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HSI-ICE: Bosses Behaving Badly

Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night…

hsi_badgeAs we indicated, SAC New York James T. Hayes Jr is out. Another SAC (New Orleans, LA)  is getting an extremely well-paid, long term TDY to the Big Apple while the HQ types are vying to outdo one another at the prodigious levels of suckuppery required to land one of the agency’s plum assignments, with a lot of headcount and a lot of TV exposure for the guy or gal that wants it.

By taking the position on a TDY basis, the NOLA guy signals that he’s not interested in it permanently, and prevents a second feeding-frenzy for his position.

And Then There’s the Friday the 13th Free Agent…

ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña, who sees her job as turning it into the US Immigrations and Customs Non-Enforcement Agency, sent all hands the following message:

A Message from Director Saldaña
To all ICE employees
February 13, 2015

A.T. Smith Coming to ICE as Senior Advisor for Cybercrime

I am pleased to welcome A.T. Smith as Senior Advisor for Cybercrime within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Previously, Mr. Smith served as the Deputy Director of the United States Secret Service, where he executed oversight of the agency’s daily operations. In his new role as Senior Advisor for Cybercrime, Mr. Smith will bring his expertise to ICE’s fight against transnational cyber criminals.

Before his service as Deputy Director, Mr. Smith served in numerous offices and senior leadership posts in the Secret Service, including: Assistant Director – Investigations 2010-2012; Assistant Director – Human Resources and Training 2008-2010; Deputy Assistant Director – Office of Investigations 2006-2008; Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office 2003–2006; Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service training academy; Executive Assistant to the Director; and Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division.

Mr. Smith began his law enforcement career in 1978 as a communications dispatcher for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Smith also held the positions of uniformed Deputy, Sergeant and Lieutenant, within the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. He joined the Secret Service on 1986 as a special agent assigned to the Miami Field Office.

Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, and holds Master of Science degrees from the University of Alabama and from the Johns Hopkins University School of Business.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Smith to ICE.

Sarah R. Saldaña
Director
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Why is this man scowling? He just got fired, and landed in a bucket of money, all because of Clinton nepotism.

Why is this man scowling? He just got fired, and landed in a bucket of money, all because of Clinton nepotism. Hr should be cackling maniacally.

Notice anything missing from the résumé of one Alvin “A.T.” Smith, who brings “his expertise to ICE’s fight against transnational cyber criminals,” in the words of the very Red Queen of  Amnesty-by-Non-Enforcement? What’s missing?

Like, any previous involvement in cyber investigations or enforcement? What “expertise”? This is management by the “one waivered beltway drone is just as good as any other waivered beltway drone” standard.

But wait… “waivered”? Why did this paragon of Beltway managerial excellence, who knows less of cyber than our Aunt Mildred (and she’s dead), cross the street from USSS to ICE?

It seems he departed from the Secret Service earlier this week, on account of ill health: they got sick of him. Every senior executive around him bit the dust after a series of protection and investigative fumbles exposed a culture of incompetence in the agency’s top ranks. The AP reported:

Amid the upheaval at the Secret Service, lawmakers, including House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, criticized Smith, saying he was at the center of bad decisions made in a series of Secret Service scandals.

Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings both identified Smith as a dud and a problem child, and, according to Democrat activist Lauren French, writing at Politico:

Chaffetz, now the committee’s Republican chairman, began investigating misconduct. Just this week, he and Cummings — the committee’s top Democrat — helped shove much-maligned Secret Service Deputy Director Alvin “A.T.” Smith to the exit.

Chaffetz said he repeatedly argued during meetings with [new Secret Service Director] Clancy, DHS officials and senior White House officials that Smith, a 28-year-agency veteran, was a major drag on the agency’s morale and operations.

Cummings and Chaffetz met with Clancy during a classified meeting Tuesday, which followed two private meetings in February with the White House and Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The lawmakers have two more meetings in 2015 on the Secret Service’s response to the White House jumper and a shooting outside Vice President Joe Biden’s Delaware home.

Chaffetz “specifically said Smith needs to go [during these meetings], and the fact that ranking member Cummings went hand and hand with him only made it stronger,” said an Oversight investigator familiar with the conversations.

Smith also drew criticism for approving changes to how new recruits and officers are trained that lawmakers have complained leave the agency short of well-trained officers ready to respond to security problems. Last year, Smith also took criticism after revelations that he had diverted agents from the White House to check in on a Secret Service administrative assistant who was involved in a dispute with a neighbor.

More than two dozen whistleblowers contacted Chaffetz during the two years he’s run point on the Secret Service investigation for the House — and nearly all of them complained about Smith’s role, he said.

But Smith, a highly political (and partisan) animal always willing to bend the agency’s rules to please his political-appointee superiors, was a favorite of DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. (He is also closely tied to Hillary Clinton, whose patronage enabled his rise from Special Agent to Deputy Director; while he was on Hillary’s detail he married into the Clinton family).

