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Memphis cop brings illicit sexual meaning to protect and serve!

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Memphis hooker delivery service

Yes, officers are sworn to uphold the law, but one Memphis police officer had other plans of what he would do with his police authority and MPD provided squad car.

Thirty year old Memphis police officer Sean McWhirter decided he would use his squad car to transport and traffick prostitutes from Memphis to Mississippi.

Unfortunately for McWhirter, he as well as the handful of prostitutes, were all busted by Special Agents and Task Force Officers of the FBI in a sex trafficking sting operation on their last and expected final trip…

According to a release by the Department of Justice, McWhirter was transporting the three women from Memphis to a hotel in Tunica, Mississippi “for the purpose of prostitution.”

McWhirter, who was allegedly offering sex with the girls for $50, has since been released on $10,000 bail after his arrest, relieved of duty with pay, while pending investigation.

Sources add that there may also be some videos of McWhirter at a Memphis nightclub performing sexual acts with one of the prostitutes, McWhirter’s alleged girlfriend. McWhirter allegedly used the sexual acts with her, as a form of promoting sex with the prostitutes…

Protect your hookers – and serve ‘em up to paying customers. Across a state line to boot.

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Written by Ed Campbell

September 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

World Stone Skimming Championships under threat

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Jonathan Feigenbaum, who owns the disused quarry on Easdale where the event takes place, wants to charge a land use fee for the first time in its 15-year history.

He has threatened legal action against the Eilean Eisdeal Community Trust, which organises the event, if they try to press ahead with this weekend’s event.

The organisers are also being asked to produce public liability insurance, which protects against damages claims from participants or spectators who are injured in the championships…

Donald Melville, one of the organisers, told BBC Scotland: “We have held the event for 15 consecutive years in the quarry with the island owner’s permission.

I think it is a big disappointment. We have run the thing properly and professionally. We get a proper health and safety assessment done and stick to the recommendations in that.

“People come along and have a fantastic day. It is good fun and it just seems a shame that we are going to have £1,000 less, possibly, to put into community run events on the island.”

In my neck of the prairie we call it “stone skipping” – not skimming. No matter. One of the few lifetime sports where my skill level is comparable to or greater than people half my age. An important psycho-social consideration if you’re anywhere near as psycho or anti-social as I am.

Looking at the big picture, I have to say humankind would probably be a century or so further along the path to a better life – without the invention of either lawyers or insurance companies.

Written by Ed Campbell

September 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Counter-insurgency lessons from Vietnam – We remember how well that worked out!

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The rise in so-called insider attacks by rogue Afghan security forces has highlighted the perils of joint operations in counter-insurgency. But former US soldier David Donovan, who fought in Vietnam, says lessons learnt long ago have been forgotten.

I was in Vietnam because the United States had decided to assist an ally in fighting an insurgency stimulated and supplied from across international boundaries. The rights and wrongs of our intervention were a matter of vigorous debate, but that debate was not mine.

I was an Army officer trained in counter-insurgency and I was in Vietnam to lead a small advisory team in a remote village near the Cambodian border. We were doing counter-insurgency focused on two things – improving village security and encouraging local development.

Improving security meant improving the fighting skills of the local militia. They were poorly equipped and poorly led, neither of which helped morale. Improving their fighting skills meant going into combat with them, fighting beside them and learning first hand what it means to fight a guerrilla war. Encouraging development meant helping local officials initiate projects meant to improve community life.

The main enemies to security were the local guerrillas.

The main enemy to development was a corrupt bureaucracy…

So you might imagine my concern during the past decade as my country has made its way into two counter-insurgency wars at the same time and has bumped first into one problem then another. Our ineptness at the enterprise has been frustrating because the difficulties reported have seemed so predictable.

I know what it means to do counter-insurgency. I know what it means to do war in the village, and I know from the outside looking in how large US units, simply because of their size and American nature, can perturb a local culture and make friends into enemies without really meaning to.

And counter-insurgency is not won by firepower alone. It is won by a government attracting the loyalty of its own people.

RTFA for all the anecdotes David Donovan includes. If you don’t expect to see what you’re going to see, you weren’t paying attention when the US tried to create a regime in VietNam – you certainly haven’t been paying attention to Afghanistan for the past 11 years.

He skips the part about being invited in by a claque in VietNam smaller than the Tea Party. He skips the part about fighting against an “enemy” that supported allied troops during World War 2; but, dared to continue their fight against colonial Europe after the war.

