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So you think cops are paid too much?

In the new world which is our reality, it’s often hard to remember that MOST Policemen ARE NOT the Police State!

Yes, there are those who let the power go to their head.

But there are MANY more who have taken an Oath to SERVE AND PROTECT! May God bless each of these men and women who put their lives in danger every day!

America Our Way with Dustin Hoyt – July 10th

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When: Wednesday, July 10th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: America Our Way with Dustin Hoyt on Blog Talk Radio

What: Dustin Hoyt takes on the biggest issues of the day, advocating for smaller government, liberty, common sense, and honest politicians. His insight and witty commentary provide entertaining and provoking angles on everything from fiscal policy to the most sensational statements. With a twist of Libertarianism and Conservativism that blends well to all who support the tea party and true American values. This show taps into all the things patriotic Americans love and need to hear in the battle against the left and the expansive government we fight against.

Tonight: Dustin will be talking about Constitutional violations by police in Nevada, and California. Also, he will talk about Saudi Arabia, and their instructions to foreigners during Ramadan.

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Boston Take Aways

Boston was a city that had artificially seized up – made motionless and frozen in fear by 24 hour coverage. That same 24 hour news coverage, with its instantaneous updates, and conjecture-as-news, as exhausting as it was, provided us with a few valuable insights. The media and the government both showed themselves as highly amateurish at times, but perhaps most instructive, the resilience and ability of Americans to stand together in dire times was also shown. We saw both the best, and at times, the worst of humanity.

It is an easy claim that the Tsarnaev brothers were the most vile and inhumane criminals we have seen in some time. Although, not killing nearly as many innocent people as the gutless cowards of 9/11/2001, the Tsarnaevs’ methods were much, much more personal. It is very doubtful that any of the 9/11 terrorists knew any of their 3,000 victims, beyond sitting down beside them on a plane that day, and the victims were a part of a group – victim to both terror, and the randomness of a terribly, macabre, draw. The Boston Marathon bombers carefully chose their spots and their victims, including an innocent 8-year old boy and his family.

The greatest reactions were of the people – who immediately after the tragedy, where seen treating the injured, giving solace to victims in shock, and transporting casualties blocks to the nearest ambulances. When the government ordered people to stay inside, and yet, help with the manhunt, by reporting anything that they saw – it was then that the people came through with the most important tip of the manhunt. The hull of a small boat was the location of Djhokhar’s last free breaths.

Nearly as disgusting as the Tsarnaevs themselves, was the media. Constantly jumping from one allegation or anonymous leak to another, they cannot have helped in the hunt for Dzhokhar. They were also slow to report, perhaps getting nervous when an embarrassed CNN reported incorrect information, and had to apologize. Various members of the press, whether officially representing their employers or not, showed incredible amounts of racism and bigotry. People like Salon’s David Sirota hoped for the bombers to be white Americans. People like MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry denied Islam had any connections with the violent acts. Indeed, in their hurry to receive air time and acclaim, the media personalities doubled down on political correctness, and did not seem to double-check at all.

Government played both two roles in the Boston tragedy: it was both heroic capturing force, who marshaled so many resources to catch mysterious terrorists, and heavy-handed ogre, telling people to stay inside their homes, when no one seemed sure where the terrorist was. For sure, the lasso thrown around Boston seemed to tighten the senses of fear and anxiety, in both the innocent citizenry, and the police force responsible for an extraordinary task: finding suspects who had already killed one officer, and had exchanged fire with them. The police did get their man, but the so many tense moments had a high cost to everyone involved.

Perhaps the most important take-away here is that government showed itself, again, as a mechanism of re-activity  not pro-activity. Despite government’s regulations, and recent increased calls for gun control, the Tsarnaevs scoffed at those past laws and regulations, and procured and used weapons against police. The government assures us, passing new legislation will be different – the future terrorists and criminals will follow these new rules.

Will anything change? Will the media report more slowly, and more carefully? Will the citizenry be more willing to report suspicious people? I hope. The images of an innocent, naked man face-down in the street,massed, flashing red and blue lights,  bloody sidewalks, and police with determined, clinched jaws should not soon be forgotten.

Carlos Arredondo holds Old Glory

In Hot Pursuit Means More in Dubai

lamborghiniGulf News is reporting that the ‘no budget worries’ Dubai Police Department has purchased a Lamborghini ‘squad’ car. The sporty two-seater can reach speeds of 217 miles per hour giving it a definite advantage in most hot pursuits.

