Nov 29, 2009

From the Sarasota, Florida Police Log (apparently)...

An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle.

She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her lungs,
I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!
The four men didn’t wait for a second threat. They got out and ran like mad.

The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition.

She tried and tried, and then she realised why. It was for the same reason she had wondered why there was a football, a Frisbee and two 12-packs of beer in the front seat.

A few minutes later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down.

She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake.

The seargent to whom she told the story couldn’t stop laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun.

No charges were filed.

The moral of the story? If you’re going to have a senior moment… make it memorable.

N.R.A. - Sponsored Terror Strikes Again

A gunman walked into a coffee shop and shot and killed four police officers Sunday morning in what sheriff's officials described as an "execution."

The officers were sitting in the cafe at a strip mall near the Tacoma suburb of Parkland with their laptop computers, preparing for their day shifts, when a man came in and opened fire, Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The officers were obviously targeted because they were in full uniform and no one else was shot at, Troyer said. Authorities scoured the area for the gunman, who is believed to have fled on foot or by car.

The NRA is sponsors free and open ownership of assualt (non-hunting) weapons for all Americans; for all Americans who haven't yet used them to murder people. This freedom is also spreading to Canada and especially to Mexico. Guns don't kill people. People with guns kill people. The NRA sponors this self-inflicted terrorism.

Make no mistake about it. And do not forget it.

Nov 27, 2009

Roman Polansky Out on Bail?

A Swiss court granted Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski $4.5 million bail on Wednesday, allowing him to remain in the country and under house arrest at his Gstaad ski resort and chalet.  Swiss officials will not appeal the decision and the 76-year-old will be released “as soon as possible” after serving two months in jail.
Polanski is waiting extradition to the United States after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor (a 13-year-old) in 1977.  Polanski served 42 days in a psychological testing facility at Chino State Prison, but fled to France 31 years ago following the evaluation period and before sentencing.
The Swiss are hoping Polanski isn’t a flight risk this time due to the bail amount, his own family, and his age.  The Chinatown director will be subjected to “constant electronic surveillance,” reports the AP.
Meanwhile, Polanski’s lawyers will be arguing for a dismissal of the case and Los Angeles prosecuters will continue the extradition process so he can face sentencing.  His lawyers said “he will not accept being extradited to the United States.”
Unfortunately we live in a world where a person can rape a teen, disappear for over three decades, serve a few months, shell out four and a half million, and kick back in a mansion.
This also gives Polanski the freedom to edit his latest film, The Ghost starring Ewan McGregor, Tom Wilkinson, Kim Cattrell, and Pierce Brosnan.  The film will need its music and sound reworked for the scheduled March 2010 release, where sadly it will gain more attention because its director is under house arrest for drugging and raping a teenager.

Nov 15, 2009

She Shot, He Shot. Who Shot Maj. Nidal Hasan?


My veteran readers know in how much high esteem I hold women who can shoot and shoot straight. Sgt Kimberly Mundley is no exception. Heroism is walking in the direction of shots fired at Ft. Hood and is of Presidential Medal of Freedom stature. (Is that too hyperbolic?) She was wounded three or four times - severely enough for my tastes.

But there's nothing so important as the unvarnished truth. Sgt Mundely stopped some bullets. And maybe fired her own.

OTOH, we don't want another Jessica Lynch case.

If Sgt Mark Todd fired the bullets that actually dropped Hasan and prevented further killing, he should get top billing. That's what this story indicates.

The real story should beat a good story, every time.

And if Hasan's case ends up with his life imprisonment in a penitentiary as well as in his own crippled body, that would be a fitting end. Let him rot and die a natural death, his name forgotten.