Eric J. Bowman

Eric J. Bowman 1 week ago on City councilman says decision to call dibs on concert tickets, VIP passes was 'boneheaded'

Too bad Lombardi's is no more. Combined with the professionalism of the FD keeping my home from burning down 5 years ago, Oak Creek was a very nice place to have lived for a while, in retrospect. Still is, but maybe post-peak. All eggs going into the same basket, and all.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 week ago on City councilman says decision to call dibs on concert tickets, VIP passes was 'boneheaded'

True, that.

Local LEO had the biggest negative impact on my life, from before he was even a cop, was Dave Miller. His partner had to loosen my cuffs, giving Miller an icy glare 'cuz my fingers were turning purple, I wasn't just whining. But then Kelby got that retired K9, kind of a tie w/ a certain Taser for worst local-LEO tool ever deployed.

Love me a trained dog. But K9s get retired for a reason. It's prosecutors and courts who fail to understand that the dog is "alerting" for its new owner, out on patrol, because that's what the dog thinks is expected of it in those situations, and like all dogs, aims to please. Just because sometimes there is a satchel, doesn't really excuse all the dwelling-tossings resulting from bogus police work.

But, I'll tell ya one thing that offsets that, beyond some others I could name, was Officer Bobby. I was in Oak Creek today, the cops are out walking the beat still, because that's a standard Bobby set for OCPD. What's been absent in OC for years now, is any systematic sort of crap from the PD like there was when Miller threw me in jail for not stealing Cargo's car. None that I've heard of, anyway.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 week, 2 days ago on City councilman says decision to call dibs on concert tickets, VIP passes was 'boneheaded'

My best war story from living here concerns Trooper He-who-shall-not-be-named, because everyone in South Routt knows there's only one I could possibly be talking about. Doesn't even involve me, although I wasn't without my own run-ins. But I did have a roomie once upon a time...

Engineer-in-training for the railroad, working his way up from conductor. From Tennessee, hunter, Grand Canyon rafting guide, came home in tears the first time he had to plow through a herd of elk in a Yampa Valley winter. He was training with an about-to-retire engineer who'd lived here all his life, full of Moffatt Tunnel stories.

One night, they're heading North to P-burg when they see emergency lights on a crossing ahead, and dump the e-brake because cops are only supposed to do that if they need a train to stop -- otherwise they need to move a pull-over well out of the RR right-of-way, apparently. Well, this was a traffic stop, so my roomie and the Engineer hop out and confront the Trooper.

By which I mean confront! Engineer throws Trooper onto the hood of his prowler and proceeds to tear him a new one for stopping "his" train! Orders pulled-over driver to pull ahead a 1/4 mile on the County Road and get off of RR property, then orders the Trooper to follow him and get the "heck" out of the way of his train! Writes down name & badge number to file a complaint.

Tells my roomie, "Don't take no guff from some cop." They drive on to P-burg.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 week, 2 days ago on Brodie Farquhar: What's going on down under?

"I can tell you the government ain't looking to defend or protect you, but to expand its power domestically and internationally."

A far cry from government's purpose being to protect our freedom, not our safety. Defending citizens from terrorists shouldn't even be an expectation of Americans. That isn't the oath.

I think if the 21st Century has taught us anything, it's that the Anti-Federalists were right about the dangers of standing armies. They were also right, to a certain extent, about militias -- witness whatever winter shortly after the 2003 Iraq War killed so many cattle on the Eastern Plains of CO, which normally would've had hay airlifted to them by the National Guard. Even if the personnel had been there, the equipment wasn't. Also absent for a few winters were recoilless rifles used in avalanche control.

(Don't get me started about wings falling off C-130 firefighting tankers the CIA used to use for drug running, or General Singlaub's compound up Poudre Canyon.)

Not only should the National Guard never have been mobilized for foreign wars, but the Posse Comitatus Act should never have been secretly rescinded (there's a suggestive unredacted footnote) to compensate. The 2nd Amendment is why I think the CO National Guard should stay here and be plenty busy -- for exactly the same reasons the Georgia militia didn't want to be marched to New Hampshire, except for the slave uprisings.

So I only digress a little.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 week, 2 days ago on City councilman says decision to call dibs on concert tickets, VIP passes was 'boneheaded'

I'm just sittin' here tryin' to count police chiefs in Oak Creek stretchin' back to Reggie. On average, one every two years? Compared to two per year in Oakland? At least that's my perspective on things these days. OCPD's as good as it's ever been, right now, so I see and hear. Keep up the good work, guys! Thanks for the friendly VIN inspections (Sheriff's Dept. too on that, recent housetruck purchase), etc.