Seven other Secret Service senior executive service managers have been forced out by the 2012 prostitution scandal, a training-failure scandal, and protective failures at the White House and Blair House, the official residence of the Vice President. Smith was involved in all those failures, but he was the only one not held to account.

So Johnson played a game of 3-card Monte with Smith, shuffling him to HSI and directing Saldaña to create a do-nothing sincecure for him.  He was the only one of the top 8 at Secret Service to “fail upward.” Per the AP story above:

DHS initially refused to disclose what Smith would do at ICE, saying only that he was transferring to that agency’s Homeland Security Investigations unit.

Of course, they didn’t disclose it because they didn’t really want the guy and didn’t have any earthly idea Apart from necessity, a reason for his jump may be money: rumor is, they’re paying him more than the $183k (plus a car, a bodyguard team –why? What enemy would attack a guy who does nothing but screw our side up?, and a guaranteed-never-audited expense account) that he had at Secret Service. His overall compensation package costs the taxpayers over a half million dollars a year, accounted the way businesses have to account for personnel costs.

The lateral move or promotion — which it is, is not clear — came so rapidly that Smith’s bio is still up at Secret Service as this blog post goes live.

Is he worth it? Not to the United States. But apparently he is to Sarah Saldaña and Jeh Johnson.

And it’s not like they’re spending the money on immigration and customs enforcement anyway.

Breaking: The Sack for an HSI SAC?

james t hayes jrEarly this morning, Homeland Security Investigations was thrown into a tizzy by a rumor that the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the agency’s second-largest office, New York, had been walked out. As agents checked in to their offices, dropped off suspects for detention, or took a break from testifying in court, the rumor spread like wildfire. But this just raised more questions:

  • Is the rumor true? (It seems to be).
  • Was he just escorted out, or arrested? (Unknown).
  • Who walked the man out? (Unknown, again).
  • Does it have anything to do with a rather large settlement he won in a recent lawsuit? (Unknown).
  • Is it payback? (Unknown. If so, what are the odds we’ll find out?)

The SAC, James T. Hayes Jr., was paid $175,000 in November, 2012 to drop a lawsuit that charged that HSI higher-ups were prone to sexual harassment. Specifically, the suit charged that former DHS secretary Janet Napolitano and her alleged girlfriend, Dora Schriro, harassed women agents, and that ICE Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr, a Napolitano crony, harassed male agents. (Debbie Schlussel, who has excellent ICE/HSI sources, had the details of Hayes’s suit and its danegeld dismissal. Indeed she has a whole bunch of Hayes stories, including the affidavits and Barr’s shamefaced resignation on Labor Day Weekend, 2012, but not this one, yet).

Hayes was reportedly a master of the passive-aggressive fine art of the EEO complaint as a fulcrum to lever himself to higher offices, but was understood to be terminal at SAC even before his Napolitano suit.

hsi_badgeAgents and former agents on the HSI Delphi Forum are arguing about whether Hayes’s situation is “just another rumor” or whether this time, it’s really, as the thread title suggests, “buh-bye for Jimmy.” (His other nick is, heh, “Purple Hayes.”) Hayes has been the subject of frequent rumors — last summer he was moving to San Diego.

One unpopular Hayes decision was to remove the M4s from individual agents and secure them in the office, making them inaccessible on short notice, especially after hours.

The shaven-headed Hayes has built, as SACs are wont to do, a coterie of loyalists around him, and they’re not saying nothing, as the expression goes. Speculation on and off the Delphi forum includes him receiving a target letter (which would lead to him being suspended for months at full pay while he stays home and lawyers up), or him being questioned about travel-card anomalies.

One would think that the greatest hazard in working for ICE or HSI would be on the shoulders of street agents, who rub shoulders with sometimes-violent, sometimes-creepy, and always dishonest criminals every day, but being a SAC is not all it’s cracked up to be. They’ve been dropping like flies for the past few years.

