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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The HIgh Cost to Society of Attacking the Police

The stories below show what happens when politicians and rabble rousers attack the police.

Arrests Plummett 66% with NYPD in Virtual Work Stoppage
from New York Post
It’s not a slowdown — it’s a virtual work stoppage.
NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned.

And here's what happens when the laws aren't enforced:

In a brawl apparently instigated using social media, a thousand or more young teen black girls descended on Monroeville Mall outside Pittsburgh Friday night, resulting in the mall being closed as a massive brawl broke out. An investigation is ongoing, including via social media, although no arrests were reportedly made at the time.

Allen West has a link on his blog to a brutally honest article by a public defender about the black defendants he represents. He includes a couple of pictures to help make his points:

Here are a few excerpts:

Michael Smith, American Renaissance, May 9, 2014
I am a public defender in a large southern metropolitan area. Fewer than ten percent of the people in the area I serve are black but over 90 per cent of my clients are black. The remaining ten percent are mainly Hispanics but there are a few whites.

I have no explanation for why this is, but crime has racial patterns. Hispanics usually commit two kinds of crime: sexual assault on children and driving under the influence. Blacks commit many violent crimes but very few sex crimes. The handful of whites I see commit all kinds of crimes. In my many years as a public defender I have represented only three Asians, and one was half black.

As a young lawyer, I believed the official story that blacks are law abiding, intelligent, family-oriented people, but are so poor they must turn to crime to survive. Actual black behavior was a shock to me.

From time to time the media report that although blacks are 12 percent of the population they are 40 percent of the prison population. This is supposed to be an outrage that results from unfair treatment by the criminal justice system. What the media only hint at is another staggering reality: recidivism. Black men are arrested and convicted over and over. It is typical for a black man to have five felony convictions before the age of 30. This kind of record is rare among whites and Hispanics, and probably even rarer among Asians.

At one time our office was looking for a motto that defined our philosophy. Someone joked that it should be: “Doesn’t everyone deserve an eleventh chance?”

However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.
I do not know the solution to this problem. I do know that it is wrong to deceive the public. Whatever solutions we seek should be based on the truth rather than what we would prefer was the truth. As for myself, I will continue do my duty to protect the rights of all who need me.

This article has drawn over 1,600 comments.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Some thoughts on DeBlasio and NYPD

We all saw the pictures of hundreds of police officers turning their backs to NYC mayor DeBlasio at the funeral for the two officers who were murdered in  cold blood. One thing I didn't see the media remark on was that a good number of them were black. Of course, the two murdered cops (see below for comments on use of this word) were not strictly white. Rafael Ramos was Puerto Rican, and Wenjian Liu was Chinese. They were both Americans, with families who loved them. They were also part of the thin blue line that protects us from the forces of anarchy.

I know what it's like to live in a place where the criminal element is not under control. I moved to Houston in 1981, and that year the city had over 300 murders. One of the victims was the wife of Bill Ham, ZZ Top's manager. She went into a Walgreens about a mile from my house, and an ex-con just off the bus from Huntsville ambushed her, kidnapped her and murdered her, for her red Cadillac. Bob Lanier ran for mayor on the issue of crime. He won and beefed up the police and order returned.

I am a lawyer who represents people charged with criminal offenses. Part of my job is to review all th evidence and identify problems with the investigation. 90% of the time, the cops get it right.

Kerrville is a safe place, in large part because it has a professional police force. I've been stopped for speeding a few times, and the officers have always been professional and respectful. I've had to call 911 two or three times, once to get a coked up nut out of my office, another when a gang of drunk teenagers were causing trouble, in San Antonio when my car was broken into and a pistol was stolen, and years ago in Houston, when a thug tried to rob me. Every time, the police were courteous and helpful.

The verbal attacks on police by Obama, Sharpton, DeBlasio, and all the other scumbags, and the street thugs shouting death the the police and the physical attacks, are not really about black oppression. They're part of the left's campaign to undermine authority and order.

Remember 9/11, when firemen and cops were running into the buildings.

On Deblasio and NYPD - from New York Post
by Michael Goodwin

To believe that, you now have to erase two sets of facts. One, the fact that violent crime in New York is overwhelmingly the province of nonwhite males, both as victims and perpetrators. Two, you have to disregard that police shot at only 40 suspects last year, reaching, like crime, a historic low.
Cops fired their guns in just 81 incidents in 2013 — including 19 times at dogs. The incidents include six police suicides, as against eight armed suspects the police shot and killed.
There is more, but you get the point. The list of facts you have to ignore to defend the violent and disruptive crowds is so long that something else is going on here, something far more sinister.
It’s only by peeling back the layers of pretend that we get to the naked truth: The whole narrative of widespread police brutality is a big fat lie.
It’s a lie that turns truth on its head, meaning the movement the mayor praises as “organic” and says is raising legitimate concerns is a scam foisted on the public for the sole purpose of advancing a far-left political agenda.
Tearing down trust for the cops is essential to opening the door for an erosion of law enforcement. “Broken windows” policing will be shattered, meaning a lower quality of life in most neighborhoods.

