Mayor of Stockton, California Forced to Give Up Electronics and Passwords

From arstechnica:

Stockton, California Mayor Anthony R. Silva attended a recent mayor’s conference in China, but his return trip took a bit longer than usual. At the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) this week, agents with the Department of Homeland Security detained Silva and confiscated his personal cell phone among other electronics. According to comments from the mayor, that may not even be the most alarming part.

“Unfortunately, they were not willing or able to produce a search warrant or any court documents suggesting they had a legal right to take my property,” Silva told SFGate. “In addition, they were persistent about requiring my passwords for all devices.”

I’m not a lawyer, but I once taught a civics class to youthful incarcerated folks.  They appreciated this section of the Constitution:

Fourth Amendment of the U. S. Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The mayor apparently was told he would not be able to leave the airport, or even call a lawyer without giving up his passwords.  No probable cause, no warrant.  He just visited China.

I think I know why those who are called conservatives are mocked for looking back at the constitution.  It’s because we reject the “living, breathing” constitution for the same reasons many of us reject the “living, breathing” Bible.

It must seem odd to liberals and atheists that conservatives and Bible-thumpers go back to the original text so much.  It’s because unless the amendments or the Gospels have been withdrawn, we figure they are still in effect.

Now that the mayor of Stockton has been bullied into giving up his fourth amendment rights, maybe he and his neighbors might want to look into this constitution thing.  Lotta good stuff in there.

Dartmouth Will Not Hire Fake Native American to Head of Native American Program

As I said before, it might actually NOT be necessary to be a Native American to run the Native American program, but you really shouldn’t be a fake Native American:

Source: F Troop

From the Daily Caller:

Dartmouth College announced Thursday that Susan Taffe Reed, who attracted scorn and ridicule for claiming membership in an Indian tribe regarded by other Indians as bogus, will no longer serve as the director of the school’s Native American Program.

Apparently her “tribe” is more of a non-profit.  And her ancestors are European.  Not that there’s anything wrong being a European-American. Some of my ancestors were from Europe.

By the way, the F Troop reference shows the historic tragedy of American film mistreatment of Native Americans and the refusal to treat indigenous people with respect.  It was a pretty funny show, but if I remember correctly, the Indians were mostly older Jewish comedians.

Real Name: Espera Oscar de Corti

Oh, and one more thing.  Remember Iron Eyes Cody?  Great Native American actor? Born of Cicilian parents in Louisiana.  He was honored by Native Americans for his work, and it was well known that he respected Native Americans.

Where Do They Get These Guys?

Cop fired after recording himself repeatedly tasering unarmed suspect

A Florida cop has been fired for repeatedly using an electroshock weapon on a shoplifting suspect who was inside a residence with hands raised. The officer’s police report said the suspect “refused to show his hands,” according to local media.

Police authorities in Zephyrhills, Florida announced the firing of 10-year veteran officer Tim Claussen on Friday. The footage of Claussen tasering Lester Brown, who complained of shoulder aches and dizziness after he was arrested, was captured on the video camera attached to the officer’s Taser.

You wondered, so here goes:  Alleged suspect is black, cop white, crime was shoplifting.

Capt. Derek Brewer told the Tampa Bay Times that race was not a factor in the white officer tasering the black suspect in this instance.

“We didn’t see any evidence that it was racially motivated in any way,” Brewer said.

I really used to think that the cops were mostly always the good guys, and the alleged perps were mostly the bad guys.

Bill Schmalfeldt Does Not Compare and Contrast Well


Um, the definition of anonymous means you don’t brag about your life.


Dave Alexander, without silly words on his shirt

Bill Schmalfeldt wants to compare accomplishments.  Of course he doesn’t know any of mine, so he fixes on the two things he knows, and tries to make them sound trivial.  When you don’t know what people have done in their lives, you can’t really make an effective comparison.  All Bill “knows” is that I work in radio and I play the ukulele.  Gosh, yes.  If that was all I had in my life, I’d be reaching for the Johnny Walker Red.

I suppose he expects me to share bunches of information about myself to give him more to use in his faildox.  Sorry, no. (His identification of me is always going to be a faildox, since he thought he was doxxing someone he could intimidate.  In the case of Scott Hinckley and myself, it appears he made the same mistake.)

