More cops like this please.

While I commend Officer Higgens for her conduct and congratulate her on the notice it received, I can’t help but be disappointed by the fact that the behavior noted by the judge was noteworthy at all.

“As an aside, Officer Higgens is to be commended for her honesty on the stand during the hearing on the motion to suppress,” Judge Schmidt wrote. “She was upfront regarding her mistake of law and did not waiver or attempt to provide an alternative ground for the stop when one did not exist. Her testimony makes clear that the mistake was subjectively honest and made in good faith.”

Um…isn’t that how the Police are supposed to conduct themselves? It seems pretty clear that the judge considers it unusual to see a police officer who is “subjectively honest and [acting] in good faith”.

If that’s not a sad statement on the state of affairs in Policing in that area, I don’t know what is.

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This almost makes me ill to admit…

…and you’re likely never going to hear anything remotely like this from me again – but – I agree with Biden on this:

Biden previously said the militarization of police “is like the military invading… they become the enemy,” during a July 8, 2020 interview with NowThis. “Surplus military equipment for law enforcement? They don’t need that.”

I do not like the trend toward an increasingly militarized police.

The military’s job is to kill the enemy and break their stuff. There are no nuances about little details like “rights”, or “presumption of innocence”. We declare war on you and we blow you up. That’s the military’s job.

That’s not the Police’s job. It’s the Police’s job to protect our rights as citizens. They do this by enforcing the laws, but enforcement is not the goal, that’s a step toward reaching the goal…the goal is ultimately protecting the rights of the citizens. When criminals violate the rights of the citizens, it is the Police’s job to find, apprehend and incarcerate those criminals to prevent them from continuing to violate the rights of other citizens.

Note that I didn’t say it’s the Police’s job to protect us. that’s why you don’t have a police officer stationed at your door 24/7. It’s not their job to protect you; that’s your job. It’s the Police’s job to respond, attempt to disrupt the crime in progress if possible and, failing that, to apprehend the offender and submit them to the judicial system.

Do the police really need armored personnel carriers and machine guns to do that job? I would say no. Those are tools used in controlling a population, not in providing effective policing.

It’s not the police’s job to control us. It is their job to protect our rights. Period.

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The purge continues – Update 2

It’s going to get worse before it gets better…if it ever does.

Democrats Move to ban Trump Supporters from federal jobs or joining the military:

Mike Lindell Permanently suspended from Twitter.

Literary agency fires employee for having a Parler account.

Update – And another one: Epoch Times demonetized by youtube

Update 2 – And the hits keep coming: Trump Supporting Memer charged by DOJ

I love this line about it:

William Sweeney, who leads the FBI’s field office in New York, asserted in a statement that Mackey’s alleged actions “amounted to nothing short of vote theft.”

“It is illegal behavior and contributes to the erosion of the public’s trust in our electoral processes. He may have been a powerful social media influencer at the time, but a quick Internet search of his name today will reveal an entirely different story,” Sweeney said.

Posting sarcastic memes that make fun of Democrats on twitter erodes the public’s trust in our elections, but apparently kicking republican observers out of counting areas, putting up cardboard to block the windows so people can’t see the counts, video of ballots being pulled out from under tables in the dead of night, accepting improperly submitted ballots that can’t be verified…those things don’t erode trust in elections in the slightest. [/Update 2]

It’s getting easier and easier to get purged.

You don’t have to be involved in anything violent, all it takes is to question the integrity of the election.

You don’t have to post anything questionable or hateful, all you have to do is have an account on an alternative social media site.

This is how totalitarians work. They will not stop until they have crushed dissent. Until anyone who opposes them or their agenda is too afraid to speak. Until they can force their will on us without opposition.

Because the left is a religion. They can’t be wrong. Everything they want to do is good and is for the good of the people. Therefore, anyone who opposes them must be evil and must be crushed.

“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.”
— H.L. Mencken

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Why Privacy is Important…

…even if you’re “not doing anything wrong”. I hear it over and over again…”Yea, I know the NSA’s reading my e-mails and text messages, but as long as I’m not doing anything illegal, what difference does it make?”

The newly announced war on conservatives domestic terrorism is a prime example.

WH source: The NRA, Turning Point USA & Patriot Guard Riders are three of many non-militia groups on the list CID / FBI are using to cross reference in vetting for potential “extremists”

Although it’s obviously baseless to claim that either the NRA or TPUSA are “extremist”, the one that really shocked me is the Patriot Guard Riders.

The Patriot Guard was formed in direct response to Fred Phelp’s cult of extremists (whom, I note, are not on the list) who were loudly picketing and disrupting the funerals of fallen service members. The group was not allowed onto the cemetery grounds, so they typically parked themselves across the street with bullhorns and noisemakers.