  • Miami SAC Anthony Mangione was a member of a kiddie porn ring; he pulled HSI agents from a child porn TF (wonder why?) and was so worried about being caught with kiddie porn on his office computer that he gave the hard drives to the tech guys and told them to secure-wipe them. They did. Just as he was chortling with glee at his brilliance, evidence found on another perv’s computer compromised him. By ratting out some of his fellow pervs, he managed to keep his sentence down to just under 6 years in 2012, and Inmate 97409-004 should be finishing up his stint in Club Fed on 07/28/2017.
  • One had something going with his ASAC, which is not only fraternization, but also criminal if you’re using government resources. Guess who was paying for their hotel-room love nest? Every April 15, the answer is… you. Chump.
  • Richard Padilla Cramer was allowed to retire and still draws his retirement after drawing a two years in Club Fed wrist-tap in 2010. A former RAC and SAC-level attaché in Guadalajara, he went from working part-time for the cartels to full time after his 2007 retirement. He sold the cartels information on informants that allowed them to rub out the informants — and their families.
  • True, we’re going back nearly 10 years on this one, but it’s worth winding up the Time Machine: Tampa Special Agent in Charge Frank Figueroa was caught in a mall, stroking himself and eyeing a 16-year-old. It gets better: he was formerly the head of Operation Predator. And better yet: the whacking SAC was caught by a mall cop. Paul Blart FTW! Unfortunately, you could say Figueroa, er, got off: his sentence was a year’s probation, and he didn’t even get a BOP Inmate Number. Is there something in the water in Federal Buildings in FL? Or is it just in Fed buildings, in general? (Around the same time, the DHS head’s press secretary tried picking up a 14-year-old he’d been having net and phone sex with — who turned out to be, stop us if you have heard this one, a cop. Brian Doyle’s case is often confused with the ICE/HSI perv, Figueroa).
  • In 2012, a Deputy SAC and former acting-jack SAC in LA, Kevin Kozak, was shot and wounded by Ezequiel Garcia, an agent in his office. Garcia was shot dead by another agent, SA Patrick Woo. Other agents say, while Garcia’s crime is inexcusable, “someone had to snap given Kozak’s leadership style.”
  • Kozak was acting-jack because the then-SAC, Frank Johnston, went to prison for corruption (he hired his wife into a no-show job) in 2012. Wifey Taryn got 30 days, and they’re supposed to pay back $500k of her $90k/year salary.

Memo to HSI/ICE: The bit of the mission statement about, “Fight Crime,” is supposed to imply the conjunction against, not for. Just sayin’.

When Guns are Outlawed, only Outlaws will have Limited Intelligence

Bad parenting skills. No $#!+?

Bad parenting skills. No $#!+?

“Limited Intelligence” is one of the things that attorney Saul Goodman Steven Kaplan blames for the death of an infant boy who was so little loved by his beast of a mother — Kaplan’s client, presumably a public defense case — that he was never even given a name, but was abandoned in a garage to freeze to death, and stuffed in a recycling bin. “She did as well as she could!” Kaplan told the Detroit Free Press.

Angela Alexie, 24, had the baby in the unheated detached garage behind a friend’s home, and then went in the house, checking on the baby from time to time, but basically leaving him to die. Her three previous children had been previously removed to foster care, but child welfare workers either didn’t know or didn’t care that she was pregnant. She is charged with felony murder, but her attorney, Kaplan, says her dimness made her do it

Other factors were what the mouthpiece called her “lack of parenting skills” (you think?) and “lack of family support.”

We call bullshit on all of that. Nobody has any parenting skills to start with, and many unfortunate mothers “do their best” without any family support, and “their best” never involves leaving the baby to freeze solid. That takes derangement, apathy, or deranged apathy.

The Detroit area’s homicide detectives are a pretty jaded lot. They’ve seen every kind of gunshot damage a human being can suffer, not to mention the devastation wreaked by application of edged weapons and blunt instruments. But they weren’t prepared for what they found when called to a Roseville, Michigan single-stream recycling center, where workers had been separating recyclables on a conveyor when a frozen baby wrapped in a dirty t-shirt appeared amid the beer cans and milk bottles. The Detroit Freep has the basics:

The baby, unofficially named Henry Alexander Macomb by morgue workers, died Christmas Eve night. His naked body was found bundled in a black torn T-shirt at a Roseville recycling center Jan. 14. Police believe his body was placed in a recycling bin that was picked up at the Eastpointe home Jan. 13.

The crime scene is the garage in back.

The crime scene turns out to have the garage in back (Google maps photo). Alexie admits putting the baby in the recycling bin, but denies putting the bin out for collection, as if that makes a difference.

The name is explained by the fact that the morgue and the recycling center are in Macomb County, Michigan. Alexie has waived her rights to intervene in the burial of the child, which has been arranged by volunteers and supported by mostly anonymous donors.

The kid had a short, cold, lonely life before dying of hypothermia, dehydration, and exposure.

A further Freep story has creeptastic details:

Alexie’s Facebook page is filled with selfies as well as various photos of her and several children, presumably her own. Two of the selfies were posted in the days after authorities believe she gave birth to the boy.

She is listed as a 2005 graduate of East Detroit High School, although it’s unclear whether she graduated from the school, and her work status is “Full Time Mommy! :)”

Lord love a duck. Full Time Mommy to a frozen kid and three in foster care, ages 1, 2 and 4. Words fail.

And you have to wonder who and where the “fathers” (we understand that the new term, in these circles, is “baby daddies”) of the 0-, 1-, 2- and 4-year-olds are.

