Friday, August 8, 2008

Police Brutality (and why No-Knock Warrants are Crap)

Go ahead and read this story. If this doesn't make you angry, perhaps you should check yourself for a pulse and look for the nearest AED.

For those of you too lazy, or simply disinclined, to read the article, let me summarize it here:
A group of drug dealers had a deal going where they would post packages of drugs to legitimate addresses. As soon as the packages were delivered, they would swoop in and pick them up from the doorstep. Brilliant, right?

Well, a drug dog at one of the delivery warehouses alerted to a package, headed to a home in Maryland. The police obtain a warrant, then run in, not having identified themselves, arrest everyone, and shoot the families 2 pet Labrador retrievers in front of them. Then find out they were innocent.

Now, I've met a few Labs in my time, and let me tell you, the only thing they are a particular threat to are shoes and the occasional tennis ball.

But you think that's bad? The police shot one of the dogs while it was running away.

In case your Civics are a little rusty, here is the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Now, I have to ask you, a reasonable person, does this seem like an unreasonable search?

I completely agree that knowledge that a package containing drugs being delivered to their house would be excellent grounds for a warranted search. Consider this, however: Was a reasonable search conducted?

Does the level of this search meet the idea of reasonable? This home invasion was conducted by plain-clothes police, wearing ski-masks, who did not stop to identify themselves upon entry.

This was one legally owned 12 gage away from a tragedy! If your door was suddenly smashed in by masked invaders with guns, what would you assume? That Officer O'Leary, whose kid plays soccer with your kid, had come to ask you some questions?

Or would you have reached under the bed, grabbed your gun, and tried to defend yourself and your wife from these people threatening your lives in the sanctity of your home?!

Are you sure you could tell they were police? You have only seconds, and you are startled.

The best part is, it appears that the police may not have actually had a no-knock warrant.

You may think I am taking things too far, but its already happened. Do any of you recall what happened to Kathryn Johnston, formerly of Atlanta, GA? I say formerly, because in November of 2006, police executed a no-knock warrant on her home. After prying the burglar bars off her door and smashing their way inside, she fired a shot into the ceiling to try to scare off the invaders. The police responded with a fusilade of 39 shots, six of which hit her--killing her instantly.

And she isn't the only one.

I cannot express how angy reading this article has made me. I feel this family's civil rights have been violated, their name should be cleared, restitution made for their pets, and criminal charges filed against the officer(s) who killed the dogs.

Then, they, the officer in charge of the raid, and the Sherrif should be fired immediately and a Federal investigation conducted into all the "law enforcement" agencies of Prince George County (who are apparently prone to killing innocent dogs, anyhow--see last page of linked article).

I will never live, or visit there--and I am ashamed and agahst that this goes on anywhere in America.

Because police can already enter a residence without a warrant to save lives or stop crime they know for a fact is already in progress, I firmly believe that no-knock warrants violate the reasonableness clause of the Fourth Amendment, and put at risk both officers of the law, and citizens, unneccesarily.

That's some fine police work, Lou.

By the way, contact info for the Prince George County, Maryland Sherrif's office is as follows:

Michael Jackson, Sheriff

Prince George's County
Office Of The Sheriff
1601 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD 20774

Phone: (301) 883-7000
Email: sheriffinfo@co.pg.md.us

Update : Tyson Boycott

I had written an email to them regarding the elimination of Labor Day and replacing it with a Muslim holy day. I received a reply this morning. It seems that a lot of other people had the same opinion. Enough so that Tyson is re-instating Labor Day.

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Labor Day Reinstated as Paid Holiday at Shelbyville, TN, Plant
Tyson Foods Requested Change from Union
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Springdale, Arkansas - August 8, 2008 - Tyson Foods, Inc. announced
today it has reached a new agreement with the Retail, Wholesale and
Department Store Union (RWDSU), an American union, reinstating Labor Day as
one of the designated paid holidays under the contract for covered employees
in the Shelbyville, Tennessee, plant.

Tyson made this request on behalf of its Shelbyville plant employees, some
of whom had expressed concern about the new contract provisions relative
to paid holidays. In an effort to be responsive, Tyson asked the union to
reopen the contract to address the holiday issue, and the union agreed to
do so. The union membership voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reinstate Labor
Day as one of the plant's paid holidays, while keeping Eid al-Fitr as an additional
paid holiday for this year only. This means that in 2008 only, Shelbyville employees
will have nine paid holidays.