The Patriot Guard is a group of bikers, mostly ex-military, who, ONLY at the request of the family of the fallen, would attend the funerals and ride our bikes up and down the street in between the cult fanatics and the cemetery, drowning them out. The families had to endure the loud droning of dozens…sometimes hundreds…of motorcycles running up and down the street, but at least thy couldn’t hear the Phelps freaks slandering and demonizing their loved one.

We were so effective that the Phelps crew started monitoring the web site and when the Patriot Guard planned a mission for a funeral, they just stopped bothering to show up. The news stories were all about the Patriot Guard, and not where they wanted the focus…on them and their hatefulness.

The Patriot Guard ended up becoming basically an escort and honor guard. The organization still exists and still attends funerals when invited, but now it’s primarily just a show of respect and honor.

So…that is “extremist” how exactly?

The answer is that it doesn’t matter. It isn’t about extremism. It’s about dissent. The common denominator of those organizations are that they are widely recognized as “conservative” although two of them (the NRA and the Patriot Guard) would accept members of any political stripe, as long as you support the mission, and all three organizations either implicitly or explicitly support Trump.

It doesn’t matter any more whether you do or say anything illegal, or even controversial. All that matters is whether you toe the party line. If you engage in wrongthink, you are a target and I would advise you to take some precautions: Get off of any of the big social media sites you still have accounts on. Start using secure communication methods like Signal SMS messaging and PGP encryption for e-mail, and stay ready…this is just the beginning.

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Attack in Dallas

I’ve got a couple of thoughts about the Dallas attack…fair warning, none of them are particularly “politically correct”.

I do feel sad for the families of the slain officers and hope for the rapid recovery of those wounded. There’s a good chance that those cops were good, hard working and diligent public servants.

But they were a part of a larger community and that leads me to my first thought:

You reap what you sow.

The Police, as a community, has been fostering an “us vs them” mentality for many years. They openly consider themselves “warriors” and place more value on “getting home safe” at the end of the shift than protecting the public or doing their jobs.

When you treat the general public as the enemy and publicly declare that occasionally killing innocents is an acceptable outcome when compared with officer safety, you are no longer a police force, you are an occupying military.

It should come as no surprise when some of the people you view as the enemy decides to view you in the same way.

“You reap what you sow” also applies to the Black Lives Matter people.

Details are still sketchy and we have no inkling of the motivations of the attackers, but considering that they killed none of the protesters and only cops, I’d have to say it’s a safe assumption that they were at minimum ambivalent toward the movement and were likely supporters of it.

Many of the BLM people, who have been actively calling for attacks on police and shouting down, harassing and intimidating anyone who had the audacity to counter with “all lives matter”, are now decrying the attacks and claiming that they never really MEANT all those times they chanted about killing cops.

Sorry, but this is what you’ve been begging for for over a year, acting all surprised now when you get it seems a bit disingenuous to me (to put it lightly).

And, of course, the inevitable blood dancing has already begun. Those who eagerly await any bloodshed they can use as a rationalization for advancing their agenda of control have already started doing so. We don’t even know who the attackers were yet, let alone how they got their guns, and Obama is already blaming the shooting on “easy access to guns”.

My sincere belief about this is that it’s been a long time coming and it’s going to get A LOT worse. The government has been abusing the people for way too long and way too many are seriously pissed off about it. With the Hillary fiasco demonstrating unequivocally that the laws are only for “little people” and that only we will be held accountable for our actions, while the “elite” can pretty much do whatever the heck they want with impunity, it’s only going to get worse.

And, in the face of rising unrest and discontent, they want to relieve us of the most effective tools we have available to defend ourselves against the coming mayhem?

I think not. In fact, that would be the quickest and most sure way of adding more recruits to the ranks of those ready to strike out against those who would try to control us.

Unless that’s the plan. I’m no conspiracy nut, but it sure would be convenient for Obama for things to go to hell in a handbasket over the next few months, thereby “requiring” him to declare martial law and “temporarily postpone” the upcoming elections…you know…for the public’s safety and all that.

At any rate, it doesn’t take a crystal ball to foresee what’s coming. Gun rights activists and patriots had better be prepared because the onslaught against our rights is about to reach a whole new level.

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What could possibly go wrong?

Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.

Link

You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered. –Lyndon Johnson

And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

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I try very hard to keep in mind…

…that most cops are good, conscientious, hard-working men and women who are just trying to do their duty and their job.

But stories like these make it very hard to keep things in perspective:


Couple arrested for getting lost in Baltimore.

News I-Team reporter David Collins said Joshua Kelly and Llara Brook, of Chantilly, Va., got lost leaving an Orioles game on Saturday. Collins reported a city officer arrested them for trespassing on a public street while they were asking for directions.

