Thursday, April 30, 2015

What ‘Right to Feel Safe’?

From National Review...
The current notion that we must avoid hurting anyone’s feelings is becoming oppressive. Particularly in academia, deviation from this standard can lead to educational or career consequences. Speaking up for gun rights, for instance, is virtually verboten; even a seven-year-old boy who chewed a Pop-Tart into the vague shape of a gun was punished by school authorities, who suspended him for brandishing the pastry in play. Now a court has jumped on the bandwagon. On April 27, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided Friedman v. City of Highland Park, Illinois, voting two to one to back the city’s banning of certain firearms and magazine capacities, partly based on feelings: “If it has no other effect, Highland Park’s ordinance may increase the public’s sense of safety.#…#If a ban on semiautomatic guns and large-capacity magazines reduces the perceived risk from a mass shooting, and makes the public feel safer as a result, that’s a substantial benefit.” Left unexamined is how anyone’s feelings are more important than actual risk, or how the court can override the Bill of Rights. As the dissenting judge correctly stated, “Both the ordinance and this court’s opinion upholding it are directly at odds with the central holdings of Heller and McDonald.” Being disagreeable has become a justification for censorship. With increasing frequency, administrations and student bodies in schools from kindergarten through universities have censored free speech because it could make someone feel “unsafe.” Unsurprisingly, speech that makes some people feel “unsafe” correlates 100 percent with beliefs they find disagreeable. Being disagreeable has become a justification for censorship. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (for whom one university that is now a hotbed of political correctness was named) said: “Fear . . . cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. . . . It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” The shift toward demanding kid-glove treatment of one and all is a cultural change that bodes ill for our future as a people of strength, initiative, and creativity. Attempting to wall off ideas so that others won’t get their tender feelings hurt goes beyond political correctness. It invents a new goal for humankind: freedom from fear. This phrase was first used by Franklin Roosevelt in 1941 as one of his Four Freedoms, when he was describing America’s war goals. He meant freedom from fear of annihilation, which was then acute in much of the world. It has evolved to the point that some Americans demand the right to be free from feeling uncomfortable about what others might say. Ensuring such freedom would require the most rigid kind of censorship. And who would determine which beliefs pass muster and which are beyond the pale? Why do people in 21st-century America imagine they should never have to be afraid? Fear is a healthy reaction to real danger — but not to mere words. Is the adage “words will never hurt me” passé? One needn’t feel shaken by others’ unpleasant beliefs or opinions. They can test our own assumptions and lead to greater understanding. And one can’t rely on “trigger warnings” to shield against unpleasant encounters. That comes from self-confidence, which grows when we face our own vulnerabilities, needs, and hurts. Wisdom comes from experience, and it comes fastest in learning from bad experiences. In Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the physiological requirements for life come first: air, water, food, adequate shelter. Once these are satisfied, the next requirement is safety. Once we have that, we can experience love and belonging, and the esteem of others and ourselves. Finally we can seek self-actualization, to try to lead the ideal life we should have. But safety comes first. Feeling “safe” now seems to be mixed up with desires for love, a sense of belonging, and self-esteem. In a twisted way, we sometimes try to feel safe by disregarding others. But rejecting others because their ideas differ from our own or our group’s is a regression in development, individually and socially. People used to seek a higher education because it challenged one’s assumptions and social attitudes and thus led to intellectual and emotional growth. Education today too often prescribes right thinking and demonizes dissenters. People who have lived through traumatic experiences do hurt when they are reminded of their traumas. They re-experience them when they encounter reminders of them. But the world doesn’t adapt itself to individuals’ fears. The realistic, caring intervention is to provide help for the traumatized so they can cope with the world and learn to protect themselves — not to sanitize their world of all triggers, an impossibility. Adults, trauma sufferers and all, have the responsibility to seek help for their own hurt. That means some form of counsel, whether friendly encouragement or formal psychotherapy, and sometimes medication for strong or persistent symptoms. Let’s cut to the chase. There is no “right” to feel safe. There is certainly no right to be safe in this world. Most of us most of the time assume we are safe; we don’t think about it, and, luckily, are mostly right. Occasionally something dreadful and unforeseen happens, which can shake us to the core if we survive. We can run into unpleasant people with unlikable opinions, sometimes about us. These are opportunities to grow, to reinforce our own safe boundaries, emotionally and physically, and live fuller lives. We can’t grow if we are sheltered from being challenged, hurt, or questioned. That infantilizes us. As to our nation’s risks, Benjamin Franklin said: “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” How free is speech when we can’t tolerate objectionable ideas? Do we still disapprove what someone might say while defending to the death his right to say it? Isn’t the best cure for abhorrent speech more virtuous speech? The wish always to feel perfectly safe is an irrational ideal, unattainable both physically and emotionally (much like a world without gun violence, or any violence). The best we can do is to minimize our own hurtful speech and actions. Trying to prevent others’ hurtful words is the worst we can do. A “safe” world — as conceived by those who expel children for pointing a finger and saying “Bang!” — would be a world without change or growth. We’d be automatons instead of the complicated humans we are. We are responsible for our own emotional well-being, not everyone else who might say something we hear. — Robert B. Young, M.D., is a psychiatrist who also writes for Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership at

DARPA Successfully Tests ‘Magic’ Course-Correcting Bullet (VIDEO)

Via Forward Observer

Great news for American snipers came in February of this year when the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) successfully tested a course-correcting rifle round.  The Defense Department research agency on Monday released video of the test, which shows a .50-caliber rifle round deviating from its predicted path in order to hit a moving target.
The round, called the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, is designed to be employed in combat operations in rural battlefields.  The round’s capabilities are not likely to affect snipers, however.  But the Defense Department wants the round in cases where hitting a moving target would be more difficult.

From Pregnant Women to the Elderly, Baltimore Cops have Dark History of Brutality

The death of Freddie Gray kicked off protests and riots across Baltimore, Maryland. But reports and lawsuits show a trend of city police brutally mistreating residents, especially those in the poorer communities. The city paid millions in settlements.
Gray was the second person to die in Baltimore PD custody in 2015. In February, Trayvon Scott, 30, died after showing distress while in a holding cell at the Northern District police station on Valentine’s Day. Police said no force was used in Scott’s death, according to the Baltimore Sun. An initial examination by the medical examiner indicated that a pre-existing medical condition was to blame.