Further creeptasm:

Alexie’s Facebook page lists her as a member of the “Zombie Survival Tips and common misunderstandings of the undead” Facebook group. The banner photo on her page is of a memorial image for Theresa DeKeyzer, whose decomposed body was found in September in a 55-gallon drum at a Plymouth Township storage facility. The 22-year-old Warren woman’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, Scott Wobbe of Westland, is charged with first-degree murder in that case. It’s not clear if the two women knew each other.

Well, it’s not her fault she’s mentally ill, is it? Wait, transmission incoming….

…records in the file indicate that her youngest child, a girl, was suffering withdrawal because of Alexie’s drug use while she was pregnant.

A day after the daughter was born in November 2013, Child Protective Services received a referral alleging the presence of drugs — marijuana — in the baby’s system during a toxicity screen at St. John Hospital, where the records indicate the child was born.

Alexie also tested positive for marijuana and benzodiazepines on or about the birth…The family had prior CPS contacts in March and July 2013 because of allegations of an unfit home, which were substantiated….

If you need even more, the Daily Mail has it in their usual Colonials Acting Not Cricket section. Fair cop, guv. The Mail has lots of pictures of Alexie, looking slackjawed and stupid, in court. See those images, and you’ll definitely buy the “limited intelligence” plea, although maybe not the idea that it should excuse Alexie’s monstrous behavior.

Good luck figuring out whether she’s mentally ill and self-medicating, or whether irresponsible drug use has damaged her mind. Either one seems plausible.

This is the new underclass, these least of Christ’s brothers.

But our tolerance for them is tested by the way they treat their children.

No wonder bad things happen when the people down here in the bottom quintile of the IQ distribution get hold of guns and form a plan of sorts to use them for Asset Redistribution Services. But as this case shows, one doesn’t need a gun to make a depraved killing.

Fortunately, there’s a technical solution. Norplant ‘em all (and invent a male equivalent) at 13. Take it out when they can show a marriage license and an honest job’s pay stub.

If it saves only one life, it’s worth it. Right?

What’s ICE Doing, When they Can’t Deport Criminals?

ICE patchLots of ICE special agents are finding time on their hands, given that the current Administration does not want to deport criminal aliens — or even to arrest or charge them. So what are they doing? Making sure nobody disses their favorite sports teams!

ICE’s resources are also being devoted to suppress critical uses: “The profane debasing of a mascot — and really anything that denigrates a team — is guaranteed to be contraband, said Daniel Modricker, a spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That ‘Yankees Suck’ T-shirt you put on for special occasions? If it uses anything that looks like a team or league logo, it probably constitutes trademark infringement.”

Well, that’s about what you’d expect from Modricker, a toady’s toady who believes in the power of positive sucking-up to his political owners and operators. But Law Professor Rebecca Tushnet has a different take on it.

No, it really, really doesn’t.  “Profane debasing”–and when did mascots become sacred?–is not confusing.  I don’t think ICE has authority to seize diluting merchandise, and anyway very few of these will be using the profaned mascots “as a mark,” meaning the dilution exceptions for parody and criticism apply. This is a blatant misunderstanding of the law, being perpetuated by a federal official with only the small reassurance that federal agents won’t come down and rip a previously purchased shirt off your back.

Less annoying, but also sort of funny, is the attempt to answer the question “why are you spending so much time on fake jerseys” by pointing to problems caused by fake cribs and auto parts.  The Superbowl is a good opportunity to highlight the issue!

via Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log: Trademark overreach of the day: ICE says “Yankees Suck” infringes.

In pushing what’s called inside ICE “IPR,” or Intellectual Property Rights, Modricker and his supervisors are currying favor with ICE head John Morton. Morton has a record of accomplishment that’s gauzily thin, but one thing he did do was get the ICE/HSI shield on blu-ray discs along with the FBI’s. He’s spent the last two years, and vast amounts of taxpayer money on charter flights, stroking Hollywood and Big Content in general in hopes of a very rich post-government job, preferably at MPAA in LA. MPAA, run by second-generation crooked Senator, Corrupt Chris Dodd, didn’t think Morton was worth the stratospheric salary and perks he was demanding, but apparently he got his ask from a too-big-to-fail bank instead. At least according to ICE gadfly Debbie Schlussel, who reports Morton’s new job and resignation.

Debbie’s pretty hard on him, but if you were a president who had an agency he didn’t want to be enforcing any laws, you’d beat the bushes for a guy like Morton. A platypus is an ungainly animal, but it fits its evolutionary niche, and so does Morton.

On the other hand, if you have money in Capital One, the bank that hired Morton, now is a really good time to take it out and put it someplace safer — like your mattress, or having Gerry the Gambler hold it for you.

Even with Morton gone, IPR will probably still get more attention from ICE than the “ICE” stuff they’re supposed to be doing does. The NFL, for instance, is owned by fabulously rich people, who want and expect to be fabulously richer. ICE leadership, not just under Morton, responds to people like that. Ordinary citizens? The hundreds of thousands whose lives have been forever changed by criminal alien murderers and rapists? The victims of the half of FBI most-wanted violent criminals who are illegals? Those people aren’t in the 1%, and Morton and his ICE men have no time for that.

