Vindication

31 07 2018

Cedar Hill

First off, this doesn’t tell you who it is, but I’ll confirm who it isn’t, everyone’s favorite doggy around these parts.

Now, as for the real dog in this story, it is no surprise to me that someone on whom the JCSD needed to serve process also owns a pit bull.

Me, April 9:

I have come to distrust and really turn a side eye toward people (of any race) that own really mean vicious dogs.  What we have to understand, in spite of all the righteous complaining that emanates from our sector, is that tragedies like Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom are rare.  Which is one of the reasons why they’re so tragic to begin with.  In reality, I think a very sizable plurality of the really bad things that happen to most people, the victims kinda sorta bring on themselves.  Even if they’re not civilly or criminally liable in those circumstances.  Which is why, for instance, when I read a story about thirty yoots invading a house in North St. Louis County, my first inclination is to think that the people inside the house aren’t exactly MIT professors or symphony orchestra conductors.

Which is why I’m going to put a lot of daylight between myself and someone who owns dogs of known vicious breeds or vicious individual dogs of a not quite so vicious breed.  I think to myself:  Why do you think you need such mean dogs?  And the obvious answer I have for my own question is that, at least on some subconscious level, you realize that you’re messing around with the wrong people, the wrong side of town, and the wrong side of the tracks, and you at least subconsciously realize that the people you’re messing with will probably send some illicit debt collectors or illicit conflict resolution experts to your house, and you want Pit Bulls and Rottweilers to stand between they and yourself.  As an aside, that’s why I think the black undertow loves pit bulls, because, at least on some subconscious level, ghetto blacks know that they either are or will eventually be fucking with other ghetto blacks to the point where they’re going to get “touched.”

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Fifty-Two Years a St. Louisan

19 07 2018

Downtown West

Lawrence O’Toole, currently a light bird on the SLPD, who served as acting chief in the recent interregnum between Dotson and Kojak, is alleging discrimination in the process that wound up selecting Kojak but in which he was a finalist.

It’s as if he just started living here a few years ago, and hasn’t lived here for all 52 years of his life, save possible brief exceptions for this that or the other.

By now, he should know the time of day.

Since Bob Scheetz’s retirement, the lay of the land when it comes to SLPD Chief has been that it alternates every other one between black and white.  That and that alone was a clue that Dotson’s successor was going to be black.  But the other reason we knew it would be black is because this is the first chief transition since Ferguson and the Ferguson Effect around here.

If I knew this, then O’Toole knew this.

To the extent his complaint will be successfully resolved in his favor, it will involve nothing more than Lyda stuffing a few money rolls in his mouth to shut him up.





Early Train

18 07 2018

Washington, D.C.

Me, July 3:

Listen up, progtards:  The big name top shelf top drawer Democrats yelling about abolishing ICE have absolutely no intention to do so if one of them ever becomes President, and will not vote for such a measure if such a measure gains serious political legs, i.e. has a chance of actually being enacted. They’re only making noise to raise money and churn election year interest from progtard utopian true believer dorks who are dumb enough to think that abolishing ICE is something that actually can be accomplished.  Sure, the big name Democrats yelling ZOMG ABOLISH ICE LOL may vote for token legislation now, knowing it will never pass this House or Senate, and knowing Trump wouldn’t sign it.  But if it gets to a Democrat President who theoretically could sign it, but actually would not, they would vote against such a bill.

Which means I thought that even big name Democrats with national ambitions would vote for a bill to abolish ICE now just to get “on the record” for fund raising and base agitating purposes, but only because they know it would not result in the abolishment of ICE actually occurring.

But the very late breaking developments in the final days of the voyage and the return trip home and my several days of paying off my sleep deficit is that Congressional Republicans, probably at the insistence of Trump and/or Stephen Miller, are pushing hard for floor votes on an abolish ICE bill, just to get Democrats on record, and the Democrats are resisting even getting a bill to the floor, because they don’t even want to go on record, because my guess is polling and focus group data available to the political class but not to the general public shows that the concept of abolishing ICE is almost as toxic and third-rail-ish as advocating getting rid of Social Security.  This means that big name Democrats don’t even want to be forced to go on record right now, because they’ll get stuck in between the rock of touching a third rail or the hard place of offending their kook utopian base slash offending donors.  Which means, contrary to their reputation as the Stupid Party, Congressional Republicans are doing something tactically intelligent, for once.  Which is why I think they’re not the ones that came up with it, that it was Trump/Miller.

Like I wrote back on July 3, what they’re really waiting on is for the next Democrat or establishment Republican President who, like Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama did, will deploy ICE to purely non-immigration duties, at which time the concept of abolishing ICE in a formal sense won’t matter.





It’s Like an Old Familiar Score

3 07 2018

Washington, D.C.

Guten Abend aus Ulm.

From a half a world away, I’m observing this scam of a dog and pony show afoot, and I’m amazed that the sort of people who I would have thought would see right through it and call boo sheet on it aren’t doing so.

It’s this matter of “Abolish ICE.”  This boob bait for the progressivetard masses.

Time for Uncle Blogmeister to sit the world down on his lap and tell it the facts of life.

