Friday, December 28, 2007

Police State, USA

I saw this story on the local news this evening.

From the Dallas Morning News:

Fort Worth police to require blood samples if drivers refuse Breathalyzer

09:31 PM CST on Friday, December 28, 2007
By WENDY HUNDLEY / The Dallas Morning News

Fort Worth motorists who refuse alcohol breath tests will be required to give blood samples to determine whether they've been driving while intoxicated.

The mandatory "no refusal" initiative will be in effect over the New Year's holiday.

If a driver refuses to give a blood sample, police will obtain a search warrant requiring compliance.

"We're going to get our evidence one way or another," Fort Worth Police Chief Ralph Mendoza said.

DWI arrests have increased 40 percent over the last year, and fatal auto accidents in Fort Worth also continue to rise, he said.

In 2006, 77 people lost their lives in car crashes, up from 56 in 2003, according to Fort Worth police.

If the holiday initiative is successful, the "no refusal" program may become a permanent part of the Police Department's efforts to combat drunken driving, Chief Mendoza said.

The temporary testing program will be in effect from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Richard Alpert, an assistant Tarrant County district attorney, said courts have upheld law enforcement's right to use search warrants to obtain evidence of blood alcohol levels, and the "no refusal" policy has been used successfully in other Texas counties.

"This is the future of DWI enforcement, in my opinion," Mr. Alpert said.

The Fort Worth initiative is patterned after "no refusal" programs in Houston, El Paso and Dalworthington Gardens, which started mandatory blood testing 2 ½ years ago.

Since then, 13 of Dalworthington Gardens' 30 police officers and volunteers have been trained to draw blood specimens.

The evidence obtained from this evidence has resulted in convictions in every case, Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn said.

He believes the effort is changing people's attitudes toward drinking and driving.

"Last year on New Year's Eve, we arrested no one for DWI," he said.

Because Fort Worth officers are not yet trained as blood technicians, three of Dalworthington Gardens' trained officers will be working with the Fort Worth police during the holiday weekend.

They'll be the ones drawing blood from DWI suspects.

A magistrate will be on hand to sign search warrants for the blood evidence, if needed.

For officers working the hectic holiday weekend, the new technique might make things run a little smoother.

Lt. Dean Sullivan, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said it takes five minutes to draw blood as opposed to 25 minutes to run a breath test.

"There have been nights we've had them lining up at the door," he said.

"And one of those nights is New Year's Eve."

Let me see if I get this straight. You are within your rights to refuse to take a breath test, but if you do, you will be arrested, then you will be restrained so that a "trained?!" police officer, not medical personnel, can jab a needle into your vein and draw blood from your body. You have no right to refuse this invasion of your body.


Blood-taking is an intrusive medical procedure. I worked as a phlebotomist at a hospital. That's all I did - get blood samples from patients. There is NO training that will make you competent. It is only experience that gives one the ability to find a good vein and get the specimen in one needle stick, inflicting the least pain possible.

There is no way these "trained" police officers will have that experience - ever. They will mangle most people they get their jack-booted hands on. Trust me. Unless a person has huge, popping-out veins, it can be very difficult to find a viable vein.

Lt. Dean Sullivan, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said it takes five minutes to draw blood as opposed to 25 minutes to run a breath test.

Fuck you, Sullivan. Who cares how long it takes to draw blood? It takes only a split second to taser someone. So, that's your criteria for the appropriateness of a procedure - how convenient it is - for you. That you would say this tells me you have zero regard for the rights of people, and are only attempting to keep the sheep from panicking at what you intend to inflict on them. You may just as well have said, "Lay back and enjoy it."

And it does not take just five minutes. I was one of the best phlebotomists and under the best of circumstances it took me five minutes to get the blood specimen. I was very gentle, with the utmost regard for the apprehension, if not outright fear, that most people experience when having their blood drawn.

The assured incompetence of these brutes and conditions under which citizens will have their blood forced from their bodies amounts to no less than torture. The Fort Worth Polizei veel get zer eenformation! This is exactly what the police chief said, in no uncertain terms.

Just how the hell does any police department have the power to make and enforce this outrageous policy? Oh, yeah, the courts have upheld this violation of rights. I see. All is well then. Did you notice that in neither the news clip nor the newspaper article there was the slightest questioning of this policy? Bloody hell. Just bloody hell.

Of course, it doesn't stop here, it never does. The unquestioning submissiveness of the population gives rise to even more control and more loss of freedoms and rights. It is truly alarming how quickly we are being subjugated.

Oh, and you can thank the numerous drunk-driving illegal Mexicans for helping to bring about this newest police state action. Illegals are a double bonus for the power elite - cheap, ignorant labor and their lawlessness/irresponsibility provides more excuses to impose more controls on the masses. Is it any wonder that nothing is being done about this exponentially-increasing problem?

Actually, illegal Mexicans are a triple bonus. While they are ignorant and lawless, they are not going to fight for freedom and rights - unless it's for their right to break the law to stay here. They will line up, bend over, stand on their heads, do whatever they're told - as long as they can eat their tacos, drink beer and impregnate their women. In other words, the power elite have absolutely nothing to fear from these throngs of third world peons. They are used to being harassed and mistreated by the authorities. They don't question authority, they evade it - as much as possible - until it finally rams its baton up their ass, then they accept it and submit. Yes, I imagine they wait in line to have their blood drawn without so much as a peep.

