Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sheriff Joe: Armed militias beware or be shot

This one's for Badtux from PoliceOne.com:

PHOENIX — Tough-talking Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is warning civilians who embark on armed patrols in remote desert terrain that they could end up "seeing 30 rounds fired into them" by one of his deputies.

His unapologetically terse comments came Tuesday after a member of an Arizona Minuteman border-watch movement was arrested over the weekend for pointing a rifle at a Maricopa County sheriff's deputy he apparently mistook for a drug smuggler.

"If they continue this there could be some dead militia out there," Arpaio said.
Yeah, like that'd be a big loss. Heh. Go read the rest.

¡Sin Precio!

The Political Carnival puts a little el spinno and logical expansion on Canuckistanian Cuban Cruz's supporters' viewpoint.

Thanks to The Texas Tribune.

Our own Lucian (@lwdgrfx) spotted more right wing hypocrisy, stupidity, and even found some humor in this eye-popping post at Raw Story.

Birther Christina Katok, of course, an avid Ted Cruz fan, proves once again how so many of these right wing extremists are of very little, if any, brain.
Brain? They're Teabaggers. Don't need no steenkin' brain!

But Katok doesn’t seem to understand a few basics, as you can see in the video where you can watch her say the following at a Texas tea party rally:

“As far as I’m concerned, Canada is not really foreign soil,” she explained, adding that she was more worried about the president’s “strong ties to Kenya.” She noted that Obama had not released his long-form birth certificate until after he was elected.

What if Canadians were brown people who didn’t speak English, Birther Christina? Would you make the same claim, as far as you’re concerned? What if President Obama’s skin was as white as yours?

I’ll dispense with further snarky commentary, because Lucian nailed it in two sentences. As he points out so astutely:

“If Canada ‘is not really foreign soil’ because they’re our neighbors, then neither is Mexico. Therefore, we no longer need to worry about deporting Mexican citizens here without papers because hey, what’s the problem – they’re not foreigners!


Trying to maintain Ted Cruz is eligible for the presidency but President Obama is not? Priceless.”
I have only three things to add:

1. IOKIYAR

2. Bwahahahaha!

3. ¡Hola, amigos!

Saturday Emmylou Blogging

Published on Aug 20, 2013
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Vorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium
26th May 2006

Thanks to Best KNOPFLER Channel.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Arpaio's Cops and Militia Dolts Almost Kill Each Other

Operative word is "almost". Dammit.

The Rude Pundit is back from his vacation to Cape Breton Island (Canuckistan) and seems very relaxed. Heh.

So it must have been something of a surprise when one of these armed assholes at the border, thinking some Messicans were about to jump him, pointed his gun and yelled orders at one of Arpaio's deputies. The pure comedy part? When the deputy identified himself, the Minuteman, who we'll call "Cooter," because fuck that guy, said, "You aren’t taking my weapons." Poor Cooter. He never had a chance. Of course they took his weapons. Of course they arrested Cooter.

And, of course, Sheriff Joe made a statement where he said his deputies could have put "30 rounds" in the guy and added, without a hint of his own complicity, that there will be chaos "if you’re going to have private citizens dressed just like our deputies taking the law into their own hands." It's like Jeffrey Dahmer saying that the latest Cleveland serial killer should cut it out. Cooter, for his part, went full Zimmerman, saying that he was standing his ground. According to his statement, "[H]e had the right to point his rifle at the individual because he had reasonable suspicion to believe a crime was occurring."

Now Cooter faces felony assault charges. And the Minutemen no longer have Sheriff Joe on their side. But the more important lesson here is for every barrel-fellating gun nut who thinks that he can defend himself from the evil government: you can't, Cooter. You just can't. In this case, the deputies of the man the militias thought was on their side disarmed the 2nd Amendment lover and threatened to kill him. Oh, Cooter, it's different facing armed authorities and not poor immigrants. And when you're cornered, you'll surrender without a fight (my em).

That last line tells the whole story on the wannabe militias.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

DOJ Asks Court to Grant Immunity to George W. Bush For Iraq War

War Is A Crime.org

In court papers filed today (PDF), the United States Department of Justice requested that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz be granted procedural immunity in a case alleging that they planned and waged the Iraq War in violation of international law.

