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Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:48


Our last post of charts was probably our all-timer for calls.

Probably/mostly because the posting around here has been less than haphazard for a good long while.

Some of you were worried that I had gone out and got me a job.

Like somebody's gonna hire me.

Anyway ..... we continue. 

As always clicking the image will mostly take you to the source article from which it was taken.


On that military gear coming to a county near you thing .....


I'll post it again despite it being just a post or two below mostly because I think it matters.

One outcome is predictable.



The above was taken from an economist piece that concludes, "This is not because they are trigger-happy but because they are nervous. The citizens they encounter have perhaps 300m guns between them, so a cop never knows whether the hand in a suspect’s pocket is gripping a Glock.

I don't disagree.

The ignored issue here is the fact that the citizenry is equally nervous, as the following is the image that Cops are aggressively projecting to the American people on a daily basis.



Why the facemasks?

Here are two other reasonable questions.




The Economist also doesn't care much to consider this next issue.


I'm not relying much on the Economist's numbers on "Death by Police Shootings" for perfect accuracy as I wish there was better sourcing.

As an aside, I frequently come away from The Economist with that same thought ... but I digress.

I mostly believe it though because of this.







If you go through all the numbers in the linked pieces above, they don't always add up real well as these charts come from different years and sources, but the message holds regardless of the details.

Compared to any other country in the world, we put an extraordinary number of people in prison relative to our population.

Your intuition is correct however as high incarceration rates have led to a reduction in crime ..... at least on the outside.

I linked all of the charts below to the same University of Chicago research paper which offers it's own batch of charts as I thought it was the best thing out there.




Lying Al Sharpton among others will tell you that America's criminal justice system is racist because Black and Hispanic People are significantly more likely to run afoul of the law than are White People.

He is absolutely right about that second part.


Maybe not so much there on that first part.

The following statistics are taken from the 2005 edition of The Color of Crime by Jared Taylor.

Apologies for making you read, but I found the following summary to be significantly better than any five charts I could assemble.

Click anywhere below to link up to the entire work.


The Color of Crime

Race, Crime, and Justice in America — Second, Expanded Edition, 2005

Major Findings: 

Police and the justice system are not biased against minorities.

Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.

When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife.

Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate, and Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.

The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic.

Interracial Crime

Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.

Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.

Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.

Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.


Only 10 percent of youth gang members are white.

Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs. Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely.


Between 1980 and 2003 the US incarceration rate more than tripled, from 139 to 482 per 100,000, and the number of prisoners increased from 320,000 to 1.39 million.

Blacks are seven times more likely to be in prison than whites. Hispanics are three times more likely.


If you want our opinion ..... even if you don't ..... issues having to do with incarceration rates, exploding prison population, prison safety and busted budgets at every level of government can all be traced to one pervasive public policy mistake.








Although ...


That was 1997,  I would guess it's not much different now, but I dunno.

I'd love to do more, but I was just informed that I gotta clean the basement for a party.

As an aside ...


That's all for today.


The Hated and the Hunted

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 10/21/2012 - 11:21


From The Nation


On June 3, 2011, three plainclothes New York City Police officers stopped a Harlem teenager named Alvin and two of the officers questioned and frisked him while the third remained in their unmarked car. Alvin secretly captured the interaction on his cell phone, and the resulting audio is one of the only known recordings of stop-and-frisk in action.

In the course of the two-minute recording, the officers give no legally valid reason for the stop, use racially charged language and threaten Alvin with violence. Early in the stop, one of the officers asks, “You want me to smack you?” When Alvin asks why he is being threatened with arrest, the other officer responds, “For being a fucking mutt.” Later in the stop, while holding Alvin’s arm behind his back, the first officer says, “Dude, I’m gonna break your fuckin’ arm, then I’m gonna punch you in the fuckin’ face.”  



South African police open fire

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 09/02/2012 - 17:19


Our Labor Day post is very tough to watch.

From Reuters.

This is the raw footage of South African police opening fire on striking/rioting (take your pick) Lonmin miners August 16, 2012.

270 miners who didn't happen to have been shot dead by the Police were subsequently charged with murder.

Those charges have now been dropped ..... provisionally.

Can we even begin to imagine the desperation that would drive people armed only with hatchets and clubs to attack a line of police armed to the teeth with automatic weapons?


Coming to a township near you.


We've an update from the BBC Africa.

3 September 2012 Last updated at 09:49 E

New South Africa mine shooting 'injures four workers'

Security guards have wounded four striking gold miners with rubber bullets near the South African city of Johannesburg, police say.