Over the course of nearly four years, Baltimore paid some $5.7 million to more than 100 people in court judgments or settlements for lawsuits claiming police brutality and civil rights violations, the Sun reported after conducting a six-month investigation. Payouts were capped at $500,000 per case, unless there were extenuating circumstances like multiple victims or actual malice. The city paid an additional $5.8 million in legal fees in defending the police in those cases.
“One hidden cost: The perception that officers are violent can poison the relationship between residents and police,” the Sun’s Mark Puente wrote.

A series of lawsuits

Victims include a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a beating, a 50-year-old woman selling church raffle tickets, a 65-year-old church deacon rolling a cigarette and an 87-year-old grandmother aiding her wounded grandson.
“Those cases detail a frightful human toll,” Puente wrote. “Officers have battered dozens of residents who suffered broken bones – jaws, noses, arms, legs, ankles – head trauma, organ failure, and even death, coming during questionable arrests. Some residents were beaten while handcuffed; others were thrown to the pavement.”
Most of the victims were African-Americans, and in almost every case the charges against the arrestee were dropped ‒ if charges were filed at all. Some of the officers were the target of as many as five lawsuits. The Sun investigation looked at suits with payouts between January 2011 and September 2014.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Patriot Business-Bill's Custom Wood Products

If You Haven't heard of Bill,or seen his work,here's some examples-along with a bunch of pics of a cutting board he made for me,that I received in the mail yesterday which Bill made to my own specs for me-I highly recommend you purchase the next item you need made out of wood from Bill-with the exception of a house-or a Great Lakes fishing boat...

My cutting board:

As you can see I'm not all that great of a photographer-but I do believe the cutting board rocks,and shows attention to detail,real craftsmanship,and you can tell it was made by a person who takes pride in their work-now here's some of Bill's other cutting board work...

I'm going to be posting more pics of Bill's work later in the week,I just figured I would finish today's with some more cutting boards-I'll finish up the cutting board dept. in my next post,and move on to some more of Bills great work.
I have his site listed on the right side of the page in my blog list,and It's listed under blogs I follow on

Here's Bill's site

As I said,I'll do another post later this week,probably on Thurs,then another after that,so everyone can see the caliber of his work.

In Every City In America There Are People Ready To Riot, Loot And Set Things On Fire

Via NRenegade-

The city of Baltimore has been transformed into an “absolute war zone“, and the governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency as the rioting in “Charm City” continues to escalate.  The funeral for Freddie Gray has unleashed a firestorm of violence, and none of it is going to do anyone any good.  To their credit, some of the leaders of the African-American community are standing up and loudly condemning the violence.  They know that smashing cars, throwing rocks at police and looting stores is not going to solve anything.  But just like we saw in Ferguson, there are lots of people out there that are ready to riot, loot and set things on fire at the drop of a hat – all they need is an opportunity.  The social decay that has been eating away at the foundations of our society for generations is now manifesting in some very ugly ways.  We have raised an entire generation of young people in a “value free” environment, and now we are getting to experience some of the consequences of our foolishness.  And what we are witnessing in Baltimore right now is just the start.  Eventually, we are going to see scenes like this all over the nation.

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Project ChildSafe Releases New Firearm Safety Video


First-of-its-kind resource from NSSF encourages open conversations between parents and children about firearm safety
NEWTOWN, Conn. - The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) today released a new, first-of-its-kind educational resource, the "How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety" video. The video, starring champion shooter and mother Julie Golob, encourages parents to have "the talk" about firearm safety with their kids sooner rather than later, and provides tips for how to have a helpful discussion.
"Too often, children don't know what to do if they find a gun," said Steve Sanetti, President and CEO of NSSF, which developed and sponsors the Project ChildSafe firearm safety education program. "This video opens a door for honest conversation and empowers parents to be the authority on gun safety for their kids, whether they have guns in their homes or not."
The "How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety" video was created as a resource to start positive and constructive conversations by encouraging discussion rather than lecture, and helps parents responsibly demystify the subject of guns.
"As a mother, I know full well how challenging this conversation can be," Golob said. "It's crucial that parents set an example and teach their kids about firearm safety so children don't learn about guns solely from what their friends say or what they see on video games and TV."
The video features Golob expressing the importance of adults having gun safety discussions with young people, emphasizing that education on responsible safety and storage is the number one way to prevent firearm accidents in the home. The video has two sections, one for talking with younger children, the other for talking to older kids and teens.
"How to Talk to Your Kids about Gun Safety" is available-and shareable-online at and on the NSSF YouTube page. NSSF is also promoting the video with its members, law enforcement partners, local communities, conservation groups and other supporters, starting with a national launch in partnership with Sportsman's Warehouse, which streamed the video in all of its stores across the country.
"Talking to kids about gun safety is not something to be put off or ignored-it's an essential part of responsible gun ownership," Sanetti added. "This video supports our industry's "Own It? Respect It. Secure It" initiative, and we hope firearms owners everywhere watch it and share it with their communities."
The video expands Project ChildSafe's safety education resources that encourage safe firearms handling and secure storage by gun owners and their families. The video complements such program resources as the Safe Storage Options Infographic and the Parent-Child Safety Pledge. Since 1999, Project ChildSafe has worked with more than 15,000 law enforcement departments throughout the United States to distribute educational resources and free firearm safety kits, which include a gun lock, to their communities. To date, the program has given away more than 36 million safety kits and gun locks in all fifty states and the five U.S. territories.
Project ChildSafe's public commitment to firearms education and making our communities safer is supported by Project ChildSafe, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity. To learn more about Project ChildSafe, visit

PSA Contains Bizarre Subliminal Message About “Martial Law”

h/t NC Renegade

Yes? No? Maybe?

Eric Holder: DOJ Now 'Free of Politicization,' 'Restored' Under His Leadership

WTF? The DOJ is racist,and 100% politicized-Holder made it worse than it was when he got there-much,much worse.

