10/6/11

Captive Audience

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

A woman’s car was having trouble on a major roadway in Houston, allegedly, so it was reported she pulled off to the side of the road. I’ll get to “allegedly” later on. An officer of the law issued her a ticket for “driving on the shoulder and decided to arrest her.” Sounds a little over the top for a minor traffic violation, but having dealt with the public, often times things “escalate.”

“To make matters worse, Boyd claims in a lawsuit that the handcuffs were put on her wrists painfully tight and that she was forced to listen to conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh “make derogatory comments about black people” all the way to the jail. Boyd is African-American.”

According to the article written by Mike Tolson in the Houston Chronicle, she’s suing everyone involved.

Some folks, upon reading the article, may have become indignant after seeing only half the information regarding this incident. There was no comment offered by the Sheriff’s Department. I began laughing, but it had nothing to do with the actual incident. Rather it reminded me of something which happened many years ago on night shift.

My old partner, Bob Kersten, was the station sergeant at NW. Some of the folks sitting in temporary holding cells were “unappreciative” of the music being piped into the jail; for that matter all over the police substation. I don’t think anyone liked Baroque classical. I happened to wander in off patrol to the pleadings of the desk officer, “Turn that stuff off, please!” Those in the jail used other words; all things considered there’s nothing worthy of a law suit for damages caused by Baroque music.

At one time I worked downtown during the day and “allegedly” happened upon a woman parked in a moving lane of traffic outside a bank where she was waiting for someone to cash a check. She was instructed to move along as she was backing up traffic, but she refused saying it would only be a few more minutes. When asked for her driver’s license, she “allegedly” turned up the music so high folks a block away could have heard it and then turned away as if by doing so I’d disappear. I didn’t.

The car she was driving was a nifty little sports car, a Nissan 260 Z with the “T-tops” removed as it was a beautiful clear blue sky kind of day. When I continued to ask for her driver’s license she “allegedly” climbed up on top of the car and sat on the bar which separated the open “T-tops.”

I commented, “If you want to act like a baboon it’s fine with me, however…” and pointing to the uniformed supervisor who was standing across the street watching this unfold, “…you can hand me your driver’s license, sign the ticket and move on down the road or go directly to jail.” She had a sudden change of attitude and signed the ticket.

In other unrelated incidents, when I issued traffic tickets I had my own version of short hand scribbled in a small vacant spot in the corner of the ticket to help my memory of the violation months later in court. My traffic judge at the time thought he’d figured out my system. As I’d testified to red light violations over an extended period of time, he’d match my testimony with the numbers and letters coded on the bottom.

One day after I’d testified about a female violator who’d run a red light by 3 car lengths, the traffic judge wanted something clarified. Restating what he thought I’d said, “So, Officer Stern, you said she ran the red light by 3 and a half car lengths?”

“No, Sir. I said she ran the red light by 3 car lengths.” There was a noticeable pause as he looked down at what was written in the corner of the ticket.

“Then what’s this 3 and ½ notation?” Things like that aren’t supposed to happen. Judges aren’t supposed to introduce testimony. The prosecutor tried looking at the floor as the judge began to blush.

“The 3 means she ran the red light by 3 car lengths while the ½ means she put her foot through the floor and went out of her way to run the red light, Your Honor.”

The judge considered the information and then asked, “Then what’s this letter “B” for?” That was an awkward moment as I searched my mind for an acceptable answer which would not be too crude.

“The “B” means, ah… she was, ah… belligerent, Your Honor,” thinking to myself how fortunate it was to have a better than average vocabulary available on the spur of a moment.

I’ve no idea what transpired the other night when the woman “allegedly” drove on the freeway shoulder and got hauled off to jail and had to listen to conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh; I wasn’t there. I don’t remember the name of the woman who climbed up on top of her car so many years ago and acted like a baboon, but wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a kindred spirit. Police officers are faced with all manner of folks. Depending on how civilized they act, often times determines how a minor traffic offense turns into a can of worms.

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”

10/6/11

Armenia’s Aging Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant Alarms Caucasian Neighbors

By: John C.K. Daly of Oil Price

The USSR might have imploded two decades ago, but debris from its headlong industrialization drive litter the post-Soviet landscape, and nothing more unsettles the population of the fifteen new nations carved out of the Soviet Union than its nuclear legacy.

