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Huge YES vote in Ireland gay marriage referendum

May 24th, 2015 | By
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Ireland held a referendum yesterday on whether or not to legalize gay marriage.  Engaging in homosexual acts was a crime in Ireland until 1993 and the country is still hugely self-identified as Catholic.  Never-the-less the vote went 62-38 in favor of gay marriage. The legislature still has to work out the details, but it will be coming and it will be coming soon.  All but one of Ireland’s 48 constituencies

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No lynching no peace

May 24th, 2015 | By
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Various broadcast news outlets are reporting significant rioting in Cleveland this evening in the wake of a judge’s ruling that Officer Mike Brelo (who is White) did NOT commit voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of two criminal suspects (who were Black).  Irritating, but not surprising.  Nobody cares if black thugs murder black citizens with great abandon, but if I white cop kills a black suspect under circumstances that even appear

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Officer Brelo acquitted

May 23rd, 2015 | By
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Regular readers will remember that I have written about Officer Michael Brelo of the Cleveland PD before.  He was facing two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two motorists in Cleveland who died in a barrage of police gunfire, a total of 137 shots.  Brelo was the only officer charged, because he allegedly fired at both subjects through the windshield while standing on the hood of their

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Why I shoot in competition

May 23rd, 2015 | By
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I shoot almost every month in competition.  I shoot with an IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) club in the greater Sacramento area.  I like the operation.  IDPA is limited to reasonable carry weapons and an ammunition count that also falls within reason.  Most courses of fire are limited to 18 rounds or less.  The guns are limited to what one might reasonably carry for serious concealed carry self-defense.  For most courses of fire a cover garment is required, as the courses of fire mimic mostly public situations.  They all require movement, usually to cover or

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DUI bumped up to murder

May 23rd, 2015 | By
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A Livermore man was charged with two counts of 2nd Degree Murder in the death of a woman and an infant in Livermore on May 2. Brian Jones, 35, had a BAC of 0.14 at the time of the crash.  He ran down Esperanza Morales, 40, and her 14-month old daughter while smashing into the side of an apartment building just before 7 pm. He had previously been charged with

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BOP employee nailed on sex trafficking charges

May 22nd, 2015 | By
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An employee of the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the Atwater facility was indicted yesterday for the sex trafficking of a minor.  He faces life if convicted of all charges. Charles Carstersen, 52, of Maneca, was arrested on  May 11 and has been held in custody due to being a flight risk and a danger to the community. The Stockton RECORD article linked here does not specify his civil service

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The horns of a dilemma (Updated)

May 21st, 2015 | By
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Michelle-Lael Norsworthy may be about to be up a creek with a picturesque name without any oars. The wannabe female guest of the state has a court order directing CDCr to spend a buttload of taxpayers money on sexual reassignment surgery for him/her.  He/she is having a parole hearing today.  The surgery is scheduled for July 1.  If he/she is no longer in custody, the department is off the hook

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Taking a bite out of crime…or not

May 21st, 2015 | By
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There was an unfortunate WHOOPS in Stockton two days ago.  A police K-9 officer “got loose” during a training exercise and chomped down on a 62-year old woman. The cops were doing a training exercise in a vacant building when the dog determined that it was reasonable and appropriate to bite the woman on the leg.  I am fully confident that it seemed reasonable and appropriate to the dog at

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Parolee guilty in investigator murder

May 20th, 2015 | By
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Randy Alana, 58, was found guilty today by a jury in Oakland in the murder of Sandra Coke, 50, nearly two years ago. Coke was a investigator for the Federal Public Defender system.  She had a relationship with Alana 20 years back and Alana was the father of her teen-age daughter.  They had reconnected and that situation obviously didn’t turn out well for Ms. Coke. Information from Coke’s cell phone

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Police liable for withholding evidence

May 19th, 2015 | By
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Michael Walker, 49, seems to have truly been the victim of a bum beef and a couple of maybe warped cops.  He has been in the slammer for two years for a crime he did not commit and which the cops knew he did not commit. There was a string of “demand note” robberies in retail stores in the L A area that demonstrated a definite pattern.  Walker was in

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77-year old homeowner +2, burglars -2

May 19th, 2015 | By
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Two burglars picked the wrong house in Miami-Dade yesterday, to their significant loss.  The 77-year old man was taking a shower when he heard odd noises.  Not being stupid, he took a gun.  He came face to face with two men inside his home and opened fire. One of the burglars was declared rehabilitated at the scene.  The other was airlifted to a hospital. Clicking here will link to a

