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What Message Are Police Sending To Young Boys?



The Boy Scout Oath:

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Who can argue with that? Who can refuse promoting those solid, non-sectarian beliefs?

Ben Wolfinger

Evidently the police in northern Idaho. Ben Wolfinger, the sheriff of Kootenai County, just decided not to renew his department’s charter with a local Boy Scout troop. He had his reasons. How valid they are is another story.

He made his decision to refuse sponsorship for this national organization for one reason and one reason only. It wasn't money. It was that the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay members. According to Wolfinger, his Christian faith and reliance on biblical teachings led him to his decision. How unchristian of him. He chooses bigotry over charity.

Now sponsoring a worthwhile program like the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts of America seems like a pretty nice thing to do. Generous and uncontroversial as well. Considering the benefits to the members, the kids, the parents and the volunteers, it's to be lauded. Unless you're some kind of right-wing religious zealot.

Is this community leader, a police officer sworn to uphold the law (and that means anti-discrimination and hate laws) withholding his support? He's hiding behind the religion wildcard. Is he really saying that he can't be any support to any group that promotes equality?

According to the US Scouts Organization, the BOY SCOUT LAW:

A Scout is:

  • Trustworthy,
  • Loyal,
  • Helpful,
  • Friendly,
  • Courteous,
  • Kind,
  • Obedient,
  • Cheerful,
  • Thrifty,
  • Brave,
  • Clean,
  • and Reverent.

I don't see anti-Gay in there. So what's the problem?

Unless the narrow-minded Sheriff sees something there that I don't, I suggest that he turn in his badge and refuse to take his pension on religious beliefs. The police help people of all colors, races, creeds, and orientations. Sheriff Wolfinger wishes to exempt himself from that on religious belief. If that's the case, let him go.

People around the country must stop this nonsense of selectively picking and choosing which religious interpretations they want just when it suits their bigotry. This is another one of those cases and sadly, it's a black eye for law enforcement both in Idaho and in the rest of the country.

If police want to benefit from an improved community recognition, cooperation and acceptance, if they want regular people to appreciate the fine job many of them do, then giving something back to communities is just such a move. Refusing aid, help and the backing of their departments just makes them look on par with the criminals they are hired to apprehend.


Sheriff Let's Drunk Driving, Pistol Packing Man Go -- Florida Justice Again


Nick finch arrested

So, driving while intoxicated (DUI) in Florida isn't a crime. Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in Florida isn't a crime. And destroying evidence of a crime in Florida, isn't a crime. At least it's not if you're Liberty County, Florida Sheriff Nick Finch — who is accused of illegally acting on behalf of Floyd Parrish, an intoxicated driver, arrested on a concealed weapons charge.

Here's some background from the Raw Story:

Finch was arrested after it came to light that he helped Floyd Parrish, who had been pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving and was found to be carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. According to the arrest warrant, Sheriff Finch took the arrest file from Sgt. Lisa Smith, freed Parrish, and told Sgt. Smith not to file any charges.

What seems to be lost in whether or not this is a 2nd amendment issue at all is that Floyd Parrish was stopped for being intoxicated, crime one. Second: illegal gun possession. So as it turns out he was loaded in more ways than one.

The third crime here was the cover-up -- the destruction of police booking documents and evidence of the crime. And that's perhaps the most shocking. That's on Sheriff Finch.

And now he's going to be tried. I'm quite confident that in Florida, with their history of jurisprudence and justice lately, the sheriff will be acquitted, back in his office shortly after the jury's sworn in. Innocent and free to endanger his community again.

So why the people of  Liberty County backing the Sheriff in this situation is outrageous. They live in the area where the man was driving while impaired. He could have killed somebody. As it turns out, this man was in possession of two deadly weapons-- a car and a pistol and he was intoxicated. But does the public care about that? Evidently not.

Is there any concern that their sheriff destroyed evidence of other crimes? "That's nothing. We've got a gun charge here and we're gonna  make sure it don't stick. Nobody takes our guns and gets away with it."

Floyd Parrish could have used either one of his two deadly weapons to kill somebody that night, while intoxicated. Evidently that means nothing to these ignoramuses, including the sheriff. This isn't a second amendment issue. It's a personal and community safety issue. Drunk and driving don't mix. And neither does drunk and pistol packing. Why's that concept so hard to understand?

