Tag: Crime

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I found a longer video, but the quality is lacking–the man doing the interview is neither able to ask the series of questions he has prepared nor to react to the answers he is getting. I find it remarkable that the man protests, repeatedly, he read her book, but he is asking her whether she […]

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With a hat tip to Chicks On the Right, this little piggy went to mosque:  In the wake of the brutal murder of British soldier Lee Rigby by two radical Muslims, four British men from Blackpool formulated a plan to exact revenge by tossing the head of a pig into the parking lot of a local mosque. […]

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Special Interests Aim at Toomey-Manchin Background Check Bill

 

shutterstock_228936508Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) have proposed a bill to expand background checks, which they claim are necessary to ensure the safety of schoolchildren. Special interests, however, have come out against the plan, claiming that inaccuracies occur in the databases used for background checks and that complying with the requirement would place an undue burden on law-abiding citizens.

This has nothing to do with guns, however. The bill targets teachers, coaches, and other school employees who have been convicted of sex offenses and seek to regain employment in a different state to avoid detection. The American Federation of Teachers expressed skepticism about the bill, citing concerns about false accusations against teachers. To be fair, there are also concerns — cited by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) the chairman of the committee that would handle the bill — about the federal government imposing mandates on local school districts, but Sen. Toomey points out that it would only restrict non-complying schools from receiving federal money. A similar measure passed the House unanimously last year, but stalled in the Senate committee, at the time led by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

When Sens. Toomey and Manchin proposed a bill in April 2013 on background checks for gun purchases, its failure was lamented everywhere from The New York Daily News to The Onion. Now, there’s another background-check bill before the Senate that cites the same justification (protecting schoolchildren) and has the same sponsors but — this time — it aggravates teachers’ unions instead of gun-rights groups. Somehow, if this new effort fails, I doubt we’ll see the same amount of outrage from the press.

What Do the Ten Most Dangerous Cities in America Have in Common?

 

Marketwatch posted a piece today listing the American cities where violent crime is most prevalent. The worst of the lot is Detroit, which was, 65 years ago, the wealthiest city per capita in the United States. Then comes Oakland, Memphis, St. Louis, Cleveland, Little Rock, Baltimore, Rockford in Illinois, Milwaukee, and Birmingham in Alabama.

The piece is an honest attempt to find what unites these cities. But it is skewed by its trust in the standard liberal cliches. So after specifying the crime rate, the population of the city, and the number of murders in 2013, it specifies the poverty rate — as if to imply that poverty is “the root cause” of crime. No other common denominator is mentioned.

DeBlasio vs. DeBlasio

 

A Staten Island grand jury voted not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. In August, Ofc. Daniel Pantaleo attempted to arrest Garner for allegedly selling loose cigarettes, employing a chokehold which led to the man’s death.

Since Pantaleo is white and Garner black, the case is often compared to the Mike Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo. That has only intensified since the decision not to bring criminal charges was made public earlier today.

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To my wife’s chagrin, I spent part of the long weekend in an email argument with a libertarian friend about whether cops and the War on Drugs are to blame for the violence in our culture. Then, just yesterday three interesting articles spoke to the issue: First, Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson explains “How Sociologists Made […]

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Ferguson Goes Just as Expected

 

There were no surprises in Ferguson last night — not the grand jury’s decision, and not the riot that followed (I predicted both on NRO last month). Nor was there anything unexpected in the pitiful display of bellyaching by some in the media about the “flawed process” that produced an outcome other than the one they desired.

For all the time it took to reach their decision, my sense is that it wasn’t even a close case for the grand jurors. Either Darren Wilson was in legitimate fear for his life when he shot Michael Brown or he wasn’t. There was abundant evidence to suggest he was and very little that he wasn’t. The evidence proved the only criminal in the fatal encounter was Michael Brown, the not-so-gentle giant.

Preemptive Strike

 

A North Kitsap High School sophomore is awaiting a juvenile court hearing, accused of creating a hit list and threatening to shoot fellow students.

