-William Norman Grigg
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The Utter Uselessness of Police: Two Recent Examples from Idaho(continue)
Two recent incidents in Idaho illustrated the value of armed self-defense, and the uselessness of government law enforcement, as a means of defending personal property.
On Sunday morning (June 22), Kuna resident Tricia Gillaspy and her husband awoke to find a naked stranger in their bedroom. After the intruder fled into the bathroom, Mr. Gillaspy grabbed a gun and ordered him from the home while his wife dialed 911. Although the intoxicated man – by this time clad in shorts – left the house, he continued to loiter on the couple’s property. While waiting for the police to arrive, the couple took inventory of the damage done by the uninvited visitor, a 25-year-old man identified as Matthew Coomes, who had flooded their kitchen and defecated on the living room carpet before redecorating their walls in the same medium.
When the cops arrived, they gave Coomes two citations and gave him a ride home.
“What are you doing?” exclaimed Mrs. Gillaspy in astonishment and disgust. “This guy deserves to go to jail!”
Unless SWAT Stormtroopers Can Burn Infants In their Cribs, ISIS Will Get You!(continue)
For neo-cons and other acolytes of the Warfare State, the true significance of Iraq’s descent into a sectarian civil war is the welcome emergence of a new enemy known by a suitably ominous acronym: ISIS. Familiar fright-peddlers and war-whoopers from Dick Cheney to Lindsey Graham are depicting the Sunni insurgency – which, like most movements of its kind, is an outgrowth of a radical Islamist group supported by the CIA — as a potentially lethal threat to our sacred Homeland.
Not surprisingly, a similar view is being expressed by defenders of the militarized Homeland Security State, who pretend to believe that if ISIS can seize control of Mosul, it will soon threaten Manhattan.
A Snapshot of Police State Amerika: Wishing Death on the Child of an Uppity Mundane?(continue)
A Chicago resident and member of the productive sector was detained without cause or explanation for interrogation by two armed emissaries of the parasite class. The transparent purpose of this stop was to create a pretext for a search of the vehicle, most likely in the hope of finding something that would justify an arrest or confiscation of money or other valuables.
The driver, who was in the company of his nine-year-old child, was polite, providing his license and associated information, but refused to answer questions or roll down his window far enough to allow a search of the vehicle. Exercising commendable self-restraint, he refused to be baited by an obviously antagonistic police officer who was uncooperative when the citizen requested his name and badge number. The officer briefly tried to pretend that the driver’s child wasn’t legally allowed to sit in the front seat, but that pretense withered immediately when the driver pointed out that his daughter is nine years old.
Eventually the driver was told that he was stopped because of a “shots fired” call.
All Hail the Heroic Bootlegger — Exemplar of the American Spirit(continue)
Nearly a century ago, the immortal Albert Jay Nock decanted one of the most potent condemnations of prohibition ever committed to print. Nock described the prohibitionist impulse as “simply unworthy of a free people, and, being unworthy [is] soon found intolerable.” He rebuked prohibitionists for their “hatreds, fanaticisms, inaccessibility to ideas … inflamed and cancerous interest in the personal conduct of others …. hysterical disregard of personal rights [and their] pure faith in force….” Those traits, he concluded, “characterize and animate a civilization that the general experience of mankind at once condemns as impossible, and as hateful as it is impossible.”
The prohibitionist is an instinctive authoritarian and self-enraptured bully determined to cleanse the world of conduct he considers offensive, no matter the cost. At antipodes is the bootlegger, an entrepreneur in the original sense of the word — someone who takes risks in order to provide goods to willing customers in mutually beneficial transactions.
After nearly killing baby Bou-Bou, Sheriff Jerry Terrell’s maniacal jackboots immediately moved to cover up their crime, preventing the anguished parents from comforting their shattered 18-month-old, obstructing their view of the crime scene, and lying about what they had just done. Their first priority, as always, was “officer safety,” which includes establishing a cover story immediately.(continue)
This isn’t merely a product of the instinctive malice that inspires people to make a career out of law enforcement. It reflects training and preparation. Terrell did his part by arranging a perfunctory “investigation” that must have been completed before news of the atrocity leaked out.
In the weeks since the raid, nobody from Terrell’s office has reached out to Bou-Bou’s parents, or expressed so much as a particle of regret.
What Passes for “Heroism” at the Salt Lake City Police Department
“Evidence shows that the dog was extremely close, in fact within feet of the officer,” simpered Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank in defense of Officer Brett Olsen, who had shot an elderly, arthritic dog named Geist.
Burbank insisted that Olsen, who was overcome with fear by the presence of a retreating, non-aggressive dog, was a “seasoned officer” and a “hero” (aren’t they all) for his role in the 2007 Trolley Square Shooting, because he was among the officers involved in killing the lone gunman after the latter had fatally shot five others.
While Burbank expressed unqualified support for Olsen, he was roused to indignation by the public’s outrage over the incident, which was inspired by a video posted by Sean Kendall, Geist’s anguished owner, following the shooting.
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