Manson Murders Still Captivating, Half a Century Later

After the news earlier this week about the long overdue death of Charles Manson, there were, of course, many responses on the Internet, ranging from celebration to claims that Manson and President Trump had similarities. Countless comments referenced Manson’s fiery destination and his eternity in the depths of hell, with more than one person saying even hell was too good for Manson. What was really too good for Manson was almost forty-six years of life after the jury at his murder trial gave him a death sentence. When the California Supreme Court banned capital punishment in the state, Manson’s sentence was automatically modified to life and, incredibly, he would be eligible for parole. Fortunately, he never had a chance at being granted parole as his crimes were so notorious that he was never going to see freedom. Nor have his three co-defendants, Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel. Atkins was even denied ‘compassionate release’ after developing terminal brain cancer and having a leg amputated. She died in prison. Van Houten has been recommended for parole twice now, but […] → Keep reading

Gun Confiscation an Unrealistic Leftist Fantasy

After the recent mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas and California, the media, Democrats and the leftist cabal in Hollywood went on their usual rants of demanding something be done. The knee-jerk responses to any shooting came as expected, with all the usual suspects putting out their same-old press releases, tweets and editorials. All they need do is change the date on them.

It’s hard to take them seriously when gun-grabbers continually demand that “something be done” but never do say that the ‘something’ is. They never get specific because they don’t have a clue what to do. It’s always interesting to me that lefties continually blame the availability of guns for mass shootings but never want to discuss the decay of society that has fostered an environment friendly to those bent on mass murder. They never want to discuss the decay because their leftist ideals and programs are responsible for it.

So they blame the guns and demand “something be done.” More gun laws? The ones we have aren’t working so why would more gun laws do anything? Some […] → Keep reading

Sanctuary Cities – Intent Follows the Illegal Immigrant

As part of his immigration plan, President Trump pledged during his campaign to block federal funding to sanctuary cities within the first one hundred days of his administration. “Block funding for sanctuary cities. We block the funding. No more funding. Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars,” Trump said last August. States could lose funding as well as counties and cities. Some could face huge penalties for noncompliance. New York City stands to lose $1.8 billion in federal dollars.

I sincerely hope he keeps this pledge.

Sanctuary cities, if you don’t know, have laws or unwritten policies in place to limit how much local law enforcement cooperate with federal immigration officials when dealing with illegal immigrants. Illegals who have been arrested for crimes in sanctuary cities are typically allowed to serve their city jail time and are then released instead of being turned over to the feds for deportation. Some cities will turn over illegals who commit serious felonies but shield all others.

The liberals harboring these criminals are doing so at the expense […] → Keep reading

Obama Commutes Sentences For Drug Traffickers

On Thursday this week the White House issued a press release saying that President Obama granted commutation to 72 federal inmates, a follow-up to the 98 commutations he granted last week. For his presidency, this is a total of 955 individuals, including 324 life sentences.

Part of the press release takes a shot at mandatory minimum sentences and calls for Congress to enact “broader reforms needed to ensure our federal sentencing system operates more fairly and effectively in the service of public safety.”

Hogwash.

Obama has now commuted the sentence for more federal prisoners than all other presidents since World War II combined. Reportedly, all of the prisoners were convicted of nonviolent drug offenses but some also were convicted for nonviolent weapons offenses.

White House counsel Neil Eggleston said in the press release, “The President is committed to reinvigorating the clemency authority, demonstrating that our nation is a nation of second chances, where mistakes from the past will not deprive deserving individuals of the opportunity to rejoin society and contribute to their families and communities.”

More hogwash. The vast […] → Keep reading

Oklahoma State Questions

Here is a summary of the State Questions on the Oklahoma ballot and my brief take on each.

BALLOT TITLE FOR STATE QUESTION NO. 776

This measure adds a new section to the Oklahoma Constitution, Section 9A of Article 2. The new Section deals with the death penalty. The Section establishes State constitutional mandates relating to the death penalty and methods of execution. Under these constitutional requirements:

The Legislature is expressly empowered to designate any method of execution not prohibited by the United States Constitution. Death sentences shall not be reduced because a method of execution is ruled to be invalid. When an execution method is declared invalid, the death penalty imposed shall remain in force until it can be carried out using any valid execution method, and The imposition of a death penalty under Oklahoma law­—as distinguished from a method of execution—shall not be deemed to be or constitute the infliction of cruel or unusual punishment under Oklahoma’s Constitution, nor to contravene any provision of the Oklahoma Constitution.

My vote – YES

You can thank liberals for this […] → Keep reading

Oklahoma State Senator Anthony Sykes – Supporter of Highway Piracy

For more than a year I have been reading about civil asset forfeiture and the need for reform. Stories of law enforcement seizing assets, usually cash, from innocent people on the side of the road have become rampant as the media, many politicians, watchdog groups and the public make the case for reform. I have written about civil asset forfeiture before, here and here, and the time has come for me to write about it again.

As a quick refresher for those unfamiliar with civil asset forfeiture, here’s how it works. Civil asset forfeiture laws allows law enforcement to take your property without ever charging you with a crime by claiming the property seized is connected to criminal activity. The most typical application of the law is to seize cash from someone during a traffic stop. An officer who has pulled you over for a suspected traffic violation has the authority to make the decision all on his own that the cash in your vehicle wasn’t obtained legally and, therefore, he is going to take it away from you and […] → Keep reading