Monday, May 11, 2015

Moe's Eye Poke Violence - Polo Shirts and Printing - West Side Story Liberal Fears

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A few weeks back I picked up two boxes of CCI Mini Mags (100 count) at Bass Pro Shops - $9.00 a box.   It was behind the counter and limit was two boxes.  Whoeeeee!

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Man dies by hammer and I'm thinking it might be the next weapon Anti's try to ban...


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Most of the shirts I wear are Polo's, t-shirts and sweatshirts (around the house).  When wearing a button down, I tuck the shirt (I always wear IWB) or on very rare occasions pocket carry.  I have a couple of nice vests - not tactical - that I can wear unbuttoned if I feel I need extra help.  I carry either a Taurus TCP, a 1911 Commander or now a newly minted Kahr CW45.  Anymore, I never worry about printing.  For all the crying, whining and emotional hand wringing one hears from the Anti's, no one notices, looks or apparently, cares.

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A very short review of the book - After You Shoot - Your Guns Hot. The Perp's Not.  By Alex Korwin

I read it and I didn't care for it.  Most of what he says is strictly conjecture and what he thinks might work.  Most of the lawyers quoted in his book disagree with him and his teachings.  I felt like he was using the reader as a guinea pig for his experimental thoughts on what to do in a shooting situation.  I think if you employed his suggestions, you might end up in bad trouble.  No thanks.  I'll just stick to the advice of the Massad Ayoobs of the world.

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We went to see West Side Story at the Drury Lane theater in Oak Brook a few weeks ago.  When the lights went down, the MC announced that all phones needed to be turned off, that there would be fighting and smoking in the play and that there would be... wait for it... Fake Gunshots!  Believe it or not, there were audible gasps from many in the audience.  Oh, their tender sensibilities... whatever will they do when real life comes for them.

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Well, at least Illinois is still in the hunt for the Obama Presidential Library.  Although, other than comic books, what else would be stored there?

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There is no such thing as Gun Violence. Just as there is no such thing as Knife Violence, or BlackJack Violence, or Bat Violence, or Poking in the Eye Violence. When we commit violence on someone, it is a conscious act. The gun cannot act, it is only the tool of the person committing the act. The knife cannot act, it is only the tool of the person committing the act, the finger cannot act, it is only the tool of Moe.

Moe demonstrating his quick strike capabilities.
To fix violence you must first work to repair the family unit in this country. Better parenting means better educated children, better educated children mean better employment opportunities, better employment opportunities means less reliance on gangs and drugs, and so on... and so on...

Violence is not caused by a gun. If you believe guns are the problem, then you must also believe that banning spoons will stop obesity. How silly does that sound?

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The NRA believes in teaching children gun safety, starting with the Eddie Eagle gun safety program while the anti-Second Amendment, anti-Constitution people believe it's best to stick your head in the sand and cross your fingers 

The NRA has Eddie Eagle who teaches these four rules to children
If you see a gun:
STOP!
Don't Touch.
Leave the Area.
Tell an Adult.

Eddie the Eagle is a program Schools and groups may use. It never mentions the NRA. It is there for parents and adults to use to teach safety. Nothing more.

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As a Second Amendment supporter who has stood-by observing as the media, standing tall behind the First Amendment, trashed our Right to keep and bear arms and attempted to ban certain guns and magazines - it only seems fair that legislation should be written that would restrict the media to 25 words or less on any one topic.  Background checks (who are these people, anyway?), licenses, and a special use tax on all purchases pertaining to writing should be mandatory.

Being forced to use concise and comprehensive verbiage would be a common sense approach to protecting our children from those that would put icky-bad thoughts in their heads.  The public would be safer, as National Security would be better served by less information... lets face it, there's no need for you to know the pesky details of how the Government does it's business!

While this would be a minor hindrance to those who use their First Amendment Rights, it's only common sense that the Citizens of this Country should embrace this restriction for the good of everyone - women and children, poor and downtrodden, the hurt and lost.  Though being able to use just 25 words or less will put a damper on some of you in the media, those that write about hunting and fishing won't be affected.  Only those who write Op Ed pieces on Politicians, Legislators and the like - those words are the real danger to the rest of us.  Come one guys! This would be a "common sense" law!  The media would still be able to use words to report on any story, just not as many!

