Saturday, 19 June 2021

Advice 'For Protection' Is, I Feel, A Bit Lacking...

An elderly woman has been left with facial injuries after being attacked outside her home by a dog.
The victim required hospital treatment following the shocking incident, which happened outside Wimborne House retirement housing complex in Marine Parade, Dovercourt.
It is understood that the victim approached the dog to pet it after it went up to her gate, but the dog turned and launched the vicious attack on her.

A daft thing to do, but people of her generation probably aren't used to today's weapon dogs owned by scum... 

Essex Police has launched an investigation to the incident, which happened on Saturday at about 12.45pm.
A spokesman for the force said: “We are investigating following an incident in Harwich where it was reported a woman had been injured by a dog.
“It was reported the woman had sustained injuries to her face and neck which required hospital treatment.
Our enquiries are ongoing.”

Well, at least they say they are looking into it. Though with Essex Police, one always wonders just how hard...

But step forward, local 'expert', to give her words of wisdom (and promote herself into the bargain, naturally!): 

Joe Nutkins, a dog trainer based in Ardleigh, explained there are unwritten rules to dog ownership.
“This is, of course, a terrible incident and you really have to feel for the poor lady,” she said.

Do you? Seems more like you feel for the poor little confued doggy-woggy... 

Mrs Nutkins explained there are three main factors which invite a dog onto you which can lead to them getting carried away - eye contact, speech and touch.
She added: “If you can cross your arms and look up to the sky it will usually slow them down and make them double think what they’re doing.”

I guess whether you can do this depends on whether your arms are free of Fido hanging off one... 

“It removes the green light. Tucking hands your hands in will stop them getting bitten and stops us flapping our arms about and making the situation worse.”

Won't it just mean Fido goes for your legs instead? 

“If we look away from them it makes them think we are boring, and shows we’re not trying to play or make a challenge to them.”

So, folks, there you are; the next time some inbred's savage mutt is charging at you, slaver dripping from its jaws, just look away! I'm sure it'll work like a charm. 

'Angels'...? Of Death, Perhaps...

Judge Nicola Jones said ... 'The very fact you have had to appear before the court and have to live with the knowledge of what you have caused, and the suffering you caused, is sufficient punishment.'

Not even close, judge! 

Bethan Mair Williams, 29, took her eyes off the road to sign a life insurance document on her phone while she was at the wheel on the A487 in November last year. She crashed into moped rider Mujahid Rasul during heavy rain after a 12-hour shift at Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor, North Wales.

The end of her nursing career? Far from it! 

Pregnant Williams admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving following the crash and the court heard her employers were keen to keep her in her job.

Because a woman who disobeys the standard rules of driving will never disobey the standard rules of nursing, surely? 

Defending Elen Owen said: 'It was a terrible error of judgement. This business about life insurance had been something playing on her mind. The error was perhaps contributed to by tiredness.'

Then she shouldn't have driven. Would a police officer be shown such lenience? A supermarket supervisor? A telecoms engineer?

No, I suspect they wouldn't. So why a nurse? 

Williams, of Caernarfon, was handed a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to £5,000 compensation. She was also given a two-year driving ban with an extended test.

And now she's free to treat your elderly relative, or child. Makes you think, doesn't it? 

Friday, 18 June 2021

The Charity, The Police Commissioner And The Local People...

The charity:
Proposals to create a transit site for travellers in Bearwood have been supported by a Dorset charity dedicated to raising awareness of the Gypsy, Traveller, Romany and Roma communities.
Kushti Bok chair Betty Smith-Billington said the plans for land off Magna Road would be a positive step given there are no existing sites across the BCP Council area.
The commissioner:
An urgent review has been carried out into the Hampshire police’s response to horse and trap racing on the A33 near Micheldever.
Hampshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones has sought assurances from the force’s chief constable that plans are in place to prevent further disruption.
The people:
A village that is often subject to illegal traveller encampments is stepping up its prevention methods.
Colden Common Parish Council is seeking quotations for ground works at the Recreation Ground, Main Road.This will make it difficult for vehicles to enter the premises.

It's noticable, isn't it, that only one of these groups is actually doing something effective about the problem? 

H/T: i r jackson via email 

Tell Us Again How 'Modern Toryism' Is A Vote Winner, Boris...

The Liberal Democrats secured a historic by-election win in Chesham and Amersham this morning, overturning a majority of more than 16,000 to snatch the previously safe Tory seat.
Liberal Democrat Sarah Green won with a majority of 8,028 over Conservative David Fleet, gaining 21,517 votes - nearly 57% of the total - to his 13,489, 35.5%, on a turnout of just over 52%.
A Tory source told the Press Association: 'By-elections are always difficult for the governing party, particularly 11 years into government, but there is no getting away from the fact this is a very disappointing result.
'The work of regaining the support of the people of Chesham and Amersham starts now.'

