Denver, CO vs Canton, OH

Denver, CO and Canton, OH both had great entries in the "Cops Gone Wild" category.

Denver was a strong contender with this one:
A Denver police officer fired for driving 88 mph above the speed limit while intoxicated has appealed his dismissal, arguing that the penalty is unfair and overly harsh.

Derrick Curtis Saunders, who had previously been cleared of charges he pointed a gun at a McDonald's employee in 2009, was arrested for speeding and DUI by the Colorado State Patrol. He couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

Saunders was traveling 143 mph in a 55-mph zone on June 17, 2010, according to the order terminating him, issued by Manager of Safety Alex Martinez on Dec. 7.

Source: Denver Post

Canton brought out their big guns with Officer Harless :
Officer Daniel Harless, who is currently under investigation for threatening to execute a concealed handgun license-holder during a traffic stop, and for a separate incident in which he threatened to send the suspects "to the grave" if they moved, adding, "I will shoot you in the face and I'll go to sleep tonight," is now also under investigation for a THIRD incident which was also caught on tape.

Source: Buckeye Firearms Association

So, to summarize:

Denver - a Denver cop drives drunk at a massively high speed (143 mph in a 55 mph zone) and gets fired, sentenced to five days in jail, fined $300 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. Seems a bit lenient to me, but at least it was some form of punishment.

Canton - a Canton cop threatens to execute people on THREE separate occasions and gets to keep his job while awaiting the results of a "hearing" and the only reason the hearing even happened is because of the publicity surrounding the THIRD incident. Had that youtube video not gone viral, it's likely that Canton would have swept this under the rug AGAIN.

So, what's the lesson we learned? If you're a supreme, power-mad asshole of the highest order who threatens to beat, torture, and execute a man ON CAMERA (like Officer Harless), then you should choose the Canton, OH police department over the Denver, CO police department.

Eric Holder - Beltway Bob

"There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!" - that was quote from Baghdad Bob, the Iraqi Minister of Information, during the initial phase of war in Iraq. He was brutally, and deservedly, mocked for his inane and obvious lies.

It appears that, even here in America, we have our own version. Our own Beltway Bob.

His name is Eric Holder, US Attorney General.


Attorney General Eric Holder insists "nobody at the Justice Department has lied" about the gun-running scandal Fast and Furious. That in itself is a lie, as his deputy's emails prove.

- Investors Business Daily
And, much like Iraqi Information Minister, Eric "Beltway Bob" Holder is the mouthpiece for a corrupt and evil bureaucracy that engages in, covers up, and glosses over the very criminal actions for which they're so eager to prosecute others.

Big Week for Officer Harless ... Maybe

Looks like Officer Daniel Harless, a Canton Ohio police officer, may FINALLY get his disciplinary hearing. Buckeye Firearms reports that, after being postponed several times, it is currently scheduled for December 15th. The reason for previous postponements? He's on sick leave due to a PTSD disability.

As I've said before, Officer Harless is a supreme, power-mad asshole of the highest order who threatens to beat, torture, and execute a man ON CAMERA. He's the one making threats like this:
I swear to God this little bull crap you pulled has me so hot. You know what I should have done? I tell you what I should have done. As soon as I saw your gun I shoulda taken two steps back, pulled my Glock 40, and just put ten bullets in your ass and let you drop. And I wouldn't of lost any sleep. Do you understand me? And he would have been a nice witness as I executed you because you're stupid.

- Buckeye Firearms article
- YouTube video of the incident
Officer Harless should be jailed for threatening and intimidating someone as an officer of the law. At the very least, he should be fired and never employed as a police officer again. Of course, that's what should have happened the last time Officer Harless went nuclear on the job. Good luck, Canton Ohio. Hopefully the thin blue line won't sweep this one under rug ... again. And hopefully Allen Schulman has stopped crying in his wheaties.

PLCB: Pot, meet kettle

So the debate about kicking the state government out of the business of selling alcohol is pretty heated here in Pennsylvania. Of course, the union (UFCW Local 1776) is lobbying very strongly against privatization and one of their arguments is that, since there is no profit incentive, the government employees are better at preventing sales to minors and intoxicated people.
A 39-year-old Liquor Control Board enforcement officer was charged with driving under the influence after a crash in downtown Pittsburgh late Thursday night.

Tyrribea Flood was drunk when she crashed a state vehicle at the intersection of Ninth and Penn avenues shortly before midnight, according to Channel 11 News reporter Lori Houy.
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Source: WPXI - Liquor Control Board Officer Charged With DUI After Downtown Crash

Right. Maybe Ms. Flood was just doing work-related research. So what exactly makes the PLCB a better watchdog again?

