Mr. Lewis, please upgrade to a larger caliber

According to the sheriff’s office, Jervis left the scene in an SUV driven by Raven Simone Hill, a Miami resident. Hill told police that she picked up Jervis, who she referred to as “Dave,” after he was shot and was driving toward Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. “But ‘Dave’ was dying,” so she stopped and asked for assistance from the Boca Raton Police Department, according to an arrest report.
Court records show that Jervis has been arrested 20 times in Miami-Dade and Broward counties since 1989.

via Armed & dangerous: 89-year-old World War II veteran shoots… | www.ajc.com.

Labor Day and Unions

Public sector unions are so important that it’s impossible to tell the story of the big city and state governments without accounting for their influence. It’d be impossible to understand public education in America, for example, without knowing about the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association and the roles they play in electing local government officials and in negotiating contracts with detailed work rules and protections for teachers. Likewise, one can’t understand the California state budget without understanding the enormous power of the union that represents that state’s prison guards. The power of public sector unions also explains why retired city bus drivers and teachers have generous, guaranteed, taxpayer-funded defined-benefit pensions, while private sector workers and entrepreneurs must save for their own retirements.

The saying used to be, “Companies that get unions, deserve unions.”  How is almost-impossible-to-fire-lifetime-raises-and-pensions public unions a good idea?  Even Roosevelt would not allow public/government unions.

via In Government, Every Day Is Labor Day – Reason.com.

Washington Post: Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

Allies are vital; the United States overstretched in the Bush years; it can’t solve every problem. All true. But it’s also true that none of the basic challenges to world order can be met without U.S. leadership: not Russia’s aggression, not the Islamic State’s expansion, not Iran’s nuclear ambition nor China’s territorial bullying. Each demands a different policy response, with military action and deterrence only two tools in a basket that includes diplomatic and economic measures. It’s time Mr. Obama started emphasizing what the United States can do instead of what it cannot.

Fat luck waiting on that, Post.

via President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges – The Washington Post.

In Washington State, Statutory Child Rape = 6 Months in Jail

…if you are a female ‘first time’ offender.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson said he believes Powell is remorseful, which is why he suspended all but six months of a 5-year sentence and ordered her into a three-year sex offender program open to first-time offenders.

How much Prison time would a ‘first time’ male offender, have received for this situation?

Former Tacoma teacher who had sex with students sentenced to 6 months in jail | Crime | The News Tribune.

Scientist transmits message into mind of colleague 5,000 miles away using brain waves

According to the researchers, this is the first time humans have sent a message ‘almost directly’ into each other’s brains.‘We anticipate that computers in the not-so-distant future will interact directly with the human brain in a fluent manner, supporting both computer- and brain-to-brain communication routinely,’ they wrote.

We live in amazing times.

via Scientist transmits message into mind of colleague 5,000 miles away using brain waves | Mail Online.

Teacher’s Novel Cause Craziest Police Overreaction Ever?

Since using a pen name and publishing a novel are not even remotely sinister actions, it seems the trouble must center around his depiction of a school shooting 900 years from now. But that’s not really grounds for dismissal or a police investigation, either. Plenty of writers use what they know as a jumping off point, and McLaw landed very far from anything resembling real-life intention. Authorities also searched his home and found nothing. They haven’t charged him or booked him—for now, they won’t even divulge his current location.

Uhhh….. I got nuthin’

via Did This Teacher’s Novel Cause Craziest Police Overreaction Ever? – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

St. Paul MN Police and All the rest of the Police: Stop this Stupid Bullshit.

…for fuck’s sake.

via St. Paul police roughly arrest black man sitting in skyway [VIDEO] | City Pages.

2nd story: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2014/08/st_paul_police_defend_chris_lollie_arrest_lawyers_question_aggressive_use_of_force.php

“Police are supposed to help, and they still have that capacity,” Lollie continues. “But the mental capacity of many officers today is questionable.”