September 08, 2015
Violence at Brooklyn's Labor Day Parade
Violence before the West Indian Day Parade in New York has left one man dead and a top aide to the state governor fighting for his life.We pray for those affected and that the killer or killers are brought to Justice.
Carey Gabay, a lawyer working for Governor Andrew Cuomo, was caught in crossfire at a pre-parade event early on Monday.
A 24-year-old man was also shot and killed in a different Brooklyn neighbourhood in a separate incident.
Last year, a man was killed and several wounded near the parade.
July 13, 2015
Yaser Abdel Said Still Wanted for Murder
If you see that Yaser is driving your cab, take the licence number, call the proper authorities and pray he resists.
On New Year's Day 2008, Yaser Abdel Said took his two daughters, 18-year-old Amina and 17-year-old Sarah, for a ride in his taxi.
It was not to be. Hours later, the girls' lifeless bodies were found, with multiple gunshots wounds, in Yaser's abandoned cab. Before she died, Sarah Said made a brief, desperate call for help.
"Irving 911. What is your emergency?"
"Help, help! My dad shot me, my sister, I'm dying, I'm dying!"
...Yaser Said has been on the run since that day, January 1, 2008. He has birthmarks on both sides of his neck and a scar on his left eyebrow. He frequently wears dark sunglasses, even indoors. He's also a frequent customer of Denny's and IHOP. He smokes Marlboro Light cigarettes and enjoys smoking a hookah.
If you've seen Yaser Said or know anything about his whereabouts, remember, he may be armed and dangerous. So please call 1-866-THE-HUNT or go to our website at CNN.com/TheHunt. You can remain anonymous; we'll pass your tip on to the proper authorities. And if requested, will not reveal your name.
June 17, 2015
WTW Sorry Charlie
A Tennessee woman and her sex/crime partner were arrested for aggravated assault last week after the couple allegedly attacked a neighbor who reported their noisy boning to police.Read the rest. You know you have to.
April 22, 2015
He's too dangerous to be left alive.
April 15, 2015
Black Man Saves White Woman
Orrden Williams is a Black Man.
I've no comment of the rest of the crowd except that had Mr. Williams killed 8 or 10 of them I'd have voted for his acquittal.
April 13, 2015
New Developments In Scott Shooting
By now, most have viewed the video of Walter Scott being shot in the back by South Carolina Police Officer Michael Slager. The video looks very damning for the officer. His behavior certainly needs investigating and, if proven his actions were unwarranted, he needs to be held accountable. However, as with most of these videos, there is probably much more to the story than what you see on video.
For one thing, a closer examination of the video shows what looks like taser lead wires from Slager's chest to Scott (image from The Last Refuge):
Slager is holding his service weapon, not the taser in this still. The "wire" (if that's what it is) goes from Scott's leg area to Slager's upper chest. In other frames from the video, we can see Scott dragging an object as he runs (images from The Last Refuge):
Judging from these still frames, it is possible Scott did take Officer Slager's taser and used it against him. I'm not suggesting that, alone, justifies deadly force by the officer. But for certain, in my mind, it does suggest there is much more to this story than we have seen so far.
Also keep in mind, this struggle did not start where the video starts. There was a long chase and, possible, other physical encounters along the way. This map illustrates the distance between the place Scott was pulled over to where the witness video begins and ends (image from The Last Refuge):
The Last Refuge has much more on these developments.
Cross-posted at Gateway Pundit
Below the fold, a video that synchronizes the audio with both, the witness video and the dashcam video released by investigators.
April 10, 2015
Nothing to See Here
No biggie because white lives don't matter.
March 30, 2015
Dread Pirate Robert's Lucky Day
The federal government became owners of one of the biggest troves of Bitcoin, thanks to seizing millions of dollars in the digital currency from criminals associated with the online black market Silk Road.Oooops!
Two federal agents who led the probe allegedly decided they wanted some of the money for themselves, according to a new federal court documents.
...The agents are: Carl Force, 46 years old, of Baltimore, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service.
Force was a lead agent in the case and was the main investigator communicating with Ulbricht. Force is charged with wire fraud, theft of government property, money laundering and conflict of interest.
Bridges was the computer forensics expert on the case. He is charged with wire fraud and money laundering.
