Death for Thee…

June 16th, 2017

…Acquittal for me. I first saw this on Twitchy:

and then followed an embedded link to the Washington Post, from where I will be quoting:

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop was acquitted on all charges by a jury Friday, a decision that came nearly a year after the encounter was partially streamed online before a rapt nation in the midst of a painful reckoning over shootings by law enforcement.

Not nearly as “painful” as being shot, especially without any justification, but let’s just go with it. And speaking of “painful”, I find it pretty “painful” that I’m not the least bit surprised at the verdict, and I’m sure you’re feeling just as “painful” as well.

Honestly, if this was all there was to it, I wouldn’t have bothered. It’s not any sort of secret that there are multiple levels of “justice” in this country, and pointing out yet again that disparity is a waste of time. This will continue until enough of us make it too “painful” to continue with this sort of nonsense.

Here’s what I found noteworthy:

Officials in St. Anthony, Minn., where Yanez worked as a police officer, said he would not return to the police department from leave after the trial. They said they have decided “the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city.”

Yeah, let some other jurisdiction scrape his remains off their street. But it gets worse:

“The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer,” the city said in a statement. “The terms of this agreement will be negotiated in the near future, so details are not available at this time. In the meantime, Officer Yanez will not return to active duty.”

You got that? He blows someone away without justification, gets off on no less than three felony charges related to that execution, and his soon to be ex-employer is going to offer him both a settlement to go away and to “help him transition to another career”. I’d like to say that he’s going to transition to being fish food at the bottom of Lake Michigan, but we all know that he’ll show up, in uniform, in some other police department. Where his new Brothers-in-Blue will buy him a beer and congratulate him on his good aim.

It just keeps getting worse:

During the trial, Kauser defended Yanez, his former partner.

“I think he followed protocol,” testified Kauser, who has since switched departments, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I trust him as a partner, and he did what he’s supposed to do in that situation.”

“Since switched departments”. Why am I getting the image of rats abandoning a sinking ship? Or the city’s lawyers playing CYA as hard as they can?

From another link, we have the final insult to injury:

Yanez’s attorney, Earl Gray, told the jury of five women and seven men during the trial that his client “did what he had to do.”

“None of this would have happened but for Philando Castile,” Gray said in court, according to the Star Tribune. “[Yanez] sees the gun and [Castile] doesn’t follow orders. That’s enough to pull your gun out and end the threat.”

During the trial, prosecutor Jeff Paulsen said that Yanez never saw Castile’s gun and asked…

The Deceased followed all instructions, informed the badgethug that he was armed (let’s not forget this was all about a broken taillight), got shot to death for following those instructions, and it’s his fault.

Mark my words: there will be a situation where a cop is beset by no-kidding bad guys doing bad things, and ends up dead because nobody came to his aid. And in the post-mortem press conference, some suit will bemoan the fact that this happened, without ever realizing that they brought this down on themselves.

You See Any Difference? I Don’t.

June 14th, 2017

Poor Neighborhoods Hit Hardest by Asset Forfeiture in Chicago, Data Shows

That’s the full headline.

Police in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs seized $150 million over the past five years. Those seizures were heaviest in low-income neighborhoods, according to public records.

Law enforcement in Cook County, which includes Chicago, seized items from residents ranging from a cashier’s check for 34 cents to a 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost with an estimated value of more than $200,000. They also seized Xbox controllers, televisions, nunchucks, 12 cans of peas, a pair of rhinestone cufflinks, and a bayonet.

Altogether, police in Cook County performed 23,065 seizures between 2012 and 2017 using asset forfeiture, including 5,939 vehicles. Chevrolet Impalas, among the most popular rental cars in the U.S., were the model most often seized. About three-quarters of all seizures occurred in Chicago. The average estimated value of a seizure was $4,553, while the median value was $1,049. About three-quarters of all seizures were cash, not property.

Again, any of you seeing any difference between “our heroes in blue” and some common street thugs? Because I’m not seeing enough of a difference to matter.

A Novel, Not A Manual

June 14th, 2017

1984, of course.

“I’d never say gun control, never ever, ever say that. Do you want the government taking control of your life, anybody in this room? For my brother and his husband – they don’t want control by government of their lives, that’s not been a good thing for the LGBTQ community, much of any of us as Americans we don’t want government control of our lives,” she said. “We want the respect and rights and privileges and responsibilities of every other American. That’s what we want, right? That’s what we want and so that’s why we really should be talking about gun safety.”

I wonder if this cretin ever listens to what she says. Clearly she doesn’t think about it before opening up her pie hole. “Control of anything is bad, except for stuff we want to control.”

Man Bites Dog

June 14th, 2017

I don’t know which is more shocking, that these officials are actually going to be held accountable, or that NPR is reporting on a story that’s critical of Democrats.

The director of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services, Nick Lyon, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office over the Flint water crisis. Both are felonies in Michigan.

The state’s chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, will be charged with obstruction of justice. Four other officials, including the former Flint emergency manager and former director of public works, were also charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Let’s not overlook this part:

Officials dismissed residents’ concerns that the water was discolored and smelled.

Twelve people died as a result of this. But you know the fix is in, because instead of some flavor of murder with extra criminal indifference sauce ladled on, they’re facing involuntary manslaughter. Must be nice to have the state backing you up.


