Fish Or Man

Friday, June 30, 2006

Drinking and Firearms

I have a family member that is generally drunk. While drunk, he is thoughtful, peaceful, talkative, fun-loving, and... always armed.

Scary. I've always watched him close when the firearms come out, (he does seem to know his limits--I am the one to handle the firearms when he's had a few).

Should an intoxicated person not be allowed access to firearms? In his own house? I believe that would fall into a prior restraint type law, which are worthless against those who are intent at causing harm and leave those who don't mean to cause harm just another disarmed victim.

That said, there is a good reason he doesn't get many visitors, neither friend nor foe.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Omak Wood Mill Fire, CIPV

Might as well throw up some of my own pics from the Colville Indian Power and Veneer plant fire happening earlier this evening.





The not so funny joke this evening is that Okanogan County's unemployment rate will triple come morning.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Again With "The Only Ones"

UPDATE: Ok, stop giving the deputy a hard time. It even happens to Ravenwood... SEE.

Kitsap County deputy accidentally shoots man (requires registration so full below):

BREMERTON – A Kitsap County deputy is under investigation after she accidentally shot a man. The deputy thought she had her taser in her hand.

Several Kitsap County deputies gathered under a tree in a Bremerton lot where a man – shouting and dressed only in underwear – refused to come down.

"I heard him say very loudly: 'I'm unarmed!'" said witness Kathy Norton.

Kathy and Tom Norton heard a shot and saw a female deputy pointing something at the man who was less than 10 feet up the tree.

"She dropped and was hurt. You could see she was scared. It wasn't like it was on purpose," said Kathy.

"As soon as the shot was done she walked over there and got on one knee. She was distraught," said Tom.

Tasers are often worn on the same leg as an officer's handgun, and the Sheriff's Department says the 5-year veteran deputy mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of the taser.

"It doesn't seem that the deputy was under immediate pressure to draw and fire right away. That will come out in the investigation. The primary deputy called for a second taser application. The deputy pulled out what she thought was a taser and fired a shot," said Deputy Scott Wilson, Kitsap County Sheriff's Department.

The deputy carried an older model M-26 taser with a similar grip and feel of her handgun.

The sheriff's department is phasing in new X-26 models, which are smaller and have a noticeably different feel than a handgun.

The man who took the unintended bullet was airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center with what sheriff's deputies say is a non-life-threatening wound to his leg.

The man has not yet been identified.

The Washington State Patrol is handling the investigation.


Since citizens are not given the deputy's name, do we treat all officers as suspects of a Negligent Discharge?

And for an update on felony criminal and Okanogan Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Waters, he has resigned from being one of our local armed protectors. Sniff, sniff... Why he couldn't be fired is another story, but don't worry:
Sheriff Frank Rogers said he has accepted Water’s resignation, and his office will complete all of the necessary paperwork to be turned into the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

A 13-year veteran means he slipped through Washington States Criminal Justice standards to get a job in law enforcement in 1993. Sounds like they should have held some of our future criminals with badges to higher standards.

Maybe an ink blot test or two, or possible reading their palms to see if they will one day abuse their power might be necessary. Just don't make the test accurate or no one would graduate with a law enforcement degree. Better yet, lets call all those in law enforcement back in for a refresher course on Constitutional duties they have sworn to uphold. Pick your poison, but "Shall not infringe" certainly needs a refresher course.

Of course, arresting them for their numerous felonies of usurping the Constitution would also do the trick, but alas, they are... "the only ones."

Friday, June 09, 2006

"Paid Administrative Leave"

You better believe it. Via NCBI: OKANOGAN COUNTY SERGEANT ARRESTED

Okanogan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Waters, was arrested Thursday on charges of Second Degree Burglary and Theft in the Second Degree.

Sheriff Frank Rogers says approximately two weeks ago his office received a complaint from Liberty Bell High School, located between Twisp and Winthrop Washington. The complaint involved a burglary and theft of several items from the school. Rogers said, during the course of the investigation it was apparent that the suspect involved was a Sheriff's Deputy Sergeant. He said at that we called in the Grant County Sheriff’s Office to conduct the criminal investigation.

Rogers said as a result of the investigation, on Thursday, the Grant County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on the home Richard Waters, where several of the stolen items were recovered. The 36-year-old Waters was taken into custody by Grant County Detectives and booked into the Okanogan County Jail.

Waters, a thirteen year veteran of the Sheriff’s office, has been placed on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Why was it that you said police should be the only ones allowed access to firearms?

Another source quotes Sheriff Frank Rogers, saying; "If we had one bad one, we dealt with it. We didn't protect anyone. We're held to a higher standard because of who we are, and we should be."

Just so long as that standard isn't the Constitution, right there Franky? By the way, has the officers in your "higher standard" department who were involved in the no-knock raid at the wrong house been charged with felon burglary, kidnapping, and assault against the innocent family they terrorized? Or are your lawyers STILL fighting the innocent family's lawsuit against you? Didn't you say you would make it "all right" with them? What, by getting the door your goons illegally busted down replaced???

Why is stealing allowed in Okanogan County whenever your department gives it's seal of approval? Waters likely had plenty of on-the-job training... where else did you think "asset seizure" would lead him?

Monday, June 05, 2006

Exactly What The NRA Asked For

Enforcing existing gun laws, New York City style, (link):

"We see every possession of a gun as a potential homicide," said Sue-Ellen Bienenfeld, who supervises six prosecutors assigned to the Brooklyn gun court. "We don't want to wait for somebody to actually be killed."
Sounds like Minority Report, (minus the ability to actually tell the future), yet still including the elitist running the program.

While her statement is true, (being based on a gun bigot's feelings), knowing that her actions are currently being backed by YOUR NRA, should give all gun owners pause. Maybe in the occupied terroritory that you are currently living in, you are willing to support "enforcing existing gun laws." But in so doing, you have given your approval to gun bigots more then willing to destroy our peaceful brothers in arms who are in smaller cages then your own.

Divided, we have ALL fallen.