Force allegedly set up fake online personas and tried to extort money from Ulbricht, including once trying to get $250,000 from him in exchange for not providing information to federal investigators, the criminal complaint says.
Using the online persona "French Maid," Force did succeed in getting $100,000 in Bitcoin from Ulbricht, which Force deposited in his personal accounts, the federal complaint says. He later used a series of Bitcoin and personal U.S. dollar transactions, including a $235,000 wire transfer to an account in Panama, to launder the stolen money, prosecutors allege in the complaint.
According to prosecutors, Force also used his position as an executive at a digital currency exchange called CoinMKT, in which he was an investor, to seize accounts of customers. He transferred $297,000 in illegally-seized digital currency to his personal accounts, prosecutors allege in the criminal complaint.
Bridges allegedly stole $820,000, using a series of wire transfers to move Bitcoin that earlier had been stolen from Silk Road in early 2013 and deposited in a Japanese bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, according to prosecutors. Two days later, Bridges signed the government's warrant to seize millions of dollars in bitcoin from Mt. Gox accounts.
They say it takes a crook to catch a crook. Its well known that a person can't be prosecuted with malice. I'd say extortion constitutes malice. Also law enforcement can not break the law to secure a conviction.
Anyway if Ross Ulbricht's conviction isn't thrown out over this then I'll eat your hat.
Update: After reading the indictment.....
February 21, 2015
A Perp Walks Into A Pharmacy...
...he doesn't walk out.
Details at Youtube.
January 02, 2015
Crazy Bastard Chops Off His Mom's Head
The 23-year-old attacked his mother in the garage with an ax, severing her head, Gualtieri said. Gomez then allegedly dragged his mother's remains from the garage to the garbage cans.
Gualtieri told reporters that the crime was one of the worst his department had ever seen.
Gomez then fled the scene, but he was arrested a few blocks away after another 911 call reported a suspicious person riding a bicycle in the area.
Gomez confessed to killing his mother, Gualtieri said.
November 24, 2014
NO BILL FOR YOU!
Sorry, Commies, the grand jury doesn't issue an indictment against Darren Wilson.
So there. Nyah.
November 13, 2014
Rasmieh Yousef Odeh Please Have a Seat
We'll be with you in 5 to 10..... years.
November 03, 2014
Cornhole Watch: John Zachary DesJardin
John's has traded his life of crime for a starring role in a yet to be written play about a young sufferer of anal incontinence.
Several good Samaritans, including one Navy veteran, came to the aid of a 76-year-old woman who was being robbed last week in Orange County, Florida.
As CNN and WESH in Florida report, John Zachary DesJardin, 23, robbed a woman in a Winn-Dixie parking lot.
Watch the video with this story to see surveillance video.
The attacker fled after the woman cried for help when he snatched her purse.
Navy vet Kendrick Taylor said he was headed to the gym when he saw the woman being attacked.
"What if that was my grandmother?" he said. "When I looked down I didn't know if he had a knife or a gun. When I saw the lady was so old when he threw her down, she was so fragile and I knew she needed help."
Nice tackle Mr. Kendrick Taylor.
October 21, 2014
Actual Real Life Terrorists Notice Houston Baghdadi's American Jihad
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And in English for Arabic challenge folks like myself.
I'd say that ups the danger that AbdulRahman Baghdadi poses, wouldn't you.
If the Muslim community in Houston cannot foster and guild him correctly onto a better path, then someone else will. He will meet a real terrorist or group online who will take advantage, give him that place he is seeking and attempt to influence him to do something really extra stupid and/or dangerous.so it appears that at least one of my fears if founded. Given yesterday's events in Canada I don't think we can afford to just let Jihadis run around.
After all Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau was being watched, but the authorities thought his only crime was the not really a crime crime of aiding the dissemination of al-Qaeda propaganda in a context of support for al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Its this context that we have said for years justifies the fighting against the propagation of terrorist materials by groups that have declared open war on the west and are also a specially designated terrorist group.
This is not banning "information" as some suggest, rather it is disabling the enemies propaganda outlet. To deny the enemy a den, where they become more radicalized and prone to act out their Jihad on innocents.
Which is right where we are with Adam "Baghdadi" although he openly declares allegiance to IS and spreads messages of support, which by the way are a specially designated terrorist group, but we wait and wait for the "real crime".