But anything that might interfere with using taxpayer resources to make Robert Kraft richer? Modricker and his fellow toadies are going to step on that with hockey skates on. For the benefit of the departing Morton, and whatever stuffed suit replaces him. It’ll still be the agency where the actual job is off limits, where special agents and supervisors have shoot-outs in the Federal Building over assignments, and where the surest way to get on your boss’s shit list is to arrest an actual violent criminal alien.

On the other hand, it’s not like they shipped Mexican cartels thousands of weapons, lost a suit because they mistreated one of their own agents (and PO’d the judge by having their in-house lawyers lie to him), and had one of their SES managers arrested prostituting himself in a New Orleans hotel. That’s the other ate-up agency.

They’re Saying this guy is Aryan Brotherhood, How Come?

Geez, look at how the cops talk about this guy. “Suspected Aryan Brotherhood member.” And they say they think he’s a “member of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood.” They’re “working to confirm it.”

Gee whiz. Well, take a look at this angel, who showed up in the local fishwrap after threatening to burn his mom’s house down. (Yes, really):

stephen_sanders_mugshot

We don’t know about you, but looking at his face, we had to go check our tackle box for missing lures and spinners. (Nope, we’ve got all our fishing tackle, that’s somebody else’s adorning Herr Unter-runter-führer’s fugly mug). We don’t know where anyone would get the idea he’s in the Aryan Brotherhood, a prison gang fond of Nazi symbology and posturing. You?

OK, well, apart from the three AB tats showing in the mugshot. They do seem to hint that he’s either onboard with them, or very disrespectful of their copyrights.

Story follows.

Suspected Aryan Brotherhood member Stephen Sanders pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest and criminal mischief at his probable cause hearing Jan. 15.
Sanders, of 16 Lita Lane in Newmarket, offered no plea on two counts of criminal threatening. According to court records those counts were dismissed by Judge David LeFrancois.
According to an affidavit signed by Officer Wayne Stevens, on Jan. 8, Sanders’ mother came to the police station telling officers that she had ordered Sanders to move out of her house. He reportedly came angry, telling his mother that “he would have his Aryan brothers burn her house down.”
Sanders also alleged that her son had threatened to stab another family member with a large kitchen knife.
Sgt. Jeremy Hankin responded to the Lita Lane address with the intention of arresting Sanders based on his mother’s information. Hankin and two other officers found Sanders sitting in his vehicle, police said. When asked to step out of the vehicle, Sanders initially refused, but then complied, police said.
Sanders argued with the officers after they informed him that he was under arrest for criminal threatening. Eventually Sanders was subdued on the ground and tasered, according to police.
Sanders is currently in Rockingham County Jail awaiting a trial management conference on Feb. 3.
When reached for comment on Tuesday, Lt. Jeff Simes said police believe Sanders is a member of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood and are working to confirm it.

via Alleged Aryan Brotherhood member pleads not guilty – News – seacoastonline.com – Portsmouth, NH.

We’d just sum up by saying, there is nothing more pathetic than an American seeking to portray himself as a Nazi, the most thoroughly discredited identity since the Romans salted the fields of Carthage and destroyed the human-sacrifice temples of Baal (temples that perfectly prefigured the National Socialist regime’s Final Solution). By the summer of ’45 every Nazi from Ferdinand Porsche to Rudolf Hess was denying he had ever really been on board with the program — so where do these chuckleheads who want to join up with in now come from?

American Nazis. Lord love a duck. Although, we’d grant than an American seeking to play Communist is just about the same pathetic thing.

Ay, yi yi yi yi Relief….

This guy seems to shop at al-Bubba the gunsmith:

Aye Relief

 

These ISIL imb-isils are answering the shouted question, “How many brain cells have you got?” Note the cat in the second line with two fingers, and the guy in the back, behind the clown with the Syrian-flag headband, holding up all five fingers? They’re the brains of this outfit.

But Bubba is their armorer. Putting the scope where the rail is, not where the scope needs to be, is a bit like the drunk who was looking for his car keys a couple of blocks from where he lost them, “because there’s a streetlight here!” Let’s zoom in a little closer on this lash-up, because the picture’s kind of dark. We’ll lighten it with an Auto Levels tool and see if that helps the Bubba job stand out (it embiggens, but has lousy resolution).

isil_bubba-d_up_ak

The scope is on a who-needs-a-jeezly-cheekweld height mount, and seems to be mounted at an angle to the bore better measured in degrees than in Minutes of Angle or Miliradians. But wait, what’s that opposite the scope?

