Articles from June 2008



How about you guys build something now?: Haymount gets new partner!

The Free Lance–Star:

The developer of the largest planned subdivision in Caroline County is getting a new investment partner based in Florida.

John Clark, who wants to build 4,000 homes in the Haymount subdivision, is teaming with Avanti Properties Group to keep his residential, commercial and retail plans on track.

County land records show that Haymount (Fredericksburg) ASLI V, LLLP, bought into the Haymount project in May for $21.5 million.

Oh, this is great: New Caroline County superintendent to continue getting paid/working for Wise County.

The Free Lance–Star:

[Gregory] Killough, 48, takes over as Caroline school superintendent July 1. He replaces Stanley Jones, who is retiring at the end of the month after six years in the post.

Killough is currently superintendent in Wise County in Southwest Virginia, but says he’s familiar with the Fredericksburg area.

And he will keep working and being paid by Wise County until April 2009 according to the Bristol Herald Courier:

Wise County, Va., Public School officials announced earlier this month that the district’s superintendent will resign July 1, but they have agreed to keep him on the payroll until April.

Gregory Killough, who will become the superintendent of Caroline County, Va., will receive $50,000 from the Wise County school system to be paid in monthly $5,000 installments through April of next year, according to a severance agreement into which he and the district entered on June 11.

In return, Killough is to “provide time and services … to assist WCSB (Wise County School Board) in its transition to a new division superintendent,” including “providing information regarding previous discussions/negotiations with all contractors, architectural and engineering firms, other third parties and employees of WCSB.”

Killough, who has been the Wise County school superintendent since 2005, was unavailable for comment Thursday and Friday.

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Killough’s salary for the 2008-2009 academic year will be $120,000, a raise of more than $17,000 from Wise County, where his salary was $102,752 in the 2007-2008 academic year, said Judy Clawson, Killough’s assistant.

Caroline County will also reimburse Killough for “reasonable” moving expenses, a $1,200 per month housing allocation until the end of September or until his home in Wise County is sold, whichever comes first, according to the contract. He will have a $500 per month car allowance and a $5,000 annuity, both of which he also had in Wise County, said Clawson.

In addition, Wise County will pay Killough $15,000 for “all accumulated and non-transferable days,” according to the severance agreement.

You know, we needed a full-time Commonwealth’s Attorney for Caroline County and we managed to get one.

Looks like we need to get a full-time superintendent for our school system as well!

Why Barack Obama shouldn’t be President: Make sure you read Osama bin Laden his Miranda rights!

Read every line of this stupidty from The Examiner:

Barack Obama’s foreign policy advisers said Tuesday that Osama bin Laden, if captured, should be allowed to appeal his case to U.S. civilian courts, a privilege opposed by John McCain.

Responding to questions from The Examiner, Sen. John Kerry and former White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke said bin Laden would benefit from last week’s Supreme Court decision giving terrorism suspects habeas corpus, the right to appeal their military detention to civilian courts.

“If he were to be brought back,” Clarke said of bin Laden, “the Supreme Court ruling holds on the right of habeas corpus.”

Kerry, who applauded the Supreme Court ruling, said it will be carried out by whichever candidate wins the presidency.

“The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that they have those rights,” he said. “If John McCain were president, he would have to give them those rights.”

Randy Scheunemann, McCain’s senior foreign policy adviser, said those rights should not be extended to bin Laden or the hundreds of terrorism suspects being held by the U.S. military at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“The individuals we hold at Guantanamo are very, very dangerous people,” Scheunemann said. “To give them full access to the federal courts and the criminal justice system is fraught with danger, moving forward, and likely to make America less safe, unlike Senator Obama’s claim of supporting the decision that it made America safer.”

On Monday, Obama applauded the civilian prosecution of terrorists before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“In previous terrorist attacks — for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center — we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial,” he told ABC. “They are currently in U.S. prisons, incapacitated.”

