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Quite the haul - local news

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From the United States Department of Justice - Western District of Washington:

Six charged federally in connection with drug distribution ring operating in Skagit and Whatcom Counties
Six members of a drug distribution conspiracy operating in Skagit and Whatcom counties were charged federally today with various drug and firearms crimes, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. Enoc Martinez Lopez, aka “Victor,” 27, of Marysville, Washington, was the main supplier of drugs to other co-conspirators. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances (including heroin and fentanyl), and distribution of fentanyl. Martinez Lopez appeared in U.S. District Court today, and has a detention hearing scheduled for tomorrow.

The other defendants will make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Seattle over the next few days.

The haul in question:

Since the beginning of the investigation and through yesterday's takedown, law enforcement has seized: 11.5 kilos of fentanyl pills, 2.8 kilos of fentanyl powder, 5.7 kilos of cocaine, 1.6 kilos of heroin and 8.7 kilos of crystal meth, more than $186,000 in cash and nine firearms.

Coming across the borders - let in by Pelosi and Schumer.

I thought it had to be organised - from the United States Department of Justice:

Justice Department Announces Takedown of Nationwide Catalytic Converter Theft Ring
Federal, state, and local law enforcement partners from across the United States executed a nationwide, coordinated takedown today of leaders and associates of a national network of thieves, dealers, and processors for their roles in conspiracies involving stolen catalytic converters sold to a metal refinery for tens of millions of dollars.

Arrests, searches, and seizures took place in California, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, and Virginia. In total, 21 individuals in five states have been arrested and/or charged for their roles in the conspiracy.

The 21 defendants are charged in two separate indictments that were unsealed today in the Eastern District of California and the Northern District of Oklahoma following extensive law enforcement arrest and search operations. In addition to the indictments, over 32 search warrants were executed, and law enforcement seized millions of dollars in assets, including homes, bank accounts, cash, and luxury vehicles.

Over $500 Million cash.  Lucrative.

Quite the bust - worldwide

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From the US Department of Justice. Operation Dark HunTor

International Law Enforcement Operation Targeting Opioid Traffickers on the Darknet Results in 150 Arrests Worldwide and the Seizure of Weapons, Drugs, and over $31 Million
Today, the Department of Justice, through the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) team joined Europol to announce the results of Operation Dark HunTor, a coordinated international effort on three continents to disrupt opioid trafficking on the Darknet. The operation, which was conducted across the United States, Australia, and Europe, was a result of the continued partnership between JCODE and foreign law enforcement against the illegal sale of drugs and other illicit goods and services. Operation Dark HunTor builds on the success of last year’s Operation DisrupTor and the coordinated law enforcement takedown earlier this year of DarkMarket, the world’s then-largest illegal marketplace on the Darknet. At the time, German authorities arrested the marketplace’s alleged operator and seized the site’s infrastructure, providing investigators across the world with a trove of evidence. Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and JCODE have since been compiling intelligence packages to identify key targets.

The xxxxTor names are a cute play on The Onion Router - a secure web browser used by security concious geeks like me.  This is not your mommy's VPN.  TOR is also used by people shopping on the "dark web" as it makes it very dificult to track a user back to their source. Not impossible, just difficult.

I don't care if someone does whatever they want.  They should not be allowed to offer it for sale through a widely accessed media.  Even corner drug dealers have ethics about selling to little children.

Coming on the heels of last weeks bust in Bellingham
From Seattle station KOMO:

$1.5 million worth of drugs found in Everett apartment
Authorities said they recovered $1.5 million worth of drugs from an Everett apartment on Wednesday night.

Detectives seized "3,000 grams of heroin, 2,500 grams of pure fentanyl powder, over 100,000 M-30 fentanyl pills, 989 grams of cocaine, over 21,000 grams of methamphetamine, and 101 gallons of ethanol," according to the Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force (SRDTF), which consists of local, state and federal detectives and special agents as well as personnel from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the Everett and Lynnwood police departments.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the SRDTF, and "persons of interest" have been identified.

On Wednesday, staff at the apartment were processing an eviction on an abandoned unit. The apartment manager entered the unit and found the drugs before calling 911.

Something for everyone.  Glad that these are getting off the streets.

Off the streets - good news

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Local bust - 75,000 fentanyl pills.  Precursors are brought from China into Mexico, manufactured and run up into the USA through our open borders.  Why are Chuck and Nancy keeping the borders open? Money?  Only reason I can think of.

From the United States Department of Justice — Western District of Washington:

Three arrested in connection with ten kilos of fentanyl pills trafficked in Whatcom County
Two men were arrested in Bellingham, Washington, and a third was arrested in North Carolina, in connection with distribution of more than 75,000 fentanyl pills, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. Guillermo Vieyra Salas, 22, and Jaime Alonso Hernandez-Hernandez, 41, appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle yesterday. A third defendant, identified as Manuel Lugo, was arrested in Wilmington, North Carolina and will appear in U.S. District Court there on Monday October 24, 2022.

The North Carolina connection is curious - moving there soon.  Wilmington is in the east part of the state.  Very long and narrow (500 miles E/W and 150 miles N/S). Eastern part is very blue and crime ridden.

Open borders - this is what happens

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From the US Drug Enforcement Administration:

DEA Los Angeles Field Division Makes Historic Seizure of Approximately 1 Million Fentanyl Pills
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Los Angeles Field Division High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Group 48, seized approximately 1 million fake pills containing fentanyl in Inglewood, Calif. earlier this month. This record-breaking bust is the largest seizure of fentanyl pills DEA has made in California.

