Let’s Talk About Timing

This comment, one of many like it, regarding the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson Mo. really shows that the writers spend way too much watching television legal dramas and cop shows.

The fact that the Ferguson Police didn’t release a police report until weeks after the incident, which was full of redactions, and under pressure from the Department of Justice leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

 

 

I will be one of the first people to get onto police departments about releasing information; all too often they decide what the people ‘needs to know’ instead of freely releasing information. But in this case I really don’t think the criticism is warranted.
Turn it around — let’s say it was Michael Brown under suspicion of murder; how many people would want information released the next day, eh?

Part of the blame for this is the unfair consideration given to the timing of an officer making a statement. Many jurisdictions allow an officer 2 or 3 days to make an official statement. Somehow I just don’t see those same officers giving you or I that much time before we wandered in to make an official statement. Nor do we get to review the official videos, transcripts, etc before making our statements.

That said –  is it fair to take 7 days to release a police report on the shooting? Absolutely. Make sure you get the facts straight, make sure the information hasn’t been misunderstood (Can anyone say NBC and “effing coon”?) — this goes for both sides of the equation. I don’t want the police casting blame on someone who doesn’t deserve it and I don’t want the police being tried in the press — by the government statements at least. We can’t stop the race-baiters and media outlets from doing that but we can control what the government does.

We have enough reasons for criticizing the government; let’s not make up more especially when it just stirs people up with imagined slights.

Please join the discussion.

 

 

 

 

Bleg — Image Plugin

Since the start of the blog, I had been using “NextGen” photo gallery plug-in and it was great.

Until about a year ago, then they started updating it  and every update made the plug-in less and less usable.
Now it simply doesn’t work.

So, simple request for the WordPress crowd; what is a good replacement?

 

Thanks for your help in advance.

 

 

 

 

Graphics Matter – Year 5

Has it been that long since Linoge started posting a very useful graphic at his blog “Walls of the City“?
Yep, 5 years of clearly showing that the bumper sticker slogan of the antis “more guns = more deaths” is simply not true.

 

If you haven’t already, check out this incredible work; provided with information to the source data. Something you’ll rarely see the antis provide.

 

— And I haven’t been ignoring you, just not been in a position to post the last couple of days. I hope to explain why this has been a good thing.

 

 

Still Less Than A CHL

Mike Norman, opinion writer at the Star-Telegram, is whining about the Voter ID law. If anyone has been following the law in the media, you know it has been a confusing tale. One court strikes it down, another re-instates it. It’s been going back and forth at the legal equivalent of a ping pong match.

In fact, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi found the requirements “draconian” and ruled last week that the voter ID law passed by the Legislature in 2011 discriminated against African-American and Hispanic voters.

And, according to the evidence in a nine-day trial, that’s what the Legislature wanted.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals brushed those findings aside — didn’t even address them — on Tuesday in ruling that because voting is just days away, the state should be allowed to enforce its voter ID rules as planned.

And to be frank, I am very conflicted on whether or not I want the courts to strike this down.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. I think having to show ID is a good idea. This is a right that only exists because a person is a member of the polity; so showing proof of that is not violating a fundamental right.

Where I get my confusion is how we, gun owners and pro-rights supporters, could use the case.

 

It’s not hard to get the proper ID, proponents say. But evidence showed that for hundreds of thousands of Texans — disproportionately, African-Americans and Hispanics who are poor — it is difficult.

For them, the travel time to the nearest Department of Public Safety office to get a free ID card is 90 minutes or more. When they get there, they must have the proper documentation, which typically includes a certified copy of their birth certificate.

If they were born in Texas and can make an in-person visit to the proper records office and know how to ask for it, they can get a birth certificate for the cut rate of $2 or $3.

If they need to get it by mail, need to correct errors in their certificate, were not registered at birth or need a certificate from another state, the cost is at least $22 or as much as $47.

Those costs led the judge to declare the new voter ID law an unconstitutional poll tax, although that was not the primary focus of the trial.

