The Albanian Mafia – it’s a real thing

A couple of years ago, my wife and I went down to Dallas-Fort Worth to buy some replacement chairs for our dining room table.  We were given the address of an “interesting” restaurant furniture shop, which seemed to be stocked largely with things that had fallen off the back of various and sundry trucks.  The proprietor, “Eddie”, was a very interesting person too:  an Albanian immigrant, who’d been in the USA for a couple of decades, but hadn’t lost anything of his Mediterranean background or his Albanian customs.  Miss D. was highly amused by the almost courtly way he treated her as

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Headline of the week

Sent in by several readers: Angus man who tried to fly drone into Perth Prison claimed Romanian circus stole his chihuahua The report is as mind-boggling as it sounds – certainly beyond my ability to summarize!  Click over there for a good laugh at the insanity (not to mention inanity) of some of our fellow denizens of this orb in space. Weird . . . Peter

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It’s time for the annual Broadway Bomb again

The Broadway Bomb is a skateboarding event held every year in New York City.  It’s been declared illegal since 2012, but that hasn’t stopped enthusiasts from staging it.  (The Wikipedia page for the event appears to have been hacked by people with an axe to grind – at least at the time of writing.) Back in 2013, the police deployed in force to stop the riders.  Did it work?  Like hell it did!  Here’s a video clip that I posted that year, showing the results. I’m told that police haven’t bothered to intervene like that in subsequent years.  I can see why! Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #1,055

I don’t normally make Doofus awards to those who are killed as the result of doing something stupid.  However, in this case, I’ll make an exception. A carjacker died after he accidentally blasted himself in the chest while trying to smash a window with the butt of his shotgun, an inquest has heard. Officers investigating the death of Reece Ramsey-Johnson said they were satisfied there was ‘no third party involvement’ as they closed the probe into his killing. . . . Video footage taken at the time showed another masked man shouting ‘he’s shot himself — he’s f*****g shot himself’ as

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If we won’t help, why should police protect and serve us?

George Orwell said, in so many words: People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. Those “rough men” aren’t only soldiers.  Police fit that description too, and are indispensable in any modern society.  However . . . if the society for and within which they work won’t support them, why should they “stand ready” on its behalf? That’s a question law enforcement officers in California must be asking themselves today. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill striking down a law that makes it a crime to refuse a police officer’s

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That must have been… interesting!

When is a “controlled” explosion not a “controlled” explosion?  When it does this! Breitbart reports: A Swedish police warehouse building in Linköping was destroyed after the bomb squad detonated a motorbike filled with explosives. The moped containing what has been described as some form of plastic explosive covered with nails was discovered on Monday afternoon by officers in a stolen property room, and led to the evacuation of around 170 personnel from the area, Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio reports. Following the evacuation, the Swedish bomb squad was called in to make a controlled detonation of the explosives but, according to Sveriges Radio,

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Move over, Ben-Hur!

Reader Steven S. sent me the link to this video of an Australian police motorcycle display team from 1933. Did any American or other display teams do something similar?  If so, please let us know in Comments, and if possible, provide a link to the video or report. Peter

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Understanding the stress on law enforcement officers

We recently learned of the ninth suicide among the ranks of the New York Police Department this year.  That’s a tragic loss, and an unacceptably high number;  but it reflects the stress and tension of the job that police officers do every day.  As City Journal points out: In 2013, researchers published a study in the International Journal of Stress Management, examining the relationship between “critical incidents” and the mental health of police officers. It found that such episodes are associated both with alcohol use and PTSD symptoms. “Critical incidents” include a range of experiences that police officers—among other first responders—might

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Doofus Of The Day #1,047

Today’s award goes to an Australian stoner. An allegedly stoned and unlicensed Melbourne teenager, accused of ramming a police car and breaking an officer’s leg, has been granted bail. Benjamin Saurini, 19, previously said he couldn’t see the police vehicle because his car windows had fogged up from smoking cannabis after a session with friends on Friday night. Saurini allegedly took off when he thought he was going to be “jumped” by officers on patrol, but panicked and side-swiped their car. He is accused of pinning a senior constable against the car, breaking his leg. Saurini allegedly read a news article

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