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December 12, 2008

Who will police the police?

out of control prison system

out of control prison system

How do we fight back against a powerful American police and military system run amok?  ‘Kop Busters’, a group fighting back against police corruption, had an entertaining idea.  They decided to run a sting operation that would catch only police corruption.  Noting a rash of police ‘misinformation’ on search warrant requests, Kop Busters decided to ‘plant’ 2 Christmas trees in an apartment without any illegal activity taking place.  Odessa, Texas Police then illegally raided the house and arrested (with no basis) the attorney waiting for them.

Watch a news report on the public service sting operation here:

Read more about it here:

Donklephant.

I expect severe punishment of the police who arrested the attourney without any hint of illegal activity, as well as of any police officer who lied on an official court document to obtain a warrant.  As this is not an isolated incident, but a reaction to a glut of similar suspected  acitivty, I also expect an independent probe into potential corrupt behavior among upper level police and D.A. in Odessa Texas.  God bless these patriots!

Kathryn Johnston age 92, gunned down by police in her own home

Kathryn Johnston age 92, gunned down by police in her own home

November.org has some great info.

Read about Kathryn Johnston, the 92 year old lady who was gunned down by police in riot gear breaking into her home on warrant misinformation, in wikipedia.

December 5, 2008

New York Cowboys

Filed under: law, News, Sports — Tags: , , , , — skeptisys @ 11:05 am
other Cowboys bow to Plaxico Burress

other Cowboys bow to Plaxico Burress

One useful means to distract people from ‘the Great Depression 2.0′ is a good cops and robbers story.  With that in mind, the big news this week in the New York sports world is Giants star Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg with a pistol.  Here are the main alleged facts, as we know them.

Plaxico Burress is a Wide Receiver for the football Giants, as opposed to a wide receiver in prison.  Oh zing! – a prison rape joke!  Plaxico may have been a ‘tight end’ at some point, but no more.

Plaxico Burress was wearing sweatpants, when his gun slipped down the flimsy lining.  Apparently, he has the same problem as we all do, namely: finding sweatpants with a good place to stash a gun.  Personally, I have to put my weapon in my sock when I go jogging.  Yes, we here at SkeptiSys are addressing the problem by developing a sweatpants holster.

Plaxico Burress in happier times

Plaxico Burress in happier times

After the gun slipped down his sweat pants, Plaxico Burress reached down and pulled the trigger, with the safety somehow disengaged.   After this, Plaxico Burress did his John Wilkes Booth impersonation and hobbled off for undercover medical attention for his leg.  The police later found him in a Manhattan barn.

Plaxico first contended he was in Applebee’s during the shooting, and the Police contend it was an upscale VIP dance club.  This is easy to figure out.  Everyone wears sweat pants to Applebee’s – even the waitresses.  No way he was in a nightclub with sweatpants.

The current Mayor of New York, Napoleon Bloomberg, (who has recently received treatment for believing he is James Cagney) doesn’t think we need a trial to put Plaxico in the ‘slammer’ for at least 3.5 years.  Yes, Sherrif Bloomberg, who plans to keep his job illegally, actually said Plaxico will go to the “slammer” – so I do not expect a fair trial.   The pressure will be on Plaxico to accept a plea agreement, guilty or not.  Shorty McBloomberg thinks the law should apply harshly to anyone, from poor Black people to Black sports stars.  Financial laws and term limits?  Not so much ‘slammer’ talk, it seems.

The Doctor who treated Plaxico’s gunshot wounds, and kept his information confidential was suspended and will probably be arrested.

As for the New York Giants football team and the rest of the NFL, the Police are prepared to give them a stern lecture (New York Times article, “Police again take issue with N.F.L. in shooting”).  No word from Midge Bloomberg if this ‘issue taking’ will apply to everyone equally.

Predictably, Mayor McCheese Bloomberg does not think laws should be applied harshly, or at all, for  Wall Street deregulation and crimes that caused the current financial crisis, as well as the laws that protect people’s rights.

Plaxico via leblogjames.

WestWorld Yul Brenner via Conan, (Buxom Sorceress).

August 3, 2008

Quiz: pick out the retarded cop

Filed under: humor, News — Tags: , , , , — skeptisys @ 12:00 pm

Today’s quiz: which is the retarded cop?

Contestant #1 is the star of many short videos.  Here is one:

Contestant #2 is Ozark, Missouri Police Capt. Thomas Rousset, who explained why his officers tasered a young man 19 times as he lay by the side of the road with multiple broken bones after a 30 foot fall.  The 16 year old young man had fallen 30 feet from a bridge causing a concerned citizen to call 911 to obtain medical help.  Our esteemed contestant explained the cops were threatened by the young man with the broken back.
“He refused to comply with the officers and so the officers had to deploy their Tasers in order to subdue him. He is making incoherent statements; he’s also making statements such as, ‘Shoot cops, kill cops,’ things like that. So there was cause for concern to the officers,” said Ozark Police Capt. Thomas Rousset.

Edit 8/20/08: For some reason, you guys did very badly at this quiz.  The answer is #2 – the police Capt.  Contestant #1 plays the role of the ‘Retarded Cop’, from the video series of the same name.  For those that have complained about being offended, the actor Josh Perry (thanks PlookyPlok) has a video response.  Watch:

March 18, 2008

RateMyCop is pulled over and tasered

Filed under: law, News, politics — Tags: , , , — skeptisys @ 12:54 pm

censor1.jpg

A website, RateMyCop, was taken off the internet after the site received criticism from police organizations. The site, whose stated purpose was to allow the public (including the police) to post information and opinions on individual police officers, was taken down by their ISP GoDaddy, and and has remained unavailable since (more than 1 week so far). The site apparently used only public information, and violated no laws. The main objection by the police is that posting their names would “put law enforcement in danger.” Given their names are already public information, I have no idea how it would put them in further danger.   I think these police organizations are making incorrect assumptions, and the website would actually be beneficial to the police officers.

