This is the one election that in all of our history is a fork in the road that we had better choose wisely.
Here's a little background on me, I hope I am doing this right. I will then answer some questions that were brought up on Facebook.
I spent 15 years as a Texas Peace Officer. I made it to my Intermediate Peace Officer license, obtained my instructors license and was about to receive my advanced peace officer license when I was injured in 2007 while pursuing a domestic disturbance suspect on foot, my knee blew out. After 2 years of surgeries and physical therapy, they had removed 70% of my right knee. I was listed at a 37% disability rating and could not pass the physical to go back to work on the streets. Because of this injury I can no longer climb, run or jump, or lift heavy objects while standing. I had done a lot in my 15 year career. I had worked patrol, I was a Field Training Officer, I had been a Corporal, a Sergeant. I worked undercover narcotics, SWAT and was a Police Chief twice, and received a few awards. I had received an Officer of the year recognition by Gov. Rick Perry. I had a day named after me in the City of Bedford for chasing down 3 armed robbery suspects when I was off duty. I had several other awards. I was a member of the invitation only fraternity The International Association of Chiefs of Police, and The Texas Police Chiefs association the international narcotics investigators association and National Narcotics Detector Dog Association. It seems my whole career was about getting screwed over by cops though they are not as loyal as they make out to be, the only thing I got out of law enforcement was a lot of reoccurring nightmares, broken bones, a body eat up by arthritis, 3 divorces and 2 bad knees.
After 15 years I was out, I cant really say I miss it. In 15 years I have seen a lot of corruption, abuse of power and official oppression.
In 15 years of law enforcement I had seen a lot. But one thing that stands out is, in 15 years I probably made well over 400 DWI arrests Been in no telling how many fights Been on probably 2000 domestic disturbance calls And worked maybe 200 fatality accidents. Now how many of these involved someone high on marijuana?
That’s the truth! And I'm not the only former cop or active cop that knows these statistics first hand, that’s why you have an organization out there call LEAP. Law enforcement Against Prohibition. An organization made up of current and former veteran police officers and high ranking Police Administrators and Police Chiefs that believe Marijuana should be legalized in fact all narcotics should be, because we know for fact, seen it with our own eyes, that the Drug War in America is a farce and a war that will never be won. All it will do is make the politicians richer and keep big pharmaceutical cornering the market on expensive medicine that causes more death every year than Marijuana. And it will get more votes by those who are still blinded by the lies previous law makers.
During my tenure like I said I observed a lot of shady things, corruption, lies, politics, favoritism, infidelity etc. Most of my career like I said before was spent getting stabbed in the back and black balled by other cops, because I “was not cool”. I refused to play politics, be corrupt, kiss anyone's ass or hurt anyone unjustly. The reason I lost my Chiefs job, because I wouldn't do the illegal things my city council was trying to make me do by threatening me with my job. I went to the media and played them the recorded conversations between myself and council members and the Mayor, it spread like wild fire through the media and in 5 months I was fired for lack of confidence, and Texas Government code law that allows cities to fire Police Chiefs and fire chiefs without any other reason but politics.
Its as sad fact that 90% of police officers out there are pieces of shit doing the job for all of the wrong reasons, 10% are good men and women that want to help people.. sadly those 10% most likely will not make it to their 20 year retirement because they will be harassed and pushed out by the pieces of shit.
So there you have it. I wasn't corrupt and that's why I was run out of every department until I was injured in the line of duty in 2007. Even then my so called brothers in blue didn't offer any assistance to me and my family, I am a single father raising 2 kids, but they didn't care. The State of Texas did nothing for me after 15 years of service, no benefits no nothing.
Then last year in an unnamed city within the metroplex, I was involved in an incident with that cities police department, I did nothing wrong and it was found that it was a big misunderstanding, but not until their SWAT team broke my wrist, my elbow and tore my rotator cuff. So yeah I have a GREAT distaste for law enforcement and enjoy any opportunity to clown the pricks publicly whether it be on the web or through the local media, when they screw up or violate someones rights. I also have a multi-million dollar federal lawsuit pending on the agency.
"Hey mister, who gave you that shiner?”
“Nobody gave it to me, son – I fought for it.”To get the full effect of that exchange between young Laban Teale and the rangy, rough-hewn cowhand Conn Conagher, it's best to imagine the wry reply being delivered in Sam Elliott's sandpaper-on-leather drawl.
