Posts Tagged ‘Crime’

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.)
  • 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.

    While I Grapple With Rotherham, Pat Condell Brings The Noise

    Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

    So I keep try to pen a coherent essay on the Rotherham child rape scandal, and I keep getting too angry and/or disgusted to write about it.

    Pat Condell has no such problem.

    “If your 11 year-old daughter is regularly raped by organized gangs of Pakistani Muslim men, should you be concerned?”

    “This is how we roll in multicultural England, a green and pleasant land of tolerance, diversity, and Pakistani Muslim child rape gangs.”

    The reason these rapes were deliberately ignored year after year is because they were carried out by Pakistani Muslims, and because the police and social services in Rotherham are run by a bunch of cowardly ‘progressive’ cultural self-haters and racists who are so morbidly terrified of being called racist they will willingly sacrifice 1400 children to sexual predators, and then try to silence anyone who draws attention to it.

    View the whole thing.

    “Wallace Hall Was Right About UT All Along”

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

    That’s the headline on this Dallas Observer story by Jim Schutze (who you may remember from my piece on Tom Leppert’s term as Dallas Mayor).

    The Hall piece details what members of the conservative Texas blogsphere (myself included) have been saying for over a year: Hall was right, his critics were wrong:

    When Hall began to criticize the way UT-Austin was run on strictly administrative grounds, he was roundly denounced as a sort of fifth-columnist for Perry’s assault on tenure. Later when he accused the university of corruption, he was hunted like a witch.

    A campaign launched against Hall included impeachment proceedings in the Legislature and a criminal complaint brought to the Travis County district attorney. Even the establishment press turned on Hall, whose greatest sin was doing what the press is supposed to do — ask questions that make powerful people uncomfortable. An unbroken chorus of editorial page shrieking from Texas’ biggest newspapers denounced Hall and called for his resignation.

    The dramatic denouement is threefold: Hall has been vindicated of charges he abused his role as a regent. The charges of mismanagement and corruption he brought against UT are all being re-investigated because now people are admitting he was on to something. And finally, Hall’s biggest accusers are starting to look like the biggest rats, the ones who had the most to hide.

    In fact it’s hard to recall a case in Texas history where a person so roundly denounced has been so completely vindicated.

    More:

    Williamson, the reporter at The National Review, said in an email: “The Texas dailies have fallen down on the job covering this story, mainly because reporters perceive this as a confrontation between Rick Perry and the University of Texas, and they are reflexively hostile to Rick Perry.

    “I’ve spent most of my life in the newspaper business, and I know bias when I see it: If there were a suggestion that Rick Perry were twisting arms to get family members into A&M, it would be on the front page of The Austin American-Statesman. But when the malefactors are UT administrators and the whistle-blowers are Perry appointees, reporters in Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio become strangely incurious.”

    While there isn’t a whole lot new to Schutze’s piece if you’ve been following the story on this and other blogs, the fact that even lefty alternative weeklies now have the same take on the scandal as Michael Quinn Sullivan is a big step forward for justice and transparency, and I commend the entirety of the piece to your attention.

    (Hat tip: Push Junction.)

    Edmonton Beheading Update

    Friday, September 5th, 2014

    British police name the beheader as “Nicholas Salvadore, a 25-year-old would-be cage fighter who is believed to be a Muslim convert, who had been living a few doors from 82-year-old [Victim] Palmira Silva.”

    Seeing some reports that Salvadore is a Nigerian immigrant, but I don’t think that’s been confirmed.

    Weasel Zippers comments on possible Islamist influences. “You can be mentally ill and still be influenced by extremism.”

    British Police Claim Beheading By Convert To Islam “Not Terrorism Related”

    Thursday, September 4th, 2014

    Another beheading in the UK, this time in Edmonton, north London, by what his neighbors claim is a convert to Islam, but “detectives said they had ruled out terrorism as a motive for the killing.”

