for his permit – certainly a difficult claim to prove without use of Dionne Warwick’s friends.
Kudos to Choi’s office for refraining from gratuitously putting carry permittees at grave risk for no good reason.
…I do support the death penalty for “Swatters” – people who sic Swat teams on innocent third parties.
Some do it to take a shot at their political or social enemies – and for them, the Eighth Amendment should be repealed. .
For others? It’s apparently a prank:
Audio of the emergency call has been made public. A man can be heard telling authorities that he had shot his father in the head, and claimed to have taken his mother and siblings hostage.
The caller also said he had a handgun and had poured fuel over the house and wanted to set the property on fire.
Police say they surrounded the address the caller had given, and were preparing to make contact with the suspect reportedly inside when Mr Finch came to the door…
Tyler Barriss, 25, was arrested by police in Los Angeles on Friday in relation to the investigation.
Local reports say Mr Barris had previously been charged with making bomb threats to a local television station in 2015.
Note to Mr. Barris’ defense attorney; you don’t want me on the jury.
City of Minneapolis offers to deal with the gang problem…
…by creating a protection racket, and inviting the mobsters to it.
Although, to be fair, it’s a program that tries to deal with criminals, rather than going after the law-abiding citizens. That, at least, is a step forward for Minneapolis.
In an incident overnight, a law-abiding citizen with a carry permit shot and killed a man who was pummeling the stuffing out of a sheriff’s deputy in Estero, Florida, near Fort Myer:
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office told local news media that the deputy who was involved, 12-year veteran Deputy First Class Dean Bardes, is expected to be okay. The suspect who was fighting with the deputy was killed during the struggle and WINK is reporting that a passerby is the one who shot him.
“The passerby, who had a Concealed Weapons License, exited his vehicle and instructed the suspect to stop beating the deputy…after noncompliance from the suspect, the passerby shot the suspect three times,” sources said.
Local TV news report below the jump (since it launches automatically).