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Gun handling skills are important

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
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Assuming the broadcast media got this right (which isn’t necessarily a sure thing) something truly tragic happened in the Las Vegas area yesterday.  A man came to the defense of his adult daughter, who was being thumped by her boyfriend.  The situation turned to crap and the father shot and killed the boyfriend.  Then, as he was holstering his pistol, it fired (presumably due to finger on the trigger while holstering) hitting him in the thigh.  He bled to death. It’s very basic but important.  Keep your finger off the trigger unless you are lined up on your target.



Lawmakers want actual data on realignment

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
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It would appear that some members of the legislature of the formerly great state of California have decided that they should maybe have some actual, accurate, real data on whether or not realignment is succeeding.  They are smart enough now to collectively realize that they don’t know if they are getting what they voted for.  It would have been nice if they thought of that BEFORE they voted for it, but what the hell, since it is taxpayers money and not “real” money, I guess they didn’t much care. Clicking here will link to a Sacramento PRAVDA piece on this miraculous occurence.  Thanks to Caroline

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SCOTUS backs Michigan anti-preference law

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
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Back in 2006 58% of the voters of Michigan approved a law, similar to California’s proposition 209, which prohibits racial or ethnic preference in allowing applicants into state supported higher education.  SCOTUS settled the issue today in favor of the voters.  The vote was 6-2 with Justice Elena Kagan not voting.  Kamala Harris, the California AG, attempted to rally support to overturning the voter approved proposition. Clicking here will link to a Sacramento PRAVDA piece on this story.



Lawrence out, Mueller in

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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Your friend and mine, The Honorable Lawrence Karlton, justice of the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals, is retiring this year.  He will be replaced on September 1 on the three-judge panel that is essentially running CDCr by Justice Kimberly Mueller.



One more reason to remain standing in SF (Updated)

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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In one of those Only-In-San-Francisco stories a man has been acquitted of having sex with a BART train seat in San Francisco. Leslie Bailey, 28, was arrested on May 8 and charged with indecent exposure.  He was allegedly on his knees humping the seat next to the drivers cab at the front of the train and was observed by the train operator.  After that little scene he rolled over on his back, began waving his flag vigorously while smoking a crack pipe. However, it appears that being cranked out of your mind and off your psych meds in San Francisco is enough to beat a

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They think the cellie did it (as usual)

Apr 20th, 2014 | By
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Last month a California inmate tourist, Todd Bush, hanging his hat at the North Fork Correctional Facility in Oklahoma, turned up dead.  It has now been officially designated as a homicide.  The cell mate, who has been unnamed in media reports, is a suspect.  Do you think?? Thanks to Caroline for the 411 on this. Here is a link to a very brief news story on this subject.  (Looks like it is working again.)



Steinberg and sex offender tracking

Apr 19th, 2014 | By
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The leader of the state senate of the formerly great state of California, Darrell Steinberg (D-Sac) is going to ask the IG of the department to review the monitoring of Franc Cano, 27, who was one of the two men wearing a GPS monitor while they were believed to have raped and murdered four women in Orange County. Steinberg’s paid liar, Rhys Williams, told the media that the senator doubts the effectiveness of GPS as a deterrent and may ask the IG to look at the whole broad question of GPS monitoring. While these murders were going on the co-defendant, Steven Gordon, 45, was being

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Ransom note: AB109 fails LA county again

Apr 19th, 2014 | By
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A potentially huge story is surfacing in LA, primarily on KTLA channel 5 news but other sources as well.  This story centers on Robert Ransom, T-99843, age 30, an AB-109 client. Ransom is a strong suspect in multiple kidnaps, sexual assaults, attempted murders and murders in the greater LA area.  He is currently being held without bail by the county.  Ransom was IDd by a kidnap victim that managed to escape.  Ransom apparently likes to burn his victims to death.  He has some very nasty priors.  The 16-year old who got away was about to be torched when she escaped. If I can get the

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Resident 1, intruder 0

Apr 19th, 2014 | By
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It seems that this 68-year old man was minding his own business in his Richmond home in the wee hours of Friday morning on 13th Street when he became aware of intruders in the home he shared with his wife.  When the resulting gunfire was over the resident was wounded in the legs and one intruder was toes-up.  Three other people are in custody and may be charged with murder for the death of their partner-in-crime. This information is from a SFGATE article which I am still unable to link to.



