Monday, August 31, 2015


The video, intended to make Israeli soldiers look brutal, also shows him scuffling with women

Associated Press
August 31, 2015

JERUSALEM — A video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian youths and women at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook, shining a light on Israeli military policies in the territory.

In the edited video, the masked soldier is seen holding a 12-year-old boy, his arm in a cast, in a chokehold in an attempt to arrest him. The soldier is swarmed by the boy's female relatives, including his mother and sister, who pull at his skin and uniform and slap him. The boy's sister, a 15-year-old sporting a blonde braid, is seen biting the soldier's hand. Bystanders yell, "He is a little boy. His arm is broken."

The soldier struggles with the boy, and then the female crowd, which ripped the mask off his face, for about a minute before a commanding officer arrives to assist him. The soldier then frees himself and releases the boy, angrily throwing a small stun grenade at a group of people as he walks away.

The original video, which was provided to The Associated Press by its creator, local activist and the boy's relative Bilal Tamimi, showed the same footage. Tamimi said Palestinians had hurled stones at the troops, but that he hadn't seen the boy throw stones, though photos broadcast on Israeli TV seemed to show the boy hurling a stone.

The skirmish took place Friday at a weekly protest in the West Bank village of Nebi Saleh, where Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters often clash. Villagers claim a nearby Jewish settlement has restricted access to a nearby spring.

The Israeli military said Sunday that a "violent riot" broke out at the protest and that it tried to detain the boy because he was throwing rocks. The military says the boy was released "to prevent an escalation of violence."

The video sparked accusations from critics that Israel is too heavy-handed in its confrontations with Palestinian protesters, especially minors.

In Israel, the video was seen as capturing the antagonism Israel's soldiers regularly face from stone-throwing Palestinian protesters and raised concerns for the soldiers' safety.

Israeli Channel 2 aired a recording of a man identified as the soldier's father who said he was proud his son showed restraint in the skirmish. Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev called for the military to adopt a new policy that would have allowed the soldier to shoot the Palestinians who scuffled with him.

EDITOR’S NOTE: What the AP report doesn’t tell is that every week Palestinian protesters in the West Bank village of Nebi Sale throw rocks at Israeli soldiers. And when the soldier attempted to arrest the boy, he was attacked by the women and he had to scuffle with them to protect himself.

A pack of camera men is always there to capture a picture that makes Israeli soldiers look brutal. That picture or video of the incident are posted on the internet where they go viral by those thirsting to show Israel in a bad light.

In this case a soldier had a young boy in a chokehold while a bunch of women were beating up on him. Edited out was the stone throwing. The video was viewed by two million Israel-haters.


Felix Kumi of Mount Vernon, NY was the innocent victim of an undercover gun buy that went bad

Felix Kumi, 61, was out for a walk Friday afternoon in his Mount Vernon, NY neighborhood when he was shot and died. Mr. Kumi was not the victim of a gangbanger or a mugger. He was the victim of two errand shots fired by an NYPD undercover cop during a gun buy gone bad.

Here is how the Associated Press described what happened:

28-year-old Jeffrey Aristy of the Bronx contacted an officer Friday saying he had guns for sale, authorities said. When an undercover officer met him in the Bronx, Aristy entered the officer's unmarked car and told him to drive to a residential neighborhood in Mount Vernon, police said.

When they arrived there around 4 p.m., another man hopped in the back seat, pointed a gun at the officer's head and demanded money, police said. The undercover officer handed cash to the second man before signaling for backup and confronting him in the street, where the officer began firing when the man pointed his gun at him, police said.

The 37-year-old gunman was struck three times in the torso while another bullet struck Kumi, police said. The gunman, whose identity was not immediately released, was taken to a hospital. Aristy, the target of the undercover probe, was arrested on drugs and weapons charges.

Mr. Kumi was not only the victim of two errand shots, but he was also the victim of bad luck and poor shooting by a cop.

First of all, I’m not blaming the cop for what he did. The gunman pointed a gun at him and the cop rightly fired away. But cops are notoriously poor shots in real life-or-death situations – as opposed to shooting on the police firing range – and tend to keep firing until the person posing the threat goes down. That means there are usually a lot of rounds fired with some bullets flying errantly past the intended target.

There have been many gun battles in the streets during which no innocent bystanders have been wounded or killed. That’s just plain good luck. Poor old Felix had no such luck.

Look for NYC to come up with a substantial settlement to the Kumi family after they file a wrongful death lawsuit .

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Those gold plated fixtures tell me that Trump's candidacy is just one big ego trip.


Man-made pollution is a bigger threat to ocean life than carbon emissions are to
life on land.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, the father of two and a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, was gunned down at a Houston gas station last night as he was refueling his patrol car. It was an unprovoked assassination. The shooter simply walked up behind the deputy, fired several shots at him execution style, and then fired several more shots into the prone deputy after he fell to the ground. The piece of shit then walked to a pickup truck and fled.

Trey Rusk, found the following unsigned posting, written by a sheriff’s deputy, on Facebook:

You know what you won't see tomorrow ?...


You won't see the news media interview sketchy witnesses that paint some grandiose picture of what MIGHT have happened.

You won't see President Obama talk about this deputy in the same fashion as Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, or Trayvon Martin.. If he even utters his name at all.. which isn't likely.

You won't see civil rights activists flock to Houston.

You won't hear much, if anything, from the candidates.

You know what else you won't hear? You won't hear some representative of the HCSO contact Deputy Danforth's wife, sit her down, and tell her that she has to raise those beautiful kids by herself. You won't hear a sentence start with "I'm so sorry to have to tell you this, but your husband isn't coming home tonight". You won't hear the moms like mine, the wives, husbands, and the children beg their loved one not to go to work or to find a different profession. You won't hear that crap.. Because it'll be in our homes. In private. Not in your face on CNN for a cause.

Normally my crap is really politically correct.. But not tonight. There is an all out WAR being waged on your police. On the ones that are supposed to protect you, that you pay for with your tax dollars.

There is a HUGE majority of people that want more transparency with the police - we get it - we're doing it. You want to record us in our faces with your cell phones, trying to antagonize us, so you can make it to YouTube- we get it - we're not stopping you. BUT damn, do you want transparency, or do you want us to just stay home?

To the POS coward that pulled his little stunt tonight. Good for you. You won tonight. You took one of us out, made the headlines, and made a statement. But I guaran-damn-tee you.. You won't make it far. Every cop I know would love the opportunity to hunt you down right now. You took one of our brothers. You gunned him down from behind, then shot him some more. Like a dog. You'll probably take the coward's way out and off yourself. But if you don't, I hope your actions were worth it, you sorry coward. Because you just stirred the hornet's nest and there are some motivated folks coming after you that will follow you straight to the gates of Hell to bring you to justice.

To everybody else.. To the supporters. To the ambivalent ones. Even to the ones that just don't like us: Don't worry. We won't riot. We won't protest. We won't loot. We won't strike. We won't change. We'll get up and come right back to work again tomorrow. Because we love it. And we love you. And we are here. No matter what, we'll ALWAYS be that THIN BLUE LINE.


Letter urging rejection of the deal was sent as a rebuttal to a letter by 40 retired generals and admirals who support the deal

BY Natalie Johnson

The Daily Signal
August 28, 2015

More than 200 retired U.S. generals and admirals added their names to the Iran nuclear agreement’s opposition this week after they sent a letter to top congressional leaders pressing lawmakers to reject the accord.

The former senior military officers contend that the deal threatens U.S. national security, noting the estimated $150 billion that will pour into Tehran if sanctions are lifted and will provide the regime with more funds to support terrorism.

The letter also points to limitations of international inspections, claiming that the current framework is unverifiable and lacks credibility.

The retired officers also say the agreement does not prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but instead provides a “legitimate path” toward its nuclear ambitions.

“This agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies,” they wrote.

The former officers sent the letter to Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate in response to one sent last week from nearly 40 retired generals and admirals endorsing the deal.

They wrote that the agreement among Iran, the U.S., and five other nations is the “most effective means” to preventing Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons and “strengthens” U.S. national security.

“If the deal is rejected by America, the Iranians could have a nuclear weapon within a year. The choice is that stark.”

Congress has until Sept. 17 to accept or reject the deal.

EDITOR’S NOE: So who should the members of Congress believe ….. 200 generals and admirals or 40?

Friday, August 28, 2015


BY Ben Nuckols

Associated Press
August 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The boos began as soon as Washington's mayor said she was putting more police officers on the streets in neighborhoods affected by violent crime. They didn't let up for the next 18 minutes as Democrat Muriel Bowser laid out her plans to address an increase in homicides in the nation's capital.

Bowser was repeatedly heckled and interrupted by a few dozen protesters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement during her address Thursday inside the sweltering gymnasium of a long-shuttered school in southeast Washington.

Shouting "Jobs, not jails!" and "More police is not the answer!," the protesters accused the mayor of failing to address the root causes of violence and advocating for policies that would do more harm than good.

Bowser, who is black, said she wanted "to make 'Black Lives Matter' more than just a hashtag.'" The hecklers said they didn't believe her.

"I think she doesn't really care. From the beginning, the mayor has been completely aloof from the broader conversation that the Black Lives Matter movement is driving," said Eugene Puryear, a protest organizer. "At the end of the day, tougher penalties and more cops, which have only been proven to have a negative effect, are something that she's going to continue to support."

There have been 103 slayings in the District of Columbia this year, a 43 percent increase over this point last year and just two fewer than in all of 2014. The increase in violent crime has represented the first real crisis for Bowser, who took office in January and pledged a "fresh start" for the city after her predecessor was dogged by campaign-related scandals.