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4-year sentence in dog mauling homicide

May 19th, 2015 | By
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The owner of a vicious pit bull was sentenced yesterday to four years in jail by a San Joaquin County judge yesterday.  Judge Garber directed that Brian Michael Hrenko, 61, serve four years in custody and lamented that under the current law it had to be in jail and not state prison. The judge asserted that the death of Claudia Gallardo, 36, was due to Hrenko’s criminal negligence and was

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Major 2nd Amendment ruling in DC

May 18th, 2015 | By
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A major ruling favoring gun owners rights in Washington DC came down today from Frederick J. Scullin Jr., senior judge of the District Court.  Judge Scullin ruled  that the “may issue / good cause” arrangement in the DC permitting process (and that of several other states) is in fact unconstitutional.  He further enjoined the district from enforcing that particular part of their handgun regulations. Clicking here will link to a

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SCOTUS says cops immune in shooting of nutter

May 18th, 2015 | By
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SCOTUS has just ruled that two SFPD officers are immune from personal civil liability in the shooting of a mentally ill woman in 2008.  The 6-2 ruling says  that the cops did not violate the civil rights of Teresa Sheehan, who survived the shooting. The civil suit against the city is still pending.  One of the claims is via the Americans with Disabilities Act, asserting that the cops owe as

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Judge rules against San Berdoo creditors

May 18th, 2015 | By
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U. S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Meredith Jury ruled last week against two bond creditors in the bankruptcy of the city of San Bernardino.  The two creditors, Ambac Assurance Corp and EEPK, a bank based in Luxemborg, are annoyed that the city is being allowed to make its full payment to CalPERS, which of course results in a smaller pie to be sliced up by the creditors.  The two creditors are

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Asian student groups suing over educational discrimination

May 18th, 2015 | By
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An alliance of Asian-American student groups has filed a federal lawsuit against Harvard (which is a private school and not a government one) and other Ivy League schools asserting that they are using racial quota to grant admission to non-Asians who score lower on admission criteria than Asians.  They also assert that these schools have a hard cap on admission numbers for Asian students. A group of more than 60 students filed the charge with the civil rights divisions of both the Justice Dept. and the Education Dept. Harvard maintains that their system is legal,

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Another murder via cell phone

May 17th, 2015 | By
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Joseph Morales, 27, is a guest of the state.  He is doing 40-life for an attempted gang homicide almost ten years ago.  He is also a suspect and about to be charged in the murder of Javier Limon in 2014. The Santa Barbara County S O has requested that the DA charge Morales in the murder.  He is believed to have masterminded the murder via cell phone from his prison

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Gunfight at Twin Peaks Restaurant leaves nine dead

May 17th, 2015 | By
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The Twin Peaks is an eatery along I-35 in Waco, Texas.  Two groups of bikers had a fairly demonstrative disagreement which degenerated into a gunfight, leaving nine dead and several others wounded. The hoorah broke out about noon today, starting with knives and chains and quickly escalating into gunplay.  It is known that some of the bikers are among the dead but it is not known if any bystanders are.

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Be Alert. The state needs more lerts.

May 17th, 2015 | By
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Residents in SoCal are being asked to be on the lookout…….for a rare and dangerous mosquito. The Asian Tiger Mosquito has become a growing threat, especially in L A County.  This mosquito can spread Chikungunya, a rare disease that can cause joint ache and fever.  This disease is not normally transmittable from person to person but the mosquito can be a vector for transmission. Of course I have no idea

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Arrest in latest Zimmerman shooting

May 16th, 2015 | By
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The cops arrested the other guy, Matthew Apperson, 35, in the latest shooting incident involving George Zimmerman. About a week ago Zimmerman was driving alone in Orland, Florida, when Matthew Apperson, 35, fired a shot at him car-to-car.  The bullet missed though Zimmerman was injured by flying glass.  Apperson claims Zimmerman had previously threatened him and displayed a weapon in a threatening manner in this case.  Zimmerman denied it.  They

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How often do you shoot?