Like nearly all the heroes brought to life by the pen of the incomparable Louis L'Amour, Conagher was an unpretentious man who fought when he had to, but only to defend the innocent and vindicate the claims of honor – never to gratify his ego or in search of illicit gain. He had better things to do with his time than fighting, particularly when killing was involved.
The man who "gave" Conagher that shiner – and got much worse in the transaction – was a turbulent criminal named Kiowa Staples. (The fight, not seen in the film, is described in the novel in detail and involves a whip.) Asked by a prospective employer about his “bust-up” with Staples, Conagher offers the most subtle of grins and explains: “We had a difficulty.”
He displays similar laconic restraint when asked at a trading post about two rifles he obtained while fighting off a Comanche ambush. After Conagher explained that one of the assailants had escaped, one of the cowhands at the post – who had listened to Conn's account with envious skepticism – sarcastically asked why he hadn't pursued the Indian and killed him.
“Mister, nobody but a fool goes into the rocks after a wounded Comanche,” Conagher replies, his voice quietly contemptuous.
Conagher signs on to work with rancher Seaborn Tay, and discovers that the owner of the rival Ladder Five ranch has paid off several of the other hands – including a combustible bully named Chris Mahler – have been stealing Tay's livestock.After Conagher thwarts a group of rustlers working for the Ladder Five, he is confronted at dinnertime in the bunkhouse by Mahler, who is angry and frustrated by the stalwart cowhand's stubborn honesty. Mahler knows that it's pointless to invite Conagher to join in the larceny, but he tries to browbeat him into “doing his job” -- meaning look the other way. Neither impressed nor intimidated by Mahler, Conagher drives him out of the outfit.
Thrust into a conflict with the rustlers, Conagher deals out his share of lead, and eventually takes a couple of rounds himself. “A man who kills when he doesn't have to is a damned fool,” he explains to a younger hand during a lull in one battle.L'Amour's heroes could be described as fictional only in biographical details. A self-educated man who lived a life much more interesting than any of the stories he told, L'Amour knew scores of men like Conagher, Chick Bowdrie, and the others who populate his writing: Stoic, honorable men with great capacity for violence but the character to avoid it unless it was justified and necessary.
Authentic cowboys aren't braggarts or blatherskites. This is one of countless reasons I'm nauseated every time someone refers to some soft-handed specimen of the political class as a “cowboy.”
A Goodwill worker who spotted a photograph of Confederate General Robert E. Lee has helped the charity make $23,000 in an online auction.
The tintype photograph was in a bin, about to be shipped out, when a worker grabbed it and sent it to the charity's local online department. The item was then put up for auction, which closed Wednesday night.
"It would have gone to our outlet store where everything is sold by the pound," Goodwill spokeswoman Suzanne Kay-Pittman said Thursday. She estimated the tintype would have fetched a dollar and change based on its weight.
The sale was a record for the charity. The previous record was an early 1900s watercolor that sold for $7,500 in 2009 to a museum in New Orleans, The Tennessean reported.
MOREReuters reported it: Attorney General Eric Holder seeks distance from gun sting.Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday sought to distance himself and other senior Justice Department officials from a botched operation to track guns smuggled to Mexican drug cartels, saying they were not involved.The Obama administration has been under scrutiny after revelations that as many as 2,000 guns were sold to suspected gun traffickers, not properly tracked and ended up at crime scenes in the United States and Mexico.Politico reported it too. Eric Holder: I didn’t know about ‘Fast & Furious'
The operation, dubbed "Fast and Furious", was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney's office in Arizona. Congressional Republicans have questioned who approved it and whether senior Justice Department officials were involved.
"The notion that somehow or other that this thing reaches into the upper levels of the Justice Department is something that, at this point, I don't think is supported by the facts," Holder told reporters.
FOX had it.The head of the U.S. Justice Department launched his strongest personal defense yet in the growing furor over Operation Fast and Furious, the controversial sting targeting Mexican drug cartels and American gunrunners.John Hayward at Human Events covered it. Holder Defends Himself Against Gun Walker Investigation. The stone wall crumbles.
You can tell Attorney General Eric Holder is getting nervous about the Gun Walker investigation, because he’s sounding mighty defensive about it. . .