HIDTA 48, along with the DEA New York Division Tactical Diversion Squad and Hawthorne Police Department, in May began investigating a Los Angeles-area drug trafficking organization believed to be linked to the Sinaloa Cartel. During the investigation, DEA agents identified Southern California narcotic couriers and stash house managers who were responsible for distributing narcotics to other drug distributors in the area.

A federal search warrant was executed on July 5, 2022 at an Inglewood residence resulted in the seizure of approximately 1 million fake pills containing fentanyl. The seized fake pills were intended for retail distribution and have an estimated street value of $15 to $20 million dollars.

“This massive seizure disrupted the flow of dangerous amounts of fentanyl into our streets and probably saved many lives,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Bill Bodner. “The deceptive marketing coupled with the ease of accessibility makes these small and seemingly innocuous pills a significant threat to the health and safety of all our communities. A staggering number of teens and young adults are unaware that they are ingesting fentanyl in these fake pills and are being poisoned.”

There is no logical reason for keeping the borders open like this. The only explanation that fits is that Pelosi and Schumer are paid off by the cartels.  How much Nancy?  How much Chuck?  Thirty pieces of silver?

Let's not forget that the precursor chemicals come to the Mexican labs from China

Idiocy in the legal system - from Seattle station KOMO:

Bellevue catalytic converter thief arrested, released a day later
Police said new surveillance video shows a prolific thief in action stealing a catalytic converter from a Bellevue family's car.

Investigators say it was part of a multi-week crime spree, including thefts in a school parking lot.

While police finally arrested the suspect, Dan Pham, he's no longer in jail because a judge released him.

He admitted to the thefts - sold them on Facebook marketplace.

Goes right along with their agenda

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Classic Cloward-Piven - crash the system and in the ensuing chaos, institute tyranny.
The New York Post:

Mexican cartel smugglers nabbed with $1.2M worth of meth in NYC — then released thanks to lax bail laws
A pair of suspected Mexican drug-cartel smugglers was busted with a $1.2 million stash of crystal meth — but had to be freed thanks to New York’s lax bail laws, authorities said Monday.

The two California men, Luis Estrada and Carlos Santos, were allegedly caught red-handed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration as part of a multi-agency investigation. Yet frustrated agents had to stand by and watch as the suspects were cut loose on just supervised release, the federal agency said.

Probably Hunter's bagmen.

From the New York Post:

Tourists at Sandals resort where 3 Americans died complained of ‘strong odor’ of insecticides
Tourists at the Sandals resort in the Bahamas where three Americans mysteriously died last week have been complaining about the intense smell of bug repellant, according to a new report.

Multiple guests at the Grand Exuma resort told NBC News about the “strong odor” of insecticides, which the Bahamian authorities are now investigating, according to the network.

While the reports remain inconclusive, it’s a strong new lead in the bizarre deaths given the potential lethality of the chemicals.

In 2016, the parent company of pest control company Terminix settled for $87 million with an American family poisoned by an insecticide while on a Caribbean vacation.

The father of the Delaware family was left paralyzed after the company was fumigating the property below their rental villa with the banned substance methyl bromide, according to CBS News.

They were originally saying that it was leaking refrigerant from the HVAC systems.  These either use a harmless Fluorocarbon or Ammonia which has such a pungent odor that people would be clawing their way out of the building well before any toxic level built up. Heads will roll.

Social movement?  More like mental illness. From the Washington Examiner:

Trans woman sentenced for sexually assaulting and forcing daughter into child porn
Marina Volz, a transgender woman from New Jersey, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison after forcing a young girl into child pornography.

Volz, 31, went to Oregon in December 2018 to get custody of the girl, Volz's now 7-year-old biological daughter, with the intention of bringing her to New Jersey to be sexually assaulted and filmed, the acting Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office said.

But but but - gimme maahhh rightsssss...

Rope, tree. Some assembly required.

You can run but... Got them

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Good news - from Washington Examiner:

Ten-day manhunt for Alabama inmate and corrections officer ends with police chase
A pair of fugitives, including an inmate who escaped prison in Alabama and a female corrections officer who helped him, have been captured after a 10-day manhunt ended in a police pursuit by vehicle, according to authorities.

The inmate, Casey White, is in custody, and Vicky White, who was an assistant director of corrections at the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office, has been taken to the hospital after a police chase in Evansville, Indiana, resulted in a crash, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told reporters Monday.

Feel a little bit sorry for her - she was used:

Days prior to the pair's escape, Vicky White had closed on the sale of her home for just over $95,000 and withdrew approximately $90,000 in cash from multiple banks.

Only a little bit though - she knew what she was doing.  He was originally sentenced to 75 years in prison - nasty piece of work.

An amazing and good news story but it doesn't fit the current narrative.
CURRENT NARRATIVE: It's OK to be sexually attracted to children.  It's normal for an adult to engage in sexual relations with children.  With that as the current narrative, no wonder stories like this never get published.

From the U.S. Marshalls Service:

U.S. Marshals MCU Operation ‘Fresh Start’ Recovers Sixteen Missing Endangered Children and Makes Five Arrests
New Orleans, LA – U.S. Marshals Service Eastern District of Louisiana New Orleans Task Force (USMS)-led, Missing Child Unit (MCU) Operation “Fresh Start” was conducted in the New Orleans, Louisiana metro area from January 01, 2022, until March 31, 2022, resulting in the rescue or recovery of sixteen (16) missing/endangered children. In addition, six (6) children self-returned, three (3) children were recovered as other status, and three (3) more were recovered by other law enforcement agencies. Five (5) arrests were made during the operation. Investigations as part of the three-month MCU operation also uncovered allegations of human sex trafficking in several of the cases.

