Monday, January 23, 2006
Yeah, me neither.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Dunphy on Handguns
But let's take a look at the experience of one such state, the one so roundly reviled on both coasts for having given us George W. Bush. In 1996, the state of Texas enacted Senate Bill 60, known as the Concealed Handgun Law, which restored the rights of law-abiding citizens who obtain the proper license to carry concealed handguns. When the bill was being debated, the antigun Cassandras predicted bloodbaths, envisioning pistol-packing Texans settling their disputes in roadside shootouts.
The exact opposite has come to pass. Writing on the Dallas Blog, Jerry Patterson, author of S.B. 60, says that rather than turning into the Wild West, Texas is now the Mild West, with falling crime rates and streets safer than ever. Since the bill's passage, handgun murders have fallen 18 percent, and the handgun murder-per capita rate has fallen 13 percent. As of December 2005, there were 247,345 active handgun licenses in Texas, and a study by the National Center for Policy Analysis has shown that the licensees are 5.7 times less likely than the average Texan to be arrested for a violent offense and 14 times less likely for a nonviolent one.
Van Nuys: 16-Year Old Girl Shot
A 16-year-old Van Nuys girl shot in the face Saturday while playing with a gun was hospitalized and will likely recover, but the teen who was showing off the gun is now in custody, according to police.
The shooting happened about 2:20 p.m. in the 16000 block of Vanowen Street, Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez said.
The girl’s 20-year-old sister told detectives two 16-year-old boys from school had brought the gun to the residence. She believed the shooting was accidental, as the boys were showing off the weapon.
The name of the boy was withheld. He was being held at LAPD's Van Nuys Station and expected to be booked at a Sylmar juvenile hall on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The gun was not immediately recovered.
It really makes you wonder what is going through the heads of teenagers these days. Wait a second --- isn't 16 years of age an immediate bump to adult status in California when committing a violent crime?
DemocraticUnderground.com Holds The Torch In Hate Speech
There's a big difference between free speech and hate speech. This, my friends, is the latter.
High Plains (865 posts) Sat Jan-21-06 02:09 PM
Now there's a response to police brutality! On the one hand, one can't condone arson.
On the other hand, I bet the cops in north Georgia think twice before they pepper spray someone to death again. Too bad it's almost impossible to indict, let alone convict, brutal cops.
alcibiades_mystery (1000+ posts) Sat Jan-21-06 02:33 PM
Roscoe P. Coltraine finally got one of those Duke boys good
James Jackson, oldest brother of Clarence Walker, said that his brother angered the police because he often ran away from them.What the hell is going on down there???
High Plains (865 posts) Sat Jan-21-06 02:31 PM
Yes, he did, and a pregnant wife, too. That's why I said one couldn't condone it. But one can sure as hell understand it. And to be honest, I really hope a lot of cops hear about this. Might make 'em pause before they beat somebody to death.
The LAPD Tax Hike
A survey of Los Angeles neighborhood council members found that most support raising taxes to expand the police force, although a substantial number also believe money might be saved by eliminating waste, representatives of the mayor's office said Saturday.
The survey, conducted by the city Department of Neighborhood Empowerment as well as the mayor's office, found that 39% support expanding the police force by 1,000 officers with a half-cent increase in sales tax, and an additional 28% support paying for it with a combination of taxes and efficiencies.
However, a sales-tax measure would require a two-thirds popular vote for approval, and the 67% favorable response in the survey appears to leave little margin for error.
Indeed, those surveyed were the most active and knowledgeable residents, elected by their neighborhoods to serve on the councils, so the results do not necessarily reflect how the average voter will respond.
I think we have a rather simple equation that could keep everyone happy: Spend less, and apply part of that extra savings to the police department. The LAPD was, and always has been, one of the greatest forces in the world. I think it's worth examining areas that a bit of pork can be cut in order to recruit and train more officers.
More Officers, Please
I'm not saying it's perfect, but it's a start. All of us here at The Horseback Riders hate tax hikes, and I that common sense tells us that if we can cut spending in one area to equal the proposed half-cent tax hike to hire more officers, then we should be looking at a winning situation. If the mayor can fix all the potholes for $20 bucks a pop, then finding money for officers should be the last thing we're worried about. The Chief accredited it to better plans of action, but the fact of the matter is that there's more feet on the street. The City of Los Angeles is growing, and it's hard to deny the fact that the police department has to grown to keep up with the needs of the city.
