Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category

Antonio Buehler Found Not Guilty

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

From the Austin legal beat, Antonio Buehler was found not guilty of refusing to obey a police officer’s instructions while filming an arrest on January 1st, 2012.

Chalk up another small but real win for the right to monitor government employees doing their work in public.

“Conservative Action Fund” Is Another Dan Backer Scam PAC

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

I just got a Breitbart direct email solicitation from a “Conservative Action Fund” talking about David Perdue’s race against Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

Well, guess what? Conservative Action Fund is another Dan Backer scam PAC, just like Patriots for Economic Freedom.

You know how much money they’ve contributed to conservative candidates in 2014? Zero.

If you want to contribute money to David Perdue, do it directly.

And Breitbart should kick “Conservative Action Fund” off their list of accepted advertisers.

Buddy Barfield Pleads Guilty

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Remember Kenneth “Buddy” Barfield, the political consultant who was accused of embezzling over $2 million from David Dewhurst campaign funds? When last we checked, he had sold his house to settle a civil lawsuit from Dewhurst.

Well, Barfield just plead guilty to embezzling $1.8 million from various David Dewhurst campaigns.

“While working on behalf of the David Dewhurst Campaign and Dewhurst for Texas, Barfield knowingly and intentionally engaged in a scheme to defraud the entities of campaign dollars for his own benefit,” a plea agreement signed by Barfield stated.

“Barfield used the stolen funds to pay for expenses such as his home mortgage, school tuition for his children, personal investments and other living expenses.”

Dewhurst campaign officials said Barfield concealed his theft from the campaign accounts by falsifying bank deposit slips, vendor invoices and finance reports to make it appear that the accounts had far more cash on hand than they actually contained.

In the meantime, Barfield and his side businesses, such as Alexander Group Consulting, were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for services that were never performed.

As I noted in the original story, the embezzlement was a symptom of disorder in the Dewhurst campaign, not its cause. It also shows why it’s a good idea for any political campaign with funds of $1 million to have outside auditing…

Thoughts on Rape in Sweden

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Pat Condell offers some pungent thoughts on the connection between mass Muslim immigration and rising rape statistics in Sweden:

Is Sweden the rape capital of Europe? Indeed, this BBC report confirms it, though they claim that it’s an artifact of how the statistics are kept.

However, I’m finding a hard time finding official statistics to verify what percentage of rapes are committed by immigrants or by the children of immigrants. (I have seen these statistics referred to in some discussions, but have not been able to locate them directly.) There does seem to be evidence that immigrants are “five times more likely to be investigated for sex crimes.” But that’s from 2005. Are Muslims committing the majority of rapes in Sweden? It seems entirely possible, but I don’t want to fall prey to my own confirmation bias.

Of course, since Sweden has fined Michael Hess for making a connection between Islam and rape, one can understand why published statistics could be hard to come by. Especially since “the question of whether Michael Hess’s statement is true, or at least for Michael Hess appeared to be true, is irrelevant to the proceedings.”

Anyone have any better sources?

LinkSwarm for Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Here’s your Friday LinkSwarm of semi-random linkage goodness:

  • ObamaCare’s war on women: higher premiums, cancelled plans, fewer options.
  • ObamaCare has already cost $73 billion and counting.
  • And the Healthcare.Gov website cost 2.5 times what the Obama Administration told us.
  • The inequality police are worried that we are living in a new Gilded Age. We should be so lucky: Between 1880 and 1890, the number of employed Americans increased by more than 13 percent, and wages increased by almost 50 percent. I am going to go out on a limb and predict that the Barack Obama years will not match that record; the share of employed Americans is lower today than it was when he took office, and household income is down. Grover Cleveland is looking like a genius in comparison.

  • The middle class is poorer today than it was in 1989. Thanks, Obama! (Hat tip: Instapundit).
  • World Health Organization refuses to approve experimental drugs for Ebola patients. Because they might get sick…
  • CDC chief thinks a ban on travelers from Ebola-infected countries would be “wrong.” Wrong for who? People who won’t get infected?
  • Real Salon or parody Salon? “The problem with ‘Ebola’: The troubling, xenophobic language of disease.”
  • And if Ebola wasn’t bad enough, Enterovirus D68 has been found in four people who died.
  • And that Enterovirus D68 outbreak may be related to Obama’s decision not to deport illegal aliens.
  • Even 60% of Democrats think Obama is a wuss when it comes to ISIS.
  • U.S. troops fighting in the warkinetic overseas contingency engagement against ISIS are not eligible for campaign medals.
  • NRA’s Political victory Fund has released their ranking of candidates. That’s the one for Texas, but you can select all the other states as well.
  • Liberals are hypocrites when it comes to big bucks “dark money” fundraising.
  • The places where our self-appointed elites congregate are turning into precisely the places where actual voters are getting thinner and thinner on the ground.”
  • Despite what radical feminists would have you believe, sex crimes on campus are going down, not up.
  • Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott: voting fraud is real.
  • Appeals court finds Texas abortion laws constitutional.
  • “‘He’s from Texas, honey,’ I yelled at the television, startling the cats, ‘That’s not “armed”, that’s “dressed”, you island-dwelling herbivore! Jesus, you cud-chewing Eloi, how do you people open packages? With your teeth, like an animal?” For a bonus, try to work “cud-chewing Eloi” into your next conversation… (Hat tip: Dwight.)
  • More domestic violence in the MSM than the NFL: ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC and the New York Times.
  • Bill Maher goes after liberals being soft on Islam. “Saudi women can’t vote or drive or hold a job or leave the house without a man. Overwhelming majorities in every Muslim country say a wife is always obliged to obey her husband. That all seems like a bigger issue than an evangelical Christian bakery refusing to make gay wedding cakes. ”
  • What happens when you bail out of an SR-71 at Mach 3 and 78,000 feet.
  • Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions, but something about this film has “suck” written all over it…
  • Two words: Homemade flamethrower.

