Welcome to the first of many boring Wednesdays in our future. The way I see it we have like two & a half months of steady cold wet &/or snowy dreary boredom until St Patrick’s Day without a decent holiday excuse for a party. If that’s not a depressing thought I don’t know what is! Oh well at least I’ve the mid season TV show premiers to look forward to.
Well before this ambivalence proves contagious I guess we should get on with it huh?
A Modern Fable
A tourist walked into a Chinese curio shop in San Francisco. While looking around at the exotic merchandise, he noticed a very lifelike, life-sized, bronze statue of a rat. It had no price tag, but was so incredibly striking the tourist decided he must have it. He took it to the old shop owner and asked, “How much for the bronze rat?”
“Ahhh, you have chosen wisely! It is $12 for the rat, $100 for the story,” said the old Chinaman.
The tourist quickly pulled out twelve dollars. “I’ll just take the rat, you can keep the story”.
As he walked down the street carrying his bronze rat, the tourist noticed that a few real rats had crawled out of the alleys and sewers and had begun following him down the street. This was a bit disconcerting so he began walking faster. A couple blocks later he looked behind him and saw to his horror the herd of rats behind him had grown to hundreds, and they began squealing.
Sweating now, the tourist began to trot toward the Bay. Again, after a couple blocks, he looked around only to discover that the rats now numbered in the MILLIONS, and were squealing and coming toward him faster and faster.
Terrified, he ran to the edge of the Bay and threw the bronze rat as far as he could into the Bay. Amazingly, the millions of rats all jumped into the Bay after the bronze rat, and were all drowned.
The man walked back to the curio shop in Chinatown .
“Ahhh,” said the owner, “You have come back for story?”
“No, sir.” said the man, “I came back to see if you have a bronze Democrat.”
Speaking of high cholesterol and calories, here’s a little pin up drool item for all the guys down at Impish’s local cop shop and prison
From where I stand when it comes to the Occupy Movement,…
this pretty much says it all!
Good job at Lambeau Field
Monday night 11/14/2011 at Lambeau Field
This is what ESPN failed to show you Monday night, 11/14/2011.
Apparently, they thought their commercials were more important than
showing this scene for about 5 seconds.
Black Eyed Peas
The Real Story is much more interesting and has gone untold in fear that feelings would be hurt. It’s a story of war, the most brutal and bloody war, military might and power pushed upon civilians, women, children and elderly. Never seen as a war crime, this was the policy of the greatest nation on earth trying to maintain that status at all costs. An unhealed wound remains in the hearts of some people of the southern states even today; on the other hand, the policy of slavery has been an open wound that has also been slow to heal but is okay to talk about.
The story of *THE BLACK EYED PEA* being considered good luck relates directly back to Sherman ‘s Bloody March to the Sea in late 1864. It was called The Savannah Campaign and was lead by Major General William T. Sherman. The Civil War campaign began on 11/15/64 when Sherman’s troops marched from the captured city of Atlanta , Georgia , and ended at the port of Savannah on 12/22/1864. When the smoke cleared, the southerners who had survived the onslaught came out of hiding. They found that the blue belly aggressors that had looted and stolen everything of value and everything you could eat including all livestock, death and destruction were everywhere. While in hiding, few had enough to eat, and starvation was now upon the survivors. There was no international aid, no Red Cross meal trucks. The Northern army had taken everything they could carry and eaten everything they could eat. But they couldn’t take it all. The devastated people of the south found for some unknown reason that Sherman’s bloodthirsty troops had left silos full of black eyed peas. At the time in the north, the lowly black eyed pea was only used to feed stock. The northern troops saw it as the thing of least value. Taking grain for their horses and livestock and other crops to feed themselves, they just couldn’t take everything. So they left the black eyed peas in great quantities assuming it would be of no use to the survivors, since all the livestock it could feed had either been taken or eaten. Southerners awoke to face a new year in this devastation and were facing massive starvation if not for the good luck of having the black eyed peas to eat. From New Years Day 1866 forward, the tradition grew to eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck.”