Police officers are already working overtime in neighborhoods where violence has been most prevalent. Most of Bowser's other proposals will require D.C. Council approval and take at least months to implement.

Among her legislative goals is to authorize warrantless searches of violent offenders released on parole or probation to look for illegal guns. The protesters argued those searches would put innocent people at risk.

The mayor's supporters stood and applauded to try to drown out the hecklers, and her staff attempted to restore order. No one was arrested or escorted from the building, and the mayor mostly ignored the shouts and forged ahead with her speech.

"I will not be shouted down or scared away when it comes to the safety of the District of Columbia," Bowser said.

Afterward, the mayor said she agreed with the protesters more than they were willing to acknowledge.

"I don't come across any citizen of this city, any Washingtonian, that says it's OK to commit murder," she said. "I don't come across anybody that says repeat violent offenders should have access to guns."

She and Police Commissioner Cathy Lanier also said many community members have been asking for more officers on the streets.

Outside the school, which Bowser said would be converted into a temporary community center offering city services, was a collection of stuffed animals and empty liquor bottles marking the spot where 18-year-old Shaun Simmons was fatally shot on Aug. 1. His mother, Shantee Simmons, said she agreed with the mayor's approach. A friend, Robin McKinney, said the protesters were rude.

"None of them came to support her when her son died," said McKinney, who is black. "None of that 'Black Lives Matter' came and supported her."

EDITOR’S NOTE: ‘Black Lives Matter’ is just a bunch of lawless rabble. If the protesters had been white, their disruptive asses would have been thrown swiftly into the slammer.


Ex-cons: “Life turn-arounds” find it difficult to gain entry inti the White House even though Obama has said former prison inmates should be treated like everyone else

By Richard Krupp, PhD

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
August 27, 2015

Recently the President stated:

“The people in our prisons have made some mistakes—and sometimes big mistakes—they are also Americans, and we have to make sure that as they do their time and pay back their debt to society that we are increasing the possibility that they can turn their lives around.”

I guess he wants people to treat former inmates like anyone else–not like ex-cons. At least that’s what he says.

How do his words match his actions?

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, a disconnect between his words and actions has surfaced:

White House Door Isn’t Always Open to Ex-Cons

President Barack Obama, as part of his push to overhaul the criminal-justice system, has said ex-offenders should have a chance at redemption. The White House’s security operation, however, hasn’t always been on board.

Invited guests with convictions in their past have encountered an array of roadblocks when attending meetings with administration officials. Some have been denied entry. Others have been assigned an escort. Several said they felt stigmatized by the experience.

“I was treated like a second-class citizen as a prelude to a conversation about how to overcome a criminal record,” said Glenn Martin, an ex-offender who is now an advocate for reducing the correctional population and overhauling sentencing laws.

When Vicki L. Lopez was invited to the White House, she was eager to discuss her work on prisoner re-entry issues. Ms. Lopez had attended similar meetings at the White House during George W. Bush’s presidency without incident, but her visits during the Obama administration have been much different. After traveling from Florida in 2009, Ms. Lopez and her colleagues never made it past the Secret Service checkpoint. Eventually, their meeting was moved to a nearby conference center.

Ms. Lopez, a former county commissioner in Florida, was convicted of a form of mail fraud and sentenced to 27 months in a federal prison. President Bill Clinton commuted her sentence in 2000, and she was completely exonerated when her conviction was vacated in 2011. No one explained why, exactly, Ms. Lopez wasn’t allowed to meet with officials in the Executive Office Building. “Somehow we’re unsafe, and somehow we’re not welcome,” she said.

While some former offenders appear to have been singled out, Janine Bertram Kemp, a disability rights advocate, said she didn’t have any problems during a recent visit to the White House for the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act. Ms. Bertram, 64 years old, served four years in prison for conspiracy and bank robbery as part of a 1970s revolutionary group. (for full story read

Hold your horses now! Are some ex-cons different than others? Is this an example of some kind of discrimination?

Is it possible that the President’s “life turn around” words don’t match his actions? Who can take the blame for this?

If a “life turn around” criminal has served his time and gone on the straight and narrow should he or she be treated like anyone else? Should he or she be able to get all the benefits of a person who hasn’t been in prison? What about voting rights?

Evidently, the President believes the answer to those questions is, “It depends.” Maybe there should be “life turn around” eligibility criteria and a form.

Doesn’t California already have a process for criminals to obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation or something? Governor Brown could send a copy to the President.

Once the ex-cons find out about the “life turn around” deal they will be working their way up the mountain to the White House to chat it up with the President about criminal justice system reform. Imagine what visionary ideas they will come up with.

EDITOR’S NOTE: No surprise here since Obama is our Liar-In-Chief.

I have always advocated that inmates who have served out their time, or successfully completed parole, should have their right to vote restored along with the right to obtain skilled work licenses and professional licenses. If they fuck up feloniously, those rights will be revoked again.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Year after year, which students are at the top of their high school graduating classes? Asians. Which immigrant groups are the most successful in establishing their own businesses? Asians. How do they do it? They do it by working harder than any other group, including native born Americans.

Nam Van Nguyen is one of those hard working Asians. He just got busted Wednesday for robbing more than 30 pharmacies and gas station across the Houston area in just a two-week period. Even though he got caught, you gotta admit that’s pretty good.

Click2Houston reports that “in each case he wore a baseball cap with sunglasses. He would purchase a candy or a pack of bubble gum, then pull out a weapon and demand cash from the register. He typically got away with $100 to $300 each time, but investigators say in one instance he stole about $1,000.”

Nam told Harris County sheriff’s investigators that he committed the robberies because he lost a lot of money gambling in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He said he owed his girlfriend more than $35,000.

Apparently Asians not only work harder, but they also have great girlfriends.

Nam is also a Gold Star parolee. Ten years ago he committed the same kind of robberies in Fort Bend County, which adjoins Harris County. He received a 25-year prison sentence and was recently paroled.


Black actress Daniele Watts, who was caught having sex with her white boyfriend in public, was ordered by a judge to send a letter of apology to an LAPD officer for falsely accusing him of being racist

I want to acknowledge that when we met last September, I allowed fear, shame, and anxiety to prevent me from relating to you in a peaceful way. Hopefully you can forgive the fact that my heightened emotions disturbed what might have otherwise been a carefree stop on your way to a nice cup of coffee.

With all the recent news coverage on the issue of biased policing, we probably all have a clearer understanding of the subtle – and often bizarre – ways that racial conflict continues to haunt many people in America. Sgt. Parker, when you said sarcastically, “Thank you for bringing up the race card, I never hear that,” I felt provoked because I had previously encountered many disheartening experiences related to “being black” both in my personal life, and as reflected in society overall. Your willingness to dismiss my experience with sarcasm was hurtful, and caused me to respond defensively.

Looking on the brighter side, we do believe that the public discourse that surrounded our encounter was beneficial, as it provided an opportunity for the public to discuss, and more deeply understand the “taboo” subject of interracial relationships. As you may know, interracial marriage was only made legal in the United States in 1967, and for many, it is still a very sensitive issue. I am grateful for our meeting because it allowed me to examine the shame and self-hatred I had been bottling inside, and release it.

We truly appreciate role you’ve played in bringing awareness to so many issues.

With Love, Daniele Watts & Brian James Lucas.

That is the letter black actress Daniele Watts wrote to now retired LAPD officer Jim Parker.

You may recall that last September Watts and her white boyfriend were caught having sex in her car with the car door open. After her arrest she accused Sgt. Parker of being a racist. An audio recording showed that Parker, who is white, was polite and professional the whole way and that it was Watts who played the race card..

In a plea bargain on a charge of lewd conduct, the judge ordered Watts and Brian James Lucas to write a letter of apology to Sgt. Parker. The apology they wrote was not acceptable to the judge since it was obviously insincere and full of excuses. They were ordered to send Parker an apology that actually sounded sorry. Watts and Lucas had until yesterday to send an apology acceptable to the judge.

It looks to me like that insincere apology was written mostly by Watts’ publicist. And each should have sent a separate letter, not a co-signed one. Here is what I think would be an acceptable apology by Watts:

Dear Sgt. Parker

Please accept my apology for having accused you of being a racist. You were right, it was I who brought up the race issue. At no time did you say or do anything that would have justified my accusation. I am truly sorry for what I said about you.

Daniele Watts

But let’s get real. That black bitch will not mean what she writes to Parker, regardless of how sorry she sounds.

As for calling Daniele Watts a black bitch, I know that’s definitely not politically correct, but that’s what she is.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Cops across the country are being trained to replace the police ‘warriors on crime’ mentality with a different approach, one that emphasizes protection over suppression, and patience instead of zero tolerance

When I first became a cop you were expected to kick ass and take names. Of course, that was long before anti-police protests and rioting in black communities. Today it’s almost as if cops are expected to hug a thug.

The Los Angeles Times of August 21, 2015 carried a story on the training of LAPD cops and the police all across the country, training that is intended to change the traditional police ‘warriors on crime’ mentality to that of community protectors. The new training emphasizes protection over suppression, and patience instead of zero tolerance.

The Times reminds readers of LAPD’s “dark” history, when during the 1970s and ‘80s, LA cops were a “hard-charging, occupying force that raided poor neighborhoods and rounded up anyone in sight. Police stormed suspected crack houses, tearing down walls with a tank-like battering ram.”

Recently Los Angeles Deputy Chief Bill Scott told his cops that, instead of seeing themselves as warriors cracking down on communities, they need to think of themselves as guardians watching over those communities. "That means if we've got to take somebody to jail, we'll take them to jail," he said. "But when we need to be empathetic and we need to be human, we've got to do that too."

