Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Stripteases, sexual favors, booze, porn mags, and fat stacks of cash would be run-of-the-mill in many Miami strip clubs. But at downtown's maximum security Federal Detention Center?
Multiple attorneys interviewed by Riptide say the FDC visitor rooms have been taken over by South American pole dancers posing as paralegals for wealthy drug lords inside. Lawyers hired by the accused narco dons allegedly list the scantily clad women as "legal assistants," and the FDC lets them in. Meanwhile, attorneys who refuse to go along risk losing their clients to lawyers with busty beauties on staff.
"They take off their tops and let the guys touch them," veteran defense attorney Hugo Rodriguez says. "The majority of these young, very attractive women are illegals brought in exclusively for the purposes of visiting the FDC. Any lawyer can sign a form and designate a legal assistant. There is no way of verifying it. The process is being abused."
The accusations are difficult to prove. An FDC spokeswoman declined to comment, and prison officials refused Riptide's requests for any incident reports on faux paralegals being tossed from the facility. But attorneys swear the scam is ongoing. One "discovery room" normally used to discuss trial strategy was recently closed, they say, after guards caught an inmate and a paralegal "discovering" more than legal documents.
"Everyone knows about it," says a private investigator who is familiar with the FDC and asked not to be named. "We call them the 'little hoochie mamas'... They are making a mockery out of the prison system here..."
Monday, November 28, 2011
Ever see the movie "Red Dawn"? If not, you should get a copy and watch it since it may give you a glimpse as to what life might be like in Amerika soon. Sound crazy? What doesn't these days. If this legislation becomes law, and the American people don't arm themselves and rise up, then the Marxist-in-Chief, the Demoncrats, the MSM, and the rest of the Left are right, in that, the American people are so weak, so divided, so distracted, and so gullible, that there is no limit to the amount of abuse they'll take, so long as it's presented properly. I wonder if they're right...
The Wicked Witch!
Ding dong the Wicked Witch is dead!
That's right kids,the Lisping Witch of the House, Bahney Fwank, is NOT running for re-election!! Fox's Brit Hume surmises that it's because he lost all his power when the Left lost their stranglehold on the House.
(and it looks like they ain't gonna get it back ANYTIME soon!)
Saturday, November 26, 2011
For the growing chorus of observers who fear that a breakup of the euro zone might be at hand, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has a pointed rebuke: It’s never going to happen.
But some banks are no longer so sure, especially as the sovereign debt crisis threatened to ensnare Germany itself this week, when investors began to question the nation’s stature as Europe’s main pillar of stability.
On Friday, Standard & Poor’s downgraded Belgium’s credit standing to AA from AA+, saying it might not be able to cut its towering debt load any time soon. Ratings agencies this week cautioned that France could lose its AAA rating if the crisis grew. On Thursday, agencies lowered the ratings of Portugal and Hungary to junk.
While European leaders still say there is no need to draw up a Plan B, some of the world’s biggest banks, and their supervisors, are doing just that.
“We cannot be, and are not, complacent on this front,” Andrew Bailey, a regulator at Britain’s Financial Services Authority, said this week. “We must not ignore the prospect of a disorderly departure of some countries from the euro zone,” he said.
There's a depression headed for Europe, and the last time there was a depression in Europe we got Hitler, Mussolini and WWII! God only knows WTF we'll get this time.
Stock up on beans and bullets my friends, beans and bullets!
It is an America where the lawless, unaccomplished, ignorant and incompetent rule.
It is an America where those who have sacrificed nothing, pillage and destroy the lives of those who have sacrificed greatly.
It is an America where history is rewritten to honor dictators, murderers and thieves.
It is an America where violence, racism, hatred, class warfare and murder are all promoted as acceptable means of overturning the American civil society.
It is an America where humans have been degraded to the level of animals: defecating in public, having sex in public, devoid of basic hygiene.
It is an America where the basic tenets of a civil society, including faith, family, a free press and individual rights, have been rejected.
