Bostom Marathon Bombing Post Mortem.. Getting the Facts Straight

I’ll let Karl run with this one.  Read the entire article folks.

Such as the fact that despite every news anchor and many of the people in Boston pumping their fists and screaming “USA!” along with lauding law enforcement, the fact is that law enforcement could not find its ass with both hands.

It doesn’t stop there.  Oh no, by effectively occupying a part of the Boston metro area they made an utter mockery of the 4th Amendment.  There was no “hot pursuit” and thus no argument available to them allowing searches of private property without consent or a warrant.  Not only did they search without a warrant there were multiple reports through the day of seizure of firearms, among other things.  

The Constitutional Rights of an entire town, some 30,000 residents, were wantonly and outrageously violated yesterday, yet not one media outlet is focusing there.

Nor are they focusing on the fact that after a full day of undeclared and illegal martial law, complete with “papers please”, unconstitutional searches and seizures and military hardware and weapons all over the streets (heh Barack, what was that crap about “weapons of war”?) the cops FAILED to find the jackass.

Instead, within a half-hour of the “can’t find our ass with both hands” cops giving up on locking down the town an ordinary citizen finds the bad guy in his boat.

In 30 minutes “We the people” do what thousands of cops spending millions of dollars and violating the rights of every citizen in the town could not and the people did it without all that fancy military hardware too.

So what do the cops do?  They shoot at and destroy the boat, of course, in “convincing” the bad guy to come out.  Boats you see, must not have extra holes in them or they don’t float very well.  The cops added many extra holes and a few flash-bangs to the mix too, despite knowing that the vessel had a full tank of fuel on board and might catch on fire or explode.  It didn’t, fortunately, but that’s small consolation to the owner who is almost-certain to see both the city refuse to pay for the damage and his insurance company refuse to cover it too (look in your policy; in general such “acts of war, declare or undeclared” are considered non-covered perils.)  Never mind that the guy actually doing the warlike things (the terrorist) didn’t cause the damage — the cops did.

Was there anything the cops did right?  Well, yeah, I suppose.  Their fancy FLIR gear on the chopper, once pointed out where to look by the homeowner, did detect the heat of the jackass in the boat.  Ok.  Wow man, technology.  I’m supposed to be impressed by this after the specific location of the bad guy was pointed out by the homeowner who saw him in the boat and called the police?  

FAIL.  

Massive, outrageous, millions of dollars in overtime and worthless hardware FAIL, to go along with a citizenry that cowered in abject fear of a couple of jackasses. 

Not only did the terrorists win they learned that we’re cowards.  We will hide in the closet shaking like a leaf in a hurricane and let them get away for hours or even days instead of going about our business, observing what’s different, reporting what doesn’t make sense and arming ourselves so we can defend ourselves if, in the gravest extreme, they decide to do so something outrageous.

Massachusetts has some of the “toughest” gun laws in the nation.  They are an abject failure as well.  In 1998 they were passed and signed by a Republican.  The state went from 1.5 million active gun licenses to under 200,000.  Not only did murders double from 1998 to 2011 and robberies increase by more than 20% but the state was just targeted by two murderous jackasses who blew up a number of innocent people.  The national murder and violent crime rate, on the other hand, has been falling since the early 1990s.  Gee, you don’t think the lack of people’s ability to defend themselves might have had something to do with all that, do you?  Don’t expect the media to call Massachusetts or its former governors on this fact and its contribution to the blown-off legs of the victims at the Marathon.  Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s not forget that the number of people these jackasses murdered (about a half-dozen, all-in) are eclipsed by the roughly 10x as many residents murdered annually since Massachusetts further trampled on the 2nd Amendment’s recognition of fundamental human rights.  Exactly how many excuses would the government of Massachusetts like to try to make for all those dead people that directly resulted from their incessant and outrageous trampling of those Constitutionally-guaranteed rights?  Let me guess — we’re going to hear crickets on that account.

I’m glad the remaining bastard suspect (remember, he’s a suspect until proven guilty in a court of law) has been caught and will face trial.  I’m of mixed view whether or not he should be considered an ordinary criminal or an enemy combatant.  We don’t know enough to make that call here and now in the general public.  What we do know is that the FBI knew damn well that the older brother was a problem and had been watching him and worse, they lied about it when asked by the media, denying they had contact with him until the family went public with the facts.

via Thoughts The Next Morning in [Market-Ticker].

