F*ck Ashli Babbitt

Too provocative? Maybe. But no more so that an elected United States Representative [and QAnon asshat] Paul Gosar [R, AZ] when he maligned law enforcement, asking FBI Director Wray:

“Do you know who executed Ashli Babbitt?” and “The Capitol police officer that did this shooting appeared to be hiding, lying in wait and then gave no warning before killing her.” See how he frames the actions of the LEO, but not Babbitt?

I have no animosity against Babbitt, she was an anti-American useful idiot. I most certainly harbor sincere animosity against those in positions of authority who would attempt to martyr her in the pursuit of a lie. The unnamed Capitol Police Officer who fired the lethal shot, was manning the barricade [with a mere three other officers] that constituted the inner, and last ring of defense outside the House Chambers……not as some elected Representatives have claimed, the insurrectionists being “like normal tourists”, or “staying within the rope lines”……..but rather violently assaulting U.S. Capitol and its police, and breaking through doors and windows to gain entry.

Sheep attempting to exculpate the ‘deep state’ elites and their sycophants in pursuit of a lie [in the absence of any credible facts], are guilty of everything the acolytes of the charlatan claim in the opposite. And they should pay….dearly.

Trump just bragged about executing an American Citizen

At his Covid petri-dish rally today:

“We sent in the U.S. Marshals, took 15 minutes and it was over. They knew who he was, they didn’t want to arrest him, and 15 minutes — that ended.”

Yep, the President of the United States bragged to sycophants, that his armed agents of the State, intentionally executed an American Citizen. What the U.S. Marshall’s knew, or intended……is not known…..all we have to go on, is the words of the Enemy of the State.

Trump is a Traitor to the Republic, as are those who keep him in power.

* As an addendum, it appears that Steve Scully got suspended from the venerable C-SPAN for lying about an alleged Twitter hack. Good. Liars and hypocrites are among the lowest forms of life.

Breonna Taylor and the need for SIGNIFICANT Reform

The below is lifted almost in it’s entirety from Grim’s Hall, as he wrote an astounding piece on today’s events, and the implications for the future murder of Citizens. I’ve added a few thoughts at the end.

With the recent acquittal of two of the two detectives in the raid on the apartment of Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, things are going to get violent in Louisville tonight (and apparently already have).  And I think we can all agree that while anger may be appropriate, burning and looting the town is not (and would not ever solve anything).  But I have some things to say about the incident that sparked this, and I’ll put them below the fold.

So to begin with, I think this should terrify any and all lawful gun owners in Louisville, if not Kentucky or the rest of the country.  If the police can secure a warrant to raid your home based upon nothing other than your past associations (indeed, no other evidence has ever been presented as to why a no-knock warrant was issued by Jefferson County Circuit Judge Mary Shaw less than 12 minutes after it was requested to justify such a warrant), and execute that warrant after midnight (a time when most of us would be sound asleep) by breaking in the door, then I think it’s likely that this will happen again and again, and more innocent home owners will believe themselves victims of a robbery and fire at police drawing lethal retribution.

Put yourself in Kenneth Walker’s shoes.  Just before 1am, you hear the sound of your front door being smashed in.  You dial 911 to report a break-in and grab your (lawfully owned) firearm and go to confront the intruders.  You do not see uniformed policemen, or SWAT members, but three plainclothed people in the dark of your home, and they’re armed.  How unreasonable is it to believe them to be intruders intent on doing you and your partner harm?  How unreasonable is it to shoot?  So shoot he did.  One shot that injured one of the officers in the leg.  They responded by firing no less than twenty times into the bedroom, hitting Breonna at least 8 times.  Their shooting was in fact so indiscriminate, that several of their shots went into the neighboring apartment where a pregnant woman and her 5 year old child were sleeping.  At this point, the police finally identify themselves as such and Kenneth surrenders (he was temporarily arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but those charges were wisely dropped by the DA about two months later).

