Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Overwhelm the system!

From E-mail
WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: Overwhelm the system!
Barack Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he's doing.

He is purposely overwhelming the U.S.economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos -- thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within.

Barack Obama is my college classmate ( Columbia University , class of '83). As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at Columbia University . They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands. Add up the clues below. Taken individually they're alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority that desperately needs government for survival ... and can be counted on to always vote for bigger government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.

Universal health care. The health care bill had very little to do with health care. It had everything to do with unionizing millions of hospital and health care workers, as well as adding 15,000 to 20,000 new IRS agents (who will join government employee unions). Obama doesn't care that giving free health care to 30 million Americans will add trillions to the national debt. What he does care about is that it cements the dependence of those 30 million voters to Democrats and big government. Who but a socialist revolutionary would pass this reckless spending bill in the middle of a depression?

Cap and trade. Like health care legislation having nothing to do with health care, cap and trade has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with redistribution of income, government control of the economy and a criminal payoff to Obama's biggest contributors. Those powerful and wealthy unions and contributors (like GE, which owns NBC, MSNBC and CNBC) can then be counted on to support everything Obama wants. They will kick-back hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party to keep them in power. The bonus is that all the new taxes on Americans with bigger cars, bigger homes and businesses helps Obama "spread the wealth around."

Make Puerto Rico a state. Why? Who's asking for a 51st state? Who's asking for millions of new welfare recipients and

government entitlement addicts in the middle of a depression? Certainly not American taxpayers. But this has been Obama's plan all along. His goal is to add two new Democrat senators, five Democrat congressman and a million loyal Democratic voters who are dependent on big government.

Legalize 12 million illegal immigrants. Just giving these 12 million potential new citizens free health care alone could overwhelm the system and bankrupt America . But it adds 12 million reliable new Democrat voters who can be counted on to support big government. Add another few trillion dollars in welfare, aid to dependent children, food stamps, free medical, education, tax credits for the poor, and eventually Social Security.

Stimulus and bailouts. Where did all that money go? It went to Democrat contributors, organizations (ACORN), and unions --including billions of dollars to save or create jobs of government employees across the country. It went to save GM and Chrysler so that their employees could keep paying union dues. It went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be bailed out (after giving Obama almost $1 million in contributions). A staggering $125 billion went to teachers (thereby protecting their union dues). All those public employees will vote loyally Democrat to protect their bloated salaries and pensions that are bankrupting America . The country goes broke, future generations face a bleak future, but Obama, the Democrat Party, government, and the unions grow more powerful. The ends justify the means.

Raise taxes on small business owners, high-income earners, and job creators. Put the entire burden on only the top 20 percent of taxpayers, redistribute the income, punish success, and reward those who did nothing to deserve it (except vote for Obama).

Reagan wanted to dramatically cut taxes in order to starve the government. Obama wants to dramatically raise taxes to starve his political opposition.

With the acts outlined above, Obama and his regime have created a vast and rapidly expanding constituency of voters dependent on big government; a vast privileged class of public employees who work for big government; and a government dedicated to destroying capitalism and installing themselves as socialist rulers by overwhelming the system.

Add it up and you've got the perfect Marxist scheme -- all devised by my Columbia University college classmate Barack Obama using the Cloward and Piven Plan.

And as we used to say in the U.S. Navy "Stand By for Heavy Rolls" folks!

H.T Ken in Kansas

Pics from Barry's last visit to Chicago

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Redneck joke.

There were three redneck who tended to hang together, Bubba Bo and Clem. One night, Clem didn't come home. Eventually his old lady got upset and called the cops. After a brief search, a body was found along the rail road tracks, shredded from the train.
Since Clem's old lady was very upset, the cops called on Bubba to ID the body. (Dental records were of no use, and all redneck DNA is the same), Bubba walked into the morgue, looked at the body and said "Its really mangled, turn him over." So the coroners staff obliged. Bubba took a good look at the ass end, then said, "Nope, that aint Clem."
The cops next turned to Bo. When He got to the morge, he too asked for hte body to be turned over, and again made a close inspection of the rectum.
"Naw," said Bo, "that shore aint Clem."
The coroner was baffled. Both rednecks had inspected only his butt, so he asked how Bo could be sure.
"Well," said Bo, "every time the three of us walked into the bar, some one would say, Look, there's Clem with the two assholes."

