I think our government could learn a thing or two from the Czech president.

Czech government tells its citizens how to fight terrorists: Shoot them yourselves

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Czech President Milos Zeman has pushed for his citizens to be readily armed in preparation for a “super-Holocaust” perpetrated by Muslims. Petr David Josek AP

BY AMANDA ERICKSON
The Washington Post

A couple of months ago, Czech President Milos Zeman made an unusual request: He urged citizens to arm themselves against a possible “super-Holocaust” carried out by Muslim terrorists.

Never mind that there are fewer than 4,000 Muslims in this country of 10 million people – gun purchases spiked. One shop owner in East Bohemia, a region in the northern center of the Czech Republic, told a local paper that people were scared of a “wave of Islamists.”

Now the country’s interior ministry is pushing a constitutional change that would let citizens use guns against terrorists. Proponents say this could save lives if an attack occurs and police are delayed or unable to make their way to the scene. To become law, Parliament must approve the proposal; they’ll vote in the coming months.

The Czech Republic already has some of the most lenient gun policies in Europe. It’s home to about 800,000 registered firearms and 300,000 people with gun licenses. Obtaining a weapon is relatively easy: Residents must be 21, pass a gun knowledge check and have no criminal record. By law, Czechs can use their weapons to protect their property or when in danger, although they need to prove they faced a real threat.

This puts the country at odds with much of Europe, which has long supported much more stringent gun-control measures. In the wake of the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, France pushed the European Union to enact even tougher policies. The European Commission’s initial proposal called for a complete ban on the sale of weapons like Kalashnikovs or AR-15s that are intended primarily for military use. Ammunition magazines would be limited to 20 rounds or less.

The Czech Republic came out hard against the directive. Officials warned – somewhat ominously – that the measure would limit the country’s ability to build “an internal security system” and make it nearly impossible to train army reservists. And a total ban on military-style rifles that can fire large numbers of rounds would make illegal thousands of weapons already owned by Czech citizens, potentially creating a black market for terrorists to exploit. Finland and Germany offered their own reservations; Europe’s pro-gun groups also mobilized against the bill with the support of politicians on the extreme right.

After months of contentious negotiations, the EU passed a compromise last month; the Council of Ministers will confirm the measure this spring. All member states will have 15 months to comply with the new gun restrictions. The final measure bans the sale of most military-style rifles and requires all potential buyers to go through a psychological check before they can buy a weapon. If someone fails a check in one E.U. state, that information will be shared in an international database so that the person can’t procure a gun somewhere else. Online sales are also severely curtailed. The Czech Republic was the only country to oppose the directive for being too strict. Luxembourg also voted against the measure, but on the grounds that it was too weak.

That means that regardless of how the Czech parliament votes on the terrorist-hunting measure, gun laws in the Czech Republic are going to get stricter. All gun purchasers will be required to pass the psychological checks, though it’s not yet clear if gun owners will have to turn in newly illegal weapons. That ambiguity has led one Czech newspaper to suggest that the Interior Ministry’s latest move is much more about political safety than safety from terrorism.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/world/article125173034.html#storylink=cpy

Scumbag stabs k-9

Minnesota K-9 stabbed while chasing suspect
By Tim Harlow, Minneapolis Star Tribune on Jan 6,

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K-9 Ambush (Photo courtesy Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office)
A man stabbed a southern Minnesota sheriff’s office K-9 in the shoulder Thursday evening as he tried to avoid being captured, then climbed a tree to hide.

But Ambush, the K-9, led officers to the suspect before the dog retreated and fell over from the deeply-inflicted wound, Goodhue County Deputy Sheriff Kris Johnson said.

The dog, who has been on the force for 2½ years, was taken to a veterinarian in Rochester where he underwent surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery.

“He may be off the road for a bit,” Johnson said. “He’s a valuable asset.”

Events unfolded around 5 p.m. when officers attempted to make a traffic stop. The man, who was known to law enforcement and had multiple warrants out for his arrest, took off. Officers in Goodhue County followed the man from Zumbrota into neighboring Wabasha County where he crashed into a ditch on County Road 11 near Hammond.

The suspect then ran on foot, allegedly disrobing in the minus-4 degree night as he ran into a wooded area, Johnson said.

About an hour later, Deputy Matt Bowron and Ambush found the man who was wearing “minimal clothing,” Johnson said.

Before police arrested the suspect, he apparently used a 4- to 5-inch screwdriver to stab Ambush in the upper shoulder, Johnson said.

