Month: April 2007


Yahoo is now hosting 60 minutes vids, but every 2-3 minutes you watch an ad for either pampers or Oral B.

Anyhow the beginning segment is called “Stop Snitching” and it’s very interesting. In essence, the rule of law has been perverted to a degree far past that of La Cosa Nostra and their vow of omerta.

I am highly suspicious of police but that’s only because I know them from the inside having worked with many of them over the years. The police have fostered this to some degree since you’ve probably seen some of my other diatribes about policing gone amok. There needs to be genuine community outreach but I think the relationship is so damaged at this point that it is nearly impossible and improbable that the rule of law will ever be the same.

And if police try to use draconian tactics they’ll only make it that much worse. I’m not certain what the answer is, but I do know that an open admission on the part of police would be a good start.

Watch your rights just disappear

The NRA has a nice little video on YouTube about police confiscation of weapons after hurricane Katrina had hit the gulf coast. I used to be a member until they started getting a little too strident. But now I see why they were being so strident.

Police do not serve us, they serve their government masters. Also keep in mind that police are by and large a reactive force. If you’ve been robbed, or have a burglar in the house they do nothing to prevent it from happening, but they’re there AFTER the fact to try to put together a case.

It makes me happy that Rhode Island of all places has Castle Doctrine (RIGL 11-8-8). What that means is that if someone breaks into my home, I don’t have to prove fear or any such thing, nor do I have a duty to retreat. I can shoot your ass dead and I’m completely shielded against criminal and civil penalties.

And here’s the thing, if a cop smashes down my door I wonder if Castle Doctrine would still apply. After all, there’s a reasonable fear on my part that someone is breaking in. And who’s to say I heard them ID as police. But sadly that wouldn’t be the case since the elements necessary under section 11-8 aren’t met when police have a warrant. Too bad, I wonder if I could sneak through a modification of the law.

So next time you see that friendly officer on the street remember, he is NOT your friend. He serves his masters.

It’s beginning to look like….

Vietnam all over again. That’s what we all think the Iraq mess is turning into.

You have to ponder the question of who benefits most from warfare. As always, just follow the money. And if you ever have the chance, read “The Arms of Krupp 1587-1968” by William Manchester. It’s still in print though I have the original hardcover version given to me by a friend. It traces the development of the Krupp concern in Germany and how instrumental it was in World War II. And Krupp isn’t dead and gone yet, it’s part of ThyssenKrupp, the elevator people among other things. Even the logo for the company retains the three interlocked circles of Krupp with the arch of Thyssen.

I suppose some day someone will write “The Arms of Halliburton”. It’ll be quite a tale but where it took Krupp 400+ years to build up enough influence to propel a country into war, Halliburton did it in less than a century.

Back to the original subject, the other day I was with Keyron at one of his friends homes. We got on the topic of her son in law who already did one tour of duty in Iraq and now they want him back for another. The only problem is that while he was in Iraq he took two rounds to the back, and one round pretty much destroyed his right hand. He’s also suffering an extreme case of PTSD (It used to be called Shell Shocked back in the WW II era).

This kid is in no shape to go back to Iraq. But they’re calling. At last call he’s delayed until January and I hope our congressional representatives stop this craziness and pull our troops the hell out of Iraq. It’s evident that we’re no longer welcome there, yet the war hawks (corporations) don’t want the gravy train to stop just yet.

It’s part of the reason we’re paying close to $3 a gallon for gasoline. Yes, the military runs on dinosaur juice just like we do, and they get first cut.

So here we have it, it’s windfall profit time primarily for Halliburton but for the oil companies too. Yes it is about the oil but not the way you’d expect it to be. Take it a step further and it’s all about the cash. And one doesn’t have to look too far to see exactly who is connected to this in the Bush administration, it’s Dick Cheney.

So if you want to continue to see men in the prime of their lives get chewed up by the military, stay complacent. Just remember that the payback is coming as those men come home missing limbs and with their psyche fractured.

Talk about getting ones underwear in a bunch!

Apparently a Bentonville, AR man is distraught that his teenage sons found a book on lesbian sex on a library shelf.

It goes beyond ridiculous though. The libraries advisory board voting to remove the book from circulation smacks of censorship. These people ought to be branded with a great big “I” for Ignorant.

Put it this way, when I was a teen anything with sexuality in it was a titillating find. What is more astounding is that the father in this case has less maturity than his sons. He should be branded with a huge “A” for ASSHOLE!

Marijuana laws based on racism

This is something I’ve long known about, that our nations laws against pot, marijuana, and it’s derivatives are based on empty reasoning. That empty reasoning is racism.

As I’m writing this there’s illegal drug use going on right next to me, in open view of our neighbors. No, it isn’t across the street or in the street but right on my doorstep.

It appears that enforcement is lagging though. For example I regularly walk through Kennedy Plaza which is the central bus hub for the state of Rhode Island. I don’t think a day ever goes by that I don’t smell a familiar odor. And I know I’m not the only one that smells it since there are always police in the plaza.

You know a law is a failure when those who should obey it don’t, and those who are supposed to enforce it fail to do so. That’s probably because lots of cops are using it too. Not while they’re on duty but it wouldn’t surprise me, but when they’re off they’re probably the biggest pot fiends you could ever want to meet.

NYPD is getting a bit too pushy

Every now and then I’ll post a video of NY’s finest doing something they shouldn’t. You know, little things like entrapment, or outright behavior unbecoming.

So now they’ve rammed through an ordinance that says if you have more than 50 people assembled in public you must have a permit. This flies in the face of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights but the NYPD seems to side with George W. Bush when considering those documents. They too appear to feel they’re just god damned pieces of paper.

What the police and their masters tend to forget is sometimes the people fight back. And some of those people know police procedure and systems and so we’ll use it to maximum advantage. And then when the police are outnumbered and outgunned the tables will turn. Mark my words, it’s coming.

And who do we have as our Police Chief in Providence? None other than Dean Esserman. a NYPD Transit Police. But PPD is a force to be reckoned with and even someone of Esserman’s caliber won’t be able to tame them. But then PPD is still old school – their priorities are sex, donuts and then fighting crime.

Anyhow watch the attached video and tell me if you don’t feel your blood pressure rising.