The Freddie Gray Case, Update 33.2: Backward Desperation and Politics

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Judge Barry Williams

Judge Barry Williams

There have been several other interesting developments in the motions war. From the Baltimore Sun: 

Prosecutors say Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams overstepped his authority in refusing their request that he force Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter to testify at the trials of three of his fellow officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, and have asked him to delay those trials pending their appeal of his decision to a higher court.

The prosecutors argue Williams improperly took it upon himself to decide whether it would be in the ‘public interest’ to compel Porter to testify under a limited form of immunity in the trials of Officer Edward M. Nero — set to begin Feb. 22 — and Officer Garrett E. Miller and Lt. Brian W. Rice, scheduled for early March.

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My First, Weekly, Watcher’s Council Blurb

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The School of Athens by Raphael

The School of Athens by Raphael

Well gentle readers, now I’ve gone and done it.  I’ve been invited to participate in The Watcher’s Council, a group of some of the most interesting blogs out there.  Not only will my association with these great folks increase readership of this scruffy little blog, it will give me the opportunity to be more widely read elsewhere.  I never expect to make a living from this endeavor, but writers want people to read their writing.  By all means, visit these sites/articles, and see what I mean.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

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Politics, New Hampshire and Racist Toe Rings

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image2Tonight, the first primary in the nation is taking place in New Hampshire. The tension is tense, the excitement exciting, and the political bovine excrement thick, deep and particularly odiferous. So let’s talk about something much more interesting: female feet.

I rather like female feet, but certainly not in a fetishistic manner. All feet can be of Fred Flintstonian character, but female feet in particular can be quite graceful, and serve to remind hulking males of the delicacy and delight of women. So too, for female hands. Living in Texas, one gets to see a great many lovely, feminine feet, and upon occasion, toe rings, a subject upon which I am practically agnostic.

Generally, it’s unwise to call attention to any body part unless said body part is worthy of the attention, and at the very least, not horrifying to the casual eye. Where toe rings are concerned, one probably needs relatively long and slender toes to pull them off, long and slender toes attached to graceful, feminine feet. I tend to be a minimalist where jewelry is concerned, and have never so much as worn a wedding ring, so perhaps I’m not an authority on the adornment of the anatomy with precious metals and gemstones.

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Barack Obama: Defender Of The One, True Faith

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Is it possible that the New York Times actually thought Christians would like this abomination, that it would cause them to think Mr. Obama their savior? Or were they simply doing their best to insult the majority of Americans?

As I’m sure readers know, President Obama delivered a defense of the Muslim faith at a notorious mosque in Baltimore on 02-03-16. The many ties of that mosque and its members, past and present, to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and other Islamic terror organizations has been extensively covered elsewhere. Not so well covered, however, is the fact that the FBI asked Mr. Obama not to visit that particular mosque.  They reportedly begged him not to accord a terror-linked mosque the prestige of the presidency. Of course, he did just that.

Why would an American president, any American president, defend the political ideology bent on the destruction of America and Western Civilization? This is not a new topic for me, but it may be valuable to once again comment on some of the most telling statements by Mr. Obama, statements and actions that indicate clearly that if he is not, in fact a Muslim–he is–one would be hard pressed to tell the difference.

There is no question he is a liar.

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The Freddie Gray Case, Update 33: Establishing Twilight Zone Precedents

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Baltimore-OfficersIn the process of writing about this case, I’ve briefly explained Terry v. Ohio (1968), but let’s have at it once again. The Supreme Court’s Terry decision is very important to understanding police work, and the kinds of powers we not only want police officers to have, but the powers we need them to have.

Police officers obviously have the power of arrest. An arrest occurs when a police officer significantly restricts a citizen’s freedom of movement, and a reasonable citizen would not believe they were free to go. An officer need not say: “you are under arrest, ” though as a field training officer, I always taught my trainees the seven magic words: “please,” “thank you,” and “you are under arrest.” It’s always best to avoid any misunderstandings.

In the Erik Scott case, Scott’s fiancé Samantha Sterner, was detained in a small security office, by a uniformed officer. She demanded, over and over again, to be allowed to go to the hospital to determine if Scott were dead, but the officer refused, continually blocking the only doorway with his body, and at one point, physically pushing her into a chair. He repeatedly told her that she was not under arrest, but also said she could not go. They held her for about three hours. Would any reasonable citizen, treated as Sterner was, have believed they were free to go, or would they believe they were under arrest?

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The 02-04-16 Dem Debate: More Socialistic Than Thou

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Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 11.39.57 AMI was, mercifully, spared the full fury and fecklessness of Thursday’s Democrat debate. I had a regularly scheduled rehearsal, which is why, I believe, the DNC scheduled it for last night: so I wouldn’t be able to see the whole thing. But, as I have a strong stomach, and as my blood pressure meds are up to date, I did watch some of it. I hate to do this to you, gentle readers, but a few pertinent observations:

The overall theme was “I can’t define socialism, but I’m the most socialistic socialist on this stage!”

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Schools and Concealed Carry: Overregulation and Micromanagement

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 8.14.43 PMIronically, the Age of Obama has been a very positive thing for changing public attitudes toward one fundamental liberty for the better: the right to keep and bear arms. Not only that, more and more Americans fully support the right of individuals to carry concealed weapons, and the courts and legislatures are now tending to reflect the overwhelming public tide toward individual liberty and the right of self-defense. I have taken no small delight in the anguish, and I’m sure, screaming, raging tantrums, of anti-liberty activists such as Mr. Obama.  I say this not out of spite, but because anyone that would take fundamental American liberties deserves to be uncomfortable and anguished.

Another positive effect of this sea change in public opinion, as well as an increasing number of terrorist attacks on American soil, is that one of the last bastions of progressive, anti-gun sentiment, the universities and public schools, have begun to accept, if not embrace, concealed carry to protect students and teachers from very real threats. Granted, on the state level, college students are trending to be the initial recipients of the freedom they should always have had, but more and more individual school districts–most in the red states–are adopting concealed carry on school property for staff.

This can’t happen soon enough. However, there are problems.

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