Cartoon of the Day

H/T Brian

Monday, June 28, 2010

Goodbye Byrd

You get to screw the citizens of West Virgina one last time because they won't allow people to vote for your replacement. The appontment gets to fuck over the people for two more years. hope your spot in hell burns a little hotter for your KKK ass.
I hope you are surrounded by the blackest of demons, by the worst thugs that Africa had who were conscripted to hell for all eternity. May all the world forget your name, may every memorial to you be renamed in shortest order or torn down. May the people wake up to your hate of all people of color and how you abused your power to destroy the black family and create a dependent generational welfare state that holds the black of America down, wastes their minds, talent, and GOD given gifts. That causes their daughters to bear children with no fathers and perpetuate that cycle. A cycle that offers no hope, encourages crime, drug abuse prostitution and worse. Shame on you. Rot in Hell.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

All the suburban Cowboys are leaving.

I meant to post on this Wednesday, It was the anual suburban cowboy rally and music fest in Manhattan Kansas, Country Stampede. Two dead this year including a conservation officer who lost control of his ATV.
If you don't understand, in this case, sub means lower as in sub machine gun, sub human etc. Most of hte folk who come to drink and act stupid would be lost on a dude ranch. Oh well, it feeds several million into the loco economy.

In loving memory

Mere words cannot explain

I told them all it lacks are the dates, 1776-2008.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Mexico's father of the Year was a smuggler

Seems the fine upstanding kid who was such a wonderful dad was a mule. The upstanding child father made his living smuggling people accross the border. But how is a guy supposed to make a living? Mexico has no seven elevens, and if it did, immigrants from India would be running em.
Lets hope the administration backs its officers for once. Bush was an utter failure at defending his defenders.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

We need cap and trade!

Wonder of wonders, Cina has yet anohter mess on their hands as an algee slick off the coast expands. Two years ago, a similar algee bloom threatened the olympics sailing events. Aint it grand? Here we have a country, the worst poluter on the planet, one that routinely flushes millions of tons of raw sewage into their rivers and oceans, one that dumps toxic waste on farm fields, and the democraps want to force American business to move there.
How stupid can we get? The US has some of the best polution control measure in place. Real polution fighters, not the BS pushed by Al Whore. Do American factories polute? yes they do, but the level of polution we emit to the atmosphere, water, and soil is far lower by any standard then China.
Need any more proof that glowbal warming is a farce? If it was real, they would demand accountability from China India, and Russia. They do not.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The NEA strikes again!

I for one am sick of the BS about under paid teachers. They only work nine months each year to begin with, and many of them are piss poor at it. Our schools are a mess, kids are not learning, we have dumbed down from 100 years ago, and are paying outrageous taxes for it.
Picked up from here. Go here, and here. Email it to friend, tell it to coworkers, Its time to demand better from our educators, and tell them NOT A DIME MORE until YOU score a passing grade.
It is a crime in my opinion for an educator to get the kind of money they describe.
Lets scrap the public school system, and go to private schools. Set one requirement, the kids take a periodic test, and must show improvement to a set standard. Home school, private school, OJT, I do not care, it should be the parents job to decide what the kid learns. Time to get the far far left wackos out of it.

Crazy rednecks

Bubba and Bo, two rednecks, were out drinking, and after getting kicked out of one bar were driving to another. Bubba was somewhat under the influence, and as they reached an intersection, he asked Bo, "anything coming?"
Bo replied, "only a dog."
Bubba started through the intersection, and WHAM!
When Bubba awoke, he was in the ER, doctors were working on him, and as he looked around, he saw Bo on an adjacent gurney.
"Bo, I thought you said a dog was coming, what hit us?"
Replied Bo, "A Greyhound Bus."

Monday, June 21, 2010

On the road.

I just got back from a hasty trip to northern regions. When I got home, there was a box on my lawn, it measured one inch by one inch by fifty feet long.
My son got me a garden hose for fathers day. Great kid, let me tell ya!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

From E-Mail

From a Recon Marine in Afghanistan

From the Sand Pit it's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains , along the Dar 'yoi Pomir River , watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.

I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I've actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but the scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod. Hurts like a bastard.. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid, but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack.