“It was a deep, penetrating puncture wound, but he’ll be OK and make a full recovery,” Johnson said.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the Olmsted County Jail. Charges of fleeing police and assaulting a police dog are pending.

I hope this woman is financially and professionally destroyed.

Fallout From Freddie Gray: Judge Allows Malicious Prosecution Case Against Marilyn Mosby To Proceed

BY OFFICER BLUE ON JANUARY 7, 2017

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The case against Marilyn Mosby’s malicious prosecution of six Baltimore Police Officers is moving forward.

Marilyn Mosby’s Malicious Prosecution Case Is Going Forward

Baltimore, MD – A federal judge is allowing the malicious prosecution case against Marilyn Mosby to proceed. The lawsuit was brought forward by five of the six maliciously prosecuted Baltimore Police Officers in the Freddie Gray case.

Justin Fenton with The Baltimore Sun reports that U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis claims of malicious prosecution, defamation, and invasion of privacy against State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Assistant Sheriff Samuel Cogen can move forward. Cogen wrote the statement of probable cause, when claims of probable cause seemed outlandish, considering the circumstances of the case.

Marilyn Mosby tried claiming prosecutorial immunity in order to have the case dismissed, but Judge Grabis wasn’t having it, saying that she was acting as an investigator and not a prosecutor. “Plaintiffs’ malicious prosecution claims relate to her actions when functioning as an investigator and not as a prosecutor,” Garbis wrote. “Viewed in the light most favorable to the Plaintiffs, they present allegations that present a plausible claim that the defendants made false statements or omissions either knowingly or with reckless disregard of their truth or falsity.”

Judge Garbis did dismiss claims of false arrest, false imprisonment, and abuse of process. This is unfortunate because the case appeared to have lacked actual probable cause.

Issues with the prosecution of the six Baltimore officers were immediately apparent. After Freddie Gray’s death, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby alleged that Gray was arrested without probable cause, assaulted, and falsely accused of carrying an illegal switchblade. Without waiting for an investigation to be completed, or reviewing all of the details of the case, she quickly brought charges on all officers involved in the arrest, and had them arrested when there was no apparent probable cause for their arrest.

The six officers had charges ranging from second-degree depraved-heart murder to manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office. The most severe charges centered around the officers failing to seatbelt Gray in the back of the transport van, which suggests that any parent with an unseatbelted child should be charged with attempted murder. Not only that, but the entire case was built on the theory that officers could not assist each other with any part of an arrest without fully reviewing the other officer’s evidence and probable cause and making their own independent determination that the arrest was lawful. Impractical at any time, impossible with a violent or resisting suspect.

The next step in this case is the discovery stage, which will allow Mosby and others to be deposed, and is expected to bring more improprieties to light.

 

Its nice to see politicians with balls show some ankle. I can’t believe there wasn’t more outcry about Lacy Clay’s douchebaggery..

Rep. Duncan Hunter Personally Removes Offensive Anti-Police Painting From Capitol Hallway

BY COWGIRL ON JANUARY 6, 2017 \

Duncan Hunter Removes Anti-Police Painting

Washington, DC – When Rep. Lacy Clay refused to take down an anti-police painting that he had sponsored and that was hanging in the Capitol, Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter took matters into his own hands and took the painting down himself.

According to Fox News, Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California, said “I was angry. I’ve seen the press [reporting] on this for about a week or so. … I’m in the Marine Corps. If you want it done, just call us.” Rep. Hunter walked over to the painting this morning, January 6, 2017, which was hanging in a Capitol hallway, with a few colleagues, and removed it from the wall. He then delivered the painting to Rep. Clay’s office and left it. Rep Hunter also said “Lacy can put it back up, I guess, if he wants to … but I’m allowed to take it down.”

 

The painting, which depicts police officers as pigs, and shows them pointing guns, has been the subject of much controversy. We also previously covered this issue and called for the painting to be taken down then. Rep. Lacy’s response to the issue has been that the painting would stay. After awareness of the painting became known through media coverage, law enforcement officers throughout the nation, pro-law enforcement citizens and groups, and other lawmakers became outraged over the painting.

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More than 27,000 law enforcement officers and professionals had protested the display of the painting and said that it was “reprehensible, repugnant and repulsive.” When Ron Hernandez, president of The Los Angeles Association of Deputy Sheriff’s, learned that the painting had been taken down, he issued a statement that they were “very pleased.” He also said that “At a time of our country facing rising crime and a shortage of those willing to work the streets as police officers and deputy sheriffs, we need to make it clear that depictions of law enforcement officers as pigs in our Nation’s Capital is not acceptable.”