Painted in the Dubai police colors of green and white the car is expected to be dispatched to in high tourist areas of the city. The one of a kind car cost the city $550,000.

Dubai is an oil rich city, part of the United Arab Emirates, located on the Persian Gulf.

Read more at GulfNews.com.

 

45 Gun and Ammo Suppliers Refuse Sales to 2nd Amendment unfriendly state

Well despite all the doom and gloom that keeps our attention these days I read something that can shed some optimism. There are 44 gun suppliers that are refusing to ship firearms or ammunition to law enforcement agencies in states that are infringing on 2nd amendment rights.

Barrett Firearms followed by the list of others who are doing the same. Please show your support by thanking them, and sending letters to other gun suppliers, your local, state, and federal reps, as well as local police and sheriff departments.  Remember people: UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.

You can also cut and paste the last article I wrote here  at Conservative Daily News  to send as email attachments or via snail mail. Please do not sit by idly – that is NOT the American way.


This is a great beginning –

Source:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/23/gaining-momentum-now-42-gun-companies-have-stopped-selling-to-law-enforcement-in-anti-2nd-amendment-states/

An Officer in Your School? Check the Odds.

The tragedy of Newtown has caused many, including both the NRA and the President, to request School Resource Officers in all schools. A similar program COPS was enacted in 2000 by President Clinton and allowed for the hiring of 600 SROs. Those officers were distributed among 289 communities. One might expect that the schools chosen for such expenditures would be those with highest concerns for violence.

President Obama’s Executive Order will likely bear similar issues. But what about Newtown? Was there a history of violence? Would limitations put officers in high schools where there are more worries? Would this order have stopped the tragedy?

Here’s a simple math problem. There are 99,000 public schools. President Obama’s Executive Order says the administration will give UP to 1,000 school resource officers and counselors. How many officers will be allocated PER school?

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So the question is, will your school be one of the lucky ones? Or will you have to share a resource officer with ten or, mathematically, one hundred other schools?

The president wants to assure all Americans that their children will be safe in school but these numbers appear more a patch than a safety plan.

From the White House document: Now is the Time

PUT UP TO 1,000 MORE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS AND

COUNSELORS IN SCHOOLS AND HELP SCHOOLS INVEST IN SAFETY

Putting school resource officers and mental health professionals in schools can help prevent school crime and student-on-student violence. School resource officers are specially trained police officers that work in schools. When equipped with proper training and supported by evidence-based school discipline policies, they can deter crime with their presence and advance community policing objectives. Their roles as teachers and counselors enable them to develop trusting relationships with students that can result in threats being detected and crises averted before they occur. School psychologists, social workers, and counselors can help create a safe and nurturing school climate by providing mental health services to students who need help. Not every school will want police officers

or additional school counselors, but we should do what we can to help schools get the staff they determine they need to stay safe.

• Take executive action to provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers: COPS Hiring Grants, which help police departments hire officers, can already be used by departments to fund school resource officers. This year, the Department of Justice will provide an incentive for police departments to hire these officers by providing a preference for grant applications that support school resource officers.

Put up to 1,000 new school resource officers and school counselors on the job: The Administration is proposing a new Comprehensive School Safety program, which will help school districts hire staff and make other critical investments in school safety. The program will give $150 million to school districts and law enforcement agencies to hire school resource officers, school psychologists, social workers, and counselors. The Department of Justice will also develop a model for using school resource officers, including best practices on age-appropriate methods for working with students.

• Invest in other strategies to make our schools safer: School districts could also use these Comprehensive School Safety Grants to purchase school safety equipment; develop and update public safety plans; conduct threat assessments; and train “crisis intervention teams” of law enforcement officers to work with the mental health community to respond to and assist students in crisis. And the General Services Administration will use its purchasing power to help schools buy safety equipment affordably.

Misinterpreting Obama’s Tax Mandate

Obama-tax-the-richI have written before regarding Obama’s legitimate claim to a mandate for raising taxes on the “rich.” He made no secret of his plan to raise taxes during the campaign and voters — who for the most part know they won’t be paying the increased taxes — thought it was a fine idea and re–elected him.

This is a bad situation nationally, but potentially a good situation locally. That’s because locally–elected Democrats appear to be falling prey to what Alan Greenspan called “irrational exuberance.” They’re interpreting Obama’s mandate for national taxes as permission to increase local taxes, too.

