Secret Service Defends Not Shooting Trespasser

Seems reasonable.

Officials inside the storied agency describe astonishment and embarrassment that no one tackled the suspect — identified as Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas — before he reached the grand columned entrance that looks out at Pennsylvania avenue. But they also defend the decision to hold their fire.

“This wasn’t a military-style assault. He had no bag, no backpack, no visible weapons. And from the early reports from the officers he seemed to be mentally disturbed,” one insider told Yahoo News.

They should have apprehended him before he reached the door, but shooting him would have been overkill.

Boko Haram Kills Dozens in Market

Remember these guys? They are still running rampant despite the #bringbackourgirls campaign.

Boko Haram militants have attacked a rural market in the north-east Nigerian town of Mainok, killing dozens of people, officials and witnesses say.

Gunmen shot at traders and customers as they raided the busy market for food supplies on Friday.

The number of casualties is not yet clear, with some reports suggesting as many as 30 people were killed.

Boko Haram has taken control of a series of towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria in recent weeks.

Walk the Walk

Heh…

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…says the man who jets around in a 747 and just took off in his taxpayer-funded helicopter for Camp David – with Michelle traveling separately, of course. You first, President Obama.

Panetta: Obama Left Iraq Too Early

Panetta has a mastery of the obvious.

Even as the administration attempts to deflect responsibility for the implosion of Iraq, Obama’s former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says he thought we left Iraq too early and waited too long to do anything about Syria. Basically, it’s all Obama’s fault.

Obama and Generals Can’t Agree on Strategy

Yup

“The generals and the president can’t even agree on the strategy,” Krauthammer said, “and that’s the one country that’s supposed to be leading all this.”

“criminal law… has become a political weapon”

Rick Esenberg is sharing with the world via the Wall Street Journal what we in Wisconsin already know.

In the meantime, because details of the prosecutors’ investigation remain secret, both the media and liberal partisans have been free to speculate about what is happening—aided by documents that have leaked or been selectively released for legal reasons. None of them reflect illegal activity by the governor or the targeted groups, but the local press is deeply invested in the idea that there must be a story somewhere. It pounces on each detail. Because campaign-finance law is extraordinarily complex, some voters will interpret a headline as proof that someone must have done something wrong. And that’s the whole idea. In Wisconsin, criminal law—wielded selectively and aggressively—has become a political weapon.

 

Russia Continues To Provoke

Yup.

(CNN) – Two U.S. jets intercepted six Russian planes that neared U.S. airspace off Alaska on Thursday and Canadian planes intercepted two Russian bombers that approached Canadian airspace, NORAD reported.

A U.S. official told CNN’s Barbara Starr that officials in Washington think the incidents were related to the visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who talked to Canadian officials Wednesday and President Barack Obama on Thursday. The United States promised Ukraine $46 million in nonlethal aid for its battle with pro-Russian militants.

Effective Ad

Doesn’t Stand With Walker

I would note that the person who does not stand with Walker is freeloading off of the one who does.

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Doe Coverage Exposes Bias of MJS

Indeed.

Critics of the Journal Sentinel’s coverage of Chisholm’s investigation of Walker, his staff and his allies have long complained of what they call biased reporting and commentary, especially by Bice, overseen by Managing Editor George Stanley.

“Dan Bice and the Journal Sentinel have abandoned journalistic standards in covering the long-running investigation of Gov. Scott Walker, his staff, and allied conservative advocacy groups,” said George Mitchell, a former journalist who once worked for a Democratic governor of Illinois.

“Bice and the paper have relied heavily on material that originated from illegal leaks. They have smeared numerous innocent people who were barred by secrecy orders from responding to rumors and leaks. They have dishonestly portrayed completely legal and widespread political conduct. The list goes on. It is long.”

[...]

Forty-three members of Chisholm’s staff signed petitions to recall Walker, and Chisholm himself campaigned for Walker’s unsuccessful opponent in the June 2012 recall vote. Chisholm’s office is heavily Democratic by various measures, including campaign contributions. Twenty-six prosecutors, administrators and support staff donated to candidates in the recent years. Chisholm staffers gave $18,061 to Democrats/liberals, according to an April 2012 report by Mediatrackers, a non-profit watchdog group. By contrast, the staff in the district attorney’s office contributed only $4,408 to Republicans/conservatives over the same period.

This pattern has yet to be acknowledged by the Journal Sentinel.

Mary Burke Plagiarized Jobs Plan

Heh.

Buzzfeed has broken a bombshell scandal: Wisconsin’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate directly lifted significant portions her jobs plan from three different Democrats: Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Ward Cammack, and Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg.

Burke is accused of directly plagiarizing phrases, sentences, and even entire paragraphs from the jobs plans Markell produced in 2008, Cammack wrote in 2009, and Gregg released in 2012.

This shows again that Burke is a complete media fabrication. There’s no substance there. The debates should be fun to watch. And again I would point out that it took a national media outlet to catch this. Once again, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Madison State Journal, Appleton Post-Crescent, and all of the other Wisconsin mainstream media outlets are caught sleeping when it comes to any critical analysis of Burke.

Scotland Votes “NO”

scotlandvoteThere you have it.

Peyton Cashes In On Pot

Smart move.

In a recent sit-down with Sports Illustrated‘s Peter KingPeyton Manning more or less admitted that Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana has been a huge boon for his pizza stores.

Weeks before the state passed a legalization amendment in 2012, the Broncosquarterback began snapping up Papa John’s franchises in the Denver area. The move prompted even the most casual observer to deduce that Peyton, a wily old fox, had bought the stores to capitalize on the impending munchies boom that would sweep the state.

