D.C. Cops Get Away With Running Red Lights, While Everyone Else Gets $150 Tickets

I think most people understand that speed and red light cameras are all about making money. In D.C., they pulled in about $79 million in 2012, but revenue fell last year to about $75 million. From January to April of this year, they only pulled in about $11 million. What this means is that people aren’t running as many red lights, and they’re not speeding like they used to. But that’s not any concern to public officials. To them, all that’s happening is they’re losing money. For this reason, Read more […]

Student Suspended, Grilled by Police for Doodling Hangman Game

Hangman has been a popular game for decades. It’s simple to play and can be very educational in helping kids to learn words and spelling. I had teachers in grade school that used to use Hangman on the blackboard as part of their teaching. However, anyone participating in Hangman in school these days will find themselves suspended and grilled by the local police department as possible criminals or terrorists. At least that’s what happened to a 13 year old in Beaverton, Oregon last year. According Read more […]

Police Unable to Return Gun to Legal Owner Due to Colorado’s Gun Laws

If you would have asked to me three years ago to list the states with the strictest gun control laws, I would have answered New York, Maryland, Connecticut and Washington DC. If you were to ask me the same question today, I would have to add Colorado after the new anti-gun laws they passed last year. Not only has Colorado’s anti-gun laws forced several firearms companies to leave the state along with the Outdoor Channel cancelling 4 TV programs filmed in the state, but now the new laws are stopping Read more […]

Man Arrested for Obstruction After Recording Another Man’s Arrest

Judges ruling on government surveillance cases often tell us that there should be no expectation of privacy in our society today. Every venue is fair game for the government to snoop on us. It’s for national security. Unless you’re a cop, in which case the actual act of a civilian recording you poses a threat to national security. Some Miami guy was recording an arrest with his cell phone, after which the police came and arrested him. They eventually decided that his official charges would Read more […]

London Police To Try “Positive Discrimination”

“Do not ever say that the desire to ‘do good’ by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.” – Ayn Rand It is often said that the path to hell is paved with good intentions. Very few people set out to make bad choices. However, good intentions aren’t an excuse for bad behavior, nor do they excuse ignorance. In fact, it could be argued that bad decisions made out of ignorance, or made without a proper understanding of the situation at hand, are worse than those made Read more […]

Cop Car Slams Into Man’s Parked Car; Man Jailed for “Damaging City Property”

Yeah, you read that correctly. You’ve got to have quite a bit of hubris to try to pull off something like this. Some guy in New York named Robert Jackson was parked legally on the side of a one-way street outside his apartment. A cop car comes, going the wrong way on the one-way street, and he hits the guy’s SUV. Actually, it was his girlfriend’s SUV, and he was in the passenger seat waiting for his girlfriend. Jackson gets out of his car and confronts the cop who hit his girlfriend’s Read more […]

Mother Drives Off During Traffic Stop; Cop Shoots At Her Minivan Full Of Kids

I’m not here to defend what this mother did. I don’t know why she did it. Perhaps she was scared. Maybe she just wasn’t thinking, or maybe she misunderstood the police officer who pulled her over for going 71 in a 55. What she did was drive off in the middle of a traffic stop. Apparently, she was an out-of-stater from Tennessee driving in New Mexico in a minivan with her five homeschooled kids on an educational trip. The kids ranged in age from 6 to 18. They were on their way to the Rio Read more […]

Dad Learns The Hard Way: Don’t Involve Police In Your Parenting

An Iowa dad is mourning the loss of his son who died while being pursued by police. James Comstock and his son Tyler had just had a fight over cigarettes. Tyler wanted his dad to purchase a pack for him, and James refused. Nineteen-year-old Tyler got angry and stormed out. He took his dad’s company truck. It was of course about more than just cigarettes. They had been having a lot of problems with their son, and this was just one more thing. The family indicated that Tyler was trying to turn Read more […]

Cop Tases Father For Trying to Save His 3-Year-Old Child From Their Burning House

There’s a reason people are wary of calling the police in an emergency situation. Many times, the police show up and make matters worse. Like in Austin, Minnesota when Dustin Sheeley called 911 because his brother Scott was having a seizure. The paramedics arrived along with the Austin Police. In the middle of Scott’s seizure, he was restrained and handcuffed. When he “refused” to be still, a police officer decided to shoot the man with his taser gun at least four times, in spite of Dustin Read more […]

Police Murder 80-Year-Old Over Meth Suspicions; No Meth Found

Police have a penchant for smelling things that aren’t there. This is why we’re often advised not to roll our car window down all the way at a traffic stop. Leave it cracked just enough so that you can hear the officer, he can hear you, and documentation can be passed back and forth. When it’s rolled all the way down, that gives the officer room to smell inside your car and claim that he “smells marijuana,” in which case he has to search your car for other drugs and weapons. So, you sit Read more […]

Why Nitwits Defy Authority While You Obey The Speed Limit

Andrew Bacevich has an interesting editorial, “Are Manning and Snowden patriots? That depends on what we do next.” I find Bacevich too much of a statist though I often thinks he shows wisdom when probing US foreign policy. Others may disagree with his analysis of US power. But on the day that Bradley Manning has been sentenced to thirty-five years in prison, it is interesting to consider his personal character along with that of Snowden and others. Even Conservatives who think Manning was Read more […]

Gunned Down: The Police Usurp Society When They Could Be Trained To Help

News of one of many tragedies involving the police has recently hit the conservative blogosphere. Unlike most of them, however, while the bloodshed was wrong and avoidable, it didn’t involve arrogant cops but ones who at least initially, were horrified by their own mistake. (Or so I am assuming due to an eyewitness statement that an officer was sobbing uncontrollably; it may turn out that the Police Department circles the wagons and spreads misinformation.) This gives us an opportunity to think Read more […]