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Coffee and Donuts: Trayvon, War on Drugs, Zombies, the gun lobby

Coming to you today from Hot-Lanta and in the words of Jermaine Dupri

Welcome to Atlanta where the playas play
And we ride on them things like every day
Big beats, hit streets, see gangstas roamin’
And parties dont stop til’ eight in the mornin

Those are his words not mine. The days of partying “til eight in the mornin” are over for me due to my age, a 3 year old, a 10 week old, and a beautiful wife who’s a lot younger than I am.

Trayvon Martin Case Spotlights Florida Town’s History Of ‘Sloppy’ Police Work

You know what makes Detectives good at what it is that they do? There are obvious qualities that one must possess, and maybe I’ll go over them in a little bit more detail in a future post. But if I were able to chose a detective to investigate my own homicide, I would pick one that’s been around the block a few times. And not one from a department who handles only one or two homicides a year. The number one factor that has the greatest effect on the quality and success of a homicide investigation is the combined experience of those doing the investigating. Having a prosecutor who doesn’t long to be a detective also helps. The bottom line is that if you’re constantly around people who have been murdered, you will become good at discovering what happened and who did the murdering.

‘War on drugs’ has failed, say Latin American leaders

In the words of Gomer Pyle, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” Latin American leaders have known for a long time what the US needs to finally admit to: that what we are currently doing in the ‘war on drugs’, and the amount of money we are spending doing it, is not working.

Gun Sales Booming: Doomsday, Obama or Zombies?

Maybe what some people are really afraid of is that secretly President Obama is a Zombie. Not just any Zombie, but a socialist Zombie. He not only wants to eat you, but he wants to share you with his ‘herd’ of flesh eating socialist Zombies. Maybe we can submit a script to a few socialist Hollywood producers. Any suggestions for a title? How about “Obama the Muslim Christian Eater”?

Mayor Bloomberg: Washington needs to stop cowering before the gun lobby

I’m not a fan of Mayor Bloomberg, but I do admire the fact that he takes on Washington and the gun lobby. I know that this is his last term and some may say that he has nothing to lose by taking on the NRA. In all fairness, he has always been an advocate for gun control and has never been afraid to challenge those who are directly responsible for the proliferation of illegal guns on the streets of our cities. Why aren’t more politicians as outspoken as he is on issues of gun control? Is it because he’s a billionaire and does not have to be beholden to the NRA for votes and campaign contributions? Here’s a novel idea. Let’s elevate the salaries of our elected officials in Washington to billionaire status. This way they wouldn’t have to sell their souls, asses, and votes to the lobbyists.

NYPD cops should be treated like heroes, not perps

My brothers in the blue on NYPD were really lucky this past Sunday. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that it was Easter Sunday and the good Lord decided they were not going to lose their lives on this ‘watch’. I don’t agree totally with what Denis Hamill wrote in his piece. But if we are going to publicly condemn and crucify cops when they do wrong, then we need to publicly acknowledge and praise them when they come so close to losing their lives doing good.

Coffee & Donuts: DSK, Oakland PD, Murdochs and more

DSK bedded rape accuser’s mom in ‘brutal’ encounter: claim
This DSK character is a real tool (not that I needed the latest revelations to convince me of this). I told you guys of my firm belief that if it looks like shit and smells like shit, then it probably is shit. It seems that DSK allegedly admitted to his one of his ex wives that he attacked Tristane Banon, a journalist who was interviewing him, and who is also the daughter of Anne Mansouret, who claims to have had a “consensual but brutal” sexual encounter of her own with the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief about three years before he allegedly attacked her daughter. DSK ‘s reply when confronted by his ex wife: “I don’t know what got into me. I slept with the mother … I blew a fuse when I saw the daughter.” I wonder if it was the same fuse that blew when he saw the Guinean maid in his room at the Sofitel hotel. I assume that by blowing a fuse, DSK is referring to getting one of his uncontrollable erections that can only be relieved by a woman, whether she wants to or not. I truly hope that New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance is following these developments closely. I wonder if Tristan Banon has ever lied on any official French application or legal document. I hope not. Would the French even care? I also hope not.