Much more at the site.  Some of the goblins got away and were not arrested.  Time to bring back hanging in the public square. Justice.  Ed Buck unavailable for comment...

Just wonderful - copycat?

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From FOX News:

Boston Police uniforms stolen ahead of marathon; FBI, Massachusetts cops offering $5K reward for suspects
The FBI has joined Massachusetts law enforcement agencies in investigating the theft of Boston Police Department uniforms, which were stolen from a Weymouth business, just weeks before the city’s annual marathon is set to kick off.

Friday marked nine years since the Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013, when three people were killed and more than 260 were hurt. Ahead of Monday’s 126th Boston Marathon, Boston Police Superintendent-In-Chief Greg Long is urging attendees not to hesitate to report someone acting suspicious, even if they are dressed in a uniform.

The Weymouth Police Department announced earlier this week that it was working with the FBI in investigating the theft of several Boston Police Department uniforms that were stolen from a local uniform supply store.

No word as to number of uniforms taken or if anything else was taken.  Timing does not look good.

Smart in a sense - they are going where the money is.  Only problem is that the rich elites only want crime in the middle-class neighborhoods and in the retail stores.  Once these gangs are targeting the elite's homes?  Different story entirely.  Quite surprised that a few of the thugs have not been shot on sight.  From the London Daily Mail:

Beverly Hills bandits: How a DOZEN gangs are targeting city's rich and famous for their designer handbags and watches - with 221 follow-home robberies in just four months

    • A group of at least 17 gangs are behind LA's recent string of more than 200 'follow-home' robberies, cops said Tuesday
    • The comments came during a brief discussing the department's work to put an end to the attacks
    • In November, a division designed to combat the robberies - Follow Home Robbery Task Force - was formed
    • The force - which includes 18 detectives - was created on November 23
    • Since then, a total of 221 follow-home robberies have been reported - with a further 45 coming before the task force's creation
    • During Tuesday's brief, cops from the city-formed unit criticized laws that saw two suspects the task force arrested in the past month put back on the street

A group of at least 17 gangs targeting Los Angeles' wealthiest are responsible for the city's recent string of 'follow-home' robberies, cops said Tuesday.

'In my 34 years in the LAPD, I have never seen this type of criminal behavior in such large groups coordinating to conduct attacks on unsuspecting citizens to take their property and/or vehicles,' said Capt. Jonathan Tippet of the attacks, which started in September.

In November, Tippet was tabbed to head a division designed to combat the robberies - Follow Home Robbery Task Force - which has seen armed suspects stalk victims leaving ritzy boutiques, hotels, and restaurants before striking.

Clever strategy - put a tracker on their vehicle or just follow them home.  The elites live in a bubble so the concept of situational awareness is alien to their nature.  They just got home so will be flustered when someone breaks in.

See how long they are able to keep this up before the goblins start dying. The gang leaders are planning this but most likely keeping themselves from harms way - sending out their new recruits to do the dirty work.

Talk about major amounts of DERP!

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From the Los Angeles Times:

LAPD bomb technician’s warnings were ignored before ill-fated fireworks detonation, report finds
Before members of the LAPD bomb squad destroyed part of a South L.A. neighborhood by exploding a stash of illegal fireworks last summer, they repeatedly ignored warnings from one of their most experienced technicians that the plan was not safe, according to a new report by the LAPD’s inspector general.

The member who raised concerns, identified only as “Bomb Technician C,” told investigators with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that he had flagged both the volume and weight of fireworks being placed into the LAPD’s “total containment vessel,” or “TCV,” as excessive and too powerful for the vessel to control all at once.

“Based on my experience and everything, I said, uh, this is too much to do one shot, we’re gonna break them up, right?” the technician recalled saying to a colleague.

He said his colleagues and his supervisor told him that he was wrong and that he should “relax,” and the fireworks were loaded into the vessel all at once anyway, the inspector general found.

And the TCV in question?

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A slight miscalculation...  That will buff right out...
No "before" photos unfortunately.

The Earth-shattering Ka Boom?

The subsequent blast, on June 30, ripped open the containment vessel and destroyed much of the surrounding neighborhood, damaging nearly 40 vehicles and 35 properties, injuring 17 people and displacing dozens more residents — many of whom have never returned.

Somebody has some esplainin' to do...

Curious - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar

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UPDATE BELOW:
Not a peep in most of the media but this sounds like a big deal.  From the Dallas/Fort Worth NBC affiliate:

FBI Confirm Search Near Texas Home of US Rep. Henry Cuellar
FBI agents searched near the Texas home of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar on Wednesday as they conducted what an agency spokeswoman called “court-authorized law enforcement activity.”

The motive and scope of the search was not immediately known. But a reporter for The Monitor of McAllen, Texas, which first reported the operation, reported from the scene that more than a dozen federal agents were seen passing in and out of Cuellar’s home bearing cases and other items.

“The FBI was present in the vicinity of Windridge Drive and Estate Drive in Laredo conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity,” spokeswoman Rosanne Hughes said. “The FBI cannot provide further comment on an ongoing investigation.”

Big investigation but no comment.
Of course, Mr. Cuellar is a Democrat.  Figures...