There is some dispute as to whether the police announced themselves before breaking down the door.  Kenneth and the neighbors say the police did not.  The police and the Kentucky AG says they did.  I am inclined to take the word of the neighbors and Kenneth Walker that they did not hear any such announcement.  After all, at 12:45am, I doubt I’d be able to make out what words were shouted before hearing my door break down.  I suspect it would simply register to my waking brain as “shouting”.  Either way, here is where I come down on this issue.  There is no reason to break down doors and execute “dynamic entry warrants” short of a hostage situation, or an armed terrorist hiding out in a building.  Even the police do not dispute that what they were looking for was drugs.  And not a horde of drugs from some kind of drug kingpin, but a from a small time dealer (namely drugs from Breonna’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover who had been previously arrested the night of the raid).  There was no evidence that he had given drugs to Breonna, that drugs had been sold from Breonna’s apartment, or that any current relationship even existed between Breonna and her drug-dealing ex-boyfriend.  So what could possibly justify such an early morning raid on a residence?

I’ve been asked many times why I support legalization of drugs.  And I have many (truthful) answers.  No, I have never used any illegal drugs (save for underage alcohol consumption when I was under 18-19… *gasp!*), and no I have no desire to do so in the future, but I do believe that we could get much of the crime out of the drug trade by decriminalizing it in the same manner we got organized crime out of the liquor business by abolishing Prohibition.  But I want to add to that now.  I also want to decriminalize drugs because of raids like this.  The idea that it’s SO dangerous that a criminal might flush their drugs in a toilet, that it’s critical to allow police to break down doors, primed to shoot any and all opposition in the house in order to prevent that is contemptuous.  That we value a drug arrest so much that human lives (innocent or otherwise) are less important.

This is not a case of “well, they shouldn’t have broken the law” or “well, they shouldn’t have resisted arrest”.  This is a case of a man defending his home and partner from what he very reasonably assumed was a pack of intruders.  After all, neither he nor Breonna were engaged in illegal activities (which police have confirmed), so why should he expect police to smash down his door at 1am?  And why should you expect police to break down your door?  You wouldn’t.  Neither did Kenneth Walker.  And Breonna Taylor paid the ultimate price for it.  One day it could be you.  This needs to stop.

*Bolding emphasis mine.

I would add to the argument for decriminalization, that I don’t believe it to be the purview of the State to tell a Citizen what they may put in their body, anymore than to tell them they cannot engage in an otherwise lawful act, but for monetary compensation [prostitution].

I have no animus against law enforcement in general [even with the spate of LEOs murdering dogs], as often they are merely the arm of the prosecutors…….but god dammit…..we need to assert our Rights as Citizens to not be subjected to arbitrary tyranny by armed agents of the State,

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Property

The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions… (and) when his own preservation comes not in competition, ought he, as much as he can, to preserve the rest of mankind, and may not, unless it be to do justice on an offender, take away, or impair the life, or what tends to the preservation of the life, the liberty, health, limb, or goods of another. – Two Treatises of Government, 1689

I’m not commenting on the recent Kenosha shooting, with Kyle Rittenhouse being charged with killing two alleged protesters; too much still unknown as to the reasons that happened.

I’m talking about the Right of a Citizen to protect what is theirs [or their neighbors]. I don’t care what your ’cause’ is. You do not have the Right to destroy the life’s work and livelihood of another Citizen, particularly one who has not transgressed you in any manner associated or not, with your cause.

I applaud community members who protected their homes and businesses, and those of their neighbors, and will do so myself, were a rampaging mob to descend near my extremely rural location [highly unlikely however]. The rioters and arsonists who wantonly destroy that which is not theirs, in a rage fueled tantrum, deservedly lose all semblance of justified anger and alliance with others.

And for the BLM “leader” who stated: “That is reparations. Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance”. The only reparation suitable for this person, is in a caliber of the business owners choosing.

Destroy my property? Possibly forfeit your life. Period. Your call.

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Now, protests are both patriotic and justified, particularly when faced with the racism still extant in today’s law enforcement agencies around the country…..not to mention the more recent militarization. Not hard to sympathize if one is educated on the inherent racism in law enforcement in our nations history. Don’t get me started on the rash of dog shootings……..