The acrylic painting had taken first place in a congressional student art competition in St. Louis. It depicts police officers as pigs, pointing guns at black protesters. Also in the painting, two birds, one black, one white, are shown fighting, and a black protester holding the scales of justice is shown as being crucified. The painting was not titled and was created by a high school senior, David Pulphus. It was on display in a hallway between the Capitol and adjacent House office buildings. Rep. Lacy personally chose the painting to hang in the Capitol and has steadfastly praised it. When negative publicity began about the painting, including demands to take it down, he refused multiple times to do so.

Rep. Duncan Hunter said he was friends with Rep. Clay and called him “a great guy.” He also said that men and women in uniform had to be respected for what they do. There has been no comment yet from Rep. Lacy’s office.

In this society, with the ongoing war against police, and the lack of respect for what we do, with the hate and violent rhetoric of the Black Lives Matter movement, this painting was completely without merit and disrespectful to all who serve and have served. It was also divisive and offensive. We commend Rep. Hunter for his actions and support him completely. Thank you, sir, for your respect for us and your public support for us as well. Job well done.

Another reason I don’t fly.

At least 5 dead, 8 hospitalized after shooting at Ft. Lauderdale airport
Published January 06, 2017 FoxNews.com

Reports of shots fired at Fort Lauderdale airport
DEVELOPING – Five people are dead and a shooting suspect is in custody Friday after a lone gunman opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida without saying a word, witnesses and authorities say.
Eight people were rushed to hospitals, the Broward County Sheriff said. The city’s mayor said there was only one shooter involved.
“It was very surreal,” John Schlicher, a witness, told Fox News. “He did not say a word.” He described the shooter as a slender man with dark hair, likely in his 30s, wearing a Star Wars T-shirt.
While speaking to Shepard Smith live on Fox News, Schlicher said he heard crews ordering passengers to take cover. He spoke over the phone while ducked down on the floor.

“He was shooting people that were down on the ground, too,” Schlicher said.
The gunman apparently got down on the ground and waited for police to arrive after he ran out of bullets, a witness told CBS News.

The airport had tweeted that there was an “ongoing incident” at the Terminal 2 baggage claim and that all services were temporarily suspended.

Crews evacuated hundreds of passengers from the terminal onto the tarmac.
Ari Fleischer, a former White House spokesman, was at the airport at the time of the earlier shooting and tweeted that “everyone is running.”

Jillian Saunders, from Palm Beach, Florida, told The Associated Press in direct Twitter messages that she was watching the activity from the tarmac in a plane scheduled to fly to Los Angeles.

“Everything you see on the news is happening outside my window,” she said. “I am luckily on the plane and they said we are right now the safest people at the airport.”

The office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott said state law enforcement have not confirmed a motive behind the shooting. Scott is traveling to the scene to be briefed by law enforcement.

The ATF was responding to the scene. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was monitoring the shooting and getting regular updates — part of standard practice, a federal law enforcement source told Fox News.
The airport is the 21st busiest in the United States and serves 21 different airlines. Nearly 2.5 million people passed through the airport in November, according to a county government report.
Fox News’ Matt Dean, Catherine Herridge, Phil Keating and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Not surprising but disturbing.

First Time United States has appeared on List of Countries that Persecute Christians
TIM BROWN — JANUARY 5, 2017

Persecution.org is the website of the Christian organization International Christian Concern (ICC), which “exist[s] to relieve the suffering of the worldwide persecuted church and to act as a bridge between the Western church and their suffering brothers and sisters.” The organization listed for the first time the united States in its list of countries that are persecuting Christians.

In the 10-page ICC 2016 Hall of Shame Report, the united States is list on page 11.

The report begins, “On June 11, 2016, Omar Mateen, a US-based radical Muslim, attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 and injuring 53 more. In a call to 911, he clearly laid out his motivation. The attack was driven by his allegiance to ISIS and desire for retribution for attacks on ISIS. Incredibly, after the attack, numerous high profile media outlets blamed the attacks on what they perceive as the anti-LGBTQ atmosphere that Christians have created.”

What the media didn’t report was that Mateen was a sodomite who trolled for sodomy with men.

“In short, Christians in the US are facing constant attacks in the media, where they are portrayed as bigoted, racist, sexist, and closeminded,” the report adds. “The characterization in the media may be translating into direct attacks as well. The First Liberty Institute, the largest legal organization in the US dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom, documents such actions and reports that attacks on religion doubled between 2012 and 2015.”