Given it's a safe Conservative seat that's never been lost, why have they lost faith? 

Lib Dem activists on the ground had insisted the race for the seat looked “neck and neck”, with former Tory voters on the doorsteps complaining they felt neglected by the governing party.
The Lib Dems said the government’s proposed planning reforms had also featured heavily in the campaign.

Boris should really have looked across at the opposite benches and thought: "That could happen to me..." 

Thursday, 17 June 2021

What 'Urgent Work' Means To Local Government...

Travellers who moved onto an open space in Medway have claimed to council officials they have Covid-19.

Well, of course they have! But surely that won't fool our dedicated 

Cllr Adrian Gulvin (Con) ...

So often these days, descriptive of more than simple party allegience. 

...who represents Walderslade, explained Medway Council and police had visited the encampment to complete welfare checks.

The travellers' welfare, that is! 

He added: "Officials were told a couple of them have Covid. The ward councillors have been in contact with the Director of Public Health to arrange for testing and inoculations for them.
"Until it is proven they haven't got the virus we cannot move them on, where it could be spread throughout different locations. That would be totally irresponsible.
"The first stage of the legal process on eviction is the welfare checks, but everything has to go on hold until we can determine the Covid status. That's why urgent work is happening with the public health department."

Really? You seem to have a very different view of what, exactly, constitutes urgency. 

But one resident claims to have seen some people at the site continue to come and go and raised fears that this could still potentially spread any Covid-19.
The resident, who asked not to be named, added: "I haven't seen much evidence of social isolation. It surely must be easy to get lateral flow tests delivered as soon as possible as we're worried about the risks to health of people nearby."

Given the government has been foisting them on absolutely everyone it can, you'd think so, wouldn't you? 

He added: "We've experienced noise with people arguing among themselves and local dog walkers who use the field for recreational purposes.
"Their dog is attacking local dogs and the field is no longer available to use without feeling intimidated. We are concerned more will join them, making even more noise and mess."

Post an armed officer near the park, and if the traveller's dog starts a fight, shoot it.  

Vile Dangerous Beasts...

And their dogs...
A blind family dog has died after it was ‘mauled by illegal Pit Bull Terriers’ in a park attack that left a dad injured and a mum and child traumatised.
Sonia Faleiro was allegedly told ‘get over it mate’ after her beloved Jack Russell Terrier Zoey was left covered in blood with her ear hanging off in the attack in Norwood Park, south London.
Her husband Ulrik was also bit (sic) by one of the three unmuzzled dogs when he tried to help Zoey and their four-year-old daughter was chased.

Typical dogs, typical owners... 

Sonia asked the owners to wait as she called 999 – but was told to ‘get over it mate’ by one, while another told the family ‘it was their fault for being in the park’.
The owners allegedly fled the scene, despite Sonia’s efforts to make them stay.

Typical situation too... 

After posting about her horrifying experience online, Sonia claims to have been contacted by locals who say they and their dogs have suffered non-serious injuries after being attacked by the same animals in the past.

And what are the people who are supposed to keep us safe doing about it? 

A statement from the Met Police said: ‘Police were called at 5.30pm on Monday, 7 June to Norwood Park SE27 after a woman reported that her dog had been attacked by two other dogs.
‘The dogs were then allegedly placed on leads by a man who left the scene with a woman and two children.
‘The woman’s dog later died. There have been no arrests at this time. Enquiries continue.’

Thought so. Ignoring the fact a person was injured, so they can continue their policy of lying that 'we can't do anything about dog on dog attacks'... 

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Well, Remember Brandon, It's 'Along', Not 'Across'...

A homophobic man who beat a gay couple unconscious has a 'compassionate' side and has become 'suicidal' in jail, says his advocate.

...and make sure you cut deep enough. 

Brandon Taylor, previously of Newtown Road, Worcester, was detained in a Young Offender Institution for nine and a half years at Worcester Crown Court last Friday. This followed a spate of violence which rendered the couple unconscious, one suffering a broken nose and the other a broken jaw and with an open gash on his temple.
Both victims ended up in a trauma unit following the attack in Malvern on September 20.

It's another example of the violence that plagues our streets at night, of course: 

Even when one of the victims got down on his knees and begged the gang to stop, telling them they were pacifists, Taylor and others carried on with the attack.

And he has quite the record, at such a young age: 

The 19-year-old was jailed for grievous bodily harm with intent, wounding, three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, robbery, common assault, breaches of a criminal behaviour order, assaulting an emergency worker and three thefts.