I fear pretty soon we're going to get a real crime.
This is the product of the watch only policy on online terrorism. An ever, growing, ever more radical, and ever more radical group of terrorists grows unchecked. With the end result being real world terrorism.
Houston Baghdadi's Terribly Terrifying Tour of Terror Totally Terrorizes Texas (***Exclusive Must Cite Jawa Report***)
Goatly Gets Competition or ISIS New Emir in Houston Sings Badly Very Very Badly (update :Vegas Baby!)
Houston, We Have a Problem
September 10, 2014
Wife-Beating Football Player Freed While Single Mom Faces Three Years for Having A Handgun
Shaneen Allen legally purchased and carried a handgun in her home state of Pennsylvania. Her crime? She was carrying that handgun when she inadvertently drove across state lines into New Jersey.
While she still faces more than three years for that simple mistake, the same Judge and Prosecutor involved with her case set free the Baltimore Raven's Ray Rice.
Allen, a 27-year-old Philadelphia mother who says she mistakenly entered New Jersey with a handgun legally registered in her state, was not accepted into a pre-trial intervention program, unlike the former Baltimore Ravens running back who was caught on an elevator surveillance camera punching his then-fiancée and current wife. The disparate decisions, made by the same prosecutor and approved by the same judge, leave Allen facing more than three years in prison and Rice free, though disgraced.
Atlantic County prosecutor Jim McClain recommended Rice for the program in May, months after denying the single mother's application. And Superior Court Judge Michael Donio, who signed off on the agreement that spared Rice jail time, denied a motion by Allen's attorney to force McClain to reconsider.
This is not the first time gun-control advocates have made such a distinction. Back in 2012, a liberal news site published an interactive map of legal gun owners. The original map showed the names and addresses of every registered gun owner in Westchester and Rockland counties in New York. (Under pressure, Lohud removed the interactive maps and replaced them with map images.) The map they would never publish? A map of registered child molesters.
August 15, 2014
Angelic Michael Brown Not So Angelic After All (Updated & Bumped)
So, it seems the witness, who claimed Brown had his hands in the air and was running away from the police officer, helped Brown rob a store moments before. Yeah, no motive to lie there...
From The Daily Mail:
According to the police report, video shows Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson having an altercation with store staff and allegedly stealing a box of Swisher Sweets cigars on Saturday, shortly before midday.
In the grainy images, a large black man wearing a light-colored shirt, distinctive shoes, a red baseball hat and khaki shorts is seen assaulting a clerk and then stealing cigars.
A photograph of Michael Brown's body, taken minutes later in the street after he was shot dead, shows that he was wearing a light grey shirt, the same shoes and khaki cargo shorts. There was also a red baseball cap by the body.
This new development might also explain why rioters focused their rage on the QuikTrip convenience store. Although the store isn't where the robbery took place, it was mentioned by the robbery victim as a possible destination of the two criminals. The angry mobs must have heard about the robbery some time before it was made public, yet they still pursued the "cop executed innocent boy" narrative as an excuse to riot.
UPDATE: A vetted caller to the Dana Loesch Show gives Officer Darren Wilson's account of what happened:
(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)
Transcript below the fold.
A partial transcript, from Gateway Pundit:
"He pulled up ahead of them. And then he got a call-in that there was a strong-arm robbery. And, they gave a description. And, he's looking at them and they got something in their hands and it looks like it could be what, you know those cigars or whatever. So he goes in reverse back to them. Tries to get out of his car. They slam his door shut violently. I think he said Michael did. And, then he opened the car again. He tried to get out. He stands up.
And then Michael just bum-rushes him and shoves him back into his car. Punches him in the face and them Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabbed for the gun. At one point he got the gun entirely turned against his hip. And he shoves it away. And the gun goes off.
Well, then Michael takes off and gets to be about 35 feet away. And, Darren's first protocol is to pursue. So, he stands up and yells, "Freeze!" Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him... And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something."
Video of Michael Brown's strong-arm robbery can be viewed HERE.
July 21, 2014
Friend of Boston Marathon Bomber Begins Fretting Over Cornhole
If your friend is a mass murdering terrorist, it's probably best not to do him a favor:
A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Monday of impeding the investigation into the bombing.