“More importantly, Christians and all religious people are being marginalized through the law,” the report continues. “From the case of a Christian football coach suspended for praying at the 50-yard line, to Christian business owners forced to pay a $135,000 fine for declining to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, the number of troubling cases directed towards Christians has exploded.”

According to the report Intervarsity Christian Fellowship lost their official recognition of a student organization in 2011 and the Georgia Department of Health terminated Eric Walsh just one week after he was hired because he was a Christian preacher and they didn’t like the content of his sermons in 2014.

“The rise of these cases stems partly from a broad cultural shift towards secularism,” the report concludes. “The Pew Foundation found that those identifying as non-religious in the US rose by seven percent, to 23 percent of the total US adult population within just seven years (2007 to 2014).”

The report goes on to state:

Anti-Christian entities have been able to leverage the growing secularization of society and culture to their advantage, utilizing the courts as a preferred venue to gradually marginalize and silence Christians. Using the cudgel of “equality,” secular forces in and out of the courts have worked to create a body of law built from one bad precedent after another. Claims of intolerance and inequality are used to fundamentally distort the clear intent of the First Amendment.

The Founders carefully and deliberately placed religious freedom as the first liberty because it encompasses several fundamental rights including thought, speech, expression, and assembly. The First Amendment explicitly grants freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. The essential aim is to protect the right of citizens to practice religion in the public square.

Decades of accumulated poor judicial decisions and precedents have twisted the First Amendment so that the courts, in defiance of the Founders, are pushing religion out of the public square, and into the small space of private expression. In essence, the courts are deciding that you only have full religious freedom and expression in the church and your home. In the public domain, your religious views and thoughts must be restrained and controlled.
While one cannot compare the persecution of a Christian in the US to that of believers in other countries where Christians risk life and limb to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, it all starts slowly and then builds the more it is tolerated and encouraged. ICC finds that these trends are “an alarming indication of a decline in religious liberty in the United States.”

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And yet, another reason to arm yourself and compel legislators to pass a “castle doctrine”.

Duluth man accused of threatening women in New Year’s home invasion
By Tom Olsen Today at 8:13 p.m.

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A Duluth man allegedly left a New Year’s party in the city’s Chester Park neighborhood, broke into a nearby residence to steal electronics and ended up holding two women against their will for an hour while discussing his “whole life story” — then returned to the party and threatened to shoot three more people, including a 2-year-old child.

That’s according to a criminal complaint charging Phillip Julius Butenhoff Jr., 31, with seven felonies in connection with the incident in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.

Police said Butenhoff threatened two women with a hammer and claimed to have a gun after they caught him stealing DVDs from their living room at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. When they were able to escape, Butenhoff allegedly returned to the party with a TV and held three people there against their will in a bedroom.

Officers broke down the front door of the residence and took Butenhoff into custody after shooting him in the leg with a less-lethal round, according to the charges.

Prosecutors said use of a controlled substance appeared to be a factor in the incident.

Butenhoff was arraigned Thursday in State District Court in Duluth on charges of first-degree burglary, false imprisonment and five counts of threats of violence.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Eric Hylden granted Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Rebekka Stumme’s request to set bail at $75,000.

“The level of fear and trauma that was caused to all victims in this matter is incomprehensible,” the prosecutor wrote in a memorandum.

According to the charges:

Duluth police officers were dispatched to a residence on the 700 block of North 18th Avenue East at 1:22 a.m. on the report of an in-progress burglary.

Officers spoke to two women, who said they were awakened by an unknown male in their living room about an hour earlier. One of the women said she found the defendant collecting DVDs and electronics, and wrapping them in a blanket near the door.

When the women confronted the man and told him to leave, they said he claimed to have a gun, patting at his side.

The victims said he forced them to stay in the residence with him while he discussed his life and showed them his tattoos. At one point, he noticed a cell phone and smashed it with a hammer from the house, they said.

They said at several points the suspect said he was going to “splatter some brains” — raising the hammer and cocking his arm while stepping toward the women, as if to strike them. Neither woman suffered physical injuries.

The victims said they were able to run from the residence and call 911 when they noticed the defendant become “kind of unfocused.”

Responding officers canvassed the area and saw two people running into a nearby residence on the 1800 block of East Eighth Street.

A renter told police that Butenhoff was among “many people” celebrating the New Year inside the residence. She said the defendant had left the party and came back some time later with a flat-screen TV that she had never seen before.

Officers were able to make cellphone contact with a man who said he was inside the home, being held against his will by Butenhoff. He said the defendant was threatening to shoot him and two other people, including the child, if they left a bedroom.

