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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.

Nashville - an update

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From Associated Press:  This is not good at all...

Downtown Nashville explosion knocks communications offline
A recreational vehicle parked in the deserted streets of downtown Nashville exploded early Christmas morning, causing widespread communications outages that took down police emergency systems and grounded holiday travel at the city’s airport. Authorities said they believe the blast was intentional.

Police were responding to a report of shots fired Friday when they encountered the RV blaring a recorded warning that a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said. Police evacuated nearby buildings and called in the bomb squad. The RV exploded shortly afterward, Drake said at a midday news conference. Police did not immediately indicate a possible motive or the target.

And this caught my eye:

Buildings shook and windows shattered streets away from the explosion near a building owned by AT&T that lies one block from the company’s office tower, a landmark in downtown.

Emphasis mine - read:

AT&T said the affected building is the central office of a telephone exchange, with network equipment in it. The blast interrupted service, but the company declined to say how widespread outages were.

And more:

Several police agencies reported that their 911 systems were down because of the outage, including Murfreesboro and Knox County, home to Knoxville about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east of Nashville.

I am involved with amateur radio and some emergency services.  Nothing as yet coming through those chanels. This was deliberate and they were targeting emergency communications. If that is not a Felony with serious repurcussions, I do not know what is.  I hope they find these people and lock them away until their bones rot.

There are 22 photos of the damage at the site. That was big.

A minimum of 60 years in a federal jail would be a good start. From Newsmax:

Massive Explosion Rocks Downtown Nashville
An explosion shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early Christmas morning, shattering windows, damaging buildings and wounding three people. Authorities said they believed the blast was intentional.

Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said police were responding to a report of shots fired when they encountered a recreational vehicle blaring a recording that said a potential bomb was to detonate in 15 minutes. Police evacuated nearby buildings and called in the bomb squad.

“Shortly after that, the RV exploded," Drake said at a midday news conference.

Surveillance video published on a Twitter account Friday that appeared to be recorded from across the street captured an audio recording that included the warning, “... if you can hear this message, evacuate now.” The blast was captured on the surveillance video seconds later.

Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said three people were taken to area hospitals for treatment, although none were in critical condition. He said some people were taken to the department’s central precinct for questioning but declined to give more details.

Time to demonstrate that actions have consequences. Back it up with the full force and might of the Law.

A sampling of ballots:

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Good news - drug bust

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Excellent police work - from The Everett Herald:

Bust nets 247 pounds of meth, golden gun and blind rapper
In the back seat of Gordito’s white Dodge Ram sat two boxes, for Clorox bleach and an air mattress.

Federal agents had been keeping tabs on the truck — hauling a trailer with a GMC Sierra, painted black, though its registration said it was red — for about an hour on Nov. 10 as it motored north from the Columbia River to Chehalis. Police pulled it over at exit 76.

A Centralia police dog sniffed around and gave a signal that there might drugs in the vehicles. Officers told the driver, Fausto “Gordito” Paz, 38, of Ontario, California, that the trucks needed to be impounded.

Police later found 49 pounds of methamphetamine in the boxes, under blankets and beneath a floorboard of the Dodge, according to records filed this week in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

The meth was en route from California to a secluded, wooded 10-acre property east of Arlington, in the 21900 block of 123rd Avenue NE, where a “leader” of a drug-trafficking organization, Cesar Valdez-Sanudo, 35, lived in a fifth-wheel trailer, according to a prosecutor’s motion to detain the defendant pending trial. Buried 2 feet beneath gravel, and 2 feet under a pile of chopped wood, and in other scattered hiding places on the acreage, Valdez-Sanudo is accused of stashing a trove of meth, fentanyl and many thousands of dollars in bundled cash.

Prosecutors believe his drug ring suffered a major blow on Dec. 16, when federal agents served 15 search warrants in western and eastern Washington, as well as in California. In a series of arrests, they documented seizing 93 pounds of meth, 15 pounds of heroin, 35,000 pills suspected to be fentanyl, 24 guns, over a half-million dollars in cash and $100,000 from a bank account.