It makes sickening reading: 

During his campaign of violence he threw a pool ball in a man's face in the Horn and Trumpet pub in Worcester, punched and bit a man in McDonald's, robbed someone of a skateboard, swung a punch at an Asda security guard in the city, stole beer, flouted a criminal behaviour order and bit a city police officer. As previously reported, Taylor was jailed for seven and a half years for the attack on the gay couple but must serve this consecutively to a two year sentence for all other matters.

But his hired mouthpiece isn't going to let that stop her! 

Elizabeth Power, defending, said her client's most powerful mitigation was his guilty pleas to all matters.

Given he's made no attempt to hide any of it, in the teeth of forensic, CCTV and eyewitness evidence, what other choice did he really have? 

Ms Power added: "This is a young man who suffers, and has suffered for some considerable period of time, with depression. He was rendered homeless at the age of 13. He is someone who has been in a crowd now for a number of years taking illicit substances."

None of that should be mitigation, it should be aggravating circumstances... 

The barrister told the judge most of the offences were committed in drink or under the influence of drugs.


"This is somebody who does have empathy and compassion", she told the court. She added: "This is not a man who is devoid of empathy or care and compassion for others."

He hides it pretty well, then. 

But Your Assumption Is Correct...

“My assumption had always been that this would have been covered under the Dangerous Dog Act as they are dangerous and have irresponsible owners however this isn’t the case it is not illegal.
“The owners and dogs have walked away from the attack scot-free – not even a fine! And are free to do it again and yet our poor little boy died because of their actions.
“This has to change. We all know once they’ve done it once they’ll do it again and god forbid it happens to a child!”
...the problem here is that the police are too lazy or incompetent to do their jobs properly with the new laws they whined and whinged about for ages.

The woman was covered in blood. The lazy cops will try to say that it was her dog's blood. 

But please tell me how a person wouldn't be 'worried that it might injure them' while she tries to rescue her pet? 

See this here? 'a court could prosecute if a person believes they would have been injured if they tried to stop a dog attacking their animal.'

They could, but unfortunately until the police do their job right and put it in front of a court, nothing will happen to the irresponsible owner. 

My fondest wish, though, is that the cops who failed to deal with this incident properly have to go serve a warrant on the owner of these dangerous beasts one day. 

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Is It As Much Of An Embarrassment As The Fact Most Of The Fines Are Overturned?

Up to 10 off-duty police officers were caught at a party that breached coronavirus social distancing rules and were suspended while the police standards office investigates them.
The off-duty officers were discovered breaking the law when their on-duty colleagues from Sussex Police turned up at a large house party in Hove on the evening of May 15th, two days before lockdown restrictions were relaxed.


A police source speaking to The Telegraph called the incident a “major embarrassment”, especially since the force “have been handing out these draconian £10,000 fines to Covid rule-breakers”.

Yes, they have, but hopefully if they do issue one to their colleagues, they'll actually get it right this time

H/T: ir.jackson via email

When You Can't Even Convince 'Sob Story Samantha'...

Reilly had given evidence in court hearings when on trial for attempted murder in Southend, trying to claim she did not try to kill the man.
She went along with this, despite the CCTV clearly showing her arriving and throwing petrol over the victim in Southchurch Avenue.


Her brilliant plan? Feign blindness! 

Reilly told the court that she could not see the monitor showing the footage in the court room, and that she couldn’t see the judge acting out what it showed.
Judge Samantha Leigh said the performance was “worthy of an Oscar, but it was dishonest”.
She said: “She was the worst witness I have ever seen.
“She said she couldn’t see the screen.
“I gave her a demonstration, she said she couldn’t see that.”

Blimey, when you can't even convince Leigh...! 

Judge Leigh added: "In my view I have seen no remorse from either of you at all. He was a friend, and he was repaid by being set alight."
The duo were jailed for 24 years each. Reilly showed no emotion, while Archer bowed his head as he was taken down.

Perhaps she was just feigning deafness as well? 

Monday, 14 June 2021

Tear Down This (Stone)Wall..

Ms Truss, the Equalities Minister, has told friends that she thinks Whitehall should pull out of the charity’s Diversity Champions scheme, under which employers pay Stonewall for advice on how to implement equality laws and policies. She voiced her opinion after Nancy Kelley, Stonewall’s chief executive, recently likened ‘gender critical’ beliefs to antisemitism.

