Evidence 101

EVIDENCE 101...Wherever you go, there you are...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Shotgun Kate

Well, it was the second round of trap in my Indiana follies today.

However, Sheriff Mike took Bug and I to the local conservation club, not the one far, far away in the land of the rich and free, but right in my back yard.  And where it was packed full of men and all were geezers. I was the only female. They stared at me.

I was nervous.

As I waited for our turn, I was more nervous. I did watch several of them miss... a lot. But they were all having fun and laughing. That part was a relief. They seemed like a good group of men...er...geezers.

It was our turn, along with 3 others. I hesitated because the announcing made a reference to what I thought was sort of like my name but wasn't my name. I turned and gave Sheriff Mike the Fargo rookie stare down.


ME: You don't even know my name? OMG. WTF?

SHERIFF MIKE: I got your name wrong? That's what I thought your note said.

ME: My note cancelling on you the last time?


ME: You mean you didn't know my name all these months? Nor bothered to know?


ME: Wow.

SHERIFF MIKE: I really got your name wrong?

ME: Yeah. Epic fail. I have messy handwriting. I can't believe you didn't know my name. I feel so cheap.

SHERIFF MIKE: I will go hang my head in shame.

ME: *crickets* Pfst. Yeah.

So the first round...the first 13 were AWESOME! I heard whispers in the background...the crowd roared...and then...

...some geezer said, "She shoots damn good for a girl."

I don't know why I didn't embrace that comment and continue on my fantastic streak of greatness. I must have heard the magic words of kryptonite and I began melting into the shooting plank. I sucked. I was missing. Then I hit. I had two stove pipes. Then I would miss. Then I had the range master tell me to slow down as I was reloading too fast. I was off my game. The words were in my head. I defeated myself. It was pitiful. Like rookie-ness.

At the end of the first round, I was disgusted with myself.

There was a long lag time before the next round, so I took the time to get my head out of my ass. It was a process.

While I was contemplating the maneuver, a geezer came up to me and spoke to me about my shooting. He complimented me and told me he wished there were more "ladies" that came out to shoot. I looked around and then focused back on him and realized he was talking about me. Or perhaps it was because my head was still in my ass and I couldn't see very well to communicate.

He was nice to chat with and I enjoyed his company. Curiosity soon killed the cats and they came over to me one by one. I laughed my ass off when the range master told me the shotgun I was shooting with had too long of a stock and Sheriff Mike should shorten it for me. Yeah. Funny. He about died as that suggestion was made.

ME: Yeah. Let's get a chain saw out and cut that $4,000 gun of yours up to fit me. Great idea.


ME: It's the least you could do since you don't even know my name.

At this point he got red in the face.

RANGE MASTER: He got your name wrong?

ME: Yes.

RANGE MASTER: Oh, dear, we can change it.

ME: It's Ok. What he told you is better than Margaret.

RANGE MASTER: You don't look like a Margaret.

ME: Nope. Everyone says that. I think I will stick with that exotic name he gave you tonight.

RANGE MASTER: Ok. Suit yourself, dear. Keep up that good shooting.

His cheerfulness got my mind off my head games I was playing with myself and back in the mindset to shoot again with cop sense and concentration...or some shit like that.

The second round...much better. Although it was getting darker, and I couldn't see worth a darn, I was hitting the pigeons.  And concentrating. And finally in my groove. In the end the geezers just said "Great shooting" and had dropped the "for a girl." I told them it was my second time which raised eyebrows. Is it wrong I didn't mention the cop thing? Neither did Sheriff Mike.

All's well that end's well.

Especially for Margaret. Wherever she is.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Standoff...of... Where's Fargo

It appears that we have to have another tie breaker between Russian Bear and the Fire Pup. Perhaps they are conspiring to keep this going until eternity. Or maybe they know what great prizes I give out and want to delay the outcome of a winner in hopes the prize will get better or go away. I'm not sure. It's hard to second guess the male variety.

Whose house am I slobbering over? Hint: I love books and nature. Answer: Gene Porter-Stratton's Limberlost Cabin. Geneva, Indiana. Both of her places are grand and magnificent. I want to share them with Bug as she hasn't seen them and I have not yet been inside either. I have only read her work, walked her gardens, and chatted with a man that grew up with her when he was a kid. Might be a good birthday gift to myself.

Where am I? What am I doing? Why is this picture significant? Hint: It may have something to do with the Wyoming Supreme Court. Answer: Surveillance on my own place. Illegal hunting and dumping of wild game. Reported to The Red Coats. Had video and camera still shots as evidence, plus I had words with the man. They did not care nor did they respond. They refused to take my report.

Multiple answer essay: One of my favorite springtime flowers...the magnolia. This is a famous home which belongs to the university I am currently working at. Which Ball family built this? Where am I standing to enjoy the magnolias? The university also houses a rescue for a certain flower which happens to be one I love. What is it? Answer: The largest Ball (Ball jars) mansion remaining. It is currently used for administrative purposes right now and off limits to the public. The magnolias are in front of the next Ball mansion to the north of this one, close to Oakhurst, but toward the driveway. My back is to the White River. The orchid rescue goes on at the Greenhouse in the middle of Christy Woods. I walk there as often as possible on my lunch hour.
Something doesn't go with the others? How much did I pay for that tramp? (Not the ho version) What is my favorite season of the year? In order to take this pic, I could only be in one location in the River War Haus. Where was I? Answer: The trampoline does not belong in the pic as it detracts from the landscape and all the other pics are not winter. My favorite season is fall, although I love all the changes. I was in the loft. located in the River War Haus. There is only one window there. What a view!

There you go...waiting on pins and needles for your answers to the impossible questionnaire.

So... I believe Fire Pup may have won by one question. However, because you were both tortured so long and such good sports...I will give each of you a prize. You can choose from these gifts:

1. Amish
2. Fargo

And that doesn't mean you get an Amish or Fargo. It means it is a clue about your prize.