Video of Missouri SWAT raid

This is the blunt-end result of all the war imagery and militaristic rhetoric politicians have been spewing for the last 30 years—cops dressed like soldiers, barreling through the front door middle of the night, slaughtering the family pets, filling the house with bullets in the presence of children, then having the audacity to charge the parents with endangering their own kid.

Important safety tip to Police:   My pets are part of my family, I will defend them with all the force and vigor with which I would defend my wife or children.  If you have a warrant to serve on my home, you would be well served to knock on the frakking door and give me enough time to answer it.  If you kick the door down and start shooting at my dogs, I WILL shoot back.  I obviously won’t be able to stand up for long against a cadre of body armored and armed polizei in full assault mode, but I can guarantee that I’ll take at least one or two of the murderers in uniform with me on the way out.

If, on the other hand, you knock on the door, give me the opportunity to answer it, and show me the warrant, I’ll be more than happy to secure the dogs and let you into the house without a problem.  You get to execute your warrant, and everyone gets to keep breathing for one more day.  Win-win.

If the police don’t want their fellow citizens treating them like the enemy, they’d better call off the war and start treating us with the same common courtesy that they’d like to receive.

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Stranded by Police

Not gun related but no less maddening.

A motorist was left with no recourse after police grabbed his truck and stranded him, alone, on the side of the road in a dangerous Mesa, Arizona neighborhood — even though he had not done anything wrong. US District Court Judge David G Campbell issued a preliminary ruling last Friday that Ted Mink, 47, had no right to sue police over his treatment at their hands.

In defense of the Police, as far as they knew the guy was driving on a suspended license…but leaving a person with documented medical issues stranded on the side of the road is patently ridiculous.  Heck, if nothing else, arrest the guy and take him to jail.  At least that way he’d have access to basic medical care and wouldn’t be walking for miles on his bum foot.

I spent a short time doing police type work in the Navy and I can tell you that you do tend to get pretty cynical pretty quickly.  Most of your time is spent with people of less than stellar character.  But sometimes that cynicism manifests itself in the form of outright cruelty on the part of Police Officers.  In my humble opinion, because of their position and role in society, Cops should be held to a higher standard of professionalism and human compassion than the general population…not lower as is the case today.

Until Police Officers are routinely held accountable for their actions and the harm those actions cause when acting as our representatives and exercising the powers that we have granted to them, these types of abuses will continue unabated.

The only way they’ll ever be held accountable is if we as a society demand that they be.

I’m not holding my breath.

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Impersonating an idiot

A while back, when the Ryan Frederick saga was still playing out, one of the common arguments made by those supporting the Police State was that no one should shoot at people breaking down their door if the intruders are screaming that they are Police Officers.

In order to counter this ridiculous proposition, I set up a “Google News Alert” for police impostors in order to find stories of home invaders posing as police as they break down doors.

It actually happens fairly often and I’ve collected a pretty good number of stories about just such incidents, some even happening in the local area.

I still have that news alert set up and today this interesting story popped up:

While on patrol at 11:36 p.m. Tuesday, an officer reported seeing a bicyclist swerving, “all over the road,” Texas City police Sgt. Joe Stanton said.

The man, 20, was wearing a police jacket with a patch that read, “The Colony Police Department,” Stanton said.

The Colony Police Chief Joe Clark viewed an e-mail picture of the jacket and patch and said it had been standard issue to police dispatchers and last issued a decade ago.

“Whoever they’re dealing with got it from a Goodwill down there,” Clark said, noting the jacket had a chest patch that said communications on the coat. [emphasis added]

The man was charged with two misdemeanors, public intoxication and false identification as a peace officer-misrepresentation of property, Stanton said.

So, apparently in Texas, having the audacity to wear something that even HINTS of being an employee of the police department is enough for a charge of “false identification as a peace officer”, even if no claims were made and the patch even said “communications” on it.

I have a feeling that charge will be dropped, but just the fact that they charged him is enough for me to file this under “Police State”.

I have a T-shirt with a Border patrol emblem on the front that I got while I was working for a contractor that was installing the surveillance systems on the border. The border patrol themselves sold it to me for $20 IIRC. They also had hats, sweat shirts and other items for sale with the border patrol emblem on them.

Am I impersonating a police officer when I wear that shirt? I guess if I ever go to Texas again, I’ll leave it at home just in case.

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Thinigs that make you go Hmmm…

Maybe I should make that a category.

Frederick informant: Police implied he’d receive leniency:

Steven Wright, a police informant, said there were “implied promises” made by police and prosecutors to take care of him in return for his testimony against Ryan Frederick, a Chesapeake man convicted of killing a police detective during a drug raid.

Draw your own conclusions.

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