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Making a Murderer – Of Course Steven Avery Did It

After being mercilessly hounded by coworkers I finally gave in and marathoned Making a Murderer on Netflix. Coworkers gave me a brief synopsis of the events it covered and assured me of the outrage I would feel as I watched police misconduct send two men to prison for a murder they didn’t commit.

If you’re not familiar with the series, here is a very short summary of what it is about. Over ten, hour-long episodes the documentary covers Steven Avery’s wrongful conviction for rape in 1985 which sent him to prison, his exoneration by DNA after eighteen years, his lawsuit against the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department, the disappearance of Teresa Halbach in 2005, Avery’s arrest and conviction for Halbach’s murder, and the conviction of Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, for his role in Halbach’s murder.

Having finished all the episodes, I have to say to coworkers and all the Steven Avery fans out there, he and Dassey are both guilty as […] → Keep reading

Civil Asset Forfeiture – Policing for Profit

I find myself in the very unusual position of agreeing with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. If you’re a reader of my blog or know anything about my politics you’ll understand what a rare moment this is.

The issue is civil asset forfeiture. State Senator Kyle Loveless has introduced a package of bills to reform civil asset forfeiture laws and he has managed to rankle some law enforcement agencies with his proposals.

What exactly is civil asset forfeiture? If you haven’t read about it, it’s a legal process by which law enforcement officers can seize assets from people suspected of involvement with criminal activity without necessarily charging said person with a crime or even proving that a crime has occurred. Countless people have had large amounts of cash seized from them during traffic stops. Other items seized have included cars, mobile homes, jewelry, computers, and even homes. In one instance I read about, a town’s police department was […] → Keep reading

Trump Is Right and He’s Done Republicans A Huge Service

Donald Trump’s comments about illegal immigrants seem to be dominating the news lately. The media have made it the story and have taken great glee in reporting about the backlash The Donald is receiving for what he said. Macy’s, Serta mattresses, Univision, NASCAR and NBC have all either cut ties with Trump or announced they will be terminating agreements with him. My first thought after reading all that was to wonder how in the world Donald Trump has his own line of Serta mattresses. Who would want that? But I digress. The Donald doesn’t seem to care about all the damage, saying on Fox & Friends, “I think it’s bad for my brand. I don’t care. You know maybe I’m leading in the polls, but this is certainly not good. I lose customers. I lose people.”

But what exactly was it he said that has made him the target of all this backlash? I’ve seen it misquoted on a few […] → Keep reading

Black Lives Don’t Matter

Since the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, blacks and other liberals have thrown out the phrase ‘black lives matter’ all over social media, signs, broadcasts, graffiti and other places. When Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson after committing a robbery and attacking a police officer, the phrase received new impetus and has become a staple in the liberal lexicon. The people using it want everyone to believe that nobody cares about black lives but them. They use it as incitement to anger and justification for protests and riots, such as in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray. It’s a call to battle. A rallying cry. It’s a unifying phrase for blacks and liberals who decry ‘white privilege’ and the death of any black person at the hands of a white police officer, whether justified or not. But there’s just one problem with it.

They don’t mean it.

The ‘black lives matter’ meme is supposed […] → Keep reading

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform – Taking the Piracy Out of Policing

Oklahoma State Senator Kyle Loveless has filed the “Personal Asset Protection Act,” which would drastically change Oklahoma’s civil asset forfeiture law. Currently, civil asset forfeiture law allows law enforcement to seize someone’s assets even though the owner has never been convicted of a crime and in many instances, is never even charged with a crime. The bill, SB838, was filed late in this year’s legislative session and will likely not be acted upon this year. Senator Loveless plans to hold an interim study into civil asset forfeiture law to gather facts and build a coalition of supporters before next year’s session.