Email me with your choice and your shipping address. Thanks everyone for putting up with me!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

TYE BREAKER...Where's Fargo?

It's time for the tie breaker between Russian Bear and Fire Pup. Here you go...keep in mind...there is a prize...

                        What is it? Where's Fargo? Hint...I'm on the west side of the Mississippi.

                                               Where's this? It's very famous where I work.

Where am I?


Where is this? What is it? What does it represent?

Completely...Naked..Tales of The Reentry Program

It has been an adjustment getting used to the ruckus and disruption after the reentry program of a teenager. Goodbye, Peaceful Summer.

I missed my Bug. I miss my quiet time as well.

The biggest class in the Reentry Program is "Mom Space." It's one of the general requirements. However, it isn't being absorbed by the student, so remedial training has started.

My bedroom is on the upper northeast side of the house with a huge walk in closet. It is my sanctuary. It is the no-dog and no-teenager zone. None of them obey the rules. NONE! It Is wearing on my nerves.

It is my job on a 24/7 mission to ingrain in the minds of young recruits why we have sanctuaries and why we must respect private time.

As the sun was just peeking in my windows, I was enjoying my morning and just about to fall asleep when the door burst open  and Bug and Moose jumped on my bed. Their funny jester was interrupted by Bug's awareness...

BUG: Mom! Are you naked under those sheets?

ME: Duh. I like to sleep naked.

BUG: MOM! That is SOOO GROSS! Oh my gosh. I am traumatized for life.

ME: Uh. It's my room. I can sleep naked if I want to. Besides, silky sheets, naked...it's AWESOME!

BUG: No! NO! NOOO! Moose and I are going to be ruined. Come on Moose! Let's go. Ick. I can't believe my mother would do this to me.

ME: My room. My rules. You should knock. Besides it's been hot.

BUG: I was trying to be funny.

ME: Foiled again.

BUG: I am going to be grossed out for the rest of my life.

ME: Yes. And you know what is better than sleeping in silky sheets naked?

BUG: What, Mom?!?

ME: Naked skin touching naked skin. Go find me a hot man to go in here.


ME: Too late.

BUG: Nasty. Just nasty. I don't think it's funny.

ME: Want a hug?

And so...she and Moose ran screaming out of my bedroom.

So goeth the first lesson.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dog Gone It

In light of all the dog hype on here, Julie Clements, posted this wonderful video to The Boogie Man Is My Friend Facebook page for me to peruse. I must tell you it warmed my heart and brought a smile to my face. It is a must see! Julie, thank you so much for thinking of me when you saw this and sharing it. You are the bomb!

Yes, you are welcome, Yuri! Thank the grand Julie for this one. Giving cops a bone today!

Yeah. That didn't sound right. Anyway...it's a dog story.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BLAH, Blah, blah

Readership, as well as followers, have been dropping off the face of Fargo ever since I stopped posting The Serial Killer series. The highest post with the most pageviews? The red dress.

Is Fargo all about sex? Cop stories? Crazy life?

Am I boring you?

I think so. So here's a little game for you called...Where's Fargo?
 Conner Prairie. Fishers, IN

I am somewhere in this picture, listening to Symphony on the Prairie...The Rolling Stones. Where am I in the crowd? What city? I am the one behind the lens. Right there.

Where am I? It is one of my favorite places. And don't say kneeling in front of naked boys. I will beat someone.  Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

I have a 7 minute 38 second song that is original with Fargo's team and The English as lead singer. What's the name of the song? Or what message do the lyrics send out? Hint: It was a blog post from wwwaaaayyy back. What show is featured in small snippets on there? 

It's a tune mocking the cycle of family violence with a little bit of COWBELL in there. It's rock n roll. It's awesome. The English sounds amazing. I wish I could share, but he forbid me. He has recorded a bunch of music and songs, but they are for friends only. 

This blog is not a reality show. Well, Ok. I lied. I'm a free reality show.

But I like real issues. I do have a brain. Several actually. Each voice in my head has one. A brain. And real issues.

With that note...in September marks what special Fargo occasion(s)? Let's see how good you are.

You have been warned. There IS a prize for the most correct answers.

OK. Be honest. How many of you are REALLY annoyed with the fact there are no more NEW exciting cop stories? And how many SECRET cases and stories do I need to start telling?

MORE GUNS, LESS CRIME..all about the book

After my challenge yesterday, Fargo's Brilliant One accepted my offer and in about 2.5 seconds had responded. I delayed posting this just so he didn't look so smart. If you aren't interested in gun laws, gun control, or the 2nd Amendment, I fear you are missing a huge mark in politics which is going to greatly effect our country. Guns are not just about a device. It's about something much more deep rooted, involving our Constitutional Rights, freedoms, economics, and crime. I could go on about the trickle down theory and how important each of our rights is to us, whether we choose to exercise them or not. At least they are there, for the choosing. For now. 


Yuri's brain at work...stand by for dramatic details...I am sure this is not the end. I am going to add my "2 cents" in blue. Yuri is in red. 


Do I agree/disagree with the author's research, studies, and opinion on the economics of gun control? Yes.

Do you believe he has proven his theory with enough evidence to support it? Yes.

My favorite parts:

1) His critics misinterpret their own data, which actually confirms his thesis. 

My thoughts from the cop perspective...critics often skew or misinterpret their own data. I think it is more than just sneaky politics. I really think they don't understand, nor do they care to because they have such a close minded approach to these issues. Opinions?

2) Catching his critic cherry picking Guns&Ammo sales data to reach a forgone conclusion. 

Yes. We all have seen the sales data in one fashion or another, ( I hope),  and we think we know what it shows us, but some choose to put their own spin on things. Yuri, you go first if you will on this subject, because I think it is important. ..if you would accept another discussion challenge, that is. Let's talk about the sales data and what it really means. 

