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Friday, February 28, 2014

RANDOM SHOTS! Cops shoot 90 lb teeager for nothing; ATF Agents Losing Duty Guns; Greenpeace Co-Founder says no Global Warming; UM Black Students say Crime Descriptions Racist?



FIRST SHOT!

Cop says "We don’t have time for this," and shoots 90 lb mentally ill teenager to death

On January 7th, of this year, Boiling Springs, North Carolina, police responded to a call.

It would be a call that the parents of Keith Vidal, an 18 year-0ld boy who suffered from schizophrenia and depression may have regret making.

Their call for help ended with their son Keith being shot like a dog.

His parents called the police when Keith was having a schizophrenic episode. They called the police to help them with the boy because they were worried that he might hurt himself.

The first officer to arrive initially reported a confrontation in the hallway, but then repeatedly told the dispatcher that everything was OK.

The second and third officers arrived 14 minutes after the first.

Seventy seconds later, the second officer shot the teen in what he called “self defense.”

Self-defense?

Back in the Old West, one could merely make a threat and that would be provocation enough for another to use "self-defense".

Did Keith have a knife, a brick, a gun? No, but he did have a screwdriver - which the other two officers took away from him after they tasered him.

In fact, at the time the second officer shot the teenager, the two other policemen were holding Keith Vidal down after they had tasered him several times.

The teen was no threat.

But it is a sorry fact that the second officer said “We don’t have time for this,” drew his pistol, and simply shot Keith while he was being held by the two other officers.

Yes, the second officer shot in between the other two to kill Keith Vidal.

The second officer, who was worried about how much time he was spending there, killed the 90 lb teen instantly.

Mark Wilsey, the boys father, stated that Keith was never violent towards anyone, and that although he did have a tiny screwdriver in his hands, it certainly wasn’t big enough to hurt anyone with.

The other officers had the situation under control, and Keith Vidal had been tasered. Yes, that in itself made it highly unlikely that the second officer was in any kind of life threatening danger.

As the news report said, perhaps he was just late to dinner.

In January, reports said that one of the officers that arrived on the scene, Detective Byron Vassey, had been placed on paid administrative leave, though the police chief will not confirm that he was the one who pulled the trigger.

Well, on February 4th, CNN reported that Keith Vidal, 18, was killed on January 5th at his family's home during a confrontation with police.

Interesting how CNN changed the story to make it sound like Keith Vidal was in a confrontation with the police?

But nevertheless, CNN reported that Detective Bryon Vassey has been charged.

The Southport police detective who shot and killed the mentally ill teenager has now been indicted by a grand jury on one count of Voluntary Manslaughter, the Brunswick County District Attorney's office said in a news release.

Now, I'm no lawyer, and my criminal justice degree is over 30 years old, but I can't see why he is being charged with Voluntary Manslaughter and not 2nd Degree Murder?

Voluntary manslaughter is an unlawful killing through some sort of voluntary action -- but supposedly without intent or malice aforethought. Voluntary Manslaughter typically involves a willful disregard for life. 

On the other hand, 2nd Degree Murder is an unlawful killing with intent or malice aforethought without the aggravating factors that would make it First Degree Murder -- such as premeditation.

To me, when Vassey said, “We don’t have time for this,” then drew his pistol, before reaching out to make sure he shot between the two other officer - this all demonstrated malice and clear intent to shoot the teen like a dog.

Detective Bryon Vassey of the Southport Police Department was given until February 12th to surrender, which I gather he did.  But, a judge set his bail at rather small $50,000.

"After I reviewed the case I found that a crime almost certainly did take place," District Attorney Jon David told reporters. "It was a 'bad shoot.' A grand jury has agreed."

Last month, Vassey, through his lawyer W. James Payne, claimed to CNN that he feared one of the other responding officers was in danger.

So yes, believe it or not, with two officers holding down the 90 lb, Detective Vassey thought one or the other was in danger? Right, and Obama is not a liar!  

Keith Vidal, 18, was shot to death on January 5th at his family's home in the eastern North Carolina town of Boiling Springs Lakes.

Three law enforcement officers from three different agencies answered a 911 call asking for police to help in dealing with the schizophrenic teen and fighting with his mother.

Family members said the first two were able to calm the situation, but things quickly devolved after Vassey arrived. Within a few minutes, their son was dead.

CNN reported that "None of the officers was injured in the incident."

Good for them, it is nice to see that CNN would mention that the officers were not injured in the incident -- yet left out the facts about how the other officers on scene had the situation well in had before Vassey decided to reach between them and shoot the kid!

The teen's family is devastated, and hopes to get justice for what was a cold-blooded murder of their son.

"There was no reason to shoot this kid," the teen's stepfather, Mark Wilsey, told WECT. "They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help, and they killed my son."