Gun of the week

Apr 19th, 2014 | By
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Metal Storm volley gun The Gun of the Week this time around is the Metal Storm volley gun.  This is a new variation on a very old idea, made possible due to modern technology. This weapon uses superimposed charges in the barrel, fired electronically.  Due to the lack of reciprocating or other moving parts it can have a theoretical rate of fire of over 200,000 rounds per minute. Obviously this is limited practically by the ammunition supply. This rather neat toy is produced in several variations, most of them not man portable.  Some of them can be left in place unattended with sensors and have the ability to self-initiate.  Projectiles run up to 37mm and down to 9mm.



DA race and realignment

Apr 18th, 2014 | By
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It would seem that “realignment” is going to be an issue in the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s race. Gerry Shea is the current DA and is not running again.  Tim Covello and Dan Dow, both currently on the DA staff, are running for the job.  Generally speaking Dow is sort-of pro-realignment as he is a bigger believer in rehabilitation programs than his opponent. Clicking here will link to a Tribune news piece on this story.    (No it won’t.  for some reason I can no longer insert links and the tool bar on the blog has changed.  Damn.)



Baby step in the right direction

Apr 18th, 2014 | By
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I went to the range at DVI a couple of days back for a qualification shoot and something interesting happened.  The range officer passed out a fairly substantial pile of paperwork.  It had virtually zero about off-duty rights and responsibilities, but it did address LEOSA, California weapons laws and other useful bits of information. Some day, almost certainly following a lawsuit, the department will start in on some actual TRAINING on off-duty situations and equipment, but even small and indirect baby steps are appreciated.



DVI runion a resounding success

Apr 18th, 2014 | By
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The DVI reunion was a major success.  Almost too much so as the crowd was right at the upper edge of what the venue could handle.  Eventually about 200 people signed up and a few more paid at the door.  I saw some people I had not seen in literally 20+ years.  Some of them I would have recognized on the street.  Some not so much.  It was still cool.  (I got there late as I took my lady friend to a medical appointment before we made our appearance.) I have asked for those who took photos to email a few for me so I

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Sort of OK Earp revolver corraled for auction (Updated)

Apr 18th, 2014 | By
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The revolver allegedly carried by Wyatt Earp at the shooting at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona is up for sale.  The gun, and a lot of memorabilia, has been offered by J. Levine Auctions in Scottsdale.  The Glen Boyer estate is the owner of much of this material and the background of some of its contents is murky.  For example, the serial number of the gun in question has been removed. The family claims that was done by Boyer himself because he was pissed about people attacking his research. The bidding will start at $50,000.  A better documented Earp gun went for $750,000 in

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Fed DOJ gropes CDCr in sex suit (updated)

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
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The Federal DOJ has joined in a sexual harassment complaint against CDCr on the basis of allegations of sexual discrimination.  The plaintiff, Joe. B. Cummings, asserts that he was groped and physically assaulted as well as subjected to frequent sexual advances from a female co-worker.  Apparently Cummings made numerous complaints concerning the conduct, and was ignored. Cummings is currently on administrative leave due to an issue allegedly not connected with his sexual harassment complaint. Clicking here will link to a JusticeNewsFlash.com piece on this story. Update 04-16-14.  The press reported today that this case has settled.  Mr. Cummings got $50,000 plus he got back the

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Jerry thirsts, asks for rain

Apr 16th, 2014 | By
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Our dearly beloved leader, Governor Jerry Brown, has called for a special session of the legislature to begin next week.  The subject will be the “rainy day fund” one of which we really don’t have. [It rains in California a lot, it absolutely pours like a sieve fiscally speaking - ED] There is already going to be a ballot initiative on this subject, but the Democrat-Socialists are afraid that it will give them inadequate control and curtail some spending increases.  If there is anything the Democrat-Socialist party likes it is government spending, and Republican pseudo-conservatives are only slightly better (less bad) in that arena.  They

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And you thought you had a messed-up family

Apr 16th, 2014 | By
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Kenneth Wilkinson, 24, entered a plea of GUILTY on Monday to killing his grandfather.  Family reported the man, Richard Mel Wilkinson, 84, missing in March.  His body, at least most of it, was found at the end of a trail of blood and body parts leading to a ravine.  The grandson dragged him for six miles behind a pick-up truck. The public defender says young Wilkinson has some substance abuse and mental health issues. He copped a plea to avoid the death penalty. Clicking here will link to a AP piece on this story.