In addition to what the author is talking about here ( I will put some data up on another post later) ...Let's look at from a manufacturer side, public side, gun owner side, crime side...What is really going on out there? Is it the panic of the public? Is it government buy ups? Is it a dirty scandal? Is it really supply and demand? Are the manufacturing companies or the government bamboozling Americans? Are people really arming themselves? Doomsdayers? Preppers? What changed to amp it up again? Meat and potatoes. 

I mean...I look at shelves...they are empty. Empty of guns. Empty of ammo. Unless I want to fork out a lot of dough for a trap shotgun (which I would LOOOOVVVEEE to own), there is nothing out there for grabs.

Things I did not know but make sense:

1) Substitution crime effect. Increase in petty crime with a relaxation of gun carry laws. Violent crimes are reduced, but larceny and property crimes increase. 

Chiefs have been telling city government officials this for years and tried reaching public support by submitting annual reports for public viewing...which I believe is still good. The problem is, the people ( all walks) look at violent crime going down...oh, we need less cops. We have a great area. They aren't contributing it to the correct factors that changed crime. It isn't that people are starting to be good. It's that the criminals are more wary of gun toting Americans. More ammo. People are fed up with criminals and are fighting back with weapons. More alarms. More cops. It can all be attributed to this cluster of factors. However, the one that can always be tracked and ALWAYS changes crime...gun laws. 

It isn't drugs. 

It isn't big dogs. 

It isn't motion lights. 

It's not just guns. It's gun carry laws.

It's also a positive influence on crime when the laws are in favor of the 2nd Amendment right to carry. Gun control laws...just sell more guns, puts more money in the hands of retailers and manufacturers..and places uneasy panic in society. 

Look at how well Wyoming works. And Wyoming has a bad drug problem, but the gun carry laws have drastically changed the crime happenings. 

Look at how bad gun carry laws do NOT work...ie. Chicago. Talk about a need for martial law. (Never thought I would say that)  People are scared there. FOR A REASON. I have stayed in the projects. YIKES!

2)Increased crime in Neighboring areas after a relaxation of gun carry laws. Criminals still do crime, but target an area that is perceived as soft. Similar to the substitution effect.

Yes. Again...cops have known that for years. 

Is there a particular part of the study you want to talk about?

Yuri, why isn't this knowledge, or this study, or studies like this hitting home with politicians? Why aren't Americans "buying" into it?  What is their agenda? Why are gun control and gun carry laws so forefront on the political hot seat and chopping block? It can't be because of a few mass shootings. 

What is REALLY going on? Why doesn't the public get what is so easy for me to absorb and see, having been a cop and seeing the inside of what makes crime tick? 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Gun Challenge

Yuri, (aka.  Fargo's Brilliant One), this goes out to you... I am reading....this...the latest edition, that is...

I'll give you time to peruse, Google, research, or just throw your opinion out there. You may answer my challenging questions on your blog or over here.  If you accept my challenge, I would like to see what the readers think of our banter.

Do you agree or disagree with the author's research, studies, and opinion on the economics of gun control?

Do you believe he has proven his theory with enough evidence to support it?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The UnderCOVER Liberal

It is with great pleasure, that I introduce you to Fargo's Brilliant One coming back to the blog world! He goes by the moniker...THE UNDERCOVER LIBERAL. 

**Drum roll**Crowd roars!

Must I say, he is funny as hell. Even for a smart one. And he is a genius. He comes from a long line of smart ones, I hear. His family is beautiful. All of them. The ones I have seen. His dad is famous and a most brilliant writer of the book. I hope to meet him at a book signing some day.

I am sure these choppy sentences are exploding on The UnderCover Liberal's screen which causes his brow to furl in anger and disgust. Like this one. And the next sentence. They aren't complete with verbs and nouns. They start with prepositional phrases. Off Fargo's fingertips. Spews this way.

Don't lose out on Yuri and his brilliance! Go check him out! It's THE LAW. Oh...and he picked a good website name and blog name. It has FARGO in it. I find him quite entertaining and I am always up for a good read.

Click on his link...go ahead...it's OK. He's of age. It's not dirty or illegal. Yet.

The White Columns

The country road led us to an old colonial plantation home. Without a plantation. The columns that held up the front porch were over 24 foot high and thick. They spoke out that they were the strength of the place. The red door was a double door with the leaded glass still intact. Above, high on the colonial face was an American flag in all it's glory. The place was fit for a queen. At least an American one.

I walked the gardens and orchards with Olen, my favorite man at the church. Olen is an elderly gentleman who lost his wife a few years ago. We all take care to check on him and bring him meals. He is the sweetest thing and a most honorable, Godly man.

It was like strolling back in time as we went through the grape vine arbors into the apple orchard and settled on the pond. He told me to pick as many apples as I could gather. I asked him who does his yard for him. It was over 10 acres with a pond, orchards, vegetable gardens, flower gardens, small vineyard and a pergola with a grill and picnic table. He said he did it all by himself. It kept him young and active.

Old barns surrounded the glory as did the 100 year old trees that encompassed the property which made it secluded and private. It was magnificent. Actually, it was like stepping back in time.

I touched the tops of the stone eagles that adorned his driveway entrance which sat on top of old brick pillars. I told him I loved the moss that grew over old things and covered them like soft blankets. He pretty much thought I was crazy and laughed.

ME: Can I move in with you?

OLEN: Absolutely, Kathy. I have plenty of room in this home and it's too big for an old man like me.

ME: Deal. This is the prettiest place I have yet to lay my eyes on and I cannot believe how you have restored the place. A grand garden indeed. You also have the old stone urns and stacked stone fences still in tact.

OLEN: Yep. Had to keep it right. It's just an old country home.

ME: It is the bomb. You are all that is right in the world, Olen. Your wife was a lucky lady.

OLEN: I was a lucky man.