No, there was no reason in the world for him to have shot that kid. He should pray his jury is made up of people a lot more lenient than me.

SECOND SHOT!

ATF agents reportedly lose track of dozens of guns

On February 26th, 2014, it was reported that ATF agents are losing track of their government-issued firearms at an alarming rate.

Yes, believe it or not, according to a new report, records show multiple instances where officers forgot their guns after leaving them on top of cars, in bathrooms, and in automobile glove compartments.

As crazy as it sounds, the incidents were catalogued in a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Internal records obtained by the newspaper reportedly show ATF agents had their guns lost or stolen at least 45 times between 2009 and 2013.

Though most of the "lost" weapons were handguns, the newspaper reported that at least two were assault rifles.

The report detailed two incidents where agents left their guns on the roof of a car.

One Illinois agent placed his Smith & Wesson on top of his car while dropping off his children at a soccer game, and drove away. The gun was later found on an off-ramp.

Another North Dakota agent left his gun on his car roof and forgot about it, until his daughter drove the car to a friend's house, according to the article.

The gun was never found.

In yet another incident, two boys in Iowa reportedly found an ATF gun in a storm drain.

And yes, only then did the responsible ATF agent bother to tell his superiors that he had "misplaced" the gun.

According to the report, the ATF has a bigger problem with lost or stolen weapons than other federal law enforcement agencies.

The newspaper previously reported on a questionable operation in Milwaukee during which an ATF machine gun was stolen from an agent's truck in 2012.

All these incidents are separate from the discontinued Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed hundreds of guns to be sold and carried into Mexico as part of an anti-trafficking sting.

ATF guns are supposed to be stored in "secured, locked locations" when not being carried by the agents.

The Journal Sentinel reported that ATF has reduced the minimum punishment for the first-time loss of weapons from three days of unpaid suspension to one day -- supposedly to encourage agents to quickly report such losses.

So in other words, their agents need to be bribed into doing their job correctly - which includes maintaining their equipment.

A spokeswoman told the newspaper that it is the responsibility of agents to secure their guns. The spokeswoman obviously didn't say there was any disciplinary actions taken against those who "lost" or "misplaced" their guns.

So why do I mark the words "lost" and "misplaced" in quotes?

Well, about 35 years ago, I worked for one of the biggest Security companies in the world as Chief Field Supervisor/ Investigator.

In those days, the company employed a few armed guards who had "lost" or "misplaced" on a regular basis whenever they needed money.

Yes, there is a lot of money to be made if one sells his or her handgun, or in the case of one ATF agent his assault rifle, for cash.

Since there are over One Million sworn peace officers in the United States, I can't help but wonder how many are crooked enough to sell their duty weapon or an assault weapon and claim it "lost" or "misplaced"?

Just food for thought.

THIRD SHOT!

Greenpeace co-founder: No scientific evidence of man-made global warming

February 25th, 2014, it was reported that the co-founder of Greenpeace said that there is no scientific evidence of man-made Global Warming.

Imagine that for a moment, and ask yourself if that admission would change the minds of con artists like Al Gore or his followers?

There is no scientific evidence that human activity is causing the planet to warm, according to Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, who testified in front of a Senate committee on February 25th.

Moore argued that the current argument that the burning of fossil fuels is driving global warming over the past century lacks scientific evidence.

He added that the Earth is in an unusually cold period and some warming would be a good thing.

“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years,” according to Moore’s prepared testimony.

“Today, we live in an unusually cold period in the history of life on earth and there is no reason to believe that a warmer climate would be anything but beneficial for humans and the majority of other species.”

“It is important to recognize, in the face of dire predictions about a [two degrees Celsius] rise in global average temperature, that humans are a tropical species,” Moore said.

“We evolved at the equator in a climate where freezing weather did not exist. The only reasons we can survive these cold climates are fire, clothing, and housing.”

“It could be said that frost and ice are the enemies of life, except for those relatively few species that have evolved to adapt to freezing temperatures during this Pleistocene Ice Age,” he added.

“It is ‘extremely likely’ that a warmer temperature than today’s would be far better than a cooler one.”

It's true! Fact is, cold weather is more likely to cause death than warm weather.

RealClearScience reported that from “1999 to 2010, a total of 4,563 individuals died from heat, but 7,778 individuals died from the cold.”

Only in 2006 did heat-related deaths outnumber cold deaths.

In Britain, 24,000 people are projected to die this winter because they cannot afford to pay their energy bills.

Yes, believe it or not, roughly 4.5 million British families are facing what is being called “fuel poverty.”

“The fact that we had both higher temperatures and an ice age at a time when CO2 emissions were 10 times higher than they are today fundamentally contradicts the certainty that human-caused CO2 emissions are the main cause of global warming,” Moore said.