UPDATE: Sundance has it figured out.  Mr. Cuellar has been very VERY critical of *Resident Biden's policy on the Southern Border.  Rep. Cuellar's district:

Prominent Democrat, Publicly Critical of Joe Biden Border Policy, Gets a Visit from FBI Jackboots
The political motives behind this FBI effort are, yet again, brutally transparent.   The FBI are for Joe Biden what the Russian FSB is for Vladimir Putin.  That’s what they are. That’s all they are. That’s what they do.

How many dozens of examples does it take before people realize the FBI are criminal enforcers targeting any voices who rise in opposition to the DC system?

Seriously, when is enough, enough? This should be a bipartisan issue.

They were never fully under legislative control but Obama turned them into our version of the Stasi. J. Edgar Hoover (FBI founder and chief) used to keep dossiers on prominent politicians.  If they threatened his domain, an unmarked envelope with some photographs would suddenly appear on their desktop. Time for this agency to have their funding cut by 70% and for their office to be moved to Gary, Indiana.  Away from the centers of power.

A fun settlement - Pfizer

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Great news this morning - from the US District Court - North Texas

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS FOR TRANSPARENCY,
Plaintiff,

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION,
Defendant.

ORDER
This case involves the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”). Specifically, at issue is Plaintiff’s FOIA request seeking “[a]ll data and information for the Pfizer Vaccine enumerated in 21 C.F.R. § 601.51(e) with the exception of publicly available reports on the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System” from the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). See ECF No. 1. As has become standard, the Parties failed to agree to a mutually acceptable production schedule; instead, they submitted dueling production schedules for this Court’s consideration. Accordingly, the Court held a conference with the Parties to determine an appropriate production schedule. See ECF Nos. 21, 34. 

“Open government is fundamentally an American issue”—it is neither a Republican nor a Democrat issue. As James Madison wrote, “[a] popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps, both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” John F. Kennedy likewise recognized that “a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” And, particularly appropriate in this case, John McCain (correctly) noted that “[e]xcessive administrative secrecy . . . feeds conspiracy theories and reduces the public’s confidence in the government."

Love the text of the second paragraph.  And the judgement?

    1. The FDA shall produce the “more than 12,000 pages” articulated in its own proposal, see ECF No. 29 at 24, on or before January 31, 2022
    2. The FDA shall produce the remaining documents at a rate of 55,000 pages every 30 days, with the first production being due on or before March 1, 2022, until production is complete.

Heh - that is a little more than the 500 pages/month they were offering.  Get those xerox machines warmed up Pfizer, you got some work to do...

Got 'em - shooter parents

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Timeline from Breitbart:

Police Apprehend Parents Charged in Michigan School Shooting After Manhunt on Detroit’s East Side
UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: The Crumbleys have been arraigned. Bail was set at $500,000 apiece.

UPDATE, 3:11 a.m.: In a press conference, Detroit Police Chief James White said that the Crumbleys were not armed when they were apprehended hiding in a commercial building in east Detroit, nearly an hour’s drive from their home in Oxford, Michigan. The building was not an abandoned building.

White said that the couple was “aided” in getting into the building, and the person who helped them is known to authorities, and “there is likely to be further charges” for this person.

UPDATE, 2:14 a.m.: The Oakland Country Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they have the Crumbleys in custody.

“Yes, they are both in custody and will be on the way to the Oakland County Jail soon,” said Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe, the Detroit Free Press reports. “Kudos to Detroit PD and all the other agencies that assisted.”

UPDATE, 1:50 a.m.: The Crumbleys have been apprehended on Detroit’s east side after an hours-long manhunt. The police reportedly apprehended the couple in the building on 1111 Bellevue where they were hiding and where their vehicle was discovered, according to the local police scanner.

Good - anyone who gifts a firearm to a fifteen year old boy with developmental issues is not acting for the benefit of humanity.  What did they think was going to happen? What 15 year old needs a pistol.

The Kenosha Riot - an alternative take

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I would not put it past today's FBI to do this - not at all.  Excerpted from Anonymous Conservative:

Now suppose the riot was a complex intel operation, being run from an underground command center many miles away, by intel professionals watching events live on their TV screens, like feeds from numerous “streamers” like Gaige who were running around with their phones, streaming the riot. Suppose that command center was giving orders to their operatives on the ground in the riot through hidden earpieces, using bounced signals from locally positioned repeaters brought in by “Antifa” commanders. Imagine the plan for that night was to make an example out of some patriot who was armed, to counter the images of armed patriots in body armor protesting the Cabal, and make those guys look less scary. Suppose that command center picked Kyle out of the video streams during the early moments of the riot, because he was clearly young, out of shape, naive to how things worked, and looked like a Cherry these seasoned Cabal assets could roll over.

In the trial we learned, that at just the wrong moment, whoever was protecting the CarSource suddenly bailed with no explanation as the crowd moved in (the defense said it in closing). Then, one of the “leaders” of the armed patriots asked 17 year old Kyle to go down there to take the position, and at the same moment, Kyle’s “buddy” in the buddy system the patriots were using, who had been assigned to him earlier (a forty something Army vet), suddenly disappeared inexplicably from the side of the 17 year old kid he should have felt responsible for. So Kyle was suddenly alone and could not find him, just as the order to head to CarSource came in. So Kyle went toward the CarSource alone on orders, where Joseph Rosenbaum was hiding behind a car waiting, and where the FBI had just moved its overhead drone and aviation units to that location to record everything that was about to happen.

