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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.

Zero problem with people coming in - they just need to go through channels.
From the London Daily Mail:

Supreme Court unanimously BLOCKS 400,000 immigrants who entered the US illegally and were allowed to stay on 'humanitarian grounds' from applying for a green card

    • The justices were acting in an appeal from a married couple from El Salvador
    • Jose Sanchez and Sonia Gonzalez entered the US illegally in 1997 and 1998
    • They were granted protected status after they fled after a series of earthquakes
    • Liberal Justice Elena Kagan said status 'does not come with an admission ticket'
    • Biden administration had opposed the immigrants in this case
    • Decision comes on the first day of VP Kamala Harris' trip to Guatemala

And a bit more:

The justices, acting in an appeal by a married couple from El Salvador who were granted so-called Temporary Protected Status, upheld a lower court ruling that barred their applications for permanent residency, also known as a green card, because of their unlawful entry.

Yeah - they were in the US of A but did nothing to qualify for citizenship. Did not try to make their status legal. The clock runs out and all of a sudden, they are the aggrieved party. It does not work that way.

Nice neighbors

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Some wonderful people moving in - from Seattle station KOMO:

Notorious Mexican drug cartel trying to gain foothold in Seattle, Pacific Northwest
Federal drug investigators say there are many homegrown, illegal drug makers who are operating in the Seattle area and the Pacific Northwest, but violent Mexican drug cartels are moving in and also trying to establish a foothold in the region.

Officials from Homeland Security Investigations, the principal investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, told KOMO News that they are eyeing one group in particular because of its brazen activity.

That group is known as Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG, and its members are active in Mexico with operations that extend through the U.S. and all throughout Washington state.

Federal law enforcement said the cartel is now the primary group trafficking fentanyl into the U.S. across the southern border and into the Pacific Northwest via the north/south Interstate 5 corridor.

Gee - isn't there something that we can do?  Like close the border?
Still want to know how much Pelosi and Schumer are getting to keep it open.
That is the only explanation for the mess that we are in.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend

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Old proverb - dates back to 4th Century B.C. A true proverb - this is why it is still said.  China is our enemy.
The Mexican cartels are power-grabbing and want to extend their influence into America's core cities.
Here is how they work together - from The United States Department of Justice - Northern District of Illinois:

Chinese National Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Laundering Drug Proceeds on Behalf of Traffickers in Mexico
A federal judge in Chicago today sentenced a Chinese national to 14 years in prison for laundering illegal narcotics proceeds on behalf of drug traffickers in Mexico.

XIANBING GAN schemed in 2018 to have approximately $534,206 in narcotics proceeds picked up in Chicago and transferred to various bank accounts in China, with the money ultimately intended for drug traffickers in Mexico. Unbeknownst to Gan, a purported money courier who picked up the drug proceeds in Chicago was an undercover law enforcement agent.

Gan, 51, is a Chinese national who facilitated the money transfers while residing in Guadalajara, Mexico. U.S. authorities arrested him in November 2018 at Los Angeles International Airport during a layover on a flight from Hong Kong to Mexico. He has remained in U.S. custody since then.

Good - get them rolled up and out of our country. At least, off our streets and into our prisons.

The Chauvin Jurors

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Understand their verdict now - their names are public.  Who wants a mob on their front door.

Yes, this is tampering writ large but impossible to police.  If someone doesn't show up tomorrow, they will be there in six months.  I can not imagine having to live my life with one eye always looking over my shoulder.

From New York City's station PIX-11:

Nancy Pelosi thanks George Floyd ‘for sacrificing your life for justice’
After former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thanked Floyd “for sacrificing your life for justice.”

She thanked him for “being there to call out” to his mom, and noted how heartbreaking it was.

“Because of you and because of thousands, millions of people around the world, who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice and now we have to make sure justice prevails in the sentencing,” Pelosi said.

Floyd once held a gun to the belly of a pregnant woman during a home invasion robbery.  He had a three-times lethal dose of Fentanyl in his bloodstream when he died. This is the person people are elevating to martyrdom? This is the example being set for children?

Nancy is just using this moment to grandstand and to consolidate power. She needs to go back to San Francisco and take care of her constituency. They need it.

Would not want to be a scofflaw now would I. From the horses' mouth to your ears (well, eyes):

If You Make or Buy a Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, You Endanger Yourself and Those Around You, and You Are Breaking the Law
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and the FBI are advising the public to be aware of individuals selling fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards and encouraging others to print fake cards at home. Fake vaccination record cards have been advertised on social media websites, as well as e-commerce platforms and blogs.

yadda, yadda, yadda...

Sounds wonderful but what do you expect - fire the police and let the criminals go free?
From Associated Press:

As violence surges, some question Portland axing police unit
Elmer Yarborough got a terrifying call from his sister: She wept as she told him two of his nephews may have been shot in broad daylight as they left a bar in Portland, Oregon.

He drove there as fast as he could. An officer told him one of his nephews was heading to the hospital and the other, Tyrell Penney, hadn’t survived.

“My sister, Tyrell’s mom, was on the phone; I just said, ‘He’s gone.’ And I just heard the most horrific scream that you could ever imagine,” Yarborough said.