Yields: 10 sticks
1 package (13.8 oz) refrigerated pizza crust
10 mozzarella cheese sticks
30 thin slices pepperoni
1 jar (1 lb. 10 oz) pasta sauce, heated
Preheat oven to 425°. Grease baking sheet; set aside.
Roll pizza crust into 13 x 10-inch rectangle. Cut in half crosswise, then cut each half into 5 strips.
Arrange 1 cheese stick on each piece of pizza crust, then top with 3 slices pepperoni. Fold edges over, sealing tightly.
Arrange stromboli sticks on prepare baking sheet, seam side down. Bake 15 minutes or until golden. Serve with Pasta Sauce, heated, for dipping.
First let me observe that the size of the mozzarella sticks varies greatly from brand to brand both in length and diameter. We used a store brand cheese stick and I wound up cutting them in half the long way and found this ample cheese per stick so you’ll need to use a little common sense and kitchen wisdom here.
There are a WHOLE bunch of variation possibilities with this recipe. Substitute Prosciutto or Capicola for the Pepperoni. Roast Beef and Provolone with a little blend of mayo and horseradish or beef consume for dipping would yield a Philly Cheese Steak or French Dip. Ham and Cheddar? More better! Diced cooked Chicken tossed with a little of your favorite hot sauce and Blue Cheese with a little Ranch Dressing for Dipping for a Buffalo Chicken. Pastrami and Swiss with a little Thousand Islands and mayo dip gets you a Ruben. A slice of Black Forrest Ham, A slice of Deli Chicken and some Swiss and you have a classic cordon bleu. Thin some cranberry sauce with Dijon mustard and a little OJ for a killer dipping sauce.
These are a fantastic accompaniment to a bowl of simple soup on a cold blustery day!
Speaking of soups, here are a few simple and fast soups you can have done in nearly the same time as the stromboli sticks!
4 Ingredient 30 Minute or Less Soups
Spinach & Tortellini Soup
Boxed chicken stock
Fresh cheese tortellini (we used Buitoni)
Bagged baby spinach
Bring 4 cups stock and 1 cup water to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat, add a 9-ounce package of tortellini, and simmer until pasta is tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in a 6-ounce package of baby spinach and cook until just wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into 4 bowls, and shave or grate Parmesan over top. Serves 4.
NUTRITION (per serving) 249 cal, 16 g pro, 36 g carb, 4 g fiber, 5 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 839 mg sodium
Roasted Red Pepper & Sweet Corn Soup
Roasted red pepper and tomato soup (we used Pacific Natural Foods Organic)
Frozen sweet corn kernels
Basil pesto (refrigerated pasta case or pasta aisle)
Low-fat plain Greek-style yogurt
Combine 4 cups soup, 1 1/2 cups corn kernels, and 2 Tbsp pesto in a large saucepan. Cover and bring just to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, 3 minutes. Ladle into 4 bowls and top each with a dollop of yogurt. Serves 4.
Variation: Substitute Black bean Salsa for the Basil Pesto and a small drained can of Mexi-corn (suggest Green Giant) for the frozen corn.
Steak, Potato, and Vegetable Soup
Beef stir-fry strips (meat case)
Boxed beef stock (we recommend Kitchen Basics)
Refrigerated diced potatoes with onion (we used Simply Potatoes)
Frozen soup vegetables
Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add 1 pound beef strips and sprinkle with 2 Tbsp flour. Cook, stirring, until browned, 3 minutes. Add 1/4 tsp salt. Stir in 2 cups water, scraping bottom of pot. Add 4 cups stock, 2 cups potatoes, and 2 cups vegetables. Reduce heat. Simmer until potatoes are tender, 15 minutes. Add 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 tsp pepper, and salt to taste. Serves 4.
NUTRITION (per serving) 323 cal, 33 g pro, 26 g carb, 3 g fiber, 8.5 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 859 mg sodium
A little Monterey Jack and some garlic powder are all the stromboli stick that goes with this needs! I substitute a can of unsalted petite diced tomatoes for the 2 cups of water and rinse the can with a little water adding it to the soup to make up the difference.
