October 16, 2014

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Idaho Man Arrested For Battering Female Victim With A Burrito

There has been another burrito assault.

An Idaho man was arrested Sunday after allegedly throwing the tasty Mexican treat at a worker at an assisted living home, police say.

Travis Micho, 52, tossed the burrito during a dispute with the female victim, according to a Kootenai County Sheriffs Office report. Micho, deputies reported, “grabbed his burrito from his dinner plate and threw it at the victim as she was standing across the table from him.”

The above is an excerpt from: Idaho Man, 52, Arrested For Battering Female Victim With A Burrito | The Smoking Gun.

Why would a man waste a perfectly good burrito like that? It should be a crime and, as it turns out, it was.

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October 15, 2014

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The City of Houston Versus Freedom

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”

ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.”

“Political and social commentary is not a crime,” Holcomb said. “It is protected by the First Amendment.”

The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa. The city council approved the law in June.

The above is an excerpt from a Fox News story.

My opinion follows:

Spin it however you like, but what the city of Houston is doing is trying to intimidate and, if possible, censor what Christian pastors say from their pulpits. Is there any doubt this is the case?

I wonder where the long arm of government will reach next to overtly or covertly control dissenting points of view? If you’re not wondering (and worrying), I submit that you ought to be. Every time an action like this is attempted, it’s a trial case for actions of a similar nature to occur. If this governmental overreach is permitted, there will likely be more of the same, potentially even where you live. And who knows what someone in government might not won’t want you discussing should that time come.

Regardless of where one stands on the underlying political flashpoint driving the City of Houston’s current actions, do we want to live in a nation where the only point of view permitted to be spoken in public is government-approved opinion? I don’t and hope you join me in that sentiment. Why? Because we live in the “land of the free” and freedom needs to be preserved.

During my career as a police officer, the Ku Klux Klan once applied for a parade permit in my jurisdiction which was approved. Why? Because their speech, albeit hate-filled on a sickening level, is protected by the Constitution. While they marched through our streets, I and fellow officers had to provide them security and safety for the duration of their visit. Suffice to say it wasn’t “a great day at the office” for us, but we chalked it up as something that happens in a truly free society – and nation. So I speak from experience when I say it is more than a little disconcerting to me that pastors in Houston are being treated worse for what they potentially said in their houses of worship than the KKK was treated in my jurisdiction marching down Main Street in broad daylight!

Religious liberty and freedom of speech are hallmarks of our nation, protected by the First Amendment. Strip those things away and the Constitution isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. And freedom?  Make no mistake about it, freedom is dead.

UPDATE: Houston subpoenas pastors’ sermons, then backs off amidst outcry

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October 14, 2014

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Drunken Zombie Santa Arrested In Minnesota

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Police have cited a 21-year-old man who they say entered a St. Paul home while drunk and dressed as a Santa Claus zombie.

St. Paul police said Monday the University of St. Thomas student was cited for trespassing and taken to a detoxification center Saturday. Police found him asleep when they responded to the house hours after a Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis.

Neighbor and Ramsey County Judge Margaret Marrinan said a 14-year-old boy fled from the house calling for help when he discovered the intruder Saturday. She says his 16-year-old sister locked herself in a bathroom to call their parents.

The teens’ father said Monday they were scared but are fine now. He says no one in his family “will ever think of Santa the same way.”

The above is an excerpt from: Drunken Zombie Santa Arrested After Invading St. Paul Home « CBS Minnesota.

Another shining moment in the annals of dumb criminal activity. Or should I say drunken criminal activity?

But it could’ve been worse for the victims. What if they had been visited by ebola Santa Claus?

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October 10, 2014

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A Tale Of Two Shootings

There are two sides to every story – or so the old saying goes. This is the case where the latest police shooting resulting in the death of a young black suspect in the St. Louis, Missouri area is concerned.