The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that's where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy. I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the handheld, shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware. We bash some heads for a while, then I track and record the new movement.

It's all about intelligence. We haven't even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they're in for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin. I dream of bin Laden waking up to find me standing over him with my boot on his throat as I spit into his face and plunge my nickel-plated Bowie knife through his frontal lobe. But you know me, I'm a romantic. I've said it before and I'll say it again: This country blows, man. It's not even a country. There are no roads, there's no infrastructure, there's no government. This is an inhospitable, rock pit shit hole ruled by eleventh century warring tribes. There are no jobs here like we know jobs.

Afghanistan offers two ways for a man to support his family: join the opium trade or join the army. That's it.. Those are your options. Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened, crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu, if that's your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those 'tent cities of the walking dead' is enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day.

I've been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks, and Turkmen and even a couple of Pushtuns, for over a month-and-a- half now, and this much I can say for sure: These guys, all of 'em, are Huns... Actual, living Huns.. They LIVE to fight. It's what they do. It's ALL they do. They have no respect for anything, not for their families, nor for each other, nor for themselves. They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor. Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other's barbarism. Cavemen with AK-47's. Then again, maybe I'm just cranky.

I'm freezing my ass off on this stupid hill because my lap warmer is running out of juice, and I can't recharge it until the sun comes up in a few hours. Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me a favor, Bizarre. Write a letter to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban 'smart.' They are not smart. I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is 'cunning.' The Taliban are cunning, like jackals and hyenas and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless, and when confronted, cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create nothing and destroy everything else. Smart. Pfft. Yeah, they're real smart.

They've spent their entire lives reading only one book (and not a very good one, as books go) and consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products of the devil. They're still figuring out how to work a Bic lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen; eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it..
OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon, so I have to get back to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice, but I'm good at it.

Please, I tell you and my fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move on with your lives. The story line you are getting from CNN and other news agencies is utter bullshit and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the commercials. We've got this one under control The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we're doing over here, because you have no idea what we're doing, and really, you don't want to know. We are your military, and we are doing what you sent us here to do.

Saucy Jack
Recon Marine in Afghanistan
Semper Fi
"Freedom is not free...but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share".
Send this to ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS so that people here will really know what is going on over there.-


What planet are these guys on? there is a saying that insanity is doing something over and over and expecting a diffrent result. The fools who are ruining our land keep doing the same BS, and getting hte same result, and every time the press says it was unexpected. Go figger.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Firingsquad executions more humane!

In the days leading up to Utahs next execution by firng squad, experts on the death penalty are debating its merits. Well, if that is the case, I say great! require the legislatures in all states to set firng squad as the alternative method of execution. The Supreme Court ruled in 1870 that shooting was not cruel or inhumane, so lets use it!
Ronnie Lee Gardner is scheduled to meet his reward for the crimes he comitted. Too bad it has taken twenty five years to get justice. Granted his victim was a liar err lawyer, but its entirely possible he murdered the only honest lawyer in Utah.
IMHO the only argument he has left is that 25 years on death row ammounts to torture. For that, I say strap his lawyer to him for the execution.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


These are just a few of the pics I got in an e-mail today. If this is any indication of what is going on all the time down htere, we are in a heap of trouble!

The text of the message is here in red.
Subject: Fw: Look what they found on the Arizona border!

Looks like they plan to take over this country one way or another, and to think those a..holes in Washington don't want us to have guns. I wonder how they think we will be able to defend ourselves against this invasion. They, Washington, sure as hell aren't going to do anything to stop them.
After looking at the pictures, just think how much of these type of weapons have made it through - and by illegals!
Thats why we UST support our friends in ARIZONA.
This seizure was five days ago. Located on the Arizona border!
Exactly where did you hear about it in OUR media ?????
Thank God for the border patrol that this did not come over the border.
There is one "graphic picture" but it tells the story.
Let's quit trying to decide who is violating our federal laws "to make a better life" - and ENFORCE the laws across the board on EVERYONE violating them - Nothing discriminatory about that amigos !!!!!!! That way we won't have to lament or wonder just how many of the illegal aliens legalized (synonymous with rewarded) under the latest attempt to legislate away the millions who have spit on our laws - are MS-13, Zetas,
cartel members, and other scum that would be "legal".
There are MANY Hispanic men and women that I both love and respect that understand and support Arizona and any citizen's desire to keep our country a safe place to live and raise our children and grandchildren. I hope we can ignore and recognize the majority of the naysayers for the photo-op, attention-loving clowns they are - and start coming together as AMERICANS that want what's best for AMERICA !!!

