Jury acquits Tulsa police officer in fatal shooting of unarmed black man

The Tulsa police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man last year was found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter late Wednesday.

A jury acquitted Betty Shelby, 43, in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, 40, during an encounter that began with the report of a stalled vehicle.

A lawyer for Shelby said she believed Crutcher was under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs. The former deputy for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office had completed drug-recognition expert training.

A toxicology report revealed Crutcher was on two hallucinogenic drugs, including PCP.

In November, a judge order Shelby to stand trial after deciding there is enough evidence for her to do so.

Shelby testified Monday that she fired her weapon because “I feared for my life.”

 

Slugs For Thugs

I think I’m seeing a pattern here.
Or the idea has a wider ‘appeal’ (oww) than I thought.

Police: Suspect Shot In Groin While Trying To Rob Man With Gun

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)—Police say a suspect was shot in the groin while trying to rob a man in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
It happened around 2:37 p.m. in the 4800 block of Palethorp Street.
Police said the 25-year-old victim was armed with a registered gun when he shot the 23-year-old suspect in the groin.
According to investigators, the bullet entered the left groin and exited the left buttocks.

Springfield Armory CEO releases bizarre Orwellian ‘trust us, you must’ infomercial

Dennis Reese, Springfield’s CEO and owner has just released a powerful four-minute piece of propaganda titled: “Springfield Armory Supports the Second Amendment.”

Make no mistake, using images that are dripping with patriotic and religious symbolism, this video has strong ju-ju.

It opens with an aerial shot of a cross on top of a church steeple. There’s an American flag incorporated into a Springfield Armory logo and an overhead of a typical small-town street scene — God, country, family.

A melodic, almost hypnotic, piano plays throughout the piece.

Reese opens by mentioning Illinois’ gun dealer licensing bill, which he vows to fight “to the very end.”

The bill, SB-1657, was just voted out of committee and now heads to the Illinois House floor.

 My take – LEE WILLIAMS

Never in my life have I seen anything like this video.
After watching it several times I began to wonder: How stupid do the folks at Springfield Armory think we are?
It seems like they’re not content to merely try to control the message. Now, they want to rewrite the narrative and repackage it themselves.

Leni Riefenstahl could not have done any better.

Trump Purportedly Taps Sheriff Clarke to Join Administration

applause

The Trump administration has purportedly tapped Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to serve as assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for partnership and engagement.

Clarke, a tough-talking, conservative firebrand recognized by his penchant for cowboy hats, announced the appointment Wednesday during an interview with a Wisconsin radio station.

 

The Crazy Things Pacifists Tell Me

I don’t bring it up with strangers. That said, sometimes people find out I’m a gun owner. The way they respond is remarkable. I assume that they are sincere in what they say, but that assumption is strained from time to time. Their comments are more of a confession about themselves than as an honest question about me. I usually bite my tongue because of the social situation. Then it occurred to me that other gun owners must be hearing similar comments. I’ve kept my answers to myself, but now I’ll share them with you.

I live on the safe side of town so I don’t need a gun for protection.

Guns aren’t the answer

People don’t protect themselves with guns any longer. That is just a fantasy from the old-west

Only the police should have guns

Only criminals have guns

et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

Report: DoD may have improperly booted thousands of troops with mental health conditions

I know of one –no, not me!  
Neighbor’s kid I saw grow up from knee high at home to actually being there at Ft. Knox (strange that, but Paul can tell you I don’t believe in ‘coincidence’) when he went through 19D Cavalry Scout OSUT. He got hit by two IEDs less than a month after being deployed to Iraq. Not just physically, but also mentally he was pretty messed up due to several of the guys he went through basic with getting killed, and him surviving. During his training, his Platoon Drill Sergeants had confided in me that they were scared to death that the kids would be sent over there immediately after they had graduated, as if that happened, they’d mostly wind up dead. Their fears were not unfounded.

Nearly one in four troops booted ​for misconduct over a five-year period received other-than-honorable dismissals despite evidence of existing mental health conditions that may have warranted other considerations, according to a new Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday.

The findings cover nearly 92,000 service members separated for misconduct from fiscal 2011 through fiscal 2015. Investigators found that of those, more than 57,000 (about 62 percent) suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or other mental health conditions.

‘Performance enhancing drugs’ considered for Special Operations soldiers

I really hate to tell Mr. Larter that he’s behind the powercurve, but this has already been going on, in certain units, for quite a number of years.