Emphasis mine in the above paragraph. I looked up Taxi cab rates in the Dallas Fort Worth area and assumed about 60 miles travel in 90 minutes round trip. At $2.25 for initial charge and $1.80 per mile; that works out to about $110. Add in the $3 charge in person cost to get a Birth Certificate and round up to about $115 dollars.

Still less than the basic costs of a Concealed Handgun License at $140. Plus the $10 for the fingerprints, something the Voter ID does not require. Plus the $10 or so for Photos. Plus the $35 to $150 dollars for the class, Plus the $5 Proficiency Test fee. Even if we double the costs for the taxi instead of bus fare or getting a friend to take the person to get their birth certificate — it still is less burdensome than getting a Concealed Handgun License. And let’s not forget that each and every applicant for a CHL has to have a valid form of photo identification already !!!!!!

 

In fact, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi found the requirements “draconian” and ruled last week that the voter ID law passed by the Legislature in 2011 discriminated against African-American and Hispanic voters.

Hence my dilemma. If it is based on cost and burden; it should be clear that having to get a license to carry in public would have a greater impact on African-American and Hispanic voters. But of course that assume the judge trying the case would apply the law in a logical, rational and consistent basis. Most of the time I haven’t seen that happen when we are talking about restrictions on 2nd Amendment issues.

 

I think that the legislation will get around, eventually, to making Open Carry legal with a license. Then it is a short stride from there (huge hurdle but small step) to Constitutional Carry. So I’m not putting too much hope on the courts forcing the Legislation to act.

So how do the 3 or 4 people still reading this feel? Should we require a photo id for voting? Do you support the courts striking down or keeping the Voter ID law?

Doing It Wrong – Shopping Edition

I haven’t and probably won’t say much (at least for now) about the cases of Ebola in Dallas. It is widely publicized, critiqued and speculated on without me adding my 0.5 cents worth to the mix at this time.

I will talk about the incredibly wrong way of doing it I saw at the local grocery store today.
I observed a woman of middle age (old enough to know better) wearing a surgical scrub mask in the store. Not a very common sight but still something a person sees on occasion. There are many medical conditions that can compromise a person’s immune system making it more of a hazard to be out in public. So wearing a mask that provides a level of protection is a sensible precaution.

Then there are people who are just a little more worried about catching something then the rest of us.

I’m not sure which this woman was — but wearing the mask loosely about the face doesn’t provide the necessary protection.

Wearing it NOT over her nose but barely covering her mouth definitely defeats the purpose!
Wearing thin cotton gloves is just as silly.

This of course prompted a brief discussion with the cashier as I was checking out.

Seems the cashier’s daughter put her arms through a plate glass window; resulting in a necessary visit to the Emergency Room at a local hospital. (One my Bride and I have been to.) The cashier relayed — this is all based on her account so I can not confirm the accuracy — that the daughter was covered in blood from finger tips to shoulder on both hands as she went into the E.R.

The admittance nurse used a finger tip Pulse Oximeter — one not apparently sanitized before or after use on the daughter. Same with the Blood Pressure cuff.

Nor did the cashier see any nurses practicing sanitation measures as they came into the room or as they left. Not saying they couldn’t have but I asked and the cashier clearly confirmed she didn’t see anyone using the provided and functioning stations in the room or just outside. Not sure how the medical professionals at Texas Presbyterian caught Ebola but it is easy to understand how it is possible.

 

So — how many think it would  be a good idea to go to the hospital if Ebola or the Flu really turned into a Pandemic?

 

Make your plans, include first and and medical care, as part of your preps folks. Gonna be a bumpy ride some day.

Throwing It Out There — Blog Shoot?

I know I’ve been relatively absent from the blog for a long while. I hope to explain soon but until things shake down a little more I want to stay a quite about personal issues that have had me distracted.

 

That being said; isn’t it about time we started working on another Dallas Area Blog Shoot?

I realize the name is something of a misnomer; we have had people from all over Texas and beyond join us and we loved that. Bloggers, readers, commenters, friends, family are all welcome to come.

So what do you folks think?

In Praise of Ladies My Age

This started my day off with a smile.

I hope you find the humor in it as well.