I want to talk to you cop to cop. I have the civilian title of police commissioner, and I’m proud for the second time to lead this great organization,” Bratton said. “In my heart and in my soul, I will always be a cop.”

He went on, “There are those that would seek to use that term [cop] in a derogatory fashion, but I always use it with pride. It denotes something more than being a police officer. It denotes the person that puts on the badge, puts on the blue uniform, and goes into the streets to put their life at risk. So, it is a name of distinction, a name of honor. For 44 years, I’m privileged to call myself a cop.”

from Breitbart
On December 28, a Bucks County, Pennsylvania, burglar, who masturbated on one resident’s neck before stealing her dog, was shot and critically wounded after breaking into a second apartment. After leaving that apartment, Medero broke into a first floor apartment and fought with two residents inside. One resident retrieved a gun and shot Medero twice, yet he continued fighting until police arrived to subdue him.

I like one of the comments: "Twice? Did he run out of ammo? Buy more ammo and keep shooting until the $cum is finished."

Friday, December 26, 2014

Young Lawyers and Hero Worship

The new edition of Texas Monthly has a fawning puff piece about Joe Jamail, The Greatest Lawyer Who Ever Lived, Or So Says Joe Jamail. 
In fairness, the subtitle lets the reader know that Jamail is a foul mouth egotistical bully: "At the age of 89 the state's most famous attorney - and one of the wealthiest - is still dropping F-bombs and crushing opposing counsel. Can someone get this man another scotch?"

The main takeaway from the article is that Jamail is a charismatic, brilliant lawyer who hangs out with other celebrities like Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Darrell Royal, and gives millions of dollars to the University of Texas. Sure, he curses and insults opposing lawyers and witnesses, but hey, that's just being colorful.

I was a young lawyer starting out in Houston when Jamail tried the Pennzoil case. Another celebrity lawyer was also in the news, Gerry Spence, the cowboy lawyer from Wyoming. He also liked to intimidate his opponents, every goosing them in the courtroom.

I looked up to Jamail and Spence. But I soon learned that if most lawyers acted like they did, karma had a way of showing you the error of your ways. They are great lawyers, yes, but they are also like Frankenstein monsters. Judges let them get away with conduct that they would lock most lawyers up for. They fawn over them, and the juries pick up on it.

Maybe the most telling anecdote in the Texas Monthly article is the one where Jamail laughs about getting a $16MM verdict for a drunk driver injured in a one car wreck. Some witness claimed that a big truck, owned by the defendant, ran him off the road. How lucky to have an eyewitness like that.

Monday, December 22, 2014


The usually liberal/leftist online rag Daily Beast has a powerfully written (with a couple of exceptions) piece by Mike Barnicle about the cold blooded murders of two NYC police officers:

Now, in New York City, where tourists are often surprised by the relative sense of safety on streets and subways, it is Officer Rafael Ramos, 40 years old, and his partner, Wenjian Liu, 32, who cannot breathe. They are dead, executed for the clothing they wore to work on a Saturday in December, four days before Christmas.

So who will hit the streets to galvanize support and express rage over the execution of two young men killed because of who they were and what they did for work? How many of those who protested will rush to the side of Rafael Ramos’ two sons? How many will be there for the young widow of Wenjian Liu, married only two months?

Saturday, when Ramos and Liu began their tour of duty, neither man expected it to end in their death. They were where they were because they stood, like so many others in uniform, as a blue line between order taken for granted and the potential disorder always there.

Because I am a criminal defense lawyer, and I exposed the corruption in the old 198th District Attorney Office and Kimble County law enforcement, people seem surprised when I have anything good to say about the police. Also, I sued the Kerrville PD a few years ago when one of its officers shot a young Hispanic man holding a .22 pistol. I lost that one at the Fifth Circuit, and frankly, I believe the court was right in deciding that judges and juries can't Monday morning quarterback officers who have to make split second life and death decisions. Michael Brown of Ferguson infamy was a violent thug who got shot when he attacked a cop. Eric Garner, the black man who died in a struggle with three NYC cops, was not murdered and the cop didn't use a chokehold. Garner was morbidly obese and had heart and lung problems. He didn't deserve to die for selling loose cigarettes, but the officers were just enforcing a dumb ass law. BTW, the videos don't show that the senior cop on scene was a black woman. 