When Penney was killed last summer, unrest was roiling liberal Portland as protesters took to the streets nightly to demand racial justice and defunding police. At the same time, one of the whitest major cities in America was experiencing its deadliest year in more than a quarter-century — a trend seen nationwide — with shootings that overwhelmingly affected the Black community.

We did not have racial issues for 40 years and then Obama came along and figured out that racisism would be a good tool to divide the population. This is all his legacy. Some more:

More people died of gunfire last year in Portland — 40 — than the entire tally of homicides the previous year. The number of shootings — 900 — was nearly 2 1/2 times higher than the year before. The spike has continued this year, with more than 150 shootings, including 45 people wounded and 12 killed so far.

Police had warned of possible repercussions of ending the unit, pointing out cautionary tales in other cities that had made a similar choice.

Portland police quoted former Salinas, California, Police Chief Kelly McMillin: “Not to be overly dramatic, but if you lose the unit which focuses on removing firearms from the hand of violent offenders, people will die. It’s really just that simple.”

Stockton, California, began disbanding and defunding police units dedicated to gun violence in 2010. In 2011 and 2012, the city’s homicide rates reached record highs. After the city restored the units, homicides significantly declined, according to data reported by police.

Simple as that really - get rid of the police, get rid of the legally owned guns and the criminals move in. Portland is being especially stupid in that they are releasing rioters right after they are arrested as well as dismissing the cases when they do come to trial.  If they had to sit in jail for a couple weeks, that would take the bloom off the rose.  Rioting would no longer be "fun".

Gorgeous town and the home of Cornell University. From the Cornell Sun:

Ithaca Police Officers Grapple With Department Overhaul
Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 announced on Feb. 22 a proposal to end the current version of the Ithaca Police Department and to reimagine public safety — but the IPD said it had not been adequately informed before its release.

During last week’s Common Council Committee of the Whole and Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative meetings, Myrick apologized to the IPD for speaking to the magazine GQ before the IPD and to the members of the Common Council. IPD officers said they found out about the details of the proposal through the GQ article rather than from Myrick himself.

“I want to reiterate my sincere apology for both speaking to the reporter [from GQ] before speaking to the Police Union about this recommendation and realizing … the timing, the tone was inappropriate,” Myrick said in the Reimagining Public Safety meeting on Thursday.

The GQ article can be found here:

The Most Ambitious Effort Yet to Reform Policing May Be Happening In Ithaca, New York
It’s been nine months since the George Floyd protests thrust “Defund the Police'' and other abolitionist rhetoric into mainstream political discourse, yet the results have been meager so far. While some municipalities have sliced significant chunks from their police budgets—$150 million in both Los Angeles and Austin, Texas—a Bloomberg News review found that about half of the nation’s largest cities saw their 2021 police budgets either increase or stay the same. Of those departments that have cut back police funding, the Associated Press found, defunding has been modest, not monumental.

Yet even as mainstream political operatives have declared the concept a political loser—just last week President Biden reiterated his opposition to defunding during a CNN town hall—a handful of cities have significantly reexamined the role of their police. In Berkeley, Ca., armed officers no longer conduct traffic stops or respond to mental health and homelessness calls. Portland ended the deployment of “school resource officers,” long linked to the criminalization of Black and brown youth and the so-called school-to-prison pipeline.

And now, in a proposal announced today, the mayor of Ithaca, NY will attempt the most radical reimagining of policing in the post-George Floyd era so far: abolishing the city’s police department as currently constructed and replacing it with a reimagined city agency.

In a nearly 100-page report obtained by GQ, Mayor Svante Myrick will propose replacing the city’s current 63-officer, $12.5 million a year department with a “Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety” which would include armed “public safety workers” and unarmed “community solution workers,” all of whom will report to a civilian director of public safety instead of a police chief. Under the proposal, all current officers would have to re-apply for a position with the new department.

This is not good public policy. This is a utopian wet dream and it wil blow up in their faces.  Good and hard. Ithaca has a population of around 30,000 citizens. This will raise crime and encourage liberals to move there.  And the downward spiral commences.  Another example of something that "sounds good" instead of something that actually "does good". The good citizens of Ithaca voted this moron into office - let them deal with his idiocy...

Delusional - New York City

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The whole place is just toxic.  They are suffering from poor leadership on a city and state-wide level.
From FOX News:

NYC sees 75% jump in February shootings; de Blasio insists: 'We are the safest big city in America'
New York City saw a 75% jump in shootings this February compared to last, despite a slowdown in reported murders and felony assaultd, as the city’s and state’s top officials seem at odds over Big Apple crime and safety.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) recorded 77 shootings in February compared to the 44 reported during the same month last year, police officials announced Thursday. Meanwhile, February saw one less murder this year, with 21, and a decrease in felonious murders by just under 8%, the department said.

And quoting the soon-to-be-ex governor:

"It's teetering, to use a word. Crime is way up. Homelessness is way up. Many people have left New York City," he said during a news conference Wednesday. "We have to get New York City functional again and safe again. And viable again. And we have to do that quickly."  