  • Tractor Tragedy Terminates Traficant

    Saturday, September 27th, 2014

    Convicted felon and Democratic ex-congressman from Ohio James Traficant died in a tractor accident on his farm, evidently following a heart attack that left the tractor pinned on top of him.

    In 2002, Traficant was convicted of 10 felony counts of racketeering, bribery and fraud, and then was expelled from the House, only the second member expelled since the Civil War.

    He was also famous for his generosity in letting an elderly weasel take up permanent residence at the top of his head:

    He was a scoundrel and a crook, but at least he was a colorful one…

    Facts About the Oklahoma City Beheader

    Friday, September 26th, 2014

    A few random facts about the Oklahoma beheader, Alton Nolen, AKA Jah’Keem Yisrael, AKA Alton Threadgill (the name on his Facebook profile):

  • The Oklahoma Department of Corrections lists his birthdate as 08/16/1984 and gives his vital statistics as “Black Male; 6 ft. 0 in. tall; 198 pounds; Black hair; Brown eyes.”
  • He has four tattoos, including one reading AS-SALAAMU ATAIKUM (the traditional Muslim greeting of “Peace be upon you”).
  • He has a long criminal rap sheet including multiple drug charges, escape from detention and assault on a police officer.
  • His attack was stopped by a lawful gun owner: “Mark Vaughan, who is the chief operating officer of Vaughan Foods and is also an Oklahoma County reserve deputy, confronted Nolen, and at that time shot him and stopped the threat and the assault.”
  • He reportedly converted to Islam while in prison.
  • His Facebook Page shows a propensity for SCREAMING CAPITAL LETTERS in his Muslim proselytizing.
  • As of this writing he has 1,554 Facebook friends.
  • Actual example of his prose and thinking:

    I WANTED TO UPLOAD THIS VIDEO TO SCHOOL EVERYBODY ON HOW THE MEXICANS, PUERTO RICANS AND DOMINICANS ARE SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE BUT ARE DIFFERENT SKIN COLORS. WELL AFTER THE ISRAELITES FLED ISRAEL (THE WHITE SPANIARDS CAUGHT AND ENSLAVED THEM AND RAPED THEM FROM THEIR ORIGINAL LANGUAGE WHICH WAS HEBREW AND FORCED THEM TO SPEAK SPANISH!!!!

  • He also had some interesting theories on the income tax:

    For u Muslims under Islam Its a Major sin in Islam to pay taxes. If u tryna reach Janna you literally can go to your job Human Resource office and file exempt on your 1040s -You have to note that your Muslim!

  • And on history

    I Like To Give A Shout Out To Our First Black President John Hanson, Whoms Not The Complexion Of Obama But More Like Kuta Ken Ta lol…Yeh Dis Man Im Speakn On Became Amerikas aka Babylon First President Ever, Whom Took Office In 1781, So Yeh Once Again First President Ever, Whom Was An Moor. Happy JuneTeenth!!!!!!

  • I’m going to guess these earlier quotes (from 2012) date from before his conversion:

    ON The Klok SITTN N Thankn AND WUTZ IN THE KLOUDS IS MNY BAGS…N I SWEAR THESE BITCHES LNG HAIR N BIG BUTTS AINT MAKN IT NO BETTER…LIKE CHRIS BROWN DNT B HOLDN BAK LOL

    IF U 25 N STILL TALKN NIGGAZ AINT SHYT….MAYBE ITZ YO PUSSY DAT KEEP ATTRAKTIN NOT SHYT NIGGAZ LOL

  • Um….