Oh yeah, a list of banned words to follow.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Good Cop / Bad Cop - Breaking Down the Blue Wall of Silence

On a warm night in August of 2013 a call came in to the Dispatch Center of the Dover Delaware Police Department regarding a disturbance at a local gas station - a purported fight with a drawn gun.  Officers were dispatched and Cpl Thomas Webster arrived first on the scene. The Officer found 30-year old Lateef Dickerson (yellow hat - as seen in the dash cam video of the second Officer to arrive) about a block away from the gas station.

See video HERE

It was reported to the responding Officers that Dickerson was the suspect with the gun (no gun was found and there were no charges filed pertaining to a gun).  As the second Officer arrived, dash cam footage shows Dickerson complying with Officer Webster's commands.  Dickerson raises his hands and locks them behind his head as Officer Webster, with gun drawn, directs him to get on the ground.  Dickerson does so without hesitation - but when he complies, in the street on his hands and knees, palms flat on the pavement, completely helpless, Officer Webster suddenly and viciously kicks Dickerson full-force in the face - hard enough that Dickerson's hat flies off his head and out of the videos frame, hard enough to concuss him, hard enough to break his jaw, hard enough to knock him out cold.

And for what reason?

The second Officer arrived in time to be standing at the scene when Officer Webster knocks Dickerson into lala land.  He then helps Officer Webster handcuff Dickerson - who is now beginning to shake the cobwebs out in his head.  Dickerson is then transported to the hospital for his injuries and later booked on charges of assault, theft and resisting arrest, with those charges eventually being dropped.

In 2014 a Grand Jury decided not to indict Officer Webster and later that year, the U.S. Attorneys office decided that Dickerson's Civil Rights were not violated.  At that time the ACLU involved themselves with the case, filing a lawsuit and demanding the release of the video.

In January of this year Attorney General Matt Denn took office and began a look into the case.  He soon requested a second Grand Jury - Webster was indicted on Monday and arrested on a felony assault charge that very day.

Rep. Sean Lynn tells the News Journal that the officer's use of force "seems completely unwarranted.
… I was definitely taken aback."

Fred Calhoun, President of the Delaware police union said, "It's not fair. This was done because of what is taking place in society today," an apparent reference to Baltimore and Ferguson. Webster's lawyer says his client will plead not guilty; at this time Officer Webster is out on $5,000 bail.

We will have to see how this case shakes out, but on the face of it, there can be no excuse for Officer Webster's violent assault on an unsuspecting and defenseless citizen.  He had backup on the scene.  There were no other suspects in sight.  Dickerson was complying and was completely impotent and defenseless when Officer Webster willfully chose to inflict pain and injury on an unsuspecting and submissive citizen.

This is not about whether Dickerson is a bad guy - he is a life long criminal and that fact is not in dispute.  It is about LEO who overstep their bounds... because they believe they can.  Because they have been off the leash for so many years - like feral dogs.  Because they have the authority of law.  Because the courts and government legislators - both Federal and State - have erred over and over again on the side of LE.  Because the courts have ruled time and time again in LE favor, tearing down the Bill of Rights in the misplaced name of safety - for both the Citizens and LEO's themselves.

Right now, through the magic of the internet and personal video devices - which are ubiquitous, to say the least - Bad Cops are splashed across the world in all their raging glory.  Bully cops, lying cops, intimidating cops, physical cops,  cops who realize they are being filmed and suddenly become nice guys, cops who deny citizens their Rights, cops who attempt to stop citizens from recording, even though they know that the recorder is well within the citizens rights, cops who abscond with phones, hoping to delete or destroy video... it's a veritable cornucopia of Bad Cop examples.

Bad Cops have cost the taxpayers of this Country billions of dollars in misconduct suits. In 2011 alone, the city of New York paid out $119 million -  which included non abuse suits such as negligence.  Chicago has paid out over $450 million over the last 10 years - $84 million in 2013 alone.  $54 million from Los Angeles in 2011.

So.. what exactly has to change?  For me, it's simple.  The answer is Trust and Respect - and it's a two-way street.

But herein lies the dilemma - you can't have trust when the line between Good Cops and Bad Cops is blurred by the Blue Wall of Silence.  Go back to that video and watch the second officer on the scene - what did the second Officer do when he saw his Blue Wall Brother viciously attack a defenseless man with a savage and brutal kick to the face. 

