“Man shot by police dies”

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[Non-lethal 12 gauge beanbag 'knock down' round]

Brian Lee Beeler died early Sunday morning after being gunned down by Des Moines police on Wednesday. The obviously mentally ill man refused police orders to drop the knife he had. And what has amazed this blogger for sometime, is that while we were able to put a man on the moon, we aren’t able to non-lethally disarm a man with a knife? Having a knife makes you the most dangerous man on the planet?

The reason this seems important to me, is that a sane person does not advance on cops with guns, when he has only a knife. To have cops scream, “Put down the knife! Put down the knife!”, then both blast away with 13 round .40 S&W, just seems like overkill. Before this it was St. Louis, before that it was Albuquerque, before that is was hundreds of places.

I don’t like it. Cops are taking the easy way out. All too often nowadays cops simply say, “I feared for my safety”, or, “He went for my gun”, and it becomes a no fault excuse for murder. This is with suspects who didn’t even have a weapon. Like Michael Wilson.

In the above case in Des Moines, officers Peter Wilson and Cody Willis tried zero non-lethal techniques before the execution of Beeler. Pictured at the top of this post is a 12 gauge 40 gram ‘beanbag’ round. This shotgun round will put a man down or at least stun him without killing him. Option number 2, Taser. 2 officers responded, 1 could have tried the non-lethal options, the second officer could have been at 45 degrees or so to the suspect, ready to gun him down should the need arise.

Or, a 12 gauge pump holds 7 to 8 rounds, the first two could be non-lethal rounds, the next 6 buckshot rounds. Plenty of overkill for officer safety, yet still giving some chance to keep the mental patient alive.

Instead, it is kill, kill, kill. Like Ferguson. With all the vests and helmets and shin guards and body armor the cops have, they could also don the gear and disarm him physically. They don’t know how to wield a nightstick? These 4 tactical options are from someone completely ignorant in law enforcement, couldn’t the ‘experts’ have come up with these ideas and more?

Or, let’s try tactical option number five. Okay so maybe it would be tough to hit an advancing subject in the legs (though wouldn’t it be worth a double-tap to try?), couldn’t the first officer deploy the shotgun, wouldn’t that be relatively easy to shoot the legs out from under a suspect? With the spread pattern of a shotgun? The second officer would be standing by for the torso shot with the pistol.

Or, let’s try tactical option number 6. The old ‘second officer approaches the suspect from behind and whacks him over the head’ technique. Why not?

Back in the sixties, when today’s liberal was actually suspicious of government, some cities had citizen review boards that evaluated police brutality. Today for some reason it is this blind acceptance of police killing civilians. A cop in Ames last year murdered an unarmed 19-year-old in a stopped pickup. The Story County Attorney sanctioned it.

The Register in the past 2 months has at least woke up to the militarization of local police. This blog has been reporting on it for at least 2 years. As a Congressman stated the other day, “With all the military gear the police have, how is this different from a ‘standing army’?” Good point sir.

Jim Roach

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[Non-lethal Taser gun]

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“54 % of schools miss standards”

The Wednesday article by one MacKenzie Elmer of the Register resonates on so many levels. One, the head of the Iowa Department of Education won’t be fired. The majority of schools can’t effectively teach reading, and the people in charge will continue to draw a paycheck. That’s a bad thing. Literacy rates were better a hundred years ago. Before computers! Huh.

Two, no one ever bothers to ask the question, where does the $20,000 per pupil spending go? Are we getting much of a return on investment? We don’t demand the results we paid for, and we don’t fire them when they don’t produce. Why wouldn’t things improve?

And, once again, private enterprise in the form of Christian, Catholic and homeschools, turn out twice the product at a fourth the cost!

Jim Roach

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Iowa GOP should drop Straw Poll?

A week ago the Register had a really asinine guest piece from an ISU political science professor suggesting the Iowa GOP should drop straw Poll. I wonder if the authors of these pieces realize how stupid they sound? Whether it is James Strohman, Rekha Basu or Froma Harrop, these unsolicited advice columns to conservatives on how to “save” their party, are in essence telling Iowans they voted wrong for 30 years.