Four of our local Prince William County, VA Board of Supervisors have presented budget proposals for the next fiscal year. And try as I might to avoid stereotyping these worthy public servants, dang if the Democrats don’t want to raise taxes, while the Republicans want to cut taxes.

All we need to be just like Washington is Warren Buffett, plutocrat with a guilty conscience, standing in front of the government center begging someone to raise his taxes.

Here’s where local Democrats are making their big mistake. PWC doesn’t face a “fiscal cliff” or any other kind of precipitous drop–off, because county budgets must balance every year. Spendacrats nationally — both Democrats & Republicans — have fought a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Consequently we have obese government that borrows almost 50 cents of every dollar it spends.

Voters get much more government than they pay for, hence Obama’s mandate.

Local balanced budgets serve to inhibit Democrat tax increase fever; since taxpayers must pay for all the government they receive, the same year they receive it.

Local Democrats who forget this will give Republicans and conservatives an opportunity to begin our political comeback.

I outlined Republican Chairman Corey Stewart’s budget a couple of weeks ago. In a nutshell Stewart would cut the average property tax bill by $132 next year. He saves $941,000.00 by eliminating supervisor’s ability to make charitable donations to private organizations with our tax dollars.

Stewart also ends the practice of subsidizing individual supervisor’s entertainment preferences by cutting all “arts” grants. He eliminates funding for Legal Services of Northern VA, ending the odd practice of the county funding the same group that often sues it. And he cuts money for programs Richmond orders, but doesn’t see fit to fund.

Total cuts amount to $9 million.

On the other hand, Democrat John Jenkins wants to boost county spending by $19 million and increase the average property tax bill by $408 (average assessed value is $310,000, so individual mileage will vary).

Evidently Democrat Frank Principi wants to do everything Jenkins does plus more. (It’s hard to be specific, Principi does not put particulars on his website and his office refused to answer an email query.) Principi would raise property tax bills an average of $447, so he can stimulate county spending by $44 million.

Jenkins wants to continue to play Santa Claus for charities with tax money, fund “arts” groups that can’t make it on their own, serve as free entertainment director for seniors, fund all the groups that Stewart cuts and keep neighborhood libraries open six days a week, to name but a few.

But “arts” spending is naturally not what Jenkins emphasizes. Local Democrats are not into disarmament as much as national Democrats, so he concentrates on the additional tax money that will be used to hire 25 new police officers and 25 to 30 new fire and rescue employees, because who could be against paying taxes for public safety?

I like cops and have had excellent experiences with the fire department. But that doesn’t stop me from asking if these additions are needed, which is one reason I’m no longer a Democrat. From 2010 to 2011 overall crime in the county decreased 6.7 percent and violent crime decreased 20.7 percent.

Now I certainly don’t want to penalize success, and the department is doing an excellent job, so let’s look at overall calls for service, which are often a leading indicator of future crime increases.

Well, nothing there either. Since between 2010 and 2011 the call for service total was essentially unchanged. Meanwhile, population increased by about 11,000 residents. Simply matching population growth could justify the addition of almost 12 officers.

The department added two in 2011, so one could support adding an additional 10 officers at a cost of approximately $1.2 million — not 25 at a cost of $3.1 million.

The situation with fire and rescue is similar. Calls for service increased 3 percent from 2011 to 2012, as did the population. But you don’t add fire and rescue the same way you do police officers, because for every paid fireman there are two volunteers. Since total fire and rescue is three times that of the police department, it makes more sense to add seven firemen at a cost of $770,000, instead of 25 at $2.75 million. The total for both comes to about $2 million in additional spending.

Jenkins could pay for all of these new government employees without raising taxes a penny if he simply embraced some of Stewart’s cuts. But local, like national, Democrats are not in the spending cut business. So it’s no wonder Jenkins was an integral part of the board that doubled PWC spending between 2000 and 2006.

Government grows because politicians aren’t spending their own money. The money Jenkins and Principi want to spend is free, because it’s yours. The only restraint on Democrats is the fact property taxes are paid by all property owners. There are no “one percenters” to gouge and Democrats are unable to embezzle from the future by borrowing, the way they do in Washington, DC.

And that’s the difference between the Obama mandate and local reality.

Still, it’s always so amusing when a local Democrat expresses concern about a taxpayer’s pocketbook.

During a recent board discussion of legislative priorities, Principi wanted the state to extend the Earned Income Tax Credit, because he wanted to “keep more money in the pockets of our citizens.”

Evidently because if the state took the money, Principi wouldn’t be able to get at it.