I took his arm and walked with him. I knew he was sad at that moment remembering his wife.  We laughed and smiled as we picked apples. He loved the house abuzz with people, I could tell.

I think I fell in love with him even more today.

Scraping Bottom

After I ran the George Jones in my modern art motif pattern which really upsets the neighborhood as I do not mow and refuse to mow in straight lines...I opted to work on the outside of the house. I am Amish in disguise and refuse to get the old paint off the house any other way except by scraping and wire brush methods. Ok. That. And I'm cheap. And upper poor.

I was working away on the hottest day of the week like an idiot. The other days of the week were 75. I picked 83.

I was in my groove when my neighbor decided to step out on his porch and interrupt my progress. I call him Farquaad as his name is close to,  similar, but different to the Shrek character, Lord Farquaad. He looks just like him, however,  only bald.  So...picture Farquaad on his porch with cigar in hand, chiming my ass.

FARQUAAD: Fargo, why are you scraping your house with a garden hoe? Good night, you need a man.

ME: It's fast, easy, and I can run and reach high. Good workout. Next it's the wire brush. I do not need a man.

FARQUAAD: Well, you need to hire that done. I'm starting to feel sorry for you.

ME: Well, you could come help me.

FARQUAAD: I'm not feeling that sorry for you. I just can't look at you while you do that because the guilt will overtake me. Had to come outside and see what all the ruckus was about.

ME: It's me, the Princess, working like a peasant.

FARQUAAD: Why don't you hire that out? That's a lot of work and you are going to need a lift to get up to the top. You are not doing the ladder thing. That will cause me and the wife to have heart failure.

ME: I can't afford it. Have to do it the hard way.

FARQUAAD: Good night. It's just not right that you do that. It's just not right.

ME: I know. You recognize royalty when you see it, don't you? I need peasants!

FARQUAAD: You need something. I will say it's a pretty good job, even for a hoe.

ME: Thanks, Farquaad. That's why I love ya.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Dog Diaries

Fargo's Brilliant One is my cohost today without ever setting his hands on the wheel. That's right. I am in control of what he says. I'm a girl freak like that today. Well, that and it's my blog. I just hope I get it right from his emails and I don't screw that up today. Vera Wang help me to see!

I am in black, Yuri is in red. Why? Because black is slimming.

I sent Yuri this snipit from our dog convo:


This is his response:

The dog owner was being a jackass at the scene, so it doesn't surprise me that he tried to intimidate those that filmed his jackass-ery.
The only victims there are the Rottweiler and the officer that shot him.
Can you say the same about Jeff Fisher and his dog Ziggy?

No. From what I have here, I can't say the same. It made me sick to watch both of them, even when the above one I said...it happens. It was the reaction of the officer during the time and the dog was aggressive. You are right...two victims...Rottweiler and the officer. Ziggy was unnecessary and very sad. 


The above link references the Commerce City shooting. Below is the raw home video of that incident.  Charges were brought against the deputy in the Commerce City incident.

Unless there is an update, the charges did not hold water and were not executed. Under review from the prosecutor's office, they issued a statement saying there wasn't enough.


Well, first, the officers operational tactics sucks ballz. I mean, WTF? They looked like idiots not knowing what they are doing and bad officer safety. Plus...they were the aggressors. Totally could have handled that differently. Sometimes, I think officers that shoot too soon are scared and insecure. I really can't say anything nice about the video and that is really unfair to judge it as I was not there and I don't know the back story.  Still, I express my opinion. They looked like they didn't know what they were doing and they put the dog in a corner. Bastards.

The two incidents I've linked above are both in Adams County, Colorado.  It would be unfair to ask you to defend all officers everywhere.  And I'm not.  These two examples could indicate a problem with just that Sheriff's office.

What I am asking is this, do you see an increasing trend in officers shooting dogs?  I do see an increasing trend in the number of reports.

I think there is an increasing trend because of home video, witnesses, and media blitz on the subjects. Technology and people trying to get their press on. That's not talking about nails, btw, but THE MEDIA FAME. Plus animal stories piss people off and sell newspapers. In my neck of the woods...rarely did that ever happen. We almost always had a different humane approach to solving the problems. We shot a lot of deer and antelope from car accidents. Most of our officers rescued dogs all the time. Cats were unfriendly and ignored. Unless there was 200 of them in a house, then we called Metro Animal Control. I don't think officers are going out there and shooting any more animals than they did before. We are just making the stupid cops and the stupid pet owners famous by making YouTube videos with the magic of cell phone cameras.

Is this a trend from more people owning dogs?

No, it's technology.

Could it be from less responsible dog owners not training their pets? 

I dont' know. I think there are a lot of people out there that should NOT be pet owners. However, there are a lot that do a fine job. I love animals myself.

Is it from a change in police procedures/training/tactics?

Nope. Same shit different day. The change is in police officer thinking, attitude, and the new generation.

Has this always happened and we've never heard about it until recently? 

Yep. However, officers must take into account respect for other people's property and common sense.
I can't recall hearing about dog shootings until the late 90s.  I don't know if I just wasn't reading as much, or if the reporting of incidents changed, or if policing standards changed.

We shoot things. We have guns. Shooting animals is reserved for humane euthanizing when an animal needs to be put down as no other means. It is also reserved for an attack. An officer should take into consideration that they can be the aggressor and should use caution as to NOT push the dog into flight or fight mode. 

There are also warrants we execute. Most often we know about the animals ahead of the game and even in terrible drug busts where we ram the door, we have not killed their animals. Cops should not be careless or ruthless in these incidents. Shooting an animal because you are trigger happy, scared, insecure, or a sicko is a sign you need to get a new job. And therapy.  And things like that make me damn mad. Don't mess with my dog or my car. I am a redneck disguised as a lady. Is that considered drag?
I'd much rather see more endings like Officer Dan's (BaltimorePD)

Yes, me too. And don't send me any videos of animals getting killed by idiots or cops. I am having emotional PTSD issues. I don't want to be sad. ;)  On another note, are you coming out of hiding or are you still the Undercover Liberal? You know it is so fun to tease you. I'm sick like that. Plus, I have to admit, your intelligence, education, and knowledge is commendable. Where can I get some?