“A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.”
Part II of Answers to some of the Eternal Questions:
Why Do Women have two Hands?
Why Do Men have two Hands?
Hopefully you’ll have a few less sleepless nights pondering these great and weighty questions now.
Most of us already instinctively knew these rules, but it is nice to see them written down.
International Rules of Manhood
– Under no circumstances may two men share an umbrella.
– It is OK for a man to cry ONLY under the following circumstances:
(a) when a heroic dog dies to save its master;
(b) after wrecking his boss’s car; or
(c) one hour, twelve minutes, thirty-seven seconds into “The Crying Game.”
– Any man who brings a camera to a bachelor party may be legally killed and eaten by his buddies.
– Unless he murdered someone in your family, you must bail a friend out of jail within twelve hours.
– If you’ve known a guy for more than twenty-four hours, his sister is off limits forever unless you actually marry her.
– Moaning about the brand of free beer in a buddy’s fridge is forbidden. However, complain at will if the temperature
– No man shall ever be required to buy a birthday present for another man. In fact, even remembering his buddy’s
birthday is strictly optional. At that point, he must celebrate at a bar of the birthday boy’s choice.
– On a road trip, the strongest bladder determines pit stops, not the weakest.
– When stumbling upon other guys watching a sporting event, you may ask the score of the game in progress, but you may
never ask who’s playing.
– It is permissible to drink a fruity alcohol drink only when you’re sunning on a tropical beach, it’s delivered by a
gorgeous woman, and it’s free.
– Only in situations of moral and/or physical peril are you allowed to kick another guy.
– Friends don’t let friends wear Speedos. Ever. Issue closed.
– If a man’s fly is down, that’s his problem; you didn’t see anything.
– Women who claim they “love to watch sports” must be treated as spies until they demonstrate knowledge of the
game and the ability to drink as much as the other sports watchers.
– A man in the company of an extremely attractive woman must remain sober enough to fight.
– Never hesitate to reach for the last beer or the last slice of pizza, but not both. That’s just greedy.
– Never join your girlfriend or wife in discussing a friend of yours.
– It is acceptable for you to drive her car. It is not acceptable for her to drive yours.
– Thou shalt not buy a car in the colors of brown, pink, lime green, orange, or sky blue.
– The woman who replies to the question “What do you want for Christmas?” with “If you loved me, you’d know what I
want!” gets a PS3. End of story.
– There is no reason for guys to watch ice skating or men’s gymnastics. Ever.
A lady golfer visits a driving range to tone up before a game. She is about to drive her first ball off the mat when she notices the man next to her.
“Pardon me, sir” she said. “You are aiming in the wrong direction -back towards the golf shop.”
“Oy! – tanks for dat. Vitout you, I vouldn’t know. I’m half blind.” He then turned around and started hitting out into the range. After a few minutes, he asked the lady how he was doing.
“Not bad,” she answered. “Most of your shots are straight and fairly long. Only a few of them are slicing.”
“Tanks, again, Miss,” he replied. “Vitout you telling, I vouldn’t know dese tings.”
A few shots later, he inquired again. “Do you mind I should ask a poisonal qvestion?”
“Not at all,” she replied.
“I don’t do vell vit the ladies. Am I ugly or fett or vat ?”
“You’re quite presentable,” she replied. “I don’t think that is your problem.
Smiling now, he exulted, “Vat a relief. I vas always afraid to ask. Again, I got to tank you.”
He was about to hit another ball when the girl interrupted him. “Do you mind if I give you a bit of advice?” she asked.
“Vit gladness, dank gott. All the help you got I vill take,” he answered.
“Get rid of your Jewish accent,” she replied. ” …..You’re Chinese.”
NFO: Old Time Radio Programs
Old-time radio is a lot of fun. You’ll find free, legal old-time radio programs online. The Internet Archive has a large selection of old radio programs such as Sherlock Holmes, Dragnet and World War II news broadcasts.