He did nothing.

He didn't step in between the victim and the Officer.  He didn't physically restrain his Brethren in Blue.  He didn't try to protect the victim... he didn't do anything at all, except help cuff the suddenly unconscious man.

If Police departments across this Country want to mend fences with the public, if they truly want the trust of Americans, they must start by policing themselves - first and foremost.   Good Cops - and make no mistake, they are legion - need to show the public that their first and highest concern is the protection and safety of that public.

Good Cops need to turn in Bad Cops.  They need to report Bad Cops immediately and without concern for the welfare of anyone except the victim and the citizen.  The public needs to see that LEO are here to protect and serve... us.  The public must know that LEO are placing 'we the people' ahead of their own Fraternal Order.  It's the only way this works.  It's the only way to regain the trust and respect of the citizenry.  It's the only way back to sanity.

As far as the Lateef Dickerson situation, the questions I would like answered in this particular case are these... What exactly did the second Officer write in his report and did he report his fellow Officer to his superiors?  If he did those things, Great!  Good on him.

But if Officer #2 did none of those, then I want to know if he was suspended and or terminated for filing a false report?  Was he reprimanded for not reporting it?  Was anything at all done to reinforce that this is not acceptable behavior?  That his first responsibility is to the safety of the public?

We have a long way to go in this fight to bring the Police into the 21st century of video, audio and the internet... and its complicated by Unions, Politicians, Legislators and our Courts. It's a worthwhile fight - but only if the Good Cops realize we are on the same side, fighting the same fight.  All Cops need to be held accountable for their actions... and inaction.

Otherwise, our trust is gone like a ghost at sunrise.

UPDATE:  The Officer identified above as Cpl Thomas Webster is due to start his trial for Second Degree Assault on November 30, 2015 - See related story HERE

Stay Safe and Carry Responsibly
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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Stupidity Should Be Painful - Condition Yellow - Morons


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The stupidity and irrational fears of the people of this Country borders on the psychotic...
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To all those who've received their Concealed Carry license this year - As the late, great Cubs Broadcaster Jack Brickhouse would say - "HEY HEY!"

Congrats!  Strap it on, make your way to WallyWorld and take your WallyWalk!

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When I drop my Grandson off at school, I always wait to make sure no one can see my gun before I transfer it to the locking glove box.  To be honest, I just don't need some hysterical person calling the cops about the "man with a gun at the school!"  So, even if the law said "Yeah sure, go ahead..."  I still wouldn't do anything that would expose my sidearm to passersby... I just wait till its all clear.

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I worked on the south side of Chiraq for 23 years, and down there you learn to work with your head on a swivel or you may find yourself in very bad trouble, very quickly.  For me, Condition Yellow was a way of life long before I knew the term existed - long before concealed carry.


I've often wondered how low the crime rates across this Country would go, if the average person learned about Condition Yellow and applied it's simple teachings to their everyday lives?

I would have to think crime would fall like a rock.  It just makes sense.  Keep your head out of your I-phones.  Don't text while walking blindly.  Take off the headphones.  For Christ's sake, just be aware!

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I'll never understand how any state gets away with abusing our Second Amendment Rights the way they do...

Murdoch v Penn., 319 U.S. 105
No State shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it and attach a fee to it.

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Funny story.  I had a call from the "IRS."  The call was very loud with a lot of background noise, like the office was at the stock market on crash day.  The man who was speaking to me had a thick accent that made it difficult to understand him above the din behind him.  From what I gathered, I owed the IRS money and it needed to be paid right away or the Sheriff would be there to arrest me in the morning (his words).

Now his English is horrible and anyone with any brain at all should see this scam from a mile away,
but I let him stutter and stop and start again, mechanically reading his lines, for about 2 minutes.  I then interjected and said something alone the lines of...

"Whoa, whoa whoa, little buckeroo... can I ask a question?"

He deliberated for a second and then said "Yes" in what I can only describe as a Thai or Vietnamese accent.

"Do people really buy into this?  I mean, when you talk to people, do they really believe this?"

And Gods honest truth, after roughly five seconds, he replied in a completely defeated, utterly disheartened tone... "No."

And I hung up.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

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