And it's not just politicians who have sensed which way the winds of change are blowing: 

A former hospital boss has accused the NHS of putting patients at risk by signing up to Stonewall’s controversial Diversity Champions scheme. 
Ms Grimes accused Stonewall of ‘undermining’ the NHS’s ability to keep patients safe, ‘stifling’ free speech and creating a ‘culture of fear’ among some NHS staff. And she warned some advice risked ‘opening up NHS organisations to litigation and reputational damage’.

And not just the NHS either: 

Embattled diversity charity Stonewall is making hundreds of thousands of pounds by enrolling schools on to a programme of transgender guidance that critics have branded ‘dangerous’.
Legal experts and campaigners last night criticised the material. Naomi Cunningham, a barrister specialising in discrimination law, said: ‘The advice being given to schools by Stonewall is dangerous and unlawful. There is legislation that requires schools to provide separate toilets for girls and boys. So if a school allows a boy who identifies as female to use the girls’ toilets, it is in breach of the law.’

This organisation has long since outstayed its welcome and, as all organisations do when they get too big and the money's too good to give up at the top, sought to expand into ever more ridiculous 'causes'. 

Enough's enough. 

Don't You Think We've Been Patient Enough?

The Prime Minister will confirm that the June 21 Freedom Day has been delayed until July 19 in 'one last heave' of restrictions following a sharp rise in cases of the Indian variant, Westminster sources said last night. Ignoring a mounting revolt by Tory MPs and dire warnings from the hospitality and theatre industries, Mr Johnson will argue that scrapping all restrictions now is likely to fuel the surge – and the public needs to be 'patient' so the country does not go into reverse.

Funny how none of the G7 attendees seemed to stick to the rules they tell us are so important to prevent covid, eh? I guess no one told them about the Indiant variant...  

A surge in the next few weeks would damage the NHS, as emergency departments have warned they are struggling with significant demand at the moment, The Guardian reports.

Probably people who can't get into their GP, since they seem to be ignoring the government's advice that everyone else is still obeying... 

It comes after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said at the weekend that he could not give an 'absolute guarantee' that social distancing measures would be lifted by the end of August – prompting fears restrictions could roll on into the autumn.

Even if these people do magnanimously lift restrictions on July 19, what's the betting they impose them again in autumn when 'normal' flu season rolls in?

Once you realise you can control people, you are never ever going to relinquish that power. 

Saturday, 12 June 2021

'Due Diligence', Mr Powley - Look It Up!

A company owner who lost thousands of pounds to a devious employee has spoken of his anger after the thief avoided jail time.
Kindly boss Alan Powley of Pyramid Screen Products in London Road, West Kingsdown, had even loaned £8,000 to employee Dean Jefferies, only for him to repay his boss' generosity by stealing a further £17,000.

Oh no! How could this happen? 

Now Mr Powley says he is "absolutely gutted" after Jefferies- who has committed similar offences twice previously - walked free from the sentencing without even having to pay him back.

Ah. Right. I see now. 

"Mr Powley trusted him, giving him access to the company's PayPal account to make business purchases, " he added.
In June 2018, another employee noticed "discrepancies" and it was discovered that Jefferies had been misusing the account.

Even the hired mouthpiece couldn't quite believe the naievety here: 

Phil Rowley, defending, said: "There is no doubt Mr Powley was extremely generous."

Well, that's one way of putting it! 

Speaking out following the sentencing, Mr Powley said he had lost faith in the criminal justice system. "The sentence I'm disgusted with," he said.
"Four years ago this guy worked for me and he seemed a nice guy, really helpful, and all the time he was taking money.
"He was a likeable guy and I lent him money because he had problems. In the meantime he was filtering money out using the company credit card on eBay and other sites.
"We got him into court after four years and he pleaded guilty to all charges. He got a suspended jail sentence for a year and he's got to go to rehab for 25 days, but they didn't order him to pay anything back. It doesn't make sense."

There's a lot of things that don't make sense about this story. Perhaps the judge was considering that parable about a fool and his money?

And After That, They'll Invent A Perpetual Motion Machine And Institute World Peace...

Alice King, who was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, said she was shocked to see the monogram bodysuit on sale in the Urban Outfitters store in Churchill Square, Brighton.
The 22-year-old shared a photo of the outfit that she says looked more like “children’s clothing.

Why? I mean, who else cares? 

Alice said: “It was labelled as a medium and straight away it put my back up. I thought ‘how can that possibly be a medium?’ It was so tiny.
“With my history of eating disorders, things like this just trigger me. I posted pictures on my Instagram story because I thought I cannot be the only one who thinks like this.”

Ah. I see now. You wanted reassurance that you weren't a crazy person looking for confirmation of your neuroses. And you're clearly going to find that on....Instagram? 

Oh dear. 

