Hoping this day finds you better off than you were yesterday (but realistically, probably not), the Czar has decided to clean out some more of his mailbag. Here is something from Island Dweller:
|Most illustrious majesty:
After following the latest, and hopefully last, installment of the Ferguson Follies I have only a few musings to share with you.
Rather than protest this development, I believe PDs should accept this new technology with open arms. As anyone with any LE experience who reads this blog knows, incident reports can never fully convey the realities of the situation a police officer confronts every day on the street. PD body cam footage would depict better than words ever could what really occurs on the street and would show the world, or at least the jury, what a complete jackass our poor, oppressed, underprivileged defendant was when confronted by LE during the commission of his/her offense. They may also show the condition of the victim of the crime the perp is accused of. The singular, priceless advantage of these cameras, however, is that they will put a significant dent in the earnings of criminal defense attorneys in that they will remove any doubt or ambiguity for a jury about the attitude and actions of their client when first confronted by LE at the crime scene or when apprehended. There will be very little “wiggle room” left in litigation for defense attorneys and the footage obtained will almost certainly redound to the detriment of the accused. I therefore predict if these cameras are adopted by police departments across this country, the ABA will immediately press for their exclusion. They won’t last long.
Thanks for writing in. Regarding your first point, the Czar’s understanding of how this works meshes with yours. Unlike a few right-of-centers on the social media, the Czar is very sympathetic to law enforcement, and regards many LEOs as personal friends. We have a great police force here in Muscovy, for example. They rarely ask about the mutilated bodies and severences around the dacha. Or why the dogs seem so well fed. Being a cop is overwhelmingly hard and difficult work, with little tolerance for mistakes. However, sa government gets bigger, every judgment call an officer makes becomes open to interpretation among conflicting requirements. You think the EPA’s over-regulation makes it tough to be in business? Try law enforcement with conflicting regulations from four different branches of government. By the time you get to the neighborhood cop, he or she is practically drowning in nonsense.
Your second point stings a lot. Racial equity in a police department guarantees more problems, because it prevents the unwritten rule in the criminal justice system: justice is blind. You can’t have it both ways, liberals. By splitting departments along racial lines, you create instant inequity. You really want to think this through for longer than, perhaps, 14 seconds of feel-good bumper-sticker quips.
And for point three, the Czar suspects it won’t be the ABA who hollers first, it’ll be the police unions. Here’s how this will probably pay out. First, the unions will oppose oppose oppose the use of body cameras, because they will reveal how horribly police unions have been protecting the public from the 8% of cops out there who should be in jail or at least working in a warehouse. This of course punishes the liberals, who refuse to realize the unions that put them in power are behind all the things they hate. Then, after a year or two, the trial lawyers will hate hate hate the police cameras because they will reveal what scumbags their clients are. And who punched first.
Unions and trial lawyers. As you suggest, the second will probably be more effective than the first at delaying the use of body cameras.
Getting bad cops off the street? That’s something conservatives can get behind. Liberals support body cameras because they think it will expose how much racism is out there. Err, no. This will likely blow up in liberals’ faces when they realize body cameras are revealing liberals have lying to each other all these years. Hey, that’s something else conservatives can get behind.
Just a short note to let you know that opening weekend of deer season in Alabama went wonderfully well. Of the three of us (me, and Senior Minions 1 & 2) we each harvested one fat doe apiece, and had a ball. I was extremely gratified to note that the Senior Minions did not have any trouble field-dressing their kills, and other than their complete inability to sharpen a knife (a flaw that I fear may be genetic, since The Grandmother is likewise incapable) they completed the task in yeomanlike fashion.
This is the second year of hunting (actually hunting, as opposed to sitting in the stand while Grandpa hunts) for Senior Minion 1, but the first year for Senior Minion 2. They have, however put the smack down on a number of feral hogs, which has given them the confidence to tackle deer at extended ranges. (One morning, Senior Minion 2 whacked a hog, that dropped without even twitching. When asked where she’d hit it, she replied “Right where I aimed.” “And where was that?” I asked. “About one inch below his ear” she replied. I reminded her of what I’d said about head shots, and she replied, with some asperity, “Papa, I could hit a dime at this range!”
