I’m an Expert. Listen to Me.

9 03 2009

AP/Obama:  16 arrested in fight at nonviolence concert

Usually, nonviolence events are more violent than that, so count your lucky stars.

Telegraph:  Prince Charles: 100 months to save the world

Prediction:  In 100 months, he still won’t be King.

CNS:  Giant Omnibus Bill Includes $7.7 Billion in Earmarks for Bugs, Pigs, Parking – and La Raza

Bugs, Pigs, Parking and La Raza.  Which one of these four does not belong?  I’ll give you a hint — It Starts with “Parking.”

CNS:  Pennsylvania Liquor Board Spending Money for Politeness Training

It won’t be hard to be more polite than the kind of person buying a fifth of whiskey.

KFVS-12:  Usher to Chris Brown: Have some remorse

Chris Brown to Usher:  You’re over the hill.  Usher to Chris Brown:  Yeah, but I got to the hill and over it with a clean sheet.

Time:  California And Detroit Go To War Over Gas Mileage

California vs Detroit over anything is like the Goof Troop vs The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

Politico:  Illinois Dems eye Burris seat

They musn’t realize that he’s black, and that they’re about to be bitch-slapped with the R-word.

Reuters:  Man charged with impersonating experts

That could be almost any of Oprah’s guests.

Reuters:  School fitness programs do not go far enough: experts

They used to go far enough, but feminoids were afraid of boys lifting weights, educrats were worried that the losers would have their self-esteem hurt, and the insurance company wouldn’t want any kid to get hurt or to take an open shower lest some anal-retentive parent would sue or whine.


A Tale of Two Cities

9 03 2009

Crime in Carbondale is up, while in Marion it’s low and stable.  These two stories are from the same paper on the same day, and they have something else in common:  Neither one will tell you the most obvious reason why.  For Carbondale, they’ll say that “population density, a concentration of youth and the stability of the population” is part of the problem, while for Marion, a “proactive police force,” “neighborhood watch” and a “citizens’ police academy” are the reasons why it’s not so bad.

Let me translate all this gobbledyguck into English:  Carbondale black, Marion white.


9 03 2009

Two stories about the trials and tribulations that become the opening of prison doors:

* Evidently, the way to get a job if you don’t already have one is to commit a felony.  And once you get out of prison, you’ll be set up.  The Schnucks in Cape Girardeau seems to hire a lot of the Cape’s ex-cons, with the assistance of various state programs and the ex-cons’ parole and probation officers.

The dirty little secret is that these ex-cons are cheap labor:  If nothing has changed since my class of the St. Louis City Police Department Citizens Academy was addressed by a local St. Louis supervisor of Missouri Parole and Probation officers based in St. Louis City, the state pays for half of the ex-con’s wages.  And the employer has no incentive to pay the ex-con any more than minimum wage, because the PO is making the ex-con take a job in lieu of going back to prison (“jailjobber.”)  Missouri’s 2009 minimum wage is $7.05 an hour, so Schnucks only has to pay $3.53 an hour out of its own pocket.  In today’s economy, that’s practically free.

And while these ex-con employees are far more likely to steal from their employer, they’re cheap and replaceable — once they head back to prison, there’s another one to take their place.  As it is, they’re not that much more likely to steal than regular employees, because they have the Sword of Damocles known as their PO swinging over their heads.

* Time has an article about the unfortunate timing of a mass parole of prison inmates in this near-depression economy.  The first paragraph is the best:

In 2000, when Glenn Martin was leaving prison in upstate Attica, N.Y., after serving six years for robbery, the correctional officer thanked him in a way he’d never forget: “He said my being there helped pay for his boat, and that when my son came there, he would help pay for his son’s boat.”

That CO has nothing to worry about — Mr. Martin is pretty likely to return, thereby helping him pay for a lakeside vaction house to go with the boat.

Not Their Problem

9 03 2009


Mexican cartels plague Atlanta

ATLANTA — In a city where Coca-Cola, United Parcel Service and Home Depot are the titans of industry, there are new powerful forces on the block: Mexican drug cartels.

Their presence and ruthless tactics are largely unknown to most here. Yet, of the 195 U.S. cities where Mexican drug-trafficking organizations are operating, federal law enforcement officials say Atlanta has emerged as the new gateway to the troubled Southwest border.

Rival drug cartels, the same violent groups warring in Mexico for control of routes to lucrative U.S. markets, have established Atlanta as the principal distribution center for the entire eastern U.S., according to the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center.