Deputy Chief Bill Murphy, who heads LAPD’s training, says "If they [LA cops] do everything right, there should be no force.” And then he issued this veiled threat, "If they don't do everything right, then there will be some serious debriefing." Wow, according to Murphy’s Law, the new LA cop is expected to be a forceless law enforcer ….. or else! What’s Murphy been smoking? Forceless law enforcers ….. how are cops expected to arrest law breakers who are not willing to be arrested?

According to the Times, “After decades of training that focused mostly on firearms and force, agencies from Seattle to New York are introducing what they call de-escalation training, which looks at ways officers can reduce tension and potentially avoid using force during encounters with the public.”

The new training comes as a response to the unrest that has come with the killing of black men by white cops.

As someone who was personally involved in the training of Texas cops in the 1970s and ‘80s, I must take issue with the hogwash put out by the Los Angeles Times. The training of Texas cops was modeled after the training of California cops. At no police department across the state did the training of Texas cops in the 1970s and ‘80s focus “mostly on firearms and force.” And the same can be said for LAPD and police departments across the country.

I do not know where the Times came up with that hogwash. Yes, there was firearms training and defensive tactics training, but that was only a small part of the Texas basic peace officer training course. Police recruits were taught the state penal code, the code of criminal procedure, criminal investigation, drug identification, arrest techniques, traffic enforcement, human relations, community relations, etc. Throughout the basic course, it was emphasized that officers were not to use excessive force and to use deadly force only as a last resort.

We did teach aggressive policing, but by that we meant policing should be proactive instead of reactive. We certainly did not teach cops to go out and kick the shit out of everybody who pissed them off or to shoot people at the drop of a hat.

And before a police recruit can be licensed as a Texas peace officer, he must pass a comprehensive test administered by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. That test covers the Commission’s mandated subjects for the basic peace officer training course. In order for the recruits to pass that licensing test, there’s just not a lot of time left in the basic training course for firearms and defensive tactics training. So much for that Los Angeles Times hogwash about training that focused mostly on firearms and force.

It is true that in many police agencies, officers were told not to take any shit from people and many officers today live by that mantra. That probably explains why a Texas state trooper recently arrested Sandra Bland after a traffic stop during which she refused his order to put out her cigarette, with Bland later hanging herself in jail.

A highly respected police official defended the Texas state trooper’s action by saying: “As soon as a lawful order is refused and not just a little back talk, she should have been arrested. Once an officer says, ‘You’re under arrest,’ that is a non-negotiable order. It is a big deal if someone gives a cop a bunch of lip during a legal detention! That's why cops are being hurt.”

That’s not exactly in line with the new policing by “patience instead of zero tolerance.”

I cannot argue with the need for more and newer training, but hey fellows, let’s not go overboard and make cops feel like they should say, ”Sir, please accept my sincere apology for offending you,” anytime a person gets agitated for being stopped by the police. And if activists had their way, we would be training cops to “deescalate” the situation after a black thug points a gun at them. How about: “Now sir, there’s no need for you to pull that gun on me. I would appreciate it if you would put it back in your waistband.”

No matter how much new training LAPD cops and cops throughout the nation undergo, you are still going to have some cops using excessive and deadly force. And when a cop feels that his life is in immediate jeopardy he will resort to the use of deadly force. Whenever cops use excessive or deadly force in the black community, unrest fueled by militant groups like ‘Black Lives Matter’ is very likely to follow.

The new training is designed to produce a kinder, gentler, caring cop. Recently, I did a spoof on the Ferguson police department, turning it into an all-women department. You know what ….. kinder, gentler and caring are qualities women have. Men who join up to be cops are not the kind, gentle, caring types. So it appears as if LA Deputy Chief Bill Murphy is looking for LAPD to become a police force of mostly forceless women.

I don’t know whether Murphy really believes what he’s telling the troops, or whether he’s just mouthing what higher-ups have told him to say. I’ve got news for the LAPD hierarchy ….. You need warriors on crime, especially in places like South LA. Men do not join the police to be kind, gentle and caring. They join up to be warriors on crime, just like you did many years ago.

Any training designed to restore trust of police in the black community must emphasize that cops treat everyone the same way they would want to be treated themselves if the roles were reversed, but only up to the point where an officer’s safety appears about to be compromised.

The problem is that cops, like all human beings, are prone to lose their tempers. Most cases of excessive force happen when a cop gets pissed off at someone. Then his emotions take over and he loses self-control. No amount of anger management training or head shrinking is going to change that. There will also be those moments of panic brought on by some action of a suspect that will cause officers to use their guns instinctively. And no amount of head shrinking will change that either.

Sir Robert Peel, the father of modern law enforcement, said “No quality is more indispensable to a policeman than a perfect command of temper.” True, but if you want a cop with a perfect command of temper, you’ll have to call for Robocop.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


His progressive legacy won’t last because he passed vague laws and abused his executive power to impose policies that are unpopular

by Phil Gramm

The Wall Street Journal
August 23, 2015

How did Barack Obama join Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan to become one of the three most transformative presidents in the past century? He was greatly aided by the financial crisis that erupted during the 2008 campaign. This gave the new president a mandate and a large Democratic congressional majority that fully embraced his progressive agenda.

Having learned from previous progressive failures, President Obama embarked on a strategy of minimizing controversial details that could doom his legislative efforts. But no factor was more decisive than his unshakable determination not to let Congress, the courts, the Constitution or a failed presidency—as America has traditionally defined it—stand in his way.

Americans have always found progressivism appealing in the abstract, but they have revolted when they saw the details. President Clinton’s very progressive agenda—to nationalize health care and use private pensions to promote social goals—was hardly controversial during the 1992 election. But once the debate turned to the details, Americans quickly understood that his health-care plan would take away their freedom. Even Mr. Clinton’s most reliable allies, the labor unions, rebelled when they understood that under his pension plan their pensions would serve “social goals” instead of maximizing their retirement benefits.

In its major legislative successes, the Obama administration routinely proposed not program details but simply the structure that would be used to determine program details in the future. Unlike the Clinton administration’s ill-fated HillaryCare, which contained a detailed plan to control costs through Regional Healthcare Purchasing Cooperatives and strictly enforced penalties, ObamaCare established an independent payment advisory board to deal with rising costs. The 2009 stimulus package was unencumbered by a projects list like the one provided by the Clinton administration, which doomed the 1993 Clinton stimulus with ice-skating warming huts in Connecticut and alpine slides in Puerto Rico.

The Obama stimulus offered “transparency” in reporting on the projects funded but only after the money had been spent. Similarly the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law defined almost nothing, including the basis for designating “systemically important financial institutions” that would be subject to onerous regulation, what bank “stress tests” tested, what an acceptable “living will” for a financial institution looked like or what the “Volcker rule” required.

In addition to a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, Mr. Obama benefited from unprecedented Democratic support in Congress. Congressional Quarterly reported that “Obama’s 98.7% Senate success score in 2009 was the highest ever,” surpassing LBJ’s 93%, Clinton’s 85% and Reagan’s 88%. Reagan’s budget, tax cuts, Social Security reform and tax reform programs all had significant bipartisan input and garnered the strong Democratic support they needed to become law. But ObamaCare had no bipartisan input and did not receive a single Republican vote in Congress. The Obama stimulus package received no Republican votes in the House and only three Republican votes in the Senate. Dodd-Frank received three Republican votes in the House and three in the Senate.

Voters used the first off-year election of the Obama presidency to express the same disapproval that they had expressed in the Clinton presidency. Democrats lost 54 House and eight Senate seats in 1994, and 63 House and six Senate seats in 2010.

Mr. Clinton reacted to the congressional defeat by “triangulating” to ultimately support a bipartisan budget and tax compromise that fostered broad-based prosperity and earned for him the distinction of being one of the most successful modern presidents. Mr. Obama never wavered. When the recovery continued to disappoint for six long years he never changed course. Mr. Clinton sacrificed his political agenda for the good of the country. Mr. Obama sacrificed the good of the country for his political agenda.

The Obama transformation was achieved by laws granting unparalleled discretionary power to the executive branch—but where the law gave no discretion Mr. Obama refused to abide by the law. Whether the law mandated action, such as income verification for ObamaCare, or inaction, such as immigration reform without congressional support, Mr. Obama willfully overrode the law. Stretching executive powers beyond their historic limits, he claimed the Federal Communications Commission had authority over the Internet and exerted Environmental Protection Agency control over power plants to reduce carbon emissions.

When Obama empowered himself to declare Congress in “recess” to make illegal appointments that the courts later ruled unconstitutional, he was undeterred. In an action that Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon would have never undertaken, Mr. Obama pushed Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to “nuke” the rights of minority Senators to filibuster judicial nominees and executive appointments by changing the long-standing 60-vote supermajority needed for cloture to a simple majority.

American democracy has historically relied on three basic constraints: a shared commitment to the primacy of the constitutional process over any political agenda, the general necessity to achieve bipartisan support to make significant policy changes, and the natural desire of leaders to be popular by delivering peace and prosperity. Mr. Obama has transformed America by refusing to accept these constraints. The lock-step support of the Democrats’ supermajority in the 111th Congress freed him from having to compromise as other presidents, including Reagan and Mr. Clinton, have had to do.

While the Obama program has transformed America, no one is singing “Happy Days Are Here Again” or claiming it’s “morning in America.” Despite a doubling of the national debt and the most massive monetary expansion since the Civil War, America’s powerhouse economy has withered along with the rule of law.