What Cabal didn’t know was Kyle was under God’s protection, and just happened to be extra-sharp and highly cool under fire as well. So he smokes two Cabal protesters and cripples a third, all clearly in compliance with all legal strictures, before successfully exfiling and getting to safety. After everything plays out, nobody can say where Rosenbaum came from. Nobody can identify or locate crucial characters, like “Yellow Pants” and “Jump Kick Guy” (both terms from the trial), despite the FBI undoubtedly having the Identification of everyone present that night, and the videos going global. And when Grosskruetz gets admitted to the hospital, somebody knows this will be a clusterfuck, and has the authority to contact the hospital and make sure his name is removed from his admission records, so nobody can find him until they see all the videos, sort out how they are going to deal with it, and figure out what his story will need to be.

It feels like a mad scramble by command after a perfectly planned clock-work op targeting a cherry turned into an epic Goatfuck, and they needed to hide everything until they could figure out how how bad it was, and how they needed to handle it. After Kyle cleaned house, and command gave the order to shut down the riot and send everyone home right after it (why did the shooting not invigorate the crowd to riot even worse?), I will bet there were upwards of a dozen seasoned, high ranking intel professionals gathered in a conference room somewhere shitting bricks, grabbing all the video they could, and trying to figure out how they would keep this epic Goatfuck from blowing stratospheric. I would not be surprised at one point one said, “Well, at least tell me this little shit killed a black guy, so we have something to work with!”

All of that fits together far better as coordinated intel activity, than it does as a random series of events, and odd coincidences, which left Kyle all alone, in the middle of the mob, under attack, with multiple aviation over him.

Much much more at the site.  I am reminded of this quote from the Sherlock Holmes story: "The Sign of Four"

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”

AC's thesis certainly fits the scenario.

From Breitbart:

Kyle Rittenhouse Lawyers Request Mistrial, Argue Prosecution Withheld Video Evidence
The defense team for 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse has once again requested Judge Bruce Schroeder declare a mistrial with prejudice, arguing the prosecution withheld video evidence “at the center of their case.”

During the prosecution’s closing arguments on Monday, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger showed members of the jury high-definition drone video footage of the incident wherein Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum in an attempt to demonstrate that Rittenhouse was allegedly “pointing his gun” at people to provoke the encounter.

That is not how the process of Discovery works - both sides are supposed to share any and all information that they have.  There are strong penalties for not doing this.

If it is declared a mistrial, Rittenhouse will be free to walk and there will be no second trial.

Why I will not visit Seattle any more

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Reason #473,289 - London Daily Mail:

Crime-ravaged Seattle is now so dangerous it can no longer protect its own workers: Security guards are hired to walk county staffers to station or ferry (but you're on your own if you work in the private sector)

    • King County employees will now have security guards escort them to their cars or public transportation hubs each evening after work
    • Those given the option to use the guarded 'walking bus' work in offices in Downtown Seattle, and in the city's Pioneer Square
    • Both have become a hub for homeless encampments, many of whose residents are dangerous
    • The move comes amid a surge in violent crime throughout Seattle, including a 35% increase in shootings
    • Seattle's former police chief Carmen Best, the city's first black female top cop, said that residents are eager to see more cops on the streets
    • She resigned in August 2020 after the City Council slashed the department by 100 officers following pressure from Black Lives Matter protests
    • The city has since lost another 250 officers, including 100 who were ousted for not getting the Covid-19 vaccine

Seattle has become so dangerous that the city can no longer protect its own employees, with security guards now escorting them after they finish work.

King County's new 'walking bus' will debut on November 15, and see council workers based in Downtown Seattle and nearby Pioneer Square escorted to a nearby train station and ferry terminal each evening before being left to continue their commute home.

And how bad is it?

The walking bus announcement also makes no mention of spiraling crime in the Pacific Northwest city, which has seen a recent 35 per cent spike in shootings this year compared to last, and a 76 per cent increase compared to 2019. So far in 2021, 73 people have been killed and another 283 have been injured by shootings in the city.

I worked in Pioneer Square for almost three years before I moved to the farm.  I moved in 2003.  Even then, I had my car broken into several times (parked in private parking garages) and would not be there in the early morning or outside the "tourist areas" at night.  Now?  Hell no. And this is despite one of my favorite surplus places being a few blocks away.  I am not going there.

New mayor of New York City is going to work out just fine. From the New York Post:

Won’t back down: Adams vows return of NYPD gun unit after BLM ‘bloodshed’ threat
Message to BLM: Eric Adams is not backing down.

The Big Apple mayor-elect doubled down on his campaign promise to reinstate the NYPD’s plainclothes unit a day after New York Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome threatened “riots,” “fire” and “bloodshed” should Adams follow through on the move.

“I made it clear on the campaign trail,” Adams said on CNN Thursday morning, a day after the heated meeting with Newsome at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

“I’m going to put in place not the Anti-Crime Unit, I’m going to put in place a plainclothes gun unit. We must zero in on gun violence in our community. You’ve seen what’s happening when a young man, 21 years old, was shot by a 17-year-old man carrying a gun,” Adams said, referring to a recent botched gang hit that killed an innocent man in the Bronx.

“This is what I’m doing to do. That was my promise and I’m going to keep it,” Adams said when the CNN host asked if he’d reverse the policy because of Newsome’s threat.

Break the law? Pay the price.  What is so hard to understand?