Much bigger wrap-up than just the initial part of the story.  And yeah - the blind rapper:

The story of Frisby’s challenging youth was recounted in a small-screen biopic, “Blind and Battered.” He lost his eyesight when he shot himself as a teen. His explicit rap lyrics borrowed from a real life of hustling and drug dealing: “Government agents and your local police / kicking in your door make you get on your knees / make you lay on the floor / while they look for your cheese.”

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes...

And you wonder why?  Does not fit the narrative...  From the New York Post:

St. John the Divine Cathedral shooter ID’d, had attempted murder charge
The gunman shot dead by cops after opening fire on the steps of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Sunday had a long rap sheet that included an attempted murder bust, according to records and sources.

And it wasn’t the first time he shot at cops, sources said.

Luis Vasquez, 52, was arrested on the Upper West Side for attempted murder in 1990, and on an assault charge there a year earlier, sources said Monday.

In the first case, Vasquez was accused of firing a gun at police and an unidentified woman on Aug. 21, 1990, according to sources.

State prison records show he was sentenced to three-to-nine years after pleading guilty to a lesser felony weapons possession charge.

He was released but rearrested on a drug charge in 2007 and turned over to immigration authorities in November of that year.

Vasquez is a native of the Dominican Republic. His travel visa from the country expired on Sunday, sources said. 

Illegal immigrant, prior rap sheet for violence.  Of course the mainstream media will not touch this story - undocumented refugees are fleeing persecution and trying to make a better life for themselves. The respective foreign governments are not emptying out their prisons and giving them bus tickets North - how could you even think of such a thing...

Got a big one - Cocaine boat

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From gCaptain:

USS Gabrielle Giffords Catches Drug Smuggling Vessel Carrying Over $100 Million of Cocaine
The littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords has seized suspected cocaine worth more than $100 million from a low-profile drug smuggling vessel in the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said over the weekend.

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) was embarked with a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment when it intercepted the low-profile vessel suspected of smuggling narcotics on December 5. A search of the vessel recovered approximately 134 bales containing an estimated 2,810 kilos of suspected cocaine. Three suspected drug traffickers were also detained.

The Navy estimated the value of the cocaine at $106 million wholesale.

There is a photo of the two craft:

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The smugglers are getting very clever in the last ten years or so.  Their boats are semi-submersable.  Built very cheaply but with sophisticated engineering. Designed as single-use craft. Not very fast but fuel efficient and stealthy - too low a profile to be seen on most radar screens. I would hate to be in a storm in one though...

Well shit - Supreme Court decision

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From Newsmax:

Supreme Court Rejects Texas Lawsuit and Trump Bid to Undo Election Loss
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday brought an abrupt end to a long-shot lawsuit filed by Texas and backed by President Donald Trump seeking to throw out voting results in four states, dealing him a crushing setback in his quest to undo his election loss to Joe Biden.

The justices in a brief order rejected the bid by Texas to file the extraordinary challenge targeting Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin directly with the Supreme Court, as is allowed in some instances of litigation between states under a legal doctrine called "original jurisdiction."

The order said Texas did not have legal standing to bring the claim.

"Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections," the court said in the unsigned order.

I was feeling really good about the suit.  What happened?

Good - got some more

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Local busts this time - from the Everett, WA Herald

16,000 fentanyl pills, pounds of meth, heroin seized in bust
Federal agents have made another series of arrests in a drug pipeline that stretches from Mexico to Snohomish County — and that is active even in the midst of a global pandemic.

In all, authorities seized what they believed to be 16,000 fentanyl pills, 30 pounds of meth and 6 pounds of heroin, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Eight suspects, including five from Snohomish County, were indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Great news - get this crap off the streets and out of people's lives.

And got some more at the border

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From the United States Department of Justice:

Agents Seize $3.5 Million in U.S. Currency and Massive Quantities of Cocaine, Fentanyl, and .50 Caliber Ammunition in Otay Mesa
Three Mexican nationals suspected of trafficking huge quantities of illicit drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel were charged in federal court today in connection with what is believed to be the largest single seizure of cash, narcotics and ammunition in this district.

Jesus Burgos Arias, Juan Alatorre Venegas, and Jose Yee Perez were arrested on November 20, 2020, as a result of a long-term joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, targeting associates of the Sinaloa Cartel.