It is an America where our founding documents have been shredded and, with them, every person's guaranteed liberties.
It is an America where, ultimately, great suffering will come to the American people, but the rulers like Obama, Michelle Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, liberal college professors, union bosses and other loyal liberal/Communist Party members will live in opulent splendor.
It is the America that Obama and the Democratic Party have created with the willing assistance of the American media, Hollywood, unions, universities, the Communist Party of America, the Black Panthers and numerous anti-American foreign entities...
From a letter in the the Knoxville News Sentinel:
Friday, November 25, 2011
The idea came from state Sen. Steve Smith, a Republican who says that people from across the nation have donated about $255,000 to the project since July, when the state launched a fundraising website that urges visitors to "show the world the resolve and can-do spirit of the American people."
Smith acknowledges he has a long way to go to make the fence a reality. The $255,000 collected will barely cover a half mile of fencing. Smith estimates that the total supplies alone will cost $34 million, or about $426,000 a mile. Much of the work is expected to be done by prisoners at 50 cents an hour.
The fence is Arizona's latest attempt to force a debate on whether the federal government is doing enough to stop illegal immigration. Key provisions of the state's contentious immigration bill were suspended by a judge, and Gov. Jan Brewer is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to get them reinstated. Brewer also signed the fencing bill.
Critics of the private fence plan say the idea is a misguided, piecemeal approach to border issues that will prove to be ineffective and hugely expensive. They point to the billions of dollars spent by the federal government to build fencing that hasn't stopped illegal immigration.
The article, as usual, is written from the all inclusive (unless you're a Conservative or right wing Christian) view point. And they talk down a fence by saying whats there hasn't worked.
Well of course it hasn't worked, IT'S NOT FINISHED!!!.
If you can just walk to the END of a fence and go around it, it will never work! And if fences WON'T work, how the hell did the Communists manage to keep MILLIONS of people inside the Iron Curtain for almost 50 years!?
2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. – Mark Twain
3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. – Mark Twain
4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. – Winston Churchill
5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw
6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. – G. Gordon Liddy
7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. – James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. – Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University
9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. – P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian
10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. – Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)
11. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. – Ronald Reagan (1986)
12. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
First, a word about national security and foreign policy issues. They don’t drive many votes. Campaign professionals consider any day spent on foreign policy a lost day. Which is too bad given that whoever is elected will spend some part of every day as president on national security issues and often almost his entire day on dealing with America’s interests and problems abroad.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich had the most to lose in last night’s debate, given his current positions atop most polls. But he continued to display the talents that got him where he is now: clear thinking, experience and a matter-of-fact certainty about what he would do if he were president. If he keeps this up, there will be talk about an anybody-but-Newt movement instead of an anybody-but-Romney campaign.
Yet the GOP universe is buzzing about the fact that Gingrich said America would not deport the 11 million illegal aliens already living here. Gasp! Is he pro-amnesty? Is he pro-illegal immigration? Of course not; Gingrich was simply telling the truth. We will not deport a population as large as the state of Ohio’s, and any candidate who says otherwise is either ignorant or a hypocrite, and should be penalized, not rewarded. Those candidates would need to tell us how their deportation plan would pass Congress and then how it would be implemented. We would need to know about the holding pens, the roundup procedures developed for law enforcement and how we would deal with families that have both legal and illegal members.
Gingrich may not win the Republican nomination, but surely it won’t be because of this issue. I hope the other candidates resist the urge to be dishonest or delusional enough to try to capitalize on what he said..
He's done as far as I'm concerned! Even considering allowing illegals to become legals is plain old foolish! Dishonest and delusional? I thought they were trying to keep the WH for four more years, Mr Dishonest Obama and Delusional Biden, that is.
(unless we need to site to communicate for the Zombie Apocalypse later in the day, of course)
I like the trimmings. Whole cranberries are better, IMHO, southern style corn bread dressing, home made gravy, that crap in a jar is wall paper paste, at best. And if you aren't brining and frying your bird, I'll cry FOR you! At a minimum brine that thing.