Some good news from San Francisco

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Even the far liberals are saying: "ENOUGH!" - from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Why a progressive prosecutor just left D.A. Chesa Boudin's office and joined the recall effort
Sitting on a bench in Golden Gate Park on a recent afternoon, Brooke Jenkins made clear the city’s raging debate over crime and how District Attorney Chesa Boudin responds to it is more complicated than left versus right.

Jenkins, a former homicide prosecutor, just quit. Her last day was Oct. 15. She’s now one of about 50 attorneys — roughly a third of the office — to leave since January 2020, when Boudin took charge.

But Jenkins’ decision to speak out about what she views as chaotic management, high turnover and ideologically driven decisions at the D.A.’s office sets her apart in the normally tight-lipped criminal justice community. And so does her new role: volunteering for the campaign to recall her former boss.

Good - the District Attorney is supposed to help maintain the peace by making sure that criminals get the speedy trial and sentencing that they are entitled to. The D.A. works for the victims.  They are the ones who prosecute criminals, not the ones who let them out of jail with no bail.

Boudin was placed into power by Soros and his minions to cause chaos.  To overwhelm the system so that the Marxists can step in and take over. Classic Cloward-Piven. It is wonderful that people are recognizing this and putting a stop to it.

The article goes in to a lot of detail and is an interesting read.  It really emphasizes the gulf between the "idea" and the actual practices.  The "narrative" and the consequences.  The "idea" may sound noble but nobody is looking at how they are implementing the "idea" and the end result is chaos and more crime. Some adults in the room will go a long way to fix this.

More fun in Windy City

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Ran into this little gem at FOX News:

Chicago police brass request vaccine updates from personnel, may deny benefits to officers choosing to retire
The Chicago Police Department’s top cop has threatened to deny retirement benefits to those who choose to retire from the job rather than comply with the city's COVID-19 vaccination policy, according to local reports.

Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown said that those officers who do choose to retire rather than follow City Hall’s orders "may be denied retirement credentials," the Chicago Tribune reported, citing Brown’s Sunday memo.

A spokesperson for the police department would not comment or confirm the report to Fox News and referred further questions to the office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

That last line is very telling: "and referred further questions to the office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot"
Sounds like the original diktat came from Beetlejuice's office and Superintendent Brown was just the messenger.

More at the site - things are getting interesting...

About the new Governor - New York

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And another from the New York Post - being lenient to hardened criminals:

At least 9 Rikers inmates recently freed by Gov. Hochul have been rearrested
At least nine Rikers Island inmates recently given a Get Out of Jail Free card by Gov. Hochul have been arrested again, The Post has learned.

Among those who fumbled the Sept. 17 free pass is a reputed gangbanger from Queens who not only was charged with possessing a loaded gun, but trying to bribe his way out of a return trip to the infamous jail, NYPD and law enforcement sources said.

Stepfane “Stephon” Gilliam, 26, is a member of the Queensbridge Houses crew called Team No Lackin’, and has multiple aliases and 43 prior arrests, including 23 felonies, sources said.

After just two weeks of freedom, Gilliam was pulled over by cops Sept. 29 at 9:45 p.m. at the corner of 31st Avenue and 21st Street in Queens, for alleged speeding and having too much tint on his 2004 BMW’s windows, authorities said. Responding cops found a warrant out for his arrest on a traffic violation, sources said. Cops then searched the BMW and recovered a .32 Colt revolver from the back seat.

More at the site - some people never learn.  The criminals too.

Not too bright - car thief

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Talk about not being that bright - from Florida's First Coast News:

Lake City man steals car, tries to trade it back to same dealership days later
A Lake City man tried to trade in a vehicle this week, but instead of a new car, he ended up with multiple charges.

On Monday, the Lake City Police Department was dispatched to 4325 W US Hwy 90, Lake City Chrysler Dodge Jeep, to a report of a stolen vehicle.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to employees who advised that an individual came to the dealership and was attempting to trade his current vehicle for a new one.

However, employees say upon checking the vehicle’s VIN number, they discovered the vehicle was stolen from the dealership’s lot just a few days prior.

How did he think he was going to deliver the title. Unreal.

That's one way to catch the thief...

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From Tampa Bay, Florida's FOX News affiliate:

Milwaukee bakery burglary: Suspect charged, likeness seen on cookies
A Milwaukee man faces charges for allegedly burglarizing a bakery on the city's south side. The charges come after the bakery digitized the face of the suspect captured by surveillance video – and put it on cookies the bakery then sold.

45-year-old Dominic Kolp is charged with burglary of a building and felony bail jumping.

From the police report:

According to the complaint, interior video shows the suspect removing the cash drawer from the register. The video "shows the suspect's face with a high degree of clarity."

The cookies:

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Heh... Use what you have. Perfect.

Good news but want some backstory

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From our friends to the North - CTV News - Calgary:

More than 31 kilograms of fentanyl seized as part of 'superlab' bust south of Calgary
The search of a suspected fentanyl 'superlab' in Alberta, as well as homes and businesses in both Calgary and Edmonton, has resulted in the seizure of an estimated $300 million worth of drugs.

According to the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), the Project Essence investigation into suspected drug trafficking led to the execution of 13 search warrants on July 7 at locations that included a suspected fentanyl lab in Aldersyde, roughly 20 kilometres south of Calgary.

A total of 31 kilograms of fentanyl and precursors were seized during the searches as well as 7,600 kg of chemicals for fentanyl production

Good - nasty shit. 31kg is about 68 pounds. We nabbed 127 pounds of fentanyl at the Southern border earlier in August.