“I got so many replies from, mostly females, but some males too and they were just in shock, the same as me, that they could sell something like this.
“Urban Outfitters, along with other clothing brands, need to consider their younger audiences and the age at which people are more likely to struggle with these kinds of issues.”

I think UO probably believe all they need to do is sell clothes to people who want to buy them. I doubt they've considered attracting the tiny niche market of hysterical whackjobs who share outrage imagery on social media. 

She is now calling for standard clothing sizes to be introduced across the fashion industry to prevent the promotion of “unrealistic expectations for women’s bodies.

Well, good luck with that, because every store and in-supermarket brand is different, and a size 14 in one is likely to be a size 12 in another! 

Urban Outfitters have been contacted for a statement.

The managing director is probably on his tenth brandy by now... 

Friday, 11 June 2021

What About The Mental Health Of The Rest Of The Country?

A teenage arsonist who torched two buildings when dared by a friend has avoided jail after a judge said a custodial sentence would harm his mental health.

Because reading stuff like this is driving me mad! 

Half of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's entire resources had to be called upon to tackle the two blazes, Liverpool Crown Court was told.
But a judge accepted his ADHD played a key part in the arsons and locking him up would harm his mental health.
Edwards-Meredith was instead handed eight months' detention, suspended for two years, with a 25-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 100 hours of unpaid work.

Ah, ADHD again. It's becoming as ubiquitous as PTSD in these crime reports. 

John Weate, defending, said ... Edwards-Meredith was diagnosed with ADHD early in his childhood, which 'leads to impulsivity and leads to acting without thought'.

It must be more contagious than the latest Wuhan Flu varient, it's clearly spread to the judge!

How Did It Ever Get To Court In The First Place?

A man accused of trolling Katie Price's disabled son Harvey was today found not guilty at a trial after the court heard he had shared the video clip as a joke.
Because it was - clearly, and perfectly obviously to anyone who bothered to check - a skit on an incident that actually happened with her and her son on 'Loose Women'.
The ex-model told MailOnline that the outcome at Hastings Magistrates' Court was a 'blow' but insisted it 'only drives me onwards to fight for what is right - for justice'.

You think 'justice' is hounding a person through the court system for mocking you and your offspring? Who the hell do you think you are?  

The defendant, Philip Lewer, allegedly shared the video on Twitter last November after receiving it over WhatsApp - and Sussex Police arrested him ten hours later.

Wow! Try getting the police to make an arrest that quickly if you've been burgled! 

It was a bad day all round for the reality-deniers, as Maya Forstater won her appeal. Not that that puts them off, though:: 

Amanda Glassman, Chief Executive Officer of CGDE and Executive Vice President of CGD, said: 'The decision is disappointing and surprising because we believe Judge Tayler got it right when he found this type of offensive speech causes harm to trans people, and therefore could not be protected under the Equality Act.
'Today's decision is a step backwards for inclusivity and equality for all. We're currently considering the various paths forward with our lawyers.'

If it causes 'harm' to trans people when other people point out that you can't physically change sex, that's just too bad. Because you simply can't. And persecuting people for this is like persecuting them for believing in gravity

Thursday, 10 June 2021

What Value An 'Apology' Like This?

Two sisters have admitted lying about being victim of 'honour-based' domestic violence to scam a council out of a three-bed house they never lived in.
Hannah Rafiq, 29, and Ayshia Rafiq, 30, told Kirklees Council their father was beating them and they were homeless and in desperate need of refuge despite having a place to live with their mother in Huddersfield.
They have now made a public apology for 'depriving a family in real need' of a house in Batley which they kept for four years.

Not only that, they dragged the action out for years. So, why now confess and profess to be sorry? 

Now, the sisters have confessed to their deception and apologised, something that has been accepted by the court, bringing the legal action and the threat of jail to an end.


A future court hearing will decide whether the sisters should pay any further costs.

I'd like to say that's a foregone conclusion, but with our so-called 'justice system', it almost certainly isn't. 

It's Certainly Enough To Make You Wonder...

Former jailbird and professional scum-eulogiser Eric Allison ponders...

Me too, Eric old son. Me too. 

Clearly, for vastly different reasons...

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

How Much Do I Care? Sweet FA!

The FA are unhappy with the Government for failing to support them in their battle with England fans who booed players taking the knee before last week’s European Championship warm-up matches against Austria and Romania.
Just when you think Johnson's incapable of doing anything right, he proves you wrong!
In a row that threatens to overshadow England’s opening game against Croatia on Sunday, Gareth Southgate and his players have had to justify their decision to continue with the anti-racism gesture...

Awwww, diddums! Fancy having to 'justify your decision'..! Don't these people realise footballers are unused to having to do this? 