Should Police Entrance Physicals Be Gender Fair?

If men and women are competing for the same job should they take the same entrance physicals? What if the job requires that person to confront dangerous subjects? What if the job requires that person to protect the lives of citizens?

Should there be a less rigorous test for one subset of society? In an effort to maintain equality should the candidates be a 50-50 split no matter their physical or academic standards? Does accepting a candidate with less physical ability put the partner or others in danger?

According to the Department of Justice the city of Corpus Christi, Texas must offer lower physical readiness standards for women applicants. The physical test currently used by the City of Corpus Christi has four parts: push-ups, sit-ups, a 300-meter run and a 1.5-mile run. If an applicant fails any section they fail the whole test. From 2005 to 2009, approximately 19% of female applicants passed the physical test and 63% of male applicants passed it.

Listed below are the DOJ complaint and from the Corpus Christi website what the current physical standards.

Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Corpus Christi, Texas, Police Department for Sex Discrimination

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit against the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, alleging that the city’s police department engaged in a pattern or practice of employment discrimination against women in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The lawsuit challenges the police department’s use of a physical ability test for the hiring of entry-level police officers.  According to the complaint, the physical test used by the city between 2005 and 2011 had the effect of excluding qualified women from consideration for hire as entry-level police officers and did not screen candidates for job-related skills.

From the Corpus Christi City website:

Physical fitness is having the physical readiness to perform the strenuous and critical physical tasks of the job. The physical fitness areas that have been determined to be the underlying factors for your capabilities to do the job consist of four (4) specific and different areas.

  1. Aerobic power or cardiovascular endurance. This is having an efficient heart and cardiovascular system so that you can perform physical tasks over a sustained period. It is an important area for performing job tasks such as making foot pursuits and long-term use of force situations.
  2. Anaerobic power. This is having the ability to make short intense bursts of effort. This is an important area for performing job tasks such as short sprint pursuit situations.
  3. Upper body muscular endurance. This is having the capability to make repeated muscular contractions with the upper body without getting fatigued. This is important for many use of force job tasks.
  4. Trunk or abdominal muscular endurance. This is having the capability to make repeated muscular contractions with the abdominal area without getting fatigued. Your abdomen is the fulcrum of your body and is important in many tasks involving lifting, pulling and dragging.

What place should affirmative action play in today’s society? In an effort to be fair to all should the standards be lower for some? Do you think these standards are too high? Which candidate would you want responding to a home invasion at your house?

What do you think?

 

Clint Eastwood: Spokesman For The New Detroit

Much ado has been made about the Super Bowl Clint Eastwood/Chrysler commercial, expressing the theme that Detroit, and America at large, is making a comeback. In some conservative circles, “Dirty Harry” has been criticized as shilling for President Obama.

But after reading this article by Mara Gay of The Daily, I’m convinced that the tough-guy libertarian may be the ideal spokesman for Motor City. Facing huge cutbacks in the city police force, abysmally poor response times to calls for service, and a general lack of police effectiveness, the residents of Detroit- which purportedly has the nation’s second-highest per capita murder rate- are arming themselves in record numbers- and self-defense shootings are up 79% year-over-year, and 2200% above the national average.

The article, while clearly left-biased (it describes armed citizens as “vigilantes”), illustrates a major shift in public thinking in Detroit: People are realizing they must provide for their own protection. The city police department, with its long history of mismanagement, is even more of a failure today than it ever has been. Even as the department faces multi-million-dollar budget shortfalls, the city paid over $6 million for a former casino building (VIDEO) to convert into a new police headquarters; and DPD is rolling out a “virtual precinct” program which directs calls for crimes reported after-the-fact during evening and overnight hours to an officer at headquarters to take a report. Translation: If you come home after work to find your house has been burglarized, DPD will take a report and get around to investigating it sometime. It’s no wonder foreclosed houses are selling (or not) for as little as $50 in Detroit.

Those who can afford to move out of Detroit have already done so, and those who can’t are at the end of their rope. Big-government, predominantly-Democrat Detroiters are now fully realizing that their city government can’t even provide essential services, and so they are forced to become self-sufficient.

Stated another way: Residents of one of the most liberal cities in the nation are getting the harshest “wake-up call” one can receive on the failings of big-government liberalism as a theory of governance: The promise of greater safety, which is the most-effective and most-often used means of convincing the public to give up their money and their liberties, is now a broken promise in Detroit. The usual socialist responses to such a crisis are unavailable: Raising taxes isn’t an option, because there’s nothing left to tax; begging for money from the state government isn’t an option, because the state is broke; harsher gun control laws would be opposed, because people across the political spectrum are buying and carrying guns; and more stringent enforcement isn’t a possibility, because Wayne County Jail has no room to house convicts.