Azamat Tazhayakov was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy, with prosecutors saying he agreed with a friend's plan to remove Tsarnaev's backpack containing altered fireworks from his dorm room a few days after the 2013 bombing.
July 16, 2014
Another Happy Landing
A group of San Diego men came to the aid of a mother and daughter during an attempted carjacking.But then you look at the Fox and Friends video and find out you're going to have to go elsewhere to see that actual entire video.
Fox and Friends showed video of the Good Samaritans wrestling down and restraining the suspect, who attempted to steal the vehicle with the mother and her daughter still inside.
That's what I'm here for.
July 04, 2014
Michigan Judge Orders Unindicted Co-Conspirator CAIR To Stop Harassing Private Citizens
Unindicted co-conspirator CAIR has been using a tactic of targeting any citizen who expresses opposition to the construction of new Mosques. It is considered a form of "lawfare" or "legal jihad," which forces the defendant to expend large amounts of legal costs or give up opposition. It essentially violates the First Amendment right of individuals.
Today, a Michigan federal judge granted a motion filed by the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) requesting that the court "quash" harassing and burdensome subpoenas issued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to Ms. Zaba Davis, a private citizen who received the subpoenas because she publicly expressed her opposition to the construction of an Islamic center in her neighborhood. And in a rare move, the judge also awarded AFLC its attorneys' fees and costs for having to bring the motion. Read the judge's ruling here.
The judge based his decision, in part, on the Supreme Court case of N.A.A.C.P. v. Claiborne Hardware Co., 458 U.S. 886, 913 (1982)
(internal citations omitted):
This Court has recognized that expression on public issues "has always rested on the highest rung of the hier archy of First Amendment values." "[S]peech concerning public affairs is more than self-expression; it is the essence of self-government." There is a "profound national commitment" to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open.
So much for Sharia being comparable with the Constitution. Silencing criticism, as Sharia does with regard to anything Islamic, is a direct violation of the First Amendment of Constitution.
Donate to the AFLC if you can. I have no doubt, in the future we will see many more of these "lawfare" tactics and frivolous lawsuits from unindicted co-conspirator CAIR and other Islamic organizations against ordinary citizens. The average person who could not afford an attorney and would be forced into silence.
Slander In Islamic Law - (skip to around 21:45 in the video). Steven Coughlin also predicts Islamic organizations using legal remedies to stifle criticism.
July 01, 2014
Muslima Practicing Religion of Peas
Apparently Latia Harris wears the Hijab because she doesn't want you to, you know, lose control over her womanly charms
Police are searching for a woman seen on an amateur video savagely beating another woman as the victim's 2-year-old son watched and pleaded for the violence to stop.I tell you what, if Latia needs to hide her womanly charms, then Charles Barkley better start wearing the Hijab too.
"Police in this county deal with this type of violence everyday. Yet, this video is physically sickening to watch," Salem Chief of Police John J. Pelura III said Wednesday.
The suspect in the case has been identified as Latia Harris, 25, of Salem, who is facing charges of aggravated assault and two counts of making terroristic threats, Pelura said. She has not yet been apprehended.
....Pelura said the victim said a woman named "Tia" who works at McDonald's assaulted her and "accused her of spreading rumors about her and her manager." In the video the suspect is dressed in what appears to be a McDonald's restaurant employee uniform — a burgundy shirt and black pants.
As bystanders watched, the victim is thrown to the ground and beaten about her face and kicked in her back by the suspect, the video shows. During the beating the suspect continued to rant, using foul language and saying something about possibly losing her job.
June 24, 2014
Would You Rather...
Have a working cell phone with a direct line to 911 or have a functional handgun?
A woman called 911 in the middle of the night in Minneapolis and an operator picked up five states away. [...]
After a busy night at her bar job, Lewis made it back to her apartment in Minneapolis.
"A few minutes after I got in, there was pounding on my door and someone trying to jiggle my door handle," she said.
It was 4:30 a.m. and Lewis knew whatever was happening shouldn't have been.
She dialed 911 from her cell phone and an operator picked up. [...]
Instead of being connected to Minneapolis 911, which is located less than two miles from her apartment, her call traveled 1,200 miles away.
"I was like I live in Minneapolis," Lewis said, "and she's like 'Oh, you dialed 911 in New York.'"
Two minutes later, Lewis tried again and the same thing happened. [...]