You can download the episodes in MP3 format. They’ll work on any music player, smartphone or computer. Or you can burn them to CD for listening in the car. http://www.archive.org/details/oldtimeradio
(Thanks to K-Squared for this little chestnut)
Oh behalf of the staff of DragonLaffs Enterprises LLP and as the resident Dr. of Quackery I wish you a speedy recovery!
Oh we also dug up this new board game for you to play while recovering to keep you from getting bored!
The Unauthorized Obama Boardgame
he political boardgame, Spread the Wealth Around, exists to train you bitter clingers to practice the art of class warfare, dodge death panels, cheat on your taxes and do your small part to increase our national debt.
Choose membership in one of four organizations: Public Service, ObamaCare, Big Labor or Wall Street. From your perch atop the ruling class, you’ll bankrupt other players, drag them before show trials, carve them up in unnecessary surgery or just get one of your big labor goons to wack ‘em in Rocko Roulette.
Rather than accumulate wealth in Spread the Wealth Around, you’ll rack up mountains of debt – just like Obama’s America. Scam dead people and collect their Social Security in Public Office. Unplug granny and play the lawsuit lottery in ObamaCare. Gamble and go burnin’ and lootin’ with Big Labor. Cut in line for your Wall Street bailout – it’s all for the children.
Spread the Wealth Around is the perfect gift to cure that troglodyte Republican friend or conservative relation. No need for sensitivity training or coaching on tax and spend Obamanomics. Put away those teacher’s union pamphlets and Mao’s little red book. Play the political game that’s making the world safe for socialism!
Do you believe everything you see in the mainstream media, or just feel like you missed out on Cash for Clunkers and ACORN brothels? Do you want to take other people’s money for the nanny state and social justice? You’ll play this political game like any pro in Washington.
Why earn when you can spend? Why work when you can party? You don’t have to be an assistant deputy undersecretary for central planning to get too big to fail – you just have to Spread the Wealth Around! If you never let a crisis go to waste, then leave behind the little people in the tea party, and get your green job aboard the high speed train to the ruling class.
Prosperity is just another government program away, so don’t wait for global warming and the next ice age before playing the ultimate boardgame for Bamster bureacrats. Like the deficit and gas prices, there’s no where to go but up! It’s time to reward your friends, punish your enemies and get your fair share of stimulus money.
This seemed like a good follow on to this feature above due to the question/ complaint I received recently:
I’m Canadian like more than a few readers. We really don’t care about American politics, so why do you harp on them so much and bash your President so bad? You say you’re not a Conservative but you bash him like one and in almost every issue.
How about sticking to just the humor for the sake of your foreign readership?
Gotta Go Da Sheetrock She’s Here
OK so obviously I changed the name to protect the Canadian among us from being buried alive in fan mail from liberal American readers.
First of all “Gotta Go”, let me start off with reason one, which is the political commentary and Obama bashing is going to continue until you recall Justin Beber to Canada and keep him on your side of the damned border and off American television! Same thing goes for Celine Dion. Further if you ever allow those to to breed we will be attacking you with Nancy Pelosi’s face visuals accompanied by Price soundtracks.
Secondly its our god given right as Americans to participate in complain about and make fun of our government and political process because unlike you we kicked England’s backsides and got away from the Constitutional Monarchy of Moronic Monkey Heads (YES that was a Prince Charles dig). Both Impish and I care very deeply about the country we both have fought for and her core values and are doing what we can with in our limited abilities to be a positive but humorous force for returning us to the right path.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.~ Plato
Lastly and most importantly to me, I do it because I am deathly afraid of the possibility of what Obama could do with 4 more years in office to this country. My visions of that run along these lines and scare me almost nightly:
And frankly as far as I’m concerned that alone is reason enough.
Thanks for writing in!
Well here it is not even 15 days into the New Year and I’m already testing the limits of one of my resolutions, namely to limit how often I get worked up run a rant and preach to the choir. In my defense I can only say this rant would not be necessary as a voice of reason were it not for the bleeding heart liberals with their heads up the asses and the happy to sensationalize anything in the name of ratings and controversy (which means of course more news and in turn more ratings)
Brownsville mom is seeking answers in death of her son
911 call shows tension before school shooting.