In addition to the arrests, agents seized approximately $3.5 million in bulk U.S. currency, 685 kilograms of cocaine, 24 kilograms of fentanyl, and approximately 20,000 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition and hundreds of body armor vests at a truck yard in Otay Mesa.

Good - imagine what a field day these goblins would have under a Biden administration. Makes me shudder to think.

Some good news from South of the border

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From the United States Department of Justice:

More than 700 Members Of Transnational Organized Crime Groups Arrested in Central America in U.S. Assisted Operation
Today, senior law enforcement officials from the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras announced criminal charges in Central America against more than 700 members of transnational criminal organizations, primarily MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, which resulted from a one-week coordinated law enforcement action under Operation Regional Shield (ORS).

And this especially good bit of information:

Prosecutors in El Salvador filed criminal charges against 1,152 members of organized crime groups in the country, primarily MS-13 and 18th Street Gangs.  Within hours, the National  Civil Police had captured 572 of the defendants for charges involving terrorism, murder, extortion, kidnapping, vehicle theft, robbery, conspiracy, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, weapons violations, human trafficking and human smuggling.  Prosecutors and the Police also seized assets from these organized crime groups for forfeiture purposes. 

Great news - two of the nastier gangs out there. A nice track record too:

Regional Shield anti-gang efforts have led to charges against more than 11,000 gang members since 2017, including gang leaders nationwide.  Many of these indictments included the seizure of gang assets including firearms and money.  Also, during that time, more than a dozen smuggling/trafficking structures were dismantled.

President Trump continues to deliver - of course, this will never be mentioned in the mainstream media.

From the US Customs and Border Protection:

Agents Find Enough Fentanyl to kill 200,000 People
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station arrested two U.S. citizens after finding over a pound of fentanyl pills hidden under the passenger seat of the car they were driving through the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint Thursday morning.

Agents sent a Chevrolet Malibu to the checkpoint’s secondary inspection area at approximately 10 a.m. following a canine alert. While in secondary, a search of the vehicle revealed two plastic bags full of fentanyl pills wrapped in a hospital gown and hidden under the front passenger seat. The fentanyl pills, which weighed 1.276 pounds, were valued at $18,500.

In addition to arresting the two vehicle occupants, agents also seized the narcotics and the vehicle.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times more potent than heroin, oxycodone and morphine. Just two to three milligrams of fentanyl can kill a person. The amount of fentanyl found in the vehicle is equal to 578,783 milligrams.

We need to remember that this is coming in from China as well as the precursors to the cartel's meth production.

Nope - the media are in a shambles but some people are still quietly doing their jobs - from US Customs and Border Protection:

Laredo CBP Officers Seize Hard Narcotics Worth Over $60 Million
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge and World Trade Bridge seized hard narcotics valued at $60 million in two separate, unrelated enforcement actions.

“The trafficking and production of methamphetamine has increased substantially over the past year, causing drug traffickers to become more creative in their methods of smuggling their product into America,” said Acting Port Director Andrew Douglas, Laredo Port of Entry.

And the size of the haul:

The narcotics combined have an estimated street value of $60,758,775.

Not mentioned is that the chemical precursors to these drugs (and the fentanyl) are all coming from China.  We need to do a lot of work with them - the Bidens would roll over with their tails wagging and their feet in the air expecting a belly rub and a sprinkling of nice cash.

Big bust in Mexico City

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Good - from the Tampa, Florida Bay News:

Mexico seizes industrial-scale meth, fentanyl lab in capital
Soldiers and police in Mexico seized an industrial-scale meth and fentanyl lab that was so big it startled investigators, federal prosecutors announced Sunday.

The lab had chemical preparation vats about two stories tall that could process 11,000 pounds (5,000 kilograms) of raw material at a time, said Felipe de Jesus Gallo of the federal Attorney General’s Office.

“In the Attorney General's Office, we have no record of any seizure of equipment of this size before,” Gallo said.

The mega-lab was uncovered this past week in a storefront advertising industrial cleaning products on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Behind the storefront was a warehouse, with tall stacks of drums and 265-gallon (1,000 liter) tanks holding precursor chemicals, which Gallo said could be used to produce methamphetamines and the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Code-named “Blue,” the coordinated series of raids also hit other properties in the northern state of Durango, Mexico City and the surrounding State of Mexico.