Its an invasion! Or are they transporting this stuff back to Mexico for their war? I doubt that, this stuff appears to be high grade military equipment, besides, where in the USof A can you get an RPG? Why have we not seen this in the media? or is this E-mail a hoax?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Drugs never killed nobody.

Kenneth Charles Peter Klowak is a nobody I guess. He was murdered in Mexico by drug gangs. The drug war in Mexico has claimed more then 30,000 lives as it escalates. Border communities are suffering violence, murders, roberies, kidnappings, and our leaders in congress do nothing. There is no explanation as to what Kenneth was doing in Mexico, I would asume it did not have anything to do with pharmacuticals, but I could be wrong. The USA needs to do its part and shut down the border to drug traffic.
Its time we demand that congress and the idiot in the White House do their jobs and protect America.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Latest toy

My latest pick is a DPMS Panther LR308. This gaspipe sports a stainless bull barrel. I last picked up a LR243, and after a lot of consideration decided that a 30 cal would make a good addition to the collection.

According to sources, a lot of folks arround JC have gotten these, and are spending a fair number of hours at the longer ranges. Plinking at 1000 meters is not unheard of, and if splodydopes ever become a problem, I'd just as soon keep em beyond blast radius ranges.
The LR 308 family is an updated version of the AR-10 designed by Eugene Stoner more then 40 years ago. It was revived a few years back when the Army decided to upgrade their sniper rifle systems. Knights Armament got the nod, but the DPMS offering is a good second place rifle.
DPMS also makes the Remington R-25 series of guns. Lighter, with a fluted barrel, and sporting a Mossy Oak camo sceme, they are intended for the hunter. Except for the lack of a high capacity mag, they are a great offering since you can order mags from C-Products. Their stuff is good quality, and reasonably priced. I have more then a few of their mags in my kit, from 5.56 mags to 9mm mags. Oh, they also are the only company to offer a 7.62x39 30 round mag for an AR platform.
Price was the deciding factor on this pick. I could get a Remington in 308, but would have paid $250 bucks more. I don't know about you, but for me, $250 is a lot of time at the range. This weapon does have a few down sides, No flash hider, no dust cover, no deflector bump, and no forward assist. Still a good varmit gun.
I topped it for now with a BSA cats eye. I have been waiting for a 6X24X40IR, but BSA is playing menu change potpouri, and is slow to send em. I like the IR scopes, it helps in twilight conditions when the coyotes come out.

California candidates from diffrent worlds?

You bet! One is a carreer political hack who has never held a real job doing anything htat mattered, the other has been a successful CEO.
Lets face facts, Jerry Clown is a maker and shaker in the worst political failure in America. The state is a shambles, and while he points a finger at Ahnold, four point back at him! The communist congress more so then the governator have been responsible for the quagmire in California. Add in a few retarded mayors like Gavin Nusiance and the sanctuary shit holes, and you have a mess only a democrat could love. Besides, Ahnold is a RINO. he is part of the Kennedy family fer cryin out loud. Head andd shoulders above the dems? Nah. Head, shoulders, back, butt, thighs, knees, shins and ankles. California dems are bottom dwellers. Even a RINO only needs to wipe the soles of his shoes to get em off.
Best of luck Meg, if you win, you will have a company you cannot reform until you get rid of every entrenched communist socialist and crook in your legislature.

Colorado on the right track and Arizona's next step

Colorado has passed tough education reform. They gutted the tenure farce, and will require teachers t oearn it on merit. Bad teachers can go elsewhere. California has good anti student laws, maybe their union can handle a few thusand more worthless fucks. What the heck, every other business is leaving, soon all that will be left is schools to teach english to all their illegals.