Meanwhile, Obama and Holder have announced that maybe grand juries are the best vehicle for investigating when police kill black men. Setting aside the issue of why black men get preferential treatment (14th Amendment?), once again these frauds ignore the Constitution. 

The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

from Above the Law
Stella Mednik, a 2002 graduate of Brooklyn Law School who worked as a contract attorney at Cleary Gottlieb for a time, stands accused of hitting 5 people. Everyone who was struck by Mednik’s car sustained severe injuries. Police said the chaos began when Mednik, who was driving a Ford Mustang, rear-ended another vehicle on 34th Street. She then backed up and tried to go around that car to keep going east in westbound traffic….

She hit another car, according to police. She then swerved back into the eastbound lanes, and at that point, witnesses saw her car go over the curb and plow into pedestrian.

Border Patrol Agent Busted from Breitbart
BROWNSVILLE, Texas  — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer accused of taking money from Mexican drug traffickers and possibly stashing tens of thousands of dollars in Mexico will remain jailed until his trial date Next year.

On Thursday afternoon, Jose Luis “Pepe” Zavala wore a shackles and a prison uniform as he went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan for a bond hearing. During the hearing prosecutors alleged that Zavala’s bank account only had $1,000 and they believe that he had stashed tens of thousands in bribe money somewhere in Mexico.

Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
from Daily Beast

Pastor Gaylord Williams preached against homosexuality on Sundays—and forced himself on young men during the week.

Blackrock exec loses career for dodging fares
from CNN
A former managing director at Blackrock has been banned from the industry for life by U.K. regulators. His crime: dodging rail fares on his commute to work. The Financial Conduct Authority said the crime showed Burrows lacked honesty and integrity, and was therefore not a "fit and proper" person to work in financial services.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bizarro SCOTUS brief; San Angelo - a best place to live?

Biglaw Partner Could Get Supreme Spanking For Bizarre Filing
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case of Sigram Schindler Beteiligungsgesellschaft MBH v. Lee (aka “thank God for copy/paste”). No big deal; SCOTUS denies the vast majority of cases that people want it to hear.

But the Court simultaneously issued a very unusual order in connection with the case (via Josh Blackman):

Howard Neil Shipley, of Washington, D.C., is ordered to show cause, within 40 days, why he should not be sanctioned for his conduct as a member of the Bar of this Court in connection with the petition for a writ of certiorari in No. 14-424, Sigram Schindler Beteiligungsgesellschaft MBH v. Lee.

The petition, posted online Monday night by blogger Josh Blackman, is unorthodox in style, replete with technical jargon, acronyms and unusual typography. For example, the “question presented,” the first opportunity for a petitioner to get the court’s attention, reads this way:

Does the US Constitution, in legal decisions based on 35 USC §§ 101/102/103/112, • require instantly avoiding the inevitable legal errors in construing incomplete and vague classical claim constructions – especially for “emerging technology claim(ed invention)s, ET CIs”—by construing for them the complete/concise refined claim constructions of the Supreme Court’s KSR/Bilski/Mayo/Myriad/Biosig/Alice line of unanimous precedents framework, or does the US Constitution for such decisions • entitle any public institution to refrain, for ET CIs, for a time it feels feasible, from proceeding as these Supreme Court precedents require—or meeting its requirements just by some lip-service—and in the meantime to construe incomplete classical claim constructions, notwithstanding their implied legal errors?

Four Texas cities on Forbes best places to retire list -
I agree wholeheartedly on Austin and Fredericksburg. But San Angelo and Abilene, as Bob Dylan said, is this some kind of joke?

More humor: 

Kentucky - 5 million people, 15 last names.

I'm not racist - I hate Obama's white half too.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Judge Defense to DWI - Nora Longoria gets a pass

From Breitbart:

MCALLEN, Texas -- A Texas high court judge was able to beat the system when the DWI charges filed against her got dismissed even though police video shows the woman struggling to keep her balance and failing a field sobriety test.
Nora Lydia Longoria, a Justice with the 13th Court of Appeals was initially arrested in July when a McAllen Police Officer clocked her doing 69 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone in the northern part of the city, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas show.