You’re left at the end to consider on your own a comparison of the mess we left behind in VietNam when we were driven out by Vietnamese soldiers, after all – compared to the mess we obviously will leave behind in Afghanistan. Money and lives, American and Afghan, soldier and civilian, poured down the rathole of imperial arrogance, once again.

Written by Ed Campbell

September 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Going too far with – “Get off my lawn!”

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An angry homeowner apparently had better aim than a Nevada golfer whose errant ball broke the window of a home that overlooks the course.

Jeff Fleming, 53, of Reno is accused of opening fire with a shotgun on a golfing twosome, hitting one man who was treated at a hospital and released…

Fleming was taken into custody at a local attorney’s office where he fled following the shooting, Reno police said in a statement.

Fleming was booked into the Washoe County jail on suspicion of battery and assault with a deadly weapon…and later released on bail.

Police say he opened fire at the 16th hole of Reno’s Lakeridge Golf Course after one of the golfers shattered a window of his house with a ball. Fleming, whose home overlooks the course, had a verbal argument with the golfers before the shooting, police said.

Authorities shut down and evacuated the course after the shooting. Witness accounts led officers to Fleming’s residence, which they surrounded before he surrendered at the attorney’s office.

The majority of golf course homes usually are bought by folks who don’t play golf. They purchase because they’re looking for quiet, serenity, fresh air, something that appreciates in value over time.

They should also realize the potential danger of property damage from lousy golfers. :)

Written by Ed Campbell

September 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

Canada says asbestos is hazardous – now that mines are closing

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Canada dropped its longtime opposition…to the international listing of asbestos as a hazardous material, a designation intended to curb the use abroad of the fire-resistant substance, which can cause cancer and other illnesses.

Canada had been the main opponent of such a listing, which would require exporters to warn importing countries of the hazards of asbestos, and would allow countries to ban its import. The listing would not of itself ban its sale.

Industry Minister Christian Paradis said he made the decision as a logical consequence of plans by Quebec’s provincial premier-designate, Pauline Marois, effectively to end the production of the substance. Quebec is the only place in Canada where it’s produced…

Just offhand – have you ever read a better example of hypocrisy about science and health in politics? For decades in Canada it didn’t matter whether you were conservative or liberal, your favorite political hacks took identical positions on the “safety” of asbestos. Because the owners of the mines were profiting and a significant number of workers were employed.

Canada has been the only Western developed country to export asbestos, which is estimated to kill more than 100,000 people around the world every year. It had continued to export it even though it strictly regulated its use domestically.

From 1900 through 2003, it accounted for one-third of all worldwide production of all types of asbestos, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Only Kazakhstan and Russia collectively produced more…

The outgoing Liberal government in Quebec had announced a C$58 million loan to restart the Jeffrey Mine, which would have been the only active asbestos mine in the province, but the incoming Parti Quebecois, elected on September 4, has pledged to cancel that loan, with the resulting end of asbestos output in Canada.

Bravo!

Asbestos is no more and no less lethal today than 10 years ago or 50. Whatever the rationale piled atop the policies unchanged for all that time – the core value is lying about death – for profit.

Written by Ed Campbell

September 19, 2012 at 6:00 am

Killer seeks to avoid justice – claims he’s too obese to be executed

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Lawyers for convicted killer Ronald Post says he is too heavy to be executed…They asked U.S. District Judge Lesley Wells late Friday to stop his execution Jan. 16. They said that at 480 pounds Post, 53, is “morbidly obese.”

His weight and poor veins “have a substantial likelihood of causing severe complications with attempts at an intravenous execution,” the lawyers said. To attempt the execution would amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

Post was convicted in 1985 of killing Helen Vantz, a desk clerk at an Elyria motel, two years earlier. Her son, William, laughed Monday when he heard about the request. Then he became serious.

I don’t care if they have to wheel him in on a tractor-trailer; 30 years is too long,” William Vantz said. “Enough is enough. This is just an excuse to get out of the execution…”

Post’s case is one of the most unusual capital cases in Ohio. He pleaded no contest to the murder charges. The plea meant he did not admit to the crime, but chose not to contest the facts the prosecutors presented. The unusual plea later became a focus of his appeals.

In general I support death penalty convictions as a waste of taxpayer dollars. In the United States such a sentence automagically adds another magnitude of avenues for appeal – this case being an example. He’s been sitting on Death Row for 30 years.

Somehow I doubt that the state of Ohio won’t be able to find someone willing to deal with sticking a needle into an overweight killer

Written by Ed Campbell

September 19, 2012 at 2:00 am

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