A New York operator ended up contacting Minneapolis with Lewis' emergency. Police showed up 30 minutes later. (Source)
May 22, 2014
(Photo from An NC Gun Blog)
Despite a "No Weapons" sign displayed clearly at the front entrance, three armed men entered a gun free restaurant, then robbed and assaulted employees:
A Durham, North Carolina restaurant with a sign on its front door reading, "No Weapons, No Concealed Firearms," was robbed at gunpoint on May 19. [...]
According to Durham's ABC 11, around 9 PM "three men wearing hoodies entered the restaurant through the back doors with pistols, and forced several staff members to lie on the floor." The armed men "also assaulted two employees during the crime."
The suspects are still on the loose.
From ABC 11:
Be on the look out for 3 nondescript men between 20 and 30 years old wearing hoodies.
May 20, 2014
'We're From The Government And We Are Here To Protect You' - US Court of Appeals Clears Way For Gun Confiscation
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that police can enter your home without a warrant, search it, and confiscate any weapons they find, as long as they claim they have your best interest at heart.
In the case of Krysta Sutterfield vs. City of Milwaukee, et al., the judges ruled:
"The intrusions upon Sutterfield's privacy were profound," Judge Ilana Rovner wrote for three-judge panel.
"At the core of the privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment is the right to be let alone in one's home."
But the court also found, that on the other hand, "There is no suggestion that (police) acted for any reason other than to protect Sutterfield from harm."
"Even if the officers did exceed constitutional boundaries," the court document states, "they are protected by qualified immunity."
While there may be circumstances in which police officers must act in order to protect a person's life, this ruling is vague enough that it opens the door for warrantless searches and gun confiscation by any law enforcement authority who simply states they are acting to protect the individual.
The Journal Sentinel has more background on this case. Interestingly, a person claiming to be Sutterfield is posting in comments with her side. It is worth a read.
May 09, 2014
Video Of Police Shooting Released by Family
I remember when this first happened last year. The family tearfully claimed they called police to help with a mentally ill relative. However, the police responded with more force than they anticipated when the relative lunged at an officer with a knife.
But the family must have anticipated some force, as they set up a hidden camera to capture the event as it unfolded. They just released the video:
The video fully exonerates the officer, imo. It shows the responding officers acted with great restraint and gave the suspect every opportunity to drop his weapon. And it shows the suspect lunging at the officer, making it a legitimate case of self defense.
I don't know why the family thought it was a good idea to make the video public.
May 03, 2014
"Professional Thief" Back At Work After Near Fatal Shooting
A 15-year-old is back to breaking in homes a year after being shot:
If a bullet to the head can't put him on a straight path, nothing can. His family even seems to enable his criminal activity. His brother proudly calls him a "professional thief." His parents claim the shooting left him physically disabled.
For background on the shooting, go HERE.
Currently, the case is stalled. The prosecutor is trying, for a third time, to get a Grand Jury to return an indictment. The fact the prosecution has already failed twice indicates the jurors are not satisfied the evidence supports an indictment.
April 30, 2014
OK Execution Takes Forty Minutes
A death row inmate spent forty minutes writhing in agony before dying of a heart attack following a new cocktail of drugs administered in a lethal injection on Tuesday night.
Oklahoma prison officials halted Clayton Lockett's execution after the experimental drug left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney.
The 38-year-old, who was found guilty of shooting a woman and watching his friends bury her alive, was declared unconscious ten minutes after the first of the state's new three-drug lethal injection combination was administered.
Three minutes later, though, he began breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow.
It later emerged his vein had ruptured.
This animal twice shot a young woman and then buried her alive. How long did it take for her to die? According to the other victims, the entire ordeal took hours.
So, cry me a river. Even after forty minutes of "writhing in agony," Lockett got off too easy.
February 27, 2014
Cop Shoots Attacker
A man begins pounding a cop's head into the pavement. The officer, fearing for his safety, fires two shots. This attack is eerily similar to the George Zimmerman case, with the exception that Zimmerman did not attempt to detain Martin; Martin initiated the first physical contact.
For a dramatic example of how quickly a fight can go bad even for a trained, experienced, and armed police officer against an unarmed aggressor -- an example with eerie parallels to George Zimmerman’s defensive shooting of Trayvon Martin -- see this bit of cellphone video.