In the toughest part of Los Angeles, that stretch of neighborhoods that fan out from the southern border of the USC campus, more homicides are committed than in any other area of the city. Gangs still roam the streets. And yet there is reason for hope, a sense that things have gotten better.
Swaths of South Los Angeles communities are posting improving crime statistics. In the southwest area of Los Angeles, for instance, police say homicides are down by 21% from 2004 and aggravated assaults have been reduced by almost half, from 2,208 in 2004 to 1,277 as 2005 came to an end. Even shootings are down, by 31%.
And it is not just there.
Take Pacoima, nestled at the base of the mountains in the northern reaches of the city. This once was serious gang country. Its streets remain grimy and most of the buildings could use fresh paint. But here in this working-class suburb, life is looking up, if only by degrees.
"It's not Beverly Hills, but it's a lot nicer," said Edwin Ramirez, the president of Pacoima's neighborhood council.
Although the area has never looked so good, or had so much art and music or so many restaurants and clothing stores, patrons vanish by nightfall. Then the soaring sounds of a saxophone and floating aroma of coffee waft over lonely sidewalks.
Twins Richard and Ron Harris, who opened the popular Lucy Florence Coffee House in 2000, say they measure success by foot traffic, not statistics.
"I don't believe crime is down in this area because there are not enough people walking," Richard Harris said.
While praising the individual officers who work the neighborhood, merchants said the overall relationship with police still needs improvement if crime is to drop in a way that creates a broader sense of security.
"It is our hope that people begin to work more closely with the police, cooperating more with them because there is crime here," Ron Harris said. "I think the community needs to stop looking at LAPD as the enemy."
And the police, he said, need to create the impression they are patrolling to prevent crime, not seeking it out.
Up the street at Gallery Plus, Laura Hendrix, outgoing president of the Leimert Park Merchants' Assn., said she was recently robbed by a customer who gave her a $100 bill, then grabbed both the bill and the change and fled. She used the incident to underline her positive experience with LAPD and pulled a sheaf of business cards with the names and cellphone numbers of police officers from her wallet.
"They were excellent in responding, and I think the relationship with the police is better now than it has been in the past," Hendrix said. What happened to her, however, illustrates the petty crimes that require constant vigilance.
"It's not people breaking in and taking things; it's that you have to always be cautious. You can't slip," Hendrix said.
At the nearby Gwen Bolden Youth Foundation, founder Bolden said a recent breakthrough came when parents of the 150 youths who receive tutoring and other services at the center spent an evening meeting with police.
"The parents could actually see some of the officers and know their names instead of saying 'Who is that cop?' Now it's 'Oh, that's Officer Morales.'
Thursday, January 19, 2006
A Young Man On A Spiritual Quest
After years of silence, the father of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh said Thursday he has asked President Bush to grant his son clemency, adding that the then teenager never raised arms against the United States.
"In simple terms, this is the story of a decent and honorable young man embarked on a spiritual quest," said Frank Lindh, swallowing back tears at times during a speech at the Commonwealth Club, a nonprofit organization.
John Walker Lindh, now 24, was captured by American forces on Nov. 21, alongside the Taliban. Frank Lindh said his son thought he had been rescued by U.S. soldiers until he was taken into custody and tortured.
Charged with conspiring to kill Americans and supporting terrorists, the younger Lindh avoided a potential life sentence in 2002 by pleading guilty to lesser charges of supplying services to the Taliban in violation of U.S. economic sanctions and of carrying weapons against U.S. forces.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Bang, Bang: Armed Eighth Grader Shot
A nearly hourlong attempt to apprehend a student thought to be carrying a gun at Milwee Middle School near Longwood ended this morning when a member of the Seminole County Sheriff's SWAT team shot the 15-year-old boy.I feel for the family of the kid. No one deserves to lose a child. But I can't say much for the kid, who apparently knew exactly what he was doing. Hindsight is 20/20, so anyone who takes a stab at the SWAT team member for shooting doesn't understand what it's like to be in a situation like that. They were doing their best to keep other kids at the school from getting hurt, and they did a darned good job of it.
The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.
The boy was rushed by ambulance to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The Sheriff's Office identified the boy as Christopher David Penley of Winter Springs.Penley was on Advanced Life Support, Sheriff Don Eslinger said. An armed SWAT team member rode in the ambulance with the child and walked alongside the stretcher, his rifle strapped across his back, as the boy was wheeled into the hospital.
The victim's condition has not been released. Just after 1 p.m., he was moved to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women & Children, according to a Seminole County deputy at the hospital.