 Holder Farewell

The U.S. Justice Department, under his leadership, has done "historic and big things," outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder told DOJ employees in his farewell address on Friday.
"This department is restored," he said. "It's restored to what it always was...and what it must always be -- free of politicization, focused on the mission, and making sure that justice is done without any kind of interference from political outsiders."
In June 2012, Holder became the first attorney general -- and the first cabinet member in history -- to be held in contempt of Congress, for his failure to hand over subpoenaed documents in the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scheme. The vote was 255-67, with more than 100 Democrats boycotting and 17 Demcocrats voting with Republicans for the contempt citation.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), then-chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Holder's Justice Department knew about the guns-to-Mexico scheme but denied it when questioned by Congress; told witnesses not to answer lawmakers' questions; retaliated against whistleblowers; and withheld documents.
The legal case involving those subpoenaed documents is still in the courts as Holder departs.
Holder was at the center of other controversies aside from Fast and Furious.
In January, at the confirmation for Loretta Lynch, Holder's successor as attorney general, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) urged Lynch to take the Justice Department in "a new direction," and he called various witnesses to testify about the "many ways" the Justice Department had failed to fulfill its mission during Holder's tenure:
"We'll hear from (reporter) Sharyl Attkisson as one example of a person who was an investigative journalist, who's been bullied, threatened and literally blocked from entering the Department of Justice because she had the guts to report on issues like Fast and Furious and Benghazi. That's one example of something we'd like to have a new attorney general fix," Grassley said in his opening statement.
"We'll also hear from Catherine Engelbrecht, who was targeted by the IRS simply because she's a conservative who's had the courage to stand up in the defense of freedom and the Constitution. The department has paid lip service to the investigation that it is supposedly leading. So I would like to know how Ms. Lynch will take seriously the targeting of fellow citizens based on their political views.
"Then we have Sheriff David Clarke, Milwaukee, who will testify about how thousands of local law enforcement officers across this country feel as though their current leadership doesn't fully appreciate the work that law enforcement does every day. So, that's important to see how Ms. Lynch might do to mend the broken relationships."
(As racial tensions simmered in Ferguson, Mo., last summer, Eric Holder visited the city and told some of its residents that he understands their "mistrust." "I am the Attorney General of the United States. But I am also a black man. I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding.")
In his opening statement, Grassley also mentioned how the Department of Justice under Eric Holder "has rubber-stamped the president's lawless actions from the unlawful recess appointments and the unlawful executive action, specifically on immigration."
Grassley said he hoped the witnesses called by the Judiciary Committee would "bring up points that we have made not quite as directly as they have or (as) personally as they have in hopes that Ms. Lynch will restore the Office of Legal Counsel to the impartial role it used to play as a check on president's authority."

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Rip Rocky

Rocky the Rottweiler-best damn dog I ever had-
3/1/2002- 4/28/2015
May you rest in peace buddy.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Freddie Gray’s Death Reveals A Dark History Of “Nickel Rides” And Police Van Torture
Baltimore, MD — This week, protests and riots erupted in Baltimore, in response to the police murder of an innocent 27-year-old man named Freddie Gray.
According to police, Gray was first stopped and arrested by officers at 8:39am on April 12 and was thrown in the back of a police van 15 minutes later. An entire hour later an ambulance was called to give him medical care, but he sadly fell into a coma died soon after. He suffered broken vertebra and an injured voice box, which required emergency spinal surgery that he never recovered from.
Many suspect that Gray was the victim of a “Nickel Ride”, a horrific police torture tactic where a suspect is handcuffed and placed in the back of a police van without restraints, and driven recklessly around town by police officers. This practice has also been called a “Rough Ride” or a “Cowboy Ride.”
“We know he was not buckled in the transportation wagon, as he should have been. No excuses for that, period,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said Friday. “We know our police employees failed to get him medical attention in a timely manner multiple times.”
According to NBC News,
Davis said the police van stopped three times before arriving at the station. It stopped first so police could place “leg irons” on Gray, and stopped a second time “to deal with Mr. Gray, and the facts of that interaction are under investigation,” Davis said.
The van stopped a third time to pick up a second prisoner and went on to the Western District police station, where an ambulance was called, Davis said. “At no point was he wearing a seat belt,” while in the police van, Davis said. Police policy requires all prisoners to wear seat belts during transport.

Last year, Nickel Rides became notorious in Philadelphia, after a court case revealed that police were using this tactic as a witness-free way to punish unruly, uncooperative, or arrogant suspects – without ever laying a hand on them. For rogue police, it was a literal way to deliver “street justice.”
The practice was exposed through the lawsuit of a man named James McKenna, who was awarded $490,000 after he was able to prove in court that he was intentionally injured during his ride in a police van.
Baltimore itself also has a dark history of police van torture. In fact, Baltimore Police have paid out millions of dollars in settlements to victims who were critically injured during rides in police vans. In 2012, a woman from Baltimore named Christine Abbott sued police after she was badly injured during a bumpy ride in the back of a police van.
That same year, the death of Anthony Anderson was ruled a homicide, he too died of injuries sustained while riding in a police van.

Freddie Gray Arrest Record, Criminal History & Rap Sheet

Gray had a lengthy arrest record with convictions dating back until at least 2007, according to the Maryland Department of Justice. Not all of the arrests led to convictions, in many of the cases he pleaded guilty to one charge while the others were dropped. Details of when he spent time in prison were not immediately available. His arrest record includes at least 18 arrests:
  • March 20, 2015: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
  • March 13, 2015: Malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault
  • January 20, 2015: Fourth-degree burglary, trespassing
  • January 14, 2015: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute
  • December 31, 2014: Possession of narcotics with intent to distribute
  • December 14, 2014: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance
  • August 31, 2014: Illegal gambling, trespassing
  • January 25, 2014: Possession of marijuana
  • September 28, 2013: Distribution of narcotics, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, second-degree assault, second-degree escape
  • April 13, 2012: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, violation of probation
  • July 16, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute
  • March 28, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
  • March 14, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to manufacture and distribute
  • February 11, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance
  • August 29, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, violation of probation
  • August 28, 2007: Possession of marijuana
  • August 23, 2007: False statement to a peace officer, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
  • July 16, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (2 counts)