It captures a Kansas City Police Officer having to go for his gun after an unarmed suspect he was attempting to arrest got the upper hand and started beating the police officer's head into the sidewalk. The officer fired twice, with one of those rounds tearing through the attacker's diaphragm, liver, and heart, and killing him.
Although these events took place last December 1, the video was only just released when the grand jury empaneled to review the shooting returned a "no bill" against Police Officer Donald Hubbard, meaning no criminal action will be taken against him for the shooting death of the attacker, 26-year-old Anthony Bruno. Bruno was himself an off-duty firefighter.
I don't know which is more amusing to me - this asshole getting his due or the idiotic bystanders, who were initially demanding the officer explain himself, screaming in shock.
It is very fortunate for this police officer that the suspect was not black. Otherwise, he would be, no doubt, facing charges of racism, hate crimes, and the wrath of leftists everywhere.
UPDATE: More about this case can be found HERE.
January 14, 2014
Do You Feel Lucky, Punk? Retired Cop Shoots Texter In Movie Theater
Maybe it's just my dark sense of humor, but something about this story makes me feel good:
An argument between a retired police captain and a couple who was texting inside of a Florida movie theater erupted into gunfire today that left one man dead and a woman wounded. [...]
Police said that Reeves asked Chad and Nichole Oulson several times to stop [texting], and then Reeves left the theater. When Reeves returned, Chad Oulson asked Reeves if he reported his phone use to the theater managers, police said. That prompted an argument which ended when Reeves pulled out a gun and shot Oulson in the chest, police said.
"The victim was on his cellphone, he was texting. We believe he was making some kind of noise. This noise led to an altercation," Sheriff Chris Nocco said [...]
So She Won?
But, but, but... Isn't Chicago a gun free zone?!!eleventy!!
CHICAGO - A South Side woman has been charged with a felony count of reckless discharge of a weapon after police say she shot her brother in the eye last week while the two argued over whether or not her handgun would fire. (Source)
December 30, 2013
Cornhole Watch: Officer Vagina
Officer Vagina swears he's totally 100% notgay! And to prove it he fingers men up the ass for no reason.
This gentleman violently inserted his finger into dozens of victims' anuses. Sometimes his friends held guns to the victims' heads to force them to comply. Why was he sentenced to just two years in prison? Because he was an officer with the Milwaukee police department!Enjoy your stay in Wisconsin's finest pound you in the ass prison Officer Vagina I mean Vagnini, whatever.Vagnini put his bare hand down the man’s pants, touched his scrotum and inserted fingers into his anus, the complaint says. When the man pulled away, Vagnini put him in a choke hold that caused him to slobber onto Vagnini’s arm.
Hat Tip: Instapundit.
An Experiement In Article Versus Video
I was surfing around my news sites when I came across this story about two teenagers in Honduras. It was tragic from the beginning. Both lived with their families in poverty scavenging for a few dollars a day.
They soon discover stealing is much more profitable than any legal work they could find:
Edwin Mejia didn't want to go out and steal that morning.
The $75 he and his buddy had made the day before from the stolen motorcycle felt like a fortune compared to the $5 a day he earned selling his mother's tortillas. The 15-year-old lay in bed inside the wooden one-room house he shared with his 10 brothers and sisters and told his partner, Eduardo Aguilera, that he wasn't in the mood. [...]
Honduras never developed the democratic institutions that would guarantee a rule of law. Instead, it is a largely lawless land where there are few choices for the poor, heroes are scarce, and violence is a given.
I knew as soon as I started reading this article was written to invoke sympathy for criminals more than for the victim. Sure, there are a few mentions that the victim was also struggling to provide for his family, but the entire gist of the story was about the struggling poor reluctantly turning to lawlessness and their subsequent mistreatment within the Honduras judicial system.
What came next would last four hours.
The two teenagers, visibly nervous, ditched the bike and started running in the middle of a five-lane highway, desperately trying to stop anyone to give them a ride. They ran past a Clarion Hotel, a Burger King and a McDonald's. At one point, traffic video caught them trying to jump a moving bus, pointing their gun at the driver, who did not stop. [...]
Two policemen finally caught the boys in a parking lot near the Marriott Hotel, in the same block as the presidential palace.