    Well, isn’t that special. Funny how you can rule something out without apparently doing any investigation. It seems the spirit of multicultural political correctness is still alive and well in the UK.

    Racking my brain, I can’t seem to recall a single instance in my lifetime of beheading by a convert to Catholicism or Judaism…

    LinkSwarm for August 29, 2014

    Friday, August 29th, 2014

    In addition to not having a clue, when it comes to ISIS, Obama says that “we don’t have a strategy yet.” I’m sure if someone asked Franklin Roosevelt in early 1942 what his plans were for dealing with Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany, he would have had a strategy. Then again, FDR’s polio probably severely curtailed his golfing

  • President of Ukraine dissolves Parliament. This happened before the latest Russian incursion.
  • Also, Ukraine seeks NATO membership. A little late for that…
  • Boko Haram beheads six year old boy because he’s a Christian.
  • Man threatens to slaughter Ohio school children with an AK-47 over Israel-Gaza conflict.
  • How and why journalists get the Israel story wrong. Namely because they want to. “Many in the West clearly prefer the old comfort of parsing the moral failings of Jews, and the familiar feeling of superiority this brings them, to confronting an unhappy and confusing reality.”
  • For all the talk of Obama’s suit, it wasn’t the worst fashion disaster this week.
  • “Women who are sane, normal and happy do not become feminists, because such women do not need feminism.”
  • It turns out that Louisiana Democratic senator Mary Landrieu doesn’t actually live in her home state. Awkward. And unconstitutional. See also: Lugar, Richard, electoral defeat of.
  • New Republic writer Yishai Schwartz wants to get rid of that fascist “innocent until proven guilty” nonsense. You know, if I were writing a piece that hinged on “the details of Missouri law,” I think I would actually cite, verbatim, the relevant sections of Missouri law that supported my central thesis. Having conspicuously failed to do so, evidently Schwartz feels that such niceties (like the presumption of innocence in criminal trials) are beneath him… (Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.)
  • Christian student groups are no longer welcome at Vanderbilt University.
  • You will be made to care.
  • British wind farms being paid not to produce energy:
  • A checklist for arguing with Social Justice Warriors.
  • Back when stewardesses were allowed to wear sexy uniforms. (Hat tip: Bill Crider.)
  • Everything you’ve ever known is a lie.
  • Setback to FBI Case Against Leleand Yee?

    Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

    This story came out while I was away in London, but evidently Leland Yee’s defense attorney is claiming that the FBI’s lead informat is unreliable because he has some baggage of his own:

    the attorney for former San Francisco school board President Keith Jackson, one of 29 defendants caught up in the case, said the FBI had removed an unnamed undercover agent from the probe and reprimanded him because of his own financial misconduct.

    A source familiar with the government’s case identified the agent as the man who went by the last name King when he showed up in the Bay Area in fall 2011 saying he was looking to invest in Bay Area commercial real estate projects.

    The agent paid $37,000 in consulting fees to Jackson, who was raising money for Yee’s mayoral campaign, to help him pursue the real estate opportunities, according to Thursday’s filing in federal court by Jackson attorney James Brosnahan.

    As we earlier reported, King Funding Group was the Atlanta employer listed by an undercover FBI agent who, supposedly with Jackson’s help, allegedly laundered $500 checks to Yee’s campaign in October 2011.

    “King” disappeared from the scene in mid-2012, telling targets in the case that his father had died and he was working on business interests in Panama, Brosnahan’s filing said.

    The filing by Brosnahan, however, suggests that was about the time the agent’s “financial misconduct” was landing him in trouble with the FBI.

    This may or may not be true, and may or may not hinder the FBI’s case against Yee, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow and their other co-defenders. But it seemed at least worth mentioning…

    In other Yee indictment news, both defense attorneys and prosecutors agree that the massive case will be split up for separate trails, but there’s no detail yet on when and how. This is not an unusual move for a case with 29 separate defendents…