The pellet gun looked so much like a 9mm semi-automatic handgun that SWAT team member Lt Mike Weippert opened fire on the boy when he pointed the gun in the direction of the officer, Eslinger said.
Pellet guns normally have a red or pink barrel, but the barrel of the gun in the hands of the student had been painted black, making it almost impossible to tell the difference between it and a real gun, Eslinger said.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Places to Donate
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Monday, January 09, 2006
What We Live For
Okay, so I'm not really pleased, but it does make me wonder who in the heck enters those search terms.
Border Patrol: Refusing to Back Down
If I remember correctly, taking shots at an agent of the United States means that the agent can shoot at will and take the appropriate action. The fact that these agents are using such restraints demostrates exactly how much they put up with on a daily basis, and the thought that goes into patrolling the border on a daily basis.
Border Patrol agents say they have dodged bullets fired at them from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande in two shootings within the past week.
Federal authorities were investigating the shootings and say they signal an increase from last year. Authorities believe the shooters were likely drug or people smugglers whose operations were interrupted by agents.
A spokesman for the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector says about ten shots were fired at agents near the Veteran's International Bridge at Los Tomates last night. One Border Patrol vehicle was hit, but none of the agents was injured. Officials say four agents patrolling upriver from the bridge on boats reported up to 25 shots were fired at them.
None of the four agents was hurt in the shooting Friday, but one boat was hit five times.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Overreaction of the Day
From Beaver County, Pennsylvania (With Video)
A Beaver County woman hopes her home video can catch the culprit who slashed her inflatable Christmas bear. “The way he raised his hand above his head, it just sends a chill up your spine,” says Carol Tomalski of West Mayfield.Tomalski says she and her husband installed security cameras after someone drove through their lawn two weeks before they moved in. Now their inflatable bear lies lifeless with a stab wound right between his eyes. Tomalski doesn’t know who would kill the Christmas bear, but she doesn’t think it was just a spur of the moment prank.“You can tell it was planned because you have to know this area at night, you have to know where you're going,” Tomalski explained.She hopes someone might recognize the person from the video and turn him in so she can have peace.So the was the plastic inflatable bear alive before it was stabbed? Is she really that attached to this inflatable bear that she needs closure so she can live in peace? This lady is acting like this kid is going to grow up to be John Wayne Gasey. Make sure you watch the video the media keeps showing the brutal attack over and over.
Friday, January 06, 2006
From The WTF File
I was going to write my tourette syndrome attack down, (my tic is uncontrollable cussing after hearing or reading really stupid @!*#) but I will leave you all to read the story and have one of your own.
There was outrage Wednesday when a Vermont judge handed out a 60-day jail sentence to a man who raped a little girl many,many times over a four-year span starting when she was seven. The judge said he no longer believes in punishment and is more concerned about rehabilitation. "The one message I want to get through is that anger doesn't solve anything. It just corrodes your soul," said Judge Edward Cashman speaking to a packed Burlington courtroom. Most of the on-lookers were related to a young girl who was repeatedly raped by Mark Hulett who was in court to be sentenced.
"I discovered it accomplishes nothing of value;it doesn't make anything better;it costs us a lot of money; we create a lot of expectation, and we feed on anger,"Cashman explained to the people in the court.
Just one tic, “It’s not about anger you dumb ass it’s about justice for a child who was raped.” Someone get me my blowtorch.
To grow on you
Story County sheriff's deputies said they believe methamphetamine is now being produced as a liquid that can be applied to paper. Authorities discovered the meth after it was sent through the mail. Investigators said the drug is typically made so that it can be smoked or injected, but now sheriff's deputies are seeing it in a liquid form. "We were notified that a package had been sent in the mail. We obtained that package and found what appeared to be a liquid methamphetamine that was applied to the paper," said Capt. Gary Foster, of the Story County Sheriff's Department. Initial lab tests showed that images printed on a piece of paper contain meth. "Then all the person has to do is take one of the pieces, tear it out, put it in their mouth and the drug can be ingested in their system in that fashion," Foster said. The person who wrote the letter makes a direct reference to the handmade stationery on which the letter was written. The letter's author also comments on how the stationery starts "To grow on you" and how she now likes it.
I guess its better than burning down deodorant and drinking it for the alcohol content, or stuffing oranges full of bread then letting it sit out on the windowsill to rot. Meth-Heads what will the come up with next?
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Honoring Officers Killed in the Year 2005
Courage to take me Where others will not go...