That’s one of those weird, plausibly deniable denials that signals extreme distress among the Washington herd. “I don’t think the notion is supported by the facts” is a far cry from “I absolutely deny that absurd allegation.” Spinning it as a political witch hunt would work better if Holder hadn’t spent so much time stonewalling the investigation. When House Oversight finally pries something out of him with a subpoena, the pages are so heavily redacted with black marker that they look like supermarket bar codes.
As House Oversight chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) pointed out, Holder’s “Sergeant Schultz” defense amounts to deflecting accusations of malevolence by claiming incompetence:
Ten years after its founding, the League of the South has published a manifesto, The Grey Book, to express its political philosophy and objectives.
TO DISSOLVE THIS UNIONHistory professors spend a great deal of time explaining to their eager, young, students about the rise of “great” civilizations from Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great to Stalinism under Franklin Roosevelt’s favorite dictator, “Uncle” Joe. And also how these “empires” came a cropper, usually, a generation or two following the death of “fearless” leader. That’s human history in a nutshell. Empires rise, then they ignominiously fall apartToday the United States and China represent the last of the “Mega-states,” with our friends, the French and Germans, trying their best to patchwork together a competing “European Union.” However, there are significantly more numerous examples of secessionist or decentralizing movements worldwide: Scotland’s National Party, Wales’ Plaid Cymru, Cornwall’s Mebyon Kernow, Belgium’s Vlaams Blok, Italy’s Lega Nord, Mexico’s EZLIN, and the Basque’s MLNV. Here in the United States we have our own secessionist movements: the Alaskan Independence Party, the Cascadian National Party and the Cascadia Confederacy in the Pacific Northwest, the New England Confederation Movement, and La Voz de Aztlan in the Southwest. But the most significant American decentralizing effort lies, as one might suspect, in Dixie. The League of the South was established at Tuscaloosa, Alabama in June of 1994, with the avowed hope of founding a new nation, the Confederation of Southern States (CSS). This year the League published its manifesto, The Grey Book, “…a work in progress,” in order to express both their political philosophy and objectives.
What makes the League a threat to the Washington apparatchiks is that it eschews the tenets of socialism, including its obligatory sacraments: multiculturalism, diversity, and political correctness. The League of the South is traditionalist, reactionary, and republican.
- Columbus GA police officer apparently shot a carjacking victim to death while chasing bank robbery suspect who jumped in his truck  bit.ly/q9qNal
- Chicago IL settles suit for $1.3mil to family of man who died in custody by choking on drugs after 5 cops beat him for violating policy requiring they take people to the hospital instead of the jail when this happens then lying to cover for it. Instead video showed the officer stop on the way to the jail then used his foot to shove the man’s body back in the cruiser when he slumped out while the officer opened to the door to check on him.  bit.ly/qH1DkV
- New Orleans LA cop fired on allegations he was untruthful about altercation w/student where a witness alleged that the officer kicked the boy in the head while he was on the ground.  bit.ly/p9TGDV
- Birmingham AL police officer shot his wife to death with his service weapon then radioed police before killing himself in their apartment while their young children were home  bit.ly/o9YGLe
- Memphis TN cops face discipline for injuring a mentally disabled man during wrong-door raid (via TheAgitator)  http://bit.ly/qmptGu
- New York NY police investigate how undercover cop fatally shot a man who intervened in a drug arrest after he mistook the officer for a mugger who was attacking his neighbor  bit.ly/orQ0uF
- Broken Arrow OK settles suit for $20k to man claiming cop beat him during DUI arrest, cop claimed he fell  bit.ly/nHMOJy
- Aurora CO accused of piling charges on woman falsely arrested while reporting sexual assault to keep her from suing  bit.ly/qAeGaF
- Univ of Pittsburgh PA settles ACLU suit for $48k to man arrested for using cell to record police questioning friend  bit.ly/mUVOaD
- Venice FL cop sued by woman claiming he illegally entered her home, manhandled her & arrested her for resisting  bit.ly/mYbFyT
- Hidalgo Co TX deputy arrested for unzipping pants, showing cuffed teen a condom & putting her hand on his crotch  bit.ly/ovysed
- New Mexico state trooper fired over public sex photos now accused of sexually harassing woman he arrested for DUI  bit.ly/nr0BHP
- Houston TX police accused by ex-prosecutor of withholding evidence about DUI “BAT Van” problems  bit.ly/qUO7VJ