...with the Government’s response leading senior FA figures to conclude that ministers are deliberately taking a populist stance in opposition to the feelings of the national team.

Fuck their 'feelings', frankly. They claim it's their right to honour a dead US criminal and a Marxist pressure group, but they forget other people have rights too. And that includes the right to make their feelings known. 

You Can't Reason With Activists...

Priti Patel will today renew her backing for...

Increased efforts to repel invaders to our shores?

Pshaw! Of course not! It just doesn't seem a priority... 

...footage from police body-worn cameras to be shared more frequently – to combat 'trial by social media'.


Speaking at the Police Federation annual conference, the Home Secretary will back its call for the clips to be published more regularly by forces.
The federation, which represents 120,000 officers in England and Wales, says it will combat false accusations of heavy-handedness or prejudice.

Will it? No. When you're dealing with people like this, they will make their claims regardless. They don't care, because they are preaching to the converted.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

But Does She Have One..?

Hampshire's new Police and Crime Commissioner has said that a "robust management plan" is needed to stop future illegal horse racing events.
This is, of course, a follow up to this story
Hampshire's newly-elected PCC, Donna Jones, held a meeting with Winchester MP Steve Brine to discuss the problem last week.
Well, you don't have long, since there's another planned for June 19 and 20...

H/T: ir.jackson via email

"...nobody who was at that party has come forward to give us a statement or any further information."

Gosh! I thought black lives mattered?
Ms Johnson's mother Ellet Dalling, appealed for more witnesses yesterday: 'What has happened to Sasha has left us devastated. She is currently fighting for her life in hospital with two children asking where their mummy is, what do I tell them? Someone must have information to what happened and to come forward.
'Sasha is passionate about standing up for others, please come forward and stand up for Sasha. Come forward to help us, I know it is not always easy but imagine if it was your daughter or the mother of your children. I believe there are people out there that can help.'
If she survives, maybe she'll reconsider her priorities...

Aren't there a lot of chickens coming home to roost lately, though?

Monday, 7 June 2021

How'd You Like Them Chickens, Eh..?

When they come home to roost...

Trinity Ottoson-Smith was playing in the backyard of her Minneapolis neighborhood May 15 when she was struck by a stray bullet. The nine-years-old was caught in the crossfire of a shoot-out as gun-toting thugs drove along the alleyway behind her friend's house in this pretty neighborhood. She died last Thursday.
Trinity was the second child to be shot in Minneapolis in three weeks. Six-year-old Aniya Allen was shot May 17 and died the following day. She took a bullet to the head as she ate McDonald's in her mother's car.
Ten-year-old LaDavionne Garrett Jr. was shot in the head while sitting in his parents' car April 30.

Well, at least they weren't accidentally killed by a white policeman. But then again, they were probably too young to have racked up Floyd's impressive criminal record... 

There have been 36 homicides so far this year, more than double the number at this point last year and more than four times that seen in 2019.
Car-jackings are up a staggering 222 per cent. Shootings have risen 153 per cent. Eighty per cent of the victims are black.

Are we all expected to be sorry that you got what you demanded? Because, frankly, I'm not. 

Local activist Marcus X, one of the organizers, told, 'This is what's known as the Derek Chauvin effect.'
'There's shootings every single day and the summer hasn't even started. All the police have PTSD, they've left, you don't see police patrolling here. I know it and the gangs know it,' he said. 'I could shoot someone right now and walk five blocks home before the police would even come.'
'The police have left and it's unleashed the gangs.'

 Damn, I need a bigger one!

Clearly, More Of A Threat Than Usman Khan...

...but to just whom, I'll leave to you, Reader.
Police found a hoard of Nazi-era daggers, far-right literature and a framed Ku Klux Klan certificate in Nicholas Brock's bedroom in Berkshire.

Are those illegal to possess, then? 

The 53-year-old was found guilty in March of three counts of possessing materials which could be of use in preparing terrorist acts.

Compare and contrast the response to this 'potential terrorist' with that to Usman Khan, the actual London Bridge terrorist... 

Edward Butler, defending, said there was no evidence his client intended to carry out an attack.

That doesn't seem to matter much, since even when there is, usually the authorities do nothing. 

Det Ch Supt Kath Barnes, head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East, said: "The material Brock had in his possession is dangerous and concerning.
"He had books which would provide techniques on how to fight, assisting someone who was potentially preparing a terrorist act."

Anyone with a Tom Clancy or Andy McNab novel on the shelf has 'books that would provide techniques on how to fight', don't they?  

H/T: Crimebodge

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones But...