Really? Who in the hell is this state employee to tell anyone they voted wrong? There aren’t to many things we hold dear in this country then our right to vote, and this clown is going to tell you that you voted wrong? Let alone at a party fundraiser. Because Iowans have not always chosen the moderates he prefers, the Iowa GOP should drop a meaningless fundraiser? The logic escapes me.

The nutty professor seems ignorant in his own field, the people of Iowa aren’t voting for the position of Federal Administrator, they are voting for President. A leader. A commander in chief. Someone who makes life and death decisions. How can a political science professor not have a better grasp of the position of president? Lamar Alexander is not going to inspire anyone to charge up San Juan hill.

PBS is unlikely to have a series called “Great Moderates In History”. Gerald Ford is unlikely to appear on any currency. Tim Pawlenty is unlikely to find his head carved in the side of a mountain. Maybe moderates appeal to desk jockey intellectuals, but they don’t lead nations. Where are the statues erected of great moderates?

The other issue I question is when these liberals always talk about the incredible “electability” of these moderate Republicans. If they are so electable, why doesn’t anyone vote for them? Why aren’t they elected? Hard as it may seem, the liberal logic doesn’t seem to make it full circle.

And in 40 years of reading newspapers, I don’t believe I have ever seen a conservative write a piece to Liberals explaining how they have been voting wrong low these many years. Think about that for a moment. Just the amount of gall and arrogance it would take to tell someone they voted wrong. Strohman’s office must be huge to fit both him and his ego in it.

It’s scary someone so ignorant in their field has contact with students. Whatever he is paid it is too much.

Jim Roach

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Religion of Peace sentences Iranian dancers to 91 lashes

Who would have guessed your happy dance could get you killed? It can if you live in the wrong country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg5qdIxVcz8         [Laws in the Islamic Republic ban women from dancing in public or appearing outside without covering her hair with the hijab.]

That’s what makes me think there are significant cultural differences that may preclude a full synergistic experience between our culture and theirs. Put another way, I’m not sure they share the habits of liberty that would welcome them into this culture. In fact, I’m pretty sure they don’t. Yeah, 6 months in jail and 91 lashes for dancing makes me think they are really not ready for prime time.

Jim Roach

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Religion of Peace recruits killers from Minneapolis

The Twin Cities, Iowa’s neighbor to the north, has become quite the settlement area for desert dwellers practicing Islam, the Religion of Peace. After we have welcomed them into this country, extending to them help with housing, jobs, food stamps, education for their kids, help with learning English, medical care, welfare, and in general doing things the way Americans do, they have decided to repay us.

They are leaving Minnesota to return to Iraq and Syria to murder American soldiers in global jihad. Now I’m no expert, but after coming to America, and being welcomed (stupidly) with open arms, to then turn around and repay us by murdering US soldiers just seems wrong somehow to me. In fact, I’m not sure they are really our friends at all. Maybe we don’t want to put out the ‘welcome mat’ for bloodthirsty lunatics who like to chop off peoples heads. It’s a thought.

Yeah really, you think about it a little and you realize they have taken advantage of many taxpayer dollars from Americans, and to then turn around and prepare to murder Americans, just seems galling somehow. Aside from the idiots in our government who let the slimeballs in, I don’t have much use for the slimeballs themselves. If this is the Religion of Peace, I’d hate to see a warring one.

In fact, I think a little “family reunification” is in order. Over there. Because if this is what the Religion of Peace does, I really don’t think we need their families here either. Anyone who leaves, send their family back with them. Clean a little house. We really don’t need jihadists here, breeding more little jihadis. Contrary to what our government thinks.

I guess what I’d really like to know is what kind of bullshit immigration policy Grassley and Harkin have allowed to have happened the past 40 years they have been in office. I mean really, we allow jihadists in and out of our country? We have no better screening policy than that? Like those Boston Marathon bombers? Who Russian intelligence warned us about? What kind of morons let jihadists into this country? September 10 they intercepted ISIS at our southern border. How many more got through?

And what kind of questions does the media ask? The Des Moines Register lets our Representatives get away with it. Nothing. All they’re worried about is the latest stupid Ernst / Braley TV ad war. Like Ernst or Braley getting elected means a damn thing. Ernst will act just like Grassley, Braley will operate just like Harkin. What a big frickin’ difference that will be.