Get these off the street. No place in society.

What is it with Democrats pardoning known criminals. From the Delaware News Journal:

Delaware man charged in Michigan governor kidnap plot was pardoned by Carney last year
Barry Gordon Croft Jr., the 44-year-old Bear man charged in a plot to kidnap the Michigan governor Thursday, was pardoned by Delaware Gov. John Carney last year, according to documents obtained by Delaware Online/The News Journal.

The charges for which Croft received a pardon include possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, assault and burglary, according to court records. Carney, a Democrat, signed the pardon in April 2019 after the Delaware Board of Pardons recommended approval.

On Friday, Carney confirmed he pardoned Croft for a series of criminal charges that occurred in the mid-1990s.

Possession of a firearm while committing a felony?  That should be a decade or more in prison.  Prison is supposed to be punishment and if you institute a policy of easy pardons, you take away the stick. There is no carrot. Of course he will reoffend.

Also, these are not white supremacists, these are not Trump supporters.  These are hard-core anarchists - they hate everyone.

Yikes - good catch

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From the New York Times:

Ricin Is Said to Have Been Sent to White House
Letters sent in recent days to the White House and to federal agencies in Texas contained the lethal substance ricin, and investigators are trying to determine if other envelopes with the toxin were sent through the postal system, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said on Saturday.

Investigators believe that the letters were sent from Canada, and have identified a woman as a suspect, the official said.

The letter to the White House, which was addressed to President Trump, was intercepted, as were the letters to the federal offices in Texas. It was not immediately clear on Saturday which federal offices were targeted.

An uncomon choice but very lethal with no antidote and relativley easy to extract.

Good riddance - Seattle trash

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From Law Enforcement Today:

Seattle murder suspect arrested and released more than 34 times found dead in tank full of bleach
Who is running Seattle anyway? Murder suspect Travis Berge had racked up over 100 police contacts, dozens of civil infractions, and 47 criminal cases, one an attempted rape, in the five years he lived in Seattle.

On September 18, he was found dead at the bottom of a 10-foot deep tank filled with 50 gallons of a 12% bleach solution. Why wasn’t he in jail long ago?

And it is not that people are not aware of the problem:

Based on a report from Scott P. Lindsay, one could be forgiven for confusing the Seattle courts with a fancy travel bureau and hotel for repeat offenders.

Lindsay’s report is appropriately titled “System Failure”. In it, Lindsay examines the records of 100 repeat offenders who have cycled through Seattle’s criminal justice system.

All of them are or have been homeless, and all have known drug problems. Like Berge, many are addicted to methamphetamines. Mental health flags were found in court records for 38 of the offenders in the study.

The majority of the offenders were white (66%) and male (78%).

The 100 offenders selected for the study were collectively responsible for 3,562 criminal cases in Washington state, or an average of 36 per individual. One offender was responsible for 112 cases.

As long as Seattle maintains a policy of toleration for its criminals, its criminals will continue to offend. Something that the Democrat masters do not seem to grasp. Giving the homeless free stuff is creating a massive Pigeon Problem - if you feed them, more will flock to your city.

Guy enjoys Portland's revolving door legal system until the fifth time - from the Post Millenial:

Rioter arrested 4 times in 4 weeks by Portland authorities now federally charged
A Washington state man who has been arrested four times and quickly bailed out within a month at violent Portland Antifa riots, was arrested by federal authorities this week.

Following a Federal Bureau of Investigation investigation, 26-year-old Kristopher Michael Donnelly, of Kelso, Wash., was arrested and federally charged with felony civil disorder. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon accuses him of assaulting a Portland Police officer. When Donnelly was arrested four times in August and booked into the local jail, he was either quickly bailed out or released by the county.

Good - people like that need to learn that this behavior is not rewarded. Looks like he is dealing with adults this time.

Good - a judge with some stones

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From National Review:

Judge Sets Bail at $1 Million Each for Lancaster Rioters
Rioting in Lancaster, Pa. in the wake of the police shooting of a knife-wielding man has led to the arrest of 12 adults and one minor, nine of whom are being held at Lancaster County Jail on $1 million bail each.