'Racist' incident, headlines in all media, outrage on Twitter from the usual suspects:
Police said the attack on Monday evening took place following an earlier incident involving Dea-John and his friends during which they were subjected to racist language.
The Guardian understands the abuse is believed to have included the N-word.
Not a racist incident, a single report in local newspaper:
Mr Hayes said: “My daughter can’t remember anything, she was unconscious at the scene for an hour - they took over an hour to revive her.
“However, we have gathered information from witnesses who have come forward.
“She was out with her younger sister and was walking to the taxi rank in Brighton to go home.
“As she walking past Burger King, three black girls came out and ran up and attacked her.
“Witnesses say that these three girls were in Burger King having an altercation with someone in there, they got ejected and as they came out, took it out on my daughter.”

I can't wait to see what happens when the real story abour Dea-John's killing comes out in court. 

Tell Us Again How 'Overworked' You Are...

A police investigation has been launched after a pick-up truck was spotted with a​...
Broken rear light? Non-working indicator? Dangerous unstable load? 

Nah, can't be. I see so many of those around, no police taking the slightest bit of notice. Must be something really hazardous to other motorists...
...'vile' image of a kidnapped woman on its tail gate.
Motorists did a double take and were horrified to see the artwork portraying an apparently abducted blonde woman lying down while tied up in the rear of the vehicle.
The vehicle was reported to police after being spotted at traffic lights on the junction of the A47 and A146 roads at Trowse, near Norwich, Norfolk.

Christ, just imagine the sad lives that must be lead by people who'd report this to police rather than just saying 'Ugh! Wouldn't have that on my car!' and going about their business... 

Why don't the police tell them it's nothing they need to take any action on as it's not a traffic offence to have artwork some snowflake doesn't like on their vehicle?

Norfolk Police say the incident is being investigated as a potential hate crime.

Gordon! Come deal with this appropriately, will you? 

Friday, 4 June 2021

A Conclusion Of The Foregone Kind, I Presume?

Conor Mitchell, 26, who was from the Bingley area but more recently living in Skipton, suffered a catastrophic brain injury when his car smashed into a wall on Skipton Road, Utley, in the early hours of February 20 last year.

Well, doesn't sound like he used it much...

Can we count this a Darwin? 

The young dad was taken to Leeds General Infirmary (LGI), but died later that day.

Oh. Pity. 

The inquest will resume this morning when the coroner is expected to record her conclusion.

It shouldn't take her long. 

Never, Ever Satisfied...

“I just feel like the bus drivers ⁠— potentially, I can’t say it’s gospel ⁠— profiled my son because he is quite tall for his age and Black.
“And I feel like maybe if he was white, and maybe even female, in school clothes, they would have given that young person a ride.”

Really? Despite the fact that children of all colours have been stranded when payment fails?  

Stagecoach has since apologised to Amma, letting her know they have identified the drivers and will be finding out further information.
They added that the card readers sometimes block payment from Apple and Android Pay, and have offered two MegaRider tickets plus vouchers.

There! Are you happy now?  

In her complaint to Stagecoach, the mum stressed that a policy change was needed.

Oh. Of course not.  

“Drivers should be made aware all over the network that any child who gets on the bus, in their school clothes, who maybe doesn’t have the means to pay or their technology isn’t working ⁠— especially because we’re moving to a cashless society ⁠— should be let on the bus, no question.
“It’s a safe-guarding issue at the end of the day,” she added, “they are old enough to get the bus, but not old enough to not get where they should be going.”

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  

The company’s response suggests that Amma’s points have been taken on board: an email sent yesterday (May 20) confirms that all drivers have been told they must not decline a child boarding the bus.

So, are you going to stop whinging now..? 

But Amma wants to take things further, and has started a petition calling for free bus travel for children and young people in full-time education in Cambridgeshire.

Oh, FFS! 

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Today's 'YCMIU' Story...

Spain's postal service has been accused of racism​...

Why, what did they do? Refuse to deliver letters to black people? 

...after issuing a set of unequally priced skin-coloured stamps.

Heh! This is, predictably, a futile attempt to curry favour and jump on the 'equality' bandwagon to earn some virtuesignalling points. 

And - as these things so often do - it all went horribly wrong... 

State-owned Correos Espana introduced the set of four stamps on the anniversary of George Floyd's death, saying the "Equality Stamps" would "send a message against racial inequality".
The stamps are priced differently, with the lightest colour costing €1.60 (£1.38) and the darkest €0.70 (60p). Critics said the initiative was racist as it suggests that darker colours are of less value.

Maybe the lesson here is 'Stick to what your job is, and stop trying to appease people who will never be satisfied'..? 

What Would Count As 'Escalation', Then? Nuclear Weapons?