And speaking of illegals, Arizona has made the next logical step in immigration reform and will not issue birth certificates to illegals. I agree with the motive, but not the plan. I say give the kid a birth certificate, and after he turns 18 he can decide if he want to return to the USA or stay in Mexico where he has been since he was two days old! Heck, if they do it right, they could have mom ambulanced back to Mexico before the kid is delivered and render the law pointless. In any case, mom goes to hospital, mom is illegal, mom and baby are given a free ride home. Thats what they should do.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Big 12 breakup, the marriage is OVER

Well, it has begun, CU is headed west, good riddance! They should adopt the lamprey as their mascot, then they'd be the C U suckers.
Worst fans in the big 12. Don Surber had an idea on cutting tuition and it involves making athletics self supporting.
But Don, the athletes are so often academically challenged, sports is their one hope for a future that does not involve vats of hot vegy oil and counting small change. Besides, if we got rid of the athletes, who would there be to assault the women? And no, I do not mean as in the Duke farce.
I go back and forth on the subject, I love a good football game, but these idiots are just over paid over hyped entertainers, one brain cell short of a synapse.
We need reform of education and soon. The colleges are filling kids heads with useless crap and liberal ideology while neglecting academics. We pay these useless geeks money to work only a few hours a week, and the rest of the time they are fucking up the world. Most if not all college profs lack any experience in hte real world. Many have never done any of the things they teach.
So the breakup of the Big 12 may spell the end of the BCS BS. Let us hope. Maybe schools can get back to educating kids.
I'm dreaming.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Who is Alvin Greene?

Dems in South carolina are scrambling to find out because he is their candidate for US Senate against Jim DeMint.
Seems Mr Greene paid a filing fee, is unemployed, did not actually campaign, and is under indictment for some sex crimes, he showed obscene pics to a college girl, then asked her to have a roll with him.
That is not all that is known about him, he is black, pro life, and a vet. Some one needs to inform him that is not barry Soetoro, so unless he has dubious credentials, the left does not want him. it would be a hoot if he won, the party establishment wants to hang him out to dry right now. They are making every excuse as to why he ran including that his name was above Vic Rawl who was the heads on favorite to win. Well, this seems to be an antiestablishment year, and pld school candidates are dropping like fly shit.
Congratulations Alvin, I sincerely hope you survive the campaign trail with your dignity intact. Politics eats honest men, and makes crooks into fat cats.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How much force is too much?

I'm no fan of cops being agressive. Too often we get rogue cops deciding to be judge jury and executioner. This time I'm gonna support the cop. The victim was a border patrol agent who was attacked by invaders. After being pelted with rocks, he responded with gun fire. Rocks aren't deadly? Tell that to women in muslime countries. So a fifteen year old Messicon perp is dead, and the governor of Chihuahua don't like it.
Tell ya what there gov, you keep your scumbags from ducking across, and we won't let our border patrol agents shoot em. fair enought?

Should israel seek a middle east free of WMD?

While much of the conventional wisdom points to a yes answer, I'm going to chime in and say no. Presently, it is assumed that Israel has nuclear weapons. Iran is in the process of acquiring them, Syria is rumored to have the remnants of Saddams vast stock piles, and various terror groups are striving to gain access to stuff from the former Soviet Union. In that mix, Israel would be foolish to give up any edge they might possess.
Que Don Knots, " I know how fast he is, he knows I know how fast he is, but he doesn't know that I know he knows, so I've got the edge." (yes, its a rough transliteration of his lines, I'm not gonna spend all day looking for a utube of it either.)
Saddam may have been bluffing regarding WMDs, Israel may be bluffing as well. they cannot risk the Arab world knowing. They are outnumbered hundreds to one. Their only ally is a turncoat, a fair weather friend who is on the verge of siding with their enemies. yes, I mean the USA. Under Barry the bonehead, expect alegiance with the muslims. GOD said that he would bless those who bless Israel, and curce those who curse her. As the USA prepares to jump off a cliff under the leadershit of clueless the worst, prepare for GOD to withdraw his blessings, and buckle up for serious bad.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Antisemitic Lebanese hag retires.

Too bad if you ask me. She was a constant reminder of just how low the media elite is. She is the poster mummy for what the media are, elitist communist scum. She was not the worst, but her presence in the White House press made her obvious. She is the reason Barry thinks its Corpse instead of Corps.
Go back to some islamic hell hole and rot Helen.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

6th of June

Today we commemorate the invasion of Normandy, the first big step in the rescue of Europe from despotism. 2,499 Americans gave their lives. Altogether somewhere between 9,000 and 12,000 Allied soldiers were wounded on that day. Records are sketchy and incomplete, and many are not honored for the sacrifice they made.
Sixty six years have passed. Many of our heros have also passed. Today, let us remember their bravery.
Thank you vets.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


Imam Ali flew one of the planes into the twin towers.