The arrests happened during a riot around 3 a.m. Monday that saw demonstrators marching from the scene of the shooting to the police station while throwing glass bottles, rocks, bricks, gallon jugs filled with liquid and plastic road barricades at police, authorities said. A county vehicle was also damaged.

Good. This kind of acting out is not tolerated in two-year-olds and it should not be tolerated in adults. Drive that point home enough hard enough and the behavior will go away - simple as that.

America is on fire

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Interesting observation from retired newspaperman Don Surber:

9-in-10 wildfires are set by humans
Dear Facebook,

Before you flag this as fake news, my source is the National Weather Service.

NWS reported that 87% of the wildfires were caused by humans this year -- 7,072 in California alone. Not all were arson, of course, because humans are pretty careless. But enough are arson to cause concern in light of Democrats setting cities aflame this summer. The last thing we want is the Antifa arm of the Democrat Party expanding into rural areas.

Don cites a bunch of news articles to back this up including this one from the London Daily Mail:

The Daily Mail reported, "Stark data showed that 36,383 of the 41,599 fires that have ripped through the nation in the first nine months of the year were started by humans, burning a total of 2,510,743 acres.

"California has been hardest-hit by human-caused fires, with a total of 7,072 as of September 10.

"Texas was second with 4,170, followed by North Carolina with 1,889, Florida with 1,779 and Arizona with 1,552.

"Despite the prevalence of human-caused fires, authorities in Oregon have waded in on rumors that wildfires in the state have been deliberately started by extremist political groups."

Prompting this note in the comments section:

J MelcherSeptember 15, 2020 at 2:57 PM
Why is the UK Daily Mail cited for US weather/wildfire data, instead of CNN, or NPR?

Oh, right ...

So true.

Some history - antifa

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Here is a history lesson in one image and a teachable moment in two more:

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These are not just punks with bricks - they are well funded and organized. Here are two photographs taken at at a training camp in Syria about five years ago:

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XRVision is a Singapore company who specializes in facial recognition and identification so I am betting that the federales know who these people are and are waiting to arrest them.

Good news - the George Floyd case

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The county prosecutors are partisan hacks looking to crucify the police officers trying to detain Mr. Floyd on the day of his death. Floyd died of a heart attack and had a several-times lethal dose of fentanyl in his system. He died of this, not a knee to the back. From The Western Journal:

Judge Expels Prosecutor in George Floyd Case After Complaint from Chauvin's Attorney
Four prosecutors have been disqualified from working on the cases of the former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death.

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill banned Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and three of his staff members from the cases for meeting privately with the medical examiner to discuss Floyd’s autopsy results, according to the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune.

“Those four are to be kept out of this case, period,” Cahill said.

The complaints?

Nelson claimed county prosecutors participated in an “inappropriate, pretrial publicity campaign, including the leaking of specific, detailed information regarding a potential plea agreement to the media.”

Yeah - they were showboating. Pure virtue signalling. Like catnip to the rioters.

The wildfires

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Two headlines - both from The Gateway Pundit:

The allowed rioting is bringing all of the other nut-cases out of the woodwork.
Anarchy is not a good thing in a civilized society. It is something to be discouraged - strongly.

Fed Up - Rochester Police Department

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Good for them. They are not getting the support from the city nor the respect from the citizens. From The New York Post:

Rochester PD’s ‘entire command staff’ retires amid Daniel Prude protests
The Rochester Police Department’s “entire command staff” announced their retirement on Tuesday, the mayor there said, amid raging protests over the death of Daniel Prude, the black man who was killed while being subdued by city cops while he suffered an apparent breakdown.

Unnnhhh... From all accounts, Prude was dosed to the gills with angel dust and was deep into an irrational dissociative state - in layman's terms: screaming bonkers. He was subdued, a spit mask was placed over his head and he later aspirated his own vomit and choked to death.

Chief La’Ron Singletary, a 20-year veteran of the force, and Deputy Chief Joseph Morabito, who served the department for 34 years, released statements moments before a scheduled briefing with Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and the City Council about last night’s demonstrations.

During the meeting, Warren told council members that “the entire Rochester Police Department’s command staff has announced their retirement,” adding that Deputy Chief Mark Simmons was also stepping down.