Defense of slavery decisions points to ultimate need for armed citizenry

Via David Codrea

Anti-gun Oregon Democrat State Senator Chuck Riley says the Supreme Court was “right for the time” for upholding the enslavement of blacks as Constitutional. His comments came after questioning by gun rights advocates who were attempting to understand his rational for supporting citizen disarmament edicts, and was recorded by videographer “LaughingAtLiberals.”
Historically, the courts have demonstrated a tolerance for tyranny and a deference to those who would enslave. That's why there were "laws" to ensure that slaves were not armed.
The Library of Congress
“But that wasn't the end of it,” blogger Gateway Pundit noted. He embedded a second video, where Sen. Riley and his staffers were unable to explain how the “universal background check” edict would work at stopping violent criminals, or do anything besides provide a registration list of gun owners.
As for Riley's slavery concession, we've seen such precedent-driven disconnects with freedom before, even with checks and balances in place. Without them, things get even worse. An activist court empowered to make up law on its own has the potential to impose enslavement via a complicit executive branch. A tyranny-minded legislature can write edicts that do the same, providing they can get them enforced without judicial restraint. An unchecked executive can use all sorts of justifications to impose despotism. And all three branches working in concert have pretty much brought us to the point where “shall not be infringed” has been rendered meaningless beyond what those in power will politically tolerate -- for now.
That’s why the growing new paradigm represented by the “I will not comply” movement represents such a threat to those who would rule. Because ultimately, when the system results in tyranny, an armed people retain the power to nullify bad enforcement just as informed jurors have the power to nullify bad edicts. Of course the outcome of that is not assured (what is?), but to those who have made the choice between defiance and surrender, it beats the alternative.
That leads to some fair questions for the individual leaders of self-designated “gun rights groups” that call for enforcement of existing Intolerable Acts (gun laws), and who actually have publicly joined with anti-gunners in disparaging civil disobedience activists as “extremists”: If, years from now, with a shifted Supreme Court majority enabled by an unchallengeable electorate (something foreseen by another Oregon Democrat), a new ruling reverses Heller and says it’s Constitutional for the government to start rounding up registered guns and jailing anyone who has not obeyed, will you urge defiance and resistance, or will you ask your members to plead with their oppressors (and send a donation)? If the former, why wait until things become so desperate? And if the latter, why shouldn't we know now if you ever envision a line in the sand?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

VIDEO: Innocent Man Assaulted and Kidnapped by Police for Walking at Night

Breckenridge Hills, MO — A Missouri man’s cell phone video captured the epitome of what’s become Police State USA.
Chris Hoglan was out for a walk last September when he was approached by Breckenridge Hills police officer Matthew Tyler.
In a statement given to the Free Thought Project, Hoglan explains how the encounter began:
I left for a walk at 12:17am on Sept. 4, 2014. I had been cleaning the basement and was wide awake and needed to go to sleep. I knew walking would help tire me out and it was good for my back.  I was heading east on Baltimore from my house. I left with a pocket knife, my keys and my iPhone and nothing else.  I walked approximately 1.3miles and was on the south side of the street near the intersection of Woodson. I saw Officer Tyler’s police car driving south on Woodson and made a right towards me on Baltimore. He slowed down and shouted out of the window next to me “What’s your name?!” with a forceful tone. I replied “I don’t need to answer that.” And continued walking east on Baltimore at an average pace. I turned to see Officer Tyler do an immediate U Turn. At this point I pulled out my iPhone and started recording.
Officer Tyler’s ego was apparently challenged by a man who knew his rights and refused to cower to his authority. This caused Tyler to come out with a vengeance.
“This cop just asked me what my name was, I told him I didn’t need to answer that. We will see how this goes,” says Hoglan as he gets ready to flex his rights and stand up to this bully.
“Stop now or you’ll go to jail,” demands Tyler.
When Hoglan asks the reason for the stop, Tyler replies by telling him that he stopped him because, “I need to know who you are.”
“I don’t need to answer that while I am walking down the street. Is there a reason I’m being stopped here?” says Hoglan referring to his right not to identify to police.
At this point, Officer Tyler was already well over the line in his demands and harassment, but he pushed on anyway.
Hoglan asks again, “Am I free to go? ”
“No. I need to see your ID,” replies Tyler.
“I don’t need to give you any information about me sir; I’m just walking down the street freely,” Hoglan explains.
At no point did Hoglan ever become confrontational with this egomaniac, but this did not stop Tyler from escalating the situation.
“I’m gonna give you two more seconds, then I’m gonna put the cuffs on ya. K, you can give me your name, or you’re gonna go to jail. The choice is yours,” says this tyrant as he continues to unlawfully demand to see Hoglan’s papers.
By this time another officer, officer Allemann, arrived on the scene and the two tyrants together proceeded to assault and kidnap Hoglan.

“The two Police officers who had full control over me forced me to the ground and they landed on top of me. My back instantly felt bad and I am currently going to physical therapy for it,” Hoglan tells the Free Thought Project.
Hoglan was then brought to Breckenridge Hills Police Department where the barrage would continue. While he was locked in a cage, Hoglan continued to assert his 5th Amendment right to remain silent.
The two officers had mistaken Hoglan for another man who was allegedly wanted for pulling a knife on someone. However, Hoglan did not match the description.
Instead of telling Hoglan that they were looking for a suspect, the officers used the threat of force to try to intimidate a man into surrendering his rights.

Anti-Drug Senator’s Office Manager Arrested For Importing Meth And “Date Rape” Drug From China

This week it was reported that the office manager for anti-drug Senator Thad Cochran was caught importing meth from China, to allegedly sell and trade for sexual favors.
The Senate staffer, Fred W. Pagan, was arrested this week after a raid on his home where police found 181.5 grams of meth. Pagan allegedly admitted to importing the drug. He also admitted to receiving a number of other shipments in the past, including one package that included over a kilo of GHB, the infamous “date rape drug.” These drugs are arguably among the most dangerous on the market.
Pagan has been under government surveillance since April 9th when one of his packages was intercepted by customs agents in Ohio. That package was addressed to him and contained over a kilo of GHB.
While being interviewed by investigators, Pagan also attempted to divert the blame from himself by saying that he was receiving the drugs for a distributor that was using his address to avoid detection. So far, no information has been revealed about the distributor and it has not been confirmed that this person even exists. However, it is likely assumed that Pagan was in business with a number of different people to be able to carry out such a large-scale operation.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Mentally Ill Homeless Man Severely Beaten By Police Because His Beach Umbrella was Too Big

Venice Beach, CA– A video released on Wednesday captured eight Los Angeles police officers beating, tasing, and hogtying a mentally ill homeless man as he tried to enjoy the simple pleasure of a day at the beach.
The man and his lawyer say that this abuse at the hands of the LAPD has been a pattern over the past year, and his hospital records show it.  They are now calling for a federal investigation of the violations of his civil rights.
In Police State USA, cops behave like a pack of wolves as they prey on a homeless man trying to enjoy a day at the beach.