On that note, thanks to State Patrol around here (well, post-Trooper-who-shall-not-be-named) as well! I recently had some not-so-pleasant things to say about a spokesperson over in the Vail Valley, what I forgot to say is that Sgt. Elliott does one heckuva job hereabouts in that capacity, and many others. New Unimog needs certified VIN inspection, but I swear I'm not greasin' the skids or anything! :)

SSPD -- jury's still out, all I'm sayin'.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 week, 2 days ago on City councilman says decision to call dibs on concert tickets, VIP passes was 'boneheaded'

It's really sad that Scott has to be the one to surface this. Council members should be aware of their legal responsibilities, and the City Attorney should be the one to remind them if need be. Not private citizens.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 week, 2 days ago on City councilman says decision to call dibs on concert tickets, VIP passes was 'boneheaded'

Except it really isn't. At least, I don't find it funny that a young local female service-industry worker would for one second, when considering reporting herself or another gal being victimized this way, think, "I'd call the cops, but why bother?"

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/18/third-oakland-police-chief-quits-within-a-week-amid-scandals

It's also not funny to say, "Well, at least Steamboat isn't as bad as Oakland." Or at least, it isn't funny to me that the two can actually be mentioned in the same post as having any similarities. Same attitude, smaller department, taking a wait-and-see attitude instead of assuming new regimes are automatically the solution.

Especially given the events in Oakland three years ago -- in the space of three months, they went through three Police Chiefs. I sh** you not.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 week, 2 days ago on Brodie Farquhar: What's going on down under?

"For the most relevant interpretation of the Second Amendment, let the Supreme Court of the United States explain to you that it protects an individual Right to posses a firearm for self-defense, independent of militia service"

Thank you for condescending to link to Heller again as if I was as ignorant of the facts of what I'm arguing against, as you appear to willfully be by simply attacking my person instead of reading what I've posted that you're obviously unfamiliar with, and rebutting my position. It doesn't change my opinion that it's off-the-wall erroneous (see Justice Stevens' dissent I concur with, like his should-be-required-reading-for-all-citizens-particularly-businesspeople dissent in Citizens United).

Professor Bogus, when asked about the constitutionality of open vs. concealed carry and other gun-control issues (see above-linked video, about 1hr in):

"What’s constitutional and what’s not constitutional? There’s no coherent answer to this… [T]he coherent answer is, 'you have a right to an armed militia.’ The Supreme Court just makes this stuff up about how, you have a right to a handgun, you have a right to a handgun in a home... [state and federal government can prohibit] taking a handgun to sensitive places… they do not want you taking handguns into their place of work!"

I have to agree. Going by any originalist, strict-constructionist, textual interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, it says not a damn thing about self-defense, handguns in the home, or anything else but 'you have a right to an armed militia.' Concise, to the point, STOP READING THINGS INTO IT WHICH ARE NOT THERE!!!

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Eric J. Bowman 1 week, 2 days ago on Brodie Farquhar: What's going on down under?

No, Ken, had you bothered to read the paper I linked to, Madison's entire position on the Bill of Rights evolved after that debate with Henry, and the entire thesis of one is that it's precisely what led to the 2nd Amendment being worded as it is. Your continued ad-hominem meltdown against me does not negate the fact that these papers were published in the accredited, peer-reviewed legal journals of both UC Davis and Syracuse. Furthermore:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZyAgJ_u1i8

This issue has been the subject of actual, reasoned debate sponsored in part by the Federalist Society. So while I congratulate you for having the Freeper playbook down pat, in terms of assassinating the character of those you disagree with instead of engaging on the issues...

"Once again, your warped interpretation of the Constitution is way off-base and not a cogent view shared by the Courts."

I assure you it is not, and yes, it most certainly is. The conservative scholar who lost the above-linked debate continually referenced the opinions of a contemporary legal scholar, repeatedly insisting that we examine what's closest in time to the actual ratification of the Bill of Rights. Professor Bogus relied on the decisions handed down by those contemporary courts, vis-a-vis the 2nd Amendment, unanimously agreeing that it enumerates a collective right to gun ownership.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 week, 3 days ago on Brodie Farquhar: What's going on down under?

Virginia ratifying convention, June 2, 1788, Anti-Federalist Patrick Henry on state militias:

"Not domestic insurrections, but war. If the country be invaded, a state may go to war, but cannot suppress insurrections. If there should happen an insurrection of slaves, the country cannot be said to be invaded. They cannot, therefore, suppress it without the interposition of Congress… Congress, and Congress only, can call forth the militia."

IOW, we need something like the 2nd Amendment otherwise the abolitionist North will find ways to eliminate Southern slave patrols. One of many, many examples that day, if the only one which uses the term "slavery" outright it's quite obvious that's what's being discussed.

Some very compelling reading, fits Ockham's Razor because it's the simplest explanation of the 2nd Amendment -- just read what the Founders have to say about it, and understand that America at the time was an apartheid police state.

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