Why, yes, it is two fore-grips, because Allah helps those who keep a grip, evidently. The clown is gripping a Grip-pod, and right behind it there’s a folding grip, which looks to us like the Command Arms product. (Funny. Grip-pod doesn’t list ISIL when they mention “Who Uses Grip-Pod“. We thought “there is no such thing as bad publicity!”)

And, of course, for extra Tactical Operator fetish points, al-Bozo here is pulling the old two-magazines-and-electrical-tape spare ammo storage trick. Somewhere, Gecko45 just had a nocturnal emission.

This Arab assclown is undoubtedly more of a threat to himself and those around him than he is to any enemy other than an unarmed child, but then, that’s the history of Arab arms in a nutshell, isn’t it?

Despite that, these inept brain-deads have been beating, defeating, hell, clobbering, the guys that were well disposed to us in particular and to civilization in general. We live in interesting times.

 

When Guns are Outlawed, only Outlaws will have Fire

flamethrowerBurn, baby, burn. It’s not just for 60’s hippie radicals any more. Well, it’s a college story from NYU, where nobody ever grew up since then, so maybe it is.

A college student is accused of setting a classmate on fire in his dorm, then singing and recording her putting out the flames.

Jaime Castano was arraigned Tuesday on assault and reckless endangerment charges.

The incident occurred at his New York University dorm in August.

Wait, what? This guy set someone on fire six months ago and he was still traipsing around free in January? What fresh hell is this?

NYU says the delay in reporting the incident stemmed from its practice to give deference to a victim’s wishes to involve police. It says it’s clarifying its policy so similar cases are reported immediately to police.

Ah, okay. It was some idjit university administrators, pedestaling themselves and pretending to play cop, investigator, judge, jury and executioner. That explains everything, these days.

Castano was expelled in September. His attorney couldn’t be reached for comment.

Sure, because it’s definitely enough punishment to be tossed out of a third-string university, when all a guy did was set a girl on fire. Totally.

Court papers say Castano’s cellphone video showed the 19-year-old victim asleep with flames on her clothing.

And naturally, this depraved hominid took video of his crime. Don’t they all, nowadays? How do you get “street cred” for a crime if there’s no video?

The 20-year-old Castano was ordered held on $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash bail.

The victim suffered burns to her torso.

via NYU student accused of setting classmate’s clothing on fire – New York News.

But hey, the president and deans of NYU thought they really showed the guy. They expelled him. And then they concealed the crime from the authorities, which is, even in New York, a fresh crime of its own.

What, are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?

Exercise for the reader. To steal a word from John Lennon (and nicely bookend this post with 60s hippies top and bottom, “Imagine….”  Specifically, imagine that Jaime Castano shot his unfortunate classmate with a firearm, rather than burned her with an accelerant, an equivalent violent crime. Would the administrators have been so eager to act as his accessories after the fact?

When Seconds Count, the Police are 19 Calls Away

minh nguyenThere’s some questions, but not many answers, in a tragic murder in Virginia last week.

[38-year-old Minh] Nguyen allegedly broke in through the front door of his ex-wife’s home around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Once inside, Nguyen opened fire on [Corey] Mattison, his former wife’s new husband, striking him multiple times.

There are no new crimes. Just new jitbags committing the same old crimes. How many guys have been whacked, over the years, by their woman’s creepy ex? No one has ever tried to count, but it’s the kind of thing that gets a knowing grunt out of a homicide investigator. Part of having seen it all, for those guys, is seeing it all over and over again.

No idea whether the woman in question knew her husband was bat guano crazy and potentially violent, or whether she had gotten a restraining order, but the record shows that nothing whatever restrained Nguyen: not law, not morality, not any available defenses.

Maybe she and her new husband put their trust in the police. If so, that trust was badly misplaced:

Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman told FoxNews.com that authorities received 19 emergency phone calls in total from the residence. When deputies arrived, they found the victim dead outside the home, Chapman said.

Why do cops carry guns anyway? Let us explain. That’s for the homicidal criminals they run into. For the homicidal criminals you run into, the police carry chalk. 

So they can draw a line around your cold, dead body.

Still, these police show signs of Holmes-level Clouseau-level detection, here:

While the motive and sequence of events is still under investigation, Chapman said, “there were clearly domestic-related issues with the suspect.” Nguyen had two children with Denise Mattison, who married Corey Mattison nearly six months ago.

No $#!+, Sherlock.

Denise Mattison told ABC News that her husband’s final actions spared her children, who were home at the time, from being harmed.

“He was my knight in shining armor,” she told the network. Mattison reportedly ran for the door, leading the shooter away from the children, who were able to hide in a room upstairs and call 911.

That was an interesting choice of words, by the bereaved Mrs Mattison. Because back in the old days, one of the markers of a knight was that he had the king’s leave to bear arms.