Police won't say what happened next, but according to public prosecutor Alexis Santos, 40, the police officers started beating both the boys, focusing on Eduardo, whom they thought had fired the gun.
I admit, the story slant got me. While I sympathized with the young police officer who lost his life, I also felt sympathy for these two teenagers, who found themselves caught up in a life and death struggle after making a series of bad decisions.
After all, how many of us also made bad choices as a teen? Not to the extreme of killing someone, but poor decisions that might have spiraled beyond our control in a world more violent than our own?
And Edwin didn't even want to be there that day. The article tells me that in the very first line. He was just trying to survive in a harsh world.
A few biased accounts and a liberal media easily sways the mind and manipulates the point of view. Notice the article refers to the teens by their first names, but to the victim by the last name. That isn't an accident. First names humanize and make it more personal. Last names are more detached.
Since the article mentions a viral video of the incident, I knew that only viewing that video would expose the true measure of severity of the crime committed by those impoverished teens, without invoking any emotions of the reporter. Only seeing the victim in life, rather than a secondary character on an internet page, would capture the horror of the crime committed.
The viral video was noticeably excluded from the AP's "Big Story" about the crime. So I did a little digging and found it. It is posted below the fold.
Your assignment: Read the linked story. Think about how you feel about the two teenage criminals AP wants you to view as victims. Then watch the video. Do you feel the same? Discuss in comments.
UPDATE: A somewhat related post I did a couple of weeks ago, only this one has a happy ending. The teens in the story above were trying to commit a similar crime:
UPDATE II: Found another case with a happy ending. (Warning: Graphic)
December 29, 2013
Where's Rusty? Man Beats Off 15 Police Officers While Masturbating In A Bar
For some reason, I'm more impressed than offended...
A Beaverton man was arrested following a string of erratic outbursts that culminated in the suspect allegedly masturbating in a Salem roadhouse, officials said. [...]
By the time a Marion County deputy arrived on scene, Frey had moved from the bar to the bathroom, but reportedly had not stopped pleasuring himself.
Frey allegedly resisted arrest, forcing the deputy to zap the suspect with a Taser multiple times, officials said. The Taser had no effect on Frey, who then allegedly starting fighting with the deputy, officials said.
At least 15 police officers from Salem, Keizer and Marion County rushed to the bar and were eventually able to take the suspect into custody, officials said. (Source)
December 20, 2013
Where's Rusty? Joining the 'Cyber-Militia'
It's kind of a good idea, in theory. If we're ever under a real cyber-attack -- and by 'real' here, I mean large scale -- then you call up the 'cyber-militia' to counter it. I'll be first in line to volunteer. Howie, too. Provided the cyber-attack is connected to Kate Upton nude video containing malicious phishing code. He'd gladly spend hours working on that.
Part of the funding bill passed by Congress this week includes provisions that call for the Department of Defense to formally consider the creation of a part-time civilian force to assist in times of cyberattacks...Yeah, I'm not sure every state needs a Guard Unit dedicated to countering cyber-attacks. Isn't that kind of the whole idea behind cyber-threats? That they're non-spatially related? So, this seems like Congress just trying to get more of those fat DOD dollars directed homeward.
Some countries already have volunteer civilian "cyber militias"—Estonia, for example, has a civilian cyber reserve that it put together after cyberattacks on the country's national Internet infrastructure that appeared to originate from Russia. Maryland has created a cyberwarfare unit as part of its Air National Guard. But the Defense Department has resisted previous efforts by members of Congress to establish National Guard "Cyber and Computer Network Incident Response Teams" in every state.
But still, I like the idea in general. I'd even go farther. Why not an army of cyber-privateers?
Oh, thanks to @switch_d
December 11, 2013
Drunk Driver Who Killed 4 Spared Prison Because Rich Parents Never Taught Him About Consequences
Apparently, some Judges in Texas don't believe in teaching consequences either.
A TEENAGER who killed four people while driving drunk has been spared jail by a judge who says his rich parents never taught him about consequences.
The Star-Telegram reports that the families of those who died expressed their anger as Ethan Couch, 16, of Texas, escaped a possible 20 year prison sentence and instead was handed 10 years of probation.
November 21, 2013
I Like This Game!
It's called "Knockout" and when the thug tries to knock you out, you shoot him.