In Oakland, Questions About Special Treatment by Police

You really don’t believe that Ignacio de la Fuente and Desley Brooks think that they should play by the same rules that the residents of Oakland do. Police cuts should only affect those in the city of Oakland that really need them. That is, usually those who live in crime-plagued neighborhoods. It’s very difficult to fill an online report of the burglary that you just discovered when the thieves have taken your laptop. Politicians can be such assholes.

Officer Kills Bronx Teenager During Drug-Buy Operation

Once in a while, the good guys win. Thank God for that. Back in my day in narcotics, ripping off one of our UCs (Undercovers) was a cardinal sin. Those that attempted to, or actually did, probably wished that they had been shot instead of the beating they received. You could give a little respect to a drug dealing scumbag, but not to one that ripped off the clients. And to those that would argue that if you legalized drugs incidents like this would not occur, I say you can legalize all the drugs that you want to, scumbags will always be scumbags.

Murdochs Say Top Executives Didn’t Know of Phone Hacking

To Rupert Murdoch and his son James: You are both so full of shit.

Gang rape case of 11-year-old girl in Texas continues to divide small town
So according Angie Woods, “Them boys didn’t rape her, she wanted this to happen.” How can an 11 year old girl want to be brutally gang raped? I don’t know who’s more of a savage, the alleged rapists or the family members who are defending them. All I want to say is that I hope they have enough DNA evidence to convict.

Realco guns tied to 2,500 crimes in D.C. and Maryland
If after reading this article you still feel that we don’t need more stringent gun control, then maybe you need to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and have someone ‘bust a cap in your ass’. Oh, I forgot, you’re one of those responsible gun owners who will be able to defend yourself and others against something like this happening. More the reason why we don’t need any more restrictions on gun ownership. Not!

Saturday Links – Coffee and Donuts

In Southern Mexico, a Neglected Frontier

Another waste of the taxpayers’ money in the ‘War on Drugs’. Two hundred million dollars that can be used for treatment and education programs here in America. I didn’t know that Central America participated in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Murder Rate and Fear Rise in Puerto Rico

Just the fact that no sitting U.S. President had visited Puerto Rico in 50 years just goes to show you in what regard the US holds its ‘colony’ in the Caribbean. My brother just happened to on the island during Obama’s visit and tells me that the ‘Ricans’ are really pissed at him. Seems President Obama was there just long enough to collect campaign contributions and didn’t even have a plate of arroz and habichuelas (rice and beans for those of you who don’t habla espanol). I’m sure he had time enough for a cocktail or two with the pharmaceutical company honchos (companies which, by the way, don’t pay taxes in Puerto Rico). The timing of this story by the New York Times is suspect, considering Obama’s visit. The Times also fails to mention Puerto Rico’s unemployment rate of 16 1/2 per cent and its poverty rate of 45 per cent, both of which are prime indicators of why the crime rate is so high and why the narcotics trade flourishes. Maybe President Obama should send some of that 200 million dollars earmarked for fighting the failed ‘war on drugs’ in Central America to our ‘colony’ in the Caribbean. Viva Puerto Rico Libre!

Did New Orleans Media Contribute to Police Violence After Hurricane Katrina?

Could it be that the press dropped the ball on this one? Or were they okay with the police murdering alleged looters because they were black? By the rhetoric espoused by then Gov. Kathleen Brown and Warren Riley, it appears that it was open season on blacks in New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina. I wonder if any of these reporters worked for Fox News. And why hasn’t this story been carried by the main stream media? “Extra, extra read all about it.” Let’s hope we do.