Police departments need reform. Now. The criminal justice system needs reform. Now.

But if you think that burning down my business [or that of another innocent Citizen]…..or berating diners to elicit virtue-signalling conformity, will win you you any converts….your an idiot. An idiot that may learn a rather painful life lesson – Watch who you fuck with.

Bad Shoot in Kenosha

I don’t usually comment on police criminality or impropriety, at least without waiting until the investigation or trial is complete……

But the video evidence from the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, leaves little doubt in my mind. This was a bad shoot.

The police officer closest to Blake [of the many on the scene], had at least one point of control on Blake’s person…….Blake was not visibility resisting apprehension…..and he was entering a confined space where he would not be able to egress [LEO’s would have had ample time for any apprehension before Blake could have started the vehicle and driven off].

But instead of physically restraining him or using non-lethal means [I saw no evidence of this] during his movement from the house to the vehicle…..the officer [allegedly] shoots Blake in the back, possibly 5-7 times…..with his three children sitting in the vehicle.

Are there extenuating circumstances to this case [was he reaching for a weapon inside the vehicle?]? Possibly….we’ll soon know. But if these circumstances do not exist, the this officer should be charged and convicted with attempted murder.

We have a diseased mentality extant in many law enforcement officers, who when kitted up with military equipment [1033 Program], seem to think themselves military commando’s rather than civilian law enforcement officers, accountable to the community that they serve. Don’t get me started on the seemingly recent rash of dog shootings….

Reform and change needs to occur. Now. Armed agents of the State do not act with impunity, at the expense of Rights and Life of the Citizen. Not in a Constitutional Republic at least.

Tyranny

Whether or not you agree with the current protests or not, if an unmarked vehicle pulls up to you, while you’re in the public space, and not in the commission of a crime……and armed unidentified agents seize your person; you are within your rights to defend yourself, with lethal violence if necessary.

Period.

Sometimes rebellion IS the answer.

Did you catch it when a U.S. Senator advocated the murder of American Citizens?

If you didn’t, don’t worry…..even the allegedly liberal media didn’t make much fuss over his remark:

“And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry—whatever it takes to restore order. No quarter for insurrection“

As Conservative attorney David French writes: “A no quarter order is a war crime, prohibited even in actual insurrection since Abraham Lincoln‘s signed the Lieber Code in 1863; Such an order is banned by international law and would, if carried out, be murder under American law.”

That’s your government at work…….

Immigration: Right Action, Probably the Wrong Reason

So, POTUS is apparently going to sign an EO halting all immigration, though the details haven’t been release, it may exempt migrant farm workers….so really, what’s the point?

But I’ve long advocated this action….not because of COVID/Jobs fears…but to fix our woeful immigration system. IF this suspension leads the Administration, Congress and CPB to actually remediate the inherent failures….then bravo.

If that does not occur, then we’ve just witnessed yet another political game….

Officer “Boone” Passes….

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It is with deep sadness that the Front Royal Police Department must report that K-9 Boone has passed away earlier today, just 2 days after his 12th birthday, from a brief illness he was being treated for. Boone and his handler, Sergeant J.B. Courtney, have been partners since June of 2007 when the K-9 program with our department was started.

K-9 Boone graduated from the United States Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Canine School in 2007. He was actively serving our department, having been deployed on over 1000 occasions to assist in detecting illegal narcotics in vehicles, residences, and schools. Those deployments provided support to not just the Front Royal Police Department, but also the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, National Park Service, and other area agencies. Sergeant J.B. Courtney and Boone have over 400 documented seizures of illegal narcotics and paraphernalia and have provided numerous K-9 demonstrations for area schools, civic organizations and has been a featured demonstrator at National Night Out.

Boone gave 100% to our department and the community he served for 11 years and will be missed by all. Please keep Sergeant J.B. Courtney and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they heal from his passing. – Link

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Boone was a friend to us, a stalwart Law Enforcement Officer, and a beloved member of the Courtney family. He will be truly missed.