The narrative was that the police killed Prude. The facts are that Prude was responsible for his own death. I wish the Chief and his associates a wonderful and peaceful retirement. This is just the tip of the iceberg and their replacements are going to have an interesting next couple of years.

A bit of local excitement

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Was at the Community Center yesterday afternoon and all hell broke loose. Police sirens from three different directions. Even a few fire department vehicles (different sounding sirens). I was heading home later that afternoon and a car came speeding past doing about 80MPH in a 35 zone. About 45 seconds later, two police cars followed but they did not turn in the same direction - they headed down the road leaving the island. A few minutes, they came zooming back.

This morning, I see this story in the Stanwood Camano News:

Everett homicide suspect arrested in Stanwood
After a short pursuit from Camano Island into Stanwood, a suspect in an Everett homicde was taken into custody late Saturday, according to Stanwood and Everett police departments.

The suspect fled on foot after the pursuit that ended near the Camano Gateway Bridge, according to reports. He was later apprehended on Highway 532 near 92nd Avenue, police said.

The arrest was part of the investigation into an Aug. 31 shooting death of James R. Scannell, 56, who was inside a vehicle at Langus Riverfront Park, 411 Smith Island Rd, according to a news release from Everett Police. Witnesses told detectives that immediately after the shooting, two men ran from the victim’s vehicle and left the parking lot in a red Ford Escape, police said.

And the arrest:

On Saturday, police arrested two of the suspects, including the 29 year-old man that detectives believe shot the victim. He was arrested by deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, along with assistance from the Washington State Patrol, after a pursuit from Camano Island to Stanwood on Highway 532.

Heh - only one road connecting the island to the mainland. Not a good place to hide. Also very defensible if the shit starts to hit the fan come November 4th. I love this place.

Routing around damage - Portland

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A wonderful solution to a bonehead problem - from Portland station KOIN:

Deputized troopers may snarl MultCo’s protest prosecution plans
More and more questions have accumulated following the announcement that Oregon State Police troopers had been deputized by U.S. Marshals.

The move, which was made in response to the growing unrest in Portland, means a deputized OSP trooper can arrest someone for a federal crime and turn the case over to a federal prosecutor instead of a state prosecutor.

Doing so would essentially override Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Shmidt’s policy of limited prosecution for certain charges related to the ongoing protests. Last month, Schmidt’s office announced charges such as Interfering with a Police Officer or Criminal Trespass would not be prosecuted and people arrested for those crimes would be quickly released.

I love it. The "woke" DA establishes a catch and release policy for the riot kiddies. The Police find a way around this - one involving adults.

Title of the post? Built in to the TCP/IP internet networking protocols and the routers. From here:

The path taken by an IP packet can change from minute to minute. The routers are another example of a distributed, collaborative system. The old joke is that the backhoe is the IP packet's natural predator in the wild, as construction will sometimes slice through an important data cable, suddenly breaking a link in use. The routers "route around" such damage automatically.

Portland's District Attorney is WOKE damaged and the Portland police are routing around him.

Two stories - law enforcement

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From Law Enforcement Today

First:
Black Lives Matter leader in Des Moines arrested for 9 felony counts of assaulting officers
One of the Black Lives Matter organizers based out of Des Moines is now facing nine felony charges after police say he was shining lasers directly into officers’ eyes on the evening of August 31st while protests were raging nearby the University of Iowa.

And of course, the moke has a string of priors. Already in trouble with the law.  You can get a laser for about $30 that is powerful enough to cause immediate and permanent eye damage. I have a couple of them and treat them with the utmost respect. They are absolutely not toys.

Second:
The case against the Minneapolis cops in the death of George Floyd is quickly falling apart
Minneapolis attorneys representing former police officer Derek Chauvin have filed for a dismissal of all charges on two grounds.

The first cites a report over whether George Floyd intentionally ingested a lethal dose of fentanyl shortly before his arrest.

The second is that a Minneapolis Department police training manual demonstrates a technique similar to the one Chauvin used on Floyd to subdue violent and resisting suspects. The technique involves placing a knee on the suspect’s neck.

Floyd had close to four times a lethal dose. His death was from cardiac arrest. The Officer was following standardized proceedures. Floyd refused to cooperate and fought with the three officers.

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