First, apparently, Barack Obama isn’t aware of that fact that Omar Abdel-Rahman (the “blind sheikh”) was far from “incapciated”. His defense attorney, Lynne Stewart, was convicted in 2006 for “carr[ying] messages between the sheik and top members of an Egypt-based terrorist organization [al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya], helping spread Abdel-Rahman’s call to kill those who did not subscribe to his extremist interpretation of Islamic law” according to CNN.

Abdel-Rahamn was arrested and convicted in 1995 “of seditious conspiracy, solicitation to murder Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, conspiracy to murder President Mubarak, solicitation to attack a U.S. military installation, and conspiracy to conduct bombings.” (Foundation of American Scientists)

Among some of the attacks by his group al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, include the Luxor massacre in Egypt which killed 59 foreign tourists in 1997.

Obama said President Bush has relied too heavily on military prosecution of terrorists, which has “given a huge boost to terrorist recruitment in countries that say, ‘Look, this is how the United States treats Muslims.’ ”

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Obama wants “to take a step back to the failed policies that treated terrorism solely as a law enforcement matter, rather than a clear and present danger. Barack Obama appears to believe that terrorists should be treated like criminals — a belief that underscores his fundamental lack of judgment regarding our national security.

The attack sounded familiar to Kerry, who was the Democratic presidential nominee four years ago.

“This is exactly what they tried to say back in 2004, and the record absolutely contradicts it,” Kerry told The Examiner. “Every Democrat voted to go to war and attack the Taliban and al Qaeda, the people who attacked us. That is not a [legalistic] approach.”

Despite what some people seem to think (e.g., John Kerry, Barack Obama), the police and the armed force have different and distinct jobs:

The military’s job is to blow up and kill the enemy’s armed forces with the minimal lost of life on the United States’ side; or as George C. Scott states in the film Patton, “that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.”

The police’s job is vastly different, the principal jobs of police are a) prevent crime; b) when a crime occurs, respond effectively; c) collect evidence and investigate to enable the successful of prosecution of said crime; d) adjust their tactics based on previous events to prevent crime in the future.

When you have the military doing the police’s job and vice versa, there’s something seriously wrong.

Since the “privilege of the writ of habeas corpus” (United States Constitution; Article I, Section 9) has been given to terrorist combatants, it’s only a matter of time before some judge starts throwing out evidence that collected without reading a detainee his Miranda rights (United States Constitution; Amendment V) or was procured without a search warrant (Untied Stations Constituion; Amendment IV).

In fact, one detainee has already challenged the admissibility of a confession he gave, since he was not given a Miranda warning (Ace of Spades HQ).

So, I have a hypothecial going back to the title of this post, illustrating the difference between what a soldier is supposed to do, and what police are supposed to do:

Let’s say that the United States military has received “credible intelligence” that Osama bin Laden is hiding in a cave on the Afghani side of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

In a proper and sane world, the United States military would gather every soldier, vehicle, and aircraft, surround the area and capture/kill bin Laden. If he managed to survive the encounter (let’s just say I pray he doesn’t), he would be sent to Gitmo, tried and executed.

Just like what happened to the German infiltrators that wore American uniforms during the Battle of the Bulge. They were lined up and shot.

Or the German spies that were caught on the United States mainland during World War II, tried by a military commission and executed by electric chair.

However, in the insanity that is this world, where terrorists have rights to United States civilian courts and the rights provided to United States civilians under the United States Constitution, no one bloody knows:

Osama bin Laden does have a warrant for his arrest after he was indicted for his involvement in the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, so his arrest wouldn’t be a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

However, who does the cave belong to?:

Another question is: Does Osama bin Laden have a “reasonable expectation of privacy” while he is in someone else’s cave?

If the cave belongs to a third person, an arrest warrant does not authorize the search of a third person’s home while seeking to arrest the original person (Steagald v. United States, 451 U.S. 204 [1981]). If you want to search a third person’s home and there is a “reasonable expectation of privacy”, you must also have a search warrant for those premises in addition to the original arrest warrant.