Now, arming oneself is not a panacea. If Corey Mattison had been armed this whole thing might have gone exactly the same way, and he would have been bringing a firearm into a home with small kids, which is (if we’re honest) a nonzero risk than needs to be properly mitigated. But it also would have offered the potential of a better outcome: Nguyen dead, and Mattison alive.

via Tech mogul charged with murdering ex-wife’s husband | Fox News.

To our amazement, none of the news stories have noted the strange fact that the victims got off 19 phone calls before the police rolled up. This may be something other than a dilatory police response, but it doesn’t look good, and normally the mediots would fix on that.

Instead, they’re fascinated by the irrelevancies, that Nguyen was a Silicon Valley founder (of the annoying Plaxo address-book-scam app, it figures) and Mr Mattison was a former pro athlete. Do those things matter? Or does it matter, only, that Mattison gave his life to lead an evil man away from his kids, an act of Biblical nobility; and that Nguyen overthrew all his previous attainments to take on himself the title, “murderer”; that last, an act of Biblical betrayal?

Update: Plaxo insiders are running like hell away from Nguyen, suggesting that his connection to Plaxo was minimal or nonexistent. Given that they work for a company that built itself on spam, none of them are in a position to bitch about ethics.

Update II: Nguyen fled from the scene to his mother’s house. Here’s what happened next:

Nguyen… was captured by his own mother. Search warrants reveal that when deputies responded to the town home, they found Nguyen in the garage, being held down by his mother.

The two were struggling over control of the firearm, the warrants showed. Nguyen’s mother told deputies to take the gun, and Nguyen was arrested.

Well played, Mrs. Nguyen. We regret that your son was a disappointment to you, and wish you and your family all the best in this difficult time.

This is a Hard Video to Watch, but We Must

In this video, Deputy Kyle Dinkheller is murdered. It is hard to watch, but there is a reason we have to do it: the dead deputy is without influential friends in this world, but the jitbag who engages him in this video was celebrated for the rest of his life. Which fortunately ended on a vinyl-covered slab on the 13th, as the citizens of the great state of Georgia put Andrew Brannan down like the rabid dog he was. Dinkheller left a pregnant wife and kids (a son was born after his death, and will never know his father). The murder took place on 12 January 1998. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was a relatively early adopter of dash cams, and so Brannan’s prosecutors had this to work with, and his defense had this to explain away:

The explanation the flailing defenders chose is that Brannan couldn’t help doing this because he was a Vietnam combat veteran. Stew on that for a minute; we’ll come back to it.

A fact seldom mentioned in the media is on the same video recording, before this particular clip begins. Dinkheller didn’t stop Brannan for “no reason,” or because he was on some kind of cop power trip. He stopped him because he clocked the man driving that junkbox pickup at 98 miles per hour. Yeah, this guy shot a cop for stopping him for speeding.

In the end, he got what was coming to him. Among the witnesses that watched Brannan make a seamless transition from jitbag-in-prison to jitbag-in-perdition were 20 deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. Kyle Dinkheller’s friends and co-workers waited 16 years for the ACLU’s efforts to make this crime pay to fail out, and the ancient lex talionis to find its fulfillment.

This is not Captain Kangaroo. Bob Keeshan was an honorably discharged vet who lived a decent life.

This is not Captain Kangaroo. Bob Keeshan was an honorably discharged vet who lived a decent life. This is Andrew Brannan. To Hell with him.

Of course, the criminal groupies haven’t stopped pining for Brannan just because Brannan has achieved progressive nirvana, to wit, a carbon footprint of zero. Naomi Schavin, one of the no-experience-less-talent writers hired by the flailing New Republic recently (yes, the publication that has a long history of running with fabrications, and that just published a movie review by a reviewer who had only seen the movie’s trailer, that New Republic), has a shallow and disorganized piece in the magazine. Her point? Veterans with PTSD should be, if not exactly excused for murders like this, at least exempted from execution. She’s talking specifically about this Captain Kangaroo-lookin’ butt blossom.

Watch the video again. Schavin deliberately maximizes Brannan’s irrationality (actually, he looks less like a nut job, and more like just a common-and-garden sphincter muscle, to us). And she minimizes his crime, and elides the fact that it was Brannan unilaterally who made every esclatory move in the fight:

Brannan’s reaction escalated rapidly from taunting Dinkheller to screaming at him, culminating in a firefight that left Dinkheller dead.

REaction?” What? And, “Culminating in a firefight?” Our hairy combat-vet hiney. Watch the video again, don’t accept Schavin’s lies about it. She’s missing a few steps, this lying reporter. Brannan’s actions — not reaction — escalated from taunting, to screaming, to pulling out an M1 Carbine and shooting, to cold-bloodedly executing his wounded, defenseless victim. But he’s the one that has Schavin’s sympathy. Maybe the gun made him do it! Being twaumatized as a vet made him do it!

Well, who really gives a hairy rat’s ass what made him do it? Two million guys (and tens of thousands of gals) served in Vietnam and didn’t whack a deputy thirty or forty years later, so it’s not like society’s holding him to an impossible standard.