The means by which Mr. Obama wrought his transformation imperil its ability to stand the test of time. All of his executive orders can be overturned by a new president. ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank can be largely circumvented using exactly the same discretionary powers Mr. Obama used to implement them in the first place. Republicans, who never supported his program, are now united in their commitment to repeal it.

Most important, the American people, who came to embrace the Roosevelt and Reagan transformations, have yet to buy into the Obama transformation. For all of these reasons it appears that the Obama legacy rests on a foundation of sand.

Phil Gramm is a former Republican senator from Texas who chaired the Senate Banking Committee.


Fear of burning and looting as a response to police shootings of black men have panicked police chiefs into an immediate release of information, including the name of the officer involved

Riots which followed the shooting of black men by white cops in Ferguson and other cities have brought the police down to their knees in panic with a rush to release information about the shooting, including naming the cop who did the shooting. And police administrators damn well know that by releasing his name, they are placing that cop’s life in jeopardy.

The shooting of 19-year-old Christian Taylor by 49-year-old rookie police officer Brad Miller at an Arlington, Texas car dealership around 1:30 a.m. Friday August 7 serves as an example of the panic that now strikes police administrators whenever one of their cops shoots a black man. Taylor was unarmed and Miller was white. The following day Arlington's police chief identified Miller as the shooter and on August 11 he was fired for using poor judgement. Granted, as a rookie officer, Miller could be terminated immediately, but in a pre-Ferguson era that would probably not have happened until a thorough investigation lasting several weeks had been completed. It appears as though the swift axing of Miller did succeed in averting any mass demonstrations and rioting.

So who said burning and looting are counterproductive? Come to think of it they are counterproductive when they cause police administrators to panic and thereby place an officer's life in jeopardy.

Now, I agree that steps should be taken to prevent rioting from occurring in the wake of police shootings, but I wonder if there isn't a better way to do it without a rushed release of information, including naming the officer involved, before the investigation has been completed.

By Mike Blasky, David DeBolt and Robert Salonga

San Jose Mercury News
August 23, 2014

In the age of Black Lives Matter, where activists on Twitter quickly can turn quiet streets into organized protests and every person seemingly has a cellphone camera, the pressure on Bay Area police to deliver timely, accurate information after an officer-involved death has never been higher.

Law enforcement agencies around the country are finding they don't have a lot of choice except to release information in ways that would have been unimaginable a few years ago -- or else risk losing control of the narrative altogether. However, some critics say that information is only forthcoming when it paints the police in a good light.

Both versions played out last week in Oakland and San Jose, when community scrutiny forced the departments to take unusual steps for police agencies, which historically have kept a tight lid on incidents involving police killings.

Seeking to correct misinformation and quell community outrage, Oakland police for the first time showed select media the body camera videos from two recent controversial deaths.

The same day, the San Jose Police Department publicly acknowledged misstating the circumstances of an officer-involved shooting. They originally that said a man suspected in a murder case had reached for his waistband before officers fired, but the man had not done so.

San Jose police said the mistake was caused by a hasty report that proved untrue after further investigation. But their retraction, and the ensuing self-admonishment, also was highly unusual.

And in Sunnyvale, police shot and killed an armed suspect during a chase stemming from a call about suspected prostitution on Aug. 15. Two days later, officials released a two-page, single-spaced account chronicling the sequence of events leading to the deadly shooting in unusual detail.

And it isn't just happening in the Bay Area. Police departments across the country are bowing under pressure, and the Black Lives Matter movement isn't slowing down.

Shootings by police that once garnered little attention outside family and friends of the deceased are attracting huge crowds of protesters.

So is more information the new normal for police? Oakland police Chief Sean Whent says communities demand it -- and more transparency builds trust.

"A police department simply saying that 'it's under investigation and you'll hear about it when it's done' isn't sufficient anymore," he said.

In Oakland, the pressure started after Twitter users on Aug. 12 spread rumors that officers had shot armed robbery suspect Nate Wilks, 28, as he was trying to surrender, sparking protests that blocked highway ramps and led to minor property damage that night.

Whent's decision to show the videos to the media was an unprecedented move by a Bay Area police department, although he also was criticized for not making the videos available to the larger public. The department on Friday also released the names of the three officers involved in that case.

Legally, the department doesn't have to show anyone the videos until its investigation is over. The chief said he thought informing the media was a necessary public safety move to vindicate his officers and prevent unrest but without compromising authorities' reviews of the incident.

"The public is skeptical, and in some cases rightfully so," Whent said Thursday. "It behooves police departments to share as much info as they possibly can, but the public has to recognize we're still doing an investigation that we have to protect."

More agencies are equipping officers with body cameras despite years of initial resistance, and the purchases have been made easier thanks to new state and federal grants. But, like the rapid rise of Black Lives Matter after the shooting of Michael Brown a year ago in Ferguson, Missouri, many officers' views on cameras changed because of that event.

There was no video of Officer Darren Wilson shooting Brown, who was unarmed; many officers thought Wilson was wrongly villainized and that body cameras might have saved his career.

Dennis Kenney, professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and an expert in police training, agrees that Ferguson was a pivotal moment for many agencies.

"Ferguson is probably the point that kicked it off. It demonstrated communities are pushing back, and police have gotten the message," he said.

But is the motive really transparency, or are departments trying to save their own skin? Kenney said it's a mixed bag.

"The biggest thing is that police caught the idea that everyone is watching and recording. The media has also picked it up, so now there's this focus on it. ... They haven't really had a choice but to respond," he said.

Skeptics say police will only voluntarily release a video if there's an advantage to their department, although that's not always true. Authorities in Cincinnati recently released video of an officer shooting an unarmed black man. That officer was indicted on a murder charge.

In Oakland, the videos vindicated the officers and served the department's purpose. But that didn't mean Whent's decision was roundly praised. Civil rights advocates were angered that police didn't release the full videos to the public and initially excluded some media members.

Peter Scheer, executive director of the local First Amendment Coalition, said the department opened the door by inviting some members of the public for a viewing, and now all the videos should be released. Jim Chanin, a civil rights attorney whose lawsuits against Oakland police abuses led to federal monitoring of the department, said that releasing some videos and withholding others could infer that police acted improperly in some cases.

Police are hesitant to craft firm policies about releasing body camera video without any direction from the courts, said William Sousa, a UNLV criminal justice professor in the midst of one of the largest studies on police body camera effectiveness.

Oakland police have no policy on when to release a police video, instead taking each incident on a case-by-case basis. That's typical, Sousa said.

"I think you'll see policies adjust quite dramatically across the board once there's more case law," he said. "We just don't have many cases involving body-worn cameras that have hit the court systems."

Other cities using police cameras also are struggling with how to use their new tools to engage the community.

In San Leandro, individual officers have the right to decide when to turn on their camera, but most do more often than not, Lt. Robert McManus said. There have been five officer-involved shootings since uniformed officers began wearing the cameras in September 2014, and all five were captured on camera, he said.

None of the footage has been publicly released. And it likely won't.

"There is a need for the public to see this type of stuff, but there's a stronger need in my opinion to protect that evidence in order to ensure a fair and unbiased trial," McManus said, noting that the BART officer who killed Oscar Grant III at an Oakland BART station in 2009 had his trial moved to Los Angeles.

In Richmond, police officials in September released the name of an officer five days after he shot and killed a man outside a liquor store during a struggle. In other cities, the names of officers often are not released until months later when they appear in a district attorney's report.

"You have a small window of time to accurately give information about what happened to reassure people," said Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan. "The absence of that reassurance can cause a large amount of community outrage, which in recent history has spun into property damage and injury that is detrimental for everyone."

Whent defended his decision, noting that the families of those killed by police were allowed to view the videos before the media. It's important to the agency that families of those killed by police have the opportunity to see the footage, and important that the community understands when and why his officers used force, he said.

If the courts rule that Whent's department did violate public records laws, there's a chance it would be more guarded with its evidence in the future.

"I think what I did (Wednesday) is the right thing to do, and hope the courts will agree with me to that length," he said.

Monday, August 24, 2015


Legal in most countries, but not in the politically correct U.S.


42 percent of all British vehicle thefts are committed by hackers and those thefts are now occurring in the U.S.

And here you thought your new keyless car was safe from car thieves, Trey Rusk, a former Texas state law enforcement official and now an investigator with an auto theft task force, issues this warning backed up by an excerpt from the Daily Mail:

I attended the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Conference in Phoenix the week of August 9. I thought you might want to pass this on to your readers.

Investigators from England told us that 42% of their vehicle thefts were due to vehicles being hacked. It has already arrived here, just not as rampant. I'm sure it will get worse.

The best advice is to buy a visible deterrent like a steering wheel lock. It may be old fashioned, but the thieves will probably move on instead of taking the time trying to defeat it.

From the Daily Mail:

For enterprising criminals, it didn’t take long to find a way of exploiting the technology of keyless cars.

When you buy a car fitted with this technology, you are issued with a keyless ignition fob programmed by the manufacturer with a unique 40-digit code. Place the fob on the dashboard, or just climb into the car with it, and the car’s onboard computer will detect the code. If it matches the one in its memory, the driver is allowed to start the car.

However, the computer is capable of doing more than just checking the code. It can also re-progamme a blank fob with a new code.

And here is where the trouble begins. For just £20, car thieves can buy a blank key fob and a hand-held box that plugs into the ‘on-board diagnostic port’ — a socket linked to the computer which is usually found next to the passenger side footwell.

The hand-held box tells the computer to reprogram the blank fob with a new code. It takes only a few seconds to create a fob that can be used in the car again and again.