What Is the Threshold for Martial Law? | The Beacon

I cannot help but wonder what the standard is that triggers the martial-law response we’re seeing in New England. If these bombers had murdered three but not caused as many injuries—if the sheer terror of their crime had not reached this magnitude—would Boston look like a totalitarian state right now? What if the police needed to find a serial killer? Or what if a city was home to lots of violent crime in general?

If the suspect escapes into another city tomorrow, can the police lock down one city after another until they find him? And how long will this go on? They might catch him and it might all end and Boston could be back to normal, if we can call it that, by the end of the weekend. What if he isn’t caught for a while? What if a future suspect implicated in a gruesome and dramatic criminal act next year manages to escape justice for months? Can the police now just shut down cities, transportation, and—as they did on Monday—cell service for as long as they deem necessary? Should normal denizens really have no say of their own on whether they will risk the violent threats that might await them outside? If they have no right to walk about freely today without expecting, at a minimum, serious harassment from authorities, can the same be true on any other day?

People tolerate extreme police powers when they seem temporary. The martial law after Katrina gave way to more civilized policing, such as it is in New Orleans. But what if the emergency persists? What if the U.S. becomes home to a crime plausibly labeled terrorism every couple months—can we expect a state of constant siege? Even then, the threat to any given American would be very statistically low. Yet the gruesomeness and horror could legitimize all sorts of overreaction.

Not long ago, American law enforcement embraced the pretense that it sought to arrest suspects and bring them to trial. The advertised standard seems to have shifted. In February, the LAPD appeared to target ex-cop Chris Dorner, who allegedly murdered police and families of police, for summary liquidation. They drove around shooting at trucks they thought might contain the suspect. They surrounded him in a cabin, deployed CS gas, and the building went up in flames. Almost no one make a big deal of the fact of what had happened—everyone just assumed he was guilty and that there was no reasonable way to apprehend him alive. Or people didn’t care.

The same is true of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the nineteen-year-old suspect who managed to escape an army of law enforcement. Everyone assumes he’s guilty, and I would surely bet that he is, but that is not supposed to be America’s standard of legal justice. We also have every reason to want him alive, to know about his motives, to learn as much as we can to guard against future threats. Yet the standards of guilt have seemed to decline in recent memory, along with the standards for the state abolishing civil liberty. And in this case, even if he’s certainly guilty, the standards for how the state tries to bring someone into custody seem to have eroded as well.

We see the danger inherent in state power. The police are conducting the most pedestrian, universally assumed valid function of government. They are going after a murderer who appears to be armed and dangerous and a continuing threat. And in this pursuit, they have turned several cities into what look like police states by any reasonable measure. This demonstrates that the core nature of the state, its monopoly on crime control, always holds the potential for a full-blown security state and a total abolition of public liberty. What matters most is a culture wary of state power in any and all manifestations.

Yes, the lockdown will eventually ratchet back, but I fear this is only a hint of what is to come. On the one hand, we can say the suspect allegedly committed a particularly insidious crime and poses an especially frightening threat, and so the police reaction is either no cause for alarm, or at least something that will pass. On the other hand, all it took was a couple people with a couple bombs made from pressure cookers, and they managed to provoke the kind of full-scale lockdown you’d expect in response to a genuine invasion by a fully armed and manned military force. Monday showed us how fragile life and social tranquility are. Today shows us how fragile liberty is.

There is nothing we can do to fully overcome the vulnerability of life, unfortunately. There is something we can do, however, to shield against the vulnerability of liberty. We can start by at least asking questions about whether what is happening in Boston is the best response even to the bloody terror of this week.

via What Is the Threshold for Martial Law? | The Beacon.

Obama’s And Boston’s Lesson: Jihad Works in [Market-Ticker]

The stupid, it burns.

The wrong answer to terrorism is what we’re doing right now.

What our government is teaching prospective terrorists is that all they have to do is manage to get two jackasses who are willing to die to commit mass-murder, even if they kind of suck at it (let’s face it, when they blew up those bombs in Boston they did commit their intended deed but an hour earlier and 10x as many people would be dead or missing legs.)