Finding the chemical precursors worries me though - they are moving the production into this continent. That is going to make stopping it at the border that much harder.  The precursors are not themselves illegal.

I would love if they reported on the nationality of those arrested.  Cartels? Muslims funraising for terrorism? Gang activities? We need the backstory...

From Al Jazeera:

Is Afghanistan-made methamphetamine about to flood Europe?
Afghanistan is already the world’s largest supplier of opium. But opium, which is used to make heroin, is not the only illegal drug that the war-torn nation is producing.

Over the past four years, Afghans have also been getting better at making methamphetamine, known colloquially as speed, crystal or meth.

In some parts of Afghanistan, methamphetamine output already appears to be outpacing that of opium. But, researchers have argued, not enough attention has been paid to the burgeoning illegal drug trade.

Now, with the US withdrawal, some European Union authorities worry that illegal Afghan methamphetamine might pose an increasing danger to Europe.

“The German federal police is intensively monitoring the situation,” a spokesperson from the authority told Al Jazeera, “because methamphetamine has been produced in large quantities in Afghanistan for several years now, and because of the danger that it could also reach the German or European market via traditional heroin smuggling routes.”

Makes a lot of sense - Afghanistan shares a border with China. China sells the precursors to the Taliban, they manufacture the drugs and arrange for shipping through the established network of "refugees" already in place. They make money and Western Civilization takes a big hit.

Only good news I can think about is that the people who will fall into addiction are those people who do not contribute to society. Quick and easy way to clear out the deadwood before we start to rebuild.

From the SanDiego FOX News affiliate:

CBP: Otay Mesa sees biggest drug-smuggling seizure along southwest border to date
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced that officers at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility discovered 2.8 tons of methamphetamine and fentanyl powder hidden in a shipment of household articles — calling it the largest methamphetamine drug-smuggling seizure along the southwest border to date.

According to a CBP announcement Tuesday, the find occurred last Thursday.

And the haul:

The CBP said a canine team confirmed the presence of narcotics concealed inside boxes loaded in the truck. Officers removed 5,528 pounds of mmethamphetamineand 127 pounds of fentanyl powder in 414 packages, the CBP said.

Fentanyl is hideously potent - two miligrams - two thousandths of a gram is considered a toxic dose.  For reference, one dime weighs about 2.25 grams - this is a small weight. This shipment had enough to murder 28,800,000 US Citizens if evenly distributed.

It is not just illegal immigrants coming across - the cartels are ramping up their merchandise as well.

Great move by our Customs and Border Protection people. Sending them heartfelt thanks and prayers.

And things get interesting - Royals

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Prince Andrew specifically - from the London Daily Mail:

Prince Andrew is SUED by Virginia Roberts in lawsuit claiming he sexually abused her at Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan mansion and other locations when she was under 18

    • Roberts on Monday filed a civil suit in New York seeking 'substantial' damages
    • Lawyer said bombshell lawsuit 'based on her being lent out to Prince Andrew'
    • She claims she was sexually abused in London, Manhattan and the Caribbean
    • The incidents all allegedly took place in 2001, when she was 17 years old
    • Prince Andrew has always vehemently denied sexual contact with Roberts

This is being filed under the New York Child Victims Act.  That window closes soon so they are filing the case now.

Crimes against humanity

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An inconvenient truth - from Newsweek/MSN:

Hate Crimes Documented by Police Disproportionately List Black People as Attackers: Report
Released Wednesday, the report is a comprehensive national review of hate crime laws that shows where laws variate. It also cited widespread flaws in data collection and reporting. Though the majority of hate crimes in the U.S. are committed by white people, motivated by racial or ethnic bias, the crimes disproportionately reported Black Americans as the attackers.

In at least 13 states, Black Americans were listed by law enforcement as the perpetrators in hate crimes at a rate roughly 1.6 to 3.6 times greater than the size of the state's Black population, the report said.

"These repeated disparities ... show that — despite the fact that people of color are far more likely to be the victims of hate violence — the instances of hate violence that are actually documented by police ... are disproportionately those alleged to have been committed by Black people," it read.

Same thing for gun violence - black on black. The USA has a high number of murders by firearm but drop out Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore and a few other Democrat shithole cities and the number drops way down. We are not a violent nation, some of our cities are.

Your tax dollars at work - Chicago

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A bit over $12,500,000 worth of Illinois State tax money was shipped off to Chicago to fix a specific problem and the problem got worse. Quelle surprise. From Law Enforcement Today:

Chicago got nearly $13 million and federal support to stop expressway shootings. They are skyrocketing.
Following two shootings that occurred on interstates in Chicago on the same day earlier in July, reports show that the number of expressway shootings in 2021 have already surpassed the total that occurred in 2020 and nearly tripled the number of occurrences in 2019.

Expressway shootings with regard to 2021 is looking grim for Chicago, as after the two shootings incidents that occurred on July 22nd, the city has now played host to 137 expressway shootings as of July 26th.

For the sake of context, there were 128 expressway shootings that occurred throughout all of 2020 and 52 that transpired throughout all of 2019.

And they are doing?

These sorts of shootings have continued to surge in 2021, despite the Illinois State Police receiving a $12.5 million grant in February from the Illinois Department of Transportation to acquire the likes of license plate readers and programs, as well as specialized cameras.