These boxes are available on the internet and were designed so that garages and locksmiths could create replacement fobs for owners whose own sets had been lost or stolen.

But they are also easily available to thieves.

Thieves still have to get inside the cars, of course. Some do it the old-fashioned way by smashing a window. Others lurk close to a car as it parks and use a radio-scrambling device — again, easily bought on the internet — to stop the car locking when a driver presses the remote control button.

The devices they use are available on the internet via search engines, auction sites or, in some cases, direct from unscrupulous locksmiths and manufacturers.

After the driver walks away, unaware that he has left his car unlocked, the thieves can climb in, reprogram the security system … and drive off.

Police say drivers of keyless cars should invest in an old-fashioned steel crook lock that hooks around the steering wheel or pedals and costs from £30. These locks were popular in the Eighties and Nineties, but have fallen out of favor in recent years.


Surgeon who wrote of becoming killer is denied bail reduction

By Naomi Martin

The Dallas Morning News
August 23, 2015

Long before he faced lawsuits and criminal charges, a North Texas neurosurgeon emailed one of his employees.

“I am ready to leave the love and kindness and goodness and patience that I mix with everything else that I am and become a cold blooded killer,” Christopher Duntsch wrote.

To authorities, the chilling Dec. 11, 2011, email points to Duntsch’s mind-set in the months before he “intentionally, knowingly and recklessly” botched spinal surgeries, severely injuring four people and killing one woman, Floella Brown, who died in July 2012.

The email was among new evidence Dallas County prosecutors presented against Duntsch at a hearing Friday in which Criminal District Judge Carter Thompson refused to reduce Duntsch’s $600,000 bail.

“I am very well-pleased that he will remain in jail and that justice will eventually be served for the crimes that he has committed,” said Philip Mayfield, 45, who awoke paralyzed from the neck down in April 2013 after Duntsch performed surgery on his spine.

Duntsch, 44, was arrested July 21 on five counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and a count of injuring an elderly person. He performed those procedures at Dallas Medical Center, South Hampton Community Hospital and University General Hospital.

Dallas police said in a search warrant affidavit that he is also under investigation in the botching of at least 10 other patients’ surgeries in Plano and Dallas that occurred from November 2011 through June 2013. Duntsch “knowingly takes actions that place the patients’ lives at risk,” police said, such as causing extreme blood loss by cutting a major vein and then not taking proper steps to correct it.

In one case, Duntsch left a surgical sponge inside a man's body. During that same surgery, another doctor forced him to stop operating because of his “unacceptable surgical technique,” the affidavit said.

License revoked

Duntsch’s medical license was revoked in December 2013 after the Texas Medical Board found he had a pattern of failing to follow proper procedures before operations or respond to complications that caused at least two deaths.

Prosecutors argued that Duntsch’s bail should remain high because he could flee Dallas or harm others if free. They also said he could try to apply again for a medical license. Before his arrest, Duntsch was living with his parents and grandparents in Denver.

“All he has here are his medical peers that have shunned him and the media that is following him around and a whole bunch of victims that he has hurt and his civil and criminal cases,” said prosecutor Michelle Shughart. “He has every reason to flee the state.”

Shughart asked Duntsch’s father if his son was trying to get his medical license reinstated.

“I guess that’s probably true,” Donald Duntsch said. “I knew that was an intention of his at some point, in light of what happened, that he would be able to practice again as a doctor.”

Wearing glasses and a gray, striped jail jumpsuit, Duntsch glanced down and at his father as he sat beside his attorney, Robbie McClung.

The attorney argued Duntsch had no money to flee — he has filed for bankruptcy — and would stay in Texas, particularly because his two young sons live in the state. She also argued he should never have been criminally charged, since he made honest mistakes.

“The oath he took was to be a doctor,” McClung told the judge. “He screwed it up. He hurt people he was trying to help.”

Duntsch has claimed to be a victim of misunderstandings, rival surgeons and personal injury lawyers. He told The Dallas Morning News in a 2014 story about the accusations that “99 percent of everything that has been said about me is completely false.”

But in that startling 2011 email to his employee, Duntsch wrote: “how can I do anything I want and cross every disclipline boundary like it’s a playground and never ever lose.”

Role of drugs?

When the medical board suspended his license, it said “impairment from drugs or alcohol” affected his ability to treat patients, though the board later said there wasn’t evidence that he was impaired during surgeries.

Shughart, the prosecutor, sought to show Duntsch has ongoing substance abuse issues. She said Duntsch’s friend called his hospital and reported Duntsch had been up all night doing drugs the night before an operation. The hospital then sent him to rehab, she said.

Donald Duntsch testified that while his son was a college student in Tennessee, the school ordered him to go into rehab. In addition, the elder Duntsch said, his son was arrested last year in Colorado for impaired driving, and he testified that he had been concerned that his son was abusing Ritalin and alcohol.

“I know that he uses alcohol, particularly, which was an issue for us in the home, and we talked about it,” Donald Duntsch said. “The reality was, as he’s been going through this incredibly traumatic time, I think he’s probably used it some to self-medicate.”

Several victims and their families, some of whom held hands, cried and slung their arms around each other during the hearing, expressed relief after the judge’s ruling.

“He needs to be where he is right now until he gets to trial,” said Lee Passmore, 40, a former patient who reportedly suffered extreme pain and other complications as a result of a Duntsch surgery.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Philly cop caught shaking down motorists to buy fundraising tickets

Philadelphia police officer Matthew Zagursky had been given a fistful bunch of fundraising tickets to sell. What better way to get rid of the tickets than to shake down motorists.

Zagursky got caught on video telling a stopped driver and his male companion:

"You and your friend got any money to buy these thrill show tickets? Either you buy these or I take your car. 'Cause it's unregistered. Ten bucks each, man."

At first the driver reluctantly agrees to buy two tickets, but that wasn’t good enough for Zagursky. Then the cop accepted $30 for three tickets.

The tickets were for some sort of thrill show this fall. Funds raised were to go to the families of fallen police officers and firefighters.

Zagursky was also heard making a homophobic crack about the driver’s pink windshield wipers. The driver explained they honored his grandmother who has breast cancer. Yeah, right, and pigs can fly.

Instead of putting people in jail, it looks as if Zagursky could be headed to the slammer himself. When he was in the police academy, he must have dozed off during the extortion lesson.

When will cops realize that them video cameras are everywhere? This video was taken from inside the shakedown victim’s car and ended up on Facebook to the embarrassment of the Philadelphia Police Department and the detriment of soon to be ex-officer Matthew Zagursky.


An autopsy shows that black 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey was shot in the back by two white St. Louis cops

On Wednesday afternoon, cops were executing a search warrant in a St. Louis Black neighborhood when two armed youths fled out the back. Two white officers gave chase and shot 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey dead when he turned and pointed a gun at them. The other thug got away.

As soon as it became known that white cops had slain a black youth the protests started. Bottles and rocks were hurled at the cops and at least one building was burned to the ground.

Even though in this case Ball-Bey was armed, the usual activist troublemakers declared that the cops could have and should have “deescalated” the situation instead of resorting to the use of deadly force. And that was before the autopsy report was released.

And now - - oh oh! – the autopsy shows that Ball-Bey died from one shot to the back.

On Friday, in response to the autopsy report, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said:

"Just because he was shot in the back doesn't mean he was running away. What I do know is that two officers were involved and fired shots, but I don't know exactly where they were standing yet and I won't know until I get their statements."

University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist David Klinger said that when someone gets shot from behind, "literally means nothing" without context, "We just don't know. You shouldn't look at one thing and say this is dispositive, and it drives me nuts that people want to rush to judgment."

Try telling the activist troublemakers what Chief Dotson and Prof. Klinger said. They were already all riled up because white cops shot another black man. Knowing now that Ball-Bey was shot in the back merely serves to throw more gasoline on the fire.

There are a number of reasons a person may be shot in the back by cops where the shooting can be explained and justified, that is to someone who is willing to listen.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Mexican cops claim they gave first aid to two kidnappers injured in a police chase crash and that they died on the way to a hospital, but the autopsy showed they died from a coupe de grace

A bungled kidnapping attempt Friday night in Villahermosa, Tabasco, left eight people dead, including three cops. Two more cops were wounded.

The kidnapping of a businessman at a carwash was thwarted by a policeman who died in an exchange of gunfire. The kidnappers then fled in a Toyota with cops in hot pursuit. The suspects fired at the pursuing cops, killing two motorcycle officers. They then abandoned the Toyota and managed to carjack a VW Jetta. The chase ended when the bullet riddled Jetta crashed into a tree.

The official report released by the Ministry of Public Security for the State of Tabasco states that the attempted kidnapping took place Friday morning. The report claims that at the end of the chase three of the suspects were dead and two, a man and a woman, were still alive. They were given first aid by the cops but died on the way to a hospital.

That was the official version, but here is what witnesses reported and what the autopsies revealed.

The man was unconscious, but still alive. The woman was conscious. Instead of giving them first aid, the cops shot them, with the woman given a coupe de grace to the temple. The autopsies contradicted the official version and confirmed what the witnesses saw. Furthermore, the body of the other woman was found some distance from the crash with her dress pulled up above her waist and without panties. That would indicate she was taken from the scene and raped by a cop or cops, before being killed.

According to Reforma and Tabasco Hoy, it turns out that three of the crashed car’s occupants, a man and two women, were not accomplices and did not even know the kidnappers before that night. The kidnappers approached the two women in a night club and invited the women to go out with them to party. The women agreed to leave, but only if a male friend of theirs could come along. It was shortly after the trio got into the Toyota that the attempted kidnapping took place.