For every loss of freedom and rights from one group, there is another group gaining power and control. That's the equation and the vast majority of us are on the losing side of it. This means that a small minority will eventually have tremendous power and control. That's tyranny, people.

Is this not a cozy scene?
Update: As I suspected, using police to draw blood is in clear violation of an already outrageous law. But they say their 20-hour training course meets the standard specified in the code. In other words, they can do whatever they want, then just say it's legal and that makes it legal. This is how it goes now. The law only exists to control the people, not the authorities. Got it? Good.

And yet another glaring sign flashes before us: Third World Alert!

Here is the section of the Texas code:

§ 724.017. BLOOD SPECIMEN. (a) Only a physician, qualified technician, chemist, registered professional nurse, or licensed vocational nurse may take a blood specimen at the request or order of a peace officer under this chapter. The blood specimen must be taken in a sanitary place.
(b) The person who takes the blood specimen under this chapter, or the hospital where the blood specimen is taken, is not liable for damages arising from the request or order of the peace officer to take the blood specimen as provided by this chapter if the blood specimen was taken according to recognized medical procedures. This subsection does not relieve a person from liability for negligence in the taking of a blood specimen.
(c) In this section, "qualified technician" does not include emergency medical services personnel.

And here's how they do it in El Paso. From

Texas: Forced DUI Blood Draws Expand

More Texas jurisdictions are turning to forced blood draws to convict those suspected of DUI.

Jurisdictions within Texas are expanding programs where police use force to draw blood from motorists accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Last week, El Paso announced it had joined Harris and Wilson Counties in a "no refusal" program specifically designed to streamline the blood drawing process.

It works as follows. An accused motorist is arrested and taken downtown. While being videotaped, he will be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test with officers specifically avoiding any mention that blood will be taken by force if the often inaccurate breathalyzer test is refused.

During key holiday weekends, a pre-assigned judge who agreed to wait by the phone will approve search warrants created from pre-written templates -- often within just thirty minutes. With warrant in hand, a nurse whose salary is often paid by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) will draw blood while police officers exert the required level of force. In some cases, this use of force can cause permanent damage. Montague, Archer and Clay counties have similar programs except that these departments do away with the nurse and have police officers perform the blood draw themselves, despite a state law banning the practice (view law).

Two of the twelve motorists subjected to the first blood draws in Harris County on Memorial Day weekend this year were later found to have blood alcohol levels below the .08 limit. The program will return on New Year's Eve.

Ah yes, didn't you just know that MADD would have something to do with this. Nanny State, Police State - same thing - tyranny.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Is Coming

[I may be just talking to myself here as it's been so long since I've posted anything that most likely everyone has rightly given up on me. Oh well, here goes anyway.]

Hello all. I've been around, but not commenting or posting - much too busy and dumbfounded from fending off the onslaught of real life. But, I got a sudden rush of Christmas cheer (no, I'm not drinking eggnog) so I decided to take advantage of it before I revert back into the general Scrooginess that is me these days.

I started my blog at this time last year, embedding some Christmas songs, so I'll do it again. Listening to Christmas songs makes me feel Christmassy and going through some of these on youtube did the trick.

In grade school I was in the Glee Club, as the official piano player. Now, mind you, this is only because the nun, who was in charge of it, begged me to join them as she had nobody else who could play the piano - at least anything beyond chopsticks. Performing is not my thing. It was only during this stint that I have ever performed publicly.

My biggest public performance was when our little Glee Club sang Christmas carols in the lobby of the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas. I was supposed to only play the piano, not sing, but I always did anyway. Well - I had and still have a very good singing voice. If I had to do that today I'd probably have to first put a few shots of vodka in me.

Oh... that reminds me... there was another brief encounter with the public. And it was also at a swank hotel, and there was Scotch involved, and I eyed a beautiful grand piano sitting all alone, and I sauntered over to it, sat down... and before I knew it, was playing through my repertoire of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, etal, for what, to my surprise, appeared to be a very appreciative crowd. I had to have been rather inebriated to do that and just plain out of my mind. My companion was agog as he had no idea that I even played the piano at all. Yes, it was a night to remember, even if it is a bit fuzzy... In conclusion, it appears that I would have to turn into a raging alcoholic to become any kind of performer.

Anyway, here's a beautiful one, sung by one of the beautiful voices of times past. It just occurred to me - how many glorious voices we will never have a chance to hear because the technology did not exist to record them for posterity.

I loved singing this one at Mass. It has a certain Gregorian chant, mystic harmonic to it. The visuals in this video are pretty nice too.

Here's wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Update: WaterBoy mentioned Tchaikovsky and it got me thinking about the traditional holiday ballet "The Nutcracker". I found an entertaining two-part video of this classic (about 9 minutes each) performed by the very talented Berliner Philharmoniker musicians with the great Seiji Ozawa conducting. Symphony conductors are kinda loony, but likeable characters. As you will see - Maestro Ozawa is no exception to this rule.

Without further adieu, I present a wonderful performance of Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky's enchanting The Nutcracker Suite. Civilization at its best.

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite (Part 1)

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite (Part 2)