“You are going to ruin my life. I worked hard for 25 years to be where I am today,” Longoria is quoted in the police report where the officer also noted that the judge refused to be handcuffed and said they would have to drag her to the patrol car. Longoria refused to take a breathalyzer exam and no blood was drawn to document the amount of alcohol in her system.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Coming Anarchy? More Thoughts on Ferguson

One of my favorite poems is William Bulter Yeats the Second Coming, which begins:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre  
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere  
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst   
Are full of passionate intensity.

Some educated fool at Georgetown Univ. wrote this self-hating foolishness:
Oliver Friedfeld, a Georgetown University (GU) senior, penned an oped last week in which he argued that he deserved to be robbed at gunpoint due to his "privilege." Friedfeld is a student at the university's School of Foreign Service, a top-ranking entry point to the U.S. State Department -- many may find this fact worrisome.

When I read about the Episcopal Church letting Muslims hold services in the National Cathedral, ordaining gays and making them bishops and conducting gay marriages, it makes me think that the establishment that founded this country and the elites don't have the will to defend it any more. Meanwhile, feral blacks, which the media invariably refuses to identify by race and calls "teens," are allowed to attack and murder whites and Asians with impunity. If a police officer tries to enforce the law, he risks getting lynched by the mob. Consider:

A violent Friday night riot by Ferguson protesters in San Francisco, who attempted to block Black Friday shopping, resulted in five police officers being badly injured and damaged one officer's face so badly that he could be permanently disfigured.

Here's a refreshing, honest view from a black police chief:

A Black Cop’s Tough Words for Mike Brown

The father of two young men, Willingham said he is pained by the unarmed youngster’s death. In no way, he said, did Brown deserve to die for what began as petty theft. As a black man, he felt conflicted about what he came to came to view, at least from a cop’s perspective, as the right grand jury decision.
“What happened to Brown far outweighed what he did. But what he did set in motion a series of events that ended in his life being lost. If he doesn’t do that, the officer doesn’t have to respond, they don’t cross paths. If you’re a young black man in America, and you go down to the corner store and snatch things that don’t belong to you, and now somebody calls the police on you, you’ve just set in process a chain of events that, God only knows how will turn out.

“So to see this thing magnified from a racial aspect, I feel like we’re doing an injustice to all the young black men in America who are watching this unfold. We need to reinforce the message that decision-making, the power of choices, is also important. In an instant that officer made a choice, just like Brown made a choice.”

Meanwhile, on another note, a South Texas judge gets probation for dealing with drug thugs:

MCALLEN, Texas -- A corrupt Texas Justice of the Peace has pleaded guilty to taking money from a convicted drug trafficker who worked for a bail bondsman in a bond rigging scheme.
On Monday morning, former Justice of the Peace Ismael “Melo” Ochoa pleaded guilty to two counts of bribery and one count of money laundering. Ochoa took a plea deal which resulted in a 10-year probation sentence, a $10,000 fine and $5,000 in reparations to the county.


Monday, December 1, 2014

More on Ferguson MO

I wish the MSM would report more stories like these about blacks who obey the law, have good morals and values and are working hard to support their families:

A group of black Ferguson residents armed with AR-15s and other weapons stood guard around a Conoco station, owned by a white man, and saved it from being burned after looters began wreaking havoc on November 24.

Because of the armed citizens, the Conoco was not only spared, but the owner did not even have to board up the station's windows.
According to Reuters, one of the men guarding the station was 37-year-old "Derrick Jordan--'Stretch,' as his friends call him." He arrived in front of the Conoco, pulled out an AR-15, and stood guard at the store's entrance. He was joined by three other black residents on November 25--all of whom had "pistols tucked into their waistbands" and all of whom took up positions around the Conoco.
Jordan and the others said they did not get paid to stand guard. Rather, they did it because Merello had "employed many of them over the years and treats them with respect."

"I gotta go to Ross right now, homie," Tyree Landrum told ABC 10News San Diego in the video. "If I don't get there, I'm gonna get fired. I got six f***ing kids to feed, I gotta get this car off the... Day goes on homie. M*****f***ers get shot every f***ing day. Deal with it the right f***ing way, not like this."
Landrum can then be seen in the video confronting a protester, yelling, "I'm about to lose my f***ing job, and you guys are f***ing out here protesting?"

Why I am not Episcoplian:

Prince Charles's coronation should include a reading from the Koran, a Church of England Bishop has said. Lord Harries of Pentregarth, a retired Bishop of Oxford, said that such a gesture at the traditionally Anglican service would be "creative" and make Muslims feel "embraced" by the nation.
Speaking in the House of Lords yesterday, the retired bishop, who continues to serve as an assistant in the Anglican diocese of Southwark, said that the Church of England should be "exercising its historic position in a hospitable way."