Then they pop a cop trying to rip off a convenience store and toss (non-working; they didn’t explode) bombs out the window while trying to elude the cops.

The payoff for doing this is that an entire city shuts down to literal empty sidewalks and train service is halted along a hundred-mile+ stretch.

Even worse now the authorities are allegedly preventing residents who were away from their homes from returning there!  You are now being forcibly dispossessed of your residence!  Yeah, it’s temporary, but so what — that’s my damned house, not yours!  Get the hell out of my way!

Need I remind people that the entire point of terrorism is to terrorize?  To create economic havoc in a given area through violence, and by doing so advance some social or political goal?

What sort of lesson is the jackass in the Oval Office along with those crap-for-brains idiots in Massachusetts sending to our enemies around the world?

Two *******s shut down a city of 7 million people who then cower in fear in their homes.

Screw that and screw them.

What should be the response is that every American who lives in that area should go about their business while openly carrying a pistol, rifle or both.

Go ahead — try that terrorist crap with the proper response to such an event and see how long you live.  That would instantly be the end of those terrorists and the economic disruption would be zero.  It would also send a strong message — pull that crap and we the people will do our duty as citizens to the common defense.

Instead we have a state and city that claims that doing so is “illegal” and gives the terrorists exactly what they want.

Those terrorists are responsible for murder but they’re not responsible for the economic disruption.

You are responsible by putting up with this crap and the government is directly and proximately responsible by demanding that you cower in fear. Two jackasses who kill or injure fewer people than get hurt in car accidents in a given 24 hour period have now conspired with an idiot government to shut down an entire city of 7 million people!

How far we’ve fallen as a nation.  We can’t find our balls with both hands these days.  We want the nanny cops and government to “protect us.”  How well did it work at the Marathon?  To make it worse Massachusetts is one of those “great states” where you can’t legally carry or possess a weapon without a license even though the 2nd Amendment says you have the unalienable right to do so.

I remind everyone that the 2nd Amendment exists for exactly this sort of reason and circumstance.  Go read it again if you’re challenged in your memory of its words.

These terrorists deserve to assume room temperature as soon as they point a weapon or arm a bomb with the intent to harm anyone else.  The more people willing and able to do that the better, and the best way to respond to this sort of crap is to deny them the economic damage they seek to inflict.

Stop being stupid America; you shame our forefathers and those who stood tall when threatened in this nation’s past, instead cowering in the corner and giving two murderous, cowardly jackasses exactly what they want.

What we should be doing is slinging weapons and going about our business, willing and able to discharge our duty as citizens toward both common and personal defense.

via Obama’s And Boston’s Lesson: Jihad Works in [Market-Ticker].

Terrorism By Our Gov’t..The Terrorists are Winning Aided By Our Gov’t.

REad the rest of this post linked at the bottom.  Karl has this exactly right.

 

The wrong answer to terrorism is what we’re doing right now.  

What our government is teaching prospective terrorists is that all they have to do is manage to get two jackasses who are willing to die to commit mass-murder, even if they kind of suck at it (let’s face it, when they blew up those bombs in Boston they did commit their intended deed but an hour earlier and 10x as many people would be dead or missing legs.) 

Then they pop a cop trying to rip off a convenience store and toss (non-working; they didn’t explode) bombs out the window while trying to elude the cops.

The payoff for doing this is that an entire city shuts down to literal empty sidewalks and train service is halted along a hundred-mile+ stretch.

Even worse now the authorities are allegedly preventing residents who were away from their homes from returning there!  You are now being forcibly dispossessed of your residence!  Yeah, it’s temporary, but so what — that’s my damned house, not yours!  Get the hell out of my way!

Need I remind people that the entire point of terrorism is to terrorize?  To create economic havoc in a given area through violence, and by doing so advance some social or political goal?

What sort of lesson is the jackass in the Oval Office along with those crap-for-brains idiots in Massachusetts sending to our enemies around the world?  

Two *******s shut down a city of 7 million people who then cower in fear in their homes.

Screw that and screw them.

What should be the response is that every American who lives in that area should go about their business while openly carrying a pistol, rifle or both.