The changes that Senator Loveless has proposed are on two main issues. The first is requiring that a conviction be obtained before assets can be seized. The second, and the most likely to be opposed by law enforcement, requires seized assets to be sent to Oklahoma’s general revenue fund instead of being retained by the law enforcement agency making […] → Keep reading

Baltimore: The Pratt Street Riot of 1861 and The Thug Riot of 2015

The rioting in Baltimore has been dominating the news this week and it has been a disgusting display of liberalism in action. The thugs claim victim status as justification for rioting, arson and theft while the police stand idly by, handcuffed by a wimp of a Mayor who wanted to give the “protesters” some “space to destroy” the city, while later claiming that she never said that. It is a stark contrast to the rioting in Baltimore in 1861 at the beginning of the Civil War. Fort Sumter, South Carolina is famous for being the location of the first shots fired in the war and the First Battle of Bull Run is famous for being the first major land battle of the armies in Virginia. But did you know that Baltimore is the location of the first documented casualty of the Civil War and that it happened during rioting in the streets? The Pratt Street Riot on April 19, 1861 […] → Keep reading

State Senator and Faith Leaders: Justifiable to Resist, Kill Police

Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers is making me wonder about the district that has continually reelected him for the last forty-four years. He made the news last week when he said on the floor of the Senate that “my ISIS is the police.”

Nebraska Watchdog – “I would tell young people: If you tell somebody to go across the world to fight for ISIS, they can put you in jail if you just talk about it. If you want to fight injustice, don’t — you don’t have to go around the world to find the ISIS mentality, your ISIS is in America. And you’re likely to die over there, one way or the other. So if you’re going to die, die making your home safe. My home is not threatened by ISIS, mine is threatened by the police. The police are licensed to kill us: Children, old people.”

National Review – “If I was going to carry a weapon, […] → Keep reading

Obama Praises the Mosque of the Oklahoma Beheader

Late last month, Colleen Hufford was at work at Vaughan Food Distribution in Moore, Oklahoma when Jah’Keem Yisrael (Alton Nolen) rushed into the building, stabbed her multiple times, then cut off her head. He had just been fired for getting into arguments with coworkers about stoning women. He is said to have gone home to retrieve his knife, then returned to the business where he beheaded Hufford and began stabbing another woman before he was shot by the COO of Vaughan Foods, Mark Vaughan. Vaughan is also an Oklahoma County reserve sheriff’s deputy.

Witnesses to the beheading said Yisrael was shouting Islamic phrases during the attack. He had recently converted to Islam while in prison and was attending the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. This is the same mosque attended by Zacharias Moussaoui, who was to have been the 20th hijacker on 9/11. A former member of this mosque shared some chilling information about it with Fox’s Megyn […] → Keep reading

Businesses, Gun Rights and Gay Marriage

The beheading of a woman last week in Moore, Oklahoma by a Muslim could have been much, much worse were it not for chief operating officer Mark Vaughan. When Alton Nolen beheaded one woman and began stabbing another, the chief operating officer of the business, Mark Vaughan, retrieved his weapon and shot Nolen to end the attack. Vaughan is also an Oklahoma County reserve sheriff’s deputy. Law enforcement officials have said there is no doubt that Vaughan’s quick action saved the lives of several other employees.

This is a prime example of a violent attack at a business that was ended by someone with a firearm. What if the policy of this business had been that firearms are not allowed on the premises? How many more employees would have been killed before police officers arrived and entered the business to confront Nolen?

Here in Oklahoma we have thousands of people with concealed carry permits. In this day and age […] → Keep reading

Oklahoma Muslim Beheads Woman, Firearm Prevents More Murders

Yesterday afternoon a Muslim convert killed a woman with a knife, beheaded her and attacked another woman with the knife before being shot by an Oklahoma County reserve deputy.

KFOR – MOORE, Okla. – Officials with the Moore Police Department say the FBI is now involved in the investigation related to a brutal attack of workers at a food distribution plant.

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.

He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife.

Sgt. Lewis confirms the type of knife used in the attack is the same kind used at the plant.

Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”

At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the […] → Keep reading