Truer words were never spoken

Apr 15th, 2014 | By
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There is a neat little piece linked here from the Sacramento PRAVDA.  In it that CORRUPT, ARROGANT HYPOCRITICAL BASTARD LELAND YEE waxes philosophically about public corruption.  I guess he would know.



36 shot in 36 hours in Chicago

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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At least 36 people were known to have been shot in Chicago over a 36 hour period this weekend.  Four of those died. Starting at 1530 hours on Friday cops responded to a total of 27 incidents.  By Sunday night one person was in custody for one of the shootings. This might not be a US record, in fact it is probably not.  It is, however, worthy of an honorable mention. Clicking here will link to a Chicago Tribune piece on this story.



Santa Clara woman strikes out with cops

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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At about 1700 on Sunday night a 53-year old woman armed with a baseball bat charged at two Santa Clara PD officers. The woman had  called the cops threatening to harm herself and others.  She said she had taken medication and would attack the cops when they showed up with a baseball bat.  She said she wanted the cops to shoot her. She got her wish.  She died. Clicking here will link to a very thin SFGATE piece on this story.



Department hiring

Apr 13th, 2014 | By
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If the brief piece linked here from the Fresno BEE is to be believed CDCr is preparing to hire about 7,000 Correctional Officers in the foreseeable future.   Nice if true.  They will need about1/3 of those at the new hospitals outside Stockton. Thanks to Caroline for the link.



So far, so bad

Apr 13th, 2014 | By
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If the article linked here by Paige St. John from today’s LA TIMES is to be believed things are still pretty much FUBAR at CHCF.  She calls the status quo,  “waste, mismanagement and miscommunication.” The article quotes our old buddy J. Clark Kelso as blaming the staff.  “Because these really basic systems weren’t working, everybody kind of went into an island survival pattern.”  He further described the situation as adjusting to dysfunction rather than fixing it. It seems that back in December Kelso brought in Jackie Clark, a Rn with an MBA who did the start-up of the new San Quentin medical clinic two years

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Head air marshal shot down in flames

Apr 12th, 2014 | By
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Robert Bray is the head of the Federal Air Marshal Service.  He is retiring, effective in about three months. Director Bray’s home was raided last December (I guess the news missed that).  Bray is currently on administrative leave.  His problems also involve one Danny Poulos, a supervising Air Marshal who has a Federal Firearms License.  It seems that Poulos used his FFL and his and his agency’s relationship with Sig-Sauer to obtain discounted or even free firearms which were then passed on to TSA big-shots.  Bray was the purchaser of some of these firearms, though he denies knowing that any were obtained by Poulos inappropriately.

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Minimalist armed robbery

Apr 12th, 2014 | By
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A fairly odd armed robbery went down at a gas station at about 0230 hours on Thursday on Patterson Pass Road near Tracy.  A guy named Joy Terrell Pryor, 32, walked into the gas station, brandished a live .45 ACP cartridge, and demanded money.  The clerk gave him $5 and he left.  He was arrested in the parking lot by the SO.  He had no gun, just one live round. Maybe the guy was just on a permanent bummer due to having such a gender-inappropriate name.  It also seems strange to me that the clerk was fearful of a loaded round of ammo.  It also