Listen up, progtards:  The big name top shelf top drawer Democrats yelling about abolishing ICE have absolutely no intention to do so if one of them ever becomes President, and will not vote for such a measure if such a measure gains serious political legs, i.e. has a chance of actually being enacted. They’re only making noise to raise money and churn election year interest from progtard utopian true believer dorks who are dumb enough to think that abolishing ICE is something that actually can be accomplished.  Sure, the big name Democrats yelling ZOMG ABOLISH ICE LOL may vote for token legislation now, knowing it will never pass this House or Senate, and knowing Trump wouldn’t sign it.  But if it gets to a Democrat President who theoretically could sign it, but actually would not, they would vote against such a bill.

How do I know?

Two reasons:

One, it was not so long ago that our side was calling for the abolition of a Federal law enforcement agency.

How did that work out for us?  How did it turn out in the long run?

Right.

Any political muscle there ever was to eliminating that particular law enforcement agency disappeared on September 11, 2001.  Meaning that, if you’re a politically aware later-half Millennial or younger, then you will have zero conscious memory of the American right ever advocating for the wholesale abolition of a law enforcement agency.  If you’re an early Millennial, then you might remember, but you would have had to have been paying close attention to American politics and current affairs from a deep dive perspective starting at a pretty young age.  If you’re older, then you probably remember, provided you were paying attention.

But, believe me, we/it did.  And we failed.

So I know how it’s going to turn out for you in the Abolish ICE crowd, because I’ve seen that movie before, I know how it ends.

Red pill:

There’s nothing more permanent than a government program, even more so for a law enforcement agency.  The current agents for that agency want their nice cushy Federal jobs, paychecks, benefits and pensions.  They’ll inevitably search for reasons to exist, or adapt to the current political reality, or cry uncle to enough elected officials and House/Senate committee chairmen.

Two, and with the above in mind, we already know how an open borders Democrat President would deal with ICE, because we had an open borders Democrat President until January 20, 2017.  Baraq Obama wasn’t dumb enough to call for abolishing ICE.  Because he did the next best (worst) thing — Keep ICE, so that all the agents could have their nice cushy jobs, paychecks, benefits and pensions, but deploy them to duties and missions that are tangentially relevant to ICE’s mission, but not at all relevant to what most people think ICE was established to do, which is found in the first and third letter of the acronym.  Examples were cracking down on fake NFL jerseys, and child porn on some teacher’s computer, and harassing people who wore Google Glass in a movie theater.   In other words, anything that is within ICE’s guide book, and either politically universally popular or demanded by either a well known profitable corporation or Democrat donors/bundlers (RIAA/MPAA and the multimedia conglomerates it rides herd for are big Democrat donors/bundlers).  Above all else, never enforce immigration law, except for maybe trying halfheartedly to deport the odd 853-time convicted felon back to Guatemala.  If we have another open borders Democrat President, he/she/xe/it/they will merely follow the Obama playbook.  But no actual abolition of ICE.

And I’ll bring this full circle by noting that it was better in the long run that the ATF was not eliminated, because its existence as an agency separate from the FBI is how we were able to find out at all about Operation Gunrunner (“Fast and Furious”), as the late Mike Vanderboegh documented.  Even though the ATF, in fear of its elimination, tried to manufacture reasons for its existence, the most unfortunate and drastic of which was Waco.

Long and short to all you progtards reading this:  I’m hardly on your side, but do yourselves this favor and take this wooden nickel’s worth of free advice:  Don’t let people wind you up and get you to throw bricks through windows for the sake of a cause they have no intention of following through upon.





Two Things At Work Here

29 05 2018

Jefferson City

MissouriNet:

Missouri among worst states to be a police officer, has several of the most dangerous cities

There’s new research showing Missouri has some of the most dangerous cities and is one of the worst states to work as a police officer.

Two of the top 25 most dangerous cities with more than 100,000 residents are St. Louis which ranks 4th and Kansas City at number 19 on the list.

There’s the first thing at work here: The Ferguson Effect.

The personal finance website’s data shows the top 5 states to be a police officer are, in order, North Dakota, New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, and California.

Wallethub’s research shows that officers, like people in most professions, are drawn to financial perks, but are also more likely to be attracted to police departments that steer clear of scandal and corruption and that are transparent with their communities.

There’s the second thing at work here: Moynihan’s Law of the Canadian Border. Funny when you want transparency, lack of scandals and lack of corruption, you’re thinking about high trust and high social capital, and states like North Dakota and Minnesota rank at the top.





Hey Live

17 05 2018

Knoxville

This official reason for encrypting police radio traffic is Barbra Streisand.  Those floating it know full well that way many more good guys than bad guys are listening, and it’s a net positive for law enforcement.

No, the real reason for this censorship, let’s just call it what it is, is that departments’ brass, i.e. politicians with badges, don’t want an official route for people to find out how much more violent crime there is in their cities than they officially report.  Because one of the only practical ways to reduce violent crime these days is to pretend it doesn’t exist.





Still Below Par

16 05 2018

Downtown

Lyda’s infographic:

 

Notice the salary bump brings the SLPD “closer” to the pay scales of surrounding agencies. Not equal to them, and certainly not more than them.

As a certain someone you all know predicted.