Ah, those Mexican cops! Ya gotta luv em.


If Black Lives Matter, why are so many young Black males packing guns illegally and shooting up black neighborhoods?

BY Greg ‘Gadfly’ Doyle

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
August 21, 2015

When I first joined police work in the summer of 1979, I repeatedly heard from my superiors, as well as from my academy instructors, that policing was much like being a goldfish inside a fish bowl. The premise was that, unlike any other profession, you were constantly being watched by members of the public (citizens as well as criminals) and elements of the press.

This became particularly important to remember on the graveyard shift because of stringers (news-for-sale videographers who used police scanners to jump hot police calls ahead of the major news outlets.) As a supervisor, after making certain a crime scene was safe, I often had to extend crime scene boundaries (move police tape) in order to prevent stringers from getting too close with their cameras during homicide investigations.

Unfortunately, with the advent of new phone technology, everyone in the general public is a potential stringer, especially the criminal element, their associates, advocates, and families.

Social media now enables militant activists and anti-government extremists to quickly mobilize and organize within hours of a police shooting and turn an incident into a full blown media event as recently witnessed in Missouri, New York, and Maryland.

The disadvantage for law enforcement agencies is the nature of criminal investigations (particularly shootings), which generally are bound by protocols and procedures, conducted by methodical redundancies, complicated by witness and suspect interviews, slowed by systematic evidence collection, and limited in public disclosures and discussions due to the confidential necessity of future prosecution.

The fact remains that, most often, the police cannot talk about criminal investigations even when cases are ready for submission to the District Attorney.

The press has no confidentiality filter except to protect their sources and within their respective editorial staff. The choice to use leaked material or run a story without fact-checking lies at the feet of each press editor. More and more, scooping the competition seems more important than getting each story straight.

Militant activists (like the group Black Lives Matter) can misstate the facts, misrepresent evidence, castigate (and agitate against) the police, stir up racial tension, encourage rioting, arson, and looting, and jump to conclusions without any apparent accountability while the press stands idly by and surrenders the camera and microphone. Why?

The latest offering of bad press and militant activism is a recent shooting in St. Louis, Missouri:

At least nine protesters arrested after St. Louis police shooting

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said at a press conference late Wednesday night that a group of protesters who had blocked an intersection threw glass bottles and bricks at officers and refused orders to clear the roadway. Inert gas was used and when that didn’t have any effect on the crowd, police turned to tear gas to clear the intersection, Dotson said. Those arrested face charges of impeding the flow of traffic and resisting arrest, he said.

The chief blamed the crimes on people seeking “notoriety” in a neighborhood “plagued by violence.” Dotson added that police would release video showing that officers gave multiple orders to clear the street and repeatedly warned that the tear gas would be used.

Dotson said two police officers serving a search warrant Wednesday afternoon at a home in a crime-troubled section of the city’s north side encountered two suspects, one of which was 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey. The suspects were fleeing the home as Ball-Bey, who was black, turned and pointed a handgun at the officers, who shot him, the chief said. Ball-Bey died at the scene.

Both officers, who are white, were unharmed, according to a police report.
Dotson said four guns, including the handgun wielded by Ball-Bey, and crack cocaine were recovered at or near the home, which last year yielded illegal guns during a police search. Police are searching for the second suspect, who they said is believed to be in his mid-to-late teens. (for the full story read

The First Amendment is vital to the freedoms we enjoy, including the right to protest and the right of a free press. I am not advocating that free speech be constrained in any way. But there should be some self-control exercised in both the press and protest.

What I do wonder is whether or not the public is being fed a fair and accurate representation of the truth by the press. After all, Americans can think for themselves and figure things out.

What I most often see in news reports during these White-cop-shoots-Black-male media events is political exploitation and militant activism courtesy of a circus-frenzied press. I wonder; would the malcontents and trouble-makers be rallying and rioting if the press failed to cover it?

Do we want police officers to not protect themselves and others from potential threats? Furthermore, do we want police officers to hesitate to engage armed and dangerous (or unarmed and dangerous) suspects (black or otherwise)?

Is it in the public interest to hand the microphone to militant activists with a political agenda and allow them to dictate police policy and procedure while using the threat of rioting and open hate-speech as their primary instruments of negotiation?

Is it not race-baiting by Black Lives Matter to assume (and openly accuse) that every White police officer must be bigoted, biased, or prejudiced when he or she is forced (by the actions of a male suspect) to engage that person with deadly force, just because he happens to be Black? Even more outrageous is the notion that police have nothing better to do with their time and resources than to hunt down and target innocent Black males for the purpose of engaging them with deadly force.

Have we lost our ability to reason, or is there not a problem within a specific segment of the Black community as it pertains to Black males and criminal activity? And is it not that group of Black males engaged in criminal activity within that specific segment of the Black community that has gained the attention of law enforcement?

As I stated in a recent article, thus far in 2015, American law enforcement officers are more likely to be shot and killed by armed Black males than any other ethnicity (see If Black lives matter as the militant activists proclaim, what steps are being taken by Black Lives Matter to disarm Black males in specific high-crime areas within the Black community?

Isn’t the mainstream media the least bit culpable in helping the militants stir the race-baiting pot? We know that the original premise of White prejudice in the shooting death of Michael Brown was eventually determined to be unfounded. Yet the militants of Black Lives Matters ignore those facts and beat the broken drum of that racial injustice premise when it is very apparent that criminal activity is at the root of the matter where many young Black men’s lives in urban areas are concerned.

If Black lives matter so much, why isn’t the Black community properly educating and policing itself, instead of expecting the government to do it?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Let me add that it’s no longer just the shooting of unarmed black males that has activists, including white college students and recent graduates, all riled up. Now it’s also the shooting of armed black men! In the case of 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey, activists are declaring that, even though Ball-Bey was armed, the cops could have and should have “deescalated” the situation instead of resorting to the use of deadly force.

Friday, August 21, 2015


Authorities say that by sitting in a wheelchair, convicted murderer Abdul Basit meets the requirement for the condemned to support his own weight on the scaffold

In 2009, Abdul Basit, 43, was convicted if murder in a Pakistani court. In 2010, while confined in Faisalabad Prison, he came down with tuberculosis which left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Pakistan lifted a moratorium on the death penalty after seven Taliban gunmen opened fire inside a school in Peshawar in December 2014, killing 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren. Basit was placed at the head of the line of those waiting to be executed.

On July 29, Abdul was handed a ‘black warrant’ which signifies that his execution was imminent. His final appeal hearing is set for Tuesday and if that fails, he will be hanged soon thereafter.

Prison officials believe that with Abdul sitting in a wheelchair for the hanging, they will meet the requirement for the condemned to support his own weight on the scaffold.

The anti-death penalty groups are having a severe case of apoplexy over Abdul’s pending hanging.


Drug smugglers have tunneled from Mexico into the All American Canal

The All American Canal is an 80-mile irrigation aqueduct that runs just north of the Mexican border from the Colorado River Imperial Dam northeast of Yuma, Arizona to west of Calexico, California. It is known as “The most dangerous body of water in the U.S.” because more than 500 people, mostly illegal immigrants, have drowned in the canal since 1997. Now drug smugglers have tunneled from Mexico into the canal.

On Wednesday in a San Diego federal court, Evelio Padilla-Zepeda, 28to a drop, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, pled guilty to one charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Padilla-Zepeda had been caught April 25 by Border Patrol officers alongside the canal in a wetsuit two miles east of Calexico. Several feet from where he was standing they found two scuba rebreather tanks and 25 vacuum-sealed packages of cocaine. The packages were wrapped in ‘Toy Story’ Christmas paper and weighed a total of 25.15 kg., with a street value of $1,774,400.

Extending their search, the Border Patrol officers discovered an underwater tunnel nearby that ran from Mexico into the canal. The 46 –meter long tunnel contained a crude rail system and had been constructed during the dry season.

Padilla-Zepeda admitted that he was supposed to swim further down the canal to deliver the cocaine to a contact, and then return to Mexico.

Padilla-Zepeda will be sentenced December 7 and faces 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Instead of calling him an illegal immigrant, aren’t we supposed to be be politically correct and call Evelio an undocumented worker?

Thursday, August 20, 2015


I haven't done anything wrong. I'm not a crook.



A group calling itself the Impact Team has hacked the adultery dating site Ashley Madison and outed millions of ‘Cheating Dirtbags,’ including White House staffers, Homeland Security officials and members of Congress

Ashley Madison is a dating site for cheating spouses with 37 million users worldwide. A group calling itself the Impact Team has hacked into Ashley Madison and exposed the names, ages, home addresses, phone numbers, user name and email addresses, credit card details and detailed sexual fantasies of millions of the website’s users.

The Impact Team claims to be taking the high moral ground by hacking the low moral Ashley Madison website and exposing its immoral ‘Cheating Dirtbags.’

15,000 U.S. government workers were among the adulterers, including White House staffers, Homeland Security officials and members of the House and Senate. Other cheaters exposed were Harvard and Yale professors, employees of multinational corporations, bankers and officials from the U.N. and – now get this – the Vatican.

The Impact Team also claims to have profile photos of Ashley Madison’s users, including naked shots.

Ashley Madison, which uses the motto “Life is short, Have an affair,” has called the hacking “an act of criminality.” The FBI is investigating the attack.

Security experts say the hack attack will end marriages and that criminals will use the information to blackmail Ashley Madison’s users. And what about that motto, “Life is short, Have an affair”? I suspect that life is going to be even much shorter for some of the cheating spouses.