In the video taken on August 7, 2014, eight officers are seen brutalizing Samuel Calhoun Arrington, 52, who suffers from bipolar disorder.  The incident began when he reportedly refused to sign a citation for “items placed on (the) city beach” and “property outside of designated space.”
What horrible items could have had on the beach, you ask? A chair and umbrella, which everyone else brings to the beach all summer long without being targeted for assault.
“To me, what they did in full view of every person on Venice Beach was to strip a homeless man, someone mentally ill, of their last shred of humanity,” Cleo Battle, Arrington’s sister told local news outlet KTLA.
According to the police report, Arrington had lunged at officers and attempted to grab one of their belts.  Nazareth Haysbert, the attorney representing Arrington, told KTLA that the report stated his client immediately broke the officer’s hold by aggressively moving his arms forward and then pulling his arms toward his body.” 
In the video, we see the unarmed Arrington lounging in his chair, entirely non-aggressive, and doing nothing like what is described from the report as the gang of officers begin to assault him.  The officers also wrote in the report that there was no video taken of the incident. This is in spite of the witness video that was released which clearly shows LAPD’s Sgt. Skinner recording the assault on what appears to be her cell phone in a red case.
The woman filming the video can be heard saying, “they know that he’s not going to sign it because he didn’t do anything, but that’s what they’re hoping so that they can take him.”   She begins to explain to other witnesses that the man was being cited for the umbrella and asserts it was just because they wanted to get rid of him.  As the officers begin to tase the defenseless man, she screams at the officers repeatedly that they do not need to tase him.
“NO, YOU NEED TO STOP! I’M ALREADY HERE, DON’T YOU DARE PUSH ON ME!” she screams at an officer who attempts to push her away from filming their abuse.
Another woman in the background can be heard screaming that the officers are evil. The woman filming berates the officers for being in the wrong by putting their hands on her as well as on the man that they are assaulting in front of her.
A large crowd gathers to watch the assault and shame the officers for their disgusting behavior.
“The man is bleeding from head to toe, this is what our police do, in the United States.  Instead of getting the criminals, they’re harassing-” she begins, “now they’ve got him like a slave back in the 30’s and 40’s and 50’s and they’ve got him- they’re carrying him like an animal!”

Eight women finish first week of US Army Ranger test


Washington (AFP) - Eight women have successfully made it through the initial round of the US Army's grueling Ranger School course, as commanders weigh allowing female troops to join the ranks of the elite corps, officials said Friday.
The results of the first week of the Ranger School test represented another milestone as the American military seeks to open more combat specialities to women.
Out of 19 women who started the Ranger course Monday at Fort Benning, Georgia, eight remained, army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said.
And out of 381 men who arrived at Fort Benning this week, 184 men successfully completed the course.
The success rate for men, 48 percent, and for the women, 42 percent, was "within historic norms for the Ranger course," Smith said.
The first four days of the course, known as the Ranger Assessment Phase (RAP), include a tough physical fitness exam of 49 push-ups, 59 sit-ups, a five-mile run in under 40 minutes, six chin-ups, a swim test, a land navigation test and a 12-mile march with a 35-pound rucksack in under three hours.
The army will take a decision on whether to permanently open the storied school to women after the two-month Ranger course is completed. But senior officers have made clear standards for one of the military's most physically demanding courses will not be scaled back to accommodate women taking part.
The Marine Corps recently permitted female troops to enter infantry officer training, but no women managed to pass the difficult test.
The Pentagon has ordered all branches of the armed services to open ground combat jobs to women by 2016. The service chiefs can ask for a waiver to continue to exclude women from a particular occupational field, with the final decision up to the US defense secretary.
Apart from the Ranger school, the army is carrying out assessments for numerous combat specialities that could potentially scrap prohibitions for female soldiers.
Since 2001, female troops were often in combat in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as the conflicts had no distinct front lines.
But military rules mostly prohibit women from ground combat jobs in the infantry, tank and artillery units. And officials decided to take a second look after the experience of the past decade.
Opponents of the change say the infantry and other ground combat roles require upper body physical strength beyond the ability of most women, and that introducing female troops could prove disruptive for units that live in close quarters with little privacy.
Women are already allowed to fly US combat aircraft and fire weapons on naval ships.

Climate Change: The Single Greatest Misinformation Campaign in World History

Wednesday was Earth Day and to hear the experts like Usher and Al Gore tell the story, the planet is in a miserable state. We’re running out of our natural resources, we’re overpopulating the globe and running out of room, the air that we breathe is becoming toxic, the oceans are rising and soon major coastal cities will be underwater, and the Earth is, of course, heating up, except when it is cooling down.
This is perhaps the single greatest misinformation campaign in world history. Virtually none of these claims are even close to the truth—except for the fact that our climate is always changing as it has for hundreds of thousands of years.
Since the first Earth Day back in the 1970s, the environmentalists—those who worship the creation rather than the Creator—have issued one false prediction of Armageddon after another. Yet despite a batting average approaching zero, the media and our schools keep parroting their declinism as if they were oracles rather than proven shysters.