May 16th, 2015 | By
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If you carry a gun how often should you shoot?  Its a perfectly good question.  In order to be legal as a retired peace officer, the category I fit in, you have to shoot the particular weapon you intend to carry at least once per year for score.  Is that enough? The answer is, it sort of depends.  A yearly qualification shoot will be a valid test of basic marksmanship and gun handling skills under good to ideal conditions.  That is all.  You draw and fire on command, you are not making a shoot-don’t shoot

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Report from DVI annual luncheon

May 15th, 2015 | By
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The second annual DVI luncheon was held yesterday in Tracy.  There were about 140 people there including the current warden (Jerome Price) and one prior warden (Claude Finn) as well as a couple of DVI alumni who crawled up the food chain elsewhere.  I saw a ton of people I haven’t seen in ages and met a few (second spouses and such) that I had never met before.  The chow

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Die you stinking piece of crap

May 15th, 2015 | By
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The jury has voted that the POS who, along with his POS brother, blew up a bunch of people at the Boston Marathon, should die by the hands of the people.  I hope they bury him with a slab of bacon taped to his face and a pepperoni shoved up his ass.  They won’t, but I hope they do.  I confess to feeling uncharitable towards a piece of ambulatory pond

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Armed citizen saves cop

May 15th, 2015 | By
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An armed citizen saved a rookie Oklahoma City cop from serious injury or death about ten days ago. Rookie police officer Adam Eller and his field training officer Sgt. Michael Lambert responded to a burglary call and ended up in a foot pursuit.  Officer Eller was able to corner suspect Jermaine Williams, but Williams managed to get control of Officer Eller’s baton and began whacking him repeatedly in the head

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LASO officials surrender to feds

May 15th, 2015 | By
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Two former high-ranking officials in the L. A. Sheriff’s Office surrendered to the feds yesterday, presumably merely for booking and release though the factoid in today’s paper did not specify. Paul Tanaka, formerly #2 in the agency, and Captain William Thomas Carey have both pleaded not guilty on federal charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.  They are alleged to have played three-card monte with the whereabouts of a jailhouse

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A bunch of billions

May 14th, 2015 | By
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Jerry announced his budget proposal for the next fiscal year today.  The general fund budget proposal is a record $115.3 billion. The state is getting about $7 billion more than original estimates indicated due to the increasingly favorable overall financial situation.  By way of new spending Jerry plans on, among other things, $380 million in income tax credits for very poor people and $62 million for Medi-Cal for illegal aliens

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Madison DA does not throw cop to the mob

May 13th, 2015 | By
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Ismael Ozanne is the District Attorney in Madison, WI.  He is biracial and self-identifies as Black.  He has announced that his office will NOT prosecute White police officer Matt Kenny for the death of Tony Robinson, a biracial young man on March 6. Robinson had been acting stupid and crazy and assaulted a couple of friends plus a couple of total strangers and was running in and out of traffic

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Yet more conniving, stupid politicians

May 13th, 2015 | By
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These two are strictly local morons, but hey, you have to start somewhere, right?  Alexander Bronson and Ashley Drain are members of the Manteca Unified School Board.  They were apparently both “creative” in stating their official address when they ran for positions on the board.  The San Joaquin County Grand Jury looked into both of their residence claims, and referred the issue to the District Attorney who has filed felony

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Norco gets no respect

May 13th, 2015 | By
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The state senate of the formerly great state of California has called the Norco facility a dilapidated and rodent-infested hole and has recommended that CDCr close it down.  (Maybe they can move the 2,400 resident criminals into housing within the senate office building.  That would be cool with me.) The state originally planned to close the old dump down by the end of this year but are now backing away

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Major riot at Nebraska prison

May 11th, 2015 | By
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There was a major riot at the Nebraska state slammer in Tecumseh on Sunday.  The inmates took control of large portions of the prison for several hours.  At least two inmates are known dead and at least two staff members are known to be injured. Inmates took control of two housing units on Sunday at about 1430 hours.  This included staff offices.  The rioters were not able to get into

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Black lives (votes) matter

May 11th, 2015 | By
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Clicking here will link to a very interesting piece in today’s Washington POST.  It decry the fact of “excess” black mortality when compared to the mortality rate of whites and the fact that ex-felons are, by and large, no longer permitted to vote. What does the article view as the problem here.  Not the early death of blacks.  Not the high incarceration rate of blacks.  It worries that these two

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George Zimmerman stops a bullet

May 11th, 2015 | By
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George Zimmerman was shot in the face while driving in Florida today.  Some news reports are describing it as a “road rage” incident.  Others are saying the shooter has been involved in incidents with Zimmerman in the past, none of which were initiated by Zimmerman. Zimmerman was not seriously hurt in this incident. Clicking here will link to a very thin Reuter’s Piece on this story.