Jim Roach

[9/22, 7:00 pm, CNN - "Official: FBI tracking Americans back from Syria. American Islamic jihadists received orders to commit lone wolf attacks. Attack Americans in homes, commit beheadings, make Americans feel unsafe."]

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[Oh sure, just because Australian authorities interrupted an ISIS plot to behead random Australians in Sydney on Thursday, I'm sure none of that is planned here. I'm sure we don't have bastards like Mohammad Ali Baryalei and Omarjan Azari, who were planning the attacks, in this country.]

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Rush had a good point …

Rush Limbaugh had a good point on his show yesterday referring to Obama’s decision to send 3,000 US soldiers to Liberia to aid in the fight to stop the spread of the Ebola virus. He said to the effect, “Why does America have to do it all?? Why are we always the ones who have to pay for this? Where’s China? What are they doing? How about Saudi Arabia? All that oil money?” That was a damn good point. Wolf Blitzer evidently listens to Rush, 5 hours later on his show he asked the same question.

Today I was reading the crawl on CNN when it comes across, “House votes to arm Syrian rebels in fight against ISIS.” Yeah…. so now we are going to arm some Muslims that hate us, so that maybe they’ll fight another group of Muslims that hate us worse. Never do they mention, that ISIS is fighting us with weapons that we gave them last year. But the kicker is, if we hadn’t given billions of dollars of military gear to police departments (large and small) across America, we could give it to the rebels and it wouldn’t cost us anything! Instead we arm the police so they can kill American citizens more effectively! What a country! And you paid for it both times!

Jim Roach

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“Iowa GOP should drop straw Poll”

Event is damaging reputation of Iowa’s caucuses [DM Register 9/16]

Even the premise of the article by James Strohman, political science professor at ISU, is wrong. (It is very scary that he and that other nitwit Steffen Schmidt might have contact with students.) The straw poll is not the caucus! It’s a fundraiser! Get over it! My God, how many times does the Register have to submit us to these idiotic advice columns from liberals to conservatives so “they can win”!  If it isn’t some clown like this, it is their in- house clown  Basu, or an out of town rent-a-clown like Froma Harrop.

My God, who in the sam hell do they think they are to tell Iowa Republicans that they voted wrong? That is in essence what it boils down to. Strohman only wants Lamar Alexander and John McCain lookalikes to receive our vote. Moderates are what we  need in his mind. Fine. That’s your opinion. But Iowans give you theirs every 4 years, and it is unbelievable the gall you have to sit there and tell them they voted wrong. My God you dumb elitist son of a bitch.

Speaking of Lamar Alexander, Tommy Thompson and Tim Pawlenty, he says, “All three had been popular and effective governors who possessed far more experience and electability than people like Robertson, Forbes, Bachmann or Cruz.” Aside from the fact that he is saying the ordinary Iowan should have no vote, he’s flat out wrong. I.E. Presidents Dole, McCain and Romney. Hello!? You can’t get any more milk toast than those 3. They weren’t very “electable”.

“Whether it is evangelical Christians pushing for candidates like Robertson or tea party efforts for Bachmann, the GOP is left looking like a party in disarray with a range of sideshow candidates.” Sideshow candidates?? Are you kidding me? He’s mostly pissed off because the country clubbers don’t get off their fat ass, wade through the crowds, and go vote! If you lazy ass liberals can’t be bothered to vote, don’t blame me.

Even from the standpoint of his position as professor his article is complete ignorance. Flat out, unambiguously and categorically, he operates from a ridiculous position. The great presidents throughout history have not been middle of the road, moderate pussies. The great presidents of history took a stand. Left or right, they made a damn decision and went with it. They did not stand in the middle of the road and get run over. Professor, you failed history.

Jim Roach

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[My God it is amazing what absolute drivel the Register will print.]

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Government is legalized theft

“Conservatives and liberals are kindred spirits as far as government spending is concerned. … Since government has no resources of its own, and since there’s no Tooth Fairy handing Congress the funds for the programs it enacts, we are forced to recognize that government spending is no less than the confiscation of one person’s property to give it to another to whom it does not belong in effect, legalized theft.”

– Walter E. Williams
(1936- ) Columnist, Professor of Economics at George Mason University

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“If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere… “

“If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal.
If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re conservative.
If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate.
If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.”

– Joseph Sobran
(1946-2010) Columnist 1995

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