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February 28th, 2009 | Author:

Not all cops are like Paul Schene. Some of them are even human. This is really funny. Thanks, Connie!

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February 28th, 2009 | Author:

From William Grigg at

Deputy Paul Schene of the King County Sheriff’s Department, an eight-year law enforcement veteran, was videotaped beating a 15-year-old in a holding cell last November. The video was pried out of police hands just days ago by a Seattle television station that filed an official request under Washington’s open records law.

After being arrested and booked on a charge of auto theft (the car belongs to her parents, and she was a passenger, not the driver), the teenager displayed a “lippy” disposition toward Schene and another officer. As the door to her cell was being closed, she was ordered to remove her shoes. She complied by kicking one of them in Schene’s direction.

Perhaps Schene is well-versed in Arab culture and perceived this to be a grave insult to his masculinity, such as it is. In any case, he charged into the cell, kicked her in the stomach, slammed the girl’s head against the wall, threw the girl (who weighed roughly half of what he did) face-first to the floor, and — with the assistance of his fellow tax-feeder — handcuffed her while striking her twice to the back to the head.

Once she was shackled, the girl was pulled to her feet and dragged out of the cell by her hair:

In his official report, Schene did what police almost always do in such circumstances: He lied, in the serene (albeit misplaced) confidence that nobody would review the video from the holding cell, or at least take it seriously.

Schene claimed that the girl “provided resistance and failure to comply with instructions”; in fact, it was her compliance with instructions that precipitated the beating. The deputy wrote that his response was merely to “place” her in handcuffs, while omitting mention of kicking her in the stomach, beating her head against the wall, hitting her twice while she was prone and pinned down by two men twice her size, and then dragging her out by her hair.

He also reported that the shoe hurled by the detainee injured him so severely that he — fragile, delicate creature that he is — had to be treated at a nearby hospital. If that injury occurred, it was entirely self-inflicted: The video shows him banging his shin against the toilet as he attacked the terrified girl.

The video record documents that after the assault the girl, who understandably had difficulty breathing, required medical treatment. Schene described the treatment as necessary to deal with a “panic attack,” a dishonest way of describing the reaction of a traumatized teenage girl to being gang-beaten by two adult males.

The video was discovered weeks later by a detective assigned to investigate the auto theft. Schene has been charged with fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

Several years ago, Schene shot and killed an unarmed, mentally disturbed man following a traffic stop that degenerated into a “knock-down, drag-out” fight. The shooting was ruled “justifiable.” Shortly after that incident, he was stopped for driving under the influence (apparently of prescription medication). He was given a deferred sentence and placed on probation, so that he could continue to bless the people of King County with his singular professionalism.

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February 27th, 2009 | Author:

J. D. Tuccille, the Civil Liberties Examiner at, has posted an excellent article entitled, Forget right and left — it’s the control freaks against the rest of us.

It’s not that there aren’t real ideological differences along the political spectrum — there are. But left, right, up or down, there are activists who focus on ways of expanding freedom, and there are activists who focus on ways of extending government control over people’s lives. They may put the emphasis on different issues and strongly disagree on specific policies, but ultimately, righties and lefties who emphasize freedom have more in common with one another than they do with supposed comrades who are obsessed with control.

He makes many valid points in this article, and I encourage you to read the whole thing, but I think the underlying battleground can be traced back to the founding of our country, in the words of the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

While there exist revolutionary scholars far more qualified than I am, among them my good friend Hercules Mulligan, nonetheless I am going to share my thoughts on this statement.

We hold these truths to be self-evident

Those who formed our country believed in the truth that Webster’s defines as “conformity with fact or reality; a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality; a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like.”

Americans today have lost this belief. We have largely accepted the lies of relative moralism, which declare that no universal standard exists to judge right or wrong, that what is right today is wrong tomorrow, that what is wrong in China, is right in America. Every ethical position can change based on circumstance or personal preference. The belief in right and wrong, or good and evil, has been declared obsolete in our society.

These two positions cannot be reconciled. Either universal truth exists or it doesn’t. Either we support the propositions our country was formed on, or we don’t. I believe, along with our founders, that some truths are self-evident. If we look at some examples, I think we can all agree that at least some truth does not change.

  • The TSA agent who interrogates and terrifies a three-year-old is wrong.
  • Torturing prisoners at Gitmo in unspeakable ways is wrong.
  • Fining homeowners who protect their property with a firebreak is wrong.
  • A BART cop who shot an unarmed man in the back was wrong.
  • Taking kids from their “old” grandparents and arbitrarily giving them to a gay couple is wrong.
  • Covering up the brutal rape and murder of a 19-year-old Army private in Iraq is wrong.

The list is endless, and if you want to get really riled, read through my posts on abuse of power. It’s one of my favorite blogging topics.

The larger point I’m making is that we all recognize injustice and abuse of power when we see it, starting with the bully on the playground. It’s self-evident.

If injustice is self-evident, then, if some truths are not relative to circumstance or personal opinion, then perhaps our founders list of truths carry weight, after all. Perhaps we need to re-examine just what it is that we believe. Perhaps good and evil really do exist.

As this post is already longer than I had planned, I will end it by saying … to be continued.

February 26th, 2009 | Author:

Here’s some real justice from Big Brother across the pond:

The couple’s nightmare started in October 2003 when Mrs Webster took their second son to hospital with a swollen leg.

He was found to have a number of small fractures which doctors said could be caused only by physical abuse.

The following year they were permanently removed and put up for adoption after a one-day court hearing.

Medical experts later concluded that the injuries were not caused by violent twisting and shaking, but were symptoms of rare case of scurvy.

Mr Webster, 35, and his 27-year-old wife fled to Ireland in 2006 to stop their fourth child, Brandon, being taken into care at birth.

The Appeal Court ruled on Wednesday that even though the Websters ‘may well’ have been victims of a miscarriage of justice the adoption order on their eldest three children could not be revoked because the youngsters are now settled with their adoptive parents.

Huh? We screwed up, but we’re not gonna fix it? Too bad for you, the imperial “we” has decided the kids will be better off where they are because family is not important?

Are these judges like the “persons of high moral character” that Sen. Boxer wants to rule over how our kids are raised here in the U.S.?

Are any of these arrogant, overweening, supercilious do-gooders aware that God gives children to their parents, not the state?

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
(Psalms 127:3)

I would not want to be these judges standing before the Real Judge on that day.

For the Son of Man is going to come
in the glory of His Father with His angels,
(Matthew 16:27)

Come, Lord Jesus.

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February 26th, 2009 | Author:

SB 406, which defines person for the purposes of application of inalienable rights,states, “All persons are born free and have certain inalienable rights…person means a human being at all stages of human development of life, including the state of fertilization or conception, regardless of age, health, level of functioning, or condition of dependency.”

This was recently passed by the Montana Senate, which is now in a race with North Dakota to pass the first “personhood” law, may God bless them both mightily.

Hat tip to Jon-Paul at The Thinker, who makes the excellent point that “viability” must be determined by the competence of our medical science, which is a pretty nebulous criteria to determine when life begins. If the doctors this year can keep a baby alive at 24 weeks, and next year at 22 weeks, has the beginning of life changed simply because we’ve learned more?

As a bonus of this language, I do believe it might also keep them from bumping off us old folks when we can’t contribute anymore.