Israeli commandos seize the Saint Pancake.

The latest effort by proterrorist organizations to break Israels blockade has failed. The Irish flagged 1,200 ton St. Pancake aka Rachel Cory was stopped from breaking the blockade and escorted to Ashdod.
People are intent on breaking the blockade so the flow of formidable weapons to Hamas can resume. The Palistidiots get more then enough food medicine fuel and cooking gas from Israel to sustain life. What they cannot get thanks to the blockade are WMDs, rockets ammunition, and other tools of terror.
Is anybody suprised that this vessel of dishonor is flagged in Ireland? The IRA was partnered with Islamic militants for decades. The trend continues.
In My opinion, these ships are acts of war. Palistine is not a seperate nation, it is owned by Israel, but controled by terrorists. barry the worthless aparently supports Hamas. No suprise, he was raised muslim, and is clearly no Christian even if he did sit in Jeremiah the hatmongers church for years.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Miranda gutted?

In 1966 the SCOTUS handed down the famous Miranda ruling which established once and for all that citizens have constitutional rights which really do matter. Law enforcement has a long tradition of abuse, whether here or in foreign lands. Cops are human, and some are on a power trip. When they get it into their head that Joe Snuffy is guilty, they will be after him like a dog on a fresh bone, even if Joe is as innocent as the day is long. Tenaciousness is a good quality in a cop, don't get me wrong. Combine it with hard headedness, and too much free reign and you will end up with inocent folks being rail roaded.
Miranda is a good thing. I think it should have limitations, but the limits I want to see come into play after the conviction. After conviction and sentencing, if a person wants to appeal, then htey should be required to give up their rights. I favor requiring lie detector testing on all appeals.
As for the present ruling, I do not see it as gutting Miranda. If a person just sits and says nothing, there is no reason for the cops to stop. They can play their nice guy routine, and coerce a confession of sorts. better to have the subject simply state "I got nuthin to say", and end all doubt. If that is on tape, then it is clear they do not want to talk. If there is no indication, then it might be assumed the guy is thinking about whether he wants to talk. A lot of departments use a printed form that explains the rights warning. the subject is given the form and allowed to read it or it is read to him. at the end, he has several boxes to initial. One is that he understands his rights, and the second is whether he wants to speak or does not want to speak.
I do not like coerced confessions. many are BS. not all, but one is too many. we do not need inocent people behind bars while the crooks remain free to kill rob etc. or my two cents, any confession should be tossed if it does not add previously unknown details to the investigation. If a per whether mirandized or not admits a crime, it is questionable. If he in his confession gives details such as the location of the weapon or the body, even if coerced, it is proof of guilt that should be admitted. When a confession is coerced, even a correct one, we should punish the cop who coerces it. Officers can decide if geting a homicidal maniac off the street is worth a few nights behind bars or a small fine. Many dedicated cops would say it was, and many common citizens would pitch in a dollar to support a cop who got a really bad perp off the street.
As for SCOTUS, balance is tough. This call does not gut anything, it justs shifts the paradigm.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Are you scared yet?

Looking at sat photos from the gulf, I cannot help but notice the blood red tinge the oil gives the waters. That puts me in mind of revelation where John described one third of the oceans turned to blood. Will it in fact be actual blood? Or something that gives the appearance? For those of you who insist on strict interpretation, may I point out that we as yet do not have a horse that breathes fire and smoke and sulfur. We do have the M1 Abrams tanks whose barrels emit fire and smoke and a strong odor of sulfur.
Can this one well foul the entire oceans? I don't think so, but I could be wrong. There are something like 36,000 wells in the gulf. Consider what would happen if there was an earth quake in that region that sparked a tsunami. Such an incident might pop quite a few of those wells, or could infact create a direct leak. China is drilling off shore there with Castro's blessing. Their track record on safety is close to that of Value Jet, or possible Cugnot. Tghink what could happen if their wells were hit by a severe huricane or a terror attack. Not a good thought.