Yeah - it's bad.  How about doing something about it Fredo? Don't just stand there and bloviate, do something.

Silliness in Seattle. From Law Enforcement Today:

Seattle councilman votes to defund police – then blames cops for not taking care of homeless encampments
Seattle City Councilmember Andrew Lewis is blaming the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for their lack of attention in handling the city’s exploding homeless problem, however he specifically voted to block SPD from handling those exact issues. 

After three recent raids in tent communities where the police confiscated many drugs and weapons, leading to more than a dozen people being arrested, Lewis tried to point his finger at SPD and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan when he was asked about long-term solutions to homelessness taking over Pioneer Square.

According to reports, long before the raids dismantled the criminal enterprise hiding under some of the tents, at least three business owners trying to stay afloat in the area said they have been begging the city to intervene for months, but nothing has been done.

Pioneer Square is a major hub for Seattle. King Street Station links the transit system with the light rail. It is just South of the business district and is a major transit center for office workers.  It is a major retail center for those workers - lunch places which also offer fine dining. There are two large stadia which take advantage of the transit nexus.  Due to its history, it is also a major tourist center - within walking distance to the waterfront.

I worked there for two years back in 2003-5 before moving to the farm. Great job and wonderful people but even back then, that company was looking to move out.  I stayed with them to help them set up their IT system in their new office. I parked in a secure parking lot but even then was broken into twice. I can not imagine what it is like now.  Talk about pigeon problem - if you feed them, they will come.

The rise and fall of a narrative

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Defund the police a very few and very loud people said.  It is for social justice a very few and very loud people said.
Should have thought about the consequences all the rest of us said (hint: vast majority)
Tracing the narrative from June 26, 2020 to February 13, 2021 - from Ian Miles Chong:

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Comedy gold. Such clueless idiots - they beclown themselves.

Word:

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Dr. Thomas Sowell is a national treasure:

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This is why: Walls

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From the Dallas, Texas ABC affiliate WFAA:

Dallas DEA scores largest meth seizure ever in North Texas
The Dallas division of the DEA recently made the largest methamphetamine seizure ever in North Texas.

Agents pulled packages of meth from the hidden compartment of an 18-wheeler off Interstate 35 in Denton County.

“It’s a staggering amount to be seized at one time,” said Eduardo Chavez, the Special Agent in Charge for DEA Dallas. “They were like sausage links.”

In total, agents took more than 1,930 pounds stuffed into 663 packages and worth more than $45 million, according to the DEA. The one bust was more than 20 percent of the total amount the field division seized in all of 2020 as part of Operation Crystal Shield, which led to 800 investigations and 2,100 arrests.

And the origin:

The DEA investigation of the bust revealed the drugs likely belonged to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel or CJNG, considered to be the top drug threat in the U.S. There’s a $10 million reward for its leader, Nemesio Oseguera-Cervantes, nicknamed "El Mencho."

Wonder how long before the DEA is gelded. Got to keep that dark money coming in.  How much are Pelosi and Schumer getting from the cartels? Why else would they be so relucent to do anything about this problem.

They may be throwing Socialism and Antifa under the bus but they would never come out with a public denunciation.
From Law Enforcement Today:

Sen. Grassley pushes President Biden to condemn Portland and Seattle violence – but will he?
On January 20th, 2021, the cities of Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington saw acts of criminal damage and general violence break out in the wake of the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican representing Iowa, is now pushing for President Biden to comment on and effectively condemn the recent outbreak of violent protests that transpired in said cities.

We at Law Enforcement Today had recently reported on some of the acts that occurred in both Portland and Seattle during Inauguration Day, noting the copious of amounts of criminal damage and general acts of violent behavior within these two rather unruly demonstrations.

Senator Grassley, who happens to be the ranking Republican among the Senate Judiciary Committee, brought his criticism of President Biden to Twitter on January 21st; rhetorically posing when President Biden might take the time to condemn some of the criminal actions that happened in Portland and Seattle:

“I’m waiting for Pres Biden to condemn violence/looting/arson last two days in Oregon & Washington state.”

Biden will never do this.  Doesn't fit the narrative and who knows, they might need their brownshirts down the road.  Wouldn't do to piss them off.

And crap - Nashville

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From the Associated Press twitter feed:

Meanwhile in Grand Terrace, San Bernardino County, California - from Los Angeles station KTLA:

Grenade launcher found in backseat of car that crashed in Grand Terrace
San Bernardino County deputies who responded to an early Christmas Day crash in Grand Terrace reported finding a destructive device inside an abandoned vehicle.

Investigators believe the driver fled on foot after the single-car crash near the intersection of Glendora Drive and Barton Road at around 12:30 a.m. Friday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

A bullet had gone through the vehicle’s rear window, shattering it before ending up on the dashboard, officials said. Deputies said they also found a small amount of blood in the center console, and an anti-tank rocket propelled grenade launcher “in plain view” in the backseat.

And of course:

The car is registered to a 28-year-old Colton resident named Jesus Rodriquez, who’s currently on parole for assault with an automatic weapon, authorities said.

No word on Mr. Rodriquez's immigration status.

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