3 03 2015

Bisbee, Arizona

Why would they?

I don’t think Al Capone would have ever showed up to the unveiling of a statue memorializing J. Edgar Hoover, either.  For much the same reason.

Do the Right Thing

2 03 2015



He didn’t.

Half, Almost

2 03 2015


P-D’s latest report on the FergCom confirms something I’ve heard in rumor form for some time:

That reality includes a patchwork of police departments in St. Louis County that write enough tickets to generate 46 percent of the revenue collected in Missouri from traffic and court fines with only 22 percent of the state’s population.

When I was hearing this in rumor form, I was hearing that the figure was half, 50 percent.

I don’t know if this statistic is exclusive to municipal PDs within St. Louis County writing tickets for the municipalities which they serve, or if this also includes the County Browns writing tickets in unincorporated St. Louis County and the incorporated municipalities that contract out to the County Browns or ones like Jennings whose departments got so bad that they had to shut them down and outsource to the County Browns.

I’ll say it again, I know you’re getting tired of reading it, but it’s worth repeating:  A municipality so dependent on ticket and fine revenue should disincorporate.  The first to go should be those postage stamp cities in near North County, those are almost entirely dependent.

Remember, though, Michael Brown didn’t die because he was in arrears on a traffic ticket.

Also interesting:

It also includes a region were 61 percent of the jobs are located more than 10 miles outside downtown St. Louis, making St. Louis one of the most “decentralized labor markets in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas,” said Rev. Starsky Wilson, the commission’s other co-chair.

The prime reason for that:  Interstate 270.  A big percentage of the area’s jobs are based along 270 exits from Dorsett down to Manchester.  Using St. Louis City Hall as the endpoint for Downtown St. Louis, those exits are between 13.6 and 14.8 miles away as the crow flies.

Begin the Walk Back

2 03 2015

Washington, D.C.

Me, February 10:

Just as blacks demanded harsh crack penalties because racism then demanded that we get rid of them because racism, I predict that in spite of all of today’s black hoopla about cops needing body cams because racism, ten years from now, blacks will demand that cops get rid of body cams because racism.

Didn’t even take ten months:

Obama earlier had called for Congress to help fund the purchase of 50,000 body cameras for police to wear and record their interactions with the public. But the task force found that the cameras raise extraordinarily complex legal and privacy issues.

“There’s been a lot of talk about body cameras as a silver bullet or a solution,” Obama said. “I think the task force concluded that there is a role for technology to play in building additional trust and accountability but it’s not a panacea. It has to be embedded in a broader change in culture and a legal framework that ensures that people’s privacy is respected.”

Ostensibly, the “extraordinarily complex legal and privacy issues,” (which were somehow not a problem for the cops that already have body cameras), is HIPAA, as cops often accompany ambulance runs.  But, in reality, it’s because everyone knows what I told you back on February 10, that they’ll show a whole lot more misbehaving ooks than misbehaving cops.

This article begins this way:

President Barack Obama said Monday the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York show that law enforcement needs to change practices to build trust in minority communities, as a White House task force called for independent, outside investigations when police use deadly force.

The only way to do that is for cops not to enforce the law when the violators are black.


21 Paragraphs, 1200 Words, 3 Pages

2 03 2015


The latest in the NYT’s obsession with the most important place in the world to the NYT for the last seven months.

However, there is no real new news here.  And my reaction hasn’t changed — The fundamental offending element here isn’t race, but the fact that so many municipalities are so dependent on fine and ticket revenue.  If they are, then they really should disincorporate.

If the DOJ is so worried about debtors prisons all of a sudden, then why aren’t they addressing the child support system?

Your Turn

2 03 2015

Los Angeles


Looks like it’s going to be pretty nice in southern California after today.

Perfect riot weather.

Six Shooter

1 03 2015


Read all about it.

Now I’m waiting for the original driver in this incident to say that Allen had his hands up and was in the process of surrendering.


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