Listing my professional accomplishments and stacking them up against Bill’s is wrong for two reasons.  First, no one is the sum of their professional awards, accomplishments and jobs.   Even in professional life,  character and body of work matters.  Secondly, family and reputation matter.  For obvious reasons, I will not be sharing details of my family.

Thanks to oversharing on his part, we know way too much about Bill Schmalfeldt’s professional and personal lives.  No I’m not going to share too much.  And I’m not interested in trashing his life.  I know guys who do that pretty effectively.

I can tell you my family loves me.   My dad said he was proud of me the last time we were together. My colleagues respect me.

If I wanted to, I could develop a list of things I have not done, which would help Bill Schmalfeldt compare and contrast.  Dont Judge

Again, I’m not here to trash Bill Schmalfeldt’s life.  That’s why I only chose four points for that last section.

I’m pretty confident that any Lickspittle or Zombie could line their life up across from Schmalfeldt’s and feel pretty good about their life.  From conversations I’ve had with folks, it seems that in the anti-Schmalfeldt/Kimberlin camp there are professional folks, others who work hard and lots of folks who find the behavior of Bill Schmalfeldt to be aberrant.  Weird.  Obscene.  That last point seems to make me believe that the Lickspittles and Zombies have already seen enough of Bill’s antics that we don’t need to compare.

A National War on Stupidity

In 2012, Bill Scmalfeldt hit upon a plan.  We would combat the one thing that screws up everything:

Op-Ed: Let’s declare a national war on stupidity, treat it as a disease

bill cartoon

Bill Schmalfeldt

What if the Surgeon General were to declare “stupidity” a disease and the National Institutes of Health were to declare a National Emergency and manpower and money were utilized to eliminate stupidity from the human condition? That would be cool!  


[Wait?  You want to combate stupidity, and you think we should get the government to help? — Dave]

When Andrew Sullivan wrote his brilliant treatise on the “dumbness” of President Obama’s critics, there was disquiet in the nation.
Liberals wrung their hands and dabbed at the moistness gathering in the corners of their eyes and bemoaned the lack of civility on the part of Mr. Sullivan. “Surely, there must be some way for us to bring people together,” they said in reedy, high-pitched voices until someone started pounding a native-American drum and they followed their genetic inclination to form a circle.
Conservatives threw their dirt and sweat-stained ball caps to the ground, stomped their feet and wondered who this “college boy thinks he is, sayin’ we ain’t smart or nuthin’?”

I’ll save you the trouble of reading the rest by saying that the things Bill Schmalfeldt thinks are stupid, are mostly just things he disagrees with or misunderstands, or pretends to misunderstand so he can paint Republicans as rubes who never went to college to get good learnin’ and as a result drop a lot of “g”s at the end of words.

As usual, he misses the point.  Stupid isn’t holding to a belief that someone else disagrees with. Stupid is far more subtle.  Stupid is assuming that Republicans, or even Democrats are the caricature which your side draws.

It’s assuming that all guys want to force women to have a certain kind of sex.  Just because you apparently want to.  Stupid is thinking that anyone, anyone will find racism or sex between boy scouts funny. Stupid is playing your entire comedy album online, then trying to sell it for ten bucks.

Stupid is allowing yourself to be obsessed with the identity of someone who probably never contacted you at all.  So obsessed that you try to harass others into giving up his name.

Stupid is when you continue to get advice from someone whoisnumberone in your heart, but who gives you crappy advice.

Stupid is telling others you want to be left alone, but that they don’t have that same right.

“I would be happy to spend a day or two in your lovely Commonwealth..”

More proof that Bill Schmalfeldt does not understand that there is a difference between writing about someone and writing to someone, calling and emailing a picture of your dying wife to someone’s wife.  This is from the document Bill sent to the Massachusetts court which granted Agiledog/Scott Hinckley a Harassment Protection Order:

Bills Conclusions

While Scott Hinckley has said some unkind things about Bill Schmalfeldt (and who hasn’t?  anyone?) Bill chose to call the Hinkleys and send unwanted email. The Hinkleys have asked the court to force Bill to stop.  Which as we have seen. is no guarantee.   He’s right about one thing.  The playbook is the same.  But it’s Bill with the playbook.  And the court orders.

Will he contact the Hinkley’s within this month?  Or will he pivot to other Lickspittles and Zombies?

UPDATE: John Hoge notices that Schmalfeldt had some bad advice going into the hearing. (And I correcyed the spelling of Scott Kinckley’s last mane.)