And then there’s the whole firefight thing. Brannan attacked Dinkheller without warning and put nine rounds into him (and plenty more into random terrain), where the deputy just nailed Brannan in the brisket once (fortunately, enough to make him easy to catch). That’s an ambush, not a firefight. Firefight implies a degree of contact among rough equals.

It’s not just that Schavin is illogical, irrationally inverse in her thinking (in her mixed-up, tossed-up, never-come-down world, Dinkheller deserves death, and Brannan release and “treatment”). But she’s also thoroughly dishonest (look at how she misrepresents Brannan’s attack on the deputy). She accepts the PTSD bullshit from Brannan’s lawyers, the usual criminal-loving murder fanboys.

So, what would she have done?

…precautionary measures to keep his community safe … like removing his firearm…

Oh, we saw that coming…. Guess what? His community is now safe, sweetheart. And no firearms were harmed during the application of suitable treatment of this toxic bipedal pathogen.

Got any more advice for the grown-ups’ world, child?

…governors might consider staying all executions of veterans with the diagnosis [PTSD]….

Like hell. How many PTSD diagnoses are being ridden for a disability by phonies, pre-existing nutballs, and guys like Brannan, who are just turds who can’t function in civilization?

Being a vet didn’t make him do that. Nothing you can see or do in combat can make a guy do that. It’s what a guy is, what a guy is inside, that makes him do things like that.

Of course, there are guys suffering with post-combat stress, real guys with real troubles. But most of them are dangers to no one, and the ones who are, unfortunately, dangerous, are primarily hazards to themselves. If Naomi Schavin knew combat vets, a species one seldom encounters in the coffee houses of Manhattan, salons of Georgetown or writers’ lofts anywhere, she’d know that. And in absolutely no case is PTSD the excuse for murder that she and other pro-criminal campaigners make it out to be.

Breaking: ATF Revokes Some Shoulder “Brace” Letters

ATF-Molan LabeThe ATF has issued a new and undated letter — apparently on a Saturday — containing a blanket statement that firing a weapon with an “arm brace” from the shoulder constitutes a “redesign” of the device and a Federal felony.

Because the NFA defines both rifle and shotgun to include any “weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder,” any person who redesigns a stabilizing brace for use as a shoulder stock makes a NFA firearm when attached to a pistol with a rifled barrel under 16 inches in length or a handgun with a smooth bore under 18 inches in length.

The GCA does not define the term “redesign” and therefore ATF… (does).

The pistol stabilizing brace was neither “designed” nor approved to be used as a shoulder stock, and therefore use as a shoulder stock constitutes a “redesign” of the device because a possessor has changed the very function of the item.

We bet you didn’t know that you “redesigned” that scabrous Hi-Point when you used it as a paperweight, or “redesigned” an old shotgun that’s bracing a door open. Ah, but that’s not how it works, you can only “redesign” yourself into peril of imprisonment, not out of same.

The key line, and the one most urgently pushed out by the ATF, is this:

Any individual letters stating otherwise are contrary to the plain language of the NFA, misapply Federal law, and are hereby revoked.

That’s the SIG brace they’re talking about.

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Use it like this: you’re legal (at least until Kingery feels the urge to write a new letter). Hunch over it, they’ll throw you in jail, with their Mexican-cartel pals (at least, the ones other agencies catch), for a decade or so.

This preemptive strike, signed by Acting Chief Max Kingery of the ATF Firearms Technology Branch but according to our ATF guy, drafted by the Chief Counsel’s Office, is intended to chill development of new technology and is the second in a series (the first was the manufacturing letter) of new administrative moves designed to increase the scope of the National Firearms Act beyond its written language.

These moves are in the spirit of “a phone and a pen” and rely on Administration top cover against Congress, but also rely on extant case law which directs the courts to give great deference to administrative rulings, on the presumption that administrative agencies know better than the courts what they are doing.

In the last several years, the ATF have supplied more firearms to criminals than they’ve interdicted. They are working at cross purposes to the rest of Federal law enforcement (not because that’s what the 1811’s want to be doing, either). With the recent letters, ATF management have openly embraced the partisan political positions that have long been a ticket to advancement in the politicized agency.

Maybe it’s time for ATF to lose 1000 personnel slots in its administrative arms. That might get their attention. But even before that, it’s time for the NFA’s arcane prohibitions of Short Barreled Rifles and Short Barreled Shotguns, which are seldom applied except against otherwise law-abiding persons with “gotcha” rulings (like this one), to go away. It’s time for the wannabe gun gestapo to lose the authority over these products. They have mismanaged the authority they have, demonstrating that they can’t be trusted with it.

Meanwhile, nobody’s looking for the select-fire M4 that was stolen from an agent’s car while two agents made the beast with two backs. That’s not a priority for ATF. This is. They need some new priorities.