Climate Change: The Single Greatest Misinformation Campaign in World History

April 24, 2015 - 11:16 AM
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Former Vice President Al Gore discusses Greenland's ice sheet at the U.N. Climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Wednesday was Earth Day and to hear the experts like Usher and Al Gore tell the story, the planet is in a miserable state. We’re running out of our natural resources, we’re overpopulating the globe and running out of room, the air that we breathe is becoming toxic, the oceans are rising and soon major coastal cities will be underwater, and the Earth is, of course, heating up, except when it is cooling down. This is perhaps the single greatest misinformation campaign in world history. Virtually none of these claims are even close to the truth—except for the fact that our climate is always changing as it has for hundreds of thousands of years.
Since the first Earth Day back in the 1970s, the environmentalists—those who worship the creation rather than the Creator—have issued one false prediction of Armageddon after another. Yet despite a batting average approaching zero, the media and our schools keep parroting their declinism as if they were oracles rather than proven shysters.
Here are the factual realities that we should be celebrating on Earth Day.
1) Natural resources are more abundant and affordable today than ever before in history. Short-term (sometimes decades-long) volatility aside, the price of most natural resources—from cocoa to cotton to coal—is cheaper today in real terms than 50, 100, or 500 years ago. This has happened even as the world’s population has nearly tripled. Technology has far outpaced depletion of the Earth’s resources.
2) Energy—the master resource—is super abundant. Remember when people like Paul Ehrlich nearly 50 years ago and Barack Obama just three years ago—warned that we were running out of oil and gas. Today, thanks to the new age of oil and gas, thanks to fracking, the United States has hundreds of years of petroleum and an estimated 290 years of coal. Keep in mind, this may be a low-ball estimate; since 2000, the Energy Information Administration’s estimates of recoverable reserves have actually increased by more than 7 percent.
We’re not running out of energy, we are running into it.

Global Climate Change -- Melting Glacier
Scientific truth is the first casualty in ideological crusades like that of climate change. (AP Photo/John McConnico)
3) Air and water. Since the late 1970s, pollutants in the air have plunged. Lead pollution plunged by more than 90 percent, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide by more than 50 percent, with ozone and nitrogen dioxide declining as well. This means that emissions per capita have declined even as the economy in terms of real GDP nearly tripled. By nearly every standard measure it is much, much, much cleaner today in the United States than 50 and 100 years ago. The air is so clean now that the EPA worries about carbon dioxide which isn’t even a pollutant. (And, by the way, carbon emissions are falling too, thanks to fracking). One hundred years ago, about one in four deaths in the U.S. was due to contaminants in drinking water. But from 1971-2002, fewer than three people per year in the U.S. were documented to have died from water contamination.
4) There is no Malthusian nightmare of overpopulation. Birth rates have fallen by about one-half around the world over the last 50 years. Developed countries are having too few kids, not too many. Even with a population of 7.3 billion people, average incomes, especially in poor countries, have surged over the last 40 years. The number of people in abject poverty fell by 1 billion from 1981 to 2011, even as global population increased by more than 1.5 billion.
5) Global per capita food production is 40 percent higher today than as recently as 1950. In most nations the nutrition problem today is obesity—too many calories consumed—not hunger. The number of famines and related deaths over the last 100 years has fallen in half. More than 12 million lives on average were lost each decade from the 1920s-1960s to famine. Since then, fewer than 4 million lives on average per decade were lost. Tragically, these famines are often caused by political corruption—not nature. Furthermore, the price of food has fallen steadily in the U.S.—and most other nations steadily for 200 years.
6) The rate of death and physical destruction from natural disasters or severe weather changes has plummeted over the last 50 to 100 years. Loss of life from hurricanes, floods, heat, droughts, and so on is at or near record lows. This is because we have much better advance warning systems, our infrastructure is much more durable, and we have things like air conditioning, to adapt to weather changes. We are constantly discovering new ways to harness and even tame nature.
Earth Day should be a day of joy and celebration that life on this bountiful planet is better than anytime in human history. The state of the planet has never been in such fine shape by almost every objective measure. The Chicken Littles are as wrong today as they were 50 years ago. This is very good news for those who believe that one of our primary missions as human beings is to make life better over time and to leave our planet better off for future generations.
Happy Earth Day.
Stephen Moore, who formerly wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal, is a distinguished visiting fellow for the Project for Economic Growth at The Heritage Foundation.
Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by The Heritage Foundation.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Manchin: Gun Control ‘Made Sense’ in 2013, And ‘It Makes Sense Now’

During a Monday appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) defended his post-Sandy Hook gun control push as something that “made sense” in 2013 and something that “makes sense now.”
Host Joe Scarborough approached the subject by talking about how he and Manchin came from different backgrounds — one a Republican and the other a Democrat — yet they found common ground in “[talking] about the need for background checks” and about how they “disagreed with the NRA” post-Sandy Hook.
Scarborough said to Manchin: “You caught a lot of flack in your district and in your state for [pushing expanded background checks]. Are you going to campaign supporting background checks in [the future]?”
Manchin replied:
It made sense. For me to dodge, it would have been easy to just keep quiet on that coming from a gun cultural state and not saying a word and getting the wrath of anybody. But the bottom line is, it made sense. Treat me, as a gun person that I am, treat me as a law-abiding citizen. Don’t look at me that I’ve committed a crime just because I own a gun and like to go shooting and hunting. On the other hand, I’m going to make good gun sense decisions. I’m not going to sell to strangers. And if I go to a gun show or on the internet, I want to know who that person is and vice versa. That still makes sense. It made sense [in 2013], it makes sense now.
There’s only one problem: Manchin’s gun control push did not make sense in 2013 nor does not make sense now.
It did not make sense in 2013 because background checks weren’t even part of the equation in Adam Lanza’s heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary — Lanza stole his guns.
That’s why Manchin admitted the very gun control legislation he was pushing in response to the Sandy Hook attack would not have stopped Lanza from carrying out his slaughter in the first place. Manchin made this admission a mere three days before his bill was officially rejected by his Senate colleagues.

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Southern Poverty Law Center: Oath Keepers Descend Upon Oregon with Dreams of Armed Confrontation over Mining Dispute

From NC Renegade...

"What began as a paper dispute over the language in a claim for an old gold mine in the hills of southwestern Oregon has lurched into what the antigovernment “Patriots” arriving on scene seemingly hope will be an armed confrontation with federal authorities.
Most of those arriving at the scene of the dispute over the Sugar Pine Mine near tiny Merlin, Ore., and nearby towns such as Grants Pass and Medford, believe they are engaging in a stand against a tyrannical federal government and the Bureau of Land Management – the second chapter in a fight that began a year ago with the Bundy Ranch standoff."

More SPLC bullshit...

Police working with DHS & Motorola are using private surveillance cameras to create a massive spy network

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When a 911 call comes in, St. Louis police now may be able to see the scene before responding officers have time to arrive.