Special Operations Command wants to create super-soldiers through pushing the limits of human performance, and is looking to nutritional supplements and even performance enhancing drugs as options.

America’s elite operators already have access to the kinds of fitness and performance resources available to a pro football player with dietitians, athletic trainers and physical therapists embedded with the units. But U.S. Special Operations Command is looking to go even further, pushing operators to increase pain tolerance, injury prevention and recovery, and physical performance in austere environments. SOCOM is looking to private industry and academia for ideas to get them there.

“If there are … different ways of training, different ways of acquiring performance that are non-material, that’s preferred but in a lot of cases we’ve exhausted those areas,” said Ben Chitty, senior project manager for biomedical, human performance and canine portfolios in the Science and Technology office at USSOCOM.

 

 

Trump considering Joe Lieberman for FBI director

Woo-hoo-hoo! Actually, I think Trump is merely doing some more trolling of the media…just because.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is among the candidates President Trump is considering for FBI director, the White House said Wednesday.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump is meeting in the afternoon with the ex-Connecticut senator and three other possible replacements for ousted FBI Director James Comey at the White House.

Unlike past FBI directors, Lieberman has no experience as an FBI agent or as a federal judge or prosecutor. The Democrat-turned-Independent was Connecticut attorney general before being elected to the Senate in 1988. Lieberman endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump is also meeting with acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating (R) and former FBI official Richard McFeely.
Keating worked as an FBI special agent before entering politics. He also served as a U.S. attorney and top Justice Department official during the Reagan administration.

 

 

Erdogan’s Goons Bring Turkish Violence to American Soil

Hours after Turkey’s President Erdogan met with President Trump, his security guards attacked a peaceful protest outside the Turkish embassy in Washington. As the New York Times reports:

Supporters and opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey engaged in a violent confrontation outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington on Tuesday night. Nine people were injured and taken to a hospital, the District of Columbia’s fire and emergency medical services said. [….]

You might bring a group of violent security guards to the US once by accident and something goes wrong. Doing it twice means you mean it: it’s a demonstration of American weakness and of Erdogan’s sense of dominance over the ineffective loudmouths in Washington that will resonate through Turkey and the Middle East—and will be taken note of elsewhere.

Armenian Witness to Bloody Protest: Erdoğan Regime Violence ‘Has Now Been Exported Here’

The executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, who witnessed Tuesday’s bloody attacks against protesters of the regime of visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, called the violence the “very type of intolerance that has come to predominate in Turkey — and it has now been exported here.”

“This is exactly the type of violence you see in Ankara and they are exporting it here,” he added. “It’s one thing for the Turkish government to do that to its own citizens — a terrible thing. It is another thing for us, as Americans, to see that exported to the United States.”

When Erdoğan was in D.C. in March 2016 for the Nuclear Security Summit, his security staff roughed up journalists and think-tank staff outside his address at the Brookings Institution.

“This may be how Erdogan treats protesters in his own country, but this is not acceptable in ours,” tweeted Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.). “2nd time Erdogan’s security attacked protesters in US. Meeting should not have taken place. WH should denounce & support peaceful protests.”

 

 

Susan Rice: Don’t ‘Allow Twitter Wars to Become Shooting Wars’

This from the woman who went on seven Sunday morning TV news shows with the claim that a video was responsible for the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.
Simply nothing more than Trump derangement syndrome.

Obama-era National Security Advisor Susan Rice called for the White House to “steadily apply pressure” to North Korea instead of labeling Kim Jong-un a “smart cookie,” as President Trump called the communist leader last month.

Rice urged the Trump administration to defend “our NATO allies” and to not allow “Twitter wars to become shooting wars.”

Obama Ordered The U.S. Intelligence Community To Share Intel With Cuba

but that’s okay with those who hate Trump, well because he’s President Trump and it’s not Hillary.

Just a month before the 2016 election, President Barack Obama signed a policy directive ordering the U.S. intelligence community to share sensitive U.S. intelligence with Cuba’s communist government, despite the fact that one of the top U.S. intelligence official had branded Cuba as one of America’s biggest espionage threats. The presidential policy directive, which was issued as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to normalize U.S. relations with the Castro regime, required the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to “exchange information on mutual threats with Cuban counterparts.”

USA Today noted that Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, was physically present at the signing ceremony for the U.S.-Cuba intelligence-sharing agreement on January 16, 2017.

While the Obama administration’s plan to share U.S. intelligence with Cuban spies was immediately opposed by a handful of Republican members of Congress, the intel sharing agreement received scant attention from most mainstream U.S. media sources.

