If you’re looking for me

January 19, 2011

I’ve gone walkabout fishing at The Crawdad Hole

Underwater no one can tell you just pissed your pants

Dear Blogstalkers

October 22, 2009

CDS never sleeps

September 20, 2009

They must be worried that she’ll run for governor of New Yawk.

So you hate clowns?

August 19, 2009

Gun control is hitting your target

July 27, 2009


This story is an example of why I support the Second Amendment. From the Merced Sunstroke:

Merced County sheriff’s investigators say they’re on the lookout after the family of an alleged molestation victim received a series of threats from the suspect’s supporters.


The mother of the alleged victim was outside her home, when two Latino men in their early 20s arrived at her home, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff’s spokesman. The woman said the men tried to persuade her to drop charges against 26-year-old Herminio Martinez of Livingston. Martinez is accused of molesting the mother’s 12-year-old daughter, MacKenzie said.

The men also brandished guns, the woman told sheriff’s investigators.

The visit by the men, however, was only the most recent among several threats that have been made to the girl’s family, MacKenzie said.

The mother, who was also armed, then shot at the two men, who fled on-foot. After, the woman called sheriff’s deputies, MacKenzie said. Deputies searched the area, but were unable to locate the men. MacKenzie said it’s unknown whether the woman injured one of the men during the shooting.


Martinez was arrested in Atwater last week after the girl, who was missing for a few hours on July 19, returned home and said she’d been with the suspect, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie.

The girl described Martinez as her “boyfriend,” MacKenzie said. Her family reported the alleged crime the following day.

Sheriff’s detectives busted Martinez after he was under the impression that he’d be meeting the girl at her aunt’s home, MacKenzie said. After he arrived at the house, however, he was taken into custody by detectives.

Investigators believe Martinez was having sex with the girl for the past few months, possibly since she was 11 years old. He was booked on suspicion of child molestation and remains at the John Latorraca Correctional Center without bail.

My advice to the mother is “practice, practice, practice” in case the men come back. There is a very nice indoor range on Yosemite Parkway in Merced. It’s air conditioned too!

Back in 1993 in a town just a short drive to the north of Merced called Jamestown a woman named Ellie Nesler put five bullets into the head of the man who molested her son. Unfortunately for Ellie the man was handcuffed to a table in the Tuolumne County courthouse and the shooting was ruled unsportsmanlike. She served 3 years in prison before being released on an appeal for jury misconduct. Ellie died of breast cancer last December.

I’m not suggesting anyone should become a vigilante and take the law into their own hands, but if the bad guys are threatening you with guns then I figure it’s open season.

Ricci Don’t Use That Number

July 8, 2009

New Haven Fire Department

Yesterday’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Ricci v. DeStefano predictably resulted in lots of bloviating by gasbags who didn’t let complete ignorance of the court’s holding get in the way of releasing tons of heated air into the atmosphere. Having actually read the 93 page decision I am happy to inform you that it is neither the end of Affirmative Action nor a repudiation of Sonia Sotomayor.

First of all a little background:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U. S. C.§2000e et seq., as amended, prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Title VII prohibits both intentional discrimination (known as “disparate treatment”) as well as, in some cases, practices that are not intended to discriminate but in fact have a disproportionately adverse effect on minorities (known as “disparate impact”).

When originally enacted Title VII only prohibited intentional discrimination in employment. A subsequent SCOTUS decision and later an amendment added employment practices that while neutral on their face had the effect of discrimination. An example of this would be a requirement that police officers be at least 5 ft 10 inches in height, because such a requirement would tend to discriminate against women and Asians because most of them could not meet that requirement.

An employer can still use “disparate impact” practices if the practice has “a manifest relationship to the employment in question” and there was no “legitimate alternative that would have resulted in less discrimination.” Understanding Title VII is key to understanding the decision. (The court spends a couple pages discussing what I just condensed into two paragraphs.)