Oh, yeah, that's right. This is Florida.


Sheriff who told Obama assassination "joke" now compares his critics to Nazis


not funny obama

What is it with Republicans telling utterly tasteless, often appalling "jokes"?

Often, "humor" is nothing more than an excuse for some racist or misogynistic bottom feeder to express his hostility and then excuse it by saying it was just in good fun.

The most recent "joke" happened at a Massachusetts Republican Party St. Patrick’s Day breakfast and was "met with scattered laughter". Why it even got that response is beyond comprehension. Via Blue Mass Group:

Among the speakers was the Sheriff of Plymouth County, Joe McDonald. He did venture into the tasteless. Here’s what he thought was funny - a joke about assassinating President Obama. ...

McDonald offered a joke about Barack Obama being visited in a dream by three past presidents, who offered advice on how to improve the country. Lincoln’s advice: “Go to the theater.”

Apparently, Sheriff Joe (what is it with vile Republicans named Joe?)  thinks nothing of suggesting that President Obama should be assassinated. What do you want to bet this idiot calls himself "pro-life"?

After getting criticized for his sharp wit and flawless judgment, Think Progress is reporting that he's doubling down. Not only is he standing by what he said, he's justifying it by claiming that the joke is 150 years old... and then compared his critics to Nazis:

The irony of it is, it’s perfectly OK for them [liberals] to make those jokes about President Bush or someone from the other side of the aisle. I can imagine what some of this place comes from not 2013 United States, it’s more like Nazi Germany in 1938.” [...]

The basic concept of it has been around since the Andrew Johnson administration..."

See, if a joke has been around long enough, it stops being offensive. Who knew?

Think Progress noted, "as a public safety official who has taken an oath of office, he is held to a higher standard that some unnamed liberals or political activists of the 1860s."

That would work out better if Sheriff Joe held himself to any standards to begin with.

More details here.


VIDEO: Rev. Al schools AZ sheriff who calls Obama a dictator, vows to defy new gun safety laws


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Sheriff Paul Babeu didn't' stand a chance. Rev. Al made mincemeat of this poor slob when he defiantly, and stupidly, tried to fall back on right wing talking points about President Obama supposedly trampling the Constitution by legally proposing gun safety strategies and legally issuing executive orders.

Watch, listen, and learn. The Rev saved his best lines for last.


Rev. Al:

"An officer of the law who refuses to carry out the law. Interesting."

"What gives you the authority... to decide what's constitutional?"

"You're not a Supreme Court justice are you?"


"These are not lawful anything."

"The president should not... with a wave of the hand, say this is what we're going to do."

Rev. Al:

"You said you would be the decider of what is constitutional. What gives you the authority?"


"I have to enforce the law.... whether I agree with them or not. These are not laws."

Rev. Al:

"Tell me how these orders violate constitutional freedom."


"They don't specifically." But more laws are bad blahblahblah.

Rev. Al:

"But you're talking your opinion, sheriff. You're not telling me how it violates constitutional law."

"So you're gonna decide...?"


"Not at all. That's his authority..."

Rev. Al:

"It's not alright if it's something you disagree with? And you hide behind it's unconstitutional?"


 "The most important person in the land is that of private citizen [sic]..."

Rev. Al:

"Tell me where he has in your opinion made an executive action that is unconstitutional."


"He doesn't in those 23."

Rev. Al:

"You accused the president of acting like a king and a dictator... but you say he didn't do it."


"He talks about what he plans for legislation..."

Rev. Al:

"Ooooh, so legislation! So you mean now you're not talking about exec action. You mean if he proposes legislation that is voted by the Congress, you're going to defy the very laws that Congress may vote on?"


"Not at all."

Rev Al:

"You just said... Legislation means it goes before the Congress. That's what legislation is."


Blahblahblah Fast and Furious, hypocrisy blahblah.

Rev Al:

"Wait a minute. You're trying to go Fast and Furious away from the issue! You just admitted that he is proposing legislation which is the antithesis to him being a king or dictator..."

"I can only assume you did this... to get some attention..."

"You started by saying you're going to defy unconstitutionality that you can't establish. And you're the sheriff! People actually depend on you to protect them!"