All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome

Donald Trump, the most-unlikely and least-liked president in the history of the United States, had barely celebrated his first 100 days when calls for his impeachment started flying faster than Andrew Weiner dick pics at a Girl Scout cookout. For the good of democracy, don’t you see, the Republicans must not only be kicked to the curb in the 2018 midterms, but the president himself must be thrown into the street, just like he once tried to evict that old lady from her house in Atlantic City!

In the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, whose recent testimony on Hillary Clinton’s emails was so flawed and incompetent that his underlings immediately issued a clarification to the Senate Judiciary Committee, virtually every non-Republican #NeverTrumper (plus Sen. John McCain, who has some good reasons to hate Trump) has called for The Donald’s head on a platter. And this was all before the tantalizing possibility of a “Comey memo” detailing various attempts by Trump to shut down an investigation of possible ties between former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and Russian operatives.

“An attempt to obstruct justice is an impeachable offense,” huffed Andrew Sullivan in New York magazine last week. “And Trump has just openly admitted to such a thing” because “sources close to Comey” said the president-elect asked the FBI director for his “personal loyalty.” What unemotional analysis. Remember that a year ago, Sullivan called the possibility of a Trump presidency an “extinction-level threat” to mom, apple pie, and Chevrolet. Elsewhere in New York, Jonathan Chait, who is as doggedly a Democratic partisan that exists in print, put out an article under the headline, “The Law Can’t Stop Trump. Only Impeachment Can.” Trump’s high crime for Chait was the completely opaque charge that Trump shared classified intel with Russian officials visiting the White House, a charge flatly rebutted by National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, who said the shared info was “wholly appropriate” and that “the president in no way compromised any sources or methods.”

Venezuela death toll rises to at least 42

The death toll in Venezuela’s six-week wave of anti-government unrest has risen to at least 42, according to the state prosecutor’s office, which announced three deaths on Tuesday.

A policeman was arrested for his alleged role in the killing of a 33-year-old taxi driver, shot in the thorax, in the border state of Tachira. A 17-year-old who was shot in the head during a protest in the central state of Barinas on Monday and died on Tuesday morning.

“A group of people arrived and started shooting, injuring the young person in the brain,” the state prosecutor’s office said on the death of the unnamed teenager.

Another person, whose name and age were not disclosed, died in protests in San Antonio, according to authorities.

Violence flared in various parts of the country on Monday as the opposition held sit-ins and roadblocks, trying to keep up momentum in its bid to remove the socialist government.

 

BBC Makes Drama About Muslim Rape Gang,

Doesn’t Mention Islam

The BBC has made a drama about girls affected by Muslim rape gangs – with no mention of Islam in press releases or the trailer, the writer claiming “there was no religious basis for this”.
Three Girls, which will be aired 16 May on BBC One, tells the story of three children from Rochdale targeted by a gang of Pakistani and Afghani origin Muslims between 2005 and 2008.

The case resulted in the 2012 conviction of the nine men for serious sexual offences, including rape and human trafficking, inflicted on girls as young as 13.

Speaking to The Guardian, the series writer Nicole Taylor, insisted: “There was no religious basis for this, but a wider discussion about why this was, and is, a distinct pattern would be welcome.”

She said she “didn’t want to give these people [the English Defence League] an opportunity”, by telling the story, adding: “But that’s not a reason to do the drama.”

However, sentencing the men at the time, Judge Gerald Clifton bluntly disagreed, clearly stating that religion was a factor in the case and part of what motivated the men to treat the girls as they did.

He said the men treated the girls “as though they were worthless and beyond respect”.

“One of the factors leading to that was the fact that they were not part of your community or religion.”

 

No takers yet on French President Macron’s plea for climate scientists to move to France

Aww, come on people! Step up to the challenge!

French President Emmanuel Macron urged U.S. climate scientists during his campaign to move to France, but so far it doesn’t appear that anyone has taken him up on his offer.

“I have not heard of a single one taking up the offer as of yet,” said Climate Depot’s Marc Morano. “Perhaps the climate scientists here in the U.S. are still enjoying their academic perks, steady funding and endless media adoration. There does not seem to be too much of a reason they would want to leave.”

Denmark in huge snub to EU: PM says he will IGNORE Brussels order to relax border controls

DENMARK has vowed to ignore a controversial order by EU bureaucrats to lift its strict border controls.