As Detroiters begin to cope with the “new normal” of self-reliance, they’ll also ask questions about the condition of the city’s police force. They’ll want to know how it could get to be so bad. The answers to these questions- corrupt Democrat politicians, incompetent management, greedy and self-serving public sector unions, short-sighted liberal policies, overspending and overtaxing- can’t be concealed behind socialist rhetoric any longer. The city government has run out of excuses and other people’s money, and there’s no room in the budget to hire Robocop.

Big changes in self-defense thinking are nothing new for Detroit: The Sweet Trials of 1925-1926, which took place in Detroit, were the first occasion in our nation’s history in which an African-American successfully claimed self-defense in court.

Maybe the star of Gran Torino is a good spokesman for Detroit after all.

Indiana State Police Seize $4 Million Transcontinental Cocaine Haul

37 Kilos of Cocaine (Photo Courtesy: WXIN)

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WXIN-Fox 59 reports that the Indiana State Police have seized 37 kilos of cocaine that was on its way to New Jersey from California.

Around 9:30am on January 31st, a trooper on Interstate 70 pulled over a Freightliner for a routine traffic stop.  Upon speaking with the driver, 26-year-old Mosies Delgado, the trooper became suspicious and investigated further.  The trooper searched the refrigerated trailer and truck, and found a total of 37 kilos of cocaine – 20 in the truck, and 17 in the lettuce-filled trailer.

Both Delgado and his passenger, 52-year-old Rene Rocha, were charged with Posession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver.  Both men have bail set at $69,000.

 

Lessons Learned From LEOSA

The National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 passed in the House of Representatives last week. Although it’s safe to say the bill won’t pass through the Democrat-controlled Senate or be signed by President Obama, the bill is good law and, if all goes well for Republicans next year, the GOP will certainly make another attempt to pass it after January 2013.

I was one of those people who applauded the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act of 2004- the national reciprocity act for active, retired, and disabled police officers- because I believed it would eventually create momentum for a national CCW reciprocity law. Some of my fellows believed LEOSA would be a giveaway for cops, and national concealed carry for “the rest of us” would never happen.

However, seven years of national experience with LEOSA have revealed some problems with the language of that law- language which I’m thankful hasn’t been replicated in the NRTC Act.

The biggest concern was carry rules. I’m glad House Republicans didn’t attempt to create a set of federal carry rules for interstate concealed carry, as were created for interstate peace officer carry. LEOSA’s intent was to relieve peace officers from the need to memorize 50 states’ distinct and often-contradictory regulations on when and where an individual may carry weapons. As expected with any federal compromise measure, the interstate carry regulations are less-restrictive than some states’ rules, and more restrictive than others, leading many retired police officers to keep (and pay for) both a LEOSA qualification and a state CCW permit, and often an out-of-state non-resident permit as well, in order to maximize the places and times where they may carry when they travel.

In other words, a provision offering a single set of carry rules- which was intended to alleviate compliance concerns- actually became an additional layer of expense for some retired police officers.

It also goes without saying that federal carry rules, if instituted for private persons, could (and probably would) be amended by future Congresses to create headaches for us.

NRTCRA’s “clean bill” approach- granting simple reciprocity between states which issue carry licenses- eliminates this added layer of complexity. This means responsible gun owners will have some homework to do before traveling with a handgun- but then, this is nothing new to us.

There is a pitfall to this approach: Those of us who are actively involved with self-defense rights know the legal burden placed on ‘packers’ to comply with state and local laws. The concept of “substantial compliance”- the idea that a person’s ‘reasonable attempt’ to comply with the law is satisfactory- is foreign to gun laws. We’re already accustomed to “perfect compliance”.

If NRTC eventually becomes law, I anticipate some problems with casual concealed carriers who unintentionally violate carry rules in another state. This is a message we will need to push to keep our compatriots out of trouble: The “close enough” principle which allows us to drive 32 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone doesn’t apply to firearms laws, especially in states like California and New Jersey, where law enforcement agencies already look for petty excuses to harass law-abiding gun owners.