Some of the men and women whose profiles were exposed told news reporters who contacted them that they merely registered with Ashley Madison out of curiosity and never actually dated anyone.

Hmmm, let’s see now. I wonder how high up in the White House this goes? The Vatican ….. how many Hail Marys is that worth? How many bible-thumping preachers are on the list? Are any of the presidential candidates on the list? The FBI is investigating ….. how many of their own agents are they going to find on the list?

I'll bet there is one name you won't find on the Ashley Madison website. Bill Clinton. He did not need an adultery dating service because he had no trouble cheating on Hillary multiple times. When Bill was governor of Arkansas, he would spot a woman that aroused him and have a state trooper from his security detail approach her to see if she would meet with him privately.

Oh by the way, just out of curiosity, were any of you readers among the cheating dirtbags outed by the Impact Team?

And so it goes in the wide, wide world of adultery.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Four members of the Ignacio Ramos family from Oxnard, California were attacked and shot July 31 while vacationing in Michoacan State

Ignacio Ramos, his sons Bruno, 18, and Jesus, 19, and his brother Ramon, all from Oxnard, California, were attacked and shot July 31 by drug cartel members while vacationing in the Michoacan State of Mexico. The attackers mistook the family members for other intended victims.

The attack took place shortly after 8 p.m. as the Ramos family was headed in their white Chevrolet Envoy to a park located on the Rancho de Pueblo Viejo, in the town of Buenavista. Ramon Ramos was killed, while the other three were seriously wounded. Bruno is in a San Diego hospital in grave condition with a bullet in his head and in a medically induced coma.

Kidnappings and bloody attacks all over Mexico on tourists, including Americans, have been downplayed by both the Mexican Government and our government, but a former high ranking law enforcement official has told me that Americans would be very foolish to visit any place in Mexico.


My prediction is that it will be Ohio Gov. John Kasich against Hillary Clinton, but the primary elections are a long ways off

Looking at the Republican and Democratic races for President, it may be too early to make any predictions on the outcomes, but here I go anyway.

I predict that when the smoke clears, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be the Republican candidate and Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic candidate.

Let’s start with the Democrats. Bernie Sanders has been drawing huge cheering audiences wherever he speaks, but he is unelectable. Hillary will either be forced to quit over her email scandals, or she will survive. When Hillary insists she’s done nothing wrong, she sounds like President Nixon saying, “I’m not a crook.” However, I predict she will survive. I think those email scandals are behind Joe Biden’s possible entry into the fray. If Biden becomes a candidate he will give Hillary a run for her money, but I do not believe he will beat her. If Hillary is forced to quit, Biden will be the Democratic nominee, and he will be a formidable candidate, not the buffoon he has often been painted as.

Now for the Republican scramble. Donald Trump has been wowing voters and leads in all the polls, but I believe he will flame out by primary election day. Even if he doesn’t, the Republican Party will never nominate The Donald as their presidential candidate. In that event, his ego may lead him to run as an independent candidate with disastrous results for the Republican nominee.

Jeb Bush, my choice, has been a big disappointment. He looks like a poor campaigner and doesn’t seem to connect with the voters. Rand Paul, like his father before him, attracts the libertarians, but they are too few to help him get the nomination. Rick Perry blew it four years ago and, although he could have been a credible candidate, he’s toast already. Rick Santorum, like Perry, is history. Lindsey Graham would be a good nominee, but he is not catching on with the voters.

Marco Rubio, appeals to Latinos and conservatives, and has a shot at the Republican nomination. But Rubio’s appeal to Latinos is offset by the Republican stand on immigration. Mike Huckabee appeals to Christian conservatives, and while I think he would make a good president, he doesn’t have enough supporters to get the nomination. Former three-term New York Gov. George Pataki isn’t catching on with the voters. Likewise, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Ted Cruz seems to be fading in the polls. Carly Fiorina is rising in the polls but she is not a very good campaigner.

Ben Carson is very likable and high in the polls, but he’s black and people have had their fill of a likable black president. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, like Marco Rubio, has a shot at the Republican nomination. Chris Christie has been undone by the New Jersey ‘Bridgegate’ scandal and the Obama hug. Ohio Gov. John Kasich appeals to both conservatives and moderates, and has been rising in the polls. In my opinion, Kasich would be a good president who would be able to work well with many congressional Democrats. So far however, all the candidates have been overshadowed by Donald Trump.

There are a bunch of other Republican candidates that no one outside of their family members and friends has ever heard of and who don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell.

I predict that when all the smoke has cleared, Trump will have flamed out and John Kasich will be the Republican nominee. Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic candidate.

If he gets the nomination, Kasich may choose Carly Fiorina or Ben Carson as a running mate. Clinton could choose Bernie Sanders as a running mate, but I doubt she will do so.

Now for the 2016 election results: The winner is ….. I hate to say this ….. Hillary Clinton.

Kasich will make it a close race, but the Republicans will lose no matter who their candidate is because they have driven off three important voter blocks - women, blacks and Latinos. They have lost the women’s vote with their bedrock stands on abortion and contraception. They are seen by blacks as anti-minority and their immigration pronouncements have angered Latinos. Thus Hillary will be the winner. And if Trump runs as an independent, she’ll win by a landslide.

What scares me most about Hillary as President is that during her term she will be able to appoint several Supreme Court justices, and you can bet they will all be far-lefties like Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

But like I said, the primary elections are a long ways off, and my predictions can turn out to be all wet.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Officer beaten by a convicted felon hesitated for fear of being called racist

By Heather Mac Donald

National Review
August 16, 2015

A police officer in Birmingham, Ala., was beaten unconscious by a suspect during a traffic stop last week because the officer did not want to be pilloried in the media as a racist for using force against a black man.

Last Friday, a Birmingham plainclothes detective pulled over a car being driven erratically. The officer, who has chosen to remain anonymous to protect his family, told the driver to stay in the car while he called for backup. Instead, according to CNN, the driver got out and became belligerent, angrily and repeatedly asking why he’d been stopped. The driver, a 34-year-old convicted felon, allegedly grabbed the detective’s gun and pistol-whipped him with it until the detective lost consciousness. The felon, Janard Cunningham, reportedly fled the scene but was later apprehended. His record includes convictions for robbery and assault, among other crimes, and an attempted-murder charge, according to ABC 3340 and WVTM 13.

Several witnesses to the beating posted photos of the bloodied, inert, and prostrate detective on social media, accompanied by celebratory gloating similar to the social-media triumphalism after two New York City police officers were assassinated last December. A typical post read: “Pistol whipped his ass to sleep,” under the hashtag #FckDaPolice.

The detective, who is still in the hospital recovering from injuries to his head and neck, now reveals that he hesitated to use force against Cunningham because of the post-Ferguson war on cops. “A lot of officers are being too cautious because of what’s going on in the media,” the officer told CNN. “I hesitated because I didn’t want to be in the media like I am right now.”

Heath Boackle, a sergeant with the Birmingham Police Department, seconds this assessment. Cops are “walking on eggshells because of how they’re scrutinized in the media,” Boackle said last week.

This reluctance to act is affecting police departments across the country, as virtually every tool in an officer’s tool chest — from traffic stops to public-order maintenance — is villified as racist. In Baltimore, following anti-cop riots and the indictment of six officers for the death of drug dealer Freddie Gray, arrests dropped 60 percent in May compared with arrests the previous year. In New York City, criminal summonses, a powerful gauge of proactive enforcement, were down 24 percent through July, compared with the same period the previous year; total arrests were down 16.5 percent. Arrests in Los Angeles are down 8 percent city-wide, and even further in some of the highest-crime areas. In the LAPD’s Central Division, home to the chaotic, squalid Skid Row, arrests are down 13 percent, while violent crime is up 57 percent. Some top brass are trying to counter what I and others have dubbed the “Ferguson effect.” “We ask our officers to stay engaged,” says LAPD assistant chief Michel Moore. Unfortunately, when officers do stay engaged, they often confront hostile, unruly crowds and resistance from suspects.

If the Black Lives Matter movement were correct that law enforcement is a scourge on the black community, this unraveling of proactive policing should be an enormous benefit to black well-being. Instead, the country is seeing the biggest violent-crime spike in 20 years, and the primary victims are, as usual, blacks. In 35 big U.S. cities, homicides are up 19 percent this year on average, according to a survey done by the Major City Chiefs Association. Milwaukee has seen a 118 percent rise in homicides; Minneapolis and St Louis, close to 50 percent; and Baltimore, 60 percent. In Dallas, homicides are up 39 percent; in Houston, 36 percent through mid-July. In Chicago, homicides were up 21 percent as of August 2; in New York, 10 percent. Sixty-two percent of surveyed cities reported increases in non-fatal shootings as well. In Cincinnati, shootings have reached a ten-year-high. As of August 8, the number of shooting victims in Los Angeles was up by 25 percent; violent crime in L.A. has risen by 20 percent. The overwhelming majority of shooting and homicide victims have been black, as are their assailants. It turns out that when the police back off, it is residents of poor inner-city neighborhoods who pay, too often with their lives.

But the police pay, too. The mainstream media quickly buried the vicious but non-fatal shooting attack on St. Louis–area officers during the renewed anarchy in Ferguson last week at the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. The murder of Memphis police officer Sean Bolton during a traffic stop on August 2 garnered hardly more attention. But such incidents will probably multiply as the media continue to amplify the activists’ poisonous slander against the nation’s police forces.

There are signs that law and order, and the moral support for such order, are slowly breaking down. Few leaders have the courage to speak honestly about the rising violence; even some police chiefs have caved to the false conceit that the police are racially abusing their power.