By Lynn Brezosky and Jason Buch, firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.chron.com/news/state/article/Brownsville-mom-is-seeking-answers-in-death-of-2443734.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+houstonchronicle%2Ftopheadlines+%28chron.com+-+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+International
BROWNSVILLE — The mother of a 15-year-old student shot and killed by police after he refused to drop a pellet gun said Thursday she wanted officers to come to her with their hands on their hearts and give her honest answers about how her son died.
“I saw the wounds, in the chest, in the heart,” Noralva Gonzalez said, sobbing outside the family’s small frame home as her husband, Jaime Gonzalez Sr., held her. “I’m not crazy. He was hit in the head, from behind. He was a boy, like any boy. They didn’t have the right to do that.”
A 911 recording released by police Thursday to the Brownsville Herald reveals the tense moments when officers confronted Jaime Gonzalez Jr.
Over and over, officers can be heard telling the eighth-grader to put the weapon on the floor.
As officers arrive, the assistant principal who made the call says Gonzalez is drawing the weapon. A moment later, police yell that Gonzalez is running through the hall.
Someone can be heard yelling that the student says he’s willing to die. And an administrator is heard yelling, “Lock the door.”
Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez said that when the teen pointed the gun at officers, they shot back.
The weapon turned out to be a CO2-powered .177-caliber pellet pistol that police said resembled a Glock-type semiautomatic handgun.
The teen’s parents on Thursday questioned the lethal action.
“Why was so much excess force used on a minor?” asked the boy’s father. “Three shots. Why not one that would bring him down?”
Thomas Aveni, executive director of the Police Policy Studies Council and an expert on police use of force, said the Supreme Court has ruled that if an officer believes he or she is in danger, deadly force is justified, regardless of other factors. Officers don’t have time to think about how old a gunman is when it appears they, or bystanders, are in danger, he said.
“If the officer reasonably believes life is in imminent danger, it doesn’t matter how old is the person who has the gun,” Aveni said.
The courts also have ruled that hindsight doesn’t matter, he said. If officers believed the gun was real, they are justified in using deadly force even if it turned out to be a pellet gun, Aveni said.
Trying to shoot someone in the leg or arm is a bad idea, Aveni said, because it’s difficult and because a bullet striking the arm or leg is potentially lethal anyway.
Deadly force justified
While members of the public may wonder why police can’t use stun guns or other nonlethal weapons, Geoffrey Alpert, a professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina who’s been studying police shootings for 25 years, said that when confronted with a gun, officers have little choice.
“It’s a very tragic situation, but any reasonable police officer would have fired,” Alpert said. “I feel bad for the family, but I feel horrible for the police officer. He had to shoot a young boy.”
Meanwhile, an area civil rights group was demanding a thorough investigation.
The South Texas Civil Rights Project released a statement calling for Brownsville police to conduct an investigation in 30 days, hire an expert on the use of deadly force, institute “de-escalation policy and training” and involve parents from the Brownsville Independent School District in the investigation and new policies and training.
The two officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave.
Cummings Middle School, where the shooting happened, was closed Thursday. It’s scheduled to open today. About 250 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students and staff went to Breeden Elementary School for classes Thursday, and 17 counselors from the district’s crisis intervention team were on hand, a spokeswoman said.
At the teen’s home, family arranged photos and memorabilia documenting his life. A banner with his photograph hung on the front of the home. His band uniform — he was a drum major and band captain — was prominently displayed.
His mother clutched a rosary as she spoke to a parade of reporters, at one point retreating into the home with her husband and wailing in pain.
Noralva Gonzalez said she got a call Wednesday saying something had happened at school and that her son was in the hospital.
When she arrived, doctors tried to break the news gently, but she said she already knew.
“I just told them, ‘Tell me.’ Be truthful,” she said.
She said she took pictures of her son’s body with her cell phone, to document the bullet wounds. She refused to sign forms the police gave her. She and her husband plan to look for a lawyer.
The two officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave.