I ask for strength Strength of body to protect others And strength of spirit to lead others...
I ask for dedication Dedication to my job, to do it well Dedication to my community To keep it safe...
Give me Lord, concern For others who trust me And compassion for those who need me...
And please Lord Through it all Be at my side...
2005 Statistics of Fallen Officers
This is a compilation of statistics based on fallen officers posted on
this web site. www.copadorer.com.
CAUSE OF DEATH
12 officers died during domestic violence calls
7 officers died answering robbery calls
3 officers died in an ambush
3 officers died serving warrants
14 officers died during a traffic stop
6 officers were shot accidentally
6 officers were shot by suspect with their own gun
2 officers died of accidental self inflicted
64 officers in total died by gunfire
15 officers died when they lost control of vehicle
19 officers died in auto accidents involving someone else
4 officers died due to road conditions
11 officers died being ran over by a vehicle
4 officers died while laying stop sticks
4 officers died because of a drunk driver
4 officers died in motorcycle accidents
66 officers in total died from motor vehicle accidents
3 officers died of heart attacks during training
3 officers died of heart attacks during an assault
4 officers died of heart attacks assisting another officer
4 officers died of heart attac ks during a foot pursuit
14 officers in total died of heart attacks
1 officer died of drowning
4 officers died in helicopter accidents
1 officer died in an airplane accident
1 officer died in an atv accident
1 officer died being struck by a train
3 officers died falling off bridges
1 officer died of a stabbing
1 officer died of hepatitis C
2 officers died from cancer
1 officer died from drinking too much water
3 officers died of mortar attack in war in Iraq
STATES WITH MOST LOSSES
LENGTH OF TIME ON THE JOB
3 years on average - 13 officers died within 3 years of duty Shortest
time on the job - 6 days - Heart Attack during training in Alabama
Longest time on the job - 37 years - Lake Ranger in Oklahoma Under 1
year on the job - 9 officers Under 5 years on the job - 48 officers
6 to 10 years on the job - 25 officers
11 to 20 years on the job - 40 officers
21 to 30 years on the job - 21 officers
31 to 40 years on the job - 4 officers
17 officers time on the job unknown
AGES OF LOST OFFICERS
Average age of a fallen officer - 34 years old Youngest 21 years old
from Michigan Oldest 72 years old from Oklahoma Under Age 25 - 7
officers Age 25 to 30 - 24 officers Age 31 to 35 - 39 officers Age 36
to 40 - 27 officers Age 41 to 50 - 36 officers Age 51 to 60 - 23
officers Age 61 to 65 - none Over 65 - 1 officer Ages Unknown - 8
GENDER OF LOST OFFICERS
Female Officers - 7
Male Officers - 158
*Total Officers listed on copadorer memorial page 2005 - 165 Total
Officers lost in 2005 - 149 *This total will always be greater then
the number of officers deaths in
Some of the names listed on the web site were retired or disabled
officers that did not die in the Line of Duty.
CHILDREN OF LOST OFFICERS
236 children lost parents
2 wives are expecting births
59 known to be daughters
70 known to be sons
30 grandchildren lost grandparents
This does not include listings where children's gender were not known
and its not specific, only information I have from postings.
RANKINGS OF LOST OFFICERS
Police Officer - 65
Deputy Sheriff - 33
Captain of Chief of Police - 2
Sheriff - 2
Sergeant - 14
Lieutenant - 1
Corporal - 2
Dispatcher - 1
Detective - 7
Trooper - 4
State Police - 2
Highway Patrol - 1
Corrections Officer - 5
Ranger/Forestry - 3
Motorcycle Officer - 2
Special Agent - 7
Federal Agent - 2
Constable - 1
Mounted Police - 4
K9 Officer - 1
Narcotics - 1
Parole Officer - 1
Reserve Officer - 1
Retired Officer - 1
Notes of Interest:
No officers of the age of 25 or 30 are listed.
Three officers were engaged, 110 were married, 52 marital status unknown.
Eight officers listed were Off Duty when they were killed.
Two officers were killed when suspects went to the officers homes.
One officer died from drinking too much water during training.
March was the worst month for deaths - 21 deaths.
Eight officers have family that work on the job also.
Rookie of the Year 2004 was killed in Washington.
One officer had his father with him on ride along, both were killed.
One officer also had a brother in law killed this year.
One officer was killed when his best friend played a joke on him.
One officer was killed by her spouse.
One officer was killed by a 12 year old girl.
Alaska has no deaths listed for 2005.