On the way home from the grocery store this afternoon, I heard a quick blip on the indictment of Baltimore mayor, Sheila Dixon. Because the newscaster did not mention a political party in connection with Dixon, I deduced that she must be a Democrat and made a mental note to check it out when I got home. Of course, my supposition was correct. Sheila Dixon is a Democrat and she has been indicted on 12 counts resulting from a corruption investigation. The radio station I was listening to carries ABC news but they weren’t the only ones leaving the word “Democrat” out of the broadcast. According to Newsbusters, CNN anchor Kyra Phillips failed to identify Dixon as a Democrat…inadvertently, I’m sure.
Posts Tagged ‘Crime’
Posted by Liberty on January 9, 2009
Posted by Liberty on January 9, 2009
Here are links to three stories from today’s headlines on goskagit.com:
We’ve been experiencing a cultural shift in this area for some time and I predict have only just begun to feel the consequences. It is very un-politically correct to say this but the Skagit Valley has a major problem with crime in the Hispanic community and much of it is gang-related. Unfortunately, we are all in danger here, regardless of race, ethnicity or any other factor.
I also have to mention that I think it’s interesting that goskagit.com enables their comment feature on inane editorials about flooded creeks or lamentations over the shuttering of the WWU football program but not on real, hard news stories. Whenever they publish a story that could potentially be controversial, they don’t include the option for readers to comment. It begs the question, what is the point of having a comment function on your news website if you are afraid of what your readers will say?
Posted by Liberty on January 5, 2009
Hmmm…another shooting…at another hip hop night club. And according to the Washington Courts website, someone named Roger Allen LaBranche already has extensive experience as a defendent.
Posted by Liberty on December 16, 2008
“The Benton County sheriff’s office says a man found dead in a burning motor home apparently set the fire in an attempt to cover up a burglary.”
And no tax dollars were spent trying him, convicting him and jailing him. How convenient.
Posted by Liberty on November 25, 2008
“An NTSB review puts Washington among the 25 states that have not made changes to combat drunken driving that the federal safety board has recommended.”
“Chief among the NTSB complaints against Washington is the state’s reluctance to allow police to conduct sobriety checkpoints.
In states where such checkpoints are allowed, police stop all cars on a road to check to for drunken drivers.
Washington’s checkpoint law was struck down as unconstitutional in the late 1980s, and the state does not use them.”
And…a companion story from Goskagit:
Let me get this straight. The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board aka THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT) is telling Washington State that sobriety checkpoints are the way to combat drunk driving?! Screw the Washington State Constitution. What about people like 46 year old Aaron Bridge (Mister 14 DUI’s) who was recently sentenced to 20 months by Skagit County Superior Court Judge Susan Cook?
“Cook sentenced Bridge to 20 months in prison, the maximum under his sentencing range.
‘All we can do is incarcerate him for 20 months, and those are 20 months he won’t be on the road,’ said Sloan Johnson, of the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
This was Bridge’s first felony DUI. A state law, which went into effect in July 2007, makes a defendant’s fifth DUI offense within the past 10 years a felony.
Johnson said people like Bridge are exactly why legislators passed the law. But, he said, the law has some kinks that need to be worked out. One such kink would be allowing a judge to sentence Bridge to more prison time, he said.”
Exactly! Our felony DUI law is one baby step in the right direction but its efficacy is limited by the sentencing guidelines. There are a lot of chronic offenders out there with multiple DUI’s. Isn’t it obvious that we should crack down on the people that we KNOW are driving drunk before we go out looking for people who MIGHT be?
Posted by Liberty on November 24, 2008
The Seattle P-I has confirmed that Seattle’s anti-gun activist mayor will go forward with his plan to ban all concealed weapons on city property. The Washington State attorney general has told Nickels that his rule would violate state law but Nickels doesn’t care. This rule will certainly be challenged by gun rights supporters. How much tax money will Nickels waste defending this rule that has already been deemed illegal? And will this damage his re-election hopes? Sadly enough, behind the deep blue iron curtain of Seattle, probably not. If you have an opinion on this subject, you can submit it to the City of Seattle at seattle.gov/firearmsrule.
The Puget Sound region experienced a particularly bloody weekend with eleven people shot. No surprise–most of the incidents are thought to be gang related. Will Nickels advocate gang-banger control? Probably not. Will he take advantage of the recent violence to advance his anti-Second Amendment agenda by placing more restriction on law-abiding citizens? You can bet on it.