Oddly, one of my favorite Thanksgivings was the year that we were stuck in San Diego and it was just me, Mrs Schteveo and our older son, then. No hustle, bustle or having to 'deal' with family.
The next year we were in Apache Junction, AZ., my wife's Aunt & Uncle. Good folks, no turkey tough. Slow roasted, whole hog, eastern Carolina bbq, PLUS Thanksgiving sides, AND all the BBQ sides too. That's probably second.
Recipes and Reminiscences go in the comments.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Things that were once simply fun to many are now "offensive " to someone or something. And in some cases, may very well be illegal! Today, the mere allegation of something "improper " can destroy someones life. People can no longer speak their mind for fear of being sued, fired, demonized, or perhaps, even arrested. To give a simple compliment to an attractive woman has become a "very high risk " activity, even if no offense was intended. The PC virus is spreading faster, and sinking deeper into our society than any medical outbreak that i've ever seen. It has already infected most of our institutions and our young.
Sadly, i see no cure in sight, mainly because (IMO) the American people lack the strength and the will to think for themselves, a fact that acts as a fuel for PC. The enclosed article is a good example of what i mean...
To many around the world, especially intelligence professionals, the 9/11 attack was a sure sign that there were deep and serious problems at the CIA, since by all accounts, the 9/11 attacks were as much a surprise to them as they were to the rest of us. That should not have been the case.
Today, America is surrounded by some very vicious and highly-dedicated enemies, all with the same basic goal in mind. These are groups and nations who couldn't care less about "playing by the rules", as we do. They all understand that those rules, put in place by the elected, lying crooks in DC, are one of our greatest weakness's. And, they're right...
Saturday, November 19, 2011
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:
"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."
The Obituary follows:
Born 1776, Died 2012
It doesn't hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of School of Law in ,
Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was
mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income
tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
"complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy,
with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached
the "governmental dependency" phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal
invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the
in fewer than five years.
If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.
If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at
This is truly scary!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
It's a documentary about the how the Nazis, no, not the Nazis...it's about how the Germans carried out the Holocaust.
I'm pretty historically savvy and well read, but even after saying that, to see the precision and efficiency with which these people murdered 10 million human beings, was staggering.
What struck me was the similarity of thought between the Nazis and Radical Muslims.
Get a copy of this thing. Watch it.
A House committee approved a suspension of bonus packages for executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two mortgage firms currently under the control of the U.S. government.
The House Financial Services Committee, responding to lawmaker anger over compensation at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, approved a measure that would suspend the compensation packages for executive officers at the companies. The bill also would require employees of the two firms to be moved onto a pay scale that lines up with federal financial regulators including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
“Awarding lavish pay packages to the heads of these companies that have accepted $170 billion in taxpayer cash can’t be defended,” Representative Spencer Bachus of Alabama, the panel’s chairman and sponsor of the bill, said today.
The panel approved the measure 52-4, sending it to the House floor.
The committee’s approval comes amid heightened criticism of the companies’ bonuses and pay. Edward J. DeMarco, chief regulator of the two firms, approved packages in 2009 that awarded a total of $17 million over two years to chief executive officers Michael J. Williams of Fannie Mae and Ed Haldeman of Freddie Mac.
Compensation for the companies’ top six executives totaled $35 million for 2009 and 2010, according to a report from the FHFA Office of Inspector General.
Pay to Decline
DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, has argued that the compensation is necessary to attract and keep executives and employees with the skills to manage a portfolio of more than $5 trillion in mortgage assets. He told senators today that pay will decline over time.
“My plan for executive compensation is to continue to seek opportunities for gradual reductions, particularly when executives leave,” DeMarco said in written testimony today to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
“This approach is consistent with the administration’s notion of a gradual wind down” of Fannie and Freddie, which are now in government conservatorship, DeMarco said.