The Scandinavian country introduced the hardline measures in a desperate bid to stem the flow of migrants into Europe.
Germany, Austria and Norway, which are also part of the passport-free Schengen zone, also followed suit.
The European Commission has told the four nations to relax the controls, which were imposed in 2015, within six months.

But Denmark’s prime minister today said he would refuse to give into their demands.

This is an example of what might best be termed “Not necessarily the correct way to do this.”

One person shot on Troup Street

I can hear this; “If the guy was coming at me with a glass knife, I sure wouldn’t be shooting into the ground.” Well, I can’t argue against that, and no one I know advises using “warning shots”.

So, it’s obvious that the homeowner didn’t want to shoot the guy.
Okay, that means either he didn’t see the guy as ‘real’ threat, or as some have pointed out in the past, he couldn’t ‘cross that line’ in his mental makeup to actually shoot the guy.
He may simply have made a threat assessment – we weren’t there – but if it’s the latter, he’s one of the number of people who really shouldn’t have a gun for self defense as he’s not able to make the decision to use it when it’s going to be necessary to actually shoot someone. And that means if something like this ever happens again, somebody’s going to take that gun away from him as use it on him.

Now we come to the next point. The general rule is that you can’t use deadly force against what you believe is a non-deadly threat. Shooting ‘at’ someone, no matter your intent to “miss” is using deadly force. Whether or not you think it isn’t doesn’t matter. The law sees it as such and I can’t find a Georgia statute that allows warning shots.
The homeowner is now going to be at the mercy of the police investigator deciding whether to refer charges and whether his county prosecutor is, to put it bluntly, an ass or not.  It’s within a prosecutor’s power of discretion to decide it’s not worth the effort to prosecute the homeowner.  As Andrew Branca of The Law of Self Defense has recently pointed out  many prosecutors don’t pursue charges simply because there’s “bigger fish to fry”. But that is something he, and I, don’t recommend relying on.

 

VALDOSTA GEORGIA— A 25-year-old man was shot in the foot along the 500 block of Troup Street before noon Tuesday, May 16, Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said.
Police responded to a shooting and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot, according to a press release. He was taken to South Georgia Medical Center where he is being treated for a non-life threatening injury.
The report states the homeowner heard his dog barking outside and saw the unidentified man throw an object at the dog. The homeowner yelled at the man to leave the dog alone.

As the homeowner made his way outside, he grabbed his gun, the report states. Outside, the homeowner noticed the man was holding a shard of glass. The man then approached the homeowner.
The report states the homeowner fired a warning shot at the ground and yelled for the man to leave. The man refused and did not drop the glass.
The homeowner then fired two more warning shots at the ground and one bullet seems to have ricocheted off of the ground and hit the man’s foot, according to the report.
The investigation is ongoing.

Michigan considers Constitutional Carry.

Legislation that would allow gun owners without a concealed pistol license to carry concealed firearms drew a crowd at a Tuesday House Judiciary Committee meeting.
The four-bill package is sponsored by Republican Reps. Michele Hoitenga, Pamela Hornberger, Sue Allor and Triston Cole. The most controversial of the four, HB 4416, would lift the prohibition on concealed carry without a license for all but those who are already prohibited from carrying a firearm by state or federal law.
During testimony, Hoitenga, R-Manton, said the legislation does not eliminate background checks or gun free zones currently codified under state law. Gun owners without a concealed pistol license would also not have reciprocity with most other states.

Not every scandal is a magic bullet, and the hysteria is helping Trump

PREDICTION: Barring some sort of unforeseen health drama, there is a 99 per cent chance Donald Trump will serve out his first term of office.

And here’s a further bet for you: Unless American Democrats, and large sections of the US media and Washington press corps, stop baying for the president’s head in ever shriller terms, he’s not a bad chance for a second term either.

This may sound funny on a day when Australians woke to the news that Trump had, according to the armies of anonymous sources cited in the Washington Post, passed on super-duper top secret classified intel to the Russians.

But while it is certainly nice to see such concern about the proper handling of government secrets (particularly after an election when Hillary Clinton’s treatment of classified intelligence was so largely waved away) this latest attempt to bring down Trump is likely to come to naught.

The pattern of the Trump-shared-secrets-with-the-Russkies story is predictable.

As is so often the case the Washington Post, which has made itself the unofficial house organ of America’s anti-Trump establishment with its new self-regarding slogan, “Democracy dies in darkness”, kicked things off.