Now, assuming we haven’t violated the precious rights of a piece of crap that’s responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, and we have said piece of crap in custody: You better read him his Miranda rights before you interrogate him! (Maybe I can get in on the Miranda-rights-in-Arabic/Farsi/etc.-pocket-cards-for-the-military industry?)

Now, again, assuming that we haven’t violated “reasonable expectation of privacy” and are able to use any evidence collected in the cave against bin Laden, and assuming we have properly given him his Miranda rights before interrogating him; there’s another question: Do a couple hundred armed to the teeth soldiers/sailors/Marines/airmen constitute a threat of violence that would render a confession invalid?

Do you see the point I’m making here?: The sheer absurdity of giving people that would gladly strap a bomb to themselves and detonate themselves in a crowded place in an attempt to kill and wound as many people as possible have been given rights normally reserved to United States citizens.

We are so screwed.

RWL has more.

As a aside: Of course, we all know that Barack Obama’s opinion of police officers isn’t too high in the first place, especially when his campaign staffers set up porta potties on top of a memorial for fallen police officers (Police Link).

Hey, more insanity from WUSA9!

Anyone care to guess the original headline for this story was?:

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) — Fairfax County Police Officers who take their unmarked cruisers home are going to have to live within 30 miles of Fairfax County under a new department policy now in effect.

Police officials say the vast majority of department commanders, investigators, crime scene technicians and SWAT team personnel who presently are allowed to take home their vehicles do live within 30 miles of the county line. Most of those who live beyond that limit are likely to be grandfathered into the new program. In other words, few are likely to lose the privilege.

Officers who work in marked cruisers are not allowed to take their vehicles home, even if they live in Fairfax County. Police officials say the department does not have enough marked cruisers to allow a take-home program.

Police Department spokeswoman Maryann Jennings tells 9NEWS NOW the take-home program is based upon “operational necessity.” Those officers and commanders who take their cars home are called to crime and incident scenes at all times of day and night. She says it would be far more costly to hire additional personnel to fill their positions on a 24/7 basis.

Written by Gary Reals
9NEWS NOW

The original headline for this story was: “Fairfax Police Fill Tank On Taxpayers’ Dime”.

Don’t you hate it when those damn pigs fill up cars that they’re using for work on the “taxpayers’ dime”?

I’m not sure what I should expect from Gary Reals, since he seems to think that “Judy Feder gave Frank Wolf a hard pressed race in 2006”.

I wasn’t aware that 16.36% margin of victory by a candidate (whose party did terribly in 2006) was a “hard pressed race”.

Perhaps the greatest line ever on a blog: “Sadly, their Habeas Corpus petition was dismissed because there were too many pieces of the corpus missing.”

8 Terrorists Killed By Lack Of Due Process And A Combination Of One Hellfire Missile And Many, Many 30MM Rounds

Uh, guys, that isn’t a Black Hawk helicopter.

The Rocky Mountain News:

Black Hawk helicopters buzzed downtown Denver and other neighborhoods Monday evening in a training exercise to prepare for a possible terrorist attack.

The photo accompanying the story (click for a bigger version):

Uh, guys, that’s a MH-6 Little Bird which is less than two-tenths of the size (by weight, empty) of a Black Hawk.

The dead give away is that a Black Hawk helicopter has wheels — not skids (like a MH-6).

To more specific, judging by the fact that the ‘copter has six rotors (assuming that’s not an optical illusion), it’s a MH-6M Little Bird.

Update: Nice try: The Free Lance–Star attempts to remove their jokes about sexual battery.

They have since changed the headline of the story that appears on the front page of fredericksburg.com and have removed the picture of a roll of toilet paper that appeared in the original.

Link to the new story with the headline “Man squeezed more than Charmin in local grocery store, police say” and without the picture of a roll of toilet paper.

Link to the old story with the headline “SQUEEZING WAS JUST TOO FRESH” with the the picture of a roll of toilet paper.