In Cincinnati, a mini-riot broke out when police arrived at the scene of a drive-by shooting on July 30. The drive-by’s victims included a four-year-old girl, who was shot in the head. According to an eyewitness, bystanders shouted profanities at the cops, who had started arresting people on outstanding warrants to prevent a retaliatory shooting. The press was assiduously silent about the anti-police chaos. Arrests in other cities, from Baltimore to Los Angeles, can be equally fraught. The four-year-old Cincinnati victim was the second child seriously wounded that month in the city. On July 5, another drive-by left a six-year-old girl paralyzed and partially blind.

The New York Times recently did a hit job on a police use-of-force expert, William Lewinski, who has the temerity to testify at trials that officers have only a split second to decide whether to use force when confronting a possibly lethal threat. Lewinski’s conclusions, according to the Times and some psychologists, lack an adequate scientific basis. If more officers adopt the wait-and-see-policy of the Birmingham officer, Lewinski and his detractors may have a lot more evidence to argue over.

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of Are Cops Racist?


Proposition 47, which reduced many ‘non-violent’ felonies to misdemeanors, and Gov. Brown’s prison realignment are turning California into a ‘crime sanctuary’

byRichard Krupp, PhD

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
August 18, 2015

In the Editorial Soapbox section of the Sacramento Bee, I recently read a piece written by Susan Burton (founder and executive director of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project in Los Angeles) regarding Prop 47.

Though the Bee ran a pro-Prop 47 article, an opposing view was, of course, not included.

I don’t know Susan Burton or her work, other than information I gleaned from her website and Annual Reports.

I believe the following ideas are representative of the “crime sanctuary” movement in California. I do have some comments and questions that will follow some excerpts from the article.

If Prop. 47 stalls, women of color will be hurt most

Many responsible for putting Proposition 47 into effect remain hostile to the measure, while some are trying to rig it for failure. In early July, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck brazenly linked the proposition to a spike in crime. He offered no data to back up his assertions, nor any rationale.

By reducing 40,000 felony cases to misdemeanors, the measure could save California hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Reductions in the prison population are projected to generate between $750 million and $1.25 billion in savings over the next five years alone. In a state that spends $62,396 per prisoner each year, but only $9,200 per K-12 student, those savings could be spent on improving school programs and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.

If Proposition 47 stalls, women of color will be hit hardest. California is the world’s No. 1 jailer of women, who are three times more likely than men to be in prison for low-level, nonviolent offenses. With racial bias playing a significant role in sentencing, the numbers are even higher for black and brown women.

The homeless, disabled and mentally ill are warehoused in jails when they should be getting treatment and services. And with formerly incarcerated women less likely than men to secure a job, public benefits or stable housing upon release, the consequences are far-reaching for children and communities.

Proposition 47 will help to reverse that trend, but not if it is sabotaged by those in charge of carrying out its mandate. Public officials must not be allowed to rig the measure to fail in the same way our justice system is rigged to deny basic protections to the most vulnerable Americans.

We need a new movement to uphold and implement Proposition 47 – and to hold accountable every judge, prosecutor, attorney, jail administrator and probation officer responsible for putting it into practice. (cited from

Here are my responses to the numbered paragraphs above:

It is difficult to establish a causal relationship between crime increases and the changes associated with Prop 47 as well as Public Safety Realignment. However, the increase in crime is real and at least has face validity.

Placing criminals in the community would make an increase in crime a reasonable conclusion. It is doubtful that placing more criminals in the community would reduce crime.

Any cost savings associated with releasing or keeping criminals out of prison would have to be weighed against the costs associated with more crime and victims in the community. I know of no “school to prison pipeline.” Even if there were a “pipeline,” there is no evidence that school spending would divert the connection to prison.

There is no legitimate evidence that “racial bias plays a significant role in sentencing.” There may be higher proportions of certain classifications of people in prison, but that does not mean there is any kind of bias operating.

There is no law or theory that indicates crime, sentencing, prison behavior, etc., must be or should be in proportion to any standards other than the laws that apply to everyone.

There is no evidence that the “homeless, disabled, and mentally ill are warehoused in prisons.” These groups end up in prison if they commit serious crimes, not because of the group status you have placed them in.

There is no evidence that “public officials” are rigging Prop 47 to fail. The forces working against Prop 47 were brought to bear by the criminals committing more crimes. These criminals are not vulnerable members of society; the victims of their crimes become “vulnerable” as a result of being targeted.

I think the proposed movement should hold accountable all of the officials responsible for selling the mislabeled “Public Safety” Realignment and Prop 47 mess.

Ms Burton and others in the “crime sanctuary” movement in California may have good intentions, but they are misguided. Catch phrases and smoke-and-mirrors games will run their course.

The criminals soak it all in. They love having advocates who pump out excuses for their bad behavior and malleable sanctions imposed by courts.

The criminals can continue taking advantage of the misguided and hurt the vulnerable. They don’t fear our weakened criminal justice system.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I think I’ve come up with the perfect solution to end crime victimization. Instead of prisons, or a Trump border wall, surround every community with a wall or security fence, patrolled by police to keep criminals out. All criminals would be forced to fend for themselves outside the secured communities. Whenever one of the community members commits a crime, he/she will be banished to the outside. In the dog-eat-dog world, the criminal population would be significantly reduced. If a community member wanted to travel, he would be issued an AK-47 with a loaded 50-round drum magazine to protect him and his family from criminals while outside a protected community.

The cost for building secure communities would be offset by the savings of maintaining prisons and prison inmates.

I’ve contacted Donald Trump with my idea and he said, “Why didn’t I think of that.”

Monday, August 17, 2015


By Joseph Wambaugh

Los Angeles Times
August 11, 2015

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12, 1965, about 2,000 people gather at 116th and Avalon. Tension is still high after the mob violence of the previous night following the arrest of an alleged drunk driver, but the people are not rioting.

A short time later, random shots are fired at a police vehicle on Imperial Highway, but there are no reports of massive rioting. Many of the officers in police divisions north of 77th Street Station listen on police radios and do not believe that the volatile unrest near Watts will spread to other parts of South Los Angeles.

The next afternoon, however, calls go out to officers at home, even those who work plainclothes assignments, ordering them to report to 77th Street Station in uniform. The nameless voice on the line adds: “Leave the necktie and soft hat but bring your helmet and baton. You're about to witness anarchy.”

It's 6 p.m. at 77th Street Station, and officers are arriving from divisions all over the city. A desk officer manning two phones waves them to the watch commander's office. The WC only asks for a name, serial number and division as he sends the cops out into the field, telling them, “Pick up two boxes of .38 ammo from the sergeant. Make sure there's one shotgun in your car and an extra box of rounds.”

Going down the roster, he mumbles two names to the most recent arrival and provides a car number. “You'll be known as Twelve-Adam-45. Look for your partners in the parking lot.”

The WC is asked if all personnel are working three-man cars. He nods and says, “You'll wish it was six.”

The three helmeted partners meet up in the parking lot. They don't know one another or the geography in this part of southeast L.A. The oldest, a Korean War veteran, has a sudden gastrointestinal attack and has to run back to the station. While he's gone, the two younger cops elect him to drive; nobody wants that job. One of them agrees to sit in back and navigate the unfamiliar streets with a map book.

The sun is still high and they are not three blocks from the station, passing mobs on both sides of Broadway, when a chunk of concrete smashes the rear window of their car. A cheer goes up from 100 people at the corner of 81st Street, daring them to stop and investigate. Another 100 yell and jeer from the opposite corner.

The cop riding shotgun turns up the radio and they hear the frantic female operators:

“Officer needs help, Manchester and Broadway! Officer needs assistance, one-O-three and Grape! Officer needs assistance, Vernon and Central! Looting, five-eight and Hoover!”

Another operator cuts in: “Looters, four-three and Main! Looting, one-O-five and Avalon! Shots fired, four-three and Main!”

And then something happens that none of the cops in the car has ever heard before. The stress overload gets to one of the operators and she starts sobbing.

A third female voice takes over the litany of chaos: “Officer needs help, Florence and Main! Looters, one-O-two and Central! Officer needs assistance, Slauson and Vermont!”

Littered streets. Debris everywhere. Screaming, chanting crowds everywhere. Mobs surge in human tidal waves, breaking plate-glass windows of commercial buildings, swarming inside. Men, women and children carry away anything of value.

The police are so vastly outnumbered they are protecting each other instead of attempting to answer radio calls. -

It's early evening now, and ambulances and fire engines roar past, but surprisingly few black-and-whites. The police are so vastly outnumbered that they are protecting one another instead of attempting to answer radio calls. It somehow feels cowardly to arrest a rioter and escape the streets for a quick booking. It seems akin to running away from danger instead of running toward it.

The older cop in the trio spells it out in Korean War terms: “The hell with dying on some nameless hill. Your first duty is to protect the guys in the trenches with you.”

The cop in the back seat closes the map book and says, wild-eyed: “So what're we doing then? Why respond to calls? There's a dozen felonies taking place everywhere you look! I'm sick of this! Just pick your spot where they got some coppers surrounded and let's go all kamikaze!”

That's when they see the first building explode in flames. Looting is no longer enough for the multitudes. The fires are starting. Soon the smell of fire permeates everything. The sun sets but the temperature rises, along with the fear level. The roar of the flames makes the raging mobs scream louder.

The nameless voice that ordered the cops to 77th Street Station that afternoon was right. They are witnesses to anarchy.

Joseph Wambaugh, a former LAPD sergeant, is the author of 21 best selling books of fiction and nonfiction about police and crime.