I can't wait for your comments or email! LOL

The Faker

Today started out with me sleeping through my alarm. I just happened to wake up a half hour before I had to leave. In girl terms...that leaves a shower. Followed by you don't have time to NOT look like shit today.

I couldn't get my contacts in without piercing pain like I was putting glass shards in there. Weird. So I had to don the slutty school marm Vera Wang glasses, put the hair up like the Robert Palmer bitches, and throw on some coordinating clothes and try to blend in. Add the makeup. Forgot the jewelry accessories. The NOT being noticed thingy is important today...because I looketh liketh the shit.

I forgot that aspect of blending in whilst driving into work.

Enter: The Cop.

Wait...before The Cop, I had been trying to wake up by jamming out to a very socially UN-acceptable song with lots of f-bombs and bass. I will leave the artist anonymous as to not discredit him in this production because he is the innocent party. Rap music does not cause people to speed.  Bass wakes you up from your toes. At least my PoPo experiments have proven this to be true. The Gold Beast is famously known for its sporty dent and good stereo. On occasion...I have to try it out...the stereo, not the dent. Well, OK, on every occasion.

Besides having a faulty bed (aka dent), a fuse that is blown causing me not to have backup lights and a signal... the gas pedal gets stuck...or something.

Enter: The Cop.

I'm really not sure how long he had his lights on before I did the jerk and stop.

I quickly did the SHIT OF THEE PANTS and turned it to Christian radio.

Me, being of the Upper Poor economic status, is not below trying everything to get out of a ticket.

I pulled my shirt up so the girls were not peaking out. Christian radio on. Looking nicely for driver's license, insurance, and registration which took all of 3 seconds because I am prepared. He was slow. I took more time to put my glasses down to my nose.

COP: Good morning, mam. Do you know why I stopped you?

ME: Well, officer. I probably was speeding because I was listening to my God fix on the radio and had my head in the clouds. I am so sorry.

COP: (cute little feller-smiled) Yes, mam. I got you clocked going 52 in a 40.

ME: Oh my! Oh, I did not know I was going that fast. I am so glad you stopped me. I could have hurt someone.

COP: Yes, mam. How is your driving record?

ME: Oh. Well, it was good but I got a seat belt ticket on there I think.

COP: Ok, mam. I'm going to go check. If that is all there is on there, I am going to give you a warning, but if not I will probably give you a ticket. Just so you know it will be one or the other. Ok?

ME: Yes, officer. I understand you are just doing your job. Thank you.

COP: I'll be right back with you.

ME: Ok. Thank you.

[He left. I smirked. IF I ONLY HAVE A SEAT BELT CITATION ON MY DRIVING RECORD, I GET A WARNING! Oh, funny. He was a cute little feller.]

He returned shortly and handed me my license, registration, and insurance.

COP: Here you go, mam. I'm going to give you a warning today. Just slow it down, please, and watch your speeds through towns.

ME: Oh, thank you, officer. I so appreciate it. I will definitely watch my speed. God bless you.

And I drove 52 all the rest of the way to work. Why? Because it was a 55 zone and I was punishing myself.

I feel so dirty.

I faked it. And I used God's name in there.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Pit and The Pig, An Animal Story

Yuri found another cop story for me to peruse. Let's see if you had the same reaction as I did. I think I was set up after the last dog question that caused readers to hang me from the gallows after they had PETA waterboard my ass. I am going to start referring to Yuri as his stage name, "Fargo's Brilliant One". This is not sarcasm, but the truth. He is the brains. I am the brawn. 

This story is over a year old. 

It involves a pit bull and a Baltimore police officer.


Question:  What did you think the story would be about before you clicked the link?

Well, Fargo's Brilliant One, I thought you were going to bring up hate and discontent to the readers again because I was going to be commenting on yet, another reason why cops have to shoot things and people. It was a relief that I cried instead.

Question:  What do you think made this story newsworthy?

From the cop perspective:

This story is newsworthy because it shows a humanitarian side to the "copworld" which if often brushed over by citizens. Police are usually given the "blanket party" of being a robot in a uniform without emotions, carrying out "ridiculous notions of enforcing laws" which people think they can break without consequences. OR...that police are "just the facts, mam" and do not have human interests at heart. Most cops are not torturers of animals as that is reserved for arsonists and serial killers. 

Seeing the human side of law enforcement is always something to hit media attention because a) they think it is so rare or b) they want a "feel good" story in a world of doom. My devils' advocate side hopes it was published because it is a great story to gain readership and boost police confidence in the world and show that there are great people behind The Shield. 

Yes, I had tears in my eyes. I am a girl.

It was a great story, Yuri. Thank you for sharing it.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Rapped Up With A Bow

Yuri's final question in one of my favorite subjects: MUSIC. I accept the challenge.

I was listening to my John Lee Hooker CDs the other day.  Even though he makes death threats, they are in defense of his WIFE. (Leave my wife alone.)  In Motor City is Burning, he's just sad about what is happening, doesn't know what's going on, but has to leave to keep his WIFE and FAMILY safe.  Now John was no stranger to alcohol and drugs, and did have multiple wives,(Hello..he's singing the blues!)  but he did see and place a value on the family.

Sorry Momma Fargo, but I don't see or hear that in much rap today, with the exception of Gangstagrass, maybe.  (I spent several years of my childhood in Kentucky, so I have a soft spot for bluegrass music.)

Challenge: Can you pick five songs from your rap playlist that embrace personal responsibility?

Implicit in the question is the assumption that responsibility/"family values" is a good thing.