The mine is partly owned by a company in which South African President Jacob Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse, and Nelson Mandela's grandson, Zondwa, have a stake.


Of course it is.


Battle Wagon

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 08/25/2012 - 11:12



Since we're on the subject of Police shooting bystanders.

Here's a piece from the Palm Beach Post that begs some questions.


Florida Town Buys 9-Ton Emergency TK-4 Tactical Vehicle to “Provide Residents Extra Protection During Hurricanes”

By Bill DiPaolo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer


Weighing 9 tons and capable of withstanding 100-mph winds, a rescue/emergency/communications vehicle bought by the city for $175,000 is expected to provide residents with extra protection during hurricanes and other dangerous situations.

“It’s a great city and regional tool. We used it on several emergency calls here and in other cities in north county,” said Mayor David Levy.

The 20-foot-long All-Hazard Special Response Vehicle, also known as the TK-4, was used by Gardens police on a trial basis for about three weeks in July. Several other South Florida communities considering buying a TK-4 also used the vehicle, said Chris Light, president of Armored Solutions Inc., the Pittsfield, Mass.-based company that manufactures the vehicles.

The TK-4 is now back in Pittsfield where company employees are adding a winch to lift trees and other heavy debris and a night camera. The vehicle should be delivered to Gardens just after Labor Day, Light said.

Palm Beach Gardens Police Chief Stephen Stepp did not return a call for comment.

Forfeiture money was used to pay for the vehicle. The money is collected from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund, which disperses forfeiture money collected by state, local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Up to 10 people can fit inside the vehicle. That will give Gardens flexibility in using the TK-4 to handle different emergencies from SWAT team emergencies to lifting fallen trees, Light said.

“They can get medical, emergency and communications people all in the same vehicle,” he said. “And they can get there fast. The TK-4 can travel at highway speeds.”


Pretty neat stuff eh?

So here's question number 1. How is it that supposed professional newspaper reporter, Bill DiPaolo never bothered to look into some of the other advertized features of the TK-4.

Which features can be easily found by simply typing TK-4 into any search engine and include among others.


 The TK-4 roof hatch has armor piercing shield protection, and ASI’s exterior sniper gun port gives the team a clear view to any impending threat. A rotating turret has a 360° turning radius. The interior sniper step allows easy access to the roof.

  • The TK-4 is standard with ASI’s "outrigger" extended running boards that allow the tactical team additional solid footing while riding on the exterior of the vehicle.

  • An extended rear bumper and electric rear secondary step gives the team easy, quick exit through the rear deployment doors.

  • The TK-4 rear doors swing open easily for quick deployment and lock open at 90°s or 180°s. ASI’s gap shield protection is standard on rear doors for additional shield protection. 

    • All TK-4 front doors have the capability to lock open at a 90° angle as well as a 45° angle allowing the team shield coverage. ASI’s gap shield with armor piercing protection gives complete door coverage at all angles.

      The TK-4 has 11 ASI machined exterior gun ports: 8 standard gun ports and 3 sniper gun ports with a 7” opening for sniper rifles.



  • Here are some of the promo shots and descriptions that didn't make it into Mr. DiPaolo's article.



  • The ASI TK-4 is an armored SWAT vehicle designed to accommodate up to 10 tactical officers. With armor piercing protection, the TK-4 can maintain highway 

    speed, and 4-wheel drive is standard.




  • Rotating Turret w/gun port open. 




  • Adjustable Sniper Step in up position.



I'm starting to want one.


  • The second question that comes to mind is how is it that a local government who supposedly work for the people don't have the balls to disclose these very fine features when anouncing the purchase of their brand new $175,000 vehicle.


  • Which purchase evidently didn't cost the taxpayers a penny as the funds were obtained from a "forfeiture fund".


  • Which brings us to the final and most interesting question of all.


  • Are the people arming themselves in response to a belligerent and heavily armed government, or is the government arming itself in response to a belligerent and armed people.




You decide!

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 09/29/2011 - 15:08


From MSNBC to The Mises Institute, lots of noise is being made over the happenings on Wall Street over the weekend.
We think most everybody got what they went there for.
Some number of protesters clearly were there to make a deliberate effort to provoke the police.
Some number of police showed up for work looking to kick some ass.

Most of the cops picked up another day toward retirement and maybe a story or two.

Most of the people walked around a little, enjoyed the circus, grabbed a bite and went home.
They annoying bimbo ranting at the police is getting to tell her friends they can see and hear her fine work on You Tube.
But ..........




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