Go ahead — try that terrorist crap with the proper response to such an event and see how long you live.  That would instantly be the end of those terrorists and the economic disruption would be zero.  It would also send a strong message — pull that crap and we the people will do our duty as citizens to the common defense.

Instead we have a state and city that claims that doing so is “illegal” and gives the terrorists exactly what they want.

Those terrorists are responsible for murder but they’re not responsible for the economic disruption.

You are responsible by putting up with this crap and the government is directly and proximately responsible by demanding that you cower in fear. Two jackasses who kill or injure fewer people than get hurt in car accidents in a given 24 hour period have now conspired with an idiot government to shut down an entire city of 7 million people!

How far we’ve fallen as a nation.  We can’t find our balls with both hands these days.  We want the nanny cops and government to “protect us.”  How well did it work at the Marathon?  To make it worse Massachusetts is one of those “great states” where you can’t legally carry or possess a weapon without a license even though the 2nd Amendment says you have the unalienable right to do so.

I remind everyone that the 2nd Amendment exists for exactly this sort of reason and circumstance.  Go read it again if you’re challenged in your memory of its words.

via Market-Ticker – MarketTicker Forums.

The Rule Of Three When It Comes To Church A/V Systems – Church Hub

What is the most common form of horrid sound?  It is called band in a box..that is where you drive the monitors so loud you can hear them over the main loudspeakers.  It is usually due to bad monitor placement and the inability of the folks on stage to realize you don’t need to have ear splitting levels.  The monitors are not supposed to be the substitute for listening to each other..if you have to run the monitors that loud your musicians, vocalists, and worship leaders need to be re-taught with practicing under proper sound field setups.  If that cannot be achieved..then you can use in-ear monitors.  Running the monitors so loud the hair on the stage personnel is blowing backwards makes the sound in the room totally confusing to the mind..especially when DSP Processing and things like reverb and chorus effects are also misapplied to things like instruments..:)  Combine the effect of the bands monitors bouncing off the back walls which induces an unnatural delay which is also then causing the MAINS to now be overrun by the monitors and you have a totally confused soundfield..the obviously delayed sound is louder than the unreflected mains which despite arriving first their foundational sound is lost in the shuffle.  When digital processing is then applied to the mains it worsens the effect.  The mains can now be also delayed INTO the now artificially reflected and overbearing monitors.  Now you have this psychedelic effect which creates a muddled mess of sound that is excruciatingly hard to figure out what is first what is second and what is the primary sound and what is delays and reverbs and even what is really sound and what isn’t.  Inside this soundfield the audience is having to do so much work just to concentrate the message is lost.  From the musical performance to the pastor at the pulpit I’ve seen the effects as folks have to struggle in this soundfield.  What’s worse is many times the stage personnel can’t understand why folks are tuning out..because all they hear is themselves..and it’s not even themselves..it’s the amplified(and maybe even digitally processed) themselves.  The monitors should be background boosting not the stage folks primary way of hearing their performance.  I could go on and on…if you wish for me to elaborate further ask questions otherwise I’m going to start going in circles if I continue..:)

 

The Rule Of Three When It Comes To Church A/V Systems – Church Hub.

Persecution in America..

Are evangelical Christians rapidly becoming one of the most hated minorities in America? Once upon a time such a notion would have been unthinkable, but these days things are changing dramatically. All over the United States, evangelical Christians are being called “extremists” and evangelical Christian organizations are being labeled as “hate groups”. In fact, as I will detail later on in this article, a U.S. Army Reserve training presentation recently specifically identified evangelical Christians as “religious extremists”. This should be extremely chilling for all evangelical Christians out there, because as history has shown us over and over again, when you want to persecute a particular group of people the first step is always to demonize them. And that is exactly what is being done to evangelical Christians today. Just look at how evangelical Christians are being portrayed on television and in the movies. Just look at how much hate is being spewed at Christians on the Internet. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU, both of which are considered to be among the most prominent “civil rights” organizations in the United States, are seemingly obsessed with attacking evangelical Christians. It has become trendy to bash Christians, and that is a very frightening thing. After they have finished demonizing evangelical Christians, what will the next step be?

via » All Over America Evangelical Christians Are Being Labeled As “Extremists” And “Hate Groups” Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!.