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Suspect in officer killings eludes law in Seattle

November 30th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Suspect in officer killings eludes law in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) – A heavily armed SWAT team stormed a Seattle home Monday where they thought they had cornered the suspect in the slaying of four police officers at a coffee shop, only to find out that he was not in the house and still on the loose.

The discovery added new urgency to the manhunt for Maurice Clemmons as police canvassed the neighborhood with search dogs and hundreds of officers were deployed around Seattle for any sign of the suspect. Authorities put up a $125,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Police had been positioned overnight at a Seattle home where they thought Clemmons was holed up and spent hours trying to communicate with him, using loudspeakers, explosions and even a robot sent into the house. But when the SWAT team went inside, he was nowhere to be found.

Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the location of Clemmons was not known, and it’s possible he still could be in the neighborhood. Troyer also said people who know Clemmons told investigators he had been shot in the torso in his bloody struggle with the officers.

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I KNOW how the law works in the United States so before ANY bleeding heart goes off on the *innocent until proven guilty* thing, I am NOT indicting Maurice Clemmons. I am simply saying, if he did it, if he shot and killed those 4 officers, I hope he bleeds to death from the wound that the MSM is claiming he suffers. Just sayin’…

“If he didn’t get a ride out of there, he could still be in the area,” Troyer said.

Can you imagine the possible fate of an unsuspecting good Samaritan that did try to help a monster like Clemmons?

Troyer said warrants for first-degree murder have been issued against Clemmons in the killings of the officers from the Tacoma suburb of Lakewood who were gunned down in a coffee shop on Sunday morning at the start of their shifts.

Now it sounds like Clemmons is a lot more than a person of interest. I have never liked that term, person of interest, it suggests guilt that may ruin a persons life unnecessarily. Just look at what it did to the life of Richard Jewell. SOURCE

If you can’t CHARGE them, don’t name them as a person of interest.

Clemmons has an extensive violent criminal history from Arkansas. He was also recently charged in Washington state with assaulting a police officer, and second-degree rape of a child. Using a bail bondsman, he posted $150,000 – only $15,000 of his own money – and was released from jail last week.

All of that, and he’s out on the streets.

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4 police officers shot dead at Wash. coffeehouse

November 29th, 2009 . by TexasFred

4 police officers shot dead at Wash. coffeehouse

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – A gunman burst into a Washington state coffeehouse Sunday and opened fire on four police officers as they sat working on their laptops, killing the three men and one woman in what an official described as a targeted ambush.

Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said officers were looking for one male suspect who fled on foot, but haven’t ruled out an accomplice.

Troyer said the four officers killed – all from the Lakewood Police Department – were catching up on paperwork at the beginning of their shifts when they were attacked at 8:15 a.m. Sunday.

Troyer said the attack was clearly targeted at the officers, not a robbery gone bad.

“There were marked patrol cars outside and they were all in uniform,” Troyer said.

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The 1st thing I have to say is, our most sincere condolences to the families and friends of these fallen Officers! We are with you in spirit I assure you.

Web sites are going crazy with speculation.

As I told some folks on Facebook regarding speculation, it is indeed TOO early, speculation is just that. It may be terrorism, it may be domestic terrorism, it may be gangs, it may be anarchists, it may simply some CRAZY that hates the police, and to speculate, at this time, is ridiculous!

There is one thing that must be said though, NEVER NEVER NEVER allow yourself to fall into a predictable pattern. Don’t eat dinner at the same place every day, don’t drink your morning coffee at the same coffee house every day. NEVER fall into a routine that is easily tracked!

I knew an officer, many years ago, that went to the same convenience store at the same time, every day, day in, day out, as regular as clock work, to get a cold drink. His pattern never got him into any trouble, but his friends all knew where to congregate to have those daily BS sessions. It was a more innocent time in America.

Even now, I know that many officers hit the local 7-11, Starbucks, whatever the case may be, and many of them do so habitually. They may not realize they have become habitual, but if some sick freak out there has a grudge against them, and is stalking them and developing a pattern, they are giving that person an edge and an opportunity to strike.

That’s a lesson I learned many years ago, from an old Marine Recon guy that told me, NEVER go out the way you went in, NEVER go in the way you plan to go out. Never let your habits get you killed. So far, so good.

As the facts of this story develop, I will be doing updates, here and on the Facebook Group, The Thin Blue Line.

Today, that Thin Blue Line grew a bit more thin…

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Stories are coming in and news services are updating fast and furious. The fact remains, we need to allow the police departments involved the time they need to do their job and get to the bottom of this heinous attack. To speculate truly does NO GOOD to anyone involved.

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Kay Bailey Hutchison admits to mistake supporting bank bailout

November 27th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Kay Bailey Hutchison admits to mistake supporting bank bailout

Kay Bailey Hutchison said Wednesday that she made a mistake by supporting the initial $700 billion bailout of the nation’s financial industry and would change her vote if she had the chance.

Hutchison said the implementation of the Troubled Asset Relief Program was flawed and the money wasn’t being used by banks to lend money to small businesses and prospective homebuyers.

“If I had known how TARP would be spent, I would take it back in a heartbeat,� the senator said during a taping of WFAA’s *Channel 8* Inside Texas Politics. “They spent money not on helping the housing industry, which was the problem, and helping the financial institutions lend money. Financial institutions today are not lending money to help small business get up and going.�

The show airs at 9 a.m. Sunday.

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Let me think for a minute. Where have we heard something eerily similar recently? Well, maybe not THAT recently, but within the lifetime of MY readers at least. Hmmm…

Oh yeah, I got it. It was Sen. John F’n Kerry back in ’04 as he tried to scam America into making him POTUS, “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it,” SOURCE

Sen. Hutchison, hindsight is, as they say, 20/20. A HUGE majority of your constituents did everything they could to convince you, and Sen. Cornyn, to vote against the travesty that started the massive downhill slide our nation is on.

It was your vote, your actions, your support of this debacle, that gave the current inhabitant of the Oval Office the idea that he too could just give our money away. YOUR actions gave him the courage to stand against America in doing so.

The change comes on an issue that has dogged Hutchison for a year in her primary battle against Gov. Rick Perry. He has used the vote for the package to portray her as out of touch with Texas values and indulgent of massive federal spending. Perry’s campaign has constantly referred to Hutchison as “Kay Bailout� to make the point.

The next paragraph is the one that I feel will bring about the political death of either Rick Perry or Kay Bailey Hutchison.

But during the show, Hutchison was forceful in her criticism of Perry, saying that as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, he urged senators to support a bailout because he feared a financial meltdown. She used a letter that Perry co-wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as evidence that the governor wanted something done.

Where is that letter? Why is it not published along with this story? Is there anyone that has actually read the letter and interprets it’s content to be showing Rick Perry in support of the bailouts? OR, is this simply Hutchison’s perception of “the letter”?

I am personally convinced that *Bailout* suits Hutchison to a *T* regardless of the “letter” and it’s actual existence.

“Governor Perry was the first one out of the chute to send a letter to every senator saying vote for it, vote for it because we are going to look at a financial meltdown, and that’s what 70 senators did,� Hutchison said. “We didn’t know what was on the horizon and those who are in the know on this say that it would have been a financial meltdown of global proportions.�

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