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  • Okay, you’ve heard by now that the resource officer on site at the Florida school shooting was being paid $75k a year (plus benefits!) to cower behind a pillar while students in his dubious care were murdered. But boy, he seems to have been a general freeloading sleaze even before that.
  • And he’s just the latest in a long and growing line of coward cops.
  • I haven’t been paying much attention to any Trump-administration scandals (all those imaginary Russians!). But this news on how Paul Manafort got tripped up by his inability to handle everyday tech is hilarious. When you’re faking it with millions of dollars you’d think you’d at least put a touch of effort into your deceptions.
  • I salute your sense of honor, Commander Zero.
  • The inimitable Len Savage defines machine gun so even a judge and jury can understand it. (And yes, he includes the infamous shoelace, too.)
  • Charles Hugh Smith on the end of artificial stability.
  • Jordan Peterson: A professer not easy to pigeonhole.
  • Chase accidentally shows some customers the account data of other customers. (They appear to be taking responsibility for it, though.)
  • Via jc2k in comments: The world’s first bud & breakfast. In Colorado, no surprise.
  • Via Shel in comments: How cats can fall so far and not turn into little splats on the sidewalk.


  1. Bear
    Bear February 23, 2018 2:17 pm

    Cats: Oh, yeah. I remember when that study came out. Dipsticks around the country thought the researchers actually threw cats out windows.

  2. Myself
    Myself February 23, 2018 2:48 pm

    While Scot Peterson is indeed a general freeloading sleaze, Most cops are, but Peterson is also a sacrificial lamb.

    At every mass shooting cops wait outside, this is how cops are trained. Officer safety is the upmost concern.

  3. ~Qjay
    ~Qjay February 23, 2018 3:24 pm

    They always have the option to show up and help when crimes happen. It’s nice when they do. Uncommon, but nice!

  4. Commander Zero
    Commander Zero February 23, 2018 5:37 pm

    Thanks. At least I got to keep the PTR.

  5. fred
    fred February 23, 2018 6:42 pm

    Lying self serving cops,I find that hard to believe….except its their M.O.

    As for cowards,nowadays thats what they are.Real tough when they outnumber and out gun you and are gang-banging on you,scared little girls when the numbers arent hugely on their side.

    Sad to see Peace Officers retiring and see the bullies,ignorant sociopaths and psychopaths, that are being hired to replace them.History repeats cough GERMANY cough

  6. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson February 24, 2018 3:47 am

    AG—interesting article. If it was policy to not arrest students in order to make the state safety rating look better, and if the police were complicit, then….geez louise….this narrative just took on a whole new dimension. The shooting became an inevitable consequence of base and petty bureaucratic cover-your-a$$ self-interest by the schools and law enforcement. That explanation makes lots more sense than the idea being passed around the internet that it was a staged shooting planned by people with an agenda. Just stupid bungling by stupid people in positions of power.
    I shouldn’t be surprised…but I am.

  7. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran February 24, 2018 7:35 am

    Via jc2k in comments: The world’s first bud & breakfast. In Colorado, no surprise.

    Joel Schneider’s Bud+Breakfast hotel is located in the Capital Hill neighborhood in Denver. As I posted yesterday in the Cabal, that when I moved to Denver, my first apartment was on Capital Hill. It was once an affordable neighborhood that attracted hippies and young people and I caught the tail end of that era, but when I lived there in the early 1980s, it also attracted gay people. Now, due to the boom that’s occurring in the Front Range, Capital Hill and East Colfax Ave is becoming gentrified. My old apartment building is still there and I wonder what the rents are. It was all studio apartments and my rent was $120 a month! Here’s the google street view of it and you can see the windows of my old apartment on the first floor to the right of the rear steps.

    777 East 14th Ave, Denver, CO

  8. William kone
    William kone February 24, 2018 1:19 pm

    What is interesting is how the story broke about the cop(s) from the county not going in.

    It seems the third arriving police were from the city, headed to the shooting and passed one or more Sheriff’s

    The fourth arriving officer was heading in saw EMS arrive, waited for them and they headed in passing the sheriffs (it should be noted that EMS did not have guns or armor)

    These responders went to the shooting area did not find the killer but started treating survivors.

    When the Sheriff started praising his men the officers from the city told the media.

    At least some officers did the right thing, they just were not there fast enough (but I bet they wish they could have been)

    And the paramedics just went in their only defense was a near by officer

    To me that makes the Sheriff’s even more of cowards.

  9. Desertrat 1
    Desertrat 1 February 24, 2018 7:29 pm

    From a private forum on a site where I’m a moderator:

    “Disgraceful. I heard that earlier and it made me sick to my stomach.

    One of my mentors in law enforcement is fond of saying “They don’t pay us for what we do at work every day. They pay us for what we are prepared to do on one day.”

    This guys had his one day 2 minutes into a 6 minute slaughter and chose to do nothing.

    I have only taken an active role in having 2 cops fired. One was for dishonestly and the other was for cowardice. Neither are remotely acceptable.

    I too would like to see the work history. I have a feeling this wasn’t the first time he failed to act.

    Columbine was “set perimeter and call SWAT.” After Columbine it went to “first 4 officers on scene team up and go in and kill the bad guy.”

    About 3 years ago we went to “the odds of getting shot go from 8% to 42% with a 4 man team vs solo, but you still need to go in solo because there are kids dying and this is what you signed up for.” To stand at a door for 4 minutes . . . I’m getting angry just typing this.”

    This from an Austin, Texas, policeman. A half-dozen other LEOs are equally as irate.

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