You Won’t Believe The Nerve of These Three Government Officials

TDB's picture

Via The Daily Bell

The problem with government is it elevates people to positions of power over their fellow citizens. And all too often, these people take advantage of their status.

You Get The Prosecutors You Pay For

When you’re in power, the rules don’t really apply to you. I mean, sure, officially you still have to follow the law. But what happens when a politician is in a position to change the rules?

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has found an interesting way to fight charges of securities fraud. His lawyers are attempting to limit how much prosecutors can be paid. As Attorney General, Paxton is in a unique position to defang the prosecutors attempting to hold him accountable for illegal activity.

States typically have the power to pay prosecutors more for tough high profile cases. But the Attorney General has used this as an opportunity to try to limit the pay for prosecutors. He says it is to make sure the government doesn’t take advantage of their power to gouge taxpayers.

A helpful side effect is that the prosecutors might drop off his case if they are limited to what they can earn.

This move has threatened the ability of the state to attract qualified prosecutors for tough cases, like prosecuting the attorney general. Classic conflicts of interest inherent in government.

Police Get a Little Overzealous

As much as police need to be held accountable, they also need to protect themselves. One cop saw his partner being attacked by a man with a knife. The guy even got a couple stabs in. Clearly, the police officer was completely justified in shooting the man.

He shot him nine times, and the man was down. But he was still moving. At this point, procedure says an officer should stop with the deadly force. But the officer instead shot the man nine more times, later justifying it by saying he was still moving.

Then the cop, according to court documents, took a running start and stomped on the man’s head, three times.

So again, completely justified to use deadly force on a knife-wielding man attacking your partner. Not justified to shoot him an additional nine times after he was down, and then stomp on his head, for some reason.

It really just seems like this cop was waiting for an opportunity to go Rambo on someone. And that is a scary person to have out there on the streets enforcing the law.

At least the appeals court will allow the dead man’s family to sue for excessive force. Too often police are given sovereign immunity and cannot be held civilly accountable for their actions on the job.

Legal Consequences For Lying About Service

A police officer and former military member was dealt a double blow. A court affirmed that he cannot sue a news station over defamation. At the same time, he was found guilty of fraud to obtain government benefits.

He wanted to sue because the news said he lied about receiving a Purple Heart. The only problem was, the news was telling the truth. But not only had he lied about receiving a Purple Heart, he also used the lied to get a special license plate that allowed him to avoid certain taxes.

And that’s when it became a criminal case. While he was tied up in court trying to sue over defamation, he was charged and convicted of fraud for lying about his military service to receive government benefits.

This is a case of stolen valor, and being convicted by his own big mouth.

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Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

The Texas AG ought to take a cue from Tillerson and run with it. Have all his friends file voluminous FOI requests. Then assign everybody in the office to photocopying 9-5, M-Sa and through lunch.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

Why would any cop need more than six shots to defend themself? We need to ban high-capacity magazines. Isn't that the argument totalitarian collectivists make?

Sid Davis's picture

Government is concentration of power in the hands of a few members of society. Power over others acts like a magnet to those suffering antisocial personality disorder (extreme narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths).

It is no mystery why so many politicians and bureaucrats abuse power; that was their motivation in taking the job in the first place.

BlussMann's picture

Wanna bet the “victim” of “excessive force” was a Darkie, one of many, that had threatened, wounded and possibly murdered fellow police officers. The only thing those Punks understand is extreme violence and they should be made to understand.

VWAndy's picture

 Wanna bet it was not a power tripping tool on steroids?

VWAndy's picture

 It really sucks that the government ended up being filled with the people with the least moral grounding. CAF kinda tells the story for law enforcment and the legal system as a whole. Oath keepers might be the worst of all? Its like they talk about the oaths without ever having to live up to any standards themselves. Self serving twats until they actually do the job right. Its not just the legal system either. Every segment has issues from teachers not teaching the three Rs to Pot hole fixers not putting in an honest days work. Sorry but this two faced back stabbing thing will be ending in lots of tears for all of us.

 That said. We should start with ourselves first. Yes kiddies we shoulda set the bar ourself by example. Some of us tried and got left twisting in the wind. As just one example we all know some dads that got royally screwed over in family courts. The results are stunning. We shoulda shown up . Same goes for this equality BS. It never shoulda gone this far!

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

Our founders knew people who go into government were, and will always be, just like this. The founders gave the public a government with severe limits to protect against these people, but the public has not cared to keep it.

Pulp Culture's picture

The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see its ugly side.

Golden Phoenix's picture

The primary symptom of Statist Disease is when you think it's dangerous your neighbor has a gun but wonderful if he does while wearing a magic blue shirt with a Magen David amulet pinned to his chest.