In a statement from the Illinois State Police regarding the matter, the agency said that they “proactively patrol and saturate the Chicagoland expressways with the goal of ensuring public safety” and that they’re working to increase manpower and continue to strengthen strategic partnerships with state and federal agencies.

Urp - proactively patrol and strategic partnerships.  Please excuse me while I barf - seem to be allergic to buzzwords these days.  How about doing something about the crime.  Don't arrest them and let them out on bail five hours later. Pulling crap like this is not painful for the urban pavement ape.  Make it painful and they will stop.

Press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department:

LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER ORDER MODIFICATION MASKING WHILE INDOORS
Forcing the vaccinated and those who already contracted COVID-19 to wear masks indoors is not backed by science and contradicts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.  The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has authority to enforce the order, but the underfunded/defunded Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will not expend our limited resources and instead ask for voluntary compliance.  We encourage the DPH to work collaboratively with the Board of Supervisors and law enforcement to establish mandates that are both achievable and supported by science.

Short and to the point. No. We will not enforce your stupid mandate.
Love it.

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Latest stats here.  July to date: Shot & Killed: 25, Shot & Wounded: 124, Total Shot: 149, Total Homicides: 28

Bill Cosby released from prison

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Good news for Due Process.  Say what you will about Mr. Cosby and his actions, a deal was made, the government reneged and Mr. Cosby went to jail.

This has been rectified - it will be interesting to see if there is an appeal and/or a judgement.

These stories write themselves

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Of course it is San Francisco - from the Chronic:

Armed robbers held up news crew as it interviewed Oakland's chief of violence prevention
Two armed robbers held up a television news crew that was interviewing Oakland's director of violence prevention outside City Hall on Monday afternoon, just hours after the police chief warned of worsening crime amid cuts to the police budget.

Oakland police reported that the two suspects approached the newscasters at 3:09 p.m. and tried to steal a camera. After a scuffle, a security officer pulled out a gun and ordered the suspects to leave. They fled without the camera. No injuries were reported.

A statement from the Police Department described the incident but did not identify Guillermo Cespedes, head of the city’s Department of Violence Prevention, as a victim.

Reality meet narrative. Brings to mind that great quote from Frank Rizzo:

A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before.

So true. Hope that this is an object lesson to all involved.

Got another large operation up there. From the Sacramento, CA CBS Affiliate:

Nearly $100 Million Worth Of Marijuana Eradicated From Illegal Grows Across Stanislaus County
Authorities eradicated nearly $100 million worth of marijuana from several illegal grows throughout Stanislaus County.

According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, the operation resulted in 74,088 plants destroyed from 34 grows. That included 39,883 fully budded plants, and more than 1,687 pounds of fully processed plants.

Authorities also seized 46 guns, $172,347 in cash and either arrested or cited 83 people.

This is several hundred miles north of the bust in Antelope Valley.  Got zero problem with pot - do not smoke it myself as it just puts me to sleep.  Illegal operations run by criminals are a different story - crime needs to pay.  Get these goblins off the street - they have no benefit to society.

I love that these operations are being rolled up at the beginning of the growing season.  They spent all their money on the infrastructure and will not reap any profit.  Much better than hitting them after the last harvest in the fall.

First Operation Ironside and now this.
Got a very large Mexican Cartel operation near Los Angeles - from LA Station KTLA:

Deputies plan to bulldoze 500 illegal marijuana grows in Antelope Valley after massive bust
Authorities seized tens of millions of dollars worth of illegal marijuana grown in the high desert Tuesday as part of an effort to curtail the black market’s grip on Southern California.

Twenty-three people were arrested in the crackdown Tuesday in the Antelope Valley, 70 miles north of Los Angeles, and officials planned to bulldoze 500 illegal grows in the area over the coming days.

So-called recreational marijuana became legal in California in 2018, but the black market continues to flourish.

They could have continued flying under the radar but they got greedy:

Villanueva did not have an immediate count of the amount of marijuana seized Tuesday, but he said officials were measuring it by the tons. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said Tuesday’s operation had found $380 million worth of infrastructure and marijuana in the area.

Unspecified cartels operating the illegal marijuana grows were stealing millions of gallons of water, the sheriff said. Armed cartel members were taking from wells maintained by alfalfa, potato and carrot farmers in the middle of the night, as well as breaking fire hydrants and operating their own illegal wells.

Villanueva said the illegal grows breed violence, citing several murders related to the Antelope Valley’s black market. In April, a robbery at a cultivation site resulted in a shootout.

Best and brightest. A stirling example of open borders and what they bring us.

From Reuters:

Spy phones 'in gangsters' back pockets' betray hundreds to police
A global sting in which organised crime gangs were sold encrypted phones that law enforcement officials could monitor has led to more than 800 arrests and the confiscation of drugs, weapons, cash and luxury cars, officials said on Tuesday.

The operation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Australian and European police ensnared suspects in Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East involved in the global narcotics trade, the officials said.

Millions of dollars in cash were seized in raids around the world, along with 30 tonnes of drugs including more than eight tonnes of cocaine.

Simple and clever - the best way to go:

In a pattern repeated elsewhere, one Australian underworld figure began distributing phones containing the app to his associates, believing their communications were secure because the phones had been rebuilt to remove all capabilities, including voice and camera functions, apart from ANOM.

As a result, there was no attempt to conceal or code the details of the messages - which police were reading.

"It was there to be seen, including 'we’ll have a speedboat meet you at this point', 'this is who will do this' and so on," Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw said.

Get these mokes off the streets. Very clever use of tech.

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