First, rap music has such a bad rap. LOL. Now for all you non-rap people out there...R & B is NOT rap, however it would have been faster to give you my top 5 on those because it's all about making love...not war.

Rap can be good for your soul, too. I present to you my answers;

One: Bone Thugs N Harmony

Two: PitBull, Aguilera

Yuri is NOT talking about two of my favorite CLUB RAP hits: 

nor this one:

and not this one either: 


Three...and yummy...Ja Rule...

one of my faves...number Four...
and even (Five) the great white Marshall Mathers...who never bores me...

And if you want HUMANITARIAN...Yuri...tada!!!!

Yuri, that was fun! And I got to listen to some good music, great for the soul...some dirty, some clean. I am up for the next challenge! Anyone?

We Built This City

Yuri's next topic was in reference to reader response:

Reading through some of the comments on the Breitbart article, the scary and sad part for me, was the number of people who say they "no longer consider the police as a friendly."

Bob G. and you, make a good point about the divide between civilians and police being created by both parties.

Question 2: What can civilians do to help close this divide?  What can police departments do on the policy side?

First I will address that Bob G.'s and I's opinions come from our time in law enforcement. There has been a division for many years. The division probably has come from many things but "big ticket items" that influence this factor are police attitude, community attitude, and the media. Most do not think of cops as people anymore, but big ol' bad robots.

Civilians can help by being involved in their communities. Neighborhood watch programs, or just being a good neighbor. I think in terms of baby steps.

The police do many nice things for kids as well. For instance they do fundraising and sponsoring for: Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Club, Shop With A Cop, etc. Ride-alongs are helpful if the departments allow them. Citizen academies. Victim Response units. CERT. Search and Rescue. All of these components of first responding and emergency management are run by police and the Sheriff's Department in Wyoming. In other states, emergency management, i.e. CERT and Search and Rescue might be run by the Fire Department.

If citizens don't want to get involved, perhaps they can just be a good citizen. Supplement that with being educated and informed.  We don't ask much. Just be nice or polite. Hug a cop. OK. Maybe just shake their hand. If your hand is clean. OK. How about a friendly nod? We will start small. 

Bob G. also points out that community policing only works if there's a community to police.

What he means is a unit of people working-living in a city place (logistics) as UNIFIED group of people in support of function, and bettering an area. You can have people. What you need is a community. If that makes sense. 

Question 3: Since we're all in this together, what needs to happen to restore a sense of community?

I know it's a big open ended question, and probably a bit naive to ever think we could restore a place as far gone as Detroit.  I hold out hope that the moral compass of Americans will swing back to taking more personal responsibility, and putting an end to the production of fatherless children.  Maybe in a generation or two.  Of course, I'll be labeled as racist theocrat and accused of using racist code words for even mentioning "responsibility" and "fatherless children."

We have to start small. With ourselves. Our families. They have reached a point of peril. Fix that and you might get to world peace.

Yuri, you are not a racist theocrat. I truly enjoy discussing these things and they are good questions. I am most excited about the next one. You know me well. LOL. 

SWAT this

Yuri has found some more reads that pose more discussion questions.I love it! He is da bomb! 
 I do have to say one thing, Yuri...most of these authors are very LEFT. I also question this one's sources not in numbers...but his context. Let me begin with your first article from The Rutherford Institute: 

"Consider that in 1980, there were roughly 3,000 SWAT team-style raids in the US. By 2001, that number had grown to 45,000 and has since swelled to more than 80,000 SWAT team raids per year. On an average day in America, over 100 Americans have their homes raided by SWAT teams. In fact, there are few communities without a SWAT team on their police force today. In 1984, 25.6 percent of towns with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team. That number rose to 80 percent by 2005.
The problem, of course, is that as SWAT teams and SWAT-style tactics are used more frequently to carry out routine law enforcement activities, Americans find themselves in increasingly dangerous and absurd situations."
1) I will not deny that some of these "stats" may be legitimate numbers, but not explained in context. When I was a detective, we saw a dramatic INCREASE in violent crime. It is true, that over time, the VIOLENT CRIME according to UCR numbers decreased or fluctuated during the last 5 years. Crime on the street got more violent and more frequent. Officers were very busy from 2004-2009. What happened? I can tell you it was in flux with the economy. Economy good...evil not as rampant. Economy bad...yikes. What about Wyoming then? It's economy has been steadily increasing since 2000. The ebb and tide of crime also depends on the drug market, interstate highway flow, and police presence and where that police presence is prioritized. 
UCR is Uniform Crime Reporting which each agency codes certain types of crimes and sends the data to the FBI. It only deals with high crimes such as murder, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, etc.  Go here for more information: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr.
Let me tell you about stats. I did them for our department in the very early 90s. Garbage in, garbage out. First...does the police department report how the calls came in or how the officer coded them afterward? Second, how do the state statutes define crimes? Wyoming laws changed dramatically. Child neglect is not child abuse. Third degree sexual assault is not rape. Some child molestation will never make UCR. There was no accurate reporting at my police department. It was a good guesstimate. 
2) Yeah. SWAT calls are on the rise. Why? Because people shifted from compliance to killing police. We got into more fights. It became more dangerous. We got smarter. You don't take three detectives to bust a drug house anymore. You take an ARMY. Guess what? We had better safety. No one got hurt. We, including the bad guys, went out in one piece. Second, in my community, we began to see more hostage situations whether they were suicidal or homicidal. Enter SWAT. Happens some times depending on the threat level. 
This author is generalizing his information and twisting it to make his point that he thinks police are out of control and have gone too far in the operational tactics. I will say it time and time again...we aren't going back to Mayberry. Yuri knows this. He, in fact, stated that as well. Those days are over. We have to adjust. We did. Police became stronger, smarter, better trained, and mostly better equipped. COPS CARRY GUNS-- BIG ONES! Get used to it! What's so bad about SWAT anyway? 
If there is an extreme incident like the DNR example or the cops shooting an innocent man...that's not SWAT's fault for existing. That is a situational problem with their operation or a person. 
3)And, Yuri, I agree...this author is comparing police to the British attempt at takeover of colonial America. We aren't there by any means. But the cops are visible. With guns. And armored vehicles. It's not Martial Law. It's not the military. It's the police keeping peace because we, as Americans, have gotten that far out of hand. Don't blame the police for adjusting to societal dysfunction. Blame the American Family for falling apart. Blame Ward and June for getting a divorce and abandoning their children so they could go partying and shooting up on Friday night. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Warriors

Yuri posed some clarifications on his questions and Discussing Random. For some reason he was not able to post these discussion points in the comments field. Well, duh, Yuri, I blocked everyone over so many words. Just kidding! I do think when you add links, it might limit the comment field. 