Joe Mama 3's picture

abbott, perry, bush, paxton, tom convicted felon delay, david dewhurst, all need to swing from some nooses, after their fair trials of course !!!!! more people are locked up in houston right now, than in numerous countries !!!!!!!

Ban KKiller's picture

He was just trying to fit in to some crazy notion that he was different. He's not special... 

He can redeem himself if he cooks for Michael Dell or Steven Mnuchin. Or parks their cars or rakes their leaves. 

The Gray Man's picture

Who the hell are you talking about?

Dragon HAwk's picture

Safest place to hide from a cop shooting at you, is behind the paper target at his shooting range.

VWAndy's picture

  There is only one valid reason to have a government. A real system of justice. Thats it.

All this other BS is a made up excuse for more government.

dizzyfingers's picture

Since you're saying  the only valid reason for government is "a real system of justice", I'm taking that to mean that our bogus justice system justifies the end of our government. Perhaps the end of our government as it is now. Interesting thought.

VWAndy's picture

 Or maybe they could step up and do that whole duty thing?

BarkingCat's picture

I would add protection of the border.

 

 

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

It was John Adams who wrote: "the end of government is justice".

We sure have done one shitty job of achieving his goal!

August's picture

"'Government' is just the name for the things we do together."

- Rep Barney Frank

VWAndy's picture

 I remember that and thinking he must be a rapist or something.

True Blue's picture

Maybe he meant that 'when there is (finally) Justice, the gov't will end.' Sort of like when the East Germans finally stormed STASI headquarters.

 

BarkingCat's picture

East Germans should have remained separate country.

Now you have East German politicians running the country of people filled with West German ideals of guilt over the past.

Cynicles II's picture

Reminds me of another group that runs...a lot of things, all the while reaping in everyone's empathy and their money.

Golden Phoenix's picture

Other words accompanying the excerpted indicate you may be correct.

'Fear is the foundation of most governments; but is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men, in whose breasts it predominates, so stupid, and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it'.

Al Gophilia's picture

Like the money of the people issue, only 1 in 1 million people will understand the point you just made.

+1,000,000/1

VWAndy's picture

 Im thinking the number is a bit higher than one in a million. For both concepts. Its one of those things people only recognize when its in their face. Now that the scumbags are flaunting it so openly kinda harder to miss.

Moving and Grooving's picture

LOTS of people have stories about being screwed, blued, and tattooed by cops, lawyers, and prosecuters.

 

 LOTS.

 

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jeff montanye's picture

mine involves extensive and creative perjury, as well as cruel physical assault.

 

cheech_wizard's picture

>He shot him nine times, and the man was down. But he was still moving.

Someone obviously had not been spending enough time on the practice range.

redmudhooch's picture

What about that Bush guy, and 0bama, Clinton and their owners, the Zionist bankers, they've killed millions, still killing every single day that passes....

Netanyahu, he's killed a lot of defenseless children and elderly folks.......

Most cops are not psychopaths, most are just like me and you,

all politicians and Zionist bankers, Israeli and American are bloodthirsty psychopaths.........

Especially the dual-citizen ones........

jeff montanye's picture

that might be true but the author seems to have made two errors (that don't impeach the story particularly): commander is not the equivalent of colonel, captain is and the marines are not under the army but the navy.

thanks for the link.

Chris88's picture

"Legal Consequences For Lying About Service"

Who the fuck would lie about having a bullshit government job that chimp could do?  I'd be embarassed if that was my life.

jeff montanye's picture

imo the job is mostly bullshit because of the horrible civilian leadership and the lobbyists that control them.  

also a chimp couldn't do it.  lots of people can't and more won't do it.  and i'm more anti-war than most.

anarchitect's picture

"Who the fuck would lie about having a bullshit government job that chimp could do?"

Evidently someone who wanted the government perks that accrued from having done such a job.

serotonindumptruck's picture

I just watched the verdict in this case, and I agree with you.

I certainly wasn't anyone special in the military; just a lowly enlisted puke with a couple of ribbons.

If you're gonna lie about your military service, you might as well make it a whopper of a lie and claim combat status with SOCOM.

Too bad for this ex-cop that he got called out and had his life destroyed as a result.

http://www.burnpit.us/2017/05/shane-ladner-convicted-6-7-charges

New_Meat's picture

And a Happy Birthday to ya.

Ask Senator Bluemthal about his service in Veet-Nam.

Never One Roach's picture

Speaking of fraud, there's a ton of very healthy black people now getting those handicap license plates and/or tags.

 

The state medical boards should investigate the docs handing them out since it hurts the REAL handcip people who need to park near the grocery.