Coffee and Doughnuts – News Roundup

A few of the stories that caught my eye today:

Long Island Cop Arrested for Allegedly Forcing Woman to Grope Him at Traffic Stop

Another stunning example of men in power abusing their authority. What is going on with politicians, celebrities, cops and their penises?

Homeless Drug Addict Arrested for Stabbing 82-year-old Grandmother

The real victims of our failed so called ‘war on drugs’. Drug addiction can be so powerful that 82 year old grandmas certainly don’t stand a chance. An overhaul of our failed drug policies is long over due.

Drug use among men arrested in DC falls

“These findings illustrate why we must approach our nation’s drug problem as a public health and safety problem,” the office’s director, Gil Kerlikowske, said in a statement. “Drug addiction is too often the root of crime in our communities.”

A big thank you to Gil Kerlikowske for enlightening us with this information that we already knew. Now how about telling us something that we don’t already know.

Kentucky Man Shoots 12-year-old in the Back

Seems like this guy in Kentucky must have been having a really bad day. So bad that he takes it out on a 12 year kid playing a prank by shooting him in the back with a shotgun.  That will teach that kid not to be playing childish pranks. What would the NRA say about this? “Guns don’t kill, people kill”. That includes the psychos who can easily get their hands on them.

Eight balls and lattes

More evidence that those who vehemently push this so called ‘war on drugs’ are not only buffoons, but out of touch with reality. It seems that the latest crusade in the ‘war on drugs’ is being led by Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. who wants the Feds to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the Internet.

“Never before has a website so brazenly peddled illegal drugs online,” Schumer said. “By cracking down on the website immediately, we can help stop these drugs from flooding our streets.”

He has got to be kidding. Someone please tell me he’s kidding. I would dare say that decent law abiding citizens who work and live and whose children go to school in drug ravaged neighborhoods would rather have drugs FedExed to users than to have junkies and dealers invade their streets in search of their ‘cure’. Think of it, no more dealers on the corners. No more drug violence in the streets. The hipsters and artists can now hang out at the internet cafes with the dealers discussing the profit margin on a kilo of cocaine while drinking lattes.

War on drugs a failure, to nobody’s surprise

Global war on drugs has failed, say former leaders

I don’t really think that we needed a 24 page report from the The Global Commission on Drug Policy to tell us that the ‘war on drugs’ has failed. Oh, excuse me, that’s the ‘global war on drugs.’ Could it have been the 34,000 people killed by drug violence in Mexico since 2006 that made them come to this conclusion? Maybe we need to have a war on stupid politicians and stupid ex-heads of state who still think they are smarter than the rest of us and believe that what they have to say about the ‘war on drugs’ is more important than what the rest of have known for years. The Commission’s report is like the 1978 Johnny Mathis, Deniece Williams hit song, “Too much, too little, too late.” The guys and gals that I worked with in narcotics doing ‘buy and bust’ on the Lower East Side back in the 80’s knew back then that the war had been lost. And I’m sure that the cops in major cities across America know the same. But you know what? No one ever asks us for our opinions on this ‘war on drugs’. Who is a better judge of whether or not the ‘war on drugs’ is effective than the men and women on the front lines whose job it is to fight this war? Or the decent people who reside in these drug-infested communities and are trapped there, preyed upon every day by the dealers and users and occasionally becoming collateral damage of the police in this ‘war on drugs’? Or how about the families whose loved ones become addicted to this poison that others want to legalize? They too, with their loved ones, battle the addiction. Or maybe we should just ask former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for his expert opinion. Oh wait, that one they already did.

A note to my devoted readers (haha), my beautiful wife and I will be spending the rest of the week in sunny Curacao (sans the little one) and I may or may not post from there depending on how obscene the price of internet is. I promise to have a cold beer for each one of my six subscribers.

Speaking of “sans”, I was interviewed the other day for a piece on France 2 TV about special victims and the Dominique Strauss-Kahn story. It is supposed to air today, although I’m not sure what time. I’ve been promised a clip, though, which I’ll post when available.