Allen Schulman, Canton City Council President, is unclear on the concept

Allen Schulman, President of the City Council of Canton, OH, cries in his Wheaties. He's unhappy that one of Canton's police officers, Daniel Harless, was caught on camera threatening a man, numerous times, with death and serious injury. Officer Harless informs the man that he should have stepped back, drawn his gun, and put ten rounds in the guy. He goes on to say that he would have executed the man and slept soundly that night. All of this while being filmed by the camera in his own patrol car.



Let me say this again: Officer Harless, a supreme, power-mad asshole of the highest order, threatens to beat, torture, and execute a man ON CAMERA. And, as these sort of videos are prone to do, the dash cam video went viral, bringing well-earned shame and ridicule down upon the town of Canton, the police department, and Officer Daniel Harless.

One would think that Allen Schulman, the President of the Canton, OH City Council, would be angry and outspoken after this incident. And you would be correct! However, Council President Allen Schulman is NOT speaking out against Officer Daniel Harless nor his behavior. He's angry that people from outside of Canton have been calling him to complain about Officer Harless and his atrocious, criminal behavior.



I'm sorry Allen Schulman, but having a Canton mailing address and voter registration is not a requirement to observe and be outraged at the behavior of a psychopath such as Officer Daniel Harless. Rather than stand up, acknowledge, and condemn the outrageous behavior of one of your town's officers, you've chosen to circle the wagons and attempt to divert attention away from Officer Harless by whining and complaining about the very people with whom you should be agreeing.

Pull My Finger

U.N. security council evacuated due to suspicious odor

Shit smells and, when you're as full of shit as the UN is, they shouldn't be surprised that their building smelled like a sewer.
New York (CNN) -- The U.N. Security Council was evacuated Tuesday after officials noticed a "suspicious odor."

Authorities are investigating the possibility of a combination of sulfur and methane, said U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice after speaking with fire officials.

Diplomats were moved to a separate building within the U.N. complex, located next to the East River in Manhattan.
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My only complaint is that they didn't relocate the diplomats into the East River.

Talk about stupid... Part 2

Police Find Stolen Decorations In Trunk After Woman's Car Breaks Down
"The vehicle that went around and stole everything actually broke down and the female arrested was in the car trying to get it started," said Officer William Gardner of the Charleroi Police Department.

Lisa Welch, 31, of Donora, was charged with eight counts of receiving stolen property. Police said they were shocked with the amount of stuff she had taken.

"Christmas trees, wreaths, statues, all kinds of Christmas lights. They were pretty much hanging out the car. She could barely fit in the car," said Gardner.

I'm impressed - two counts of sheer stupidity in as many days! And, in both cases, for so little value.

Talk about stupid...

Footprints In Snow Lead Police To Monessen Burglary Suspect
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Monessen police said they followed footprints in the snow to a home next door where they arrested James Cowart, 29. The tracks led from Cowart’s back porch, straight over to the window at the club, police said.

"To me, I thought it was one of the dumbest things you could ever do," said neighbor Nancy Taylor.

Police said they found a stolen television and cash register from the club inside Cowart's home. Monessen police said Cowart later confessed to the burglary.
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Seriously? I'm wondering if alcohol was involved or if this guy is always this stupid?

Not Sandwich Artist Material

PROTIP: Don't rob someone in the parking lot of the business to which you just applied for a job.

Hey, dumbass! I applaud your effort to find some form of gainful employment. I'm sure you would have upheld the fine Sandwich Artist tradition. Now all you've done is make Jared sad.

Protection Money

CNN asks What's at stake in the Senate: More gridlock ahead?
Any expectations that a more evenly divided Senate might actually lead to cooperation and compromise could be unrealistic. The animosity and distrust between the two parties is already thick, and likely to get worse as the 2012 presidential campaign gets under way.
My short response: You say that like it's a problem?

My longer response is to note that the current two parties seem less like government and more like two organized crime cartels. Every two years they try to extort protection money, in the guise of votes, from us to protect us from the gays/muslims/guns/BIG ___(insert noun here)___/other party. After the election, they proceed to wreak havoc for two years and then they put on their nice suits and come around for another round of protection money. The rest of the country is just ground zero for their turf wars.


Reminds me a bit of Episode 8 of the first season of the A-Team, "The Out of Towners," where some thugs extort "insurance money" from the locals until the A-Team show them how to fight back. Well, I think it's about damned time we started fighting back against these crooks.

(I' sorry/You're welcome for the gratuitous A-Team reference)