My goal with these girls has been to make sure that, by the time they are 18, they are prepared to deal with anything that happens; fire, flood, or zombie apocalyse.
I think I’m getting there. Love these kids!
If I was any more pleased, I could bottle it and sell it!
This is of course truly excellent news. Of course, this letter probably came in during last deer season, and the kids are already tired of hearing about it but the Czar moves slowly more and more. Anyway, congratulations on excellent tutelage, and the Czar wants everyone to remember that young kids exposed to proper hunting do morefar moreto protect the environment, help the little critters, and achieve sustainability than any other group on earth. Yes, that includes government agencies as well!
They are to be congratulated not only on fine marksmanship, but on seeing the value of good stewarship upon the land. By the wayarchery or rifles or scatter guns? You never said and we are too amused to assume.
|O Fear-inspiring One!
This miserable and lowly minion begs to approach you and speak about the forthcoming Congress which for the first time in many years will be under majority control of a single party – this time, the GOP. Yes, the Republicans are often called “The Stupid Party” and for good reason. But there have been hints that the GOP may finally be recognizing the need for fiscal sanity and may have found a method – an old method – to impose it on the federal government.
One of those hints regards the current – and highly inefficient – use of a “continuing resolution” to fund the entire government in one whack. This isn’t the way things used to be done. Once upon a time, each department was funded separately with its own funding authorization. These smaller bills contained fine-grained budgetary numbers and allowed Congress to have much closer control on how those departments operated (which programs were funded, which were not, and to what level).
The idea of returning to department-level funding authorizations and to stop using the continuing resolution stopgap measure to fund government has been floated by some members of the GOP, and is receiving tepid although growing support.
Interestingly enough, it is the child-king Obama who has inspired the return to department-level funding sanity. He has done this by threatening to veto any continuing resolution that does not contain support for his personal agenda, such as DHS funding that “legalizes” illegal aliens. Thus, he holds the entire government hostage to his personal ideology – but only if the government continues to be funded via the continuing resolution mechanism.
Returning to the use of department-level budgetary authorizations is the easiest and best way to force the child-king Obama’s hand. For instance, funding the Department of the Interior in one bill and the Department of the Treasury in another would allow Congress to “tweak” the budgets and cut excessive funding for those departments individually. This would force Obama to address any “missing” programs and budgetary cuts individually and on a department-by-department level, if he wished to veto those authorizations.
Eventually, the Department of Homeland Security budget would hit the child-king Obama’s desk with the elimination of funding for the “conversion” of illegal aliens to legal status (DHS is the aegis under which this program is funded). The child-king Obama would then have to defend his illegal alien funding or not approve the DHS budget – and **ONLY** the DHS budget. Which means that he, the child-king Obama – not the GOP – would be responsible for shutting down the FBI and other ‘homeland” security organs while seniors would still be getting their Social Security checks paid out of HHS (that department’s budget was already approved under separate signature).
In this manner, government would continue operating and the GOP could not be accused of “shutting down the (entire) government”. It could also be the start of an actual shrinking of the size and cost of government, and a reduction in government control over The People.
Your Majesty, that’s the idea that’s being quietly floated around: funding government “the old fashioned way”: department by department. The child-king Obama would hate it because it reduces his power. The MSM would hate it because they couldn’t blame the GOP for not “funding government”. The Democrats and the RINOs would hate it because they couldn’t use the “I had to approve the c/r even though I disapproved of some of the funding” excuse.
And The People would love it, because it would increase transparency in funding, hold legislators’ and the President’s feet to the fire, and force them to justify ridiculously bloated budgets.
But only if “The Stupid Party” smartens up – and real quick.
Well, I can dream, can’t I?
You’re not too alone in your idea: quite a number of high-profile fiscal sanity folks like yourself are agreeing that this is the smartest political way for Republicans to rein in Obama. As you say, it fixes way more problems than it solves, and jams the President in exactly the way you say.
The problem, as you put it, is whether or not the GOP can execute it. Odds are good that they will understand the strategy, but years of fiscal foolishness under Harry Reid might prove that nobody in Congress understands how to pass a budget anymore. For more information on this, go to Google and search for GorT.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.