- Atlanta GA faces 2nd Atlanta Eagle bar raid lawsuit alleging dept failed to implement changes promised in 1st suit  bit.ly/pyMubM
- Ontario police union lawyers urge cops to keep 2 sets of notes, one for themselves & scripted set for investigators  bit.ly/oxo6M1
- 2 NYPD cops sentenced to 195mo & 75mo for roles in armed robbery of perfume warehouse  bit.ly/ptmRWy
- Fairbanks AK cop faces confidential disciplinary action for his role in off-duty altercation w/woman at movie  bit.ly/pps1Tm
- 5 El Paso TX cops resign after investigation into overtime pay irregularities involving state DUI enforcement fund  bit.ly/oEH5hi
- Sartell MN cop resigns before investigation into unspecified complaint is completed, claims resignation was planned  bit.ly/oJ16dn
- Pennsylvania state police were embarassed when faxed press release lists a suspect’s name as “low-life piece of shit”  bit.ly/o7JkkO
- New Hanover Co NC deputy resigns after arrested on drunk driving charges at DUI checkpoint over Labor day weekend  bit.ly/pIfdux
- McLennan Co TX deputy on admin leave after arrested on drunk driving charge during traffic stop  bit.ly/pIJ02n
- Campbell Co TN deputy fired while under investigation by state police for crashing into a house while off duty  bit.ly/ppJhbw
Two things before I call it a day.
First, the family of Kelly Thomas, the man who died after severely beaten and tasered by 6 Fullerton CA cops, released medical records from the hospital staff who treated him which cites the cause of death as blunt force trauma resulting in brain damage. The release was done due to the incredibly slow investigation by the Orange County prosecutor and the apparent foot-dragging by that county’s coroner in releasing the results of his autopsy. The story is still getting a lot of coverage but KTLA appears to have the most details.
More than half of all people sent to federal prison for committing felony crimes so far this year were Hispanic, a major demographic shift swollen by immigration offenses, according to a new government report released Tuesday.
Hispanics already outnumber all other ethnic groups sentenced to serve time in prison for federal felonies.
Hispanics reached a new milestone for the first time this year, making up the majority all federal felony offenders sentenced in the first nine months of fiscal year 2011, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Hispanics comprised 50.3 percent of all people sentenced in that time period, blacks 19.7 percent and whites 26.4 percent.
In comparison, last year Hispanics made up just 16 percent of the whole U.S. population.
Federal authorities have opted not to initiate deportation proceedings against Yadkin County resident Martin Rodriguez and at least six other immigrants arrested during a rally in Charlotte this week, immigration attorneys and jail officials said Wednesday.
But Rodriguez, who is not authorized to be in the United States, remained in the Mecklenburg County Jail on Wednesday evening on misdemeanor charges related to the rally because he refused to sign paperwork for his own release, said jail officials, citing a note in Rodriguez's file from the magistrate.
It is unclear why Rodriguez refused to sign the paperwork. His sister, Silvia Rodriguez, 18, who heard about her brother's refusal from a reporter, guessed that he may have done it as a sign of solidarity with others who were arrested.
"Do you know if everyone is getting released? It could be that he doesn't want to come out until everyone comes out," she said.
Martin Rodriguez, 20, was one of 15 protesters arrested Tuesday after they and a crowd of about 300 protesters held a sit-in rally near Central Piedmont Community College. Most were initially charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and impeding traffic, police said.
If Rodriguez does not sign paperwork to get out of jail, he could stay there until his misdemeanor charges are heard in court. A court date was not available Wednesday afternoon on the jail website.
His immigration status and misdemeanor charges are separate matters because being in the U.S. without authorization is a civil offense, not a criminal offense, and it is handled by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Ivan Ortiz-Delgado, an ICE spokesman, explained why the federal agency sometimes opts not to detain illegal immigrants.
"ICE is focused on sensible, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes efforts first on those serious criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities, not sweeps or raids to target undocumented immigrants indiscriminately," Ortiz-Delgado said in an email.
Hoffa supporters have created a Facebook page on which they have posted the address of tea partier Justen Charters and are encouraging fellow Hoffa supporters to send human excrement through the federal mail system. Why? Because Charters came up with the idea to sent 1,000 tea bags to Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.