His family said Gonzalez had not been having problems at school and had no enemies they knew of. They described a thoughtful and caring young man. On Wednesday, his parents said, the day began like any other. He rose at 6:30 a.m., got ready for school, and exchanged blessings with his parents.
“His goal was always to be something and buy his mother a new house,” Jaime Sr. said.
He said their son had dreamed of a career in law enforcement.
“He wanted to be a Texas Ranger or state trooper or go to the military, be a Marine. Now he can’t. He’s not here anymore.”
OK before I get on a roll let me state that I agree this IS a senseless and needless tragedy. Anytime a young life is lost in such and easily avoidable incident is it regrettable and a cause for sorrow
That having been said about the ONLY other point I agree with here is that the cops had little to no choice a split second to make a decision and were TOTALLY justified in their decision to use and application of lethal force.
Anything else here ladies and gentlemen is quite frankly utter and total aggrandizing bullshit. The kid failed to heed the orders of the police officers, given to him several times. Officers I might point out that had their weapons out and were pointing them at him while confronting him in an aggressive and hostile manner. Since nothing has been said to the contrary we can reasonably assume that the officers were in full uniform leaving no doubt as to their identities and positions of authority over Jamie.
Jamie chose not only not to heed the orders of these officers but apparently to begin lifting the gun and point it at the officers before one or more opened fire on him killing him. Quite frankly in the mind of any sane non minority card playing person that kid got exactly what he was pushing for and deserved for threatening police officers and his fellow students safety.
THAT is speaking it plain and the bottom line here. This kid brought a gun to a school which I’m SURE has a zero tolerance for weapons policy, waved it at and pointed it at fellow students, drew it out when he heard the officers, ran from the office in what could only be an attempt to avoid the police, stated that he was prepared to die, failed &/or refused to follow police orders when corners to put the gun down and finally demonstrated a clear intention to place the lives of the police officers in such danger as to cause them to consider the use of deadly force. By my count that’s at LEAST seven strikes, just how many swings is he allowed before police are justified in neutralizing the threat?
Here are two pictures, one is an eight shot .177 cal CO2 pellet pistol, relatively more or less harmless, the other is of an actual Glock 17 9MM handgun which holds 18 rounds when fully loaded with its standard clip. With optional high capacity clips 20 and 35 rounds are achievable. Can you tell them apart well enough and at a quick glance to bet YOUR life on? What about the lives of your children or grandchildren?
No? I didn’t think so, but that’s what the parents and the ambulance chasing South Texas Civil Rights Project are saying the police should have been able to do. Under stress. By looking at the business end and what little they could see of it not covered by his hand. All in under approximately five seconds, as Jamie was raising it to point at one of them in an environment where if he missed the officer (a fair possibility that not all the shots or even most of the shots fired at the officer would hit him) those misses would penetrate walls and possibly kill students of facility hiding on the other side. Remember if that weapon IS real AND full he has 18 chances to kill or seriously injure someone or very possibly multiple some ones.
Oh Lethal! You are simply over stating the situation and guilty of the same sensationalism you accuse the media of you say? OH REALLY? SERIOUSLY? You think so? Well I don’t and I’m going to tell you why.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, anyone recognize those 2 names? Anyone at all? Possibly someone say from Colorado? Of Harris, it was remarked that he was “a very bright individual who is likely to succeed in life”, while Klebold was said to be intelligent, Sounds just like Jamie doesn’t it? Well boys and girls these two, ages 18 & 17 (very close to Jamie’s age) are responsible for what has become known as the Columbine High School massacre! On April20th 1999 in a short 23 minutes they managed to 12 students and 1 teacher. They also injured 21 other students in the fourth-deadliest school massacre in United States history, after the 1927 Bath School disaster, 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, and the 1966 University of Texas massacre, and the deadliest for an American high school.
STILL think I am overstating in favor of the police officers? Not any more? I didn’t think so. The “we’re sorry Lethal you were right” line forms just to the left of Impish over there and try to make your apologies sincere and different from each other please. The bleeding hearts and liberal who still thing the big bad cops stomped all over the poor minority Hispanic boy and should have endangered their own lives and the welfare of their families rather than use deadly force should queue up to Impish’s right side in the “Kiss Lethal’s Bloody Arse “ line.