Plaintiff Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi single mother and refugee now living in Jordan, filed a complaint in March 2013 in San Francisco federal court alleging that the planning and waging of the war constituted a “crime of aggression” against Iraq, a legal theory that was used by the Nuremberg Tribunal to convict Nazi war criminals after World War II.

"The DOJ claims that in planning and waging the Iraq War, ex-President Bush and key members of his Administration were acting within the legitimate scope of their employment and are thus immune from suit,” chief counsel Inder Comar of Comar Law said.

The “Westfall Act certification,” submitted pursuant to the Westfall Act of 1988, permits the Attorney General, at his or her discretion, to substitute the United States as the defendant and essentially grant absolute immunity to government employees for actions taken within the scope of their employment.

In her lawsuit, Saleh alleges that:

-- Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz began planning the Iraq War in 1998 through their involvement with the “Project for the New American Century,” a Washington DC non-profit that advocated for the military overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

-- Once they came to power, Saleh alleges that Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz convinced other Bush officials to invade Iraq by using 9/11 as an excuse to mislead and scare the American public into supporting a war.

-- Finally, she claims that the United States failed to obtain United Nations approval prior to the invasion, rendering the invasion illegal and an act of impermissible aggression.

“The good news is that while we were disappointed with the certification, we were prepared for it,” Comar stated. “We do not see how a Westfall Act certification is appropriate given that Ms. Saleh alleges that the conduct at issue began prior to these defendants even entering into office. I think the Nuremberg prosecutors, particularly American Chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson, would be surprised to learn that planning a war of aggression at a private non-profit, misleading a fearful public, and foregoing proper legal authorization somehow constitute lawful employment duties for the American president and his or her cabinet.”

Best of luck to Ms. Saleh and her attorneys but I think the fix is in on this one.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pyongyang Ice

Sounds like North Korea has more in common with the U.S. than we knew. Heh.

WSJ

The 25-year-old North Korean man knew there would be no turning back once he escaped from North Korea across to the Chinese side of the frozen Tumen River. It was February 2009 and he knew he’d need to be swift to avoid detection by the armed North Korean and Chinese border guards.

He says only one thing could give him that clarity—the narcotic crystal meth, or methamphetamine.

“I inhaled about ten hits before I went to the river,” said the man, who now lives in Seoul and asked for his name not to be used. “I felt really focused, all I could think was go, go, go. I didn’t sleep for two days after that.”

Before his defection to South Korea, he says he used the drug, known as “bingdu” or “ice” in the North, off and on for about three years. He says it was easy to score, dealers worked the streets of his hometown of Hamhung, South Hamgyung Province.
I wonder if they get Breaking Bad on state-controlled TV?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Oh, the irony...

Ironic Times

AREA 51 DECLASSIFIED
All extraterrestrial artifacts, remains, ongoing research transferred to still-classified Area 52.

GOP Votes to Bar CNN, NBC From Hosting '16 Debates
In talks with SyFy, Cartoon Network
They coulda left out the comma...

Shift Seen in Federal Policy On Crime, Drugs
Justice Department hints it might start going after actual criminals.
Actual crime-fighting as opposed to busting stoners at the Sara Lee display?!

Gen X Slackers Reach Middle Age
Time to take stock and think seriously about moving out of parents' house.
Aw, Mom 'n Dad dudes...

Headlines of the Day

Reince Priebus Admits the CNN and NBC Ban Is a Scam Because Republicans Fear Debates
Can't say as I blame him. He must have watched the Repugs' clown show last time. Heh.

The Republican Party is scared of Hillary Clinton, scared of the nation’s changing demographics, and most of all they are terrified that you will find out what they really stand for.
We are.

GOP: "Blatant Attempt by Obama to Provide Hi Speed Internet Has Founding Fathers Turning in Graves"
...

Another day, another laugh out loud headline, courtesy of today's Republican Party. Call it The Revenge of The Toobz. Of all the things for Republicans to pick on this is a really pretty weird one.
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Rep. Grimm knows what Americans want (even though he refuses to hold a Town Hall during his 5 week summer recess). They want to use tin cans tied with string!
You have to stretch the string pretty tight to get those to work. I don't think the Repugs have that good a grip on anything. Heh.

Why an Iraqi Single Mom Is Suing George W. Bush for War Crimes

Why an Iraqi single mom and a tech lawyer think they can prove the Iraq War was a “crime of aggression” under U.S. law.
Doh - because it was?