The Facts:

The city of New Haven, Connecticut has been sued over racial discrimination before:

In the early 1970’s, African-Americans and Hispanics composed 30 percent of New Haven’s population, but only 3.6 per-cent of the City’s 502 firefighters. The racial disparity in the officer ranks was even more pronounced: “[O]f the 107officers in the Department only one was black, and he heldthe lowest rank above private.” Firebird Soc. of New Haven, Inc. v. New Haven Bd. of Fire Comm’rs, 66 F. R. D. 457, 460 (Conn. 1975).
Following a lawsuit and settlement agreement, see ibid., the City initiated efforts to increase minority representation in the New Haven Fire Department (Department). Those litigation-induced efforts produced some positive change. New Haven’s population includes a greater proportion of minorities today than it did in the 1970’s: Nearly 40 percent of the City’s residents are African-American and more than 20 percent are Hispanic. Among entry-level firefighters, minorities are still underrepresented, but not starkly so. As of 2003, African-Americans and Hispanics constituted 30 percent and 16 percent of the City’s firefighters, respectively. In supervisory positions, however, significant disparities remain. Overall, the senior officer ranks (captain and higher) are nine percent African-American and nine percent Hispanic. Only one of the Department’s 21 fire captains is African-American.

So New Haven tried to do the right thing:

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Smoking Kool-aid in a crack pipe

July 8, 2009

I was bored and I hadn’t been by Blogstalkers for a few days so I dropped in to see what they were up to. Naturally, they’ve been talking about us. People ask me why I visit their site and the reason is that it gives me a glimpse into the minds of the Failbots. If I went to Cheetopia I would have to wade through long comment threads, but at Blogstalkers I can get the pure essence of Failbot with all the humanity and common sense removed:

I’d love, just once, for the panty-wetting, pearl-clutching brigade of disgruntled “We Were Right and Obama Sucks” bloggers to point to the United States president they revere as the model for All Things Good and Liberal.I mean, if he’s so awful, surely they can tell us “Now X – THAT was the man!”

Abe Lincoln? FDR? Civil rights disasters, both of them, who make Obama look like Gandhi. JFK? Hawkish as they come. Clinton? Uh, yeah. DOMA. NAFTA. “Welfare reform” that somehow managed to kick a lot of poor kids off the Medicaid rolls.

I’m perfectly fine with people criticizing Obama. I do it myself (been stuffing the Whitehouse.gov email box and those of my elected reps with loads of communiques on DOMA, DADT, and not backing down on the public option on healthcare). But the snot-nosed puling childen who act as if he’s letting us down so much in comparison to all those wonderful leftie presidents in the past are just pig-shit ignorant of U.S. presidential history, despite their scoffings that anyone not ready, six months in, to declare Obama an abject failure and get behind some purer leftie soul is just a starry-eyed idiot.

And who might that Galahad-pure Leftie Idol be?Bernie Sanders? Good luck with that. The Imaginary Progressive Hillary In Their Minds, Rather Than the One Who Voted for the War Without Reading the Intelligence Estimate and also supported the Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, and Wanted to Ban Flag Burning? Oh, and who ALSO has never come out in favor of single-payer healthcare?

Jesus, I hate to admit this about the side I tend to, well, side with—but sometimes the rightists are right: liberals are whiny fucking crybabies who love to lose so they can keep playing victim all their lives instead of dealing with reality as it is. Which is to say: imperfect. Mostly sucky. But politics, as with every other choice in life, comes down to “what will suck least for the greatest number of people?”

Obama is better than JFK, WJC, Lincoln and FDR? Blogstalkers has now crossed over into Ed Wood “so bad it’s funny” territory.

Speaking of “pig-shit ignorant,” this particular blogstalker is obviously unaware that no children were kicked off of Medicaid by the Clinton era welfare reforms. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 only affected cash aid.

Although it was signed into law by Bill Clinton, it was part of Newt Gingrinch’s “Contract on America” and it was timed to pass Congress in August 1996 in the hopes that Clinton would veto it so the Republicans could use the issue against him in his reelection campaign.

Obama has done nothing to repeal DOMA or renegotiate NAFTA. NCLB was a bill co-sponsored by Ted Kennedy that passed with wide bi-partisan support. Kennedy endorsed Obama last year before Super Duper Tuesday. While Hillary did vote for the Iraq AUMF so did 28 other Democrats in the Senate. Failbots conveniently forget that there was strong public support for the war and also the Patriot Act.

Nobody is perfect, but we’ve have great Presidents, good Presidents, bad Presidents, worse Presidents and George W. Bush. Out of 43 choices, guess which one Obama decided to emulate?

Obama is Bush III

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