“When modern life evolved over 500 million years ago, CO2 was more than 10 times higher than today, yet life flourished at this time,” he added.

“Then an Ice Age occurred 450 million years ago when CO2 was 10 times higher than today.”

Moore, a Canadian, helped found the environmental activist group Greenpeace in the 1970s.

He left the group after they began to take on more radical positions. He has since been a critic of radical environmentalism and heads up the group Ecosense Environmental in Vancouver, Canada.

Moore’s comments come after President Obama declared global warming a “fact” in the State of the Union.

The Obama administration has attempted to argue that the recent U.S. cold snap was influenced by a warmer planet.

Sure makes sense if you don't think about it and only take Obama's word for it, right?

Well, climate scientists, however have been struggling to explain why global surface temperatures have not risen in the last 17 years and why atmospheric temperatures have been flat for the last decade.

“From 1910 to 1940 there was an increase in global average temperature of [0.5 degrees Celsius] over that 30-year period,” Moore said.

“Then there was a 30-year ‘pause’ until 1970. This was followed by an increase of [0.57 degrees Celsius] during the 30-year period from 1970 to 2000. Since then there has been no increase, perhaps a slight decrease, in average global temperature.”

“This in itself tends to negate the validity of the computer models, as CO2 emissions have continued to accelerate during this time,” the former environmental activist added.

“The increase in temperature between 1910-1940 was virtually identical to the increase between 1970-2000.”

“Yet the IPCC does not attribute the increase from 1910-1940 to ‘human influence.’” Moore continued.

“They are clear in their belief that human emissions impact only the increase ‘since the mid-20th century.’ Why does the IPCC believe that a virtually identical increase in temperature after 1950 is caused mainly by ‘human influence,’ when it has no explanation for the nearly identical increase from 1910-1940?”

Don't you just hate being scammed by a bunch of con artists like Obama who think that just because they say it -- it is a "fact"?

And by the way, where's Al Gore when the truth comes out? Probably counting the millions of dollars he cheated out of people who bought his line of crap!

LAST SHOT!

Minnesota University Black Students claim Racial descriptions of Crime Suspects are Racist

No, they don't want to call a spade a spade. In fact, they was to ignore that altogether!

On January 31th, 2014, it was reported that the administrators at the University of Minnesota have been asked to stop considering race when compiling physical descriptions of crime suspects.

That's right, as stupid as it sounds, a group of University minority students and teachers representing the African American and African Studies department, Black Faculty and Staff Association, Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, Black Men’s Forum, Black Student Union and Huntley House for African American Males sent a letter to UM President Eric Kaler demanding that campus crime response protocols be reconsidered.

At issue is the campus crime alerts.

At UM. when a crime is committed, the university authorities release a physical description of the suspect to the campus populace.

Since race is an important identifying physical detail, a suspect’s ethnicity is included in the alert.

Makes sense since a full "physical description" should not leave out any detail, right?

Well, not for those so-called minority teachers and their minion.
As hard as it was for me to believe, the minority groups identified this as a racist practice - according to Campus Reform.

“Efforts to reduce crime should never be at the expense of our Black men, or any specific group of people likely to be targeted,” said the letter, according to CBS.

Their logic has no logic, but they went on to say, “In addition to causing Black men to feel unsafe and distrusted, racial profiling is proven to inflict negative psychological effects on its victims.”

In addition to no longer including a suspect’s race in the crime alerts, the letter also asked for campus police to receive more diversity training.

Kaler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

University Vice President Pamela Wheelock said racial profiling “would not be tolerated.”

However, she stressed that it seemed important to include more information about suspects in the alerts - rather than less.

“I believe that sharing more information in our Crime Alerts, not less, is most beneficial in terms of public safety, especially when that information is available,” said Wheelock in a statement.

If the university did put an end to its practice of considering race in crime alerts, it would be an ironic exception to campus policy.

UM practices affirmative action, and actually considers an applicant’s race when deciding whether to admit.

Like many others, I'd like to know if the Black Men’s Forum at UM wants to put an end to considering a person's race when deciding whether or not to admit as students.

But honestly, anyone reading this knows as well as I do that the minority teachers and students in the story want it both ways:

On one hand they say Blacks need an edge to gaining admission, while on the other they say don't report that it was a Black man or woman who committed the crime because it will only help verify the truth that Blacks - though they are only 17 % of the American population, they commit over 50% of the all crime in our nation.

Imagine that?

Have you ever wondered if during Black History Month, those who take the time out there to sing the praises of Blacks in history -- ever acknowledge the truth of what theat race has contributed to America in the last 50 years or more?

Does anyone think that there is just one teacher working in any level of the educational system, especially the college and university levels, who points out their culpability in making crime in America as high as it is?

They deserve their blameworthiness!


Tom Correa




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