You want someone to blame over this? I have two nominees for you the parents for being deficient in their raising of Jamie because as someone posted it so succinctly in the comment section of one of the articles,
The death was definitely “needless” – My parents raised me in such a way that I knew damn well not to bring ANY WEAPON be it a pistol, a bb gun, or a pocket knife into a school. I also knew, well before 8th grade mind you, that if a police officer gives you instructions you follow them. Thanks Mom & Dad
ergo if he did not know that and did not understand the consequences of not following the rules and obeying police officers the parents were not doing a proper job of rising him and are at least partly responsible for his death. QUICK CALL CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES! WHISK ALL THE OTHER CHILDREN OUT OF THE HOUSE AS THIS IS CLEAR EVIDNCE OF INDIFFERENT AND NEGLIGENT CHILD REARING AND OTHER CHILDREN IN THE HOUSECOULD BE IN DANGER OF THE SAME THING HAPPENING!
What? That only works for overweight children or when a LIBERAL decides you aren’t doing a good job? They are a minority and should be subject to a different set of rules and special allowances from “regular” folks? NOT BLOODY BUGGERING LIKELY! I’ve been all over this world and in a LOT of non English speaking countries and I can tell you from experience that certain things are universal. Stopping on command for police offers , making yourself non threatening and complying with their orders when they have weapons drawn and pointed in your direction would be two of those universal things. The knowledge that if you make then feel unsafe they WILL shoot you would be a third one.
The second nominee for culpable responsibility in this is our Federal Government. See, federal law requires pellet and BB guns be sold with orange bands around their barrel tips to make them easily and quickly distinguishable from actual firearms. Hell even the solid rubber guns police use in the course of training in how to disarm an armed suspect are bright red or orange. However in their infinite “wisdom” (Impish we need housekeeping here immediately, the sarcasm dripping off that word is making the floor slick) crafted a law that allows for some exceptions. Well Jamie had one of those exceptions in his hands and it along with all his other actions got him killed.
In summation there are only three things the Brownsville Police need “to come to her with their hands on their hearts and give her honest answers about” (don’t EVEN get me started on the audacity of THAT line!) is:
1.) their sorrow for her loss,
2.)their disappointment that her son was not raised and taught better than to threaten children with weapons and point them at police officers, and
3,)their regret that they will have to fight her frivolous money grubbing lawsuit with innocent taxpayer dollars.
1.) First and foremost given the constraints that liberals, bleeding hearts and people like this victims mother have place on police PLUS the real threat of lawsuits for any little thing they might do wrong while in personal grave danger and fear for their lives we are GOD FREAKING DAMNED LUCKY we have ANYONE willing to do the job at all!
1,b) For all of you who ARE insane enough to pick up that badge & gun while placing your life on the line everyday to Protect & Serve THANK YOU, GOD BLESS YOU, MAY SAINT MICHAEL KEEP YOU SAFE and rest assured of my continued membership AS WELL AS PARTICAPATION in the 100 Club.
2.) STOP, POLICE! (personally I think its high time that comma comes out of that line) IS NOT BLOODY SUGGESTION! Fail to comply and you deserve what even you get to bring you into compliance.
3.) While carrying a concealed weapon is a constitutionally protected right once you reach the age of majority all those who do so RESPONSIBLY recognize three things:
a.) there are places and times that carrying is wholly unsafe and inappropriate in light of the greater good.
b.) If you chose to carry irresponsibly you are going to have to deal with some potentially aggressive and hostile police officers because of your actions and what happens to you as a result of that is SOLELY your fault.
c.) The simple act of carrying a concealed weapon automatically raises your potential threat level in the eyes of any police officer dealing with you until he had rendered that weapon safe and secure for the remaining time he deals with you. Hesitate or fail to comply with his instructions in his attempt to render the weapon harmless and make the encounter safe and you are in effect threatening him and his safety. Again the responsibility for what happens rests WHOLLY on your head up to and including his decision to use deadly force.
Until next time!