June 13th, 2017

The stubborn little guy is acclimating pretty well to life around here. He chirps and talks to me, he even gives me the “I like you” slow blink, but he won’t let me pet him. He’s obviously not afraid, as the two photos were snapped within about thirty inches of where he was:

“Walkin awn ur pooter, eetin awl teh kruncheez”

Just so you know, that pile of treats are Deathwalker’s. No, he doesn’t object to the Kitten helping himself, which is a decent indication of the level of “like” going on between those two.

The not letting me touch him is something that needs to be solved. I need to take his furry little butt to the vet to get him checked over and to deactivate his harrbls (nobody wants a male cat marking up their house. Believe me on that one).

Let’s Not Forget These Guys

June 8th, 2017

Flying old, slow aircraft…

A massive understatement, that.

One must never forget the contribution that Torpedo 8 made to the Battle of Midway. Even though every torpedo launched missed, their attack drew the CAP down to sea level and allowed the dive bombers who attacked minutes later to do so without having to deal with the fighters, who were amongst the best in the world on that day.

With Friends Like These

June 8th, 2017

I’m not criticizing the legislation, in fact this sort of thing should be realized nation wide. Asking any government, on any level, for permission to exercise an unalienable Right is bad on so many levels it doesn’t bear talking about.

What I want to write about is the linked article, specifically this part:

While the idea of more accessible concealed carry is something I support, I’ll confess that even I have a few reservations about another of the bills in this Michigan package. Currently you need to have some basic firearms training to carry but this new proposal would remove that requirement. I understand how gun rights supporters bristle at the idea of any restrictions and the states have given them good reason to be suspicious. States like New York (among many others) have used the training requirement as cover to make it massively more expensive to obtain a permit, and in places like Washington, DC you often can’t even find a certified Firearms Training Instructor to meet the requirement.

Got that? The author lays out our well-founded objection to any Gummint sponsored/controlled requirement for “basic firearm training”, and yet wants the Government to continue interfering in something it should have no business in.

I don’t know about you, but if someone were to come to me and ask me how to safely operate any gun, I would gladly do so. Actually, I *do* know about you, because I know you’d do the same. No government required, as it should be.

Making Everything Worse in Ways You Cannot Imagine

June 8th, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The U.S. government could bolster commercial space innovation by relaxing regulations and lowering some of the bureaucratic hurdles that discourage private firms from working with federal agencies, according to panelists at the 2017 GEOINT Symposium. Remarkable things are happening in the commercial sector, including private investment in space industry startups, advances in imagery and new launch options. “It’s a dramatically changing time that requires help from a regulatory perspective,” said Steve Jacques, Jacques and Associates, a Washington consulting firm. Without changes to the regulatory environment, some space industry startups eager to work with government customers are likely to give up. “Unless you are a large integrator with a staff that knows how government contracts work and can deal with [International Traffic in Arms Regulations], there’s an uphill battle,” said John Hanna, Spaceflight Industries vice president for U.S. government. “Eventually, a lot of these really great companies will turn away from the government.”

We gunnies are well aware of ITAR, and the hurdles it imposes on firearms and accessories such as scopes. But who amongst us ever thought that it would interfere with the quest to get the hell off this rock before some maniac who doesn’t fear death decides to take us all with him?

The Replacement for America’s Best Gun Salesman ™

June 5th, 2017

(Warning: dreaded autoplay torture)

The spurt in terror attacks, including the recent two in England, are pushing gun sales into record territory just months after predictions that the election of a pro-gun president would end the rush.

The FBI just reported that the number of gun sales background checks for May was the highest ever for that month, 1,942,677, a trend that will make 2017 the first or second highest year for gun sales.

The continued growth of gun sales is in stark contrast to some in the media and industry who feared that the election of President Trump would snuff out sales that in 2016 were driven in part by concerns Hillary Clinton would win and implement strict gun control and an assault weapons ban.

The Washington Examiner is noted for not being a lefty news outlet, but the three quoted paragraphs makes me think that this “non-lefty” status obtains when compared to what else is on offer in DC. “…just months after predictions that the election of a pro-gun president would end the rush.” Here’s yet another example of some funny dialect of English that one constantly finds. In this case, “predictions” is used when “wishful thinking” is clearly what is intended. Moving on, “… some in the media and industry who feared that the election of President Trump would snuff out sales…”, “feared” being a clumsy substitute for “hoped”.

I know nothing about the guy who wrote this. But as a country mouse, I harbor deep suspicions about any city mouse I happen to encounter, and so should you.

Beyond that, I look forward to a time where we as a nation are so heavily armed that merely walking to within ten feet of a metal detector causes it to burst into flames. And if Hassan and Achmed continue where Obama left off, so much the better.

Update to the Update

June 5th, 2017

Woke up this morning, got the coffee going (Rule: Coffee first, feed cats second. No matter how loudly they protest this. And protest this sequence they do.), and then set about feeding People. FloCat, the young Lord, and then I went to find the Kitten. Nowhere. Shrugging (figuring that he’ll present himself eventually), I go to see about Agent Orange out on the porch. And who do I see? The Kitten wearing his best “Ai can haz noms?” face.

Clearly there’s some sooper sekrit escape route. Sigh. Now I have to crawl around and find it and then block it.

If furry people can get out, other, unwanted furry things can get in. And I really don’t want to have to deal with a PO’d raccoon or possum inside the house. The only method I have to get the critter out would be to shoot it and haul the carcass outside: unless I’m going to eat it (obvious vermin (like rats) notwithstanding), I don’t shoot animals.