Yes, clearly, having the police descend en masse to sort this out would be 'escalating' things, even though they were the ones attacked by the urban scum when they did turn up...

Who exactly is this room temperature IQ idiot? Well, her bio states she's 'Head of Multimedia @opendemocracy. a journalist & documentary filmmaker and formerly @BBCWorld'.

So I guess it's no surprise she's as thick as a whale sandwich, is it?

H/T: Ruda Malpa vis Twitter

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Musical Interlude - June:"What happened to the Danny Zuko I met at the beach?"

Anyone of a certain age can remember the summer this one came out. 

I well remember idly flipping radio stations on my tiny portable radio while over the park (young Reader, ask your parents...) and finding a song from this on every channel with about 2 minutes of landing on it! It was a smash hit like I'd never seen before, and probably never will again. 

The big numbers like 'Greased Lightning' and 'Summer Nights' get all the airtime, But my favourite track is this wonderfully waspish one from Frankie Avalon:

Why? You Get Paid Regardless...

Lawyers for a woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for manslaughter have said they are “appalled and gobsmacked” that she will remain in prison six months after her murder conviction was quashed.

And after all, it's not as if she's innocent, is it? 

Farieissia Martin was convicted of murder after stabbing Kyle Farrell, 21, in November 2014. She was jailed for life with a minimum term of 13 years, but the ruling was quashed last year after judges ruled that new evidence had emerged that was not heard in the first trial and a retrial was ordered.
The Crown accepted Martin’s subsequent guilty plea to manslaughter and on Friday the same judge sentenced the 28-year-old, who has already served six and a half years, to 10 years for manslaughter.
He passed a further sentence of nine months for possessing a mobile phone and a razor blade while in prison.

Sounds like prison is absolutely the right place for her. 

Lawyers for Martin said she was a victim of domestic abuse.
Then she should have left him, and not stabbed him in the chest during an argument.
Harriet Wistrich, Martin’s appeal solicitor for Birnberg Peirce and director of the Centre for Women’s Justice (Ed:Aha! An activist in silk...), said she was “appalled and gobsmacked” at the sentence, comparing the length of the sentence with that of Anthony Williams, who received a five-year sentence for manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility after strangling his wife.
She said Martin’s two children, who were aged one and two at the time of the killing, had been sentenced along with their mother.

Sounds a lot more like the justice system has protected them, doesn't it? 

But It Was Cool When Indiana Jones Did It!

A witness told the ECHO that a man was attacked with an axe and a samurai sword during an arranged fight at the National Trust site.
He said: "The lad who was losing the fight pulled out an axe and hit the other lad with it.
His mate then pulled out a samurai sword and used that too. It was bad."

It's like the 'Vikings' and 'Highlander' crossover we didn't know we needed, isn't it? Ah, Liverpool! Don't ever change...

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

The UK As A Whole Got Justice Though...

The mum of Mark Duggan says she has lost hope of getting “justice” for her son after the police watchdog refused to re-open the investigation into his death - on the tenth anniversary of his shooting.
One less criminal on the streets. So, there's that, at least...
A 2015 ruling by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (now the IOPC) found Duggan was most likely shot while holding a gun that he was probably “in the process of throwing” away.
But this was challenged by Forensic Architecture (FA), a human rights research organisation based at Goldsmiths University in London.
FA concluded the IPCC’s finding as to how the firearm got to where it was discovered is not supported by their evidence. It said the force required by Duggan to throw the gun would have needed such a movement of his arm, while he was being shot, that V53 would not have failed to see it.

I think he was a bit busy gunning down a dangerous criminal at the time, though... 

FA also said the police watchdog was wrong to dismiss the possibility that officers could have removed the gun from the minicab and placed it on the grass.

Why would they bother? Who really cared where he had the gun, the point was he had one... 

Pam told the Mirror: “I feel really disgusted about it, I thought there may have been a chance.
“It’s a kick in the teeth for me at what is already an incredibly difficult time with the tenth anniversary approaching.”
Pam said the tenth anniversary brings back “awful memories”.
Yeah, I expect it does. For the people who lost their homes and their livelihoods and all their possessions in the riots. They have all my sympathy.

You? None whatsoever.

Inaccuracy In Headlines....

Wouldn't a more accurate headline be 'Partygoer shot in gang feud'..?

Prosecutor Carol Udenze said: “This offence happened on May 23 at an address where a lady was shot in the head and another person was shot in the foot – this was at a house party.
“The crown’s case is that the defendant in agreement with others conspired to murder somebody at that address.”
A political assassination? No.
Ms Udenze confirmed the police do not believe Ms Johnson was the intended victim.

Happens a lot in enriched, vibrant London. It's a dangerous place.