The poster child for Caucasian nuclear concerns is Armenia’s aging Metsamor nuclear power plant, which provides nearly 40 percent of the country’s electricity.

The facility has not only alarmed neighboring Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan but begun to receive international notice as well – on 11 April National Geographic ran a story entitled “Is Armenia’s Nuclear Plant the World’s Most Dangerous?”

Metsamor, 20 miles west of the capital Erevan and 10 miles from the Turkish border, encapsulates the dilemma facing many energy-poor nations heavily dependent on nuclear power – unlike Germany, they do not have the cash or alternatives needed to shutter such facilities and consequently, keep them running while crossing their fingers.

Metsamor, which began operations in 1976, contains two VVER-400 V230 376 megawatt nuclear reactors generating about 2 million kilowatt hours of energy annually. Many environmentalists regard it as an accident waiting to happen. The Armenian government closed Metsamor’s Unit 1 in February 1989 and Unit 2 the next month following a massive December 1988 earthquake which killed more than 25,000, left much of northern Armenia in ruins and caused more than $4 billion in damage.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the facility itself is a hostage to the vicious politics disrupting the Caucasus. Armenia went to war with Azerbaijan in February 1988 over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. During the clash, which lasted until May 1994, Azerbaijan blockaded roads, rail lines and energy supplies, leading to severe energy shortages in Armenia. In 1991 pressure to restart Metsamor increased after a natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan was blocked by a Turkish and Azeri fuel embargo. By the winter of 1994-95, residents of Yerevan often had only an hour or two of electricity daily, which the restart of Metsamor’s Unit 2 in October 1995 increased to 10-12 hours per day and has been running ever since, environmentalists be damned.

Earlier this month however Metsamor was brought offline on 11 September and will resume operation on 27 October. The EU has classified the Metsamor’s reactors as the “oldest and least reliable” category of all the 66 Soviet reactors built in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences President Mahmud Karimov recently voiced his country’s concerns over Metsamor, stating, “The European Union also expressed the need to close the plant. Despite regular inspections of the plant by international organizations, the results of these inspections are kept secret and no information is given to Azerbaijan about them. The countries of the region – Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia – have repeatedly proposed allowing the specialists of these countries to examine the Metsamor nuclear power plant. But the reports on Metsamor are not available to these three countries. The Armenian side says ten different committees have checked the Metsamor NPP in 2011. But the test results are not available to neighboring countries, that is, the inspections lack transparency.”

Quite aside from its aging technology, Metsamor, high in the mountains, lacks suitable water resources to use as reactor core coolant in the event that an earthquake damaged the facility, while Armenia’s parlous fiscal situation means that its government lacks financial resources to address the consequences of a possible accident. Metsamor is one less than a half dozen remaining nuclear reactors of its kind that were built without primary containment structures.

Nor is the only threat to Metsamor’s operations coming from its aging technology – more than 140 workers at Metsamor have threatened to quit their jobs if their wages are not raised, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Armenian Service reported.

Metsamor Director Ashot Markosian told RFE/RL on 23 September that despite the workers writing him directly, the plant currently lacks the funds for a salary increase. Earlier this month several Metsamor employees sent an open letter to Armenia’s presidential staff, the Prime Minister as well as European branches of the International Atomic Energy Agency, accusing Metsamor’s chief engineer Movses Vardanyan of abusing his official position, nepotism and embezzlement.

But no mind – Armenian authorities have said they will build a new $2-5 billion nuclear power plant to replace the aging Metsamor facility, which will operate at twice the capacity of the Soviet-built power station. In 2004 the European Union’s envoy called Metsamor “a danger to the entire region,” but Armenia later turned down the EU’s offer of a 200 million euro loan to finance Metsamor’s shutdown.

Aging nuclear technology, a disaffected work force in a facility located in a seismically active region – what could possibly go wrong?

Time for the EU to up its bribe – err, loan.