They did this with an article citing “anonymous sources” who claimed that the president — whether in a fit of braggadocio, stupidity, or in partial payment for Moscow’s meddling with the election the Post leaves to the reader to decide — passed on exceedingly sensitive and restricted intelligence to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister in a meeting last week.

But as so often happens, the extent of what Trump actually told the Russians reality may be a bit more pedestrian.

The information in question is now said to have been about ISIS plots to sneak a bomb on to an airliner in a laptop, a plot device easily imagined by any Hollywood TV writer or paperback spy thriller author.

 Indeed, if no other allies knew about the plot, then all credit to British officials who instituted a similar ban in the wake of the US’s move to ban laptops on flights from a number of Muslim-majority countries, as well as to Malcolm Turnbull, who is also said to be looking “very closely” at putting such a policy in place for flights to Australia.
And for what it’s worth, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster has denied anything inappropriate was shared with the Russians, though whether the word of a three star general can hold a candle to unnamed sources is an open question.

The Irrationals: Trump’s Opponents Are His Greatest Asset

It wasn’t a good week for President Donald Trump, but it could have been a lot worse. For all his faults – and there are many – the president is blessed with one important thing: opponents so unhinged, so irrational, that even when compared to him, he comes off better.

The ham-handed and, frankly, classless way in which the president fired FBI Director James Comey could have and should have been handled better. The White House can find out where the head of the FBI is at any given moment, so wait until he’s in the office to fire him or pick up the phone and do it right. Instead, Comey saw it on TV.

That said, he had to go. But media reports suggest the White House was shocked at the reaction. If true, that itself is shocking. If Donald Trump saved a puppy, the media and Democrats would complain about it, so firing the head of a department currently investigating the Trump campaign and being shocked about blowback is amateurish.

Luckily for the president, “worse than amateurish” is the perfect way to describe his opponents.

Should We Trust the Trump/Russia Coverage?

So why is it that I, suspicious of Trump and merely glad that Hillary Clinton didn’t win, react immediately to this story by suspecting it was untrue?

Simply enough, because however suspicious of Trump I might be, I’ve gotten to be even more suspicious of anonymously-sourced stories about Trump from the Washington Post, the New York Times, and frankly, from all of the legacy media.

Why? Because they’ve proven to be untrustworthy. Becket Adams at Washington Examiner started a comprehensive list in February, promising to keep updating the list — after February 18 he stopped and I don’t blame him. He probably threw up his hands in disgust. Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist has her own list (and some useful hints about any WaPo Trump story).

Circa, a new website I heartily recommend, ran a story on May 12 documenting stories (I started to say “all the stories” but actually I wouldn’t want to bet on that) of all the things the legacy media has reported about Trump that were wrong.

It has 23 entries. In a week.

Smore Slugs For Thugs

Self-Defense Shooting Leaves One Man Dead on Indianapolis’ West Side

INDIANAPOLIS — One man is dead after a self-defense shooting Sunday evening on Indy’s west side, and IMPD said the shooter pulled the trigger in self defense.

Police say the man got into a fight with others at the apartments, and the shooter says he shot the man several times. He feared the man would shoot or harm others.  IMPD says the shooter has not been arrested.

Routine arrest leads Minneapolis police to arsenal

1 There’s no such thing as a ‘routine’ anything in law enforcement.

2 There’s a very large moslem population in the twin-cities metro area. The nickname ‘little somalia’ has been used for quite awhile.

3 Read the last paragraph a couple of times and let all the implications of that roll around in your mind.

Minneapolis police uncovered an arsenal of guns and bomb-making devices during a routine arrest last week.

According to police, a man walked by a parked car in north Minneapolis about 5 p.m. Thursday and confronted the people inside after they threw food wrappers on the ground. They ignored him until he paused to get the car license number. The men then got out of the car and indicated they had guns, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

 The man flagged down officers, the complaint says, but the men from inside car continued to yell at him and resisted the officers’ attempts to control the situation. The men were insistent they needed to be near the car because a drone was coming to deliver a package, the complaint said. Because of the suspicious circumstances and fear for the man’s safety, the men were placed in the squad while officers searched their car.

Inside, the officers found a hand grenade, handgun, assault rifles and magazines and a large quantity of ammunition, the complaint said. They also found cellphones, computers and electronics equipment, including drone parts. Abdullah N. Alrifahe, 27, of Minneapolis, was charged with a gross misdemeanor for carrying a pistol in public without a permit. In December, he was convicted of the same offense.