For the remainder of the five-year contract period, the eight paid holidays will include:
New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day,
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and a Personal Holiday, which could either be the employee's
birthday, Eid al-Fitr or another day requested and approved by their supervisor.

This issue concerns only the plant at Shelbyville, Tennessee. Labor Day has always been
celebrated, and continues to be, at the other 118 Tyson plants across the country.

The Shelbyville complex employs approximately 1,200 people. Approximately 1,000 workers are
covered by the RWDSU union agreement at that location.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

John Edward's Love Child


This is not being covered much by the MSM, but Ann Coulter has some definite opinions. As Ann's style is, she doesn't mince words and a spade is not always a shovel.

"Say, why isn't anyone talking about John Edwards for vice president anymore? No, seriously -- hey! Why are we going to a commercial break?"

Check out the entirety at Ann's syndicated site. As always,she is on target with her comments. Ann has a wonderful way of exposing a FUBAR.

Nobama


Power Line continues to point out defects in Nobama's ability to interact with the press unless he has scripted answers. If you haven't been to Power Line, check it out. If you have been there, I'm preaching to the choir. Power Line addressed two of Obama's faults. The first one dealt with his inability to be one who can answer unexpected questions.
During a stop at a McCain campaign event in New Hampshire last November, a New York Times reporter who had been covering the various candidates for months told me that McCain had answered more questions from reporters in the preceding two hours on his bus than Clinton, Obama, and Romney had answered during the entire campaign. I don't know whether Clinton and Romney became more willing to answer reporters' questions during the campaign season (in Hillary's case, I think not).
Power Line then explores how Obama has doubled down on his tire pressure misinformation BS. The fallacies behind it are also revealing to Obama's understanding of energy needs and consumption, not to mention the impact on who have to work for a living. In his own words, describing voters in Pennsylvania Obama stated to a private, elite gathering in San Fransico: "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Warning From Pakistan


This morning, from a cave somewhere in Pakistan,Taliban Minister of Migration, Mohammed Omar, warned the United States that if military action against Iraq continues, Taliban authorities will cut off America 's supply of convenience store managers and possibly candidates for President of the United States.

And if this action does not yield sufficient results, cab drivers will be next, followed by Dell and AOL customer service reps, and then Motel 6 managers.

It's gonna get ugly.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

America Can't Afford The Democrats




As we all struggle with higher gas prices, the Dems in the House went on vacation and literally left Republicans in the dark by turning off the lights and microphones. Being from California, it is not too difficult to understand where Pelosi is getting her marching orders. What group wants higher prices on gas and other energy sources to promote a belief that higher prices will save the planet? If you do not have the answer then you are at the wrong blog. Pelosi's attitude is definitely FIGMO!

Monday, August 4, 2008

The enemy of my enemy...


"Dear Friends in the Nobama effort, there's a fine review of Clintons4McCain Blog Talk Radio on a blog site managed by Australian Jim Fryar, who is one of mnay bloggers working to get Americans overseas to cast absentee ballots for John McCain. An American in Australia, Noel, is basically going to door-to-door in Sydney (and watching out for American accents) to get people to cast absentee ballots.

Cristi Adkins of Clintons4McCain.com has asked all Nobama bloggers and friends of John McCain to go to Jim Fryar's site and write comments saluting him for his efforts on behalf of our country. Following is the link to Jim's review:


http://jimunro.blogspot.com/2008/08/mind-control-and-obama.html


If you'd like to hear the show Jim reviews, you can find it at:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/clintons4mccain"

Tyson Foods And Dhimmitude

I'm boycotting all Tyson chicken and beef products including ITC, Wright Brand, Russer, Jordan's and Iowa Hams brand names. Tyson has dropped Labor Day as a holiday and replaced it with Eid al-Fitr. I can not condone the replacement of a traditional American holiday that honors the American worker with one that replaces it with two prayer rooms and a Muslim observance. I have no problem with a Muslim holiday, just don't replace Labor Day as being insignificant and have it superseded with two prayer rooms and a heathen observance. Where is the Christian chapel? Screw Tyson! You can give a hint of your displeasure to gary.mickelson@tyson.com, I certainly did!