Source: http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/Armenias-Aging-Metsamor-Nuclear-Power-Plant-Alarms-Caucasian-Neighbors.html

By: John C.K. Daly of Oil Price

10/6/11

Oath Keeper Leadership Goes Cultic with ‘Wayseers’ (and skips off to the ‘Occupy’ chaos)

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

They have strayed sharply off their course of simply adhering to the military personnel’s and law enforcement officers’ oaths to uphold the United States Constitution.

Very sad.  If they don’t put the Kool-Aid down and draw back, it appears they will cause a split or perhaps the disintegration of their movement.

Wayseers, if it is what this video represents is just another foolish “mind science” cult (and it is an affront to the revealed truth of “the Way” which Christians uphold even far above the U.S. Constitution).  One might see the initial attraction in this, for those who highly regard personal liberty, but to drive that vehicle off the highway and way off the radar screen into some bizarre worship of one’s most eccentric characteristics? Please.

Hardly the beliefs of our nations founders, that.

And if this fails to top it all off, they want to join the Marxist foundation and financier led “Occupy” movement and try to win it over — to what, the Wayseer Cult?  Do they not see that these demonstrations are the American part of the orchestrated “democratic uprisings” from the Middle East onward, that are actually elements of a global Marxist-fascist movement?

They must not have been reading in Noisy Room, New Zeal, Maggie’s Notebook, American Survival, or Gulag Bound.

Here is the email sent out by Oath Keepers’ wayward leadership, with the video they promote embedded.  Be sure to listen to the video and check out the crescendo of senseless mumbo jumbo. How does it not alienate most Oath Keepers?

Way stupid.

Potentially, tragic.

Oath Keepers And The Wayseers To Occupy The Occupation!   

Introducing Garret John LoPorto and the Wayseer movement:

Because much more is involved than should be placed in one article, I am going to be uncharacteristically brief.  You will hear much more about this shortly.

On October 04, 2011, Stewart Rhodes and I had a phone conversation with Garret John LoPorto, creator of a remarkable video which announces the “Wayseer Manifesto”.  Stewart and I had both viewed Garret’s video and were keenly interested in talking with Garret. Garret is sending each of us a copy of his book, The Wayseers. I can’t wait to read it! Please order yours today.

http://www.wayseermanifesto.com/book.html

Garret LoPorto fulfilled our expectations and we are proud to announce that Oath Keepers endorses Garret’s mission. Mr. LoPorto has graciously agreed to also endorse Oath Keepers.  We are pleased to welcome Garret LoPorto to Oath Keepers. We encourage each of you to check out the video, check out Garret’s site, order his book, and spread the message everywhere you can.

Watch Video Here


O
ath Keepers / Wayseers / Occupy The Fed Now!

We are currently drawing up our press release regarding our own response to the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon, which will be Oath Keepers’ official statement.  Garret LoPorto is the leader of Occupy Boston, and I want to assure all readers here that Mr. LoPorto is not a socialist and does not take financing from Soros or any of Soros’ satellites. Garret LoPorto is an American and an Oath Keeper who joins us in seeking Constitutional, lawful remedies to what ails our nation today.  LoPorto’s message is one of self-empowerment, a talent all Oath Keepers should work on daily in their personal lives, yes?

With Garret’s association with Oath Keepers as a key catalyst, we are now planning an official Oath Keepers project which we’ve named “Occupy The Fed Now!”.

Oath Keepers has seen the need to block the attempted takeover of the populist movement generally referred to as Occupy Wall Street.

In an extensive phone conference on the evening of October 04, 2011, we heard from Oath Keepers who have attended Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Boston, Occupy Los Angeles, and Occupy Seattle. The overall consensus from our people at these rallies is that most people attending the rallies are very open-minded to the Oath Keepers mission/message, and that they are hungry for answers. Indeed, our reports indicate that many Americans right now are awakening, in droves it seems, and they are full of questions for which we have the answer – the Constitution for the united States of America.

Oath Keepers is not going to stand idly by and watch the Soros socialist/collectivist/Big Government crowd claim these newly-awakening Americans as their own. From Michael Moore to a host of other Big Government statists, the Soros faction is trying now to steal the people’s thunder, just the way the Republican Party tried to steal the Tea Party’s thunder by co-opting the Tea Party.

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II Peter, Chapter 2 refers to the error of one who knows better following this kind of bloviation instead.