And if they bother completely removing the original story, don’t worry kids, because I took a screen shot of the original story which is available here.

Stay classy, Free–Lance, stay classy: The Free Lance–Star makes jokes repeatedly about sexual battery.

The Free Lance–Star:

A Stafford County man was squeezing more than Charmin Friday in a North Stafford grocery store, police said.

Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur said the suspect, 51-year-old Kenneth Law-rence Green, is accused of grabbing at least two women’s buttocks in the Shopper’s Food Warehouse in Stafford Marketplace.

[…]

According to Decatur, the assaults occurred about 1 p.m. The known victims were 49 and 57.

One victim said she was shopping when she felt someone grab the lower part of her buttocks. She looked up and saw Green next to her.

A few minutes later, Decatur said, the same thing happened to the same woman, and police were called.

Green was still in the store when deputies arrived, and he was taken into custody. During the investigation, police learned there was a second victim.

Several witnesses observed the improper touching, Decatur said.

Besides the Charmin joke, there’s a picture of toilet paper printed with the story and the story has the headline “SQUEEZING WAS JUST TOO FRESH”.

My God, where can I find a decent Goddamn newspaper?

Disturbing on so many levels.

Read at your discretion: Police: Officer kills man who beat child to death

Most racist photo accompanying a news story, ever? Plus some support for terrorist groups.

A “staff illustration from the Culpeper Star-Exponent in a story with the title “Law-enforcement officers understand, accept job hazards“:

Wow, a black guy with his arms crossed and his hat cocked to one side.

Not playing to a person’s stereotypes there, that’s for sure.

And there’s the support for terrorist groups (from the same story):

Ironically, [Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office Captain Joe] Watson said, some of the worst terrorism threats can come from home, courtesy of groups like the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front. In their efforts to rid the world of tyranny against animals and the environment, both groups have been accused of involvement in malicious acts and violence worldwide.

“Of course not, these great people aren’t terrorists!”

Gag a damn maggot.

From CNN:

Of particular concern are the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).

John Lewis, the FBI’s deputy assistant director for counterterrorism, said animal and environmental rights extremists have claimed credit for more than 1,200 criminal incidents since 1990. The FBI has 150 pending investigations associated with animal rights or eco-terrorist activities, and ATF officials say they have opened 58 investigations in the past six years related to violence attributed to the ELF and ALF.

[…]

The ELF has been linked to fires set at sport utility vehicle dealerships and construction sites in various states, while the ALF has been blamed for arson and bombings against animal research labs and the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry.

No deaths have been blamed on attacks by those groups so far, but the attacks have increased in frequency and size, said Lewis.

“Plainly, I think we’re lucky. Once you set one of these fires they can go way out of control,” Lewis said.

ATF Deputy Assistant Director Carson Carroll agreed with Lewis’ assessment.

“The most worrisome trend to law enforcement and private industry alike has been the increase in willingness by these movements to resort to the use of incendiary and explosive devices,” he said.

And from the Department of Justice:

Eleven defendants have been indicted on charges including arson and destruction of an energy facility for allegedly participating in a campaign of domestic terrorism in five western states on behalf of the extremist Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) movements, the Justice Department announced today.

The 65-count indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, alleges that the defendants committed acts of domestic terrorism in Oregon, Wyoming, Washington, California, and Colorado from 1996 through 2001. Specifically, the indictment includes the charges of conspiracy to commit arson; conspiracy; arson; attempted arson; use and possession of a destructive device; and destruction of an energy facility.

[…]

The indictment alleges that the group committed arsons with improvised incendiary devices made from milk jugs, petroleum products and homemade timers in a series of attacks in the five states. The targets of these attacks included U.S. Forest Service ranger stations, Bureau of Land Management wild horse facilities, meat processing companies, lumber companies, a high-tension power line, and a ski facility in Colorado. The indictment alleges that the group claimed to be acting on behalf of ALF and ELF.

Bravo, Star-Exponent, bravo.


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