Don't prosecute assaults, thefts & burglaries?

Don't prosecute assaults, thefts & burglaries? April 22, 2009

Reader misogynist – who is a libertarian sort – sends this along with the note, “this is some scary stuff, right here…”

Misdemeanor crimes such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts, the county’s top prosecutor said Tuesday.

District Attorney Robert Kochly also said that beginning May 4, his office will no longer prosecute felony drug cases involving smaller amounts of narcotics. That means anyone caught with less than a gram of methamphetamine or cocaine, less than 0.5 grams of heroin and fewer than five pills of ecstasy, OxyContin or Vicodin won’t be charged.

People who are suspected of misdemeanor drug crimes, break minor traffic laws, shoplift, trespass or commit misdemeanor vandalism will also be in the clear. Those crimes won’t be prosecuted, either.

Don’t even bother submitting the cases, Kochly said Monday in a memo to the Contra Costa County Police Chiefs Association, representing local police chiefs. “If they are submitted, they will be screened out by category by support staff and returned to your department without review by a deputy district attorney,” he wrote.

The changes are needed to help eliminate a $1.9 million budget deficit in the district attorney’s office for this fiscal year. By month’s end, six deputy district attorneys will be laid off, and another 11 will have to be let go by the end of the year, Kochly said.

I hope the report is incorrect. The press does sometimes get things wrong:

Other not-good “scary stuff”: Read down Jake Tapper’s report here. It all makes me uncomfortable, every bit of it; Robert Gibb’s nausea-inducing attempt at glibness, Obama’s “transparent,” love of the state secret (and his disdain for those secrets which effectively keep us safe and informed).

Also, his clear intention to nationalize the banks and take control of them, his strange ideas about economic recovery and his seeming inability to find much good to say about his own nation, while abroad. That’s what I want in a president, a guy who listens to America-bashing and then, if he doesn’t quite join in, doesn’t much seem to mind it, either. As long as the bashing is not blaming him, personally. Because he’s cool. And slicker than Bill Clinton ever thought to be.

Our betters in the press: are awfully particular about what they leave out of their reports. Interesting omissions. And claims.

Our betters in Congress – (the most ethical Congress evah), battle back against an ethics probe while a powerful senator insults our intelligence with seeming impunity. Shysters, one and all, the whole boiling of them need throwing out.

Our betters in the arts: Can’t be bothered to get history right but still tell us we’re stupid to take offense. Not that I wholly agree with Donohue, but the bashing does get tedious, sometimes. Our betters in all media, while disdainful of the ordinary folk who dare to exercise their right to free expression and assembly, do seem to be having difficulty with concepts on the value of the individual. You’d think people in the arts would get it.

Janet Napolitano, who seems not to know any people who aren’t exactly like her that are not also terrorists, also doesn’t know that illegal immigration is illegal. Now everyone knows I differ with the right/base on this question and favor helping immigrants become tax-paying, English speaking citizens over strenuous deportation measures. But even I concede that – for crying out loud – coming into the country illegally is…illegal.

Had enough? Me too. Someone sent this my way, and it’s worth reading as a palate cleanser – a 7 year old rant against politically correct language, by P.J. O’ Rourke. Some slightly vulgar content warning; you’re warned.

If that’s too much reading for you (it is 6 amusing pages) – Rachel Lucas says ‘O, to be in England, now that spring is here…’ and makes me hate her very much.

Or…you can check out this amusing parental contest, complete with chopstick-using cat, and self-flagellation. And more joys of homeschooling, here.

Shut up. And go see pretty baby.

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