I don’t know about UPS, but Coca-Cola and Home Depot pander to Hispanics big-time, open borders and amnesty all the way.  Vincente Fox, the President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, was a Coca-Cola executive before his political career.  Almost any Home Depot in a heavily Hispanic area is going to be full of “day laborer” Hispanics on its parking lot.

The carpet mills in northern Georgia are infamous for exploiting cheap labor from Indoamerica.

So is it any wonder why their home city is full of Mexican drug gangs?

It’s not Coca-Cola’s problem, or UPS’s problem, or Home Depot’s problem, they don’t have to live anywhere near the problem.

One a Day

9 03 2009

In the time period between September 2007 and December 2008, an average of one Chicago Public Schools student was shot every day.

UPDATE 3/11: The link above was the Chicago Sun-Times version.  The WCBS-CBS-2 New York version has this gem of a paragraph:

Not far from the church, on Friday night, an 18-year-old CPS graduate was shot and killed. It was just weeks after his 17-year-old brother was among three young men murdered by an alleged gunman just recently acquitted of murder – within view of a police blue light camera, which anonymous officers on the Internet claim are all too often being used to replace a shrinking force of street cops.

Well, Mayor Daley goes on and on about how wonderful these cameras are.  I saw right through it from the beginning.  Now we have hard evidence — a triple homicide happened within plain and obvious view of one of these cameras.  It’s said that the suspect was acquitted of murder once before, my bet is that he’ll beat the rap again, courtesy of one of those wonderful Chicagograd black juries.

I should mention that the WCBS version has a link for a javascript pop-up that is a CBS presentation about “guns in America.”  (What is it about Chicago and other big cities that make guns behave so badly?)  I took a look at it, and it’s way out of date — it shows Missouri as having no conceal-carry and a 7-day waiting period to buy handguns.  You know the CCW part is wrong, per the very first post on this blog, and in 2007, the state eliminated the handgun “permit to purchase” bullshit, Technically, it did not mandate a 7-day waiting period, but it allowed for up to a 7-day waiting period with no fewer than five days.  What it meant is that rural pro-gun sheriffs did the paperwork as quickly as possible, and St. Louis City and County and probably Jackass County dicked around and used up all 7 days.


9 03 2009

St. Louis Cop Talk:

Support OF LEOs FROM 1380AM Radio

Posted by Brian McKenna on 3/5/2009, 7:17 pm

I am the new co-host of The Bernie Miklasz Show on Team 1380AM every Monday-Friday from 2-6PM. Bernie and I are passionate about supporting law enforcement so feel free to contact me anytime to help promote any charity events you may have. We don’t take for granted that you put your life on the line everyday!

Really, McKenna?  You are?

I don’t know the exact relationship, but Brian McKenna is somehow closely related to State Sen. Ryan McKenna (D-Festus).  I have heard people say that the former is the latter’s son, other say nephew.  Either way, the point I’m about to make isn’t diluted.

Sen. McKenna became a State Senator by defeating the Republican incumbent, Bill Alter, in 2006, to represent the northern and central Metherson County district in the Senate.  Alter held the district for quite a long time, and he was himself a very good friend of local LEAs.  I don’t know if McKenna (the elder) is any better or worse than Alter on LEA issues, but in my mind it doesn’t matter — is it a pro-cop thing to do to bolster the State Senate partisan caucus that includes such luminaries like Robin Wright-Jones, Maida Coleman, Jeff Smith, Wayne Goode-for-Nothing, and similar leftist kooks from Kansas City?  Last I looked, they weren’t exactly the best friends of LEOs, with all their obsession about civil rights, racial profiling, diversity and equality.

As it is, with three D-to-R flips last November, Republicans got back their vetoproof majority in the Senate, so this is an entirely hypothetical discussion.

Practical Considerations

9 03 2009

SCOTUS strikes down a North Carolina proposal that would have created racially gerrymandered state legislative districts.  The decision isn’t the end of the story, because Congress is looking to amend the Voting Rights Act to allow such districts.

I hope they do — If the Dummocrats want to cut their own throats, that’s fine by me.  They don’t realize that the gerrymandered districts were part of the reason why the Republicans were able to recapture the House in 1994, because black voters cooped up in their own districts meant that white liberal Democrats didn’t have a reliable voting bloc to beat white conservative Republicans in white districts.  Ironically, white neo-con/lamestream con whining about these districts led to their dismantling and eventually the end of Republican rule in the House in 2006.  And ironically, it just might be the Democrats’ actions that flip it back.