The police version of the incident, as reported in a Fox News story, is as follows. An off duty police officer, working for a private security company at the time, saw three suspicious men in the area he was working in. Then, according to Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins of the St. Louis Police:

“As he exited the car, the gentlemen took off running. He was able to follow one of them before he lost him and then found him again as the guy jumped out of some bushes across the street. The officer approached, they got into a struggle, they ended up into a gangway, at which time the young man pulled a weapon and shots were fired. The officer returned fire and unfortunately the young man was killed.”

Then there is the other side of the story.

According to the same Fox News story, the mother of the suspect is indicating her son was holding a sandwich when shot and killed by the police. That’s right, folks. A sandwich!

Is the mother of the slain suspect offering a believable account of what happened? I don’t think so and the evidence recovered at the scene seems to support that.

St. Louis Police Chief Col. Sam Dotson has publicly stated that ballistic evidence recovered at the scene indicates the suspect fired three shots at the police officer who killed him. Not only that, the firearm those bullets were fired from was recovered at the scene as well. Therefore, unless the St. Louis Police Department is so corrupt no one serving in any capacity of leadership there can be trusted, it seems very likely the suspect died as a consequence of his own actions. But let’s play devil’s advocate for a moment. Could the suspect have been armed with a sandwich?

Three guys are standing in a street when an off duty police officer approaches. Maybe this officer was in a security guard’s uniform or not, but we know he was working for a security company. At any rate the suspects began running from the officer. Why were they running? Was it because all three men had sandwiches and the officer looked hungry? Maybe, but let’s continue from there.

As the three men ran away, the police officer gave chase. If we are to believe the mother of the deceased, her son, probably running for his life because he was being chased by a police officer, never released his sandwich. That tells me the deceased was really hungry, the sandwich he was holding was so delicious he couldn’t let it go, or he thought he could protect himself with it should he be caught by his pursuer. Believable? Apparently so, considering there are people rioting in the St. Louis area because they believe it. But let’s go on.

The deceased apparently hid in some bushes and was approached by the police officer, after which something caused the officer to fire 17 shots at him. He died, guilty of no wrongdoing and holding his sandwich.

Really?

Really? People are actually buying a story like that?

Enough with playing devil’s advocate. Let’s get back to reality.

In my humble opinion, which isn’t just influenced by my former career as a police officer but common sense, the suspect did, in fact, have a firearm. And he used it to try to kill the police officer. And he was shot to death for it. End of story.

While I have no problem with people questioning the police, their actions, policies or procedures, the stories that have recently been told by the non-law enforcement community in the recent Ferguson, Missouri shooting and this one are beyond questionable in content. They are downright ludicrous if I may be so bold – and I am so bold.

In the recent Ferguson shooting, a witness claimed Officer Darren Wilson got into a struggle with a much larger suspect than himself, slain suspect Michael Brown, and was trying to pull him into his police car before Brown ran away and the conflict escalated to a use of deadly force once Officer Wilson chased him down. I’d be lying if I said I believe anyone could honestly and wholeheartedly believe a tall tale like that.

Has anyone, in the law enforcement profession or outside it, ever witnessed a police officer trying to drag someone into a police car while they’re seated in it and pretty much defenseless? If so, I’d love to hear the particulars of such an incident. Why? Because the officer in a story like that? He’s either wacky, has a death wish or both! It’s tactically insane.

The bottom line? There are two sides to every story – and every law enforcement-involved shooting. While there are exceptions now and then and I pray there is justice in such instances, one can be close to certain the average police officer isn’t going to gun someone down for walking in the middle of the street or holding a sandwich (unless the sandwich is a Smith and Wesson on rye and there are bullets flying out of it).

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October 9, 2014

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School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’

A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.

“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.

The above is an excerpt from: School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclusive to Transgender | National Review Online.

I remember a time when a young human being born with male genitalia was called a boy and a young human being born with female genitalia was called a girl. It was a simpler time, a time before political correctness caused us to be called purple penguins, yellow elephants or green monkeys in the formative years of our childhoods.

Call me crazy but I think the days when we were “boys and girls” was a less confusing time to sort ourselves into lines than trying to remember which of us were spotted kangaroos and which were striped lemmings.

But that’s just me.

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