Quarter Century On

19 04 2018

Waco, Texas

Hits the nail:

Baylor professor Pitts, who was familiar with the Branch Davidians before the raid, said questions remain about whether the ATF — while seeking a budget renewal — saw the sect as a nice target “for a decisive kind of show.”

At that time, there was a very serious possibility that the ATF as a Federal law enforcement agency would be eliminated and its functionality folded into the FBI.  In the early 1990s, the ATF desperately tried to find reasons to justify its continued existence, and among those reasons was a very significantly black central Texas religious cult.

The BDs were/are basically Scientologists without the Tom Cruise.  But the ATF wasn’t going to incinerate the Scientologists, because too many important people belong to it, including the guy who flew jets around and beat the Soviets in a dogfight, all in a movie.  You can’t incinerate that kind of hero!

Back to the point, the love of money is the root of all evil.  You know, muh money, muh jobs, muh pensions, muh annual budget allotment.


Look Innocent, The Deputy Chief Is Watching

16 04 2018

Downtown West


Changes coming to St. Louis Police Department starting Monday

Changes are coming to the St. Louis Police Department in an effort to bring down crime numbers as police step up patrols in some of the more troubled neighborhoods.

Monday, deputy chiefs will be moved out of the downtown St. Louis headquarters and into the patrol divisions they oversee. Police Chief John Hayden said the move will allow deputy chiefs to be more accessible to officers and the citizens they serve.

That does it. The deputy chiefs will be moving from one building to others. That and that alone will make the dindus knock it off.

Chief Hayden also told News 4 he is continuing to focus on “Hayden’s Rectangle,” an area of St. Louis with some of the highest crime. The chief told News 4 there will be more officers and additional cameras in the area. He also said there is evidence his plan is working, with violent crime down 20 percent in the rectangle.

Hayden’s Rectangle, aka the Dindu Box.

More cops and cams do well enough, but the weak link is on the northeast corner of Tucker and Market. The Circuit Attorney these days is too busy trying to make an extortion case based on a non-existent video.

The Police Chief said the department needs 130 more officers to be fully staffed.

Well, Proposition P should cure all that. Unless it never was meant to do so.

Another One Bites the Dust

13 04 2018

St. Charles

SCCPD is now “Internationally Accredited.”

It won’t be much longer that we’ll have nowhere to hide from all these internationally accredited law enforcement agencies.  County Browns have been for some time, and SLPD not long ago fell into the same trap, both proudly proclaim said accreditation on their vehicles.  Why, I don’t know.


Par for the Dinduistan

2 04 2018

Clayton; Farmington


There’s a lot to read, but I can net out the bullet points:

County Browns hired Asymmetric to train its officers in what the NAACP, Eric “My People” Holder, BLM, SJWs, Ferguson Commission, et al. want:  De-escalation training.  In order to get the cops used to what they will inevitably encounter when dealing with the kind of people that one must inevitably deal with in a situation where de-escalation is politically a good idea, the trainers are de-pussifying the cops’ ears by yelling words at them that the kinds of civilians they’ll encounter typically yell at each other, and increasingly, use to refer to adult men of any race.  I’ll give you a hint:  It starts with an “N,” and could be the six-letter variety that ends with “R” or the five-letter variety that ends with “A.”

Nontroversy, nothingburger.

Now, you see?  That red pill was easy to swallow.

And also, I gotz da red pillz, nigga.

Wheel of Stealers

26 03 2018

Parkland, Florida

This is more interesting in the middle:

Broward County reformed its student discipline policies a few years ago to shrink the number of infractions punished under zero-tolerance rules. Such reforms typically reduce in-school arrests, suspensions, and expulsions. While the shooter was not part of the intervention-based program borne of these reforms, his serious, felonious conduct was shielded from the criminal justice system. It has been reported that the Broward Sheriff’s Office collaborated with the school district in a concerted effort to avoid law enforcement involvement in order to manufacture statistics for state and federal grants. Note also the accolades that followed the disciplinary shift.

With limited information, some we must ask what role the student discipline structure played in the horrific event that resulted in 17 dead. And we should question the validity of reforms in recent past.

Efforts focused primarily on arbitrary statistical reduction instead of improvements to public safety are bound to undermine otherwise prudent policies. A core responsibility of government is to keep communities safe, and this duty should not be placed behind political gain.

Zero-tolerance policies are designed to deter misbehavior by employing swift, uniform responses to broad categories of offenses, irrespective of details. While well intended, there exists ample evidence these policies fail to produce safer learning environments for kids and cost taxpayers millions in alternative programs. Moreover, the problem with these blanket policies is that they lack nuance. If you ask judges or prosecutors to relinquish discretion in favor of rigid punishment schemes, they balk — and for good reason. Not every case is the same, and there is considerable value in having the ability to assess situations on an individual basis.

Likewise, zero-tolerance policies in school systems disallow for exceptions or proportionality, leading to outcomes that defy common sense. Reasonable minds can agree that punishing a 12-year-old girl for saving a classmate’s life by letting her borrow an inhaler is simply unjust, and suspending an exemplary student for seven weeks due to a theater prop sword found in the back of a car is nonsensical. This is why discretionary decision-making, coupled with a variety of disciplinary tools, is more effective than broad, sweeping punishment.

According to the title of this, the issue is that BCSD/BSO/BHO joining forces to eliminate discipline greased the skids for nutbar.  Spoiler alert:  Yes.

But there’s a more interesting issue afoot here.

Read closely, and what we seem to have is pursuing two undesirable wildly extreme paradigms, both of which are enacted in reaction to the inevitable outrages of the other. In contrast, there seems to be fierce resistance against moderate rationality.

And I happen to think the answer to the paradox of the “virgin-whore complex” of the pincher movement of the zero discipline zero tolerance coalition against moderate rationality has two discrete end games:  One, to feed the SJW/equity wackadoodles (reducing NAM suspensions, in order to keep wild feral NAM students off the streets for at least seven hours a day five days a week for the benefit of nearby business owners and residents, and to increase schools’ per capita per diem student attendance reimbursements), and two, to satisfy the insurance lobby.  Plain words, there’s no monied constituency behind moderate rationality.

But Not Really

7 03 2018

Downtown West

Except what will be happening here isn’t really mentoring.

I point you back to this month and a half old post of mine bouncing off an earlier video of someone else’s.

Round and Round Tony Goes

7 03 2018

City Hall

Is that what he’s upset about?

The thing that we should be upset about is that Prop 1 was sold as almost purely revenue raising for cops.

You may remember an item from my posting storm upon my return here that all these things relate to each other.