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Gun of the week

Apr 12th, 2014 | By
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Taurus Model 85 revolver The Gun of the Week this time around is the Taurus Model 85 View revolver. I admit to some mixed feelings about this.  The primary interest in this particular iteration of the snub-nose revolver is the fact that the side plate is made of a Lexan-like material.  That means you can see most of the working mechanism of the weapon through the side plate, and it is designed to be fired with the see-through side plate in place.  I do agree that a person will be a better shot (at least most of the time) and will have a better appreciation for their weapon if they understand how the weapon works.  This, however, strikes me as somewhat of a gimmick. This thing weighs only 8.9 ounces empty.  The barrel and cylinder are titanium.  The grip frame and rubber grips are minimalist, making it easy to carry but hard (or at least

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And the girl slept through it

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
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An interesting shooting went down four days ago in Winter Haven, Florida.  It seems that Mitchell Large, 40, who has an extensive criminal history, attempted to break into the Pena house early Monday morning.  He wasn’t real quiet about it and three of the residents, Luis F. Pena, his wife Bacenbina, and their son Luis, all went to see what was going on.  They were all armed.  (The daughter, Lilianna, slept through the ruckus.) The family observed Large attempting to force entry through a patio door.  They attempted to warn Large off and son Luis even fired a warning shot into the frame above the

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Ratting out the cops is free speech

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
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Last fall Chris Hill, 38, of Klamath Falls,  was driving his logging truck along the road in Southern Oregon.  He happened to notice a sheriff’s deputy behind him.  He also noticed a UPS truck coming the other way.  He flashed his headlights at the UPS truck, an understood warning of the presence of police in the immediate area.  Another deputy, coming in the other direction, noticed the action and radioed the cop behind Hill.  That cop pulled Hill over and wrote him a $260 ticket for inappropriate use of his headlights.  Hill was pissed, and fought the ticket. Wednesday Judge Joseph Carter of the Jackson

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No good deed goes unpunished

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
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John Winkler was an aspiring TV producer.  He was 30 years old when he died Monday, shot to death by LASO deputies at a hostage scene. Winkler had gone to a neighbor’s apartment to “help.”  A man with a knife was holding people hostage in that apartment.  The situation deteriorated and Winkler and another man managed to flee the apartment, leaving the bad guy and a third hostage in the apartment.  The cops thought he was the bad guy.  He wasn’t. I have no idea what the situation was like to begin with.  I would hope that Winkler did not deliberately place himself into what

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Judge rules on mentally ill inmates

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
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Your friend and mine, federal judge Lawrence Karlton, issued his ruling yesterday.  He determined that the department’s treatment of mentally ill prisoners, especially placing them in isolation and using pepper spray on them, is unconstitutional.  He gave the department 60 days to correct the matter. The judge’s order forces the department to keep mentally ill inmates out of isolation if there is a substantial threat to the inmates mental health.  Risk to other inmates or staff is apparently not a consideration.  The same rules will apply to SHU (security housing unit) placement of mentally ill prisoners. I grant you I am speculating with limited information,

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Did she jump or was she pushed?

Apr 10th, 2014 | By
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Various broadcast media outlets are saying that Kathleen Sebelius is no longer the incompetent ogre in charge of HHS.  The real question was did Emperor Barack finally get tired of her or did she voluntarily bail?  Not that it matters, I am confident she will get some cushy job with some federal contractor and not have to live on food stamps and welfare.  It is even barely possible they will get a competent person to run HHS.  Not that I will hold my breath on that.



Bell officials make plea deal

Apr 10th, 2014 | By
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Regular readers will remember that Paco wrote a post about a week ago linked here talking about the former officials of the city of Bell in SoCal and a plea deal they were offered.  All five of these corrupt bastards did end up taking the plea deal yesterday.  Each plead nolo to two counts of misappropriation of public funds.  They face sentences of somewhere between probation and four years in prison (local custody?).  They must also make restitution and are prohibited from again holding public office.



Prison czar named by federal court

Apr 10th, 2014 | By
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The federal courts have determined that former federal judge Elwood Lui will be in charge of ordering the release of specified inmates if the Brown administration is unwilling or unable to act to reduce the prison population to 137.5% of design capacity by the end of February 2016. As of right now the system is about 9,000 over that cap.  There are some additional beds being brought on-line which will help substantially, but there is also a projected net increase in numbers due to the normal ebb and flow of such things, including increases in second and third strike cases which must go to state

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