It’s part of the Real Time Crime Center, opened Thursday to bring together an array of electronic resources — including a network of public and private surveillance cameras!

DHS puppet, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said:

Today is a great day for law enforcement and a bad day for criminals in the city of St. Louis.” That says it all right there, law enforcement considers it a great day, when private corporations work with law enforcement to spy on you. Dotson adds, “Cameras in public space are a part of everyday life. The case study is there, the examples are there, we’re just getting caught up.

Access to private cameras also means not having to wait for a business to open to examine its recorded images, Lt. Brent Feig said. “We’re really leveraging the public space,” he said.

This is just phase 1 out of 4. Dotson says three phases should be completed by the fall!

The center has access to 140 cameras now, but Dotson envisions a network encompassing the surveillance capabilities of many neighborhood associations and businesses. Chicago police have access to 10,000 cameras, about 3,000 of them publicly owned, the chief said.

John Chasnoff, longtime member of the activist organization Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression, called it “a spy hub for the whole city of St. Louis.”

“This is a big step toward mass surveillance of the city’s population,” Chasnoff complained. “People going about their business who have given no indication they have committed an offense are still being watched by their government and police.”

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Today's Trifecta of Police Misconduct

Cell Phone Video Captures Police Officer Killing a Man as He Tried to Hide in a Stack of Lumber
Lakewood, WA — Daniel Corarrubias, 37, was killed by Lakewood police as he tried to hide in the Pinnacle Lumber Plywood yard.
A 7-second cell phone video captures the final moments of Corarrubias’ life as the Lakewood officer drew his weapon and fired 10 shots, hitting him in the head and torso.
Officers were responding to calls of a suspicious man walking through the parking lot of the lumber yard. When they came upon the man attempting to hide, they killed him.
According to police, Corarrubias tried to reach into his pocket, which is why they fired ten rounds into him. However, police have refused to divulge whether or not the man was armed at all.
“I know he didn’t have a weapon,” his sister said. “I want to ask police why? Why? Why they just didn’t shoot him in the arm, shoot him in the leg, maim him or something. Not murder my brother.”
According to KOMO News,
A man who says he watched security camera and cell phone video of the shooting told KOMO News 10 shots can be heard during the encounter. The source, who asked not to be identified, says the man sustained gunshot wounds to the head and torso.

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An Ex-Cop Keeps The Country’s Best Data Set On Police Misconduct

When Talking Points Memo, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post needed data on how often police officers are charged with on-duty killings, they all turned to the same guy: Bowling Green State University criminologist Philip M. Stinson.
Phil Stinson.
Phil Stinson.
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Stinson, 50, has become an indispensable source for researchers and reporters looking into alleged crimes and acts of violence by police officers because he has built a database tracking thousands of incidents in which officers were arrested since 2005. His data has shown that even the few police officers who are arrested for drunken driving are rarely convicted and that arrests spike for cops who have been on the force 18 years or longer, contrary to prior research showing it was mostly new officers who were acting out.
The whole data-collecting operation is powered by 48 Google Alerts that Stinson set up in 2005, along with individual Google Alerts for each of nearly 6,000 arrests of officers. He has set up 10 Gmail addresses to collect all the alert emails, which feed articles into a database that also contains court records and videos.
It all adds up to a data set of alleged police misconduct unmatched by anything created inside or outside of government, which itself often uses Google Alerts to catch these cases.1 Yet Stinson’s database inevitably has holes because it relies on the media to cover every officer arrest, and because it takes immense effort to code each entry. The data set keeps falling behind.
Stinson’s path to police-misconduct expertise was a winding one. A high-school dropout, he worked for police departments in Arlington, Virginia, and Dover, New Hampshire, before getting his law degree, then turning in his license after mishandling client funds. He switched to criminology, getting his Ph.D. in 2009. He chose his research subject in part because of his experiences as a cop, seeing police officers get away with crimes others wouldn’t, and in part because he wanted to win a bet he’d made in his Master’s program. Now he’s the recipient of a National Institute of Justice grant to study police misconduct, host of an occasional podcast on the topic, and a go-to source for the media.
Stinson says he has no bias against his former profession. “This isn’t anti-police,” he said. “I hope to write papers and get things published that are helpful to law enforcement, not that bash law enforcement.”
The following is an edited transcript of my telephone interview with Stinson, with some followup questions by email.
Carl Bialik: You’ve worked with the media on stories about arrests for killings by police, and recently you’ve also been a source on arrests of police for DUIs. You’ve also studied sex crimes and corruption. How did you become the expert on police arrests?
Philip Stinson: The idea came up in the fall of 2004, when I was finishing my master’s at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. I was taking an ethics class. Somebody in the class — it was a bunch of cops in class, mid-career — somebody made a comment that cops don’t get in trouble much. I said, “That’s just absurd.” I started looking into it and realized there are no government statistics, and no government agency tracking it well.
I set up 48 Google Alerts, let it rip, and started printing pages out. Originally it was to win a bet in the master’s class.
CB: What did you bet?
PS: I don’t know. It was a beer or something. I wasn’t a betting man. It wasn’t anything big.
I had two and a half years, three years of data in my dissertation, covering 2005 to 2007, with 109 quantitative variables.
And then over time at Bowling Green, we now track 270 or so quantitative variables. Everything is automated now. Because data collection is real-time — you can’t use Lexis Nexis, NewsBank, all these other archival news databases, because lots of stuff has disappeared from the Internet — so because of that it’s very slow and time-consuming. It takes forever to do.
Some reporters wanted everything I had — everything. I was like, go fuck yourself. You get everything. I just spent 10 years on this.
Now we’re up to almost 11,000 cases involving almost 9,000 officers. We log these cases, then make Google Alerts on individual names so we can track cases through courts and the media.2
CB: How sure are you that The Washington Post’s count of 54 police officers charged with fatal shootings while on duty is a complete count?
PS: I want to make it very clear I’ve never claimed I have every case. It’s possible that’s not an exhaustive list. If anything, I think we’re missing just a handful of cases of killings, because those kinds of cases get news coverage. I’d have to hazard a guess that we do a better job of collecting data in smaller metropolitan areas and rural areas, because arrests there are so newsworthy.
CB: How much do you think you miss by relying on media reports?
PS: If I had 1,100 arrest cases, I can’t believe there are another 1,100 out there. I doubt we’re missing half, but there aren’t none.
CB: You were a lawyer before going to graduate school for criminology. What happened?
PS: I fucked up in my law practice [Stinson Law Associates, PC, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania]. I was charged with several crimes and the commingling of funds in 2002. It was the kiss of death. I paid a heavy price and took a heavy hit.
CB: Did you do what you were charged with doing?
PS: I did it. [“Chronic sleep deprivation exacerbated mental health issues that I was not aware that I had and led to impaired judgment in many instances, and for that I’m very remorseful and in treatment,” Stinson told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2002.] Everybody was made whole eventually.
I don’t like to leave that out [that I did this]. It’s not something I’m proud of, and I don’t like seeing it in print. It really has nothing to do with why I am doing this research.
I certainly think I’ve done everything I can to rehabilitate myself.
If I were teaching theology, it would never come up, but in criminology, it does come up sometimes with students, so I usually walk into the classroom and lay it out there.
A photo of Stinson from summer 1986 when he was a police officer in Dover, New Hampshire. Taken in Dover, New Hampshire, outside his cruiser.
A photo of Stinson from summer 1986 when he was a police officer in Dover, New Hampshire.
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CB: What was your experience as a cop and did it influence your work?
PS: When I went to New Hampshire, I saw some crazy shit. It really changed my outlook on things. When people were arrested, they would take them into the booking room, and sometimes the sergeant would come in and just beat the shit out of the guy while he was handcuffed — shit like that.
I was floored with my experience up there. In the two years I was up there, I saw all kinds of shit I did not know happened.
They faked reports, and there was creative report writing, to fit the arrest they wanted to have. There was evidence that was tampered with and overly suggestive court identifications to nail people with shit. It was quite an eye-opener. [When asked for comment, Anthony Colarusso, chief of Dover’s police department, said, “I feel strongly that the Dover Police Department has a high level of integrity and has had that since I joined the police department in May of 1985. In fact, our longstanding policy is that officers be terminated for any level of untruthfulness.” He added, “No police department is perfect, but we are very aggressive in holding ourselves accountable for our actions.”]
So I sort of had that kind of stuff in the back of my head for many years.