BONUSES!? For what?
The entire idea that they 'need' the bonuses to attract the 'best and brightest' is easily cast aside by the fact that anyone who is of the 'best and brightest' would NOT be in this mess! The 'best and brightest' would have seen, as did many of us among the great unwashed masses, that what they were doing was unsustainable. Fannie & Freddie became a house of cards that caved in and killed our economy.
And they want a bonuses for THAT? No way, no way in hell!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
REDNECK HOME SECURITY SYSTEM
1. Buy a pair of size 14-16 work boots.
2. Put them on the front porch with a copy of Guns & Ammo.
3. Put some giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazine.
4. Leave a note on the door: "Bubba: Me & Bertha Lee went for more ammo and beer. Back soon. Don't mess with the pit bulls; they messed the mailman up bad this morning. I don't think Killer took part; hard to tell from all the blood. I locked all four of ‘em in the house. Better wait outside. Be right back. Cooter".
Schteveo, aka Cooters Cousin!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Marketing America: The ‘United States of Awesome Possibilities’
That's an article on Yahoo! News. So, WHO is 'marketing' the U.S.? Better still, WHY do we need to be marketed? Read on.
Say hello to the "United States of Awesome Possibilities."
The campaign, set to launch next year, is the brainchild of the Corporation for Travel Promotion (CTP), a private-public partnership formed to encourage tourism, with a marketing budget of $200 million. The corporation calls the push "the first-ever coordinated global marketing effort dedicated to welcoming international travelers to the United States."
The group said in a press release that the dots in the campaign's logo, shown above, create a "21st-century brand" which "symboliz[es] the boundless possibilities of the U.S.," as well as representing America's "diversity."
.Hey, I got an idea how about we use some old 'tag lines'. Here's one I heard once or twice.
Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.
Or how about I make one up on the fly.
Everybody knows who we are, we don't need a fucking marketing campaign!
I really like that one myself. It's not short, but it cuts to the heart of my sentiment. And the idiot article goes on to say, even though the U.S. is a good place to visit or do business, we suck because we don't have universal health care.
Here's to hoping this ENTIRE ad agency gets outsourced. To Guatemala. Or Tibet. And just for the tally sheets. Are WE paying that $200 Million?
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Every 2012 contender attended college. They all graduated. They went to schools like the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Texas A&M, Morehouse, Penn State and Emory.
But decades have passed since these Presidential candidates first stepped onto campus as freshmen. Is it time for an Econ 101 refresher course?
America's Econ 101 professors say yes. In their view, the candidates continue to offer ideas and policies that wouldn't pass muster in their classes -- populated by 18 year-old college students.
"There are so many economic 'misstatements' being made," said Jonathan Lanning, a professor at Bryn Mawr who is teaching two introductory economics classes this semester. "And it isn't confined to any one candidate.".
I like the fact that guys who TEACH are saying guys who have run businesses are the ones who are wrong. I'd like to just walk up to these college idiots, laugh in their faces and walk away.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
|A test of the Emergency Alert System is coming November 9th.||View Web Version |
Ok so their going to 'take over' the radio & TV tomorrow. Who's going to MAKE them turn it BACK on?! ...not to mention, if they turn OFF all radio & TV tomorrow, why WON'T they do it some day WITHOUT telling us "...it's JUST a test..."? It's the perfect answer to taking control.
I'm telling you, here & now, this is the 21st Century equivalent of Good King George taking control of ALL the printing presses in Colonial America. I seem to remember that when he tried,
A.) He tried doing so, more than once, starting small initially.
B.) There was a huge FIGHT and the guys who owned the printing presses, being at the time good Englishmen and subjects of the Crown, told GKG to bugger off!