He creates great thoughts and I find his information fascinating! Join us in the continual discussion. Yuri, please clarify if I am misunderstanding your points. I hope you don't skip over this because it is long. It is very interesting and I really enjoy this kind of chatter. Remember, I have my "inside voice" which is police perspective. Yuri is posing "outside voice" or citizen questions.

"And military tactics have proven to be the best methods for our safety in a bad situation."

Question 1: Best for officer safety, but is it best for the community being served? 

Yuri sent me some links to the following publications:

1) Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces by Radley Balko 

I have not yet read this, but it looks interesting. You can purchase the book on Amazon.com. 

First, I will state that maybe my "warrior mindset" is completely different than what your thoughts on the meaning of those two words are and I am referring to the book reference. Perhaps I should have asked you to clarify. When I think of "warrior mindset", my training and thoughts go to Lt. Col Dave Grossman (retired). 

So, let me take a different approach. I will give my perspective on Yuri's points. Our society has changed to the point that the police have to have military training. It is for our safety and yours. You are always going to have heavy handed officers and those that are different and above grade. 

I have not worked with any that just want to go out there and kill, destroy, tear up the place. If I did train anyone like that, I would fire them. They aren't going to cut it in the real world of police. I will address Wheels below. 

I am not familiar with this website, however, I did read the article by the author of the above book. He brings some very good points up and appears to be a well written and widely versed in policing. I may not always agree with him, but he is a sort of "checks and balances" I was referring to.

It is not inclusive of enough details to even comment on the meat and potatoes of the first gambling case he mentioned, but the author is trying to state police are over the top. I believe it is, anyway. Ok. First, if the family got paid out millions...the department had some issues. I have no idea what happened there or what the real crux of the matter was except police screwed up and blew a small gambling wager into a "federal case." Not cool. How the "bullet to the chest" just got thrown in there...I have no idea in this excerpt... it was not explained how that came to pass. If I were just to sum up what I can gather from this...the original detective was an asshole and gave out some very misleading information which led to tragedy. But then I'm guessing and jumping to conclusions. Balko goes on to describe (paraphrasing) how SWAT is used for gambling, poker, and "white collar" crime raids...not just the drug dealers and killers.  Yes. It is true.

I can tell you from the inside looking out...I wouldn't want it any other way. Just because someone is a white collar criminal, doesn't mean they aren't dangerous. The entire approach a warrant is executed depends on the detective and shows how important knowing your criminal, doing surveillance, and training is to the raid team and to the public. Now, can we read minds to know how someone is going to react during a raid? No...but we ANNOUNCE unless it's a drug raid or a dangerous entry and announcing is going to be detrimental. It's not once. It's three times or so. It's loud and it surely isn't like Hooks off of Police Academy (the movie series).

Not every search warrant is executed with breaking down the door. Only the good ones. (Ok. Yuri, that was a bad Fargo joke there) In all seriousness, they are not all SWAT entries and they are not all "break and take" search warrants. It depends on the circumstances. Search warrants at my department were executed somewhere almost daily, if not daily,  and many times several times a day.

Those that destroy a house on purpose while doing a search warrant...are abusing the power. It will not be neat and clean upon our departure, but it doesn't mean cops need to purposely toss things around or break things. That pisses me off. That did happen sometimes, but not on my warrants. I didn't tolerate it.

There are many cases where police lose sight of the real issues or make mountains out of molehills. I don't think it is an epidemic, but maybe I have rose colored glasses on. I can say, media and certain extreme groups would like to portray things that way. Police are actually missing or disregarding "smaller issues" because there are so many "big fish" to fry. We do have procedures. Especially when it comes to search warrants. We can do the knock and talk kind which is often done at a business...or bust the door down kind. It is all pertinent to knowing your target audience...of criminal, that is. 

2) Yuri sent me a link to this article. It's in reference to the dog shooting that has gone viral and made so many upset.  http://reason.com/archives/2013/07/08/its-time-to-train-officers-not-to-kill-d

My views on officer safety come from a totally different realm than your perspectives as civilians. To an officer, it does not matter how many cops are in the vicinity, if an animal poses a risk, it will be removed. Sometimes the removal will be kind; sometimes it will be tased, sprayed, or killed. 

Most officers I worked with, including myself, are going to choose the kindest and least destructive method. However, we are going to protect human life first. That includes injury to be bitten or attacked. Most people think since a dog is only going to bite, rip, and tear, that an officer should sustain that until the animal can be contained. I pose this. NO. We don't have to be injured. We do not have to be bitten. We can shoot first when it comes to animals. The video clip on YouTube and all the others that are going viral. We do not know the entire incident. We get a "clip". Do we know if there were other methods? If there were other methods to remove the dog, was his wrong? You have to remember there is not use of force continuum for animals when they invade your dynamic situation as a cop. Obviously, cops should not go around randomly and needlessly destroying other people's property. 