Police made a forced entry and found that Butenhoff was holed up in a second-floor bedroom. He emerged after a series of verbal commands.

Believing the defendant could be armed, officers made the decision to use a less-lethal launcher — a tool introduced by police last year that fires a high-speed 40-millimeter sponge designed to incapacitate the target without penetrating the skin or causing serious injury. Butenhoff was struck in the leg and arrested without incident.

Police said Butenhoff agreed to give a statement, but changed his story several times and was unable to tell it sequentially.

He allegedly stated that another person in the house had told him to go down the street to get some TV cords and alleged that another man had threatened him with a firearm.

Police said Butenhoff also acknowledged that he walked to the residence, but stated that he knocked on the door and was met by an upset female. He claimed that he had told the woman to call 911, police said.

During a search of the Eighth Street residence, police said they discovered several items missing from the house on 18th Avenue East, including an identification card belonging to one of the women.

Butenhoff has an extensive criminal history, with a number of convictions in St. Louis County for controlled substances and theft.

He is due back in court on Jan. 25.

The arrogance never ceases to amaze me.

President Obama Awards Himself Distinguished Public Service Medal

by WARNER TODD HUSTON 4 Jan 20179,636
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On Wednesday, President Obama added another prestigious medal to his Nobel Prize collection when he had Defense Secretary Ash Carter award him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Secretary Carter awarded his boss with the medal on January 4 during the Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review for the President held at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia.

Carter insisted that the medal was a token of appreciation for Obama’s service as commander in chief, the Associated Press reported.

After spending the last few weeks throwing roadblocks in the path of President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team, Obama nonetheless claimed in his remarks to the members of the military in attendance that “We’ve got to make sure that during this transition period that there is a seamless passing of the baton, that there’s continuity.”

Along with the AP, CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller also marked the ceremony with a Tweet to his followers.

In case there was any doubt in your mind, its confirmed.

Minnesota winters rated absolute worst in U.S.

By John Myers Today at 10:47 a.m.

Minnesota’s infamous winters are the absolute worst, the most miserable of anywhere in the U.S, according to the website thrillist.com.

The website on Tuesday ranked every state on how bad its winters are. Hawaii was 50th, Minnesota was first.

The assessment was made by Kevin Alexander and Matt Lynch who write about travel for the website.

Michigan was ranked second worst, North Dakota fourth (beating Alaska which was ranked third), South Dakota sixth and Wisconsin seventh worst.

Ranking Minnesota first in winter horribleness seems contrary to the plethora of other national lists that consistently rank the state as among the best states in the nation — for economy, well-run governments, outdoor recreation, health care and quality of life. But the authors shoveled on the insults.

And with the temperature hitting 12 below zero this morning in Duluth, the wind chill at 39 below zero and the weekend’s new snow still blowing around, and the forecast high for Thursday at 5 below zero, it’s a little hard to argue with them, don’tcha know.

“To think of the generally cheerful brood of Nordic-bred people being the winners in any sort of a contest of misery seems downright crazy. But for all those adorable don’tcha knows, we think something else is going on. We think beneath that eternal Nordic happiness is some inner pain, trapped below the surface like a Grain Belt dropped into an ice fishing hole, a cauldron of hot anger ready to spill out like a cut-open Jucy Lucy,’’ the columnists wrote.

They went on to note Northeastern Minnesota’s heavy snow totals (Wolf Ridge near Little Marais has the highest snowfall in the state) and even hit on the state-record 60 below zero reading in Tower set in 1996.

They even made fun of our perennially awful professional sports teams to rub it in.

“How can you remain so upbeat when you get all the winter weather patterns? Alberta clippers? Sure. Panhandle hooks? You betcha! Parts of northern Minnesota see up to 170 inches of snow in a winter. One hundred seventy inches! That’s like two and a half times the height of Kent Hrbek!! It can get down to minus 60 degrees, a temperature at which frostbite can occur in fewer than five minutes. There are no chinook winds or moderating oceans to temper things outside of a small area by Lake Superior. Your sports teams never win championships. All of your good high school hockey players end up starring for NHL teams in other cities. Ice fishing can’t be that cool, really.”

At least they didn’t make fun of hotdish.

“And so we think that — despite all appearances — Minnesota does in fact have the most miserable winter in the United States. So to all the Eriks, and Astrids, and Christens, and Bjorns, and Brynjars, it’s OK to show a little displeasure at the clusterX!$# of a meteorological hand you’ve been dealt. After all, don’tcha know emoting is good for the system?”

The column can be seen here: https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/states-with-the-worst-winters-wo…

Mid week humor

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