I'm in line with that, but not being an Englishman, I'll shorten that 6 letter 'b-u-g-g-e-r', to just 4 letters. I doubt I need to tell you which ones.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
That ALONE is a problem. But when the kids told their parents, and the pictures of said kids hit social networks, it took the local school superintendent THREE WEEKS to make any statement! Now I guess, they're still 'investigating' the incident, although the teacher has been 'reprimanded'.
The teacher and the Sup. need to be working at The Gap ASAP as for my two cents!
A fourth-grade teacher in Wisconsin has been reprimanded after he allowed his students to participate in a political protest against Gov. Scott Walker on a field trip to the state Capitol building.
Video of the incident was aired by FOX6 in Milwaukee earlier this week. In it, students could be seen clapping while protesters with a group called the "solidarity singers" belted out a modified version of "This Land Is Your Land." The last verse includes the line, "Scott Walker will never push us out, this house was made for you and me."
According to FOX6, the Portage School District this week released a letter of reprimand which was put in the file of the teacher chaperoning the trip. The teacher said he was "embarrassed" by the incident but insisted he did nothing wrong, according to the report.And oddly, when you go look for this, Google search, I find that ONLY Fox and Fox affiliates are even running the story.
I'm guessing the other networks / stations / affiliates were too busy trashing Herman Cain to come out and report on this?
Saturday, November 5, 2011
I'm no art snob, I can find stuff I like ranging from caves in France to crazy 1800's Folk Art right up to modern paintings and junk sculpture. I love tromp l'oiel so much I'd like to have one in my living room that looks like a mountain scene or a Italian vineyard! Mrs Schteveo and I are getting tickets to the NC Art Museum to go see a traveling collection of Rembrandt's works.
But, given all that, some of the things that pass for"art" I don't see as art, not do I see how the place value. Find below, a example.
File this one under "O" for "Oops." A cleaner with the best intentions accidentally destroyed a piece of art worth over $1 million when she removed what she thought was a "stain" from the installation. Spoiler alert: It wasn't really a stain.
The piece of art, titled "When It Starts Dripping From The Ceilings," features a series of wooden planks and a (formerly) discolored plastic bowl. The artist, the late Martin Kippenberger, intended for viewers to understand that the bowl had been discolored by water running over the pieces of wood.
Unfortunately, the bowl isn't so discolored anymore. A spokesperson from the art museum in Dortmund, Germany, remarked that "it is now impossible to return it to its original state." The cleaner was apparently unaware that she was supposed to stay at least 20 centimeters away from the works of art.
Kippenberger died at the age of 43 in 1997, but he left behind a large collection of work. Roberta Smith of the New York Times said he was "widely regarded as one of the most talented German artists of his generation." Like many of the greats, his work has grown more valuable since his death. In 2005, a Kippenberger painting went for over $1 million.n.
Uh huh. Art? Ruined? Hell, I've got a bucket out in the Pop Shop, that catches water, running off rusted meta, with a stain in the bottom, that looks like, Moe Howard! that SOB could be worth $3 to $50K depending on the Art Market, the Stock Market and the stupidity of Three Stooges Memorobilia Collectors!
But, and here's the crux of the matter, IS IT ART!? I'm kinda doubting it.
Lacking any clear statutory authority, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) nonetheless voted last week to force American consumers to subsidize a massive expansion of rural broadband infrastructure.
"Broadband has gone from being a luxury to a necessity for full participation in our economy and society," FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said during a speech in early October. To stimulate this "necessary participation," the FCC's so-called "Connect America Fund" will spend $4.5 billion a year over the next six years siphoning money away from America's telephone subscribers. Government bureaucrats are understandably ecstatic — promising that this "historic" vote will lead to the creation of 500,000 new jobs. Consumer advocates know better.
"The Commission's actions will lead to higher prices at a time when the average American is watching every penny," said Gigi B. Sohn of Public Knowledge, a group that advocates for digital freedom. Sohn added that the Commission "has once again evaded the central problem" by moving forward with this new fund despite lacking authority over broadband issues.