I can tell you when we are busting down a door and a dog attacks us...even though that dog is acting as it should...it might get destroyed. It might get tased, it might get tackled, it might get shooed away. I don't know until the incident arises. Same goes when I am trying to effect an arrest. Animals cannot be a distraction. We can't guess what they are going to do and we shouldn't have to get bit before we decide they are dangerous. If they act aggressive, we have to act accordingly. Now...most officers will tolerate an animal running around frantic who is just scared and we will ignore it. However, you have to remember scared animals may be aggressive because that is their survivor mechanism. I think it's sad to think I would have to kill an animal. I have done it before. It ruins my day. 

All I have to say about this is the warden was an idiot. Anyone that went along with his search warrant and didn't question it...is an idiot. Again...maybe the shelter threatened to take law enforcement out. Who knows? Ok. Maybe that was an exaggeration. I am skeptical of media reports if I don't get both sides. 

HOWEVER,  the warden could have gone to the shelter and inquired like a normal professional. Then if someone is violating wildlife regulations, they act accordingly. Of course, all of you know how I feel about the Red Coats. I'm biased. 

4) Yuri writes..."In regards to Wheels, never meant to imply anything negative about him.  Just an example of his previous training not fitting the situation. As you say, "It's just a kid that tried too hard with the tools he was given in life at the time and how his misperceptions of good police work was."

Yuri, I know you didn't mean anything negative and maybe I should have clarified that, so I apologize. I think I know what you are referring to and that is law enforcement that is too heavy handed or militaristic. You were using that particular call and Wheel's early training days as an example.

I think we need to have officers who have a happy medium. Some can be trained that way and some cannot. The problem is that the world is changing so rapidly and dynamic police situations are more abundant. Thus, officers are getting more active shooter and SWAT training. Fact of life. It's necessary. SWAT is a necessity. I will address that below as well.  

5) Yuri brings up another point..."From my perspective, the divide between officers and citizens is becoming greater in large metro areas.  (In parts of Detroit, the police are considered just another armed gang." )http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130729/METRO01/307290052

Yuri, the link you provide refers to some officers that conducted an armed robbery while being law enforcement. To me, that is a whole "notha ball o wax" and deals with corruption. Yes, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, New York, and any other large metropolitan area is going to go through some house cleaning on occasion to get rid of corrupt officers. Some have more than others. Metro officers have a different mentality than smaller agencies. I will agree with that as I have met several in trainings. They "clique" together, so to speak. I also have worked with officers in my department who came from New York, Detroit, and Las Vegas. Some of them will tell you their units were good cops, some will tell you they needed to leave the department because of corruption or the violence of the city. With big city officers, come big city crimes, violence, and other problems. I think the only way to tackle those internal problems is a constant watch and checks and balances. The division between citizens and officers in these communities is something they and the citizens created. We didn't have that because our administration was not about that. Perhaps in the big city, it is due to the "trickle down" theory. On the other hand, it could be something the street created. I don't know. It is individual to each community and department. 

When police officers commit crimes, they should pay the price just like any other criminal. Wyoming has had our share of idiots that did robberies and got fired. Why does it happen? I have no idea why anyone would think it was a good idea. The ones in Wyoming did it as a joke. NOT FUNNY. STUPID. Some do it for greed or to scare someone. These examples are all dangerous people. It is important to deal with them accordingly. They need to be fired from police work.  However, we can't throw a blanket out there and expect all departments or officers are like that. I believe, and it may be a clouded belief...but I do believe that generally speaking...mainstream media is very distrusting of police departments.

6) Now add in to the mix SWATting.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatting

Yeah. Had that happen. I was the negotiator. The Lieu was the commanding officer. It was his town. I was called out in the middle of the night and responded. The entire SWAT unit had the place surrounded. Guess what? You aren't going to like my answer. We have to deal with all these calls as if they are real. From the onset to the ending. When they are a prank...the pranksters get arrested for terroristic threats...a state and federal felony. 

In my case...The Lieu gave my sleepy ass the rundown...man holding his wife and kids hostage at gun point...going to kill anyone that busts through the door. I show up. SWAT has the place surrounded. They can't get any communication to the inside. Enter...magic negotiator. I call inside and man answers. We have a nice chat. Now I had and have been doing this long enough to know how to gauge not only WHAT a person is saying, but their tone, inflection, pitch...blah, blah. This man had been sleeping. He did not call this in. It was one of those prank thingys. I told him what to expect and to come outside with his arms up. He complied. We had coffee. Some people might not have been so gracious.

Then I went home. The next day..The Lieu got some action going. Two people were arrested on the west coast for terrorist acts. Federal prison. Dumb move.

Now the innocent parties? That SUCKS BALLZ. I don't know what to say. We have to do what we have to do. I just hope people are aware of it. No...don't bother suing the police. They didn't do it. The bad guys will be arrested. 

Question 2: Would this (SWATting) have been possible or prevalent 15 years ago? Why or why not?

I know the days of Mayberry and Sheriff Taylor are long gone, but damn.  Listened to this yesterday driving home from 8mile & Mound. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWPnlvQkFBg

"I don't know what the trouble is...I just can't stick around to find out."

Yuri, isn't that song and video about the truth of it? And it's a good song, however.

No, it would not have been possible that long ago because people weren't that evil and since that time the aliens have landed. We gave out tin foil hats which deflected a lot of it, but now the invasion is too great. Pscyh!

The technology was there, but we were in a different decade. The world has changed exponentially since 911. I blame everything on that. It would have been something we would have maybe dealt with differently. Now we charge high because it isn't just a prank. You are messing with privacy and a man's castle...with full force. Luckily police departments don't go busting in on hostage situations or it could get real ugly. Homeowners could shoot police and vice versa. What a mess. Technology is our friend and foe, but now it is harder to find out who did it. Back then it was easier. Just like IP Address tracking on child porn and unsecured Wi-Fi. 

My answer: People were stupider back then. 


Jump in there and get discussing or commenting! Yuri...super great points and thank you for clarifying. I hope I have addressed things better, and if I have missed the mark again...help me out!