Sign me up!
November 07, 2013
Gay MasoDetective Follows Subject For Months Investigation Comes Up Empty After Mother of All Anal Probes
Update: More at Protein Wisdom.
October 08, 2013
NY Biker Beatdown: NYPD Cop Helped In Attack!
This is good news and this is bad news.
The bad news is that at least one of the NYPD cops riding with the bikers was physically involved with the beating of Alexian Lien:
An off-duty undercover cop who had claimed he took no active role as fellow bikers pulled a Manhattan dad from his SUV and beat him to a pulp was actually pounding the vehicle with his fists at the height of the bloody road-rage attack, sources told The Post.
The cop, a seven-year veteran, had told investigators he didn’t help the injured man because he rode up to the scene as the beating was nearly over, sources said.
But video footage clearly shows otherwise, disgusted sources said Monday — and Internal Affairs Bureau higher-ups want to nail the officer.
This supports my belief that the officers didn't initially report their participation in the lawless biker rally until the video was uploaded and became viral. Once they realized they might be identified, they had no choice.
The good news? IMO, the Liens now have a mega-lawsuit against the city. Not only did the NYPD know about the biker gang rampaging through the city (police had received over 200 complaints), but now it is reveled their own officers participated.
I hope the Liens become millionaires a dozen times over because of this case. They deserve every penny.
Four of the crotch rocket thugs have been arrested. One had charges dismissed.
The punk who initiated the contact that led to the entire chain of events whines that it wasn't his fault. He says the SUV driver was a big meanie who likes to pick on innocent motorcyclists.
October 04, 2013
NYPD Cops Among Lawless Biker Gang
Now we know why there were no police in sight during the entire lawless biker rally. They were all undercover:
A pair of NYPD detectives rode last weekend with the motorcycle mob that battered a Manhattan dad as his terrified family watched, a source told the Daily News.
The two cops apparently waited several days after Sunday's brutal assault before informing supervisors about their involvement in the high-profile case, the source said. [...]
A second source indicated two or three more officers were riding with the bikers, although their roles in the wild melee were unknown.
To protect and to serve. Isn't it nice to know the NYPD will stand by and watch people get dragged from their vehicles and beaten? Since when is protecting a drug investigation more important than saving a person's life?
BTW, I understand some of you are concerned about labeling these crotch rocket thugs as "bikers." I used to ride, so I am also a little sensitive about the issue. I just use the term "biker" to distinguish between the riders and other type vehicles. It is in no way my judgement against all motorcycle riders.
Awesome: Notorious Online Outlaw Caught Because He Forgot the First Rule of the Internet
The first rule of anonymity on the internet is never post your email address when that email address can be linked to you. It's a classic rookie mistake. I've outed dozens of extremists who did this same thing. And what is this super sekrit tool used to link a flesh and blood human to some "anonymous" nom de guerre on the internet? Google search:
US authorities believe that 29-year-old Ross William Ulbricht, arrested on Wednesday, is Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR) - the administrator of the notorious Silk Road online marketplace...."Altoid" was in fact Ulbricht. He was trolling message boards and blogs that catered to people trying to score drugs. He was trying to drum up business for his own website where people could buy drugs and worse -- Ulbricht himself hired a hitman through his website to take care of a guy in Canada who threatened to out users on the site.
The trail began with a post made on a web forum where users discussed the use of magic mushrooms.
In a post titled "Anonymous market online?", a user nicknamed Altoid started publicising the site.
On one of the blogs "Altoid" left an email address:
In a post asking seeking to find an IT expert with knowledge of Bitcoin, he asked people to contact him via email@example.comWow, that's a rookie mistake. You'd think a guy running one of the most successful darkweb sites would know better. You'd be wrong.
Purp over at AoSHQ thinks the guy was caught because the FBI has been able to use a bug designed for TOR to get info on users. But if you read the indictment it was nothing as sophisticated as that. Once they had an email link to the suspect, they got a warrant. With a warrant for proxy server's records they could locate the guy's real IP. And once you have that, well, the rest is just a mopping up exercise.
September 06, 2013
Rusty Reviews His Recent House Burglary
At first I didn't think the burglary was going to be all that fun. And then I thought, heh, this is much more interesting than I expected.
And then suddenly I lost interest.