The police would be able to post direct responses to any potential criticism on the site, which is more difficult when that speech is not open or organized.   Many people in America believe the police do not protect and serve them; that they protect and serve the very elite and rich and view all others as dangerous potential criminals.  If this assumption is not true, the police would be able to use this site to smooth over bad feelings, making them in fact safer.  If it is true, they can work with the public to help move the discussion forward, making the police safer.  Either way benefits society greatly.  With America having over 1% of adults in prison, the relationship between the police and the people needs all the help it can get.

The police organizations are assuming the feedback will all be negative, but that can’t be the right assumption. The police work for the public, and some of the police do know it and try their best. I know someone who lost their husband, and was helped by an officer during that rough time. They would have shared that information to everybody if RateMyCop were available.  I have known cops who were great people, pleasant and fun to hang out with at a barbecue.   One personal ‘cop saved my life’ story is worth a lot more than 10 ‘jerk gave me a ticket’ story.

Of course, the police have the right to voice their concerns, accurately or not, about having their names posted on a website, and the website has the right to have this online forum.  The concern I have is that the website was quickly and efficiently censored, in a country that claims ‘freedom’ on its brochures.   This censorship was done in the typical American way, which is more subtle than force, but quite effective.  The people who run the website lost their large audience.

RateMyCop’s original ISP quickly took the site offline without notice – initially claiming they didn’t like the content, then due to the high traffic. The site was even willing to pay the extra fees requested, and did prepay for another ISP – who nonetheless withdrew the option.  The effect is that ISPs, as large corporate entities, can control and censor web content – by first raising the cost of exercising your freedom of speech online to a level that restricts it to only the rich and powerful; and second by simply refusing to host your site.  This case shows the ISPs will enact this extreme censoring action in collusion with other ISPs, and for the benefit of the official U.S. government.  The resulting self-censorship is gigantic. People will hesitate to speek freely about the government, police, and the corporations they work for, in fear of potential harassment.  That is the complete opposite of America’s original way of life.

If the United States is to regain its reign as greatest and most free country in the world, we have to prevent large companies from this type of control.  When large companies use their power to abuse people’s constitutional rights, it is the government’s ability and responsibility to fine, restrict, dissolve, or criminally punish the offending company. In the United States, corporations were for many years restricted to only temporary limited entities due to the fundamental belief that they would become too large and powerful, abusing American way of life.  Shame on the ISPs for censoring their user, and shame on Congress for not taking appropriate actions to protect their constituents.  If Congress wants to know why they are so disliked (latest 19% approval rating) they need not look any further than their refusals to do their job upholding the constitution, just so a handful of large companies can make even more obscene short-term profits.  Shame on congressional Republicans and Democrats alike.

September 25, 2007

Citizens Normal, all Follow-Up’d

Filed under: law — Tags: , , , , , — skeptisys @ 11:25 am

A couple of my articles dealt with American citizens being harassed by authority figures, and I wanted to follow-up on those stories.

Brett Darrow was in a parked car in St. Louis when a cop harassed and threatened him in such a way that it probably spawned more than one homoerotic script. The cop, er um police officer, was fired for this action. His feet are ex-flat, or something.

Michael Righi refused to show his receipt as he left some big electronics store, and was subsequently hassled by a policeman. The charges have been dropped against Michael. I recommend reading his website for detailed updates, particularly on the way the prosecutor attempted to bully him into keeping quiet and not initiating a lawsuit.

September 18, 2007

Leave the Politicking to Us, Son

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — skeptisys @ 12:40 pm

A college student attempting to ask 3 questions of John Kerry was forcibly restrained and tasered by 6 police-peeps (see video), and is currently behind bars. The 3 questions were as follows, in brief (full questions can be heard in the video)

1) Why did you concede the 2004 presidential election, since you clearly won the election after all the voter fraud corrections?

2) If the standard for impeachment is a blowjob, how come the Democrats have not impeached Bush, based on his illegal actions?

3) Do you belong to a secret society called the skull & bones?

It was after this last question that the police rushed in to attack, causing many Xfiles fans to simultaneously mumble ‘aha’ through Dorito stained lips. Oh, and many news articles have left the 3rd question out completely. Aha! Of course, they misrepresented the 1st 2 questions, which are the main ones that Kerry has still not sufficiently answered.

As you can see, he asked his questions pretty quickly, and posed no threat. The following official statement from the University of Florida is clearly untrue, so perhaps the video footage was not available to them at the time.

‘He apparently asked several questions — he went on for quite awhile — then he was asked to stop,” university spokesman Steve Orlando said. “He had used his allotted time. His microphone was cut off then he became upset.”

The student was charged with…. you guessed it: resisting an officer and disturbing the peace, according to Alachua County jail records. It is so much more peaceful when people do not question authority.

Update:

Prior to asking his questions, the student, Andrew Meyers, cut into line, which was not polite. To quote the Rude Pundit, in his well worded article on this matter: “…if being an asshole is all that it takes for some to think you deserve a shot of electricity, well, let’s march over to Fox “news” and let the voltage flow.”

Two of the officers were granted paid vacation for their efforts. No reports on if they were also offered candy.

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