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Charges dismissed after man served 34 years of life sentence

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A California man who was freed after serving 34 years of a life sentence for murder had the charges formally dismissed Wednesday.

Michael Hanline, 69, was the longest-serving wrongfully incarcerated inmate in California history, according to the California Innocence Project, whose lawyers worked for 15 years to free him and persuaded prosecutors to re-examine the evidence.
Testing showed DNA found at the crime scene did not come from Hanline or his alleged accomplice. In addition, prosecutors withheld evidence that should have been disclosed to Hanline's legal team during the trial.

34 years because the prosecutor withheld evidence???
Where's the 34 year sentence for the prosecutor who convicted this guy?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Former Officer Of the Year Caught on Video Trafficking Weapons for Drug Cartels – In Uniform

Houston, TX — New video has surfaced in the case of Noe Juarez; a veteran Houston Police officer indicted just last week on charges of drugs and weapon trafficking.
Juarez was named officer of the year in 2009 and was with HPD for over 20 years when he was arrested in New Orleans. He was charged with conspiracy to distribute 5 kilos or more of cocaine.
At a bond hearing last week, officers say Juarez had been participating in illegal activities for years for years, supplying guns, bulletproof vests, cars and police intelligence to members of the Los Zetas drug cartel.

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Cleveland gun edicts violate law, infringe on rights and won’t stop violence

Via David Codrea

 Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson shares the spotlight with another notorious gun-grabber, Attorney General Eric Holder.

Admitting that legislation it passed Monday will not stop violent crime, Cleveland politicians instead came up with excuses for imposing it on citizens anyway, Northeast Ohio Media Group reported. All but one Council member, Zack Reed, voted in favor of the new edicts, which in many areas duplicate state law, but supposedly will allow the city to keep resulting fines.
Whether any such coveted revenues will outweigh further legal costs the city will face is a question taxpayers should be asking their representatives who insisted on reopening an issue presumably already settled in the courts. Ohio Revised Code claims preemption by the state in the field of non-federal firearms regulation, and the matter was supposedly already settled when the City of Cleveland lost against the state in 2010, with the Supreme Court of Ohio “uphold[ing] as Constitutional state law displacing local gun-control ordinances.”
In addition to the duplicate laws and creation of a “gun offender registry,” the Cleveland diktats create several new burdens on law-abiding gun owners, including presuming to dictate reporting requirements for private sales (creating a de facto registry) and to impose storage mandates. Ohio Code declares “a person, without further license, permission, restriction, delay, or process, may own, possess, purchase, sell, transfer, transport, store, or keep any firearm, part of a firearm, its components, and its ammunition,” meaning the city has nothing lawful to say about imposing constraints. The new decree also imposes a stolen gun reporting requirement that would appear to exempt criminals, as requiring them to attest they were in violation of the law prohibiting them from possessing a gun in the first place would also require self-incrimination in violation of the Fifth Amendment.
Rather than directly addressing Councilman Reed’s challenge to show how the new edicts would have prevented any of the 25 homicides the city has experienced so far this year, supporters of the legislation offered unsubstantiated platitudes. Safety Director Michael McGrath fell back on the “possibility of saving a life” talking point used to restrict the rights of everyone else while saving nothing and no one. Councilman Michael Polensek even admitted “the bad guys are not turning in their guns. The bad guys are not registering. The kids who want to shoot indiscriminately on the street won't stop," and Council President Kevin Kelley “said that the legislation was not designed to stop gun violence” and instead offered bromides about “council's values and ... good public policy intended to encourage responsible gun ownership.”
In other words, knowing full well what they are imposing will accomplish no reduction in violent crime, and in fact, violate Ohio law, they are nonetheless using the coercive force of the city to mandate citizen compliance -- or else. But the desperate to appear effective politicians behind the scam will all get their names in the press and claim bragging rights that they are both “doing something” and showing leadership.
In any legitimate field of endeavor, that would be considered not just malpractice, but outright shameless fraud.
UPDATE: From an email alert received moments after publishing this article:

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