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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So much for trust

There’s a growing groundswell of opinion on the left that businesses should not do background checks on their customers – or even on their employees.  In fact, in some jurisdictions, laws have been passed making it illegal to do criminal background checks on prospective renters of property, or certain classes of employees, because this is believed to “disadvantage” people of color.  (The fact that people of color are statistically more likely to commit certain crimes is, apparently, neither here nor there.  That’s not a racist statement, either – it’s a factual one.  See the FBI crime statistics for details.) Well, one company

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THIS IS WHY YOU GO SLOWLY, AND LOOK BOTH WAYS!!!

A Midland sheriff’s deputy found out the hard way that, no matter how urgent the call you’re on, you need to look both ways before storming over a level crossing.  A tip o’ the hat to reader Glen W. for sending me the link. According to a news report, the deputy behind the wheel was “taken to the hospital with minor injuries including bruising throughout his body”.  I think he’s amazingly lucky not to have suffered anything more serious – and I bet he won’t go through a level crossing like that again! Peter

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I daresay Sgt. Furrh was looking down and smiling proudly

Here’s your feel-good story of the week. Terri Furrh was a little confused at first when she was asked to get out of alphabetical order at the Moulton High School graduation Friday night and go to the back of the line. But as soon as principal Jamie Dornak spoke about the stretch of highway between Moulton and Shiner, a line of law enforcement officers and first responders walked up to the left side of the stage in the gymnasium in place of their fallen brother, the late Sgt. David Furrh, she understood. . . . Furrh was killed in 2000 while

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So true it hurts

Received via e-mail, origin unknown: That reality is why a lot of people buy guns every year, and learn how to use them.  As a former part-time firearms instructor for disabled students, I’d say well over half of those I trained had bought a gun because they’d been the victims of crime, and were determined that they wouldn’t be helpless victims again.  So far, a number of my former students have had to use their weapons to deter criminals, and three have had to actually pull the trigger.  All three are still alive, uninjured, and happy to be that way. 

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Another medical mishap from Max Gergel

On Monday I posted Max Gergel‘s account of how a doctor mended his (romantically) broken heart in an unusually prosaic way.  Here’s another tale from his book “Excuse Me Sir, Would You Like to Buy a Kilo of Isopropyl Bromide?” – this one describing an abortive truth serum. We had a visit from a Dr. Johns, who was an exponent of the “ModernCoué Method of Self-Hypnosis” (“every day in every way I am getting better and better“). Johns was, himself, a hypnotist, and I learned that his visit to Columbia was sponsored by a wealthy family whose head had a drinking problem. He was

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Chicago – the criminal Third World in the USA?

I was struck over the past couple of days by two headlines.  From Mexico: Tijuana Drug War Rages: 21 Murders in less than 48 Hours And from Chicago: As cold weather breaks, violence returns: 24 shot in 30 hours over warmest weekend this year You can read both articles for yourselves at the links provided. The trouble is, this wasn’t an isolated weekend for Chicago.  Tijuana’s violence was unusually high last weekend;  Chicago’s wasn’t.  Every weekend there are not just dozens or scores, but hundreds of assaults, armed robberies, and the like.  It’s unusual for shooting casualties to be in single digits there

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Doofus Of The Day #1,039

Today’s award goes to two inebriated idiots in Arkansas. Charles Ferris, 50, and Christopher Hicks, 36, were drinking Sunday night on the back deck of Ferris’s residence when they came up the bright idea to shoot themselves. Ferris, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, told Hicks to shoot him, according to the affidavit. Hicks obliged, firing a single round from a .22 caliber rifle into Ferris’s chest. While the vest stopped the bullet, Ferris was left with a painful welt on his chest. Hicks then donned the vest. Ferris, who would later tell cops that he was “pissed” about being shot,

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The Highwaymen” is a heck of a movie

Netflix’s new movie “The Highwaymen” is a heck of a ride. It tells the story of how former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer (played by Kevin Costner) and Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) pursued, caught and killed Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, better known as “Bonnie and Clyde”.  It’s a raw, unvarnished look at life, crime and law enforcement as it was in those days.  The law enforcement veteran with whom I watched the movie, and others with whom I’ve spoken about it, agree that it was an excellent, very factual portrayal.  Obviously, certain historical details were modified for the benefit of the camera;  but in general

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The Waco biker shootings: the law enforcement narrative falls apart

I’m sure many of my readers remember the Waco biker shootout four years ago.  Nine people were killed, eighteen injured, and over 170 arrested.  There were all sorts of allegations about biker gang feuds, deliberately planned fights, and so on. Well, guess what?  The entire law enforcement and prosecution narrative appears to have fallen apart.  It may be that the dead and injured were the victims of officially sanctioned murder and attempted murder. From the start, lawyers and others pointed out that it was very unlikely indeed that all the arrested had committed any crimes at all, and that the initial $1 million

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