"By declining to address this issue, the Commission is condemning the industry to more years of uncertainty, consumers and others will be powerless to complain about industry practices and the future of the network is left in limbo," Sohn said.
Of course the "Connect America Fund" is more than just another flagrant government shakedown of taxpayers and naked bureaucratic power grab. Like the "Green Jobs" scam that brought us the infamous Solyndra scandal, it's yet another example of government fundamentally usurping the private sector's role of allocating capital. In fact, the government's new "broadband scam" already has its own Solyndra scandal — a company called Open Range.
Right around the time Genachowski was making his "necessary participation" speech, it was revealed that Open Range filed for bankruptcy despite being approved for $267 million in loans from the U.S. Agriculture Department.
Ironically, it was a decision by the FCC to deny a special license to Open Range's business partner, Globalstar, that led to the company's collapse. Some have even speculated that the FCC deliberately denied this license because it was promoting a competing venture involving LightSquared, a company backed by a powerful Democratic fundraiser. Imagine that — one government bureaucracy works to jump start a specific company while another effectively shuts it down! No wonder government has such an abysmal record of picking winners and losers in the marketplace — a function it was never supposed to wrestle away from the private sector in to begin with. Open Range's loan was approved by the Bush administration — which is why Congressional Democrats are pushing to have its collapse investigated alongside Solyndra.
But what's needed is not a Washington hearing aimed at scoring political points — what's required is an immediate reversal of government's entire approach to economic development. For starters, the FCC could resist the urge to drain $27 billion out of our shaky economy over the next six years for the purpose of empowering broadband bureaucrats..."
Borrowed from the patriotic minds at PIG...
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The anarchists know that with winter weather getting closer and closer, especially here in the North East, and their antics losing steam, they must kick it up a notch to keep the headlines fresh. They'll do that by moving to the next logical step for them, violent confrontations with the police. Here in NYC, our limp-wristed ruler, His Majesty Bloomberg, has issued a "hands off " order to the NYPD. Ideologically, he supports the anarchists, even though he's one of the Gazillionaires they claim to be protesting. On the other hand, he's getting lots of heat from the elitist Leftists who live in Manhattan, who, while they support anything anti-American, would like it to be done in someone else's neighborhood.
I'm pretty sure of one thing. With the new NYPD being totally PC'ized and controlled by Leftist politicians, i truly doubt you will see them respond the way the Mexifornia cops are doing. Personally, i'll just sit here in Brooklyn, about 8 miles away, and watch the show. Joining me, while i watch over my car and other property, (should the cretins decide to expand their protest) are my three closets friends, Smith & Wesson & Colt...
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
It would still suck to live in Smithfield.
The police department in Smithfield, N.C., has said it would no longer respond to all 911 calls and would stop pursuing some misdemeanor crimes if the town didn’t approve a measure to increase the department’s budget for gasoline, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
Police Chief Michael Scott will ask the town council to allow him to reallocate some of his $30,000 office supply and equipment repair funds to compensate for the shortfall in the gas budget. Smithfield reportedly cut the fuel budget by 14 percent — or by about $10,000 — from previous fiscal year – according to the paper. Without an increase, the department runs out of gas by February 2012.
The Smithfield Police Department is expected to detail how the town’s budget cuts would affect street patrol later today. Scott said the department had already had to cut back on patrols and has even halved the number of patrol cars on the roads at times.
The town recently experienced a series of crimes – an armed robbery of a convenience store, a theft of tires and rims from an auto shop — that Scott said could have been prevented by heavier patrolling.
“Those things can all be directly related to patrol issues,” he said, according to the News & Observer. He also said that the department had been fielding complaints about the lowered police presence, and that some callers had even asked if they should buy guns to protect themselves.
Let me ask, isn't it odd that southern and southwest police chiefs and sheriffs are telling people to get guns and protect themselves, while at the same time northern and left coast officials are still trying to keep guns out of legal citizen hands?
I am more glad tonight than I've been in many years that I live where I live.