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    The prose exhibited in his Facebook post certainly do not suggest a college education. Or perhaps Langston University’s curriculum is not exactly rigorous…

  • A Twitter user reports: “The Oklahoma press conference is long over and the probably 30-40 muslims are still hanging around. Some passing out pro-islam literature…I must note none of the muslims have mentioned violence yet none have condemned this attack.”
  • Gun and Crime Roundup for September 23, 2014

    Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

    Been a while since I did a roundup on gun news and examples of criminal stupidity, so here it is:

  • Study shows that banning “assault weapons” has no effect on crime.
  • The Missouri House and Senate override the veto of Democratic governor Jay Nixon for expanded concealed carry.
  • California is evidently cooking up a whole new batch of unconstitutional gun laws. (A repeat from the latest Texas vs. California update, but it certainly fits here as well…)
  • The New Jersey Star-Ledger comes out for mandatory gun confiscation. Perhaps New Jersey gun owners should come up with a boycott of all Star-Ledger advertisers until the editorial board is replaced…. (Hat tip: Shall Not Be Questioned.)
  • A look at the crappy, unverified statistics used by the gun grabbers in Nevada. “The source links given by Nevadans for Background Checks do not lead to any independent research on gun background checks, but lead solely back to statements by a gun-control advocacy group that are unsupported and ignore conflicting evidence.” (Hat tip: Alphecca.)
  • One police officer’s advice on how police can rewin the public’s trust: End the militarization, wear cameras, and end the drug war (or at least the war on marijuana). (Hat tip: Borepatch.)
  • Dear Pennsylvania State Police: Please note that there is no void when searching for a cop killer clause in the Bill of Rights.
  • The Brady Bunch is suing an ammo manufacturer for the crazy Colorado movie shooter? Really? “It does sound like a civil action that is a sure loser, brought in hopes of gaining publicity. That of course runs a big risk of getting hit with sanctions.” (Hat tip: Shall Not Be Questioned)
  • Homeowner’s rights against criminals: “It is called confinement. In the situation where someone has illegally come inside a person’s home or workplace, that person can hold the intruder by force until police get there.”
  • Broken Windows: How a tiny bit of criminality (things stolen from open garages) has escalated to home invasion in an Austin neighborhood. Close your garage doors and lock your doors and windows at night, people…
  • Break into a home, get shot. That’s the Houston way.
  • Speaking of Houston, gun sales there are off 18%.
  • Four Chicago gangbangers decide to execute a 9-year old boy. (Hat tip: Say Uncle.)
  • Speaking of murderers of 9-year olds, Texas executed Lisa Coleman on September 17.
  • Pro-tip: If you don’t want to be arrested, try not to smuggle “38 pounds of marijuana, two disassembled .40 caliber semi-automatic weapons and 350 pounds of ammunition” onto a plane at JFK airport.
  • Pro Tip: Don’t try to hold up a man with the gun you’re buying from him off Craigslist. Especially since it’s unloaded. (Hat tip: Sipsy Street.)
  • If you’re going to get drunk and go joyriding, try not to crash in the home of the medieval weapons enthusiast, which will help minimize your chances of being stabbed with a spear. (Hat tip: Sipsy Street.)
  • WendyBot5000. Will. Continue. Speaking!

    Friday, September 19th, 2014

    Well, if Wendy Davis was hoping the Rio Grande Valley debate would help her catch up to Greg Abbott, she probably should have worked to have a voice other than the pre-programmed monotone she used. She also loses points for the lack of discipline at having answers that extended beyond her allotted time (which I commend the debate hosts for strictly enforcing), and then continuing to talk rudely over their attempts to shut her off.

    Abbott won by a comfortable margin. Davis wins points for actually knowing the Mexican Water Treaty of 1944, but loses even more points for flat out lying about Republicans wanting to repeal the Voting Rights Act of 1964, as opposed to ending the preclearence requirements.

    I doubt terribly many minds were changed by the debate, except possibly those of donors who previously thought Davis might be worth giving more money to…

    The NFL and Domestic Violence: A Ginned Up Moral Panic

    Friday, September 19th, 2014

    I had been reading less and less of Sports Illustrated for a while now, partially because of their increasing politicization (see Peter King, Gun Control Zealot), and partially because each redesign was worse than the last. The most recent one, the one with all the boxes that makes them look like http://www.zergnet.com/, pretty much made me swear it off and use Fox Sports instead.

    But I wandered over there yesterday, only to find this list of linked stories on the front page of the NFL session:

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    Of 15 stories, 12 deal with accusations of off-field player malfeasance in some way or another as opposed to actual play on the field. It’s as though talking about football games isn’t nearly satisfying enough for Sports Illustrated writers who want to push a “social justice” agenda instead.

    Domestic violence is a real issue, but there is no indication that football players are more notably prone to domestic violence than players in other sports, or the population at large. What we’re seeing now is a moral panic ginned up by left-wing activists and their journalistic enablers. The left hates football in general, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for not bending to their politically correct will (see, for example, the fight over the Washington Redskins nickname).

    America has a criminal justice system for a reason. Players accused of crimes have a right to be judged by a jury of their peers, not a high tech left-wing lynch mob who have already determined they’re guilty merely because they’ve been accused.

    Noah Rothman has similar thoughts over at Hot Air.