And those observers would appear to be right, if we read between the lines Manning is dishing out.

Walker “Savings” Ad

 

That’s a good ad. Plain ol’ kitchen table economics.

Union Alleges OSHA Violations By Walker in Ad

Give me a break.

Jeff Kaminiski, president of United Steelworkers Local 2006, said this week he called the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Madison office and asked that Walker be fined.

“Gov. Walker’s violations send the wrong message to anyone trying follow the rules and come home safe at the end of the day,” Kaminski said in a statement. “Safety is the backbone of the union movement. We want all workers to come home safe at end of the day, we can’t have an example like this playing statewide.”

The ad does illustrate multiple violations of OSHA rules for working in trenches, said Adam Finkel, executive director of the Penn Program on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania and a former OSHA director of health regulations under President Bill Clinton.

The good news is that they are doing this. If this is all the liberals can muster against Walker, it’s pretty small ball. It means they know they are losing on the issues.

As for the complaint itself, here is the ad for reference:

It’s not the best ad in the world, but it makes a point. What’s so stupid about the complaint, in addition to the fact that it is a political ad and not a workplace, is that OSHA doesn’t even apply. According to OSHA:

OSHA covers most private sector employers and their workers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions either directly through federal OSHA or through an OSHA-approved state program. Workers at state and local government agencies are not covered by federal OSHA, but have OSH Act protections if they work in those states that have an OSHA-approved state program. To find out if you are in a state with an OSHA–approved state program visit our website at www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp/index.html.

And if you follow the like, Wisconsin does not have an OSHA-approved state program. So in his role as a state employee, OSHA does not apply to Walker. In his role as a candidate, he is not an employee of any sort and OSHA does not apply.

One would think that if “safety is the backbone of the union movement” is true, as Kaminski contends, that he would have taken 30 seconds to see which safety regulations might apply before opening his mouth.

But still… small ball.

Boy Faces Expulsion and Criminal Charges for Rifle in Car

These stories show how devoid of common sense some of us have become.

According to a criminal complaint charging a 17-year-old junior, the dean of students searched the boy’s car and found a rifle, a bayonet, five knives and nearly 400 rounds of ammunition. That quickly brought out Village of Pewaukee police.

“It’s taken very seriously. We can’t have weapons, guns and knives in a school zone,” Village of Pewaukee police Detective Craig Drummy said.

[...]

Pewaukee police said while they don’t believe he intended to harm anyone, he’s still facing two criminal charges.

Village of Pewaukee police said they believe everyone is safe at the school. The boy is suspended and could be expelled.

After WISN 12 News inquired Wednesday afternoon, the Pewaukee school superintendent emailed all parents, saying in part, “This incident did not and does not pose any threat or risk to the safety and security of our campus.”

It makes sense for the vice principal to call the police to investigate. Having a rifle and hundreds of round of ammunition (meaning: a few boxes and perfectly normal for spending a little time at the range) on campus should be evaluated. But after speaking with the kid, it appears that neither the school officials nor the police thought that the kid was planning anything untoward. The school made a point of telling parents that it “did not and does not pose any threat or risk to the safety and security of our campus.”

So why the pending criminal charges and expulsion from school? The other kids are safe and were never in danger. The kid made a mistake bringing his weapon – unloaded and in his vehicle – to the school parking lot. If the goal is to deter him from doing it again, wouldn’t a simple ticket and/or detention – not to mention the hours of police questioning already endured – do the trick? Why waste thousands of dollars and hours prosecuting him? Why yank him out of school and damage his education when nobody was ever in danger?

Hopefully both the Pewaukee school officials and district attorney come to their senses and drop the severe measures. The odds are that this kid won’t make the same mistake again. There’s no need to damage his education and saddle him with a criminal record for something that didn’t harm another soul.

Study: No Water Pollution From Fracking

Indeed.

The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.

The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies.

 

Walker and Burke Tied

The Rasmussen and Marquette polls for Wisconsin are out. They both show a statistical tie between Walker and Burke.

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Given the fact that the Democrats have dominated the media airwaves all summer, the John Doe prosecutors continue to operate for the benefit of the Burke campaign, and the mainstream media has completely passed on challenging Burke on anything of substance while hammering Walker, these polls are positive numbers for Walker. That being said, Walker still has a lot of work to do in the next 7 weeks to close the deal.

Gangs Shying Away From Colors

Good to know.

Wearing colors has long been a way for gang members to show solidarity, but the FBI says gang members are indeed shying away from displaying identifiers. Often the only time colors and other identifiers are now displayed is at gang functions and funerals, according to the FBI’s 2013 National Gang report.

While gangs are showing their colors less, they have given police another way to identify them — their use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

“Today they declare themselves gang members on the Internet,” O’Hare said.

Schimel Proposes Moving Prosecutors Under DOJ

Interesting idea.

Brown County District Attorney David Lasee can’t say whether his office would gain if state prosecutors were all put under the state Department of Justice’s umbrella, but he has no doubt that his and other DA’s offices need help.

Lasee was responding to a proposal by Brad Schimel, the Republican candidate for Wisconsin attorney general, to make the organizational shift. The state’s 400 prosecutors are employees of the state Department of Administration, and Schimel says that doesn’t work.

“They’re the department of everything,” Schimel said. “We’re very low on their priority list.”

But the shift would nearly double the size of the Department of Justice, and dealing with prosecutor shortages would be a major priority under that arrangement, which would require enabling legislation, Schimel said.

On the surface it makes sense and I don’t see a downside.