So begins the story of a 16-year-old in my local community who was arrested last night. Given that there was a school shooting elsewhere in Washington State in the last week, people here are a little on edge concerning violence in schools. In many minds, the response to students saying someone was planning to kill other students was entirely reasonable. I don’t see it that way.

Trial by Twitter: The Danger of Public Opinion Run Amok

 

ht_tmz_ray_rice_punch_video_kb_140908_v33x16_16x9_992Disclaimer: To head off the criticism I’ve seen of anyone who questions how the Ray Rice incident has played out, I in no way justify or condone what he did. This is a discussion of the media/public response.

The video that was released yesterday by TMZ of Ray Rice and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer set social media on fire. The footage seemed to take many by surprise despite the details of it having been publicly known since February. Rice and Palmer, in a drunken argument in an elevator, escalate to shoving each other. He steps away; she moves aggressively towards him. He hits her, knocking her down. As she falls, her head caroms off the handrail on the wall, leaving her unconscious in the floor. He’s lucky he didn’t kill her. He then drags her out of the elevator. That is how it was described when it first happened, and that’s consistent with what the video shows.

Rice and Palmer were both initially charged with assault. Her charges were dropped, and he avoided trial by entering a pre-intervention program for first offenders. He was then suspended two games by the NFL which was criticized at the time as being too light. They have since married, and they have both said more than once that the argument and fight was both of their faults. Ordinarily, that would have been the end of it, but with the release of the video, public outrage exploded resulting in Rice’s two-game suspension being made indefinite along with his getting cut by the Baltimore Ravens. A breakdown of the legal ramifications relating to the criminal justice system and to the NFL’s punishment of player conduct can be found here.

No Correlation Here. Move Along, Please.

 

Do not attempt to draw any conclusions from this fact, delivered without meaningful context, from the Washington Times:

Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low. We all know that’s impossible.

The Caretaker in the Rye

 

Old-Farm-Pure-Rye_2520682bIt was the perfect crime.

John Saunders was the live-in caretaker at a western Pennsylvania mansion turned bed and breakfast. The handyman was hired to maintain the Georgian-style estate, originally built by coal magnate and whiskey aficionado J.P. Brennan.

The home’s current owner, New York model Patricia Hill, was elated to discover 100 bottles of Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey hidden under a staircase. The ultra-rare hootch dates from 1912 and was valued at $200,000. Little did Hill know that her caretaker also was a whiskey aficionado.

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I have had the misfortune of knowing two individuals in my life who I can confidently call narcissistic sociopaths. Their moral disregard for even their closest relatives and friends is shocking. They are as cruel to children and elders as to peers. At their best, they are either dismissive or manipulative. When angered, often by […]

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Patton in the Classroom

 

All of upper-crust Philadelphia — my home town — is abuzz with the news of a major drug bust in one of the most elite prep schools in the area. Apparently, two recent graduates of the Haverford School, located on the Main Line in Philadelphia (where The Philadelphia Story was set), ran an illicit drug conspiracy to a number of local schools, including their alma mater. Police confiscated drugs and a number of weapons.

The roundup was the end of a four-month investigation into the ring that began after authorities received a tip. Search warrants executed at nine different locations turned up 8 pounds of marijuana, 3 grams of hash oil, 23 grams of cocaine, 11 grams of MDMA, more than $11,000 in cash, a loaded AR-15 assault rifle, a loaded 9mm pistol, gun ammunition, eight cellphones and two cars.

Travelers Beware — Jack Dunphy

 

Are you planning on traveling by air soon? Here’s a story to keep in mind when you pack your bags. Police in Los Angeles have arrested six LAX baggage handlers and are seeking others involved in the theft of valuables from checked luggage. “Basically everything of value — be it electronics, jewelry and items — that could be stolen in seconds would be removed from bags,” LAX Police Chief Pat Gannon told the Los Angeles Times. “They’d just open up the suitcases and rifle through them and pocket valuables.”