Stated differently: If NRTC becomes law, this greater freedom will mean greater responsibility, both for gun owners and for those of us who educate them and advocate on their behalf. Luckily, this greater freedom/greater responsibility concept is also nothing new to us.

Also, please visit this link for my thoughts on the “states’ rights” argument against national reciprocity.

Pepper Spray – A little dab’ll do ya

During this holiday season it’s very difficult to determine the socially acceptable method for serving pepper spray to ‘progressive’ class warriors on the front lines of aimless protest.

Previously, Humboldt County, CA deputies had a situation where a lumber company’s offices were seized by protestors who refused to leave. Deputies announced pepper spray was on the menu and delivered individual servings on the end of a Q–tip gently placed inside the eyelid.

Ungrateful progressives did not appreciate organic extra–spicy and news conferences, lawsuits and attempts to have deputies fired ensued.

That’s one reason why it’s not surprising that last Friday when U. C. Davis’ officers faced much the same situation with a derivative set of occupy types; they dispensed with the personal touch and served their pepper spray family style.

The most popular video of the spraying incident is the usual out–of–context snippet showing peaceful students non–violently arranging paint buckets for the next community drum circle when jack–booted TSA thugs run up and grab their private parts. (Whoops, my mistake, wrong fascists.)

What you don’t see are the large number of protestors attempting to stop police from dismantling the occupy tent city. You don’t see most of the group leave without incident and then the hardcore — a term I use loosely when you consider what a bunch of whiners they are — sit and block the pavement.

Officers approach and attempt to disperse them with verbal commands and by pulling them to their feet. The demonstrators jerk their arms away and refuse to vacate.

Progressives term these protesters “peaceful” and “non–violent” as if that makes the group immune. Unfortunately, the law does not consider your resting pulse a factor in determining when you are in violation.

Even on their behinds these protestors are actively resisting a lawful command. You can term it obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct or whatever local ordinances apply, but the bottom line is they are willfully and purposefully breaking the law.

The occupy Davis types had plenty of opportunities to comply. They were told they had until 3 p.m. Friday to remove the tents. Police gave protestors written notice to vacate. When the operation began on Friday afternoon they were notified yet again.
In the face of repeated warnings, occupiers refuse to move. Do the police back down in the face of the mob? If so, where does it stop?

Police choose to do their duty. One calmly and methodically spreads the aerosol mist. It looks like he’s spraying deodorant on a particularly large armpit.

What’s more, it works. Once the spray hits a group immediately jumps up and leaves unmolested. Police approach and break what’s left of the line, rounding up the remnants. Problem solved without resorting to batons or Tasers, which are authentic violence.

But sure enough, following orders is beyond the pale in academia if liberals complain. U. C. Davis Chancellor Linda Kotehi — who now joins Virginia Tech President Charles Steger on the list of university administrators in need of a spine donor — called the actions of police following her orders “chilling” and professor of hysteria Cynthia Ching called it “inhuman brutality.”
It didn’t help matters when Chief Annette Spicuzza claimed that, “students had encircled the officers. They needed to exit. They were looking to leave but were unable to get out.” This is an obvious lie.

The spray was used to disperse the protestors who were continuing to disobey a lawful order, which is both standard and legal. When the police withdrew — which was actually the dangerous part of the operation, since the mob surges forward to fill the space just vacated and surrounds the cops as they retreat —officers with pepper pellet–equipped paintball guns moved to the rear to cover the orderly withdrawal and did not fire a round.

(Ironically on Saturday there was an effective, legal and non–violent protest when students formed a gauntlet that Kotehi had to walk through as she left the admin building. Students remained silent, and unsprayed, as they stared in contempt.)
Once again working cops get the usual morale booster: a howling media frightens squishy progressive leadership. Officers are suspended and promised a future filled with a witch–hunting investigation.

What you won’t read about are the law–abiding citizens who say Big Deal. So the squatters got a little weepy and had a catch in their breath. The same thing happens when a new ‘Twilight’ movie opens and no one suffers any permanent damage.

Besides, how can you claim to be a courageous class warrior for the 99 percent if you don’t actually wish to experience any combat?

U.C. Davis Student Gives Her Side Of Pepper Spray Story


The story of students being sprayed with peppers spray by U.C. Davis police has caused a lot of different reactions on the internet and in the media lately.  As it turns out, the U.C. Davis police chief has been put on administrative leave and this student call into CNN to give her side of what happened.

Many people on both sides of the spectrum have a lot of opinions on this story.  What are yours?  We’d love to hear on Facebook or in the comments below.

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